U of L football ends season with loss to UK Monday, Nov 29 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 27, U of L football had their final home game against the Kentucky Wildcats and lost with a final score of 52-21.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to second half. UK received while U of L defended the south goal.

After just three minutes, UK made their first touchdown of the night. However, U of L quickly caught up when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed up the middle for a gain of two yards, scoring a touchdown. This put both teams at a tie of 7-7, but UK scored a touchdown with only 01:18 on the clock.

During the second quarter, UK continued to dominate the field. The Wildcats made two additional touchdowns, and the Cards continued to struggle scoring. U of L went into halftime with a score of 24-7.

After halftime, U of L attempted to catch up to UK. However, UK scored two more touchdowns, putting the score at 38-7 going into the last quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, UK made another touchdown two minutes in. However, U of L pushed back when sophomore quarterback Evan Conley made a complete pass up the middle for eight yards to redshirt senior wide-receiver Josh Johnson, scoring a touchdown for Louisville.

Both teams scored two more touchdowns before the end of the fourth quarter. However, UK ultimately won the Battle of the Bluegrass.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville football takes home a win against Duke Sunday, Nov 21 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 18, the Louisville football team played an away game against Duke University, and won with a final score of 62-22.

At the start of the game, Duke won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received, and scored their first touchdown with 10:10 on the clock. Redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman running back Trevion Cooley of 48 yards, scoring for the Cards.

Before the end of the first quarter, Louisville scored another touchdown. Cunningham made a complete pass to redshirt sophomore tight-end Marshon Ford for 20 yards,  and scored with only 00:58 on the clock.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville continued to score. Before halftime, they made three more touchdowns, while staying in the lead for the remainder of the quarter. Duke attempted to catch up by making two field goals, but Louisville continued to stay ahead. The Cards went into halftime with a score of 35-9.

After halftime, Duke started to catch up to the Cards when they made a touchdown during the third quarter. However, Louisville continued to score as well. With 7:46 on the clock, Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Jordan Watkins for 19 yards, scoring a touchdown for U of L. It wasn’t long till another touchdown was scored when Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Ahmari Huggins-Bruce for 12 yards.

By the fourth quarter, Duke was able to score a touchdown early on. However, Louisville made two additional touchdowns as well. This gave Louisville the win for the night with a final score of 62-22.

Louisville football will be back on Nov. 27 to play against the Kentucky Wildcats for a battle of the Bluegrass. The game will take place at Cardinal Stadium and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Abell // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L women’s basketball wins home opener Wednesday, Nov 17 2021 

By: Daniel Rankin–

On Nov. 16, the No. 15 Louisville women’s basketball team won in a dominant 82-25 rout against the Bellarmine University Knights.

Senior Forward Emily Engstler was the standout player of the night with 12 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 4 steals. With the ability to score inside the paint and from the 3 point range, Engstler is a player that many Cards fans should keep an eye on this season.

“I was really pleased with how Emily played,” said head coach Jeff Walz during a post-game interview. “She pursued the ball, she rebounded the ball, she knocked down shots.”

In the first quarter, Engstler and senior guard Kianna Smith made a combined 18 points and pushed the Cards to an early lead. Finishing the quarter strong, Louisville went into the second quarter with a score of 28-10.

Junior guard Norika Konno started the second quarter with a three-pointer, and the game began to fall out of reach for the Knights. With a successful defensive press led by senior guard Mykasa Robinson, the Cards held the Knights to just 2 points in the second quarter. Up 48-14 at halftime, Louisville was in complete control of the game, including Engstler, who already recorded her first double-double of the season.

By the third quarter, Louisville added another 16 points to the board and secured their win by the fourth quarter after a stellar defense done by the Cards.

Although the Cards won comfortably, there were still some struggles, most notable being the lack of three-pointers and the 14 turnovers during the second half.

“We have to be smart enough to stop firing them up when they’re not going in,” said Walz. “They have to make that evaluation themself.”

Walz said the team needs to read each other on the court and know when to make a three-point shot or recover from a turnover.

The Louisville women’s basketball team will be back at the KFC Yum! Center Nov. 17  at 7 p.m. to take on the UT Martin Skyhawks

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith // U of L Athletics

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Louisville men’s basketball has a new season ticket option Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

After a year of reduced capacity, Louisville men’s basketball is finally back with a new surprise: reduced prices for season tickets.

Over the years, avid Louisville sports fans have been asked to donate money and pay for season tickets to remain part of the Cardinal Athletic Fund. The donations range in prices and the season tickets usually cost about $545 for upper-level corner seats.

However, this year the prices have dropped because of a new season ticket option: CardsPass. CardsPass now allows fans to have access to every home game for only $325. The pass ensures that you will have some of the best seats in the house during every game, and you are able to sit with your friends by “linking” your passes on the CardsMobile app.

To purchase a CardsPass, you can go to the GoCards website under men’s basketball to purchase your tickets today.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech//U of L Athletics 

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U of L football defeats Syracuse Orange Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The Louisville Cardinals football team beat the Syracuse Orange 41-3 at home Nov. 13.

With the celebration of Lamar Jackson’s number 8 being retired, Louisville fans were excited for another day of college football.

At the start of the game, Syracuse won the coin toss and received during the first quarter. Louisville defended the south goal, and scored their first touchdown with 9:13 on the clock.

It wasn’t long after Syracuse attempted to catch up with a field goal from the 43 yard line. However, Louisville was able to keep the lead when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass for 33 yards to Tyler Harrell, scoring another touchdown for the Cardinals.

During the second quarter, Louisville built on its lead by making three touchdowns. Louisville went into halftime with a score of 35-3.

During the third quarter, Louisville continued to stay on top. James Turner was able to make a field goal from the 33 yard line, which brought Louisville’s score up to 38-3.

In the last quarter of the game, Turner made another field goal and brought the final score to 41-3.

Louisville football will head on the road to North Carolina as they face Duke University. The game will be on Nov. 18, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell//Louisville Cardinal

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More than two in five Black children living in poverty in Louisville Friday, Nov 12 2021 

More than one in five Kentucky children are growing up in poverty, but in the state’s most urban counties, Black and Latinx children are especially impacted.

According to data released Wednesday by Kentucky Youth Advocates, 205,000 children — more than 20% of the state’s youth population — live in a household that earns less than $26,000 a year for a family of four. And nearly half of Kentucky’s children are living in households with annual income below 200% of the federal poverty line. 

The commonwealth had the fourth-highest child poverty rate in the nation in 2019.

“What would happen if certain basketball teams in the commonwealth were rated in the bottom third of all Division I programs? We would not be very happy,” said Terry Brooks, KYA’s executive director. “And yet, that’s exactly where Kentucky kids are on a national basis.”

A deeper look reveals children of color are more vulnerable, especially in major metro areas. The data show that 42% of Black children in the state’s urban centers of Jefferson and Fayette Counties live in poverty. The same is true for Latinx children in Fayette County. 

That means a Black child in Louisville or Lexington is nearly four times as likely to be living in poverty than white children who live in the same areas. 

The high rate of poverty for Black and Latinx children who live in Jefferson and Fayette Counties experience is nearly the same as the overall child poverty rate in the state’s six poorest counties: Lee, Wolfe, McCreary, Owsley, Clay and Bell. All are in southeastern Kentucky.

“Individuals and children of color are faced with more significant barriers to housing, financial success, education at all levels, healthcare, employment and ultimately a bright future,” said  Shamitha Kuppala, a high school senior and mental health advocate in Louisville. “And these disproportionate obstacles create a cycle.”

While Kentucky’s overall child poverty rates have improved, dropping 5% since 2014, advocates said there continue to be significant racial disparities that need to be addressed statewide.

Brooks said decades of policies and practices have impacted the opportunities for families of color to earn higher wages, build equity and pass that financial success on to their children. Specific barriers include racial gaps in educational access and an overrepresentation of Black workers in low-wage jobs. These obstacles also lead to higher rates of mental health problems and emotional distress.

“All kids face a long climb in their journey to adulthood, but kids of color have to climb a steeper hill due to longstanding inequities and specific barriers based on their skin color or country of origin,” he said. “When we invest in what all children need and tailor additional support for children who face greater barriers, each Kentucky kid will have a brighter future.”

Given the cost of housing, food and transportation, most families need an income of at least twice the official federal poverty level to cover basic needs. In Kentucky, the median household income for Black families with children is $39,600, $45,600 for Latinx families, $41,200 for families of two or more races and $69,300 for white families.

And the pandemic hasn’t helped. 

According to the data, Kentucky’s Black families were more than twice as likely as white families to not be able to pay for housing during the first year of the pandemic. In addition, one in five children of color experienced food insecurity last year.

“We have to be intentional about this,” said state Senator Gerald Neal of Louisville. “This data collection is important. We must acknowledge the racial and class disparities and address them head on. And the legislature has a particular responsibility in that regard, in terms of how we do policy.”

Advocates say state- and federal-level change can address these systemic disparities, starting with policies that work to close income gaps, strengthen assistance programs for low-income families, invest in child care infrastructure and expand the federal Child Tax Credit.

Research conducted by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank, earlier this year found that expanding the Biden administration’s Child Tax Credit would decrease child poverty in a typical year by 40%.

“The significance of this data lies in one key fact, I would say, and that is that kids count,” Kuppala said. “Every single Kentuckian experiences childhood and we can’t let their potentials be diminished by externalities like location, like poor health care, or institutional inequities or race.”

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U of L men’s basketball secures a win against Southern U. Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Hannah Walker–

On Nov. 9, Louisville men’s basketball won a home game against Southern University with a final score of 72-60.

Throughout the night, the top performers were sophomore forward Samuell Williamson, fifth year forward/center Malik Williams, sophomore forward Matt Cross and senior guard Noah Locke, scoring a total of 51 of the 72 points.

During the first half of the game, Williamson scored the majority of the points. He was successfully able to make three layups and several jumpers before halftime, putting Louisville at a two point lead going into the second half.

During the second half of the game, Locke was able to score the majority of the points while making three rebounds and three drive shots. After scoring 39 points during the second half, U of L was able to take the win for the night with a final score of 72-60.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back Nov. 12 to play against Furman University at KFC Yum! Center.

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U of L field hockey ready for the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Friday, Nov. 12, The University of Louisville Field Hockey team will face Harvard University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cards recently fell short of winning the ACC Tournament after losing to Virginia in the semifinals. However, the season was still successful. Prior to the loss against the Virginia Cavaliers, U of L was able to take down Syracuse on senior day; allowing them to move on to the ACC Championship. Overall, the Cards finished the season 16-3, an impressive feat given they had one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

“To be the best, you have to play the best,” said ACC Coach of the Year Justine Sowry, “Our ACC and non-conference opponents have stepped up their game which sets us up nicely for the NCAA tournament.”

The season’s most impressive wins included ranked wins against Princeton, North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Boston College, and Virginia. Louisville will be looking to build off their successful 2020 run, making the final four for the first time in program history and returning nine out of eleven starting players.

“Having great experience over the past couple of years and more depth could be an advantage, but it isn’t automatic,” noted Sowry, “We still have to work hard together to advance.”

Junior Forward Mattie Tabor explained that early exit in the ACC Tournament has given them extra motivation. “It’s now one and done time, and we can’t take any games off,” she stated. “We’re motivated as a team to fight for those 50/50 balls and take the next step forward.”

Should Louisville advance to the quarterfinals, they’ll face the Michigan vs. Maine/Miami (Ohio) winner on Nov. 14. While the Cards have never met Havard before, they’re familiar with potential opponents Michigan, taking a hard-fought 2-1 loss and Miami (Ohio) dominating 4-1 earlier the season.

The semifinals will be on Nov. 19 and the championship match on Nov. 21, with the University of Michigan playing host.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics

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New University “Free Store” aims to combine convenience with sustainability Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Tate Luckey —

Following up from the University of Louisville’s “Sustainability Week,” which featured activities and groups all across campus promoting sustainable practices and workshops, a new pop-up shop is now a permanent addition to campus: The U of L “Free Store.” Open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the SAC (W303C, through the double doors) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., students can go shop around for all kinds of donated clothes, shoes, trinkets and electronics.

The Free Store was started a few years ago by former Zero Waste interns to have a space on campus that helps limit the number of items that end up in landfills and to provide free goods for students and faculty. Interns Rachel Mudd and Jacob Foushee deem Justin Mog, the Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, a “sustainability guru” in terms of helping them organize the store. 

“‘Zero-waste’ is kind of a strong word,” Mog said when describing the initiative. “Basically our free store student staffers campaign for a reduction in waste and aim to try and stop clothes and other items from ending up in landfills.”

Similar to Goodwill, students can bring in items as donations for others to shop through, and there’s no money exchanged. “As far as screening, things are sorted and checked, but if they’re damaged or dirty we usually take them somewhere else. But we will take pretty much anything, excluding baby to youth clothing,” they said.

And it’s an admittedly small space. But that small space represents a much greater goal.

According to a recent NPR article, donation-based stores like Goodwill threw out around 13 million pounds of waste last year. U of L was recently called Kentucky’s top school for sustainability according to Sierra Magazine, most notably exceeding its 2020 carbon emissions goal by reducing them 35 percent. According to the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), the university has a Zero Waste score of 58.2 percent (other campuses that work with PLAN average around 40-50 percent). The hope is that with better signage/promotion, the Free Store can grow to contribute more to the report and U of L’s overall sustainability efforts.

On the last Tuesday of each month, the Free Store moves to inside the Red Barn for a public “Free Sale.” If you would like to make donations, there is a bin at the bottom of Unitas Tower, tentatively getting relocated to the SAC. 

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