Police chief job still vacant, with no rush to begin search

By Katie Perkowski A timeline has yet to be set in choosing a permanent police chief for UK, the UK president said Wednesday. In February 2006, McDonald Vick was named the police chief, but resigned a few months later after it was discovered that he paid a former female officer $25,000 to drop a sexual […]

Todd, Smith to address campus issues at speech

By Brandon Farmer Thursday’s State of the University Address will outline key topics that President Lee Todd and Student Government President Ryan Smith feel are important to the student body and to the state in general. In an interview with the Kernel on Wednesday, Todd expressed his concern on UK’s involvement with the community. “I […]

[VIDEO] Students learn about dorm fires from demonstration

UK alumni John and Christina Noll enjoy their drinks on Sept. 4 during the grand reopening of Buster's on Manchester Street. Photo by Zach Brake | Staff

Story and photos by Adam Wolffbrandt In the event of a fire, students living in residence halls have less than three minutes to escape before it is too late. For Campus Fire Safety Month, the UK Fire Marshal’s Office, with the help of the Lexington Fire Department, built two model dorm rooms to demonstrate to […]

Phonathon program prospers in tough times

By Jenny Boylan Despite 2008 being one of the worst economic years in recent history, it was the most prosperous year for the UK Phonathon program since it began in the mid-1990s. A philanthropic program, the Phonathon brought in $1.4 million in annual gift commitments from alumni, parents, and friends of the university between fall […]

Out on the streets: Students march on city hall

Political Science sophomore Chandler Lyles, left, Political Science sophomore Erik Jarboe, and biology sophomore Taylor Watson discuss the possibilities of the new student housing bill before meeting with Lexington government officials on Tuesday afternoon in the Government Center on Main Street.   Photo by Britney McIntosh | Staff

By Casey Wheeless Around 100 students gathered near the Student Center patio Tuesday to voice their opinions on the current student housing proposal being debated in  city council. The “March on City Hall,” hosted by UK Student Government Association, began around 10:30 a.m. when students walked from the patio to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Building […]

Scholarships not affected by suffering endowments

By Jill Seelmeyer In the nation’s current economic climate, many students have had to adjust their budgets.  However, current UK undergraduate scholarship students do not need to fear the loss of their scholarships. The state of the economy has caused UK’s scholarship, professorship and fellowship endowments to lose value, making them worth less than the […]

Team prepares house of ‘Blues’ for solar decathlon in D.C.

Architecture graduate student Josh Ayoroa fabricates the structures on the house that hold the solar collectors for the Solar Decathlon on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt | Staff

By Leslie Bentley A student-built Lexington home will soon be on display amongst the likes of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. UK is competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. Named the “Blues” Team, UK’s team is made of students, staff, and faculty from six colleges and 16 […]

Eyes off the road: Texting while driving leads to possible legislation in Kentucky

By Anna Hawthorne A recent Public Service Announcement showed two girls driving, texting, and giggling. Then, within the blink of an eye, they were victims of gruesome car accident. Forget drunk driving, the newest traffic safety issue is DWT — Driving While Texting. Texting while driving might soon be illegal in Kentucky.  Nineteen states have […]

Riding to a greener frontier: Motorcycles promote sustainability on campus

Officer Wesley Tyler of the UK Police rides the new electric motorcycle issued to the UK Police in the parking lot of the Soccer and Softball complex Monday morning.  Photo by Laura Clark | Staff

 By Brian Shlonsky news@kykernel.com UK Police have gone green. With the purchase of two new electric motorcycles, police are doing their part to continue the university’s sustainability efforts. The Vectrix VX-1 motorcycles, which put out zero emissions, have been in use  by UK Police for about three weeks, and were used heavily during the Louisville […]