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Many fear development could hurt music scene

y lleb ecce Sweeney


Plans for a hotel to be built on a down-
town block where bars and music venues
currently stand — including The Dame.
Mia’s and Buster‘s -— have many Lexingto-
nians worried about the city‘s music and en-
tertainment future.

Tom Martin. chairman of the Downtown
Entertainment Development Task Force.
said he is “under the impression“ that build-
ings in the Rosenberg Block — between the
comers of West Main and South Upper
streets and West Vine and South Limestone
streets — will be demolished soon. City
Councilwoman Linda Gorton said she knew
of development plans for a hotel on the
block but did not know specifics.

Nick Sprouse. general manager of The
Dame said he hasn‘ t been notified of any
development plans.

But the possibility that one of the city 5
prime music venues could be closing has
some concerned.

“In my opinion the developers who plan
to build a hotel on the site don‘ t give a damn
about the social financial and artistic well-
being of the community,“ said John Clark.
an associate professor of telecommunica-
tions and faculty adviser of WRFL-FM.

Building a hotel in that location will
harm the local music scene along with the
social and artistic culture of Lexington, said
Clark, a musician who has played in Lex-
ington clubs since the early ‘80s and calls
The Dame his home away from home.

With The Dame, combined with Mia’s

and Buster s the Rosenberg Block 15 a huge
draw to Lexington’ s downtown he said.

“Those three businesses alone draw hun-
dreds of people. young and old, downtown
every week,“ Clark said.

“If you eliminate them, you eliminate
the reason for those people to come down-

Lexington developer Dudley Webb.
whose company owns buildings on the same
block declined to comment on any develop-
ment until a March 4 public meeting.

Lexington Vice Mayor Jim Gray. who
did not confirm specifics of the development
plan but called it an ambitious project that
will require a long process also expressed
some concern about downtown 5 entertain-

See Dame on page A6


The Dame and Busters, two businesses on the Rosenberg Block down
town could be demolished for a hotel development.






Brandon Mitchell left a kinesiology freshman; Brandon Durr center a math freshman, and Rory Dunn, 3 electrical engineering freshman help scrape ice off their friends car in
K- Lot yesterday With no ice scraper, the students get creative using insurance cards, credit cards and keys to clear the windshield

Slippery streets force campus to clOse early

gyKelli Long


Lauren Biggs was in Intermezzo yesterday
shortly after 2 p.m., studying for a 3:30 exam with-
out knowing it had already been canceled.

“I had a busy day today." said Biggs. a classics
and history senior. “I had a club meeting, a lecture
and then work tonight."

Icy conditions prompted UK to cancel classes
from 2 p. m. on yesterday and caused dangerous sit-
uations for students and faculty commuting to and
from campus.

The National Weather Service issued a warning
at 8: 22 a. m. advising people to avoid traveling if pos-
sible. After several accidents were reported 1n coun-
ties surrounding Lexington due to the same condi-
tions that were expected to hit the city. the only logi—
cal decision was to cancel classes. said Christy Giles.
director of Emergency Management at UK.

It was the second time this year UK canceled
classes. The first was a two-hour delay last week
due to snow.

"This weather year is completely out of the or-
dinary,“ Giles said. “It is not common for the uni-
versity to shut down.“

Despite the warning to avoid traveling. Daniel
Legg, an electrical engineering sophomore. drove
85 miles to get to class yesterday, only to discover
his first class. at 2 p.m.. had been canceled.

He checked to see if there would still be classes
before he left his Cincinnati—area home. but UK's
administration did not make cancellations until he



Brandon Mitchell, a kinesiology freshman, helps scrape
the ice off his friend's car with his insurance card in K
Lot yesterday.

had already arrived in Lexington. Legg said al-
though he was frustrated about driving all the way
to Lexington and concemed about road conditions.
he would go ahead and drive back before the ice be-
gan accumulating.

Students subscribed to the UK Alert system re-
ceived phone calls. e-mails and text messages be-
ginning at 1:50 p.m.. Giles said. By 2:11 pm, her
office had sent out 9320 phone calls. and 3.878 e-
mails and text messages.

The decision of whether to cancel classes today
was made early this morning after UK officials ana-
lyzed weather conditions by making checks on
roads, sidewalks and parking lots beginning at 4
a.m.. Giles said yesterday.

A warm front from the south was to blame for
the inclement weather. according to the National

Weather Service.

The precipitation in Central Kentucky and
Southern Indiana fell as rain. but when it hit the
cold surface below the warm air. it froze on contact.
causing an ice storm. said Tom Priddy. UK Exten‘
sion and Research Agriculture meteorologist.

That freezing process is comparable to a Febru-
ary 2003 ice storm that snapped trees and weighed
down power lines. leaving Lexington without power
for weeks. Priddy said.

The outcome today should not be as drastic. he
said. Although about a quarter of an inch of ice was
predicted to fall last night, it is only about half the
amount of ice that covered the city five years ago.

The ice storm warning issued for Fayette C oun—
ty yesterday morning continued through 9 am. to-
day. with freezing rain that began early yesterday
aftemoon expected to continue into early this mom—
ing. Although warming temperatures were predicted
to change the wintry mix to rain sometime after
midnight. National Weather Service meteorologist
John Gordan said the resulting conditions would be

Power outages and falling tree branches are a
particular danger. because the trees and power lines
were already stressed from the ice accumulation
that came a few weeks ago. according to the Na-
tional Weather Service warning.

“We expect between a tenth and quarter inch of
ice from 3 pm. to 3 a.m.." Gordan said. “So (this)
morning could be an icecapadc as well.“



Subway coming to Student Center next month

By Calvin Helicon

Students tired of walking to South
Limestone Street for a sweet onion
chicken teriyaki sub or the traditional
club won’t have to wait much longer
until Subway Restaurant sandwiches
are available at the Student Center.

.A new Subway store is slated to
open in the Student Center in late
March. said Roger Sidney. assistant
director of UK Dining Services.

Dining Services invested in the
$210,000 project to meet “students‘
desire for more national brands." Sid-
ney said.

Before deciding on Subway. a

Dining Services advisory board re—
viewed potential brands that students
wanted and hired a food-service con—
sultant to ask students what brands
they would like to see on campus.

Chick-fil-A and Starbucks are cur-
rently the only national brand restau-
rants in the Student Center.

“I‘m glad UK Dining is bringing
this here. because they‘ve tried to do
new things and have just been unsuc-
cessful," said agricultural economics
sophomore James Harris.

Prices at the Student Center Sub-
way will be the same as those at of?-
campus locations. Some students said
they wish there were a cheaper fast-
food option on campus.


“I really don‘t mind Subway. but I
honestly would prefer something
along the lines of Wendy‘s because of
its 99-ccnt menu." said agricultural
communications sophomore Geoffrey
Griggs. “I can only afford to go if they
accept Flex Dollars."

Many students said they are excited
to see UK expanding its dining options.

“I really haven‘t been a fan of UK
Dining. especially with how flex and
meal plans are structured.“ said Brian
Brown. a secondary English education
senior. “It‘s good to see they‘re finally
expanding their options."

The new Subway will be located
in the middle of the food court across
from Room 214. Sidney said. and will

not take the place of any other rcstau«
rant at the Student Center.

While it's too soon to tell if the
restaurant will affect other sandwich
locations near campus. including the
Subway on South Limestone Street.
Sidney said there has been a success
ful deli in the food court before. with
several successful deli concepts off
campus near the Student Center.

Other than the Subway. Dining Ser-
vices is not currently working on any
other additions or projects. Sidney said.

"We are always looking to im-
prove our food options on campus and
are open to opportunities.“ he said.
“but we don‘t have any concrete plans
at this time.“

chose Ph.D.

over MGM

By Jill Lester

The MGM lion changed-Gifford Bly—
ton’s life forever.

When Blyton went to college in Wash—
ington, he said he was offered the job of
taking the famous movie studio‘s lion on a
national tour but turned it down.

That moment was a taming point. In‘
stead of chauffeuring the lion. Blyton de~
cided to continue his education. which
eventually led to a 58-year career at UK.

Blyton. who will turn 100 in Septem‘
ber. has been nominated to receive an
honorary degree from UK this spring. He
worked at UK from 1948 to 2006; he was
a communications professor for 27 years.
a debate coach for 2] and parliamentarian
for the Faculty Senate for 35. among other

But he was born more than 2.1 l( l0
miles from where he would spend much
of his career A on a steamboat in Wash»
ington heading up the Snake River.

For the first years of his life. Blyton
said he lived in poverty on the family‘s
fruit farm in Waw awai. Wash. His child-
hood playmates wcrc the children of the
company‘s American Indian workers,

“The Indians were at the time separat»
cd from whites." Blyton said. “Not mc. I
Ieamed more from the Indians than I d1d
any religious service."

After Blyton‘s parents divorced. w hich
he said “tore me apart." Blyton and his
four sisters went with their mother to Ida-
ho. where he was fom1ally educated for
the first time at I4. He was shocked by


See Blyton on page A6


All- night
aim to fight

By_ John David Morgan

news@kylternel com

While many students may lose sleep
this weekend from studying or latc»n1ght
escapades. Zach Warrincr will be ex-
haustcd from 24 hours of dancmg tor a

Warrincr. one of about 500 students
participating 1n the 24-hour dance
marathon Dance Blue. said the lack of
sleep and constant movement is not easy.

“At the halfway point it's hard to
imagine finishing." said Warrincr. a built»
gy senior.

This is the third annual DanccBluc.
and Warrincr's third as well. He has par-
ticipated since the event's creatlon be
cause he supports its cause raising
money for UK‘s Pediatric Oncology (‘lin—
ic. which treats children wrth cancer.

The event starts tonight at 7 at Memo—
rial (‘oliseum and will end tomorrow night
at 7

“It‘s an entire year of planning ended
in one weekend." said Britt Pennington.
DanceBlue‘s dancer programming chair
and communication senior. “It‘s an emo-
tional time for all the people involved."


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While many relished summer activities
like going on vacations to tlte beaclt or
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starting a club gymnastics team at UK.

Kacltovcc. art itttcrnatiottal studies and
Spanish freshman. started competing in gym—
nastics beginrting when she was three years
old and continued into high school. She want»
ed to contirtue at UK by creating a club team.

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liyc other gyntnasts Kachovec stirred up in-
terest for the club over the Internet. and the
teattt ltas worked together to get the tltings
they need to be competitive in their first year.

“I did a little recruiting on Facebook." Ka-
cltovec said. “I would see who had an interest
iit gymnastics and I would send them a mes—
sage and invite them to join groups. To raise
money for the team we would run gymrtastics
clinics for yourtger girls attd we would sell T—

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to practice. the club squad had to dig deep
within themselves to be as successful as they
have beett v finishing third out of IO teams
iit their first meet on .Jan. l9 and fifth out of
l7 teams iii the following meet on Feb. 2.

The team practices four times a week.
twice at the Scatort Center attd twice at Lex—
ington Gymnastics aitd Cheerleading Center.

Gymnastics practices normally last around
three and a ltalf hours but the UK club gym-
nastics team usually gets about an hour and a
half because of the lack of gym space.

“We had to go through a lot of people to
get gym space." said Amanda Hizer. art agri-
cultural biotechnology senior. "The Seaton
Center is more of the clteerleading domain
and there are also a lot of kinesiology classes
that use space in the Seaton Center. We. our»
selves. pay to get time at the Lexington Gym—
nastics and Cheerleading Center."

Hizer has been another member instru»
mental in forming the team. Kachovec recruit-
ed Hizer through Facebook. artd together they
have worked every step of the way because of
their similar background itt gymnastics and
vision for the team.

“We wanted to be competitive going into
this." she said. “We had no idea what we were
going up against. we just wanted to stay cont—
petitive and spark some interest."

Kachovec agreed. saying the team‘s
self-motivation has been one of the ntost
important aspects since they don‘t have a

“The team aspect is such a big pan." Kav
chovec said. "You have others cheering you


Unforgettable Pelphrey ret

on artd asking others w ltat you're doing
wrong. Everyone Itas dorte something with
this team."

Because the team is self—funded. there is
only one way to travel frortt meet to meet
carpooling. There are no other club gyitmas-
tics teams in Kentucky. The team traycls to
Ohio. Illinois. Indiana and as far north as

Through it all. Kacltoy cc and Hi/er hold
their heads high knowing they ltave started
something original at UK. artd ltavc laid the
groundwork for.club gymnastics for future
generations at the uniyersity.

“I attt proud to be a member of the first
team here.” Hi/cr said. "This team ltas rttade
nty college experience so ntuclt better. I‘m an
athlete and it killed ttte ttot to compete.‘~

Kacltovec agreed. saying she originally
only hoped two or three girls would join “1‘
stead of the six that are on the team now.

“Our first meet we were \ery competitbc
and we just want to keep going." Kachovec
said. "I look forward to the end of each day
where I get the opportunity to hang out with
nty best friends at practice. We work so hard
because we’re so passionate about it all.”

Anyone interested iit joining the club
gymnastics team cart contact Kachovec
through the club‘s Iiaeebook group. Future
UK Club Gymnast.

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Fornter UK coach Rick Pitino
proclaimed his feelings about
John Pelphrey in one sentence in
tlte summer of 100l. prior to
l’clpltrcy ‘s senior season at UK.

"I wouldn't trade John
Pelphrey for any basketball play—
er in the country." Pitino told re—

I’clphrcy is one of many en—
shrined iii the pantheon of Ken-
tucky basketball history. but to—
nton‘ow. Arkansas‘ first year head
coach will bring his Razorbacks
to Lexington to play itt the very
arena where the legend of Johrt
Pelphrey was bom.

"It will be different for me
because I do have a lot of special
memories of that place. It‘s where
I grew up. it‘s where I always
wanted to play." Pelphrey said
during the SEC coaches telecon—
ference Thursday. “I‘m sure there
will be sortte things when I walk
ittto the arena. I go down the hall-
ways where I got ready to play

games and practice. I’m sure
there will be little things that slip
back into my mind.“

Pelphrey was an “Unforget-
table." a group of four players
who overcante the chills of pro-
bation to lead UK to the 1992
Elite Eight. in which the Cats lost
to Duke in what is widely consid-
ered the greatest college basket-
ball game ever played.

By l992. Pelphrey was al-
ready a fan favorite. Along with
Pitino. Deron Feldhaus. Richie
Farmer and Sean Woods. the 6-
foot-7 forward had begun to re—
store glory and exeitetnent to a
program In the after math of a
cheating scandal.

But it was 1992 when the
four seniors came within seconds
of the Final Four that made “The

Unforgettables" just that ~ an
unforgettable chapter in UK his-

After a career at Paintsville
High in Paintsville. Ky. that in»
eluded ntore than 2.400 points.
the former Mr. Basketball from
the small town started 90 of his

l|4 career games at UK and
scored 1.257 points. He ranks
No. 29 on UK's career scoring

Pelphrey said he has been
asked for tickets to the game by
friends and family itt Paintsyillc.
but he didn't give them up with»
out making sure they'd be cheer—
ing for the right team.

“I had to put dad through a
series of questions too before I let
him have a ticket." Pelphrey said
with a laugh.

Pelphrey played one season
of pro basketball in France aitd
Spain before moving onto
coaching. which led him trout
assistant jobs at Oklahoma State.
Marshall and Florida to his first
head coaching job at South Al»
abama. At USA. Pelphrey was
80-67 and took the Panthers to
the NCAA Tournament in 2007.
their first appearance since

He retunted to Rupp Arena as
an opponent for the first time tit
l997 but never found ntuch suc»
cess as an opponent there. The



It sf'é'rts'ton

(iators were \ictor‘ious at Rupp
just one time durittg Pelpltrey‘s
six sCusttlb.

Btit tomorrow will be
Pelphrey 's first chance as a ltcad
coach. artd he‘s almost sure to
:am an emotional response front
UK fans. Last season. when for»
nter UK player 'lravis Ford re»
turrted as the coach of Massachu»
sctts. he rccciyed a standing ova-
tiort botlt before and after the

Pelphrey acknowledged that
he has always been artd still is

a UK fart. attd his playing
days at [K may gite him an ad»
vantage irt dealing with the dis»
tractions his return to the Blue»
grass will bring.

“Playing at Kentucky. there’s
always sonte distractions. There's
always a lot of things going on
tltcrc. you have to get used to it."
Pelphrey said. “If you can‘t hart»
dle it. you can‘t play' there

“I don‘t have too much of a
problem being able to focus in
and handle sortie of those things
that come our way."



Memorial Coliseum


Senior Cats face
Combine test

Today‘s no ordinary day. Neither will tomorrow be. or
the day after. Well. not in the sports world. not in Indianapo

There. tucked away in the RCA Dome. are six UK se-
niors preparing for the biggest days of their careers thus far.
against an opponent they've never seen before. The task it-
self requires a new game plan drawn up from scratch.

Instead of going toe-to—toe with II
guys lined up opposite of them.
they‘ll be taking on hundreds of
scouts from all the NFL teams waiting
to find every flaw in their game. It's
the NFL Combine, where scouts give
more attention to what football play:
ers can‘t do instead of what they can.
and rightfully so.


J D While NFL teams prepare to nar-

' ' row their focuses as April‘s draft ap-
wilwATS proaches. they‘re in the process of de—
colfibriftist ciding which collegiate players will be

the new faces of their franchises. It‘s
important to separate the players that
can be successful on Sundays frorn
those that are just Saturday performers.

Headlining the group from UK is Andre Woodson. who
was projected as a top-ten pick two months ago. but has seen
a recent decline on draft broads after a sub-par performance
in the Senior Bowl. But despite all the hoopla surrounding
Woodson‘s release aitd pocket presence. it‘s the other five
UK athletes —— Keenan Burton. Jacob Tamme. Rafael Little.
Steve Johnson artd Wesley Woodyard that have the most
to prove to nit—picking NFL scouts lit the next couple of days.

While there‘s been speculations about who‘s in and
w ho‘s out of this weekend's combine. all of UK's players

should use the opportunity to make up ground ~ or in
Woodson‘s case regain ground on NFL team's draft


No other college team has ittore players going to the draft
with as many unknown attributes than the bunch front UK.
With the team‘s surge onto the national scene over the last
two seasons. all six seniors made names for themselves in the
region. But along with the success on the college level came
wonders of the possible success on the professional level.
Then came the question marks.

(‘an Little and Burton stay healthy“?

(‘an Johnson run routes and does he have speed?

Is Wmtdyard too small to play linebacker in the NFL'.’

(‘an Tantme block'.’ '

This weekend we‘ll know some answers for sure. but
here‘s my take.

Fighting the injury bug

People that get lturt don‘t stop getting lturt. No matter
ltow hard they try it's just a habit that can‘t be beat. So for
Burton artd Little. the path to the NFI. will be an up-hill bat-
tle. Although Burton has an adyantage oyer Little based oit
pure skill. Little catt still impress with his ability to do the ex»
tra things like kickoff and purtt returns for an NFL team. The
good thing for Little is his stock cart only go up with a good
outing at the combine. Both will need stellar performances.
Little must prove he can make the cuts with the ball that
helped hint evade defenders when he was healthy. Burton
needs to do what lte did for the Cats since he an‘iy ed in 2001.
showing off his pure athleticism and route rurtning.

Johnson must be quick on his feet

What will make or break Johnson is his ability to prove
that lie is a true w ideout. At the NFL ('ombine. Burton nor
Dicky Lyons will be lined up oit the same side as him. L'n-
like L'K opponents this year. scouts will be focused only on
him. He must prove lte cart run routes effectively and John-
son ittust clock a good time in the 40—yard dash to catch the
desire of NFL teams. not just their attention.

Laying the Wood

We all know Woodyard is a respectable tackler on the
college level. He led UK in that area iit consecutive years.
Now he must prove he cart do the same on the professional
level. But. proving he can play linebacker in the NFL won't
be worth the challenge. He doesn't h