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Volume 126 Issue 107


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


STUDENT SENATE Election results should come by end of week

the student voice since 1904


Kansas senator receives award


Overland Park shootings resonate in University community
news@kansan.com The deadly shootings at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and a nearby Jewish retirement home in Overland Park hit close to home for many University students and Lawrence citizens. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, of Aurora, Mo., was arrested and charged Sunday evening for the shooting that left three people dead at the JCC and Village Shalom. Although none of the victims were Jewish, authorities are investigating the shootings as a hate crime. The shooting was especially worrisome for Becca Berger, a senior from Overland Park who went to school at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, which is located inside the JCC, and whose grandmother lives in Village Shalom. “It didn’t just hit close to home, it hit my home,” Berger said. “We’re a very sheltered community. I never really thought that this would happen to such a small town, a small community.” The shooting, which occurred on the eve of the Jewish holiday, Passover, will be charged as a hate crime, according to Barry Grissom, the U.S. attorney for Kansas. Cross is a well-known white supremacist and allegedly yelled a Nazi salute after the shootings. Berger, who is also involved with KU Hillel, said when she came across the location of the shooting on Twitter she did not suspect it was a coincidental event. “When I saw that it said Jewish Community Center, and Village Shalom, it was automatic. There was no question in my mind it was a hate crime,” Berger said. “The timing of it was just terrible, because today is Passover and we’re celebrating our freedom [from] slavery in Egypt, but how free are we when we’re in 2014 and still having prejudiced people attack us?” The crime also hit close to home for Rabbi Moti Rieber of the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, whose children were at the center at the time of the shooting. Rieber said the LJCC’s Passover celebration on Monday would go on as planned, but they did request a police presence outside the synagogue just in case. Nevertheless, Rieber said the shooting won’t affect how they live their everyday lives going forward. “The Jewish community is certainly not going to be cowed by this kind of thing,” Rieber

Will Corporon, left, and Tony Corporon, right, fight emotions while Mindy Losen, center, talks about her son and father during a news conference at their church in Leawood, Monday, April 14. Dr. William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson were victims of Sunday’s shooting at the Jewish Community Center. The three are sons and daughter of Dr. Corporon and Losen is the mother of the 14-year-old victim.


Visit Kansan.com for a social media Storify on University students’ reactions to the shooting
HEALTH Confirmed case of tuberculosis on University campus
Students and faculty were notified Monday of a case of tuberculosis (TB) that has occurred on campus. The student is now making a full recovery. According to an email notification from the Associate Vice Provost, Frank DeSalvo, on Monday, officials have determined that there were fewer than 50 individuals who may have been expose. Though the transmission of tuberculosis is possible, the email states, “it is still very unlikely anyone else will become ill with TB now or in the future.” The University is also working alongside the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Deptartment and the Kansas Deptartment of Health and Environment to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of tuberculosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s website, tuberculosis is spread when a person with the disease in his or her lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. People nearby may become infected when breathing in the tuberculosis bacteria. The disease is not spread by physical contact such as shaking hands or sharing food and drink. Only those who spent time in a confined space with the infected student are at risk of developing tuberculosis and those at risk have already been notified. The University encourages students and faculty to visit the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s webpage for more information. — Tom DeHart

said. We’re going into Passover and it adds a somberness to the holiday and a sobriety to it, but it certainly doesn’t change our determination to continue to live as we’ve always lived as Jews in America.” Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel of the Chabad Center at KU said he is encouraging more students to take part in Passover celebrations as a way to deal with a tragedy that affects so many Jewish students at the University on a personal level. “In Judaism, we believe the way you fight darkness is with light, so when you face hatred, you have to respond with love,” Tiechtel said. “Many of the Jewish students here at KU have been shaken with this story because so many of them grew up with the JCC being a part of their life, but what we’re trying to do is change our anger and bitterness into positivity by reaching out to others, by increasing togetherness in our community and increasing unity.” A special service is being planned at the LJCC early next week, and a walk will be held to honor the victims this Friday in Overland Park, starting from the JCC to Village Shalom and ending with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

— Edited by Nick Chadbourne

As of now, election results will either be released as soon as the University Judicial Board meets, or by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, as decided by the Student Senate Court of Appeals last Thursday. When the University Judicial Board meets, they will address the Election Commission’s decision to disqualify Jayhawkers based on a violation involving incomplete financial reports filed by the coalition. The board will decide to either uphold the decision or to overturn it. In the case that the University Judicial Board does not meet this week, Chief Justice for the Student Senate Court of Appeals Elliot Kamely said it is possible the Court of Appeals will issue another injunction, which means voting results could be released later than Friday. Last Thursday in a hearing, Jayhawkers’ appeal to the disqualification was turned down by the Court of Appeals based on multiple conflicts of interest in multiple coalitions. The appeal was then expedited to the University Judicial Board and the board is slated to make a decision within a week or so. However, if the University Judicial Board calls for another hearing, a decision might take several weeks. Until the next student body president and vice president are determined, the current executive staff said in a press release that they will continue to work diligently and await a timely decision. They also said they trust the UJB will make a decision that upholds the integrity of the Student Senate elections process. — Amelia Arvesen

KU Parking permit prices set to rise
news@kansan.com Parking permit prices are set to jump next year, increasing anywhere from $3 to $100. Last year all permit prices except Park and Ride were raised by two percent, meaning $5 to $10 increases for the most part, but prices were bumped higher than usual this year as KU Parking and Transit prepares for future projects and lot repairs. Several permits will be reworked as well. Garage permits will no longer be valid outside of garages, Park and Ride permits will become part of the Yellow permit and the Lied Center only permit will be eliminated. While in the past permits were increased at a consistent rate, this year’s proposal increases some prices more than others in preparation for a new tiered parking system. Instead of color zones, permits would be based on how close the parking lot is to campus buildings with “proximate,” “near” and “remote” parking permits, according to Donna Hultine, director of parking. Accordingly, permits in lots closer to campus are higher this year. The increase in prices will raise an additional $1.8 million each year, according to Hultine. The money is needed for future projects such as the McCollum replacement parking lot and the expansion of Jayhawk Boulevard and Memorial Drive. The Memorial Drive project is estimated to cost approximately $3.5 million alone, according to Callie Long, business manager at the KU Parking and Transit Office. KU Parking and Transit has to raise its own funds through parking permits, parking tickets, athletic event parking, garage parking and toll parking, as it doesn’t receive tuition or state dollars, according to Hultine. Permits currently generate approximately $3.5 million compared to parking tickets, which generate approximately $600,000. Last year’s proposed increases were all accepted. — Edited by Austin Fisher


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Tuesday, April 15
What: Feminism and Climate

Managing editor – digital media Lauren Armendariz

Wednesday, April 16
What: University-Community Forum

Thursday, April 17
What: Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series: Mark Klett When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Spencer Museum of Art

Friday, April 18
What: Dare to Design the University

Change: From Climate Science to Queer Feminist Climate Justice When: 2 p.m. Where: Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium About: A lecture from noted ecofeminist writer and researcher Greta Gaard.
What: Shakespeare the Recycler When: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Hall Center, Conference

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with Paul Davis and Marci Francisco When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: The Ecumenical Campus Ministries About: Kansas legislators Paul Davis and Marci Francisco will present an analysis of the 2014 legislative session and what it means for Kansas. Attendance is free, and an optional lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., which costs $3.50 for students and $6.50 for community members.
What: Organization Justice and

auditorium About: A presentation from noted photographer and author Mark Klett. Admittance is free.
What: The Future of the University When: 8 p.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons About: David Krakauer, director

of the Future When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons About: University professors, and attendees, will join David Krakauer in an open discussion on the future of universities. Attendance is free and open to the public.
What: Friday Night at the Kino:

About: A lecture from two world-

class Shakespearean scholars. A discussion and Q&A session will follow.

Public Service Motivation: A Walk on the Dark Side When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: Kansas Union, Malott Room About: Dr. Robert Christensen of the University of Georgia will present a lecture hosted by the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will discuss the future of research and education at large universities. Admittance is free. Courtyard

“Rozyczka” (Little Rose) When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: 318 Bailey Hall About: A free screening of the Polish drama “Rozyczka,” in Polish with English subtitles, presented by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.


Chancellor presents senator with prestigious award
news@kansan.com U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) received the Champion of Science award Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who presented it on behalf of the Science Coalition, for his work supporting and prioritizing scientific research funding. Moran was nominated for the award because of his proposed amendments to the national budget in 2013 and 2014 to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well as for his partnership with the University of Kansas Cancer Center and his published op-eds supporting medical research advancement. “From my experience, he fully understands the importance of federally funding research,” Gray-Little said in her speech. Moran is one of only 35 members of Congress who have received the award. “If we want to do something great for our kids and grandkids, then we have to commit today to science and medical research, because it will pay huge dividends for generations to come,” Moran said in his speech. At the ceremony, Moran said he supported scientific research because of the affect it can have on saving and improving lives, as well as its importance to the economy and in keeping America globally competitive. “There is great potential for research and now is not the time to waver on our country’s commitment to advancing scientific research,” Moran said. He also spoke about the importance of funding in

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Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little presented U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) with the Champion of Science award on behalf of the Science Coalition at the Dole Institute of Politics on Monday. In his remarks afterward, Moran stated his belief that biomedical research at the University and other institutions in Kansas is a critical part of the state’s national standing. keeping students involved in science fields, as well as grow. “I think having the support of Senator Moran and other leaders in the state of Kansas is essential, not only for providing support to the institutions, but communicating to the young people in the community that biomedical research is important and there is support for their interests,” said MB/ PhD student Caitlin Linscheid. Moran ended his speech by stressing the importance of continued support for scientific research because of the positive impact on individuals and families. Special guest Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, echoed this in his speech. “We are the National Institutes of Health, but we


are also the National Institutes of Hope, and that’s because of research institutions across this country,” he said.
— Edited by Krista Montgomery

“...now is not the time to waver our country’s commitment to advancing scientific research.” JERRY MORAN U.S. senator

KUMC is currently doing groundbreaking research in cancer and Alzheimer’s treatment. 50 percent of the doctors in Kansas graduated from KUMC. In 2013, the NIH funded $103 million worth of scientific research projects at the University.

honoring the educators who spark interest in students so that research will continue to

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In yesterday’s edition of the Kansan, a column that ran on page 4 incorrectly stated on which day Passover began. The column says it begins Tuesday, but it actually began Monday. To read a full version of the story, with correct information, go to Kansan.com.

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Today is National Library Workers Day. KU has seven branch libraries, maintaining over 4 million volumes. Have you hugged your librarian today?

NATIONAL Tearful ceremony as 91-year-old Colorado WWII vet gets medal
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A World War II veteran from Arvada was surrounded by his four sons and several grandchildren and great grandchildren as he was awarded a Prisoner of War medal. A cousin, Carol Dechant Young, says 91-year-old Frank Dechant only recently began to open up about being captured by the Nazis. His wife, 85-year-old Edythe, says the experience took an emotional toll on her husband, who cried as relatives congratulated him Monday at a medal ceremony in the Lakewood offices of congressman Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter's office says Dechant's unit was captured in December 1944 during Belgium's Battle of the Bulge. Liberation came in April 1945 after a twomonth, forced march ahead of the Soviet advance into Germany. Dechant had been awarded seven other medals. The POW Medal was created in 1985. — Associated Press

This March 26, 2013, file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead on April 14 with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe.


Rocket leak delays space station launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. With just over an hour remaining, the SpaceX company called off Monday’s planned launch. Officials said they believe the problem can be fixed by Friday, the next opportunity for flying and the last chance before astronauts do urgent spacewalking repairs. A helium leak in the firststage of the unmanned Falcon rocket forced a halt to the countdown, the latest delay spanning the past month. Over the weekend, NASA almost postponed the launch attempt because of a computer outage at the International Space Station. But mission managers decided Sunday that everything would be safe for the arrival of the Dragon capsule and its 2½ tons of supplies. The computer, a critical backup, failed outside the space station Friday as flight controllers were trying to activate it for a routine software load. The primary computer has been working fine. It’s the first breakdown ever of one of these so-called space station MDMs, or multiplexer-demultiplexers, used to route computer commands for a wide variety of systems. Forty-five MDMs are scattered around the orbiting lab. The failed one is located outside and therefore will require spacewalking repairs. The Dragon capsule holds a gasket-like material for next week’s computer replacement. This new material was rushed to the launch site over the weekend and loaded into the Dragon. NASA said astronauts can make the repair without it if necessary. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson will perform the spacewalk next Tuesday — regardless of whether the Dragon flies by then. It will take several days to get the replacement computer ready, thus the one-week wait before the job, NASA’s Kenny Todd, a station operations manager, said Monday. SpaceX — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of California — is one of two American companies hired by NASA to fill the cargo gap left when the space shuttles retired in 2011. If the SpaceX Dragon isn’t flying by Friday, the company may have to get in line behind Orbital, on track for a May delivery run from its Virginia launching site. The Dragon should have soared in mid-March, but SpaceX needed two extra weeks of launch prepping. Then an Air Force radar-tracking device was damaged in a fluke accident; an electrical short caused the instrument to overheat. Monday’s helium leak apparently came from a system that separates the first-stage during the first few minutes of flight. Earlier in the afternoon, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease with NASA to take over the launch pad used during the Apollo and shuttle programs. Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39-A would be used for SpaceX launches with astronauts bound for the space station in three or four more years, if NASA approves. Russia currently provides the only way to get astronauts to and from the space station. Unmanned missions also are slated for this pad, possibly next year.

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Army upholds Manning’s conviction, 35-year sentence
An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday. The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Manning's appellate lawyers, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, told supporters Sunday in Washington that they expect to argue that the sentence is unreasonable. It is the longest prison term ever given by a U.S. court for leaking government secrets to the media. They said they also expect to argue that Manning's speedy trial rights were violated, that the Espionage Act was misused and that high-ranking commanders improperly influenced her case. The 26-year-old Crescent, Okla., native is serving her sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She was sentenced in August for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, plus battlefield video, while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. Buchanan, as commander of the jurisdiction in which the trial was held, could have thrown out or reduced the court-martial results. Emma Cape, campaign organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, said Buchanan "has ignored the many grave injustices in this case." During Manning's trial last summer military prosecutors called her an anarchist hacker and traitor who indiscriminately leaked information she had sworn to protect, knowing it would be seen by al-Qaida. It was among the largest leaks of classified information in U.S. history. Manning supporters call her a whistleblower who exposed U.S. war crimes and diplomatic hypocrisy. Manning has said she hoped the leaks would spark debate about the role of the military and U.S. foreign policy in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After sentencing, Bradley Manning declared a desire to live as a woman, Chelsea, having been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by two military mental-health experts. Gender dysphoria generally disqualifies one for military service, but Manning can't be discharged while serving her sentence. Manning's petition for a formal name change is scheduled for a hearing April 23 in Leavenworth County District Court.

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Is my horoscope still valid if it talks about Pluto? Since, you know, we decided it wasn’t a planet in ‘07. Snow in April, time for everyone not from Kansas to freak out and for those from Kansas to forget this happened in May last year. Spelt is a grain. Not a flower. Spring is here! Aaaaaannnd its gone. Does the FFA accept picture submissions? If so, I’d like to send a lot of silly cat pictures. The flags haven’t flown atop Fraser now for four days. What gives? Campus isn’t campus without them. My only complaint about my textbooks is that their covers are too far apart. Nerd fighter here. I would love a KU nerd fighter group. DFTBA When it comes to getting things off of high shelves, you can either jump or climb. Peronally, I choose the ladder. The awkward moment when the journalism major researched his science story better than the biology major. It’s not fair that the high schoolers here for junior day look older than me! To the fratters who like to pee outside the scholarship halls Wednesday through Saturday nights, we see you. There are lights. Dear freshmen! Park & Ride skips Daisy Hill! So please do not make the bus driver stop due to your stupidity! Campus in the spring though. Just had my first rare “random basketball player sighting” - Hey, Perry Ellis!!! This week in Kansas — all the weather! Hey while we`re banning smoking on campus, can we ban too much perfume? Got a ticket on daisy hill and it felt like what I imagine getting shot on a broken foot would feel like. I got to the 1024 tile in 2048 once... That was pretty exciting. If you’re going to make our campus ugly by smoking, at least throw away your cigarette butts. It was really unfortunate that I had to dig my coat out of the closet this morning.

y alarm goes off. I roll out of bed and pull on the farm clothes I laid out the night before. Quietly, I tiptoe outside and sit on the front steps. Marissa, my black labrador, curls against my side, resting her head on her paws. I wrap the blanket that I brought around us and we watch the sun rise over the country hills. I am a farm girl. Being a farmer is not a piece of cake. You get beat up a little and end up with bruises all over your body. Sometimes you come home so tired that you fall into bed without dinner. Farming has taught me that life isn’t just handed to you. You have to work, sweat and bleed for every little thing you get. Farming is a challenge itself, but being a farmer,

a minority and woman is a whole different realm. During summer harvest, my ma and I are the ones in charge of getting food during the lunch breaks. I remember one time standing in line to buy drinks. A few migrant workers were in front of me. They looked back at me curiously, their large eyes taking in my dusty jeans and worn boots. I looked back at them from under the bill of my cap and we nodded at each other, sensing an agricultural connection. Maybe they thought I was a migrant worker like them. Or maybe they were surprised to see another person of color in such a small town. I don’t know. But they were apparently surprised to see a girl just as dust-caked as they were.

By Crystal Bradshaw

As a farm girl, you have to endure hoots and cat calls from young, male farmers. Women are always viewed as the weaker sex, no matter how many bushels you harvest, no matter how many times you get bucked off a horse. You’re seen as weaker, and always will be. Being a person of color makes life in general tougher, but it’s especially tough in farming. My family has experienced racism in farming for a long time. We were enslaved and beaten to raise crops that weren’t even

our own. Once free, we were given rough ground that was hardly fit for crops. We had our homes and fields burned down. Whenever the cattle broke out of the fence, it was always tense; it meant that the white farmers and the black farmers had to work together. But farming showed me how to do things that most people don’t know how to do. I can drive a tractor, work the field, drive a fourwheeler, load and shoot a gun, corral cattle and shoot a bow and arrow. So coming to Lawrence was a bit of a culture shock. The ideas of farming are different here and I’m never mistaken for a farmer. Some are even shocked by the existence of black farmers — yes, someone actually asked me that. But one thing

I noticed was that farmers have a bigger influence than most people know. They are the ones who helped put that hamburger on your plate. They sweated for that piece of bread that you’re eating. Skin color doesn’t matter. The land doesn’t know if a white or non-white farmer plowed the soil. The crops don’t know the color of the farmer. The sweat rolling down our backs doesn’t know. Also that steak doesn’t know the difference. In the end, it just tastes mighty good.

Crystal Bradshaw is a freshman studying English.


Music complements rather Internet the new than contradicts religion ‘Wild West’ of info
By Garrett Fugate



f you come from a religious tradition like mine, you’ve probably at one point or another been told that music is sinful. There was a time in my life when I promoted such an idea, believing that music led to sin and distracted me from God. I even packed up my violin, intending never to play it again for the sake of pleasing God. Thankfully, a few years later I finally started listening to music again. I simply could not make sense of what I was supposed to believe about music when it had always been such a positive thing in my life. The first assumption we should make about music is that it’s inherently good, not sinful. Actually, I’ve heard how it can be the exact opposite of sinful or anti-religious. There are many musicians out there that prove my point that music is not only good, but can be quite appropriate for religious expression. And by this, I don’t mean to invoke what we normally call religious music such as Gospel or Gregorian chant; religiously-themed music can find voice in the very genres of music that I was once told were inherently sinful. Matisyahu is a Jewish musician known for blending reggae and hiphop with spiritual and social messages. His newest album is called “Akeda,” referring to the Biblical story about Abraham’s binding of Isaac. Biblical

references are intertwined with lyrics about modern life. In “Reservoir” he sings: “I’ll keep struggling/ Like Joseph/ My brothers wanna sell me out/ I had a dream/ Time to leave the doubt.” These words put spiritual meaning behind personal experiences of betrayal, then contrasting that with our ability to dream, a prophetic gift to realize our lives anew. Yusuf Islam, known as Cat Stevens prior to his conversion to Islam, dropped his musical career for 25 years, but in 2006 he picked up his guitar again and released his album “An Other Cup.” Similar to Matisyahu, his music is introspective and spiritual, beautified with religious imagery. His song “The Beloved” celebrates Prophet Muhammad as a mercy to mankind, singing: “He was born to be the beloved/ A will of the Divine… born to be kind… his mercy stretched from East to West/ To every man, woman and child.” On the strings of his guitar, Yusuf paints a picture of Islam’s message of mercy and love that is much needed in a world that seems to pay more attention to the violence and extremism associated with the faith.

Another notable religious musician is Ani Choying Drolma, a Buddhist monk, known worldwide for her chants and devotional music. In a Huffington Post article she spoke about how important music is to Buddhist practice, reminding me of both Matisyahu and Yusuf ’s faith-inspired musical careers. However, all three break tradition to address the contemporary world. For Drolma, recreating tradition through newer styles of music means collaborating with other musicians, showing by example how Buddhism is every bit at home in the world as it is in her monastery. A.R. Rahman, the musician behind the music for “Slumdog Millionaire,” included Drolma in one of his newer songs called “Zariya,” to which she adds her meditative voice. For Matisyahu, Yusuf and Drolma, music is inherently good, even to the point of it being holy. What strikes me about these three musicians is how their three religious traditions can be translated into today through contemporary musical styles. They affirm that our own spiritual and religious identities never have to be compromised when we bring music into our lives. And they certainly encouraged me to brush the dust off my violin. Garrett Fugate is a graduate student from St. Louis studying architecture.


et’s shatter the Facebook business model. The Internet is a hunting ground for personal information and targeted advertising and it’s time for the consumer to change. Last week’s scolding by Derek, a Resident Assistant at the University of Connecticut, went viral. Some regular Joe Shmoe jerk trended on Twitter, pushed me to watch the whole championship game and certainly got his dorm room egged — if not anything worse. The lesson that I took from Derek is that it’s definitely time to start cutting back how much information I let go online. From sending emails to liking Facebook pages, the more of myself that gets out there the more I put myself at risk. Not that I’d ever pull a Derek, but I sympathize with him — if only a little. I used to believe vehemently that the responsibility to hold and protect information lay in the hands of the companies that gathered it. I dumped that naive idea into the garbage pretty quickly. The Internet is the modern Wild West, and the regular consumer is at the mercy of pretty much anyone with a dial-up connection. Services like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail have become central to our everyday lives. These websites have evolved from fads to a cultural foundation. And since the companies that run those services care more about the stockholder than the potential for identity theft, it’s time for us as customers to adapt. Lawmakers considering regulation of these services find themselves caught

By Wil Kenney

between two equally passionate camps. Lobbyists don’t want to risk the information harvest business model and the most diehard Internet users want to preserve anonymity and free Internet usage for as long as possible. Until the majority of Congress is made up of people who have a clearer understanding of the Internet, aka younger crowds, I won’t count on them. In the end, I’ve relegated Facebook to a simplified email account for organizing school clubs and messaging friends with only the most innocuous content. I’ve already sold my soul to the advertising devil with more than six years on the site, but some damage control is better than none. I’m not advocating everyone evacuate the web. I’m recognizing that every byte of content I create and consume is being used to profit off of me. Companies are the ones swooping and selling my information and the government couldn’t care less, so now the only realistic option is to back out. I’ll stick to my guns unless that Nigerian prince emails me again; he sounded desperate. Wil Kenney is a sophomore from Leawood studying English.


@KansanOpinion I do sometimes. From social media, I go from a feminist to a woman throwing herself at the feet of One Direction. #NoShame


@KansanOpinion the NSA knew it all before Facebook, not worried

Do you ever worry about how much social media sites know about you?
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‘Piñata’ a modern classic from the past
“Piñata” is the long-awaited collaboration between Gary, Ind., rapper Freddie Gibbs and Los Angeles producer Madlib. Released on March 18, it was originally set for release in early 2012. The record combines Gibbs’ hardcore gangsta rap with Madlib’s rock- and soul-infused beats. Gibbs’ lyrics have always focused on visceral, biographic authenticity and independence from the trappings of the music industry. “Piñata” explores Gibbs and Madlib’s self-awareness as musicians, especially their contradictions. In an interview with HipHopDX before the release, Gibbs said: “I don’t regret shit, but I’ll show you the things I’m not proud of.” As Gibbs reflects on his life in “Piñata,” he oscillates between two perspectives; one, the hardened drug dealer and stick-up man, the other the successful musician. His lyrics confront the American reality of doing wrong in order to survive. Over samples of music from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Gibbs contemplates his past and confronts his failures. He identifies how his bleak situation in Gary shaped him and how he has overcome it by establishing a fanbase and his own record label. One highlight is the song “Thuggin,” which was first released as an EP in 2011. Here, Gibbs is straightforward about his life as a drug dealer while criticizing his own behavior. He warns that
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children should be taught to avoid drugs because he’s willing to sell them to anyone in order to survive, even to his own family. Gibbs raises the question of whether the individual is a product of their environment, and if busting users and low level drug dealers is the best use of government resources. Despite the political themes in his lyrics, the most inflammatory song of the record is “Real,” a dis track aimed at Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy, Gibbs’ former boss at CTE World. Gibbs was signed to Young Jeezy’s label in 2011 but left the following year because of a contract dispute, adding that Young Jeezy looked weak when he backed down from confrontations with Rick Ross and Gucci Mane. Calling Young Jeezy a “puppet,” Gibbs attacks major record labels, comparing them to 19th-century minstrel shows. Gibbs has shown the ability to rap over many styles of beats throughout his career. Madlib’s J Dilla-inspired production, with its non-quantized beats and samples, feels as human and real as Gibbs’ stories. In an interview with Rappcats, he says Gibbs is one of the few rappers who can handle a full-length album with this production style. The pacing of the album is punctuated with

skits created with samples from blaxploitation films and bitesized beats. These breaks from the lyrical action fill out the record with a variety of soulful, vintage sounds. Although Freddie has always repped for Gary, a large part of his music career has been spent in Los Angeles, including the entire recording process for “Piñata.” In “Lakers,” he is joined by LA natives Ab-Soul and Polyester the Saint in celebration of the West Coast culture that has shaped their lives. The LA-based producer selects a fitting sample of Gary singer Deniece Williams, her 1982 track, “Waiting.” Gibbs has drawn comparisons to Tupac Shakur, and Madlib appropriately includes a short vocal sample of Shakur at the end of the track. Last year, when the album was still called “Cocaine Piñata,” Gibbs shared the inspiration for the title in an interview with HipHopDX. In a dream of his, he had a child who wanted a piñata for her birthday party. When the children started beating up the piñata, no candy fell out, only cocaine. “They was just kids playing in the dope,” Gibbs said. This juxtaposition of innocence and corruption illustrates why Gibbs stays true to himself as an adamant figure in the gangsta rap genre.

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‘Oculus’ mirrors compelling story with suspenseful chills
Look into the mirror. What do you see? A dynamically told, damn good horror movie. “Oculus” takes the horror cliche of the frightening image in the mirror and develops it into a whole premise of thrills built around the characters not being able to trust their own eyes while a powerful evil terrorizes them. It creatively constructs believable rules of engagement with the supernatural force, and narratively unfolds a backstory that perfectly complements and uniquely combines with the main tale, always driven forward by the two main characters. After spending 10 years in psychiatric care for apparently murdering his parents as a child, Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) re-enters society at the care of his compellingly determined sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan). She wastes no time in digging up old ghosts, convincing Tim to help her destroy the demonically powered antique mirror that really caused their parents’ deaths. Early on he doesn’t believe her, making for an interesting psychological standoff as she cites the mirror’s history of causing its owners to kill their families, while he remembers their own family tragedy differently and tries to logically explain her conclusions. This crafts both a mythology for the mysterious mirror and an investment in the relationship of these troubled siblings. Their conflict introduces themes of self-delusion and broken family before the mirror comes out to play. Then we get to watch those ideas come to life in the creepy hallucinations it causes and flashbacks of how it infected their mother (Katee Sackhoff) and fantastically intimidating and dead-eyed father (Rory Cochrane). Their childhood backstory
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plays out like a pretty typical father-goes-crazy-fromhaunted-home/item plot. It starts with more standard flashbacks at first, which then start to meld with the current quest to kill the mirror. They relive the horrors of that experience and have to fight those demons all over again, while trying to simultaneously survive the increasing threats the mirror throws at them, moving between their childhood and adult selves. Director/co-writer Mike Flanagan really impresses with such strong storytelling in this genre piece, and highly satisfies in bringing the narrative full circle. Suspenseful style

and creepy chills dominate over gory effects and cheap jump scares, keeping the atmosphere consistently effective and engrossing, also thanks to constant danger and a lack of dumb behavior. A “Chekhov’s pendulum blade” serves as a particularly unnerving device, meant as a fail safe to kill the mirror but also frequently putting Tim and Kaylie in death’s way too. It feels pretty rare nowadays that we get mainstream horror movies with stories and concepts this cool, this well-executed and this genuinely exciting throughout. So, take a look into the oculus and see some real horror staring back.

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‘Fading Gigolo’ mimics title, more fading than funny
“Fading Gigolo” is John Turturro’s idea of an old-school Woody Allen comedy, so he wrote Allen into it. It’s a sentimental farce that presents Turturro as a Brooklyn Jack-of-all-trades whose pal (Allen) decides that another trade this Jack, named Fioravante, would be good at is pleasing women. Allen is Murray, one of Fioravante’s several bosses, as the younger man has to juggle several service sector jobs to make ends meet in what we call “the gig economy.” Murray runs a rare book shop, and he’s about to give up the ghost. “Only rare people buy rare books.” But those rare people figure the grandfatherly Murray can help them find something a little special — like a third for a planned menage a trois. Mild-mannered Murray has to talk milder-mannered Fioravante into it. It helps that Sharon Stone was the woman doing the soliciting. “Is he clean?” the society trophy wife wants to know. “I’m a little crazed. I just came from an AIDS benefit.” And we’re off, with Sofia Vergara as the “trois” in that menage. Fioravante tackles this new gig with sensitivity and compassion. That’s why Murray figures there’s no harm in offering him to this lonely Orthodox rabbi’s widow he’s just met. Avigal (Vanessa Paradis) is lonely, depressed and, Murray figures, in desperate need of a man’s touch. But how do you “help” an Orthodox woman? “I don’t shake hands,” she says. Her culture doesn’t allow her to touch a man. Her elders watch over her like a hawk. Her Bensonhurst community even has its own NYPD-sanctioned neighborhood watch, and one of those over-zealous watchers (Liev Schreiber) watches Avigal with love, and a lot of suspicion. Even passing off Fioravante as a masseuse with hands “that bring magic to the lonely” is going to be tricky. The ancient Allen gamely makes Murray a doting, baseball-playing father in an interracial marriage full of kids he has to keep entertained. Thirty years ago, he’d have made Murray’s “new pimp throws around the cash” scenes very “Broadway Danny Rose” and funnier. Bob Balaban is amusing as Murray’s trusted but irritable lawyer, Vergara and Stone set off comic sparks. But Turturro winds up playing the sad straight man in his own comedy. And he and Paradis play this too somber. Sex scenes are more explicit than silly. The movie gropes around for a lighter touch. Moments like when the Orthodox religious police nab

Murray for an inquisition are meant to play like farce, but the often-scary Schreiber lends that an alarming theocratic, fascist feel. Seriously, New York allows “religious police” to enforce dogma? But by then “Fading Gigolo” has mimicked its title and faded, a failure in tone, a romantic comic juggling act where every dropped ball kills another potential laugh in a movie that desperately needs them.

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“The Royals have scored the fewest runs in the majors, which isn’t exactly surprising considering they’ve hit one home run. But they’ve struck out the fewest times!” — David Schoenfield Sweet Spot

Royals need to justify increased prices, expectations

By Shane Jackson
It’s not just the parking that saw a slight spike in the green. College students used to be able to go to the gate every Wednesday home game and purchase an outfield seat for $7 a game. Now each student will have to bring $8 to get beat up by the sun for a few innings before enjoying an evening of Royals baseball. The list goes on and on, for all the slight increases the front office tried to sneak by its fans. But here the Royals stand, where they have been so often



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nto the heart of April, baseball has officially begun. With that, expectations for the Kansas City Royals have vastly increased for the year of 2014. No longer the bottom feeders of Major League Baseball, the Royals are expected to compete this year and realistically have a shot at the postseason for the first time since 1985. Because of these increased expectations, more fans are willing to spend that hard earned penny to go to Kauffman Stadium and see this team in person. Kansas City’s front office expected this, and there has been a slight increase in attending a game. No longer can you and a buddy split parking, and pay $5 a piece. Parking jumped a dollar more to $11 a car, which may not seem like much, but ultimately makes things awkward if you don’t have that George Washington and you have to turn around at the gate to go get another dollar.

in the past, at the bottom of the American League at 4-7. A team that experts were predicting as their sneaky pick to win the division, can’t even squeak out one win against the hapless Minnesota Twins. Which leads me to my main point, where is our money going? Year after year thousands of fans, including myself, have sat in that very stadium and watched the Royals be the Royals in hopes that one day it would all be worth it. That day was supposed to be today and sure it is very early in the season, But when does it stop being early in the season? Why should I or any fan continue to give our own money when the Royals continue to not prove anything to us? Should we have to pay to watch one of the worst offenses in baseball, a

team who has taken just one ball out of the park? I don’t blame fans for not lining up to watch a team who sits last in runs and slugging percentage, and 20th in batting average. Forgive us Kansas City, if we are not jumping on board when one of the “cornerstones” of this team in Mike Moustakas, is hitting a mere .111 and has yet to show any signs of turning the corner. Even after this disappointing start I, like any other Kansas City fan, will continue to go to the games. To take a quote from one of my all-time favorite movies Jerry Maguire, “show me the money.” Show me where our money is going Kansas City, and don’t tell us to be patient. I’d say we all have had plenty of patience throughout this 29-year postseason drought. — Edited by Austin Fisher

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started recruiting her. Once again Bartnovskaya saw an opportunity to better herself and came to Kansas to be a Division I student-athlete. While Bartnovskaya noticed the increase in the level of athletics, her coach, Tom Hays says she didn’t skip a beat. “I think she has goals that she makes and I think she will do whatever it takes to get to them,” Hays said. “When you’re chasing a goal, like I think she does, you don’t really have time to be afraid…and she is fearless in that respect.” Hays recalls his first impression as her being a person with great maturity and work ethic. Her hard work paid off: Months after her first track season began at Kansas, Bart-

novskaya was in Fayetteville, Ark. for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. The bar was set at 4.45 meters, about 14-and-a-half feet — a mark never before cleared by a Kansas female athlete. Bartnovskaya cleared it, giving her the indoor title and the indoor school record, which still stands today. Senior pole vaulter Alex Bishop said she remembers Bartnovskaya continuing her performances into the outdoor season after winning the indoor title. Bartnovskaya matched her indoor title-winning mark at the mid-season Ward Haylett Invitational, earning the school’s outdoor record. But, it was watching Bartnovskaya at last year’s outdoor championships in Eugene, Org., that Bishop remembers the most.

“She came into the meet so focused and so ready to do what she needed to do, and she was making every single bar on the first attempt,” Bishop said. “She was dominating the whole meet until she missed her final bar and a girl just barely squeaked over it to beat her. But it was still an amazing performance…and it was unbelievable how mature she was about not winning.” Bartnovskaya’s runner-up finish contributed greatly to the Kansas women’s team point total that would ultimately give them their first NCAA Outdoor title in school history. Bartnovskaya also claimed NCAA First Team All-American honors for indoor and outdoor and claimed runner-up finishes at the indoor and outdoor Big 12 conference meets.

All of this made Bartnovskaya’s 2013 season one of the greatest in Kansas track and field history. “I didn’t expect it because I wasn’t ranked number one or anything, but I figured out I could win and I just said ‘OK, let’s do it,’” Bartnovskaya said. Entering into the 2014 season, Bartnovskaya tried to continue the success of her 2013 campaign. Unfortunately, she suffered a back injury in January that would make the rest of the season difficult. “With other sports like basketball or baseball, you can play pretty well at 90 percent, but with track and field, you’re going to get beat,” Hays said. “But the fact that she went out there and fought and did as well as she did really shows her character.” Despite the injury, Bart-

novskaya was still able to tally another runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships and qualify for nationals, her final meet, where she tied for tenth. “This season wasn’t as successful as I expected, but you don’t always get what you want,” Bartnovskaya said. “I’m still setting new goals and now I just want to [beat my personal record].” Hays said no matter what Bartnovskaya did in her final meet, she was going to be remembered for her great career here. “In the history of the school, we’ve only had a handful of (pole vaulting) champions, and we’ve been doing this for a lot of years, so she’s among that elite group,” Hays said. “She’ll be in the Hall of Fame and be remembered as one of KU’s special people.”

Bartnovskaya isn’t exactly sure what her future holds. She is continuing to jump with the team, although she cannot compete as a Jayhawk — she’s exhausted her athletic eligibility. When she graduates next May, she will have to figure out what she wants to do. But, there is one thing that’s certain. With the unknown of her future ahead of her, Bartnovskaya will not shy away and once she figures out what is best for her, she will confront the new challenge without fear or hesitation. “Maybe I am just an adventurist and I like to learn,” Barnovskaya said. “How can you be scared of something if you don’t know it? I just think if you face the unknown situation, you can find out if it is good for you.” — Edited by Nick Chadbourne





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Volume 126 Issue 107


Pressure on Weis in third year

By Ben Ashworth


Tuesday, April 15, 2014




Royals need to justify price increases with wins



ack in the day, coaches often implemented five- or ten-year plans for building a program back up from the ashes. After all, fans were more patient. Media coverage was confined to a segment on the news. If frustrated fans wanted to contact the Athletics Department, they would have to call. Twitter didn’t exist to provide a 24-hour outlet of critiques and communication. Twenty years ago, Kansas coach Charlie Weis would have more than three years to prove his coaching ability. Unfortunately, this year is Weis’s last stand. Fans were looking for improvement between Kansas’ first and second years. The Athletics Department’s goals reflected the attitudes of the fans. In response, Kansas improved. The wins increased, the running game was one of the best in the Big 12 and the special teams did their part in the battle for field position. However, the improvement wasn’t as drastic as Kansas hoped it would be when it agreed to shell out $2.5 million per year over the course of five years. Kansas wanted Bill Snyder levels of improvement. Bill Snyder went 1-10 in his first year as coach after taking over a program that hadn’t won a regular season game in two years. The next year, Snyder went 5-6. What Kansas didn’t want to see was a loss to Rice. It didn’t want to see four conference losses by 30+ points. It didn’t want to see the immense struggles of quarterback Jake Heaps. Weis was never able to get his offense in sync. Receivers seemed like they lined up in a different time zone than the rest of the offense. When the receivers did get open, Weis’s quarterback was unable to deliver them the ball. This did a disservice to an improved defense. Kansas wasn’t going to fire Weis after two seasons, especially after firing Turner Gill after two seasons. However, it shortened the leash on Weis this year. Kansas improved by a win last season. Such gradual improvement probably won’t be tolerated this year. Another one win improvement, unless there is a multitude of close losses, could easily result in Weis’s walking papers. Luckily for Weis, he has the tools to win five games or more. Sophomore Montell Cozart had a strong spring game, showing better awareness and vision in the running game. Senior transfer Nick Harwell, who unsuccessfully lobbied for eligibility last year, will bolster the receiving corps. Weis was touted as an offensive guru and his ability to stick with the Kansas program will rely heavily on his offenses living up to his reputation. Rome wasn’t built in a day. But in the college football world, Rome needs to be built in three years or less. It isn’t necessarily fair, but it is reality. — Edited by Nick Chadbourne

Transfer athlete sets the bar high
Junior pole vaulter Natalie Bartnovskaya prepares for one of her final vaults of Saturday’s competition. Bartnovskaya finished in fourth in the Kansas Relays pole vault invitational, clearing 4.25m (13’11.25”). She has exhausted her four years of athletic eligibility where she set two school records and contributed to the team’s NCAA Outdoor Championship last year.



sports@kansan.com Natalie Bartnovskaya was usually pretty calm before meets. But right now, her heart was racing. She along with hundreds of other athletes, coaches and fans were packed inside Anschutz Pavilion, the heat from the packed house sealed in from the cold December air outside. It was her first Division I meet, and the unfamiliarity combined with pressure to start off on a good note was too much to ignore. After warming up for what seemed like an eternity, the time finally came, and she tried to breathe deeply as she joined the other pole vaulters on the field. But, just before she stepped out to the runway, she remembered something: she had been here before; this wasn’t her first unfamiliar situation. With pole in hand

and her calm confidence returning, she skipped down the runway, planted the pole, contorted her body over and around the perched bar, and Bartnovskaya’s career at Kansas was underway. Bartnovskaya is no stranger to taking on the unknown. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, she has lived in five different cities across Russia and the U.S. since she was 13, spending most of that time away from her family. She came to the U.S. with little English vocabulary and knew virtually nobody in the country. She competed in three different collegiate leagues at three separate levels, eventually finding her way to Kansas. Here, in one-and-a-half seasons, she’s amassed a career that rivals the school’s all-time track and field greats. “If I set goals, I just go for it despite the difficulties that can be faced on the way,”

Bartnovskaya said. “There is nothing easy in this life, so quitting is not an option.” Bartnovskaya was 17 when she first picked up a pole. She had just returned home after spending three years away from her family at a school that specialized in training teens in Olympic sports.

“If I set goals, I just go for it despite the difficulties that can be faced on the way.” NATALIE BARTNOVSKAYA Pole vaulter

While Bartnovskaya was good at other track and field events, her hometown coach suggested pole vaulting might work best for her. After seeing good results and taking a liking to

the event, Bartnovskaya began to agree with her coach. Bartnovskaya was one of the only pole vaulters in her town at the time, so coaching, equipment and facilities specialized for pole vaulters was not readily available. At 18, realizing she could not grow to reach her goals as a vaulter in this environment, Bartnovskaya decided to move away again to southern Russia to join a college track and field team. For the next three years, Bartnovskaya went to school and focused on vaulting. But the rapid early progress she showed over her first year pole vaulting would slow down and by the time her career there was ending, she knew she still had not reached her potential. Focused on improving, she applied for a program that set her up with many U.S. schools, and ultimately landed her at Vincennes Universi-

ty, a junior college in Indiana. She again set out into an unknown situation, only this time the unknown was in a foreign country. “It wasn’t really scary for me,” Bartnovskaya said. “I guess because I already had traveled and done that kind of thing a lot back at home, I was kind of used to it.” Her fearlessness translated to her meets as she and her coaches saw early that she had the potential to dominate the NJCAA circuit, which she did for the two years she was there. By the time she left Vincennes, she held the NJCAA all-time pole vault record and two NJCAA individual pole vault championships. Bartnovskaya’s original plan was to return to Russia after finishing at Vincennes. But, after dominating the NJCAA, many Division I programs



Kansas comes off loss, prepares for next series
sports@kansan.com Kansas (22-15, 6-6) is coming off of a series loss to the TCU Horned Frogs this past weekend. The Jayhawks lost the first two games of the series but were able to avoid a sweep, salvaging the nightcap of Saturday’s double-header. The Jayhawks will host Grand Canyon University (18-15, 8-4) in a two-game mid-week series at Hoglund Park tonight and Wednesday. GCU won its weekend series against Sacramento State over the weekend at home. Junior right-fielder Connor McKay’s bat has heated up for Kansas recently. He hit three homeruns and drove in three RBIs over the weekend. He extended his Big 12 lead in both categories to nine homeruns and 38 RBIs. McKay also leads the conference in slugging percentage at .611. McKay is batting .328 on the season and has been a catalyst for the Jayhawks hitting in the cleanup spot. Hitting before McKay is junior left-fielder Michael Suiter, who is only two percentage points away from being in the top 10 in batting average amongst the Big 12 leaders; he is third in the conference with 48 hits. Suiter will look to extend his 10-game hit streak against Grand Canyon. Senior pitcher Frank Duncan continued his dominance on the mound this season in the finale of the TCU series. Duncan went 8.1 innings, striking out seven and allowing only one earned run in his fourth win of the season. Duncan is third in the Big 12 with a 1.53 ERA, first with 70.2 innings pitched, and second in strikeouts with 54. Junior pitcher Drew Morovick will start the first game of the mid week series for Kansas this week. Morovick is 6-2 on the season with a 4.91 ERA. Morovick is coming off of his worst start of the season against Iowa where he only went 2.2 innings, allowing eight earned runs on ten hits. The 6-foot-5-inch righty had been on a roll as he hadn’t allowed more than two runs in his four starts prior to the Iowa game. Morovick will have the task of facing junior outfielder David Walker, who is fourth in the WAC with a .360 batting average. Walker has 14 stolen bases on the season and is sporting a .456 on-base percentage as well. Walker’s teammate, junior catcher Humberto Aranda, is third in their conference with a .363 batting average. Aranda has two homeruns and 19 RBIs on the campaign. The Jayhawks will face freshman left-handed pitcher Zebastian Valenzuela in the series opener. Valenzuela has a 3.38 ERA on the season, making one start in his nine

Junior infielder Justin Protacio swings for the ball in an April 1 game against Wichita State. The Jayhawks defeated the Shockers 4-2 at home. They look to do the same against TCU tonight at 6 p.m. appearances thus far. KANSAS WILL WIN IF... The Jayhawks will walk away with a win in the first game of their mid-week series if freshman right-hander Stephen Villines pitches. Kansas is 9-6 in games that Villines has pitched in and 3-1 in games since he was moved to the closer role, recording three saves. Villines has a .36 ERA on the season and is tied for sixth in the Big 12 with four saves. Villines has only walked four batters this season, struck out 17 batters and given up only 15 hits. Villines was moved to the closer role during the Oklahoma series, due to the struggles from senior pitcher Jordan Piché. If Villines comes in to pitch Tuesday, it will most likely be a save situation and the freshman is four-for-four in save opportunities thus far. KANSAS WILL LOSE IF... The Jayhawks will fall to the Antelopes in the first game of the series if Morovick gives up less than five runs. The Jayhawks are 7-4 in Morovick’s 11 appearances this season. In three out of those four losses, he has given up five or more runs. Morovick gave up eight runs in the seven wins and 18 runs combined in the Jayhawk’s four losses.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Senior center-fielder Tucker Tharp has been hot lately, seeing his batting average increase by 31 points since the beginning of the Kansas State series from .270 to .301. Tharp ranks second on the team with four homeruns, which is also good enough for eighth in the Big 12. Tharp has driven in 18 runs for Kansas this season and has played in 37 games. Tharp helped fill the void when McKay was out nursing a hamstring injury, but is solid protection in the lineup for his fellow outfielder when they are both healthy.

— Edited by Emily Hines

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