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email@example.com With recent reports of violence taking place on school properties and university campuses across the nation, including Purdue and South Carolina State University last week, parents and students may be worried about on-campus safety and wondering what steps are being made to make campuses in Kansas more secure. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Fred Logan, the Kansas Board of Regents chairman, announced in a press release that the Governance Committee had completed a three-month review of campus security in six campuses across the state. These universities included the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Logan stated that he was pleased with the procedures that are taking place at universities across the state and that these safety review presentations will now be held on an annual basis in the future. The Board of Regents was most impressed with the emphasis placed on “strong security teams, the significant testing, monitoring and training of these teams to handle tough situations, and the significant cooperative relationships all universities have with local law enforcement agencies.” “I think that, without having the ability to compare our state universities in Kansas with other campuses in the nation, the Board of Regents feels that our campuses are deeply committed to making our campuses safe and secure, and they don’t have concern that there is work to be done, or a lack of preparation that needs to be called upon to make students more safe,” said Breeze Richardson, the Kansas Board of Regents’ associate director of communications and government relations. One of the main factors that has called for changes in public safety on Kansas universities is
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SECURITY RECAP Governance Committee has completed three month security review of six state universities in Kansas. Building-by-building assessment is being made in anticipation of future concealed carry laws. Universities are more susceptible to violence because of numerous factors. EMERGENCY BLUE PHONES There are 78 emergency phones located across campus. Campus police receive about 50 calls a year. Most of the calls are just people asking for information, not actual emergencies. The phones were installed in the 1970s, before cell phones existed. At this time, very few night classes were offered so a majority of the buildings were locked after dark. The phones were installed to provide students and faculty with a way to connect to the police in emergency situations.
— KU Ofﬁce of Public Safety
Universities in Kansas are taking measures to make students feel safer on campuses. In the wake of recent school shootings, the Kansas State Legislature discussed how concealed carry laws will affect campus security. the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, which was passed in July 2013. With this act in place, any person with a concealed carry permit can carry a handgun into any state or municipal building unless that building is equipped with adequate security measures to prevent weapons from entering and to ensure that the building is secure. Despite the act being set in place, schools and other buildings have been able to request up to four years to set these stronger security measures in place. Richardson said that the next step for the Board of Regents is assessing over 800 buildings at these six universities to determine which buildings should acquire security measures on campus. “Right now, a building-bybuilding assessment is being made [on these campuses]. There are definitely some facilities in which the presence of guns would be incredibly dangerous, including places like chemical labs,” Richardson said. “Also, buildings with the presence of children, for example, a child care facility, are raising additional concerns as to what the presence of handguns might mean in those facilities.” Though some people think that providing security measures in buildings will be enough to keep students safe, others feel that there shouldn’t be concealed carry weapons
allowed on campus altogether. The University’s Vice Chancellor of Public Safety, Richard Johnson, is one of those people, and he testified against concealed carry laws on university campuses in Kansas in January 2012. “Concealed carry on university campuses in Kansas will not increase security and public safety, but will likely
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University student overcomes obesity, loses 500 pounds
firstname.lastname@example.org An alarm went off at McCollum Residence Hall one night last winter. Someone was sneaking in a back door. Brandon Johannes, a desk assistant, bolted up from the security table. He took off running, but he stumbled and fell on the carpet, skinning his elbow. He was thrilled. “It was my first physically-related injury from being able to get up and move,” Johannes said. Three years ago, Johannes, a junior from Leavenworth, was what doctors call “super-obese,” weighing nearly 500 pounds. He had liver damage, gout, asthma and Type 2 Diabetes. He had high cholesterol and blood pressure. He didn’t exercise more than walking from his car up one flight of stairs to his apartment. Every meal he ate had 3,000 to 5,000 calories. Now, at 34 years old, after weight loss surgery and a lifestyle change, 6-foot-1 Johannes weighs 250 pounds. He now walks the 0.4 miles from Blake Hall to Summerfield Hall between classes like it’s nothing. “It’s not just made my life better,” Johannes said. “It’s made my life.” ‘HAVEN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH?’ Johannes was always an overweight kid. When he topped 100 pounds in the fourth grade, his mom tried to take measures like limiting how much bread he was allowed to eat in a day. In eighth grade, he hit 200 pounds. His mom always hounded him: “Haven’t you had enough?” By high school he weighed over 300 pounds. His weight made him self-conscious in public places. He was afraid people would bump into him and think, “Oh God, the fat guy just touched me.” “We’re treated in a way that we’re expected to feel ashamed about it,” Johannes said. “And, trust me, we do.” After high school graduation, Johannes attended community college, but dropped out. On Johannes’s drive home from his full-time job, he’d always stop at McDonald’s and eat a double cheeseburger in the parking lot and two more on the way to his apartment. When he got there he’d have a double quarter pounder meal, a Big Mac meal or sometimes both if he was really hungry. He never cooked — standing for so long was a struggle — and the weight started piling on further. “I felt like not only things wouldn’t get better, but they couldn’t get better,” Johannes said. “I felt like I had pretty much reached the end of anything better.” He was 31 years old and wait-
Brandon Johannes, a junior from Leavenworth, struggled with obesity for much of his life. After a weight loss surgery, Johannes manages a healthier lifestyle and experiences life in a new way. ing to die. WANTING TO COLLAPSE AND DIE In December 2010, Johannes and his two younger brothers went on a vacation to San Francisco. When he visited ten years earlier, he thought the city had been beautiful. This time, 200 pounds heavier, he wanted to collapse and die. Johannes spent the entire trip trying to catch his breath. On tours at Alcatraz Island and Lucasfilm’s headquarters, Johannes had to rest while everyone else enjoyed themselves. When his brothers visited the Muir Woods National Park, Johannes went to the free buffet breakfast and sat in the hotel room instead. That night, the room was quiet and serious. One brother sat on the opposite hotel bed, facing Johannes. “You’ve got to do something,” he said. Johannes knew what he meant. “All right,” he said. ‘THE RIGHT TOOLS” Super-obese patients like Johannes have never known what it feels like to be full. They eat until they can’t eat any more and are never satisfied.
“People who abuse drugs or suffer from any addiction think they have control,” Johannes said. “But they do not. I did not.” A restrictive band on Johannes’s stomach changed that. A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band slows food digestion. Post-surgery, patients feel satisfied and feel satisfied for longer. “It’s always possible to lose weight if you have the right tools,” said Dr. Niazy Selim who performed Johannes’s surgery
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throughout the lifespan When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Where: Free State Brewing Company About: Professor Robert Harrington will lead a discussion of research and topics related to bullying throughout various life situations.
A Values Based Business” When: 4 to 5 p.m. Where: Lied Center About: Chet Cadieux is the chairman, president and CEO of the QuikTrip corporation. This event is presented by the School of Business Dean’s Executive Llecture series and is free to the public.
Aftermath Seminar When: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Where: Hall Center, Seminar Room 1 About: John Janzen, an anthropology professor, and Nimrod Rosler, a visiting assistant professor in the Jewish Studies program, will speak. The topics are “Deciphering Images and Voices of War: Trauma in Africa’s Great Lakes Region” and “Israel-Palestine: Negotiating Peace & Land.”
Texting service beneﬁts bus riders
email@example.com arrive based on the estimated time given on the sign. With this new technology, bus riders can know exactly when to expect the bus. “It will make it easier for people to use this service,” Lawrence Public Transit Administrator Rob Nugent said. Lawrence is not alone in providing a service that can give real-time arrivals to its riders. Nugent said larger cities pioneered the idea. Although the service will be more convenient for riders, Nugent warns that attempting to catch the bus last minute could still cause people to miss the bus, even with the texting service. “I think the major drawback would be that people may use this service to run out the last minute to catch the bus,” Nugent said. “Usually, when you ride the bus, you tell people to go out earlier to catch the bus. That could be a problem for some people. You still need to be out there earlier.” In addition to riders leaving too late, Tho Nguyen, a freshman from Overland Park, used the service on Friday and found it takes more than a couple of minutes for the text line to respond with bus times. “I wanted to check when the bus would come so I wouldn’t have to wait so long in the cold,” Nguyen said. “I sent the text at 9:04 and it came back at 9:10. By the time I checked it, I was already on the bus.” Nugent said that this is because many of the stops have multiple routes passing through them, and it helps to text both the stop number as well as the route number. When riders only text the stop number, they will receive
City and university riders can now text (785) 312-2414 to ﬁnd bus arrival times. In the text, riders must type in the stop number (found on the stop’s sign), and may type in the route number for a more accurate estimate. Ex: If a student wants to take a bus from stop 277(GSP) on bus 43, the student would text “277, 43” to the phone number to receive arrival times. Riders should still arrive a few minutes before the allotted time to ensure that they will not miss the bus.
Students now have the ability to text the bus to find out when it will arrive. With new GPS trackers in place, university and city buses can now transmit arrival times more accurately to riders with a service called “Where’s My Bus?” A simple text to the bus service’s provided phone number — (785) 312-2414 — with the stop number, which is located on the stop’s sign or at lawrencetransit.org/wheresmy-bus, gives riders a more accurate prediction of the bus’ arrival time. With this service, riders should have a shorter wait because they can plan around a more precise arrival time. Before, riders could only guess when the bus would
the times for all of the routes passing through, which could take more time. Though it was slow for Nguyen, she said that it could help students save time. “In the future, I hope that it is fast enough so that more students will find it useful,” Nguyen said. “It’s a matter of saving a minute or two doing
Go to Kansan.com to view a how-to video for “Where’s My Bus?”
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University printers to default to double-sided pages
firstname.lastname@example.org Scratch paper will have to be found elsewhere now that printers across campus will be set to a new default: double-sided. The changed setting will go live this week, meaning the default of all printers in Watson, Budig, Anschutz and public labs will be set to double-sided, or duplex, printing. Individual schools’ printers will not be changed. The sustainable idea was brought to KU Information Technology (KU IT) by the Student Senate to reduce the use of resources while also saving the University money on paper. David Day of KU IT said the only disadvantage of the change is catching people off-guard, so signs will be placed on printers to alert students. Instructions on how to print single-sided will also be included. The Student Senate’s primary objective was to reduce paper, which will cost the environment and university less. “Recycling rates keep going up,” Day said. “The easier you make it for people to be sustainable, the more likely they’re going to do it.” Day said that 2.74 million pages were printed last year and of that, only about 608,000 were double-sided. That means almost 78 percent of printed pages were on one piece of paper. Easan Selvan, associate director for support services, calculated the savings if the 78 percent were double-sided instead. The change would save 11.5 trees. It’s also the equivalent of turning a 60 watt light bulb off for more than 30 years and removing two metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions out of the atmosphere. “A small change by each individual student collectively is a huge change for the environment,” Day said. The air will be spared but student’s pocket change won’t be because the price students pay is per page of ink. “If it all worked out perfectly, we’d love to see the cost of printing a page go down for students in the future,” Mark Savoy said, an author of the resolution and third-year law student from Overland Park. “We also recognize that we don’t have control over that,”
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Savoy said. “We just know the money will be spent on better things.” Day said funding for printing resources comes from KU IT and libraries. The savings will go toward supporting current and new student initiatives, for example, the charging stations
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MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014
Committee pushes gender equality
firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate teaching assistant Abbie Hodgson, from Manhattan, was endorsed by Kansas Advancing Women (KAW) last week for the Kansas House of Representatives 46th district. KAW is a bi-partisan political action committee that aims to increase the presence of women in politics by electing women to public office. Hodgson’s candidacy will help to shift away from the historically patriarchal norm of politics. “Gender is one of the main reasons I’m running,” Hodgson said. “I saw a lot of my male peers run for office, and I thought, ‘Why do young men run but young women don’t?’ I wanted to be a part of the effort to get more women in legislation.” If elected, Hodgson is excited to use her professional experience in communication, previous research with women and politics, and background in political science to help bring a unique perspective to the political arena. She plans on helping to reform education, restore funding cuts to improve the economy, and work on revising Governor Brownback’s tax policy. Along with her 10 years of experience in the state government, Hodgson said she feels that KAW gave her networking resources to make other women throughout the state aware of her candidacy. “I’m excited about the campaigning process and the opportunity to represent Lawrence in the Statehouse,” Hodgson said. “Diversity of representation in the state legislature is important to ensuring that Kansans are well represented.” Hodgson is not the only woman who could help shift the norm of male dominated politics. Tresa McAlhaney, 34, is running for governor as part of the Libertarian party. As a Lawrence native and a mother, she said she feels she is the perfect candidate for governor because, until recently, she wasn’t a politician at all. McAlhaney decided to take on a role in politics when her homeowners’ association was in a dispute with the state over the future of a nearby dam. Her frustration with the government came to a head when she noticed how long it took state officials to respond to the situation. “I realized the government was getting too far away from us,” she said. Dissatisfied with both the Republican and Democrat party, she took a liking to the Libertarian party after hearing U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Texas, speak during last year’s presidential campaign. “I’m going back into the world with fresh eyes,“ she said. “The Libertarian party is known as the peoples’ party. They were the first group that were the most principled to me.” McAlhaney, if elected, plans on carrying out her platform, which includes reforming education, creating a more balanced budget, and legalizing cannabis and hemp for medicinal and recreational use, giving farmers a new cash crop. “We need to come together,” she said. “I’m here because this is a way to accomplish my personal goal.” — Edited by Kaitlyn Klein
From the mid-’80s till the mid-’90s, camping for basketball games actually meant camping outside Allen Fieldhouse overnight. Tents were pitched between the Fieldhouse and the parking garage. Brrr!!!
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produce a greater number of other risks and hazards, create an environment inconsistent with quality education, and complicate the jobs of the university police. That is the unanimous position of the university police chiefs in Kansas,” Johnson said in a written testimony. With security plans set in place, and recent measures being taken to further enhance the security of university campuses, Capt. Schuyler Bailey, KU Office of Public Safety official, said all aspects are crucial to the campus security team’s success. “There is no one aspect of campus safety that is more important or more effective than the others,” Bailey said. “They all work together to make this campus as safe as it possibly can be. We have uniformed officers all over campus, the emergency phones and security cameras just to name a few.” Despite these security measures, colleges are still known to be susceptible to danger. According to Threat Assessment Group, Inc., universities face dangers that are similar to the industries, but have less resources for prevention. The site lists less-common background checks, large percentage of population on campuses being in the “high-risk age groups for violence and substance abuse,” an open setting on campus allowing “free-access to visitors,” and residential facilities as being contributing factors to an increased risk of danger. — Edited by Chelsea Mies
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something else rather than waiting for the bus.” While there are still a few issues, the community’s response has been fairly positive. “Looks like it’s going well so
far,” Nugent said. “We are seeing a lot of people using it.” To find stop numbers or more information about this service, visit lawrencetransit. org. — Edited by Kaitlyn Klein
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at the University of Kansas Hospital (KU Med). When he made up his mind to do weight loss surgery, Johannes could hardly picture the future. He hoped to lose weight and maybe finally start dating. “You could actually see him peel off those layers of despair as he became more motivated toward the time he was going to get his lapband,” said Pat Sell, Johannes’s nurse and bariatric program coordinator. On Feb. 25, 2011, Johannes woke up from the successful surgery and felt relief. He had taken the first of many, many steps. Anything Johannes eats has to break down to be digested. He eats soup, mashed potatoes, chips and queso from Cielito Lindo, crackers and cheese and chili puréed in his Magic Bullet blender. Unlike cigarettes or alcohol, food isn’t something addicts can give up altogether. But Johannes isn’t tempted by the foods he can no longer eat. “Whatever people think, being overweight like that is not just because you’re lazy,” he said. “It really is a disease. It really is an addiction. And there really is help.”
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implemented last year. Some Student Senate members were against the resolution, indicating that students should be saving money right away as a result. Resolution sponsor Pantaleon Florez III, a second year master’s student from Topeka, countered that data would need to be collected first before the price of printing could be reduced. Implementing now will be a step in the right direction. “We can hopefully try to measure how many people are using the double-sided default and then gauge if any student savings could be had,” Florez said.
According to Missouri State University’s printing info page, the school has utilized the duplex default in all residence halls since 2008 as an effort to conserve paper and maximize efficiency. Students’ print quota is based off the number of pieces of paper used, rather than pages in each document. While double-sided printing was proposed by the Student Senate, Day said students are encouraged to contact KU IT with any ideas they might have to improve technology on campus, whether it is environmentally friendly or a general suggestion. — Edited by Callan Reilly
‘READY TO LIVE’ For the first time in his adult life, Johannes was able to walk through Oak Park Mall without having to take a break or base his route on what benches he could use to sit down and catch his breath. “It was phenomenal,” Johannes said. “I have found so much joy and excitement in some of the basic, everyday things that people can do because I really couldn’t do them before.” He can breathe. He can sleep. His blood-glucose level is normal, his blood pressure has gone down, his liver repaired itself and he no longer relies on his asthma inhaler. “I actually live and function now,” Johannes said. ‘THE RIGHT DECISION’ Johannes always had a goal in the back of his mind: He would fix himself first then see what he could do about his life. He was outgrowing his old desk job at the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office. He had moved up as far as possible without being an attorney himself. He wanted better. He wanted to have an adult life he could enjoy. To get there, he wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree before hitting his 40s. He applied to the University of Kansas and was accepted
for the fall of 2012. ‘I CAN NOW’ Before coming to campus, Johannes and his family worried about him making college friends at an age when other men are married and having kids. Now, in his second year living in one of the single rooms, McCollum feels like home. Johannes wants the complete college experience. He participates in class, attends Super Nerd Night at the Bottleneck every month and has completed the newest Grand Theft Auto game twice. He even started dating. “I feel good about myself for the first time in my life,” Johannes said. “This self-esteem thing is new for me.” The second that Johannes has the money and the time, he’s going back to San Francisco for the vacation he couldn’t physically have three years ago. “I don’t have in my mind a specific thing I want to do, other than to live and to try to enjoy it,” Johannes said. “Because I can now.” — Edited by Amber Kasselman
Out of 2.74 million pages printed last year, only 608,000 were double-sided. If the numbers switched and 608,000 had been single-sided, it would have been the equivalent of: Saving 11.5 trees Turning a 60 watt light bulb off for more than 30 years Removing 2 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
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Hypocritical surrogacy bill infringes on family
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If I see you watching the X-games, I will judge you hardcore. Y’all need to learn the difference between “apart” (separate) and “a part” (one piece). “Have you heard of Wolfram Alpha?” asked the chemistry professor to the room full of snickering students who have all taken differential equations Some days I just want to put my Princess dress on and watch a Disney Princess movie. A squirrel stole my niece’s pizza. How you know a pharmacist is living on the wild side; they formulate their gummy vitamins so they can take two instead of one.... because they are just so good. Whatever happened to @SquirrelsofKU? Free beer Friday was canceled. All the beer was frozen. Trying to actively participate in discussion, but entirely focused on holding in farts. I will learn how to hold two doors open at the same time smoothly, I swear it. Gotta love getting hit by random gale force winds when you walk. Why Christian Garrett? Why? Camping the 6-8 a.m. shift then leaving and sleeping for two hours is like a dream. Sometimes I wonder if it really happened... Nice to hear that engineering is killing brain tissue per the article on 7A. Only 2+ years of murdering my brain tissue left guys!! If there are 4,000 people in the dorms, and they all eat on paper items, that’s a lot of waste. How much? If they use 2 paper items that weigh .0257lbs at Mrs. E’s for 5 days for an average of 1.6 meals a day, that’s 1,644 lbs of trash. That is crazy. I miss my gorgeous TA from last semester. :-( Why are there so many places around campus with inadequate lighting? It’s looks like an X-Files episode around here sometimes. Listening to Disney on Pandora makes walking to class better. I’m a KU grad and I never tried to get into the FFA until now. And I used to be the FFA editor. A Pikachu has been spotted on campus. Meet me in outer space...
enator Mary PilcherCook’s recent stunt in the state capital is another sad reminder of how politicians frequently forget that America is, supposedly, the land of the free and the home of the brave, emphasis on the free. Pilcher-Cook, a Republican senator from Shawnee and chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, recently held a presentation in Topeka defending a controversial bill that would prohibit surrogate pregnancies in Kansas. According to an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal, Pilcher-Cook said, “Currently in Kansas, there are no laws regarding surrogacy. I’d like the committee to take a look at that.” Of course she would, because hypocritical politicians like her tend to think they have every reason to protest the so-called intrusions into
people’s lives often attributed to the political left, like abortion rights and insurance-covered birth control, yet are perfectly comfortable with prescribing unfair legislation that would do little more than prevent Kansas couples, who for one reason or another cannot conceive, from becoming parents. In a time when marital, sexual and conceptual freedoms are most valued and fought for through endless protests by supporters on both sides of the aisle, it is disappointing that a Kansas Republican, or any politician for that matter, would think it befitting to impose even more restrictions on conceptual decisions traditionally left to the particular couple and their respective surrogate mother, not the state legislature. Of course, the political power PilcherCook wields always has the potential to corrupt, pervert
By Rob Pyatt
and or delude political ideologies from every sector of the political spectrum, even in red Kansas, making politicians like her particularly subject to hypocritical moves like this. Not only did the senator refuse to describe the particulars of her bill because according to the Capital-Journal “she wasn’t holding a draft of the legislation she wrote,” she also had the audacity to follow the presentation of her bill with a full examination of two pregnant women on the floor of the senate, likely in an effort to appear sympa-
Legislators watch as a sonographer performs a sonogram on Amanda Kennedy during the Kansas Senate Public Health Committee meeting in Topeka on Jan. 22. thetic to pregnant women. For a so-called Republican concerned with the welfare of the unborn, as seen in her voting record for House Bill 2218 in which the senator voted for prohibiting the abortion of a “pain-capable unborn child,” she seems more than happy to prevent the creation of life through more legitimate — and humanitarian — processes
like surrogate pregnancies. It seems infertility isn’t the only thing preventing Kansans from bearing children. Pilcher-Cook may be contacted at (785) 296-7362, on her cell phone at (913) 396-9306 or by email at Mary. PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov. Rob Pyatt is a junior from St. Joseph, Mo., studying journalism.
‘Facebook official’ Divesting from fossil fuel doesn’t harm the companies not that important
By Chris Ouyang
own shares of a fossil fuel firm (thereby a partial owner) and claim to be fighting climate change? Maybe these divestiture groups hope to gain enough traction that mass selling of shares leads to catastrophic drops in share prices for fossil fuel firms. In all probability, this will never happen. “Divest (Your University Here)” groups have the great idea of hitting fossil fuel firms where it hurts — the wallet — but it’s a shame that divesting isn’t exactly that. Taxation, green subsidies, tariffs, permits and other forms of regulation do hurt fossil fuel firms’ wallets, which happens to be why firms spend so much time worrying about and money lobbying against them. It’s also why fossil fuel firms probably don’t lose much sleep over universities mulling divestiture. As redundant as it sounds, the truth is that a firm making profit will not close shop. And that remains true whether or not the endowment of the University of Kansas, or any university, owns its shares. Chris Ouyang is a senior from Overland Park studying petroleum engineering and economics.
had the chance to visit my little sister at Duke this winter break. While on campus, a few students asked me to sign a climate change petition. The students were part of a group called Divest Duke, interested in divesting Duke’s endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies and instead investing in green energy firms. I politely declined, citing my enrollment at the University of Kansas as my reason for being ineligible to sign the petition. But upon investigation, I found that the University also has a similar group called KU Divest. While these groups are achieving varied success through videos, slogans, and other grassroots movement strategies across the country at many universities, the idea of divesting from fossil fuel companies and reinvesting in green energy firms is not so black and white. Fundamentally, selling all your ExxonMobil shares is not equivalent to taking away cash from ExxonMobil. That’s the difference between market capitalization (how much the company is “worth,” meaning share price multiplied by number of shares) and earnings (how much money ExxonMobil makes by selling you
gasoline). In the same way, if I hypothetically buy a share of First Solar for $50, I’m not necessarily giving First Solar a $50 bill. I’m buying a piece of the company that someone (most likely not First Solar) is selling to me, and now I’m a part owner. Additionally, endowment investment portfolios aren’t public and are incredibly complex. I’m staring at my E*Trade account right now (much simpler than, say, Harvard’s $30 billion endowment) and every mutual fund I’ve bought invests, partly, in fossil fuel company stocks. Should I just sell the entire mutual fund because each bears the taint of evil-greenhouse-polar-bear-killing oil companies? I feel as if the groups are simply taking a moral stand against fossil fuels, dragging “put your money where your mouth is” to the limit. The contraction serves as a persuasion tool; how can you
o you’re finally official with your significant other. Is it too soon to pop the question? And by question, I mean relationship request on Facebook. Do you bring it up or wait until the person you’re involved with brings it up? Or does it even matter? Some of my friends and I used to think something was wrong with our relationships if they weren’t listed on Facebook. Yet, I happen to be one of the 27 percent of Facebook users who choose the unlisted option, even though I am in a relationship. According to a Men’s Health survey, half of those 27 percent of users who are unlisted are actually single. I’m not opposed to being “Facebook official,” but I don’t think it is as important as it may seem. As the months go by and I see more and more, “Sally is now in a relationship with John,” I wonder if I should be showing off my relationship. But when I see updates like, “Justin is now single,” with all of the comments and likes, I’m relieved knowing I won’t ever have to do that if my current relationship does end. There are 11 options for your relationship status on Facebook, covering nearly all of the statuses you may be in, but the real decision lies in whether you decide to click one of those options or to be unlisted. It took Mark Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook, seven years of dating his girlfriend Priscilla Chan to change his relationship status online. If Zuckerberg didn’t need Facebook to back-up his relationship, I think it is safe to say that we don’t either. But why is being “Face-
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book official” so important to some people? Your real friends already know, and by being “Facebook official” you’re only confirming to people who you talk to once a year that you are in a relationship. It shouldn’t be important that your great aunt’s friend’s daughter’s boyfriend knows you are, in fact, taken. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that having a relationship status on Facebook should not matter. If you and your significant other have made it clear to each other what you are then Facebook is not what makes it official. We can’t deny that we do live in a generation that revolves around technology, and many people want Facebook to reflect their lives in the real world, including pictures depicting how much fun they’re having and check-ins showing the cool places they’re going. But where should that reflection stop? And where is the line between what we should and should not share with public? It is your choice to let technology be a part of your personal life. To be “Facebook official” or to not, the decision is yours, but take my advice and don’t make the “About” section on your Facebook more important than it should be. Kayla Soper is a senior from Junction City studying journalism and political science.
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hile the band Into It Over It may have been headlining, it was the group The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid to Die that stole the show Friday night. The Jackpot Saloon, located at 943 Massachusetts St., was packed on Friday with fans waiting to see their favorite bands in the emo revival scene. Local Kansas City group Maps for Travelers opened and were well received, playing songs from their debut album “Change Your Name” with high energy. The highlight of their set was the song “Swoon,” which featured an emotional vocal performance and tight instrumentation. They served as a great local representation for the show. Next up was the Brooklyn, N.Y., based group, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, whose anthemic sound reminded me of The Strokes. Going into the show, I wasn’t familiar with their work but was left feeling impressed. Each of their songs was more catchy than the last — giving the audience an upbeat and danceable vibe. On after them was the aforementioned The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid to Die. Despite having one of the longest band names I have ever seen, they were the band that I had the most anticipation for seeing live. I first became familiar with them through hearing
their debut album over the summer and was enthralled with their captivating lyrics of grappling with one’s mortality. Originally, I had thought that they were headlining and after this tour I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. Their incredible musicianship bordered on post-rock at times, and worked well with the emotional catharsis of the vocal performance, which at first seemed like it would be an odd match but proved otherwise. The band consists of eight talented musicians and each member works off of each other to create a cohesive sound. Even with some slight sound issues in their opening track, they were still able to continue without losing a beat. My favorite songs included “Gig Life,” which deals with the difficulties of maintaining a relationship while on the road, and the powerhouse closer “Getting Sodas,” which left the audience chanting for more songs as the last chords faded. I don’t think I have been to a show where the crowd was enthusiastically cheering an opening band as they did for this group. Overall, if these are the bands the emo revival has to offer, I would say we are in good hands. — Edited by Callan Reilly
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53 38 91 32 37 69
Wiggins leads Jayhawks to victory against the Horned Frogs
KANSAS 91 — TCU 69
KANSAS STAT LEADERS
POINTS ASSISTS REBOUNDS
PLAYER Andrew Wiggins Joel Embiid Wayne Selden Jr. Perry Ellis Jamari Traylor Landen Lucas Frank Mason Brannen Greene Other Players TOTAL PTS 27 14 12 8 8 7 6 6 3 91 FG-FGA REBS A 8-13 4-8 5-9 2-8 3-4 3-4 3-3 2-2 1-3 31-54 5 6 3 14 1 5 1 1 4 40 5 2 4 2 0 0 1 1 5 20 T0’s 3 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 10
Freshman forward Landen Lucas scrambles for the ball during Saturday’s game against TCU. Lucas played 13 minutes in the game, more than he has played in a game all season.
PLAYER Brandon Parrish Amric Fields Kyan Anderson Christian Gore Karviar Shepherd Jarvis Ray Michael Williams Clyde Smith III Other Players TOTAL PTS 15 13 12 11 8 8 2 0 0 69 FG-FGA 6-11 5-10 2-8 4-4 2-6 2-6 1-3 0-0 0-3 22-51 REBS 0 7 1 2 4 5 0 0 5 24 A 1 2 8 0 0 3 0 0 0 14 T0’s 1 2 1 0 3 2 0 0 1 10
GAME TO REMEMBER
Andrew Wiggins, guard
Until further notice, Saturday’s matchup with TCU will be known as “The Wiggins Game,” the night when the Kansas freshman couldn’t be stopped. Wiggins took 13 shots and scored 27 points while continuing to play stellar defense. He attacked and succeeded with ease.
Freshman guard Frank Mason puts up a shot during the TCU game on Saturday. Kansas won 91-69.
Freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. dunks the ball over TCU’s guard Christian Gore. Selden scored 12 points during the game in Fort Worth, Texas.
Wayne Selden Jr., guard
When the scoring onslaught began it was only a matter of time before Selden joined in. Selden’s 12 points, three rebounds and four assists weren’t ﬂashy, but he clearly found his rhythm in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas plays its best when Selden can contribute across the board.
Saturday’s matchup was the ﬁrst Kansas has played against a team not ranked or receiving votes in more than a month. Kansas’ 91 points are the most that TCU has surrendered this season and marks the ﬁrst time the Jayhawks have tallied two 90-point outings on the road in conference play in the Bill Self era (90 at Oklahoma; 91 at TCU). The 53 ﬁrst-half points marked the most on the road in a regular season conference game since tallying the same total at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2011.
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GAME TO FORGET
Perry Ellis, forward
Ellis didn’t have a terrible game — he scored eight points and grabbed 14 boards. But like the last time Kansas played at TCU, the shots just didn’t fall for the sophomore. Ellis shot 2-8 from the ﬂoor but a few unlucky bounces became the difference from a great night on both sides of the ﬂoor.
First Half 19:39 - Joel Embiid made two free throws as Kansas took its ﬁrst lead against Texas Christian on its home court — a lead the Jayhawks would never give up. 19:07 - Andrew Wiggins made a mid-range jumper to kick off his hot-shooting night. A streaky shooter, Wiggins made his ﬁrst three shots, which paved the way for his career-high 27 points. 1:01 - Here’s a play you won’t see too often: a seven-footer steals the ball, drives the length of the court and nearly ﬁnishes with a driving layup. Embiid got fouled on the play and converted his two free throws. — Edited by Callan Reilly
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Sometimes you just want to go see him snatch somebody’s head off or be in attack mode all the time. And he’s capable of doing that, but that’s not really who he is.” — Bill Self on Wiggins after the game
THE MORNING BREW
Wiggins shines against TCU, proves critics wrong
By Connor Oberkrom
parts, most notably Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, it’s simply misguided and unfair. Wiggins is never the sole ball handler in Kansas’ system and while plays for him have increased, he is not used in the pick and roll as much as Parker and doesn’t get the ball pounded to him as Randle does. According to kenpomeroy.com, Wiggins isn’t even in the top 100 in percentage of possessions used, which assigns a percentage to how many possessions end. Randle is ranked 89th while Parker ranks 33rd. Self has kept Wiggins on the perimeter for several games and at times he was stagnant as Self tried to establish his hi-low system to his liking. When the spacing is right however, Wiggins can do some extraordinary things and score in various ways as he showed against the Horned Frogs. he Andrew Wiggins critics can turn the knob down on all the hoopla that has engulfed the freshman guard superstar. Can’t score, overly passive, no killer instinct. For now, some of that nonsense can dissipate. Now some of the critics can soak in No. 22’s glory as he took his game up a level Saturday night in Fort Worth, Texas, as he had one of his best games as a Jayhawk. Wiggins scored 27 points against Texas Christian University — and a majority of those didn’t come cheaply. Wiggins attacked the basket with vengeance as his criminally dangerous first step suggested throughout the season, but it never came to full fruition. Some of those criticisms were fair, such as that his effort of getting to the basket was lacking, but the system that coach Bill Self runs plays a big part in that. When compared to his counterWiggins pulled up, took it to the basket with his left and right hands and was two-forfour from the 3-point line. He attempted 10 free throws in all, which was the secondmost he has had dating back to just last Monday against Baylor when he had 13. The only times that Wiggins has been in double-digit free throws have been the last two games. As the season has gone on, Self has mentioned his penchant to become thirstier and it took on a new form Saturday. When it materializes, few guys with his speed and size can attack the basket like Wiggins. Wiggins also cashed in other ways with five rebounds and five assists on three turnovers. He had arguably his most efficient game, going 8-for13 from the field as Kansas had its highest-scoring output in league play and third highest of the season. As Wiggins was clicking so was the rest of the team. Freshman guard Wayne Selden, Jr., and freshman center Joel Embiid both showed sharp performances in light of Wiggins’ outburst and it isn’t without coincidence. The whole floor opens up when he’s able not only to knock down shots, but also break down the middle of the defense, as he did against TCU. Wiggins has had ice in his veins the entire season, but he finally harnessed that poise into something special and is only beginning to scratch the surface. — Edited by Callan Reilly
FACT OF THE DAY
Andrew Wiggins had 19 points in the ﬁrst half, which was six more than Kansas did in the entire ﬁrst half last season against TCU in Fort Worth. — KUathletics.com
TRIVIA OF THE DAY
Q: How many years in a row has Kansas started conference play 6-0? A: Three straight. — KUathletics.com
This week in athletics
Women’s Basketball Texas 7 p.m. Lawrence
Men’s Basketball Iowa State 8 p.m. Lawrence
Women’s Tennis Nebraska 4 p.m. Lincoln, Neb.
Swimming and Diving Arkansas 11 a.m. Fayetteville, Ark. Men’s Basketball Texas 3 p.m. Austin, Texas Women’s Basketball Texas Tech 4 p.m. Lubbock, Texas
Women’s Tennis Liberty 11 a.m. Lawrence
TRACK AND FIELD
Vollmer sidelined by injury, Jayhawks improve overall
firstname.lastname@example.org Anschutz Pavilion calling for the pentathlon competitors to report to the starting line, the crowd buzzed as they watched a grimacing Vollmer speak with the starter. Before the starting gun sounded, a discouraged Vollmer walked off the track. Vollmer suffered a groin injury prior to the last event, and while the injury doesn’t appear to be something that will sideline her long-term, coaches and trainers determined before the final race that they would rather play it safe and not risk further injury. “You look at benefit versus risk and the risk of losing [Vollmer] for the remainder of the season for the one meet that she was performing in wasn’t worth the risk,” coach Stanley Redwine said. “Hopefully she will get better for the remainder of the season.” Despite not competing in the 800-meter portion of the pentathlon, Vollmer’s impressive performances in the first four stages of the event gave her enough points to grab the victory. But because she was so close to setting a new personal record, Vollmer was disappointed she could not finish up the event. “I was really discouraged at first,” Vollmer said. “It’s not a fun thing to have to step away from something that you started, but at the end of the day I think it was the right decision.” Although Vollmer did not necessarily have the finish she wanted, many other athletes on the Jayhawk track and field
Entering into the fifth and final stage of the pentathlon at the Jayhawk Classic on Friday, junior Lindsay Vollmer was on pace to set a new personal record and break her own school record. The reigning Big 12 pentathlon champion had already recorded a career day, setting personal bests in two of the pentathlon events she had already competed in, running the 60-meter hurdles in 8.45 and clearing the 1.75 meter (5’8.75”) bar in the high jump. All she needed to do was run under a 2:21.85 in the 800-meter and a new personal pentathlon record was hers. But after the voice of the announcer boomed through
teams had great outings. In the last home meet of the indoor season, the teams were victorious in 14 events.
“It’s not a fun thing to have to step away from something that you started.” LINDSAY VOLLMER Big 12 pentathlon champion
“I thought the meet was really good for a lot of our athletes,” Redwine said. “I thought it was definitely an improvement from the Nebraska meet, so we’re moving right along.” Once again, senior Diamond Dixon had an impressive performance as she ran her first
400-meter race of the year, an event she won at the 2012 NCAA National Championships. She ended up running a 53.97 in the event, and although the time only gave her runner-up, losing to professional and former World Champion Shana Cox by .01 seconds, her time will put her in the NCAA lead after it is converted to the NCAA standard of 53.26. “She’s on track to doing everything that she needs to do to reach her goals,” Redwine said. Later that night, Dixon joined freshman Whitney Adams, sophomore Rhavean King, and Adriana Newell in the 4x400-meter relay. The relay team ran away from the competition, running a 3:45.16, which puts them in the top-15 in the NCAA rankings.
Also moving up the NCAA leaderboard was sophomore Sydney Conley, who set a new personal best in the long jump for the second week in a row, her top jump of 6.25 meters (20’6.25”) placing her at No. 3 in the NCAA rankings. On the men’s side, senior James Wilson had a standout performance in the one-mile race. His time of 4:12.57 not only gave him the victory, but it beat his previous personal best by almost nine seconds. The Jayhawks will have a week off before they travel to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invitational Feb. 7 and 8. — Edited by Kaitlyn Klein
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Wiggins proves talent against TCU
Kansas players ﬁght for game time
Jayhawks hold on to Big 12 winning streak for 6-0 record
By Blake Schuster
KANSAS 91 — TCU 69
email@example.com After attempting a combined 12 field goals in his previous two games, talks have been swirling all week about freshman forward Andrew Wiggins and his lack of aggression. The Ontario, Canada, native seemed to be listening as he erupted for a career-high 27 points to lead No. 8 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) over the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs (9-10, 0-7). Kansas won 91-69 at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night. Wiggins went 8-13 from the field for his best shooting performance since shooting 64 percent against Colorado on Dec. 7. “I think from an offensive point of view, it was probably my best game,” Wiggins said. He showcased his shooting ability early as he hit a midrange jumper and a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the game. With a combination of jumpers, free throws and an alley-oop dunk, he would finish the first period with 19 points, the most he’s scored in a half all season. “He was a little more thirsty to score in the first half, which is what we want,” coach Bill Self said. Self has said all along that the hype surrounding Wiggins has been unfair. People have come to expect a 27-point game from him each time out. “Anything less than 30 [points] and 10 [rebounds] is not gonna live up to the hype,” Self said. But Self will be the first to admit that Wiggins needs to be more aggressive for his team to reach its full potential. To Self, that doesn’t mean topping the 30-point mark every game, but rather, making his presence known and taking charge when given the
hen senior forward Tarik Black lost his starting spot to freshman center Joel Embiid it would’ve been really easy for the Memphis transfer to pack it in. A year at Kansas was supposed to give Black an opportunity to prove himself ready to play at the next level, along with the possibility of winning a national championship. Yet with Embiid’s quick emergence and Black’s inability to stay out of foul trouble, what choice did coach Bill Self have but to bench him? Nothing personal, just basketball. “When you've got two fouls with 17 minutes left in the first half most every game, it's hard to get in a flow,” Self said. Black sat, likely disappointed and certainly motivated. With less time on the floor the senior would have to make everything count to salvage what was left of his final season. While Black was looking for a way back on the court, sophomore forward Jamari Traylor was looking to steal whatever minutes he could. With the season still relatively young, the Jayhawks hadn’t quite figured out what their nine-man rotation would look like. Then came Georgetown, and suddenly, things become a lot clearer. Traylor and Black combined for 25 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, displaying the sort of graceful tenacity that has defined big men under Self. “I like what he's given us off the bench,” Self said. “Energy and toughness and rebounding.” Since then, Black and Traylor have become a mainstay off the bench. The fouls are still an issue, but now they seem timelier and more explosive. When on the court together, their physicality is their biggest strength. Or at least it was. Against TCU, Traylor looked more nimble than tough. He was sidestepping defenders, knocking down tough layups and hanging on rims. Traylor finished with eight points on 3-4 shooting in 14 minutes. It was the best he’s looked in a Kansas jersey. Had Black not hurt his ankle against Baylor earlier in the week, it could have been a big game for him, as well. And yet, as good of an option as Black and Traylor provide, with sophomore forward Perry Ellis and Embiid dominating in the starting lineup, they’ll still be fighting for minutes. Unless, of course, fouls become an issue. Maybe for other Kansas teams this might have been a major problem. Not for the team that uses a senior and sophomore off the bench. The rotation may not be set, but the Jayhawks are closing in quick. “From a big‑man rotation standpoint, we don't want to foul,” Self said. “But it's not the end of the earth if we do get a couple of fouls by guys early. I think that's important that you have that.” — Edited by Chelsea Mies
chance. What Wiggins displayed on Saturday is a good example of that. “He was able to put his handprint all over the possessions and create opportunities for himself and others,” Self said. “I just thought he played the way he should play every game.” In what would normally be considered a trap game with a top ten team facing a squad that is winless in conference play, Kansas wasn’t going to be caught off guard this time around. The Horned Frogs shocked the Jayhawks last season in Fort Worth under the same circumstances as TCU pulled out an unlikely 6255 victory. Kansas scored 13 points in the first period and never recovered. On Saturday, the Jayhawks more than quadrupled that total as they took a 53-32 advantage into halftime. “I think we were probably more ready to play because of what happened last year,” Self said. Making his first appearance in a Big 12 game, freshman forward Landen Lucas made good use of a career-high 13 minutes and ended with seven points and five rebounds. With freshman forward Tarik Black sidelined because of a sore ankle, Lucas led a Kansas bench that outscored the Horned Frogs 30-13. Lucas has played well in limited minutes this season. “I always stay prepared,” Lucas said. “I know what I’m capable of.” Freshman center Joel Embiid notched 14 points and three blocks, and freshman guard Wayne Selden contributed 12 points and four assists for Kansas, who never trailed the entire game. Look for Wiggins’ aggression to continue on Jan. 29, as the Jayhawks take on No. 16 Iowa State. — Edited by Chelsea Mies
Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots over sophomore forward Perry Ellis’ head. Wiggins scored 27 points and had ﬁve rebounds during Saturday’s game against TCU. Kansas won 91-69.
Kansas earns victory in Sunﬂower Showdown
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas State coach Deb Patterson might've said it best when speaking of Kansas junior forward Chelsea Gardner: "She identifies the weaknesses in her defenders and exploits them," she said. "She's just a veteran and takes advantage of her opportunities." Gardner registered 17 points and collected eight rebounds in the first half of the Jayhawks’ (10-10, 3-5 Big 12) 7164 Sunflower Showdown victory over Kansas State (8-11, 2-6 Big 12) on Saturday. She finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double in as many games. "As we knew going in, [Gardner] was a big threat and played a great role in the first half," Patterson said. "Credit her and her teammates for just finding ways to get her the ball." Though, aside from Gardner,
the Jayhawks were unable to get much going on offense in the first. Kansas couldn't buy a three, picking up where it left off in Wednesday's game against Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks
performance. "We've just been trying to focus in on getting everyone involved," junior guard Asia Boyd said. "Chelsea's been in foul trouble a bit and we've been practicing for that."
“[Gardner] identiﬁes the weaknesses in her defenders and exploits them. She’s just a veteran and takes advantage of her opportunities.” DEB PATTERSON Kansas State coach
Kansas State was unable to stop the Jayhawks in the paint, usually allowing a basket or committing a foul when Kansas drove to the basket. The Jayhawks were 17-25 on freethrow attempts in the second, helping maintain their double-digit lead for much of the game's final 20 minutes. The Wildcats made things interesting late, pulling within five, but was incapable of get-
went 0-5 from behind the arc and only shot 33 percent in the first, but still managed to walk into the locker room with a 3226 halftime lead. Kansas came out more efficient from the field after halftime, shooting 64.7 percent and receiving help from players not named Gardner. Senior guard CeCe Harper recorded 14 points and dished out three assists during her second-half
ting any closer than that. Kansas shot 8-8 from the charity stripe over the game's final 35 seconds to secure the win. "I thought we made good decisions to drive it and be aggressive," coach Bonnie Hendrickson said. "We were aggressive, but we made better decisions [than against Oklahoma State] from a discipline standpoint." The Jayhawks will look to ride their win against the Wildcats into Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday where they'll face a tough Texas squad that upset No. 18 West Virginia the last time they took the court. The Longhorns aren't particularly dominant scorers or defenders; they're simply a solid team with few weaknesses. A win against Texas will push Kansas to the middle of the Big 12 pack, whereas a loss will likely cement their place among the league's bottom four. Though the Jayhawks weren't
expected to do much of anything in 2013 after losing three 1,000-point scorers, but the team has seemed to have recently found new life. After beginning Big 12 competition 0-3, the Jayhawks have vastly improved over the past two weeks. Following their dismal start in conference, Kansas has won three of its last five games, averaging 65.6 points per game over this stretch. Previously, they had averaged 53.3 points in conference. With nearly half of the Big 12 season in the books, the Jayhawks have started to put things together at the right time. This is a team that could make some noise over the season's final stretch and, if they continue to improve, could possibly be looking at an outside shot at a tournament berth by season’s end.
— Edited by Kaitlyn Klein
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