Time for us to eliminate capital punishment

Cheyene Miller
Contributing Columnist

The year is 2015 and yet the U.S. still practices capital punishment. It is becoming increasingly difficult to justify such a social practice, considering the data is starting to fall exclusively on one side of this issue. And yet 32 states, including Kentucky, still have the death penalty. The Bluegrass State reinstated the death penalty […]

Online fundraising moves society forward

Marjorie Kirk, Assistant Opinions Editor

By now, many of us have seen and been amazed by the story of James Robertson, the Detroit man whose 21-mile trek to work inspired a GoFundMe.com page that raised $350,001. This story encompasses the beginning of what could be an incredible transition in our society—the assumption of responsibility, by the masses, to support each […]

Depression rampant during college years

Patrick Brennan, contributing columnist

I don’t think anyone would blink twice if they came across a Buzzfeed article entitled, “11 Reasons College is The Best Four Years of Your Life.” No, there are hundreds of reasons why college can be a paradise for the human mind. However, the reality is a bit different.

LTE: Bill could empower people to produce energy

So far this winter, my electric bills have not been “good,” but have certainly been more reasonable than they were last winter. I imagine many of my fellow UK students have noticed the same trend. Unfortunately, in much of Kentucky, energy bills are still a financial black hole for lower-income families. In some areas, particularly […]

Do not ignore experts’ wisdom on vaccines

Matt Young
Contributing Columnist

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Humans accepted that the world was round generations ago, but for some reason growing numbers of people are regressing back into a “the world is flat” mentality. This country is in the midst of a measles outbreak, something thought to be impossible at the turn of the century […]

Rating bathrooms on campus


Editor’s note: Kernel columnists Boyd Hayes and Penny Schmitz are going to be grading campus bathrooms throughout the semester based on a number of different criteria, including cleanliness and facilities. Student Center 3rd Floor Women’s Bathroom (next to the Ballroom) Cleanliness: A Sink, stalls and floors were in great condition. No overwhelming odor and feminine […]