U of L has double standards when it comes to protests Thursday, Sep 3 2020 

By Zachary Baker–

This year has been a chaotic year for many of us, but especially so for the African American community. With the many killings of unarmed people by the police, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been in the national spotlight. Louisville has seen months of protests demanding justice for the killing of Louisville resident Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

One of the protests, held right by Cardinal Stadium on Aug. 25, had an interesting response from the U of L administration which seemed almost hypocritical to their statements of support for the movement. 

When the group of protesters formed sometime after 3 p.m., several emails went out through the university’s RAVE system—normally used to alert students to robberies or other dangers on campus. 

The university sent the emails to alert students to the protests forming. They recommended students and faculty avoid the area. 

“University leadership has been monitoring the news surrounding potential upcoming protests in our city, including a planned demonstration today at 2 p.m.,” President Bendapudi wrote in an email to students Aug. 25.

The emails that followed were to ensure that students were aware of law enforcement presence in the area and that arrests were made—though the protest remained peaceful. The emails came in one after another so that students were frequently updated. There were a total of 4 emails. 

While this may not seem like too much of an issue, it is a strange position to take. They’re telling students to “avoid the area” of a protest against police violence while also defending the position of the protestors. 

But let’s compare this protest to the primarily-white gun march on campus in 2017. The gun march saw students carrying semi-automatic rifles around campus in the wake of several mass shootings across the campus and even the deaths of students around campus from gun violence. 

The university’s approach was to keep young children inside. But they did not warn the campus of any dangers around the event despite the involvement of weapons.

In fact, the campus did not limit the protests too much. Matthew Glowicki, a writer for The Courier-Journal, wrote that people drove by honking or showing support for the march.

Shelby Brown, former Louisville Cardinal Editor-in-Chief said that students were concerned by the march, with several people believing the march was to intimidate students on campus and to show a sense of dominance with the weapons. 

Despite the gun march’s involvement of active weapons and close proximity to campus, it was treated similarly to how we allow religious groups on campus to operate. Compare that reaction to how the university treated the BLM protest by Cardinal Stadium. The university treated it as if it was a danger to students and required immediate police intervention. 

We can’t be sure that this difference is due to the racial differences or the change in the administration since then. But the difference between the public language of the university when promoting racial justice and their language when alerting students to racial protests on campus is concerning.

We can hope that the university considers how the differences in their language affects how the student body trusts them and their actions.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

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Five months later, social distancing still applies Tuesday, Aug 18 2020 

By Grace Welsh–

There’s no debating that the last five months of our lives have been full of uncertainty and confusion. We are living through events that no one alive has experienced before.

With the start of a new school year and students returning to campus, the temptation to socialize in big groups is strong. However, it is imperative that we limit these gatherings for the sake of our community. 

Earlier this month, an off-campus party was linked to 29 cases of COVID-19 in U of L athletes. Officials in the department have suspended workouts for men and women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball for the next week. They have also dismissed the three men’s soccer members that were responsible for organizing the party.

In a press release last Tuesday, U of L’s Athletic Director Vince Tyra said he was disappointed by the athletes actions. 

“It is clear that these student-athletes did not meet the code of conduct of the university or their team,” Tyra said. “Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous. Their history of actions are not in alignment with the values of this university and athletics department.” 

A majority of the 29 cases were asymptomatic, but the virus is not something to be messed with. 

The CDC reports that older individuals and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for long-term respiratory, cardiovascular and kidney damage from the virus. So, while you may be fine if you contract the virus, others may not be. 

“Time and time again, it’s shown that transmission is ongoing before we have a grasp of the numbers,” said Erin Welsh, a candidate in disease ecology and host of This Podcast Will Kill You. “This is due to slow testing, transmission before symptoms, and the high numbers of asymptomatic individuals.” 

Because of the high rate of asymptomatic cases, it is impossible to tell who is infected and who is not without a test. Therefore, it is best to keep the parties to an absolute minimum. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear highly encourages gatherings of no more than 10 people. 

A party with just one or two infected individuals can be deadly when the newly infected people go out in the community.

We don’t know how long it will take for things to return back to normal. Until then, it’s important that we do our part to exercise necessary health precautions. Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask in public and stay at least six feet apart from others. 

We are all in this together.

Let’s all put in the effort to stay home so we can protect our community and slow the spread. While it is definitely tempting to socialize with everyone you missed over quarantine, that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t still a prevalent part of our lives.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

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Two Cardinals Selected in First Round of 2020 MLB Draft Thursday, Jun 11 2020 

By John McCarthy —

It was an exciting first night of the 2020 MLB Draft for U of L baseball and its fanbase. Cardinals fans watched as pitchers Reid Detmers and Bobby Miller where selected in the first round on June 10. Detmers was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. Miller was selected later in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 29th pick. Louisville was the only team in the country to have two players chosen in the first round.

Detmers was ecstatic after being selected by the Angels at number ten. Following his selection, Detmers had a few thoughts on his plans in Los Angeles, “I think I’m gonna move pretty quickly. I think I’ll get going, and have a good feeling right off the bat,” said Detmers during his draft telecast on ESPN. Detmers has a low to mid- 90s fastball and a devastating curveball, both of which could help him move up quickly in the Angels organization. Detmers was (3-0) during Louisville’s shortened 2020 season. He threw for a 1.23 earned run average and accumulated 48 strikeouts in just 22 innings.

Miller will be joining Detmers in Los Angeles but will be playing for the cross-town rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Miller will have the opportunity to learn from MLB veteran and potential Hall of Famers Clayton Kershaw and David Price while moving up in the Dodgers organization.  Miller pitched fantastic during his 2020 campaign. He gathered 34 strikeouts in 23.1 innings and was (2-0) before the season was canceled.

File Photo // The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Rusty Satellite — Politically Speaking with Marc Murphy; Allie Martin’s Path to Fame and Fortune Friday, Nov 22 2019 

Allie Martin

The Rusty Satellite adventure this week took me downtown, where I met two more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville.

The Story Louisville HQ on Main Street has become one of my favorite spots, because inside you find some of the most energetic and fascinating people doing some really innovative things. For example, when a scheduled interview fell through at the last minute, I was able to meet and talk with Allie Martin. The entrepreneur and I had much in common – we both were involved in a morning TV show a decade ago, we are graduates of WKU, we do regular podcasts and both of us were spurred into doing our own thing when corporate America said our services we no longer required.  Today Allie runs her own branding/PR business, runs a podcast about spa-life, and recently appeared on the Rachael Ray show.

Marc Murphy

Because I love his cartoons and point-of-view, Marc Murphy is one of the first people I think of when it comes to local politics. So I called him up to talk about the fallout from the recent election. As I’ve said, Marc noted that Matt Bevin lost not because Kentucky has turned into a blue state, but because he’s such an (yes, he said this) asshole. Murphy used to work alongside Andy Beshear at Stites and Harbison, and has a positive outlook on the next administration. And you’ll want to listen to who he things has the best chance to beat Mitch McConnell next year.

Some Rusty alumni were in the news this week —  Brandon Coan said he’s not running again for his Highlands seat on the Metro Council; Tim Laird, America’s Chief Entertainment Officer, is retiring after 25 years at Brown-Forman, and seven former Rusty guests are on the star-studded Beshear transition team. Local government couldn’t have screwed up any worse in its handling of local golf courses, as Barry Bonifield at Crescent Hill became the third local pro to resign while the Mayor and Metro Council do nothing.

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Bring Hockey Back to The Ville Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Ben Goldberger — 

In August 2018, Barstool Sports rated the University of Louisville number two on a list of colleges that should have a Division I hockey team. The Cards are three-time champions of the Tri-State Collegiate Hockey League, a Division II sub-league of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

There are a few obstacles before U of L could add hockey to their 21 Division I sports teams, one being that it is virtually impossible to become a D1 program without having facilities on campus. Louisville head coach Brian Graham sat down for a meeting with U of L officials about the possibility of building a hockey rink on campus after Barstool released the article.

According to the Courier-Journal, this started the process. They were able to interview Graham after the meeting. 

“It was a feeling-out, very preliminary,” Graham told the Courier-Journal. “We are hoping we have more conversations. They need more details from us and we need more details from them.”

One possible solution for the lack of proper facilities would be adding a sheet of ice to the KFC Yum! Center. Many professional stadiums host both basketball and hockey teams during the same season, proving that this is extremely attainable. Some universities also do this, such as the University of Connecticut. Their basketball games are hosted at the XL Center in downtown Hartford, which also hosts the men’s hockey team and a minor league hockey team. If a smaller, older arena can repeatedly switch between a basketball floor and an ice sheet, we can definitely do this in the relatively new Yum! Center.

This solution is also extremely cost-effective. The University of Connecticut announced last year they were building a brand new ice arena on campus, and it will cost them $45 million dollars. Instead of building a new arena on campus, U of L could just build a sheet of ice that stays under the basketball floor until needed for a hockey game, saving the university millions of dollars.

Not only would this be cheaper than building an entirely new facility from scratch, having a state of the art facility such as the Yum! Center would make the NCAA more likely to grant the team Division 1 status. Students will also be more eager to go to the games when they are held in that large of a venue, rather than a small rink 20 minutes away from campus. These would both lead to a larger student turnout, leading to larger revenue for the university. 

On top of creating a home for the current men’s team, it opens up the possibility of having a women’s hockey team as well. This would attract even more prospective students to the university, expanding the diversity of the student population. 

The expansion of the Yum! Center to include a sheet of ice would also attract a professional franchise to the city. There have been multiple minor league teams that have had 3-4 year stunts here in the Ville, but none have been here to stay. From 1990-1998, the city hosted two East Coast Hockey League teams: The Louisville Ice Hawks (90-94) and The Louisville River Frogs (94-98). Even though both teams moved to other franchises, they both had a large impact on the people of Louisville. 

“I wasn’t the greatest hockey fan. But I will always remember the River Frogs,” Louisville Business First journalist Rick Redding wrote when the team had announced that they were changing locations. This team created a strong, diverse fan base that united the whole city. 

With state of the art facilities already mostly built and a team that has shown success and extreme potential for even more, Cardinal Hockey is ready to take the ice as a Division 1 team.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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Courier Journal owner Gannett to be purchased, will merge with GateHouse Media Monday, Aug 5 2019 

New Media Investment Group announced Monday that it would purchase Gannett — the owner of the Louisville Courier Journal — which it plans to merge with another media organization to collectively operate over 260 daily news operations. According to the Gannett-owned USA Today, New Media Investment Groups agreed to buy Gannett for $1.38 billion and […]