Advice on the art of regifting Monday, Dec 2 2019 

By Zoe Watkins —

Though we love our family dearly, sometimes they give us presents that make us wonder if they put any thought into it. While some items might not be your favorite, someone else might enjoy them.

Regifting is basically a form of recycling but taking an old, dusty present and pretending it’s new and something you recently bought for the person. However, this process is delicate. There is a certain etiquette that must be kept in mind.

First, try to put more meaning behind the process and try to be honest and thoughtful with the gift you choose to give someone.

Also be truthful about the gift rather than trying to lie about buying it. If you explain the gift was previously given to you, but you thought they would enjoy it more, they’ll understand.

Now keep in mind when and where it is appropriate to regift a present. Don’t go regifting things every chance you get unless you absolutely must. A great example of where regifting is a good idea is when you get two of the same items.

Now, here is what not to do. Never give away a present that someone made for you since that would really hurt someone’s feelings if they found out. Don’t give away personalized items since your name is literally written on it. And don’t give away used or out-of-packaged items.

As useful as it is, be careful when regifting this holiday season. Giving presents should come from the heart, not from the bottom of your closet.

Graphic by Shayla Kerr // The Louisville Cardinal

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ULPD introduces new motorcycle program to increase safety Sunday, Dec 1 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

University of Louisville students can expect to see two University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) motorcycles around campus from now on. ULPD is testing out a new motorcycle program to enhance campus safety.

“The University of Louisville Police Department has a consistent and proactive goal of innovation and enhancing safety across campus,” said ULPD chief Gary Lewis. “The addition of the Motorcycle Unit will enhance our ability to perform our mission. Motorcycles are cost and energy efficient, display effective mobility techniques, strengthen and builds [sic] upon public and community relations while improving campus coverage response times.”

Harley Davidson is leasing the motorcycles to ULPD for this program. The program’s cost will be $30,000 over the next three years said Lewis. Lewis also said this will be $10,000 cheaper than buying a new Ford SUV police cruiser.

Due to their smaller nature, these motorcycles will be used to monitor high traffic areas. “By their nature, high traffic areas can make it difficult to position a patrol car. Motorcycles, however, can be more effective at these locations due to the ease with which they can be positioned,” said Lewis. “Motorcycles can also assimilate into traffic for enforcement purposes easier than conventional patrol vehicles.”

ULPD also plans on using the motorcycles to cut down response times and provide more surveillance on campus. “The police motorcycle’s surveillance of the area can be overt to maximize the visible deterrent impact or covert to maximize tactical objectives,” said Lewis.

Lewis hopes this operation can be used in conjunction with educational campaigns and public information around campus. “Some agencies have even used these types of events to roll out new shipments of police motorcycles,” said Lewis. “Agencies can advertise the purchase of the motorcycles and associate them with a specific problem, whether it is red light running, speeding, aggressive driving, or some other traffic problem in that agency’s jurisdiction.”

Three ULPD officers trained for this program: Sgt. Oscar Chavez, Don Gosney and Doug Howard. The program has been in effect as of Nov. 11.

Photo Courtesy of ULPD

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Students use different forms of spoken word to speak on racial justice Saturday, Nov 30 2019 

By Eli Hughes —

Students at the University of Louisville had the chance to share their poetry and speeches advocating for racial justice during a Students Speak Out event hosted by the Muhammad Ali Institute. The event took place Nov. 19  at the Red Barn and was a part of the campus’s Peace and Justice Week. 

Ashleigh Hazley, assistant director of the Muhammad Ali Institute, put the event together. Five performers spoke about a variety of issues including racism, sexism, Islamophobia and police brutality. 

Mariyomo Issa, junior at U of L and Muhammad Ali Scholar, gave a speech titled, “Resentment of Black Muslim Women from 3 Dimensions.” Her speech detailed how she feels isolated from communities she should be welcomed into because of other aspects of her identity.

Issa discussed how she felt pressure to stop wearing her hijab by some members of the black community, and how whenever she faces discrimination, it’s hard to tell if it’s because she’s black, Muslim, or a woman. In her words, “Skin color, religion, gender. In all aspects, I have to face persecution.” 

Another performer at the speak out was freshman Rawan Saleh who read her poem, “Islamophobia.” Saleh’s poem discussed the double standard between white Christian terrorists and Muslim terrorists. She listed tragic acts of terror enacted by white men. For example, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Charleston church shooting.

The main point of her poem was to show that violent acts by white people are often characterized as just one person committing a terrible crime, while Islam is often viewed as a violent religion when someone who is Muslim commits a violent act. 

Saleh’s poem shed light on the peace Islam is supposed to represent. “Islam is not synonymous with terror,” she says in her poem. She ended the poem with the traditional Muslim greeting in Arabic and then in English, “Peace be upon you.” She responded to herself with the typical reply, “And peace be upon you, too.” 

Quintez Brown, a sophomore, was one of the event’s hosts, and during a break in the performances, he posed a question, “Why is it important for college students to be engaged in conversations surrounding racial justice?” After taking answers from the audience, Brown offered his own response. He detailed specific hardships that marginalized people face and said, “Having an engagement with these issues helps us understand how the real world works and operates.”

Peace and Justice Week is a week-long conversation about racial justice hosted by the Anne Braden and Muhammed Ali Institutes and Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research.

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Holiday movie guide to get in the festive spirit Friday, Nov 29 2019 

By Blake Wedding —

It’s that time of year again–nights by the fireplace while sipping eggnog and hot cocoa. The time of year where we think of others more than ever and give gifts. It’s time for holiday parties and cold nights with friends and loved ones. This also means it’s time to snuggle up in the living room and watch holiday movies that remind us why this time of year is so special. The Cardinal has prepared a list of five of the most festive films to make it easier for students to get in the holiday spirit.

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles – John Hughes (1987)

John Hughes is a legendary filmmaker often regarded for many things, but his greatest gift was in casting the spotlight on the lives of small-town middle Americans in a sympathetic and forward-thinking manner. He is an auteur of the classic “coming-of-age” story in film history, but his 1987 holiday film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” might be his finest comedic work. Featuring the likes of comedic geniuses Steve Martin and John Candy at the height of their careers, the movie is a wholesome story about two irreverent characters heading home for the holidays. Inevitably, the two characters butt heads due to their incredibly different lifestyles and personalities. But what “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” teaches is to appreciate people who are different than us and to embrace the holiday sense of giving and charity. It is a film that sheds sympathy for the downtrodden, the forgotten and the eccentric people in this world, and it reminds us that helping others is one of the greatest gifts we can give.

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Bill Meléndez (1965)

There are few names as well known as “Charlie Brown” when it comes to naming classic holiday films. The Charlie Brown series has its name attached to a number of different holidays over the years, but without a doubt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the best of them all. This is a film that captures the spirit and essence of the holidays, as well as the nostalgia and child-like wonder that accompany the holidays. It’s a film about friendship, togetherness, selflessness and caring about people. It also happens to have one of the most recognized and well-regarded soundtracks to any holiday movie.

3. Elf – Jon Favreau (2003)

Just when it seemed like Hollywood was running out of ideas for holiday films, “Elf” came along in 2003 and cemented itself as a modern holiday classic. Sure, the film is filled with clichés and some of Will Ferrell’s goofiest comedy to date, but it’s also an undeniably charming, funny and wholesome holiday film. It’s a film that reiterates already well-known themes of the holidays and why they’re important, but it’s the way “Elf” executes its ideas that makes it an endearing film. Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy the Elf, and as a character, is someone who forces others to reevaluate their selfishness during the holidays.

4. A Christmas Story – Bob Clark (1983)

“A Christmas Story” is a holiday classic in every sense of the word and a film as synonymously American as apple pie. It’s a film that nearly everyone mentions as the quintessential holiday film and one that tells a familiar story of the holidays in small-town America. It’s a funny, endearing and amusing story that shows how an entire family handles the holiday season. From Ralphie’s insatiable desire to have the newest and greatest gifts under the Christmas tree, to his father being overworked and jaded about the holidays, and his mother being overworked and stressed during this time of year, what “A Christmas Story” does best is show us that the holidays can be both full of wonder and worry depending on who you are. Furthermore, “A Christmas Story” manages to tell these stories through a lens that is relatable and undoubtedly hilarious, making it one of the best feel-good movies of the season.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra (1946)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a film that has been called the greatest holiday movie of all time year after year, and there is a reason for that. Not only is “It’s a Wonderful Life” the best holiday film ever, it’s also one of the greatest films of any genre ever made. Yes, this is an old movie, and yes, some younger viewers may be thrown off by the original film’s black and white cinematography, but it’s also a rare film that can resonate with people of all ages. It’s a film about learning not to take what you have for granted during the most important time of year. A film that exclaims that no matter how stressful or hard your life may be, you should take time to understand the importance of being thankful for what you do have. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a film about compassion, acceptance, togetherness and, as the title implies, life.

Festive Mentions: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1967); “Home Alone” (1990); “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989); “The Santa Claus” (1994); “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994); “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993); “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964).

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal 

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High voter engagement earns U of L a gold seal Friday, Nov 29 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge awarded the University of Louisville a gold seal for its voter engagement. U of L increased its student voter rating to 49 percent in 2018, a 9.7 percent increase since 2014.

“We are excited to honor University of Louisville with an ALL IN Challenge gold seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like U of L are changing the culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national program which awards universities for increasing their student voter turnout. For universities to participate, they must assemble a diverse committee of faculty and staff and implement a plan of action.

U of L won a silver award last year, having 60 to 69 percent of students vote in the 2016 presidential election. They earned a gold seal for having 40 to 49 percent of students vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

“This is a great recognition, but it also shows us that there is still room to improve, since campuses with 50% or high voter participation receive a Platinum Seal,” said lead ambassador for Vote Everywhere, Wyn Garfinkle Plymesser. “This recognition is great because it validates all of the hard work that is put in to engaging voters on our campus, and it inspires us to continue our work and reach 50% or more voter participation.”

One of the reasons U of L achieved this gold seal was due to the Engage Lead Serve Board program, “Vote Everywhere,” which is a voting resource on campus. “The ELSB Program, Vote Everywhere, focused on being a resource to register and update registration, and also educate voters and answer any questions they may have,” said Plymesser. “U of L also has a large absentee voter population, so Vote Everywhere, in collaboration with SGA, hosted an absentee ballot Mail-In Party to allow students to send in their absentee ballots for free.”

Plymesser said that with the collaboration between administrators and student-led groups, U of L can increase its voter engagement efforts. “If we can continue registering voters at campus-wide events, we will be able to make sure everyone is informed about the election,” she said.

U of L was one of three universities in the state to receive a gold seal this year. The other two universities were Midway College and Northern Kentucky University.

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Black Friday advice: Strategy is key when going into battle Thursday, Nov 28 2019 

By Zoe Watkins — 

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and it’s time to gather with family and enjoy the annual festivities. Whether it’s making a hefty dinner, watching TV with the family, or tuning in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, everything is joyful and peaceful. That is until the clock strikes twelve.

It’s time for the bloodiest battle to begin–Black Friday.

The whole day is utter chaos as crowds of customers squeeze through tiny automatic doors for the last set of cookware. So many people get hurt over everyday items, and in the worst cases, people have been killed getting trampled by crowds. However, if you think the price is right to go against the horde, here are some quick tips to survive Black Friday.

Planning and Precision is Key

Going into the store with no clue whatsoever is like going into battle without any strategy. Before it’s time for the deals to start, make a list of what you want to buy and look where the items are located in the stores. This will save you time that would have been spent searching around the store for what you need. If possible, arrive early to avoid parking wars and maybe get in some early Black Friday sales. Also, if you’re going to shop at more than one store, plan your travel by whose sales start the earliest and find the fastest ways to get there.

Look High, Stake Low

Another key detail is location. A lot of people will be heading to major superstores to get their items which leaves a lot of other places a bit less packed. So while everyone is off at Walmart, find an obscure shopping mall or a small plaza. Besides, maybe your favorite local store is having a better sale than other retailers and might have more items in stock with the smaller crowd.

Travel in Packs

What’s a war without an army? Bring friends with you so snagging deals can be even easier, but also for protection. If you have an item in your cart that someone desperately wants, they will not hesitate to snatch it from you and are willing to fight for it.

Have Some Tricks Up Your Sleeve

No one plays fair when valuable items are being sold at a very cheap cost, so use some of those tactics against them.  Put unappealing things over the items you don’t want someone to see. Some stores will even work with you to get your items safely.

Just Don’t Go at All

At this point, there really is no reason to go to Black Friday and have to deal with all of that chaos unless you really enjoy it. Just wait a couple days for Cyber Monday which sometimes has better deals and some things you couldn’t buy at the store. Also, you get to just sit your pajamas and shop around while eating the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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Gov. Bevin appoints three new board of trustee members Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Gov. Matt Bevin filled the three vacant University of Louisville board of trustee spots Nov. 22. Scott Brinkman, Randall J. Bufford and John Chilton are the three new trustees.

Brinkman currently serves as secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, overseeing the Commonwealth’s Cabinets and implementing policies and programs. He is also on the board of the Waterfront Development Corporation. He was formerly a lawyer in Louisville for 35 years.

Chilton is the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Before this, he was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for more than 40 years.

Bufford, the only appointee not a part of Gov. Bevin’s cabinet, is the founder and president of Trilogy Health Services, LLC. He was also a board member on U of L’s Nursing and Business School committees.

In the release, there was no information regarding how long each member’s term would last or start. The trustees are set to meet for the last time this year Dec. 12.

Gov. Bevin also made appointments to Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky’s board’s.

None of the three new members were available for comment at the time.

File Photo // The Louisville Cardinal 

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Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night Tuesday, Nov 26 2019 

By Ben Goldberger — 

Growing up Jewish, I always felt different from my peers. I was the only one of my friends who didn’t celebrate Christmas and one of the two Jewish kids in my graduating class of 461 students.  This meant that when jack-o’-lanterns were tossed and Christmas trees went up, I always felt like an outsider. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas time. There is a certain spirit in the air with all of the lights, music and hot chocolate everywhere you turn. But being told “Merry Christmas” when leaving a store is not something that I look forward to.

It leaves me feeling separated from society, almost like I am wrong for not celebrating Christmas. 

It feels like being told “Roll Tide!” while walking down the streets of Birmingham, but while wearing a Louisville shirt. You can’t help but feel like you don’t belong since you do not celebrate the same things as everyone else around you.

Still, I never get offended when someone tells me “Merry Christmas” because I know it is a way of spreading joy and well-wishes. After all, they do not know that I don’t celebrate Christmas. 

But at the same time, I shouldn’t have to put up with constantly being told to celebrate a holiday that is not a part of my religious practices.

In the spirit of spreading inclusivity during this wonderful season, I urge you to use the term “Happy Holidays” to spread your festive joy.

Many people are not a fan of this idea, claiming that this indicates a “War on Christmas.” 

Personally, I do not see a problem with this suggestion. Saying “Happy Holidays” to strangers will not destroy Christmas. Christmas is still included in this statement, but now all other holidays during this season are included too. It will not limit the amount to which people can celebrate the holiday, but instead welcome the many people who do not celebrate Christmas to feel the holiday cheer as well. 

According to a Pew Research Center data set from 2017, 10 percent of Americans do not celebrate Christmas.  This may not seem like a lot, but that is 37.2 million people, around the same amount as the population of Canada.

If the population of Americans who do not celebrate Christmas made their own country, that would be the 40th most populous country in the world according to the United Nations’ records. 

Journalist Lux Alptraum explains what it is like being a Jewish woman during Christmas time on an episode of the podcast “Conversations with People Who Hate Me.” She said, “it is really isolating at this time to sort of feel that everyone expects you to participate [in Christmas,] and if you do not participate, you are sort of shut out of the fun.”

I am not asking you to stop celebrating Christmas or not share your joy for the holidays with others.

I am just asking you to please be more aware that not everyone celebrates the same holidays as you do and act in a way that is more welcoming of those individuals, further inviting all people to enjoy the holiday fun that you love so dearly. 

The overwhelming spread of love and kindness that takes over society during this time of year is incredibly amazing, and it seems as if that is a big part of the meaning of Christmas to many people who celebrate it. Saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” to strangers whose religion is unknown to you spreads the love and kindness even farther.  

Have a lovely, peaceful, joyful and especially happy holidays everybody.

Graphic by Shayla Kerr // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L Health expands women’s health services to downtown and South Louisville Tuesday, Nov 26 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville Health Frazier Rehab Institute is bringing their women’s health services to two more of their locations: the U of L Health – Mary and Elizabeth and downtown campuses.

David McArthur, U of L Health media relations, said this expansion has been planned over the last six months. He said U of L Health wanted to serve the needs of the entire Louisville area, and these two locations allow them to do so.

U of L Health – Medical Center East is where they developed the Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy program. This program was developed to help women living with urinary problems, pelvic pain and pregnancy pain or weaknesses, to name a few.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, up to one in five women in America are affected by pelvic floor disorders. ” More than 25 million Americans have urinary incontinence, and the experience can leave them feeling ashamed, socially isolated, and depressed,” states the U of L Health Frazier Rehab website. “Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of physical therapy in treating the symptoms of urinary incontinence.”

This program treats women through different stages of life with common diagnoses like:

  • Urinary Incontinence or Urinary Urgency.
  • Dyspareunia/Painful intercourse.
  • Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain/painful urination.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Vaginismus/pelvic muscle tightness.
  • Vulvodynia/vaginal burning.
  • Pelvic floor myalgia (muscle pain)/muscle spasm.
  • Levator ani syndrome.
  • Pregnancy- and post-pregnancy related issues.
  • Post-surgical pelvic pain.

With this program, they provide treatments to address muscle weakness or imbalance which may be causing these issues. According to their website, “Pelvic floor muscle training, in conjunction with bladder retraining, has been shown to reduce or resolve symptoms of urinary incontinence in women.”

The program features multiple treatments and therapies including:

  • Assessment to determine the type of incontinence (stress, urge, or both), the extent of incontinence, and assessment of the strength, motor control and endurance of pelvic floor muscles.
  • Assessment of musculoskeletal issues with particular emphasis on pelvic and back pain.
  • Comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with the patient’s physician.
  • Therapeutic exercise to enhance pelvic floor and abdominal muscle function, and incorporation of these exercises into daily activities.
  • Surface EMG (electromyography) to measure muscle activity and to provide patients with feedback on the muscle control as it develops.
  • Electrical stimulation to facilitate muscle contraction or to reduce pain.
  • Recommendations on lifestyle changes that will help make the bladder less irritable, including avoiding common bladder irritants, retraining the bladder, keeping a bladder diary and lifting, moving, and exercising correctly.

The goal of this program is to reduce or resolve these issues with muscle treatment or therapy.

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How-to turn a bland dorm into a festive getaway Monday, Nov 25 2019 

By Haley Snyder —

It’s hard being away from home around the holidays. If you’re living on campus, celebrating the season can feel lonely without the comforts of home. Here are a few ways to get your dorm or apartment ready for the holiday season.

Cook a Cozy Meal

Tis’ the season to eat ALL of the food you want. Being home means the aroma of fresh-baked treats and meals wafting through the halls. Take a page from your momma’s book and cook yourself a meal. Turkey, pumpkin pancakes or a pot of chili. Any of these classics can make you feel much more at home.

Add throw blankets

“I have too many blankets,” said no one ever. Add a few throw blankets to your couch, bed and chair because wrapping up in a blanket is almost as good as a bear hug from your loved ones. Not to mention a fall colored or textured throw can act as a decoration for your space.

Candles. Everywhere.

If you can’t bake, fake it until you make it. Adding candles not only adds a pretty, dim light to the room but a delicious smell to come home too. Not to mention, candles can add decoration to any size space. Maybe burn a candle that you brought from home. Burn responsibly!

Holiday Treats

Take some time to bake cookies, a pie, or brownies–whatever your heart desires. If you’re not the baking type, grab a few treats from your local store to keep at home. When you’re feeling down, remember there is nothing that a slice of pie can’t fix.

Host a ‘Friendsgiving’

If you miss being close to family, consider planning a Thanksgiving dinner for your group of friends. The holiday season is all about spending time and giving thanks to those closest to you, and what better way to fill your heart than by spending time with your best friends over a cozy holiday meal? Make it a tradition.

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