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The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

A dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is injected into a patient’s arm on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at UK’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Kentucky Kernel

UK discontinues COVID dashboard as Kentucky positivity rates increase

Rayleigh Deaton, Editor-in-Chief September 1, 2022

The University of Kentucky is no longer maintaining a COVID-19 dashboard displaying vaccination percentages and positivity rates among students, faculty and staff. The dashboard, which was updated regularly...

The class of 2026 fills the student section at Big Blue U on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Abbey Cutrer | Kentucky Kernel

‘Healthier, wealthier, wiser Kentucky.’ The changing landscape of UK

Hannah Stanley, News Editor August 25, 2022

As the fall 2022 school year begins, UK is challenged with welcoming a historical first year class of more than 6,000 students while juggling COVID, monkeypox and internal renovations. In order to keep...

A community member receives a COVID-19 test on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at UK’s Kroger Field testing site in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

College Way COVID-19 testing to close at end of May

Emily Girard May 26, 2022

The last day UK’s COVID-19 testing site at Kroger Field will be open is Tuesday, May 31, according to an email sent on May 24 by UK Health Corps. UK spokesperson Jay Blanton said the decision to close...

A student wearing a mask exits Gatton Student Center on the first day of in-person classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

The Class of 2020: How is college going two years into the pandemic?

Claire Osterfeld March 14, 2022

Teens who graduated high school in 2020 are now halfway through their time in undergrad, but they have not had a "normal" college year yet.The pandemic has not been easy for anyone, but it has affected...

UK freshman interior design major Caroline Slicer packs bags into the back of a car for spring break on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

UK students spring into break

Laurie Jonhatan March 10, 2022

Spring break is the perfect time for UK students to rest, relax and recharge during the spring semester. And with this spring break being the first that UK has had in two years, many students are looking...

Students socialize and dance during the SAB Underground Formal on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Gatton Student Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

UK students dance the night away at the sixth annual Underground Formal

Amy Oakley February 22, 2022

UK’s annual Underground Formal took place on Friday, Feb. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Students had the opportunity to put on their best formal attire and dancing shoes...

James Croom, a senior interning for the UK Athletics Marketing Department, poses for a portrait at the Gatton Student Center on Monday Jan. 17, 2022, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Maria Rauh | Staff

Humans of UK: James Croom hypes up UK

Sarah Michels January 20, 2022

James Croom’s been told he’s a funny guy.Students may have seen him on television at the front of the student section, on TikTok sharing Kentucky sports content or at the Johnson Center, slinging half-court...

Students wait in White Hall Classroom Building on the first day of the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

UK hands out KN95 masks across campus

Rayleigh Deaton January 14, 2022

With omicron cases on the rise, the University of Kentucky is offering two free KN95 masks to members of the campus community.As the spring semester begins, UK continues to require masking in all indoor...

A crowd of UK students jumps up and down to music during Christian Student Fellowship’s Luau Party on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at CSFs temporary location on Columbia Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

CSF luau criticized for lax COVID protocol for second consecutive year

Haley Woods and Sarah Michels August 23, 2021

A luau party thrown by UK’s Christian Student Fellowship has caused quite the Twitter stir, and not for the first time. A video of Friday night’s mostly maskless and not socially-distanced event posted...

Anita Crick kneels by her husband, Rodney, after measuring his blood oxygen levels on Feb. 22, 2021, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Rodney recently returned home after a month of being hospitalized for COVID-19. Photo by Rachel Crick.

Lifeline: How one couple’s 55-year love story helped them beat COVID

Rachel Crick June 8, 2021

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, Anita Crick packed a bag and called an ambulance for her husband, Rodney. When the ambulance arrived, the couple embraced, unsure if or when they would see each other again.It...

A masked student studies in the William T. Young Library during the first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Zoom classes: Soon to be a memory or here to stay?

Shawn Clancy April 19, 2021

In a post-COVID world, should UK still offer a greater amount of online and hybrid classes than they did pre-COVID?Ask any student or professor about “zoom fatigue” and I guarantee you’ll receive...

A group of UK students walks in front of White Hall Classroom Building on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Year of COVID-19 sets students back

Hannah Stanley March 6, 2021

Kentucky marked one year of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 6. The pandemic's impact is wide-ranging and keenly felt by students at the University of Kentucky. Loss and grief aside, the pandemic has set students...

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