University phones malfunction across all three U of L campuses Monday, Feb 10 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

Across all three campuses, University of Louisville staff phones displayed a warning message that alerted staff and faculty to evacuate buildings immediately. The message came late afternoon Feb. 7.

A RAVE alert was sent out to students and staff at 4:36 p.m. informing them of the false alarm.

“U of L phone systems experienced a malfunction,” the RAVE alert read, “Please disregard any notice about immediate evacuation.”

John Karman, director of media relations for U of L, said normally the type of message U of L phones displayed only appears during emergency situations.

“We don’t know what caused the phones to malfunction,” Karman said.

Even though the message was just a malfunction, campus employees and students reacted as if the unknown threat was real.

In the Student Activities Center, the Campus Bookstore’s managers evacuated its customers and employees. One employee, Emma Betancourt, a senior exercise science major, told the Cardinal how she was worried about the situation.

“I was concerned about what we needed to do in order to get out of the building in a timely manner,” Betancourt said.

Betancourt was hopefully that others got out of the SAC in time in the event the strange message was a real warning. “I didn’t want to go back into the building since nobody seemed to know what was going on.”

Meanwhile on the other end of the Belknap campus, the Student Recreation Center’s staff members took a similar response.

Brooke Dotson, a freshman dental hygiene major, was working at the front desk of the SRC when she was told to evacuate the building.

“I was alert and alarmed,” Dotson said.

“My first thought was of what to do right away because you never know what those messages are about or what is going on,” Dotson said, “I immediately just knew to get everyone out of the building so they could find safety.”

Photo by Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal 

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BRICC Coalition helping students build resilience through dance-fitness Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

There are different exercise classes that students can participate in; however, the latest addition adds more flavor to the mix.

“Refit” is a fitness class hosted by freshmen Samantha Underwood and Ethan Mills. Both freshmen intern at the Building Resilience In Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition which helps students who drink alcohol build resilience and provides a supportive community for those who are in recovery.

“We try to educate people on alcohol safety. We tell people we are supportive of people who do drink, people who don’t drink and people who are in recovery,” Underwood said.

Underwood said the goal of BRICC is to make campus a safer place for students. She added the group educates people on alcohol safety and gives out information a person would need if they choose to drink or knows someone who drinks.

“So our branch specifically works with alcohol safety and so we partner with Health Promotions to put on a workout dance class that’s supposed to be inclusive to everybody. Every shape and size and gender,” Underwood said.

The exercise class requires no previous exercising experience. It incorporates aerobics, group exercise and different dances, all at different skill levels.

Mills and Underwood started the class last semester when they noticed that a lack of resilience in students was evident.

“It came from us realizing that there was a need for something in our programming that was actually actively helping to build that. So, we realized that physical fitness is an important part of building resilience, community and friendships. That’s a good way to counteract negative things that are happening,” Mills said.

Refit also has another segment called heart-work.

“We all sit around in a circle, and we’ll all talk about whatever is going on that week and we’ll try and have some positive message or positive thinking,” Mills said.

Refit is held every Monday from 2-3 p.m. in the SAC room 118.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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