Color Guard

Colors matter.

Just ask Prince (or the "Artist," or that symbol thingamajig that we can't print because we don't have the font for it, or whatever he's called now) about Purple Rain. Ask all those aliens about the Men In Black. Ask Siegfried and Roy about White Tigers.

Ask every make-up artist in the mall. Ask every used car salesman. Ask every kindergarten teacher.

Ask all those women who had their "colors done" in the '80s. (If you ask me, that was a scam.)

Ask Alex Schauss, Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., the President of the American Institute for Biosocial Research.

Schauss was the first to claim that Baker-Miller Pink®, known as "drunk tank pink," calmed irate imprisoned individuals.

"Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't. The heart muscles can't race fast enough. It's a tranquilizing color that saps your energy. Even the color-blind are tranquilized by pink rooms." 1

The color is now being used in more than 1400 government hospitals and correctional facilities in the U.S.


College football coaches were soon to catch on.

According to the Honolulu Star Bulletin, in 1991, University of Hawaii assistant coach George Lumkin noticed that the visitor locker rooms at the University of Iowa and at Colorado State University were painted pink (either the Baker-Miller variety or some similar hue) - in order to calm the visiting teams' demeanors.

Lumkin got mad, or as close to mad as one can get when in a pink room. And he complained.

Thereafter, the Western Athletic Conference, in which Hawaii participates (and Colorado State used to), implemented a rule stating that the visiting team's locker room can't be painted a different color than the home team's.

At the University of Kentucky, the locker room walls are white. And for decades, the helmets have been too.

But last Saturday against Ole Miss, Kentucky got the blues.

The Cats left pre-game warm-ups with white caps and returned from the locker room with metallic midnight-blue bonnets.

"We've had those helmets for a while," said Kentucky coach Guy Morriss, "we were just waiting for the right time to break them out."

Going into the game at 1-2, last Saturday was a fine time for that break out (or a break out of any other kind).

And the helmets were a fine surprise - not just to the fans, but to the players as well.

"The blue helmets were the coaches' decision. They got us psyched up," said junior running back Martez Johnson, who turned in 39 yards on 9 carries versus the Rebels.

"We liked something different."

But what the fans and players would have liked even more were different results. The Cats dropped their eleventh-straight SEC game with a 42-31 defeat.

"It's always important to look good," said senior safety Patrick Wiggins. "But we didn't play good. We were flat."

And ironically, one of the reasons for Kentucky's complacency, Wiggins believes, was due to the new blue helmets.

"The helmets created excitement and energy. But we put too much stock in that [excitement and energy] in the beginning."

And the beginning could be considered to constitute Ole Miss's first three possessions, each of which resulted in a Rebel touchdown.

Yet just as he wouldn't have attributed the blue helmets (and pants) to a win, Wiggins doesn't blame the color scheme for the loss.

"It was great to change things up. I hope we stay blue," he said. "I like playing in these colors - it's a great thing for the defense; plays into the mentality. The darker colors make us feel more aggressive [another phenomenon proven by social sciences] but our play has got to match that characterization."

Amen again.

However, sophomore guard Nick Seitze, who last year played defense and this year plays offensive line - and did a great job filling in for Keith Chatelain against Ole Miss - doesn't see the blue as providing an advantage.

"The blue really didn't matter," he said. "How you look can't determine how you play."

But after a pause, Seitze chuckled a concession, "The O-line is a different bunch of guys, though."

"We're already fat enough, so we don't care how we look."

1 Walker, Morton. The Power of Color, New York: Avery Publishing Group, 1991, pp. 50-52

A call for peace

The Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice held a rally in Phoenix Park Tuesday Oct. 2nd. The rally was sympathetic to the victims and called for the U.S. to seek alternatives to war. Council spokesperson Richard Mitchell summarized the purpose of the rally: "We call for restraint. Large-scale military action plays into the hands of the terrorists. They hope that the U.S. will act in ways that will create more victims, more anger, and thereby, make recruitment to their cause easier." The council made a plea for three things: 1.restraint 2. For Kentuckians to respect and guard the safety of Muslims and persons from the Middle East or of Middle Eastern descent, and 3. For Kentuckians to become better informed. Interested parties can contact Richard Mitchell by e-mail at or by writing to Central Ky. Council for Peace and Justice at P.O. Box 363 Lexington Ky. 40588. -JG

Race for the River

The Russell Fork Rendezvous is going on from Oct. 1st to 8th, in Haysi, West Virginia. This is a week of kayaking, camping, and music. The river offers spots for both skilled beginners and expert kayakers. Admission is $15 for the weekend (dogs will also be charged admission, really!) which includes camping and at least fourteen bands. Proceeds to benefit two non-profit organizations: American Whitewater and Headwaters, Inc. Bring camping gear, warm clothes (it gets cold in the mountains), food, climbing gear, cameras, and boats of all kinds. There will be a kayak race on Saturday that's fun to watch or participate in. This is an annual event for fun, the river and the environment. For information and directions, please visit the website at -JG

"That Nine Pound Hammer's, just a little too heavy"

Old school Nine Pound Hammer drummer and ex-Lexingtonian Rob Hulsman has joined up with Boston's Devil Gods. Hulsman is expected to bring a new flair to the Devil Gods psychedelic rock sound. If you are interisted in checking out what the Devil Gods are all about then you can visit their website at .


The Historic Western Suburb Neighborhood Association (HWSNA) needs your help. The property at 173 Old Georgetown Street is in desperate need of medical care in the form of structural shoring-up and mothballing. If the bandaging is not obtained, this historical gem may not make it through the winter. The heart of the house came to life in the simple federal style of the time in 1815. As time progressed the house grew and evolved into a 19th century Queen Ann-Victorian home. In December of 2000 the house suffered a fire and only its old 1800s heart remained. The house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places needs a helping hand. The house, surviving a trial by fire just last winter, has no chance of surviving the debilitating wet and cold of the next. You or your group could be like Zeus whom picked up Dionysus's heart from the flames of his dead mother, sowed him up into his leg, and nurtured him back to health until he was strong enough to stand on his own. HWSNA needs $30,000 to save this historic relic. If you or your group is interested in helping or would like more information about this project, please e-mail Bill Johnston at; . -JG

Hybrid Cars On the Move

LFUCG is planning to buy 20 additional hybrid cars. These cars combine a small gasoline engine with batteries and an electric motor. They tend to get 60 to 70 miles-per-gallon and produce less pollution then a normal gasoline engine. Honda, who makes these hybrid cars, has a hybrid minivan that is expected to be out in two to three years. -JG