APSU Welcomes Students for the Fall Semester Saturday, Sep 17 2022 

By Hevin Ramsey–

Newcomers and old members of the Asian Pacific Student Union (APSU) hosted a welcome picnic for the start of the fall semester on the Ekstrom Library lawn. With games and snacks to share, everyone, from students to faculty, was embraced to come and enjoy the community and fun.

Photos by Hevin Ramsey//The Louisville Cardinal

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Keep It Cool Event Helps Students Understand Stereotypes Friday, Sep 9 2022 

By Hevin Ramsey–

NAACP Collegiate Chapter Louisville deeply discussed microaggressions within the Black community in the Cultural Center. In these discussions, students conversed over situations where they experienced stereotypes and microaggressions, varying on scales on a personal occasion or within the workplace. After their conversation, the students enjoyed a cold, sweet treat of ice cream and an exciting raffle game.

Photos by Hevin Ramsey//The Louisville Cardinal

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Better bike lanes mean better student safety Wednesday, Mar 23 2022 

By Catherine Brown–

Everyday, students ride bikes to get to class, to get home, or to get around the city. With better bike lanes, bike riding around campus could be made safer for everyone involved.

The biggest problem about bike lanes on campus is not necessarily the lanes themselves, but the lack thereof. Simply, there are too few bike lanes around campus for the number of people that ride bikes.

Without bike lanes, bikers either ride on the sidewalks or on the streets in car lanes — both of which are risky to the safety of the bikers and other pedestrians, as well as a danger to drivers.

And just like with electric scooters, bicycles are prohibited from being ridden on sidewalks.

Louisville Metro law states that bikes must be ridden on the sidewalk whenever feasible.

The Louisville Metro Government website says that “No person over 11 years of age or older shall operate a bicycle on any sidewalk within the geographical boundary limits of Louisville Metro, and nobody of any age shall ride on the sidewalk downtown.”

Lack of proper bike lanes makes following these rules and regulations difficult. As a result, cyclists ignore other bike safety laws put in place.

Unfortunately, the problem with asking for better bike lanes around the university is that many of the streets and sidewalks that surround the campus — like those beyond 2nd street near the residential areas — are not owned by U of L. Rather, many are owned by the city government. Thus, asking for improvements to be made means making appeals to the city council, not the university administration.

Nevertheless, poor bike lanes that end up affecting pedestrians and drivers are problematic and need to be fixed so that riders have more opportunity to ride in the lanes instead of sidewalks.

Additionally, improving the bike lanes could improve upon the problem of electric scooters on sidewalks.

When students take to riding scooters on the sidewalks, they get in the way of pedestrians and put everyone at risk. Plus, having a moving vehicle pass by you when walking is a nuisance.

If more bike lanes are added around campus — and if those bike lanes were widened –, riders would no longer have to share the sidewalk with those on foot. This would keep sidewalks safe for everyone and avoid accidents.

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Keep sidewalks safe and scooter-free Saturday, Mar 5 2022 

By Catherine Brown –

Electric scooters are a great way to get around campus. They’re fast, reliable and affordable. That being said – scooter users need to stop driving scooters through walking paths and leaving them in the middle of the sidewalk.

Bird, the company that provides electric scooters on Belknap Campus, clearly states on each scooter that the vehicle is not to be ridden on sidewalks. Still, students continually weave in between students on the sidewalks, causing frustration and a threat to safety. Riding scooters through high-traffic areas like outside the Belknap Academic Building or the Quad creates the danger of pedestrian accidents.

And when scooters are left out on walkways, they become an obstacle to the flow of foot traffic, especially when left lying down.

Furthermore, both U of L and Louisville Metro Council prohibit the use of electric scooters on sidewalks.

“That’s a dangerous habit – and it’s against the law in Louisville. Nobody of any age shall ride on the sidewalk downtown. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by fines of up to $50,” said Metro District 9 Councilman Bill Hollander.

U of L’s official policy on moped, scooter, and motorcycle use states that “The University of Louisville prohibits the operation of a moped, scooter, or motorcycle or other small-motorized transportation devices on any pedestrian walkways or sidewalks located on its campuses, in UofL buildings or other areas prohibited by UofL signs, state laws, or local ordinances.”

The policy also states that parked scooters blocking certain access areas – such as stairs, ramps and doors – could be fined.

Scooters can be parked anywhere: in designated parking spots, next to a building or off to the side of a sidewalk.

So why do people insist on parking their scooters in the middle of the sidewalk for everyone to have to walk around?

The inconvenience of trying to maneuver around a parked scooter is bad enough, but for students using wheelchairs or other mobility devices, the scooters are an obstacle.

The Bird app even incentivizes riders who use safety precautions, such as parking away from public pedestrian areas and wearing a helmet.

Riding an electric scooter or bike responsibly and in accordance with local laws creates a safer environment for all pedestrians who walk through campus. Please ensure to use scooters only in designated areas and to keep them parked away from walkways.

Photo by Catherine Brown // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L Lacrosse ready to take program to next level Friday, Feb 11 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

“The (term) rebuild is out now,” stated U of L Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Teeter at the annual media day. “No more excuses, It’s time to advance the program.”

With the 2022 season fast approaching for the Cards, Teeter is confident that the program is ready to take the next step forward. In 2017, when Teeter took control of the program, he only had 20 active players to work with on his roster.

Now Teeter brings a strong and diverse roster of 37 players to the field. Part of this team includes fifth-year Captain Caroline Blalock. After being named on both the IWLCA All-Region and All-ACC Second team, the team has an experienced player to look to for leadership on the field. Blalock ranks third all-time in U of L program history with 78 caused turnovers, fourth with 127 ground balls, fifth with 38 assists and sixth with 105 draw controls.

Having experienced upperclassmen isn’t the only piece Teeter is excited about for this upcoming season. The Cards also bring an impressive class of 10 freshmen to the team. “We have freshmen that are going to play right away and may even start,” stated Teeter, who explained that the younger players will elevate and push the returning players’ game forward. “With that competition, they are a massive reason why this program is ready for the next level.”

Advancing to that next level and making the NCAA Tournament is a prime goal for the program, but it will be tough playing in the ACC that Teeter states is “the best conference” for lacrosse. Competing against strong opponents is nothing new to the program after facing the No. 1 most challenging schedule in 2021.

Dropping close losses to top-ranked teams such as Duke, Boston College and Virginia were learning experiences for the Cards, but Coach Teeter says the team is ready and confident to face them again.

Winning against the top programs in the sport would be a massive step forward from Teeter’s first days as head coach. “Everything had to go right for us to win, but now there is an expectation that we can compete and win against these teams,” noted Teeter. “The next step is to win them. We have to find a way to win those tight games when the game is on the line.”

The Cards will open the season on a road trip to Colorado, where they will face two likely tournament teams in Colorado University and the University of Denver. “We have to be firing on all cylinders right from the gate.”

The first home game for the Cardinals will be Feb. 18 against Marquette University. Admission will be free for the general public and students.

Photo Courtesy by Carl Schmid // U of L Athletics

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U of L women’s basketball takes down ranked Duke Tuesday, Feb 1 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Jan. 30, the No. 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals beat the Duke University Blue Devils in an ACC showdown. With their fifth ranked-win of the season, the Cards improve to 18-2 and 8-1 in conference play.

Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith had another stellar performance, leading the way with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Freshman guard Payton Verhulst, having earned significant minutes off the bench, backed it up with a career-high 13 points.

In the first half, the Cards dominated much of the action with an impressive shooting performance and a highly pressured defense, forcing Duke to take poor shots and turnovers. Louisville started the second half with a 20-point lead and was well-positioned to win.

However, Duke closed the gap, making it an extremely competitive and close game thanks to substantial three-point shooting in the third quarter.

After struggling during the middle part of the game, Van Lith made 8 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, which was crucial with Duke continuing to apply pressure late in the game. Freshman guard Shayeann Day-Wilson stood out for the Blue Devils with 25 points, keeping them extremely close. However, she fouled out of the game late in the fourth.

There shouldn’t be too many negative takeaways after extending a three-game winning streak and beating a tough-ranked ACC opponent. However, the usually elite defense from the Cardinals struggled at times, allowing an uncommonly high .488 field goal percentage and over .500 3 point percentage by the Blue Devils.

“I thought we did some good things offensively in the first half,” stated Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz, but he took issue with the officiating in the second half. In reference to the referees, Walz said, “There’s no flow to it; they make calls that have no impact on anything, both sides.”

Up next, the Cardinals, now ranked No. 4 at the time of writing, will hit the road for three games starting with the University of Miami on February 1. The next home game for the Cards will be on February 10 against the University of Virginia.

Photo by Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

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Chris Mack leaving post as men’s head basketball coach Wednesday, Jan 26 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

Jan. 26 marks the end of an era, as the U of L Board of Trustees and U of L Athletic Association announced the departure of men’s head basketball coach Chris Mack.

The decision comes as the Cards are about to miss the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row with an 11-9 record this season. They also currently have an 8th place 5-5 record in the ACC.

“Coaching transitions are always difficult, especially during the course of the season, but Chris and I agreed that it is in the best interests of our student-athletes that he step aside immediately,” said Interim Athletic Director Josh Heird. “We will always prioritize our student-athletes and do all that we can to ensure that they have an incredible experience at Louisville. I want to thank Chris and his family for their service to the University and we wish them the very best in their next chapter.”

Mack finishes his tenure at U of L with an overall record of 68-37 and without any NCAA Tournament victories.

During Mack’s first year as head coach in 2018, the Cards entered the Tournament with a No. 7 ranking, but took a loss to No. 10 Minnesota in the first round.

In the 2019-20 season, expectations were high for the team, as their pre-season ranking was No. 5, and achieved the No. 1 spot midseason for two weeks. However, the NCAA Tournament was cancelled in March due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-21 season saw multiple game cancellations for the Cardinals and they were the first team without an invitation to the tournament.

After some staff turnover, which included an extortion attempt by former assistant coach Dino Gaudio, Mack was suspended six games without pay by the University last November.

Assistant Coach Mike Pegues will be taking over as interim head coach.

Now U of L will begin the national search to find the next coach of the U of L men’s basketball team.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Reinking // Louisville Athletics

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U of L men’s basketball loses their ninth game this season Tuesday, Jan 25 2022 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Jan. 24, Louisville men’s basketball played an away game against the Virginia Cavaliers, and lost with a final score of 64-52.

This is the second loss in a row.Tthe team has lost nine game already this season.

During the first half of the game, U of L was already off to a rocky start. Virginia received the ball at tipoff, and scored five points before the Cards could get on the scoreboard.

U of L started to pick up on offense, when freshman guard/forward Dre Davis made four points for U of L with his driving layup and jumper during the first half.

Before halftime started, U of L continued to score when graduate guard Jarrod West made an impressive three-point jumper, but it wasn’t enough to put the Cards in the lead. U of L went into the second half with a score of 35-23.

During the second half, Louisville tried to catch back up. U of L came out strong when West made a driving layup during the first 30 seconds of the game. However, Virginia continued to battle with the Cards to keep their lead.

West continued to make three point jumpers, and remained the star player of the night, but it wasn’t enough for the Cards to take home the win. U of L lost with a final score of 64-52.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back at KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29 at 12:00 p.m. to play against Duke University.

 

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Women’s Basketball Rebounds In Win Against Wake Forest Tuesday, Jan 25 2022 

By Daniel Rankin–

On Jan 23, The Louisville Cardinals rebounded after their NC State loss by beating the Wake Forest Deacons 72-60.

The Cards are now 16-2 with a 6-1 ACC record on the season. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith impressed with a 17-point game and a career-high six assists.

The game started extremely tight, with both teams shooting well, including a few critical threes from Wake Forest that kept them ahead for most of the first quarter. Freshman guard Payton Verhulst, who  has started to earn some vital minutes on the team,  knocked down a three late in the first to keep the Cards within range, 22-21 going into the second.

Both teams continued to trade baskets back and forth starting the second quarter. Eventually, the Cardinal’s defense found a way to shut down the Deacons, prompting a massive 19-0 run to end the first half. The Cards shot a staggering 10-13 behind the 3 point line taking control of the game.

Coming out of the locker room, the Cards picked up right where they left off, extending a 32-0 run.

“Mykasa Robinson came into the game and changed our defensive mindset,” said head coach Jeff Walz, who credited the senior for sparking the big run. “She’s as tough of a kid as I’ve ever coached, and she just makes things happen.” Robinson forced multiple turnovers on defense  in addition to her 2 points and a season-high seven assists

The Cards slowed down offensively in the fourth quarter allowing more players down the rotation to receive playing time.

Overall this was a good win coming off a tough ACC loss; the Cardinals put together a complete game on both sides of the game against a quality conference opponent. The defense was able to shine as usual, but the offense and 3 point shooting, in particular, stood out the most and will hopefully propel the Cards forward as we grow closer to tournament season. Next for the Cards is Florida State this Thursday, Jan 27, at the KFC Yum! Center.

Photo by Daniel Rankin / / The Louisville Cardinal 

 

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U of L men’s basketball wins against Boston College Thursday, Jan 20 2022 

By Hannah Walker —

Louisville men’s basketball beat Boston College 67-54 at the KFC Yum! Arena on Wednesday.

After losing the last three games, U of L men’s basketball pulled out a win at home against the Eagles.

During the first half of the game, the teams were neck and neck. With 00:27 left in the first half, redshirt sophomore forward Jae’lyn Withers made a layup and gave Louisville a two-point lead.

Senior guard Noah Locke and junior forward Sydney Curry were the star players of the game. Their performances allowed the Cards to go into halftime with a score of 30-28.

At the beginning of the second half, both teams battled to get ahead. However, U of L started to keep a steady lead 12:26 into the second half.

Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams defended the team by making consistent rebounds, and the team’s offense continued to improve as the game came to an end. This gave U of L the final win for the night.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back at home to play Notre Dame Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Niemi // U of L Athletics

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