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BY BETSY CUTCLIFF
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Members o the KU Black StudentUnion shared opinions and concerns aboutTuesday’s presidential election, and theuncertain uture that surrounds it at aorum discussing the role o race in theelection.Some students expressed anger at theinvolvement o Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.)ethnicity in the coverage o this year’selection, and said the pressures and expec-tations put beore the candidate shouldhave more to do with his policies than hisbackground.Dorthy Pennington, proessor o Arican-American studies, has taughtclasses about Arican-Americans’ roles insociety or more than 30 years and saidshe couldn’t believe that the United Stateswas still having discussions and argumentsabout race. Pennington said though Barack Obama represented change and hope, healso represented an unsure uture or racerelations in the United States.“I think that race in America still has alot o baggage. We don’t quite know whatto do with it,” Pennington said. “We won-der, ‘Is Obama’s race a good thing, a badthing or a neutral thing?’”The possibility o electing a black president was signiicant or Ryan Moose,Wichita senior, who has a 2-year-olddaughter.“My daughter will grow up not knowinga time when we thought a black personcouldn’t be president,” Moose said. “Shewill grow up in a time where black peoplecan do anything white people can.”Krista Curette, Port Arthur, Texas,senior, said she was worried about vot-ers’ education about policies and issuesbecause o some bias in news coverage.Other BSU students agreed withReserve tickets are available today at Murphy Hall, the Student UnionActivities box oice and the Lied Centerbox oice or students and the publicto see ormer President George H.W.Bush. The Dole Institute o Politics willaward President Bush the LeadershipPrize at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the LiedCenter. Starting today, 500 tickets willbe on reserve or students only. Theremainder o the tickets will be releasedto the public at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10.Living peaceully in a stress-reeenvironment is the theme aroundtonight’s “One World, One Family”concert. The concert is being put onby the University’s Art o Living Club,which attains a stress-ree environmentby practicing a type o yoga centeredaround breathing.Melanie Gorges makes leece pil-lows and donates them to the pediatricwards o two hospitals. Gorges, Andalereshman, is currently raising unds toexpand the project to a middle schoolin Kansas City, Kan.
BY RYAN MCGEENEY
rmcgeeney@kansan.com
The Kansan received top honors onSaturday or its Web site and sports report-ing, as well as additional honors or thepaper’s print edition and news reporting.Kansan.com beat out our other inal-ists or the 2008 Associated College PressOnline Pacemaker award in the our-yearcollege daily newspaper category. The cat-egory received entries rom 155 our-yearschools, according to the ACP Web site.The print version o the paper placed thirdin the Best o Show category or its Oct.23 issue, which also included issue nine o Jayplay, the Kansan’s weekly magazine.Mark Dent, Kansan managing editor,won in the Sports Story o the Year cat-egory or “Nowhere to Run,” a proile o ormer KU running back Charles “June”Henley. Henley, a 1996 graduate and one-time NFL drat pick, is serving a our-yearprison sentence in Ohio or aggravatedrobbery and aggravated burglary.Dent, who also placed second in theReporter o the Year category, said that,although he was happy to have done wellin the competition, the awards were not hisprimary motivation or seeking a career innewspapers.“It’s really not that big o a deal to me,”Dent said. “I’m not a big an o praise. I Iget some awards, that’s awesome, but I doit because it’s un, and it’s what I want to dowhen I grow up.”Malcolm Gibson, Kansan general man-ager, said he was pleased by the paper’ssuccess in the annual competition.“I think it’s a testament to the hardwork the students put into the paper, aswell as the work o everyone in the school,”Gibson said.Matt Erickson, Kansan editor in chie,received an honorable mention in the NewsStory o the Year category or his reportingon illegal ile sharing and KU studentswho were sued by the Recording Industry Association o America. The story, titled“Facing the Music,” took about a year towrite, Erickson said, because the circum-stances o the legal cases kept changing justbeore each o the story’s three proposedpublication dates.“I think all these awards relect that wehave one o the best student newspapersin the country,” Erickson said. “It relectsthe strength o our journalism school,and especially that the Kansan is a leaderin exploring the possibilities o onlinenewspapers.”
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discontent with the media's coverage o Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) race in this year's election. The students agreed that themedia emphasizes Obama's Kenyan lineage more than his policies.
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“I don’t really care how timeis reckoned so long as thereis some agreement about it,but I object to being told thatI am saving daylight when myreason tells me that I am do-ing nothing o the kind.”
— Robertson Davies,Canadian author (1913-1995)
When the clocks all back one hour, all U.S. Amtrak trainsthat are running on time stopand wait one hour beoreresuming. At the spring timechange, trains instantaneouslybecome an hour behindschedule at 2 a.m., but they just keep going and do theirbest to make up the time.
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Here’s a list o the ve moste-mailed stories rom Kansan.com:1. Brown: I we lose the T,could we lose Park and Ride?2. Editorial: Why studentsshould vote or Obama3. ‘Rocky Horror’ night abig hit4. Zimbabwean student ison a mission5. Junior’s passion or run-ning leads to rst-place nish“Lunch & Conversation: PeerReview in Real Time” will beginat noon in 135 Budig. The seminar “Jazz: 1958 &2008” will begin at 2 p.m. inthe Lawrence Senior Center,located at 745 Vermont St. The lecture “LinguisticsColloquy: ‘Semantic typology:semantics o locative relationsin Rongga’” will begin at 3:30p.m. in 206 Blake. The seminar “Big Scandal,Small Town, and the Inquisitionin Sixteenth-Century Mexico”will begin at 3:30 p.m. in theSeminar Room in Hall Center. The lecture “KU Departmento Design Hallmark DesignSymposium Series” will beginat 6 p.m. in 3139 Wescoe. The seminar “I AlwaysWanted to Learn How to DrawPortraits” will begin at 7 p.m. inContinuing Education. The lm event “Revolutionin Film: ‘Crossing the Line’(North Korea)” will begin at 7p.m. in Alderson Auditorium inthe Kansas Union.— On Nov. 2, the KUPublic Saety Oice reportedthe thet o a bicycle romKK Amini Scholarship Hall. The perpetrator cut througha cable lock to steal thebicycle.— On Oct. 27, a studentreported that someone inGeorgia had made threewithdrawals o $125 each romher bank account withouther approval. Local authori-ties are coordinating with theappropriate Georgia agency toinvestigate the crime.— On Oct. 29, a student re-ported a burglary and the theto a Coach purse and wallet,valued at $95, and the purse’scontents, valued at $280. The last day to drop a classis Nov. 17. Please understandthat you will wait in very longlines i you choose to drop aclass on the last day.
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the ace o an 84-inch Wegman clock at the plant in Medfeld, Mass., on Thursday. Daylight-saving time ended early Sunday morningwhen clocks turned back one hour.
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election 2008
Students’ brochure explains candidates’ tax plans
BY CARNEZ WILLIAMS
editor@kansan.com
In an effort to clear the smokesurrounding Sen. John McCain’s(R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama’s(D-Ill.) plans for the economy, twoUniversity accounting majors havecreated a brochure outlining thepresidential hopefuls’ tax plans.Joe Isaac, Wichita senior, andCarlie Bittel, Hays senior, laid outthe candidates’ agendas, costs andshortcomings of their tax plans aswell as general tax information andkey tax terms to know.Isaac said he wanted to helpstudents and other voters makemore informed decisions aboutwhom they would vote for basedon tax issues. He said he hoped thebrochure would appeal to thosewho normally wouldn’t find taxesinteresting.“The economy is the focal pointof this campaign,” Isaac said. “Theirtax plans act as the backbones fortheir economic visions.”After being confused by num-bers and figures thrown out dur-ing the presidential debates, Isaacquestioned how the candidates’rhetoric measured up to theiractual tax plans.Isaac said both candidatesproposed tax cuts, but the majordifference was that Obama’s planproposed an increase in taxes forthe top two tax brackets, benefit-ing those in the lower tax brack-ets, while McCain proposed nochanges. The tax code laws are setto change in 2011.“We really wanted to stress thatpoint,” Isaac said. “Whoever is thenext president — they’re going toset that bracket according to thenew law in 2011.”Raquel Alexander, accountingprofessor, helped pull togetherresources for the brochure’s pub-lication.Alexander, who read, veri-fied and circulated the brochure’smaterial, said both Isaac and Bittelworked hard to sift through a greatdeal of tax information and codesto compile accurate informationabout the candidates while leavingout their own biases.“Sometimes you get lost inthe information and messages,”Alexander said. “We just wantedto help voters make informed deci-sions.”In a press release, Bittel empha-sized the role getting voters to thepolls played in putting together thebrochure.“This publication was createdto help voters make an informeddecision on Nov. 4,” Bittel said.“The subject matter is of interestto everyone at KU as well as thecommunity at large.”Copies of the brochure areavailable in the Koch Commonsin Summerfield Hall. The bro-chure is also online at
www.business.ku.edu/_FileLibrary/ PageFile/959/08.Election.Brochure. pdf 
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— Edited by Rachel Burchfeld 
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NEW YORK — A New York City couple has traveled halwayaround the world in the name o civic duty.Susan Scott-Ker and herhusband arrived in New York onWednesday ater fying 9,300miles to vote in Tuesday’s presi-dential election. They have been working in In-dia but decided to return to NewYork when their absentee ballotsailed to arrive. Their trip beganin Bangalore with stopovers inNew Delhi and Chicago.It will be their rst time votingin a presidential election. TheNew Zealand-born Scott-Kerand her Morroco-born husbandbecame American citizens a yearago. They estimate the trip will cost$5,000.
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NEW YORK — The mortgageproblems that have helped shapethe current economic downturnhave made “subprime” an unwel-come word to investors.For gamblers, however,Subprime drew cheers this week. That was the name o a horsethat won the ninth race Thursdayat the Aqueduct race track inNew York.It was the rst win in threetries or the 2-year-old lly, butthe name made her an instantcrowd darling. The horse ran as the avoriteand paid $6.30 on a $2 bet.Maybe it’s a amily connection.Subprime was sired by a stallionwith another name inspired byWall Street: High Yield.
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ATLANTA — A Delta baggageworker got a bit o a right beoreHalloween when she opened a jetliner’s cargo door and ound acheetah running loose amid theluggage. Two cheetahs were beingfown in the cargo area o aBoeing 757 passenger fightrom Portland, Ore., to Atlantaon Thursday when one escapedrom its cage, Delta spokeswom-an Betsy Talton said Friday.“They told us a large animalhad gotten out o a container inthe cargo hold and they werehaving to send someone to tran-quilize it,” said one passenger, LeeSentell o Montgomery, Ala.He said luggage was delayed,but baggage handlers prom-ised to send his bags to him inAlabama. The good news or passen-gers: The escaped cheetah didn’tdamage any o their luggage.
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BY JESSE TRIMBLE
 jtrimble@kansan.com
Former President George H.W.Bush will accept the 2008 DoleLeadership Prize on Nov. 16 at theLied Center this month.Bill Lacy, director at the DoleInstitute of Politics, said the criteriafor the Leadership Prize was simple.“It’s directly related to the missionof the Dole Institute,” Lacy said. “Weseek honored individuals who haveproved a record of service to theircountry.”Lacy said the prize also includeda commitment to politics andbringing change to the politicalsystem.Other receivers of the LeadershipPrize include former New York City mayor and Republican presidentialcandidate Rudy Giuliani, civil rightsactivist and U.S. congressman JohnLewis (D-Ga.) and former U.S.Senate majority leader HowardBaker (R-Tenn.).“We want to guarantee asignificant portion of the ticketsto students,” Lacy said. “It’s anopportunity to see a world leader.”The event will have an interview-style format, with Lacy asking Bushquestions about his presidentialcareer.Lacy said he tried to formulatequestions based on what thecommunity would want to hear. Hesaid the main problem was timeconstraints allowing only eight ornine questions.“Generally speaking, that’s thehardest thing for me,” Lacy said.“What are the most importantquestions you can ask a former worldleader abouthis life and hiscareer?”StephanieJian, Lawrencefreshmanand secretary of YoungDemocrats, saidshe thought theevent would be relevant to students.“Any chance you get to see aformer president speak is a greatopportunity,” she said.She said she hoped the formerpresident would touch on currentevents, as well as his career andpresidency.Jesse Vaughn, Mound City senior and president of CollegeRepublicans, said he planned toattend the event.Vaughn said the issues the formerpresident could speak on would beimportant, including events, suchas the fall of the Berlin Wall, thatinfluenced his presidency.Lacy said he thought Bushwould be well-received becauseof his extraordinary career, whichincluded being shot down as anairforce pilot in World War II andactively helping former President BillClinton raise money for HurricaneKatrina and Asian tsunami victims.Lacy said the event should generatea lot of interest because Bush’s post-presidential career had kept him inthe public eye.Bush served from 1989 to 1993as the nation’s 41st president. Otherformer presidents to visit the DoleInstitue include Bill Clinton andJimmy Carter. Bush last spoke toKU students in 1976 at the Schoolof Business when he was CIAdirector.Free reserved tickets will beavailable today for students and thepublic. Students can pick up ticketswith their KUIDs at the StudentUnion Activities box office in theKansas Union, Murphy Hall or theLied Center.Five hundred tickets will bereserved for students, with 1500for the public. The tickets notdistributed to students by 6 p.m.on Nov. 7 will be available for thepublic at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10 at theLied Center.The event will begin at 3 p.m.and end at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16.
— Edited by Arthur Hur 
BY BETSY CUTCLIFF
bcutclif@kansan.com
Living in a harmonious, stress-free environment is the purposebehind tonight’s “One World, OneFamily” concert, put on by theUniversity’s Art of Living Club.The concert, happening in theBallroom of the Kansas Union, willfeature international food and drink and music performed by University students.Manas Bhatnager, vice presidentof the Art of Living Club, said theevent was intended to spread aware-ness about cultural diversity andpromote international peace.Bhatnager said he hoped to reachout to the diverse student body oncampus and provide an atmosphereof oneness and belonging. He alsosaid that he hoped the concert wouldraise awareness about the benefits of the Art of Living Club, which is anorganization that promotes breath-ing exercises as a means to a stress-free environment and peaceful exis-tence. The practice is based arounda certain type of yoga called theSudarshan Kriya, which in Sanskritmeans “healing breath.” It incor-porates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and bring themind to the present moment.“The difference between this andtraditional yoga is that this is a work-out for your mind,” Bhatnager said,“I don’t think modern yoga classesfocus enough on the mind.”Sudarshan Kriya yoga is ben-eficial to the everyday college stu-dent, Bhatnager said. Accordingto the American College HeathAssociation, stress is the numberone reason behind poor academicperformance.Maron Heroui, Addis Ababa,Ethiopia sophomore, said the prac-tice molded her into a better studentbecause it helped her study whenshe couldn’t focus.“When you have so much in yourhead it’s hard to see one problemand solve it,” Heroui said. “Thisreally helps to put things in perspec-tive.”According to research conductedby Columbia College of Physiciansand Surgeons in New York City,yoga, and more specifically Sudarshan Kriya yoga, is proven tolower levels of anxiety and stressand help treat patients with post-traumatic stress and depression dis-orders. The study said SudarshanKriya yoga was a low-risk, low-costmethod of enhancing well-being,mood, attention, mental focus andstress tolerance.The practice emphasizes breath-ing and clearing the mind. At theUniversity, students involved in theArt of Living Club participate inBody, Breath and Mind sessions,which focus on relaxing all three inorder to clear the mind.“I spend less time studyingbecause I’m so focused after the ses-sions,” Bhatnager said.The concert’s “One World, OneFamily” name came from the orga-nization’s 25th anniversary GlobalPeace Conference, “One WorldFamily.”Performances will include a vari-ety of University student groups,including the KU Taiko Club onJapanese drums and graduate stu-dents Kent Queener, Troy, Idaho,and Yara Gutkin, Lisbon, Portugal,performing classical Portuguesemusic.“I think that performing thesetypes of music is a way to broadenpeople’s minds,” Queener said. “Itreally promotes what this concertis about.Other performers include theHong Kong and Macau StudentAssociation and the Asian-American Student Union. The eventwill take place at 7 p.m. tonight inthe Ballroom of the Kansas Union.
— Edited by Rachel Burchfeld 
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Members o the Art o Living Club, Abhijit Mehta, Pune, India, graduate student, RushGrifth, Dallas senior, Meron Herouy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, sophomore, and DeepaRjendran, Sri Lanka reshman, practice
a type o yoga known as Sudarshan Kriya Wednesdaynight in the Hashinger Hall dance studio. In Sudarshan Kriya participants place their arms inspecic positions to direct breathing to diferent parts o their bodies, helping them to achieve arelaxed state.
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WASHINGTON — Voting forpresident and having your ballotbe the deciding one cast — statis-tically, that is like trying to hit thelottery. The odds for the averageperson are 60 million to 1 againstit, a study shows.In some states, the odds of being the vote that tips the elec-tion to your candidate are muchbetter. In others they are astro-nomically worse.The study by three promi-nent statisticians used millions of computer runs of polling data toexamine the likelihood that a sin-gle vote will carry a state and thatthat particular state will tip thebalance in the Electoral College.The statisticians were trying toanswer the question: “What is theprobability your vote will make adifference?”The answer is very low. You arefar more likely to be hit twice by lightning.Either way, “it’s still a chance,it’s like buying a Powerball ticket,”said study lead author Andrew Gelman, a professor of statisticsand political science at ColumbiaUniversity.For some people, though, theodds approach fathomable num-bers. Gelman lives in New York,where the odds are 1.9 billion to1 that his vote will make the dif-ference. “I always vote,” he said. “Ido think that it’s a privilege thatwe have.”
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