Tobacco ban praised at conference

After months of intense debate, the moment has arrived. Thursday, the start of the campus-wide tobacco ban, coinciding with the 34th Great American Smokeout, is finally here. At a news conference Thursday, members of the Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force highlighted some of the implementation and treatment plans, while encouraging tobacco users to quit. Thursday is […]

After 3 years, UK promotes Monroe to police chief

After being named chief of UK Police, Maj. Joe Monroe is pinned with the chief of police badge by his father, Theodore, as Assistant Vice President of Campus Services Athany Beatty looks on, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. Monroe has served as interim chief of police for three years. Photo provided by UK PR

By Katie Perkowski Maj. Joe Monroe has been named UK’s permanent police chief after a three-year tenure as interim police chief. Monroe said he found out about his promotion Tuesday night. “I’d hoped that my qualifications as well as my period as interim chief proved a lot to people that I could do the job […]

Ready or not: Ban hits campus

UK Physical Plant workers collect the smoking posts and old trashcans from around UK's campus on Wednesday night. Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt | Staff

By Laura Clark No more cigarette butts, no more smoke breaks, no more dip cans — tobacco is no longer allowed on UK’s campus. The ban begins Thursday, and affects all university-owned properties in Fayette County. Products not allowed include cigarettes (traditional and electronic), chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, snuff, snus and hookah. With a new […]

Eatery damaged in early robbery

A robbery was reported at J. Gumbo’s cajun restaurant, located on South Upper Street across from Fazoli’s, Wednesday around 6:50 a.m., just three weeks after its opening. The robber, who police have not found, took about $475 in cash and broke the cash register and a window, said Carmelo Gabriele, owner and manager of J. […]

Council concerned for smokers’ safety

By Brooke McCloud One of the main complaints of the tobacco ban is that smokers are not able to smoke on campus. But what about their safety? The safety of smokers, and how often and where they will go to smoke, was brought to special attention at Wednesday’s Town and Gown Commission meeting. “I have […]

Christians help students find ‘Origin’

By Katie Perkowski Students on UK’s campus may be used to seeing the men in black suits passing out little green books, but on Wednesday, they were met with a different kind of handout. Members of churches throughout Kentucky passed out about 1,000 copies of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” as part of the […]

900 doses of H1N1 vaccine to be available Friday

University Health Services received 900 doses of the intranasal form of the H1N1 vaccine from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, according to a UK news release Wednesday. The vaccine will be available to members of the UK community who are 18 years and above, or with a UK student ID, during a free walk-in clinic. […]

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 […]