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UofL Faculty Speak Out Against Scandals, President Ramsey

Scott Utterback | The C-J

Scott Utterback | The C-J

Scott Utterback | The C-J

2015 was the year of the UofL Scandal.  There were so many that I had to look them up because it’s nearly impossible to name them all off the top of my head.  

There was Katina Powell in Billy Minardi Hall.  There was President Ramsey dressed like a Mexican for Halloween.  Don’t forget about the illegal job ad they put out for a professor that requested Whites and Asians to not apply.  And then there came an FBI investigation into misusing federal funds.  There are enough UofL employees being investigating for misusing funds, they could make their own basketball team.

Some faculty members have had enough, stating their grievances Inside Higher Ed.  Simply put, they’ve had enough of President Ramsey.

“These aren’t problems that are occurring in one domain of the university, it’s across the university. At some point it all points to the president and to the leadership, who are responsible for insuring that these sorts of things don’t happen,” said David Owen, chair of the university’s philosophy department. “One has to wonder what’s really going on here. Why is this OK? It’s really distressing. It’s really hurting morale for faculty and staff.”

Susan Resneck Pierce, a former university president and a current university president consultant, agrees.

“The reality is that presidents are accountable for the health and integrity of their institution in all its aspects,” she said. “Just as the board is responsible for providing oversight for the president, presidents are responsible for providing oversight, particularly for the people who report to them directly, and for insisting on behavior that has integrity to it.”

If you didn’t understand the magnitude of Scandal U, this article encapsulates UofL’s awfulness quite well, while providing some balance.  Some faculty agree with the board in supporting Ramsey, but they all agree that change in the university must happen soon.

[Inside Higher Ed]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for UofL Faculty Speak Out Against Scandals, President Ramsey

  1. Souf beach Lou
    11:13 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Please be clear..Ramsey was not “dressed like a mexican” he was wearing a costume meant to be insulting to mexicans. There is a difference. Mexicans do not on the whole wear ponchos and sombreros, they in fact dress like every other modern human being and this might be a revelation to some but mexicans are people too just like white folks.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      2:02 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Insulting? Google Mexican’s, and guess what? You will see Mexican’s wearing the same shit. Not all wear it, but some do. I hate UofL and hope they go down in flames, but nothing wrong with what they did there.

    • Souf beach Lou
      8:23 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Dude Google and the internet is 99% white bros written by them and for them and for them that is a mexican. I’m not saying there is not indegenous clothing out there worn in a non ironic fashion, I’m saying that the Sombrero mustache poncho costume is a specific meme historically used to demonize these people the Texans were trying to steal land from. It is another blackface. Had they had the decency to serve mexican food at the party then it might be another matter

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      1:19 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Welcome to today’s generation. Nothing but pansies that think everything is demorilizing. Google image “mexican”. Ill hang up and listen. Those whities sure look hispanic to me.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      1:19 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      You should go back to your “safe space” until you get out in the real world, and it kick’s you right in the arse.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    11:18 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    The sex scandals are a big deal, but the Mexican thing? Not so much. As a certified, card-carrying hillbilly, I’m not offended in the least by Lil Abner type costumes or the Beverly Hillbillies. People offended by such lighthearted stuff really ought to look inward and try to figure out what’s wrong with them that they can’t take a good-natured joke. Lighten up, everyone.

    The most painful part of all this is that I’m perilously close to defending Louisville on something. Egads!

    • ukjaybrat
      11:56 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think the degree to which it offends anyone is the question (or shouldn’t be) but rather the timing. If this was the only thing that happened to Louisville this year, no one would care. but in conjunction with everything else, it is just another bullet point worth mentioning.

  3. Willis talkin bout....
    11:38 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Between all the sex scandals, the misappropriation of funds, also known as “Embezzlement”, to the almost criminal YUM center contract which will force tax payers to bail out. UofL and its Administration, to include the AD warrant a RICO investigation. Its nice that the faculty are starting to see things how they are, but how much more does the Board need to see before they make changes? They need a new President, new Board, new AD, and new FB and BB coaches..

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:39 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Am I the only one that doesn’t care about what U of L does or is doing? The Powell scandal is something that affects basketball, so that is understandable. The rest of this just does not interest me and frankly, makes us UK fans seem a little too obsessed with the Cardinals.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:53 am January 5, 2016 Permalink


    • Booby Petrino
      11:54 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Just because it doesn’t interest you doesn’t mean it makes us look obsessed. These are serious problems…mainly the embezzlement and the taxpayer money wasted at YUM. If your tax money is going to them, it’s your business.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:57 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Nothing that happens in the middle east will affect 90% of Americans, so by your logic, we should just not care about any of it…

    • david8577
      11:58 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      As a UK fan who lives in Louisville, these stories are very relevant. This University is reflecting poorly on the city of Louisville and the state of Kentucky. They make us all look like people who steal, cheat, and lie with hookers. Even if you live outside of Louisville, but within KY, are you okay with this public university doing whatever they please with tax-payer money? That cesspool can do whatever they want if they change their name to Katina U. and become a private college. But as long as they are using my tax dollars to pay for prostitutes, I’m going to keep talking about it.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:05 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

      These responses are hilarious. I didn’t say they weren’t relevant or important. I just don’t care about reading about them on a site supposedly dedicated to UK sports.
      Booby- It is my business…however, if I’m coming to KSR to get the scoop of wasted tax money I need to find a better news source.
      ukjaybrat- you are just wrong. Things that happen in the middle east do pertain to the vast majority of Americans…but I don’t get my Middle east news from KSR…
      david-I also disagree with you that it makes us all look bad. It makes U of L look bad. And, once again, I do care about tax dollars and where they are going…I just don’t come to KSR to find out that news.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:17 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

      You’d probably like Larry Vaught’s website then. He’s got a nice story about a Kansas player and his relationship with a young Kentucky kid.

  5. somerset bill
    11:50 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    ay, chihuahua.

  6. Big Kat
    11:55 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

    What can you do against “gov’t tyranny?” Vote. This is a democracy, not Yemen.

  7. KevinM
    12:06 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    When you have 2 coaches who are considered leaders of young men, and they have acted like they have in public, how does a university defend that? By giving them huge contracts, and a mic to allow them to voice their displeasure with anyone who questions them?

    Totally laughable and they deserve every negative response they get.

  8. UK1983
    1:49 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    all of the problems are symptoms resulting from a university which has apparently allowed ATHLETICS to overshadow everything else. They have sold their souls to the Athletics director and his stable of a-hole coaches. Mr. President apparently loves the money and hangin’ with the cool guys more than making sure they play by the rules. He seems to be a pitiful “leader.”

  9. UKBlue1
    1:57 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    The fact these sandals keep happening & even worse nothing is being down about them just shows us all the steps UL has to do in order to compete not just against UK but everybody & I don’t even mean sports. In the world of big universities; UL is still & will always be a small liberal arts commuter college. UL is in a constant never ending fight for respect & please love us because outside the counties that surround Louisville they literally have no fans. The fact that media outside Louisville for the most part doesn’t give UL attention except when the scandal 1st breaks just shows UL irrelevancy; UL isn’t important enough to cover. Don’t expect the scandals to end at UL even if Ramsey gets kicked out because UL is small & has always had to cut corners just to compete. Since lets face it has the local media paid off & the local media having no incentive to hold UL accountable; if It wasn’t for KSR or Louisville Insider there would be virtually no one in Louisville mentioning what’s happening at UL.

  10. Bill the Cat
    7:49 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    And there you have it folks, UofL has found their fall guy for the scandals in the athletics dept. All will be rolled into one big ball of dysfunction and blamed on Ramsey. It will come out that Ramsey dressed up like Andre McGee and paid Powell for the strippers too. He is soooo wrong for doing all those things to the innocent UofL athletic personnel!!