Running Out of Time

*Attention college students everywhere*

If you haven’t started freaking out already, well you should. We are one week away from Thanksgiving, which also means another thing… FINALS. Yes, the dreaded week when you try to convince yourself that you can teach yourself a semester worth of material in two days and still get an A.

Ha. Ha.
images.jpegIf you haven’t noticed on campus, things are shifting. This past week I have made some observations on campus and I am happy to report to you how the UofL student body is reacting to final exams through some common quotes that are heard this time of year:

“Who are you?”

Yes, this is the point in the semester when a random stranger will sit down next to you in class and try to become your best friend. They will ask if your teacher has been taking attendance and if they missed any important assignments. You’ll slowly discover that they are one of your classmates even though you don’t recognize them. Don’t feel that bad when you “forget” to send them your notes from the whole semester, chances are they already have like a 37% in the class.

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“Can I drink on this antibiotic?”

Look around: chances are that someone is sneezing, coughing, or appearing as if they might die in the near future. Sleep isn’t an option because of procrastination, meals include whatever looks appealing in the nearest vending machine, and immune systems are shot because of coping methods on the weekends. Campus Health is packed with kids trying to get doctor’s notes and medications. However, no you cannot drink antibiotics, so students I recommend chasing with orange juice if you want to “cope” with your sorrows

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“I just want to drop out”

No. No. No. A 50 question multiple choice exam or a 5 opinionated page paper is not going to kill you. Take it from a college senior. College is fun, you do not want to be a real adult with a real job, so keep your head up and your GPA higher. You got this!!!

Happy Studying:) 

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ShamRock’N Run

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As a member of Kappa Delta sorority, at the University of Louisville, we are required to organize various events throughout the calendar year devoted to our philanthropies. Kappa Delta has two national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America. Every fall we host an annual 5k race. 20% of these proceeds go to Prevent Child Abuse America, while 80% go to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to help make policy changes and support preventative efforts here at home.

14657355_1476791185667841_9055338652500610522_nThis race is called ShamRock’N Run and is happening THIS Saturday, November 5th at Cherokee Park. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30am with the race starting at 10am. Not only will there be running going down, but also a contest for the cutest dog that attends the event, as well as a corn hole tournament, and raffle. This will be the 11th year in a row that UofL’s KDs have put on this successful fundraising event!

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Along with raising money for these kids on Saturday we will also be making efforts to boost morale, and raise funds for the next couple days before the race. Thursday, November 3rd, we will be having a percentage night at the Chipotle on Bardstown Rd. in Louisville between 5pm and 9pm. Every person that mentions Kappa Delta or Shamrock while ordering will get Chipotle to donate 50% of their proceeds to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky!

 

Finally, on Friday, November 4th from 6-9pm, the ladies of Kappa Delta will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner, in the KD Suite on campus, in honor of the race the following day. General admission will be $5, but registered runners can eat for just $3!

14907158_1490102611003365_1113599233811698946_nTo register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kappa-delta-alpha-xi-11th-annual-shamrock-n-run-tickets-21496635014

Can’t make it to the event but you’d still like to support the cause? Make an online donation using the following link to help put a stop to child abuse!

https://www.billhighway.com/aph/forChapters/v2/donate.aspx?d=gAw1QY071pw%3D&u=O4kIKDIdtBI%3D

Hope to see you there, I will be running for the kids:)

Running the Art Show

Today marks one week before the St James Court Art Show Festivities begin. This past summer I have been interning for the St James Court Art Show and have assisted with their social media, marketing, and media relations. It has been a very rewarding experience and I am so grateful for everything I have learned under my supervisors: Margue Esrock and Karen Clayton. That being said, it is crunch time.

st-james-court-art-show-3The art show includes over 700 artists from all over the country that come to feature and sell their one of a kind artwork. In a week they will arrive to Old Louisville and set up their booth spaces, and the chaos will begin.

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Many residents of Louisville do not understand that there is a huge application process that begins in January that potential artists have to go through to even be considered to have a booth at the art show. Their work is then juried, and only the best of the best gain the privilege of being a part of such an amazing tradition.11755769_10152931790191260_7818174752644485323_n.jpg

 

 

 

There is more to the St James Court Art Show then just the art show weekend: there are many events that lead up to it. Many talks by long time art show friends, volunteer meetings, as well as the high school competition in which students submit portfolio pieces in a contest in order to have their chance to win one of multiple scholarship

 

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I have had the honor of working with multiple news stations and local media in order to schedule interviews, radio ads, and to advertise for our show. It has been a very fun experience and I have truly got an inside look on what reporting is all about.
I have a feeling that next week will consist of long hours, little sleep, and a lot of art. If you go to the art show you will for sure see me running around like a crazy person!

Running for my Life: To Campus Pt. 2

Today I was glancing at my phone before one of my classes, scrolling through Twitter, the usual…when I came across an article from WLKY: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL”.

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I clicked on the link and began reading the article. I soon found out that 2 young women, one being a student at UofL, were held at gun point and sexually assaulted; one at 3rd and Gaulbert and the other at 7th and Shipp Ave on MONDAY.

There are many things wrong with this scenario, but to name a few:

  1. This is a vulgar act of violence, no one deserves to be treated this way.
  2. I live exactly 2 blocks away from 3rd and Gaulbert. Crime is happening way too close for comfort, and way to close to campus. College is supposed to be safe; this is slowly dwindling away at the University of Louisville.
  3. WHY ARE WE JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS 3 DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED. There was not a RAVE alert sent out, no warning to avoid areas, absolutely nothing.
  4.  The title of this article: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL” …Really?  Maybe instead we should urge people not to sexually assault others?

 

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At approximately 6:09pm this evening I received an email from the university issuing a “crime notification” that this incident occurred on Wednesday… so which is it? Monday or Wednesday?

They also, so ever kindly, provided tips on “what to do/not do during and after a sexual assault or burglary occurs” and “suggestions that may help prevent you from becoming the victim of a sexual assault or robbery”. Gee Thanks ULPD!!!
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This is the bottom line:

 

Increasing in Louisville, whether its gang or drug related is honestly irrelevant to me. What is relevant, however, is that I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe walking through campus, walking home, walking through parking lots, and even getting out of my car in a public place alone.

I have common sense: I avoid the sketchy areas that young women like myself should not be in, but what happens when these areas become where I live, where I work, and where I learn.

I am looking forward to talking with ULPD about their thoughts on this situation, because quite frankly, I am not impressed.

Running for my Life: To Campus

Every morning during the week I wake up at approximately 7:00 am and walk to work. I work at the Student Activity Center in the early mornings and it is about a 15 minute walk from my house. I normally do not mind walking to campus in the daylight, it gives me an opportunity to listen to music and think about my day.

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Like I said, I live fairly close to campus, on the outskirts of Old Louisville.

Last week as I was watching the evening news I learned about an eighth grader bringing two guns (one loaded) into his middle school. As I continued to listen closer I learned that this happened at the school that I walk past EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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My mother is a huge proponent and subscriber to the “Louisville Crime Maps”. I normally get a weekly lecture about how I need to be more careful and aware of my surroundings when I am out and about in Louisville. After receiving ANOTHER RAVE alert last weekend I finally understand why she preaches the importance of being safe over and over and over to me.

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There are nice parts of Louisville, there are nice people in Louisville, but there is also a lot of crime and bad things that occur here as well. I should feel safe attending my University.

However, when my phone buzzes and I get a notification about another armed robbery a few blocks away from campus or my house, with no additional information I do not feel safe.

I appreciate the University utilizing the RAVE alert system, but I think that it is also their responsibility to update us on these dangerous situations, and give us more details after these occurrences. In the mean time while ULPD works on making campus great again, I think I will start running to school.