Kernel Keep Up: Nike’s new deal, SEC tournament, Baseball on fire and more


It’s Monday. Already behind on the week? Us too. 

So, we’re introducing Kernel Keep Up—your weekly catch-up on what’s important this week and last. 

Here’s all the news you need to know to tackle the week ahead:

Three must-reads this week:

Student group seeks to keep UK, Nike accountable with new workers’ rights contract

  • UK and Nike have agreed to a new contract that meets higher workers’ rights standards. A UK student group was behind the change.
  • On Feb. 6, 2018, UK finalized an amendment to their current apparel contract with Nike that would obligate Nike to comply with the Worker Rights Consortium’s Protocol for Investigation.

Men’s basketball begins SEC tournament

  • After Saturday’s double-digit loss to Florida, UK will enter the SEC tournament ranked as the four seed. The Cats get a double-bye and will play one of Vanderbilt, Georgia or Missouri on Friday afternoon.

SEC Tournament history: UK as a 4-seed

  • For the second time since 1985, the team is the fourth overall seed in the SEC Tournament.

WBI is a likely option for the young Cats

  • Kentucky fell to Mississippi State for the third time of the season in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, and the loss effectively eliminated the Cats for the NCAA Tournament and the WNIT.

Baseball, softball continue winning ways

UK baseball dominates in Houston, goes 11-1 for first time since 2013

  • The No. 7 UK baseball team is 11-1 for the first time since 2013, after an impressive showing at Minute Maid Park this weekend. The Cats won all three games of the weekend and outscoring opponents 31-8. 
  • The Cats head back to Lexington and will face Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University before they play a big weekend series against Texas Tech.

UK softball goes 4-0 in John Cropp Classic

  • The UK softball team had a 4-0 weekend at home in the 2018 John Cropp Classic, extending the Cats’ win-streak to nine, as they played Ohio University and Southeast Missouri State twice each in the John Cropp Classic.
  • The Cats’ next game will be Tuesday, March 6, against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 4 p.m.

Globetrotting marathoner; Birthday bash spectacular

Around the world in 26.2 miles: UK alumnus races on 7 continents

  • Running a single marathon is a huge accomplishment for any person, but UK alumnus Jason Darnall has crossed a finish line on all seven continents– a feat few have done.

sQecial Media celebrating 46 years of supplying unique stock

  • sQecial Media, a local store of odds and ends, turned 46 over the weekend.
  • With the convenience of online shopping and e-readers, purchasing a tangible book may seem outdated, but there is something special about visiting a local bookstore that the internet cannot recreate.

WRFL celebrated 30 years of student-run radio with a slew of concerts and events. Photos:

 The week ahead:

  • Tuesday outside Whitehall, Sandy Hook Promise, a student group dedicated to gun-violence education, will be hosting a card making station for the victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida. The station will be open 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday evening, SAB’s Massage on the Go will be giving free massages to students and will be hosting a bath bomb-making session from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of The 90.
  • Wednesday, Best Buddies is having their “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. “The R-word is exclusive, derogatory, and limits so many of the people we care about. So please, use a different word,” the group said on Facebook. The campaign begins at Whitehall at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, the VIP Center is hosting a teach-in on the #MeToo Movement in the William T. Young Multipurpose Room (B-108C) from 5 to 6 p.m.