ELSB hosts online cooking class to help encourage healthy eating Friday, Feb 26 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

U of L’s Engage Lead Serve Board hosted “Food for Thought,” a virtual cooking class on Feb. 22. Participants learned how to make a vegan dish that required very little time and ingredients.

The event was hosted by ELSB’s directors of the Mental Health and Physical Health Committee, Jenna Tinnel and Afi Tagnedji, who led the participants in the recipe and gave out helpful tips along the way.

Participants were able to sign up for a pick-up time, and then pick up all of the ingredients that they needed to make braised chickpeas and spinach. All of the ingredients were provided to participants for free.

After cooking along with hosts and making a healthy dinner, directors from some of the other ELSB committees presented.

Directors of the Human Prosperity Committee, Mallory Mitchell and Sarah Thomas, presented on the issue of food apartheid. According to the PowerPoint they shared at the meeting, “Chronic food injustice is also referred to as ‘food apartheid’, which comes from ‘food desert’. The term ‘food apartheid’ encapsulates the idea that food insecurity is intentional and malicious.”

They went on to explain how prevalent this problem is in Louisville and how students can help by getting involved with and supporting programs like Black Market, #FeedTheWest, Louisville Community Grocery, New Roots and the Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry. 

Next to present at the event was Abigail Exley, one of the directors of the Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry. She began by explaining that the goal of the Cardinal Cupboard is to make sure that everyone in the campus community has access to healthy food.

Exley then gave tips to students for cooking healthy on a budget. “Before going to the store, make a list of the items you need and discover how much they ought to cost. Using coupons and apps to your favorite stores can help,” Exley said.

The event concluded with participants receiving links to three more healthy recipes and a cookbook giveaway.

More information about ELSB can be found on their website.

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What matchups decided the Super Bowl? Tuesday, Feb 23 2021 

By Jacob Maslow — Branded Content

During the first weekend in February, all of the sports world’s eyes are always on the National Football League. The first Sunday in February is reserved for the Super Bowl. This year, the Super Bowl looked a little bit different. There were not as many fans in the stadium; however, the game was still a good one.

This year, the matchup featured the most significant age disparities at the quarterback position ever. A lot of people are focused on Patrick Mahomes, who was the brightest young star in the NFL, and Tom Brady, who has already etched his name in history as the winningest quarterback ever. At the same time, what other matchups played a role in the Super Bowl?

 

The Bucs Pass Rush Against the Chiefs Offensive Line

Many people immediately noticed how the offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs could not stand up to the pass rush of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ultimately, the offensive line has been a strength of the Kansas City Chiefs this year, aided by the extreme mobility of Patrick Mahomes.

On the other hand, the Chiefs’ offensive line was also dealing with a significant number of injuries. They started three backup offensive linemen when the Super Bowl began to. This backup offensive line could not stand up to the dominant pass rush of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Patrick Mahomes had a very long day behind this patchwork line that could not keep him safe. They needed to protect Patrick Mahomes if they were to have a chance in this game, despite people asking what PK means in betting?

 

The Bucs Secondary Against Tyreek Hill

These two teams faced off once during the regular season. The Chiefs got out to an early lead and did not look back—one of the biggest reasons why has to do with their wide receiver, Tyreek Hill. The fastest player in the NFL, he went for 200 yards in the first quarter alone.

Indeed, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be able to deal with him better this time around. That is what happened, as Tyreek Hill was silent during the game.

 

The Game Ended UP Being a Rout

These are a few of the top matchups that people noticed during the Super Bowl gets. Even though the Super Bowl looked a little bit different this year, the game was still played. Tom Brady was able to hoist his 7th Lombardi Trophy. Time will tell if Patrick Mahomes will be able to get back to the big game at some point in the future and add to his young legacy as a star of the game.

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Tips for returning to school as a parent Monday, Feb 22 2021 

By Jacob Maslow — Branded Content

Are you thinking about going back to school but are worried about how it will affect your family? You need to take this into account, but going to college when you have a family shouldn’t derail your progress and contribute to it. However, communication and cooperation are critical. The steps below can help you all prepare for the change.

Know the Finances

You need to know how much your classes will cost and how you’ll fit them into the family budget. If you are taking out private student loans, you should also figure out your repayment schedule. You can use a student loan repayment calculator to get an estimate. As a family, you should talk about how the cost will impact your budget and what changes you may need.

Assigning Chores

You will have less time than you used to, so responsibilities within the family may need to be reallocated. If you are a stay-at-home parent, this is going to be a significant change for everyone. It’s best if everyone approaches it in a spirit of generosity and forgiveness because it will probably be bumpy for a while. If your kids are taking on chores they haven’t done before, they may not be perfect at it to start with or may forget. It’s normal for there to be some frustration and resentment all around. Talking about some of these challenges upfront can help you all keep perspective if a conflict arises.

Enforcing Boundaries

How much you can enforce boundaries will vary according to the ages and needs of your children. Still, in general, older children should respect times when they are busy and studying or taking an online class. Breaking habits might be more challenging, and even though they understand that they aren’t supposed to be disturbing you, if you are the parent they usually come to if they are hungry or bored or need a ride somewhere, you may need to redirect them a few times before it sticks gently. Keep in mind that in returning to school, you can be a valuable role model for your children even if they find it difficult in the short run. You may also be surprised to discover your family a significant source of support during this time.

Contingency Planning

Having kids makes life unpredictable. When they get sick, or childcare falls through, you might have to drop what you’re doing, even if that’s studying for a big exam or writing a paper on a deadline. However, it can also help determine things like this were coming up and work out some solutions. You may want to have one or two family members or friends who can quickly step in if necessary. You might also want to chat with your professors about your responsibilities and your challenges juggling family life while you pursue an education. If an emergency does occur that throws you off schedule, and you end up staying awake all night with a sick child, keep in mind that even students who aren’t parents must contend with unforeseen interruptions and challenges sometimes too.

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Women’s tennis secures ACC win over Syracuse Monday, Feb 22 2021 

By Riley Vance —

In their first ACC matchup of the season, women’s tennis (4-2) prevailed over Syracuse (2-3)
with a final score of 4-3.

To start off doubles, graduate student Raven Neely and Sophomore Tatiana Simova swept court two with a 6-0 win over Syracuse’s Guzal Yusupova and Sofya Treshcheva.

Junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma took down Natalie Novotna and Miranda Ramirez 6-2 to secure the doubles point for the Cards.

Senior Chelsea Sawyer and junior Dina Chaika were up 5-4 when doubles play stopped. “We are playing good doubles, and it’s always good to get that first point to try and have momentum going into singles,” said head coach Mark Beckham.

The Cards advanced into singles with a 1-0 over the Orange.

Sawyer was the first to finish her match, only giving a single game to her opponent Ramirez (6-1, 6-0).

Bringing the overall score to 3-0, Di Palma managed an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 81 ranked Yusupova.

Syracuse fought back on court three with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Louisville’s Neely.

The Orange also took over courts one and six, leaving the fate of the match on court five.

Verma battled in a three-set match against Syracuse’s Ines Fonte and ultimately came out on top with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win.

“I’m really proud of Rhea Verma. She’s been in that situation a couple times and was on the bad side of it. It came down to her again, and because she had been through those other situations, she was able to pull it out and get a big win for us,” said Beckham.

Women’s tennis faces Boston College this Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis
Center.

Final Scores:
Singles
1. #121 Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

2. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. #81 Guzal Yusupova (SYR) 6-0, 6-0
3. Natalie Novotna (SYR) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Miranda Ramirez (SYR) 6-1, 6-0
5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Ines Fonte (SYR) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
6. Polina Kozyreva (SYR) def. Tatiana Simova (LOU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Doubles
1. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. Natalie Novotna/Miranda Ramirez (SYR) 6-2
2. Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) def. Guzal Yusupova/Sofya Treshcheva (SYR) 6-0
3. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) vs. Ines Fonte/Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR)
unfinished, 5-4

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BRIEF: University to remain closed tomorrow due to weather Monday, Feb 15 2021 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville will remain closed tomorrow, Feb. 16, for the sixth day in a row due to severe winter weather. University offices will remain remote and any in-person classes are canceled and will be held virtually.

Although most of campus will be closed, some locations will remain open for students living in campus housing. These dining locations will stay open, but have reduced hours:

  • Ville Grill:  Brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • POD Market at University Tower Apartments  Noon – 6 p.m..
  • Wendy’s: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Papa John’s: Noon – 6 p.m.

These hours could change depending on how safe it is for staff to travel, so check Campus Dining’s website for more immediate updates.

Ekstrom Library and the U of L Campus Bookstore will also be closed during this time.

Jefferson county was put under its second winter storm warning Monday morning by the National Weather Service.

“The first wave of wintry weather has wrapped up,” the weather service said. “But the second, and more potent wave will move into the region early this afternoon bringing moderate to at times heavy wintry precipitation.” They said the heaviest snowfall is expected Monday afternoon and evening.

Driving conditions are said to be difficult, if not impossible, due to the ice, sleet and snow. If you must travel, the weather service recommends “keeping an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

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The most common mistakes people make when filing for disability benefits Wednesday, Feb 10 2021 

By Jacob Maslow — Branded Content

Every year, there are millions of people who file for disability benefits. Unfortunately, a lot of applications get denied. For the countless people who are hurt and unable to work, this can make it hard for them to make ends meet. According to Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers, “Short-term disability is a type of disability income insurance that provides periodic payments to a disabled claimant when he or she is unable to work because of a chronic illness or injury.” Therefore, everyone needs to place their application in the best position possible to be successful. This starts with understanding some of the most common mistakes people make when filing disability applications. Why do people have their applications denied?

The Application Is Filed While the Applicant Is Still Working

Even though there is no rule stating that people cannot file for disability benefits while still working, this will make it very hard for the person reviewing the application to approve it. Disability benefits have been specifically put in place to help people who are hurt and unable to work. Even though someone may still be employed, they could have suffered a severe injury that would cause them to leave their job soon. Even though it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible, it will not look very good if someone files an application while he or she is still working. This looks like a contradiction that cannot be resolved in the eyes of the governing body.

The Applicant Assumes a Single Medical Exam Is Enough

To file for disability benefits, you have to have medical evidence that shows you cannot work. Many people go to a doctor, speak to the doctor for a few minutes, and get a note saying they are unable to work. This is simply not enough. To have enough medical evidence that someone is hurt and unable to work, the exam has to be much more in-depth than this. The more medical evidence the person has, the better the chance of the application being approved. Therefore, it is a good idea to be as thorough as possible regarding medical evidence for disability benefits.

The Applicant Is Not Following the Recommended Treatment

Even though some people may receive disability benefits for the rest of their lives, people who expect to receive disability benefits have to follow their doctors’ advice. Some people do not follow the appropriate treatment because they want to stay on disability as long as possible. Disability officers understand this, and they are going to be on the lookout for people who are not following the recommended treatment. If you want your disability benefits to persist, you need to do what the doctor tells you to do. Otherwise, your disability application could be denied. Even if you have existing benefits, they could also be revoked.

Work with a Trained Attorney for Help with Disability Benefits

These are a few of the most common reasons why people have their applications for disability benefits denied. It can be challenging to understand the jargon on the paperwork. Therefore, it is a good idea for anyone who is considering pursuing disability benefits to enlist an experienced disability attorney’s help. Even though this process can be confusing, no one has to go through this alone. Everyone who deserves disability benefits should get them. A lawyer can place an application in the best position possible to be successful.

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Don’t bring COVID-19 into the new year, stay safe this holiday season Friday, Dec 4 2020 

By Zachary Baker–

With classes ending and finals being the main focus of every student before completely shutting down for the winter break, we have to reflect on how much we have overcome this year. We’ve overcome the pandemic suddenly changing our spring semester, the lockdowns over the summer and a tumultuous virtual semester. 

Many of us are looking forward to forgetting about academia for the next couple of weeks and to spending time with family and friends. However, despite our desires for a relaxing winter break, we must remember to stay safe and be smart.

For many students the Thanksgiving break was likely a little rough. Many of us still have work to get done, others are out of a job due to the new mandates by Governor Beshear, and likely all of us long for some time with those closest to us. 

But the reality is, COVID-19 still separates us. Despite our yearlong stress and our desire to finally take a break from it all, we have to make sure that we respect our distance around family. 

To do this, stick to small gatherings, make sure to avoid family if you are sick and go remote if you can. 

We have to remember that the holiday season is about joy, appreciation of loved ones and the celebration of each other. None of us want to lose loved ones to COVID-19. Many Americans have already lost someone that they had at the beginning of the year. COVID-19 is preventable.

Spending one Christmas limiting gatherings or going online will not kill the holiday season, but it will prevent COVID-19 from killing someone you love. 

During this tough time, we have to remember to love each other and protect those we care about without endangering them. 

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all within weeks of each other, this will be a deciding time for the start of the 2021 new year. We all really want the next year to be better than this one was. 

Stay safe, healthy and enjoy yourselves for the winter season.

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Multiple buildings evacuated after gas leak on Belknap campus Tuesday, Nov 24 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

A gas leak on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus led to the evacuation of multiple buildings on campus. U of L sent out a RAVE alert to students informing them of the leak which occurred near Brook St. and University Blvd on Nov. 23.

The Belknap Academic Building, Lutz Hall, the Service Complex and the Chemistry Building were all evacuated. The alert reported that both the fire department and LG&E were on the scene working to fix the situation.

U of L later sent another RAVE alert informing the campus community that while the area is safe, gas has been shut off to Lutz Hall, the Chemistry Building and the Service Plant.

They said it may take several hours before gas is turned back on while LG&E work to repair the leak.

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University leadership responds to sociology department’s July letter Tuesday, Nov 17 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville recently issued a statement in response to the sociology department’s July 7 letter that brought concerns of systemic racism at U of L to university leadership. The statement, sent out Oct. 15, was signed by U of L President Neeli Bendapudi and University Provost Beth Boehm.

The sociology department’s letter addressed inequitable treatment of Black faculty at U of L, including the marginalization of their teaching and research, biased student evaluations, and a lack of opportunity to move into leadership positions. It also challenged the university to go into further detail about its efforts to uplift Black members of U of L and to ensure the fair treatment of Black students, faculty and staff.

The statement reiterated that the university is currently developing the Cardinal Anti-Racist agenda with faculty, staff and student input. This agenda includes many objectives, including recruiting and retaining more students, faculty and staff of color, building intentionally anti-racism curriculum across all disciplines, ensuring boards, committees, and the search and hiring processes are intentionally diverse developing institutional and unit-level budgets that reflect the priority of diversity and equity and more.

Addressing the original concerns the letter brought up, the university detailed how its leadership is working to mitigate disparities among Black faculty by highlighting their scholarly contributions via social media, printed publications, advertising and marketing prowess.

“The provost’s office is currently reviewing how we execute teaching evaluations, and promotion and tenure reviews to identify systemic shortfalls,” the statement said.

In regards to the letter’s accusations of a lack of promotion among Black faculty to leadership positions, university leadership detailed recent efforts to provide leadership training to Black faculty through the VP Faculty Affairs and the Delphi Center.

The statement detailed several other elements of its efforts to ensure a more equitable U of L for Black community members including diversity trainings and university-sponsored minority support groups and associations.

University leadership repeated their commitment to dismantling racism at U of L throughout the statement. They said that they will demonstrate their success in dismantling systemic racism at U of L by replacing old policies with new anti-racist policies, increasing the number of faculty and staff of color, increasing the student of color population and retention rates and by expanding diversity and inclusion efforts, outreach and influence.

University leadership was clear that U of L still had a lot of work to do in this area.

“In closing, it is certainly the case that our beloved university has a lot of work to do to become the premier anti-racist metropolitan research university,” the statement read. “We owe it to our students and our community to create opportunities, break glass ceilings and be bold in our actions to be anti-racist.”

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U of L receives a record breaking $170 million for research funding Tuesday, Nov 17 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville received 170 million dollars in research funding during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This is a record-breaking amount of research funding for the university and an increase of about 18 million dollars from the previous fiscal year.

The money that the university received is used to train students, research vaccines and develop new manufacturing technology.

“It’s super important for a lot of different reasons. It enables really important work to happen and makes discoveries that help people,” said Kevin Gardner, U of L’s executive vice president for research and innovation.

Gardner stressed the real-world impact of the research done at U of L. For example, U of L  research on how environmental pollution affects cardiac health can have life-saving effects on the community. Gardner also stressed how vital it is to the university to prioritize research for the sake of the education of the students.

“Students are learning about current knowledge that was created this year and last year. As opposed to 30 years ago,” Gardner said. “When you are a freshman maybe you should learn about that 30-year-old knowledge, but when you are a more advanced student you should be in advanced classes learning about knowledge that was generated this year and last year.

Gardner went on to explain that U of L’s record as a research institution makes it a great place to invest. He said that grant applications are not easy to write, so the fact that U of L has so many successfully funded research projects should be proof of the researcher’s skills at what they do.

“It’s a great place to invest because it’s a place where we have top-notch researchers who are nationally competitive,” Gardner said.

Gardner said that even though COVID-19 is a big research focus this year, this money largely does not include money that was received for work on COVID-19 research. This is because the fiscal year ended in June, so while many grants had been applied for not many rewards had been received. The money for that research will be included in next year’s financial data.

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