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Josh Kirk, Olathe senior, returns
a shot with spin during an intense game of table tennis. Kirk and his opponent said they have been getting together about three times a week to play. The StudentRecreation Fitness Center has two table tennis tables available to students.
By Kelci Shipley
You’re a native of New Orleans,La., what’s drastically differentthere as compared to Kansas? Do you miss anything about that loca-tion?
New Orleans is like a Europeancity; it has a rich culture. I missthe food, the climate, the architec-ture, and I miss the people, there’sa warmth and sense of community and family there.
You’re a classics professor, whatall does that entail?
I teach one classics course persemester. I teach Greek and Latin-the languages and the courses intranslation for graduates and under-graduates. I also teach courses inclassics and civilization like RomanLiterature and Civilization.
How do you go about translat-ing works such as The Odyssey andthe Iliad?
It took seven years to do TheIliad and three for The Odyssey, andI’m currently working on Dante’sInferno. I want my translations totake their place in the spectrum of American poetry. I use living lan-guage and I want it to be at least as vital as a movie, through cinematictechniques that take place, or theway I shape scenes.
What’s beneficial about theGreek and Latin languages?
First of all, the quality of the lit-erature that they produced, they’restill the classics, they still set thestandards. I’ve worked with epicsand translated lyric works, I’ve alsoworked with philosophical prose likePlato. They’re not only the beginningof our literary and cultural tradition,but the very finest.
Have you ever traveled to Greeceand experienced the culture?
Oh yeah, it’s essential. Theseworks were produced in a certainclimate, there’s a visual landscapeand there’s a feel to the geography of it that hasn’t changed really, and of course there’s also the ruins. There’salso what contemporary Greeks andItalians have made of their culture.It’s interesting to see their point of view.
You were appointed director of the KU Honors Program in 2004.What kind of work do you do withthat aspect of academics?
First of all, I supervise a superbstaff. Otherwise, I oversee all of theoperations: curriculum, undergrad-uate research, national scholarshipcorporations, as well as admissionsand completions standards.
How does the Honors Programbenefit the University students?
It provides the experience of an excellent small liberal arts col-lege within the context of a majorresearch university. The quality of the students and the quality of theinstructors is also important.
What are some aspects of yourreligion, Zen Buddhism, that peo-ple might not know about?
I began practicing 35 years ago.The main thing is meditation prac-tice. I like Buddha’s last words ‘don’tbelieve anything I said, work it allout for yourself.’ It’s a personal prac-tice; you can think of meditation asa form of practical mysticism. It’sdropped out of a lot of religions thatpeople practice. I plan on teachingan honors course in the Literature of Zen next semester.
You are involved with the KansasZen Center. What sort of servicesdoes that offer?
It offers regular meditation prac-tice and instruction, anyone can beinvolved, there’s not a prerequisite.
What’s one of your favoritethings about the University?
I really love the Spencer Museumof Art. I like how Saralyn ReeceHardy, the director, has opened it up.She’s showing us that art presents uswith great questions.
In 10 years, where do you see yourself?
Retired, playing three-cushionbilliards and practicing Zen.
— Edited by Matt Hirschfeld
Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics, practices
billiards at his Lawrence home Monday,March 10, 2008. Lombardo said he enjoys the mental aspect of the game and competes in nationaland international billiards tournaments.
A photo caption in Monday’s“Men’s Basketball Wrap-up” mis-identied a player. Sophomoreguard Brady Morningstar wascelebrating rom the bench anddid not play.Monday’s article “Meet yourStudent Senator” said JanieceRichard would like to travel toCanada just to say she’s been outo the country. Richard has been toCanada ve times.
Governor gets caughtin prostitution ring
NEW YORK — Gov. EliotSpitzer, the crusading politicianwho built his career on root-ing out corruption, apologizedMonday ater he was accusedo involvement in a prostitutionring. He did not elaborate on thescandal, which drew calls or hisresignation.His stoic wie at his side,Spitzer told reporters at a hastilycalled news conerence: “I haveacted in a way that violates myobligations to my amily.”“I have disappointed andailed to live up to the standardI expected o mysel,” he said. “Imust now dedicate some timeto regain the trust o my amily.”Spitzer’s involvement in thering was caught on a ederalwiretap as part o an investiga-tion opened in recent months,according to a law enorce-ment ocial who spoke to TheAssociated Press on conditiono anonymity because o theongoing inquiry. The New York Democrat,identied in legal papers as“Client 9,” met last month with atleast one woman in a Washing-ton hotel, the law enorcementocial said. The prostitution ring, identi-ed in court papers as the Em-perors Club VIP, arranged con-nections between wealthy menand more than 50 prostitutes.Four people allegedly con-nected to the high-end ringwere arrested last week.
— Associated Press
daily KU info
Several hundred KU studentsattend summer classes at theKU Edwards Campus in Over-land Park. Many Lawrence cam-pus students take advantage o their upper-level undergraduatecourse oferings over the sum-mer. Check them out at www.edwardscampus.ku.edu/sum-mer.
Professor of Philosophy,University of Southern California
“Interpreting Legal Texts: What Is and What Is Not Special About the Law”
Tuesday, March 117:30 p.m.Hall Center Conference Hall