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Celebrating 34 years of independence

‘Best Doctors' honors add prestige to UK's medical program


Provost finalist confident he's the man for the job

Kansas State engineering dean touts
his ability to manage resources

By Sean Rose

In his public forum yesterday in the Student
Center. Terry King. one of two finalists to become
UK‘s highest-ranking academic official. said that
witlli the right leadership. UK can reach its topZO
goa .

“I think this particular university is poised to
achieve that vision.“ King said in the crowded
Center Theatre. “The biggest challenge you have
is aligning the resources."

For about an hour. King. currently the dean of
the College of Engineering at Kansas State Uni-
versity. spoke on his background. his vision for
UK and then answered questions from the audi-


President Lee Todd installed the provost sys-
tem at UK after his inauguration in 2001. Mike
Nietzel. UK’s first provost. left in June to become
the president of Southwest Missouri State Uni-
versity Since that time. Scott Smith. dean of the
College of Agriculture. has served as interim

King said he can lead UK toward becoming a
top-20 school with his ability to manage re-

“You have to have a limited number of re-
sources that have funding.“ King said. “Priorities
without funding are not priorities at all.

“There’s no magic to this; it’s hard work,"
King said.

For UK to reach its top-20 goal. which King
views as the most prevalent issue on campus. the

See Provost on page 2

You lose that, you lose the trust of the


— Terry King, provost finalist, on concerns that UK’s top-20 push would compromise

the quality of undergraduate education

Terry King,
dean of the
College of
Engineering at
Kansas State
addresses a
crowded Cen-
ter Theater
stating his
case of why he
should be UK’s
new provost.

Kumble Sub-
baswamy, a
dean at lndiana
University, is
the other final-
ist. He visits
UK next week.



back Todd’s
Top 20 plan

By Megan Boehnke

Several state legislators from the Lexington
area said yesterday they support UK President Lee
Todd’s Top 20 Business Plan and pledged to help
find the necessary funding for the university.

“I think every one of us in the Fayette County
district want (Todd) to get the funding he needs."
said Rep. Stan Lee. R-Fayette. Asked if the legisla-
ture would give UK the money that it’s asking for.
Lee said. “I think there‘s a good chance (of that)"

Todd presented his business plan in a public fo-
rum Monday. Todd outlined the cost to the state
and the university to make UK a top-20 research
university by the year 2020. as mandated in House
Bill 1 of 1997. .

In his plan. which will go before the Board of
Trustees for approval Tuesday. Todd said he plans

See Top 20 on page 2

Cats block A&T,

break UK record

By Chris DeLotell

North Carolina A&T kept shooting. and Sarah
Elliott and her UK teammates kept swatting.

The Wildcat sophomore center led the block par-
ty all the way to the UK single-game record for team
blocks with 19. tying the NCAA record in UK’s 7140
win over A&T last night. It also gave UK (60) their
best start since the 1984-85 season.

“We've been getting our hands on a lot of shots."
head coach Mickie DeMoss said. She said A&T was
undersized. but UK was able to maintain discipline.
not foul and challenge shots.

"(The record) is quite an accomplishment."
DeMoss said.

h Elliott noted the satisfying feeling of blocking a
5 0t.


See Hoops on page 5

Junior guard Nastassia Alcius had 14 points in UK's 11-40
victory at home over North Carolina A&T last night.

‘ A

By Josh Sullivan

ATLANTA m Shagari Alleyne
emerged from the far reaches of the
bench —~ and head coach Tubby Smith’s
doghouse w to lead the UK men’s basket-
ball team to a 73-46 victory over the Geor-
gia State Panthers in front of a highly
partisan UK crowd in Phillips Arena.

After the Panthers jumped out to an
11-0 lead. Smith yanked all five of his
starters. The Cats hadn’t scored in the
first four and a half minutes of the game.
but Alleyne promptly threw down a
dunk. sparking the UK reserves to their
own 11—0 run to tie the game. -

The 7-foot-3-inch junior. who spent the
last several games languishing on the
bench due to spotty play and academic
trouble. scored six of his career-high 16
points during the run. He unveiled a new
offensive weapon as well, nailing two
jump hooks in the paint on two consecu-

tive possessions.

“Getting the ef-
fort out of Shagari.
was quick off
his feet

we were pleased that

he played the way he
tonight. He
can be a

did." Smith said. “He
was quick off his
force inside.”
Tubby Smith

feet tonight. He can
be a force inside.”

Alleyne gave UK
the lead for good
with just under 10
minutes left in the
first half, turning a
pass from junior UK head coach
Rekalin Sims into
another one-handed jam to put the Cats
up 16-14.

He closed out UK‘s first half scoring
by throwing down yet another dunk to
send the Cats into the locker room with a
30-24 lead.

The bench accounted for all 30 of
UK’s first half points. so it was no sur-
prise when Smith sent the same group
out to begin the second half.

In fact. junior center Lukasz Obrzut‘s
dunk eight minutes into the second half
was the first time a starter found the
points line in the box score.

“That group we brought in there real-
ly picked it up for us. They really gave us
a lift.” Smith said.

Sophomore guard Ramel Bradley
came off the bench to play point guard
for most of the night. stepping in for fel-
low sophomore Rajon Rondo, who sat out
the game because of strep throat. He
scored 12 points and pulled down a ca-
reer-high seven rebounds while dishing
out a game-high five assists.

Though they were without their star
point guard. UK was bolstered by the re-
turn of Joe Crawford. who missed the
last three games because of a sprained
knee. The sophomore guard was a starter
before his injury. but last night he came

See Cats on page 10

By Amber Morgan
fie? mm" mm

Something is missing from the skies
over and trees around campus.

Flocks of birds. the most numerous
bein Starlings. have been known to an-
nualfy target and crowd UK's campus. So
far this year. however, em loyees of UK's
Physica Plant Division ave found no
need to use screamer rockets to scare
away the nuisance of birds. ‘

“They simply haven‘t come thls year."



UK reserves play starters' roles in win





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UK sophomore guard Ramel Bradley goes for a shot over Georgia State senior guard Boyd Copeland
during the second half of UK's 73-46 win last night. Bradley finished with 12 points on the night.

Birds not causing usual camp 3

said George Riddle of the Physical Plant
Division. “My guess is that the weather
hasn’t gotten cold enough to where they
feel they have to get warm."

The birds typically migrate to UK
durin the winter months. Riddle said.

“ file birds will come to any place
with a heat source for a place to roost."
Riddle said. “The ever eens and magno-
lia trees by Pence (Ha l) and Kastle Hall
serve as their hot pockets. We happen to
have a good habitat for them."

it also happens that parking lots and

sidewalks cross directly under many of
the birds' favorite nesting trees. creating
problems for those high-traffic. areas.

“No one wants to walk through bird
excrement." said Riddle. “if they defe-
cate on the sidewalk and it rains. they
get slippery"

Architecture tet hnology senior Casey
Lowe agreed.

“The sidewalks have become a mess.

and not to mention the bacteria in the
bird droppings that could cause illness."

' See Birds on page 3


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Continued from page i


to ask the state for a $17.7
million increase in funding
this year. UK calculated an-
nual tuition increases based
on the amount of funding it
receives from the state each

The Kentucky Council for
Postsecondary Education is
requesting $13.7 million for
UK in its budget. which will
be voted on in the next (len-
eral Assembly session, begin—
ning .lan. :i. That means UK
must lobby for the other 34
million. Todd said.

“We work on it all the
time. and we actually did
very well by (UK) in the last
session." said Sen. Alice For-
gy Kerr. R-Fayette. “It will be
up to what monies are avail-

“With UK being a land
mark institution. 1 think
they will fare. very well." she


Continued from page i


university must have a limit-
ed number of priorities.
align resources behind those
and make assessments of
progress. he said.

King gave an example of
how he increased faculty di-
versity in the College of En-
gineering college at Kansas
State by rewarding the col-
lege for diversity hires by si-
phoning money from the
salaries of retired faculty
back to the college.

“i thought it was quite
successful and it's still in
place for next year." King

King took questions on
the importance of diversity
and gave four reasons for
why it was valuable: a grow-
ing workforce needs more eds
ucation; most all professions
deal with creativity. and var-
ied backgrounds add to that:
businesses and industries
strive to be diverse. so they
tend to recruit from more di»
verse schools: and moral and
ethical reasons.

King added that UK‘s

increasing the quality of
UK will help improve the en-
tire state. Lee said.

"There's a correlation
there. definitely." Lee said.
"We in the Fletcher adminis-
tration are making a concert-
ed effort to bring
high-tech jobs.
and having a
good caliber uni-
versity here is in-
valuable you
have to have

in the first
phase of the plan.
Todd said it's nec-
essary to “front-
load" the budget.
That means UK
will actively pur-
sue increases of

7 new faculty members each
year for the next three years
and freeze enrollment until
the fall 2008 semester. help-
ing improve UK‘s student-
faculty ratio. Todd also said
he will work to annually give
a 5.5 percent raise to the fac~
uity salary pools.

drop in black enrollment
could be because of too much
attention being given to ACT
and SAT scores. He said that
the scores were “a pretty
lousy" indication for multi-
cultural students.

A question came up about
King‘s inexperience working
with a medical school. to
which King replied that he
lacks practice in
that area.

“i have to ad-

learn." King said.

A student
raised a question.
concerned that
some majors
Would suffer from
King's plan to
choose limited fo-
cus areas. King
said all programs
would improve
with the top-20
business plan.

“My sense is. if you can
focus and find your way into
this top«2l) imperative. all ar-
eas will rise.” King said.

He also responded to a
concern that in UK‘s top-20
push. the university will lose
its roots as a college open to
Kentucky students as well as
the nation's elite. and fall
prey to large class sizes. King
said the top-20 plan calls for

”(Todd is saying ue
that this) has
got to be a top
priority for us,
and I agree."
Ernesto Scorsone

on UK's top-20 busmess plan

“What you
mit. l have a lot to IOOK for is
who's a good
solver "

Mike Cavagnero

UK phySICS professor


“if we don’t show the
kind of commitment Dr.
Todd is asking for. we‘re go-
ing to lose more (faculty
members)." said Sen.
Ernesto Scorsone, D- Fayette.

“We’ve already lost quite
a few good folks at the uni-

versity. and the

trend will contin-
unless we
prove that we’re
behind the univer-
sity. i personally
know several good
faculty members
and researchers
who have left."

Scorsone said
he has spent a lot
of time going over
the plan with uni-
versity officials
and believes that
by pointing out what it will
take to make UK a top re-
search university. it will be
easier for the legislature to
accept the plan.

“I think the reception
(from legislators) is good. as
far as people want UK to be a
top-20 institution." Scorsone

state senator.

more faculty as well as stu-
dents. and added that UK
wouldn't lose sight of its mis-
sion as a public institution.

“We certainly would nev-
er want to compromise un-
dergraduate education."
King said. “You lose that. you
lose the trust of the state."

King said he likes land-
grant universities like UK
and believes their
mission is to edu-
cate the masses.

Political sci-
ence junior Parker
Reynolds said it
seemed King's so-
lution to most
problems would be
to “throw money at
it." an idea
Reynolds disagreed
with. He also
wished King had
more developed

“1 wish he had more con-
crete ideas." Reynolds said.
adding that King would do “a
good job" if he became UK's
next provost.

Claire Carpenter. support
staff for UK's Blackboard
system. also said King would
do well in the position.

“i thought he was very ar-
ticulate.“ Carpenter said.
“He would bring a lot of
clear thinking to the process

said. “(Todd is saying that
this) has got to be a top prior-
ity for us, and i agree."

Todd said Monday that he
had already made presenta-
tions to 40 or 50 legislators
and that he understood the
difficulty in trying to find the
funding in the state's budget.

"We're going to have to
sell it (to state legislators)."
Todd said. “We have a re-
sponsibility for selling it.

“I have a good feeling that
they want to do this.“ he
said. “it’s a question of. can
they find the money. and
what can we do to help

Todd added that many
legislators who voted for
House Bill 1 in 1997 still feel
“uncomfortable“ today be-
cause the bill didn’t create a
set plan for how UK would
achieve that lofty goal.

“it's up to us to give them
a plan." Todd said. "You‘ve
got to go out and show what
you need."

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of being provost.“

Carpenter said King's in-
experience with medical
schools could be a concern
for some people.

Physics professor Mike
Cavagnero said King was
well-qualified. despite his
lack of exposure to some as-
pects of UK.

“He admitted when he
did not know things." Cav-
agnero said. “i think that
was the right approach.

“What you look for is
someone who‘s a good prob-
lem solver and who's person-
able and who has an open
mind." Cavagnero said.

The second provost candi-
date. Kumble Subbaswamy.
dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at Indiana Uni-
versity. will visit UK Monday
for his forum. Subbaswamy
previously worked at UK
from 1978 to 1997. at one
point serving as chair of the
physics and astronomy de-

King said Subbaswamy's
previous stint at UK doesn’t
gave him an advantage.

“Hopefully my experi-
ence at other institutions
will have value here." King

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Many of the birds carry a fungus on
their feathers which can cause a lung dis-
ease called histoplasmosis, accordin to
the Centers for Disease Control and re-
vention. According to the Canadian Cen-
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drcsppings from pigeons, starlings, bats
an chickens support the growth of the
bacteria. If the multiplication of the
spores becomes small enough, it is possi-
b e to inhale the spores, which can enter
the lungs and start an infection. In severe
cases, it can produce an illness similar to

When faced with these problems, horti-
culturalists and experts on campus do not
delay in taking action to scare them with
the noise of screamer rockets.

“We station different peo 1e to places
we predict the birds are like y to go back
to," said Riddle. “We never actually fully
get rid of the birds. We try to battle them,
making it continually uncomfortable for

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this year because of the uncomfortably
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has experienced the hassle of trying to
“scream" away the birds.

“I’ve been here 14 years and we have
had1 to do it every year but this one,” Hart
sai .

He said the lack of flocks may have to
do with the recent business expansion in
the Hamburg area. “The develo ment on
the east side of town in the last our to six
years created more hot pockets from the

uildings," he said.

Wherever the birds may go, further ac-
tion to keep them from making trouble on
cargpus is considered imperative. Riddle
sai .

“I take my budget and fit it in," he
said. “Because of the potential health fac-
tor, it is something that has to be done."

Students said being rid of the birds
was worth the noise.

“I’d rather hear some screaming rock-
ets than get bird droppings on my car,”
said mechanical engineering senior Ryan

That is the very idea UK’s Plant Divi-
sion has had to implement every year un-
til now.

Whether it is the odd weather patterns.
loud rockets or booming business all over
town, Riddle is relieved and thankful that
the birds have not crowded campus yet.

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UK tops staet ll h1gh


number of ‘best doctors’

By Sarah Knight
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Sixty-four doctors at
UK's Chandler Medical Cen-
ter have been added to 2005's
Best Doctors in America

The physicians were
nominated by their peers for
their excellent reputations,
clinical work and written lit-
erature. through a survey
conducted by Best Doctors
Inc. More than 31,000 physi-
cians were surveyed and
asked. “If you or a loved one
needed a doctor in your spe-
cialty. to whom would you
refer them?"

UK ranks No. 1 in the
state for doctors listed this
year. Their names will be
published in a book which
allows patients to look up
the best physicians and spe-
cialists in their area.

“Doctors at the Universi-
ty of Kentucky Chandler
Medical Center not only
look for the best now. but we
focus on pushing medicine
forward in the future.“ said
Dr. Michael Karpf. executive
vice president for health af-

Doctors have been re-
cruited from around the
country so patients at the
Medical Center will have ac-
cess to the best health care
available Karpf said. This

has played a key role in in
creasing the number of
physicians at UK honored in
this year‘s list of best doc-
tors. with specialties includ-
ing pediatrics, neurology
and plastic surgery

Dr. Jay Perman. dean of
the College of Medicine and
a pediatric specialist. was
one of those named to the

“More important than
any other quality in a doctor
is the ability to listen to
your patients." Perman said.

His attitude toward his
patients, consistency in
demonstrating excellence
and continued dedication to
the profession has brought
him recognition not only
from his patients but also
from his peers.

Like most doctors. Per-
man said he entered the pro-
fession as a way to make a
difference every day. But
Perman also said other doc~
tors both on and off the
list _ deserve recognition.

“There are many more
‘Best Doctors” at the Univer-
sity of Kentucky than just
those recognized national-
ly.“ Perman said.

Dr. Steven Steinhubl. a
cardiologist at the medical
center. was also named to
the list.

Steinhubl graduated

with a degree in chemical
engineering but after volun-
teering in Rochester. N.Y.. he
decided to become a doctor.

“I thought that helping
people every day would be a
lot more rewarding than a
career in chemical engineer-
ing." Steinhubl said.

Comparing the Best Doc-
tors award to the Oscars.
Steinhubl said. “It is an hon-
or just to be nominated." He
admits that he is fortunate
and can’t help but be flat-

“It is very humbling." he

Steinhubl was honored
for his bedside manner and
patient care.

“Every patient is differ
ent and responds differently
to treatment.“ he said. “You
have to treat a patient as a
person rather than as a diag-

Like Perman. Steinhubl
acknowledged his fellow
physicians who have not re-
ceived the recognition that
this award can bring.

“Some of the best doc-
tors that I have ever worked
with have been at the Uni-
versity of Kentucky“ Stein-
hubl said.

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UK rehab program ranks sixth globally

By Brandy Gillenwater


UK's Rehabilitation Counseling Program
was recently ranked sixth out of 901 interna-

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ined the number of articles produced by each
institution between 1997 and 2002. These arti-
cles had to be peer-reviewed and recommend-
ed before publication. With four full-time fac-
ulty members. UK had 50 articles published.

“It is important to conduct research for
needs that exist in the community.“ said
Ralph Crystal. the program‘s coordinator.

The UK College of Education Rehabilita-
tion Counseling Program is a master’s or doc-
toral program that trains students to under
stand physical. emotional. cultural and eco-
nomic disabilities to better assist with voca-
tional planning and accommodating work-

Students get handson training experi-
ence working with people with disabilities.
They can also work with faculty on their re-
search, and participate in grant opportuni-
ties that pay full tuition and monthly

“Our work is responsive to issues of sub-
stance abuse. HIV cultural diversity and
quality of life." Crystal said.

There is a large demand for workers in
this field and graduates can be employed in a
variety of settings including state agencies,
hospitals. rehabilitation facilities and private
businesses. Crystal said.

The only prize for the ranking is recogni-

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University of Wisconsin
University of Kentucky
University of Illinois

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tion, said Debra Harley associate professor in
the department of special education and re-
habilitation counseling.

“It is helpful when applying for grants
and demonstrating ability to conduct re
search." she said of that recognition. “We
also see it as a long-term positive recruiting

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tried to hit a man with his car at 1:04 pm.

College Oswald Building at 1:54 pm.

2:51 pm.

son who live: in Haggin Hall at 8:34 pm.


10:07 pm.

Report compiled from UK police crime log
by police reporter Megan Boehnke

Campus crimes reported to UK police from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5

Dec. I: Ziploc bag of marijuana found on Rose Street at 7:51 am.
Dec. 1: Theft of mail reported at Baldwin Hall at 9:48 am.
Dec. 1: Suspicious circumstances reported when a Chinese-food delivery driver allegedly

Dec. 1: Bike theft reported at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house at 1:55 pm.
Dec. 2: Theft of a radio reported at Alumni Gym at 9:20 am.
Dec. 2: Theft of money from a safe reported at the Bluegrass Community and Technical

Dec. 2: Alcohol intoxication reported at Odoba where a man was causing a disorder at

Dec. 3: Disorder in-progress reported at the Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy at 12:28 pm.
Dec. 3: Harassing communication reported at UK Chandler Medical Center at 11:50 pm.
Dec. 4: RA reported smelling smoke coming from a room in Kirwan Tower at 12:26 am.
Dec. 4: Harassing phone calls and text messages reported at Blanding Tower at 4:31 am.
Dec. 4: Missing person report filed after parents were unable to make contact with their

Dec. 5: Vandalism reported on a black Ford Ranger in K-Iot at 12:56 pm.

Dec. 5: Harassing communication reported at Keeneland Hall where a resident was
receiving reoccurring hate crimes via the Internet at 1:39 pm.

Dec. 5: Animal complaint reported on the third level of Parking Structure 3 near the
Kentucky Clinic where a black dog was reported yelping from a truck bed at 1:54 pm.

Dec. 5: Room keys and student ID reported stolen at Kirwan Tower at 2:59 pm.

Dec. 5: Criminal mischief reported to a light fixture and fire alarm at Blanding Tower at


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By Jenniter Jones
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Every competitive team
wants to start the season
strong. But that desire isn't
what UK’s gymnastics team
says separates it from the rest
of the Southeastern Confer-
ence, and the nation.

“I like to have fun, so 1
bring a lot of enthusiasm to
the gym and I help people on
their bad days." said return-
ing senior Lucy Burgin from
Birmingham, Ala. “I expect
us to have a strong start and
to build on that. We need to
build our confidence so we
can get to nationals as a

The squad kicks off its
season with the annual
Blue/White scrimmage Sat~
urday at 6 pm. at Memorial

Third-year head coach Mo
Muhammad said the team
will be better than last year
as long everyone stays

“We started practicing in
the fall and had a team re-
treat.” Muhammad said. “We
train everyday. we have meet-
ings every Sunday to discuss
our goals and three mornings
a week. we do catdio.”

The Cats have many fa-
miliar returning faces. but
also new talent to deepen
their bench. UK returns three
seniors and adds six fresh-
men to the squad.

Senior Lucy Burgin has
been doing gymnastics for 18
years. She went to Mountain
Brook High School (Ala) and
won nationals her senior
year. Burgin said she chose
Lexington because UK had a
new coaching staff coming in
and she thought they would
have a lot of success. After
graduation, she wants to be
come a nurse.

Burgin said the toughest
competition of the season
will be Alabama and Georgia.
but added that she’s prepared
herself to be a tough competi-

“The better I do. the better
the team does." she said.

Rachael Riley. a junior
from Dallas. Texas, said talent
and depth isn’t a question
this year A it’s cohesion.

“I think we will do really
good. We have a strong team:
we just need to put it togethv
er.” Riley said.

Riley has been doing gym-
nastics since she was 8 years
old. In high school. she won
regionals her junior and se-



Senior Bethany Strauch and the UK gymnastics team kick off their 2006
season with the annual Blue/White scrimmage on Saturday at Memorial


nior year. Riley. a psychology
major who plans to attend
graduate school. chose UK be-
cause of the coaches’ drive to
win and the school atmos

“l have a positive attitude
and 1 keep everyone motivat-
ed." Riley said. She said UK‘s
strongest competition is in
the SEC. Six teams are
ranked in the preseason Top
25. including UK at No. 2'3 and
defending national champion
Georgia at No. 1.

Riley said the team’s main
goal is to make it to nationals.

Krystle Cook. a junior
from Austin. Texas. doesn‘t
make any bones about the
team's ultimate goal.

“I want to make it to na-
tionals with the team and
make the program bigger and
better.“ Cook said.

Cook has been doing gym.
nastics for 17 years and has
been competing 10 of those
years. A Region 3 All-Around