Celtic Pig foodtruck expands with campus restaurant Thursday, Sep 23 2021 

By Tate Luckey

Last semester, in an effort to break up the dwindling lack of dining options on campus (partly brought on by last year’s lack of campus residence), U of L Dining had a week where food trucks from local Louisville and Southern Indiana restaurants came to campus in what was dubbed as “Food Truck Fest.” Now, one of those has a permanent home here on campus: The Celtic Piglet.

Located behind the Speed School of Engineering and right inside the Duthie Center, the Celtic Piglet carries on the BBQ and English hybrid theme of the food truck. As such, their menu features a mix of both smoked meat-based and “Celtic” in origin foods. A meal swipe includes any entree under 8 dollars, a side of either a bag of chips or fruit and a drink. They’re open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Sausage egg and cheese biscuit

The Food

I decided to try one meal for breakfast, and one meal for their lunch. So at 10:45 on a Wednesday morning, I hiked down to indulge in a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, since they were out of Scotch Eggs. And the results: not bad. It was admittedly small, but it was hot and a nice meal to get you through your first class or 2. The biscuit was pretty tender. But for a meal swipe (or 6 bucks a la carte), and breakfast, there are better options on campus.

A (messy) cross-section of the “Pulled Pork Panini”.

Lunchtime rolled around and I again went back to try their sandwiches. I played it safe in getting a pulled pork panini, but this was a much more worthwhile option: tender smoky pork and Monterey jack/cheddar cheese on a pillowy sesame seed bun. I even got a brownie too, just to try it and out and it was great: nice and chocolatey, chewy, and had a layer of tacky caramel and walnuts on top. It was nice, but the issue is that again, it’s one of the only entrees you can get for under 8 dollars.

The Issues

I’m not alone in this opinion- Colter Koch, a sophomore engineering student, likes the convenience of the restaurant, but is unsure about the reasonability of such prices. “Oftentimes I will grab the breakfast burrito or sausage and egg biscuit in between my morning classes. I enjoy the food a lot, but the prices in comparison to other breakfast options on campus are honestly unreasonable. Paying double for a breakfast sandwich just because it is a bit closer makes choosing the Celtic Piglet tough. I think the popularity of this spot would greatly increase if they priced their food options closer to those of other campus options,” he said. 

For comparison – I’m a student in the School of Business, so it’s about a 15-minute walk to get to the place from where I take most of my classes at. Not exactly out of the way, but considering the Ville Grille or Subway is closer, and it’s about the same amount of time to get there as it is to the SAC, it can make the average student consider the value of their meal swipes.

Final Verdict

Overall, would I eat at the Celtic Piglet again? Sure, if it was closer. It breaks up the monotony of fast food here on campus and is a good option for those looking for smaller, home-cooked-style meals, but with it being smack in the middle of where engineering students primarily are it can be out of the way for a lot of students.

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Feature Editor reviews Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” Thursday, Sep 16 2021 

By Tate Luckey

Among the various pop and hip-hop albums released throughout the year, the album-of-the-year conversation arguably boils down to a few artists: maybe it’s Tyler The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost, or Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour; perhaps J-Cole’s The Off-Season? Kanye recently dropped Donda, which I did a review of here. And now Drake enters the fray, with his album “Certified Lover Boy’ coming out just a week after Donda. Is the 6God back? Was the Champaign Papi right in his hype over the album, going all the way back to 2019?

Short answer: No. Longer answer: Kinda? But he dropped the ball.

The Artwork

I would be remiss not to first address the album art. Designed by Damien Hirst, on a blank background features 12 pregnant women emojis in various clothes and skin tones. Contrast this with Scorpion, a clean, almost vintage-looking black and white photo of Drake looking serious, or even Views, in which he is (photoshopped) atop Toronto’s CN Tower. It’s an extremely jarring, almost immature contrast to what listeners are used to. 

The Songs

Drake and Kawhi Leonard Reunite in the Video for "Way 2 Sexy"

Drake and Kawhi Leonard Reunite in the “Way 2 Sexy” Video

Yet somehow that is about the most exciting thing on the album. The songs aren’t necessarily bad. They’re just, not notable. Listening to the near 90-minute album I could name two, maybe three songs total that stand out, the first one being his lead single “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug. That song is classic Drake. It’s catchy. Future and Thug’s verses are great, and it’s now being taken over by TikTok as a “sexy boys anthem.”

“Champaign Poetry” is actually a nice intro song, sampling Masego’s “Navajo” (which in turn, samples a cover of the Beatles classic “Michelle”), with Drake discussing his conflicts of fame and his true self in a very “stream-of-consciousness” type of flow. 

But beyond that, the other 80 minutes are just kinda….there. 

Girls Want Girls? Just kind of weird. “Yeah, say that you a lesbian, girl, me too” he playfully sings. What does that even mean? Heck, what does the title even mean? Most of the lyricism is just discussing Drake’s lack of loving, about the heartbreak and hardships he’s encountered.  The number and notoriety of the artists featured here can’t make up for the same rehashed subjects. It’s like Drake has fallen into a formula, and here we see an album emblematic of the question “where will he go from here?” but for the wrong reason. 

It’s just not exciting. 

The Bottom Line

Again, the album is not bad. It’s very well produced, and for casual Drake listeners, there’s stuff to enjoy. But you can’t help to think that given the musical deluge this past year, there should have been more. 

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REACH adds new Peer Academic Coaching program Wednesday, Sep 8 2021 

By Tate Luckey–

For students who are struggling with getting a good start to their academic career, or even those who need a quick confidence boost, REACH is the service for them. Not only do they provide tutoring, graduate exam prep, and a whole resource center dedicated to up to 200 level math courses, they also are providing a newer service referred to as Peer Academic Coaching.

According to Dr. Geoff Bailey, Executive Director of REACH and Testing Services, Peer Academic Coaching is designed to help students develop their academic skillsets to achieve their goals.

We help students establish specific, SMART goals and identify challenges that might detract from their academic success as well as help identify resources (U of L services, people, departments) that can support their academic lives,” he said.  The other REACH services, by comparison, are more focused on course content and learning the specific subject matter.

And don’t worry about the service being virtual either. While the pandemic has definitely left a ripple in how educators like him and Mark Woolwine, Assistant Director of Learning Resources, approached REACH as a whole, no student utilizing this service will talk to a coach through a screen.

Students who sign up can meet one of eight different peer coaches in BAB 427.  “Our peer coaches record students’ progress in CardSmart and review information about previous appointments to ensure we’re helping them continue to make progress on topics or developing skills that are critical to our students,” Bailey said.  

Students who are interesting in being a coach can sign up here. The only requirements are to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a faculty or staff recommendation. If you’d like to sign up for a coaching appointment, you can do so here

Graphic by Eli Hughes // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L attempting a semblance of normalcy for fall 2021 semester Wednesday, Sep 1 2021 

By Grace Welsh —

For University of Louisville students and staff alike, this fall semester may give some a little deja vu.

With COVID-19 cases steadily climbing to the level they were during the winter of 2020, U of L has reinstated a mask mandate for all students and staff in indoor settings. Jefferson County has seen over 3,000 new cases during the week of August 22 alone, and the number continues to grow due to the high transmissibility of the Delta variant.

Louisville students have wondered what this means for their upcoming semester, especially now that most classes, clubs, and events are meeting in person for the first time since spring of 2020. John Karman, U of L’s Executive Director of Communications at the Office of Communications and Marketing said, “We’ve welcomed our students back to campus, and clubs and events have returned with them.”

“Our intention is a full, on-campus semester, but we will continue to follow CDC and state health department guidelines. We have proven that we can pivot to other means of instruction if necessary,” he said, in reference to both virtual and distance education. In May, Vince Tyra, Vice President/Director for Intercollegiate Athletics, announced that Cardinal Stadium will be at full capacity for the 2021 football season. In addition, the university revealed in June that all home games for the men’s and women’s basketball team will also be at 100% capacity.

There is currently no mandate for students and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19, however the university has been urging its members to do so. “U of L students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get [it]. It is safe and effective and our best defense against the pandemic,” Karman said. As of August 30th, 66.2% of students and 70% of staff are vaccinated; if both populations can reach 80% vaccinated, the campus-wide mask mandate will be lifted.

Louisville’s starting Quarterback Malik Cunningham.

In an effort to encourage individuals to get the vaccine, U of L has begun a social media campaign featuring prominent student-athletes and the slogan “I Got the Shot. Join the Team.

Professors have also included vaccine and mask information on their syllabi, and U of L’s official website highlights their coronavirus protocol page that features information on vaccines, testing, travel guidelines, statistical data and FAQs.

For more information on UofL’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit: https://louisville.edu/coronavirus/health-protocols

Graphics // U of L FSL Twitter //

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University’s Garden Commons aims to educate and address food inequality Monday, Apr 26 2021 

By Tate Luckey–

Greenhouse plants, located near the Urban and Public Affairs Building

Located near Strickler Hall and the Speed Art Museum parking garage, you can find large wooden boxes containing sage, oregano, chives, cilantro, dill, and mint. Spinach, kale, collard greens, and swiss chard are supposed to be ready to harvest later this spring at a greenhouse located near the Urban and Public Affairs building (possibly some leeks, onions, garlic, and green onions, too- depending on how the starts do).

What I’m referring to is the Garden Commons, an area of U of L focused on food justice. “We want to ensure that everyone in our community, regardless of their association with U of L (or lack thereof), has access to an abundance of fresh, healthy, locally grown food,” Garden Commons intern Grace Engleman told me. She and Olivia Delano are the 2021 Garden Interns, maintaining the gardens by planting seeds/starts, preparing the raised beds, and (most importantly) running monthly workshops and weekly workdays.

“We want to ensure that everyone in our community, regardless of their association with UofL (or lack thereof), has access to an abundance of fresh, healthy, locally grown food,” Delano explained. Food apartheid is a big issue across Louisville, due to the income inequality and lack of options between neighborhoods like St. Matthews (predominantly white) and Russell (predominantly black). “Not only are there significantly fewer grocery stores (in lower-income communities), but the ones in these neighborhoods are considerably less well-stocked, with far fewer options in the produce sections and lower-quality produce,” she explained.

Prepping beds after winter

The Garden Commons aims to be another option for anyone throughout the area who struggles to get organic variety in their diet.

They pointed out Shauntrice Martin’s Bok Choy Project for Root Cause Research Center to demonstrate the ubiquity of food apartheid in Louisville, comparing produce sections in Krogers throughout the city and analyzing these discrepancies in relation to these neighborhoods racial demographics.

Rainbarrel making workshop, April 9th, 2021

“I think we had more squirrels eating our tomatoes than people! I want to emphasize that ANYONE—students, faculty, and people with no affiliation with UofL whatsoever—is welcome to come to the Garden Commons to harvest fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit,” Engleman said.

The pandemic hasn’t held them back either- while they no longer share any prepared food, their regular programming hasn’t stopped. They’ve had workshops that include maple tapping (back in January) and most recently rain barrel making (April). Their next workshop is June 4th at noon, which is serviceberry foraging. later this summer attendees will be able to harvest local produce including raspberries, melons, tomatoes, and peppers.

If you’d like to find out more, you can visit their Instagram and Facebook.

// Photos courtesy U of L Garden Commons Facebook // 

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Black veterans group partner with U of L alumni to respect deceased veterans Wednesday, Mar 24 2021 

By Tate Luckey —

Located along 40th Street and Hale Avenue, Greenwood Cemetery is where hundreds of Black military veterans are buried, but it is one of the many historic African American cemeteries across the nation that have been neglected. In an effort to both give back to the community and honor the veterans, Nakia Strickland and Lance West, as well as the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), Region VI spearheaded the “Eagles to Rest Project” which is focused on restoring the Greenwood Cemetery.

The project teamed up with the University of Louisville’s Alumni Center, the Office of Community Engagement along with the Cultural Center in an effort to promote the project and get more students and alumni involved with the project.

It became clear by visiting the cemetery how much restoration was needed. Headstones were tilted and dirty, trash lined outer walls; not at all respectful for the sacrifices the veterans had made.

“The goal of the project is to provide the veterans with dignity, care and respect in death that they had been denied in life,” Strickland said. Taking place every Saturday morning from February through March, as well as one weekend in late April, volunteers can register and help clean. 

The pandemic, fortunately, hasn’t put a damper on turnout.

“It’s been greater than we could have ever expected. We were unsure of what to expect regarding attendees but, our expectations were surpassed by everyone who showed up to volunteer,” West said. Volunteers wear facemasks and are spread out amongst the grounds. Any who come are encouraged to bring their own supplies, too.

Shedrick Jones Sr., who is the Region VI commander of the NABVETS, brought the project to Louisville.

“The spiritual part of it and the respect that goes with a cemetery, all of that has to be taught,” he said in an interview with WLKY. According to Strickland and West, there is still more work to do in the 19-acre cemetery, including clearing out branches and removing debris from headstones.

The last weekends to join and help are March 27 and April 24 from 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.

If you’d like to register, you can do so here. If you’d like to learn more about NABVETS, you can click here.

Photos by Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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”Fashioning Art from Paper”: A peek at Isabelle de Borchgrave’s Speed Art Museum exhibit Wednesday, Mar 17 2021 

By Grace Welsh

From now until Aug. 22, the Speed Art Museum will host the world-renowned work of Isabelle de Borchgrave. The Belgian artist’s work consists of life-size paper costumes representing five centuries of fashion history. The exhibit, like all exhibits at the Speed Art Museum, is free to all current University of Louisville students.

Born in Belgium in 1946, Borchgrave seemed to come into the world with a passion for art. She famously said once that, “The same day that I could walk for the first time, I picked up a piece of paper, started to draw, and I have not been able to quit since then.”

She was classically trained at Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and opened her own studio by the time she was 18.

Borchgrave filled her life with pretty and inspirational things. Opening a store in 1975, called La Tour de Bebelle, she sold dresses, paintings and home décor.

Over the years, she took a liking to the craft of paper maché and was struck by inspiration after visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in 1994. Combining her wisdom and expertise with that of Rita Brown, Borchgrave assembled her first series, “Papiers à la Mode,” which caught the eye of curators of prestigious institutions around the world.

Borchgrave’s superpower is more than just fashioning the outfits themselves. The artist utilizes an elusive trick of the eye called “trompe l’oeil,” which tricks the museum-goer into thinking they are looking at real fabrics, carefully assembled into extravagant outfits by the artist, but they are really an intricate take on paper maché.

The exhibit, titled, “Fashioning Art From Paper,” is divided into five major collections.

 

“Papiers à la Mode”

This is the largest and earliest showcase of centuries of fashion across cultures. From royal English and French gowns to traditional Victorian wear to chic streetwear, the exhibit takes the viewer from the Renaissance to the early 1900s with the magic of color, patterns, texture and beauty.

“Splendor of the Medici” and “The World of Mariano Fortuny”

Immersing visitors into the streets of Italy, this piece tells the story of the Italian Renaissance with inspiration from portraits of the Medici family and artist Mariano Fortuny. Borchgrave’s pieces reveal her unique interpretation of their art and colors and guide the viewer to experience the atmosphere of her work in the way she intended.

“Les Ballets Russes”

This most recent addition to the exhibit showcases costumes, outfits and drawings of twentieth-century Russian dancers that Borchgrave feels revolutionized modern art upon their entrance into the 1908 Paris art scene. Borchgrave breathes life into their stories and through her careful use of color and texture, allows them to live again and be seen by twenty-first century observers.

“Kaftans”

Inspired by her trip to Istanbul, this section of her exhibit showcases an appreciation for central Asian textiles.

Having a life-long fascination with the Silk Road, an ancient transcontinental trade route that connected Eastern Asia to Europe, Borchgrave worked in collaboration with artist Saeed Sadraee to highlight this ethnically and culturally diverse region that was a center for artisanal textile production. The textiles she selected, or “Kaftans,” illustrate the relationship between the nomadic people of Central Asia’s natural and cultural world.

 

The Speed Art Museum is free for U of L students and faculty and will be showcasing this impressive exhibit until August 22, 2021. For information on how you can reserve tickets, click here.

Photos by Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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Features editor reviews visiting campus food trucks Monday, Mar 1 2021 

By Tate Luckey — 

In an effort to provide more on-campus food variety, last week the University of Louisville’s Dining services brought three food trucks to campus.

A variety of food choices were provided for students who purchased a ticket worth 10 flex points. From what U of L Dining has suggested, this event was also done in part to support local businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Celtic Pig – 

Born through a passion for smoked meat and pride for Celtic ancestry, the Celtic Pig serves up everything from fish and chips and pulled pork to scotch eggs and haggis. Easily spotted by its Blarney Green and kilted truck, owner Sam Bracken desired to sell authentic, home-cooked meals to his customers.

One of the favorites among those who went was the pulled pork grilled cheese. Topped with Irish cheddar and served on Texas toast, freshman Cassidy Witt actually went back to buy another for her roommate.

“I don’t why I’m acting like I’m not going to eat half too. It’s really good,” she said.

Get it on a Bun at Booty’s –

First starting as a hot dog stand in 1996, Get it on a Bun at Booty’s is native to New Albany. Providing a variety of diner-style foods (jerk chicken, or “Booty Burgers,” anyone?), they were only present during the 10:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m. time slots. That doesn’t mean they didn’t have great food, though.

The Pulled pork sandwich they had was a fantastic choice for those looking to tear into a good piece of meat. It was juicy, well seasoned, and had just the right amount of “pull” to make it worth a ticket.

Nathan’s Taqueria 

Beatriz Mata and Carlos Gomez decided to bring their food trucks to give Louisville a taste of Mexico. Their options were 3 street tacos, nachos and a burrito. Each had an option of pork or chicken. Out of all the trucks present, this one was the busiest in the mornings.

The most popular food item from what I saw was the nachos. “The pork to me was what made it. It was pretty good. They put lots of tomatoes,” freshman Alex Reynolds described.

Photos by Tate Luckey and Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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Speed Art Museum features new exhibits for Spring 2021 Thursday, Feb 4 2021 

By Maria Dinh —

The Speed Art Museum is now open during its regular hours. Visitors must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. As always, University of Louisville students can go in for free by showing their cardinal card. Here’s what’s coming up at the Speed in these next couple of months:

Featured Exhibits

The Speed Art Museum said goodbye to the Andy Warhol: Revelation exhibit last November to make way for their next featured exhibit: Collecting – A Love Story: Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection. Coming February 6th, 2021, Leight’s art collection will contain many contemporary glasswork pieces that the couple had collected during their marriage.

From February 19 – August 22, a fashion exhibit inspired by early works of 18th and 19th-century art will be coming to the Speed, titled “Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper.” Look closely to observe the intricacies and details of the painted paper dresses.

“I am really enthralled by the artist’s use of color, so I’ve found myself drawn to the Mariano Fortuny dresses she has recreated – there are beautiful, unusual color combinations that are so inspiring,” Erika Holquist-Wall, curator of European & American Painting & Sculpture, said about the exhibit.

“I think visitors are going to leave this exhibition inspired by possibility – whether that is the inspiration to create their own artwork, play with paper, or just take a closer look at the artwork in the rest of the museum and appreciate the effort and creativity it requires to make something.”

Speed Online

Visitors can still have a quick “scroll” around the Speed from home with Museum from Home on their website for free. For the inner child that misses going downstairs at the Speed to play at the Art Sparks room, the website has downloadable .pdfs of coloring pages, crafts, and games to play at home.

Freshman Eleanor Ferguson has already visited the museum in person. She talked about how visitors are socially distant from others when viewing the art; “I’d say the majority of it [the museum] was safe, but there were a couple of rooms with too many people for me to be comfortable in, so I dragged my date out till they left. Everyone wore masks though.”

After Hours at the Speed

In a COVID-19 free world, the Speed would host a monthly event on the third Friday with performers, food and drinks and family fun. After Hours at the Speed will continue being held virtually every third Friday of the month until further notice. Check out their Facebook page to see who will perform and watch on their Facebook Live.

Photo Courtesy // Speed Art Museum 

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“Cardboard Nation” stands in for Cards to cheer during U of L games Monday, Feb 1 2021 

By Tate Luckey —

When COVID-19 hit the sports world, officials scrambled to find a solution to allowing fans at games. The NBA first proposed the idea of having “virtual fans.” Fans could pay to have a “seat” during the game and show up on the big screen, watching live. The NFL, and by extension the NCAA, now feature fan cutouts, alongside limited capacity. The University of Louisville calls their section of cutouts “CardBoard Nation.” 

“The main goal with Cardboard Nation was to create the closest thing to a packed arena for our men’s and women’s programs so they still feel that love and support and give our fans the chance to still feel like they were a part of this season and to. Everything we do is for the fans and our athletes,” Austin Hertzler, assistant director of marketing for U of L Athletics, said.

The 2020 football season featured limited capacity, as well as pumped in crowd noise. It was safer in this scenario due to the fact the arena is outdoors. Katie Berry, director of marketing for athletics, said that they wanted to focus on on things they could control. The challenge with basketball games though, is that the courts are all indoors.

The solution came in the form of allowing anyone to pay 60 dollars and submit a picture of themselves to have a cardboard cutout in the stands for the whole season.

Any appropriate image is allowed, ranging from your pet who watches alongside you to those who want to keep their decade long attendance streak alive, to those who are miles away. “In true Louisville fashion, we even have a racehorse featured in one of the cutouts!” Berry said. 

It’s unclear if having said cutouts helps maintain the ever-important “home-court advantage,” but the lack of fans definitely makes players and Card Nation more appreciative of their dedication. While many of the staff are hoping that the 2021-2022 sports season will allow more of a full capacity, it is likely that the ’21 baseball season will feature some members of CardBoard Nation as well.  

“We’re hopeful members of Cardboard Nation can (eventually) be replaced with members of Card Nation,” Berry said. 

Fans can view their cutouts in a Facebook Album on the GoCards Facebook page.  But “If you’re watching one of our games on TV there’s a chance you’ll see it that way too,” Hertzler. The photos are updated as the season progresses. If you request it in your order, you can even have your cutout sent to you once the season is over.

File Graphic // GoCards Facebook

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