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KUlture
Loyal Jayhawk fans
recount their journey
to Fort Worth, Texas, to
witness Kansas’ victory
against the University of
Houston. They made the
trip despite approaching
holiday celebrations and a
long drive. PAGE 5A
Candidate speaks out
A gubernatorial candidate ripped Gov. Kathleen
Sebelius last night as the KU College Republicans
kicked off their series of speakers. PAGE 2A
Gameday supersizes
Check out the Gameday page for a preview of
both the men’s and women’s basketball games.
The men travel to Texas A&M and the women
head to Kansas State. PAGE 12A
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006 VOL. 116 issue 80 www.kAnsAn.cOm
The sTudenT vOice since 1904
By Kristen JarBoe
kjarboe@kansan.com
Kansan staff writer
The Web site facebook.
com, known for connecting old
friends and starting new friend-
ships, may cause users unexpect-
ed trouble with the law.
Police have reportedly been
monitoring the networking Web
site for large parties at at least
two universities. Though Uni-
versity of Kansas offcials said
they hadn’t used the Web site
to monitor the site’s 22,000 KU
members, they do have the capa-
bility of doing so.
The New York Times reported
that Kyle Stoneman, a student
at George Washington Univer-
sity in Washington, D.C., was
convinced his party was broken
up by the campus security force
because he had posted it on face-
book. Offcers discovered under-
age drinkers at the party.
Stoneman and his friends
fought back. They again posted
a party on facebook, but this
time when the university police
showed up, they found cake and
cookies with the word “beer” on
them and a “cake-pong” table in-
stead of a beer-pong table.
Other cases like Stoneman’s
occurred at schools such as the
University of Kentucky and
Northern Kentucky University,
when students posted pictures
of themselves illegally drinking
in dorm rooms, according to The
Courier Journal of Louisville,
Ky.
No such accounts have been
reported at the University, but it
would be easy for any employee
of the University with a KU e-
mail account, including the KU
Public Safety Offce, to set up
a facebook account to monitor
students.
Schuyler Bailey, spokesman
for the offce, said the depart-
ment had no plans to monitor
the Web site.
There are additional prob-
lems on top of getting in trouble
with the law. At the University
of Missouri, a task force has
gone into effect for this semes-
ter to inform students about
the consequences of facebook.
Students are being educated in
classrooms about the problems
of putting personal information
on their profles.
“Students think facebook is
just a one-on-one conversation,
but it’s not,” said Mary Jo Bank-
en, director of the MU News Bu-
reau. “It’s not a place to post a
lot of information about yourself
that is available for anyone to
see.”
Ann Eversole, KU assistant to
the vice provost for student suc-
cess and dean of students, said
she had heard comments about
students posting photos to the
site that show inappropriate be-
havior.
“People are too trusting,”
Eversole said. “They put way
too much information on there.
Those who put their class sched-
ules up there are just asking to
get robbed or be stalked.”
— Edited by Matt Wilson
By ryan Colaianni
rcolaianni@kansan.com
Kansan senior sportswriter

Kansas freshman guard Mi-
cah Downs has returned to
his hometown of Seattle and
will be transferring, Kansas
coach Bill Self announced
yesterday.
Downs, who has been sick
with the fu for the past week,
was unable to play Saturday
against Nebraska because of his
undisclosed illness. By not play-
ing on Saturday, Downs enabled
himself to play, when he trans-
fers, beginning in the winter of
2006. NCAA rules require play-
ers who transfer from a Division
I school to another Division I
school to sit out a full year, and
Saturday’s game was the frst of
the spring semester for Kansas.
Downs, a former McDonald’s
All-American, will be eligible to
play for his new school after the
fall semester of 2006.
In a press release by the Kan-
sas Athletics Department yes-
terday, Downs cited personal
reasons for his transfer.
“I apologize to my former
teammates and coaches for leav-
ing at mid-year,” Downs said. “I
feel I can best deal with some
personal problems closer to
home that have been weighing
on me over the last few months.
I wish KU the best the rest of
the season.”
During Saturday’s victory,
Downs was the lone Kansas
player not to play. At one point
in the second half, Kansas coach
Bill Self approached Downs
on the bench and spoke with
him, but did not insert the 6-8
guard into the game. Self said
afterwards that
Downs was too
sick to play and
that it would
have been a
good opportu-
nity for Downs
to see signifcant
playing time.
D o w n s ’
transfer will be
the sixth by a
men’s basketball
player since Self
arrived in Law-
rence nearly
three years ago.
“It is un-
fortunate that
Micah’s tenure as a Kansas bas-
ketball player only lasted one
semester,” Self said. “Micah has
decided to go home to resolve
some personal issues. We wish
Micah and his family the best.”
Downs saw signifcant play-
ing time from mid-November to
mid-December, but inconsisten-
cy eventually led to fewer min-
utes. For the season, Downs av-
eraged just 4.3 points per game.
When Downs was in high
school and was committed to
Kansas, his father, Steve, said
that Micah would declare for
the NBA draft. Steve Downs
later retracted that statement
and Micah ar-
rived on cam-
pus during the
summer.
“Our family
appreciates the
treatment of
Micah by the
Kansas coach-
es, players and
a d mi ni s t r a -
tion,” Steve
Downs said in
a statement.
“This is not a
basketball is-
sue. At this
time in his life,
being closer
to home will hopefully enable
Micah to resolve some of his
issues. We thank Kansas for its
support and wish them the best
of luck.”
— Edited by Matt Wilson
By MiKe Mostaffa
mmostaffa@kansan.com
Kansan staff writer
The KU Public Safety Offce
determined an offcer’s use of
pepper spray on a group of Jay-
hawk fans carrying goal posts
after the KU football team’s vic-
tory against Missouri in October
was appropriate.
“Given the fact the offcer
felt like he was being charged,
we found the offcer’s use of the
spray justifed,” Chief Ralph Ol-
iver said.
After the emotional victory,
a group of fans carried a large
piece of one of the goal posts
from Memorial Stadium toward
Massachusetts Street. A second
group carrying another part of
the dissembled posts followed.
Brian Bizjack, Tulsa, Okla.,
junior who was part of the frst
group, said when the offcers
had asked the group to put the
post down at 13th and Tennessee
streets, the students complied. The
second group was determined to
parade its post down Massachu-
setts Street and had ignored the
offcer’s command, he said.
“He got angry after they ig-
nored him,” Bizjack said. “He
told them a bunch of times.”
Bizjack said he had seen an
offcer use pepper spray after the
group dropped the posts and left
the area. He said he hadn’t seen
the offcer spray anyone directly
in the face, but saw the offcer
staggering.
“He had his hands on his face
and it looked like the cop who
used the spray got the worst of
it,” Bizjack said.
The department wanted the
students to celebrate after a vic-
tory, but in a safe manner, rather
than by carrying goal posts across
busy intersections, Oliver said.
“We don’t mind students cele-
brating, but we are always looking
out for their safety, whether they
realize it or not,” Oliver said.
Oliver said in his 20 year ca-
reer in law enforcement for the
KU Public Safety Offce, this
was the frst time he’d dealt with
an incident involving an offcer
using pepper spray.
— Edited by Lindsey St. Clair
DOWNS AND OUT
t Men’s basketball
Rachel Seymour/KANSAN
Freshman guard Micah Downs, second from the left, warms the bench during Saturday’s game against
Nebraska. Downs didn’t make it onto the court in the blowout victory against the Cornhuskers.
“I apologize to my
former teammates and
coaches for leaving at
mid-year. I feel I can
best deal with some per-
sonal problems closer
to home that have been
weighing on me over
the last few months.”
Micah Downs
Freshman guard
Authorities can
view profles on
facebook.com
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t speaker
Moore talks money at Dole
By alissa Bauer
abauer@kansan.com
Kansan staff writer
For a campus perceived as supportive of the
Democratic Party, the reception was only luke-
warm for U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) Tues-
day night at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Poli-
tics.
Moore said he had been invited to the home of an
individual affliated with the Peace and Justice Co-
alition in Lawrence before speaking at the institute.
After a “nice conversation,” Moore said protestors
blocked his path as he left for the Dole Institute.
“They have the absolute right to speak their
opinion — agree or disagree,” he said. “Frankly,
if it were just me I wouldn’t mind, but I was late
getting here.”
Moore made it obvious, however, that the
handful of students opposing him didn’t hinder
his excitement to speak to members of the Multi-
cultural Scholars Program, of which approximate-
ly 120 students and 12 faculty advisors were in
attendance. The Multicultural Scholars Program
hosted the congressman’s speech, “Balanced Bud-
gets and Values: Leadership in 2006.”
see MOORe On page 8a
Police: Pepper spray use was appropriate
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Anna Faltermeier/KANSAN
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore speaks to students in the Multicultural Scholars Program Tuesday night
at the Dole Institute of Politics about the need to aid American soldiers and their families. Several
protestors stood outside the Dole Institue during Moore’s speech protesting the war in Iraq.
Freshman guard leaves Kansas,
returns to family home in Seattle
2A The UniversiTy DAily KAnsAn weDnesDAy, jAnUAry 25, 2006 news
Who’s
Who
Chris Evans
KU
KU
KU
Military man, student and CBS TV fan returns to Kansas, family
and friends after traveling a long, interesting road to the University
By AndreA ChAo
editor@kansan.com
Correspondent
Chris Evans is a University
of Kansas student with unusual
interests and life experiences
ranging from riding his motor-
cycle to competing
in martial arts
fghts to serving
in the U.S. Army.
“I wasn’t sure
what I wanted to
do with my life,
but I wanted to
do something
that was
meani ng-
ful,” Ev-
ans said.
E v -
ans, 25,
r et ur ned
to Kansas
after serv-
ing in the
Army. He
is in his
frst semes-
ter at the
University
of Kansas
and is study-
ing pre-ar-
chitecture.
“I wanted
to be close to my
family,” said Evans,
who was born in
Kansas City, Mo.,
and grew up in To-
peka. “My parents
begged me to come
back home.”
Evans is a
self-proclaimed
“beach bum.”
After living in
Texas and Flor-
ida, coming
back to Kan-
sas has been
somewhat of a
culture shock, he said.
“I can’t go into a place with-
out a shirt,” Evans said. “I just
want to know why people here
are so uptight.”
After graduating from To-
peka’s Seaman High School,
Evans moved to Houston. He
earned an associate’s degree
in automotive engineering and
technology in 1999. In 2000, he
decided to join the Army.
Now, a typical day for Evans
is similar to that of many col-
lege students. He unwinds from
school and work by cooking
dinner and watching TV. His
favorite shows include “CSI”
and “Two and a Half Men.”
What Evans does to
fund his education -
martial arts - is not
as typical. He said
he has been doing
martial arts since
he was six. Now
he earns $500 to
$1000 per fght,
depending on
the competi-
tion.
“One of my
best friends
started it,” he
said, “and I
said ‘Hey, why
don’t I try
it?’”
Evans de-
scribed himself
as a typical col-
lege student with
a slightly broader
understanding of
life. Family and
friends are pri-
orities for Ev-
ans, as well as
his motorcycle.
His short-term
goals include
fnishing col-
lege and
a t t e n d i n g
g r a dua t e
school.
“ M y
o v e r a l l
goal is I want to
retire comfortably at 50, on the
beach,” Evans said. “I hope to
be happily married someday.”
— Edited by Matt Wilson
Fact of the day
“Q
uote
of the
Day”
By Anne Weltmer
aweltmer@kansan.com
Kansan staff writer
This week kicked off the third
annual Multicultural Roadshow,
put on every spring by the KU
Offce of Admissions and Schol-
arships.
As opposed to the fall Rock
Chalk Roadshow, which is for
all students, the Multicultural
Roadshow is directed toward
minority students in Kansas,
said Lisa Pinamonti Kress, di-
rector of the Offce of Admis-
sions and Scholarships.
Pinamonti Kress said the
Multicultural Roadshow has in-
creased the number of minority
applicants, but did not know by
how many.
The University does not offer
special scholarships for these
students. All of the scholarships
offered are based on the quality
of applicants, Pinamonti Kress
said. The Endowment Merito-
rious scholarship is awarded to
students who “enhance the di-
versity of the student body,” ac-
cording to the KU Offce of Ad-
missions and Scholarships Web
site. Pinamonti Kress said that
all students, not just minorities,
are eligible for the award.
This year the Roadshow
will go to Wichita, Kansas City
and Topeka each week for two
weeks.
Offce staff members will make
stops at high schools, middle
schools, civic organizations,
churches, and other places that re-
ceive University information less
frequently. Kerri Lesh, KU admis-
sions counselor, said they would
drop off brochures and invite
people to attend formal receptions
scheduled for next week.
During the formal receptions
in each city, there will be ques-
tion and answer sessions, prize
give-aways, pictures with Baby
Jay, information tables for vari-
ous University departments and
programs, and a keynote speaker
who will discuss how to pay for
college and student services at
the University. The KU Alumni
Association will provide pizza.
Two groups that always send
representatives are the Offce
of Multicultural Affairs and the
Multicultural Resource Center,
Juan Izaguirre, assistant direc-
tor of the offce, said. He went
to Wichita last year and Kansas
City the year before.
Izaguirre said, “I think it’s a
good time because it gives par-
ents and students time to get a
glimpse,” of the University.
He said it was convenient for
parents and students to meet
not only representatives from
the University, but also repre-
sentatives from majors they are
interested in.
Lesh said drop-offs were
made in Topeka and Wichita
on Monday and Kansas City on
Tuesday. Next week, receptions
will be held in Wichita on Mon-
day, Topeka on Tuesday, and
Kansas City on Wednesday.
— Edited by Kathryn Anderson
Roadshow aims at diversity
Want to know what people are talking about? Here’s a list of Tuesday’s most e-
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1. DOWNS IS OUT
2. Real weight loss starts with realistic goals
3. Intelligent design speech draws laughter, applause
4. Inmates perform at local church
5. Student Senate urges publishers to unbundle textbooks
“He not busy being born is busy dying.”
— Bob Dylan, from his song “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
Vampire bats feed on the blood of pigs, horses, cows,
birds and occasionally humans to survive.
— Source: National Geographic
Candidate stresses reforms
t speaker
By Fred A. dAvis iii
fdavis@kansan.com
Kansan staff writer
“People elect a governor to make
the tough decisions. Gov. Sebelius
has not done that.”
That stern accusation came from
Robin Jennison, the former Kansas
house speaker who has entered the
Kansas gubernatorial race, Tuesday
night at the Kansas Union as the
KU College Republicans opened
their Gubernatorial Series.
The frst of three speakers that
will take part in the series, Jennison
made clear what his frst priority as
governor would be — fxing school
fnance in the state of Kansas.
Jennison spent a good part of his
nearly hour-long speech lamenting
how the current school fnance
formula — a state operated system
— had taken money from other
state projects such as the highway
program, transportation and wel-
fare. He called the current formula,
which has been in place since 1992,
“unsustainable.”
He said taxation and the raising
of money should be left up to the
individual school districts, with the
state subsidizing the counties — an
idea that Jennison said worked be-
fore a restructuring of the school
fnance formula in 1992. Currently,
money is distributed to each school
district by the state, a policy that he
said was ineffcient because each
district has specifc needs.
Jennison continued to hammer
away at Sebelius, saying she shied
away from her duty as governor
during last year’s legislative deci-
sion on funding state schools and
instead turned the decision over to
the state Supreme Court.
Improving the state’s economy
was another issue that Jennison
said was vital to Kansas’ develop-
ment.
“Johnson County cannot carry
Kansas forever,” he said, refer-
ring to the economic load that
the county carries for the state.
“Johnson County is the best thing
to happen to Kansas in a while;
without it, Kansas would be suck-
ing wind.”
He added that the state needed
to do more to encourage economic
development throughout the state.
When asked about the recent
attempt to repeal the illegal immi-
grant in-state tuition act, Jennison
said he would support the move-
ment. This is despite Jennison’s
still said immigration had been
a major boon to his native west-
ern Kansas. Jennison hails from
Healy, located 60 miles northeast
of Garden City.
— Edited by Matt Wilson
Anna Faltermeier/KANSAN
Robin Jennison, GOP gubernatorial candidate, tells University of Kansas students that an increase in taxes will
improve the state’s overall economy during a KU College Republicans meeting at the Kansas Union on Tuesday night.
He also spoke about the need for improvments in Kansas school districts.
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FA 27-year-old KU employee reported a theft
of his toolbox and handpiece to his CB radio
system between 6 and 6:40 p.m. Sunday at
312 Sharon Drive. The toolbox, its contents
and the CB handpiece are valued at $170.
FA 51-year-old KU employee reported a theft of
his license plate tags between 11:00 a.m. and
noon Friday at 1110 Mississippi St. The tags
are valued at $10.
on campus
FThe Ecumenical Christian Ministries will be hav-
ing a University Forum entitled “The Status and
Development of the Medicare Drug Program”
from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. today at the ECM Center.
Lunch is offered for $3 for students and $5.50 for
others.
FBetty Baron, campus recruiter, and Hilary
Hungerford, geography graduate student,
will give a lecture entitled “Peace Corps in Af-
rica” at noon today in Alcove F of the Kansas
Union.
FThe KU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble will perform
at 7:30 p.m. today in the Swarthout Recital Hall at
Murphy Hall. This event is free.
local
Students donate nearly
4,000 hours of service
The Center for Commu-
nity Outreach, a volunteer
organization for students
on campus, provided nearly
$70,000 worth of services
to Lawrence and Douglas
County. Nearly 4,000 hours
of volunteer time was con-
tributed between August and
December of 2005.
One hour of community
service was equal to $17.55,
which is based on the aver-
age hourly earnings and
fringe benefts of all produc-
tion on private, non-farm
payrolls, not including super-
visory workers. The Bureau
of Labor Statistics developed
the formula.
Last semester, CCO or-
ganized such programs as
its annual “Trick or Treat So
Kids Can Eat” on Halloween,
where over 1,600 cans were
collected for local home-
less shelters. In the upcom-
ing semester, plans are in
the works for the “Into the
Streets Week” campaign,
which will take place April 23
to 29.
— Nicole Kelley
campus
Steam whistle to blow
at correct time today
The steam whistle typi-
cally heard throughout the
University of Kansas cam-
pus to signal the beginning
and end of classes should
be accurate today.
After three days of sound-
ing five minutes late be-
cause of classes ending at
15 minutes past the hour
instead of 20 minutes past
the hour, the whistle was
to be adjusted for today’s
classes.
George Cone, system
director of mechanical
systems, said yesterday he
didn’t know class schedules
had changed. Facilities and
Operations received word of
the problem yesterday.
Don Steeples, Vice Pro-
vost for Scholarly Support,
assured that the whistle
would be accurate today.
When the times were
changed, adjusting the
whistle wasn’t part of the
program, he said.
“If this is the most serious
problem we encounter, we’ll
be lucky,” Steeples said.
— Kristen Jarboe
Truck crashes outside of Triangle Fraternity
Jared Gab/KANSAN
A red Ford Ranger crashed into a parked car at Triangle Fraternity, 1144 W. 11th St., about 10:35 Monday night. The driver of the pickup truck refused to take sobriety tests, a Lawrence police offcer
said. The victim’s vehicle was moved about 25 feet upon impact. This is the ffth time a vehicle at Triangle has been struck in the last 12 years, said Dave Ryan, Triangle house director.
By Lara Jakes Jordan
The AssociATed Press
WASHINGTON — The White
House is crippling a Senate inquiry
into the government’s sluggish re-
sponse to Hurricane Katrina by bar-
ring administration offcials from an-
swering questions and failing to hand
over documents, senators leading the
investigation said Tuesday.
In some cases, staff at the White
House and other federal agencies have
refused to be interviewed by congres-
sional investigators, said the top Re-
publican and Democrat on the Senate
Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs Committee. In addition, agency
offcials won’t answer seemingly innoc-
uous questions about times and dates
of meetings and telephone calls with
the White House, the senators said.
A White House spokesman said the
administration is committed to work-
ing with separate Senate and House
investigations of the Katrina response
but wants to protect the confdentiality
of presidential advisers.
“No one believes that the govern-
ment responded adequately,” said Sen.
Joe Lieberman, D-Conn. “And we
can’t put that story together if people
feel they’re under a gag order from the
White House.”
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the
committee’s Republican chair, said she
respects the White House’s reluctance
to reveal advice to President Bush from
his top aides, which is generally cov-
ered by executive privilege.
Still, she criticized the dearth of in-
formation from agency offcials about
their contacts with the White House.
“We are entitled to know if someone
from the Department of Homeland
Security calls someone at the White
House during this whole crisis period,”
Collins said. “So I think the White
House has gone too far in restricting
basic information about who called
whom on what day.”
She added, “It is completely inap-
propriate” for the White House to bar
agency offcials from talking to the
Senate committee.
White House spokesman Trent
Duffy said the administration’s dep-
uty homeland security adviser, Ken
Rapuano, has briefed House and Sen-
ate lawmakers on the federal response.
A “lessons learned” report from Home-
land Security Adviser Frances Fragos
Townsend also is expected in coming
weeks, Duffy said.
But he defended the administration’s
decision to prohibit White House staff-
ers or other presidential advisers from
testifying before Congress.
“There is a deliberate process, and
the White House has always said it
wants to cooperate with the commit-
tee but preserve any president’s abil-
ity to get advice from advisers on a
confdential basis,” Duffy said. “And
that’s a critical need for any U.S.
president and that is continuing to
infuence how we cooperate with the
committees.”
Collins and Lieberman sidestepped
questions about whether they plan to
subpoena the White House to get the
information they seek, though Collins
said she does not believe subpoenaing
the Homeland Security Department is
necessary.
White House blocks inquiry
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Beginning Crochet: Make a cotton shoulder bag.
April 4 (Tues.) 7:00-9:00 p.m. 5 wks. $30.00
Some introduction classes are only one day; more classes
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JANUARY 25, 2006
Science mixes with politics,
culture and your personal life
every day. Think of all the top-
ics in the news where science
flirts — or clashes — with
society: Evolution versus intel-
ligent design debates, stem cell
research controversies, global
warming concerns and avian
bird flu fears.
Whether you’re a science
buff or aren’t, there’s an un-
deniable connection between
science and you that’s foolish,
even dangerous, to ignore.
Ignoring its impact on your
life means you’re not trust-
ing science; you’re trusting in
nescience — the absence of
knowledge, or ignorance.
Here’s a quick Q&A to illus-
trate how a basic understanding
of science can help you form
educated opinions.
Q. At what point in its growth
does a fetus develop neural and
cognitive abilities?
A. Brain development begins
at week three, and speeds
up around week 25. Know-
ing details about the cellular
development of fetuses might
seem a little too detailed, but
understanding more about how
the classic egg-sperm combo
actually turns into a baby can
help you gauge your stance on
stem cell research and abortion.
Q. What are genetically modi-
fied foods?
A. From one perspective,
farmers have been “genetically
modifying” foods for thou-
sands of years through selec-
tive breeding, but it’s all been
external; they select a few
specific plants or animals with
the traits they want (like big,
fat ears of corn or a chicken’s
ability to lay enormous eggs),
and breed them the “natu-
ral” way. Today’s concept of
genetically modified (GM)
foods means scientists have
manipulated the actual genes
of plants and animals to get
those traits. Some GM pro-
cesses even aim to put extra
vitamins or pesticides in these
foods. Knowing more about
these processes can help you
decide if you want to put GM
foods in your body.
Q. True or false: Global warm-
ing is part of the Earth’s natural
cycle of cooling and heating.
A. It’s undeniable that the
Earth’s climate is getting
warmer. But it’s important to
note how much warmer it’s got-
ten in the last hundred years,
and how quickly the warm-
ing has happened. According
to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration,
the world’s climate has warmed
by 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit
since the last ice age, 18,000
to 20,000 years ago. Are we to
blame for this round of heat-
ing? Most environmental sci-
entists will answer a resound-
ing yes. Our automobile and
industry exhaust is leading to a
so-called unnatural jump in the
Earth’s temperature.
Q. Do birth control pills have
any environmental effects?
A. About 12 million Ameri-
can women use hormonal
birth control. Studies in the
last decade have revealed that
excess hormones from the pill
are, well, peed out by women
into wastewater. The hormones
aren’t removed by water treat-
ment plants, and move on to
the environment where they
seem to alter the sexes of some
amphibians and fish. In short,
birth control hormones can
turn male frogs into female
frogs. Why does it matter?
Other than being completely
strange, the same hormones
could have health effects on
other animals or people. Just
another factor to consider if
you’re taking the pill.
Q. If birds are the ones getting
avian flu, why are scientists
worried about a human pan-
demic?
A. The H5N1 influenza virus
strain (avian flu) has been infect-
ing the media, as well as people
and birds in Western Europe
and Asia since 2003. Right now,
The World Health Organization
reports 149 people in Cambo-
dia, China, Indonesia, Thailand,
Turkey and Vietnam who have
contracted bird flu. The concern
is that the virus will mutate and
pass from person to person,
which could cause a pandemic.
Knowing more about how viruses
are spread can keep avian flu and
other animal viruses in check.
These topics involve your
health decisions. They influ-
ence laws that will affect your
life. They drive international
politics. It’s crucial that you
know as much as you can about
how the world works and how
you fit into it. To do so, instead
of nescience, use science.
✦ Evanhoe is a Derby senior in
chemistry.
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OPINION
OPINION
Politicians duke it out on Capitol Hill
Welcome to the Washington
Death Match, where big-time
players in the political wrestling
arena savagely fight to the death.
This brawl has been intense
since Big Man Bush stepped
into the arena, backed up by his
tag-teammate, Iron Fist Dick.
For those of you that haven’t had
your political cherry popped, the
current fight for power on Capitol
Hill resembles an uncontrolled
catfight — claws sharpened and
fangs bared. This battle intro-
duces a new level of mudslinging,
each party taking every chance to
hit the other below the belt.
The Conservatives have been
beating down on the Liberals, and
if the Democrats want to get out
of this ring on top, they’re going
to have to step up their game and
pack more power behind their
punches. Unfortunately, neither
party can really win this dispute
until they start working together.
The left wing’s recent assaults
have been based on the secrecy of
the Bush administration and the
questionable legality of some of its
actions.
Republicans swung right back
when Bush, in a January speech to
Veterans of Foreign Wars, accused
liberals of “giving comfort to our
adversaries” and showing “irre-
sponsible behavior” in blocking an
extension on the USA Patriot Act.
Democrats responded to the
attack and smacked Republicans
in the face with a challenge on
Congress’ ethics, accusing the
right wing of doublespeak and
using the party’s influences to
help special interest groups. This
blow to the Republicans was a
double whammy in light of the
Jack Abramoff scandal. Therefore,
it will be interesting to see exactly
how the neo-cons strike back.
Let’s get it on!
Ah, yes, the rivalry between
the parties has never been fiercer,
and America hasn’t been this
divided since the Civil War. The
American people can now rightly
be suspicious of the intentions
of every politician on the hill
thanks to lobbying scandals and
slanted media coverage.
It seems like everyone is on the
defensive, from Senate Minority
Leader Harry Reid, who apolo-
gized to 33 Republican senators af-
ter he singled them out for ethical
corruption, to George W. himself,
who reprimanded Democrats for
not supporting the Republican’s
efforts to fight terrorism.
In a January 11 Associ-
ated Press article, Democratic
National Committee communi-
cations director Karen Finney
responded to Bush’s frustration
with liberal criticism by retort-
ing, “The Bush administration’s
attack, distract and distort tactics
reflect a Nixonian paranoia that
is un-American. It’s shameful that
once again the Bush administra-
tion resorted to attacking the
patriotism of fellow Americans
rather than answering legiti-
mate questions surrounding the
president’s failures in Iraq.”
Ouch, that’s got to sting.
The bottom line is, although
the economy has prospered,
the middle class is shrinking
and the gap between the rich
and the poor is growing. The
government’s delayed response
to hurricane Katrina and con-
fessions of bribery and fraud re-
mind us exactly how large that
gap is, and how out of touch
our representatives are with the
people they represent.
But don’t despair, fellow
Americans, former presidents
Bill Clinton and George Bush
Sr., along with Bob Dole and
Senator John McCain, have
been working together to pro-
mote bipartisanship. The two
parties have worked together
in the past. Hopefully we can
pull this thing we call a country
together and work toward ban-
daging our bleeding morale. For
now, enjoy the fight and make
sure to get a good seat, because
the forecast for the upcoming
months is deliciously vicious.
✦ McLeod is an Overland Park
sophomore in English and
journalism.
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To the idiot in front of me
who’s wearing shorts: Go
back to whatever arctic land-
scape you came from.

Free-For-All, I just wanted
to let you know that I am the
Wescoe master.

I wish our student body
would be as respectful as the
Kansas State student body to
host the president, but you
know what? I don’t ever see
that happening.
What is the deal with people
driving with their iPods? Stop
it. I’ve almost been hit twice.

As a poor college student,
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greatest thing ever. Oh yeah!

Free-For-All, I think I like you a
little bit more than just a friend.

This is the first time I’ve got-
ten sick of hearing a song on
KJHK. They keep playing this
stupid song called “Blockbust-
er” and I wish they would stop.

I haven’t forgotten about 9/11.
I just prefer not to think about it.

Free-For-All, I just want to let
you know I’m stoked for spring
baseball to start. I just want to
know when you guys are going
to give me the in-depth base-
ball report for the KU team.

I just got back from going
to Dr. Dembski’s lecture on
Intelligent Design at the Lied
Center, and I have to say I’m
very embarrassed to have
been from the same university
as some of my fellow students
who were extremely, extreme-
ly rude. Come on, people.
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Future of sport fans
should be phoggy
▼ LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Not available. I couldn’t
have thought of a better way
to describe our “camping” pro-
gram and student section.
On Monday I walked into
Allen Fieldhouse to check out
the new Hall of Athletics. I
walked down the hall looking
for campers and was pretty sur-
prised. No campers. Then I saw
the camping sign-up sheet, with
camping suspensions listed at
the top. Sure enough, a four-
day suspension. The reason:
“N/A.”
Just like our student-fan
organization, and, in the end,
student support of our beloved
team. They should have just
written “We didn’t feel like
camping.” Through a lack of
accountability students have
begun abusing the system in
ways just like this.
Now, the suspension concept
is well thought out and there
are unwritten rules for the
whole system. To avoid any
confusion on the sheet, some
well-intentioned student fan
left space to announce suspen-
sion times and reasons. One
valid suspension was listed,
“Men’s away basketball game,
2 hours.”
It is glaringly apparent,
though, that our students and
fans need better representation
and organization.
I have camped each season
for the last four years, and I
strongly feel that both student-
fan participation and the camp-
ing program are broken. I love
my school and my Jayhawks,
and while it hurts to see and
admit the problems, we should
re-evaluate how our fan pro-
gram compares to the likes of
Duke, Illinois, Michigan State
and many others.
In the camping world, the
integrity of the system is in
question as many groups often
illegitimately add their names
back to lists after missing
“roll-calls.” These problems
and others, like cheating al-
legations directed at several of
the well-established camping
groups, occur every year. All
of this, though, comes with
the territory when you have
a system lacking any formal,
democratic leadership or orga-
nization.
I’m not suggesting we in-
stitute midnight yell practices
like Texas A&M or the tenting
seen at Duke. But without
well-established fan organi-
zation and leadership, these
programs are not even op-
tions. The future is up to you,
the students.
I have my own vision,
“The Phog.” Its members’
exclusive shirts reading
“Beware,” filling the student
section with a “blue phog.”
Membership would eventu-
ally become selective and
exclusive and include incen-
tives like seating at games,
similar to the Orange-crush
at Illinois.
Starting a group like this
requires the help of both
the student senate and the
Athletics Department. It’s in
everyone’s interest to improve
the game-day experience and
give the program a stronger
imagine. But “The Phog” is
just my idea. It’s up to you, the
students, to decide what the
future will hold.
Paul Garcia
Overland Park senior
At the end of each semester,
students are required to fill out
course evaluations. Although
professors urge us to consider
these with the utmost impor-
tance, because they have an ef-
fect on the teachers’ tenure and
salary, for students they mean
nothing but a waste of time.
But what if we were allowed to
see student evaluations before
we enrolled in classes?
Making these course evalu-
ations public can only serve
to further faculty accountabil-
ity and improve the quality of
education for students. This isn’t
about helping students peruse
classes seeking to find a “lenient”
teacher or one with an easy
workload. Instead, these course
evaluations will aid them in find-
ing classes that are best suited
and most interesting to them.
It also will benefit teachers by
filling their classes with students
who want to be in their classes,
which means students would be
more willing to participate and
produce better work.
Given that the current state
in which students receive
information on professors is
disheartening, Student Senate
created an end of the semes-
ter online evaluation made
public that mirrored the paper
course evaluations; however, it
contained a major difference:
It was voluntary. The lack of
incentive ensures its failure.
The Web site has a disclaimer
that says, “In a class of 35
students, if only three filled out
an evaluation, those results
won’t really teach you anything.
In fact, the three who bothered
to fill out an evaluation have
a good chance of being either
very happy or very unhappy
with the class.”
Yet that’s exactly the situation.
Most of the teacher’s receive
only a handful of ratings, if that.
Another Web site with public
student evaluations is ratemy-
professor.com. The national site
seems to draw more students but
the rating methods are dubious
at best. The system uses rating
factors such as “easiness,” “help-
fulness,” “clarity” and the dubi-
ous “hotness total” to determine
the quality of a professor.
In the end, students remain
the victim in this current situ-
ation where the poorly con-
ducted surveys are available
publicly and the more legiti-
mate course evaluations are
withheld.
Students will always inquire
about the reputations of pro-
fessors one way or another.
It might as well be from a
credible source. After all, we
are supposed to be open and
honest in our opinions on the
course evaluations. Why can’t
the University be open with
the students as well?
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editorial board
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Most students left cam-
pus after finals to enjoy win-
ter break and the upcoming
holiday season. But vacation
couldn’t keep some die-hard
fans away from Fort Worth,
Texas for the Jayhawk’s 10th
bowl game appearance, this
time in the Fort Worth Bowl
against the University of
Houston.
Ryan Boehler and Zach
Pope, Olathe juniors, drove to
Fort Worth with two friends
the night before the game.
Pope drove the entire eight
hours while his buddies slept
and listened to music.
“We wanted to support the
football team as much as we
do the basketball team, and
we wanted to see them win,”
Pope said.
Molly Tye, Lawrence senior,
also drove south on Interstate
35 to Fort Worth with some
friends. Tye said she was a big
football fan, and wanted to
support friends on the team.
“You could tell that the
players were really excited and
the fans were feeding off their
excitement,” Tye said. “There
was a lot of energy between
the players and the fans.”
Before the game it was ob-
vious that the Kansas fans
would overpower the Hous-
ton fans with a sea of blue in
the stands. Outside of Amon
G. Carter Stadium were two
invitation-only tents, one for
Houston and one for Kansas.
Boehler said he noticed that
the Kansas tent was complete-
ly packed.
“We looked at the Houston
tent and there was maybe four
people there,” Boehler said.
While Boehler and Pope
were waiting in the stands for
the game to start, the marching
band performed on the feld.
“For some reason the band
didn’t play the alma mater,
so we started singing it with
some guys we’d met before
the game. Soon everyone was
singing it,” Boehler said.
Kansas overpowered Hous-
ton, winning 42-13, but the cel-
ebration didn’t stop on the feld.
Many fans ventured downtown
after the game to eat. Tye and
her friends were there among
many other Kansas fans.
Tye said she was sitting in
a restaurant with some of the
basketball players and fans
when “We Are the Champi-
ons” by Queen started play-
ing.
“Everybody was cheering
and the players went crazy. It
kind of capped off the night,”
Tye said.
Boehler and Pope, howev-
er, couldn’t join in the sing-
ing, because they had to head
home immediately after the
game, arriving in Olathe at 7
a.m. the next morning, Boe-
hler said. Many students and
Kansas fans did the same be-
cause of family holiday plans.
Despite the distance and
the limited amount of time
spent in Fort Worth, the trip
was worth it to fans.
“I don’t just go to the foot-
ball or basketball games, I
support all sports,” Tye said.
“Of course I’d go again.”
— Edited by Kathryn Anderson
The
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Jayhawk fans go the distance
in the name of KU spirit
By Ashley Pate
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Kansan correspondent
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Fans congratulate senior linebacker Banks Floodman after the Jayhawks defeated the Cougars
at the Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23.
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Kansas fans cheer on the Jayhawks at Amon Carter Satudium during the Fort Worth Bowl against
Houston on Dec. 23. More than 33,000 were in attendence for the Jayhawk victory.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHHH Your
ambition plays a role in what you visual-
ize. By verbalizing some of your dreams,
you will make them realities. A meeting
gives you a platform on which to speak
about these dreams. Learn to fow and
speak freely.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH An
associate goes out of his or her way to
make your life easier, especially with the
boss or someone who counts. Do not
underestimate a problem. Make the most
of this offer of help and good will. Do not
take a money risk.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH Oth-
ers rule, or that’s how you see it. Look at
the positives and don’t take a lead role.
You could be shocked by what others
do. You can also be more carefree and
creative. Consider a workshop or a trip to
revive your spirit.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Plunge
into a project and don’t back off. Your
positive attitude goes far in creating much
more of what you want. Use your imagi-
nation or a partner’s very wild idea. Allow
more variation into your life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHH Your
imagination could be the source of amaz-
ing energy and enthusiasm, not only to
you but also others. You can fnd the path
to success. Just follow it, if possible. You
fourish on an unprecedented level.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH A dif-
ferent approach can be most effective,
especially if you want more inspiration
in your life. The cost could be effciency
-- something you admire and desire. Does
this situation have to be an either/or one?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH You
might want to talk about an imaginative
idea before you take the big leap. You get
a genuine sense of direction because of
a conversation. Incorporate others’ feed-
back more often. You strengthen an idea.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHHH
Sometimes you might be inordinately
tense when money becomes the main
topic. You don’t react as you normally do.
Now might be the time to have a discus-
sion to clarify what is going on. Timing
helps a hot talk become easy -- well,
nearly!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHH
You are all smiles right now. A smile can
lead to a conversation out of the blue.
Others share much more than usual. You
might wonder if you want to know so
much! Be discreet with information.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HH Take
your time, and make solid choices. You
could easily be unavailable for a while as
you ponder the pros and cons of a situa-
tion. Follow a monetary hunch.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH A
meeting could prove to be lucrative as
well as inspiring. You could cause yourself
a problem when you least expect it. You
pull the fnancial wild card. Use it posi-
tively rather than become a spendthrift.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You
know which way to go in a professional
matter, though you might not want to
follow through. Your imagination and in-
tuitive sense are right-on. Take charge and
don’t walk away from a responsibility.
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MTV actor charged in
hit-and-run fatality
NEW YORK — An actor
who appeared in the MTV
series “Undressed” has been
charged with fatally striking
a graduate student with his
vehicle and then feeing the
scene.
Wole Parks, who played
Brett in the sixth season of
the soap opera, pleaded not
guilty Monday to charges of
operating a motor vehicle
while intoxicated, leaving
the scene of an accident and
third-degree aggravated,
unlicensed operation, offcials
said.
The collision early Sunday
killed 25-year-old Hannah En-
gle, a nonproft management
and Judaic studies student at
New York University.
Parks, 23, had a previous
drunk-driving conviction and a
suspended license, said pros-
ecutor Jonathan Eisenberg.
—The Associated Press
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PASADENA, Calif. — Jaime
Pressly says Joy, her break-
out character on NBC’s “My
Name Is Earl,” is more than
a dozen characters from the
South rolled into one.
Specifcally, Pressly says
she modeled the way Joy
talks from three states: a na-
sally tone from Virginia, the
way some Arkansas women
talk out the side of their
mouths and her own fast-
talking North Carolina accent.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed
playing her from the day I set
foot on that set,” the 28-year-
old actress said Sunday.
The range she’s shown
with Joy has enabled her
to break down stereotypes
about her as an actress, she
said.
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By Roxana Hegeman
The AssociATed Press
WICHITA — Ken Canfeld,
author of several books and ar-
ticles on fathering, jumped Tues-
day into the race for the Repub-
lican gubernatorial nomination.
Canfeld came back to the
Wichita elementary school he
attended as a child to make the
announcement in the frst stop
in a statewide tour that will take
him to nine cities over the next
two days. The Wichita native
lives in Overland Park.
“It is true I have not been in-
volved directly in the political
process ... The bottom line: I am
not a politician,” he said about
cheering 75 supporters who
gathered in the Clark Elemen-
tary School gymnasium. “But
what I bring to the mainstream is
something new and fresh — that
ingenuity, that drive, that pio-
neering spirit that I learned.”
Canfeld, 52, founded the
Kansas City-based National
Center for Fathering in 1990.
The private, nonproft group
provides training and support
for fathers to become mentors
for their children. The program
was praised by First Lady Laura
Bush during her visit to Kansas
City last October.
Canfeld has written several
books and articles on the sub-
ject, including “7 Secrets of Ef-
fective Fathers” and “The Heart
of a Father.” He was one of the
founding members of former
Vice President Al Gore’s pri-
vate-sector Father to Father ini-
tiative.
In a statement, he said, “The
reason I’m running for public
offce is simple. Kansas fami-
lies and businesses are seeking
a governor who can provide the
vision and leadership to guide
our state to a more prosperous
future.”
While short on specifcs, his
frst campaign stop touched on
some of the issues framing his
campaign — better schools and
a better business climate to pro-
mote growth.
“If we are going to grow as a
state, we are going to have to be
pro-growth, pro-business,” he
told supporters.
Canfeld said he wants to
take Kansas schools from good
to great.
“To do so we must examine
how we allocate resources to
our schools to insure that the
maximum amount of resources
are invested in our teachers, and
encourage parental involvement
in our children’s education,”
he said in a letter posted on his
Web site.
At the same time, he said, the
state must develop a tax policy
that encourages growth.
“The principle of simple and
low tax rates are necessary for
our economy to be strong and
vibrant,” he wrote.
Pressed for specifcs on how
he was going to balance his stat-
ed goals of better schools with
low business taxes, Canfeld re-
plied that it is a complex, chal-
lenging issue. He said this early
in the campaign he had not yet
formed a position on whether
the state was spending enough
on education or studied the
thick budgets.
Canfeld joins a growing feld
of Republicans hoping to unseat
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Se-
belius, who is expected to run
again.
Fountains awash in Wichita
Mike Hutmacher/THE WICHITA EAGLE
Wichita Parks Department worker Bart Young hoses down one of the fountains in the Park Villa pond in Wichita Monday.
Larry W. Smith/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ken Canfeld, founder of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, stands with members of his family as he
announces his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday at Clark Elementary School in Wichita.
t state
GOP candidate joins race
Moore
continued from page 1a
“This is an inspiration to me,
it really is,” Moore said to open
his speech. “You are the stu-
dents who really understand the
need of a quality education, and
are helping others get the same.
I see this great leadership.”
Primarily discussing money
and our nation’s problems with
it, Moore touched on the in-
creasing national debt, now at
$8.1 trillion, dwindling social se-
curity funds and public school-
ing spending. His voice cracked
when he retold stories of U.S.
troops’ economic struggles.
Moore’s speech lasted less
than half an hour, but he had
time to touch on many subjects,
starting with the “debt tax” and
closing with a story about pass-
ing legislation requiring the
United States to cover the travel
expenses troops acquire while
on their two-week “Rest and
Recuperation Leave Plan.”
“Whatever you think of our
situation in Iraq, we have an
obligation to support our troops
and their families,” Moore said.
He also expressed distaste
toward the death gratuity ben-
eft, or the money those left be-
hind receive upon losing a fam-
ily member, which is $12,000.
Moore is pushing to raise the
payment to $100,000.
“The least we can do is put
our money where our mouth is,”
Moore said of supporting Ameri-
can soldiers. “A measure of value
is not always what people say, but
where we spend our money.”
Kasey Cullors, St. Louis ju-
nior, was glad to see the con-
gressman speak at the Universi-
ty, but had a hard time believing
everything he said.
“He’s looking for some things
that aren’t reality,” Cullors said.
“The whole ‘putting your money
where your mouth is’ part, when
the national defcit is $8.1 tril-
lion, I don’t know how much
more you can put out.”
Renate Mai-Dalton, direc-
tor of the multicultural scholars
program and associate profes-
sor of business, said all in at-
tendance would beneft from
Moore’s speech.
“We consider our students as
leaders on campus,” Mai-Dalton
said. “It’s good for our students
to hear from outside the campus
on the direction our country is
going. We’re not in our own lit-
tle world in Kansas.”
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Staff Sergeant Jason Kirk wrapped his arms around his 6-year-old daughter
Camryn Kirk for the frst time in a year. Kirk spent a year in Iraq with the 3rd
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
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American fag ready to go home after serving one year in Iraq.
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Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team line up one last time before being released to their
families and friends after having served a year in Iraq.
Nearly 400 soldiers attended a
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night at Fort Riley in Junction City.
The soldiers returned home after
spending a year in Iraq.
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hundred soldiers from Fort Riley
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FWomen’s basketball at
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By AlAn RoBinson
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PITTSBURGH — Unlike
many aging superstars, Mario
Lemieux’s problem wasn’t that
his heart was no longer in the
game. Rather, his heart no lon-
ger allowed him play the game
the way he had always played
it.
The Lemieux way — with
greatness and grace, with domi-
nating skills but also with a
quiet dignity — may prove very
diffcult for future generations of
hockey players to rival.
Lemieux, his Hall of Fame tal-
ent eroded by an ongoing heart
problem, retired from the Pitts-
burgh Penguins for the second
time Tuesday in a long, produc-
tive yet star-crossed career, but
this time was different.
This was the last retirement,
and the tears in his eyes and the
quiver in his voice said so. So
did the proud but sad looks on
the faces of wife Nathalie, their
four children and the Penguins
players who gathered to say
goodbye, even though it visibly
pained all to do so.
“This is it,” Lemieux said,
“and it hurts.”
The 40-year-old Penguins
owner-player learned in early
December he has atrial fbrilla-
tion, an irregular heartbeat that
can cause his pulse to futter
wildly and must be controlled
by medication. He returned
Dec. 16 against Buffalo, but
the problem fared up again in
the third period and he has not
played since.
Lemieux, the NHL’s seventh-
leading career scorer with 1,723
points, practiced the last several
weeks with the intent of playing
again. But after several repeat
episodes of an irregular pulse,
he decided his health should be
his primary consideration, es-
pecially with a raft of new stars
turning the NHL into a faster,
younger man’s game.
“If I could play this game at a
decent level, I’d come back and
play,” Lemieux said. “This is re-
ally a new NHL and it’s built on
speed and young guys.”
Lemieux is also experiencing
side effects with his medication,
and he may undergo surgery to
correct the problem. He spoke
Tuesday to Toronto coach Pat
Quinn, who told Lemieux he
had the same operation and has
felt much better since he did.
“I don’t want to take pills the
rest of my life,” Lemieux said.
“It’s not something I want to go
through.”
Lemieux also was the frst
major pro sports star to buy the
team for which he played, as-
sembling a group that bought
the team in federal bankruptcy
court in 1999. He insisted the
stress he is under as an owner
— the franchise is for sale, and
may relocate without a new are-
na — did not affect the decision
to retire as a player.
“I don’t feel great when I
wake up. Even to this day I am
not feeling 100 percent, and it’s
frustrating to me,” he said.
Still, the 13-time All-Star re-
turned so many times from in-
juries and operations, setbacks
and layoffs, personal crises and
even cancer, this decision came
as a surprise. After all, this was a
man who missed a month of the
1992-93 season with Hodgkin’s
disease, or cancer of the lymph
nodes, yet easily won the scor-
ing title.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound
Lemieux had seven goals and 15
assists in 26 games this season,
averaging more than a point a
game until the heart problem
worsened a few weeks into the
season.
At least No. 66 has someone
to pass the mantle to — 18-year-
old Sidney Crosby, the Penguins’
rookie superstar in waiting who
was briefy Lemieux’s linemate
and remains his housemate. The
two were on the same line when
Lemieux had three assists Nov.
3 against the Islanders, one of
Lemieux’s six multipoint games
this season.
A heart-wrenching goodbye
Keith Srakocic/THE ACCOCIATED PRESS
Pittsburgh Penguins hockey great Mario Lemieux pauses during an emo-
tional moment at his news conference in Pittsburgh where he announced
his retirement as a player on Tuesday. Lemieux fnished his career with 690
goals and 1,033 assists for 1,723 points in 915 games over 17 seasons, all with
the Penguins.
By DAviD TwiDDy
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The
Chiefs and the Royals on Tues-
day signed agreements that
would keep them at their Kan-
sas City stadiums through 2031.
The new stadium leases, re-
placing ones that would have
expired in 2015, are contingent
on Jackson County voters ap-
proving a pair of tax issues that
would help pay for millions of
dollars in renovations to Arrow-
head and Kauffman stadiums,
which are owned by the Jackson
County Sports Complex Au-
thority and leased to the Chiefs
and Royals, respectively.
Moments after Chiefs owner
Lamar Hunt and Royals presi-
dent Dan Glass, son of owner
David Glass, signed the leases,
county legislators voted unani-
mously to put a 3/8-cent sales
tax and a “compensating user
tax” on the April 4 ballot in
Jackson County.
“I think we took a big step
forward,” said county legislator
and former Chiefs player Fred
Arbanas.
The focus now shifts to per-
suading voters to approve the
taxes. Hunt and Glass said their
organizations would contribute
heavily to any campaign, as they
did in an unsuccessful attempt
last year to impose a stadium
renovation tax in fve counties
in the two-state metropolitan
area.
Jackson County offcials said
they have run out of money to
pay for repairs at the stadiums
and fear they would default on
the leases next year, possibly al-
lowing the teams to move else-
where.
Chiefs, Royals
agree to stay
at the stripe. Two of its best
free throw shooters, Wayne
Simien and Aaron Miles, got to
the line for a majority of the at-
tempts and were able to get in
a rhythm. Simien, who shot 82
percent from the line, attempted
6.7 free throws a game.
This year, Kaun frequents the
line most often for the Jayhawks.
However, he is only attempting
3.6 free throws per game. Giles
only averages 1.5 free throw at-
tempts per game.
So how are the Jayhawks
supposed to improve their free
throw woes?
“Practice,” said freshman guard
Brandon Rush, who shoots 74
percent from the line. “That’s all
it takes is practice. We practice a
lot on free throws but I just think
they need to come in on their own
time and practice on them.”
Kaun estimated he shot 50 to
100 free throws per day in prac-
tice, but admitted practice free
throws and game free throws
were two totally different beasts.
“When you’re shooting on
your own, you’re relaxed and by
yourself, but when you’re shoot-
ing them in a game, there’s more
pressure out there,” Kaun said.
Kaun is one example that a
player can improve his shoot-
ing with a little coaching. He
said that coaches suggested to
him earlier in the season to get
a wider base while at the line.
Last season, Kaun shot 33 per-
cent from the line and in the
preseason opener against Fort
Hays State, he was 3-for-10.
Moody appears to have un-
dergone a similar transforma-
tion since the Missouri game.
Before the Nebraska game,
Moody paused twice during his
shooting motion, once at his
chin and then again at the top
right before his release.
Against Nebraska, Moody
had a noticeably more fuid mo-
tion with no pauses. The change
resulted in a 2-for-3 performance
from the line.
Moody said he was ready to
put the Missouri misses behind
him, and Self still has faith in his
senior forward. At his press con-
ference last Thursday, Self said
he would prefer to have Moody
at the free throw line in a clutch
situation than any other player
on the team. Moody is ready to
face the challenge again.
“I feel he has a lot of conf-
dence in me,” Moody said of Self.
“He’s really stressed that and em-
phasized that over the last few
days and if I have the opportu-
nity to be in that position again, I
want to be there and have those
shots to take again.”
— Edited by Matt Wilson
The AssociATeD pRess
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leans Saints coach was a disas-
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the 3-13 record it produced,
he’ll try to rebuild his career as
the St. Louis Rams’ defensive
coordinator.
“He’s a guy who has been
through it all, and it won’t be
long before he’s a head coach
again,” new Rams coach Scott
Linehan said Tuesday. “I know
that and I’m realistic about it.
“I really believe he’s exactly
what we’re looking for.”
The Rams also named Greg Ol-
son as offensive coordinator. He
spent the past two seasons with De-
troit, frst as quarterbacks coach.
But, as he said in his introduc-
tory news conference, choosing
a defensive coordinator was his
most important hire.
“(If) he gets another head
coaching job, that’s a good thing,
that means we’ve done well,”
Linehan said. “My job is to hire
a good staff under Jim so that we
can promote from within.
“I wouldn’t look at that as a
risk, I’d look at it as a win-win
situation.”
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Freshman Micah Downs is just
another player in a long line of
talent that transferred from Kansas
since the Bill Self era began.
Downs said he left because he
wanted be close to home while he
sifted through “personal prob-
lems.” His dad, Steve Downs, said
his decision had nothing to do
with basketball.
That’s hard to believe, consider-
ing his recent playing time issues,
but this is a confusing situation.
It’s not clear why Downs wasn’t
playing. Rumors swirled about ill-
ness and injury, but the most likely
reason is Self’s recruiting style.
Self takes as many good players
as he can. In his frst two recruit-
ing classes, he signed 10 players
who were talented enough to play
right away. Combining that talent
with current players means not
everyone can play. Lack of playing
time was a concern to at least
three of the six players who left
Kansas in Self’s frst three years.
Omar Wilkes, Alex Galindo
and Nick Bahe seemed to be
unhappy they were left out of
the rotation and found different
schools where talent wasn’t as
plentiful. The other two transfers,
David Padgett and J.R. Giddens,
were out of Self’s hands. Giddens
needed out of Lawrence, and
Padgett was a constant target of
the student body. None of these
transfers should be equated to a
problem with Self.
Downs saw a lot of time early,
starting with the game against
Chaminade and ending with the
game against California. But since
conference play began, Downs
played only two games with a total
of 12 minutes and no points.
Self needs to put the best team
on the foor in conference play.
Based on minutes Self has given
out, Downs isn’t part of that team.
Down’s decision will most like-
ly beneft him and won’t hurt the
progress of Self’s program. Kansas
doesn’t need Downs. The Jay-
hawks played their best basketball
against Nebraska without Downs.
They can keep up without him for
the rest of this year and the next
few seasons. Self also has another
scholarship available, so look for
a solid replacement soon. As for
Downs, he will likely transfer to a
school where he can be happy.
F Robinett is an Austin, Texas,
junior in journalism. He is Kan-
san correspondents editor.
A loss to Texas A&M by Kansas tonight in College
Station would undoubtedly cause Jayhawk Nation to
lose its mind.
The Aggies, who have never fnished in the top half
of the Big 12 since their inception in 1996, would leap-
frog the ‘Hawks in the conference standings with a vic-
tory in Reed Arena tonight. They would be ecstatic.
The Jayhawks have never lost three Big 12 games
earlier than Feb.. 7. That statistic would be out the
window with a loss tonight.
I love it.
Not only is the prospect of a perennial power like
Kansas losing to annual bottom- dweller like Texas
A&M a great thing for lower tier teams, but it cre-
ates excitement for fans all across the league. That
includes you, Jayhawk faithful.
The Big 12 has never been as fun to watch as it is
this season, and it’s because of the balance. If you
chop Texas and Baylor from the equation, every team
in the league standings is within one game of every
other team. Three teams are tied for second place at
3-2, three teams are tied for ffth place at 2-2, and the
four teams that round out that group are 2-3.
I know it’s early, but that coziness makes for ex-
citing games with added importance. Last Saturday
alone saw two road teams upset home favorites when
Texas A&M upended Iowa State and Colorado won
at Oklahoma State.
Put those games together with Kansas State’s im-
pressive work recently and you’ve got a tasty stew
of parity. After K-State’s stunning victory at Allen
Fieldhouse, coach Jim Woolridge’s squad blew Texas
A&M out of the water and took Missouri behind the
woodshed in subsequent games. The Wildcats, 3-2,
are in the hunt for the frst time since the last time
they made the NCAA tournament in 1996.
Take a look at the top four teams in the conference
standings. You have Texas, no surprise, at No. 1. No
one will threaten them for the league title this year, but
the battle for second will be very interesting.
Going into tonight’s games, Colorado, Kansas
State and Missouri are tied for second, and Kansas
is in a ffth place tie. With games remaining against
each of those teams, the Jayhawks will be playing face
to face against the teams they look to displace.
A quick look down the ladder reveals Oklahoma
and Texas Tech, two other traditionally solid teams
which will make a push for the postseason and have
aspirations of knocking off Kansas when they visit
Lawrence in the next couple of weeks.
That’s good stuff, Jayhawk fans.
The situation makes every game important. For
example, the Jayhawks close the regular season in
Manhattan. That game may very well decide the
postseason fate of both Kansas and Kansas State,
with potential for the winner to attend the NCAA
Basketball Tournament and the loser slipping to the
to the NIT. How often in the past 15 years could you
say that about the Sunfower Showdown?
In the past, how often could you say you’ve been
excited about the Big 12 conference tournament?
You’ll be able to say it this year. In all likelihood, the
Jayhawks will need a victory or two in Dallas to have
a shot at the Big Dance. In past seasons, Kansas has
had its ticket punched, and occasionally even had its
seed locked, heading into the often meaningless exer-
cise that is the conference tournament.
Kansas fans should be excited. It is nice to be a
lock for the NCAA tournament every year, but it’s
also incredibly boring. This season is a breath of fresh
air, a chance to see life through the eyes of most other
Division I programs.
If the tight standings live up to potential for chaos,
the last six weeks of the season should be a lot of fun.
FWilson is a Windsor, Mo., senior in journalism.
Downs he goes: What happened?
Mediocrity:
Not that bad
for KU fans
’Hawks getting defensive
t’Horn born, ‘Hawk bred
tbunt ‘em over tmen’s basketball
Self confdent team will further improve numbers for blocks, steals
Free throw woes troubling
tmen’s basketball
Senior forward
Christian Moody
waits at the
foul line to take
two shots with
four-tenths of
a second left
in regulation.
Moody missed
both free
throws, sending
the game to
overtime.
By CJ Moore
cjmoore@kansan.com
kansan sportswriter
The two free throws that
Christian Moody missed last
Monday against Missouri were
supposed to be routine shots.
It’s 15 feet away from the bas-
ket. No defenders. Ten seconds
to shoot.
Well, it’s not that easy.
In the Jayhawks’ six losses
this season, they have shot 59.1
percent from the free throw line,
while their opponents in those
games have combined to shoot
71.6 percent.
Moody had the outcome of
the game on his shoulders. The
misses were costly, but Kansas’
struggles at the line in losses is
nothing new.
Free throws could have swung
the outcome in the Jayhawks’
favor in fve of their six losses.
In those games, Kansas has lost
by a combined 13 points.
If the team makes all of its free
throws in the six defeats, Kansas
only loses to Arizona.
That might be a little unrealis-
tic. However, if they make half of
the misses in those games, Kan-
sas wins outright against Arkan-
sas, St. Joseph’s and Missouri.
The Nevada game would go to
overtime, but Kansas would still
lose to Kansas State.
The Jayhawks’ record would
be 15-2, assuming they pulled it
out in overtime against Nevada,
and there would be no wor-
ries of the possibility of having
their bubble burst in March and
ending the streak of 16 straight
NCAA appearances.
Now, back to reality. The Jay-
hawks are 11-6 (2-2 in the Big
12 Conference) and continue
to have problems at the charity
stripe.
So from where does the prob-
lem stem?
First, Kansas’ big men have
had troubles at the line. It’s not
only Moody, who is shooting
48 percent, but also sophomore
centers Sasha Kaun (54 percent)
and CJ Giles (42 percent), and
freshman forward Julian Wright
(52 percent).
Kansas coach Bill Self had a
theory on the poor foul shoot-
ing.
“I think one thing that all
shooters have struggles with
is when they don’t shoot very
many of them. You can simu-
late in practice,” Self said. “But
when you’re only shooting two
per game or one here and one
there. It’s little bit different be-
cause you really don’t get a
chance to get a rhythm.”
Self pointed to last year’s
team, who shot 69.5 percent at
By Daniel Berk
dberk@kansan.com
kansan senior sportswriter
The Kansas men’s basketball team
has had an up and down season this
year, but one thing has remained
consistent: a tough defense.
Kansas enters tonight’s game
against Texas A&M holding oppo-
nents to shooting just 35 percent
from the feld, leading the Big 12
Conference.
With young players playing the
majority of the minutes this year,
Kansas coach Bill Self has had to
preach defense more than in years
past. It has paid off. Self is optimistic
about the Kansas defense.
“Down the road in the future, the
rest of this season, this could be a
team that creates a ton of havoc and
gives people fts,” Self said.
Much of the reason Kansas has
been so successful on the defensive
end has been because of stellar perim-
eter defense.
Self said he was pleased with the
defense of the guards.
“Russell really has gotten to be a
sound defender in the half court and
Mario is getting there,” Self said. “They
both have active hands and could cre-
ate some havoc.”
Robinson and Chalmers are both
in the top ten in the conference in
steals. Chalmers is second in the
conference averaging 2.47 steals per
game and Robinson ranks eighth in
the conference averaging 1.94 steals
per game.
Robinson said the coaches had
been stressing defense a lot in prac-
tice and that the work in practice was
translating into the games.
“The goal is to get teams out of their
comfort zone,” Robinson said. “We
want to make them do things they are
not comfortable doing and hopefully
force some turnovers. Our frst shot
defense has been pretty good this sea-
son and we will continue to get better
at it.”
One area Self said he would like
to see improvement was defensive re-
bounding. This season Self has rotated
fve players at the power forward and
center positions.
Sophomores CJ Giles and Sasha
Kaun saw the majority of the minutes
at the beginning of the season, but be-
cause of their lack of rebounding, both
have seen less time recently.
In the team’s frst four conference
games, the two have combined for
just more than six rebounds per game.
Self has turned to sophomore Darnell
Jackson and freshman Julian Wright
lately to provide more of a presence
rebounding the ball.
Self said he was disappointed with
the rebounding and said there should
have been more production from the
bigger guys like Giles, Kaun and Jack-
son.
“There is no excuse collectively not
to get at least 15 rebounds a game from
those three,” Self said. “If they com-
bine for 45 minutes those guys should
get 15 rebounds and that just hasn’t
been happening lately. We just haven’t
been as aggressive in those three spots
as far as going after the ball.”
Self said the team would continue
to play half-court defense rather than
pressing the opponent and playing
full-court pressure. He said that was
just the type of team they were, and
they would continue to play to their
strengths.
Another area of defense where Kan-
sas has excelled this season has been
blocked shots. Kansas is second in the
conference with 102 blocked shots on
the season, led by Giles’ 29 blocks and
Kaun’s 16 blocks.
Self said the blocks had been a big
part of the defense because pressure
from Robinson and Chalmers had
forced opponents to make bad deci-
sions and take poor shots.
— Edited by Lindsey St. Clair
see FRee THROW On page 10a
Anthony Mattingly/KANSAN
Russell Robinson guards Nebraska’s Jamel White during Saturday’s game in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks rank in the top of the
Big 12 Conference in steals and blocked shots.
Rylan Howe/KANSAN
By Travis roBineTT
trobinett@kansan.com
By MaTT Wilson
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KU can’t lose focus against Texas A&M
Kansas vs. Texas A&M
7 p.m., Wednesday, Reed Arena
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OFFENSE
Texas A&M enters tonight’s game against Kansas after a
strong offensive performance in which it scored 86 points in an
overtime victory against Iowa State. Junior guard Acie Law has
started all 15 games he has played this season and shoots more
than 50 percent from the feld. Kansas coach Bill Self said Law
was one of the premier players in the Big 12 Conference. The
other main catalyst on offense is sophomore forward Joseph
Jones. Jones gives the team a presence down low and also
shoots more than 50 percent from the feld.
DEFENSE
As a team, the Aggies are third in the Big 12 Conference
allowing only 59.3 points per game. Jones is the team’s best
rebounder averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. The Aggies don’t
have a second player that averages more than four rebounds per
game. While Jones is a strong rebounder, he only has six blocks
in 15 games. The Aggies lack a blocking presence down low.
Junior Marlon Pompey leads the team with just 18 blocks. Law is
the team’s best perimeter defender and leads the team in steals
with 28.
COACHES
In just his fourth season as a head coach, Texas A&M coach
Billy Gillespie already has led two impressive turnarounds. In
his frst season at the University of Texas-El Paso, he went 6-24.
One season later, UTEP had a record of 24-8 and qualifed for
the NCAA tournament. When he arrived at Texas A&M, he took
over a team that went 7-21 the season before he arrived and 0-16
in Big 12 Conference play. Last year, in Gillespie’s frst season
as coach, the Aggies enjoyed a 21-10 season and a berth in the
NIT, which was the school’s frst postseason appearance in 11
seasons.
— Daniel Berk
Texas A&M went back on
the road Saturday at Iowa
State to win 86-81 in overtime.
The Aggies trailed by as many
as 10 points in the frst half,
but they ended the game on
a 11-2 run. They closed out
the game late by hitting free
throws.
Acie Law. Texas A&M boasts
one of the most exciting
players to watch in the Big
12 Conference in the junior
guard, who averages 17 points
per game. Law had a 35-point
outburst against Oklahoma
State on Jan. 11.
55 — The number of years since
Texas A&M qualifed for the
NCAA Tournament.
34 — Number of turnovers for
Law in 15 games this season.
16 — Number of points scored
by sophomore forward Joseph
Jones against Kansas last season
Get Law involved. Law has
the ability to score 40 points and
single-handedly beat Kansas like
Missouri’s Thomas Gardner did
last week. Kansas sophomore
guard Russell Robinson, fresh-
man guard Mario Chalmers
and senior guard Jeff Hawkins
will have to play solid perimeter
defense to force Law into making
bad decisions and passing more
than he shoots.
OFFENSE
As Crystal Kemp goes, so do the Jayhawks. The senior
forward leads the team in scoring and her teammates
look for her every trip downcourt despite the double-
team attention she consistently draws. The offense also
threatens opponents from behind the arc, where senior
guards Erica Hallman and Kaylee Brown have been the
reason Kansas leads the Big 12 in three-point shooting.
DEFENSE
Defense has not been the Jayhawks’ strength this
season, and the result has been a lack of fast-break op-
portunities for an otherwise productive offensive team.
The huge performance against Oklahoma State looked
good, but it will take a similar performance against a con-
ference contender like Kansas State before Kansas can
move forward.
COACHES
Coaches are like officials: they go completely unnoticed
until they mess something up, and Bonnie Henrickson
hasn’t. When the team started struggling against the zone
against the Cowgirls, Henrickson devoted an entire week
of practice to beating the zone. Even with a two-day turn-
around, the Jayhawks will be ready to play.
— Michael Phillips
The Jayhawks shot 72 percent
from the feld in the frst half to
put the Cornhuskers away early.
But they continued to play hard
in the second half, cruising to
a 42-point victory. The victory
snapped a two-game losing
streak for Kansas and displayed
the performance that Kansas
coach Bill Self had been looking
for. Kansas will look to build on
the big victory on the road and
gain momentum going into the
heart of Big 12 Conference play.
Julian Wright. The freshman
forward was able to get his
offensive game going against
Nebraska and provided some
crucial assists in the passing
game as well. Wright needs to
step up in a big way if the other
Kansas post men continue
their recent struggles.
35.5 — Field goal percentage
allowed by the Kansas defense
this season, ranking frst in the
nation in feld goal defense.
14.5 — Points per game in Big
12 Conference play by freshman
guard Mario Chalmers.
18.41 — Average number of assists
for Kansas as a team this season,
which tops the conference.
Get post production. Kansas
got just 6 points from its starting
post players against Nebraska,
but was still able to notch a
victory. This won’t be accept-
able tonight because Texas A&M
brings a strong post presence
in sophomore forward Joseph
Jones. Wright and sophomore
forward Darnell Jackson were
impressive in the Jayhawks’ last
outing and could provide the
necessary post production.
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Kansas stopped a three-
game skid by beating up the
Oklahoma State Cowgirls
66-46. The defense was
stingy and the game was
put away with a 36-7 run.
Forty-six points were the
fewest allowed by the Kan-
sas defense all season.
Freshman forward Marija
Zinic. With sophomore for-
ward Jamie Boyd injured,
Zinic will be the first player
off the bench and will have
to fill in with productive
minutes.
2 — Times this season Crystal
Kemp has been named Big 12
Player of the Week.
39 — Kansas’ three-point per-
centage, best in the conference.
2,792 — Average attendance at
Allen Fieldhouse this season.
Three-point shooting is
a discipline with a distinct
home crowd advantage.
The Jayhawk guards will
have to tune out the Wild-
cat faithful and make some
shots to take the pressure
off Kemp inside. If Kansas
can hit shots from outside,
Kansas State will have to
take its attention away
from Kemp to guard the
perimeter players.
OFFENSE
The Kansas offense exploded against Nebraska on Satur-
day, scoring 96 points and winning by 42. It was the largest
margin of victory in Big 12 Conference play since 1998. The
offense capitalized on 11 three-pointers and a balanced scor-
ing effort, with fve players scoring in double fgures. This
gave the Jayhawks one of their most complete victories of
the year.

DEFENSE
Kansas currently leads the nation in feld goal defense,
holding opponents to 35 percent shooting. The Jayhawks
also have grabbed more steals and converted them into
points on the offensive end of the foor. The defense will
need to continue to hold strong against a Texas A&M offense
that averages 72.6 points per game.

COACHES
Following two heartbreaking losses, Kansas coach Bill
Self was able to keep his team focused, and it showed on
Saturday. Self will need to keep his team even more focused
on the road and keep everyone’s minds off the blowout vic-
tory against Nebraska. The Jayhawks’ toughest road game
was an 89-86 overtime loss against Missouri on Jan. 16 in
Columbia, Mo. The Jan. 11 road game against Colorado saw
many KU fans, particularly from Western Kansas, make the
trip to Boulder.
— Ryan Colaianni
OFFENSE
The Wildcats offense, like the Jayhawks, centers on
strong post play. Junior forward Clair Coggins leads the
Wildcats with 13.1 points per game. Coggins scored a
career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers in the
Wildcats one-point overtime loss on Sunday at Texas.
Kansas State starts two freshmen, Marlies Gipson and
JoAnn Hamlin, in the post alongside Coggins. As a team,
Kansas State ranks 10th in the Big 12 Conference in scoring
offense, averaging 59.3 points per game.
DEFENSE
Defensive pressure in the post is the key to stopping Kan-
sas senior forward Crystal Kemp. Expect the Wildcats to play
zone defense, which has given the Jayhawks trouble at times
this season. Kansas State is holding its opponents to 38 per-
cent shooting from the feld, good for sixth in the conference.
The Wildcats also block nearly six shots per game.
COACHES
During the past four season, Deb Patterson has qui-
etly become one of nation’s best coaches. Since the 2002
season, Kansas State is 104-27, including four straight trips
to the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats are on track for
their ffth consecutive season of at least 20 victories and a
postseason bid.
— Ryan Schneider
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Kansas State fell by one in
overtime at Texas. The Wildcats
had a chance to end the game
in regulation, but freshman
Shalee Lehning missed two
free-throws with 7.5 seconds
left with the game tied.
Junior forward Claire Cog-
gins is one of the best players
Kansas has seen all season. At
5-foot-11, Coggins can score in
the paint and beyond the arc.
Look for Coggins to see open
looks all night long, against
a Kansas defense that has
struggled in conference play.
25.5 — The Wildcat’s average
margin of victory in their eight
straight victories against the
Jayhawks.
71.2— Kansas State’s team
free throw percentage, third-
best in the conference.
5,328 — Average attendance
at Bramlage Coliseum this
season.
Kansas State has dominated
the series since 2002, especially
at home at Bramlage Coli-
seum. If Kansas State can rattle
freshman point guard Ivana
Catic early and get the crowd
involved, look for another purple
pounding. Look for the Wildcats
to play zone and force the Jay-
hawks’ streaky shooting guards
to beat them with jump shots.
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