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The women’s basketball team’s final homegame is tonight at 7 p.m. against TCU.
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hannah barling
hbarling@kansan.com 
paying hooky
 Volume 125 Issue 83
kansan.com
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Imagine one performancedetermining your entire collegecareer.That’s what students in theSchool of Music face as May grad-uation approaches. Come April,Katie Kyzer, along with othermusic students, will be puttingher music degree on the line withher performance in the School of Music’s Student Recital Series.Kyzer, a senior from Purcell,Okla., has spent eight years of herlife learning the horn, and if allgoes well during her recital, shewill be able to graduate from theSchool of Music in May.“This will be my first solo per-formance,” Kyzer said. “I wantit to go well so I can get my degree fulfillments. Horn is notmy strong area, but a performanceis necessary to getting a degreeand eventually becoming a musictherapist.”Kyzer is majoring in musictherapy, and for most of her stud-ies, she prefers to use the guitar,but for her recital she will be play-ing the horn.“In music therapy, I mainly useguitar, but horn is what I audi-tioned on and what I have beenplaying in addition to my guitarcoursework since freshman year,”Kyzer said.Kyzer is just one of dozens of students in the School of Musicwho, over the course of the nextcouple of months, are requiredto have a recital that showcasestheir instrumental or vocal tal-ents and exemplifies what they have learned in the School of Music during their time at theUniversity.Kyzer said she is preparing forher recital daily so she can ensurea solid performance when herApril 13 performance date rollsaround.“Preparing for a recital is simi-lar to training for a long-distancerace,” Kyzer said. “The music I willplay has been selected accordingto a variety of factors includinggenre, length and past experience.I have the music learned, but now I am in a process of continuingpractice to build up strength andmuscle memory for the recitalday.”Kyzer is used to dedicating alot of her time to her music, sothe days leading up to her perfor-mance are not unusual to her.“In the upcoming days, I willbe practicing a lot more than Inormally do,” Kyzer said. “As atherapy major, most of my prac-tice time is spent on guitar andsinging. This next month will bespent with ensuring I practiceevery day and really build up my horn playing abilities.”The recitals take place inSwarthout Recital Hall insideMurphy Hall, and performancetimes vary. The School of Music’swebsite lists the upcoming per-formances, which are all free toattend.
— Ee by S McCbe 
jenna jakowatz
 jjakowatz@kansan.com 
As you’re sleeping in and skip-ping that 8 a.m. class, you’re wast-ing money. But just how much?Students skip class for multiplereasons. They might need to finishan assignment for a class later inthe day, they might be going outof town or they may just want tosleep longer. But skipping class islike throwing money away.For a first-time freshman in2012, annual in-state tuition (basedon 30 credit hours per year) is$8,790. The cost per credit houris $293. So skipping a lecture thatmeets three times per week costsyou about $18.30. Skipping a three-credit class that only meets twiceper week costs you about $27.40.Someone could buy three to fourfast food meals with $18. They could treat themselves to a nicedinner on Massachusetts Street ortake a couple trips to the movies.About $27 could pay for a new topor, with a few more dollars, a new KU snapback hat.Michael Ciscos, a senior fromOlathe, said that he never really skips class anymore because hecan’t afford to miss. He said thatif he had that $27.40 to spend onanything, he would spend it ongourmet food or liquor.Annual tuition for a first-timefreshman in 2012 who is not a resi-dent of Kansas is $22,860. The costper credit hour is $762. If a studentwere to skip a class that meets threetimes per week, it would cost themabout $47.60. Skipping a three-credit class that only meets twiceper week costs about $71.40.For $47, a student could pay for about nine fast-food meals.Someone could take their boy-friend or girlfriend on a nice datewith $47. A student could even buy a good quality phone case with $47.But instead of using that money tobuy something extra, it’s wasted onskipping class.Kayla Smith, a freshman fromRosemount, Minn., said that sheusually skips class to finish home-work due for a class later in theday. She also said that if she’s goinghome for the weekend, she may skip class in order to stay therelonger.“If I have a test or homework due, I won’t skip,” Smith said. “Butif I have nothing due and some-thing due in another class, I usually skip it.”Smith said she did not realizeskipping a class that meets threetimes per week costs her about$47. If she had her choice on whatto spend that $47 dollars on, shesaid she would probably buy new clothes.Marian McCoy, a freshman fromLincoln, Neb., said she has only skipped one class this year becauseshe went out of town. McCoy saidthat the factors that play a rolein her decision to skip or not arethe attendance policy of the classand knowing whether they willbe covering important informationthat day.“I know school costs so much,but it’s interesting seeing it split upby class,” McCoy said.
— Ee by Ms Sculz 
At hundreds of dollars per credit hour, skipping adds up
Costs of skipping Class
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Nina Scheibe plays her bassoon as part of the School of Music’s Student Recital Series at Swarthout Recital Hall. Scheibeperformed in as a requirement to receive a Bachelor of Music in bassoon.
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Music students ready or fnal concert 
2012 irSt-tiME rEShMan,rESidEnt o KanSaS 
a :
$8,790
C  c :
$293
3- c:
$879
s  c     :
about $18.30
s  c   c :
about $27.40
2012 irSt-tiME rEShMan,non-rESidEnt 
a :
$22,860
C  c :
$762
3- c:
$2,286
s  c     :
about $47.60
s  c   c :
about $71.40
tranSEr and non irSt-tiMrEShMan, rESidEnt o KanSaS 
a :
$8,000
C  c :
$266.65
3- c:
$799.95
s  c     :
about $16.60
s  c   c :
about $24.99
tranSEr and non irSt-tiMrEShMan, non-rESidEnt 
a :
$20,842
C  c :
$694.75
3- c:
$2,084.25
s  c     :
about $43.40
s  c   c :
about $65.10
— KU ofce  amsss 
ashleigh lee and travis young/kansan
 
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Wednesday
Getting warmer!
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Thursday
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Goodbye snow.
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Friday, March 8Wednesday, March 6Thursday, March 7Tuesday, March 5
WhaT:
KU School o Music SymphonicBand and University Band concert
Where
: Lied Center
WheN
: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
aBOuT
: Hear student musicians jamout at the Lied Center. Tickets are $5or students.
WhaT
: 2013 Education Interview Day
Where
: Kansas Union, th foor
WheN
: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
aBOuT
: Looking or a job? This reeevent provides networking andinterview opportunities with multipleschool districts or openings in teach-ing careers.
WhaT
: Faith Forum: An Attempt atSpirit
Where
: ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave.
WheN
: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
aBOuT
: Join this discussion on theChristian aith, presented by Rev. HalLeMert. All religions are welcome.
WhaT
: Murs at the Granada
Where
: Granada Theater, 1020 Mas-sachusetts St.
WheN
: 8 p.m.
aBOuT
: Catch rapper Murs at theGranada. Tickets are $15 or this all-ages show.
WhaT
: Tea at Three
Where
: Kansas Union, Level 4 Lobby
WheN
: 3 to 4 p.m.
aBOuT
: Hit up the Union or yourweekly ree tea and pastries. Cheerio!
WhaT
: Myths and Mayhem Film Series:“Bats”
Where
: Dyche Hall, Panorama
WheN
: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
aBOuT
: Check out this ree lm ea-turing genetically modied bats. Whosays science has to be boring?
WhaT
: MUMMENSCHANZ 40 Years
Where
: Lied Center
WheN
: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
aBOuT
: Without dialogue, perormersentertain their audience with a widearray o props and body language totell a story. MUMMENSCHANZ is knownor its unique and artistic style.Tickets start at $15.
WhaT
: Campus Movie Series: Flight
Where
: Kansas Union, WoodruAuditorium
WheN
: 8 p.m.
aBOuT
: See this Oscar-nominatedlm, staring Denzel Washington.Tickets are $2 with a student ID.
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A call or higher public healthstandards and greater access topreventive care has urged the na-tion to action, and the City o Law-rence along with the University have ollowed suit.Recently implemented by theLawrence-Douglas County HealthDepartment, KU’s AcademicHealth Department ocuses onresearch and teaching as meansor evolving the city’s approach topublic health issues that pervadethe community.Following a Lawrence commu-nity health assessment in whichcity department programs werescrutinized or eectiveness andcoverage, the health departmentound that receiving accreditationmight come with linking the Uni- versity’s research in public healthwith the health department itsel.“One o the ndings is that weneed links between university andcommunity,” said Dr. Vicki Collie-Akers, associate director o theKU Work Group or Community Health. “New research ndingsdon’t necessarily trickle down tocommunities with time alone. Tisis something we need to improve.We continually need this stream o research and application to keepour community happy, active andhealthy.”A year later, the AcademicHealth Department aims to bea teaching mechanism or thosewho plan to go into public healthand a research institution by whichto test and eventually implementhealth strategies to the Lawrencecommunity.Five interdependent brancheso the department outline theprogram’s ocuses on community health, including healthy ood,mental health, healthcare access,physical activity and poverty divi-sions.Collie-Akers and the rest o theKU Work Group, an amalgama-tion o public health experts andresearchers, work under KU’s LieSpan Institute to design a commu-nity health toolbox, which modelshow public health should work atthe local level, based on experi-mentation and data collection.“A year ago, we did a large-scalesurvey about what community health did or residents o Law-rence,” Collie-Akers said. “How well are parts o our health systemcontributing to health? We lookedor hot-spots in town that had ahigh rate o emergency room use.For example, certain pockets heav-ily used the ER or dental issues.Tis speaks to lack o insurance.All o that ino was compiled toreect 13 high-priority healthissues, and then we whittledthat number down to ve all-en-compassing areas.”It was one o these areas — theissue o poverty — that inspiredgraduate research assistant ItharHassaballa to get involved.“I was born in Sudan where,ofen, public health went unad-dressed,” Hassaballa said. “Cominghere, though, you realize that thesehealth issues aren’t just countriesaway; they aect people globally.And actually, it’s the same actors— poverty, mental health, healthy ood options — that contribute topoorer health in both areas.”Hassaballa joined the AcademicHealth Department last Decem-ber so that she could play a partin directly shaping the community with her research investigatinghow the United Way and privatehealth journals claim public healthcan most optimally be delivered toresidents.But what makes the AcademicHealth Department one-o-a-kindnationally is its devotion to teach-ing the next generation’s commu-nity health advocates.Dr. Jomella Watson-Tompson,an assistant proessor in the De-partment o Applied BehavioralSciences, works to mold healthleaders through classes that inves-tigate how behavioral and analyticmethodologies apply to the healtho a community, rom helping stu-dents understand child-carelicenses to how childnursery compli-ance programswork.“We have a long-standing histo-ry o engaging students,” Watson-Tompson said. “We all have arole to support students, and now we’ve solidied that arrangementbetween the Lawrence Health De-partment and Academic HealthDepartment. In time, we hope tobring more students into the oldand share our passion or theseservices to our community.”While the Academic HealthDepartment remains in its edg-ling stages, plans to expand theprogram’s participation throughinterested students and to be-come a greater component o theLawrence-Douglas County HealthDepartment prompt Hassaballa tolook at the program with hope andanticipation or a better Lawrence.“It will be a bright uture,” shesaid.
— Edited by Taylor Lewis 
Academic Health Department aims to teach 
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studnt snt roupccud of violtion
Ad Astra is under investigationor allegedly violating the StudentSenate election code.The Student Senate ElectionCommission said it received acomplaint claiming that the AdAstra campaign met with mem-bers o the Rock Chalk Revue atthe Lied Center last Tuesday, Feb.26 and then campaigned with the Junior Greek Council the next day.While chalking was allowedbeginning yesterday, the StudentSenate election calendar saysthat coalitions cannot passivelycampaign among students untilnext Monday, said Caleb McIntosh,a sophomore rom Caney Valleyand the Student Senate electionscommissioner.“These are still allegations,”McIntosh said. “They are notactual charges yet.”McIntosh said the ElectionHearing Board will consider theallegations and possible con-sequences. These are the rstcomplaints the commission hasreceived this election cycle.
— Marshall Schmidt 
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International students are nowormally allowed to run or StudentSenate as representatives o theinternational student communityitsel, as our new seats havebeen added to the senate to boostrepresentation o this studentgroup. The initiative passed theull senate two weeks ago and wasenacted by Student Senate Presi-dent Hannah Bolton last Thursday,eective immediately.This marks a pivotal step orthe representation o minoritygroup students in the senate.Bypassing the requirement thatsenators represent a certainschool like Engineering or LiberalArts, the bill allows internationalstudents to mark on a candidacyorm that they are not U.S. citizensand are eligible to vie or the ournew senate positions reserved orinternational students.Caleb McIntosh, a sophomorerom Caney and election commis-sioner o Student Senate, said thebill will not alter the process orhow students register or candi-dacy or are elected.“International student candi-dates will be treated like any othersenator,” McIntosh said. “On the Stu-dent Senate website, candidates willhave to get a candidacy orm stampedconrming that they actually are nota U.S. citizen. This is how all otherseats work. You would have to go toyour school to conrm that you are amember o that school. Internationalstudents are then able to campaignup until the election in the secondweek o April.”Despite the current presence ointernational students in StudentSenate, the initiative, proposed bythe senate’s multicultural aairscommittee, is aimed at increasing theamount o legislation directed towardthe international student constituencyas it increases the total number osenators to 69.“The act should give us insightsinto the needs o internationalstudents, such as whether transla-tors and translation material shouldbe included or gotten rid o in certainclasses,” McIntosh said. “The originalidea was that we could get a betterunderstanding o how internationalstudents are adapting to the KUcommunity and how we can improvethis aspect o these students’ collegeexperiences.”Prior to the legislation, interna-tional students have been representedby the International Student Associa-tion, an entity separate rom StudentSenate. Ambassadors rom the ISAperiodically observe the Senate toassure their interests are represented,but the ISA itsel does not have theability to propose legislation.The Student Senate has ocused onvocalizing this development throughsocial media outlets like the StudentSenate Twitter page to encourageinternational candidates to competein the April election.
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Marcus etwiler, a junior rom Paola, is Ad Astra’s 2013presidential candidate. Emma Halling, a junior rom Elkhard,Ind., is running as Ad Astra’s 2013 Vice President.
Opening Student Body Aess to teStudent Senate
According to a press release, Ad Astra plans to implementan online system that will allow students to schedule meetingswith the Student Senate Executive Sta. Te press release alsosays that student groups seeking unding rom Student Senatecan meet with the Senate treasurer to go over rules and regula-tions regarding unding. Tey plan to work to video record allSenate meetings to reach out to students who couldn’t attendthe meeting and to ensure transparency across the board. Tepress release says that Ad Astra will create Senator own Halls,in which the Senators will have meetings with their membersto make or a more transparent and responsive system.
Parking Tiket Forgiveness
Ad Astra plans to work with KU Parking and ransit to cre-ate a program in which students will have their rst two park-ing tickets orgiven aer completing an online parking quiz.Te press release also says that educating students on parkingpolicies will lead to a more improved parking experienceor everyone.
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TUESDAY, mARch 5, 2013
In 1989, Chali Shn tl th L.A.Tims that KU ha nc ff him aschlashi t cm lay basball. KUAthltics qustins th valiity f hisstatmnt.
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WICHIA — When EmiraPalacios saw a Spanish-languagetelevision ad talking about thenew ederal health care law, theimmigrant rom Mexico said itmade her want to learn moreabout whether she could nally get insurance coverage as a Kan-sas resident.However, the advertisementshe saw on Univision applied only to Caliornia residents. Palaciosound it was ar more dicult toget Spanish language inorma-tion or Kansas, which has a arsmaller Hispanic population andwhere political leaders have been vehemently opposed to the 2010Aordable Care Act.“I do not have insurance so i there is something out there I canhave access to, I denitely wouldlike to know and I even wouldlike to know what are my obliga-tions, you know, in that regard,”said Palacios, 47, who works ora Wichita rm that advocates orimmigrant issues. “What am Isupposed to do i I do not haveinsurance?”Palacios, who as a naturalizedU.S. citizen speaks some English,says the problem could be arworse or the state’s residents whospeak none.Kansas, where meatpackingplants have drawn immigrantsrom numerous countries — hasmore than 186,500 residents whoprimarily speak Spanish at home,census gures show. O those,nearly 86,000 say they speak English “less than very well.”Tousands additional Kansansprimarily speak German, French,Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese orsome other language at home.It’s unclear whether the kindo ad targeted at Caliornians willever air in Kansas, or how aggres-sively government leaders willbridge the language gap as theACA takes hold.Kansas has opted to let the ed-eral government set up its healthinsurance marketplace. In 2011,Gov. Sam Brownback returned a$31.5 million ederal grant to setup an exchange and do outreacheorts to all its residents.“It makes me angry. We need toknow these things,” Palacios saido Brownback’s move.Some private health groupshave stepped in to try to ll someo that inormation void, but theirresources all ar short o the mil-lions o ederal dollars Brownback rejected. Among those privateeducation eorts is the HealthReorm Resource Project, an ini-tiative unded by private healthoundations in Kansas to provideeducation and resources to edu-cate the public on the new healthcare law and insurance exchang-es.“Other states that are par-ticipating in the plan, they aregetting ederal money to buildhealth insurance marketplacesand part o that money is goingto outreach and education,” saidSheldon Weisgrau, director o theHealth Reorm Resource Project.“We don’t have access to that, soit is le to olks like me to pro- vide outreach and education. Butit is dicult because I don’t havethose kinds o resources and I amalso operating in an environmentwhere the political leadership is very vocierous and vocally op-posed to this.”Weisgrau, who speaks no Span-ish, is the project’s only employee.He has been giving talks to Eng-lish-speaking groups across thestate.“Tere has been so much noiseand rhetoric about this in the pastthat most olks, even i they think they understand what is in thelaw, oen have misinormationthat needs to be corrected. Butmost people just don’t know a lotabout it at all,” Weisgrau said.Consumers in every state areexpected to have access to healthcare coverage when open enroll-ment begins on Oct. 1. SinceKansas is a ederally acilitatedexchange, the U.S. Departmento Health and Human Serviceswill be in charge o inorming theKansas population on the new law, said Cindy Hermes, directoro public outreach at the Kansasinsurance Department.“I wouldn’t say we are doingnothing, but they are in chargeand the ones leading the educa-tion eort,” Hermes said.She noted the ederal govern-ment has brochures and otherliterature printed in various lan-guages, and the eds are in chargein paid media advertising.Te new health care law alsoprovides or “navigator grants”that will awarded to individuals orgroups to pay or some outreacheorts or non-English speakingpopulations in states which havedecided against setting up theirown exchanges.But it is unclear just how muchederal unding will be avail-able or those navigator grants orother education eorts. Anotherproblem is that since Kansas isnot running its own exchange,the ederal government gets todecide who gets grant unding tobe navigators or those state’s non-English speaking populations.Whether or not the ederal gov-ernment knows the “right” His-panic groups with relationshipsin those non-English speakingcommunities is “questionable,”Weisgrau said.“o me that is one o the dis-advantages o having it run roma ederal level, rather than a statelevel,” he said.
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Lack of Spanish ads troublesome for immigrants in Kansas
SOUH GLENS FALLS, N.Y.— Te 710 students rom SouthGlens Falls High School dancedor more than a day: Conga lines,“Gangnam Style,” giddy-ups,hand jives and the Harlem Shake.Ten, fushed and weary, the teensshowed why this is a dance mara-thon with a dierence.Students cleared a path ora group who walked or werewheeled to the stage set at one endo the gym. One by one — a wom-an battling cancer in a stockingcap, mothers o ailing children,car crash survivors — thanked theteenage dancers, who just raisedalmost $500,000 to help themtackle lie’s challenges.“When a community comes to-gether to help li nancial stress,which allows a child to get theproper care and have the bestchance in lie, that’s priceless,” KateLaFoy told the hushed crowd in achoked voice. Her 15-month-olddaughter Alessandra has urnersyndrome, a genetic condition.“You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? You’re parto our village now. We are orevergrateul.”South Glens Falls High Schoolstudents donated the hey sumto LaFoy and 39 other recipientsby dancing around the clock thisweekend as part o an annualevent in this small, weathered vil-lage just south o New York’s Ad-irondack Mountains.Te dance marathon was startedin 1978, the age o turntables anddisco. It has morphed into a mon-ster event consuming not only thestudents, but also the community.Kids go door to door seeking do-nations, sponsor pancake break-asts and collect bottles, and they lean on amily, riends and neigh-bors to pitch in. Locals — many who ondly remember their owndancing days — help direct trac,donate goods or auction, paintaces or cut hair to raise money.And they open their wallets —something not so easily done inthis village o about 3,500 soulsstill struggling to nd its economicooting. Paper mills once poweredby the Hudson River have shut-tered, and residents have a medianhousehold income o $47,587, lag-ging behind the national gure o $52,762.Te weekend’s record $489,716easily toppedthe $395,352collected lastyear, maintain-ing a trend o growing tal-lies. Some well-heeled collegesraise money intothe seven gureswith their annu-al dance mara-thons but you’d be hard-pressed tond any high schoolers pulling inthis kind o dough.“You’re raised in the SouthGlens Falls community, you’re ex-pected to dance in the marathondance,” said senior Carly Weller, amember o the student committeethat organizes the dance and se-lects recipients, all local. “And a-ter you do it once, you’re hooked.”Tis dance marathon is dier-ent rom the old endurance con-tests in which the last exhaustedcouple on the foor escapes the tapon the shoulder to win. Te teen-age dancers get a couple o hoursto sleep, plenty o ood and drinksand some other breaks rom Fri-day night to Saturday night. Tereare costume parades and oppor-tunities to chill out on the gymfoor.But it’s still grueling.“Denitely sleep during sleepbreak, drink lots o water, (use)deodorant,” said senior Blake Sny-der.Students get by not only onadrenaline, but also the knowl-edge that they are contributing tosomething larger in their commu-nity, said art teacher om Myott,an adviser or the marathon. My-ott said the marathon’s missionhas been consistent since he was astudent dancer three decades ago.Now it’s his daughter’s turn: resh-man Mackenzie Myott danced herrst marathon this weekend.Te 40 recipients chosen by stu-dents this yearinclude childrenand adults ght-ing potentially atal illnesses, aamily recover-ing aer a housere and a localood pantry.“Te money will come in very handy,said Kristina Lemery, whose4-year-old son Lukas has a braintumor. “Te bills are still comingin the mail and it seems that it’snever ending.”As Lukas bounced around aschool room set aside or recipi-ents, Lemery explained that hestill aces potential peril and thathe is blind in one eye.“Te tumor might grow back,he might need another surgery.He might need chemo. Right now we just take it day by day. ... So it’sreally nice that in such hard times,there’s something joyul.”Te thanks were as prouse asthe tears.Ten the grand total was an-nounced. Te marathon was overand the dancers melted into eachother’s arms.“Physically I’m exhausted. Emo-tionally I’m exhausted,” Wellersaid. “But I’ve never been as happy in my lie.”
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