My Wired Community: Nigel Taylor

Post by: Nigel Taylor
This is my second year being in the Wired program and I could not imagine having a better living experience at University of Kentucky. The best way to describe how the A&S Wired program has impacted my life is by describing where I am from. I am from Boston, Massachusetts and I came to the University of Kentucky knowing absolutely no one. There was a University of Kentucky Class of 2016 Facebook group and I was trying to meet people on that; however, the group was so large that it was hard to connect with people. 
My mother was looking more into the Living Learning Communities because she received an email from UK where she came across the A&S Wired Community. She instantly wanted me to sign up for it and mentioned the free iPad I would receive if I were accepted. I wasn't sure that this was something I was interested in. I  still had final papers and exams I was studying for or writing. Eventually, I applied and was accepted to the program. To my surprise, I fell in love with the Wired Program.

A guide to Día de los muertos celebrations in Lexington

It’s a good weekend to be a hispanista in Lexington. Granted we’ve had a great fall; from the Lexington Latino Festival to the many activities surrounding the Arts and Sciences Passport ¡Viva México! program, those of us who love the Spanish language and Hispanic culture have been busy. Still, this Friday and Saturday are special. 

This weekend we celebrate Día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, a well-known holiday that has become increasingly popular in the US. On November 1st and 2nd, families throughout Latin America (but especially in Mexico) build altars and visit cemeteries to remember loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is joyous, despite the macabre theme. Día de los muertos is a time to laugh with death, to accept the fact that we’re all headed that way eventually, and to give those we have lost a place at our table for the night. Here are some suggestions for how you can celebrate this weekend, just follow the hyperlinks to more information about and directions to the events. ¡Qué vivan los muertos!


My Wired Community: Tara Bray

Post by: Tara Bray

As a high school student, the thought of college always seemed overwhelming. I was scared to leave my home, my friends, and everything that was familiar to me in my life. I didn’t know if I would make the transition to college smoothly, if I would succeed, or crash and burn. Little did I know at the time, by applying for the A&S Wired Residential community I was taking a step that would help me succeed during my first year at UK. Being in Wired provided me with the first step in making friends and creating a familiar environment, which are two crucial aspects in succeeding during your freshman year. Not only has Wired offered me opportunities for leadership development, such as becoming a peer mentor in the program, but it has also allowed me to form bonds with both faculty and my peers that might not have happened.


While going through Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" I noticed in Act 3, Scene2  this little speech from Robin Goodfellow:

My fairy lord, this must be done with haste,

For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,

And yonder shine's Aurora's harbinger,

At whose approach, ghosts wand'ring here and there

Troop home to churchyards. Damned spirits all,

That in crossways and floods have burial.

The play is supposed to be set in ancient Athens, but, of course, it's not. It's interesting that Shakespeare has knowledge of the practice of burying suicides in crossroads. Crossroads as liminal areas, places betwixt and between, places of filth and dirt, have a long, long history.

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US Domestic Surveillance is Enough to Make China Blush

The revelations this past weekend concerning the extent of the NSA's abilities have been disturbing to say the least (ProPublica, The Guardian, NY Times). On top of its ability to record massive amounts of internet traffic for its own review, new reports indicate the government has, for at least the past decade, paid companies covertly for privileged "backdoor access" into their systems and encryption standards. In practice, this means secure communications with banks, email, and other websites are all likely easily readable by the NSA, and many or all commercial encryption products do not protect against government eyes. While this possibility has been known for some time and asserted by many conspiracy theorists, these reports present credible evidence that the NSA actually engages in this behavior.

A&S Momentum - Our Digital Imprint

Over the past two decades, information technology has revolutionized our world and our work, as small, fast, cheap and interconnected digital devices make previously unimagined innovations possible.

Summer is nothing but 123 doors to open…

There are many things under the sun that a young and outgoing college student can do during the summer: lie out at the beach, go to concerts, sleep, go dancing, and sleep.

Summer Courses!

As every summer starts approaching I always wonder to myself, should I take an online class? The answer to that this summer is YES! In fact I will be taking two summer courses, both of which will be online.  This year A&S has made it really easy to see all the courses that are being offered over the summer and they have even color coded them to help make your search easier.  You can filter the courses by sessions, a selected list of courses such as A&S humanities or you can just browse the entire catalogue to find something that you might be interested in taking.  This year A&S has made it really easy to find all the courses being offered and I would encourage you to check it out and take a class (or two)!

Financial Aid & FAFSA


The original plan was for me to discuss tips in avoiding sickness during the 1st winter weeks back at school, but I think WebMD and other sites have babbled enough on this topic. Instead, I wanted to share and perhaps get some advice on a proper timetable and action plan for financing my future academic year in the fall.

For those that are dependent in funding from sources besides your parents, I highly recommend looking into your next semester ASAP in the following ways:


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