Students: What you need to know about voting in the 2020 election Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

By Katie Volpentesta —

The 2020 Presidential election is just six weeks away, so it’s important to be educated on voting options as well as candidates and policies down the ballot.

While the COVID-19 pandemic complicates in-person voting options, the Jefferson County Board of Elections is doing everything they can to keep Jefferson County residents informed of their options, including registering to vote, requesting and sending in a mail-in ballot, and voting in person both early or on Election Day.

“In a normal election we have about 232 locations within 623 precincts, and now with coronavirus, a lot of things have changed,” said Jordan Kelch, public relations administrator at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. Typically, early or mail-in voting is only allowed if a voter meets one of ten special criteria that prevent you from being able to vote on Election Day.

Instead of smaller polling locations throughout the county, the board has created four election super centers that will allow for social distanced voting in large, open areas. Early voting will take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the YUM! Center, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, and a fourth location in the east end that is yet to be announced.

Early in-person voting is from Oct. 13 to Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and voting on Election Day, Nov. 3, will be at the same locations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In order to vote either in person or via mail-in absentee ballot, residents of Jefferson County must be registered to vote. Luckily, this process is available and easily accessible online. The last day to register to vote in Kentucky is Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.

Additionally, the deadline to order a mail-in ballot in Kentucky is Oct. 9 by 11:59 p.m. These resources, as well as information on polling places, candidates and issues on your ballot, are available on the Jefferson County Clerk’s elections site.

“There’s 1,200 ballot styles for this election. Jefferson County is really large, so there’s lots of different areas with small city races,” Kelch said. “It all comes down to your legislative district and the neighborhood you live in.” The Jefferson County Clerk’s site can show you your exact ballot.

U of L’s Vote Everywhere initiative looks to keep students informed about voting options, deadlines and ways to stay informed as well. They want to ensure that students know the power of their vote and what it means to be informed.

“There’s so many deadlines and it gets really confusing, even for a student like me who is super civically engaged,” said Vote Everywhere Ambassador Wyn Garfinkle-Plymesser.

By hosting events on campus and frequently updating their Instagram page, @UofLVE, Garfinkle-Plymesser and her co-ambassador Arianna Moya engage with students and promote civic engagement within the U of L community.

“We just want to be a space where people can come and get the answers straight up and know what’s really going on,” said Garfinkle-Plymesser. “If they have any concerns about voting or their vote being suppressed, we wanna be the space that students can come to and have their concerns heard and questions answered.”

While Jefferson County is doing their best to make this election as accessible and safe as possible, Kelch recommends that residents vote early if possible and don’t procrastinate sending in a mail-in ballot.

“If you’re done and you’ve signed it completely, both the goldenrod envelope and exterior envelope, and you’ve followed all the directions and are ready to turn it in, please do so immediately,” Kelch said. “Election Day will obviously be very busy.”

For further information regarding the upcoming general election in Jefferson County, please go to elections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org.

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School of Music duo share acoustic folk sound online Friday, Sep 18 2020 


By Tate Luckey —

One University of Louisville duo is bringing authenticity to their music in hopes of connecting with listeners. 

Murphy Lamb and Andrew Chapman, both U of L School of Music seniors, started their band, The Brothers’ Mother, around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, the self-described acoustic folk duo have cultivated a debut EP, Oasis, and multiple live streamed performances.

The pair, whose influences range from bluegrass and country groups like Tony Rice and Nickel Creek, to old school contemporary christian singers like Rich Mullins, have an authentic, folk sound that includes acoustic guitar, delicate harmonies and lush piano tones. 

“We have a real simple, ‘stripped down’ vibe,” Lamb said.

Lamb and Chapman know too that if there’s a time where authenticity is needed, it’s now.

“We wouldn’t exist if the pandemic didn’t happen,” Chapman said. The roommates-turned-musicians recorded all their songs on nothing more than a USB mic in their apartment. 

“We had been playing music for a while, but didn’t start writing until the pandemic,” Chapman said. 

They collaborate on both ends of the songwriting spectrum, meaning both can come to each other with ideas or lyrics.

Like a modern-day Lennon/McCartney, if Chapman comes to Lamb, he usually has a lyric or concept he needs to flesh out. If Lamb comes to Chapman, he almost always has some sort of chord progression or musical idea. 

The recording process itself is where both share a mix of excitement and nervousness.

“It was actually pretty convenient because of the limitedness [of the setup], but also super challenging because we hadn’t done it before or had had a time limit,” Lamb said.

Their 5 song EP, Oasis, is about getting to know someone and their feelings. An underlying theme present in their songs is a fostering of familial connection with the listener.

“‘Making it is not a goal of mine or Andrew’s,” Lamb said when asked about their future careers as musicians. “We’re just hanging out and writing songs.”

Chapman agreed, saying his biggest goal is to make the type of music people will love. His favorite song from Oasis is “Feeling Known.”

“To me, the whole idea is about a connection through music,” Chapman said.

Oasis is available on all streaming platforms. The band recently performed live in the Red Barn as part of  SAB Concert Committee’s  “SAB Live!”  You can catch the recap of that performance on Youtube here. Interested in keeping up with The Brothers’ Mother? Follow them at @thebrothersmother on social media.

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Students come to grips with campus life during a pandemic Friday, Sep 18 2020 

By Gabriel Howard —

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, schools have had to come up with new and creative ways to provide a safe and engaging learning environment. And while the inclusion of online courses has been a welcome addition, how have things been for those who still have classes in-person?

Dealing with the pandemic has been a challenge for the university. Moving most classes online has helped ease the stress of delivering classes to the students.

However, roughly 30% of the students enrolled are still having to go to in-person classes during the fall semester.

Diana Romero, a freshman, shared that her experience on campus this fall is much different than when she visited last year.

“When I toured here this time last year the campus seemed vibrant and full of life. I was excited to experience all of the things you would expect in your freshman year,” Romero said. “Things feel different now that classes have finally started. All of the things I wanted to do are simply impossible in the current climate. The campus itself feels quiet and is completely different from what I expected.”

Romero also felt that her experience with in-person classes is much different from what she expected. She commends professors for making it as welcoming as possible, but still feels a little weird going to in-person classes amidst a global pandemic.

The required COVID-19 testing she and her classmates have participated in has eased nerves slightly.

Her experience is something a lot of students can relate to. Most have opted for an entirely online schedule to minimize the risk that coming to campus and potentially being exposed to COVID-19 presents.

In a normal fall semester, campus is usually packed, however, it now feels like it is finals week 24/7. Food lines are small and the classrooms are even smaller. And with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, this will unfortunately be our new norm for the foreseeable future.

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Andy Warhol exhibit gives look into pop artist’s influences Monday, Sep 14 2020 

By Kyla Thomas  —

An art exhibit on pop artist Andy Warhol is on display at the Speed Art Museum until Nov. 29–and it’s free for University of Louisville students. 

Warhol is best known for his work designing the Campbell’s soup logo and his pop art of Marilyn Monroe. “Andy Warhol: Revelation” highlights a new side of Warhol’s career, focusing more on his religious pieces and the story behind not only the art, but how the art correlates to Warhol himself.

The exhibit opens with a biography of Warhol, which talks about his sexuality as a gay man and how he managed to balance that part of himself while growing up in a religious community. Plaques at the museum said that “he made a point of regularly popping into his local parish to pray even if it was only for five or ten minutes.” Although he was deeply involved in a religion that condemned his sexuality, Warhol remained openly gay, and was a fixture in New York’s Queer underground. 

Many of Warhol’s pieces on display lie in this balance too, such as his recreation of Raphael Madonna. Warhol would take religious works of art and recreate it in his own unique style, he did this with “The Last Supper,” and a portrait of Jesus as well. 


SEE: Photo Gallery of the “Andy Warhol: Revelation” exhibit by Cardinal photo editor Anthony Riley. 


Through his art he showed two sides of his identity that came together to create the person he was, and through those pieces he showed that you can be both. 

Brady Alexander, a senior English major, said he enjoyed Warhol’s embracing of contradictions within his own identity.

“I love how [the art] highlighted that you have the ability to be both, you can still be true to yourself without having to give up something that gives you faith that things can be better,” Alexander said.

The exhibit doesn’t just focus on Warhol’s personal life, it also showed his love for women. Throughout the exhibit you can find portraits of women who he saw as powerful, such his mother and Jackie Kennedy. One photo shows a mother breastfeeding, as Warhol wanted to show how women not only gave birth to everything, but they nurture everything as well.

“I took my boyfriend here as a date, because we both liked [Warhol’s] pop art that we would periodically see,” Victoria Johnson, a political science major, said. “After going through the exhibit, we saw a different side of an artist that we loved but didn’t truly know the history behind. Now that we know, it’s like we love his art even more.” 

The “Andy Warhol: Revelation” exhibit will remain at the Speed Art Museum until Nov. 29. Due to COVID-19, hours are limited to only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. More information and tickets reservations can be made on the Speed Art Museum’s website

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Photo Gallery: “Andy Warhol: Revelation” exhibit at the Speed Art Museum Monday, Sep 14 2020 

 

 

 

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University music programs adapt to COVID-19 restrictions Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By Tate Luckey —

Whether it’s halftime at Cardinal Stadium or onstage in Comstock Hall, the level of work and dedication that goes into a performance by any one of the University of Louisville’s arts programs is impressive. What is even more impressive is how these programs have adapted in the face of a global pandemic. 

“Our first change of the semester was kicking off Band Camp with mandatory COVID-19 testing for the full band,” Amy Acklin, director of the Cardinal Marching Band, said. Other changes have included rehearsing outdoors only, performing in groups of 50 people or less and staggering rehearsals. 

Natalie Humble, Head Drum Major, said that since testing has been routine, students have adjusted to the changes well.

“We started our routine of safety right at the beginning of band camp (after we all had the opportunity to do drive thru testing), and it has become very habitual over the last few weeks,Humble said.

But it hasn’t been easy for everyone in the band.

“The purpose of marching band is to entertain, and part of that includes having actual marching band shows. Not being able to do that has been sad,”  Rachel Wilson, a clarinetist/sideline conductor, said.

And while not being able to perform in front of large audiences is disappointing to many of the students in these programs. For instance, the CMB will not be able to do the traditional Cardinal March on the field at any football games. However, the CMB has found a bit of a workaround.

We will perform at each home football game this season. We will play in the stands, including our traditional Pre-Game Show,” Acklin said. “Because of social distancing rules, we can only have 54 people in our band seating area, including students and staff.”

In addition to football games, the CMB will play at various community events. In September, they will perform at 8 Trilogy Healthcare assisted living homes throughout Louisville for residents who have been quarantined for months. They are also collaborating with U of L Health to perform at 5 hospitals in the area, during the “shift change” for doctors and nurses to cheer them on and thank them for serving on the frontlines.

And the band plans on playing virtually too, depending on if the university decides to transition to a fully online program.

“The Cardinal Marching Band is committed to make virtual videos and bring as much Cardinal Cheer as we can to the community!” Acklin said.

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COVID-19 slices into U of L’s sports broadcast production Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By Katie Volpentesta — 

The COVID-19 crisis has forced one sports television crew that normally does 100 home games a semester, to only do 14 this fall.

Over the past several months, the University of Louisville’s sports broadcasting department has made some necessary changes to safely broadcast all U of L home sports events. U of L’s ACC Network, the team responsible for all sports broadcast production at the university, has taken precautions and is doing their best to combat the uncertainty regarding college sports today.

Like most companies and organizations, ACCN is taking extra steps to ensure of the safety of their staff.

“We have changed to a full mask policy, taking temperatures when crew arrives, staggered crew calls and face shields,” said Bobby Blankenship, ACCN’s Assistant Director of TV Production. “We’re lucky because our control rooms are already very large, so it allows some positions to naturally social distance.”

In a normal year, home games would already be underway. This year, however, the first home game is on Sept. 12.

Game schedules have been cut down as much as possible, leaving only fourteen home broadcasts this fall. Last year, there were about 100 home broadcasts in the fall semester—a completely different dynamic for those who work at ACCN.

With fluctuating COVID-19 case numbers, U of L and ACCN have to be prepared to continue with or cancel broadcasts in situations where employees or their family members get sick with COVID.

“[If] they aren’t able to work based on temp/self-health assessment, we have a plan for their backup or how you do a broadcast with a camera down or a replay operator down,” Executive Director of TV Production, Jeremy Noe said.

Additionally, ACCN is working to limit personnel on-site at games this fall.

“For the first time ever, we will be producing football national broadcasts from our facility here on campus,” Noe said. “We have been deep diving into what it takes to do not only a football big screen show, but also putting out a quality football broadcast out of our facility all the while staying safe and healthy for our crew members.”

By creating new fiber paths, testing camera locations, and updating hardware and software, ACCN can do their best to create a broadcast just as successful as pre-COVID-19 broadcasts.

Despite the difficulties and uncertainties, Noe, Blankenship and the rest of U of L’s ACC Network continue to have a positive outlook.

“We don’t see any policies related to COVID-19 sticking after the pandemic,” Blankenship said. Like all of us, ACCN looks forward to putting the days of COVID-19 behind them.

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Louisville Cardinal news editor details experience with COVID-19 Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

By Madelin Shelton —

When I first felt a scratch in my throat, COVID-19 was the last thing I expected. I woke up one morning feeling a little under the weather. By the time I went to sleep that night, I had developed a minor cough that wouldn’t stop. It felt as if something was itching that my body just couldn’t bring up.

A few days went by and I was convinced it was a cold from the minor symptoms I had. That is, until, I began to feel my senses of taste and smell weaken. At this point, my thinking turned from having a cold to believing I had the novel coronavirus.

I immediately scheduled an appointment with the university’s testing center and began self-isolating.

The test itself was easy. I drove to Cardinal Stadium and was directed towards the Brown & Williamson Club, where I waited in a short line to be directed to a testing station.

While the swab was slightly uncomfortable, it was in no way painful and I was able to leave Cardinal Stadium within 15 minutes. However, this was before the university mandated testing, which has since seemed to cause extended lines at testing sites.

After my test, my symptoms began to worsen. I completely lost my sense of taste and smell. It took several days for it to come back, and those symptoms still have not resolved completely. My cough got gradually worse, especially at night.

I received my positive diagnosis two days after taking the test and was called by U of L’s Campus Health Services to conduct contact tracing and go over the rules of self-isolation. I was also contacted by my local health department in my home county with similar questions and information.

I then began a period of quarantining in which I could not leave my house, even for groceries, until it had been 10 days since my first day of symptoms. All groceries had to be delivered either through Kroger’s delivery program or by gracious friends.

My roommate, who I had been around extensively, also had to begin a period of self-isolation for 14 days to watch for symptoms. Although, she was tested twice and both came back negative.

Luckily, I only had one in-person class that I could not attend. My professor was very understanding and directed me towards his recorded lectures for the classes I had to miss.

It was a surreal experience. The virus, for the most part, seemed like a distant crisis to me. My rural Kentucky county had very few cases and, up to that point, no close family or friends had tested positive or been directly affected.

I remember thinking at one point how odd it felt that the same virus that had upended the world and caused millions of deaths was now in my body. It hit home. It was now personal, not some distant virus in a far away land that posed little threat to me.

I just hoped that my immune system would do its job well.

It was also odd reading the anomaly cases of COVID-19 mentioned in news stories. Stories featuring people who were otherwise young and healthy having freak complications from COVID-19.

The most unnerving was a young man around my age who also had mild symptoms but then went into organ failure weeks later.

Thankfully, I have had no significant complications from my case of COVID-19. I am extremely lucky to have had such mild symptoms and to be almost back to normal. I know many are not able to say the same.

To my fellow students, wear your masks, social distance and get tested if you feel sick.

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Floyd Theater reopens to students Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By Alex Tompkins —

A barren campus with an all-around strange semester may leave some University of Louisville students feeling there may be no way to connect with others. With the temporary shut-down of many businesses, including movie theaters, some may feel stuck at home.

Luckily, U of L’s Floyd Theater has finally reopened and is now offering students the chance to safely enjoy second-run, indie and classic films throughout the semester. Students have free admission to kick back and relax every Wednesday and Thursday evening at the theater located in the SAC.

Student Activities Board Film Chair, Jennings Collins, said there will be many precautions taken in order to safely accommodate students this year.

“Since the Floyd is now being used as a classroom during the day, we’ve been equipped with sneeze guards as well as cleaning supplies to use around the room,” Collins said. “We are also choosing to refrain from selling concessions to prevent any unnecessary contact.”

Following the precautions being taken by the theater, seating will be limited and accessing entry has been moved to reserving online.

“Students can reserve a seat for any screening on Engage. There are a limited number of spots for each screening, so it is mandatory that students who wish to attend do this,” Collins said.

The re-opening of the Floyd Theater has definitely been anticipated by the theater’s crew. In reopening, Collins wanted to keep students’ best interest in mind when it came to showing films in an accessible and relaxing environment.

“Our goal for this year is to give students a place to unwind. Movies are where I go to relax, and the Floyd was a great resource for me when I was a freshman, so I am determined to keep what we have going in order to bring a fun experience for new and returning students,” he said

The theater will be running “Knives Out” on Sept. 9-10 at 6:00 p.m., followed by Pixar’s “Onward” on Sept. 16-17 at the same time. Closing out September will be the biopic of Mr. Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” showing on Sept. 23-24. Future showings are listed on the Floyd Theater’s website.

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The Co-Immunity Project Balloon Takes First Flight Thursday, Sep 3 2020 

By Anthony Riley

 

6:30 p.m. @ The Oval

Thursday evening marked the initial test flight of the Co-Immunity Project’s hot air balloon. The Co-Immunity Project is a collaboration between the University of Louisville and the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, and they’ve just begun the second round of phase II: testing a representative sample of the population of Jefferson County.

 

From the University of Louisville Press Release:

A hot air balloon will soar over Louisville this weekend to encourage and remind Louisville residents who received invitation letters to participate in Phase II testing by scheduling their testing appointments. The bright green balloon will be emblazoned with the Co-Immunity Project image.

 

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