y dad le orGround Zeroaround 8:30 a.m. onSept. 11, 2001, and returned onFriday, Sept. 14.I grew up in a suburb 24miles rom Ground Zero witha ather who was a reghterin one o the busiest rehousesin New York City’s EastHarlem. “Te Fire Factory” isa broken down, two-story brick structure, but it was a secondhome to my ather. When hewasn’t there, we were hometogether raising the volumeevery time there was news o are on the V, or listening tothe FDNY re dispatch playingsubtly in my kitchen.On the morning o Sept. 11,I attended another seemingly normal day o third grade atCovert Avenue Elementary School. At 10 a.m. I was pickedup early by my riend’s mother.I didn’t know our country wasin the midst o experiencing oneo the worst terrorist attacks inour history, I was just thrillednot to be sitting through anotherboring classroom activity. At thesame time, Mayor Rudy Giulianiwas issuing an “all-city alert.”Tis meant all NYC reghtersand police ocers must report totheir jobs.Tat included my dad. Withthat, my mother removedmy ather’s FDNY medal, abirthday gi she got him a ew years prior, rom around hisneck and said goodbye as hele or lower Manhattan, notknowing when, or i, he’d return.He was a rst responder andmade it to Ground Zero beorethe collapse o the secondtower. As the day dragged onand the look o ear and anxiety consumed my mother, I grew curious. Our phone was ringingof the hook and the V in ourliving room was blasting with voices o scared and conusednewscasters. Nobody knew what was happening. Somepeople were calling this an act o terrorism; others were calling itan “accident.”Aer our nights, my atherreturned home. We were thelucky ones – some amilies arestill waiting on their loved ones.But he had slept in the rehouse,working day and night, ceasingthe re and rummaging throughthe rubble. I don’t know whatmy ather saw during those longhours, and to this day he is quietabout the experience. What I do
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Big Jay and Paul Quigley, marketing representative, invite students to vote online or the 2013 Capital One Mascot o the Year. The winner receives $25,000 or mascot costume upgrades or equipment.
BIG LOVE FOR BIG JAY
Students can vote Kansas mascot to victory in national competition
ig Jay is vying or the title o 2013 Capital One Mascot o the Year and needs your support.He is one o 16 college mascotsselected through video entries orthe nationwide competition. Eachweek, Big Jay goes head-to-headwith another mascot and eachmatch’s winner is declared based onwho receives the most votes. Tewinner o the title will be chosen theweek o the Capitol One Bowl andreceives $25,000 or their school’smascot program, which could beused or costume upgrades andadditional equipment.Not only does Big Jay deserve towin, according to Paul Quigley, amarketing representative or themascot, but his senior-night tuxedois looking a little worn.“Te reason Big Jay was chosenis because he’s a unique character.Tere’s nothing else in the nationthat’s anything like Big Jay,”Quigley said. Big Jay is the tallest(over 7’4”) and most accomplishedmascot with ve national basketballchampionships under his belt.Big Jay deeated Mike the igerrom Louisiana State University lastweek with 52 percent o the voteand is currently ahead o Rocky the Rocket rom the University o oledo with 53 percent o the votein this week’s match-up. Votingends on Sunday o each week.“He’s kind o ull o himsel. He’scooler than everybody else andhe knows it. It’s kind o hard notto choose Big Jay when he’s thatpopular,” Quigley said.Charlotte Lane, a senior romOlathe, played alto saxophone inthe Marching Jayhawks or ouryears and said that game dayscan be exhausting or the band.Members attend an early morningrehearsal and begin perorming anhour beore kickof.“I know Big Jay was a reminder tome that we were there to entertainand to keep spirits up i they weredown, and to keep us excited untilthe very end,” Lane said.It’s a given that Big Jay shouldwin — he’s rom a school with oneo the best student sections in thenation, Lane said.Preston Randall, a sophomorerom Lawrence, is a running-back or the Jayhawks. He said Big Jay is a great symbol or ans on gameday. “He represents a great schooland that’s a great reason to vote orhim,” Randall said.For many students, Big Jay isa symbol not only o game day spirit, but also o the hard work and dedication that is presentthroughout the University. Big Jay lives and dies with Jayhawk winsand losses, Quigley said.“Tere’s nothing more importantto him than a win or the Jayhawks,”Quigley said. “Big Jay deservesto win because there’s no betterway to show the rest o the nationhow proud and how loud Jayhawk nation is.”
— Edited by Kayla Overbey
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO VOTE
1. Go to Capitalonebowl.com andclick “VOTE NOW” on Big Jay’smascot page. (1pt)2. Each week there is a newchallenge or question. Answer itin a tweet or on Facebook using#CapitalOneBigJay. This week’squestion is, “I your mascot playedon the team, what position would heplay and why?” (25pts)3. Make a video o the weeklychallenge. This week, that meansflming yoursel playing Big Jay’sposition, and share it on Twitter,Facebook or Instagram using#CapitalOneBigJay. (100pts)
“There’s nothing moreimportant to him than awin or the Jayhawks.”
PAUL QUIGLEYMarketing representative or Big Jay
Aer six months o hard work,Justin Christian, a senior romopeka, can sit back and watchapplications roll in as his new group,Next Generation Program, unveils.Tis program is the rst studentdevelopment program at the WilliamAllen White School o Journalismand Mass Communications. It isdevoted to interaction with thecommunity and ellow students,real-world work experience andengagement with the journalismschool alumni.Tis program consists o alumniand 20 students rom each class(reshmen, sophomores, juniorsand seniors) who will be dividedinto ve groups with equal classrepresentation. Groups will work allyear or a business, school group orany organization that needs a voidlled.“I a 16-student team with analumni advisor approaches abusiness that they decided asa group they want to help, thatorganization is crazy not to say yes,”Christian said.During the year students willcome up with three presentations:a research presentation, a progressreport and a nal presentation,which will be presented to aculty and alumni at J-School Generationsthe next all.Tis program was part o lastyear’s Challenge Day at J-SchoolGenerations. Justin’s team wasgiven our and a hal hours to givea presentation on a design o a 21stcentury journalism curriculum withno unding limitations.Te team’s main goal was tocreate a mentorship program wherestudents would be able to network with other students, talk about theirexperiences and also pass downtechniques learned inside or outsidethe classroom.For a previous major, Christianwas involved in a mentorshipprogram where he was required tomeet with a mentor two times. Tey met twice and parted ways. Tisprocess not only was rustrating atthe time, but also made him eel thathis mentor was too busy or him.Tese experiences shaped whatChristian thinks a mentorshipprogram should be and, betteryet, he thinks it’s a program thatwill give students a more enrichedexperience than his own.Journalism school advisor DanMcCarthy, who has worked withChristian, compared education toa car engine, and said that studentsare the driving orce and the steeringwheel. McCarthy said that studentsare the ones who can say, “No, Iwant to go more in this direction.”Te Next Generation Programlets students drive each group:making their own decisions on whatbusiness they will be working with,how much time they spend togetherand how they will complete theproject.As applications are arrivingin Christian’s inbox, he’s a littlenervous, but excited since he isseeing the results o his hard work.Applications are underway andshould be submitted by 11:59 p.m.Sept. 26. For more inormationemail Christian at J.Christian@ku.edu.
— Edited by Kayla Overbey
New journalism program connects students with alumni
Justin Christian, a senior rom Topeka, was motivated to start a student development program that will include alumni mentorship and work experience.
By Dani Brady
Daughter remembers Ground Zero heroes
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