Bardstown police investigating after suspect burglarizes, torches car Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 

Anyone with information on this case should contact the Bardstown Police Department.

Bevin calls proposal to reform ailing state pension plans ‘generous’ Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 

The governor says hazardous duty employees will see no changes to their current pension plan. But others will.

Aspire Academy: Inside basketball prep school Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

Student athletes come from all over the world to play for Aspire Academy, a basketball prep school housed in Desales High School.

Abortion rights protesters outnumber pro-life activists Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

By Hannah Reid–

The pro-life activist group Created Equal visited campus Oct. 17, sending their message to the thousands of students who pass by the SAC at lunchtime. The Ohio group found themselves protected by police and outnumbered by chanting abortion right protesters.

Lead by director Mark Harrington, the Columbus group does outreach to campuses to start a dialogue about abortion. They display poster-sized images of aborted fetuses paired with a JumboTron TV playing an abortion video. They passed out literature that includes some of these images as well.

Harrington stressed their first amendment right to be there.

Emma Mysko is a Field Assistant for Created Equal who has been with the organization for about six years. “We’ve all done outreach in different ways, with images, without and we’ve seen consistently that using the images while yes, is kind of in-your-face, it’s the most effective way.”

“If you just come out and talk with people without any kind of visual you’ll still have good conversations, but nowhere near to the same extent,” Mysko said.  “And obviously with a large school like this we can’t talk with every single student on campus, but students come through, they see images, a lot of them will take pictures. Even if they don’t the images stick with you.”

Many students were put off by the images, especially considering the location being right in front of most of the dining options on campus. Mysko said that they were designated to be there by the university permit as a free speech area.

Sophomore Sammi Mathew believes that the Created Equal group’s display was hate speech and needed to be removed immediately. She said it promotes violence against women and is traumatic to witness, especially to those who have had an abortion in the past.

While Mathew recognizes the right to free speech, she doesn’t agree with the university letting them being there.

To show her distaste with this organization, Mathew took down signs, tried to put sheets over the graphic images and gathered students to protest. After today she said she will take further action by finding a university official to speak with to keep displays like this off campus.

When student Madeline McCubbins caught wind of the visitors on campus, she grabbed her Planned Parenthood signs and headed to the SAC. She is the president of the Students for Reproductive Freedom, an organization on campus that “supports reproductive health, rights, and justice for everyone.”

Jake Hassert, a freshman student, helped block the signs he described as ugly and called the situation fear mongering and scare tactics. He mentioned this group had previously come to his private high school to share their message.

Hassert is passionate about this issue and feels he is standing up for what is right. He said reproductive freedom is “not really a political issue, it’s just an ethical issue. It’s a question of morality.”

Hassert said he was not surprised the organization was on campus because U of L is big, but is just glad he can be a part of this.

As the day progressed the students standing for pro-choice went from a handful, to nearly 50 by the time Created Equal packed up to leave at 2 p.m.

Created Equal representatives said that they aren’t strangers to groups countering them. Harrington said they hadn’t faced anything quite like U of L’s counter-protesters before.

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Summer is over and the dog flu is still going strong Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

Now that summer is behind us, dog owners are still being warned to take precautions and to have their dogs vaccinated against the highly-contagious canine flu.

Parents have privacy concerns after information was released by school system Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

As the West Clark Community Schools referendum vote nears, groups on either side of the issue are making their arguments for or against the 95 million dollar project. But parents have taken to social media, and said their privacy was put at risk.

Take a tour inside Norton Children’s Hospital raffle house Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

How does this sound to you?... A new $750,000 dollar home in Norton Commons for just $100. It can be yours, but only if you buy a raffle ticket to benefit Norton Children's Hospital.

UPS gives $25K grant to Challenger Learning Center Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

The Challenger Learning Center is tucked away on campus at the Academy at Shawnee. It may be on their campus, but it is run by the Kentucky Science Center. Inside, students can get first-hand experience operating mock space missions and space travel.

Faculty: Open the presidential search Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

By Shelby Brown and Kyeland Jackson —

As the search for U of L’s next president continues in secret, more faculty voiced their opposition.

Faculty members said they’re “thoroughly opposed” to a closed search for the university’s next president in letters being sent to U of L’s board. The letters suggested expanding the presidential search committee and including opening the search for more input.

“We feel that severely limiting the input from faculty and other constituents will damage the efforts to cultivate greater transparency, undermine the importance of shared governance, and negatively impact the future working relationship and trust between the faculty and senior leadership,” one letter said, urging collaboration. “This more inclusive representation would also help restore the confidence of the university’s donors.”

Board of Trustees Chair David Grissom announced the search would be confidential Sept. 15, explaining the board wanted to protect the potential applicants’ careers from public scrutiny. Grissom and SGA President Vishnu Tirumala promised constituents would have ample input on the search, pointing to board representatives and listening tours to gather public input as examples.

But Susan Jarosi, U of L’s American Association of University Professors’ president, cried foul, saying a closed search would impede constituents’ input.

“Without knowing who the finalists are, (faculty) won’t be able to say whether they prefer candidate A or B or C relative to one another,” Jarosi said in an email. “It’s one thing to say that faculty prefer candidates with academic backgrounds, which is a very general statement about requisite experience; it’s quite another to be able to asses the specific qualifications and experience of the candidates, compare them to each other, and present a judgement to our elected representative.”

The letters will be sent to the board before it meets Oct. 18. Both draft letters are below:

Faculty Senate executive

Fac Senate Letter

Fac Senate Letter

A&S Letter

A&S Letter

 

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SACSCOC could review FBI investigation Tuesday, Oct 17 2017 

By Kyeland Jackson —

The FBI may be the least of U of L’s worries.

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and School, U of L’s accrediting agency, said information on the university’s athletics program could be sent to them as “unsolicited information.”

For SACSCOC, “unsolicited information” is facts concerning the university which are sent without them requesting it.

Wheelan said the information wouldn’t be included in SACSCOC’s December meeting to decide on U of L’s accreditation.

“Their reaffirmation will be addressed this December so, no, it won’t be in with this decision, however, any item of non-compliance can be brought back to the board at any time,” Wheelan said in an email. “So, after they send in their response from the unsolicited information request, if we determine that it needs board action, in this case it would be reviewed next June.”

The program is roiling under an FBI investigation alleging coaches partnered with adidas to bribe a recruit into joining the program. Following the investigation and citing a sex scandal which involved staffers paying women to dance and have sex with men’s basketball players and recruits, U of L blasted and fired men’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino.

The university also placed athletic director Tom Jurich on paid leave, suspended men’s basketball player Brian Bowen and put two basketball staffers on leave.

SACSCOC, put the university on probation in December for three potential violations after Governor Matt Bevin reorganized the board of trustees.

Multiple audits, reports and unsolicited information sent from the university racked up more potential violations, totaling nine by September. SACSCOC’s special committee visited the university then, confirming U of L had satisfied seven potential violations. U of L Interim President Greg Postel pointed to the report to calm accreditation worries, but SACSCOC Vice President Michael Johnson said progress may not matter.

“They’re not looking to see if an institution is trying to be compliant, they’re looking to see if the institution is compliant,” Johnson said in an interview with the Cardinal. “Fixing to get compliant isn’t compliant.”

SACSCOC will meet in December to decide whether U of L ends its probation, extends its probation another year or loses its accreditation. If U of L loses its accreditation, academic degrees lose value, credits from U of L will not transfer, federal financial aid will not be available and the university cannot participate in the NCAA.

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