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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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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Student removed from campus apartments after accidentally discharging firearm Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

A University of Louisville student living in the Cardinal Towne apartments accidentally discharged a firearm Nov. 23, sending the bullet through the above room. No one was injured in this situation, but the student who fired the gun has been removed from Cardinal Towne and is facing disciplinary actions.

Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Boehm sent out a letter to students Nov. 26. “The student who discharged the weapon has been removed from campus housing and is facing disciplinary action as defined by the code of student conduct,” said Boehm. “Our housing office reached out to the affected students, offering them the opportunity to move to other housing, and the Dean of Students’ office and ULPD have engaged with the students to provide additional support.”

U of L Dean of Students Michael Mardis addressed the media Nov. 26 and said the gun was immediately seized from the student in question. He also said that the student wasn’t removed from the housing complex until Nov. 25, even though the incident happened two days before.

There was no RAVE alert sent out for this incident on Nov. 23. “As a reminder, U of L issues RAVE alerts when there is an imminent danger to students, faculty and staff,” said Boehm. “Because ULPD and Campus Housing quickly engaged the situation, there was no further threat to other students.”

Boehm also said in the letter that safety is the university’s top priority. She mentioned U of L’s weapon policy which prohibits deadly weapons on any property owned, leased, operated or controlled by U of L. This policy has been in place since 1996.

While both Boehm and Mardis said that the bullet went into the student’s closet, images from the student in the above room show the bullet was inches from her bed.

Boehm urged students, faculty and staff to call ULPD if they see something that concerns them on campus. She also highlighted the Cardinal Principle, being a “community of care.”

“Our safety is in large part determined by the quality of our response and the strength of the ties between us,” she said.

The student who fired the shot isn’t facing criminal charges, but is facing possible expulsion from U of L.

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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.

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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 college students can use their fitness trackers more effectively Thursday, Nov 21 2019 

By Eli Hughes —

As of 2019, there are approximately 56.7 million people in the U.S. who wear smartwatches and fitness trackers, many using them for the latter function.

According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Medicinethere isn’t evidence that correlates lower cholesterol or lower blood pressure to fitness tracker use. Only one of the six studies showed a correlation with weight loss. However, this doesn’t mean these devices aren’t useful to some people. 

The studies determined that fitness trackers were useful in improving the health of adults living with type two diabetes. Some college students reported finding them helpful, but not necessarily for the reasons tested in the studies. 

University of Louisville Health offered tips for those using the devices such as sharing the data collected with one’s doctor or nutritionist. This allows them to help people improve results and effectively use their fitness tracking devices.

Junior Aiden Strivers has been wearing a Fitbit for four years. Strivers uses it to count his steps and monitor his sleep. He says wearing a Fitbit motivates him to a certain extent, but once he reaches the standard 10,000 steps goal, that motivation goes away.

Strivers believes he gets more benefit out of the sleep function because he likes being able to look at the data and see how much quality sleep he gets. “I would say it has benefitted me overall,” Strivers said. He noted how it has positively impacted his mental health and made him feel healthier.

Junior Hannah Winner has been wearing a Fitbit for almost a year now. Much like Strivers, she uses it to count steps, calculate her heartbeat during workouts, monitor sleep and track her food. She was already an active and health-conscious person before she got her Fitbit, but she says her device motivates her to walk instead of drive somewhere within walking distance.

Winner said the food tracker has been the most helpful. She uses it to be aware of the nutritional value of her foods and to remind her to practice healthy eating habits.  

She says she would recommend it based on the person, and what their specific health goals are. “I think for people who aren’t very active it would be very worth it, and overall if you are active and want to understand more about your overall health.”

Dr. Martin Hueker, an emergency physician with U of L Health, advises that if you plan to use a fitness tracker, you might find it helpful but don’t go into it with big expectations about the device changing your life. For people who don’t want to buy a fitness tracker, Dr. Hueker made suggestions for other ways to stay motivated.

“It’s good to develop stackable habits. Lay out your gym clothes the night before so it’s easier to get in the habit of going to the gym the next day,” said Dr. Hueker. “It’s also good to hang out with people with the same goals.”

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Sports betting and horse racing panel concludes U of L speaker series Tuesday, Nov 19 2019 

By Victoria Harris —

Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium hosted an informational panel on the incorporation of sports betting into the horse racing industry Nov. 13, courtesy of the Equine Studies program. This was the last of a three-part speaker series at the University of Louisville.

The panel included three guest speakers: Bill Knauf, the vice president of business operations at Monmouth Park Racetrack, John Walsh, the assistant general manager at Hawthorne Race Course, and Rep. Adam Koenig (R-69). In 2020, Koenig plans on introducing a new bill to the Kentucky House of Representatives regarding the issue.

Mark Midland, co-founder and CEO of Horse Racing Nation, moderated the session. Horse Racing Nation is a website dedicated to covering Thoroughbred racing in the United States.

Currently, sports betting is not allowed in Kentucky, and gambling is restricted to pari-mutuel wagering on horses, state lotteries and charity gambling. In spite of this, many racetracks are looking to expand into broader sports betting to appeal to a younger and wider audience.

Few states have legalized sports betting, but there are many pending pieces of legislation that would allow it. 

Sports betting could greatly increase revenue for a state; however, many are concerned with moral drawbacks and potential for addiction. To combat this, many legislators are including a clause within their bills which requires a certain percentage of money to be donated to addiction centers.

In addition, many places that host gambling have self-exclusion lists. If a person is aware they are addicted to gambling, they can fill out a form that will add their name and picture to a database. Once on this list, if they attempt to enter a gambling house within the zone covered by their self-exclusion list, they can be arrested for trespassing. If a person wants to lift their self-imposed ban, often times they must complete at least 5 years of their ban before coming under review. 

Students who wish to pursue a career in the equine industry can study it at U of L. U of L is the only accredited college in the world that offers an equine degree.

Photo By Matthew Keck // The Louisville Cardinal 

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Louisville football earns academic award for first time Monday, Nov 18 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville football team is having success on and off the field this year. They are one of six teams who will receive the 2019 American Football Coaches Association academic achievement award Jan. 13, 2020.

Rocco Gasparro, U of L football spokesman, said this is a testament to the players’ commitment to academics. “It shows families of players that we recruit that it’s important that our players do what is right on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

This is the first time the Cardinals have received this honor. Air Force, Alabama, Clemson, Rice and Utah are the other five schools receiving this award.

Gasparro said if the Cardinals football team can maintain focus on academics, they will be repeat winners for this award in the future.

Each school recorded a perfect 1,000 for their-single year Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2017-2018 season. This is only the second year the NCAA has used the single-year APR to select a winner.

The APR is used to hold institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric. That metric accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for the academic year.

The APR works as such:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • The team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.

Formerly, the award was based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA from 1981 to 2007. From 2008 until 2017, the AFCA used the NCAA’s graduation success rate to score and select winners for this award.

Duke’s football program has received the most AFCA awards, earning 14 since 1981.

Head coach Scott Satterfield will be presented with the award during the honors luncheon in January 2020.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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College of Business receives $2 million grant for research and faculty expansion Monday, Nov 18 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville College of Business announced Nov. 14 that they received a $2 million grant from the Joseph W. Craft III Foundation. The College of Business plans to use this grant to increase research and expand faculty.

This funding will go towards the Center for Free Enterprise to continue its exploration of entrepreneurship’s advancement in the well-being of society. “This helps students see real life applications to what they are studying,” said Stephan Gohmann, director of the Center for Free Enterprise.

“The Center for Free Enterprise is tackling seemingly intractable problems with a fresh perspective and innovative solutions,” said president, CEO and chairman of Alliance Resource Partners LP, Joseph Craft. “It gives students the opportunity to work alongside university scholars to discover how the free enterprise system in the United States preserves our freedom and contributes to the prosperity needed to apply critical thinking to solve the challenges in their own lives, their communities and the world.”

The center will expand by adding two tenure-track faculty in entrepreneurship, up to five doctoral fellows plus staff for the center. Gohmann said doctoral fellows will be recruited within U of L and outside of the university.

It will also partner with the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship to examine ideas related to free enterprise through the lens of principled entrepreneurship. “We will be able to use these synergies for better programming and better classroom experiences for students,” said Gohmann. “This can occur when we bring in speakers who can give talks to the general public and also talks in entrepreneurship classes. Likewise, we often bring in authors of books that our reading groups are reading.”

Since operations began in 2015, the center has hosted speakers on topics such as criminal justice reform, transformation of China, crypto-currency and entrepreneurship in Senegal.

In addition, the center hosts reading groups throughout each semester that attract students from across the university. The purpose is to get students reading and exchanging ideas outside of the classroom. Students who attend these reading sessions also have the opportunity to receive a scholarship if they meet participation requirements.

“Our students benefit from the rich experiences the Center for Free Enterprise provides,” said U of L President Neeli Bendapudi. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to inspire our community’s future business leaders through these generous gifts.”

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U of L counseling center hosts “Fall Wellness Fair” Saturday, Nov 16 2019 

By Victoria Harris —

The Counseling Center hosted a “Fall Wellness Fair” in the Red Barn Nov. 7. 

The fair focused on raising awareness of on-campus student resources for physical, mental and emotional health. The fair featured tables representing student housing, the PEACC Center, the LGBT Center, TRiO Student Support Services and others.  

The first 100 students to check-in received a free rainbow tie-dye t-shirt and a food card. After visiting five tables and collecting stamps from each, the food cards were redeemable for access to a buffet table that included mini-pumpkin muffins, chicken salad sliders, cheese plates, popcorn and cider.

Campus health services offered free 30-minute chair massages. Students could also have their faces painted or have their caricature drawn at this four-hour fair. 

The Kentucky Humane Society was present with two young puppies, Corndog and Tatertot, whom students could hold.

U of L’s counseling center held this event to provide resources and engage students in wellness-related activities.

Photo Courtesy of University of Louisville Student Affairs

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