Volume 124 Issue 97


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Stepping up

women’s Defendant receives his basketball team sentence for holding a still aiming for student at gunpoint on nCaa tournament campus three years ago


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internet woes?
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lranker@kansan.com Stephanie Crandon’s Internet connection in her scholarship hall was so slow she decided to pay for her own Internet provider. Crandon, a sophomore from Lawrence, said she originally contracted with Apogee to provide Internet services for her room in Dennis E. Rieger Hall last semester, but by October she was disappointed in Apogee’s speed. “It was so slow it would just time out sometimes,” Crandon said. Crandon said she decided to pay for a second Internet provider, Lawrence Freenet, about four months ago and has been paying for both services since. Next year, the proprosed price and speed for the Semester Basic Package will increase from 1 Mbps for $98 to 10 Mpbs for $128. Nat Nealeigh, director of marketing and communications for Apogee, said Apogee’s voluntary increase in speeds to 8 Mbps at no additional charge aren’t relevant in determining next year’s proposed rates and speeds. Nealeigh said that last semester, more than 60 percent of Apogee’s campus customers upgraded to 10 Mbps or higher. “Under this proposal, the cost for that speed is actually going down,” he said. Slow Internet connections plagued residence halls after the University switched from in-house KU IT ResNet to Apogee, an Austin, Texas, based firm. The company increased bandwidth last semester after receiving a large number of complaints about slow connections. On Feb. 2, Apogee CEO Charles Brady met with members of KU IT, Department of Student Housing and student leaders from residence halls. Crandon said slow Internet is common in her hall. “Not a week goes by you don’t hear about it,” she said. Crandon said that while she thinks she’s the only one paying for a second service provider, she has heard of residents using cell phones as wireless hotspots. Despite Crandon’s experience, Director of Student Housing, Diana Robertson said that after speeds were increased last semester, the department has received good feedback from students. She said she didn’t blame Apogee for the slow connections because the University set the speeds. “We didn’t know what that speed needed to be set at,” Robertson said. Robert Fitzpatrick, a junior from Overland Park, attended the Apogee meeting as a representative of McCollum Hall and said the CEO’s presentation answered a lot of questions. He said that while there were issues last semester, connections have improved. “This semester has been really good,” Fitzpatrick said. Robertson said part of the reason scholarship halls might experience areas with slower connections is because Apogee has not yet done a “dense deploy” of wireless access points in the scholarship halls yet. Though attempts to obtain an exact figure were unsuccessful, Nealeigh said Apogee has invested “millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements” and will continue to invest in the infrastructure project. Crandon said she was not really

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A stoplight sporting brand-new LED bulbs directs downtown Lawrence traffic on massachusetts Street monday night. in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, Lawrence officials swapped out more than 3,000 traditional incandescent bulbs with the more efficient LEDs, saving the city an estimated $100,000 or more in electricity costs.

Apogee increased bandwidth last semester, but some say it wasn’t enough
aPogEE ratEs/sPEEd InCrEasEs PEr sEmEstEr
apogee 24/7/365 tech support info:
Support line - 1-855-643-2149 Email - support@myresnet.com Schedule a call by texting “Resnet” to 84700

fall 2011 contracted:
Basic - 1mbps $98 Choice - 10 mpbs $138 Choice plus - 15 mpbs $158

fall 2012/spring 2012 proposed packages:
Basic 10 mbps $128 Choice 20 mbps $148 Choice plus 30 mbps $168 satisfied with Apogee support. She said she had sent several emails over the course of the semester expressing her concern over her slow connection but received few improvements. Crandon said she called the service line twice and was told to plug into hardline connection. “That’s inconvenient for my roommate because the jack is located next to her bed,” she said. During one call, Apogee support had Crandon test her connection at least eight times. She said her connection tested significantly slower than it should have been. “They said it was probably my computer running spyware,” Crandon said. She said that didn’t make sense because her computer runs fine on the Freenet connection. Crandon said that about a week ago, an Apogee agent came to her hall to fix her connection and the connection of another resident. She said when he left, he dropped off a bag of Ethernet cables for residents

sememster upgrade and no additional charge:
Basic - 8 mbps Choice - 15 mbps Choice plus - 20 mbps
Source: Apogee

to use when their wireless is too slow. “I would rather have a refund from Apogee and continue the other service,” she said. Ann Ermey, program director of Service Management and Delivery at KU IT, said that students should try a wired connection first, but if students experience extremely slow speeds, they should contact Apogee support on their 24-hour hotline, via email or by text message. “With the recent upgrades to the Apogee Network, as well as the expanded wireless service, speeds should be acceptable,” Ermey wrote in an email. Speeds commonly drop when users attempt to stream videos off the Internet. Crandon said a lot of the connection issues in her hall happen when students try to stream Netflix or Hulu videos. “It’s frustrating not to be able to use the services you pay for,” she said. — Edited by Caroline kraft

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LED traffic lights now fully installed
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rschlichting@kansan.com The universities of Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Missouri have more in common than being in the Big 12 and losing basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. Their towns gained the lead on Lawrence in switching over to LED traffic lights. Lawrence completed the transition to LED lights on Feb. 9. Waco, Texas, home of Baylor, has been using LED traffic lights for almost a decade. Stillwater, Okla., home of Oklahoma State, has had them for almost as long as Waco. In the past three years, Columbia, Mo., and Ames, Iowa, completed the switch. But Lawrence did lead the state in changing to more efficient lights. Lawrence was the first city in Kansas to start replacing its incandescent traffic lights with LED bulbs, but it took a more gradual approach than some other towns. The city started the project in the mid-1990s and finished second to Olathe, according to Shoeb Uddin, city engineer. “We took an incremental approach,” Uddin said. “We didn’t hire a contractor. We did that with our in-house staff and as time allowed or as our funds were available.” Each regular light costs about $150, and arrow lights cost about $250, according to Lawrence traffic supervisor James Risner. “We have an average of 86 intersections, and it averages about 40 to 50 LEDs that have to be replaced per intersection. So it gets to be quite expensive,” Risner said. “That’s why we’ve scattered it out over the years.” Waco’s traffic lights have been LEDs for eight years, according to Norman Hogue, Waco’s program administrator of traffic services. The 194 LED lights use less energy, running on 2 to 7 watts as op-

LIghtIng QuICk FaCts
Traditional incandescent traffic lights cost approximately $1,821.19 per year to operate LED traffic signals cost $202.37 per year to operate Each LED saves approximately 120 watts of electricity per hour The annual estimated cost savings for the LED signals is $137,599.70
Source: City of Lawrence

a (HersHey’s) kiss from a rose

posed to the old 125-watt lights. Stillwater has used LEDs for at least the past five years, according to James Driskel, the city’s traffic control supervisor. That includes all of its traffic lights, but not the pedestrian signals, Driskel said. Ames started its replacement project in 2005 and finished in 2011. The city still has one major intersection that is not LED-lit, but Damion Pregitzer, traffic engineer for Ames, said the city will change those lights, too. Columbia replaced its incandescent bulbs with LED lights between 2006 and 2008. The city has saved 80 percent in electricity bills from the change, according to Chris Valleroy, a city engineering aide. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, the transition began after a fatal car accident at an intersection. The Columbia police reported that the traffic light may have burned out. “[The LEDs] are more reliable,” said Chris Valleroy, a city of Columbia engineering aide. “We’ve had less problems with the lights going out, which is obviously a safety benefit. Plus it’s saving money.” — Edited by Ian Cummings

Lindsey Eck, a freshman from Wichita, makes a Hershey Kiss heart at the valentine’s Day Open House Tuesday afternoon in the lobby of the Kansas Union. The Student Union Activities-sponsored event lasted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Today’s Weather

Chance of thunderstorms as the sun helps warm the air, strengthening the precipitation.

HI: 47 LO: 28
Get an umbrella, fool!

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What’s the
The actor who played the father on “Leave it to Beaver” was born in Lawrence. His name was Hugh Beaumont, born here in 1909 and died in 1982. He was still a boy when his family moved to Tennessee.



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Wednesday, Feb. 15
What: Study Group: “Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is” WheRe: Dole Institute of Politics WheN: 4 p.m. aboUt: Learn from experts about political fundraising. What: Dodgeball Tournament WheRe: Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center WheN: 7 p.m. aboUt: Sign your team up with SUA and compete for cash prizes. What: Advance screening: “Act of Valor” WheRe: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union WheN: 8 p.m. aboUt: SUA hosts a film screening featuring active-duty Navy SEALs; tickets are free.

HI: 48 LO: 25


HI: 55 LO: 24


HI: 50 LO: 24

Thursday gives way to partly cloudy skies as the system moves eastward.

Daily highs moving into the weekend with mostly clear skies.

The next system moving in will bring a little bit more rain leading into next week.

Forecaster: Nathan Cochrane KU Atmospheric Science

Clouds moving out.

Warming up again.

Can’t ditch the umbrella yet.

Thursday, Feb. 16
What: Mock interviews with business employers WheRe: Room 125, Summerfield Hall WheN: All day aboUt: Sign up for a time with KU Career Connections and practice your interview skills. What: Lecture: “A Military History of the Cold War” WheRe: Dole Institute of Politics WheN: 3 p.m. aboUt: The Dole Institute presents another part of its Leavenworth Series about the United States’ tactics in the Cold War. What: Undergraduate Projects: Black Box WheRe: Inge Theatre, Murphy Hall WheN: 7:30 p.m. aboUt: Undergraduate theater-directing students present their one-act projects; tickets are $10 for students.

Friday, Feb. 17
What: Lecture: “Special Education in Singapore” WheRe: Room 247, JRP Hall WheN: 12 p.m. aboUt: A look at the differences between the education systems in the U.S. and Singapore. What: Concert: Graduate Honors Recital WheRe: Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall WheN: 7:30 p.m. aboUt: School of Music students perform in an honors concert. What: Lecture: “Our Dangerous Universe” WheRe: Room 2001, Malott Hall WheN: 7:30 p.m. aboUt: Washburn University physics and astronomy professor Brian Thomas talks about the wonders of the unknown.

Saturday, Feb. 18
What: Concert: Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley WheRe: Lied Center WheN: 7:30 p.m. aboUt: Celloist Haimovitz and pianist O’Riley perform YOUR favorites; vote for what you want them to play at lied. ku.edu. What: Campus Movie Series: “Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1” WheRe: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union WheN: 8 p.m. aboUt: “Twilight”: Teaching you how to make the tough decisions. What: Cosmic Bowling WheRe: Jaybowl, Kansas Union WheN: 10 p.m. aboUt: Come out and check out some free blacklight bowling with SUA


Man sentenced for armed campus robbery

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A 21-year-old Missouri man who robbed a student at gunpoint on campus in 2009 was sentenced for aggravated robbery Tuesday by District Judge Kay Huff. Mykel Dantae Karlyle was sentenced to 61 months, or more than five years, in prison, with a 222-day Karlyle jail credit and a 15 percent time reduction for good behavior. Karlyle robbed a student of marijuana April 29, 2009, in a parking lot near McCollum Hall. Prosecutors said Tuesday the victim planned on selling the drugs that were taken by Karlyle at gunpoint. Karlyle entered a no-contest plea to the charge on Jan. 11.

Huff reminded Karlyle that he will have to register as a violent offender for 15 years after his prison time is served. Karlyle is serving a concurrent sentence of 18 months for a parole violation. Shawnee County court records show he also faces charges there for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. He is scheduled to enter a plea in those cases March 1. Huff waived court costs because of the amount of time Karlyle will be in prison, and he was not ordered to pay restitution in the case. Karlyle did not speak, but his attorney, Matthew Works, spoke on his behalf. “It was a bad situation in which poor judgment was illustrated,” Works said. “He will not be involved with these kinds of things in the future.” Terrance Anthony Dean, the 21-year-old co-defendant in the case, is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 28 at 9 a.m.
— Rachel Salyer

Information based on the Douglas county booking recap 48-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Tuesday at 5:24 a.m. on the 1900 block of east 19th Street on suspicion of an out-of-county failure to comply. No bond was set. 23-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Monday at 8:25 p.m. on the 3400 block of Harvard Road on suspicion of criminal damage to property less than $1,000. Bond was set at $250.

Tuesday’s article “Bus route changes will aid students” said the city of Lawrence would help fund a new SafeBus route and gave an incorrect route for proposed Route 19. The only bus route that the city helps support monetarily is Route 11 and the proposed Route 19, and the proposed Route 19 would not run to Daisy Hill. The proposed SafeBus route would run from West Lawrence to downtown.


•A 54-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday at 3:55 a.m. in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street on suspicion of theft. Bond was set at $100. •A 20-year-old Paola man was arrested Monday at 2:54 p.m. on the 2300 block of Iowa Street on suspicion of theft. No bond was set.
— Rachel Salyer


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Obama administration might cut nuclear force
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned. Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama’s 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic nuclear weapons cutting to: 1,000 to 1,100; 700 to 800, and 300 to 400, according to a former government official and a congressional staffer. Both spoke on condition of anonymity in order to reveal internal administration deliberations. The potential cuts would be from a current treaty limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads. A level of 300 deployed strategic nuclear weapons would take the U.S. back to levels not seen since 1950 when the nation was ramping up production in an arms race with the Soviet Union. The U.S. numbers peaked at above 12,000 in the late 1980s and first dropped below 5,000 in 2003. A spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, Tommy Vietor, said Tuesday that the options developed by the Pentagon have not yet been presented to Obama. The U.S. could make further weapons reductions on its own but is seen as more likely to propose a new round of arms negotiations with Russia, in which cuts in deployed weapons would be one element in a possible new treaty between the former Cold War adversaries. Even small proposed cuts are likely to draw heavy criticism from Republicans who have argued that a smaller nuclear force would weaken the U.S. at a time when Russia, China and others are strengthening their nuclear capabilities. They also argue that shrinking the American arsenal would undermine the credibility of the nuclear “umbrella” that the United States provides for allies such as Japan, South Korea and Turkey, who might otherwise build their own nuclear forces. The administration last year began considering a range of possible future reductions below the levels agreed in the New START treaty with Russia that took effect one year ago. Options are expected to be presented to Obama soon. The force levels he settles on will form the basis of a new strategic nuclear war plan to be produced by the Pentagon.

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Students spend less, nation more on V-Day
mschmidt@kansan.com was acting on behalf of businessman Gheorghe Ciorba. Prosecutors said the payment was meant to secure favor for Ciorba’s company at a public auction. However, Ciorba reported the bribe to authorities before the auction took place, leading to the prosecution of the two ministers. Given his role in the case, Ciorba was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence. The January conviction of Nastase was the first time a former Romanian premier has been sentenced to prison since communism ended in the country in 1989. He has said he will appeal. Romania is under pressure from the EU, which it joined in 2007, to crack down on widespread corruption. From condoms to jewelry to dinner, Americans spent $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, which is the most-ever to date, according to the National Retail Federation. However, Jennifer Holmes, store manager for Rod’s Cards and Gifts, 2329 Iowa St., said students spent less money than usual on chocolates this year. Although the National Retail Federation reports consumers spent an average of $74.12 on their better halves Tuesday, Josh Harper, a graduate student from Ashville, N.C., says $25 to $50 is a more reasonable range. “It’s unnecessary, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” Harper said. Because he and his girlfriend of six years are busy during the week, he plans to take her out for dinner this weekend. Still, Holmes said her store always sees a last-minute rush for gift purchases, especially on the evening of the actual day. “Valentine’s Day is definitely a procrastinator’s holiday,” Holmes said. The lower turnout this year means more leftover chocolate, which starts at half-price today. Any extra cards are packed up and re-sold next year. In her 10 years at Rod’s, Holmes said the highest Valentine’s Day merchandise sales were five or six years ago. On a national scale, almost 20 percent of costumers purchased jewelry this year, which totaled $4.1 billion. Shoppers spent a projected $3.5 billion on a night out, $1.8 billion on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy, according to the National Retail Federation. More than 7.5 million condoms were used during the 24 hour period, at a rate of 87 condoms per second, LifeStyles Condoms projected in a study. An additional 2.5 million condoms were used between midnight and 8 a.m. this morning, and the greatest percentage was used between 2 and 6 a.m. While Valentine’s Day is only second to Christmas in terms of merchandising, any economic boost is uncertain. “The long-term economic impact for any temporary increase in spending is debatable,” said Ted Juhl, associate professor of economics at the University. Regardless of how much money an individual has, Harper does not think anyone should be obliged to spend a lot for a holiday. “I think Valentine’s Day should be less about spending and more about taking time to share an experience,” he said. — Edited by Corinne Westeman



Pirates kill two sailors off Lagos coast
LagOS, Nigeria — The waters off West Africa’s coast are now a constant danger for those shipping goods and crude oil in the region, analysts said Tuesday, a day after pirates killed two sailors near Nigeria’s coast. Despite pledges by nations to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, pirates killed a captain and a chief engineer onboard a heavy cargo ship Monday morning about 126 miles from the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. While shootings and stabbings have happened before in the region, Monday’s assault was one of the deadliest attacks in waters, now considered to be as dangerous as
those near Somalia. “It’s quite uncommon that you have people killed this way,” said Thomas Horn Hansen, an analyst with Risk Intelligence based in London. “It might be a matter of luck that hasn’t happened before.” Authorities released new details Tuesday about the attack. Commodore Kabir Aliyu, a Nigerian naval spokesman, identified the attacked ship as the Fourseas SW, a bulk cargo ship designed to carry heavy loads like sand. The nationalities of those killed in the attack could not immediately be determined Tuesday. Calls to Shih Wei went unanswered Tuesday.

Ministers convicted of corruption
bUChaReSt, Romania — Two former Romanian agriculture ministers were convicted on Tuesday of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The two cases are one reason that Transparency International, a non-governmental organization based in Berlin, has ranked Romania as one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union. On Tuesday, a court in Bucharest ruled that former agriculture ministers Decebal Traian Remes and Ioan Muresan took bribes and engaged in influence-peddling. Remes resigned his Cabinet post in 2007 after prosecutors accused him of taking a bribe of $21,000 (euro15,800) and the promise of homemade sausages and plum brandy from Muresan, a former agriculture minister who allegedly



$17.6 bILLION
on Valentine’s Day this year, the most-ever to date.

Guatemala proposes legalizing drugs
gUateMaLa CItY, guatemala — U.S. inability to cut illegal
drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Perez Molina said Monday, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist. Perez said he will try to win regional support for drug legalization at an upcoming summit of Central American leaders next month. He got his first public support on Monday at a security meeting with El Salvador President Mauricio Funes, who said he too is willing to consider legalization. But after returning to El Salvador, Funes said he personally doesn’t support legalization because it would “create a moral problem,” though he supports Perez’s right to bring up the issue for consideration. “Imagine what it would mean,” Funes said. “Producing drugs would no longer be a crime, trafficking drugs would no longer be a crime and consuming drugs would no longer be a crime, so we would be converting the region in a paradise for drug consumption.” Perez’s proposal comes as drug cartels have taken over large swathes of Guatemala and other Central American countries, fueling some of the highest murder rates in the world. A May 2011 report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service said that 95 percent of all cocaine entering the United States flows through Mexico, with 60 percent first traveling through Central America.


Israel suspects Iran in bombings
baNgKOK, thailand — An Iranian man fleeing wounded from an explosion at a rented Bangkok house lobbed a grenade at police that rebounded and blew off one of his legs Tuesday in a series of blasts Israel said were an attempted terrorist attack by Iran. The blasts came a day after an Israeli diplomatic car was bombed in India. Tehran denied responsibility for that attack and a failed car bombing in Georgia. Thai security forces found more explosives in the house where the Iranian man was staying with two compatriots in Bangkok, but the possible targets were not immediately known, Police Gen. Pansiri Prapawat said.
Monday’s attacks appeared to mirror the recent “sticky bomb” killings of Iranian nuclear scientists that Tehran has blamed on Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the Bangkok violence “proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror.” “We know who carried out the terror attacks, we know who sent them, and Israel will settle the score with them,” Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told Israel Radio. Israeli police raised their state of alert throughout the country, and officials predicted the attacks were the first in a wave of assaults on Israeli targets worldwide by Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

Jewelry Night out Flowers Candy
$4.1 billion $3.5 billion $1.8 billion $1.5 billion

Source: National Retail Federation


condoms during the 24-hour period

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condoms per second.
Source: LifeStyles Condoms



Proposal to defend religious freedom
TOPEKA, Kan. — Supporters of a proposal in Kansas that’s described as an attempt to protect religious freedoms told state legislators Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s ill-fated mandate for insurance coverage of birth control is a compelling example of why the measure is needed. But gay rights advocates said the primary goal of the conservative and religious groups pushing the bill continues to be nullifying local ordinances or university policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the proposed “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” and is expected to vote on it by Monday. Chairman Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, contends the measure simply writes into state law language from past Kansas court decisions for determining when government policies place too much of a burden on practicing religion. The bill would declare that state and local government policies shall not “substantially burden” people’s right to exercise their religious beliefs without showing a compelling interest and imposing the burden in the least restrictive way possible. It also would declare that people have the right to sue state and local government agencies if they feel their religious freedoms have been abridged. “Concern for religious freedom is not a theoretical concern,” said Michael Schuttloffel, lobbyist and executive director for the Catholic Conference. “An attack on anyone’s religious liberty, any group’s religious liberty, is an attack on everyone’s religious liberty.” But Tom Witt, the Equality Coalition’s executive director and lobbyist, said backers of the bill are most concerned about gay rights advocates persuading cities to enact anti-bias ordinances to protect gays, lesbians and the transgendered. State law doesn’t specifically ban discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill specifically says there’s a compelling interest in prohibiting discriminatory practices barred by state law and the Kansas and U.S. constitutions. But it doesn’t mention local ordinances or agency policies that go further, such as an-anti bias ordinance in Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas.

An exhibit featuring a target of the G men, Murder, Inc. is pictured at The Mob Museum on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in Las Vegas. The publicly funded, $42 million Mob Museum represents a new height in Sin City’s devotion to lawlessness.


Las Vegas honors gangster roots by opening $42 million museum
LAS VEGAS — On the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Sin City is honoring one of its earliest relationships with the grand opening of a museum dedicated to the mobsters that made this desert town. There are tommy guns, money stacks and a bullet-riddled brick wall from the 1929 massacre that saw Al Capone seize control of the Chicago mob. Las Vegas has long been enamored with its gangster roots. Its longtime former mayor played himself in the mob flick “Casino,” and hotels here often promote their nefarious origins. But the publicly funded, $42 million Mob Museum represents a new height in Sin City’s lawlessness devotion. Even the local FBI agents are in on it. “We wanted to make sure the truth came out,” said Ellen Knowlton, a former special agent in Las Vegas brought on to legitimize the downtown attraction. The museum is housed in a former Depression-era federal courthouse where the seventh of 14 U.S. Senate hearings on organized crime was held in the early 1950s. The trials watched by 30 million people introduced the mob to most Americans. But critics argue the governmentbacked attraction is a waste of tax dollars at a time when Nevada tops the nation in foreclosures and unemployment. “It’s is a risky bet,” said Andy Matthews, president of the conservative Nevada Policy Research Institute, which plans to protest the grand opening ceremony Tuesday. Nevadans and mobsters have a long, storied history. Casino workers and longtime visitors alike are known to wax nostalgic about the days when mob bosses kept drink prices low and streets violence-free. Their casinos became celebrity playgrounds and architectural icons. The Stardust, the El Cortez, the Tropicana, the Dunes Hotel, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Fremont hotel were all backed by the mob at one point. Elvis and Priscilla Priestley tied the knot at the mob-controlled Aladdin resort and Wayne Newton later purchased it. More recently, Las Vegans thrice made former mob attorney Oscar Goodman their mayor. And when he was term-limited from running again last year, they gave the job to his wife. The mob, the story goes, helped build out the remote highway that would eventually become the Las Vegas Strip. Gangsters took over resorts built by front men, skimmed the profits and built nightclubs, country clubs, housing tracts and shopping centers. Increased law enforcement scrutiny and competition from business titans like Howard Hughes saw Las Vegas turn corporate in the late 1960s. Then the celebrity chefs and Cirque du Soleil dancers moved in. These days, Las Vegas feels more like a raunchy version of Disney World than a mob hangout. “We felt nostalgic the moment the old days ended,” said Michael Green, a history professor at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas working with the museum.

Because the stars know things we don’t.
aries (March 21-april 19) today is a 6 upgrade your workplace with a little imagination. Financial hurdles are temporary. a partner offers excellent support. Make love and romance a priority. taurus (april 20-May 20) today is an 8 Go ahead and ask for what you've been promised; the squeaky wheel gets the grease. keep smiling! you especially appreciate beauty, ambiance and artistry. gemini (May 21-June 21) today is an 8 the affection continues. it's as if Valentine's day never ended. don't take anything for granted now, and avoid unnecessary conflict. Focus on the love. cancer (June 22-July 22) today is an 8 Not everything goes according to plan, but you can handle detours by applying what you've learned and adding a pinch of creativity. patch up any leaks. leo (July 23-aug. 22) today is a 7 avoid trying to win an argument, or just skip the fight altogether. Choose peace and calm. practice paying attention to your breath. Joy doesn't have to cost money. Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22) today is a 7 little steps toward organization can go a long way now. exercise clears your head. Burn off some calories while having fun. Friends can make great partners. libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) today is an 8 Fall in love with everyday beauty, the kind you normally take for granted. don't sweat small stuff and avoid silly arguments. others speak well of you. scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21) today is a 9 add some passion to your work. today could be quite profitable, but don't spend what you don't have. stick to your budget. Be ready for surprises. sagittarius (nov. 22-dec. 21) today is a 9 others are depending on you to take action, but there's no need to stress since you're on top of your game. put some oomph into it. the overall outcome is brilliant. capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) today is a 7 keep an empowering context or overview for what you're up to, rather than listening to that old, disruptive voice that wants you to believe you can't. aquarius (Jan. 20-feb. 18) today is an 8 increased romance may come with some reversals of fortune. Be persistent to get what you really want. use your wonderful instincts. save up for it. Pisces (feb. 19-March 20) today is a 7 Go for what you believe in. Being true to yourself takes you a long, long way. Be grateful for what you have. wherever you can, build a solid foundation.


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Monroe remains an entertainment topic
New york — the denizens of “smash,” NBC’s new show about the making of a Broadway musical, aren’t the first to attempt to make art and/or entertainment about Marilyn Monroe. the closest Broadway has come to the “smash” kind of big hagiographic musical was “Marilyn: an american Fable,” which had only 34 previews and 17 performances in 1983. that same year, london had “Marilyn! the Musical.” and the New york City opera also got a crack at Monroe in 1993 with “Marilyn,” an opera with flashbacks about her final months with a politician presumably based on robert F. kennedy. — McClatchy-Tribune


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houston’s final movie could be released early
los aNGeles — the release of the movie “sparkle,” whitney houston’s final recorded work, has been the subject of intense interest since the pop star died in Beverly hills on saturday. on Monday morning, radar online quoted an anonymous source at sony saying the release date for the movie, in which houston plays the mother of aspiring pop singers, is being moved up from aug. 17 because of fan inter-

est. the film “could be released as early as Memorial day,” radar quoted the source as saying. shortly afterward, a sony spokesman said that the report was “not true” and that the film would be released on schedule on the third weekend of august. so for now, it appears to be sitting pat. a remake of a 1976 irene Cara movie, “sparkle” is still technically in postproduction, though a rough cut has been completed. according to executive producer howard rosenman, who said

he saw that cut just last week, houston shines in the film. “she is genius in the movie and it would have been a giant comeback for her,” he told 24 Frames. the original “sparkle” told the story of the williams sisters, a trio of 1950sera harlem singers whose stories were loosely inspired by the supremes. the new version, directed by salim akil, is believed to follow a similar story line, with Jordin sparks as the titular character
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Fame surprises ‘The Artist’ director
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The honors and accolades have piled up around the little French silent film “The Artist” all through this awards’ season — Critic’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and a Director’s Guild of America honor for director writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. “I didn’t ask for all this,” Hazanavicius says with a laugh. “I made a movie that had a very low budget, that I struggled to get made. Now, I don’t know how to describe what happened or define what has happened, but we have 10 nominations for the Oscars. That is huge, especially for a French film — a French film about Old Hollywood. It’s a dream, like a Hollywood fairytale, the kind of story that happens to other people. This time, I am living that fairytale.” Pretty heady stuff for a little-known French director with a thing for Old Hollywood — VERY Old Hollywood. “The Artist,” an un-ironic homage to silent films and the Hollywood of the silent movie era, has been acclaimed since it first screened at Cannes last May, with rapturous reviews greeting its arrival in American theaters. “It’s like we found a magic formula. I wasn’t looking for that. I just wanted to make a movie people would enjoy, and then all this happened.” French film buffs know what the filmmaker is talking about when he expresses surprise at all this glory. He’s immersed himself in old-style cinema before, mimicking the look and campy feel of ‘60s spy movies (and black-andwhite World War II action pictures) with his “OSS 117” movies, featuring his dapper and ridiculously dashing “Artist” leading man, Jean Dujardin, as a spy with a touch of Errol Flynn about him. “The Artist” is the pinnacle of that period-look / period-parody style — without the parody. “The ‘OSS’ movies were sarcastic,” Hazanavicius says. “ I wanted to make films that if you turned off the sound, you would think you were watching a film made back then ... After those films, I realized it would be possible to make the illusion more complete, to make a silent movie that looked as if it was made in the’20s.” He studied the editing and lighting styles of the great silent movie makers, from F.W. Murnau (“Sunrise”) to Joseph Von Sternberg (1927’s “Underworld”) and Frank Borzage (“Seventh Heaven”). He took pains to avoid re-watching a couple of his favorite movies — Billy Wilder’s vamp about a faded silent film star, “Sunset Boulevard,” and the musical about the upheaval that the arrival of talking movies heralded in Hollywood — “Singing in the Rain.” “I knew I was borrowing from them for my story, but I didn’t want to borrow too much. They were my inspiration.” Being a serious silent film buff, he knew the medium’s reputation for hammy, broad acting is unwarranted. “Look at ‘The Crowd’ or ‘Sunrise.’ The acting is very natural. So Jean (Dujardin) is not playing his character like Douglas Fairbanks. He is very natural, and the only difference is the way the audience pays attention to him, to all the actors in the movie. When you look at the faces, you pay more attention to the expressions.” Box office for the $15 million film hasn’t been spectacular, even with 10 Oscar nominations. But as the odds-on favorite Oscar night, Hazanavicius isn’t taking any of the attention for granted, talking up his next project (a planned remake of the Fred Zinneman post-World War II melodrama “The Search”) even as he gapes, in wonder, at what unlikely Oscar favorites he and his latest film have become.

Michel hazanavicius and Berenice Bejo arrive at the 18th annual screen actors Guild awards show at the shrine auditorium in los angeles on Jan. 29. hazanavicius’ “the artist” has been a favorite throughout awards season.

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wEdnEsdAy, fEbruAry 15, 2012


Russians challenge current government R
ussian winters have demolished a few threats to the government’s power throughout history — literally freezing Napoleon’s attempted 1812 invasion in its tracks as half a million troops succumbed to frostbite and hypothermia. More than a century later, Hitler’s advancing army planned for a quick summer victory and packed accordingly. Fuel froze inside the tanks, warmer uniforms failed to materialize, and Russia beat back another would-be conqueror. Today, temperatures in Moscow feel like roughly negative 7 degrees, but Russian opposition seems prepared to defy the established political order despite the bitter cold and an equally frosty governmental response. On Feb. 4, protesters in subzero temperatures demanded legitimate elections and denounced the ruling United Russia party. Reports of the rally’s size vary — the government estimated 36,000 people in attendance, while opposition leaders claimed more than 120,000 took to the streets. This scale of participation indicates major discontent over the upcoming presidential election. Last September, Pres. Dmitri Medvedev announced plans to effectively swap positions with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin instead of running for a second presidential term. The move jeopardized the already fragile image of Russian democracy; Putin served as president between 2000 and 2008


By Amanda Gress

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Can Singles Awareness Day be changed to Singles orgy Day? As the self-declared representative of Meadowbrook Apartments, we are placing our combat expertise up for hire in the Dormitory Wars. We are not cheap. Expecting anything less than a snowman with big boobs on a college campus would just be un-American. If Jeff Withey keeps playing well, he may become as popular as Fake Jeff Withey. Editor’s note: If Jeff Withey wasn’t popular to begin with, then there would be no Fake Jeff Withey. I hope you all cared enough on Valentine’s Day to use condom sense. until I can build a decent Fortress of Solitude, I’ll say this is low-quality snow. Blow-drying my feet is noT that big of a deal. Kansas, if you cancelled class due to the snow, I will literally fall on the floor laughing. Sincerely, South Dakota. overheard between classes: “I feel silly, I’m the only one without a panda hat.” Templin has an abominable snowman guardian... Your move, oliver... I think I have an unnatural love for Kevin Young and Jeff Withey. That strange moment when you try to explain to your prof that you showed up to class on a test day 20 minutes late all because you summersaulted off your lofted bed this morning only to do a backburner on your roommate’s desk. That awkward moment when your girlfriend calls you “Tiger” and it makes you think of all the girls you’ve cheated on her with. Please tell me everyone saw the KState fan with the sign that said “You’re not in Kansas anymore!” That awkward moment when you’re sleepy and think you see a monster in the middle of the room, consequently sending yourself and your roomie into a panic. If you were really #bornandraisedinminnesota you wouldn’t be waiting for a bus... You would be walking. The millitary science building is prepared to lend orlease weaponry to the Daisy Hill faction. I’m going to make myself feel better on Valentine’s Day: I’m going to play Red Rover with every couple holding hands. Sometimes I like to put on my grandpa’s clothes and pretend I’m a hipster. YES! So I’m not the only one with a Toy Story comforter! #Disneynerdforlife The only male who will give me any attention tonight is a 13-pound fluff ball named Sasha. #FAIL Yesterday, my girlfriend told me she was leaving me for Jeff Withey. I’m oK with this because I would leave me for Jeff Withey too. Anybody else karate chop the toilet paper instead of tear it? My friends make fun of me for not participating in cultural trends started by the cast of the Jersey Shore. #classypersonproblems

before choosing Medvedev as his successor once his constitutional term limit expired. December’s parliamentary elections provided one outlet for the Russian public to express dissatisfaction. United Russia officially garnered 49 percent of the vote, which the International Institute for Security Studies reported as a major setback compared to previous years. Independent monitors condemned fraud, as election officials filled out extra ballots for United Russia and bussed voters from district to district. Because of increased civic activism, Russian citizens tracked the fraud they saw at their local station and posted comments and videos online. Allegations of corruption sparked immediate demonstrations demanding new elections and the resignation of Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Election Commission. The continuing protests certainly pose a challenge to the government, which would struggle to stamp out such a large and well-publicized group. The postelection changes alone prompted opposition leader Alexey Navalny

to remark that after spending two weeks in prison, he returned to an entirely transformed political landscape. “Foreign Policy” magazine notes the diverse backgrounds present within the movement. The discontent united members of the Communist, Nationalist, and Center-left parties shown by Navalney’s urge to “Vote, and vote for anyone but United Russia.” Members of the middle class and youth, previously skeptical of civic engagement, also appear in the crowds. Even given public anger, it’s unlikely that Putin will manage to lose his March election. A best-case scenario for the opposition would be preventing Putin from winning outright in the first round of voting, forcing him and the second-place finisher into a second runoff election. While the Cold War ended two decades ago, Russia’s size, location, energy resources, nuclear arsenal, economic status and international clout should merit careful attention to its internal politics. Assuming Putin gains his third term, what can we expect to change? We can learn from other protests against authoritarian rule. Russia may take a page out of Saudi Arabia’s book and use massive oil revenues to implement social programs aimed at calming the population. (Although widespread corruption could doom the effort.) Protestors probably will remain

Demonstrators carry a huge poster reading “Russia without Putin” during a massive protest against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule in Moscow on Feb. 4. Reports of corruption in December elections prompted the wave of protesting.

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staunchly committed to removing Putin and other key members of his regime from power, even if they attain some of their goals. The government appears to realize that crackdowns and violence could easily backfire and increase the opposition’s size and dynamism. It seems likely Russia will continue offering reforms to try mollifying the public, moderating its stance and slowly mending its political system. Unfortunately, Putin already displayed his paranoia of international meddling in domestic affairs. He’s singled out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, insisting she encourages protests to undermine Russian power. Though sympathetic to Russian

opposition, United States officials should resist the temptation to express support — United Russia could use such statements as proof of outside interference and strengthen its position by stoking nationalist fervor. Fallout from December’s election proves independent groups such as election monitors, human rights organizations and the media can still lend credibility to the movement. In a year marked by protest, we can hope this Russian winter marks the beginning of a new era for democracy in the country.
Gress is a freshman in political science and international studies from Overland Park.


Learning to eat Jokes about stereotypes the Italian way aren’t really funny anymore
“Bologna, Italy? You mean like baloney? From the Oscar Meyer weiner song?” When I first told people that I would be studying abroad in Bologna, this was the response I got. And while I can lament the improper pronunciation, their assumptions about baloney are actually correct. “Mortadella,” as it’s called in Italian, was invented in Bologna, along with tortellini and spaghetti bolognese. In fact, Bologna is so famous for its food that one of its nicknames is La Grassa or “the fat one.” Unfortunately, my first few weeks in Bologna consisted of baloney sandwiches instead of bolognese sauce. Not only did I not know how to cook, but I couldn’t even figure out how to light my own stove to boil water. Thankfully, once I managed this incredibly complicated task, I was on my way to mastering the most important component of Italian cooking: pasta. On average, an Italian will consume around 60 pounds of pasta in a year. They accomplish this amazing feat by eating pasta at least once a day. I eat pasta for lunch and dinner and maybe a leftover snack. While this one-sided diet may seem unnecessarily repetitive, I’m beginning to have a hard time remembering what exactly it was I ate when I was back in the States. Mrs. E’s chicken fingers and cream cheese pizza from Pizza Shuttle? And yet we call Bologna La Grassa. While pasta is a main source of carbohydrates, the beauty of the plate comes from its incredible versatility. Today, I ate pasta with tomato sauce and eggplant. Yesterday, cream sauce with mushrooms. And the day before that, an egg-based sauce with zucchini. In fact, ever since I started cooking pasta, I’ve discovered the wonderful world of vegetables. I’ve never seen my room-


The jokes we tell stereotyping people oftentimes are inaccurate and aren’t that humorous in the first place

By Bernadette Myers


mates bring home frozen veggies. Daily trips to the store are common in order to buy fresh ingredients. They’ll come home with anything from arugula to artichokes, all things I avoided like the plague at the grocery store simply because I couldn’t cook them. Now, vegetables have almost completely replaced the meat in my diet without me even realizing it. Americans consume about eight ounces of meat a day, roughly twice the global average. I eat meat once every two weeks here. It’s been six months since I’ve eaten a steak. Not only has my diet changed, but my eating patterns have also adapted to the Italian lifestyle. Breakfast consists of espresso, followed by another mid-morning espresso. Stores close around 2 p.m. for lunch, usually a two-hour ordeal, and then dinner is at 10 p.m. My roommates are dumbfounded when I tell them about eating dinner at 5 or 6 p.m. in the States. I like eating later. There is no 24-hour McDonald’s or cafeteria underneath my building that’s open until late, so midnight snacking isn’t really an option. In fact, eating dinner later is one of the habits I hope to bring back with me to the States. That, along with using fresh vegetables, eating smaller portions and taking time to eat my meals. Bologna may be called La Grassa, but Italians sure do know how to eat healthy.
Myers is a junior in English, Italian and European studies from Prairie Village.

n our society, being a part of a group is risky. It’s risky being in a fraternity or sorority, being in the School of Engineering, even being in the Honors College. The list goes on and on. The reason it’s so risky to be in any of these groups is because once you cross that sacred threshold of acceptance, you are a target. As soon as you in some way associate yourself with any type of group, people will use it against you. It’s a cruel world. One of today’s trendiest groups to make fun of is hipsters. We’ve all heard the jokes. From jokes about things that are too mainstream for hipsters to jokes about hipsters not showering often enough, they’re a common occurrence. It was these jokes that got me thinking about stereotypes in the first place, because I’m often at the butt of these jokes. Yes, that’s right. People often call me a hipster. With all the negative connotations it carries, the word hipster can be a pretty

By Ethan Lovell

caustic insult. Admittedly, I prefer to wear slim-cut jeans, and I’m a sucker for flannel shirts and indie music, so I understand the correlation. The problem is that the jokes people make about me aren’t accurate. I shower daily, sometimes more than once, and I like Justin Timberlake just as much as indie folk music. I’m not a cookie-cutter hipster, but the jokes continue. Am I asking for your sympathy? Actually, yeah, a little. But more than that, I’m asking for your understanding. Some people think that their stereotype jokes about frat bros, engineers and hipsters are hilarious and original. In fact, experience tells these s el f - app oi nte d comedians that those jokes are

funny, because people laugh at them. I can’t help but hope that we’re smarter than that. Members of fraternities are “bros.” In fact, as soon as you pledge to a fraternity, you go out to buy pastel colored shorts, polo shirts and Sperry Top-Siders. Members of the School of Engineering are full of themselves. They think that their apparent job security gives them the right to insult other majors in The Free For All. Members of the Honors College are dweebs. They may have excellent IQs, but that won’t do them much good since they’re completely lacking in social skills. As I’ve just shown, stereotypes are easy. Anyone can take an extreme example from a certain group and portray it as the average. All fraternity members wear pastel colored shorts and polo shirts on a daily basis. Or do they? Everyday, we see a few of them wearing stereotypical frat gear and let those few represent the rest. One or two engineering students post insults about liberal arts majors in the FFA and suddenly all engineers are conceited. As for students in the Honors College, well, those stereotypes are all true. Except for most of them. Have you ever caught yourself thinking “Man, I really hope this guy tells the joke about all the frat guys in the salmon-colored shorts again”? Probably not, because that joke wasn’t very funny the first 100 times you heard it, and there are probably only 10 guys on the KU campus who own salmon-colored shorts.
Lovell is a sophomore in creative writing from Overland Park.

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Withey’s improvements gain national notice
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mrothman@kansan.com After Monday night’s 59-53 victory at Kansas State, a reporter asked junior center Jeff Withey if he expected an outburst like this. In his past three games, Withey has averaged 20.3 points, 12 rebounds and 6.3 blocks per game. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, then the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Tuesday. After the reporter’s question, Withey kept mum. Instead. senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, answered it for him. “Yeah he did, yeah he did,” Taylor said. “I felt it.” Withey smiled and gave in. “My teammates around me, they lift me up all the time,” he said. “In practice, they’re always on me. They never let me get away with anything.” All of this comes after Withey was held scoreless in the 74-71 loss on Feb. 4 at Missouri. Coach Bill Self told Withey the Tigers “punked” him. But Withey is playing his best basketball as a Jayhawk, proving it against a physical team like Kansas State. “He played really good against Baylor and he played really good against Oklahoma State, but he was a lot better tonight than he was in either one of those games,” Self said on Monday. “This was a big-boy game. He had 18, 11 and nine on a night when Thomas wasn’t Thomas. I thought he was just fabulous.” Junior forward Thomas Robinson, who averaged 18.1 points per game going into Monday’s Sunflower Showdown, scored just 10 points. He also committed four fouls and five turnovers. “They sent a lot of guys at [Robinson],” Taylor said. “They were rough with him down there, banging him a little bit.” As a National Player of the Year candidate and double-double machine — second in the nation, with 18 on the season — Robinson usually draws the opposition’s best post defender. “Thomas is probably going to be the main focus for everybody on their scouting report,” Taylor said. This fact regularly frees Withey of defensive pressure, allowing him to score in the paint before a hand is there to hinder. Now, Kansas’ challenge is to find a way to make both thrive together. “He’s a beast in the paint,” Taylor said of Robinson. “So he’s going to find ways to score.” — Edited by Gabrielle Schock Junior center Jeff Withey puts his arm over junior forward thomas Robinson during a dead-ball period in the second half as kansas state battled back monday night at bramlage Coliseum. Withey recently earned two awards for his play, as he’s averaged 20.3 points, 12 rebounds and 6.3 blocks in his last three games.



ConfeRenCe standings


bIg 12

KoRY CaRpeNteR


3. baYLoR (22-4, 9-4)
the bears had the talent to win the big 12 this season, coach scott drew just couldn’t put it all together. they were swept by kansas and missouri and are facing yet another season where first-class talent didn’t quite live up to the hype.

7. oKLahoMa State (12-13, 5-7)
the Cowboys are fighting for an nit berth at this point in the season. freshman guard le’bryan nash will be very good next season, but the team didn’t have enough firepower to compete this year.


last three games: loss vs. kansas (68-54), loss at missouri (7257), victory vs. iowa state (79-64) next three games: kansas state, at texas, oklahoma

last three games: loss vs. baylor (64-60), victory vs. iowa state (69-67), loss at kansas (81-66) next three games: at missouri, texas, at oklahoma

1. KaNSaS (21-5, 11-2)
kansas survived its toughest remaining road test of the season monday night in manhattan and should take care of business against texas tech and texas a&m in the next week. an eighth-consecutive big 12 championship is theirs if the Jayhawks don’t trip up in the final five games.

4. IoWa State (18-8, 8-5)
Cyclones coach fred Hoiberg has done a remarkable job this season in positioning his team for an nCaa tournament berth. and when they get to the nCaa tournament, 6-foot-8-inch, 270-pound forward/point guard Royce White will be a tough matchup for any opponent.

8. texaS a&M (13-12, 4-9)
it seems like a long time since the aggies were picked to share the big 12 championship this season with kansas. also losers of four straight, they haven’t been able to score consistently or stay heathy this season.

last three games: victory at baylor (68-54), victory vs. oklahoma state (81-66), victory at kansas state (59-53) next three games: texas tech, at texas a&m, missouri

last three games: loss at oklahoma state (69-67), victory vs. texas a&m (69-46), loss at baylor (79-64) next three games: oklahoma, texas tech, at kansas state

last three games: loss vs. texas (70-68), loss at iowa state (6946), victory at texas tech (47-38) next three games: missouri, kansas, at oklahoma state

2. MISSoURI (23-2, 10-2)
the tigers still have a trip to allen fieldhouse awaiting them on feb. 25. but until then, they deserve the top spot in this week’s rankings. the rematch with kansas could decide the nCaa tournament’s no. 1 seed for the st. louis region.

5. texaS (17-9, 7-6)
Coach Rick barnes and his group of freshmen haven’t quite lived up to expectations. but how much can you expect out of a group of freshmen? He also has an upperclassman in J’Covan brown, who’s never seen a shot he didn’t like, which can be good and bad.

9.oKLahoMa (13-12, 3-10)
now that the sooners have lost four straight games, any faint hopes of an nCaa tournament have been washed away. the nucleus of the team will return next season, and coach lon kruger is one of the best in the conference. they should compete near the top of the big 12 in 2012-2013.

last three games: victory vs. kansas (74-71), victory at oklahoma (71-68), victory vs. baylor (72-57) next three games: oklahoma state, at texas a&m, kansas state

last three games: victory at texas a&m (70-68), victory vs. kansas state (75-64), victory at oklahoma (69-58) next three games: at oklahoma state, baylor, at texas tech

last three games: loss vs. missouri (71-68), loss at texas tech (65-47), loss vs. texas (69-58) next three games: at iowa state, oklahoma state, at baylor


6. KaNSaS State (17-8, 6-7)
the Wildcats are one of the toughest teams in the conference and rebound the ball as well as anyone. they simply can’t put the ball in the basket. monday night against kansas was a great opportunity for a marquee victory to put on their nCaa tournament resume, but much like the rest of their season, that opportunity slipped away.

10.texaS teCh (8-17, 1-12)
texas tech coach billy gillispie has a really young team this season, which could be good looking to the future. it could also mean trouble, because he certainly has his work cut out for him moving forward.

last three games: victory vs. texas tech (65-46), loss at texas (75-64), loss vs. kansas (59-53) next three games: at baylor, at missouri, iowa state

last three games: loss at kansas state (65-46), victory vs. oklahoma (65-47), loss vs. texas a&m (47-38) next three games: at kansas, at iowa state, texas
— Edited by Corinne Westeman


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87 Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to six games. The NBA’s first American-Taiwanese player, Lin had 27 points and a career-high 11 assists in his first game since being named Eastern Conference player of the week. The season-high crowd of 20,092 roared as Lin drained a pull-up jumper from the top with half a second to play, giving the Knicks their first lead since the opening quarter. Toronto’s Rasual Butler airballed his attempt at the buzzer as the Knicks swarmed their newest

hero at center court. Amare Stoudemire returned from a four-game absence with 21 points and Tyson Chandler had 13 for New York. Jose Calderon scored 25 points, Linas Kleiza had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 14 for the Raptors. Up 75-66 to start the fourth, Toronto widened its lead with a three-point play by Barbosa before the Knicks stormed back with a 10-0 run, cutting it to 78-76 and forcing the Raptors to call timeout with 6:22 remaining. Kleiza stopped the run with a

driving layup, Amir Johnson added a hook shot and, after Lin made one of two from the line, Barbosa’s layup made it 84-77 with 4:49 left. Toronto led 87-82 with less than two minutes to go when Iman Shumpert stole the ball from Calderon and drove in for an uncontested dunk. After a missed shot, Lin completed a three-point play. Barbosa missed a three for Toronto and Shumpert missed a jumper, but Chandler grabbed the rebound. Lin took the ball near midcourt and let the clock run down before launching the decisive shot.


wEDNESDAY, fEbRUARY 15, 2012


move over, Tebow

Nation’s newest favorite
By Pat Strathman

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Graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics

player in league history

Tracking Lin’s rise to fame

to score

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career starts.

After leading his team to the Division II California Interscholastic Federation state title, Lin is named National Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose mercury News.

Lin’s not worth all the hype
By Ethan Padway
irst of all, I admit, Jeremy Lin has been very impressive since New York Knicks’ head coach Mike D’antoni started giving him extended playing time. His numbers over those first five games, averaging 26.8 points and eight assists per game, are truly spectacular for someone who scored just 76 points last season. But let’s be realistic, as good as he has been, the media attention he is receiving is directly fueled by the need for New York to be relevant in all sports — especially in basketball. If Lin were balling out in, say, Portland, Ore., would the effect be the same? Before Lin came along, the Knicks hadn’t been relevant since the Patrick Ewing era. Even after they acquired the superstar tandem of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the brooms of rabid Boston fans swept them out of the NBA playoffs in the first round last year. And before Lin became a rock star this month, the Knickerbockers sat seven games under .500, with their fan base wondering if a quality basketball team would ever call Madison Square Garden, one of the most famous sporting venues in the world, home again. Now, he’s the hero of basketball, the next great American underdog story, the next, dare I say it, Tim Tebow hype machine. I hold nothing against either Tebow or Lin; they both seem like upstanding citizens (although Tiger Woods showed that athletes aren’t always who they appear to be), but I can’t stand the hype media outlets pump out about their play. Lin has received major playing time in such a small number of games that it is impossible to know how he will play over the course of an NBA career, And if you check out Lin’s statistics, he really hasn’t been as good as billed. He does most of his scoring in the paint and is not a great three-point shooter, making just three of 17 shots from beyond the arc during his fivegame miracle stretch. And while the New York media made a big deal about his 38-point outburst against the nationally feared and overrated Los Angeles Lakers, an impressive feat nonetheless, they forgot to mention that the Lakers are a terrible road team this season (5-10 record) and that the main man responsible for guarding Lin was well past his prime, 37-yearold Derrick Fisher. So if you want to buy into the hype, go ahead, I’m not going to stop you. It’s a good story, and 15 years down the road, there will probably be a Disney movie made about Lin. But let’s wait and see if he can continue to play this well throughout a season before campaigning to give him a spot in the NBA All-Star Game. — Edited by Caroline Kraft

As a sophomore, Lin is named All-Ivy League Second Team.


hen the NFL season ended with last week’s Super Bowl, “Tebowmania,” a term used for the love of Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, ended with it. Afterward, fans craved a replacement. Insert the new spark plug of the New York Knicks: Jeremy Lin. The six-foot-three point guard continues to impress, leading the Knicks to five-straight wins and scoring 134 points in his first four career starts. Lin is the only player in the NBA who has at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his four starts. He also scored 32 points in the first 22 games. “Linsanity” may be the answer for fans craving a new hero, but should his emergence be a surprise? Yes and no. Lin graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics, and he was also a tremendous basketball player. In his junior year, he was the only NCAA Division I men’s basketball player who ranked in the top 10 in his conference for scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and four other categories. Lin also was a consensus selection for All-Ivy League First Team. In his senior year, he averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists and was again a selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He was one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and was one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. Even Kansas’ starting point guard Tyshawn Taylor isn’t a finalist for the Cousy Award this year. Even though Lin had a successful college campaign, he was not selected in the NBA draft. Lin and other undrafted players had to impress organizations in the 2010 NBA Summer League, and several have been successful in their NBA careers. Ben Wallace, center of the Detroit Pistons, is one of two players who has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award four times. Bruce Bowen, small forward of the San Antonio Spurs from 2001 to 2009, was named to eight-consecutive NBA AllDefensive teams and won three titles. Being an undrafted player may not be rare, but a Harvard graduate playing in the NBA is a different story. If Harvard held an alumni game for its former basketball players who went on to play in the NBA, it would be a game of two-ontwo. The list only consists of four players: Lin, Edward Smith, Saul Mariaschin and Wyndol Gray. Lin is the first Harvard graduate to play in the NBA since 1954. Even if drafted, Lin would have been the first Ivy Leaguer selected since Jerome Allen of Penn in 1995. The last Ivy Leaguer to play in the NBA was Yale’s Chris Dudley in 2003. Still, many rally behind Lin for a different reason. Lin, an AsianAmerican, is the first Americanborn player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to play in the NBA. Yao Ming, retired center of the Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011, is one of China’s best-known athletes. Lin may not be a sevenfoot-six center, but as an AsianAmerican, he is developing into the next big thing. The NBA advertisements keep saying “BIG things are coming,” but the league didn’t know it was talking about Lin. — Edited by Corinne Westeman


June 24, 2010
After graduating from Harvard, Lin is not selected in the 2010 NbA Draft.



July 21, 2010
Lin signs as a free agent with his hometown Golden State warriors.

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october 29, 2010
Lin makes his NbA debut for the warriors. He records one steal in three minutes of play.

points per game

December 9, 2011
Lin is waived by the warriors so they can clear room to make an offer to forward Deandre Jordan.

assists per game

December 12, 2011
Lin is signed by the Houston rockets. He is waived 12 days later.

December 27, 2011
Lin is signed by the New York Knicks.

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January 20th, 2012
Three days after being assigned to the erie bayHawks of the NbA D-League, Lin puts up a triple-double. He is then recalled by the Knicks.

february 4, 2012
Lin plays 36 minutes, scores 25 points and records seven assists. The Knicks start winning and the Jeremy Lin craze takes off.

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Jayhawks change defense for season opener

senior infielder Zac elgie speaks to members of the media during the baseball Media Day at allen Fieldhouse, on Tuesday afternoon. Jake Marasco will take over first baseman from elgie this season.


The Kansas baseball team is just days from opening its 2012 campaign at Middle Tennessee State on Friday. The Jayhawks are coming off a season in which they lost their final nine conference games and failed to qualify for the Big 12 Tournament. In head coach Ritch Price’s 10-year career with Kansas, his teams have often thrived when outsiders’ expectations were low. “I told our players the other day that in 2009 we were predicted to be last. We finished fourth, and we finished the regular season 23rd in the country,” Price said. “You bet we’re going to use it as motivation.” The Jayhawks went on to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, falling in a regional matchup with North Carolina. Kansas enters the 2012 season with a similar scenario – picked last in the Big 12. However, Price is not concerned about last year’s shortcomings. “We have great team chemistry,

we have depth and we have potential,” Price said. “If our coaching staff does our job, we’ll overachieve and we’ll be successful when it’s all over.” Unlike the previous two years, Kansas is not starting its season against the No. 1 team in the country, but Kansas’ road schedule is the lengthiest of Price’s tenure. The Jayhawks’ non-conference schedule is almost entirely on the road. Kansas will play 18 of its first 22 games away from Lawrence, a move that Price hopes will challenge the team and get it ready for Big 12 play. “We have to get better every weekend because we have 13 freshmen on our roster and we are going to play five significantly,” Price said. “The only way I can develop that club to compete in my league is that I make sure we take no steps backwards.” With two freshmen in the starting lineup, Kansas’ hopes of being a surprise team in the Big 12 could depend on the performances of the six returning starters. Third baseman Zac Elgie led Kansas

offensively in 2011, hitting .297 with 7 home-runs and 37 runs batted in. Defensively, Elgie has started 83 games at first base in his Kansas career, but redshirt junior Jake Marasco will take over that role this year. Elgie, now a third baseman, embraces the position swap with Marasco as Price’s decision could enhance Kansas’ chances of winning in 2012. “The fact that we’ve solidified the defense, especially on the infield, is going to be a big part in helping us be successful this year,” Elgie said. Kansas’ starting rotation features three freshmen: Wes Benjamin, Drew Morovick and Robert Kahana. This means that senior catcher James Stanfield will have more responsibility with the pitchers, especially in the beginning of the season. “I wouldn’t call it pressure, but I’m definitely going to have to be more of a presence out there with the guys because they haven’t been in that role,” Stanfield said. — Edited by Caroline Kraft


Legends of the Phog: Jayhawks in the NBA

Xavier henry, at KU 2009-2010 Guard, New orleans hornets

Henry had a pretty quiet week; however, he has only played in seven games since he tore ligaments in his ankle. Friday, he saw 14 minutes of action, posting just four points and one block. His best game came on Feb. 8 against the sacramento Kings, where he posted eight points with two rebounds, one steal and one block.


Mario chalmers, at KU 2005-2008 Guard, Miami heat

Chalmers has proven to be one of the league’s best three-point shooters this season, shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc. sunday, it was Chalmers’ hot three-point shot that was the difference in their 107-91 victory against the Cavaliers. Chalmers finished the game with 14 points, 12 of which were from threepointers. The “big three” continue to get all the attention, but through the last few years, Chalmers has continued to improve and shown everyone that he is capable of being a valuable leader on the team.

Marcus Morris, at KU 2008-2011 Forward, NbA D-League - Rio Grande Valley Vipers brady Morningstar, at KU 2006-2011 Guard, NbA D-League - tulsa 66ers

In early January, Marcus Morris was sent down to the D-league. He was not too excited about the idea at first, but Morris has gotten a lot more playing time as a result of the move. He is leading the team in points, with an average of 19.6 per game, as well as rebounds, with 7.5. saturday, Morris tallied 17 points to go along with six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.


Paul Pierce, at KU 1995-1998 Forward, boston celtics

Markieff Morris, at KU 2008-2011 Forward, Phoenix Suns
last Tuesday, Pierce passed larry bird to put himself at No. 2 on the franchise’s alltime scoring list with 21,797 points. Pierce needed just nine points to tie bird’s record of 21,791, and with 10 minutes and 23 seconds left in the third quarter, he nailed a three to pass him. Pierce finished the game with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. On sunday, Pierce finished with an uncharacteristic nine points. However, defensively, he tallied a game-high four steals to go along with Rondo’s triple double in a 95-91 win over the bulls.


Morris gave the suns a huge lift off the bench saturday, posting a career-high 18 points in 26 minutes. He finished the game with six rebounds, three blocks and one steal. Recently, Morris was one of nine rookies chosen to participate in the Rising stars Challenge, an event that will take place Feb. 24 during all-star Weekend. He is averaging 7.2 points and five rebounds per game. While Morris was one of the hottest rookies to shoot the three ball — shooting 55 percent in December and 46 percent in January — he has since cooled down, shooting 29 percent in February.


Morningstar has played in 31 games with the Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 11.5 points per game, is shooting 44 percent from three-point land and is still maintaining his high free-throw percentage of 86 percent. last weekend, Morningstar put up 14 points in 21 minutes of game time, going five of eight from the field and hitting both of his threes.


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— Red Barber, a former baseball broadcaster

“Baseball is dull only to dull minds.”

For fans, baseball goes outside the lines


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Pete Rose played the most games (3,562) and recorded the most hits (4,256) in MLB history. — baseball-reference.com


Q: How many teams have won the World Series since 2000?


— espn.com

rowing up, sports have always played an integral role in my life. Instead of a teddy bear, I slept with a green-and-black soccer ball. In the backyard, my brothers pounded me while I wore a full – pants and all – Joe Montana 49ers uniform with plastic pads at age 6. I hit my first baseball when I was 3. I know my love for sports is far from unique, but my love for baseball goes beyond just the game. To me, baseball is important because it’s the only game played both outside the lines as well as within them. It is outside those lines that great stories develop, along with some of the greatest plays. I love baseball for what happens between the pitch and the inning; the sequence of the game in play allows more time for stories to be developed, explored and told. The most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned is that everyone has his or her own story; I just need to ask the right

By Max Lush
mlush@kansan.com questions. For every Josh Hamilton overcoming a drug addiction or Cody Ross, who went from wanting to be a rodeo clown to becoming a playoff hero, there are hundreds of other players with equally inspiring stories that have never been told. Born from their passion for the game, baseball fans give a lot to the sport, but baseball gives back to them as well. The game is there from the first practice of spring training until the final out of the World Series. No matter what happens,

2,430 games will be played in a season. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and postpones the game, the teams make it up to their fans. In a world where, more than ever, people worry about what’s happening around them, whether it’s global warming or the state of the economy, baseball can be their rock for eight months of the year. Sure, a team may let its fans down once in a while, but the sport of baseball won’t; it will always be there, day in and day out. For three hours a day at a ballpark, nothing else really matters. Baseball’s greatest power is that it brings people together. When a game is on, it doesn’t matter if a person votes for a certain political party, practices a certain religion or is of a different race; what does matter is that everyone is there for the sport they all love. The sport does it all. It lives in the present, embraces the past and looks

to the future all at the same time. The stadiums may have changed, but it’s still nine players with leather mitts, a pitcher on the mound and a batter standing 60 feet and 6 inches away with a bat in his hands. The game takes you back to playing catch with your family or a pick-up game with friends at the nearest baseball diamond. Just like the MLB’s ad campaign two years ago — “Beyond Baseball” — I find baseball to be the most compelling when I look beyond what is happening on the field. The games will always be interesting and entertaining, but what happens in foul territory, between pitches or between batters makes baseball our nation’s pastime. — Edited by Gabrielle Schock

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Women’s basketball
Iowa State 7 p.m. Ames, Iowa

Middle Tennessee State 9 a.m. Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte 11 a.m. Charlotte, N.C.

Women’s basketball
Missouri 1 p.m. Lawrence

Arkansas-Little Rock 11 a.m. Lawrence

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Women’s basketball
Texas Tech 7 p.m. Lubbock, Texas

Men’s basketball
Texas Tech 7 p.m. Lawrence

Middle Tennessee State 3 p.m. Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Stony Brook 9 a.m. Charlotte, N.C.

Bowling Green 10:30 a.m. Nashville, Tenn.

Bradley 11 a.m. Lawrence

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Volume 124 Issue 97



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Texas moves up, Kansas State drops in Big 12 standings as March closes in

Jeremy Lin becomes national phenomenon, makes game-winning shot against Raptors


PAGE 6-7
a dwindling roster

Ballpark hidden treasure
By Mike Vernon


FiLLinG in FoR dAvis
kgier@kansan.com The Kansas women’s basketball team needs answers, and it needs them quickly. In the loss to Kansas State on Sunday, the team saw its All-American candidate, Carolyn Davis, fall and tragically end her season with a torn ACL and dislocated left knee. Just when it looked like the Jayhawks were going to break their 12year NCAA Tournament drought, they are left with a depleted roster of only nine athletes after transfers and Davis’ injury. Besides Davis, junior guard Angel Goodrich and senior forward Aishah Sutherland are the only other players consistently scoring in double figures. On most nights, this trio serves as the soul of the team — scoring the points, making plays and leading the Jayhawks to their 17-7, 6-6 record. “We have talented people on this team,” Sutherland said. “It was her that was in the spotlight at that moment; now, we have other people who can come into the spotlight.” Coach Bonnie Henrickson is looking for more production from a contingent of the team that she said is under-performing. She wants freshman guard Natalie Knight to be more aggressive, junior guard Monica Engelman to contribute more, Sutherland to be more consistent and freshman guard Asia Boyd to make a noticeable effect. The team has come to rely on the consistency and strength of Goodrich, but that could be considered a weakness. “We just throw it back to her,” Henrickson said. “She is our pacifier; we ask her to do a lot.” In stretches, this team has run with some of the best in the conference and country, defeating No. 23 Texas in Austin and No. 22 Texas Tech in Lawrence earlier this season. But it stalled in conference play, dropping games to Kansas State and Oklahoma at home. This is a new chapter for Kansas as it looks to regroup after the loss of Davis and searches for three more victories to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The team’s first opportunity to show the resolve and resilience it need come at 7 tonight in Ames, Iowa. Earlier in the season, the Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones in double overtime in Allen Fieldhouse, where Davis scored 21 points, 12 of them during the two overtimes. It took lastsecond shots from Goodrich and Engelman to continue the game at the end of each period. Without Davis, freshman forward Chelsea Gardner steps into the spotlight. Gardner is soft-spoken and still plays timidly, but she realizes that this team needs her to blossom now. “She’s got a big shoe that I’ve got to fit in, but I just feel that I’ve got to practice harder and come out and work hard in the games,” Gardner said. She has been playing increasing minutes with varied success. Gardner is 6 feet 3 inches and plays in a way that reminds Henrickson of Davis but has yet to show the consistency and aggressiveness that the Jayhawks need off the bench. Tonight, she will debut in a starting spot at the five position against a quick and powerful Iowa State frontcourt. Henrickson said from past experience, she is wary of the toll the Cyclones forwards take on her younger players. “Every freshman post player I have taken up there, Bill Fennelly has flare screened the fool out of them,” Henrickson said. Henrickson remembered watching Davis get pulled out to the three-point line her freshman year while trying to guard versatile post players such as center Anna Prins, who scored 19 points in the first outing. “Prins is a beast lately,” Henrickson said. “That is what worries me, because we know who will be guarding her: Chelsea.” Forward Chelsea Poppens of Iowa State also gave Kansas trouble, scoring a game-high 24 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. But in the game against Kansas State, Gardner showed glimpses of the player the team needs her to become, scoring seven points, three rebounds and only one turn-



estled between the trees on Naismith Drive, Hoglund Ballpark never had a chance. Sitting in the shadow of Allen Fieldhouse, the home of the Kansas baseball team is arguably located in the worst spot on campus. “We understand where it comes from, because, obviously, when you think of Kansas, you don’t think of a baseball school, you don’t think of a football school,” senior third baseman Zac Elgie said. “You think of, obviously, a basketball school.” While Elgie did put some of the blame on the team’s subpar performance last season, he does have a point. The season starts this Friday for the Jayhawks, and odds are, only a handful are aware of it. And there’s nothing wrong with Hoglund Park. The stadium recently had a $1.2 million turf upgrade. It holds 2,500 people, and every fan in the stadium feels like a part of the action with the close proximity of the seating to the field. But it’s like scheduling a T-Pain concert next to a Jay-Z and Kanye West extravaganza. Who wouldn’t choose the latter? In 2011, Kansas did not finish in the top 44 in average attendance, and that’s as far as schools are ranked. The Jayhawks averaged 1,105 people for home games last season, leaving them just below the last school that made the rankings, South Alabama, which averaged 1,214 people per game. And while the young team struggled last season, there was never a true feeling of support from the University’s students and alumni. “It’s more along the lines of ‘Well, our parents are here and that’s about it,’” Elgie said. In the middle of the season, Kansas played No. 4 Texas, in Hoglund Ballpark. The team had been playing well of late, sitting one game over .500 on the season and in conference play. Heck, if the series had gone well, the team would have been in a position to make the NCAA Tournament. Instead, on a Thursday game at 6 p.m., 904 people showed up to cheer on the Jayhawks. And that number is inflated, as season ticket holders are automatically counted into the attendance figures. But baseball is a sport that has deep roots in this country’s history, often symbolizing hope or change. It’s Like in “Field of Dreams” when James Earl Jones boasts, “People will come.” Except, for Kansas baseball, people will not come. And those silver bleachers will sit uncovered far too often, as long as the program sits below the legendary building and program that engulfs this campus. “At Texas A&M last year, there were five or six thousand fans and it’s crazy,” Elgie said. “There are people who heckle you left and right, but it’s fun and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played, that’s what you live for, and it’d be nice if we had fans come give the other teams crap every once in a while.” — Edited by Katie James

Freshman forward Bunny williams tries to pass the ball to her teammates over her opponent’s hands during sunday afternoon’s game against Kansas state. with Carolyn davis out for the season, players such as williams will need to step up. over in 23 minutes. The ball came to her on one of the final plays with a chance to tie the game, and although she did not make the basket, Henrickson said there was a bigger takeaway. “She can’t think, ‘I can’t believe I missed it,’” Henrickson said. “She’s got to walk away thinking, ‘My teammates have confidence in me and my coaches do too.’” — Edited by Taylor Lewis

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ConFerenCe re-alignment

Big East and WVU Big 12 football schedule set reach settlement
ajoseph@kansan.com The Big East Conference announced Tuesday that it will terminate the membership of West Virginia University on June 30, allowing the school to join the Big 12 Conference in July. West Virginia and the Big East reached the settlement after three months of deliberations. “The Big 12 is a strong and vibrant conference academically and athletically,” said Oliver Luck, athletic director for West Virginia, in a statement Tuesday. “We look forward to the potential academic and athletic partnerships and financial opportunities that membership in the Big 12 offers.” The agreement prevents either party from discussing the financial details of the settlement, but, according to the Associated Press, West Virginia and the Big 12 will pay the Big East a total of $20 million. The settlement is conditional on West Virginia following Big East bylaws until it leaves on June 30, according to a statement from the Big East board of directors. “This vote is conditioned on WVU fulfilling its obligations under a settlement agreement with the Conference that resolves the litigation between the parties,” the statement read in part. The dispute between West Virginia and the Big East originated when conference commissioner John Marinatto ruled that he would hold all three Big East defectors — the universities of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia — to the mandated 27-month waiting period. Three days following the Big 12’s announcement abougt adding West Virginia, the school filed a suit against the Big East to waive the waiting period. The Big East countered with a suit of its own less than a week later. With the additions of West Virginia and Texas Christian University made official, the Big 12 released its 2012 conference football schedule on Tuesday. Kansas will open Big 12 play hosting TCU on Sept. 15 and play at West Virginia in Morgantown on Dec. 1. — Edited by Ian Cummings


Football’s 2012 journey
sept. 1: vs. south dakota state sept. 8: vs. Rice sept. 15: vs. tCU sept. 22: at northern illinois sept. 29: open oct. 6: at Kansas state oct. 13: vs. oklahoma state oct. 20: at oklahoma oct. 27: vs. texas

nov. 3: at Baylor nov. 10: at texas tech nov. 17: vs. iowa state nov. 24: open dec. 1: at West virginia

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mvernon@kansan.com The Big 12 released its football schedule Tuesday morning, leaving the Jayhawks with a tough 2012 road. Following non-conference games against South Dakota State and Rice, Kansas will host Texas Christian in the school’s first game as a member of the Big 12 conference. Kansas then goes on the road to play Northern Illinois before conference play kicks in for the remainder of the season. The final game for Kansas will be in Morgantown, W.V., as Kansas takes on the Mountaineers of West Virginia — another Big 12 newcomer. — Edited by Taylor Lewis

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