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Jayhawk Boulevard may look alittle different when you come back to Lawrence next August.That’s because the KU Officeof Design and ConstructionManagement and KU Endowmenthave teamed up to make majorrenovations over the next four sum-mers to the boulevard’s asphalt andconcrete pavement, undergroundtunnel, storm drainage system andfoliage surrounding the iconic ave-nue.Originating three years ago, theidea was pushed through University approval recently for the construc-tion’s minimal effect on students,and its intent to update one of theUniversity’s most storied locales.The first phase of the project willgreet returning students next fallwith development from the Chi-Omega fountain to Poplar Street,east of Snow Hall. And students canexpect to encounter something they haven’t experienced on the boule- vard since 1973 — shade from thesun.It was around this time that treesplanted over a century ago on theboulevard began succumbing toDutch Elm disease, which has, inthe forty years since, decimated thisgreener facet of the boulevard. Partof the construction plan includesrebuilding this canopy that genera-tions of the past have come to asso-ciate with the University.“Many students who grew upin my era remember the canopy,”University architect and direc-tor of Design and ConstructionManagement Jim Modig said. “TheChancellor has even said it’s animportant thing that we’ve lost. Weneed to do these projects not just forour own generations but for genera-tions in years future.”The canopy plank of the masterplan is headed by KU Endowment,which plans to invest $1 millioninto Boulevard beautification withthe addition of over 200 trees andwide distribution of new shrubbery and grasses.“I really believe it’s the beauty of the campus that makes KU a specialplace,” said Assistant Vice Presidentof Endowment Dale Flusser. “I’mproud to see KU taking these stepsto enhance our University.”But the renovations are function-al, too. Modig points out that “it’sbeen a long time since we’ve doneanything with Jayhawk [Boulevard].What you can’t see is the deteriora-
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Burton Gepford moved intohis house a year and a half ago.After taking two days to build anew fence with a couple of family members, he knew that the fenceneeded to be stained.Gepford was one of hundredsof people who received help fromstudents, faculty and staff volun-teers of the University. About 35 volunteers helped Gepford stainhis wood fence. He said that is wasfun hearing everyone talk and col-laborate to get a project done.“A big thank you goes out tothem because I can’t imagine get-ting it done by myself,” Gepfordsaid.KU Memorial Unions host-ed its third annual Big Event onSaturday. The Big Event is a fullday of service from members of theUniversity volunteering at varioussites around the community.Participation has increased dras-tically since the first year of the BigEvent. In 2011, about 500 volun-teers completed projects at 80 jobsites in Lawrence neighborhoods.Last year, 2,000 volunteers per-formed tasks at 200 job sites. Thisyear had the largest participationrate so far with 3,000 volunteers at400 job sites.Lauren Reinhart, a senior fromKansas City, Mo., was The BigEvent’s executive director this year.She said they added 30 commit-tee members this year and pushedharder to get the word out.“There’s no other organizationlike this on campus that brings allstudents together,” Reinhart said.She said that you don’t have tosign up in teams and individualscan get to know others while work-ing with the community.“It’s unique,” Reinhart said.“There’s nothing else like it at thisscale.”Gepford used to work fore theUniversity and has participated inseveral volunteer and outreach pro-grams in the past. He said that he’secstatic for The Big Event becauseit helps the community out withprojects and it’s been a great eventfor the University. He said that thisis one of the few times he’s gottenthe help because he’s usually theone giving it.“People always feel better aboutgiving than receiving,” Gepfordsaid. “You look at a project thatyou just did and get an overall joy from it.”Trace Bowen, a freshman fromHutchinson, helped paint a fenceat one of the day’s locations. Bowen volunteered after he heard aboutThe Big Event through one of hisfraternity brothers and said hewanted to do it for the good of thecause.“It was good seeing the personhelping also and getting involvedwith us,” Bowen said.A group of about 15 girls fromthe Chi Omega sorority helpedpaint a fence and wooden benches,moved dirt and picked up leavesat the Haskell Catholic CampusCenter. The project took aboutfour hours to complete.Katie Krska, a freshman fromOlathe, said it was a good ground-ing experience because sometimesprojects like this take a while andit’s easy to underestimate the time.She said seeing how appreciativethey were was rewarding becauseusually jobs like this take severalhours.“All of us are very thankful thatsomeone organized something likethis for us to do,” Krska said.
— Edited by Brian Sisk 
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Armed with the 21-page2013 Election Code handbook,the Student Senate ElectionsCommission is consideringalleged campaign violationsafter Sunday night’s hearing. Theunprecedented 25 percent voterturnout made for a competitivecampaign season where eachcoalition watched the other forpossible infringements of elec-tion protocols.Ad Astra and KUnited coali-tions collectively face 29 alleged violations. Last year, only 4 viola-tions were reported.“Both the coalitions were very competitive and very seri-ous,” said Caleb McIntosh, theElections Commissioner and asophomore from Carney. “Weexpected this.”The extensive reports onalleged violations included blurry camera phone photos, Facebook event screenshots, forwardedemails and official meeting min-utes.“Ultimately, two groups of stu-dents wanted to win over the stu-dent body and both groups feltthat breaking the rules wasn’t theway to do it,” said Mark Savoy, theKUnited School of Law SenatorElect, from Overland Park.The Elections Commissionread each alleged violation’s inci-dent report, clarified details andallowed representatives of eachcoalition to respond and pleadto or frequently refute the com-plaint.For example, Emma Halling,Ad Astra Vice Presidential Elect,spoke in front of one of her class-rooms to announce that vot-ing was open and all studentsshould participate in the elec-tion. While this announcementwas non-partisan, she was wear-ing an Ad Astra T-shirt. TheKUnited incident report arguesthat the announcement qualifiesas campaigning for her coalition,breaking Election Code 409.A.3,which bars campaigning insideuniversity-owned buildings.“If wearing a T-shirt is to beconsidered campaigning, then wehave several thousand violationsthat happened last week that weneed to pursue,” said Halling, a junior from Elkhart, Ind.Many of the above listedalleged violations were thorough-ly refuted; some were plead. Bothcoalitions and all individuals spe-cifically involved attended yester-day’s two-hour hearing panel tobe adjudicated or acquitted.“It was a necessary evil to makesure that the integrity of the elec-tion was followed through,” saidMarcus Tetwiler, the Ad AstraStudent Body President Elect, a junior from Paola.While the list of alleged vio-lations is extensive, both coali-tions expressed that policing eachother is exclusive to the campaignseason.“The campaign is over,”Tetwiler said. “We’re going for-ward. We’re looking toward how we can actually get these jobsdone.”Violation reports, McIntoshsaid, help to fulfill and validatethe democratic process.“If everyone is going to belooking at what you’ve done, it’sgoing to make you be more con-sistent with how the electionscode forces you to be,” McIntoshsaid. “The more violations cre-ates an incentive for you to actaccording to what the code tellsyou.”Violations in years past havebeen punished by fines againstthe coalition, such as a $25 finefor violating chalking codes.Both coalitions will be notifiedwithin 48 hours of the meetingon the verdicts of the cases andthe sanction recommendationsby the panel.
— Edited by Tara Bryant 
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What:
International Food Court
Where:
Kansas Union Plaza
When:
Noon to 2 p.m.
about:
Come try ree ood rom localrestaurants including La Parilla, Alad-din Cae, Oriental Bistro and IndiaPalace, International Student andScholar Services sponsors the event.
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Caleb McGinn with Adam Caseand Lonnie Fisher
Where:
Jackpot Saloon
When:
9 p.m.
about:
Kansas native perorms. Coveris $5 or 21 and over and $7 or ages18 to 20.
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Resumes or Interviews
Where:
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When:
9 a.m. to noon
about:
Free resume workshop to makesure your resume is updated andocused on helping you achieve yourcareer goals.
What:
Celebrating Ronald Johnsonand Poetry in Kansas
Where:
Spencer Research Library
When:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
about:
In celebration o NationalPoetry Month, the Spencer ResearchLibrary will display the work o Kansasnative Ronald Johnson. There will bea cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. andpoetry readings at 6 p.m. The eventis ree, but RSVPs are requested.Contact Rachel Karwas (rkarwas@ku.edu) to RSVP.
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Screening o “Corporate FM”
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Woodru Auditorium
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7 to 9 p.m.
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KJHK and SUA will host a screen-ing and discussion o the documentary“Corprate FM,” directed by KU AlumniKevin McKinney.
What:
Gun Control: Freedom vs. Saety
When
7:30 p.m.
Where:
Dole Institute o Politics
about:
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3 p.m.
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handbills that did not havethe URL o the ElectionsCommission website
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materials at The Grove andThe Legends ApartmentComplexes without approvalrom the owners
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tion that’s underground.”The water lines beneath the bou-levard have not been replaced sincethey were first installed, under-ground access tunnels are in dan-ger of collapsing on workers andaccessible ramps constructed nearbuildings years ago are not currently up to code.“When we first talked about thismaster plan, we realized we neededto make this happen quickly,” Modigsaid. “What’s going on undergroundis something in need of attention,and when you add in the possi-bilities for innovation on the streetlevel, it just all comes together.”The plan met some initial financialhardship after it was first hatched.Besides a limited source of fund-ing, the Construction ManagementTeam was unsure of whether itspurpose should be to maintain theinternal functioning of buildingsor whether the department shouldextend its responsibility to campusbeautification projects.Since then, an inflow of cash anda recent reassessment of depart-mental priorities have allowed theUniversity’s project to finally takeflight.“We’re also studying the poten-tial for putting a bike path downthe center of the Boulevard,” Modigsaid. “When buses load and unload,they have to pull over to the sidewhere bikers usually are in theirblind spots.”The potential bike lane will beevaluated this summer and wouldbe fully operational Fall 2015.With a hefty load on theConstruction ManagementDepartment’s plate, including suchprojects as replacing McCollumHall, constructing a new businessschool and expanding Learned Hall,the project ahead won’t come with-out toil. But all parties involved arehopeful that their visions becomereality.“I think we should build some-thing that will make us proud of theUniversity,” Modig said. “That’s why I’m excited about this project andam excited for the future it holds.”
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