Reminder: UofL Student Walk Out Wednesday

This is a reminder for the media executives who don’t want their reporters covering anything other than the weather, march madness or George Clooney coming to Maysville.

As we reported weeks ago, students at the University of Louisville will protest Governor Steve Beshear’s lovely handling of higher education cost increases in Kentucky this Wednesday by walking out. At 1:11 P.M. this Wednesday, March 26, 2008, students will gather in front of the UofL President’s Office at Grawemeyer Hall (near the intersection of 3rd St & Eastern Pkwy).

From a Facebook group set up for the event:

The University of Louisville consistently places the burden of our state’s budget crises on US – the STUDENTS. This is completely unacceptable, and we are calling on the university administration to explore every option available as to ensure tuition rates DO NOT increase above the rate of inflation for the 2008-2009 school year.

All UofL students are urged to walk out of their classes on Wednesday, March 26th, at 1:11 pm, and attend a rally in front of Grawemeyer Hall near the The Thinker in protest of our university administration’s constant refusal to include OUR VOICE in matters that affect OUR lives.

The skinny:

  • What: Students to walk out at UofL
  • When: Wednesday, March 26 at 1:11 P.M.
  • Where: Rally in front of The Thinker / President’s office @ Grawemeyer Hall

So, media, show up. Give the everyday student in Kentucky a voice.

Let’s Stop with the Photo Controversy

kissing.jpgWe blinked when we saw this picture in the Courier-Journal after the Cards-Cats basketball game. Odd shot, but nothing to get worked up over.

Now it’s become a national story, thanks to a bunch of smart-asses who are using it as a reason to pull out their staple of bad Kentucky gay/black guy jokes. Not funny.

It’s like Jim Rome reading the disgusting e-mails from his “clones” on radio, spotlighting the worst qualities of people with nothing better to do. The worst of it is at the national gossip blog Gawker, where everyone’s a comedian. I’m happy that the newspaper isn’t apologizing for publishing the shot, which is simply two players celebrating a good moment. That’s it. Really. Quit with the analysis.

Spillman Case Goes to Trial

It’s a day of updates for us, so….

To update the story Page One broke last month about UofL wide receiver JaJuan Spillman: after several continuances his case is going to trial.

Spillman was arrested earlier this year after an automobile accident and was charged with driving under the influence and being in possession of marijuana (9.3 grams, a misdemeanor.)



Spillman Update – Media Jumps On It

You first learned about it on Page One: UofL football player JaJuan Spillman hit with DUI and possession charges. Now it appears this story has legs. Since our initial publication, outlets like the Courier-Journal and WHAS11-TV in Louisville have picked it up.

From the C-J:

Officer Charles Sturgeon responded to an accident at the intersection of Second Street and Cardinal. According to the police report, Spillman and an unnamed passenger admitted to Sturgeon that they had smoked marijuana in the car. The officer found 9.3 grams of marijuana.

From WHAS:

[flv:/video/Spillman.flv 320 240]

We learn from WHAS that Coach Steve Kragthorpe says Spillman was “internally disciplined”– without providing further details, of course.

Does this mean ‘traditional’ media are already looking to us for breaking news? We selfishly think so. And so do our stats:

Hi guys!

Feigned precociousness and sarcasm aside, we’re glad people are paying attention. Thanks to everyone beginning to read Page One and to everyone providing a link back. It’s appreciated. Keep those tips coming!