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Topeka student contemplates a full ride future
firstname.lastname@example.org On a typical Tuesday at Topeka High School, Leobardo Espinoza Jr. received an envelope out of the blue. The contents? An academic full ride scholarship to the University of Kansas. At this point, a vast majority of students would long to be in Espinoza’s s h o e s . However, it’s an odd predicament Espinoza in which he now finds himself. The title of his blog on the New York Times website, “Is a Full Ride Enough to Upgrade a ‘Fallback’ School?” reveals that KU is not number one on Espinoza’s list of potential colleges. Espinoza, a Topeka High School senior, is one of three people since 2009 to receive the David M. Wall Scholarship, a four-year renewable scholarship covering tuition, fees and books, given to a graduate of Topeka High School pursuing a degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Espinoza is one of eight high school seniors blogging about their personal college application and admission processes for the New York Times in a series called “The Choice.” In his blog, Espinoza shares the details of the day that admissions representatives from KU personally presented the scholarship to him during his AVID class. “My cheeks extended from side to side and I found myself dumbfounded,” Espinoza wrote on Jan. 29. “This was truly the last thing I was expecting that day.” However, Espinoza doesn’t quite have his heart set on KU. Although he said he loves the campus and is a Kansas basketball fan, Lawrence is familiar territory. Living about 20 minutes away in Topeka, he has had his fair share of visits. “Part of the reason it isn’t at the top of list is that I’ve always thought of college as being an entirely new environment,” Espinoza said. “For the most part, I know Lawrence fairly well.” In addition to the David M. Wall Scholarship, Espinoza also qualified for the Crimson and Blue scholarship from the University’s general scholarship funds. If he chooses to attend the University, he must accept the scholarships by the admission deadline, May 1, as well as maintain a 3.4 GPA and take at least 30 credit hours per year. Kristi Henderson, director of communications for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Espinoza’s blog helped to draw attention to him in the pool of eligible students. “[Espinoza] is a talented student and we certainly hope that the scholarship attracts him to come to KU, but he has a difficult decision in deciding which college he goes to,” she said. “We hope he makes the decision that’s best for him.” Will Dale, a junior from Topeka, is the current David M. Wall scholar. Like Espinoza, KU was not his top choice. That is, until he received the same envelope on his birthday in 2010. “It’s the kind of scholarship that changes your life,” Dale said. “It’s what brought me to KU and what made me make sure I stayed with English.” Dale is currently studying abroad in Costa Rica. He said the scholarship has opened the doors to many opportunities without the worry of creating a financial burden for him and his family. “It enabled me to do so many different things,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the scholarship . . . It’s been a crazy experience.” Dale said he knows Espinoza from high school and has been in contact with him since receiving the scholarship. “It’s awesome to see how he’s grown as a leader,” Dale said. “I’m trying to sway him toward coming to KU.” With the amount of financial aid being offered by the University and the possibility of graduating debt-free, Espinoza said it has presented a new problem in his decision. He said many of his other choices also offer 100 percent financial aid. Like many other high school seniors, Espinoza has high expectations for his college experience. Although he doesn’t have a set career path, he hopes that he can find something that piques his interest, regardless of where he chooses to attend college. “I think it’s going to be a way to find myself . . . deciding what I want to do with the rest of my life,” he said. “It’s mostly about discovering myself and meeting new people, discovering the world.” As he awaits the decisions from the colleges to which he applied, the David M. Wall Scholarship stands as an incentive to attend KU. “I’ll really have to look at what the school has to offer me besides the financial aspect,” Espinoza said. “I’ve considered it a lot more critically.” — Edited by Brian Sisk
Paige Hunter, a senior from Lawrence likes to dress up as star Wars character Boba Fett and make appearances for charities. Hunter makes her own costumes including characters from Final Fantasy, Batman and sailor moon.
Costumed crusaders raise money, awareness for children’s charities
email@example.com Six years ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a group of Star Wars enthusiasts began to put their passion to good use: charity work. Clad in replica outfits and homemade armor, members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club — named for a species of bounty hunters and mercenaries in the Star Wars canon — make public appearances and donate the proceeds to charity. Paige Hunter, a senior from Lawrence majoring in film and media studies, first encountered the Mercs at an anime convention a few summers ago. Upon request, Merc members, approved 18+-year-old costumers, would hunt down an individual and put him in a PVC-pipe “jail” at a rate of $1 per minute. The money was then donated to a charity of the convention’s choice. Costume-making wasn’t a new hobby for Hunter. Her closet is full of fond memories of characters like Yuffie from “Final Fantasy,” Harley Quinn from “Batman: The Animated Series” and Sailor Moon. “I like the idea of putting on another persona and walking around as a character,” Hunter said. “I like walking around like Jack Sparrow with a bottle full of tea and claiming it’s rum. People laugh at it. I like making people laugh, I like making people smile and I like entertaining. Seeing people get excited when they see a character they know and interacting with people who like the same thing as you do — it’s a bounty hunter costume will be really good way to meet people. I’ve the first costume he’s built from met a lot of good friends through scratch. In previous Halloweens, he’s dressed as Tony Stark from my costume.” Combining the fun of masquer- “Iron Man” and Rorschach from ading as her favorite characters “Watchmen.” He expects to have with charity, however, was a new spent a couple hundred dollars on idea that has helped give her hobby his Merc costume by the time it’s finished, but he’s enjoyed putting so purpose. Brett Steinbrink, a junior from much of his discretionary income Emporia majoring in history and into the hobby. “Seeing a look on a kid’s face film and media studies, recently started putting together a Star Wars when they see their favorite charcostume of his own, hoping to join acter or see a bunch of StormtroopHunter in the Mercs. Organizations ers, that’s priceless,” Steinbrink like the Mandalorian Mercs and said. “They get so happy and they the 501st Legion that both have fun get excited and they want to shake your hand or they and do work want to hold your with charities, gun or they want Steinbrink said, “I like making people to take a picture brings costuming out to publaugh, I like making people with you. I’ve seen lic view in a smile and I like entertain- Darth Vader give a little 5-yearpositive way. ing.” old kid a big hug. “It’s bringThat’s adorable. ing it to a widPAIGe HUNTeR You can’t put a er audience,” Lawrence senior price on that.” Steinbrink said. Hunter has “I don’t want to say there’s a negative stigma on joined fellow Mercs cosplayers nerd culture, because there’s not from Kansas City and across Kanalways, but sometimes it’s just a sas at events at the Topeka Zoo bunch of nerds that like to do stuff. and the Kansas City Zoo, as well Those organizations do a great job as Star Wars-themed birthday parof changing it from that to people ties and even an appearance on seeing that there’s these people out the KU campus for May 4, 2012. here, and yeah they’re dressing up, May 4, a play off of “May the force but they’re doing things for charity be with you,” is an unofficial Star and helping people while doing it.” Wars holiday for Hunter and fellow Although a longtime fan of the Stormtroopers, bounty hunters, Star Wars canon, Lord of the Rings Jedi and assassins. and other classics, Steinbrink’s “That happened to be a day where there were a bunch of kids were taking a field trip to the Natural History Museum,” Hunter said. “They had a surprise and got to see some Stormtroopers. That was really fun.” The Mandalorian Mercs tend to focus on helping children, working with the Make-A-Wish foundation and even helping a local sick girl pay medical bills. The clan’s own Little Warrior International was developed by the Mercs to help underprivileged kids. The Mandalorian Mercs and similar costuming clubs ask potential members to post pictures of their costumes and all accessories and require those costumes to be accurate to an era within the Star Wars canon. A committee then reviews and approves or makes suggestions as to how to improve the costume. Even when she’s out trooping on hot summer days and overheated inside her costume, Hunter feels that all the time and energy she has poured into her costume is worth it when she watches kids’ faces light up as they see a character they’ve seen on television come to life. “I think it’s magical for the kids to experience that,” Hunter said. “Don’t be scared about what other people think about it. In the end, it’s a hobby and it’s all for fun. That should be the goal.” — Edited by Madison Schultz
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WHaT: University Career Fair WHere: Kansas Union, 5th floor WHen: 2 to 6 p.m. abOuT: Start planning your inevitable entrance into the adult working world by meeting with representatives from various graduate schools, professional schools and employers. Learn about internship, volunteer and job opportunities for the summer and beyond. WHaT: Global Pride: LGBT Issues from Around the World WHere: Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center WHen: 7 to 9 p.m. abOuT: Listen to a panel discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues from across the globe.
Thursday, February 14
WHaT: Tea at Three WHere: Kansas Union, 4th floor lobby WHen: 3 to 4 p.m. abOuT: Still looking for a Valentine’s Day date? Meet your match over free tea and cookies, compliments of SUA. WHaT: Undergraduate Projects: Black Box WHere: William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall WHen: 7:30 p.m. abOuT: Emerging student directors and actors showcase their skills in this production. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 students.
Friday, February 15
WHaT: National Half-Price Candy Day WHere: drug stores and grocery stores across the country WHen: All day abOuT: Pick up some discounted chocolates from the Valentine’s Day aisle. Or, purchase some newlywrapped Easter candy. Either way, stock up. WHaT: SUA’s Late Night Price is Right WHere: Kansas Union Ballroom WHen: 8 p.m. to midnight abOuT: Come on down! Students compete for different prizes in this recreation of the popular game show. Extra points if you dress as Bob Barker.
Saturday, February 16
WHaT: ESPN College Gameday covered by State Farm Insurance WHere: Allen Fieldhouse WHen: 9 a.m. to noon abOuT: Join the Jayhawk nation in this nationally televised show before they take on the Texas Longhorns. Added bonus: Show up early enough and you might get on TV. WHaT: “It Gets Better” multimedia performance WHere: Lied Center WHen: 7:30 p.m. abOuT: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, various multimedia elements and other local choirs combine in this performing arts response to the issue of bullying. The Lied Center will also partner with other organizations to promote dialogue in the community regarding the issue. Tickets start at $17.
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KU joins nationwide recycling competition
firstname.lastname@example.org The University has another chance to defeat rival Kansas State, this time off the basketball court. Both universities’ recycling programs are competing in RecycleMania. From Feb. 3 to March 30, students can participate at a recycling bin near them. The national competition aims to raise awareness about and help improve campus recycling programs. This is the University’s fifth year competing. There are two divisions in RecycleMania: Benchmark and Competition. According to the RecycleMania website, in order to participate in the Competition Division, schools must keep track of and report recycling statistics for their entire campus. Schools participating in the Benchmark Division are not ranked, but can informally compare themselves to other schools. “Those universities that want to compare their programs in the initial stages of their programs choose Benchmark, as established programs typically choose to compete,” Center for Sustainability staff member Manny Abarta said. RecycleMania has eight categories that schools can compete in. Game Day Challenge focuses on choosing one basketball game to collect the most recycling at. This will be the University’s first time competing in this specific category, along with the Grand Champion Challenge and the Waste Minimization Challenge. The Grand Champion Challenge combines trash and other recyclable materials to determine a recycling rate for the university as a percentage for overall generation of waste. In the Waste Minimization Challenge, universities compete for the least amount of trash per person. The University is also competing in the Per Capita Challenge, with the goal of recycling the largest amount of paper, cardboard, cans and bottles per person; the Targeted Material category, where competitors see which university recycles the most paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and food waste; and the Gorilla Prize category, which recognizes schools that recycle the largest gross amount of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. Typically this category is won by a large university. “We can beat Kansas State University in this category if we really tried to recycle at least half of what we throw away every day,” Abarta said. “We are so close already to their rates that we just need people to recycle at minimum half of the trash they generate everyday (such as) that popbottle after class or that old test or syllabus you have been hanging onto for the last two semesters.” The University will not compete in the Film Collection or Electronics Recycling categories. “Students must think about what they throw away every day,” Abarta said. “It doesn’t just disappear after you put it in the trash.” There are more than 14,000 recycling bins on campus, along with a trailer at the Park and Ride lot. — Edited by Madison Schultz
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Ku – ranked 95th with 3.3 pounds per capita K-state – ranked 69th with 4.95 pounds per capita Mizzou – ranked 45th with 7.2 pounds per capita
Ku – ranked 127th with 1.98 pounds per capita K-state – ranked 98th with 3.04 pounds per capita Mizzou – ranked 60th with 5.37 pounds per capita RecycleMania will be coming to college campuses from Feb. 3 to March 30. Kansas State usually leads other Kansas schools in this competition.
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Ku – ranked 131st with .20 pounds per capita K-state – ranked 98th with .92 pounds per capita Mizzou – ranked 97th with .94 pounds per capita
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This weekend, LGBT voices hope to raise awareness and acceptance for the LGBT community. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will perform Saturday night at the Lied Center, presenting a message of love, unity and hope. Yesterday, the chorus held a discussion between educators and students on campus covering bullying prevention and intervention. Precious Porras, the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said the discussion was open to anyone from the KU or Lawrence communities but specifically targeted toward future educators. “LGBT students suffer at much higher rates of depression and much higher rates of committing suicide than heterosexual students,” Porras said. “It’s very important that educa-
tors are aware of the specific things that are happening when children are being bullied because of their LGBT status.” The discussion and this weekend’s performance are opportunities for people to ask how best to support students and be allies for the community while learning more about LGBT issues. “Only through self-awareness and becoming educated can you become a better ally for the community,” Porras said. Porras recommends that students hoping to become more involved in LGBT issues, and the community, should visit the LGBT Resource Center, a part of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, as a source of information. Students can also join Queers and Allies, KU’s student organization. Adult tickets to the It Gets Better performance at the Lied Center are
$17; student and youth tickets are $7. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Manhunt ends with suspect, one officer dead
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that Domer killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames. A single gunshot was heard from within, and a charred body was found inside. If the man inside proves to be Christopher Dorner, as authorities suspect, the search for the most wanted man in America over the last week would have ended the way he had expected — death, with the police pursuing him. Thousands of officers had been on the hunt for the former Navy reservist since police said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing. They say he threatened to bring “warfare” to officers and their families, spreading fear and setting off a search for him across the Southwest and Mexico. “Enough is enough. It’s time for you to turn yourself in. It’s time to stop the bloodshed,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a news conference held outside police headquarters in Los Angeles, a starkly different atmosphere than last week when officials briefed the news media under tight security with Dorner on the loose. A short time after Smith spoke Tuesday, smoke began to rise from the cabin in the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Flames then engulfed the building — images that were broadcast on live television around the world. TV helicopters showed the fire burning freely with no apparent effort to extinguish it. “We have reason to believe that it is him,” said San Bernardino County sheriff ’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman, adding that she didn’t know how the fire started. She noted there was gunfire between the person in the cabin and officers around the home before the blaze began. Until Tuesday, authorities didn’t know whether Dorner was still near Big Bear Lake, where they found his burned-out pickup last week. Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies got a report of a stolen pickup truck, authorities said. The location was directly across the street from where law enforcement set up their command post on Thursday and not far from where Dorner’s pickup was abandoned. The owner of the vehicle taken Tuesday described the suspect as looking similar to Dorner. A warden for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife traveling down Highway 38 recognized a man who fit Dorner’s description traveling in the opposite direction. The officer pursued the vehicle and there was a shooting at 12:42 p.m. in which the wildlife vehicle was hit numerous times and the suspect escaped on foot after crashing his truck. After holing up in the cabin, there was a second gunbattle with San Bernardino County deputies, two of whom were shot. One died and the other was expected to live after undergoing surgery. “We’re heartbroken,” Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte said of the deputy’s death and the wounding of his colleague. “Words can’t express how grateful we are for the sacrifice those men have made in defense of the community and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.” The man believed to be Dorner never came out of the cabin, and a single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official later told the AP that a charred body was found in the burned cabin. The official requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. A SWAT team earlier had surrounded the cabin and using an armored vehicle, broke out the cabin windows, the official said. The officers then pumped gas into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: “Surrender or come out.” The armored vehicle then tore down each of the cabin’s four walls, like peeling back the layers of an onion, the official said.
The first game played in Allen Fieldhouse happened 58 years, two weeks and two days ago. It was against K-State and while we didn’t win by 21, it was the first of many Fieldhouse victories against our in-state rivals.
Information based on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office booking recap.
•A 32-year-old female was arrested yesterday on the 3400 block of Bob Billings under suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence. A $500 bail was paid. •A 25-year-old male was arrested yesterday on the 1100 block of Tennessee under suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, bicycling under the influence and interfering with an officer in his duties. A $300 bond was paid. • A 24-year-old male was arrested yesterday on the 2200 block of Ousdahl under suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence. A $500 bail was paid. •A
24-year-old male was arrested Monday on the 3600 block of 25th Street under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A $500 bail was paid.
Obama discusses economy, guns, education
firstname.lastname@example.org President Barack Obama issued his annual State of the Union address last night before the backdrop of a cautiously growing national economy, squabbles over gun rights and a hostile Washington environment ushered in by historically unprecedented brinkmanship. As predicted, a third of his speech dwelled on the current state and potential of the economy, but the message interwoven throughout was the give-and-take nature of the rights of American citizens. Obama urged increasing the responsibilities universities have in keeping college costs down. He mentioned instigating the College Report Card, in which colleges are rated nationally based on affordability and job placement success.
• Overall, the message on education centered on funding preschools, especially those in urban areas. Focusing on the role skills and training will play in revitalizing the domestic economy, Obama said that the earlier education begins, the better. • More directly, Obama highlighted how increasing wages will better the economy. He proposed that the national minimum wage be raised from $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour. • Obama proposed that Congress
adopt at least universal background checks for gun ownership. He also cited that police have difficulty countering high-ammunition magazines and that criminals have too easy access to guns after leaving jail, posting these two areas as concerns that must be addressed in future gun legislation. Obama reiterated his timeline for 34,000 more service members to depart Afghanistan after this year and to turn all operations over to Afghan forces by the end of next year, he also mentioned a shift in defense policy toward counterterrorism, specifically cyberterrorism, saying Congress must grant the government greater power to thwart these evolving attacks. • Overall, Obama asserted that
none of the initiatives he proposed should increase the government debt by a dime. This, in addition with his bold stance against the looming sequester that would require sharp governmental cuts to areas like education and medical care, outlined his planned shift to moderate budget cuts and to increase the role revenue takes in relieving the national debt.
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• Obama emphasized the fact that if economic reforms that do not increase the debt go unmet in Congress, he will act unilaterally to ensure that reforms are passed.
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• A 33-year-old male was arrested Monday on the 2400 block of Brookside Drive under suspicion of criminal trespass. A $100 bond was paid. • A 24-year-old male was arrested Monday on the 1500 block of West 22nd Street under suspicion of operating under the influence. A $500 bond was paid.
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it amazes me how many people still don’t know which doors are unlocked during camping. You can always tell a freshmen by how they rip their paper before basketball games... This has to be the most amazing student section ever. FFa editor, i know this is late but will you be my Valentine? Editor’s note: Of course! You know you have the wrong major when you spend 35 hours a week in class #didntsignupforthis So glad the ghost of phog allen was with us during the game by making K-State players trip. Why the hell doesn’t my phone automatically capitalize “Self”? i do it best. Ben mclemore just gets more attractive with every shot he makes! let’s be honest, you’re not a true basketball fan until you’ve accidentally eaten or drank a piece of newspaper. get some toast ready cuz here’s the jam. i’m almost as happy about the woo going away as i am about crushing K-State. This is our state. Believe in your Self! policeman/traffic controller after the game said, “are you Jayhawk fans? You can cross whenever you want.” Do you know what a Jayhawk is? a mythical magical bird. Do you know what a wildcat is? Vermin. i have senioritis so bad that i couldn’t even finish reading the senioritis column. Every exam should start with the Ku basketball video. We would never fail. if she looks good at lottery, wife that. i seemed to have lost my voice in the phog. if anyone finds it, could you let me know? Thanks. Why do the Ku buses frat pack all the time!? THEY’RE Doing BRain SuRgERY on THE JaYHaWK in FRonT oF THE union. i feel sick... The front page just made my day!!! #inTHEFaCE Dan the Taxi man, can you come get me? Everyone keeps telling me i’m drunk and need to go home. Fell asleep in calc today... Dreamt about accounting. ugh. Study hard. You never know when the hot girl will need your help. Judging my graduate school choices based on what i know about their Quidditch teams. #priorities
et’s be real—you’ve heard about KUBoobs. I’ve heard about KUBoobs. The Huffington Post has heard about KUBoobs. And the feminist community has certainly heard about KUBoobs. If you’re in denial, I’ll play along and inform you that KUBoobs is a social media craze that began here at the University last spring during March Madness. It started with a twitter account that sought to have female fans show support to the men’s basketball team by tweeting pictures of their breasts all done up in their gameday swag. It has more than 3,000 tweets and more than 35,000 followers: as in more followers than the University has undergraduate students, by 15,000. You could say it’s pretty popular. And you could say it’s pretty anti-feminist. Only I think it’s a little more complicated than that. That’s how a feminist lens of looking at the world works sometimes. It’s not always clear cut if you get the feminist seal of approval or not, if you’ve earned the complimentary vulva-shaped
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fruit basket and Maya Angelou mug. And surprisingly, by which I mean not surprising at all, feminists disagree with each other frequently about what’s “best” for feminism, a reality that is very clear in the discussion about KUBoobs and what it means in a feminist context. There are two sides that have dominated KUBoobs in terms of how it relates to feminism: one claiming it is a feminist expression, and one claiming it’s incredibly anti-feminist. The pro side claims that these women are choosing to tweet pictures of their bodies and send them in order to take control of their bodies in a typically male-dominated arena, a fandom version of choice feminism. The anti side says that this is merely sexism, that it is rape culture cloaking itself as female empowerment, and that, as Feminsting.com put it in a recent article on the topic, “doing what feels good to me isn’t always good for women at large.” I have to say, neither of these sits well with me. Female sexuality is constantly policed as is. Women are told that
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they either need to cover up or bare more; to be prettier or to be more professional; to be a virgin or to be a vixen. I’m don’t support the idea that a woman is “anti-feminist” if she decides she wants to dress in a way that showcases her body however she’s most comfortable, or if she chooses to share her body with the world. Whether that means being covered from head to toe or wearing a miniskirt and cleavage-bearing shirt is an individual’s choice to make, and should be a choice that individual feels safe making. However, all too often, feminists assume young women who are proud of their bodies must be blinded by patriarchy, that a woman could never possibly want to revel in the fact that she has a really great rack, that a woman
would dare want to take her sexuality into her own hands and wield it blatantly. I’m also not behind the idea that a Twitter account, being run by males who identify as men, that directly objectifies women’s bodies as a way of tribute to a male sports team can be said to have feminism first and foremost in their minds. And as one commentator on the KUBoobs Facebook page put so eloquently, and surprisingly accurately, “The female body has motivated men to strive for success since the dawn of time.” Ah, yes, to strive for success — that success defined as who can dominate, and that domination defined as what kind of or how many women you can “win.” Where women’s body are a prize to be viewed in the afterglow of a Jayhawk win. I don’t think these individuals who choose to participate in KUBoobs are anti-feminist in their personal decisions. It’s unfortunate that women aren’t allowed to express pride in their sexuality without having to trouble whether it’s “feminist” because
of a society informing us that the main purpose of a woman is to be sexually consumed, and frequently conditions individuals to take that as undeniable fact. And if you think female sexuality isn’t presented and treated differently in the media than male sexuality, let me ask this: why isn’t there a male equivalent to KUBoobs? Can you imagine KUAbs? KUBiceps? KUBallsack? For a male sporting event, would there be such extreme popularity of a twitter full of men tweeting pictures of their bodies, hashtagging them in order to cheer on our boys in blue and red? Probably not. The discussion can’t be laid out in a moral black and white, and my point isn’t to have you try to fit yourself into this binary of feminism. But I do want you to realize that the issue is complicated, challenging, and is worth discussing. Gwynn is a sophomore majoring in English and women, gender, and sexuality from Olathe.
113th Congress plagued with Intramurals offer procrastination, partisanship fun competitions
By Wil Kenney
op procrastinators of the day: Congress, Obama, and me. While our projects are of varying importance, putting things off has moved from killing grades to wrecking budgets. 113th Congress, I can relate. You’re all basically in an insanely difficult college course. There are plenty of tough meetings to and long nights spent reading boring bills ahead of you. But take it from me: procrastination begins to lose its charm when you’re an elected official in the most powerful political body in the world. Already you guys are falling back into the soupy mixture of stubbornness, stupidity and fanatical partisanship that drove your predecessors into the ground. Where’s the passion? Where’s the love of democracy? What do you need to get going? I’ve got a fruit roll-up, if that helps. A method I’ve found effective is to hang a wood-chopping ax over my desk with a timer attached. If I don’t finish my homework by midnight, I’ll be beheaded. I know you already tried this out last summer with the whole “devastating trillion dollar cuts across the board” thing that will kick in at the end of the month. A trillion is so unimpressive anymore. Have you ever heard of a quadrillion? Obama, don’t go anywhere; you aren’t excused. You’ve managed to miss your fourth budget
deadline this past week. I know keeping the illegal drone strikes hush-hush is time consuming, but give the budget a few minutes a day and it’ll finish itself. I’ve got my own secrets to keep, but I won’t let the skeletons in my closet keep me from finishing my French vocab. As your State of the Union approaches, try to ease off the mudslinging and focus on the details. Spending all day scolding Republicans sure is entertaining (especially if Speaker of the House John Boehner cries) but not nearly as productive as it should be. That Grand Ole Party is a defensive bunch with a persecution complex, so drop the name calling for some number crunching. We’ve gotten your big picture of America on a live feed for the past four years; we don’t need an anecdote about an ailing sick immigrant building a successful small business to get us on board. What we need are labels and numbers on these budget plans you’ve been touting for so long. But don’t micromanage too hard. Democrats can’t seem to
agree with anyone, especially one another. They’re so stuck griping about timeframes and what constitutes a “loop hole” exactly that they haven’t had time to get out of their grimy offices. Once they do they’ll just waste time on the congressional floor itself, but that least feels like progress. To relieve the palpable tension on Capitol Hill, you guys could have a two-on-two basketball game: you and Sen. Harry Reid versus Sen. Mitch McConnell and Boehner. Follow that with a tag-team Karaoke battle DJ’d by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Winners get a massage from Sen. John McCain. He knows shoulder tension like no other. Get hot tubs on the Senate floor. Host an ice cream social. Go laser tagging and cosmicbowling. Do anything you guys want, really. Just get moving unless you want to be less popular than communism and Hugo Chavez like your friends in the 112th were. The chemistry in these past few Congresses has been off-thecharts bad and some major party changes may be needed before anything gets done. That could mean there won’t be a productive Congress until Obama leaves office or an entirely new set of bitter seniors gets voted in. For now though, try the ax thing. Kenney is a freshman majoring in journalism from Shawnee.
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he everyday grind of going to class, writing papers and taking tests can become an exasperating trend for some students. Sure, going out and experiencing the Lawrence nightlife is a must in terms of soaking up every ounce of this great city’s identity. But think about how much more physically active you could be throughout the week to counteract all the drinks and late-night junk food consumed on what feels like a daily basis. This is where intramural sports come into play. Intramurals have a longstanding tradition at the University, with sports ranging from basketball to bowling. Enjoy playing doubles tennis with a friend from the dorm? Doubles tennis intramurals are available. Pingpong, too. Intramural sports have shifted to a nearly all-sports encompassing weekly recess for thousands of University students. This being my senior year, I’ve nearly played out my eligibility as an intramural “student-athlete.” During my time in Lawrence, I’ve seen intramural sports culture and the way students approach these leagues change. It’s getting competitive. Not the unhealthy, “I want to break you” kind of over-the-top competitiveness, rather a general wanting to get better at any particular sport while fighting for the ultimate intramural prize: a T-shirt. T-shirt aside, one sport in particular – basketball – offers another prize for making it to the league tournament championship game, a trip to play in legendary Allen Fieldhouse. Yes, the very same floor that the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning competed on. Granted there are about 16,000 less people in the gymnasium during intramural championships, you’d still get the chance to play basketball in a competitive format inside of the greatest cathedral of college sports. Indoor soccer games can be some of the most physical intramural contests. The space to play is so small and enclosed that one rough tackle can send the game into a no-holds-barred
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slugfest. OK, maybe not that bad, but trust me, I’ve seen it get pretty chippy out there. Which leads right into how efficient and composed most of the referees are in some of these physical and competitive contests. Most of these referees are kids that KU intramurals train within league play. So some of the referees you might see in an indoor volleyball match might be in their first ever week of volleyball refereeing. And you know what, from the few years I’ve played, including indoor volleyball with inexperienced referees, they do a damn good job. They take a lot of crap from every different direction, but— for the most part —they are able to dig in and make the right calls, so kudos to them. From freshman to senior year, there’s going to be a lot of time to study, to party and to sleep. While I enthusiastically condone all three, I can’t overemphasize how crucial intramural sports have been to my college experience. I’ve got fond memories of winning the basketball championship in Allen Fieldhouse with my younger brother hitting the game-clinching free throws at the end. Next week my brother and I will compete in doubles bowling intramurals, which a year ago I would have laughed at had you asked me if I’d compete in that event. With each intramural sport I play, the more open-minded I am to participating in another. Or who knows, maybe I know my time’s running out and I just want to get it all in before I am no longer eligible. Roque is a senior majoring in journalism from Overland Park. Follow him on Twitter @sroque4.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Plus-sized comedienne Melissa McCarthy earns a fair amount of laughs in “Identity Thief.” The movie itself, however, leaves viewers feeling like suckers, robbed of their time and money. The screenplay by Jerry Eeten and Craig Mazin lies most at fault; suspension of disbelief can only be pushed so far in a film. When the main plot device and many of the subsequent events in a story aren’t even remotely believable, the movie is only going to work if it’s ridiculous to the point of absurd hilarity. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here, especially when the humor that does work is overtaken by boring jokes and overstuffed sentimentality. The concept starts with potential. Businessman Sandy BigelowPatterson (Jason Bateman) gets his name and credit card info stolen by expert identity thief and obnoxious troublemaker Diana (McCarthy). To save his credibility at his job and bypass the lengthy police procedural process, he tracks her down and resolves to bring her to the authorities himself, which proves far more difficult than imagined. This results in a road trip from Florida back to his home in Denver that hits all sorts of comedy clichés on the way. Those include car chases, car crashes, angry criminals with guns, a wacky sex scene, the feuding leads becoming friends and sappy moments between them. There’s an over-reliance on the formula that calls attention to how unrealistic everything feels. McCarthy and Bateman’s comedic talent can only overcome this problem for so long before the charm wears off and “Identity Thief ” just becomes shallow, unfunny and drawn out. Director Seth Gordon delivered one of the better recent comedies with his last film, “Horrible Bosses.” This time around, however, he doesn’t have a relatable premise, strong script or an ensemble cast at the top of its game to work with. In particular, where “Bosses” felt sort of edgy, Gordon plays it much safer with this movie and frustrates with the soft and simple execution. While there’s not enough done right here to warrant a viewing, at least it’s not all bad. Bateman brings his signature everyman, passive-aggressive nice-guy charisma to the proceedings, which is always pleasant to watch. As expected, McCarthy’s outrageous persona is the highlight, especially as she chews the scenery to trashy pop songs. Even as her character gains an emotional depth, it should be groan-worthy from a narrative standpoint, but she performs empathetically. She and Bateman have a fun chemistry together, although their clashing attitudes don’t reach the entertainment heights of typical road movies. A physical fight between them early on, which ends with Bateman breaking an acoustic guitar on McCarthy, is hysterical, however. The one good thing about “Identity Thief ” is that even though it didn’t deserve to gross almost $35 million over the weekend, such success bodes very well for McCarthy. Having a talented, overweight actress lead a blockbuster is progress for Hollywood, instead of the always-skinny starlets. Let’s just hope she gets better material next time.
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Dakota Smith. “I’ve coached 35 years and that’s the worst outfield I’ve tion to pitch on Friday nights ever coached defensively,” Price in the Big 12 you’re going to said. “It’s all three of them. It’s be facing the best guys in the not one or the other and I’m country,” Duncan said. “I did not going to sugar coat it for that last year and felt comfortyou. Our standard of defense able in my role. So, it’s just in the outfield was awful last about making sure I’m doing year.” my job to put the team in the This year the outfield is best position to win.” focused taking the pressure Sophomore Wes Benjamin off of the pitching staff by not returns from a 5-7 freshman allowing routine plays to slip campaign in which he mainaway in the outfield. After a tained a 3.54 ERA with 54 rocky start last year the outfield strikeouts. is looking “He was for consisobviously very tency. mature for a “It just “I’ve coached 35 years and freshman last comes down that’s the worst outfield season,” Graves to focus,” said. “The bigI’ve ever coached defenjunior outgest thing in his sively.” f i e l d e r development is Tu c k e r creating betRItch pRIce Tharp said. ter spin on his Baseball coach “A lot of breaking balls. guys, the The spin has game was moving to fast for been the last thing to come it’s them last year. This year they’ve more about getting him conbeen able to slow the game fident in using those breaking down and make those plays balls.” look easy. For us to get out on Thomas Taylor is reaching the field and get this weekend his potential after a long rehaunder our belt, it’ll be good to bilitation program following get the ball rolling.” Tommy John surgery underThe Jayhawks waste no taken in his senior year of high time taking on Big 12 level school. The senior brings veloccompetition facing the Nevada ity, as well as a 4.76 ERA and Wolfpack in Mesa, Ariz. over 68 strikeouts to the Jayhawk the weekend. The Wolfpack fearotation. ture top-15 major league pitch“The thing I’m most pleased ing prospect Bradey Shipley with Thomas in his developwho is known to hit the upper ment is he’s become a two pitch, 90s on the radar gun regularly. three pitch guy.” Price said. “His “We’re going to be playing in breaking ball is significantly a major league complex against better. His velocity has peaked a guy that’s probably going to now. To see him consistently be a major league guy next throwing the fastball and comyear,” Duncan said. “The bigmanding it over 90 m.p.h. is gest thing for me is worrying exciting.” about what I’m going to do not Tanner Poppe will make the what he’s doing.” move from the bullpen to the The Jayhawks start their starting lineup to round out the four-game series against Nevada rotation while Robert Kahana Friday at 2 p.m. in Mesa, Ariz. assumes closing duties. Pitching isn’t the only posi—Edited by Madison Schultz tion group returning several starters. The Kansas Outfield returns all three starters from last year’s squad in Leftfielder Michael Suiter, centerfielder Tucker Tharp and right fielder
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his offensive game, but became just as proud of his defense when he left for the NBA after his junior season. In fact, Rush seemed hesitant to show too much of his offensive firepower, not wanting to offend his teammates. Rush took 19 shots against Texas Tech during his freshman season, which were the most field goal attempts he took in a single game that year. He also took 18 shots at Kansas State and attempted either 14 or 15 field goals in a game six other times. He scored at least 20 points six times his freshman year but never broke the 30-point plateau. The most field goal attempts McLemore has taken in a game this year are 18 shots against Chattanooga. He’s had six other games where he took at least 14 shots. He’s scored at least 20 points five times and at least 30 points two other times. Just like Self got on Rush for not shooting often enough, Self said he wants to see McLemore look for his shot more, instead of disappearing from a game lacking offensive flow and finishing with fewer than 10 shots. McLemore has attempted fewer than 10 shots in 10 games this season. “I wish Brandon and Ben were both different on that front,” Self said. “I wish they were a little thirstier in cer-
tain situations than what they are.” However, Self recognizes that McLemore isn’t the type of player that is looking to shoot 15 times or score 20 points every game. “I’d like for him to average 25 a game, but that’s not who he is and so we can’t expect that,” Self said. “But he’s doing great. He’s the all-time leading freshman scorer at this stage in the history of the school.” McLemore, who said he is quiet and unselfish by nature, said he doesn’t look to force the game offensively. Instead he wants to let the offense come through getting defensive stops, something Rush eventually excelled at. “I’m not that type of guy, that mean guy, that ‘Hey, give me this, I want this,’” McLemore said. “I don’t want to try to force a lot of things offensively.” But when Reid watches her son, the fifth of six children, she isn’t worried about how he compares against Rush or Pierce, or even Manning. McLemore reminds her of another former Wellston High School star, one that even had the nickname “Danny Manning.” “I would say his Uncle Daniel,” Reid said of who McLemore reminds her of. “I guess the certain way that he shoots the ball, that certain way he move, he kind of reminds me of my brother.” — Edited by Dylan Lysen
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QUotE of thE DAY
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” — Jim Valvano
fAct of thE DAY
Kansas is 135-64 versus Oklahoma in the history between these two in basketball. — Kansas Athletics
Playing on the road presents challenges
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isn’t known for its basketball; they are more about football. They don’t have the history or traditions that we do. Their introduction video is their current basketball team dancing around and a couple of highlights from the season. They don’t have James Naismith, Phog Allen, or Bill Self types of people in their history. When introducing their players, they dim the lights and bring out the flame above the basket when each name is said. During our free throws they hold up Acme Brick signs, not distracting hand or body movements. When they shot free throws, the Kansas fans tried
tRIVIA of thE DAY
Q: How man games has Kansas lost to Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse? A: Sixteen
— Kansas Athletics
his past weekend, I traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to watch our Kansas basketball team eventually lose to the Oklahoma Sooners. I agree, I was not happy with the outcome but, while sitting in their student section, I was able to look around and see what it’s like being on the road, facing all of these fans. It was a totally different experience. Other than being scolded and screamed at by the Oklahoma fans, I got a glimpse of how different their traditions are. The University of Oklahoma
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to be distracting, but were put to silence when each free throw was made. As the game went on, the louder and rowdier the Oklahoma fans got. Before the game could end, I left. I couldn’t bear to watch the storming of the court. As I was leaving, so were hundreds of other
Jayhawk fans, barely able to make it out of there alive. The Oklahoma Sooners have been to four Final Fours, never having won any championships. The last time they were in the championship game was back in 1988, where they got runner-up to only the best team in the land, the Kansas Jayhawks. Speaking of 1988, the last time we lost three in a row to unranked opponents was this certain year. The third game we lost in a row that year was to the Oklahoma Sooners. Is it a coincidence? We don’t know right now.
Playing on the road is not easy. It never will be. After seeing through my own eyes what it’s like to be away from Allen Fieldhouse, I can understand, in a sense, why we are in a slump. We don’t need to worry. We are Kansas. We don’t go down without a fight. No matter the situation, you always stick to your team. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU. — Edited by Ashleigh Tidwell
This week in athletics
TCU 7 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas
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Charleston Southern 2 p.m. Charleston, S.C.
College of Charleston 10 a.m. Charleston, S.C.
Bryant University 9 a.m. Auburn, Ala.
Nevada 1 p.m. Mesa, Ariz.
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Nevada 2 p.m. Mesa, Ariz.
Auburn 12:30 p.m. Auburn, Ala.
Oklahoma 1:30 p.m. Lawrence
Indiana State 5 p.m. Auburn, Ala.
Nevada 2 p.m. Mesa, Ariz.
Nevada 2:00 p.m. Mesa, Ariz.
Tennesse Chattanooga 8 p.m. Auburn, Ala.
Texas 8 p.m. Lawrence
FSU Invitational All Day Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida knocks off Kentucky in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season and No. 7 Florida handled No. 25 Kentucky 69-52 on Tuesday night. The Gators (20-3, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky’s John Calipari. This one solidified Florida’s spot atop the league standings. The Wildcats (17-7, 8-3) lost for the first time in six games, and it may have been costly. Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot-blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and did not return. Noel, a freshman who averages 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game for the defending national champions, landed awkwardly on his leg with about 8 minutes to play. He screamed in pain as trainers rushed to his side. Teammates carried him to the locker room for tests. Florida had a comfortable lead before the injury. The Gators opened a doubledigit lead, 31-19, in the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Wilbekin, Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton. Young and fellow big man Erik Murphy, who was in early foul trouble, carried the load in the second half. Young made a basket with a nifty, up-and-under move, had a reverse layup and added a sweet, left-handed hook. He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. The Gators knew he had to have a big game considering they played a second game without forward Will Yeguete and were undersized against the Wildcats. But the difference was guard play. Wilbekin sliced through the lane at will, creating open shots for teammates and getting Kentucky’s players out of position. Noel, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein spent time on the bench in foul trouble. Rosario finished with 12 points for Florida, which has won every conference game by double digits. Murphy chipped in 10 points, and Casey Prather added 12 points and two blocks and took several charges, proving again to be a capable replacement for Yeguete. Cauley-Stein and Julius Mays led Kentucky with 10 points apiece. The Wildcats shot 42 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers. Calipari warned reporters Monday that beating Florida would be a difficult task, especially since the Gators have played so well at home (12-0 now) and have a much more experienced roster. The most significant disparities came in the paint and off turnovers. The Gators scored 36 points in the paint and 20 points off turnovers; the Wildcats had 26 points down low and just five off Florida’s 11 turnovers.
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new curve on Monday night. The sophomore assisted on nine firstname.lastname@example.org of McLemore’s first half points and However you choose to classify played with more control than he it, there’s an issue with the Jayhawks’ has in recent games, evidenced by his single turnover against the point guard situation. In the last four games, backup Wildcats. “Coach has been getting on us sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe has shot 37 percent, averaging 8.25 about being fast a lot,” Tharpe said. points and four assists with no “We were just out there playing more than two turnovers per con- together and the game was flowtest. In that same span starter Elijah ing.” Yet Self has been judging Johnson is shooting 22.6 percent, averaging 7.75 points and one turn- Johnson on wins and losses. Given that Johnson has 20 wins and only over per assist. Kansas coach Bill Self has repeat- four losses, it’s not a surprise that he keeps going to his edly said that veteran. he will ride his That leaves senior starter, regardless of his “Whatver’s comfortable out Johnson in an interesting spot. recently poor there, I’m all right with it. It’s widely known stat line. It’s a Whatever we’ve got to do that he’s not a decision that’s natural point been magnito win, I’m down for it.” guard — after the fied with the emergence of elIjah johnson loss to Oklahoma senior guard State Self said this Tharpe, but it’s team has no point also a similar circumstance to one Self has dealt guard — but his decision-making is invaluable. with in the past. Moving over to shooting guard, And Self ’s choice led to success. During the Jayhawks march to or two-guard, when Tharpe enters the NCAA championship in 2008, is Johnson’s best option to stay prosenior Russell Robinson and junior ductive. Of course that doesn’t bother Mario Chalmers were starters, but Sherron Collins had the ability to Johnson at all. “A lot of people make it seem as create offense more easily than if I’m out of the game,” Johnson said Robinson. Still, Self wouldn’t bench his after defeating Kansas State. “I can senior and in turn Collins played go to the two. Whatever’s comfortable out there I’m all right with it. most of his minutes off the bench. There’s no questioning that Whatever we’ve got to do to win, I’m Tharpe is better at creating offense down for it.” In the end, Johnson’s willingness than Johnson. Even Self has admitted this, but like Collins in 2008, to compromise may be the key to Tharpe needs to work with less Kansas’ offense. As often goes with point guards, sometimes it’s about playing time. Against Kansas State, Tharpe the plays you choose not to make. “I love my teammates,” Johnson proved he could do just that. “Naadir played great,” Self said. said. “They’re coming to me and “That’s the best half of basketball telling me it’s all right, it’s cool we’re he’s played since he’s been here. He’s still with you whether the fans turn or not. We know on the court stuff one of our key performers.” Johnson has graded himself this is not happening when you’re not in season on his ability to get the ball the game.” to Ben McLemore. Using that crite— Edited by Dylan Lysen ria, you’d have to think Tharpe set a
senior guard elijah johnson tries to get the ball above his opponent’s head during Monday’s game against kansas state in allen Fieldhouse where kansas won 83-62. johnson scored five points.
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Coach Price moves eldredge to catcher
In his first two years with the Kansas baseball team, junior Ka’iana Eldredge impressed his coaches and teammates on the field with his defense. Kansas coach Ritch Price likes what he’s seen from Eldredge and decided to switch him to a new position. Eldredge will be the team’s top catcher after he started 43 games at second base last season. “I think the first thing that is going to jump out at you when you see him play is he’s not your standard big-body catcher,” Price said. “He’s a little more in the [Craig] Biggio body type, who obviously had a fabulous career with the Astros.” Eldredge fills the spot previously owned by James Stanfield, who played his final season with the Jayhawks last year. Although he’s making the shift from second base to behind home plate, Eldredge has experience as a catcher that goes back to his playing days in high school for Punahou High School in Honolulu and for Cedar High School in Cedar, Utah. During offseason practices, Eldredge worked on making the adjustment and learning new skills to be successful this season as the team’s catcher. “The transition has been more complex because I’m a full time catcher now and there’s a lot more things to catching than I thought there were,” Eldredge said. “During my senior year, I thought it was just about catching 85 mph fastballs. But when you come to the collegiate level, especially in the Big 12, it’s a lot different.” Price said that he needs to see development in his receiving skills and knows that he’s going to throw the ball a lot because of his tremendous release. As Eldredge continues to receive more reps as a catcher, Price praised him for his throwing ability and has high expectations out of him this season. “He’s a good runner, he’s athletic and he’s got really good hands,” Price said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to coach one catcher in my career that played in the big leagues and three others that have made it to triple-A and he throws better than anybody I have ever coached.” Eldredge will make his debut as catcher this Friday when Kansas visits Nevada for the season opener in Mesa, Ariz. He will receive pitches from junior pitcher Frank Duncan, who looks forward to working with Eldredge and has high hopes for him in his new role. “I’ve never seen anybody throw the ball the way he does behind the plate,” Duncan said. “He’s improved so much on his receiving skills that I don’t have any worries about that anymore. He’s a great guy to throw to and he’s definitely going to throw a lot of guys out this year.”
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Boyd went 1-for-11 from three-point against West Virginia. Most of those shots came late in the game, as Kansas trailed by double digits, but if some of those drop, the game might look different. Maybe thoughts of the come-from-behind win over Iowa State would come to the players’ minds and inspire a comeback. With the lack of depth on the Kansas roster, Boyd will play an important role.
Davis was great in the first half against West Virginia on Saturday, scoring 14 points, but she was scoreless in the second half, in which she took just two shots. Davis needs to be more aggressive shooting the ball, or other players need to make shots and force the defense to give her more space. The Jayhawks need to find a way to get Davis more shots when she’s on a roll.
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This season, Gardner is averaging nearly six rebounds per game, but she had only two against West Virginia. Kansas will need Gardner to be a solid source for rebounds to be successful. At 6 feet 3 inches, Gardner has proven before that she is capable of being a dominant rebounder. She also needs to take more shots when the defense is sagging off of her to guard Carolyn Davis.
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Lovings has been a force on defense for much of the season. She averages 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. One low point of her game has been her offensive play. She’s shot 6-for-20 over the course of her last three games.
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Harper provided seven points, three assists and two rebounds against West Virginia. She shot 1-for-4 from three-point in 37 minutes. Harper still might be getting used to her role as starter, but the Jayhawks need her to be a good perimeter defender, which she seems capable of being. She has played great defense against some of the league’s best guards, such as Brittany Chambers of Kansas State. Harper may not be a double-digit scorer every game, but she should be able to provide solid defense most of the time she is on the court.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
PAGE 8 Eldredge moved to catcher
PAGE 9 Jayhawks take on Horned Frogs
Enjoy greatness while you can
Freshman guard Ben McLemore earns comparison to Kansas legends
McLemore said he was too young to remember Pierce during his time as a Jayhawk, but he sees Pierce’s dunk rile up the crowd on the pregame video before every game at Allen Fieldhouse. Like McLemore, Pierce could turn a basketball contest into a solo virtuoso performance. Perhaps his most memorable performance in a Kansas uniform was his 31-point performance against Oklahoma in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, when he scored 15 straight points during a second-half stretch. “He can score it at will,” McLemore said. “I’ve seen the intro, just showing him as one of the great players that ever played here at Kansas.” With seven games left in the regular season, McLemore is on pace to break Danny Manning’s freshman scoring record of 14.6 points per game. McLemore is averaging 16.8 points per game, while Pierce averaged 11.9 points per game as a freshman. But since Manning graduated in 1988, Pierce holds the school’s single-season scoring average record of 20.4 points per game, which he set in 1997-1998. The significance of Pierce’s college accomplishments isn’t lost on McLemore. Besides the freshman scoring record, McLemore already has one accomplishment Pierce couldn’t get. It’s an accomplishment no other Jayhawk has — scoring at least 30 points in conference play twice as a freshman. “When you go to the University of Kansas, you know you’ve got a lot to live up to,” McLemore said. “Watching my teammates play last year and just seeing what they do and seeing how much they put into the game because Kansas basketball has so much tradition and history.” But Pierce isn’t the only Jayhawk McLemore draws comparisons to. Brandon Rush came to Kansas as a freshman in 2005 after withdrawing from the NBA Draft. He used the word “highlights” to describe
hEading to thE raFtErs
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email@example.com It’s been a frequent occurrence for the Kansas Jayhawks this season, but for Sonya Reid, it could never happen enough. Maybe it’s a breakaway dunk. The kind where every soul in Allen Fieldhouse cranes their neck just an inch more, aware that in just a matter of seconds they might see high-flying artistry few college players can craft. Or it’s a rhythmic barrage of 3-pointers, a rapid firing of shots everyone knows will drop swiftly through the net while the shot is still in the air, interspersed with NBAcaliber jump shots in the lane. However the fireworks come, Reid knows what she will see next from those fireworks’ origin, redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore, her son. “When he do one of his little fancy dunks he comes out with this little smile,” Reid said. “Pretty much that smile is his trademark.” McLemore provided 40 minutes of fireworks Monday night against Kansas State, draining six of 10 3-pointers and scoring 30 points. He didn’t convert any Fieldhouse foundation-shaking dunks, but only because Kansas State refused to let him take off, fouling him before he came close enough for a fastbreak dunk. But McLemore’s had plenty of reasons to flash his smile this season. Enough reasons, in fact, that he’s been compared to his role model, former Kansas star Paul Pierce. McLemore started watching Pierce when he was a junior at Wellston High School near St. Louis. He went to Pierce’s summer camp that year and then met Pierce in person when he came to Lawrence to play in the 2011 Legends of the Phog game. “His footwork is just crazy,” McLemore said. “I like to watch his footwork a lot because the way he moves it seems like he’s slow, but his footwork makes it seem like he’s moving fast.”
alk about a happy birthday. On Ben McLemore’s 20th, he scored 30 points. On his 20th, the Jayhawks busted a three-game losing streak. They did so by beating Kansas State by 21 points — on his 20th. Yes, it was one of those special days at Allen Fieldhouse where everything seemingly comes together perfectly. It was one of those days where the seats were filled like a perfectly poured beverage well before tipoff, and when everyone erupts after every made basket. It was one where a moretalented Kansas team played up to its talent. And most of all, it was one of those games to enjoy watching the Jayhawks’ sensational freshman, Ben McLemore — something truly worth doing for his remaining five games in Allen Fieldhouse. The next time McLemore glides down James Naismith Court after a turnover, and 16,300 people stand in anticipation of something epic, something breathtaking, take a mental snapshot. The memories of being a student — or a fan — when Ben McLemore played for the University of Kansas will be a point of pride for any Jayhawk for a long time. And it shouldn’t just be for the 20-year-old’s graceful play on the court, even though that has a lot to do with it. There was a worthy scene a few weeks back at a women’s basketball game that McLemore attended (he’s been to many of the women’s basketball games this season). As McLemore was leaving by himself after the game, he was quickly surrounded by Kansas fans, mostly children, that were in awe of the latest crimson and blue sensation. Did McLemore look upset by this? No, not at all. He looked the opposite, actually. McLemore signed every autograph for anyone who asked. He stood and smiled for every picture, and he took the time to talk to the children who dream of wearing the same uniform one day. It’s a rare sight to see a 20-yearold kid act so gracious for the love that surrounded him. His twitter handle is @Humb1e_Hungry23, and it’s a perfect title for the kind of person that McLemore seems to be. Even on the grander scale, after Kansas men’s games, McLemore sticking around in the autograph line has become a legendary tale among both media members and fans that have seen it happen. He won’t get to speak on senior night, and nor should he, but he will be rightfully recognized and applauded in the pre-game video montage. And then he’ll be gone, onto bigger and better things. It’s time to cherish this young man if you haven’t done so already. It’s time to marvel at his unique athleticism and silky smooth jump shot. And it’s time to notice the effect he’s had on the community, and the effect we’ve had on him. After all, time with Ben is running out. — Edited by Brian Sisk
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Freshman guard Ben McLemore has had a break-out season after redshirting his first year. McLemore has averaged 16.8 points per game and 31.6 minutes per game.
Experienced lineup returns to field
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas Coach Ritch Price is optimistic when discussing the off-season development of another young Kansas Baseball roster. At Tuesday’s media day, Price said his team is taking advantage of the experience gained by playing one of the youngest lineups in the Big 12 last season. This season, the Jayhawks return seven starting position players and nine pitchers, on a roster that includes 23 underclassmen. “Pitching is certainly the strength of our club on paper,” Price said. “In my ten years I’ve been at Kansas, we’ve never returned all three weekend starters. On paper these are four of the most impressive guys we’ve had. At the same time, those guys have to get better too.” Junior pitcher Frank Duncan leads the rotation this season with Sophomore Wes Benjamin, senior Thomas Taylor and Senior Tanner Poppe taking on starting duties this season. “It’s fun to have these guys in the Friday and Saturday spots,” pitching coach Ryan Graves said. “In my opinion, these guys give us the best chance of getting us deep into the game and not use up our bullpen on Friday and Saturday.” Duncan earned the opening game start, after going 6-8 with a 3.23 era and 100 strikeouts in 2013. Duncan isn’t a power pitcher. He prefers to make his living on the mound by mixing pitches and outsmarting opposing bats. “Anytime your put in the posi9 - Tucker Tharp Jr. • R/R • 5-11 • 190 17- Michael Suiter So. • R/R • 6-1 • 200 3 - Dakota Smith So. • R/R • 5-11 • 186 20 - Justin Protacio So. • L/R • 5-6 • 165 or 15 - Tommy Mirabelli Fr. • L/R • 5-8 • 155 1 - Kevin Kuntz Sr. • S/R • 6-1 • 188
10 - Jordan Dreiling Sr. • S/R • 5-11 • 176 19 - Frank Duncan So. • RHP • 6-3 • 180 12 - Wes Benjamin So. • LHP • 6-2 • 180 11 - Thomas Taylor Sr. • RHP • 6-4 • 220 55 - Tanner Poppe Fr. • RHP • 6-6 • 228
34- Alex DeLeon Sr. • R/R • 6-1 • 215
22 - Ka’iana Eldredge Jr. • R/R • 6-0 • 197
DH 25 - Jacob Boylan Fr. • L/R • 6-1 • 185
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