Thursday preview: Cutting its roots

A score keeper watches as a contestant cuts tobacco during the 28th annual Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Contest at G.B. Shell Farms in Lancaster, Ky., on Sept. 3.  Photo by Allie Garza | Staff

Tobacco surrounds UK’s campus, whether it is the fields lining the streets into Lexington or the smokers lining the hospital sidewalks of South Limestone. Yet on Nov. 19, UK will turn its campus into a tobacco-free environment.  No more smoke breaks behind White Hall Classroom Building.  No more strolls through campus with a lit cigarette […]

Request to change BOT speaking rules rejected

In order to speak before the Board of Trustees, President Lee Todd, a committee and the full board must approve the request — all in a 30 hour time frame. The agenda does not become available to the public until 9 a.m. the day before the BOT meetings take place. The request must be approved […]

Hospital lands as top crime area

By Laura Karr According to UK Police reports from September through November, UK hospital and the W.T. Young Library see the most crime activity on campus. Areas with heavily-concentrated crime activity include UK Hospital on Rose Street, Commonwealth Stadium on University Drive and the W.T. Young Library on Hilltop Avenue. Most of these crimes are theft, […]

Forget the toothbrush: military gum fights plaque

By Landon Antonetti UK researchers have come up with a solution for those who have a habit of forgetting to brush their teeth — if they are in the armed forces. With the help of a chewing machine designed to mimic the pressure and pace of a human bite and simulate saliva, UK researchers have […]

[POLL] To smoke or not to smoke: Ban forces students to risk or quit

Beginning Thursday, students living on campus will have to find other places to smoke beyond the residential campus courtyards. Photo Illustration by Adam Wolffbrandt | Staff

From planning to quit to sneaking outside their dorms, student smokers on UK’s campus are figuring out how they will deal with the impending tobacco ban. The ban, which begins Thursday, will prohibit any tobacco on campus. However, enforcement for the ban will be mostly student and campus leader-dependent. “It’s not about enforcement or forcing […]

UK appoints alum to lead campus sustainability

By Tommy Stuart After a nationwide search, UK alumnus and employee has been named the university’s first sustainability officer. Shane Tedder, currently serving as UK’s sustainability coordinator for the Office of Residence Life, will now be responsible for the entire campus’ sustainability. “I plan to approach this job with the same amount of enthusiasm and […]

Professor offers research for ‘60 Minutes’ piece

By Cassidy Herrington Katie Couric and a camera crew stopped by Lexington over the weekend to direct a national spotlight on communications professor Alan DeSantis. “60 Minutes”, known for its in-depth news stories, came to UK to unveil the prevalence of cognitive enhancement drugs on college campuses. In June, the show’s associate producer  contacted DeSantis for […]

[POLL] For freshman, nicotine relieves his stress

Physics freshman Bradley Irvin lights up a cigarette on the balcony of his apartment on Saturday afternoon. Irvin began smoking to relieve stress while in the US Navy. Photo by Megan Hurt | Staff

Bradley Irvin likes to take five minutes for himself every now and then to smoke a cigarette and relieve himself of typical — and not so typical — stresses. After graduating from Scott County High School in 2004, instead of spending the next four years in a dorm room or a classroom, Irvin spent his […]

Dance minor cut because of ‘low enrollment’

By Laura Clark A program revitalized more than 20 years ago is dancing its way out of UK. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion made the decision to cut the Dance Certification program and the dance minor Nov. 4, according to an e-mail from the department’s chair to students in the program. The College […]

Running across the globe: Local groups, ROTC honor fallen solders

Stacey Martinez runs with her shadow behind her during the first-annual Shadow Run for Fallen Soldiers at UK on Friday night. Photo by Allie Garza | Staff

By Garrett Wymer UK ROTC soldiers ran 3.1 miles simultaneously with troops in Baghdad on Friday night despite being a time difference — and an ocean — away. Friday night’s Run for the Fallen was a shadow run, meaning multiple groups and hundreds of people took part in the event at the same time across […]