OPINION: As a proponent of Artificial Intelligence, a middle ground must be found for use at a university level Wednesday, Mar 29 2023 

By Marc Ramsingh

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives, and its use in college work is a topic that has been gaining attention. AI can be used to enhance the learning experience, improve student outcomes, and streamline administrative tasks. One of the most significant benefits of using AI in college work is that it can help students learn more effectively. With AI-powered tools like chatbots and virtual assistants, students can get instant feedback on their work and access personalized learning resources. This can help them stay engaged in their studies and improve their academic performance.

It is time for colleges to embrace this technology and incorporate it into their curriculum.

While this certainly sounds convincing, the above paragraph was written by an AI I prompted on “The use of AI in college works”.

The use of AI writers in higher education has been in debate since the birth of commercially available AI, however, the argument has surged alongside the massive advancements from AI such as “ChatGPT”. These advancements worry professors, who argue that the use of AI will diminish student learning; it excites students, who believe that with changing times the way we approach homework and essays should change too.

It’s clear AI isn’t going anywhere so it’s important to find a middle ground, especially regarding collegiate work.

What’s the sentiment of students and professors?

There are a couple of stances spread across students and professors.

According to a survey done by BestColleges, 32% of students have used AI tools for a class. This number is expected to grow; as a widely available competent, AI is extremely new and young. The remaining 57% of students said that they haven’t used AI tools for classwork — this isn’t surprising as it takes time for tools of such to gain traction with a majority of the student population as well as university regulations to take place on AI tools first. The remaining 11%  had no response to the question.

Professors are spilt in their approach to AI tools in their classes.

In my personal experience, I am in a business class in the spring semester; our professor told us that the use of AI tools like ChatGPT is prohibited and will detect if AI is used. This brings us to the first group of professors who believe that the use of AI tools is cheating and academic dishonesty.

51% of professors have prohibited the use of AI tools in their syllabus and 60% of professors have addressed how they use AI tools in their syllabus. With the newness of these tools, we can expect these numbers to go up and for university regulation to step in at some point in the midterm future. The rest of surveyed professors, 49% of them, believe in AI’s use in classwork. It’s not clear how much this figure would increase, but I would expect it to generally increase when university regulation makes its stance on the matter first.

What are the future implications of AI at a university level?

The future of tools like AI is questionable. The unlikely event is that AI tools would be banned outright via university regulation. Another more likely scenario is that universities recognize you can’t get rid of growing AI tools and the best way to handle it is to regulate it by allowing its use, not abuse, by students.

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Louisville women in familiar March Madness spot, face Iowa Saturday, Mar 25 2023 

The Elite Eight has become the expected destination for Louisville, even in a season like this one where that didn’t seem a likely result.


Louisville’s Van Lith relishes March Madness back home Thursday, Mar 23 2023 

“I remember when she was a freshman, I had senior boys fighting over who was guarding her because nobody wanted to guard her."


UNCG associate dean Dayna Touron named new dean of College of Arts and Sciences Thursday, Mar 23 2023 

By Tate Luckey

Pending approval by the U of L Board of Trustees, Dayna Touron, UNC Greensboro associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and psychology professor, is set to become the new dean of the U of L College of Arts & Sciences.

Her tenure begins July 1st, replacing interim dean David Owen; he was selected as interim dean after Kimberly Leonard stepped down in 2019.

The search, conducted by R. William Funk & Associates, emphasized a candidate that is able to “articulate and execute a coherent vision for the future of the College of Arts and Sciences; bolster its financial standing through development, programmatic growth, and funded research; provide robust support for staff and faculty; and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion across the College, while strengthening internal and external partnerships.

Touron was among 5 candidates selected from various universities, including WKU and Howard University. She comes from a psychology background, getting her B.A. from Maryville and her Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse.

“The College of Arts & Sciences at UofL empowers students with a greater understanding of the world we live in,” Touron said. “I believe strongly in the teacher-scholar model of higher education and the inclusion of students in a climate of belonging, contemplation, discovery and real-life application. I am very excited to serve as the next dean of this diverse and dynamic college.”

Touron’s research focuses on cognition and aging. More specifically, she studies the strategies older adults use to complete cognitive tasks and how older adults’ cognitive abilities and metacognitive knowledge influence their strategic approach.

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U of L Provost Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez named 23rd President of Ohio University Wednesday, Mar 22 2023 

By Tate Luckey

In a bit of surprise to the U of L community, executive vice president and provost Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez is set to serve as the 23rd President of Ohio University, effective July 1. This comes after being named a finalist a few weeks prior. She is set to be the first female president in Ohio University history. 

Headed to Athens

Gonzalez served as interim president from December 2021 to January 2023, stepping in after former president Neeli Bendapudi left to serve as president of Penn State University. She takes over for President Hugh Sherman, and described to the media on Wednesday her priorities at OU, including financial stability and student success.

“We want to make sure our students come in here, they have a transformational experience and they can get out in four years,” Gonzalez said.

Ohio University Board Chair Peggy Viehwegger emphasized the point that higher education is at an inflection point, making the search for OU’s next president particularly important. Gonzalez was unanimously approved during a special board session.

What comes next

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon, U of L president Kim Schatzel thanked Dr. Gonzalez for her leadership and help during her transition process. Schatzel also described her process of vying for the next provost/executive vice president positions:

“Over the next several weeks I will be conferring and collaborating with many across campus – including shared governance leadership, deans and academic administrators, members of the Provost and President senior leadership teams and councils – as together we shape plans as a campus to consider interim as well as permanent new leadership to assume the role of provost and executive vice president for our university. Timely and complete updates to our entire campus community will be provided as those plans develop.”

Prior to her role at U of L, Dr. Gonzalez served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis from 2015 until the spring of 2021. She served as provost and executive vice chancellor for three years in 2011 at Appalachian State University and as special advisor to the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina public higher education authority during the 2015 academic year.

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NCAA Tournament: Van Lith and Louisville pummel Texas Monday, Mar 20 2023 

In a matchup of two teams that began the season in the Top 10, the Cardinals smothered the Longhorns.


Van Lith, Louisville survive Drake March Madness upset bid Saturday, Mar 18 2023 

A Final Four team last season, Louisville will be playing for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament.


Former Louisville hoops star, NBA veteran Felton Spencer dies Sunday, Mar 12 2023 

The 55-year-old retired basketball star passed away Sunday, according to family members. The public memorial service will be held on March 18.


Gardner, Franklin lead No. 13 Virginia past Louisville 75-60 Saturday, Mar 4 2023 

The Cards finishes last in the ACC after losing for the eighth time in its last nine games.


Louisville beats No. 10 Notre Dame to reach ACC finals 64-38 Saturday, Mar 4 2023 

With this impressive win, Louisville will advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.


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