Poetry Night at the Ekstrom Library Tuesday, Mar 22 2022 

By Anthony Riley–

Miracle Monocle, a student literary magazine housed at UofL, hosted its Spring Awakening Open Mic poetry night Tuesday evening 6:30-7:30 in the Writing Center in the Ekstrom library. Attendees could win prizes via raffle, and sign up to read poetry, prose, and other shortform literature. Faculty adviser Professor Strickley read her own personal creative writing, along with several students. The Spring Awakening open mic is a follow up of last semester’s Halloween themed Spooky Open Mic, also hosted by Miracle Monocle.

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Graphic courtesy of Miracle Monocle

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Ekstrom library updates hours Thursday, Sep 23 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

Ekstrom library has recently extended its hours.

The East Wing of the library will be open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The West Wing of the library will be open 24 hours Monday through Thursday. It also will close on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and it will open on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

The updated hours have changed from the previous schedule, in which hours were cut back in response to COVID-19.

“I’m really glad the library has decided to extend its hours again,” said Paige Workman, a senior student at U of L. “I think we all saw last year how difficult it can be to work from home, especially students because most of us have small living spaces.”

“It’s an amenity we were promised and so it’s nice to have the library back to being open most of the time,” she said.

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Ekstrom library will no longer require U of L IDs for entrance and will monitor for masks Thursday, Feb 4 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville announced on Jan. 29 that Ekstrom library staff will begin monitoring the library to enforce the mask mandate. This comes after a meeting between U of L’s student government association and Ekstrom library staff to discuss mask enforcement and the requirement to show a student ID in order to enter the library.

“We appreciate that most of the Cardinal Family has followed our public health policies around wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and practicing good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus,” Provost Beth Boehm and Dean of Students Michael Mardis said in their statement.

“However, some people are beginning to ignore these policies.  This has become a significant issue in some of our large public spaces, particularly Ekstrom Library. ”

Patrons of the library who refuse to follow the mask mandate, after being reminded by a staff member, will be asked to leave and could face consequences from the Dean of Students Office.

SGA President Sabrina Collins said that the SGA brought up the need for this policy in a meeting with U of L administrators as well as in an SGA senate meeting that was attended by Ekstrom Library Dean Bob Fox and Associate Dean Bruse Keisling.

“This practice has proven necessary because of the widespread lack of masking in the library despite other efforts to encourage compliance,” Collins said.

SGA also came to an agreement with library staff about issues with the library’s policy to require a student ID for entry.

“The practice of checking cardinal cards at the library was being done in an effort to de-densify the library and ensure that our students were the ones utilizing the space,” Collins said. “Additionally, administration hoped that having a checkpoint at the door would ensure people were reminded to wear their mask if they tried to enter the space without one. In practice, we know that this did not have the intended impact and, in fact, created a hostile environment for students of color.”

SGA announced in a statement on social media on Jan. 22 that this policy would no longer apply, but a security guard will continue to be stationed at the entrance to Ekstrom.

SGA urges students who have any issues or concerns with this situation to reach out to them at sgacares@uoflsga.org.

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Uncertainty hangs over remaining campus students and resources Monday, Mar 23 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The Cardinal’s Assistant Editor-in-Chief gives an update on campus life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uncertainty hangs over empty walkways and seas of upright chairs. Any other day, a look at an almost empty Ekstrom library and you’d think University of Louisville students were away celebrating some long awaited break.

A week before Spring Break, no one would have predicted U of L President Neeli Bendapudi would make the decision to move classes online until the end of the semester and postpone Spring Commencement.

As the world around us hastily comes to a halt, so does life on U of L’s campuses. While a majority of students are holed up in the apartments or with family preparing for online classes, a few still remain working in “essential” university services like dining or the Campus Store. However as more and more places shut their doors and students are moved out of campus housing, worry continues to grow.

Amber Hurst, a gap year student working at the Campus Bookstore, has been working at the store for five years.

“Things have definitely slowed down a lot, it’s kind of hard to keep being productive,” Hurst said. She said with the state things are in, she’s worried about job security.

Hurst had picked up another job but after working only two weeks, she was told her job would potentially close due to the virus.

“I needed some extra money,” Hurst said. “And now with the Bookstore’s status, I’m a little bit worried.”

Across campus, the Ekstrom Starbucks has noticed a similar drop in traffic. Senior shift manager Davy Adams said they are getting a fair amount of customers in a given hour.

“It depends on the day too,” they said.

Policy changes because of the virus are also evident across U of L’s campus. Restaurants have removed all dine-in seating encouraging customers to continue practicing social distancing. Cleaning has also had an overhaul.

“We have to wipe down all surfaces every 20 minutes. Anything that we are touching with our hands we have to wipe down,” Adams said. They wish though that face masks could be provided for extra precaution. “A few people that work for Campus Dining have them, but they bring them from home,” Adams said.

Adams admitted they don’t feel particularly safe being back, even despite the lack of students. This was a common sentiment among many of the remaining student workers.

“I’m here because I have to make money,” they said. “I don’t want to say that I’m petrified to work here, I feel like we’re doing the best we can do. But as a working class person, what are you gonna do? You gotta work, you gotta make money.”

Even with the closures, and students being told March 18 to leave campus housing, there were still some resources available for students.

Kathy Meyer, assistant director of student leadership, said the Cardinal Cupboard, U of L’s first food pantry, will remain open during the campus closure as long as the SAC remains open. The pantry can be found in room W314.

“In the event that the Cardinal Cupboard must close, we recommend those in need of food search the Dare to Care distribution webpage for a list of mobile pantries and stationary pantries,” Meyer said.

Meyer also suggested students finding themselves in financial emergencies during this time apply for the Louis and Louise W. Wisser Bornwasser Emergency Fund. The fund’s goal is to “assist University of Louisville students who encounter an unforeseen emergency or catastrophic event,” said the Dean of Student’s website.

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Ekstrom Library gets new all-gender bathroom on second floor Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville Student Government Association (SGA) announced Jan. 15 a new all-gender bathroom on campus. The bathroom is located on the 24-hour side of the second floor of Ekstrom Library.

“The possibility of a gender neutral bathroom in the library first came to our attention in May of 2019,” said SGA president Jasper Noble. “We [Noble and Sabrina Collins] both met with the Dean of the Library to discuss the possible project, and emphasize our desire for it to be placed in the 24-hour wing.”

Ekstrom isn’t the only place on U of L’s campus to have a bathroom like this. Noble said that newer buildings on campus are being built with this need in mind.

With Ekstrom being a central hub on campus, and one that sees a lot of student traffic, this made it an ideal spot. “For a lot of folks, Ekstrom is the most visited place on campus besides housing,” said Noble. “This is a space where students spend hours at a time, and often end up staying there late. Ensuring that every student feels comfortable in the Library is critical to their success, and going to the bathroom shouldn’t stand in the way of that.”

This new bathroom came to fruition because SGA felt the library needed a more accessible space. Dean of the Libraries, Bob Fox, and Dean of Ekstrom Library, Bruce Keisling, also helped make this project a reality.

“Many groups were advocating on behalf of this renovation, but we worked primarily with Dean Fox, and Dean Keisling,” said Noble. “They both supported the project and were able to provide the funding to make it happen. We are thankful for their support on this important project.”

This bathroom won’t be the last one of its kind either. “If other spaces on campus demonstrate that same need, we would try to make the same progress there,” he said.

Noble also said that SGA is happy to use their position to advocate for a space like this on U of L’s campus.

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U of L announces their spring speaker series presenters Thursday, Jan 23 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville’s Center for Free Enterprise and McConnell Center announced their respective spring speaker series Jan. 17. Between the two series there will be six speakers, covering varying topics.

McConnell Center speakers

The McConnell series begins Jan. 28 with Barbara Perry, former researcher at the U.S. Supreme Court and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Her speech will examine Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s paths to the Supreme Court, and how they have shaped it.

Amy Sturgis, adjunct assistant professor of liberal studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, will be the next speaker March 24. She will be discussing how a new generation of Native American storytellers are changing the field of science fiction literature.

The last speaker of this series, Patti Callahan, author of “Becoming Mrs. Lewis,” will be at U of L April 16. Her talk will be focused on Joy Davidman’s journey from New York to Oxford and her impact on C.S. Lewis’ writing.

“As we mark the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, our students are exploring important women authors and leaders and the impact they’ve had—and are having—in our world today,” said Director (what is he director of?) Gary Gregg. “It is our privilege to share a little bit of this work with the Louisville community this spring.”

Each event will be held in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

Center for Free Enterprise speakers

This speakers series kicks off with James R. Otteson, economic professor at Wake Forest University Jan. 30. Otteson will be giving a presentation regarding honorable business in a just and humane society.

Following Otteson on Feb. 19 will be Clifton Taulbert, an award-winning author, entrepreneur, business consultant and international speaker. His presentation will revolve around the comprehensive impact of an entrepreneurial journey.

The finale for this series on April 8 will feature a panel of professors and directors from multiple universities and institutes. The panelists are Corey DeAngelis, Angela Dills, Helen Ladd and Peter Greene. They will be discussing whether school choice is the right choice for students.

Each of these events will be held in the College of Business’s PNC Horn Auditorium.

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