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Kentucky Kernel

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Kentucky Kernel

A mural of a wildcat is displayed in Alumni Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Abbey Cutrer | Staff

New Alumni Gym mural sparks mixed opinions among students

Hannah Stanley January 13, 2022

Alumni Gym’s new mural makeover brings not only a splash of color to its plain walls but also mixed reviews.After agreement from the students and other committees, such as the Student Government Association...

Mural in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of Kentucky on Friday, March 31, 2017. Photo by Adam Sherberg | Archive 

Mural still standing months after promise to remove

Haley Simpkins February 8, 2021

UK has not started the physical removal process of the controversial Memorial Hall mural.Following the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice protests in mid-2020, President Capilouto announced the...

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Actions, not words

Anita Srinivasan June 12, 2020

Three words: “I Can’t Breathe.”  These words became a call for action after America witnessed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  This heinous act caused massive outrage and lit the spark...

Memorial Hall on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

It’s coming down: After years of hesitancy, UK to remove Memorial Hall mural

Natalie Parks June 5, 2020

As nation-wide protests over police brutality and racism extend into a second week, institutions across the country are reckoning with their legacies of racism.At UK, the reckoning has forced a decision...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

Documentary on controversial mural shown in Memorial Hall

Natalie Parks February 13, 2020

In the lobby of Memorial Hall, a white sheet covered Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s controversial fresco.In the auditorium of Memorial Hall, images of the fresco panned across a screen, accompanied by audio from...

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Summer Read: Where are Kernelites now?

Kernel Staff June 28, 2019

When the University of Kentucky gets out for summer break, Kernel staffers scatter. Some graduate and move on to their professional careers. Others temporarily move to all corners of the country for summer...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

Op-ed: BSU president responds to artist’s call to not remove mural

Tsage Douglas April 10, 2019

Dear University of Kentucky community, Addressing our histories and exposing our realities too often comes at the price of Black trauma, Black community setbacks, and the death of Black people. This does...

Karyn Olivier works on her artwork Witness in Memorial Hall on UKs campus on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Karyn Olivier was an artist chosen by the UK Memorial Hall art committee to create an artwork that adds context to Anne Rice OHanlons 1934 mural. OHanlons mural depicts a sanitized version of the brutality that existed during the time of slavery and legal segregation. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Artist who created piece in response to Memorial Hall mural writes letter to UK community

Karyn Olivier April 8, 2019

Dear University of Kentucky community or more pointedly, Dear Students of Color,I wanted to write to you for several reasons. Firstly, I highly respect, admire and am truly moved by the real work and commitment...

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The O’Hanlon mural is painful, confusing and complicated

Mohammad Ahmad April 5, 2019

Reminders of pain and suffering. A symbol of oppression. Feeling like an unwanted, second-class student. Tired of thinking that their university doesn’t care about them.  Those are the concerns African-American...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

UK to cover Memorial Hall mural after student sit-in

April 2, 2019

The University of Kentucky administration will "immediately" cover a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that has been protested for several years on campus. The news came in a campus-wide email sent...

President Capilouto listens to student concerns during the meeting between him and the Black Student Advisoy Council and the Basic Needs Campaign on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Natalie Parks | Staff

UK building occupation continues after intense meeting with Capilouto

Natalie Parks April 2, 2019

The demands by the Black Student Advisory Council and the Basic Needs Campaign were not met during Tuesday’s meeting with President Capilouto. The hunger strike and occupation of the Main Building will...

A portion of Rose street is lined with painted half-circles in front of Rose street garage and Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Rose Street paintings not done with students in mind

Saadia Akhtar November 15, 2018

Rose Street has been closed due to construction for the last two years and will remain closed. Earlier this semester, students were treated to a variety of colorful semicircles on the walkway. It is unclear...

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