Homecoming is right around the corner for UK. If you are looking to get involved on campus, or just want something to do next week, homecoming is the perfect chance. The theme for this years homecoming is “The Blueprint: Building on Tradition”.
The Wildcat Cup will be awarded to the on campus organization with the most participation in the activities, so if you’re Greek or in any other club or organization be sure and score some points towards your group and help raise some school spirit!
Saturday, October 13
Paint the Town Blue begins at 8 AM (ends Monday at 8 AM, windows remain decorated through Sunday, October 21). Windows on campus and around local businesses will be painted by UK student organizations to show school spirit.
Sunday, October 14
The annual DanceBlue 5K begins at 3 PM in the Red lot at Commonwealth Stadium. DanceBlue is an annual event in spring semester; all of the money benefits the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic.
Monday, October 15
Paint the Town picnic and winner announcement at 11AM at POT
Pep rally and royalty announcement at 8 PM at Wildcat Plaza
Tuesday, October 16
Kitty Karnival at 5 PM on the South Campus Courtyards this year’s theme is “Pumpkinpalooza” and each organization will create its own carnival style game for local children.
Mo’ Betta Basketball Game- Presented by the Black Student Union at 7 PM in the Seaton Center. Student Basketball players and alumni basketball players will go head to head and complete for the homecoming trophy.
I’m sure everyone saw the “tent city” taking over north campus last week. In case you were wondering why people would camp outside in the cool fall weather for a week, even braving the rain, the answer is simple - the first official basketball practice of the season.
To Kentucky fans, Big Blue Madness is much more than just a practice. It is the first time fans get to see the new team in action, as well the beginning of another basketball season to which they hope to hang another banner at the end of.
Big Blue Madness will take place October 12 in Rupp Arena starting at 5:00 pm, with a women’s volleyball game before the basketball begins. Tickets are sold out but the game will be aired on ESPN 2, ESPN U, and streamed at UK Athletics website.
Last year, former UK fan favorites such as John Wall, returned for Madness as well as celebrities like Drake and Ashley Judd - both of which identify themselves as members of BBN. This year players will return, and there are rumors of more celebrity appearances this year. High ranked recruits such as the Harrison twins and JaQuan Lyle are supposed to be in attendance as well.
With one of the top freshman classes in the nation, and several returning players Coach Cal and the Cats are in a good place for this season. Lets meet the Cats:
#3- Freshman, Nerlens Noel
Noel is 6-10 forward from Massachusetts and one of the top prospects of his class. Anthony Davis himself said Noel had the potential to be as good as he was. Noel has made his hairstyle, the flat top, famous in college basketball. UK fans already using phrases such as “fear the fade” and “fear the flat top.”
Freshman year can be one of the most exciting/overwhelming times of your life. To be sure all University of Kentucky freshman collegettes enjoy it to the fullest, here is a freshman year bucket list.:
1.) Rub Patterson’s foot.:
The statue of President Patterson in front of Patterson Office Tower is said to be good luck, during finals week lots of students will rub his foot for luck on their final exams. While you’re there, jump up in his lap and take a new profile picture!
2.) Sled/Mudslide in the bowl:
After the first snow grab something to sled on (storage tub lids work great!), bundle up and head for the Bowl in front of Willy T Library to sled!
3.) Go to Tolly Ho late at night:
Tolly Ho is a local college food joint located on South Broadway. They have great burgers and specialty shakes, be sure and tell them it’s your first time!
4.) Go to a football game:
UK may not be known as a football school, but that doesn’t make the games any less of a right of passage! Dress up in true SEC school fashion and head out to Commonwealth on a fall Saturday afternoon to cheer on the Cats! Nothing is more fun than having some great tailgate food and singing the fight song in the student section!
5.) Go to a basketball game:
If you’re lucky enough to win a basketball lottery (most people win AT LEAST once, or you can buy extra student tickets or a ticket from selling one), deck out in Kentucky blue and get ready for some excitement! Whether you’re in the eRUPPtion Zone or upper-level, the Cats never disappoint on the court!
6.) Attend a baseball game:
Head out to Cliff Hagan Stadium in the spring (behind Baldwin Hall) and cheer on the baseball Cats! You can’t beat singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and eating a hot dog while decked out in school colors! Best part? Baseball games are free with a student ID!
Each spring semester the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi and the brothers of Iota Phi Theta host their joint philanthropy event called PiAthlon. The money each organization raises from this event will go towards their respective national philanthropies. AOΠ’s money raised will go to arthritis research and Iota’s money raised goes towards the Iota Phi Theta Youth Alliance, which is a program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to be mentored by the men of Iota with the ultimate goal of helping them get into college.
This year’s PiAthlon will take place Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Goodbarn Field across from Commonwealth Stadium. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and will conclude around 6:30.
PiAthlon is themed around “pi” events. Contests include pie-pong, wheel barrel races, the pudding pass, the pie making 3-legged race, pie-a-pal, and pudding wrestling.
In the pie pong contest you have 3 mini pie-tins in a triangle shape on each end of the table; the goal is to toss a ping pong ball with one hand into each tin on the opponents side of the table before they do, taking turns after each toss.
The wheel barrel race is like the classic game you played on the playground, but with a pie twist, at the end of your turn you must find the cherry in a pie before your partner can put you down.
The pudding pass is Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live inspired- each member of the team wears a helmet with a cup on top, pudding is poured into the first cup and they must send the pudding down the line of helmets and into a pie tin, first team to fill the tin wins.
In the 3-legged race you run an obstacle course, stopping at different pie-making stations to completely make a pie with your partner.
In 1983, a marathon-type event called Relay for Life began when a doctor from Washington State tried to raise money for his local American Cancer Society by running laps around a high school track. Today, this event has expanded to thousands of cities and towns, reaching many people while raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
On April 21, students at the University of Kentucky will have the opportunity to participate in Relay.
Relay for Life is coming to UK’s campus at the E.S. Goodbarn Field near Commonwealth Stadium from 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 to 7 a.m. Sunday, April 22.
During Relay, members from every team will take turns walking a lap individually, or together so that at least one member from each team will be walking at all times. The event will also include a Survivors Lap, where cancer survivors are invited to come to the event and walk a lap to celebrate their own personal victory. A luminary ceremony will also take place. You can donate to have a loved one’s name on a luminary that will be lit sometime during the night to remember or honor those lost to cancer, or those who have or are battling cancer right now. Games, entertainment and other events will also take place during the event.
Graham Klink, a junior at the University of Kentucky is the Recruitment Chair for the Executive Board of Relay for Life and recruits people for the UK Relay for Life event. So far, she has recruited 37 teams, ranging from on-campus clubs, Greek organizations, dorms and roommates.
It’s October and talk around campus revolves around one thing: basketball!
Consider this you’re crash course in Kentucky basketball lingo, as well as a preview to the upcoming basketball season.
For those of you who don’t know, Kentucky basketball is often called the “greatest tradition in basketball history.” UK was the first team to 2,000 wins (December 21, 2009 against the Drexel Dragons) dubbing our school “UK2K,” and we have the all-time highest winning percentage. UK has played in a record number of NCAA tournaments (51), is tied with UNC in NCAA tournament wins (105), and ranks second in national titles(7). The Cats have played in a record 151 tournament games total; they have an NCAA record of 42 Sweet-16 appearances and 33 Elite-8 appearances. Kentucky has played in 14 Final Fours (fourth place all time) and has had 10 championship game appearances (second place, tied with Duke).
Head Coach John Calipari (affectionately known as Coach Cal) is beginning his third year as head coach at Kentucky and has quite an impressive track record. Twenty-one of his players are now in the NBA, including former UK players John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, Enes Kanter, Josh Harrellson, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins. Coach Cal also has three Sweet-16 appearances and two final fours.
As impressive as that may be, Kentucky fans expect one thing: 8, as in our 8th national title. Lucky for us, we have the #1 recruiting class walking among us in the halls of campus now (for the third year in a row).
You’re asked to go to a football game, next thing you know you’re throwing on some jeans, a hat and a jersey, grabbing the foam finger and running out the door. If this football game is at an SEC school, you may want to rethink your wardrobe choice. For those of you unfamiliar to UK athletics, the University of Kentucky is a part of the SEC (South Eastern Conference), and in the south, we are big on tradition. Traditions at UK are a whole other subject that we won’t get into in this article, but one tradition, for girls at least, is the “Southern Belle” look. I know what you’re thinking, pageants, flowing blonde hair, and a southern drawl; but that’s not quite it. One thing a true southern belle does is always looks her best, so in the SEC, that’s what the girls do.
The quickest way to pick out a newcomer to Commonwealth Stadium during a football game, especially a freshman, is to spot a girl wearing a blue tee and jeans, sporting a UK hat. Nothing is wrong with any of those things and they’re certainly appropriate for basketball season, but this is football season. Football season (in fashion and literally) is a completely different ball game. The norm in the student section is dressy but comfortable.
For guys this can be khaki or colored pants, a button up, and a tie with dress shoes or Sperry’s.
For a girl, this is an opportunity to hit the mall and raid the stores for the latest trends in blue and white.
Blue sundresses with belts are a huge hit, as are blue or white skirts with a dressy top. As the games get chillier we move into blue and white sweaters with jeggings, leggings, or skinny’s. Boots and strappy sandals seem to be favorites as well as your favorite Kentucky blue jewelry.