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Kansan.com | The student voice since 1904
THE UNIVERSITY DAILY
 
KANSAN
Volume 127 Issue 125
 
Monday, June 23, 2014
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 PAGE 10Strides to finish first
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DAILY KU INFO, 6-23-2014
This week, we expect two more KU freshman to be selected in the NBA draft. That makes five freshmen in our history, joining nine juniors and only two sopho-mores.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
University senior Patrick Clement will debut his short film “Somewhere Between Freedom and Pro-tection, Kansas” as part of the Free State Festival in Lawrence this weekend.
Athletics will remove the track in Memorial Stadium.
 
THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSANMONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014PAGE 2
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The University Daily Kansan is the student newspaper of the University of Kansas. The first copy is paid through the student activity fee. Additional copies of The Kansan are 50 cents. Subscriptions can be purchased at the Kansan business office, 2051A Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS., 66045. The University Daily Kansan (ISSN 0746-4967) is published daily during the school year except Friday, Saturday, Sunday, fall break, spring break and exams and weekly during the summer session excluding holidays. Annual subscriptions by mail are $250 plus tax. Send address changes to The University Daily Kansan, 2051A Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside
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CONSTRUCTION
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Te nine summer construction projects in Lawrence have done more than disrupt traffic — they’ve also hurt local businesses by shutting down roads that connect them with customers. On the corner o 31st Street and Louisiana Street sits Steve’s Place, a reception hall that’s rented out or weddings, graduation parties and other events. Guests could once easily access the hall but now must go out o their way to get to it.Steve and Helen Meseraull opened the reception hall in May 2003. Tey’ve hosted countless weddings and parties within the last 11 years.Steve said that they wanted to pro- vide a place or couples to get married but not have to worry about spending a lot o money, so they offered afford-able prices.“I didn’t want them to go out and spend that much money when they didn’t have to and to have the same amount o un,” he said.Business had been going well until the announcement o the construc-tion and road closure around Febru-ary.“Te phone has been dead or our months,” Steve said.Te road closure on 31st Street rom Louisiana Street to Ousdahl Road is  just one o nine construction projects happening now. “We try to time a lot o the projects here in Lawrence in the summer, and we start a lot o projects the day afer graduation just because we have less traffic and [ewer] students in town,” Dave Cronin, a city engineer, said.Te section on 31st Street is expect-ed to open in spring 2015, according to Cronin.Te Meseraulls said that they’re typically booked every weekend rom June to November, but they’ve had three cancellations or June alone. Tey only have two weddings booked or July and one or August.Te road closure has also affected next year’s business, as engaged cou-ples typically reserve their date a year or more in advance.“My reservations usually or next year is at least a ourth to a hal ull by now and I don’t have anybody,” Steve said.Steve said he’s lost about $25,000 in business this year, which he estimates to be about 70 percent o the annual income.“It’s going to [be] rough or a while,” he said. “It might take us two years to get out o it.”Tey’re working to stay afloat de-spite the loss. In an attempt to keep business going and encourage people to rent the hall they’ve recently o-ered a 20 percent discount.“We’re trying to get bookings started up again, so we’ll have them or next year, so we put that discount on our website,” Helen said.Just a ew minutes away is another major construction project at the in-tersection o 23rd Street and Iowa Street.Tis project has slowed traffic and caused long lines at the stoplight, but it’s also slowed down business or Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steak-burgers, a restaurant stuck in the middle o the construction zone.Devon Lohrenz, a manager at Freddy’s, said that at one point both main entrances to their location were closed and customers had to enter down the block. Te restaurant has had less dine-in customers as a result. Te restaurant also lost business when the drive-thru closed or two days while the parking lot was resur-aced. Lohrenz said that 50 percent o their revenue comes rom drive-thru orders, and the two days without it was a big loss.Despite ewer people, the city still experiences congested traffic o regu-lar commuters and city transporta-tion.Cronin said that they try to give air notice o the construction projects and asks that citizens be patient and avoid the projects i possible.
— Edited by Kaitlyn Klein 
KELSIE JENNINGS/KANSAN
The intersection at 23rd Street and Iowa is one of nine locations that has seen heavy construction lately. This construction has negatively affected Lawrence businesses.
 
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Regents approve reverse transfer credit policy
KRISTA MONTGOMERY
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When Briana Lewis transferred to Washburn University from Johnson County Community College, she was only one credit short of earning her associate degree. Tough she completed her bachelor’s degree at Washburn, she never received her associate degree from JCCC. According to Breeze Richardson, Associate Director of Communi-cations & Government Relations for the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), a quarter of a million Kansans have received some college education but no diploma. In fall 2012, at the University Lawrence campus alone, there were 1,771 community college transfer students, according to the KBOR ransfer Feedback Report.If Lewis had been able to transfer one of her Washburn credit hours to JCCC, she could have earned her associate degree. In an effort to in-crease diplomas among Kansans by 8 percent in the next six years, Kansas will now implement a policy with such an end goal; reverse transfer policies will help students statewide who are in the same situation Lewis was to earn their associate degree.In a Board meeting on June 18, all 32 public postsecondary institution presidents signed a document imple-menting reverse transfer, which will coordinate the transfer of students to universities and enable them to better earn associate degrees. Troughout the state, community and technical colleges will now work under the coordination of the Board to make the higher education system more seamless. “A very big component of seam-less transition is course transfer,” Richardson said. “What’s so awesome about it is the responsibility that the university and the system as a whole is taking on.”Tere are now 46 courses guar-anteed to transfer anywhere within Kansas’ public higher education sys-tem. Within a student’s first semester at a university, the university will notify students if they are eligible to be considered for reverse transferred degree status, as well as what courses they need to take to attain that degree. “Tat counseling now I think is re-ally critical to helping the student see  just how close they might not even realize they are to getting that associ-ate degree,” Richardson said.wo times a year, community colleges, universities and technical colleges will communicate under the reverse transfer policy, making the process automatic and less compli-cated for students. As part of Board policy, students would have an opportunity to opt-out. “You never know what’s going to happen in life, and if you’ve done the work to earn that credit, then why not have the piece of paper to underscore that you’ve earned that degree?” Richardson said. He explained that finishing an associate degree isn’t only symbolic, but follows research saying that earn-ing such a milestone on your way to earning a bachelor’s is psychologi-cally encouraging. “Tere may be a lot of students who are a lot closer to getting that associates degree than they realize,Richardson said. “More and more transfer students are taking a signifi-cant amount of college credit, who are still in college and high school…More and more first-time freshman come in with transfer credits than ever before.” Te Board’s goal is to have 60 percent of Kansans earn some kind of degree or certificate by the year 2020. Currently, that number is at 52 percent. Statewide reverse transfer policies are now in effect in 20 states includ-ing Kansas.
— Edited by Ashleigh Lee 

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