Starbuck’s menu offers more than that meets the eye Monday, Mar 16 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

The Starbucks’s menu offers a variety of drinks that can cater to anyone’s taste. Though if someone is getting tired of that regular Vanilla Bean Crème, there are some secret items that customers can order to try out.

However, it’s technically not Starbuck’s official “secret menu”, but many people don’t realize how customizable their drink can be which makes up many of the items on the menu. And by the means of being customizable, according to, there are over 200 drink recipes that anyone can order.

The most knowledgeable about the menu itself comes from the people who makes the drinks themselves, the baristas.

Junior Amanda Schweinzger says that she likes to make the Red Velvet Frappe since it reminds her of her childhood.

“I like red velvet cake to begin with, so having that in a frappe just makes it easier,” she says. The Red Velvet Frappe is a Vanilla Bean Frappe with red velvet cake blended in along with raspberry syrup.

Even though these drinks aren’t official drinks, Schweizger says the more that people order these drinks, the more common they become.

“A lot of people get their recipes off Pinterest and there’s a lot of ‘how to order’,” She says.

There is still a lot more than the Red Velvet Frappe. While junior Max Valentines likes the Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino, senior Davie Adams enjoys the Mixed Berry Frappe. Adams explained that he enjoys customizing the drinks and how it makes the drink much better.

Some more popular and common secret drinks is the Purple drink, which is Passion Iced Tea mixed with soy milk, vanilla syrup with some blackberries on top. Another is Butterbeer Frappuccino that takes a Crème Frappuccino and three pumps of each caramel and toffee-nut syrup.

There are a lot of options to go about when trying to plan for that creative Frappuccino, but keep in mind that the one who will be making the drink might not know how to make it.

As said before, none of these drinks are official, so when someone asks for a Fall-in-a-Cup Latte, the barista will have no clue what that means. So, when ordering one these secret drinks, start with the base and add on for what the recipe calls for.

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Martin Luther King Day celebrated through theatre Monday, Mar 16 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

Many things occurred during Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of those events was the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Thrust theatre. It was hosted by The University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program & the Yearlings Club Forum Series.

This year’s annual event’s theme is “A Dream and A Vision” where a theatrical celebration took place in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The event had many different aspects throughout the show.

It began with actors Aliyah Brutley, Tyler Tate, Kala Ross enacting a short play called “Is This the Dream?” which was written by Brutley. All three actors started out in the audience and questioning about whether the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. had is still achieved today by talking about the issues that many African Americans face in society.

This introduction to the celebration soon gave way to greetings by Assistant Professor and Director of the AATP Johhny Jones who welcomed the guests. Soon afterwards, Yearlings Club President Sedge Parker shared her greetings which was followed by A & S Interim Dean, Dr. David Owen.

After introduction, the celebration finally begins with an act titled “Bound by Blood” written Clinnesha Sibley. The scene takes place at the Lorrain Motel in Memphis, Tennessee during the night after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.  Actor Candance Spencer portrays Jackie who is a housekeeper and a resident of Lorraine Motel who has a conversation with Theatrice Bailey being portrayed by Lamar Hardy. Both characters talk about the aftermath of MLK’s death along with the consequences soon to come.

Following this tense act, there was a short trivia game hosted by Charles Nasby where the audience got to participate, and answer question related to Martin Luther King Jr such as which fraternity he belonged in. Those who guessed correctly won tickets to Detroit ’67.

Then there was dance performance provided the Satin Rhythm Dance Team who are from Simmons College. Soon the Program Coordinator of the Department of Theatre Arts Jessica Keys introduced the keynote speaker, Chief Equity Officer Kellie Watson who gave her speech.

After the speech, “This will Be” was performed by AATP Members with Alex Gordon on piano and Manny Viveros providing bass. The pop song was released in 1975 by artist Natalie Cole in her album, Inseparable

The final performance of the afternoon was a step performance by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

The celebration ended with the award ceremony of Lift Every Voice Awards which was given to co-founder and director of the African American Heritage Foundation Clestine Lanier for her work in public service and non-profit administration.  This was followed by “Lift Every Voice and Sing” where members of the audience joined in the cast on stage in singing this song as a final ballad for the celebration.

Many more things are in the works by The University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program. Throughout the whole month of January and to April, there will be a series of plays going on during these months starting with Detroit ’67 which is already in Thrust Theatre until Feb 2.

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Girls run the world with annual International Women’s Day celebration Sunday, Mar 15 2020 

By Maria Dinh —

The Women’s Center, Women 4 Women Student Board and Student Activities Board hosted the 7th annual International Women’s Day celebration March 3 in Strickler Auditorium. 

The event had free food, including decorated heart-shaped cookies, in the lobby which also featured booths from the Americana Community Center and the Women’s Center.

Sidney Garner, president of the Women 4 Women Student Board, started the event by asking the audience which woman in their lives has greatly influenced them. She asked students in the audience, “What does International Women’s Day mean to you?” and “Who was the most influential woman in your life?”

A student answered his grandmother. “Growing up, she took care of me from when I was one to seven years old. I would go [to her house] after school. She immigrated over when my mom was seventeen years old. She’s a very strong woman. She has done all of this by herself without my grandpa.”

SAB Diversity Chairs Taleah Gipson and Sarika Polcum hosted the International Women’s Day performance portion. They started out by dedicating this event to every woman—mothers, sisters, aunts, trans women, women of color, disabled women, gender non-conforming women and all other women across the globe.

Students who attended also had a chance to win a free Women’s Center t-shirt during the intermission in a raffle.

Every performance that night featured women in the community. The first two performances were traditional Indian and Bollywood dances. The women in the Vietnamese Student Association performed a traditional hat dance. 

Gloria Fan, a member of VSA, said, “[The dance] is empowering representing not only women, but our culture.”

The Dazzling Cardettes performed a majorette dance with hip hop elements, and The Cardinal K-Pop Dance Team performed two dances to songs from Mamamoo and Chungha. 

To finish off the event, Flamenco Louisville gave a grand finale to this empowering event. 

As Women’s History Month continues, visit the Women’s Center at for more information.

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Skip the lunch line with Grubhub Thursday, Mar 5 2020 

By Grace Welsh–

Grubhub offers busy students a quick and easy way to order their food ahead and, as their slogan reads, “skip the line.”

This year, the University of Louisville has partnered with Grubhub to help students order their meals ahead of arrival.

Students simply download the app, log in with their university ID and are able to order and pay with flex points and/or meal swipes so their food can be ready when they arrive.

Grubhub, popularly used as a delivery service, is currently offered on campus at Starbucks at both locations on campus, McAlister’s Deli, Subway, Panda Express, Einstein Bros Bagels, Twisted Taco, Prime Grill, Sandwich Shack and Olilo.

Grubhub is a favorite choice among busy students. Freshman Jayda Richards uses Grubhub roughly once a week to pre-order her favorite meal at Subway.

To her, it’s not only easier, but cuts down time and prevents having to wait in unexpectedly long lines. “They usually do a good job and get the food out early,” she said. “I like to use it before work so I don’t have to worry about being on time.”

Freshman Caleigh Richard-Goos typically uses Grubhub on campus twice a week to order her favorite drink, a coconut milk mocha macchiato, from the Starbucks in the SAC. As a member of the Cardinal row-team, Richards-Goos gets out of practice at 8:30 a.m, and likes to get her coffee as quickly as she can before her 9 a.m. class.

She said that she’s run into problems having to wait a long time to pick up her order at other restaurants. “I love that I can use the app. If I’m in a pinch and running late, I can order it on the way,” she said, “Starbucks in the SAC is the only place I order from regularly.”

However, with sudden influxes of students, it can be difficult to keep track of Grubhub and in-person orders.

Senior Davy Adams, an employee at Starbucks in the library, says that well over 270 Grubhub orders come through their system daily. Adams mentioned that they sometimes run into problems with the application, run out of an item or are hit with a sudden wave of people.

“Sometimes we have to turn it off because we are so busy, but all-in-all, it helps people order ahead so rushes are less. It evenly distributes the traffic,” they said.

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“A Season of Black Plays” continues with “Six Degrees of Separation” Saturday, Feb 29 2020 

By Delaney Hildreth —

John Guare’s play “Six Degrees of Separation” opened at the Playhouse Feb. 20 as the fifth play in the Department of Theatre Arts’ “A Season of Black Plays.”

The play follows the chain of events set off by a young man named Paul who scams people by telling them he’s the son of famous actor Sidney Poitier. It takes place in the 90s, but it still includes relevant issues such as socioeconomic differences and racial tensions.

Jordan Tudor Haggard, a graduate student pursuing her MFA in performance, plays Ouisa Kittredge while Zachary Stone, a senior theatre major, plays Haggard’s husband, Flan Kittredge.

“I think this play is important because it deals with race and class relations. The couple at the beginning of the play are oblivious to anyone that is not like them and they do not understand the struggles lower class people have. Ouisa has an epiphany halfway through the play that she is connected to everyone on the planet and that we all need to be there for one another. We are all responsible for each other, in a way, and it is good to remember that,” said Haggard.

Paul, played by second-year graduate student Tyler Tate, charms the couple with his stories during the evening, but in the morning, they figure out he has conned them. The conman’s identity only gets more confusing as Ouisa and Flan track down others who have been scammed by him.

The pacing is steady at first, but it picks up quickly as more unexpected things begin to happen. Strong performances from all the cast make this play entertaining and memorable.

Haggard was wonderful as the leading lady who took the audience through both the funniest and most thought-provoking scenes. Stone provided both reassurance and conflict to Ouisa as the story progressed.

Tate was enrapturing with his charming, goofy and intelligent portrayal of Paul and his ability to portray the complexities of his character with ease.

Even smaller parts, like senior Chasidy Moore and sophomore Thomas Simpson as Ouisa and Flan’s unpleasant children and junior graduate student Manuel Viveros’ brief but hilarious role as a hustler are fun and memorable.

“Six Degrees of Separation” is a cleverly written show and narration intersects with dialogue to make scenes flow naturally from one to the next. Through this unique writing style, the audience gains access to the thoughts of characters as they make thoughtful, witty and sometimes incredibly important observations on their situation that adds philosophical value to the play.

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Two artists share their glass-blowing passion with students Saturday, Feb 29 2020 

By Aaliyah Bryant —

Dante Marioni and John Kiley led the “Sutherland Endowed Chair in Glass Lecture Series” at the Cressman Center Feb. 20.

Kiley started working with glass in 1991, and Marioni started over 40 years ago.

As experts, they have to take safety precautions such as wearing protective eyewear and not touching hot materials since the melted sand that makes the glass is at a high temperature.

Kiley mentioned that he is inspired by a spherical shape while Marioni is inspired by pattern. They both agreed they could combine the two to make beautiful artwork. With both men creating such wonderful pieces and the amount of people that were there at this event, their art is known and loved by many others.

At this event, Kiley and Marioni made their collaborative piece and a couple of wineglasses. Ché Rhodes from the Art Department explained the process.

Rhodes said they use a long pole called a blowpipe. They then add the melted sand material at the end of the blowpipe and spin it around to make it more even.

Rhodes said to make it larger they would either add more material or blow the blowpipe. To make the glass colorful they start off with a base of clear glass, then add a colored glass on top of it followed by another layer of clear glass.

He said the patterns they made on the glass is made from a large metal clamp. They would rub the clamp across the spherical glass or clamp the edges. There is another piece of glass that holds the piece on the end of the sphere.

Marioni and Kiley then detach that part and add another on the other end of the sphere. This is because they can’t manipulate and heat both ends of the sphere at the same time.

As Marioni and Kiley made their glasses the desired size, they kept the melted glass hot so they could fuse the two spheres together. The end result was a spherical masterpiece.

They made the wine glasses next, using basically the same process but shorter.

Most pieces are made from the base up as it is easier. To make a pattern on a wine glass, Marioni and Kiley stick the not-so fully formed glass in a cup with patterns engraved in them.

As they made the wine glasses, they added a ceramic brick material to make the glass less sticky. They fused the two parts together to make a wine glass.

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Literature conference returns to Louisville for 48th year Friday, Feb 28 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

The 48th Louisville conference on “Literature and Culture since 1900” took place from Feb. 20 through Feb. 22 with various seminars being held throughout the Bingham Humanities Building.

Since its debut, this international event invites people to submit their own literary work along with topics that correlate to literature and culture. Through a rigorous process, select proposals and creative works are grouped together and prepared for a presentation.

Co-Program Coordinator Janna Tajibaeva explained the event focuses on 20th century literature, cultures, cinema and poetry.  Tajibaeva said the event is the longest ongoing conference in the midwest.

“Sometimes people will tell us that it is better to have it on campus than some other institution because it has some academic field. Nowadays, most conferences are held at hotels or convention centers,” Tajibaeva said.

Besides being around for 48 years, another specialty of the conference is that the event expands on a singular subject, said co-program coordinator Brandon Harwood.

“This conference tries to look at the ways that literature and the literary arts, which is a little bit broader, affects cultures and culture affects it. It asks political questions, religious questions. It asks how is it that literature is changing, how is it the way people digest literature is changing,” Harwood said.

He explained the event is forward-thinking and said the value of the conference lies in how it teaches people to look past just reading a good book and to start asking questions such as, “How does this literature piece affect society?”

The conference’s seminars ranged from creative panels that covered fiction, to lectures such as one titled “Nocturnal Variations: Revising the Night in Fiction and Film.”

“Since it’s at a university, it has a homier feel. Most of these people teach at universities, so it feels like they are gathering around and talking about these ideas that they usually teach. So now they get to listen to what other people think about it, dialogue about it and help further their own research,” Harwood said.

The event is semi-annually, so the next conference will be held again in February 2021.

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Garden Commons teaches students how to garden early Wednesday, Feb 26 2020 

By Christian Grace —

The University of Louisville’s Garden Commons hosted a workshop for locals and students with a focus on starting seeds early and sustainable gardening. A majority of U of L students only have access to on-campus options when it comes to food, which can be less than healthy or fresh.

Bethany Pratt, an agent of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, promotes education on gardening practices for all types of people in all areas.

Pratt discussed problems people within city limits might face. 

“In an urban landscape, I feel like we have more of an issue with food insecurity than in a rural area,” Pratt said. 

Pratt gave tips on how to construct homemade greenhouses using clear plastic bags or plastic wrap to seed earlier in the year.

“It’s an individual’s responsibility to have a basic understanding of the process it takes to get food on the table. It’s important to diversify food sources to alleviate a reliance on farming and to get in more connected with nature,” said Alanis Harris, one of Pratt’s university interns.

Harris said noon to 1 p.m. is a great time to have workshops because that is when most students have a break from classes.

“We wanted the garden and resources to be accessible to everyone and a chance to connect with other students while experiencing nature. The communal garden was so important because it gives students on campus a chance to understand their food and have access to fresh items,” Harris said. 

There was no shortage of students, faculty and community members in the greenhouse.

Everyone had a chance to experience a hands-on demonstration of readying soil and planting seeds in containers to transport later to soil.

The event concluded with the attendees labeling their plant holders, sharing seeds from home and discussing future projects.

The greenhouse will be moved in the coming weeks as construction begins on campus. Its new home will be behind Betty Johnson Hall.

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Staying in Louisville for break? Don’t miss out on these local events Friday, Feb 21 2020 

By Christian Grace–

Spring break is rapidly approaching for University of Louisville students, and there are a lot of things to look forward to throughout the week.

For those who find parties and colorful displays interesting, the Louisville Zoo’s lights festival will be at the top of the list.

The “Wild Lights Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo” is an eyeful. The event is the largest lantern display in the region and showcases complex and culturally significant designs throughout the zoo.

Ticket prices for non-member adults are $18.50 if purchased before arrival or $20.50 at the gate. Card-carrying members will only pay $15.50 if tickets are bought in advance and $18.50 at the gate. The festival opens March 5 and ends on April 25 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For those considering something more artistic or verbal performances, look no further than the KMAC Poetry SLAM. This local event showcases the creative talent of those who express themselves through words.

KMAC is free for attendees, the only cost being $7 to perform. The KMAC museum in downtown Louisville is housing the event, which is hosted by Lance G. Newman II.

It starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. March 10. They also host these events every second Tuesday of each month if it becomes something more than a spring break fling.

It’s the luck of the Irish in Louisville this year with a day full of parades and drinks starting March 14. Over 150 attendees flood the street each year to commemorate St. Patrick’s day.

The parade is the largest in Kentucky and can be enjoyed with shenanigans and malarkey. The Hibernian’s Society wants everyone to come down to the corner of Baxter and Bardstown to celebrate the Irish-American way.

Whether you’re from the Emerald Island, have Irish heritage or only have the Irish spirit in your heart–there’s plenty of luck to be found at the parade.

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U of L student shows skills on “Lego Masters” Monday, Feb 17 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

A UofL senior is building Lego creations as a contestant on a new Fox game show.

Christian Cowgill said casting directors for the show “Lego Masters” approached him at the Brick Fair Lego Convention in Virginia last year.

He said he likes the tiny building blocks because of the limitless creativity.

“It began when I was 3 or 4. My mom has gotten me a Lego Jack Stone Fire Rescue First Responder truck and it was love at first build,” Cowgill said.

“It was a true honor to get to be a part of this competition, to be amongst so many creative people that share in the hobby was truly something special, we developed such a family that it was truly a competition where everyone wanted the best of each other, to perform and submit the best quality work, which in my mind makes the truly greatest competition of all time,” Cowgill said.

In this competition, 20 contestants build their own creations in teams of two. Each week sets a new challenge for them to accomplish to move on to the next round.  One team will be left standing at the end to win a cash prize and earn the title of Lego Masters.

“Me and my partner Aaron along with the other contestants on the show build different creations the brick masters give us,” Cowgill said.

He said that he loved being a part of the show and that every second of it was truly living the dream.

Since the show is new to the FOX network and started airing Feb. 5, there is still a lot left in store for this season.

“Viewers can expect to see amazing creations, dedicated teammates, high stakes, a lot of emotion and passion,” Cowgill said.

Two episodes have already aired so there’s still time to catch up before any more episodes come out.

Lego Masters will air again Feb. 19 at 9 p.m.

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