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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Placing bets on your tournament brackets is a tradition... and illegal
Jenna Jakowatz
jjakowatz@kansan.com If you knew placing money on your bracket for a betting pool at work could get you into trouble, would you still take the risk? “Definitely,” said Nick Schulte, a senior from Wichita. On Selection Sunday, Schulte will be one of thousands of people spending hours meticulously perfecting their NCAA tournament brackets, and then betting money with a group of friends or coworkers in the hopes of winning the pool. There’s just one catch: Betting on college sports is illegal everywhere in the United States, except for Nevada. “I know it’s illegal, but I still plan on doing it anyway,” Schulte said. According to the American Gaming Association’s website, “Nevada’s legal sports wagering represents less than 1 percent of all sports betting nationwide,” The website also says the FBI estimates that more than $2.5 billion is wagered illegally each year on March Madness alone. In comparison, more than $2.88 billion was wagered legally through sports books in Nevada in 2011. Keep in mind that was for all sports, not just one month of basketball. The FBI is not the only organization trying to combat illegal gambling on college sports. The NCAA says college sports should be about fun, not making a profit. “The NCAA believes sports should be appreciated for the benefits of participating or watching, not the amount of money that can be won or lost depending on the outcome of the games,” the NCAA’s website states. Omar Prieto, a freshman from Wichita, said that if he can make


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some money while also having fun, then the payoff is worth the risk. “What’s the worst that could happen?” Prieto said. According to US Code Title 18, section 1955, which prohibits illegal gambling businesses, the worst that could happen is if the FBI catches wind of that office pool, the people involved face a fine and could be imprisoned. Schulte has known for years that betting on college sports is illegal, but that has not fazed him. He plans on betting $10 to $20 in a pool, and if this pool has 10 people betting $10 to $20 as well, he stands to win $100 to $200: 10 times what he originally bet. For thousands of Americans, this big payoff from such a small bet is what the “madness” of March is all about. “I’ve been watching all season,” Schulte. “It’s fun to apply the knowledge I have gained over the season and pair that with competitiveness to see if it will pay off.” — Edited by Madison Schultz

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KU aims to reduce required credit hours

Quantitative – An additional course beyond learning Core the KU outcomes, according to the first place.” MarshallsChMidt Quantitative Literacy of the Dean of the College of While degree-specific requireOffice goal with KU mschmidt@kansan.com a pre-requisite of MATH 101 Core + CUSA Principal courses ments are still yet Liberal Arts and recommendationsfreshman or another course approved by 27 hours This year’s >> class may to be approved, Sciences. Current CUSA. KU be able to take advantage of the Anderson said CLAS students Core, the University’s Foreign Language – new comthe common are required to 4th semester mon curriculum courses, set to go proficiency or 3rd “students are having to curriculum take 72 general into effect for this fall’ssemester proficiency with one incoming take an unrealistic amount change will give education credadditional semester in another freshmen. With the hope of booststudents greater its, which Danny of general education foreign language. ing student retention, the KU Core flexibility as the Anderson, dean Laboratory requirements.” aims to reduce the overall number – An approved six learning outof the College laboratory experience or field of of required general credit hours, camp.body Liberal Arts and hANNAh BoLToN comes can be said Hannah Bolton, student Sciences, said student Body President met by a variety president. of classes. disengages CLAS “Students are having to take an “Many top underclassmen unrealistic amount of general edubecause they spend their first two students who decide to go to other cation requirements,” Bolton said. 72 hours 36 hours* Maximum 56 hours** years in non degree-specific class- universities do so in part on the “It’s the largest number I’ve heard basis on our current curriculum,” es. of in the Big 12.” “Many students chose to leave Anderson said. “We have updated The new KU Core will require all KU because of this,” Anderson our curriculum and curricular *Students will need 36 hours if all units are satisfied by three-credit-hour classes. * Students will need 36 hours if all units are satisfied by 3-credit-hour classes. Some KU Core classes hours of general students to take 36 simultaneously satisfy major Some KU Core classes simultaneously satisfy major requirements. Students may said. “Others never came in the structure to meet the needs of 21st requirements. Students may elect approved learning goals. elect approved learning experiences to satisfy some goals. experiences to satisfy some credits, which accomplishes six

1. Critical Thinking & Quantitative Literacy 2 units 2. Written & Oral Communication 2 units written + 1 unit oral 3. Background of Knowledge Across Fundamental Areas of Study 3 units 4. Cultural Understanding & Global Awareness 2 units 5. Social Responsibility & Ethical Behavior 1 unit 6. Integrate Knowledge & Think Creatively 1 unit

century students who face a different world.” Bolton said the KU Core, which affects the CLAS the most, will help with freshmen retention, as most first-year students are initially admitted to the CLAS before applying to a professional school at the University. As for current students, Bolton said only current freshmen may be eligible to opt into the KU Core. “This year’s freshmen need to meet with their adviser to see if they can make it work,” Bolton said. “It will be a lot more feasible to graduate in four years, especially students who are double majoring or switching their major.” — Edited by Paige Lytle

**Most students will need fewer than 56 hours because: transfer credit and advanced placement reduce hours; some foreign language Source: Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences classes also meet KU Core goals; and capstone courses in the major satisfy a KU Core goal.


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WhaT: KPR’s 60th Anniversary: An Evening with Scott Horsley Where: Dole Institute of Politics WheN: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. aBOuT: Scott Horsley discusses the 2012 presidential campaign and the influence news coverage has had on our nation’s history.

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Wednesday, March 13
WhaT: An Evening with Edwidge Danticat Where: Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium WheN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. aBOuT: Danticat is an acclaimed and award-winning author of several nonfiction works. Her visit to campus is part of the Frances and Floyd Horowitz Lecture, which is dedicated to multicultural issues. WhaT: Student Senate Legislative Committees Where: Kansas Union WheN: 6 to 8 p.m. aBOuT: The Finance, University Affairs, Student Rights and Multicultural Affairs committees will convene to discuss newly authored legislation. For locations and times, visit studentsenate.ku.edu.

Thursday, March 14
WhaT: Tea at Three Where: Kansas Union, fourth floor lobby WheN: 3 to 4 p.m. aBOuT: The free tea and cookies are fit for the Queen, compliments of SUA. WhaT: Pi Day Celebration Where: Theatre Lawrence WheN: 7 p.m. aBOuT: The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band hosts this event which combines math, science, pie and nerdy camaraderie. Tickets are $3.14 to $10.

Friday, March 15
WhaT: The Goldenberg Duo Where: Spencer Museum of Art WheN: Noon to 1 p.m. aBOuT: Distinguished musical siblings Susan and William Goldenberg will give a free recital at the Spencer. Expect classical selections from Edvard Grieg and Beethoven as well as Chinese folk songs and kiezmer music. WhaT: TGIF Where: Adams Alumni Center WheN: 4 to 5:30 p.m. aBOuT: University faculty and staff are invited to this monthly event. Enjoy free soft drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and specially priced beer and wine while mingling with campus colleagues.

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WhaT: Science on Tap: Global Shift Where: Free State Brewing Company WheN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. aBOuT: Sharon Billings, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology discusses how plants and soil regulate the earth’s climate and the effect humans have on this balance. Grab a beer and bring your questions.

Kansas government debates sustainability
mjohnson@kansan.com Lawmakers in Topeka have been debating a number of environmental bills over the past two months, some of which might affect University students. Section 1(a) of House Bill 2366 states, “No public funds may be used, either directly or indirectly, to promote, support, mandate, require, order, incentivize, advocate, plan for, participate in or implement sustainable development.” The KU Center for Sustainability is funded by the Tuition Enhancement program, which is subsidized by KU students. Many students have received federal loans or grants. Section 7 of the bill prohibits “any federal or private grant, program or initiative” from being used for sustainable development. In May 2009, the Kansas Legislature enacted House Bill 2369 to establish renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) and deadlines. The bill requires all Kansas utilities to produce 20 percent of their power with renewable resources by 2020. However, on Feb. 6, House Bill 2241 was introduced to reduce this requirement to 15 percent by 2018. “I would hope that the legislature would uphold the renewable portfolio standards in their original form for two reasons: energy security through renewable energy and job creation in Kansas – especially in rural areas that could benefit from investments from the wind energy industry,” said Rachel Myslivy, a graduate student in religious and environmental studies and member of KU EcoJustice. House Bill 2306 was introduced on Feb. 12. It would have required public schools to “teach the strengths and weaknesses” of “certain scientific topics” like climate science. Although more than 99 percent of peer-reviewed studies have confirmed the effect of increased CO2 levels on global warming, the issue is still considered controversial in the Kansas Legislature. House Bill 2306 is now dead, not because it was rejected, but rather the March 1 deadline passed. Gov. Sam Brownback has been a strong advocate of wind energy for years, helping to secure federal tax credits for wind energy companies while in Congress and maintaining his aggressive support for the industry as governor – a record Myslivy notes. Kansas ranks third in national wind energy production. On March 8, House Bill 2241 was referred to the Committee on Energy and Environment for further deliberation. As the Kansas Legislature debates these and other bills, the University is making significant progress with new environmental measures. “The Campus Sustainability Plan is a background document of the Campus Master Plan, and the Chancellor has been extremely supportive of that process,” said Jeff Severin, director of the Center for Sustainability. Severin also points to programs like Replant Mount Oread and KU Recycling as well as a series of projects including the installation of LED lights on campus — funded by a 75 cent-per-semester “green fee” — the Campus Garden, Potter Lake Project and the Student Rain Garden. “I hope to see KU move toward more sustainable landscaping practices by reducing chemical


Lawmakers in Kansas have been trying to come up with a bill that would require students to learn about topics like climate science. Places like Potter Lake have been affected in recent years because of the drought problems that Kansas has experienced. usage and incorporating native plants in the landscape,” said Myslivy, who has witnessed similar progress since her days as an undergraduate. “Recycling is more available across campus than it was in previous years, the food services are trying to incorporate more local foods, KU is doing energy competitions, and academic programs are addressing issues of sustainability and environmental concerns.” There are now many more opportunities for student involvement through the EcoJustice program, which the group hopes will help future generations. “I want to be able to look my grandchildren square in the face and say, ‘I did my best. I tried,’” Myslivy said. — Edited by Jordan Wisdom

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TOPEKA — The Kansas House has approved a bill that supporters say is an attempt to encourage cooperation between the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state Department of Transportation. The 81-41 vote Monday sent the measure to the Senate. Some House members fear that the bill is a step toward a merger and diverting revenues from the 236-mile turnpike to

other uses. But the measure stops far short of Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for a merger of the transportation agencies. He contends such a merger would reduce costs. The bill would expand the specific authority of KDOT and the Turnpike Authority so they can provide administrative services to each other. Also, the two agencies could work jointly on roads connecting to the turnpike. — Associated Press




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trial level court. But for now, it corporation counsel. The first of its kind in the counmeans the ax won’t fall Tuesday on supersized sodas, sweetened teas try, the restriction has sparked reand other high-sugar beverages in action from city streets to late-night restaurants, movie theaters, corner talk shows, celebrated by some as a bold attempt to delis and sports improve people’s arenas. health and de“The court ruling provides “the court ruling provides rided by others as another “nanny a sigh of relief a sigh of relief to New state” law from to New Yorkers Yorkers and thousands of Bloomberg durand thousands small businesses...” ing his 11 years in of small busioffice. nesses in New AmericAN BeverAge AssociAtioN On his watch, York City that opposes the ban the city has comwould have been pelled chain resharmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban,” the taurants to post calorie counts, American Beverage Association barred artificial trans fats in restauand other opponents said, add- rant food and prodded food manuing that the organization is open facturers to use less salt. The city to other “solutions that will have a has successfully defended some of those initiatives in court. meaningful and lasting impact.” Beverage makers had expected The city expressed confidence to spend about $600,000 changing that it would win on appeal. “This measure is part of the city’s bottles and labels, movie theater multi-pronged effort to combat the owners feared losing soda sales growing obesity epidemic, which that account for 10 percent of their takes the lives of more than 5,000 profits, and delis and restaurants New Yorkers every year, and we would have had to change invenbelieve the Board of Health has the tory, reprint menus and make other legal authority — and responsibil- adjustments, according to court paity — to tackle its leading causes,” pers. said Michael A. Cardozo, the city’s

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NEW YORK — A judge struck down New York City’s pioneering ban on big, sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating confusion for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks is too arbitrary because it applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them. “The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule,” Tingling wrote in a victory for the beverage industry, restaurants and other business groups that called the rule unfair and wrong-headed. Further, the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health went beyond its authority in approving the size limit, the judge said, agreeing with the critics that the matter should have been up to the elected City Council. The city vowed to appeal the ruling, issued by New York state’s

A 25-year-old male was arrested yesterday on the 500 block of 7th street under suspicion of no valid driver’s license, interfering with an officer’s duties and failure to appear in municipal and district courts. A $688 bond was paid. A 35-year-old female was arrested sunday on the 300 block of stockade under suspicion of domestic battery and escape from custody. No bond was posted. A 35-year-old male was arrested sunday on the 300 block of stockade under suspicion of domestic battery and aggressive assault. No bond was posted. — Emily Donovan

in this march 8, 2013 file photo, customers at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ call cheers with 24-ounce, left, and 16-ounce beverages, in New York. New York city’s groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect.



ptsD victims experience stress-induced cardiac problems
anger and helplessness and spur heart-harming behaviors like eating or drinking too much. “We’re starting to connect emotions with cardiovascular risk markers” and the new research adds evidence of a link, said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association spokeswoman. She had no role in the studies, which were discussed Sunday at an American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco. The largest, involving 207,954 veterans in California and Nevada ages 46 to 74, compared those with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, to those without it. They were free of major heart disease and diabetes when researchers checked their Veterans Administration medical records from 2009 and 2010. Checked again about two years later, 35 percent of those with PTSD but only 19 percent of those without it had developed insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes and hardening of the arteries. Doctors also saw higher rates of metabolic syndrome — a collection of heart disease risk factors that include high body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. About 53 percent of veterans with PTSD but only 37 percent of those without it had several of these symptoms. The numbers are estimates and are not as important as the trend — more heart risk with more stress, said one study leader, Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi, a cardiologist at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and a professor at UCLA. It shows that PTSD can cause physical symptoms, not just the mental ones commonly associated with it. “Twenty or 30 years ago PTSD was a term reserved for combat veterans. We have come to realize now that PTSD is actually a much more common disorder and it can happen in veterans who did not undergo combat but had a very traumatic experience” such as losing a friend, he said. That goes for others who suffer trauma such as being raped, robbed at gunpoint or in a serious accident, he said. Nearly 8 million Americans have PTSD, that National Institute of Mental Health estimates. They include survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Tulane Medical Center doctors led a study of their hospital’s patients that suggests heart attack incidence is three times higher in New Orleans than it was in the two years before the 2005 storm. A third study found that heart attacks rose sharply in the Messinia area of southwestern Greece since January 2008, the start of that country’s financial crisis. There were 1,084 heart attacks in the four years after the crisis began compared to 841 in the four years before it, even though the population and its demographics remained the same.

SAN FRANCISCO — Stress does bad things to the heart. New studies have found higher rates of cardiac problems in veterans with PTSD, New Orleans residents six years after Hurricane Katrina and Greeks struggling through that country’s financial turmoil. Disasters and prolonged stress can raise “fight or flight” hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely, doctors say. They also provoke


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Snapchat taking over the application world D
o you have it? That little yellow ghost icon on your cell’s home screen? If you do, then you’ve experienced the sometimes thrilling, sometimes useless, sometimes disastrous effects of The Snapchat. No, not just “Snapchat.” I prefer to call it by its proper name, “The Snapchat,” because of the life it has taken on in my cellular world. Apart from text messages and those vague “Provost eNews” emails, The Snapchat is my most frequent notification. (Seriously though, what are those Provost eNews things?) The best part about The Snapchat is that it’s essentially the “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” digital remix. But we’ll call this the “How to ruin all your relationships via a small yellow ghost” version for good measure. Its use and abuse rarely have good outcomes, yet we’re still all, “OMG what did we do before we could send 10-second pics of our face doing inane daily activities to our 50 closest friends?” Luckily, I have had many a run-in courtesy of The Snapchat and am prepared to share that advice here. Consider this your anti-guide to The Snapchat. First, let’s tackle that eye-opening yet horrifying Best Friends feature. They can’t just call it “The Three Random People You Happen to Snapchat Most,” can they? No, these three have to be your “Best Friends,” and they’re posted on Snapchat.com for the whole world to see. The worst part is The Snapchat doesn’t lie. There’s no denying how much you’re in contact with these people once someone’s discovered your dirty little Best Friends secret. For best results, make sure these three include criminals, ex-boyfriends, sexting buddies, people you don’t actually know and general crazies. And while we’re on that page, let’s consider that “HISCORE” feature. As if it’s not bad enough that The Snapchat publicizes your three most embarrassing “friends,” now everyone can judge you for just how addicted you are through an ambiguous HISCORE. And can I just say how much I appreciate The Snapchat’s creative use of capitalization? LOL wait. No, I don’t. At all.

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everyone says college teaches you time-management skills. i say it teaches you crunch-time management skills. She just gives off passion like a rain cloud in the springtime. i love storms. i pretend i’m a dinosaur when i’m at the gym. They call me tyrannosaurus FleX! i’m not in love with the drummer. He’s adorable like a puppy, but that’s all. To the guy across the bus aisle in the suit: i appreciate your effort to make monday morning classy. To the republican. You’re not a true conservative if you don’t like basketball. But... i decided not to text that one in... FFa, get out of my head!!! Who is this Jeff Withey guy everyone can’t shut up about? Editor’s note: Professional troll, right here. i don’t know about you guys, but i kind of like the idea of K-State rising to the challenge to be our next rival. don’t see anyone else stepping up! 9 Straight! Probably the most frustrating thing is seeing Jayhawks not know their own school name! University of Kansas people not Kansas University. Step on a crack, and my mom will break your back. You know you’re a student during midterm week when your fantasies are about sleeping. i just heard that Safe Bus this year isn’t a party bus... Freshmen, i’m disappointed. oh yeah? Tablets for school kids everywhere? Please, there are still districts that can barely get up-to-date textbooks. Passive aggressive tweets are never the answer. Grow up. my headphones are in despite my dead ipod because i don’t want to talk to you. if you say ‘ciao’ on a regular basis and you’re not italian, i’m definitely judging you. if you don’t care about basketball, then you aren’t patriotic enough to be a republican. We swept K-State this year. i refuse to acknowledge this Big Xii “co-champions” nonsense. i must apologize to everyone in the Western civ ii midterm. *Sniffle*. Being sick is awful. i know an international student who wants to be fat and stupid so that people will think he’s “more american”... i’m offended. FalSe!! Wescoe was supposed to be the gateway to narnia. i just watched my boyfriend punch a can of oranges open because he forgot that he didn’t have a can opener. This just goes to show that not all stupid things that happen in college have to involve alcohol.

Make sure you use The Snapchat to send pics and vids to all of your contacts, not just the ones that are relevant or you’ve talked to in the last year. The tricky part is that The Snapchat has not yet developed a “Select All” feature for choosing your recipients. When that happens, God help us. In the meantime, be as unrestricted as possible when sending those heinous pics. Your obscure friend from high school? Yes. That kid in your 500-seat bio lecture? Yes. The cute boy you met at a bar but for some reason never snapchats or texts or Facebooks you back? The ultimate yes. Next, use Snapchat for sexting nude photos. Easiest way to ruin a relationship/your reputation/ your life. Moving on, the “Delivered”

vs. “Sent” vs. “Opened” feature is god. Once you’ve sent a particularly masterful snap, you reserve the right to check that unreasonably tiny print every 30 seconds until The Snapchat confirms your recipient has indeed succumbed to your snap of you walking to class, singing to a Ke$ha song in the car or “trying on hipster glasses! LAWLZ.” The key here is that if that person doesn’t respond within five minutes, your next move is to send a snap of your sad face with the caption, “No SnAp BaCk???? :( :( :(.” The worst kind of friends are the ones who refuse to partake in your snap conversations. You snap, “Goin out 2nite?” with tongue out. They text message you, “Nope, got some homework to catch up on.” You snap, “What?? LAME!!” with indignant face. They text, “Yep, bummer haha.” No picture, no video, no nothing! These people are not worth your time on The Snapchat or in life. No, scratch that. The worst kind of friends are screenshotters. I once had a friend screenshot my monstrous photo/caption combo and tweet it. Getting that

“Snap! [Username] has screenshotted your Snapchat!” notification is like being told, “Hey! Your trust and friendship and revolting facial expressions have been exploited at your expense!” Screenshotters, you are the Benedict Arnold to my American colonies. Finally Snapchatters, in order to completely alienate yourself, you need to follow @ SnapchatProbbz and retweet it religiously. Tweets like “I always look ratchet af when I SnapChat at night…” are both relevant and entertaining! The sad part is that The Snapchat doesn’t have to be our downfall. We can use it for getting outfit help from friends! For keeping in touch with people studying abroad! For proving to your boyfriend that you really are where you say you are! But if you like to engage in the above behaviors, well, I won’t say I told you so. Mayfield is a junior studying journalism, political science and leadership from Overland Park



a taste of Brazil culture found here in lawrence S
ome 40 days before Easter, almost all of Brazil — my homeland and a large chunk of the Catholic world — take a deep breath to dive into Carnival, the world’s biggest party. Originally a Christian festivity inspired by the pagan festivals Dionysia and Bacchanalia, Carnival was traditionally the last party before the pious days of Lent. Characterized by binge eating and drinking, Carnival is an escape from ordinary life and a taste of the life of a hedonist. While in the U.S. the most famous expression of Carnival is New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Kansas does not have much of a tradition on this field. But although we are far away from Brazil’s country-wide festivities, lucky us, we can take a shot at it in Lawrence. Brazilian Carnival is a distinctive feature of the Brazilian imagery as seen by foreigners, but what many people don’t realize is that it also plays a central role in Brazilian culture. Of course, the awesome, extravagant party is a lot of fun, but its meaning goes well beyond that. For Brazilians, it is a display of an idealized

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By Arnobio Morelix

classless society, inexistent in our unequal country, as well as the unofficial kickoff for the New Year. In fact, in Brazil, it is often said that the year does not begin until after Carnival. Like most Brazilian holidays, Carnival has Catholic origins. And again, like most Brazilian holidays, it is not as holy these days. With it is a temporary forgetfulness of rationality and the life of the mind, in exchange for a week of Hedonism and life of the body. Carnival is among Western society’s most interesting phenomena. Lawrence has its own Carnival party. It is the largest Brazilian Carnival in the Midwest, according to the KU Department of Spanish & Portuguese, as well as the largest show-party in Lawrence. It is also the city’s most awesome party of the year,

not only according to my biased opinion as I’m a member of the Brazilian Student Association but also according to folks who have been saying on the event’s Facebook page about how “legendary” it was last year and how they “can’t wait for it.” At the party, you will get the chance to see and dance with traditional samba dancers in colorful costumes, capoeira players, drummers and an awesome Brazilian music band from Chicago. Lawrence’s Brazilian Carnival is March 30, the week after spring break. You can find more info about it at the KU Brazilian Student Association website, brasaku.com. The date is off the traditional Roman Catholic calendar, but one could say March Madness is more or less a version of Lent in Jayhawk land. Since the flesh is weak, we might as well celebrate it. It is about time to get the year started. Morelix is a junior majoring in business and economics from Belo Horizonte, Brazil


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hree weeks ago, we enjoyed a delightful snowstorm that immobilized us, followed by another snowstorm, followed by beautiful weather where the warmth allowed everyone to walk gallantly in the sun between classes. Kansas Weather… This past weekend, it was raining in Lawrence. Dark clouds moved swiftly across the sky, leaving the world painted gray. That beautiful smell that rises from sidewalks when it’s raining permeated the air, and the air was a humid warm. Well, it was more wet than humid, but that didn’t stop me from going to Well’s Overlook anyway. Have you ever been there? Head south down Iowa Street and drive on the highway for a minute, and you might find it. Or just use Google Maps. It’s pretty easy to find that way. According to Douglas County Dept. of Public Works website, “the park is located three-fourths of a mile east of US59 on the south side of County Route 458.” It is atop this majestic tower that one can see all of Lawrence. The campus far off in the distance, the various parts of town and even the farm road that generally follows those lovely drives across the Clinton Lake bridge. Lawrence is a beautiful town with a lot of different flavors in a small area. In this particular area, the only lights are those coming from the city, so it’s easy to take in the full breadth of the landscape. Looking east is easy. We’re all so familiar with this town and its traditions, it will be a part of us forever. However, if you turn the opposite direction and look west, you can see the horizon. And if you look really hard, focusing all of your attention, squinting a little, in the rain, you can see your future. It’s easy to think we know

By Nathan Bartocci

what’s in store for us, but the rain makes clear the true uncertainty of our lives. The dark clouds roll onward, but on the horizon, you can see the faint glimmer of the sun waiting to shine through. Life is the Kansas weather cycle: cold one day, warm the next, cold again, warm again for a while, too hot, too cold, dark, bright and sometimes so overwhelming you can’t do anything but stay inside. A bright light flashes nearby followed instantly by a loud crack that sounds like a rifle being fired. It’s startling, but nothing I’m unfamiliar with. Not anything I haven’t already learned not to fear in the past. Besides, if Mother Nature chooses to have her way with me, I’m done for. However, today is not that day. Today, we’re both on the same wavelength. As my clothes become ever more drenched and thunder roars around me, I look out onto the unknown and wonder, “What’s in store for me?” The answer is different for all of us because we all have different ideas and plans. Beautiful plans that we all stand to bring to life. But when things don’t go as we’ve planned, we’ll look onto the horizon and remember that we haven’t quite reached it yet. The peaceful rain is gone, and it’s cold again. But tomorrow, it will be warm. Bartocci is a junior majoring in journalism from Kansas City. Follow him on Twitter @NJBartocci.


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aries (March 21-april 19) today is an 8 For about six weeks, focus on personal development, as energetic mars is in your sign. the next few days should be especially active and fun. don’t spend more than you bring in. taurus (april 20-May 20) today is a 7 the time is ripe to clean house and create new space for opportunities. it’ll be easier to throw things away. Clean closets, garages and attics. Gemini (May 21-June 20) today is an 8 you have more friends than you realized. treasure them. with mars in aries, help your team find opportunities and advance. together, it’s all possible. cancer (June 21-July 22) today is a 7 you’ll be tested for the next couple of days. there’s nothing to fear; your team’s hot. pour energy into your career now. adapt to any plan changes. Leo (July 23-aug. 22) today is an 8 heed the call of the wild and launch your next adventure. you have a lot to explore. By now you know what you truly want. Go for it. virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22) today is a 7 handle financial matters today and tomorrow, and make plans for the future. use your curiosity to create in this regenerative process. don’t let a windfall slip through your fingers. action is required. Libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) today is an 8 mars enters aries: to manage this next phase, delegate more to your team. accept assistance to be free to grab opportunities. physical activity is more fun, too. it’s a good time to get a message out. scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21) today is a 9 today and tomorrow, you’re in super-creative work mode. seek more information, work faster and make more money. there’s a dramatic shift in energy. Concentrate on a new assignment. you’re hot. sagittarius (nov. 22-dec. 21) today is an 8 make long-term plans with someone you love. provide excellent service. with mars in aries, give in to your passion. success is your reward. dance. capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) today is an 8 your heart is at home. Come up with a plan to fix everything in the house. Emotions could run high. Exert your will power to improve living conditions. do it with love. aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) today is a 9 you’re spurred into action with renewed energy. learn what you’ll need to know to make a desired change. study the facts to get to the bottom line. pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) today is an 8 self-esteem and confidence grows. make sure you can cover expenses before spending. devote yourself to a passion. Beauty need not be the most expensive choice. relax and play for a brilliant idea.

sound tribe sector 9, which has been together for more than 15 years, is working on its 12th album. the group also owns its own record label, 1320 records.

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only time can account for. “The method keeps improving,” lhavens@kansan.com Murphy said. “We try to continually get closer to really capturing Since instrumental rock band what it is that we do live, which Sound Tribe Sector 9 formed in is really how we made a name for Atlanta more than a decade ago, ourselves. We want to capture that the group has transcended the energy and vibe into our studio average performance and created a records. For a band like us, that much more engaging atmosphere is instrumentalists; that is a chalfor its shows. Tonight, the band is lenge. It can be difficult, but we try bringing that energy to Lawrence. and get a little closer each time.” Sound Tribe Sector 9, or STS9, Murphy said consists of the emphasis of Hunter Brown “now that we’re 15 years the new album (Guitar/Keys), into our career, we’re letting will be comJeffree Lerner pletely on the (Percussion), the music really speak for music. David Murphy itself.” “We’re work(Bass/Synth), David Phipps david murphy ing with some sts9 member different pro(Key board) ducers and outand Zach side people to V e l m e r produce a record (Drums). that really represents where we are “Sound Tribe refers to the comas a band,” he said. “Now that we’re munity around us, the people who 15 years into our career, we’re letmake the shows happen, our team,” ting the music really speak for Murphy said. “Sector 9 is Mayanitself.” inspired from what was the height In addition to putting out new of their civilization when there material, STS9 spends a lot of time was a lot of artistic prowess.” on the road at both intimate venThis concept of artistic prowess ues and large festivals. is one that has remained prevalent “You can tell it really means throughout the group’s career. The something to the fans, and you can members, who have been together do more unique things musically for more than 15 years and are because you have their attention,” putting together their 12th studio Murphy said of smaller shows. “I album, work with a fluidity that

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think every festival brings its own unique feel to it.” Even while recording and touring, the band has found time to create its own record label — 1320 Records. The label mirrors the same values as the group and strongly supports live performance and artist self-promotion. The label offers many free releases, which Murphy feels are important for every type of artist, but especially up-and-coming ones. “When you put your music in a form that is easy to be shared, it starts cycling along,” he said. “We built our career around taping live shows and then giving that away to people. We gained a lot of fans from spreading our music in a bootleg type way. We continue to feel like giving your music away and spreading it can be very beneficial, and it’s proven to be. People are happy to buy it at that point, and they really want to support you.” STS9 will be performing tonight and tomorrow at Liberty Hall. A two-day pass can be purchased for $45, or a single day ticket can be purchased for $25.50. The shows are open to all ages and start at 8 p.m. — Edited by Taylor Lewis

why the zombie fascination?
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. In the popular TV series “The Walking Dead,” humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered clothes occasionally fill local parks, gurgling moans of the undead. Are these just unhealthy obsessions with death and decay? To Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro, the phenomenon isn’t harmful or a random fad, but part of a historical trend that mirrors a level of cultural dissatisfaction and economic upheaval. Lauro, who teaches English at Clemson, studied zombies while working on her doctoral degree at the University of California at Davis. Lauro said she keeps track of zombie movies, television shows and video games, but her research focuses primarily on the concept of the “zombie walk,” a mass gathering of people who, dressed in the clothes and makeup of the undead, stagger about and dance. It’s a fascination that, for Lauro, a self-described “chicken,” seems unnatural. Disinterested in violent movies or games, Lauro said she finds herself now taking part in both in an attempt to further understand what makes zombielovers tick. The zombie mob originated in 2003 in Toronto, Lauro said, and popularity escalated dramatically in the United States in 2005, alongside a rise in dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq. “It was a way that the population was getting to exercise the fact that they felt like they hadn’t been listened to by the Bush administration,” Lauro said. “Nobody really wanted that war, and yet we were going to war anyway.” The mid- to late 2000s also saw an uptick in overall zombie popularity, perhaps prompted in part by the release of post-apocalyptic movies including “Dawn of the Dead” and “28 Days Later.” “We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered,” Lauro said. “And the facts are there that, when we are experiencing economic crises, the vast population is feeling disempowered. ... Either playing dead themselves ... or watching a show like ‘Walking Dead’ provides a great variety of outlets for people.”


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“As I stated earlier, we have no intent to trade. I think everybody understands what kind of player Percy Harvin is. He’s a dynamic player, not only on offense (and) the things that he can do with different positions but also what he brings us as a kickoff returner.” — Vikings general manager Rick Spielman on whether the Vikings were thinking about trading Percy Harvin.

Last week exciting for NCAA, NFL athletes
The Liberty Flames became just the second 20-loss team to earn an NCAA Tournament berth on Sunday after the school defeated Charleston Southern 87-76 to win the Big South Conference title. This game is evidence of the excitement that conference tournaments provide. The importance of conference tournaments is questioned at schools like Kansas and Kentucky, where conference championships are the norm, but seeing a team like Liberty earn an NCAA Tournament berth is a great story. The Flames’ .429 winning percentage is the lowest for an NCAA tournament team since Oakland had a 12-18 record in 2005. Liberty probably won’t win a game in the NCAA tournament, but it’s every player’s dream to play in this marquee event, and now they have a chance to fulfill it. Try telling the Liberty players that conference tournaments aren’t important.

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Before the Big South tournament, Liberty was the 299th ranked team in the RPI out of 345 Division I men’s basketball teams.

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was a constant distraction for the Vikings organization. In a perfect world, I would want Harvin to still play for the Minnesota Vikings, but it’s clear over the last couple years that this dysfunctional relationship between player and organization wasn’t going to improve. With that being said, if the Vikings are unable to draft/sign some wide receivers this offseason, the trade of Percy Harvin could come back to bite them.

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Q: Before this season, when was Indiana’s last outright Big Ten basketball championship A: The 1992-93 season.

— Yahoo Sports

Percy Harvin is finally out of Minnesota after a tumultuous 2012 season that saw him fight with head coach Leslie Frazier and complain about his contract. I’m glad to see that the Vikings got what they deserved for trading Harvin to the Seahawks. The 25th overall pick in the draft can be used on a receiver to help replace Harvin or fill one of the Vikings’ other needs. Yes, Harvin is one of the most explosive players in the NFL when healthy, but his constant whining and bickering

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— ESPN.com

Yes, Indiana has lost three games this season when it had been the No. 1 team in the country, and no team has won a national championship under these circumstances. I believe that fun fact will be extinct after this season because Indiana is the favorite going into the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Indiana went into the Crisler Center on Sunday and defeated Michigan 71-70, which is one of the best wins of the season.

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I know that Indiana has lost some games it shouldn’t have this season, but playing in a conference like the Big 10 is going to lead to some unexpected losses. The Hoosiers have all the pieces to make a national title run: a steady point guard in Yogi Ferrell, a sharpshooter in Jordan Hulls, an extraordinary athlete and player in Victor Oladipo and one of the best big men in the country in Cody Zeller. When they are on their game, no one can matchup with the Hoosiers, and barring a major upset in the NCAA Tournament, I expect Indiana to cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome. — Edited by Paige Lytle

This week in athletics
Baseball Jackson State 3 p.m. Lawrence Women’s Swimming NCAA Zone Diving Championships All Day Houston, Texas

Women’s Swimming NCAA Zone Diving Championships All Day Houston, Texas

Men’s Basketball Big 12 Championship 2 p.m. Kansas City, Mo.

Softball Fresno State University Noon Sacramento, Calif. Softball St Marys College 4 p.m. Sacramento, Calif. Baseball TCU 6:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas

Softball Texas State 11 a.m. Sacramento, Calif. Baseball TCU 6:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas Women’s rowing Louisville Invite All Day Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Softball Sacramento State 1 p.m. Sacramento, Calif. Baseball TCU 1 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas Women's rowing Louisville Invite All Day Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Women’s Soccer SpVgg Kaufbeuren TBA Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, Germany Women’s rowing Spring Training All Day Oak Ridge, Tenn.


CbS cuts short airtime in tournament game
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ST. LOUIS — The commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference says he would rather have the tournament title game televised on the Food Network if CBS can’t guarantee it will televise the entire game nationally. Doug Elgin told The Associated Press on Monday that central and northern Illinois and all of Indiana didn’t see the conclusion of Creighton’s 68-65 nail-biter over Wichita State. Wichita State shaved a 13-point deficit to one in the final minute and Malcolm Armstead missed a potential tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer Sunday. “They’ll never be able to make this up to us,” said Elgin, adding the conference had received “hundreds” of complaints from irate fans. “Our concern is our most important game of the year carries nationally — all of it. That’s certainly what we bargained for.” CBS switched some viewers to the start of Indiana’s victory at Michigan for the Big Ten title. The 10-team Missouri Valley has four schools in the areas that missed the finish of the championship game — Bradley, Illinois State, Indiana State and Evansville. CBS officials did not immediately return a message Monday. The network acquired the rights to the title game through ESPN. Elgin said the finish of last year’s title game, Creighton’s overtime victory over Illinois State, was pre-empted in certain markets, too. Discussions with CBS since Sunday’s game have not been satisfying for Elgin, who called the decision “inexcusable” and a “bitter pill to swallow” for the conference. “I’ve vented a lot on this, maybe to excess,” Elgin said, referring to his Food Network crack. “I do think we want to continue to have discussions on this and make sure our jewel is protected.” Creighton returned to the rankings at No. 23 and had an impressive RPI ranking of 25 after winning the conference tournament for the second straight year and earning an automatic NCAA tournament berth. Wichita State was ranked earlier in the season and had an RPI of 39 and could get an at-large NCAA tournament bid. The Valley televises every regular-season game on Fox Sports Midwest and via the Internet on ESPN3. Elgin had little to say about rumors Creighton might want to leave the Valley to join the so-called “Catholic Seven” in a reformed Big East. He added the Valley won’t be caught in the lurch. “We respect the right of any institution to determine its own destiny,” Elgin said.

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Volunteers hang a banner above the burled arch, which serves as the finish line for the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Monday. The race began March 3 in Willow, Alaska, and some race watchers predict a Tuesday finish.


Iditarod veterans battle for lead in race’s final stretch
Monday from Seavey, leaving the Koyuk checkpoint first. King left Koyuk just six minNOME, Alaska — Alaska’s famous 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail utes after arriving, then camped Sled Dog Race has come down out for a while 8 miles from the to a furiously contested match checkpoint. His team began movamong veterans, with one sea- ing again late morning. “You must be having fun,” a losoned musher grabbing the lead back from another throughout the cal said in an Iditarod.com video as the 57-year-old veteran preday Monday. Sled positioning trackers pared to leave Koyuk. “Does it show?” King said. showed 2004 Iditarod winner Seavey fed his team as King Mitch Seavey 12 miles ahead of four-time champion Jeff King and headed out. Seavey had been leading since last year’s runner-up Aliy Zirkle by evening as they headed to the Sunday and beat King to Koyuk by 34 minutes. checkpoint at The 53-year-old Elim, 123 miles musher rested from the finish “The way things are lookhis team then line in Nome, a ing right now, it could be left three hours frontier town on one of those close ones.” and two minutes Alaska’s windafter King. pummeled coast. ERIN MCLARNON “Only one Others were closRace spokeswoman thing to do,” ing in, including Seavey said in Ray Redinton Jr., the grandson of race co-founder an Iditarod.com video. “I can’t make speed without resting.” Joe Redington Sr. The race began March 2 with Close behind Redington was Nome favorite Aaron Burmeister, 66 teams at a ceremonial start in Anchorage. The competitive start racing toward his hometown. All were within striking dis- began the following day in Willow and has since changed leaders tance of each other. If Burmeister were to win the several times. Those at the front of Iditarod, one local official said, the field included four-time chamit could be pandemonium. The pions Lance Mackey and Martin “place would come unglued,” said Buser, who were running in 16th Richard Beneville, the vice presi- and 17th place, respectively, on dent of the Nome Chamber of Monday. Mushers have taken mandatory Commerce. Even though Seavey’s son, 24-hour and 8-hour layovers. They Dallas Seavey, won after beating also must take a second eight-hour Zirkle by an hour last year, leaders layover at the checkpoint at White in this year’s Iditarod have been Mountain, 77 miles from Nome. Five mushers have scratched. leapfrogging each other. That led race spokeswoman Erin McLar- A sixth, Canadian Gerry Wilnon to call this year’s race of the lomitzer, was withdrawn Sunday after losing a dog that was later tightest in years. Front-runners began traveling found. The first musher to reach Nome north along the frozen Bering Sea Coast on Sunday as they jockeyed will win $50,400 and a new 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The rest for the front of the line. King snatched the lead earlier of the $600,000 purse will be split


among the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line. As teams push toward Nome, the town of 3,700 was bustling with anticipation. Volunteers in the old gold rush town erected the famed burled arch on Front Street, a block off the sea, on Sunday. Monday morning, volunteers put up the finish banner that hangs above the arch. Inside the city’s small convention center, which doubles as race headquarters, banners with each musher’s name were being hung from the rafters by volunteers working with Alaska Missions including Shannon Scoggins, 22, of Stephenville, Texas. Her group will spend the rest of the week caring for the canine participants at dog lots on the outskirts of town. “It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” she said. “We’re excited about that.” In Nome, race spokeswoman Erin McLarnon said the race was shaping up to have an exciting finish with so many front-runners clustered together. But will it match the 1978 mad dash down Front Street that left Dick Mackey as the winner with one second to spare over Rick Swenson, who went on to become the Iditarod’s only five-time champion? “You know, it very well could be,” McLarnon said. “The way the things are looking right now, it could be one of those close ones.” Race watchers are predicting a Tuesday afternoon finish in Nome, but off any record-setting pace. McLarnon said it usually takes mushers about 18 hours to reach Front Street after they hit White Mountain, a checkpoint 77 miles from the finish and where they have to take a mandatory eight-hour layover.

Iowa State forward Hallie Christofferson (5) has her shot blocked by Baylor center Brittney Griner (42) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball championship game in the Big 12 Conference tournament, Monday, March 11, 2013, in Dallas.


Baylor wins third Big 12 championship in a row
DALLAS — Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor can now turn their attention to again winning the biggest prize. Griner scored 31 points and the defending national champion Lady Bears won their third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship, rolling past No. 23 Iowa State 75-47 Monday night. In a matchup of the Big 12’s top two seeds, the Lady Bears (32-1) and their 6-foot-8 senior star easily earned another trophy in their dominating run through the Big 12. Griner, already a two-time AllAmerican, had 23 points by halftime, outscoring Iowa State by 10 points on her own. Odyssey Sims added 20 points for Baylor, including three 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes after halftime. Anna Prins had 20 points and Nikki Moody 12 for the Cyclones (23-8) in their first Big 12 title game since 2007. Iowa State got off to a good start with Prins making a 3-pointer on its opening attempt before another long-range shot by Hallie Christofferson for a 6-5 lead. But the Cyclones then went more than 8 minutes without scoring, a span in which they missed six shots and had eight turnovers while Baylor scored 19 points in a row for a double-digit lead that only got bigger. Baylor had the lead for good on Griner’s putback after she grabbed the rebound of her only missed shot of the first half. Griner was 11 of 12 from the field before halftime. The Lady Bears were up 41-13 at the break, holding Iowa State to the fewest points ever in a single half of a Big 12 tournament championship game. Along with the last three Big 12 tournament titles, the Lady Bears have gone undefeated through the league the last two regular seasons for a 49-game conference winning streak. Their fifth Big 12 tournament title — all coming in a stretch that began in 2005, the year of their first national title — broke a tie with Oklahoma for the most in the league. Baylor will surely be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will play its first games in two weeks on the Waco campus, where the Lady Bears have won a nation-best 55 games in a row. They have won 30 straight overall since losing against Stanford at a tournament in Hawaii a week into the season. Griner finished 14 of 17 shooting and had as many field goals as Iowa State’s entire team when she came out of the game for good with 4:12 left. When Griner got near the Baylor bench, she shared a long hug with coach Kim Mulkey while getting a large ovation from the crowd with the game being played only about 100 miles from the Baylor campus. Prins was coming off a careerhigh 32 points Sunday in the Cyclones’ 79-60 semifinal victory over Oklahoma. Baylor had a much tougher semifinal matchup, holding on for a 77-69 victory over Oklahoma State, which was within three in the final minute after the Lady Bears had 18 of their season-high 24 turnovers after halftime. While they never trailed, it was their only game against a Big 12 opponent this season decided by less than 10 points. The championship game was more like the kind of games Baylor has had in its Big 12 run: A lopsided score.


Suiter named Big 12 Player of the Week

Kansas sophomore outfielder Michael Suiter was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week after leading the Jayhawks to their first four-game sweep since 2011.

Suiter, named conference player of the week for the first time, went 8-for-14 with seven stolen bases, five runs and two RBI in last week’s series against Niagara. Suiter reached base at a .625 clip while maintaining a 10-game hitting streak. Suiter is the first Jayhawk to earn Big

12 Player of the Week honors since Jason Brunansky earned the distinction on April 9, 2011. Kansas will play Jackson State at 3 p.m. Wednesday before starting conference play against TCU on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Tale of Three seasons
With another title under its belt, Kansas looks to finish with a bang
complishing our goals,” Releford said. “This year, the tournament is going to mean a lot because we tied the regular season conference.” Of course, the other team Kansas shares the Big 12 title with gained the title the same way the Jayhawks did. Kansas State finished 14-4 in the Big 12 just like Kansas, but it too lost on Saturday to Oklahoma State. Instead of the title being split by two teams who backed their way into it, Self said it reinforces the talent level at the top of the conference. The Big 12 might have six of its 10 teams reach the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced Sunday, and Self said all six of those teams could win the Big 12 Tournament this weekend. “You go into the tournament in the past and you could say, ‘You know what, this team, they could win a couple of games or this team could do good or this could be an upset,’” Self said. “But not very often do you go in and say, ‘Well, I think that that team could positively win three games in a row.’ And there’s six teams that could win three games in a row.” Senior center Jeff Withey said Kansas forgot about the Baylor loss by Monday because it’s now focused on the third — and most important — season within the season. The Big 12 Tournament begins Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Jayhawks have a firstround bye and will play Thursday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s contest between Texas Tech and West Virginia, both of which Kansas swept during the regular season. If Kansas performs well this weekend in the conference tournament, it will likely go back to the Sprint Center for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. With the potential to play five postseason games in Kansas City, Mo., Withey said the Jayhawks don’t feel extra pressure to perform well in what amounts to the team’s second hometown, but instead rely on the fans to help them if they become entwined in a close game. “I’d say we’re expected to win no matter what,” Withey said. “If anything, it kind of helps us out because if something is going wrong, then usually, the fans help us and get us back right.” The challenge for Kansas is that it won’t know who its Thursday opponent will be until about 8 p.m. Wednesday when either Texas Tech or West Virginia wins the first-round game. However, the Jayhawks played both the Red Raiders and the Mountaineers in the final eight days of the regular season, so both opponents are still fresh in Self ’s mind. It’s also not a unique situation. Kansas receives a bye in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament most years, so it’s used to preparing for two opponents throughout the week. Self also said he’ll begin to prepare his team for a semifinal game even before Kansas plays its first game on Thursday. It’s the same approach he uses in the NCAA Tournament. “We’re going to practice for us, but we’ll also spend a little bit of time practicing maybe for the potential second game,” Self said. “Both Iowa State and Oklahoma did some things to us that hurt us. We can work on that stuff in practice and players never know it.” — Edited by Madison Schultz

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gcalvert@kansan.com Coach Bill Self said he had several people contact him after Kansas secured its ninth consecutive Big 12 title Saturday despite losing to Baylor. They congratulated him on the title, but expressed sympathy for the manner in which Kansas won the title. But Self doesn’t see it that way. He tells his team that the basketball season is really divided into three seasons. The first season is the non-conference portion of the schedule. The second season is conference play and the third season comprises the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments. The second season began after Kansas polished off Temple on Jan. 6, meaning the Jayhawks spent more than two months in this part of the season. Although Saturday’s loss to Baylor meant Kansas had a subdued attitude about how it won the conference, Self isn’t about to give the trophy back. “When you’re 7-3 and you got to go to Stillwater and Ames, we earned it,” Self said. “You spend two and a half months of your season trying to win a league championship. Why would we discredit winning the league when you spend so much time trying to do it?” Senior guard Travis Releford described the trip back to Lawrence on Saturday as “quiet,” but Self used the trip to remind the Jayhawks they accomplished their ultimate regular-season goal for the ninth consecutive season, dating back to the senior class of 2005 comprising Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles, Michael Lee and Keith Langford. “It sucked how we ended up winning the title and sharing it, but overall, we ended up ac-


By Kory Carpenter

ansas fans don’t know anything about sweating over Selection Sunday, but analyzing the bracket once it is unveiled is nothing new. Most years, there are teams to avoid and teams to drool over, regionals to covet and regionals to scorn. This year is no different. But while most top schools are hoping to avoid playing someone like Indiana in the regional in Indianapolis or Duke in Washington, D.C. in the teams’ home arenas, maybe it’s not too late for Bill Self to offer to play one of those schools on his home turf. A nice fruit basket to the NCAA Tournament Selection committee might do the trick. Are the San Antonio Spurs doing anything the next few weeks? Maybe they could be put in Kansas’ region. If Indiana, Duke or San Antonio had made the Elite Eight a few years ago instead of VCU, there would likely be a sixth national championship banner hanging in Allen Fieldhouse. OK, maybe not San Antonio. And if Missouri was in the Big 12 this year instead of TCU, Kansas would be a lock for a No. 1 seed right now, and its ninth straight Big 12 championship would be of the outright variety, not shared with the school down the road. Here are the numbers: Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Kansas has been an underdog of four points or fewer 11 times. After the overtime win at Oklahoma State last month, its record is 8-3 in those games. Going into hostile environments against tough teams like Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Kansas State on big stages were a piece of cake. But a stale arena against a team that should be in the bottom of the Mountain West is the reason a No. 1 seed this year is in doubt. Beating top-seeded North Carolina or Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament last year was fine. Handling 11th-seeded (and 11-point underdog) VCU the year before wasn’t, however. Even in the championship run of 2008, Davidson was a tougher out for Self and Kansas than fellow No. 1 seed North Carolina. The thing is, in big games against teams as good or better than Kansas, Self doesn’t lose very often. Half of his NCAA Tournament losses at Kansas have been against teams from second-rate conferences in games that most of the country penciled in the Jayhawks for a victory. Maybe a game against the Hoosiers in the Hoosier state with a Final Four on the line is exactly what this team needs. If not, maybe the ‘86 Celtics are available.


Senior guard travis releford shoots over his opponent’s block during the game against Baylor at Ferrell Center in Waco, texas on march 9, where Kansas was defeated 81-58. releford was one for six from the field.

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Divers fail to advance to 3-meter final
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sliang@kansan.com No Jayhawk diver made the finals of the three-meter event on the first day of the Zone “D” Diving Championship. There were 46 divers who competed in the six-dive preliminary round and the top 18 advanced to the finals of the event. Senior Christy Cash placed 36th with 238.80 points, freshman Meredith Brownell placed 41st with 233.30 points and junior Alyssa Golden placed 43rd with 204.85 points. Texas senior Maren Taylor stood in first place with 347.70 points after the preliminary round. Missouri junior Loren Figueroa took the last finals spot by placing 18th at the preliminaries with 280.35 points. “They actually dove pretty well, but the competition was so stiff and the judging was so tight,” Kansas diving coach Eric Elliott said in a Kansas Athletics news release. “All three of them had one little miss and that was enough because it was a pretty tight contest where everybody was diving pretty darn well.” After the first round, Cash was in 25th place with 43.20 points. She only scored 19.70 points on her second dive, the back twoand-a-half somersault pike with a high difficult degree of 3.00, to drop her to 39th place, and she was never in higher than 36th place after that. Brownell started off the night in 23rd place after the first round. Her best score, 46.25, came on her second dive, the forward oneand-a-half somersault two twist free. Golden hovered around her eventual final score much of the night. Her best dive got her 46.23 points in the third round. All three divers head back to the boards tomorrow for the one-meter competition. Last week, Kansas diving coach Eric Elliott said all three divers have a good opportunity to stand out in this event. The one-meter event starts at 11 a.m. when diving resumes at the University of Houston’s Recreation and Wellness Center in Houston. — Edited by Jordan Wisdom Caroline Patterson, a sophomore on the swimming and diving team, swims at a Feb. 2 meet against arkansas inside robinson natatorium.

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