THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN
Partly cloudy. 10 percent chance of precipitation. Wind W at 12 mph.
A warm start to spring break!
HI: 78LO: 40
Mostly cloudy. 10 percent chance of precipitation. Wind NE at 16 mph.
Jayhawks are shining!
HI: 48LO: 35
Showers. 40 percent chance of precipitation. Wind at 11 mph.
Don’t forget your umbrella.
HI: 49LO: 39
Sunday, March 17Friday, March 15Saturday, March 16Thursday, March 14
Tea at Three
Kansas Union, 4th ﬂoor lobby
3 to 4 p.m.
The free tea and cookies are ﬁt for the Queen, compliments of SUA.
Pi Day Celebration
The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band hosts this event which combines math, science, pie and nerdy camaraderie. Tickets are $3.14 to $10.
The Goldenberg Duo
Spencer Museum of Art
12 to 1 p.m.
Distinguished musical siblings Susan and William Goldenberg will give a free recital at the Spencer. Expect classical selections from Edvard Grieg and Beethoven, as well as Chinese folk songs and kiezmer music.
Adams Alumni Center
4 to 5:30 p.m.
University faculty and staff are invited to this monthly event. Enjoy free soft drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and specially priced beer and wine while mingling with campus colleagues.
Big 12 tournament championship
Let’s cross our ﬁngers and hope our beloved Jayhawks advance to the ﬁnal round of the conference tournament.
The National Hanging Out Show: A Call for Art
:Noon to 6 p.m.
: Artists are asked to contribute their works that focus on laundry hanging out to dry and the people who use them. The works will be part of a collage of vintage and current art on display.
: Scary Larry Kansas Bike Polo
: Edgewood Park
: 7 p.m.
: Get some fresh air and try this unique sport. Mallets and balls are provided, but BYOB - bring your own bike.
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AmeriCorps hosts veggie lunch at ECM
As part of its national week of celebration, the philanthropic group AmeriCorps is hosting the weekly veggie luncheon at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries building, 1204 Oread Ave., today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is designed to provide attendees with a glimpse of what Douglas County’s AmeriCorps branch does and how prospective members can get involved.AmeriCorps, described by Lori Johns, director of volunteer engagement for United Way of Douglas County, is a “domestic peace corps” that is devoted to ameliorating community welfare across the nation.This AmeriCorps group is focused on the health and wellness of Douglas County residents speciﬁcally.“We have clients around the county that we work with as home coaches to provide them adequate health care,” Johns said. “We also work quite a bit with residents who want to lose weight and elderly residents who require more personal care, and we do this through 12 to 13 local health agencies.”In tandem with the luncheon is a one-day new diaper drive designed for impoverished young families in Lawrence. “There’s a real need in a lot of these community shelters and health centers for diapers,” Johns said. “We’re working with the Lawrence Community Shelter to provide diapers for families who can’t afford them.” Johns highlights the immediate need one donated bag of diapers satisﬁes for homeless and underserved Lawrence families. Those interested in helping are encouraged to drop off diaper bags at the ECM during the luncheon, at the Douglas County United Way ofﬁce, at the Heartland Community Health Center or at the Lawrence Community Health Center.The Hy-Vee at 6th Street and Monterey Way will also be accepting donations on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
— Reid Eggleston
Alcohol sales may be expanded, according to a proposed Kansas bill currently being reviewed by a House committee.House Bill 2206 would expand grocery and convenience stores’ rights to sell alcohol. Currently, grocery and convenience stores are only allowed to sell up to 3.2 percent alcohol beer and wine while retail liquor stores can sell full-strength beer, wine and hard liquor.“Kansas consumers deserve the choice to decide where to purchase their alcoholic beverages as long as they’re 21 or over,” said Jody Hanson, Uncork Kansas public relations representative. “We don’t feel that that should be dictated by the government. We don’t feel like liquor stores really deserve to be protected by the government.”Uncork Kansas, the coalition seeking HB 2206 stresses that pre- venting grocery and convenience stores from selling alcohol goes against the basic tenets of a free market enterprise.“It’s really big business trying to come in and put their foot down,” said Brenton Bartz, the general manager at Mass Beverage.The issue, Bartz says, is a ques-tion of big versus local business. While liquor stores like Mass Beverage are locally owned, the grocery and convenience stores that Bartz would be competing with if this bill is approved would be national corporations.“I don’t just pay my employees who are local people, I also employ local HVAC people, local main-tenance people and local accoun-tants,” Bartz said. “I spread money to other local businesses whereas Kroger and Walmart have giant corporations to take care of that.”The ability to sell liquor, says Hanson, could help struggling, rural, mom-and-pop grocery and convenience stores keep afloat. A grocery store closing in rural Kansas creates a food desert where people have to drive 15 to 20 miles to get fresh food. Furthermore, Hanson argues, larger corporations create jobs by hiring more local employees.“Regardless of where a company is based or how big it is, if it oper-ates in Kansas, these companies have to pay all types of taxes to the state -- real estate taxes, pay-roll taxes, personal property taxes -- and the bigger the company, the more these taxes are paid,” Hanson said.Bartz is concerned that an 18-year-old checkout clerk at a con- venience store at 2 a.m. will not be as diligent at preventing underage purchase of alcohol as his employ-ees. All Mass Beverage employees must be at least 21-years-old and are specially trained to identify cus-tomers.Regulating restricted products, Hanson said, isn’t a new challenge that grocery and convenience stores would have to negotiate, since they already sell 3.2 percent beer, wine coolers, cigarettes, tobacco prod-ucts and pharmaceuticals.“They already have the knowl-edge, infrastructure, training and technology to regulate restricted products so it’s not going to be a big jump for them to take on the beer and the wine because they’re already doing it successfully,” Hanson said.In order to survive with Walmart and other grocery and convenience stores as competitors, Bartz said that Mass Beverage would have to rework its business model. After a transitional period, the liquor store would adapt into a specialty store, allowed to sell corkscrews, mixers, cups and ice.While amendments to the bill are currently being reviewed and introduced, if approved by the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, House Bill 2206 could be voted on by the full House next week.
— Edited by Elise Reuter
Senate approves annual fee review
The Student Senate Finance Committee passed 18 bills last night during their meeting.
• A Bill to Fund the Interna
-tional Family Association Magazine at $1,350
• A Bill to Fund United Students
Against Sweatshops KU at $230
• A Bill to Fund Easing the Bird’n
5K at $230 A Bill to Fund This Is What Privilege Looks Like at $580
• A Bill to Fund Graduate Associa
-tion of German Students at $290
• A Bill to Fund the Non Traditional
Student Organization at $430
• A Bill to Fund the African
Student Association Event Sisimuka at $2,038
• A Bill to Fund the South Asian
Student Association Event Jayhawk Jhalak at $1,165
• A Bill to Fund the International
Student Association Event Interna-tional Awareness Week at $1,454
• A Bill to Fund the KU Graduate
Students for Anthropology at $1,000
• A Bill to Fund SPIC-MACAY at
• A Bill to Fund “The Hill” at $230• A Bill to Fund American Society
of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at $480
• A Bill to Fund First Nations
Student Association at $2,500
• A Bill to Fund Earth Week by KU
Environs at $3,322
• A Bill to Implement the Student
Fee Review Subcommittees Recom-mendations ***
• A Bill to Fund the FY14 and FY15
• A Bill to Fund the FY14 Line-Item
Budget The bill to implement the student fee review subcommittees recom-mendations increased student fees for each student 55 cents per year, equaling $444.55. This was a less than one percent increase in overall fees.
— Hannah Barling
Bill could expand grocery store alcohol sales
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