Positive COVID-19 cases at U of L surpass 500 as Fall Break nears Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

The University of Louisville is now reporting more than 500 positive cases of COVID-19.

Out of 27,398 total tests administered, 511 have come back positive. The cumulative positivity rate, as of Sept. 30, is 1.87%.

U of L has yet to release any more information regarding positive cases on campus.

Despite this, U of L has told the state that the university currently has 68 students with still active cases, while 43 students have recovered from the virus.

Cases have been on a steady rise since the week following Labor Day weekend. That week, from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, the positivity rate was at 1.45%. Since then, the rate has increased drastically.

The seven-day rolling average has also seen a big increase. Out of an average of 467 tests a day, 18 are coming back positive. The average positivity rate is at its highest at 4.49%.

University officials worry that Fall Break could be another point in which the COVID-19 cases spike again.

“Fall Break is a time when some students may want to take a break from your studies by visiting family or taking a short vacation. We are encouraging students to stay on campus or in the area and participate in the Planned Fall Break activities,” university admin told students in a Sept. 25 email. “However, if you do travel, it presents a greater opportunity to be exposed or to expose others to COVID-19.”

They have extended free  COVID-19 testing until Oct. 23, and are requiring students to get tested once they return from break.

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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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COVID-19 cases spike at the University of Louisville Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

This week positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Louisville have reached 468. This is out of almost 26,000 total tests administered. This week also saw the highest spike in the positivity rate for one week, which is 5.09%.

Of those 468 positive tests, Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein said the athletics department makes up for 105 cases.

“Since student-athletes began returning to campus for voluntary activities on June 2, a total of 4,547 tests have been administered with 105 positive test results,” Klein said. “Over the past week, the University of Louisville Athletics’ COVID-19 testing program has administered 1,003 tests to student-athletes, coaches and staff with seven positive tests from that group.”

Neither Klein or U of L’s Director of Communications John Karman could provide any more information about the number of positive cases.

The Cardinal was able to find on Kentucky’s COVID-19 dashboard and resource guide, U of L reported 58 active cases and 12 recovered cases among students as of Sept. 25. The number of active cases this time last week was only at 3. Karman could not confirm if there were more cases or not.

As cases continue to rise, university officials are blaming Labor Day weekend for the recent spike.

“Unfortunately, following the Labor Day holiday, we have seen a slight uptick in cases,” university officials said in an email to students. “Some members of our community are experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, which can be an early indicator of COVID-19.”

Because of this, U of L has extended its free testing services to students, faculty and staff.

Starting Sept. 28 COVID-19 testing will be available at these locations, Monday through Friday:

  • University Club Ballroom // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)
  • Cardinal Stadium Purple “A” Lot // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center // 8 a.m. to Noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Abell Administration Building (HSC) // 7-11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)

The university also seems concerned that another spike may occur after Fall Break.

U of L is “encouraging” students, faculty and staff  to get tested prior to the start of break, which is from Oct. 3-5.

Once the semester resumes though, testing will again be mandatory for all individuals who frequent campus. This round of mandatory testing will end on Oct. 23, however Karman said “testing will remain available through the end of the semester.”

No disciplinary action has come yet to those who did not test during the first mandatory testing period. However, while U of L has opted out of disciplinary action at the moment, officials said in the email they are in the process of identifying those individuals and asking them to get tested.

The university has created a new webform for students, faculty and staff to take to help the university identify who is and isn’t on campus. That form can be completed here.

Graphic by Joseph Garcia // The Louisville Cardinal

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Campus responds to Breonna Taylor charges Wednesday, Sep 23 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced a Jefferson County Grand Jury would charge only one officer, former LMPD detective Brett Hankison, with wanton endangerment in the case of Breonna Taylor’s murder.

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi called the announcement “a reminder that we must recommit to pursuing racial justice and pushing for changes in law enforcement, our legal system, public policy and our educational curricula.”

Taylor was killed March 13 when three LMPD officers entered her home with a “no-knock” warrant. When the police came through the door, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a one round at police after asking who was there and receiving no response. The officers returned more than two dozen shots. Taylor’s death certificate says she was shot five times, however today, Cameron said she was actually struck six times.

Hankison is the only one of the three officers indicted. He is charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into neighbor’s apartments, not for the death of Taylor.

A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony, it comes with a penalty of one to five years.

“While I am pleased that the grand jury has acknowledged the unlawful actions of this police officer and that he will be tried for the unnecessary violence he caused that night,” Bendapudi told students, faculty and staff.  “I am disappointed that our justice system allows these atrocities to occur all too often with relatively little consequence.”

Bendapudi said the attorney general’s announcement does not change the fact that Taylor was killed in her home.

“It does not fix a system that allowed that to happen,” she said, citing a Harvard study which found that Black people are three times more likely on average than white people to be killed during a police interaction.

U of L’s Student Government Association Top 4 said they too are disappointed that Taylor will “not receive the justice she so deserved.”

“For many of our students, waiting for this announcement has been an incredibly emotional time,” SGA said in a statement on social media. “These results will be very difficult to handle, especially for our Black students.”

The university is offering resources for students, faculty and staff to heal during this time.

Faculty and staff may use the Employee Assistance Program to receive counseling services. While U of L’s Counseling Center is offering virtual and personal counseling sessions for students, which SGA said is free to students as part of the $50 insurance fee billed at the start of the year.

“As long as you have not voided this fee on ULink, your visit to the Counseling Center will be covered,” they said.

Some professors have already begun listening to what their student’s are feeling and have canceled their classes.

“I want to respond to the needs of my students,” Siobhan Smith-Jones said after cancelling her 4 o’clock Mass Communications course.

Smith-Jones said she would have continued with class had the students wanted to, pushing down her own feelings of hurt.

“Because I am hurt, I know many of my students are too,” she said. “They are also confused, disappointed and disgusted. They want to protest or protect themselves and their families.”

“I’m here to help, not hinder,” Smith-Jones said.

She also added that the ramifications of this decision will impact Louisville, and therefore U of L, for years to come.

“Our students will have a hand in making the changes needed to our socio-political systems,” she said. “They have a perspective that no one else has; this is their city.”

“So in that,” she said. “Canceling class is a small thing.”

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Positive COVID cases reach 385, testing extended until end of semester Monday, Sep 21 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now at 385, out of a total of 24,092 administered tests. U of L’s cumulative positivity rate is still slowly rising as well, currently it is at 1.60% as of Sept. 21.

U of L Director of Communications John Karman was unable to confirm how many of these cases are still active.

“The data that the university is making available to the public is reported on U of L’s COVID website,” he said.

However, the Cardinal was able to find a report by the Kentucky Public Health office, that said U of L has three active COVID-19 cases among students as of Sept. 19.

Karman could not confirm these three cases or if there are anymore active cases on campus.

“I’ve provided all of the information that is available to me,” he said.

He did tell the Cardinal that free testing for all on-campus individuals is extended until the end of the semester. More information on testing locations and where to register for tests has not been released yet.

Students, faculty and staff who frequent campus are required by the Student Code of Conduct and Redbook to get tested for COVID-19. Those who do not get tested may face disciplinary action.

Although, Karman said no action has been taken yet on individuals who have not been tested.

“While the university has the ability to discipline students, faculty and staff who have not been tested,” he said. “It has chosen, to this point, not to do so.”

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EXP Realty Agent Opportunities Sunday, Sep 20 2020 

EXP Realty Agent Opportunities on a Winning Team

exp realty agentProspective real estate agents with EXP Realty have the chance to work with an award-winning team. As a seasoned EXP realty agent leader Rick Robey throughout his tenure has gained the title of RE-MAX Hall of Fame Member. Furthermore, his received RE-MAX Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Robey’s sales team has performed as a winning team in the Louisville area, outranking the competition.

EXP Realty is a growing firm that handles sales transactions for buyers and sellers with expertise. Joining as an EXP realty agent means that agents have the opportunity to receive 80-100% of commissions. EXP provides an opportunity for agents to function as investors without having to invest in costly fees.

The real estate industry is a profitable one that offers the opportunity to grow. In truth, the Association of Realtors estimates that there are over 2M licensed agents in the country. The fact of the matter, however, is that no two agents are alike. Rick Robey’s EXP Realty team is reputable and comes highly-recommended in the Louisville region.

Through the EXP realty agent position, Realtors can be enthusiastic about advancing through out their career. Agents will soon realize that there are many advantages and profit-earning opportunities. Agents who join EXP will undoubtedly be part of an award-winning team.

Become an EXP Realty Agent

Becoming a real estate agent takes a personal investment of time and money. The returns, however will be well worth the sacrifice with the right approach. Industry experts find that being a successful real estate agent is a prosperous career that is also rewarding. Joining with a team such as EXP will provide more opportunities and additional earnings.

EXP is an enticing career selection for many individuals of because the profits are rather substantial. With above 5.34 million residences marketed inside the U.S., the industry just continued to expand. Statistics imply the houses many of the homes being purchased are new. What’s more, roughly 63 percent homes belong to newer homeowners. The strength of working with a team like EXP will show itself in the market and profitability.

By way of the EXP sales share program, agents can generate some of yield on closed transactions. Earnings earned via the system cover several different tiers. As a result of the format, agents are the driving force behind prosperity.

Rick Robey of EXP Realty has been a licensed Realtor 1989 after an 8-year career with the NBA. As market leader, Mr Robey’s real estate sales team is a leading source for properties in Louisville, KY.  In addition, his success led his sales team to be Number 1 in Tennessee and Kentucky. Increasing his own achievements from the business, Rick gained entry into the 100 percent Club,” Hall of Fame,” Chairman’s Circle and Platinum Club. Furthermore, Rick’s group was rated one of the top sales team for several years in a row. Sellers and buyers rely upon real estate brokers to provide marketplace expertise. EXP delivers on exactly that demand.

Learn more about joining a winning real estate team with Rick Robey.

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EXP Realty-A Real Estate Market Expert Sunday, Sep 20 2020 

EXP Realty a Real Estate Market Expert in Louisville

exp realty expertsEXP Realty a real estate market expert in Louisville helps clients with buying and selling homes. The fact is that purchasing real estate is a bona-fide investment. EXP Realty is effective of  working together with sellers and buyers. The company helps clients to navigate all aspects of a real estate transaction. With EXP Realty, NBA veteran Rick Robey supplies award-winning real estate expertise across the Louisville location.

The fact remains that obtaining a house is emblematic of accomplishing the American dream for most people. Now, more individuals are contemplating investing in a residence for the first time. The truth is that many people just don’t know the best places to begin their search for the perfect property. Regardless, potential home-buyers should consider starting a house hunt with EXP Realty. EXP Realty, a real estate market expert is recognized by industry leaders for having outperformed other area agencies.

It’s not only first time buyers who are zoning in on buying up properties. Second and third time buyers are also looking to take advantage of lower interest rates by purchasing new homes. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful experience for some people. In fact, there are many fine details that buyers and sellers need to consider when going into a contract. Dealing with an experienced agent can take some of the frustration out of the process.

As professionals in selling and buying possessions, EXP Realty agents possess a profound understanding of the Louisville marketplace. Having been a part of the Louisville community, Rick Robey is well-respected in the region. As a result, we has closed on a myriad of properties for satisfied clients.

EXP Realty Background and Expertise

Reputable real estate agents have dedicated a great deal of time to studying the industry. Not only do they study many aspects of the market, but they also have time working in the field with clients. Furthermore, clients will learn that agents must spend at least 96 hours receiving classroom instruction in real estate before becoming licensed.

Mr. Robey, In fact has been a certified Realtor since 1989 and became a RE-MAX Hall of Fame Member. In Addition, he obtained the RE-MAX Lifetime Achievement Award. Furthermore, for example, he reached the 100 Percent Club and Platinum Club for his success in real estate. In addition to EXP being rated #1 in the area among all real estate agencies, Rick’s team received recognition in the Chairman’s Circle.

Investing at a real estate property ought to be a portion of the long term revenue plan. Real estate agents should handle all client’s transactions with care. Rick Robey’s team of industry professionals can guide potential buyers in locating the ideal property and sellers in preparing their properties for a successful sell. The truth is that investing in real estate is a time-sensitive process. Both buyers and sellers require a dedicated real estate agent with a deep knowledge about the industry.

Buy and Sell with experts at EXP Realty. Connect with EXP Realty to learn more.

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U of L still unsure number of active COVID cases, reports 372 total positive Friday, Sep 18 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

In the latest update by the University of Louisville on Sept. 18, positive COVID-19 cases at the university are now at 372. Of those, 98 are within the athletics department Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein told the Cardinal. The current positivity rate is at 1.58%, however this has slowly been rising over the past few weeks.

The 7-day rolling average positivity rate has reached the highest it’s been to-date at 3.27%.

This week alone saw a spike in positivity at 2.7% out of 1,558 tests, 42 of which came back positive. This is the first time the rate for one week has been above 2% since the first week of testing.

It should be noted, however, that because the number of administered tests has decreased over the past few weeks, this may potentially skew the rolling average and positivity rate to look as though it is increasing.

When asked if he knew the number of still active cases at U of L, Director of Communications John Karman said he still did not have that information. He also did not have any information pertaining to the number of individuals tested within the campus community’s population.

“The testing data that the university is releasing is all included on the COVID dashboard,” Karman said. “U of L is currently not releasing information about active cases, no. of individual people tested, etc.”

Graphic by Joseph Garcia // The Louisville Cardinal

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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.

Photo Courtesy // The Brothers’ Mother

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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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