First Wildcat Coal Lodge, then Ball Homes Building? Nah!


Someone unhappy with the newly approved Wildcat Coal Lodge hung banners on the University of Kentucky campus early Wednesday, but few saw them because they were quickly taken down.
The theme: UK is for sale.
A banner across the pillars of Memorial Hall said, “YOUR AD HERE! Call: 257-1701.”
That’s UK President Lee Todd’s offfice number.
Another sign, over the Main Building, proclaimed it to be the “Ball Homes Building.”
Mira Ball, who is the chairwoman of the school’s Board of Trustees, also is the chief financial officer of Ball Homes Inc.
The board voted last week to accept $7 million in private donations to build the Wildcat Coal Lodge, a new residence for the UK men’s basketball team and a few other students.
UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said that campus police noticed the banners about 5 a.m. They were taken down, she said, because they violated administrative rules. According to the rules, the director of the student center has to approve signs on buildings and they must be sponsored by a student organization that is marked on the sign.
Images of the banners were sent anonymously to the Herald-Leader and other media.