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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Black faculty and staff air diversi

By Troy lvle

Several quilts of many colors
hang on the walls of the faculty
lounge at Dickey Hall. providing the
back drop for yesterday night’s meet-
ing where more than 40 black faculty
members and administrators met
with President Lee Todd to demand
UK immediately address the diversi-
ty issue.

Among other suggestions. the
group proposed eliminating the Pres-



UK Senate Council adopts changes
to structure of guidelines

By Troy Lyle
THE xmrucxv KENNEL

UK‘s Senate Council passed two changes to
the current academic offense guidelines yester-

After two hours of debate. the council voted
to adopt a new minimum penalty for a second of-
fense. The council also changed how and where a
student will be charged in conjunction with an
academic offense.

Councilman Robert Grossman. professor of
chemistry said these changes have been in the
works for more than a year.

“This is by no means a simple matter.“ he
said. “A lot of things had to be considered v es-
pecially the balance between justice and mercy”

He said these changes were needed on sever-
al different levels.

“Repeat offenders are not being caught." he
said. “And many professors are being forced to
break the rules in order to do the right thing."

“Students are also being blackmailed into
forgoing the appeal process in many situations
because a professor offers a lesser punishment
than what is defined under the current guide-
lines," Grossman said.

The new minimum penalty for a second of-
fense will be an “E." This “E" can be removed
from a student’s transcript if the student repeats
the course. Once the student repeats the course.
the “"E will remain on his or her transcript. but
the grade received will be used to calculate the
student's GPA. The Senate Council also proposed
adding an amendment to the above by introduc-
ing the option of an "‘.XE'

See Cheating on page 2


ident's Commission on Diversity and

requiring diversity
training for faculty

“1 would say
everyone was can-
did," said Roberta
Harding. professor
in UK‘s college of
law. “No one held
back 77 Todd was
able to appreciate
the intensity of our

“We were able

Vocal Performance doctoral student Lillian Roberts starred as Suor An
eras by Puccini drew a total audience of mo


Celebrating 34 years of independence

to convey that this was kind of it w
changes have to be made." she said.
"This administration has to become
much more receptive to listening and
hearing the concerns we discussed
tonight. Something must be done to
move forward. "

English professor Yolanda Pierce
said these diversity concerns are im-
portant for all of UK.

“These kinds of issues are impor-
tant to all students. not just blacks."
Pierce said. “Every semester for the
last seven years. I‘ve had at least one

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student walk up to me and say that
I‘m the only black faculty they’ve
come in contact with in their time
here ~ and I'm in one of the most di-
verse departments on campus.”

Last night‘s meeting was Todd's
response to an Oct. 17 letter in which
nine black faculty members ex-
plained the “crucial issues“ facing
UK‘s black faculty students and staff.

“Our intent is to assist you ('Ibdd)
in ushering in a new era. which con-
trasts with the present one." the let-
ter said. “Namely one that minimizes

e. if In our opinion: Student Government's reworking of
us its constitution promising but overdue PAGE 4


ty concerns to Todd

and omits our numerous achieve
ments and expertise."

Harding said the group wrote the
letter because as far back as 2001.
Todd had promised to regularly meet
with members of UK‘s black faculty
to discuss the diversity issues facing
UK. No such meetings had occurred
until last night. she said.

Todd eventually sent an email in
response to their letter. she said.

“id like to see a university com-
munity that embraces black faculty.

See Diversity on page Z


re than 1,000 people during the opening we


gelica Saturday night at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The two performances of op-
ekend for the K Opera Theatre.

UK Opera starts
a new season
with two operas.
See page 3
for story




Todd: Legislature
must treat UK as
state's flagship

by Adam Sichkg

President Lee Todd said state legislators
must start treating UK with a new attitude as a
higher priority than other state universities if
it’s to reach its state-mandated top20 ranking.

“The trouble in Kentucky is. they want to
spread the money over all the universities."
Todd said yesterday “We can‘t grow fast enough
if we have to wait for everyone else to get a

“We need to be treated differently" he said.

Todd spoke to Professor Mike Farrell’s edito
rial and column writing journalism class in the
Grehan Building yesterday afternoon about
funding higher education in Kentucky He ar.
gued that UK needs more independence when
expanding its campus in its push to reach topzo
status by the year 2020 ,, as House Bill 1 from
1997 mandates.

“We need more flexibility to control our own
destiny" he said.

Currently UK must have prior appmval from
the state legislature for any project that costs
more than $400,000. Todd cited the example of
the four new dorms and the proposed Student
Center renovations as instances where UK
should have greater leeway to spend its own

“it's not so much the total amount of money
(we get). but the flexibility to do what we need to
do. when we need to do it." he said.

To help facilitate that process. Todd is head-
ing an effort to create a long-term business plan
for UK. No one‘s ever determined either how
much the state-mandated top20 push will cost.

See Todd on page 2

Bush tabs nominee for Supreme Court


After Miers' withdrawal, Bush
chooses renowned conservative

By Warren Vieth


WASHINGTON , President Bush on
Monday named appeals court judge Samuel
A. Alito Jr.. a consistently conservative ju-
rist with a 15-year record on the federal
bench. as his latest choice to replace retir-
ing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day 0‘-

Alito immediately was embraced by con-
servative activists who had parted company

with Bush over the ill-fated nomination of
White House counsel Harriet E. Miers. who
withdrew last week after it became clear
her prospects for confirmation were shaky

“This has got the whole conservative
base really excited and enthused." said Jay
Sekulow. chief counsel for the American
Center for Law and Justice. a Christian le-
gal foundation. and a key White House ad-
viser on judicial appointments.

“This moves the court to a more conser-
vative tilt, no doubt about it. Justice O'Con-
nor was the swing vote on a lot of cases. and
she sometimes swung in the other direc-

But Bush‘s choice of a candidate with a

more certain conservative philosophy set
the stage for a confrontation with Senate
Democrats who fear that Alito would move
the high court further to the right on key is-
sues. particularly abortion rights.

“We need to be careful here." said Sen.
Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.. a member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee. which screens
judicial candidates. “This is a nominee who
could shift the balance of the court and
thus the laws of the nation for decades to

One anti-abortion advocacy group. Open
ation Rescue. fueled such fears by predict-

See Nominee on page Z






This map details part of UK HealthCare’s hospital expansion plan. New
buildings and pedways are colored red. Under the plan, Virginia Avenue
will extend and connect with Huguelet Drive. Rose Street will end there.

Hospital’s second tower
remains in the works

By Shannon Mason


The plan for the growth of the
UK Chandler Medical Center keeps

A second bed tower is currently
included in the plans of the Uni
versity HealthCare expansion. but
no final decision will be made until
2008. said Dr. Michael Karpf. execu-
tive vice president of health af-

At last week‘s meeting. the
Board of Trustees approved bonds
funding the expansion plan that
called for two towers to be built im-

Karpf said architects suggested
building a second bed tower sooner
rather than later for three reasons.

The first of which is that the to
tal cost would be cheaper

“We could save $10 to $12 mil-
lion." Karpf said.

The cost would be cheaper be-
cause the cranes used to build the
tower would already be in place. he

The second reason is that it
would increase flexibility when
everything is ready to be moved
out of the old hospital. Karpf said.

The third reason. he said. is
that constructing the new build-
ings in a close time frame would be
less disruptive to the community
and to patients. Karpf said pa-
tients would not be in the first new
bed tower during the construction
of the second.

See Hospital on page 2
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Continued from page 1

students and staff." she said.
“Where everyone felt appreci-
ated ‘ where everyone felt
like they could make a positive
contribution to the entire uni-

'lbdd responded to their
concerns by saying that diver-


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Continued from page 1

This process will allow all
involved to go one step fur-
ther. An “XE" cannot be re-
moved by repeating a class.
Under the current rules. the
student must be suspended
with a second offense.

Current guidelines re«
quire a professor to report a
student on a first offense. The
student is then given an “E“
on his or her transcript.

They decided that if a
student is caught cheating or
plagiarizing and is registered
within a college that does not



Continued from page 1


or how far away UK is from
getting there. Todd said. The
plan calls for calculating cer-
tain variables in the four ar-
eas of research. undergradu-
ate education. graduate edu~
cation and faculty quality to
yield estimates of any addi-
tions UK would need to make
and the price tag of that cam-
pus expansion.

“We're putting together a


s1ty is a very complex issue.

one he and his administration
are working hard to improve.
“1 think people interpreted
my comment to say that
blacks can’t compete here. and
I don’t see how they got that
from that statement.“ he said,
referring to earlier comments
where Todd attributed a 40
percent drop in black fresh-
man enrollment to the in‘
crease in acceptance stan~
dards. More than 200 black
freshmen declined to attend

UK this year.

Todd said recent steps.
such as a more holistic appli-
cation process and more mon-
ey for minority scholarships.
should help UK improve soon.

“Right now there's a gener-
al feeling that blacks at UK are
merely tolerated." she said.
“We want to be acknowledged

~ having a racially diverse

campus and community is a
positive thing."




have an honor code. that stu-
dent will be charged under
the code outlined by the Sen-
ate Council.

ln instances where a stu-
dent is caught cheating or
plagiarizing and is registered
within a college that has an
honor code. then that student
would be charged under the
guidelines or honor code of
that college.

()ther proposed changes to
the current academic offense
guidelines include:

No minimum penalty on a
first offense.

After a third offense. a
minimum of suspension and
mark on the student‘s tran-
script or three years.

80 President Becky

Ellingsworth said she’s con-
cerned about students.

“If we are going to change
the rules. we have to make
sure we are looking out for
students' rights as well," she

SG Senator Monica Hob-
son. a political science senior,
said the important thing to
consider is the flexibility to
distinguish the difference be-
tween offenses.

“These new guidelines
give professors the ability to
fit the crime to the punish-
ment." she said. “It’s a move
in the right direction for stu-
dents and faculty ,,, now
there‘s leave way”



plan to see where we're at and

how far away we are from the
top 20." Todd said. “That’s
what this plan’s about
where do you add them. how
do you add them and when do
you add them.“

UK‘s state appropriations
have suffered in recent histo-
ry. From 2000-03, the state cut
$73 million from UK’s allot-
ment of state funding. State
money makes up about 18 per-
cent of UK’s total funding. so
UK must clearly outline its
priorities, Todd said.

“Without a long-term
plan. it‘ll be whoever screams
the loudest or whatever‘s

comfortable." he said of UK's
budget process.

The state government
must recognize that UK needs
more realistic financial help if
it‘s to stay on course to reach
top20 status. Todd said.

“What they’d like for us to
do is not ask for a lot of men-
ey and not charge you all
much. and still get there (to
top-20 status)." Todd said. “I
am concerned that they
haven't taken into considera-
tion what it takes for us to get





Continued from page I

Karpf said the cost of the
second bed tower would be
nearly $27 million. but said
that this cost is already fig-
ured into the current budget
of $450 million.

The second bed tower is
tentatively scheduled to be
built at the end of phase 1A
in the health care expansion.
If the tower is approved in
2008. Karpf said the “shell“
of the tower would be com-
plete by 2010.

“The walls and the floor
will be built. but it will be
finished out in phase 1B.“
Karpf said.


Continued from page i


ing that Alito's confirmation
would put the Supreme
(iourt “on the fast track to
derailing Roe v. Wade as the
law of the land." referring to
the landmark 1973 decision
that affirmed a woman's
right to choose abortion.

Phase 1A also includes
building a new parking
garage on Conn Terrace
since the current parking
garage is located on the site
for the new hospital build-
ing. Demolition of properties
on Conn Terrace began on
Oct. 14. Phase 1A should be
complete in 2010.

According to the UK
HealthCare Strategic Plan.
phase 18 includes the con-
struction of a new research
facility across South Lime-
stone Street and the con-
struction of a combined
medical and dental educa~
tion building. Phase 18
should be complete in 2015.

Karpf said previously
that phases 1A and 18 could
overlap resulting in the com-
pletion of phase 18 before

Phase 2 includes knock-
ing down the old hospital
and building a new facility
for ambulatory care. This
phase should be complete be-
tween 2015 and 2018.

Phase 3. the last phase,
includes tearing the critical
care tower down and build-
ing a facility to provide bet-
ter inpatient and outpatient
access. This phase should ul-
timately be completed by

Karpf said a second bed
tower is needed. but a final
decision will be made based
on the progress made on the
expansion in the next few

“It’s in the plans,” he
said. “But the final yes does-
n‘t occur until 2008."

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But a number of legal
scholars and court observers
said it was not clear how Ali-
to might rule if a case that
could overturn Roe vs. Wade
came before the Supreme
Court. or whether a majority
of the nine justices would
vote to overturn even if Alito
chose to do so.

At the same. it appeared
fairly certain the addition of
Alito would give the
Supreme Court a more con
servative cast than it has had

with O‘Connor. who is per-
ceived as a centrist who
sometimes sided with the
court‘s liberal justices.

Some legal analysts said
that Alito was in the mold of
Justices Antonin Scalia and
Clarence Thomas. who an-
chor the Supreme Court‘s
conservative wing. He has
even been called “Scalito.” a
reference to Alito’s and
Scalia’s Italian-American
heritage as well as their sim-
ilar legal philosophies.


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on a Homecoming float. It should have ide

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UK Opera Theatre entertained
more than 1,000 people this weekend
in its first performance of the season.

“A Puccini Celebration,” a compi-
lation of two oneact operas by Giaco~
mo Puccini, gave opera students the
chance to open the season for crowds
of 600 to 800 people per night.

After the success of “Madame
Butterfly” last season, UK Opera The-
atre Director Everett McCorvey de-
cided to bring more of Puccini’s
works to UK’s stage for the 2005-2006
season. The two Italian operas fea-
tured were “Suor Angelica," a
tragedy, and “Gianna Schicchi," a

Whitney Hale, a public relations
specialist at UK, attended the Friday

"I thought it was wonderful,” Hale
said. “It was also beneficial to people
who don’t follow opera because even
though the solos were performed in
Italian, there were subtitles running
above the stage.

and enjoy it."

Puccini’s operas usually run in a
trilogy. However. this performance
only consisted of two operas. McCor-
vey said they decided to cut out the
first opera because of the time con-
straints, costs of each opera and cast—

“Each opera lasts about 55 min-
utes long and we felt that it would be
a very long night for the audience if
we ran all three," McCorvey said.

He also said he felt that he could
more effectively cast students for
“Suor Angelica“ and “Gianni SchicI
chi." Seventeen students performed
in “Sour Angelica" and 16 stretched
tlfieir vocal chords in “Gianni Schic-
c 1."

The consideration of production
costs for showcasing the full trilogy
was one of the determining factors
when nailing down the show's length.
In order to produce an opera in the
way it was meant to be shown can get
pricey, said McCorvey. Each show
that UK Opera Theatre presents can

that this weekend’s performances
were well received.

“They were two reat nights at
the opera and you eft the erfor-
mance feeling very fulfille Mc-
Corvey said. “You heard some
great singing from the students
and it was just wonderful," Mc-
Corvey said.

Cora Hughes, the program co-
ordinator for UK Opera and Dr.
McCorvey’s assistant, also attend-
ed the performance.

Hughes said everyone she
talked to was pleased with the per-

More of Puccini‘s operas are in
the works for UK Opera Theatre in
upcoming seasons, Everett said.

Next up for UK Opera Theatre is
Mozart‘s “The Magic Flute," which
will be performed in February 2006.

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400 Rose Street

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Overhaul of SG constitution is overdue

Last week. Student Gov-
ernment took a step that
should have been pursued
years ago . the formation
of a committee to revise
and clarify the SG constitu-
tion. Although the group‘s
recommendations will be
the ultimate test of its val-
ue. the revision process so
far looks promising.

The committee consists
of 13 80 members and sew
en non-SG members. one of
whom is disqualified presi-
dential candidate Will Nash.
The inclusion of students
from outside the organiza»
tion gives the impression of
a willingness on the part of
SC to make revisions in
light of typical students“
concerns about SC. The
group's SG~member majori-
ty should live up to that im~
age by taking these stu-
dents' input seriously.

As the committee begins
to meet — possibly as early
as this week .,- its top prior
ity should be to clarify the
constitution‘s definition of

election offenses and which
ones automatically disquali-
fy a candidate. One of the
major issues in the court
battle that this year‘s SG
election spawned was the
difference between a "mis-
demeanor" and a “felony."
the two classes of election
violations defined by the SG

The difference. accord-
ing to the current constitu-
tion, is that an election
felony affects ”the integrity
of the election.“ whereas a
misdemeanor does not. This
vague distinction raises a
number of questions, leav-
ing the decision of whether
to disqualify a candidate to
the whims of 80's Election
Board of Claims and
Supreme Court whose
performance over the past
few years has been inconsis-
tent at best.

In more clearly defining
election violations. the com-
mittee needs to find a mid-
dle ground between sheer
vagueness anti unreason-

would be one in which elec-
tion violations rarely oc-
curred and therefore didn‘t
require so much attention.
but 80 candidates‘ behavior
over the past few years give
us few reasons to expect
such a state of affairs any-

able specificity (as in the
constitution‘s 12 clauses
regulating the number. size.
location and adhesiveness
of campaign posters). The
new language should be
open to some interpretation
but provide a clear answer


to most cases time soon.

of election L a s t
fraud. in- . . week. SG
stead of leav- The constitution's President
ing the mat- . . B e c k y
ter up to per- section on elections Ellingsworth


sonal percep-
tions of “in-

needs a balance


t e g r i t y. “ the commit-
which can between vagueness tee. The first
vary wildly , , was for it to
among dif- and excessrve detail look into me
ferent peo» plementing
ple. Internet vot-

We un- ing for this

derstand that it's tough to
come up with general crite.
ria for election fraud with-
out being unclear or mak-
ing a laundry list. But that‘s
just the task before 80 if it
strives to resemble a legiti~
mate government. Of
course. the best situation

Springs SC elections ~ a
step that could help in-
crease their perpetually
anemic turnout. This is ex-
actly the sort of matter that
SG officials should pursue.
On the other hand. the
second desire Ellingsworth
expressed — to seek inde-

pendence from UK — is just
what SG should not be
spending its time on. The
last thing the student body
needs is a struggle over
whether an organization
that has already wasted
plenty of student money
should be free to do so with-
out oversight from the insti-
tution that ensures its cash

If Ellingsworth turns
the search for constitution-
al reform # which should
help prevent future fights
like the one we‘ve all wit-
nessed this year — into a
symbolic struggle over the
independence of an organi-
zation that has thus far
proved undeserving of it.
she threatens to doom the
potential for significant re-

UK was right to end
court struggle

A related development
in SC news last week was
that UK has dropped its ap-
peal of the Fayette Circuit

Court decision that awarded
Ellingsworth the SG presi-
dency despite UK's objec-

We’re glad to see the uni-
versity ending a fight that
should have been solved
months ago. long before it
ended up in circuit court.
The clarification of the re-
lationship between UK and
80. as well as the revision
of the SG constitution, will
ultimately prevent battles
like this one in the future.

The sole value for UK of
continuing the court fight
would have been to remove
Ellingsworth from office,
but the appeals process
could have taken