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 Volume 126 Issue 9
Monday, September 9, 2013
the student voice since 1904
All contents, unless stated otherwise, © 2013 The University Daily Kansan
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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 thatocuses on providing better livingconditions or low-income anddisabled individuals.Aer 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 ullling 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 bigoil buildings.Tere’s just abetter sense o giving back withthis.”Prior to theconstruction o the ramp, thePerkins’ mobilehome was nothandicap accessible.Mary suers 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 goodamily 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 concretenisher has oered 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 oering 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 rearmed 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 seniorrom Great Bend, Kan., said heeels the outcomes and goals orthe U.S. in Syria are unclear.While President Barack Obamaawaits Congressional approvalto send awarningsignal to Syriaor 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.ProessorMarie 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 diering 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 peaceully.“People in the middle East arestuck with the borders drawnaround them,” Brown said.
The scale
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 beore orming anopinion.“It’s more important or every-body to not only not rush intothis war, but also to question it,”Bayless said.Proessor 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 eects 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 LGBcommunity,” 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 benets 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 ocialcity 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 makeopeka one o only two cities inKansas with anti-discrimination
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
Brown Bayless 
Delta Lambda Phi vice president TimHewitt and his fraternity brother Mor-gan Morris attend the 2013 nationalconvention for Delta Lambda Phi inMinneapolis, Minn.
Tensions rise as Syria vote waits 
Simon Gottlieb has bigdreams or the city he hasspent most o his lie in.Gottlieb, a 2013 political sci-ence graduate o the Universi-ty, was born and raised in thequaint suburb o Golden Valley,Minn. He is currently campaign-ing in hopes o being elected tocity council so that he may help“keep all the citizens o the city happy and content.”“Simon has lived here his wholelie, so he eels a lot o loyalty toGolden Valley and he really un-derstands the people who livehere,” said Brian Cook, who hashelped Gottlieb run his campaign.In order to connect with thepeople in the community, Gottli-eb says that when he meets some-one, he introduces himsel andtells them a little bit about whohe is and what he’strying to do. Cook adds that he sees inGottlieb anability to engagepeople in conver-sation in orderto let them know he’s there to listen.“He can go tosomeone’s doorand nd outwhat’s really im-portant to them,”Cook said. “He’s able tohave those conversations andmake a strong judgment aboutwhat’s best or the community.”Gottlieb’s goals or the uture o Golden Valley are to ensure thebudget is used wisely and appro-priately, keep the school systemssuccessul and make sure thatmoney rom the taxpayers con-tributes to projects that benetthe community in the long run.Only three council seats are open,to be decided between the 14 peo-ple,including Gottlieb, that led by the Aug. 13 deadline. Gottlieb andhis campaign team work hard to usestrategies that will give the people o Golden Valley a goodidea o who Gottlieb is.Gottlieb uses Facebook andwitter to quickly connect withthe public, and also created awebsite that outlines his back-ground and stance on importan-tissues, such as property taxes,city services and transportation.He also created yers and bro-chures to distribute around the city,and goes around neighborhoodsto talk to people individually attheir homes about his campaign.Gottliebcomes with abackground inpolitical work.He internedin both a U.S.Congressman’soce and inthe Irish Par-liament overthe past twosummers.hroughthese ex-periences, Gottlieb says he saw the ways in which local issuescould be addressed through anaccessible city representative.“Tey always had localpeople coming in and ask-ing or help,” Gottlieb said.“Te act that an elected o-cial is able to help them re-ally makes these people be-lieve in our political system.”University student Esau Gotli-eb is a close riend and next doorneighbor o Gottlieb’s. Both grew up in the same town, and Gotli-eb says he can be seenas a helpulsource to people in Golden Val-ley aced with an issue they wantaddressed by someone in oce.“He’s a trustworthy man, thekind who will give you a straightanswer,” Gotlieb said. “Simon’samily values honesty and ac-countability, and I think those are values he can translate to beinga politician. He will be account-able or any promise he makes.”“He’s very passionate and com-mitted. He’s a hard worker thatwill get thejob done that he sayshe’s going to do, and doesn’tmake excuses,” Gotlieb said.Gottlieb isn’t sure about what’s instore or him in the uture. Sincegraduating rom the University this year, he has been consider-ing attending law school. Tatdecision all depends on how theelection turns out, says Gottli-eb, and running or oce was achance he just couldn’t pass up.“I gured, why wait? I should jump at the chance, because it couldbe exciting and it could be great,”Gottlieb said. “I I can help out oneperson who doesn’t have anywhereelse to go, that would mean theworld to me. Making a diferenceor even one person means a lot.”Gottlieb continues to prepare orthe Golden Valley City Council elec-tions, which will take place Nov. 11.
— Edited by Evan Dunbar 
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Queering Christianity
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The Role o Islam in Post 9/11 America
: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Woodru Auditorium
: A lecture by Arsalan Itikhar,international human rights lawyer andauthor
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Watson Library opened or studentuse 89 years ago on Wednesday.A 20-year-old emale wasarrested yesterday on the400 block o 14th Street onsuspicion o domestic battery.No bond was posted.An 18-year-old male wasarrested yesterday onInterstate 70 mile marker 203on suspicion o a driving whileintoxicated. A $250 bond waspaid.A 20-year-old male wasarrested yesterday on the1500 block o Indian Ave onsuspicion o assault. A $100bond was paid.A 24-year-old male wasarrested yesterday on the800 block o 12th Street onsuspicion o aggravatedbattery. No bond was posted.
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Police arrest suspect in U.S. Bank robbery 
Te Lawrence Police Depart-ment has arrested a suspector Tursday aernoon’s un-armed robbery o U.S. Bank.Matthew Wayne Headley, 37,was arrested Friday night at10:17 p.m. heading west on In-terstate 70 at mile marker 101by the Kansas Highway Patrol.At 1:19 p.m. Tursday, an un-armed man described as a 40-year-old, 6-oot-3 black male entered the1807 W. 23rd Street U.S. Bank andhanded the teller a note. Withoutexchanging words, the teller hand-ed the man cash who then ed thebank headed southwest on oot.“It was quick -- quiet -- andnobody was hurt,” said Bar-bara Courtwright, wit-ness and Lawrence resident.Courtwright, whose daugh-ter was waiting in the car whenthe suspect walked out, saidthat the teller remained calm,waited until the suspect le thebuilding, then said, “Lock thedoors, we’ve just been robbed.”According to Courtwright,there were two other customersand the rest o the tellers insideat the time o the robbery. Po-lice ocers and the Federal Bu-reau o Investigation arrived onthe scene and canvassed the area.Te bank reopened or busi-ness later that aernoon.Te Lawrence Police Depart-ment interviewed Headley, whomatched witnesses’ descriptionso the robber, on Tursday butdid not make an arrest at thattime. Physical evidence examinedFriday gave police probablecause or Headley’s arrest. Head-ley, who now lists his home ad-dress in Colorado, is a ormerLawrence resident. In 1998, hepled guilty to armed robbery o the aco John’s at 1101 W. 6thStreet and a local liquor store.
— Edited by Casey Hutchins 
ordinances that include sexualorientation and gender identity.Currently, Lawrence is the only city to have such laws. Previously,Salina and Hutchinson had similarantidiscrimination ordinances,however, bothwere repealedin 2012.Te state o Kansas hasseveral lawsagainst theLGB commu-nity. Not only does it bansamesex marriage under state law but also under a constitutionalamendment passed in 2005 thatdenes marriage as “a civil con-tract between one man and onewoman only.In addition, Kansas laws havealso made it impossible or same-sex couples to le joint taxes,receive married benets or adoptchildren together.Tough the ght or gay rightshas been slow or Kansas, Man-speaker encourages students tocommunicate their opinions totheir city councils to speed up theprocess.“Voices are very important withthis cause,” Manspeaker says. “Ev-ery contact means something.For students, the news has in-stilled a sense o hope that Kansasmay nally be on a path towardequality.im Hewitt, a h-year seniorrom Arkansas City, Kan. and vicepresident o Delta Lambda Phi,sees this as a symbolic efort thatcould potentially lead to morelegislation supporting gay rights.“Since it’s happening in thestate capital it’s denitely a visibleplace,” Hewitt said. “More andmore cities in Kansas could ollow and i there’s enough local supportit could work itsel up to the statelevel.”Tough Hewitt acknowledgesthat the state’s support o gay rights will indeed come slowly, hebelieves it will eventually comenonetheless.But to do so, Hewitt thinks thatwe must rst educate the publicabout the LGB community torid them o their preconceived judgments.“It’s a good step,” Hewitt said.“But there’s still a lot o misinor-mation out there that is holdingus back.”Hewitt is hopeul that this ordi-nance, i passed, could diminishthe overall public ear o peoplewho are diferent.“Tere are still people out therewho are advocating or removinggays rom society,” Hewitt said.“But i this ordinance can quietthose voices down, people can seethat there is no diference betweengay and straight and we can moveon.”
— Edited by Casey Hutchins 
a bear and not expect them not toattack you.Brown expressed similar earso a regional war because o the varying interests o the surround-ing countries. However, shesaid she only expects a regionalconict i the U.S. decides tointervene in Syria beyond theairstrikes that are being discussedby Congress.Proessor Gail Buttorof, whoteaches Government and Politicsin the Middle East, said theconsequences o a conict in Syriawould be especially hard to pre-dict because o how many actorsare involved in the situation.“Tere’s a high degree o uncer-tainty about how this will afectUnited States’ relationship withArab countries, but also with Iranand Russia,” Buttorof said.Buttorof echoed questions thatCongressmen, diplomats, reugeesand journalists have been askingsince evidence suraced thatAssad’s regime used chemicalweapons against its people.“How do we deal with the redline credibility issue?” Buttorof said. “Te Syrian people are su-ering; will our military interven-tion help them or not?”
Assessing the human aspect
Buttorof talked about Syriarom a humanitarian perspective,emphasizing the efect Syria’s civilwar has on surrounding countries.“We already have consequenc-es,“ Buttorof said. “In the sensethat you have huge amounts o reugees in urkey, Lebanon andJordan.”Buttorof said she would behesitant to compare Syria to thesituation in Iraq because o thedifering goals or each interven-tion.She said the goal in Syrianow seems to be to punish ordeter Syria rom using chemicalweapons whereas in Iraq the U.S.sought regime change.Brown highlighted the dicul-ties in determining what courseo action to take because o whatone might believe philosophically  versus what is practical.“I am not condent in thesuccess o some limited strike,”Brown said. “And it will be at theexpense o lives o more Syrians.”Brown also said because o the red line that was drawn, animmediate and orceul reaction isnecessary.No matter what action the U.S.takes, Brown said she is certain aresolution will not come quickly or the people o Syria.
What’s next?
Congress is scheduled to vote onthis issue Wednesday. A resolu-tion draed last week outlines apotential air strike against Syriato warn Assad and others thatchemical weapons use will not betolerated.Te resolution states that notroops will be put on the groundand sets a time limit or U.S.military action at 60 days with anoptional renewal o 30 days.President Barack Obama metwith global leaders Friday in Rus-sia or the annual G20 summit.Tough the G20 ocuses oneconomic issues, in PresidentObama’s news conerence aer thesummit he said that leaders romEurope, Asia and the Middle Eastagreed a strong response to Syria’suse o chemical weapons is neces-sary to maintain international law and norms.“I’ve been encouraged by discus-sions with my ellow leaders thisweek,” President Obama said.“Tere is a growing recognitionthat the world cannot stand idly by.”President Obama also an-nounced that he will make hiscase to the American people onuesday evening.
—Edited by James Ogden 
Syria by the numbers: 
CIA classifes Syria as a republicunder authoritarian regimePresident: Bashar al-Assad74 % are Sunni Muslims16 % are other Muslims(including Alawite, Shia)10 % are Christian

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