Volume 125 Issue 64


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

emily donovan
edonovan@kansan.com The Kansas state legislature doesn’t care to hear about medical marijuana. After two weeks of review, the “Cannabis Compassion and Care Act” was introduced to the House yesterday by Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita). The bill, originally introduced by Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City, Kan.) would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kansas and decriminalize possession of up to six ounces and home growing of up to 12 plants. By current Kansas law, possession of marijuana can result in up to a year in prison. Growing marijuana can lead to 17 years of jail time. A similar bill died in committee last year. “It’s very prevalent amongst the leadership in Kansas that they think there’s no interest in medical marijuana in Kansas,” Finney said. Once introduced, the Speaker of the House will assign a committee to review the bill. The committee would then open the bill to the chairperson, who can then decide whether to grant the bill a hearing for a vote or to let the bill die.

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Pro-medical marijuana Compassion and Care Act referred to committee in Kansas legislature
Rep. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka), the ranking democratic member of the Public Health and Welfare committee reviewing the bill, doesn’t expect the medical marijuana bill to live. “We have a very conservative legislature and this is the sort of issue that most would balk at,” Kelly said. “In some ways, I think it’s reflective of our citizenry. My gut instinct tells me that Kansans aren’t ready for this yet. This will have to occur in a number of other states and Kansans will watch it play out and then sometime down the line they might be willing to consider it — but not now.” A national public opinion poll conducted by Public Policy Polling in December 2012 found that 58 percent of 1,325 registered voters believe marijuana should be legalized. That statistic, however, does not necessarily reflect the state of Kansas. “In the state of Kansas, you have a few people that are in leadership positions or are chairpersons of committees and they have the power to say yea or nay about any bill that they want,” Finney said. “That’s one of the things that a lot of citizens in the state of Kansas do not know and do not realize. A lot of these deals and things that happen here in the capitol are made by very few people.” According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states and Washington, D.C. have approved the use of medical marijuana. Some have done so through initiatives or referendum, which The Sunflower state does not allow initiatives and referendum by the public but only legislationreferred constitutional amendments. To legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kansas, either the Kansas House and Senate would have to vote on and approve the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act or the Kansas legislature would have to refer the act as a referendum for a vote by the public. Still, Rep. Finney and like-minded lawmakers haven’t given up hope. She believes that if and when states surrounding Kansas have legalized medical marijuana, the Kansas legislature will follow suit to keep additional tax revenue within the state. “I do think it’s just a matter of time, but Kansas has a history of coming in last,” Finney said. Kansas was the last state to end Prohibition, partially re-legalizing alcohol in 1948 and not allowing on-premises sale of alcohol until 1987. To this day, Kansas has complicated alcohol laws and forbids the sale of alcohol heavier than 3.2 percent in grocery stores. It’s significant that both Colorado and Washington, where recreational use of marijuana has been legalized on a state level, first legalized medicinal marijuana, said political science professor Michael Lynch. “If I was a conservative who was not excited about recreational marijuana being legalized, I would just stop it now by preventing a law that seems to be — at least for other states — the first step in that direction,” Lynch said. “Because it has to be led by the state legislature, it is institutionally more difficult to do in Kansas, even if there were as much support for it here as there is in other states.” The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act would regulate marijuana exclusively for medical use. Medical marijuana, Rep. Finney believes, is a civil rights issue. The possession and distribution of marijuana for recreational use would remain a criminal act. “This bill is not for recreational purposes. This bill is to help chronically and terminally ill patients,” Finney said. “When you’re at the end of life and suffering from a lot of debilitating pain, medical marijuana gives them the opportunity to hold food down, to eat and to still be conscious when you’re in pain and taking hardcore drugs like morphine.” — Edited by Brian Sisk

History of the bill
HB 2330 Feb 11 — introduced Feb 14 — referred to committee on Health and Human Services June 1 — Died in committee

SB 354 Jan 30 — introduced Jan 31 — referred to committee on Public Health and Welfare Feb 2 — Withdrawn fcommittee on Public Health and Welfare; referred to committee on Federal and State Affairs June 1 — Died in committee

“it’s very prevalent amongst the leadership in Kansas that they think there’s no interest in medical marijuana in Kansas.”
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allow citizens to directly vote on a popular ballot rather than rely on the state’s legislative body. “They’ve been able to override and veto their legislature because they took it into their own hands to put it up to a vote on a ballot by the people,” Finney said. “Kansas doesn’t have initiative or referendum that would allow people to put issues on a statewide ballot.”

SB 9 Jan 10 — Prefiled for introduction on Thursday Jan 14 — introduced to Senate Jan 15 — referred to committee on Public Health and Welfare Jan 30 — introduced to House
— source: kslegislature.org


Regents, students oppose concealed carry on campus
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mschmidt@kansan.com A University student’s 21st birthday means they can finally drink alcohol legally, as well as start packing heat. A bill allowing concealed carry permits on college campuses is likely to reemerge in this session of the Kansas legislature, said student body president Hannah Bolton. “All the leaders from the Kansas Board of Regents Schools are in opposition to the concealed carry bill,” Bolton said. She will meet legislators on Feb. 11 as part of the annual higher education lobby, which advocates for legislation on behalf of University students. “We are trying to fight against having concealed carry on campus,” Bolton said. Students are not allowed to bring weapons on campus, but they may store their weapons at the KU Office of Public Safety, located on west campus. “We realize that different students have different hobbies, and hunting’s one of them,” said KU Police Chief Ralph Oliver. “We try to accommodate both bows and rifles.” Oliver said the number of students who keep their weapons on campus tends to be low and varies by season. Regarding concealed carry permits, Oliver did not think allowing guns in the classroom would benefit students at the University. “I don’t think bringing concealed weapons on campus makes a student safer,” Oliver said. — Edited by Tara Bryant


craft beers, home brews become popular
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Students 21 and older who are U.S. citizens and Kansas residents can apply for a concealed carry permit after completing a weapons safety and training course, according to the Kansas Attorney general’s Office.

Permit-seekers submit the weapons safety and training course certificate, application, $132.50 worth of state fees and fingerprint to the the local sheriff’s office. The documents are then forwarded to the attorney general’s office, which runs background checks on applicants before they may be approved. The approval process takes approximately 45 days to complete, according to the Douglas county Sheriff’s Office.

This course may be sponsored by the National rifle Association, law enforcement agencies or any other institution approved by the attorney general’s office, according to the Law center to Prevent gun Violence. After completion, permit seekers must fill out a license application answering questions regarding criminal history, child abuse, drug use and mental illness. implication in such activities could result in denial of application.

— source: Kansas Attorney General

Cooper Nickel worked to boil, bottle and ferment. After hours of trying to find the right combination of ingredients and discussing the process with his two friends, both the over-sanitized beer and Nickel’s vision of a delicious home brew went down the drain. The way students drink beer is changing. Nickel, a senior from Lindsborg, has left behind cheap beer for craft beer and his own home brew. And, although his latest experiment was unsuccessful — because of an overdose of iodophor — his other attempts have resulted in a good, cost-efficient beverage. “I haven’t bought cheap beer for a very long time,” Nickel said. Nickel and his friends Kurtis Myers and Grant Doerkson, both of whom are University alumni, first tried out home brewing a couple of years ago, and it made them appreciate the art of crafting beer. “The whole process to start a batch takes about six hours from boil to bottling for fermenting. However, the rewards are great. The grain and all for one batch that makes around three to four gallons of beer costs around 40 bucks with shipping. It’s well worth the price, as it tastes phenomenally superb to any cheap beer,” Nickel said. Nickel says that brewing his own beer is well worth the time and effort it takes to complete a batch. “You get to play with the taste and in brewing your own beer you begin to appreciate craft breweries a whole lot more,” Nickel said. Over the last two years, the craft beer market has been growing rapidly. According to the Brewers Association, an organization made up of more than 1,500 United States brewery members, more than 34,000 American Homebrewers Association members and other craftsmen of the beer trade, there

Dillan Straight, a senior from Wichita and employee at the cork and Barrel liquor store, identifies popular craft beer brands. These specialty beers have become increasingly popular with university students. are currently 2,126 breweries in the United States—up by 350 since June 2011. Craft beer and home brewing are becoming so popular among students that a group of beer lovers started the KU Beer Club. Alek Joyce, a junior from Lawrence and treasurer of the club, said that members share each other’s favorite beers at the meetings. “During our meetings, we focus exclusively on craft beers. Each meeting, we ask everyone to bring a six pack, and then we share the beers around the group,” Joyce said, “All in all, I’d say our personal tastes are all shifting towards investing in craft beers rather than just sufficing with cheaper stuff.” Nickel also goes into liquor stores for craft beer and usually purchases a “make your own six pack” that many of the Lawrence liquor stores offer to beer drinkers who want variety. “My favorite thing to do is to go to the liquor store and purchase a ‘mix six’ and try out a variety of craft beers,” Nickel said. Brendan Dowdle, the General Manager of Cork and Barrel on 9th and Indiana, says that sales reflect the shift in people choosing craft

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beer over cheap beer. “Domestic beer is selling less and less. Craft beer sales have gradually risen every year. We don’t expect to see a slow down on craft beer sales over the next ten years, especially with the amount of microbreweries opening,” Dowdle said. Domestic beer companies like Budweiser and Coors are having trouble keeping up with the craft beer competition. Budweiser recently released its Budweiser Black Crown, and will be promoting it with ads during the Super Bowl. Dowdle said that aside from the new Budweiser Black Crown, the larger beer companies are not really doing much to come out with new beers. The smaller craft beer companies, however, are releasing new beers quite often. “We see a new craft beer every week. I hope people are turning to craft beer because they want to buy American, but I think realistically it’s becoming popular, the word is getting out, they find out it’s good and people like the flavor,” Dowdle said. “They’re not just drinking to get drunk.” — Edited by Brian Sisk


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WHAT: Dollar Bowling WHERE: Royal Crest Lanes WHEN: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ABOUT: Take a break from the library and enjoy a game of bowling for only $1. Prepare for your game by watching the Disney Channel original movie, “Alley Cats Strike.” WHAT: Student Senate committee meetings WHERE: Kansas Union WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ABOUT: The University Affairs, Students Rights, Finance and Multicultural Affairs committees convene for the first time this semester. Students are welcome to sit in on meetings and voice their opinions.

Thursday, January 31
WHAT: Tea at Three WHERE: Kansas Union, 4th floor WHEN:3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ABOUT: Enjoy free tea and cookies, compliments of SUA. It’s bloody good. WHAT: The Junkyard Jazz Band WHERE: American Legion WHEN: 7 p.m. ABOUT: Listen to traditional jazz from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Musicians welcome.

Friday, February 1
WHAT: Kansas Conference on Slavery and Human Trafficking WHERE: Kansas Union WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. ABOUT: Gov. Sam Brownback and the University co-sponsor the conference, which focuses on modern day human trafficking. The event is free and open to the public. WHAT: KU School of Music Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I Concert WHERE: Lied Center WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ABOUT: Come hear student musicians jam out. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission.

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WHAT: Dueling Divas WHERE: Theatre Lawrence WHEN: 6:30 p.m. ABOUT: Watch some of Lawrence’s most talented ladies compete in this competition. Audience members can vote for their favorite diva, bid on silent auction items and watch these singers hit the high notes. Tickets start at $60. WHAT: KU School of Music Jazz Festival concert WHERE: Free State High School WHEN:7:30 to 9 p.m. ABOUT: Not satisfied with the week’s previous musical activities? Support our Jayhawk musicians at this free concert.

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Students to sing for recording artist at Lied
egrimm@kansan.com Select University students will have the opportunity to perform in a talent showcase for recording artist Suzanne Vega and her daughter Ruby Froom on Friday. The free showcase will be in the Lied Center Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. “We’ve been trying for years to do a talent showcase-like event,” said Topeka senior Hillary Berry, president of the Lied Center Student Association. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great place to say you’ve performed in.” To be considered for the showcase, participants had to post a video on the event’s Facebook page. The video had to be a live, acoustic cover of a song of the participant’s choice. Berry, who is participating in the showcase, looks forward to the opportunity to perform. Her cover is Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me.” “It feels good,” Berry said. “It’s a unique opportunity play for them and that the people at the Lied Center think I’m good enough to play.” Berry also said she is looking forward to seeing the student support the night of the showcase. “There are some good artists making the trip and it would be really cool to get support for local artists,” she said. Prospective participants had until Jan. 23 to post their video for consideration. Judges chose nine participants to perform in the showcase and receive feedback from Vega and Froom. “I have enjoyed working with people in the community before and have worked with all kinds of people from young kids all the way up to seniors who want to share their work, in all kinds of settings, rural and urban, underprivileged and very well off,” said Vega. “I hope to meet some people who have the wish to create something artistic and interesting.” Michele Berendsen, Marketing Communications Director for the Lied Center, also expressed excitement about the upcoming showcase. “She’s had really big hits and is a terrific singer-songwriter,” she said. “Students will be excited for this.” Vega had some advice to share with aspiring musicians. “Figure out what you want to say and figure out what your limitations are — that’s the key to your style,” she said. “You should be doing both social media and your local hoot night performing in front of real people. They will tell you quickly what else you have to learn to be a good performer.” — Edited by Tara Bryant



Conn. legislature considers mental health issues
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday began reviewing mental health care following the deadly Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into the mental state of the 20-year-old gunman. The prosecutor in the case, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said he cannot release information about Adam Lanza’s mental health because of the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct, which covers all attorneys in the state. His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza’s mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June. But Jeremy Richman, father of 6-year-old Arielle Richman, one of the 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, told a legislative subcommittee on Tuesday that it is clear Lanza did not commit an impulsive act of violence, but rather a planned crime with the “goal of achieving infamy” like other mass shooters. “The shooters in Sandy Hook, Tucson, Aurora, Littleton, Blacksburg — we will not grant them the respect of using their names — were not in their right minds,” said Richman, who, along with his wife, has started a foundation in their daughter’s name to protect vulnerable groups from violence and to understand the mental underpinnings of violent behavior. “Too little is known in the mental health area about what drives these violent behaviors,” he said. “Clearly, something is wrong with the person capable of such atrocities.” Besides gun violence and school safety, two task forces created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are focusing on mental health services and reducing the stigma of treatment Hook victim Ana Marquezas they review public policy and Greene and a licensed marriage recommend law changes after and family therapist, said she shooting, which also left six edu- hopes Connecticut will become a cators at Sandy national model Hook dead. Police to improve its said Lanza also mental health “Too little is known in the killed his mother system. In writat the Newtown ten testimony mental health area about home they shared read by her siswhat drives these violent and later comter on Tuesday, behaviors.” mitted suicide as Marquezpolice approached Greene sugJEREMy RICHMAN the school. gested that Father of Newtown shooting victim The massacre in exposing famiNewtown has also lies to trained set off a national discussion about mental health professionals to demental health care, with everyone stigmatize mental health access from law enforcement leaders to and treatment. She also called for the gun industry, urging policy- the state to fully fund programs makers to focus on the issue as a way to help prevent similar mass shootings. Members of Malloy’s commission said they would like to have details of Lanza’s mental health, but it’s not essential. “I don’t think not having that information is going to prevent us from doing important work,” said Dr. Harold Schwartz, a psychiatrist on the commission. “Adam Lanza is just one case. We really need to think about large populations. We need to think about improving the mental health system for everyone.” Nelba Marquez-Greene, mother of 6-year-old Sandy

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that provide support to parents. “My Ana Grace was murdered. She was six years old. She was one of 26 innocent people massacred senselessly,” Marquez-Greene wrote. “This tragedy could have been prevented.” Lawmakers were urged to look at numerous issues such as stronger civil commitment laws, mandatory mental health evaluations for gun purchasers, more funding for school-based health centers that provide mental health care and community-based mental health services, and allowing families to put a troubled relative on a list preventing them from obtaining a gun. At the same time, some people diagnosed with mental ill-

ness told the legislators not to take out their anger with Lanza against them. Slightly more than 100 people signed up to testify on Tuesday, compared to 1,200 who signed up to testify at Monday’s hearing on gun laws. State lawmakers were told that individuals with private insurance have much more limited access to services than people using government insurance. Patricia Rehwmer, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, said there are limits on the number of services that can be used annually, which can create problems for families.

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Woman claims self defense in murder case
PHOENIX — The photographs present a chilling portrait of sex and death. A nude Jodi Arias on Travis Alexander’s bed. A naked Alexander in the shower. Then minutes later, an image of Alexander stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times in the heart, back, hands and torso, shot in the head, his throat slit from ear to ear. Other evidence has stacked up since the June 2008 attack in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix. A bloody palm print; wildly conflicting stories; and, finally, a confession. The evidence — including time-stamped photos from the day police say Alexander died — is being presented at a trial in Phoenix that’s been dominated by the torrid affair, sex, jealousy and a defendant whose only chance at acquittal is to convince a jury she’s the victim. There’s no question who killed the 30-year-old businessman and motivational speaker. Arias admits she stabbed and shot him, but claims she was defending herself against an abusive lover. Alexander “lunged at Jodi in anger,” her attorney, Jennifer Willmott, told jurors. “Jodi’s life was in danger. He knocked her to the ground in the bathroom where there was a struggle,” Willmott said. “If she did not have to defend herself, she would not be here.” Prosecutors say the 32-year-old came prepared to kill, packing a .25-caliber handgun and knife, neglecting to call police and leaving behind a crime scene that investigators described as among the most gruesome they’d ever seen. “This is not a case of whodunit,” prosecutor Juan Martinez said in his opening statement. “The person who committed this killing sits in court today.” Arias repeatedly changed her stories about the killing that could land her on death row if convicted. She first denied any involvement, then blamed it on masked intruders before finally confessing. The case now rests largely on intent. Her attorneys are trying to convince jurors she was an abused woman defending herself from an enraged ex-boyfriend — something experts say will be difficult given the evidence. “Why did she bring a gun to a love fest for one?” said San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Michael Cardoza. “This is about damage control now. No jury is going to let this lady walk. It’s just about trying to save her life.” In Tuesday’s third day of the trial, prosecutors showed bloody crime-scene photos and pointed out handprints, footprints and hair found by police in Alexander’s bedroom. Arias appeared visibly shaken by the photos, covering her face with her hands at one point. Maricopa County Medical Examiner Dr. Kevin Horn later explained wounds he found during the autopsy on Alexander’s hands and feet. Prosecutors plan to question Horn about whether Alexander was shot after he was already dead — a fact that could determine whether Arias gets the death penalty if convicted. The story began in fall 2007, when Alexander met Arias, an aspiring photographer, at a Las Vegas convention. The two began dating, and the stormy relationship went on for about five months. At the time, Arias was living in Southern California and would visit Alexander at his Mesa home. Friends of the man say she practically lived there from time to time, and that Alexander became bothered with her possessiveness and jealousy. They say he broke it off and that she stalked him for months, slashing his tires and hacking into his Facebook account. She claims she ended the relationship after catching him in too many lies. But she says it was at his urging that she moved to Mesa from California for a time after their breakup.

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Information based on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office booking recap.


21-year-old female was arrested Monday on the 3300 block of Iowa Street under suspicion of theft, interfering with an officer in his duties and criminal trespassing. No bond was set.

• A 42-year-old male was arrested

yesterday on the 1100 block of 11th Street under suspicion of domestic battery. Bond was paid at $4,000.

• A 21-year-old female was arrested

Defendant Jodi Arias appears in court for her murder trial at the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday in phoenix. Arias is charged with murder in the death of her boyfriend, travis Alexander, and the prosecution is seeking the death penalty. He started dating other women, will I do this? By strict obedience yet the two continued to have sex to the commandments of God,” up until the day of his death. Alexander wrote in a blog post They exchanged thousands of before his death. emails and text messages. He sent Arias’ challenges are formidable. her photos of his genitalia and Police say her bloody palm print requested she wear a French maid and hair were found at the crime outfit while cleaning his house. scene, along with the photographs She sent explicit messages; he on a camera inside Alexander’s washing machine. In told her it addition, authorities appeared he say Arias’ grandparwas nothing a .25 more than a “Her changing stories, the ents reported —the caliber gun sex toy “with confession, the forensic same caliber used in a heartbeat.” the slaying — stolen T h e evidence, it’s just a very from their Northern profile of difficult case to defend.” California home Alexander about a week before is in sharp MArk GerAGoS contrast to Criminal defense lawyer the killing. Arias was staying with them at what some the time. friends and No weapons were found at the family knew. Many believed him to be a devout Mormon who was crime scene. Arias’ attorneys have saving sex for marriage. Friends yet to explain why she washed said Arias also converted to Alexander’s bedding and put the Mormonism after they started camera in the washing machine, why she left his body in the showdating. “This year will be the best year er without reporting anything of my life. ... I will earn more, to authorities, and why she lied learn more, travel more, serve repeatedly to investigators. All of this, combined with more, love more, give more and be more than all the other years the sheer brutality of the attack, of my life combined. ... And how makes it more difficult for a


yesterday on the 1900 block of Iowa Street under suspicion of failure to appear in court due to being out of the country. No bond was set.

• A 26-year-old male was arrested

defense attorney to do anything but attempt to spare her the death penalty, experts say. “Her changing stories, the confession, the forensic evidence, it’s just a very difficult case to defend,” said California criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos. Geragos said her only hope is if defense attorneys can convince jurors Alexander was abusive, and that he attacked her on the day he was killed. “They’re going to need expert witnesses to clean up her mess,” Geragos said. “The biggest problem is, she’s given all these different stories that don’t comport with the facts, and now she’s admitted doing it.” As she sat in jail just three months after her arrest, Arias was adamant — at this point sticking with her second story about the intruders — that she was innocent of the crime. In an interview with “Inside Edition,” she was certain jurors would believe her. “No jury is going to convict me,” she said. “I am innocent and you can mark my words on that.”

yesterday on the 1200 block of Connecticut Street under suspicion of failure to appear in court. Bond was paid at $203.

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Dear frat boys, if your only pick-up line is, “i’m in a frat,” just go home. Sincerely, all girls. Two break-ups witnessed at Wescoe Beach. Rough Monday. i feel like the lance Armstrong of academia when i take Adderall. Who forgot to pack the game jerseys? Guess it’s shoot around uniforms for prime time. Nothing worse than telling someone a secret and then they text it to the FFA... i would marry Tyler Self just so i could call Bill Self daddy. on a scale of 1 to Bill Self, how mad are you right now? Note to self: Do not try to eat an apple while holding an onion in the other hand. only in Kansas can you be under a tornado watch and a winter weather advisory at the same time. if you were a proud American you wouldn’t yell anything at the end of the national anthem because that’s disrespectful to America. My first time in Allen Fieldhouse was for a Fieldhouse cleaning. #ultimateproblems if anyone catches me Googling “Tupac conspiracy Theory,” just know that it’s for class! Hey sports section: can we please have more pictures of Mclemore? i need decorations for my room. This weather would be so much more tolerable if i were at Hogwarts. Do you think Sinbad watches over obama’s kids? i don’t think Te’o is as much of an attention hog as he was covering up for embarrassment of getting duped by his “girlfriend.” For the love of Bill Self, keep your political beliefs out of the FFA! We purposely let their hope build up during the game just to crush it down at the end. Who loves sorority girls? i love sorority girls. i feel like you aren’t really a KU student until you see a basketball player in real life and completely flip out. i overheard one guy telling another how he had already skipped two chemistry lectures. Dude, there have only been four so far... oh ooh editor! pick me! pick me!! Yeah, banning “assault” weapons will prevent mass murders... i guess the columbine and Virginia Tech massacres don’t count. Dear Squirrels of KU guy, be my Valentine? The greatest benefit of making friends is the increase in seating possibilities in Anschutz.

he faint memory of a homophobic, eight-yearold me reared its head at President Obama’s inaugural address. His address was the first to openly support, or even mention, gay rights. When President Obama recognized the movement in this way, jaws dropped and tears beaded in the corners of eyes. I was among them. This small, ten-second sound byte took all of us one step closer to securing my aunt and her partner’s rights and, ultimately, their happiness. In hindsight, it should have been obvious. It always seems that way. My mom said they were long-term roommates and left the rest up to me, an idiotic elementary school child. By the time I figured it out, it was something like realizing pancake was a portmanteau of “pan” and “cake”

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at the sad age of eighteen (which also happened to me). But when the pieces fell into place, it was so natural that all of the negative labels attached to “two women in love” collapsed. I had grown up a Protestant in a Catholic school, a little homophobic tyke with a penchant for hurling slurs with the boys out at recess. It wasn’t sincere; I was an immature fourth-grader trying to fit in. I doubt that any one of my elementary school classmates had seen, let alone met an actual gay person. Everything they knew about the LGBT community had been run through a deeply conservative parental filter. Over that fourth grade Christmas break, on my annual trip to Grammy’s, I found out that my aunt and her partner were lesbians, and so learned that a huge population of Americans

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had been falsely demonized. I transferred to public school the next year. What I found there was a petri dish of ideas and identities that only grew as we were funneled through to high school. I met openly gay and even transgender students. They were more sure of who they were as people than me or my Catholic school friends had ever been. It was incredible. One of my aunts is a schoolteacher herself and confirmed my

suspicion that simply knowing and interacting with someone who is a part of the LGBT community can dramatically change your perception of the issue. This is one of the main reasons the gay rights movement has been so successful: the LGBT community is everywhere. They are in classrooms, state and federal offices, and blue-collar jobs disproving bigots left and right. Nowadays, Generation Y recognizes that marriage equality legalization is inevitable. Support for it among those born from the 1980s to the early 2000s is overwhelmingly positive and growing. So far, we’ve all just been too polite to say it: once the baby boomers exit the electorate, America will be a much different place. Obama recognizes that marriage equality is the seminal

rights movement of this generation, struggling against the same cruel and warped justifications that the civil rights and women’s rights movements did. President Obama’s reference to all of these groups in the same breath gives me faith that the next four years will be filled with success for the LGBT community. While the rest of us sit around griping about privileges we already have, the most resilient and determined political group in America remains happy as can be. The rest of us could use some help in that department. Kenney is a freshman majoring in political science and journalism from Shawnee.




‘Student loan horror stories’ Lawrence offers inspire creative solutions unique businesses
By Anna Wenner

s I was browsing the web one day an article caught my eye. “Nine Unbelievable Student Loan Horror Stories,” published by the Business Insider. I knew better than to click on it, but it’s like being a character in a scary movie—you hear the door rattle, you know if you touch it you’ll probably die, but you just can’t help it. So I clicked. And I read. And soon, my heart was beating faster and my palms were sweating, and I could have definitely outrun that movie villain if I’d had to. Unfortunately, what I can’t outrun is my student loan debt. Now, some people have accepted their loans as a part of their life. Like a child, they’re a dependent that sucks all of your hard earned cash away faster than you can think. But what many students fail to realize is that there is another way. I mean, sure, there’s the old cut spending and increase revenue idea, but when has that worked for anyone? If our elected representatives in our government can’t do it, I don’t see why we students should be expected to be any more responsible. So in the spirit of creativity, here are three sure-fire ways to lose those loans.

STarT your own ChariTy
Charities are “institutions engaged in relief of the poor,” and who is poorer than a college student? I recommend making a few dozen business cards, and maybe a T-shirt or two for whoever will be collecting for the charity, to make your institution a little more legitimate. Then go door-to-door, person-to-person, and ask in your nicest way for donations to the “Student debt relief fund.”

doesn’t appeal to you, you could always start smaller and send tapes of your friends doing stupid things to America’s Funniest Home Videos. Trust me, they’ll love you for making them into a star, and you’ll love the money that comes from a winning video. And if they don’t love you for it? Well, clearly they lacked a sense of humor. Everyone else certainly thought it was funny.


Give adviCe For a priCe
Remember Lucy from the “Peanuts” comics? She had the right idea toward paying off her future college debts with her stand offering “psychiatric help.” Sure, her advice was never what Charlie Brown wanted to hear, but you’d be surprised how many college students could use a bit of blunt guidance. Personally, I recommend waiting until finals week when the student body is at its most vulnerable. During that week of fogged thoughts and panic, an offer of help goes a long way. Plus, while Lucy only charged five cents, with inflation and your neediness added in, you could easily charge 50 cents a question. You’ll be paying back your loans in no time. wenner is a sophomore majoring in english and history from Topeka.

STar in your own realiTy Show
These days just about anyone can be on television, all it seems to really take is the willingness to make a fool of yourself on a national scale. In the case of reality television, the stupider the better, and college is known to be the time in a person’s life when they do the stupidest things. Why not have it all recorded and shown to the world? If this

f you’re reading this article right now, there is a good chance that, like me, you also consider Lawrence to be the greatest city ever conceived by man. Having spent nearly three years at the University as a student, I have come to love my “home away from home.” And at this point I identify myself more as part of this community, than the one in Kansas City that I spent the majority of my life in. Now I’m no world traveler, but I have visited a number of other states as well as a few different countries and I have found that there is nowhere quite like Lawrence. With this in mind, it breaks my heart when I hear of someone I know that has yet to sample some of the “hidden treasures” that this city has to offer. Those of you that have yet to branch out and try new things are living in woeful ignorance of some of the amazing food and great shops that make Lawrence such a great place to live. Whatever your hobbies or food preferences may be, Lawrence has something for you. If you love a good burger and fries than look no further than my favorite local restaurant, The Burger Stand. Or you could try its biggest burger rival, Dempsey’s. Are you addicted to coffee? Branch out from Starbucks and try Henry’s Coffee, The Bourgeois Pig, La Prima Tazza, or Java Break and you will not be disappointed. Do you enjoy good food and even better beer? Get to Free State Brewery immediately and prepare to have your mind blown. As well as offering up some

By Caleb Sisk

spectacular local restaurants, Lawrence has a number of shops that are both local and unique. Shops such as Sharks Surf Shop, Au Marche European Market and Brits offer a plethora of goods that you would otherwise have to special order for a steep fee. We are certainly spoiled with the sheer amount of amazing unique local businesses that are available to us at anytime. I have said it before and I will say it again; the college experience consists of much more than simply attending class and making the grade. While your main focus during your time here should be to do well in class, if you aren’t getting out and experiencing all that this amazing town has to offer, than you are simply not getting the most out of your time here. So don’t be “that guy,” don’t get stuck in the rut of Wal-Mart, Chipotle and McDonalds. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. At the very least you will have bolstered your “hipster” street cred a bit but most likely you will discover that you have been missing out on some phenomenal food and merchandise. Sisk is a junior majoring in journalism from Kansas City. Follow him on Twitter @calebsisk.


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‘parker’ offers familiar statham thrills
lmcdonald@kansan.com Full disclosure: I’ve seen “Parker” before. And I’m willing to bet you have too. Maybe you caught it back when it was calling itself “Ronin,” “The Italian Job,” “Payback” or any of the other myriad heist movies where a gentleman thief with a strict code of ethics is betrayed and left for dead by his crew, resulting in roughly 90 minutes of hard-earned retribution, the acquisition of a suitably feisty love interest and perhaps the promise of an even bigger payoff. It’s also a good bet that the film you saw starred Jason Statham, the chrome-domed Cockney bruiser whose tireless commitment to the action genre allows him to crank out several of these babies each and every year. Don’t get me wrong. Taylor Hackford’s new movie, adapted from one of the 24 Parker novels crime fiction mastermind Donald E. Westlake wrote under his Richard Stark pseudonym, is an agreeable serving of strained pulp, the sort of film you might see to pass the time between work and dinner. It doesn’t have much depth or originality, but it certainly offers a serviceable amount of action, hardboiled dialogue and the comic spectacle of watching Statham attempt to pass himself off as an Ecuadorborn oilman with a shaky Texas twang. Here’s the set-up: Parker (Statham) wants revenge on Melander (Michael Chiklis, “The Shield”) and his gang for betraying him and making off with his share of the loot following the improbably lucrative robbery of the Ohio State Fair. He turns to his mob-connected father-in-law (a craggy-throated Nick Nolte) to track down the scumbags, who have relocated to Palm Springs to plan a new heist involving a dead heiress and millions of dollars worth of precious stones. In order to beat them to the score,


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this film publicity image released by Filmdistrict shows Jennifer Lopez, left, and Jason statham in a scene from “parker.” Parker joins forces with a spunky real estate broker named Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), who helps him get the lay of the land, so to speak. I’d be curious to know what moved Hackford, the reliable filmmaker behind “The Devil’s Advocate” and “Ray” and the current president of the Directors Guild of America, to take on a project whose subject matter seems better suited to the limited tastes and paltry ambitions of an action journeyman like Simon West (“The Mechanic”) or Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”). When a talented director goes slumming, the results can be fearless and electrifying (think William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe” or Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”), but Hackford seems either unable or unwilling to take the necessary risks. Statham, one of the last action heroes to actually do his own stunts, sticks to what he does best here: mainly doing his own stunts and grimacing through the occasional morbid wisecrack. I’ve been a Statham fan from his early days with director Guy Ritchie through the lurid magnum opus that is “Crank 2: High Voltage,” but I’d really like to see the former British national diver flex the dramatic chops he demonstrated in 2008’s underworld


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drama “The Bank Job” and last year’s “Safe.” In the meantime, though, he seems understandably content to keep doing what most of his “Expendables” castmates can only accomplish through CGI and legions of stuntmen. Jennifer Lopez, a likeable actress without much in the way of range, seems to work best in projects like this. The pop star’s post-“Anaconda” film career took off after appearing in Steven Soderbergh’s crime thriller “Out of Sight,” where she played a U.S. Marshal battling an intense attraction to George Clooney’s dashing bank robber. Her chemistry with Statham is comparably solid, despite her annoying tendency to overplay Leslie’s hysterical side. The scenes with her mother are particularly grating. “Parker” may not be a film destined to linger long in the memory, but it certainly outclasses most action movies branded with the ignominy of a January release date. One sequence, a hotel balcony brawl between Statham and a knife-wielding assassin, is especially effective, even with the groan-worthy double clutch at the end. It’s January, after all, and like this movie’s pilfering protagonist, we’ll take what we can get.



Daredevil walks 500-foot span 200 feet above ground
SARASOTA, Fla.— Famed daredevil Nik Wallenda glided 500 feet across a wire suspended 200 feet above the ground on Tuesday, wowing several thousand people below in his hometown of Sarasota. Without a tether or safety net, Wallenda was the lone figure against a blue sky, aided only by a balancing pole. He made the death-defying stunt look easy, but the performance was anything but simple: it took dozens of circus workers to pull and release the thick black cables that controlled Wallenda’s wire as he walked. The morning was windier than expected, and at one point near the end, Wallenda dipped down to one knee on the wire, which led to loud gasps among the crowd. “I have to get into a zone where I kind of forget about everything else and just focus on what I’m doing,” he said shortly before he stepped on the wire. “Fear is a choice but danger is real, and that’s very, very true for my line of work.” When Wallenda went to one knee, the drama reached a fever pitch. “Scary,” said Neil Montford, a vacationer from the United Kingdom, while wiping sweat from his brow and looking skyward. Wallenda, 34, wore a gold cross around his neck and prayed with his wife, children and parents prior to the walk. “It’s my job, it’s my career, it’s my passion, it’s what I love to do,” he said. The Sarasota City Commission allowed the stunt without a tether. Wallenda wore a tether for the first time last summer when he walked across Niagara Falls because the television network that was paying for the performance insisted on it. Wallenda is a seventh-generation high-wire artist and is part of the famous “Flying Wallendas” circus family. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, fell during a performance in Puerto Rico and died. But Wallenda wasn’t focused on the possibility of tragedy. In the hours before the stunt, Wallenda walked underneath the wire, which was suspended between a crane and a condo in downtown Sarasota. He spoke of his city, of the nearby sparkling bay and how he loved to hear the cheers of the crowd while hundreds of feet up in the air.


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the uniVersitY daiLY Kansan

at a GLance
Kansas is coming off a disappointing second half in a loss to Oklahoma State. The team needs to be more aggressive against Iowa State.


Kansas (12-6, 3-4)

countdown to tiPoff

Kansas faces top 25 isu
Jayhawks look to rebound against the cyclones

Kansas Vs. no. 23 iowa state

at a GLance
The no. 23 Iowa State Cyclones head to Lawrence in search of their first win in Allen Fieldhouse since 2010. Iowa State is building on their recent come-frombehind victory at West Virginia. Hallie Christofferson led the 14-point comeback with 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

iowa state

iowa state (14-4,5-3)
aNNa PriNs, ceNter
Prins is a 6-foot-7 senior, just one inch shorter than Baylor’s Brittany Griner. She scored 17 points against Griner in the Cyclones loss to the Bears earlier this season. On the season, Prins is averaging 10.2 points per game and leads her team in blocked shots.

PLaYer to watch
Chelsea Gardner, Forward
Gardner has been the team’s best offensive player at times this season, and at other times has disappeared. She has recorded a game Gardner with 26 points in 24 minutes played, and another with four points in 33 minutes played. She played well against Oklahoma State, as Goodrich and Davis struggled to score. She is the biggest factor in the Jayhawks rebounding efforts.

carolyN davis, ForWard
After Davis shot the ball just six times against Oklahoma State, Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said that she needed to take more shots. Some of that is on Davis, Henrickson said. The guards do not deserve all of the blame for not getting the ball inside. The key for Kansas right not is aggressiveness, especially for Carolyn Davis.

PLaYer to watch
Hallie Christofferson, ForwardPrins

chelsea gardNer, ForWard
Gardner led the team in both rebounds and points against Oklahoma State. She is difficult to stop when she is playing well offensively, but she has been on a statistical roller coaster lately, with games of 18, four and 14 points in the last three games.

chelsea PoPPeNs, ForWard
Iowa State is a good rebounding team, and Poppens is a major part of that. She is the Big 12’s active leader in career offensive rebounds, and currently third in that category this season. Poppens can also score, she is averaging 11.6 points per game as a senior. The last time the Jayhawks and Cyclones met, Poppens scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Hallie Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14 points per game and 10th in christofferson rebounding at 6.8 boards per game. The Cyclone junior eclipsed double digits in 15 of 18 games this season.

Question MarK

Question MarK
how many three’s will angel Goodrich make?
Goodrich has been looking to become a legitimate three-point threat, but so far there have been mixed results. She leads the team at 35 percent from long range. In the last four games, Goodrich has taken 29 three-point shots. Against Baylor, she was 3-for-10. Against Texas, she was 5-for-7. What will be the result against Iowa State?


moNica eNgelmaN, guard
Engelman has not been playing like herself lately. The Jayhawks have relied on Engelman for consistent rebounding for most of the season, but in the last four games Engelman has not grabbed any more than two rebounds. It is most troubling for the Jayhawks because this decline in rebounding began in the game after Tania Jackson, who was leading the team in rebounding, left the team.

will the cyclones take care of the ball?
The Cyclones shot 39 percent from the field in their last game, but turned the ball over 20 times. To continue their upward momentum, the Cyclones have to hold on to the ball.

hallie christoFFersoN, ForWard
Christofferson is a 6-foot-3 forward who shoots 46 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line. She leads the Cyclones with 14.6 points per game and also collects 6.8 rebounds. Her shooting ability creates a difficult match up for forwards, but her height is an impossible match up for most guards.

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Natalie KNight, guard
Even when Knight is at her worst, she still manages to take care of the ball. Knight has an assist to turnover ratio of 4.28. Nobody else on the Kansas roster has a ratio over 1.87. Kansas could really use some three-point shooting from Knight, as they have struggled to make shots from behind the arc, and so has Knight.



18 +12.5 +8.9

turnovers per game Scoring margin

rebounding margin

bY the nuMbers
The number of games that Kansas has lost since Jan. 8. The number of shots that Carolyn Davis had against OSU. This number needs to be higher. Kansas’ defensive field goal percentage ranking in the Big 12. Just a reminder, the Big 12 only has ten teams.

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biG JaY wiLL cheer
Kansas can stop Iowa State from grabbing offensive rebounds and getting second chance points. The Jayhawks need to box out better, and stop the Cyclones from swimming around them. Oklahoma State took advantage of those against Kansas, and Iowa State is also a good offensive rebounding team. Coach Bonnie Henrickson and Angel Goodrich talked about a lack of aggressiveness after the OSU game, that needs to change.

aNgel goodrich, PoiNtguard
Goodrich is the team leader. After the Oklahoma State game, Goodrich said that the team had played passive. It will likely be up to her to bring out that aggression in her team, and she will have to lead by example on the court.


babY JaY wiLL crY
If the Jayhawks don’t pressure the ball well. The Iowa State backcourt is dangerous from beyond the arc. Allowing Hallie Christofferson to get hot from midrange will pose problems for a Jayhawk defense that isn’t rebounding the ball well.

iowa state **starters continued
BryNN WilliamsoN, guard
A sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., Williamson leads the Cyclones in made three-pointers and shoots 38 percent from behind the arc. Williamson is an unusual player: her three-point shooting percentage is actually better than her regular field goal percentage.


go to www.kansan. com to find out about the game or follow us on Twitter @UDK_sports from press row

NiKKi moody, guard
Moody has recorded five assists or more in 15 of the 17 games she has played this season. She is third nationally with 7.5 assists per game. She is a 5-foot-8 sophomore point guard that will create another interesting match up between Big 12 point guards as she goes up against Angel Goodrich.




Q: What is the combined Chiefs’ record since the 2008 season? A: 25 wins to 56 losses
— Espn.com



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QUote of the DAY

“It sounds like he wants to win and wants to win now, and that’s what I’m all about. I want to win this season and not worry about years down the road. I’m worried about winning right now.”
— Royals pitcher James Shields on Royals GM Dayton Moore

No room for optimism with Kansas sports
ansas City has recently been “blessed” with some of the most underperforming franchises in professional sports. With the exclusion of Sporting Kansas City—which, mind you, lost in the first round of the MLS playoffs this year—area franchises have been as underwhelming as it gets. The problem, and mine sometimes as well, is that we all think with our heart and not our mind. I believed in Dayne Crist and Kansas football this year. I believed when the Royals said it was “Our Time,” that it was actually our time. I believed that when multiple so-called experts predicted the Chiefs could win the AFC West that they had a chance. What do we get? One win, 90 losses, two wins. I am now convinced that we humans believe too much for our own good. I hate to play Debbie Downer, especially in a very public setting, but what good reasons do we have to truly be excited about next year? I’m not a pessimist but I’d love to caution our collective optimism. Sure, Jayhawk football looks to be



fAct of the DAY

The Jayhawk football team hasn’t made a bowl game since it made it four out of the six years between 2003-2008

By Jackson Long

tRIVIA of the DAY

— Espn.com

making a turn. Charlie Weis found some high-quality junior-college players, even drawing the nickname #DreamTeam2013. Jake Heaps has a year in the system and will make an impact at the team’s most important position as quarterback. But do the ‘Hawks really have what it takes to make great strides? The team gave away some games in the 2012 campaign, making one think that we may fall on the right side of the fence this time. The problem is no one gets a break in the Big 12. It simply is too good. Week in and week out, Kansas will have its hands full with the team on the opposing sideline.

It has been an eventful offseason for the Royals. Bringing in pitcher James Shield and pitcher Wade Davis bring help to the pitching staff, but at a cost of their best prospect, outfielder Wil Myers. Fixing the pitching and removing depth is most certainly the win-now, go for broke approach. Essentially, based on Shield’s contract, the men in blue have two years to make a run at the post season. This means no injury setbacks, upside performance from most of the players, and a continued weak American League Central division. The Chiefs are actually the scariest of the three. So far, they’ve sucked us in with a coaching hire, GM selection and our first round draft pick. I love the Reid pick, and new GM John Dorsey has an incredible history with the draft. To me, the biggest concern is that the team will change very little from last year’s two-win squad. The number one pick isn’t half what it was last year. Some experts even say there isn’t a quarterback worthy of a first round-selection. The Chiefs picked the wrong year to be awful. Free agency could make or break

Sundays at Arrowhead. Wide reciever Dwayne Bowe and offensive lineman Brandon Albert would be key re-signs. But the Chiefs need addition from freeagent talent, specifically at the quarterback position. Alex Smith appears to be the common desire from most fans. Drafting a signal caller to develop wouldn’t be a bad move either. The time is driven by quarterback play, and the Chiefs just don’t have it. I’m all for being wrong on this, believe me. I just don’t want everyone to get too excited and be let down again; a trend recently. Take caution in the upcoming seasons. Our local sports might not be ready just yet. — Edited by Hannah Wise

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Bowl alignment discussed at Big 12 athletic directors meeting
IRVING, Texas — Big 12 athletic directors worked Tuesday to determine the league’s preferred bowl lineup with the anticipation that the Cotton Bowl will become part of college football’s new playoff system. The 2½-hour discussion about bowl alignment took up a bulk of the agenda as the ADs wrapped up a two-day meeting with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and other league officials that also involved football scheduling. Most of the first day was spent discussing the makeup of the 10-team league and “what-if ” scenarios about staying at that number or eventually expanding. “We feel very good about our current lot in life. We like our revenue distribution, we like our competition, we like our composition. We feel very good about where we are,” Bowlsby said Tuesday. “Beyond that, we’d be unwise to be oblivious to all that is going on around us. We need to be constantly vigilant. I think in coming out of these meetings we’re prepared very well for that vigilance.” According to Forbes, the Big 12 will generate about $26.2 million per team this school year through network television deals, bowl games and NCAA tournaments. That’s the highest per-team average of any conference. The Big 12 had nine of its 10 teams to bowl games this past season. No other league had ever sent 90 percent of its teams to a bowl in the same season. Bowlsby said Tuesday started with a quick recap of what was discussed the first day to make sure there was nothing else the ADs wanted to talk about after thinking about it overnight. There was none. So they moved on to the primary agenda items of bowls and schedules. While the first semifinal games in the new playoff system at the end of the 2014 season will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, the site of the first championship game hasn’t been selected. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Cotton Bowl is played, seemingly a front-runner for that title game and then to be in the rotation for semifinal games after that. When all that is finally settled in the next few months, the Big 12 will be ready to work on other bowls. “Once we know the host bowls, we’re going to be anxious after that to put some deals together and we’ve got to go to that bowl which we think we want to have first after the so-called system, and try and get a deal with them, and then go to the second one after the system,” Bowlsby said. “This was just a way to sort of identify our priorities.” Under current arrangements through the 2013 season, the Cotton Bowl gets the top pick of Big 12 teams not in the BCS. Bowlsby said it would be a “fair projection” that the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, which now has the next pick after the Cotton Bowl, or the Meineke Bowl in Houston could move up in the picking order it the Cotton Bowl is in the playoff rotation. The Big 12 already has a bowl agreement with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

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Volume 125 Issue 65


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


dauntinG deFense

WoMEn’s bAsKEtbAll



Kansas’ ugly basketball keeps winning


By Mike Vernon


he answer: Everyone else keeps losing and Kansas keeps winning. That’s how it’s happening. That’s how the Jayhawks’ gradual rise in the rankings has landed Kansas basketball with a claim to be America’s No. 1 team. But it hasn’t been pretty, you say. Well, fortunately for the Jayhawks, there are no stipulations for winning ugly. Kansas is not penalized for its sloppy play as long as another win is recorded. However, anyone that watched the Jayhawks squeak past West Virginia 61-56 on Monday, or the slumber-filled 67-54 victory over Oklahoma Saturday or even the 59-55 bruising win over Kansas State will tell you that there is no way that the Jayhawks deserve the No. 1. ranking. Not yet, at least. Kansas currently holds a slim margin in the No. 1 spot in the Coaches’ poll, but in the AP poll, Kansas is squarely in second place — a more fitting home for the Jayhawks. Kansas winning its first seven conference games is a result of a weak Big 12 conference this season. The conference isn’t terrible by any means — it’s just mediocre this season, especially compared to years past. In both the AP and Coaches’ polls, the Big 12 only has two ranked teams: Kansas and Kansas State. Normally, making 23 field goals and scoring 64 points in Austin against Texas will result in a loss for Kansas. Not this year. Normally games against Kansas State and Baylor require the Jayhawks’ “A” game to get the win. Those games normally flaunt the potential that Bill Self teams so often have. Not this year. This year, the Jayhawks have been able to get by playing their “B” or “C” game and forcing teams to play down to their level. You can credit the Jayhawks for forcing other teams play poorly. They deserve that credit. Basketball is a sport that can paint such a pretty picture when played well, and the oh-so-talented Jayhawks have a knack for throwing mud on that picture. But that doesn’t mean it’s not art. It’s just not good art. It’s not art that’s nice to see or makes you smile as you look at it. This is the art that makes you scratch your head and wonder how the hell it’s hanging in a gallery. Kansas will get better. There’s not too much question about that. Its offense will improve and its defense will stay stout. But for now, the question is: How is Kansas the number two team in the country when its play is so pedestrian? — Edited by Madison Schultz

senior center Jeff Withey goes for the block during the second half of the match against oregon state nov. 30, 2012 inside the sprint Center in Kansas City, mo. the Jayhawks’ defense has been the hallmark of the team’s ability to continue its nation-leading 18-game winning streak, despite inconsistent offensive production.

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Kansas keeps winning streak alive despite inconsistent offense
it’s a long season so we’re not too worried about it.” Releford was one of the more dependable players for Kansas in Monday night’s matchup, where he filled out a stat sheet with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Although Kansas struggled on the road in all four conference games, coach Bill Self will never apologize for a victory away from Allen Fieldhouse. “Hey, you look across America, there’s a lot of teams out there that would give anything to be 5-0 on the road,” Self said. “There’s hardly anybody in America’s done that with the schedule we played. We shouldn’t make any excuses for winning games away from home.” The Jayhawks also managed one solid half from senior center Jeff Withey, who took advantage of his matchup with senior forward Deniz Kilicll. Withey finished the first 20 minutes with 13 points. “Jeff was good the first half, but second half...” Self said. “You know he’s a good free throw shooter, he shot 80 percent last year or right at it and he’s probably shooting in the fifties this year or low sixties, so we can improve that and he will improve that—but I thought Jeff played pretty well.” Withey managed to block four shots against Kilicli. He also realized his performance on the defensive end was essential, especially after the Jayhawks guards struggled to take care of the ball throughout the game. “We turned the ball over a lot and so we didn’t really shoot the ball too much,” Withey said. “I just knew that I didn’t want them to score. They kind of drove right at me so I just blocked it and then had another opportunity to block it and didn’t really think too much.” The other major contributor of the night was freshman guard Ben McLemore. Regardless of his early foul trouble, he converted six free throw attempts and ended up with 13 points. “Well he wasn’t in the game the first half,” Self said. “Picks up two bad fouls, I mean two obvious fouls the first half that doesn’t have anything to do with the play. Second half he did OK but he was never plugged in and that’s what we have to do a better job of for him, but a lot of that was Ben tonight. Ben


rmccarthy@kansan.com After taking a step back and reexamining Kansas’ win over West Virginia, it appears there are a few positives to take away from a 61-56 victory. For starters, the Jayhawks extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games. Although the streak helps distract many followers of the program from the offensive problems, it’s another number that the Jayhawks do not look at on a daily basis. “None of us is really even paying attention to it,” senior guard Travis Releford said. “We hear it on ESPN but that’s it. We don’t sit in the locker room and put pressure on ourselves about it because we know

didn’t have his best game.” The Jayhawks’ performance in conference play hasn’t been pretty. The growing frustration for the lack of scoring and the struggles of offensive consistency appear to concern the Jayhawk faithful. But it’s late January, not March, and the Kansas players have an understanding of that. “The beginning of the season coach broke down the season,” Releford said. “He told us we were going to have bad games. And out of all those bad games, we got to win them. And the key to winning the Big 12 is winning on the road. So ugly or not, it’s plays we going are to watch on film, but he’s happy overall on the win.” — Edited by Brian Sisk

Jayhawks aim to improve rebounding
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nfordyce@kansan.com Compete on the glass. That’s what’s written on Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson’s practice notes as priority number one. Lately, the Jayhawks haven’t been able to secure rebounds on the defensive side. The offensive rebounds that the Jayhawk defense has given up have been the difference between victory and defeatand losses. Even though it’s reiterated before and after every game, nothing is done about rebounding. The team gets tired of hearing the same thing: compete on the glass. “Our rebounds have to change,” sophomore guard Natalie Knight said. “And like Coach Bonnie says, it’s only going to change when we get tired of it. I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten tired of it.” In the Wednesday matchup against the No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones, rebounding will affect the game more than almost any other game for the Jayhawks this season. The Cyclones are one of the best rebounding teams in the Big 12. The Cyclones have out rebounded or equaled their opponents in 16 of the team’s 18 games. Iowa State senior forward Chelsea Poppens, the Big 12’s leading offensive rebounder with 403 career offensive glass. This year, Poppens is averaging 8.9 total rebounds per game. With Poppens leading the charge on the glass, the Jayhawks face a personal battle of maintaining defensive integrity after the shot is up. “It’s a bigger emphasis and we know we can lose the game if we don’t,” senior forward Carolyn Davis said. “We always talk about even if you don’t get it, you can’t let your man get it.” In the Jayhawks last game against Oklahoma State, the rebounding margin led to the Jayhawks failing to capitalize on a victory. The Cowgirls out-rebounded the Jayhawks 15 to eight on the offensive glass. “You look at the disparity on the offensive rebounds and turnovers, it was like 15 possessions against a quality team,” Henrickson said. Henrickson was quick to point out that the change in rebounding isn’t a one-man-fix-it problem, but rather a complete team effort. “It’s a shared responsibility,” Henrickson said. “If it was one guy, I’d sub that guy out. But it’s a collectiveness and get better on the offensive side. We have to compete on the boards on both ends of the floor.” Alongside Poppens in the frontcourt is junior forward Hallie Christofferson. In her last four games, she averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds all the while shooting 66.7 percent from the field, 58.3 percent from behind the arc and is a perfect 11-for-11 from the freethrow line. On the season, Christofferson is averaging 14.6 points per game, which is eighth in the Big 12. Christofferson and Poppens are set up by one of the best guards in the Big 12 in sophomore guard Nikki Moody. Moody leads the Big 12 in assists, and is ranked third nationally. The Cyclones are 14-4 on the season and post a 5-3 record in the Big 12. As the Jayhawks keep seeing Ls instead of Ws, the sense of urgency for a team that was supposed to be one of the top teams in the Big 12 could start s. The Jayhawks have lost two of three at home and are 1-4 in their last five games. But even with the sliding record, Davis said the Jayhawks aren’t panicking about anything. “We’re not panicked, we’re just concerned,” Davis said. “We’re concerned that we keep making the same mistakes. We’re concerned we’re losing the same way. “We don’t want to dwell on the last loss because we can’t get it back. We just have to learn from that and keep moving forward.” But everything comes back to winning the battle on the glass. Even with Henrickson making the team run extra during practice and stressing it night in and night out, the number one priority will continue to be to compete on the glass. “It drives me insane, it keeps me up at night,” Henrickson said. —Edited by Trevor Graff

Women’s basKetball

senior guard angel Goodrich focuses on an oklahoma state player’s next move in saturday’s game at allen Fieldhouse.

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