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The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

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COLUMN: Everyone is eating healthier…and it’s pissing me off

Khushi Arora, Reporter May 15, 2024

I feel it all around me – the judgement, the jerky glances, the slight shake of the head in disapproval. All I bought was a pack of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but I might as well have declared myself an...

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Album review: ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ is a deeply personal and reflective high point of Taylor Swift’s career

Gracie Moore, Digital Editor April 23, 2024

Taylor Swift has truly reached peak notoriety and fame throughout the past two years. Since 2022, she’s released one new album (“Midnights”), re-recorded two albums (“Speak Now” and “1989”)...

Rallyists hold up signs in opposition during the KY Fairness Rally on Feb. 15, 2023, at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Samuel Colmar | Staff

COLUMN: Nex Benedict deserved to live and so do trans youth in Kentucky

Austin Collier, Reporter April 18, 2024

The death of Nex Benedict, a nonbinary teenager of Indigenous descent, in Oklahoma has become the focal point of the political fight over the rights of transgender people — and trans youth in particular...

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COLUMN: Biden vs. Trump: Is this really the best we can do?

Austin Collier, Reporter March 4, 2024

For those who have somehow remained unaware, there is a presidential election this year, and if you are like me, it probably does not come as a surprise that it is shaping up to be a rematch of the last...

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COLUMN: iPhones vs. Androids: A guide to losing all your friends

Khushi Arora, Reporter February 20, 2024

We’re a month and a half into 2024, and things have been pretty chill. There’s absolutely nothing controversial going on anywhere So, I’m going to fix that by using the old-as-time tradition of...

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COLUMN: Was our childhood really that great, or is the world just exponentially worse now?

Khushi Arora, Reporter February 6, 2024

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I want to talk about what’s on all our minds — our childhood. Or at least that’s the case for those of us who are single and blame our upbringing...

Birds fly past the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Friday, October 13, 2023. Photo by Aidan Thompson

COLUMN: Punishing the homeless is not helpful, and legislators should know better

Austin Collier, Reporter February 3, 2024

Kentucky’s General Assembly is back in session for 2024, and they are courting controversy once again. Perhaps the most eye-catching bill being considered is House Bill 9, which seeks to define unconscious...

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COLUMN: Being an Indian immigrant on campus

Khushi Arora, Reporter January 27, 2024

Constantly converting from dollars to rupees. Using too many syllables to pronounce aluminum. Strange accents (yours, not ours). The mind of an Indian immigrant on campus is always churning, but not...

The United States Capitol peaks out through fall foliage on Oct. 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carter Skaggs | Kentucky Kernel

COLUMN: How to be a Congressional Republican for dummies

Ethan Wallace, Reporter January 16, 2024

During the era of the Dual-Monarchy, violence was nothing short of routine in the legislative process. Brawn was as necessary for the passage of any action as brain. Mark Twain called it the “customary...

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COLUMN: Beshear’s re-election was historic, but national democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up

Ethan Wallace, Reporter January 10, 2024

The night of Nov. 7, 2023 was a good one for Kentucky Democrats — Buddy Wheatly, Pamela Stevenson, Kim Reeder, Michael Bowman and Sierra Enlow notwithstanding. Gov. Andy Beshear’s re-election became...

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COLUMN: A year in film and a look into the next

Gracie Moore, Digital Editor January 3, 2024

The movies that came from 2023 shaped and seized pop culture entirely. Between “Barbenhiemer,” the revival of the Hunger Games series on the big screen and immediate cult classics, there was a movie...

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Movie review: The ‘Hunger Games’ prequel could revive the dystopian genre

Peyton Keyes, Reporter November 20, 2023

I am not ashamed to admit I spent countless hours trying to perfect Katniss Everdeen’s iconic braid in middle school. The key word in that sentence is “trying.” The “Hunger Games” trilogy...

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