Students may be able to carry concealed weapons on campus within our years.Currently, signs on campus buildings don’t allow anyone to enter with a weapon. However, a Kansas law that passed earlier this year requires the University to make a choice — add security such as security guards or checkpoints to public campus buildings or allow students and aculty to carry concealed weapons.Yesterday, the Kansas chapter o Young Americans or Liberty (YAL) sponsored an “Empty Holster” project on campus to raise awareness about concealed carry and open carry laws in Kansas. At a town hall meeting last night, Kansas Senator Greg Smith, Kansas Libertarian Party State Director Al erwelp and Mark Rinke o Kansas City Preppers spoke and answered questions about the current laws in Kansas, the status o proposed changes and how they might aﬀect the University.I the University doesn’t allow students to conceal carry, it must implement security checkpoints on campus, which could cost thousands o dollars. Will Stewart-Starks, the Kansas State Chair or YAL, used SA checkpoints as an example o why that option might not be appealing to students. He also explained that there are too many points o entry to campus where people could carry a weapon through.“Tey can set up security, but it’s not going to stop ﬁrearms rom entering the campus,” Stewart-Starks said. “It’s an impossible task.”o get a concealed carry license in Kansas, a person who is at least 21 years old must submit an application, pay a ee and go through background checks and a certiﬁed training program. Te process o getting a license can take rom 45 to 60 days. In Lawrence, concealed carry is allowed oﬀ campus in public buildings.Ofen, constitutional rights are at odds with campus policies, Starks-Stewart said.“I someone violates a ﬁrst amendment law on a campus, then you have a ﬁrst amendment lawsuit on your hands,” Stewart-Starks said. “Why is there a double standard or the second amendment?”Te stigma toward concealed carry is that it increases violence. Smith and erwelp said there have been no crimes in Kansas involving licensed concealed carry, which may come as a surprise to some.“We’re dealing with ear — let’s deal with act,” Smith said. “Fear stops a lot o good legislature.”Te goal o the “Empty Holster” project was to start dialogue about the topic and its solutions.“We talked to quite a ew students and most o them actually support it. I was surprised, actually,” said Kendon Brawner, event coordinator or YAL. “When you think o Lawrence and Douglas County and KU in particular, you tend to think they’re...liberal.”Stewart-Starks said it’s not a partisan issue on campus.“It’s trading liberties or security,” he said. “I think some students realize that’s important to them.”
— Edited by Kayla Overbey
wo student senators are inviting students to meet with them and discuss important issues regarding the University today. Te event will run rom 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., when students who are under 21 can enter Te Wagon Wheel, located at 507 W. 14th St.homas Plummer, a senior rom owanda, and Mitch Rucker, a junior rom Burdett, are hosting a meet-and-greet at Te Wagon Wheel to get to know their classmates a little better and see what areas the Senate can improve on.“Some o the best platorms and initiatives come rom talking to the students who aren’t super involved,” Plummer said. “Sometimes they can kind o see through areas that we are blind to with us being so involved in senate.”Plummer has been involved with Student Senate and KUnited or our years, and represents juniors and seniors in the College o Liberal Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as vice president o the University Senate as well as president o the KU Memorial Unions board and previously served as Student Senate Chie o Staﬀ.“Really, the goal is to see what they want to know,” Plummer said. “Tis year, with so many big issues like the coalition resolution, I eel like a lot o people may be curious about those things and want to talk to someone who has run with KUnited three times, and talk about pros and cons and things o that nature.”Mitch Rucker is in his third year on Student Senate and has not been aﬃliated with a coalition. He represents the reshman and sophomore classes in the College o Liberal Arts and Science and is also the Chair o the Student Saety Advisory Board.“I hope this a way to bridge that gap,” he said. “Tere’s no such thing as too much student input, and that’s who we’re here to work or, so the more they get involved and the more they discuss, the better.”
— Edited by Chas Strobel
As people begin to value sharing their images in ast, convenient ways, the era o digital cameras is on the verge o extinction. Digital cameras could completely disappear within the next ten years. Look in your pocket, purse, backpack, or the palm o your hand. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Lie project, 80 percent o adults age 18-34 own smartphones. Smartphones are replacing the need or separate cameras. Consumer digital camera sales are down 36 percent this year alone. Research rom EOSHD.com says smartphones are the biggest cause or the decline. Daniel Coburn, an assistant photo media proessor at the University, said advanced technology is going to be the death o digital single-lens reﬂexes (DSLRs).“In my opinion, non-proessional grade cameras will ultimately disappear and be replaced with mirrorless digital cameras,” said Coburn.Coburn explained that since so many amateur photographers are documenting their daily lives with their phones, new technology has been created to convert smartphones into more developed devices.Becca Levine, a sophomore rom St. Louis, is one o many typical smartphone users who never has to worry about not being able to capture a picturesque moment when out with her riends. “All I need is something to be able to capture moments with my riends and amily, and editing photos into collages is much easier on my phone,” Levine said.Te high quality o photos taken on smartphones is causing even more problems or digital camera producers such as Sony, Nikon and Canon. With a 10 to 15 percent decline in DSLR shipments around the world, studies rom the market intelligence ﬁrm International Data Corporation predict that Nikon will be out o business within the next ﬁve years. As alarming as this may seem, consumers are becoming more inclined to snap a photo with their smartphones opposed to lugging around a bulky second device.“I have a really nice Samsung digital camera and I never use it. Even when I went abroad, I usually used my phone because it was easier to carry with me,” said Leah Swartz, a senior rom Santa Monica, Cali. Sam Benson, a sophomore rom Overland Park, agreed. “Phone cameras are becoming better and better, and I’d rather spend money on a really nice in-phone application or photos than buy a camera to achieve the same recreational result,” Benson said. “For the most part, I take photos o my riends and scenery — something I ﬁnd smartphone cameras to excel at.”
— Edited by Emma McElhaney
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Will Stewart-Starks (right), Kansas State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty, advocated concealed carry on campus over security guards. Changes to campus security policies must be made within the next four years.
University to choose between concealed carry or heightened security measures
“We’re dealing with fear — let’s deal with fact.”
GREG SMITHKansas senator
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Smartphones are replacing the need for digital cameras. Camera sales are down 36 percent this year, in large part due to the fact that consumers are increasingly relying on smartphones to take photos.
Student senators to host meeting at The Wheel