Volume 126 Issue 9
Monday, September 9, 2013
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wo University students are volunteering their weekends toconstruct a wheelchair ramp orone Lawrence amily, but they’regetting back just as much asthey’re putting in.aylor Monsees, a ourth year ar-chitecture student rom OverlandPark, and MattReilley, a thirdyear AerospaceEngineeringmajor romOverland Park,have spent ev-ery Saturday orthe last month volunteeringat Henry andMary Perkins’mobile home ineast Lawrence.Monsees was given the projectby Freedom by Design, a programin the American Institute o Architecture or Students thatocuses on providing better livingconditions or low-income anddisabled individuals.Aer receiving the project, it wasup to Monsees to win the bid orthe job rom the city and securemore unding or construction,which he says provided him witha more ullling experience thanhis architecture classes.“We’re actually getting realworld experience here,” Monseessaid. “With studio, you’re in aclassroom setting and you don’treally gain experience workingwith a client. Iwould rather bedoing this thanbuilding bigoil buildings.Tere’s just abetter sense o giving back withthis.”Prior to theconstruction o the ramp, thePerkins’ mobilehome was nothandicap accessible.Mary suers rom multiple scle-rosis and Henry is diabetic andwill soon be wheelchair bound,and their home also houses theirson and daughter as well as theirseven year-old granddaughter.Monsees says one o the mostrewarding aspects o the projectis being able to help out a goodamily in need.“I eel bad that they’re livingin the situation that they are,”he said. “He’s helping raise hisgrandkid and he’s doing a lot orhis amily, so it’s nice to be able todo something or him too.”Monsees and Reilley have notbeen completely on their own inbuilding the ramp, however.Curtis Calkins, a recent archi-tecture graduate, has assisted withthe project. Te city o Lawrenceawarded a grant or the construc-tion and Independence Inc., alocal organization that providesassistance or the disabled, pro- vided resources as well.Monsees and Reilley have gottenhelp rom surrounding residentsin the mobile home community too. A neighbor who is a concretenisher has oered to help nishthe sidewalk o the ramp, thePerkins’ have made their tool shedavailable or the boys to use andthe young neighborhood girlswho Reilley calls their “cheer-leaders” even come dance to theirmusic while they work.Reilly says this kind o encour-agement and response rom thecommunity has made the con-struction much more enjoyable.“Everyone has been so riendly and so nice, it’s just great to work around positive energy. ” he said.“Watching [Henry] come out andyou see his ace light up, and he’salways telling us we’re doing agood job and oering help, that’sgreat.”Te boys plan to have construc-tion completed by next weekend,and Mary Perkins says the hoursthey’ve spent volunteering to helpher amily has rearmed heroptimism in the community.“I always believe there’s moregood people than bad in theworld, and this is proo o it,” Per-kins said. “I know they’re workinghard out there in the heat, butwhen it’s done they can have areally good eeling about whatthey’ve done or our amily, andwhen you do something good orothers you will never regret it.”
—Edited by James Ogden
“I would rather be doingthis than building big foilbuildings. There’s just abetter sense of giving backwith this.”
TAYLOR MONSEESArchitecture student
Logan Bayless, an Army veteranwho served in Iraq and seniorrom Great Bend, Kan., said heeels the outcomes and goals orthe U.S. in Syria are unclear.While President Barack Obamaawaits Congressional approvalto send awarningsignal to Syriaor its useo chemicalweapons, Bay-less wonderswhat potentialmilitary actionin Syria willmean or the rest o the world.Bayless also said he sees parallelbetween the potential confict inSyria and the way the U.S. enteredwar with Iraq.“Most o us believed our govern-ment and we took their word orit (that Iraq had weapons o massdestruction),” Bayless said. “Butwe ound out that was not the bestthing to do.”ProessorMarie GraceBrown, whoteaches Mid-dle Easternhistory,disagrees.Brown saidthat in Iraqthe evidencewas based on assumption, whereasin Syria evidence has been record-ed. She said the uncertainty inSyria is who is using the weapons.Te struggle that both Iraq andSyria ace internally results romhistory, Brown said.Both struggle to nd a balancebetween the diering ethnic andreligious groups that reside withinits borders.Te majority o Syrians are SunniMuslims, however, Syria’s leaderBashar al-Assad is an Alawite.ensions in Syria begin there. TeAlawites ear that i Assad losespower that the next leader willpersecute them.When the Arab Spring happened,Assad sought to eliminate oppo-sition through extreme violence,which instead o silencing theopposition, pushed them over theedge, Brown said.Assad brutally murdered his peo-ple, le mutilated bodies on roadsides and kidnapped people inthe night during the Arab Springwhen the Syrian people wereprotesting peaceully.“People in the middle East arestuck with the borders drawnaround them,” Brown said.
Tough Bayless makes compar-isons to Iraq, he said that a warin Syria would be a much worseconfict than the Iraq war. He saidhe ears that any action in Syriacould lead to a ground war involv-ing the U.S. or a broader regionalwar because o Iran’s alliance withSyria and Russia.Te Syrian army is moreequipped or a counter attack thanthe Iraqi army was, which meansthe U.S. is more likely to get drawninto a ground war in Syria, Baylesssaid.
Being a global citizen
Because o the potential con-sequences o a U.S. interventionin Syria, Bayless said he wouldencourage students to do theirown research beyond the main-stream news and read about theconfict in Syria beore orming anopinion.“It’s more important or every-body to not only not rush intothis war, but also to question it,”Bayless said.Proessor Eli Andac, who teach-es Sociology o the Middle East,agreed that KU students should becontemplating this issue and themoral questions it raises.“Tese are important, large issuethat everyone ought to think about,” said Andac.She said that students are someo the rare ew in the world whocan vote and have a say in issueslike this and it is important thatstudents think about their moralobligations and what it means tobe an American.
What the red line means forthe U.S.
When asked last year i he ex-pected U.S. military action in Syr-ia, President Barack Obama saidthe use or movement o chemicalweapons would be his red line orgame changer.Zach Beardslee, a National Guardmember and junior rom KansasCity, said because o the red linethe U.S. is in a complicated posi-tion and no matter what is donethe eects are unpredictable.“Tey keep saying we’re goingto bomb them and walk way,”Beardslee said. “You can’t just pokeBetween the Westboro Bap-tist Church, the conservativelawmakers and the ban againstsame-sex marriage, the ght orgay rights is nearly nonexistent inKansas. However, a city councilp-erson in opeka has emerged withdetermination to make Kansas aninclusive state.opeka City CouncilpersonChad Manspeaker has proposedan expansion in the scope o thecity’s Human Relations Commis-sion that would include protec-tion against discrimination basedon sexual orientation or genderidentity.Te main goal o the HRC is toeducate the public on issues o discrimination and eliminate prej-udice within the city o opeka.By adding these two items to theiragenda, the HRC would be ableto urther educate the public onthe issues o prejudice against thegay community and take steps toprevent urther discrimination.“Tis is the rst step toward alarger protection or the LGBcommunity,” Manspeaker said.Manspeaker hopes to see the city o opeka and the state o Kansasmove toward becoming all-inclu-sive. Tough he admits that thechange won’t happen overnight,Manspeaker hopes this proposalmight serve as a stepping stone.He ultimately hopes that Kansaswill recognize samesex couplesand that those couples canenjoy the same benets as any other couple.“We want people to live reely in our community,” Manspeakersaid. “And we can’t do that with-out these protections.”Te HRC approved the proposalin June with a 7-0 vote. However,it cannot be adopted as an ocialcity code without the approvalo the City Council. Te councilplans to hear the proposal thisweek and has set a tentative meet-ing or Sept. 17, to consider actingon the proposal.I passed, the proposal will makeopeka one o only two cities inKansas with anti-discrimination
LENDING A HAND
University student Taylor Monsees constructs a handicap ramp for this mobile home in east Lawrence. He and student Matt Reilley are building the ramp for Lawrenceresident Henry Perkins, who is wheelchair bound, and his wife Mary, who has multiple sclerosis.
Protesters march out of New York’s Times Square towards Union Square as theyvoice their opposition to the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria onSaturday.
Students construct and design wheelchair ramp for Lawrence family
Topeka City Council to hear gay rights proposal
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Delta Lambda Phi vice president TimHewitt and his fraternity brother Mor-gan Morris attend the 2013 nationalconvention for Delta Lambda Phi inMinneapolis, Minn.
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