University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2013

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News & Impact Grand opening The new 128,000-squarefoot Student Recreation Center will offcially open its doors Oct. 18. It will feature an exercise and weight facility; six basketball courts; multiactivity court for indoor soccer and foor hockey; racquetball courts; aerobic studios; jogging track; ftness lab; classrooms and a gaming area. The rec center, located near the student residence halls and dining areas just off Fourth Street, is another example of the $1.7 billion investment in capital improvements undertaken by the university since 2003. The drive to build the new rec center was spearheaded by UofL students, supported by university administration and funded without the use any taxpayer dollars, instead using private donations and a new $98 per-semester student fee, which was approved by the Student Senate and overwhelmingly supported by the students. The state-of-the-art building, funded by a student-approved fee and private donations, will also include a lighted, artifcial-turf feld for recreational use and is the frst UofL building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy. It is expected to earn gold certifcation through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a national rating system for green buildings. The $37.5 million facility is part of the $1.6 billion invested by UofL in campus improvements since 2001. 16|LOUISVILLE.EDU Courting the future Feast on Equality to benefit LGBT Center Feast, dance and change the life of a young person all in one night. The second annual Feast on Equality, which benefits the LGBT Center, is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Kentucky Center for AfricanAmerican Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. This year's event will honor President James Ramsey. Proceeds from last year's event funded the LGBT Center's daily operation; scholarships for an LGBTthemed study abroad trip to Greece; and student participation in national leadership conferences. The law school recently unveiled the Charles W. Hebel, Jr., Mock Courtroom. Funded by Hebel and Jefferson Audio Video Systems, the room is designed to simulate a real-life courtroom and will host moot court competitions. "I'm still floating from last year's Feast on Equality, because I have seen what a dramatic difference it made in the lives of LGBT students," said Brian Buford, LGBT Center director. Last year's event sold out, but tickets are still available for this year's event. Cost is $100 per person and can be purchased online at

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