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A new study from a Universi-
ty professor is proving that the
afermath of the 2009 recession
wasn’t limited to adults and the
unemployed. Terri Friedline, an
assistant professor of social welfare
at the University, found that young
people are reeling from the Great
Recession into young-adulthood
as well.
According to a study Friedline
co-authored, young people who
grew up in households that lost net
worth during the recession only
average $300 in savings. Children
in households that didn’t sufer f-
nancially have an average of $3,000
in savings.
Friedline said even though a
diference of $2,700 may not seem
like a huge amount on its face,
the ramifcations for the future
outweigh the numerical diference
between the two groups.
“Somebody with $3,000 in sav-
ings or assets can invest in other
types of assets, work toward a
down payment on a house or car,
so they can start to kind of build
wealth that will sustain and beneft
them for the rest of their lives,”
Friedline said. “Tree-hundred
dollars is the minimum balance
average at most banks across the
U.S., so you can barely make it into
a very initial asset and your money
isn’t free to go anywhere, so it’s not
a great foundation.”
Friedline’s study, which will
be published in the Journal of
Family and Economic Issues, used
economic data from 1999 to 2009
from the Panel Study of Income
Dynamics to see how American
families’ wealth was afected by the
Friedline expects there to be psy-
chological efects for young people
as a result of the Great Recession,
and while she’s unsure of what they
will be, she said older generations
suggest they will be signifcant.
“When this study came out,
I received a number of people
who had lived through the Great
Depression and experienced their
households losing a lot of wealth
and fnancial stability,” Friedline
said. “Tose emails suggest to
me that those individuals were
impacted enough to recognize the
research here and apply it to their
own experiences a really long time
ago, and that this was something
that greatly impacted them.”
Conner Coleman, a junior from
Kansas City, said watching the ef-
fects of the recession play out while
he was in high school altered his
perspective on economics, making
him more aware of his impending
fnancial independence.
“I have to take into consider-
ation everything everyone’s gone
through when I make my fnancial
decisions now,” Coleman said.
“You hear about all the stories
about people not being able to
pay their bills and their houses are
being foreclosed, so I’m defnitely
a lot more conscious with my deci-
sions now than I would have been.”
Other economic research has
also suggested young adults have
more to worry about than just
savings. New data from the 2013
census shows that young adults are
putting of making big economic
decisions like moving away from
home and starting a family. Only
about 23 percent of adults ages 25-
29 moved in the past year, which
economists think suggests that
young adults are skeptical about
moving to other cities to fnd jobs.
According to a Pew Research Study
in 2012, 22 percent of young adults
say they have postponed having a
child because of economic condi-
tions as well.
Maria Berry, a senior from
Overland Park, says she doesn’t
plan on moving back home afer
graduation, but that doesn’t mean
she won’t be putting parts of her
adulthood on hold.
“I’m a waitress for a corporate
company, and I think I’m going
to have to have them transfer me
to wherever I move afer college
until I can get on my feet,” Berry
said. “I don’t plan on buying a
house anytime soon either, because
I don’t think I would be able to
aford one. It’s a personal thing too,
I don’t want to do all that until I’m
married and in my thirties.”
—Edited by Casey Hutchins
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how technology disrupts our lives.
Professor’s study shows recession affects young adults
People 18-34 years old:
49% — have taken a job they didn’t want just to pay the
24% — have taken an unpaid job to gain experience.
35% — have gone back to school as a result of the poor
31% — have postponed getting married or having a
24% — have moved back in with their parents afer
living on their own.
All ages:
75% — say it’s harder now for young people to save for
the future than it was for their parents’
71% — say it’s harder for young people now to pay for
college than it was for their parents’ generation.
69% — say it’s harder for young people to buy a home
than it was for their parents’ generation.
—2012 Pew Study: “Young, Underemployed and Optimistic”
Tornadoes, damaging storms
sweep across the Midwest
WASHINGTON, Ill. — Dozens of
tornadoes and intense thunderstorms
swept across the Midwest on Sunday,
leaving at least five people dead and
unleashing powerful winds that flat-
tened entire neighborhoods, flipped
over cars and uprooted trees.
Illinois took the brunt of the fury
as the string of unusually powerful
late-season tornadoes tore across
the state, injuring dozens and even
prompting officials at Chicago's
Soldier Field to evacuate the stands
and delay the Bears game.
"The whole neighborhood's gone. The
wall of my fireplace is all that is left
of my house," said Michael Perdun,
speaking by cellphone from the hard-
hit central Illinois town of Washing-
ton, where he said his neighborhood
was wiped out in a matter of seconds.
"I stepped outside and I heard it
coming. My daughter was already in
the basement, so I ran downstairs and
grabbed her, crouched in the laundry
room and all of a sudden I could
see daylight up the stairway and my
house was gone."
An elderly man and his sister were
killed when a tornado hit their home
in the rural southern Illinois com-
munity of New Minden, said coroner
Mark Styninger. A third person died in
Washington, while two others perished
in Massac County in the far southern
part of the state, said Patti Thompson
of the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency. She did not provide details.
With communications difficult and
many roads impassable, it remained
unclear how many people were killed
or hurt. The Illinois National Guard
said it had dispatched 10 firefighters
and three vehicles to Washington to
assist with immediate search and
recovery operations.
In Washington, a rural community of
16,000, whole blocks of houses were
erased from the landscape, and Illi-
nois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce
said the tornado cut a path from one
end of town to the other, knocking
down power lines, rupturing gas lines
and ripping off roofs.
An auto parts store with several
people inside was reduced to a pile
of bricks, metal and rebar; a battered
car, its windshield impaled by a
piece of lumber, was flung alongside
it. Despite the devastation, all the
employees managed to crawl out of
the rubble unhurt, Pierce said.
"I went over there immediately after
the tornado, walking through the
neighborhoods, and I couldn't even
tell what street I was on," Washington
Alderman Tyler Gee told WLS-TV.
"Just completely flattened — some
of the neighborhoods here in town,
hundreds of homes."
By nightfall, Trooper Pierce said
there were reports of looting in
Tere is a feeling of busi-
ness-as-usual as Courtney Osborn
sound checks before recording
part of Middle of Nowhere Gam-
ing, a gaming-themed podcast
and website.
Osborn, a junior from Altoona,
Kan., founded Middle of Nowhere
Gaming, or MONG for short,
with Jess Guilbeaux, a freshman
from Kansas City, Kan., and
Brendan Jester, a freshman from
Wichita, Kan., in September.
Te three of them gathered last
Tuesday night in Osborn’s apart-
ment to record their eighth pod-
cast. MONG’s success is a result
of the group’s commitment to the
idea and their shared love of video
games, as well as the leadership of
Tis is Osborn's third year at the
University and his ffh year of
college. He obtained his Associate
of Science degree from Indepen-
dence Community College in
2011. Aferward, he transferred
to the University, changed his
major from sofware engineering
to education and the outgoing,
out-of-towner started adjusting
to the University's large student
“My frst year at KU was a big
transition for me,” Osborn said.
“It took me a long time to start
talking to people.”
During this transition period,
he became more involved in a
lifelong hobby: video games.
“It’s something I enjoy because
I can do things I can’t do in real
life,” Osborn said. “I can’t dunk
a ball in real life, I can’t throw a
touchdown pass for KU, I can’t
wield a sword and fght a dragon.
All of these exciting things in the
world that I’m not able to experi-
ence, and games allow me to on a
daily basis.”
While video games had been a
lifelong passion, it was a sudden
realization that made Osborn seri-
ously consider creating MONG.
“What drove me to actually start
it was that I realized I’m going to
be done with college soon,” Os-
born said. “And I don’t know how
many opportunities afer college
there will be to do something like
So he reached out to friends,
other students and the inter-
net to fnd people who may be
interested in the project. Afer
interviewing a few students, he
decided on Guilbeaux and Jester.
Together they brainstormed and
came up with the name “Middle
of Nowhere Gaming,” referencing
the reputation Kansas has in the
larger national psyche.
Part of the appeal of MONG is
the personality of the group as
well as their unique content.
During one transition of the
podcast, the group joked:
“We should have a jingle,” Guil-
beaux said.
“Yes we need a jingle. Quick,
Brendan, come up with a jingle,”
Osborn said.
Jester sang the McDonald’s jingle
while the group laughed.
“No Brendan, we can’t steal a
jingle,” Osborn said.
While that exchange was spon-
taneous, the typical format of
the podcast is divided into four
parts. First, the group talks about
general updates in their lives, the
website, etc. In “News from No-
where,” the group talks about the
most recent gaming news. Tis is
followed by "Topics of the week,"
which describes what games the
members are playing. To end the
show, the group answers listen-
er-submitted questions.
Afer the frst podcast in
September, Guilbeaux received a
question about being a girl who
plays video games, something
considered unusual in gaming
“It’s not weird, but you’re aware
that you’re not common,” Guil-
beaux said.
Te members’ personalities also
show on their website. In addition
to two freelance writers who are
not University students, the three
write a variety of articles for the
site. Te articles range from game
reviews to editorials like Jester's
blog post about changes between
the frst and second “Assassin’s
Creed” games, or personal stories
like Osborn's "Coming Home: My
PlayStation story."
Te podcasts and website are
seeing a positive response so far.
Te group has more than 500 likes
on Facebook and has a growing
University student audience.
"I've listened to all but one of
them now," said Eric McGrane, a
junior from Haven, Kan.
McGrane said he isn't an avid
gamer, but he listens so he can be
informed on what's going on with
video games.
Osborn attributes MONG's
success to their content and public
outreach, as well as recent gaming
trends such as the release of the
PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
“Te arrow is pointing up right
now,” Osborn said.
While the group isn't sure if this
experience will turn into a career
afer college, they are enjoying
every minute of it.
If you want to know more about
Middle of Nowhere Gaming, go
to their website, their MONG
Facebook page or listen to their
podcast every Wednesday.
—Edited by Paige Lytle
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arrested yesterday on
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Road on suspicion of drug
paraphernalia, purchase or
consumption of liquor by
a minor and cultivation or
distribution of controlled
substance. A $2,100 bond was
An 18-year-old female was
arrested on the 1000 block
of Home Circle on suspicion
of criminal trespassing,
disorderly conduct and
criminal damage to property. A
$300 bond was paid.
A 19-year-old male was
arrested on the 1100 block
of Ohio Street on suspicion
of disorderly conduct. A $100
bond was paid.
—Emily Donovan
College students may be losing
more than sleep by pulling
all-nighters, according to recent
research. Students not getting
enough rest may also be leaving
themselves more vulnerable to
Researchers at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Cen-
ter conducted a study examining
the relationship between the sleep
cycles of mice and the health of
their immune systems. Te study
which was published in the Nov. 8
issue of Science concluded that an
interrupted sleep cycle due to jet
lag or a lack of sleep may direct-
ly weaken the body’s immune
Te study was carried out by
interrupting the normal sleep cycle
of mice and observing their vul-
nerability to infammatory diseases
compared with a control group
that had normal sleep cycles. Te
mice with irregular sleep cycles
displayed a stronger infammatory
response to a chemical irritant
than the mice with regular sleep
cycles, indicating a weakened
immune system.
Te researchers linked the weak-
ened immune system to the mice’s
circadian clock. According to Uni-
versity professor of microbiology
Steve Benedict, the circadian clock
is the biochemical mechanism
which helps organisms recog-
nize the time of day and regulate
processes such as eating, sleeping
and metabolism accordingly. Te
study suggests circadian clocks
play a specifc role in producing
certain immune cells which help
fght disease. Te researchers
believe if a person does not get
enough sleep, their circadian clock
becomes out of sync which may
weaken the immune system and
leave them more susceptible to
Benedict cautions that this study
focused on only a few of the vari-
ables afecting the immune system
which is incredibly complex. He
explained it is established that
adequate amounts of sleep are
necessary for good health, but it
is still largely unknown in what
specifc ways sleep helps people
stay healthy.
Even with news of these fndings,
many University students may
still risk sickness by studying
through the night. Senior Vincent
Jerkovich does not believe that
a single night without sleep will
jeopardize his health but avoids
developing a habit of it. Jerkovich
also sees getting schoolwork done
as a necessity, especially if a person
has procrastinated.
“If you’ve waited up to a certain
point, you’re going to have to pull
an all-nighter regardless of the
risks,” said Jerkovich.
—Edited by Casey Hutchins
1. Always wash your hands
after using the restroom and
before eating.
2. Break up studying into
smaller segments to manage
3. Eat a balanced diet and
have three meals a day .
4. Exercise at least 2-3 times
a week, even if it's just for 15
5. Never share food or drinks.
—Dr. Leah Luckeroth Physician at
Watkins Health Center
All-nighters pose health risk to students
Brendan Jester, Courtney Osborn and Jess Guilbeaux record a segment of their weekly podcast, “Middle of Nowhere Gaming.”
The podcast focuses on answering gaming questions, reviewing new releases and covering weekly topics.

“If you’ve waited up to a
certain point, you’re going
to have to pull an all-night-
er regardless of the risks.”
Senior at the University
Half-grown T. rex fossil
could answer questions
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Kansas fossil
hunter has unearthed the remains of
what is believed to be a half-grown
Tyrannosaurus rex from Montana that
could help fill a void in paleontolo-
gists' understanding of the king of
the dinosaurs.
Robert Detrich, of Wichita, Kan.,
unearthed the fossil dubbed "Baby
Bob" in July in a fossil-rich area near
the eastern Montana town of Jordan.
It's generating excitement because
its femur measures about 25 inches,
and if all the preliminary data pans
out, that would make it among the
smallest T. rex specimens ever found.
"This is the discovery everyone
wishes and longs for," Detrich said.
Detrich has been sharing his
findings with other researchers,
including the Smithsonian Institution.
Scientists are eager to learn more
about the years before the carni-
vore reached its terrifying full size
of about 40 feet from head to toe.
Detrich estimates that Baby Bob was
about half that size.
"We hardly know anything about
how T. rex grew up," said Thom-
as Carr, director of the Carthage
Institute of Paleontology at Carthage
College in Kenosha, Wis. "We really
only have a handful of fossils of
sub-adults and juveniles, so any
additional fossils that can fill in that
early end of the growth period is
scientifically very important because
most of the skeletons of rex that we
have are from adults."
Bob Bakker, curator of paleon-
tology at the Houston Museum of
Natural Science, said the scarcity of
half-grown T. rex fossils has raised
questions. Could it be, he asked, that
young T. rex stayed in the nest until
they were almost full grown?
"If this is a really good genuine
baby T. rex, it could tell us whether it
was fit to hunt on its own or whether
it looks like it was designed to wait
for mom and dad to come back,"
Bakker said
Another juvenile fossil also could
help settle a debate about whether
the T. rex has a smaller cousin, called
the nanotyrannus, or nano for short.
Bakker is among those certain there
are two species, while Carr is part of
another group that believes suspect-
ed nano fossils are actually juvenile
T. rex remains. Another juvenile T. rex
would give scientists something to
use for comparison purposes.
Baby Bob has been fully excavated,
although it will take another year to
clean. Detrich said the skull, which is
about 75 percent complete, and most
of the major skeletal elements were
found strewn across a flood plain.
— Associated Press
oney has been allocated
and construction will
begin shortly on the
six-mile strip of highway known as
the South Lawrence Trafcway. Te
addition will cut directly through
one of the few remaining wetlands
in Kansas and places the remains of
a culturally-signifcant area in the
shadow of noisy commercial trafc.
It is disrespectful and shortsighted,
marking a major setback for both
the protection of the environment
and the respect for other cultures.
In other words, it is a victory for
Originally consisting of some
17,800 acres of wetlands, only 670
acres of the Wakarusa Wetlands are
lef. Still, what remains is ecolog-
ically rich, serving as a home to
243 species of birds, 21 species of
fsh, 22 species of reptiles and 26
species of plants. In addition to the
six miles destroyed by construc-
tion, massive noise barriers will
further segment what remains,
blocking the movement of wingless
creatures between the remaining
Te six-mile strip is culturally
signifcant. It is a land where
Native Americans avoided the
attempted cultural extermination
that occurred at Haskell, which
was originally a re-education
boarding school funded by the U.S.
government. On this land, Native
Americans passed on their stories
and beliefs and made eforts to
maintain their unique languages
and customs. Today, it is still used
by the Native American communi-
ty to preserve its culture. Students
study native plants used by their
ancestors. Achieving a sense of
peace at the medicine wheel used
for spiritual and intellectual pur-
suits will be rendered more difcult
over the constant racket produced
by the fow of commercial trafc.
By paving over this six-mile strip,
it sends a clear message that our
community has no shame for
what happened in the past and
no respect for what others deem
According to KDOT, this in-
stance of development will reduce
trafc congestion on 23rd Street. It
will provide a faster route between
Kansas City and Topeka, connect-
ing K-10 and I-70. It will boost the
local economies by “encouraging
development” in the Kansas City,
Topeka and Douglas County
communities. Te SLT will consist
of eight lanes.
I have heard it stated by many
that this form of development is
both inevitable and natural, yet I
believe the use of the word “devel-
opment” to defne this concept is
misleading. For example, the de-
velopment of a child’s personality
is both inevitable and natural, but
can we really use that same word
to describe the destruction of a
natural ecosystem in exchange for
fat, dead cement? Te word creates
an illusion of inevitability, when
it is merely a societal choice — an
indicator of the majority’s values.
In truth, an exchange is being
made: nature for dollars, dignity
for convenience and the damage
that will be done cannot be taken
back. Te wetlands can never be
fully reclaimed. Te hurt that the
Native American community has
every right to feel can never be
undone. It is a selfsh exchange,
and it is very disappointing, but
what upsets me the most is that it is
not surprising.
I feel ashamed to have grown
up in a culture that puts money
frst — that has so little regard for
what it is destroying and refuses to
spare even six mere miles of land.
I am ashamed that the rampant
destruction of our planet is politely
referred to as “development” and
audaciously deemed natural.
Tis is not about condemnation.
If I did not believe the community
that raised me could do any better,
I would not confront it as I am
now. I have faith in the goodness
of my home. I grew up there, and
I’ve seen it with my own eyes. No,
I am not writing to condemn, but
rather to challenge. I challenge
the community as a whole to fully
consider the consequences of what
it does in the future. I challenge it
to make the right choices — and
not the easy ones — to reconsider
its priorities. I challenge it as one of
its very own sons, so that someday
mine can grow up with their digni-
ty intact, proud of their home.
Tere are too many problems in
the world. More than is comfort-
able to think about. I suppose that
as a people, we have our work
cut out for us, but it starts at our
homes, by making the right choices
in the future — six miles at a time.
or your edifcation, the
FDA recently announced
that trans fats have been
categorically deemed detrimental
to your health, and therefore
are no longer sanctioned as an
acceptable additive to food. Te
FDA is currently working on a
timetable that will slowly phase
out these fats from our food. Ver-
ifed scientifc research suggests
that the ban could save 7,000
lives each year from heart failure
and prevent 20,000 incidences of
heart disease.
I welcome this ban for several
reasons. Many people disagree
with the ban because they don’t
want the government to be the
“nanny state” that tells them what
they can and cannot eat. Howev-
er, these same people aren’t very
foresighted, either. As it turns
out, psychology has shown that
without conscious efort, we can-
not escape our cognitive bias to
be shortsighted about the future.
Tis means that people disregard
the negative health efects of
trans fats because they occur too
far down the road to be regarded
as truly imminent, as most heart
disease cases occur later in life.
But they can’t have their cake
and eat it too—literally. I’m sure
anyone diagnosed with heart
disease wishes they didn’t have
heart disease, or that they could
undo something in their past
to have prevented it. To the
select few reading this with the
incontrovertible belief they will
surely not regret anything, even
in the face of terminal illness:
my hat’s of to you, and you can
stop reading here. But for the
rest of us, fghting out cognitive
bias to disregard the far-of could
save your life. Additionally, the
people who say that they want
the autonomy to make bad health
decisions aren’t considering the
cost that bad health imposes on
the rest of society through health
care costs. In fact, this move
could save billions of dollars in
medical costs each year.
Call it a nanny state, or worse
yet, a benevolent tyranny, but
regulation is at the heart of any
highly advanced society. Te
FDA is the agency that ensures
the pills you take actually contain
medicine and not sugar, and en-
sures harmful substances are kept
out of your food. People who
froth at the mouth at the mention
of government regulation have
chosen not to acknowledge these
benefts. I won’t collude with
their willful blindness. Tis is just
one further step in protecting
the shortsighted from harm and
spreading a little more wisdom.
Will Ashley is a sophomore majoring
in global and international studies
and Chinese from Topeka.
wrote this entire article while
waiting on the Fraser elevator.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of
an exaggeration, but not by much.
You see, I work on the 6th foor of
Fraser every day, so I spend a lot
of time going up and down this
iconic, aging building. If I’m ever
in a hurry I take the stairs, which
is unfortunate because I’m not
exactly athletic. Some people can
take six fights of stairs and come
out looking handsomely wind-
blown, but I come out looking like
one of those victims in a horror
movie—sweaty, hair a mess, and
breathing so loud you can hear
me from the frst foor. Needless
to say, I’m not big on taking the
stairs to work.
Of course, this leaves me to wait
on the Fraser elevator. It’s not just
that the elevator is slow to arrive;
it’s slow for the entire riding pro-
cess. I’m so used to it by now that
I’m actually surprised by newer
elevators when it doesn’t take me
a full fve minutes or more to go a
few foors. I’ll take an ambassador
tour through Templin and realize
the elevator came, took us and lef
within a minute. Sometimes, it
feels like the future is upon us.
And then I end up back in
I think the frst time I really no-
ticed how slow the elevators were
was when I was in one the other
day. It’s my favorite one because
of the drawing scratched into the
sidewall that depicts a cave wom-
an hunting. I remember the frst
time I saw that picture I wondered
if it was the last action of some
poor soul who never escaped the
Te elevators of Fraser (and
many buildings on campus) are
getting old. Tey are taking longer
and they are showing their age.
Te Fraser elevator has been
known to stop suddenly for no
reason, or to pause on a foor but
refuse to open the doors for a
while, as if it’s forgotten how to
function. It makes weird noises
as it goes up and down, and it
shakes when it stops, just enough
to make me wonder if everything’s
working properly. I’ll be honest,
I’ve always had a slight fear of
getting trapped in an elevator,
and the elevators in Fraser don’t
do anything to reassure me. Te
best and longest conversations
I’ve had on the elevator always
seem to revolve around our group
anxiety that we will spend our last
moments staring at a cave woman
drawing, lost in the shufe of
another day at the University.
I know this sounds like a lot of
petty complaints, and in many
ways, it is, but it’s also something
I’ve thought about a lot lately.
Because in-between the obnox-
ious people who take the elevator
for one foor and the people who
press all the buttons, there are the
people who have no choice but
to take the elevator. Tere are the
people who are disabled, or are
carrying large objects or rolling
packages. I may not need the ele-
vator, but they do. And the more
I look at the state of the Fraser
elevators, the more I wonder how
hard it would be to create a faster,
safer system. Maybe it’s too hard,
or maybe it’s too expensive, but
one day—hopefully soon—the
University is going to have to
address this problem.
Anna Wenner is a junior majoring in
English from Topeka.
Campus elevators are slower than Resnet in a rainstorm
Kansan debate: FDA proposes ban on trans fats in all food
A challenge to those benefiting
from the construction of the SLT
he Food and Drug Admin-
istration stated Partially
Hydrogenated Oils (PHO)
are no longer “generally recog-
nized as safe,” earlier this month.
PHOs are the source of trans fats.
Trans fats are used for baking and
frying and in food products such
as margarine, pie crust, micro-
wavable popcorn, frozen pizzas,
etc. Scientifc research proves
trans fat increases low-density
lipoprotein levels causing the
blockages of atherosclerosis,
which increases the risk of heart
attack. Tus, the FDA’s proposal
on banning all trans fats.
While this seems like a public
health victory, let’s reevaluate
the impact of trans fat currently.
Back in 2006, the FDA required
food to be “trans fat-free” which
meant all food must comply with
the less than .5 grams of trans fats
per serving. Companies that fll
grocery shelves have reduced use
of trans fat by nearly 3/4 since
2006. During this time, many fast
food restaurants like McDonald’s,
KFC and Taco Bell eliminat-
ed trans fat completely from
French fries, chicken and nachos.
Nabisco replaced the trans fat
in the middle of the Oreos with
non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Tese are just a few examples of
how trans fat has already been se-
verely reduced or eliminated. Te
average American has decreased
trans fat consumption from 4.6
grams to one gram daily since the
FDA requirement.
Te problem with hyping up the
elimination of trans fat is that it
creates the illusion of healthier
food. Tough trans fats may be
eliminated, they will be replaced
with butter, or with oils that have
higher amounts of saturated fat.
Saturated fats also contribute
to heart disease, obesity and
Te real key to healthy eating is
disciplined consumption. Any-
thing can be dangerous, toxic and
unhealthy when we consume too
much of it.
With that said, why target just
Partially hydrogenated oils? What
next? Saturated fats? Sugar? Salt?
Banning is a misstep. Banning
allows the government to control
an aspect of civilian diets. And
if we can ban trans fat, when do
we cross the line? We obvi-
ously cannot ban all sugar and
processed food. It is important
to educate people on the risks of
trans fat and the impacts its use.
Smoking awareness/anti-smoking
campaigns and commercials have
helped reduce the number of
smokers in a just a few genera-
tions. A similar approach could
be just as efective in this situa-
tion. But people have the right to
choose what products they want
to consume.
Monica Saha is a first year pharmacy
student from Overland Park.
The Potter lake whale welcomed
company this weekend, 3 pieces of a
If you didn’t lose your voice this
weekend, you don’t love KU.
My arms are tired from waving all
this wheat at the football game! I’m
not used to this! BUT I LOVE IT!
Went to Panera, my cashier’s pas-
sion? Cougars.
Shout out to the guy playing trom-
bone in the trees on Friday afternoon.
It never fails no matter what time of
day it is, Watson library makes me
have to poop...
My roommate just asked who Danny
Manning is and then followed up by
asking if he was a football player... In
other news, I’m now looking for a new
This woman just ate a hot pocket on
a commercial. And she closes her
lips around this gooey cheese and
is trying to look sexy. But shit. That
cheese has GOT to be burning hot.
Guy walking down wescoe with a
golden retriever puppy trying to pick
up the ladies. Works everytime.
The elevator in Strong’s door sounds
like a crying puppy.
You know you’re a freshman if the
bus driver is telling you its ok to run
to but not run on the bus.
TIL Mizzou’s football stadium is
shaped like a toilet bowl.
Why does your computer always
decide it has to update right before
you have something due?
Whatever club is writing the depress-
ing human trafficking facts all over
campus...thanks for making Friday a
bit more grim.
Alumni that sell their football tickets
to opposing fans should be ashamed.
70 degrees and we win a football
game, I didn’t realize today was
Opposite Day.
Should I get a PS4, or eat for the next
two months?
Shoutout to James Sims. He’s been
a hero every game, but a win just
makes it even better.
People always smash their alarm
clocks in the cartoons to shut them
up, but now I just have a cracked
iPhone that won’t stop quacking.
If my homework was to make
hand-turkeys, then I’d really be
excelling right now.
Congrats to KU volleyball! I love
seeing K-State lose in every sport.
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By Anna Wenner
By Will Ashley
By Monica Saha
By Scott Rainen

A mysterious black lab was spotted running around
the tailgates, lapping up beer this Saturday.
I should get a dog.
Over the last decade, M.I.A.
has proved to be one of the most
forward-thinking artists in music.
Nearly every one of her releases
have been incredible. Her latest
efort, “Matangi,” has been long
delayed, which is rumored to
be because her label sent it back
because it was “too positive.”
Now that “Matangi” is fnally out,
M.I.A. does not disappoint.
Te frst thing that should be
mentioned about this album is
the production. It is fantastic.
“Matangi” is one of the best-pro-
duced albums this year. At times,
M.I.A.’s lyrics are lackluster, but
the production always saves the
day. You’ll fnd yourself uncon-
sciously nodding your head while
Te album features produc-
tion from Hit-Boy, Switch, Te
Partysquad and others. Every
producer does his part, and there
is not a single bad beat on this
project. Not only should the pro-
ducers be applauded, but M.I.A.
should also be applauded for her
great ear for beats.
On “Matangi,” you’ll hear every-
thing from chopped and screwed
samples to dancehall-infused pro-
duction and it all comes together
As an English-Sri Lankan wom-
an, M.I.A. has a fresh and unique
perspective, which is needed in
the music industry. She has some
explosive verses on “Matangi.” For
example, “aTENTion” is about
refugee’s camp tents. On “Boom
Skit,” she mocks her American
As mentioned earlier, M.I.A.’s
lyrics are a bit weak at times.
Sometimes she phones it in with
lyrics like “I’m so tangy people
call me Matangi,” which are
cringe-worthy. Some of the ref-
erences she makes sound dated,
similar to Eminem’s “Marshall
Mathers LP 2.”
Track 11, “Y.A.L.A.” is basically
the anti-YOLO song. While the
lyrics are pretty good, the phrase
“YOLO” hasn’t been popularly
used in at least a year. Although,
these dated lyrics are likely due
to the fact that the album was
delayed for so long, it still takes
away from the album as a whole.
If “Matangi” would have released
when it was originally supposed
to last year, this wouldn’t have
been a problem.
At times, the lyrics are pretty
weak on “Matangi,” but the pro-
duction more than makes up for
it as M.I.A. gives fans an album
worth waiting for.
—Edited by Paige Lytle
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Starting At:
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Today is an 8
You love doing what you know how
to do for the next few days, which
helps you realize your own value.
And that impacts your finances in
a positive way. Associates become
entranced. Imagine the perfect
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Today is a 9
Go after money shamelessly, but
with integrity. Your value is becom-
ing more apparent, and your work
more public. Your team depends
upon you to cheer and encourage
them. Friends inspire in turn.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Today is a 9
You're getting stronger (and more
impatient). Use new powers for your
benefit and also for your community.
There is extra satisfaction in per-
forming an anonymous good deed.
What goes around comes around.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Today is an 8
No need to stress over the small
stuff, even if tempted. Conserve your
resources. Find strength in nature. A
bit of meditation can go a long way,
or a walk down a mountain trail.
Soak in some peace.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Today is a 9
Launch your adventure or next proj-
ect soon. Love the new you. A conflict
with a partner provides opportunity
to rebuild your friendship. Someone's
trying to contribute. Pay attention.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Today is a 7
You're entering a turning point
regarding your responsibilities. Work
could interfere with pleasure, and
you'd have to choose. Don't lose
sight of the horizon. Investigate
the possibilities of partnership and
delegation. Friends could help you
have it all.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Today is an 8
You have itchy feet. Go ahead, you
can take new ground. Travel looks
adventurous, and well worth the
experience. Study your destination,
including local traditions and cultur-
al philosophy. Confirm reservations.
Then fly.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Today is a 9
The more you learn, and the more
you're willing to grow, the more
attractive you become. Track calls,
orders and income carefully. Don't be
misled by a fantasy. Avoid weaken-
ing what you've already built.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Today is an 8
You get a bright idea in the shower.
Polish your presentation and change
another's perception. Whatever you
choose to do today, it's better with a
partner, a caring soul there to help
you in case of unexpected circum-
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Today is a 7
Don't worry about money. Get busy
instead and find ways to add to your
bottom line. The more you learn, the
more you earn. Take pictures. Serve
others. Send them off with a smile.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Today is an 8
Your work routine is shifting; find
opportunities despite temporary
setbacks. Overall, life's getting a
whole lot easier. The perfect solution
appears. Instinct reveals the best
timing. Have fun with it.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Today is an 8
Turn your attention toward home.
It's not too late to have that party
you wanted. A secret idea pays off.
Let go of an old fear. You can learn
how to fix what's broken. Include
seasonal culinary delights.
M.I.A.’s latest album
showcases production
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NEW YORK — In an unlikely
battle of sequels, "Tor: Te Dark
World" bested "Te Best Man
Holiday" at the box ofce.
Disney's "Tor: Te Dark World"
continued its box-ofce reign
with $38.5 million in its second
week of release, according to stu-
dio estimates Sunday. Opening 15
years afer the original "Te Best
Man," Universal's "Te Best Man
Holiday" opened strongly with
$30.6 million.
Drawing an overwhelmingly
female and African-American
audience, "Te Best Man Holiday"
was a surprise challenger for the
mighty "Tor." Te R-rated ro-
mantic comedy, with an ensemble
cast including Morris Chestnut
and Taye Diggs, debuted with
more than three times the box
ofce of 1999's "Te Best Man."
Tat flm opened with $9 million.
Te performance of Malcolm D.
Lee's "Te Best Man Holiday"
continued an ongoing trend.
Movies that appeal particularly to
black audiences have ofen been
surpassing expectations at the box
"It's a familiar refrain, and it's
getting a little tired," said Lee. "I
thought we had a chance to do
something special."
"Lee Daniels' Te Butler" led the
box ofce for several weeks in Au-
gust, leading to a cumulative total
of $115.5 million domestically.
Te Oscar-contender "12 Years
a Slave" has made $25 million in
fve weeks of limited release.
Lee said that while black audienc-
es "see everything" at the movies,
from action movies to romantic
comedies, he hopes broader
audiences begin responding to so-
called "black flms." Te audience
for "Best Man Holiday" was 87
percent African-American.
Regardless, a third "Best Man"
flm now seems a likely bet.
"If there is going to be a sequel, it
won't take 14 years," granted Lee.
Marvel's Norse superhero, howev-
er, has been hammering audienc-
es around the globe. "Tor: Te
Dark World" made $52.5 million
‘Best Man’ nearly topples
‘Thor’ after opening night
internationally over the week-
end, bringing its worldwide total
to $479.8 million. With Chris
Hemsworth as the title character
and Tom Hiddleston as the popu-
lar villain Loki, the Tor franchise
has proven to be one of Marvel's
most successful.
Just as "Tor" approached the
half-billion mark, Warner Bros.'
space adventure "Gravity" crossed
it. In seven weeks of release,
"Gravity" has made $514.9 million
"Te Best Man Holiday" was the
only new wide-release opening
over the weekend, as the market-
place clears out for the release of
"Te Hunger Games: Catching
Fire." In limited release, Alex-
ander Payne's black-and-white
Midwest road trip "Nebraska"
opened in four locations with a
solid $35,000 per theater average
for Paramount Pictures.
Martin Scorsese's "Te Wolf of
Wall Street" was originally slated
to open, but was postponed to
Dec. 25 by Paramount.
Expected to be one of the year's
biggest debuts, Lionsgate's
"Catching Fire" will abruptly close
the box-ofce window for "Tor"
next weekend. "Catching Fire"
opened in Brazil over the week-
end, earning $6.3 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday
through Sunday at U.S. and
Canadian theaters, according to
Rentrak. Where available, latest
international numbers for Friday
through Sunday are also included.
Final domestic fgures will be
released Monday.
Afer decades of debate and
legal wrangling, the frst phase
of construction on the South
Lawrence Trafcway, a six-mile
highway linking K-10 east of
Lawrence and U.S. 59/K-10 to
the south by passing through the
Wakarusa Wetlands, began on Nov.
Kim Qualls of the Kansas
Department of Transportation said
contractors are still working on a
defnite schedule for all stages of
construction, but crews have begun
clearing vegetation from the road’s
future path. Tey expect to fnish
the project — part of KDOT’s
10-year, $8 billion transportation
program called T-WORKS — by
fall of 2016.
To make way for the new section of
highway, which has been contested
in the Lawrence community
for years due to the ecological
and historical signifcance of
the wetland area, several South
Lawrence streets will also be
restructured. Along with joining
the two currently disconnected
segments of K-10 that eventually
intersect with I-70, the SLT project
will also relocate sections of
Louisiana Street, 31st Street and
Haskell Avenue that run alongside
the Wakarusa Wetlands. Qualls said
the new six-mile connection will be
benefcial for transportation in and
around Lawrence, and that it will
allow trafc to fow more smoothly
on city streets because highway
drivers will no longer need to pass
through Lawrence on 23rd Street.
“It will also be a second corridor
linking K-10 to I-70,” she said.
Qualls added that highway
trucking was a factor in the decision,
as a new 1,000-acre development
called BNSF Intermodal and
Logistics Park KC is opening in
Gardner-Edgerton. Like other
intermodal facilities, its purpose
will be loading fatbed cargo onto
semitrailers for transportation.
Qualls said the trafcway will open
up more shipping connections.
“For moving goods in freight,
they’re always looking at timelines
to get goods transported across the
nation, and we as consumers expect
to have goods readily available,”
Qualls said.
Te Kansas Turnpike is one route,
she said, but K-10 is closer to the
BNSF Intermodal development.
Michael Caron, programs
director at Douglas County Jail who
did two years of Ph.D. research at
Louisiana State University on ethnic
communities living in the wetlands
of Louisiana, has been outspoken
in the trafcway debate since it
began. Caron said he objects to
its construction for historical and
cultural reasons,
as the area of
land has been
highly valued
by Lawrence’s
Native American
community since
the days when
the United States
Indian Industrial
Training School
— now Haskell
Indian Nations
University — was
founded in 1884.
As one of the U.S. government’s
American Indian boarding schools,
Haskell was a place where young
Native Americans were taken
from their families and tribes
to be educated and converted
to European-American cultural
standards. Caron said the Wakarusa
Wetlands area was a space where
students could reconnect with their
families in secret.
“If those wetlands had not been
there, Haskell students could
not have resisted that cultural
extermination,” Caron said. “It
provided such an opportunity for
an outdoor classroom, for adults
to really be able to actively show
the kids what a plant was, with
tangible education,
saying, ‘Tis is
the kind of plant
you need when
you have this kind
of infection,’ and
real, immediate
M a n y
have also argued
that the SLT will
be an unwarranted
disruption to the
Wakarusa Wetlands ecosystem,
which houses a range of
biodiversity in numerous insects,
plants and animals — some rarely
found elsewhere in Kansas. Chuck
Haines, a Ph.D. biology professor at
Haskell, said the simple fact that the
highway will be a physical barrier
within an environment that is a
refuge and nursery for migrating
creatures is one of the biggest
“I think they’ve tried to address
some ecosystem problems, but
the nature of roads are basically
to fragment the habitat and the
character of animal fow,” Haines
said. “[It will also] change the way
water fows down there. You have to
remember they’re putting this road
smack dab in the foodplain.”
Because construction will directly
destroy an estimated 57 acres
of wetland, KDOT and Baker
University have outlined plans to
lessen environmental impacts and
improve the condition of other
wetland habitat nearby. Many of
these eforts have already begun
or been completed, according
to Baker’s website, such as
the conversion of 140 acres of
previously drained cropland to the
west of Louisiana Street back to
wetlands, the construction of more
trails and boardwalks, and a visitor’s
center. An information sheet
published by KDOT also states that
“special construction procedures to
minimize disturbance of existing
soils,” will be used, and “All highway
runof will be diverted away from
the wetlands.”
State Sen. Marci Francisco, a
longtime Lawrence resident, said
the trafcway discussion was
equally relevant 27 years ago. She
recalled a fctitious amphibian
— Agnes T. Frog — running for
county commissioner in a 1986
write-in campaign that sought
to bring awareness to the road’s
potential environmental impact.
Agnes T. Frog was based on an
actual frog that was run over by
trafc near the wetlands.
Francisco said environmental
researchers and nature lovers alike
have made arguments such as these
since the very beginning of the SLT
timeline. She added that mitigation
eforts will be a crucial part of the
highway’s construction because the
Wakarusa Wetlands naturally flter
groundwater and are an important
part of the local ecosystem.
“I’m very much hoping that the
[mitigation] results are positive —
we want that to work,” Francisco
said. “Tis is certainly a great
example that we should be studying
to say, ‘Is this working? Are we
getting the benefts comparable
to what we got from the original
wetlands?’ Construction like
this probably will continue, and
we want to know what the best
practices are.”
— Edited by Paige Lytle
The Wakarusa Wetlands area is a natural floodplain of the Wakarusa River, meaning it holds a good deal of the river’s runoff and serves as a habitat for local animal and plant life.
Construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway in the Wakarusa Wetlands underway

“If those wetlands had
not been there, Haskell
students could not have
resisted that cultural
The future route of the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Wakarusa Wetlands. This map does not take into account the restructuring of several local streets, which will also be part of the project.
he SLT project was ranked
as the highest priority
project of any T-WORKS
project by public ofcials and
transportation stakeholders from
across the state. Te economic
benefts anticipated to be achieved
through SLT, based on congestion
relief, travel time savings, market
access expansion, safety impacts,
contingent development, and new
population markets, are expected
to exceed $3 billion.
Twelve diferent options were
studied (including a "no-build"
alternative") for the selected K-10
alignment. Te route commonly
referred to as the "32nd Street
Alignment" was selected based
on extensive public involvement,
engineering analysis, and a
rigorous review of the diferent
alternatives. Te 32nd Street
Alignment is located about 700
feet south of existing 31st Street
through the northern portion of
the Baker Wetlands. Existing 31st
Street will be realigned to more
closely parallel the new freeway,
creating a single transportation
corridor. Among the alternatives
studied was one that would have
located the SLT south of the
Wakarusa River. Tis alternative is
commonly referred to as the "42nd
Street Alignment.” It is helpful
to compare the environmental
impact study fndings of that
alignment with the selected 32nd
Street Alignment to understand
the basis for decisions that were
Based on noise studies conducted
during the environmental review
process, the 32nd Street Alignment,
with noise walls, will result in less
noise in the Baker Wetlands than
would the 42nd Street Alignment.
It was also determined that
impacts of vehicle and roadway
lighting would be less for the 32nd
Street Alignment as compared to
the 42nd Street Alignment.
Te 32nd Street Alignment will
result in a loss of approximately
57 acres of existing wetlands.
However, the mitigation efort will
create over 300 acres of wetlands,
16 acres of riparian habitat, and 37
acres of upland prairie restoration.
Tis results in a net gain of over
240 acres of wetlands. Te 42nd
Street Alignment would have
resulted in a loss of only 4.5 acres
of existing wetlands, and only 80
acres of wetlands would have been
created, resulting in a net beneft
of approximately 75.5 acres.
Further, the 42nd Street Alignment
would have direct impacts to the
Wakarusa River as it would have
required three bridge crossings of
the channel/foodway.
Te Haskell Agricultural Farm
Property (HAFP) has been the
focus of much study over the
history of the SLT. It was found
that the 32nd Street Alignment
actually has net benefts to this
property. Tese net benefts,
which would not be obtained
from the 42nd Street Alignment,
include relocation of 31st Street
of of Haskell Indian Nations
University (HINU) property
and conversion of that area to
wetlands (approximately 13 acres),
if so desired by HINU. Further,
relocation of Haskell Avenue and
Louisiana Street as part of the
wetland mitigation proposal will
create a permanent bufer along
the east and west sides of the
existing Baker Wetlands and will
protect the property from noise,
light, urban debris, and visual
Possible Burial Sites: In an
efort to be sensitive to concerns
about possible burial sites in the
wetlands, a special, independent
investigation was conducted. Afer
examining historical records,
conducting interviews, and using
ground-penetrating radar to search
for gravesites, the special report
rated the likelihood of disturbing
human burials in the wetlands
along the SLT route as "extremely
low." To further investigate the
possibility of the presence of
human remains, shovel studies
were conducted in coordination
with the Kansas State Historical
Society. Tese studies also failed to
produce any evidence supporting
claims of the presence of human
remains in the 32nd Street
corridor. In an efort to increase
transparency on the project,
Native American observers have
been invited to be present for any
excavation activities within the
existing Baker Wetlands.
In 2007, it was estimated that
the construction costs to build
the 42nd Street Alignment would
be signifcantly higher than the
32nd Street Alignment due to the
construction costs of two crossings
over the Wakarusa River and one
crossing of the Wakarusa foodway.
Further, roadway user and highway
maintenance costs would be higher
with the 42nd Street Alignment
due to its longer length.c
In conclusion, the purpose and
need for the project is to provide
a safe, efcient, environmentally
sound and cost-efective
transportation facility for users
of K-10 and the surrounding
state highway system, and, to
the extent possible, to alleviate
congestion on Lawrence city
streets. Extraordinary efort
has been invested to balance
many competing and important
dynamics. Tis has been
accomplished in consultation with
and oversight from multiple state
and federal agencies, local partners,
and the public. It represents a
cumulative judgment that this
alternative most efectively and
responsibly meets the purpose and
need of the project.
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any who were involved
in the struggle to save
the Wakarusa Wetlands
have talked of holding a “funeral.”
We certainly share their deep sense
of loss as KDOT prepares to route
the South Lawrence Trafcway
across the lowest, wettest segment
of the wetlands. Two massive noise
barriers and eight lanes of
trafc would block every wingless
creature from moving between the
Baker, KU and Haskell portions
of the wetlands. KU’s 20 acres
becomes a relative biological
desert. Wetlands still in Haskell’s
possession, like reservations
where Indians were cut of from
traditional hunting and fshing
areas, would sufer greatly.
We know the wetlands won’t
“die.” Wildlife survives in wetlands
beside major airports and city
dumps. Amphibians won’t vanish.
But the SLT will negatively impact
the wetlands. Signifcant air,
water, light and noise pollution
are inevitable. Trucks will rumble
throughout the night when wetland
creatures are most active. Te
road will segment these wetlands
But the “funeral” idea addresses
more than the damage this road
does to our relatives, the wondrous
wildlife that inhabits this peaceful
refuge. At bottom we mourn
because we are losing contact with
land that is sacred. Tese wetlands
hold so many stories connecting us
to our past. Tey were our refuge,
the place where our grandparents
and their parents survived some
of the darkest times Indians have
faced in modern history. Tese
wetlands were crucial to every
native child who resisted cultural
extermination at Haskell. Tey
provided an essential outdoor
classroom where elders passed on
knowledge of healing plants and
important rituals for impending
rites of passage.
Many proponents of the SLT
scof at assertions that this place is
sacred. Tey fll anonymous online
comments with racist rhetoric
whenever we manage to get a
letter into the paper or an article
mentions our belief that this is
hallowed ground. It holds remains
of students who attended Haskell,
though far more of us do not want
this discussed at all than there are
Indians who have mentioned that
fact. Te truth is so much more
than “graves.” It is the place where
sweethearts have said goodbye
on the way to every war since the
school was founded in 1884. It is
where many of us remember and
commemorate those who did not
return home, either from their
confnement at Haskell or from
battles overseas.
For many SLT opponents a
“funeral” seems appropriate. But
we recall the words of Navajo poet
Luci Tapahonso, who taught at KU.
She wrote “there are memories
and stories too powerful for things
as new as cement and asphalt to
destroy.” Imagine if KDOT used
some of the $191 million set aside
to complete this project to build
what are called “toad tunnels” and
“bear bridges” across this massive
project. Te former are passages
beneath the road that allow small
animals of all species to pass safely.
Te latter, widely used in Canada
and Europe, is a passageway
above the roadway. Landscaped
with rocks and natural vegetation
screens, it enables larger critters
to cross, especially afer dark. Day
hikers and bicyclists cross safely,
Te bids on the SLT came in way
below the $191 million set aside
to complete the trafcway. If just
three tunnels were included, our
three institutions, KU, Haskell
and Baker University, could see
who could design the best systems
to funnel diverse wildlife toward
their tunnel. Tis would be friendly
competition and cooperation, like
the legendary Native American
“three sisters” practice of planting
squash, maize and beans, each
contributing and beneftting from
the presence of the others. Tat is
how healing begins.
A “bear” bridge could extend the
existing rails to trails south to the
Wakarusa, eventually linking our
two rivers while allowing Haskell
students to continue accessing land
they consider an integral part of
their history and crucial to future
development of tradition-based
learning methods in the natural
sciences and other areas.
Funerals do help heal, but there
is a better alternative. Do the
“winners” in this long struggle
have the good will to do this? It
could make all the diference in
how future generations remember
this chapter in our history.
Mike Caron is a community member
with a longstanding interest in the
trafficway debate. Cleta LaBrie is a
Haskell student and active participant
in the Wetlands Preservation
By Michael Caron
and Cleta LaBrie
Contrasting perspectives on the South Lawrence Trafficway
The struggle to save the Wakarusa Wetlands:
Funeral time, or is there still hope for the future?
A compiled statement by KDOT
The Baker University Wetlands entrance, located off 31st Street in between
Louisiana Street and Haskell Avenue, is the primary public access point to the
wetlands. Visitors have shown their opposition to the trafficway on a nearby sign by
painting “No SLT.”
Environmental mitigation efforts, led by Baker University and the Kansas Department of Tranportation, have already begun in areas surrounding the trafficway’s route.
Impact assessments are required at the federal level when a highway passes through a sensitive ecosystem, and showed measures were needed to lessen the road’s
potential harm to the surrounding land.
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Sims’ career day helps Jayhawks end 27-game conference losing streak
Montell Cozart is 1-0 as a starter. He quarterbacked the game from start to finish, led the team to a win,
ended a nasty losing streak and helped the team score more than 30 points. The result can be placed largely
on the back of James Sims’ three touchdown performance, but Cozart was in and he gets the win. Cozart is
the future for the Jayhawks.
Kansas’ offensive scheme isn’t extremely hard to figure out. The weakness in the offense is clear: make
Cozart throw. If this weakness is exploited in the next two games, the Jayhawks may not get a nice result. But
if Cozart is able to control his accuracy, Kansas might be able to pull off a couple of upsets and finish the
season 5-7.
Charlie Weis acknowledged after the game that the way Kansas closed the first half was crucial to continuing
to build on the team’s success for the second half. James Sims had ripped off a 68-yard rushing touchdown
leaving about one minute left in the half for West Virginia. WVU was able to get the ball into field goal range
and set up a last second kick, only to be blocked by Kansas. A group of excited and inspired Jayhawks all ran
jumping up and down into the locker room with an energy that hasn’t been matched this season. The energy
continued in the second half, and Kansas won.
Although the Kansas offense was able to break an eight-game skid of not scoring more than 20 points, it
did so majorly without the help of Tony Pierson. Pierson hadn’t posed much of a threat to West Virginia in
his early involvement, but on a handoff in the second half Pierson was sandwiched in between two West
Virginia defenders. Pierson left the game, and Weis confirmed that Pierson’s concussion symptoms may have
returned. After the play Pierson told Weis, “Coach, my head hurts.” Ever since Pierson was injured on Oct.
5 against Texas Tech he hasn’t been the same, and he sure wasn’t the same Saturday. Pierson is perhaps
Kansas’ most important offensive player moving forward.
After a shaky first drive on defense allowed the Mountaineers to go 75 yards in six plays in under three
minutes, the defense turned up the intensity. Kansas forced two turnovers, thanks to Ben Goodman and Ben
Heeney’s interceptions. Both of them were returned into West Virginia’s territory and resulted in touchdowns.
The defensive numbers tend to be a little skewed due to the 24-point lead Kansas had late in the game. West
Virginia put up 12 points in essentially garbage time.
Ron Doherty booted a 25-yarder on the opening drive for Kansas and Trevor Pardula was nails again, includ-
ing two punts inside the 20 with a long of 54. Kansas didn’t make any mistakes here and was just about
average but that’s all the Jayhawks needed from this unit.
Charlie Weis’ gameplan played to its tune as Kansas tried to spread West Virginia out with its receivers;
taking as many defenders possible out of the box, leaving Sims room to split the defense up the middle. It
worked beautifully and West Virginia couldn’t stop it as Kansas took advantage.
Montell Cozart made a few plays on his feet to start off the game including a 12-yard rush to convert a 3rd-
and-6 on the opening drive, resulting in a field goal. But from that moment on, the offense started to really
click as James Sims gashed West Virginia’s defense for a career-high 219 yards. Sims had two 60-plus yard
runs, including a 68-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half as the Jayhawks offensive line put its
foot down and paved the way for Sims. While Cozart finished with just 61 yards through the air, he compiled
60 yards on the ground. Cozart didn’t do anything gaudy, but he put his head down, limited his mistakes and
extended a good portion of plays.
James Sims lead the Kansas offense by rushing for a career-high 219 yards while scoring three touchdowns.
He’s inching closer and closer to the Kansas all-time career rushing record.
Although Kansas may not be bowl eligible, there is still a lot left to prove. This most recent win isn’t enough
to show that the Kansas football program has made any significant progress from last year. Kansas needs
to take a step forward and pull off either a road win against Iowa State or another home win against rival
Kansas State. Looking back on two or three conference wins a year from now will be a lot better for fan base
confidence compared to looking back on only one.
Kansas got the win and actually looks like it can be a formidable opponent in the final closing games against
Iowa State and Kansas State. Kansas stands a better chance of taking down Iowa State and ending the 24
road game losing streak next Saturday; and if Kansas can play the way it did Saturday, they have at least
have a chance to end a four game losing streak with Kansas State to close the season.
219 yards gained by James Sims on Saturday. It was a career day for Sims, and with his career clock at
Kansas ticking down, it was an unforgettable performance.
— Edited by James Ogden and Evan Dunbar
Freshman quarterback Montell Cozart stiff-arms a defender during a run. Cozart made his first career start in Saturday’s 31-19 victory against West Virginia, throwing for 61 yards and rushing for 60 yards.
Sims focused on wins as he approaches team rushing record
James Sims walked of the feld
with a grin on his face as Jayhawk
fans greeted him. Te senior run-
ning back started the celebration,
high fves and all.
Sims, who remembers what it
was like in Kansas’ last Big 12
victory against Colorado in 2010,
is glad the pain and the losing
are fnally in the past and now
can look ahead instead of looking
back. Sims lead the Jayhawks to a
31-19 win over the West Virginia
Mountaineers with his strong
“It feels
great, just
knowing we
were on the
same page
and we were
all clicking
together, it’s
a great feel-
ing to have,”
Sims said.
Sims rushed for a career high
211 yards, which came at an op-
portune time for Kansas to snap
its daunting 27-game losing streak
against Big 12 competition.
Sims carried the ball for the frst
four plays, accumulating two frst
downs and got the game plan go-
ing for Kansas as it tried to spread
it out with its receivers, leaving
room for Sims to work his magic.
“Our object was to spread them
out, that’s what the other teams
did. Our game plan was to spread
them out and if they have fve in
the box, just hand the ball of,”
Sims said.
Sims biggest run of the day came
late in the frst half when Kansas
was leading 10-7. Sims gashed the
defense up the middle thanks to
a considerable hole aided by the
ofensive line. He took of and it
was six points once he got to the
second level, fnishing a 68-yard
touchdown run. It pushed the
lead to 17-7 and set a positive
tone for the team heading into
“I looked up at the Jumbotron,
I didn’t see no one behind me,”
Sims said.
Saturday’s performance was
Kansas’ best rushing attack since
Tony Pierson rushed for more
than 200 yards against Texas Tech.
While Sims had always worried
about the program as a whole
more than the indi-
vidual numbers, it
was a personal goal
for him this season
to leave Kansas as
the number one
running back.
Sims is currently at
3,396 all-time rush-
ing yards, which
is third all-time
and just 445 yards
behind June Henley, the all-time
rushing leader at Kansas. He
thinks he can reach Henley, but
he’s more driven to see what the
team accomplishes in these last
two games.
“If the record comes, it comes. If
it doesn’t, wins are more better,”
Sims said. “Te program was
starting to turn a little bit, but
we just have to take what we did
today and bring it to practice and
go to Ames and get a win.”
Te Jayhawks will face Iowa
State next week in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State is currently in last
place of the Big 12 with an 0-7
record in the conference.
—Edited by Paige Lytle
Senior running back James Sims breaks a tackle during Saturday’s game against West Virginia. Sims led the team by running for a career high 211 yards.
Montell Cozart made the frst
start of his career on Saturday, and
Kansas got its frst Big 12 confer-
ence win in 27 straight tries.
Te keys are Cozart’s. It doesn’t
matter that Cozart was facing a
losing team or that he was only
5-12 passing. Cozart went start to
fnish and was on the team that
came out on top.
Cozart’s subpar numbers might
not matter. It may just be his
presence. Having Cozart in adds
another running threat in addition
to being able to throw the ball. He
may not throw the ball well, but he
can hit open receivers, and those
situations are presented while
Cozart and a rotating backfeld
of James Sims, Tony Pierson, and
Brandon Bourbon can keep a
defense guessing. On Saturday, it
Cozart helped put together a
string of 24 unanswered points
that put the game frmly in the
hands of Kansas. Cozart’s efect on
Saturday isn’t too far of a Tebow
statline. It wasn’t pretty, but he
quarterbacked the game, and the
game was won.
JaCorey Shepherd
At one point in his college career,
JaCorey Shepherd was a wide
receiver. But now, Shepherd is
the Kansas defense’s second best
weapon. On two lengthy third
downs Saturday, balls were thrown
to Shepherd’s man, and in both
situations, Shepherd closed on the
opposing receiver to break up the
In his second season on the
defensive side of the ball, Shepherd
has managed to make it pretty well
known that quarterbacks should
avoid throwing the ball his way.
On Saturday, that was the case.
Balls thrown his way were wasted
throws. Te only mistake that
Shepherd could recall afer the
game was not turning some of the
pass break ups into interceptions.
Shepherd has a knack for the ball.
On a third and long in the frst
half, West Virginia quarterback
Trey Millard had a man over the
middle. Te man was Shepherd’s
to cover and with the ball on
the way, Shepherd was two steps
behind. But Shepherd decided to
jump under the route, gained the
two steps back, and nearly picked
the ball of. Te closing speed
on the play was exceptional, and
words can’t do it justice.
Shepherd, even though he won’t
admit it, has almost completely
grown into his role, and it’s a job
well done.
The Future
Kansas snapped a nasty 27-game
conference losing streak over the
weekend. For Kansas, it’s now time
to snap it’s next nastiest streak:
a 24 straight road game losing
streak. But that’s about all that’s
lef for Kansas to accomplish
this year. With little lef to play,
it leaves fans thinking about the
future. In particular, it leaves fans
thinking about the quarterback
In Saturday’s game notes pub-
lished by the Kansas Athletics,
the department made a note that
transfer quarterback TJ Millweard
(from UCLA) and wide receiver
Nick Harwell (from University of
Miami Ohio) are ahead of “one
of the best scout team ofenses in
the nation.” Tat’s a straight quote.
Tey also made a note to compare
the duo to Jake Heaps and Justin
McCay. Tat worked out well. It’s
puzzling why this is even relatively
noteworthy afer what has hap-
pened to Heaps and McCay, both
being stripped of their starting
positions this season – especially
when it looks like Heaps may
not see a down for the rest of the
It’s somewhat embarrassing, but
it sets the table from a three way
quarterback controversy. Te for-
mer No.1 high school quarterback,
Jake Heaps, wants the chance to
save an extremely tarnished career.
Montell Cozart will be trying to
defend a starting spot, regard-
less of how the season fnishes.
Millweard will be in the mix as
well, but there should be no hype
given to Millweard considering
how bad Kansas’ last two transfer
quarterbacks, Dayne Crist and
Jake Heaps, have turned out. It’s
anyone’s guess as to how the future
looks at the Kansas quarterback
position; it’s almost the most
entertaining thing to think about
regarding Kansas football.
— Edited by James Ogden
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Freshman quarterback Cozart takes control of Kansas offense
Junior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd follows junior running back Connor Embree during a kickoff return on Saturday. Shepherd’s defensive play as a cornerback helped the Kansas defense from giving up big plays to West Virginia’s passing attack. The Jayhawks
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On Friday afernoon, the Kansas
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
teams accomplished something that
hasn’t been done by a Kansas team
in 10 years: both teams posted top-
fve fnishes at the NCAA Midwest
Although only junior Reid
Buchanan will continue his season
into the NCAA Championships
as an individual qualifer, the
Jayhawks will carry a lot of momen-
tum into the indoor track season
and the next cross country season.
With his 12th place fnish, Buchan-
an, who will return next season for
his senior sendof, became the frst
Jayhawk to compete in the NCAA
Championships since 2010.
Te squads were idle for the last
two weeks afer fnishing sixth and
seventh at the Big 12 Champion-
ships in Waco, Texas, and used the
time of to come back strong at the
Midwest Regionals in Ames, Iowa.
Te teams competed at the Iowa
State Cross Country Course on
Friday, with the men running the
10k and the women running the 6k.
Both teams exceeded expectations
and brought home ffh place.
Te men looked to make their frst
trip to the NCAA Championships
since 2006, but came up short.
Even though their season ended a
little earlier than they had hoped,
coach Michael Whittlesey was very
pleased with his team’s race.
“Our front four did a great job,”
Whittlesey said. “Tey nestled
themselves up in that pack. Te
move didn’t happen until the last
mile, but they stayed with it. Tey
ran a tremendous team race up
Whittlesey found Buchanan’s race
particularly commendable.
“Reid [Buchanan] lost his shoe
early in the race and had to run the
last 5-plus miles without his shoe.
He wouldn’t be denied.”
“Shoeless” Buchanan talked about
equipment malfunction.
“About 1k in I had a fat tire and
tried to stop and get it back on,”
Buchanan said. “But I couldn’t get it
back on, so I just ran without it.”
Experiencing equipment difcul-
ties in a race as crucial as this one
afer a season’s worth of prepara-
tion would be discouraging, but
Buchanan credits his teammates for
pulling him, shoeless and all, to the
fnish line.
“Catching back up with our guys:
Evan (Landes), Josh (Munsch)
and James (Wilson), made me
comfortable. Tey gave me enough
confdence to get through. I know I
couldn’t have done as well without
When asked about his automatic
qualifcation for the NCAA Cham-
pionships, Buchanan summed up
his emotions in one word.
“Trilled,” he said. “Tat was the
goal since June, so I am glad that all
the work paid of.”
Led by sophomore Hannah Rich-
ardson, the Jayhawks concluded the
2013 season with a bang.
“I’m tremendously proud of what
they’ve done this year,” Whittlesey
said of his young, but improving
team. “We were unranked in the re-
gion at the beginning of the season,
and to see them fnish ffh here is a
great accomplishment.”
Fellow Big 12 members Oklaho-
ma State and Texas were the only
representatives from the conference
on the men’s side, and Iowa State
and West Virginia were the two
representatives on the women’s side.
Reid Buchanan qualifed as an
individual for Kansas out of the
Midwest Region, and Hannah
Richardson just missed qualifying
by one fnish spot and 7 seconds.
In all, 31 teams earned berths to
the NCAA Championships, and 13
at-large teams were added on Satur-
day. Although the Jayhawks missed
the cut, next year looks like a great
opportunity to accomplish that goal
with so much talented experience
—Edited by James Ogden
Kansas posts top finishes in
men’s and women’s at regionals
Jarmoc, Kansas win fourth
straight Sunflower Showdown
The Jayhawks huddle during the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday night against the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks won
their fourth consecutive match against Kansas State for the first time since 1989-1993.
Te last time Kansas beat its
in-state rival Kansas State in four
consecutive matches was from
History repeated itself on
Saturday night, when the No. 23
Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats 3-1;
19-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-18 at the
sold-out Horejsi Family Athletics
Center in the fnal installment of
volleyball’s 2013 Sunfower Show-
Afer the Jayhawks dropped the
frst set, where Kansas hit .111 as a
team, redshirt senior middle block-
er Caroline Jarmoc was dominating
in the second set.
“Jarmoc made some big swings,”
head coach Ray Bechard said.
Te 2012 All-American had
fve kills on 10 attempts with zero
errors, and she had the only block
for the Jayhawks in the second set.
Jarmoc’s last kill of the set was the
game winner, where there were 22
ties and fve diferent lead changes.
Jarmoc’s success was due to senior
setter Erin McNorton getting
everyone involved in the ofense,
she said.
“Erin (McNorton) distributed the
ball very well,” Jarmoc said. “I was
defnitely scoring in that second
set by Erin feeding me and me
swinging away.”
Jarmoc had a tough task going
against Kansas State junior middle
blocker Kaitlynn Pelger, who broke
the top 10 in blocks and second in
points among the Big 12 Confer-
Pelger took control in the frst two
sets by leading her team with 12
kills on 18 attempts with one error
and two blocks. Te focus point for
the remainder of the match was to
stop Pelger, said coach Bechard.
“We talked about fnding [No.]
17 (Pelger) a little better,” Bechard
said. “She had it going, so we paid a
little bit more attention to her.”
Te last two sets, Pelger only had
two kills.
“We contained No. 17,” Bechard
said. “She had more errors than
kills in the third and fourth set and
that is huge.”
Going into Saturday’s game, Kan-
sas State led the Big 12 Conference
by averaging 2.84 blocks per set and
the Jayhawks were third.
Te roles changed on Saturday,
when Kansas doubled the Wildcats
team blocks. Kansas ended the
match with 13 team blocks opposed
to Kansas State’s six team blocks.
“Blocking is the skill that goes
unnoticed sometimes and takes
the most work,” Jarmoc said. “I’m
always happy when we out-block
a team.”
Jayhawk freshman middle blocker
Tayler Soucie started the day of
slow with just one kill and three
errors, but ended strong.
“She had a little momentum going
into the break and we said ‘let’s
see how she starts in the third set’,”
Bechard said. “I’m a big believer in
Soucie, she has a short memory for
a freshman and she made some key
plays as it went.”
Soucie progressively gained conf-
dence as the match went on. Soucie
had one solo block and one block
assist in the frst two sets, but ended
the match with two solo blocks and
a team high seven block assists.
“I wasn’t thinking about my
mistakes,” Soucie said. “I knew I
needed to go out and do what I
needed to do.”
Tere was talk about playing
redshirt freshman Janae Hall, but
coach Bechard thought Soucie
gave the Jayhawks the best chance
to win.
Te success of redshirt senior
outside hitter Catherine Carmi-
chael stayed on track on Saturday.
Carmichael had the team high six
kills with zero errors in the second
“I’m very proud of kids like Cathy
Carmichael, this was an important
match for her,” Bechard said. “A kid
who no one gave a chance and she
was out there playing at the highest
level. She looked like the best player
on the court at times.”
Carmichael fnished the game
with 14 kills and a team high .414
hitting percentage.
“We get to play K-State and it’s
always a big rivalry, but knowing
that we get to come in and win four
times since I’ve been here; it’s a
great feeling.” Carmichael said.
Saturday was the last time this
group of seniors will play Kansas
State, but they are not worried
about it.
“I don’t get sad about it,” Jarmoc
said. “Everything has to end, but
I’m really happy we ended on a
good note with a win.”
—Edited by Casey Hutchins
ext season, college football will
adapt to the four-team playof
setting. Terefore, the public
wouldn’t have to watch two of the top-four
teams this year play in meaningless games.
Tis season, Alabama, Florida State,
Baylor and Ohio State are unbeaten and the
tops of their conferences, which means that
predicament could occur.
Te University of Alabama Crimson Tide
(10-0) have won the last three out of four
national championships and are the current
No.1 team in the country, but have a tough
road ahead. Te Tide play Chattanooga on
Nov. 23, and they have to travel to top-10
Auburn to play in Jordan-Hare Stadium,
where the Tigers are undefeated.
Te Alabama-Auburn game, also called
the Iron Bowl, on Nov. 30 will decide who
represents the West Division in the South-
eastern Conference championship game in
the Georgia Dome on Dec. 7.
Hypothetically speaking, if Alabama loses
to Auburn, that would open the doors
for Florida State, Baylor or Ohio State to
become the number one team in the BCS
Florida State (10-0), led by Heisman
hopeful Jameis Winston, would be the
leading contender to replace Alabama as
the number one team in the BCS cham-
pionship game. Te Seminoles are second
in the BCS rankings and have beaten two
top-10 teams this season.
Florida State still must win at Gainesville,
Fla., on Nov. 30, where the Florida Gators
will try to knock of the Seminoles, and
they must win the ACC championship
game at Bank of America Stadium in Char-
lotte, N.C., on Dec. 7.
Hypothetically speaking, if Florida State
loses to the Gators and Alabama wins out,
then a huge debate would take place about
who should play the Crimson Tide in the
BCS championship game. Te options
would be Baylor or Ohio State.
Te Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0), led by
Heisman candidate Braxton Miller, would
have frst dibs to play in the BCS champi-
onship game, if Alabama or Florida State
were to lose.
Te Buckeyes are currently third in the
BCS standings and frst in the Big Ten
Leaders Division. Ohio State has the easiest
road to stay perfect this season,
and have an advantage over Bay-
lor to play in the BCS champion
game. Te Buckeyes have the
edge because they will play in a
Big Ten championship game, if
Ohio State can go on the road
to the “Big House” in Ann Ar-
bor, Mich. and beat Michigan
on Nov. 30.
If Ohio State beats Michigan,
the Buckeyes will have a chance
do something they were unable
to accomplish last season - win
the Big Ten Title at Lucas Oil Stadium in
Indianapolis on Dec. 7, where Ohio State
would face the Michigan State Spartans.
Last season, the Ohio State Buckeyes
were banned from postseason play due to
NCAA violations.
Ohio State could go further than the Big
Ten championship game and advance to
the BCS championship game if Alabama or
Florida were to lose.
Te University of Baylor Bears (9-0) aver-
age 61 points a game and are currently ffh
in the BCS rankings, but will move up into
the top-four due to fourth ranked Stanford
losing to the USC Trojans on Saturday. Te
Bears are frst in
the Big 12 Confer-
ence, but have a stif
remaining schedule.
Te Bears have three
games lef and two of
the three are top-25
teams. Baylor goes to
Stillwater, Okla., on Nov.
23 to take on the No.11
Oklahoma State Cowboys,
who haven’t lost at Boone
Pickens Stadium this season.
Te Bears play their last
two home games against the
underrated TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 30
and the top-25 ranked Texas Longhorns on
Dec. 7.
Baylor must win the remainder of its
games to be considered for the BCS cham-
pionship game.
Tere are three weeks lef in college foot-
ball until all these hypothetical situations
are played out. At this moment, the BCS
championship game would be Alabama
versus Florida State, but anything is possi-
ble in college football.
—Edited by Casey Hutchins

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It was a game of runs Sunday
afernoon between the Kansas Jay-
hawks (3-0) and the Creighton Blue
Jays (2-2) in Allen Fieldhouse.
Just when it seemed the Jayhawks
were pulling away from the Blue
Jays, Creighton would make a run
to answer, keeping the game within
striking distance.
“I felt like we gave ourselves a
chance,” Creighton coach Jim
Flanery said. “But Kansas played
really well and deserved to win.”
Te Jayhawks used a 16-2 run
keyed by Lamaria Cole to take a 52-
35 lead with 14:43 lef in the second
half. Kansas was able to hold of a
tough Creighton team that used
a 26-16 run to pull within seven
points with 2:15 lef, and win the
game 74-66.
Creighton came out fring in the
frst half, taking an early 10-5 lead.
But the Jayhawks answered with
a 20-4 run to lead 25-14 with 8:28
“When [Kansas] went on their
run today, we knew that we needed
to stop them otherwise we’re going
to get shut out of this [game],”
Creighton guard Marissa Janning
said. “We limited their runs for the
most part, but we didn't make our
own runs.”
Creighton then used a 19-11 run
to pull within three points at half
time, but the Blue Jays would get no
closer than that.
“Tey went on that run, and I
thought we weathered that storm,”
coach Bonnie Henrickson said.
Cole was sharp in the second half,
and was instrumental in transition
for the Jayhawks, scoring six early
points. Cole repeatedly got to the
basket with dribble penetration,
showing of her quickness.
“I told [Lamaria] to ‘go get yours
in transition,’ and she did a good
job doing that,” Henrickson said.
Cole fnished the game with 14
points on 6-11 shooting. She also
had four rebounds and three assists.
“[Lamaria] gets down the court
fast and just blows past everybody,
giving us energy as a team,” junior
forward Chelsea Gardner said.
Gardner said Cole knows that
she needs to fll the role of former
Jayhawk standout Angel Goodrich
at the point guard position, and is
developing her game.
“She has more energy this year,”
Gardner said. “She’s [taking] a big
step in her career right now.”
Cole said she still needs to work
on diferent things involving her
game, like ball handling and using
her speed efectively, but is excited
about running the point this season
for the Jayhawks and trying to fll
the role of Goodrich.
“I talk to [Angel] all the time,”
Cole said. “She’s a positive role
model who gives me good feedback
and tells me things that I need to
work on.”
Henrickson said she was proud
of the team for the victory against
Creighton, saying that at the end of
the year, it will look good for Kan-
sas’ NCAA tournament resume.
“Our wins over Creigton over the
last couple of years have been big
for us, because all they've done is
win and win and win,” Henrickson
Te Jayhawks will try to remain
unbeaten when they travel to Min-
nesota on Wednesday Nov. 20 to
take on the University of Minneso-
ta Golden Gophers at 2:30 p.m.
—Edited by Casey Hutchins
Second-half run propels Jayhawks to win against Creighton
Cheers of joy erupted from
Memorial Stadium on Saturday
afer a 31-19 victory against West
At Potter Lake, pieces of the
south goal post protruded from
the water as students and fans cele-
brated the end of a 27-game Big 12
losing streak.
Moments earlier, Charlie Weis
had been right in the middle of
a crowd at midfeld, soaking wet
from an ice-water bath, while sing-
ing the alma mater with students
and players.
“You know, I got kids sticking
phones in my face and every-
thing like that, but it was worth it
because it’s been awhile since the
student body got a chance to enjoy
it too, and I’m happy for them as
well,” Weis said.
It was the frst Big 12 win for
Weis at Kansas. If the losing streak
had continued through the end of
the season, it would have reached a
Big 12 record of 30 games.
But Weis said his enjoyment
comes from seeing the happiness
of his players.
“Let’s start with the kids that have
been here for fve years and gone
through multiple coaches. Tose
are the guys I feel the best for. I
also feel good for all of our stu-
dents and fans who have endured
those years,” Weis said.
Defensive lineman Kevin Young
is one of those seniors who has
been in the program for fve years.
Saturday was the third conference
win of Young’s time at Kansas, and
second he has played in.
“I guess the best way you can put
it is like when you’re a little kid on
christmas morning,” Young said.
Te Jayhawks won the game by
playing to their strengths. Afer al-
lowing a West Virginia touchdown
on the frst drive of the game, the
Kansas defense held the Moun-
taineers scoreless on 12 straight
On ofense, the Jayhawks were
carried by senior running back
James Sims.
Sims rushed for a career best 219
yards, as well as three touchdowns
on 22 carries.
Te Kansas coaches had the
receivers spread farther out across
the feld, opening up more of the
middle for running lanes.
“Our object was to spread them
out… if they had fve in the box,
just hand the ball of,” Sims said.
“We took advantage of the fve
man box and we gashed them
with it.”
Sims had a 62-yard run to set up
a touchdown in the second quar-
ter, and then improved upon that
with a 68-yard run for a touch-
down. Sims knew the whole way
he was free to run for the score.
“I looked up at the Jumbotron
and saw no one behind me,” Sims
said with a smile.
Tat play came with 39 sec-
onds lef in the second quarter
and made it a 17-7 game before
Weis said he had a sense that a
hole could open up with that play.
“Tere was one play that we had
from an unbalanced formation,
that I thought could get us a
chunk, and then if we got a chunk
we could call a timeout and try
to go to the end zone,” Weis said.
“And the chunk was a lot bigger
than I was expecting.”
Most of the coaching decisions
made by Weis and his staf worked
in the team’s favor. Te running
lanes were opened up when the
ofense spread the feld.
Te screen passes that West
Virginia used to drive down the
feld in the frst quarter were shut
down later in the game as the sec-
ondary played closer to the line of
scrimmage and caved in on those
short passes.
“Once they took those plays
away, against the wind, that pretty
well shut them down,” Weis said.
Te other coaching move that
worked out for the Jayhawks was
starting freshman quarterback
Montell Cozart for the frst time
this season. Cozart displayed poise
and composure on the feld.
Tough he was just fve-for-12
with 61 passing yards, Cozart also
ran for 69 yards.
Despite his team’s 2-7 record
going into Saturday’s game, and
the fact that they had already lost
any chance of going to a bowl
game, Weis said he thought the
game against West Virginia was
important for the team’s morale.
“It was a big concern for me that
if we lost this game today, it would
be a large struggle going through
the rest of the season,” Weis said.
“We needed some momentum and
we got that today.”
Te Jayhawks will play at Iowa
State with a road losing streak to
break, but all that matters for now
is the streak that Kansas halted
on Saturday and the hope that it
provides for the fnal two games of
the season.
Less than an hour afer the game
was over, players were already
talking about how the win would
give the team a boost as they go
into practice this week.
Weis gave the players permission
to go out and celebrate the win
on Saturday night, as long as they
were careful to stay out of trouble.
But as for Weis himself, he said it’s
his job as a coach to remain cyni-
cal and look at what the Jayhawks
could continue to improve upon.
But the head coach took a mo-
ment as he congratulated players
leaving the feld to glance at the
students and fans as they began
the successful efort to tear down
the goal post.
“Good for the students,” Weis
—Edited by Paige Lytle
Volume 126 Issue 48 kansan.com Monday, November 18, 2013
By Mike Vernon
Win reignites the
Jayhawk spirit
Goal post comes down after Kansas’ first conference victory since 2010
Senior running back James Sims runs away from West Virginia defenders on his way to a career-high 219 yards rushing on Saturday. Sims had touchdown runs of 2, 3 and 68 yards in the game.
Kansas (3-0) held on for a
74-66 victory against Creighton
(2-2) afer shooting well from
the feld, especially early. Te
Jayhawks ended up shooting 61
percent from the feld, including
75 percent in the frst half against
the Bluejays from the Big East.
Te Bluejays jumped
to an early 10-5 lead, but junior
Chelsea Gardner took over and
helped the Jayhawks take the lead
for good in the middle of the frst
half. Gardner, who ended up with
team-highs of 24 points and eight
rebounds, was 5-5 from the feld
with nine minutes lef to play in
the frst half.
Gardner was lef alone
outside of the paint and showed
of her outside shooting. She hit
two jump shots in the frst half,
which she said she doesn’t get to
do ofen.
“I feel like I started the game
with a lot of energy,” Gardner
said. “I had a lot of momentum
plays and getting down the court
and knocking down jump shots.”
Te Bluejays cut the lead to three
by halfime, but the Jayhawks kept
up their efcient shooting coming
out of the locker room at halfime.
Tey built up their lead to 16 with
8:33 lef to play.
Tis time, junior Asia Boyd and
sophomore Lamaria Cole led the
charge. Boyd had 19 points of 6-8
shooting and Cole had 14, includ-
ing a couple of speedy, acrobatic
On one play, Cole sped down
the court and found a streaking
Boyd who beat the defender and
made a layup.
“We played fast, and Asia tried
to run with [Lamaria] and got
ahead,” Kansas coach Bonnie
Henrickson said. “It’s great that
[Lamaria is] that fast, but it’s
beautiful when we get some peo-
ple to try and run with her.”
Creighton had a strong advan-
tage on the ofensive glass. Tey
collected 12 ofensive rebounds
which gave them plenty of extra
opportunities to score.
“We fought back,” Creighton
sophomore guard Marissa Jan-
ning said. “We limited their runs
for the most part, but we didn’t
make our own runs.”
Janning fnished the game with
a team-high 22 points, most of
which came early. Janning was the
only starter for the Bluejays who
wasn’t a senior, and she leads the
team in scoring through the frst
four games of their season.
“I like their team maybe more
than I thought,” Creighton coach
Jim Flanery said. “You look at
losing Goodrich, Davis and
Engelman, but you take a kid
like Boyd who was a really good
high school player and sat on the
bench, and Cole [is] the same
thing, those kids will get better as
the year goes on.”
Creighton made a run late,
through plenty of fouls and free
throws, cutting the lead down to
single digits with less than fve
minutes to play. But the Bluejays
ran out of time, and the Jayhawks
made timely baskets. With two
minutes to play Gardner made a
momentum-stopping layup, and
made the lead seem comfortable
Henrickson said this victory
was important for the Jayhawk’s
future. Creighton, which is in
its frst year as a member of the
Big East conference, has made
back-to-back NCAA tournament
appearances. Tey were picked
to fnish second in the Big East.
Te Jayhawks also defeated the
Bluejays last season.
“I have to be honest with you,
I’m really proud of our kids,”
Henrickson said. “[Creighton] is a
really good basketball team.”
— Edited by Evan Dunbar
Sharpshooting Jayhawks defeat Creighton
Junior forward Chelsea Gardner grabs a rebound during Kansas’ 74-66 victory
over the Creighton Bluejays Sunday afternoon. Gardner finished with 24 points.
arrett Pretz comes to Potter
Lake twice a week to relax.
On Saturday he came look-
ing for a goal post.
He wouldn't fnd them. Tey had
submerged below the surface, but
the remnants lef behind of Kan-
sas’ 31-19 win over West Virginia
will stay. Te memory of break-
ing a 27-game conference losing
streak isn't going anywhere.
It will stay with the students, par-
ticularly the upperclassmen who
haven't celebrated a conference
win in three years. It will stay with
alumni who have spent oodles of
money supporting a struggling
program. Mostly, it will stay with
the players who have been injured,
bruised, put down, teased and
Te players haven't asked for this
— to be a laughing stock of a pro-
gram. Tey asked for a chance to
make their dreams of playing big
time college football come true.
Tere have been coaching
changes, suspensions and even
"piles of crap." But for once, on
one fall Saturday, these players,
our classmates, were surrounded
by a group of ecstatic students,
cheering them on.
Teir job is mostly thankless.
Te play a gruesome sport. Tey
get beat up. And they had lost 27
consecutive conference games.
Tere was the Texas game last
season, where Case McCoy's late
touchdown pass led the Long-
horns to an unlikely come from
behind victory. Or the Baylor
game two seasons ago, where Rob-
ert Grifn III and the Bears had a
21-point fourth quarter comeback
to win.
It's not easy to be on the wrong
end of highlights for 27 conference
games over the last three years.
Finally, the Kansas football team
was the highlight. Embarrassment,
even if it was brief, had been lifed.
Sure, this is nothing more than
a 3-7 football team beating a 4-7
football team at home.
But afer all of the losses, even
small accomplishments like
single-digit halfime defcits were
celebrated. Tis time, they cele-
brated a win. Te fnal score with
the Jayhawks ahead.
Minutes afer the clock hit zero,
Massachusetts Street seemed the
same. Business went on. Pedestri-
ans calmly walked to their destina-
tions. Drive a few minutes to the
south, and the story is diferent.
University students who are
known to tailgate before the game
and sleep during it were alive.
Te student ghetto was flled
with ongoing parties. Te Wheel
overfowed like their pitchers. And
the Hawk was, well, the Hawk,
with students hollering from the
front porch.
And then there's that goal post
that hadn't been touched in years.
A symbol of Kansas tradition
brought back from the dead. 27
games, no more.
Weis was drenched in water. Stu-
dents surrounded him and then
climbed those goal post. Tey tore
it down, and marched it out of the
stadium toward Potter Lake. Some
swam, most didn't. Nobody cared,
their football team had won.
Tat's what led Garrett Pretz to
Potter Lake a few hours afer the
game. Te chaos had ceased, and
he just wanted to see the symbol
of victory. He had been going to
games since he was four years old.
Pretz, a freshman from Andover,
Kan., found his family afer rush-
ing the feld. He didn't get to toss
the goal post into Potter Lake. He
didn't get to see them hours afer.
It didn't matter.
All that did matter was that the
goal post was there. Anchored to
the bottom of the lake by a 27-
game losing streak.
— Edited by James Ogden

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