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this initiative would reinforce community, inclusiveness, and diversity among students involved in different organizations. 4. Single-stream recycling would improve on-campus sustainability by collecting different recyclables in one bin. Right now, there are no bins for plastic and Wagner said it often ends up in the trash instead. 5. Bike-sharing program is an initiative modeled after TCU to install stations across campus and the city where students can rent bicycles. Montgomery said the goal is to foster a greener and more inclusive community without a large student investment. 6. Safety across campus would be improved with additional lighting and updated emergency poles for a more secure and peaceful environment. 7. A mental wellness initiative was implemented to maintain a positive opinion about community wellness by providing counseling services and payment alternatives. Wagner said two-thirds of students who need mental health services don’t receive them. 8. A non-traditional
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GrowKU, Jayhawkers establish platforms; third coalition enters race
student resource center would provide resources for the non-traditional students who comprise 25 percent of the student body. The center would include lockers for commuters and resources for students with children in a centralized location. Jayhawkers 1. Student Transition and Academic Readiness program was introduced to acquaint multicultural students and students of lower socioeconomic background with college life. Instruction on how to fill out FAFSA, tips to navigate the KU website and a creation of community are included. Mitchell Cota, vice presidential nominee for the Jayhawkers coalition, said after three months of research he found that the University has the lowest retention rate for students of color out of all the Big 12 schools. 2. A hazing task force made up of Greek and nonGreek students would codify a campus-wide definition of hazing to standardize the consequences in Greek housing, scholarship halls and other residences. 3. A partnership with Replant Mount Oread was introduced to conserve the beauty of campus by replanting trees. President nominee MacKenzie Oatman said students could come back and see the trees they planted and the legacy left behind in the landscape. 4. Dining hall experience would be improved with extended hours and the addition of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Cota said there is an increase in food allergies and this initiative would address that need. 5. The addition of other intersession classes would allow students the opportunity to learn over winter and summer break and graduate in four years. Oatman said it would relieve the headache caused from transferring credits and having to retake a required class. 6. The expansion of undergraduate research would give opportunity and access to freshman and sophomores. Cota said it will be helpful for students looking to orient to a major. — Edited by Krista Montgomery
firstname.lastname@example.org Platforms for GrowKU and Jayhawkers are established, but both coalitions continue to seek input from students to steady their foundations. GrowKU 1. Consistent grading scales were introduced to standardize the plus-minus system within professional schools or departments. Campaign Manager Alex Montgomery said standardized systems will ensure students have an equal opportunity to compete in the classroom. 2. Student Political Action Committee, a student lobbying body, would advocate for higher education in front of legislators in Topeka. Vice president nominee, Miranda Wagner, said student protesting is embedded in the University history and this model would allow students passionate about advocacy to step up. 3. Student Political Organization Collaboration would enable representatives from more than 600 groups to gather and discuss in a roundtable setting. President nominee Morgan Said said
Free State enters Senate race
On Monday night a new coalition was formed and ready to enter the Student Senate race. Free State, the third coalition to form in this spring’s Student Senate race. Mitch Rucker, a junior from Burdett, submitted the petition to form a coalition and was voted the group’s liaison to the Elections Commission. During the meeting, Rucker noted his dissatisfaction with the two coalitions that have already formed, GrowKU and Jayhawkers. “I’ve been a bit disappointed with the direction that senate has taken,” Rucker said. “I think we’ve really underutilized the resources and the potential we have to have an impact for our students and beyond that. Neither of the other coalitions that I saw formed really have that kind of focus in mind, have that determination to reach that full potential, so we decided to make a third one that would.” The group of six students discussed potential platforms, decided on the name, mission statement and voted on an elections commission liaison. Approximately only half of the
group has ever been a student senator before. Free State members brought up a lot of issues and concerns with the university and the formation meeting was a brainstorming session for potential platforms. The coalition discussed topics including accessibility to student senate for non-senators, health issues for students, holding organizations that receive Student Senate funding accountable and reaching beyond the “lawrence bubble” of Northeast Kansas and reaching out to the rest of the state. Free State’s presidential and vice presidential caucus will be held Saturday 10:30 a.m. in the Union, pending the Elections Commission approval. — Miranda Davis
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No suspect, motive found for possible vandalism
email@example.com A recent incident in Oliver Hall has caused Student Housing and the KU Office of Public Safety to take a closer look at vandalism in the residence halls. On Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, one of the elevator doors on the seventh floor was dislodged from its hinges and shoved into the elevator shaft while the elevator was coming up from the sixth floor. The elevator is one of only two in Oliver and is expected to be out of service for weeks. “Our elevator service person indicates that the door must have been kicked very hard by one or several people to have caused that much damage,” said Diana Robertson, director of KU Student Housing. Damages are estimated to cost between $2,400 and $8,000 according to Student Housing. KU Public Safety Officers and Student Housing are investigating the incident, but have not found an offender yet. If the offender is found, Student Housing will press
charges and the offender will pay for the damage. However, if no culprit is found, costs will be paid for through the Student Housing Operations budget. This will require an increase in room rates over the next few years to cover the costs.
to cover the damages.” Public Safety Officers have questioned residents of the seventh floor but have yet to find an answer. Rhines feels the investigative system has been unjust and thinks that Student Housing should apologize to the sev-
“They gave us an ultimatum — either someone come forward with who caused the damage, or every person who lives on the ﬂoor will have to pay $125 or more to cover the damages.” ALISE RHINES Freshman from Shawnee
enth floor residents for how the situation was handled. “We are all being blamed for something none of us have any knowledge of,” Rhines said. “I felt like I was being treated like a child.” Student Housing declined to comment on the investigative process. Vandalism cases are considered criminal charges, which can include criminal fines and restitution to the property owners.
An unknown culprit vandalized an elevator door in Oliver Hall last week. Student Housing estimates the damages between $2,400 and $8,000.
The seventh floor residents had a mandatory meeting regarding the incident last week. “They told us that if we didn’t attend the meeting without an exceptional excuse that we would be put through the conduct system,” said Alise Rhines, a freshman from Shawnee. “They gave us an ultimatum — either someone come forward with who caused the damage, or every person who lives on the floor will have to pay $125 or more
Severe incidents of possible vandalism like this one are not common in the residence halls. However, other minor cases do happen. “Just over the weekend we had a report of damage to ceiling tiles at GSP,” said Chris Keary, Public Safety Office Assistant Chief of Police Services. “They do happen occasionally because people aren’t respectful of the place they live in.” Keary said that once the Public Safety Office finds out who damaged the property, they will be cited and brought to the detention facility. The officers will then investigate the crime and provide the information to the court. Student Housing and campus officials say that this was intentional damage. “The elevator door was forcibly kicked or pulled in like that, it didn’t just happen,” Robertson said. “It’s a very selfish act. You have 630 people being inconvenienced by the actions of one or some. It’s very unfortunate, and it’s very expensive.” — Edited by Emily Hines
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Rock Chalk Park earns Class I grade
email@example.com Sports Surfaces, underwent in-situ testing for the certification process. The average depth of the running surface for IAAF Class I certification is 12 mm, while the depth for Rock Chalk Park ranges from 16mm to 19mm. The new track is already showing its benefits: according to KU athletics, Kansas was selected to host its first NCAA West Preliminary regional meet May 26-28, 2016, which will feature the top-48 student athletes in each event west of the Mississippi River. The park, located on the farthest west edge of Lawrence, is nowhere near the main campus, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent to the team. “I don’t think they will have to make many adjustments,” Redwine said. “We go to Rim Rock for practice and competition. It’s just a difference in meeting a little earlier and driving.” Sean Kane, a freshmen from Oklahoma City, is excited to work out in the new park. “It’ll be really nice to have an outdoor facility to run at and watch the track team compete,” Kane said. “I’m a little sad to see the track in Memorial Stadium go by the wayside, because I think it’s historic and cool, but Rock Chalk Park should be a nice addition for everyone.” The park is not complete yet; the first event set to be hosted there will be this year’s Kansas Relays on April 16-19, but the team is ready to start practicing at the park as soon as it’s finished. “We’re excited to get on it as soon as we can,” Redwine said.
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Rock Chalk Park, the new track and field facility that KU Athletics is building in west Lawrence, will soon be recognized as a truly exceptional sporting venue. It will become the fifth Class I certified track in the United States and 105th in the world. The certification comes from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAFF); only Oregon, Auburn and Arkansas Universities also have Class I certification. “It’s a place that our athletes can call our own,” track and field coach Stanley Redwine said. Redwine said the park would be the location for all track and field team activities, practices and competitions. Redwine also insisted that the move was necessary, due to the outdated nature of the 440 yard track at Memorial Stadium. “Times have changed and we have to move on from Memorial Stadium,” Redwine said. University of Kansas athletics director, Sheahon Zenger, said in a press release that the University would be able to host national competitions by having a world-class track. “Our goal was to build one of the three or four highest-end competitive tracks in the nation: a world-class track that would allow KU to host not just state and regional competitions, but national competitions,” Zenger said. “This certification proves that we have accomplished our goals and now have a national championship team competing in a world-class facility.” The surface at Rock Chalk Park, installed by Beynon
Rock Chalk Park, located near 6th Street and George Williams Way, by K-10 highway. The park is host to one of ﬁve Class I sporting venues in the US.
IAAF Class I Certiﬁcation
According to a press release from Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, Rock Chalk Park had to meet rigorous requirements to receive IAAF Class I certiﬁcation: - The cross slope of the main oval had to be less than 1 percent. - The downward slope of the straightaway for running events had to be less than 0.1 percent. - The lengths of the 100m, 110m and 200m events had to be within 0.010m of the proposed distance. - The lengths of the 400m had to be within 0.030m of the proposed distance. - Elevations and lengths for the report were measured to the nearest millimeter.
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University, county talk alternative energy potential
firstname.lastname@example.org As of the 2013-14 academic year, students are paying a $1 sustainability fee to the University with their enrollment. The fee is not included during the University’s summer session. Jeff Severin, director of the Center for Sustainability, said that the access to renewable energy on campus is important to the development of research on campus. “We are proposing an additional raise to that fee, because I think there is student support and interest in having more things on campus,” Severin said. “I mean, that was the original intention of that fee, that we could invest in solar and potentially wind energy.” Besides pursuing and researching alternative energy, the University has been trying to stress the importance of energy conservation, and to reduce the waste of utilities, bringing energy consumption down. “If we’re doing solar research to try to sort of advance that in other places, demonstrating that we are using it here is pretty valuable,” Severin said. “To some degree, I feel we, as an institute of higher learning, have the responsibility to sort of advance more sustainable practices and be a leader in that way.” In Lawrence, the University plays a role in researching renewable energy. Wai-Lun Chan, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received a sum of $550,879 over five years to research low-cost, renewable energy and to also educate others about the use of renewables. George Werth, a campus energy engineer at the Center for Sustainability, said that the solar production on campus is low, and that the campus only generates about 6 kilowatts of solar energy out of the approximate peak load of 20,000 kilowatts being provided by other sources on campus and by Westar Energy. The use of alternative, renewable energy resources in eastern Kansas has been a topic of discussion in Douglas County in recent months. Talk has centered on building a potential wind farm in southwest Douglas County and grants being provided to University faculty for research. Both solar and wind energy have benefits and costs associated with them that Kansans have evaluated in recent years. A moratorium was recently passed regarding the development of a wind farm in the southwest area of Douglas County to evaluate a potential wind farm’s efficacy in the area. Evaluators are measuring wind speeds using anemometers to determine the consistency and strength of wind. Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, said placing a wind farm in eastern Kansas is not as cost-efficient as in western Kansas. “The physics of a wind-farm speak to its efficiency,” Moxley said. “A marginal rise in the wind speed makes a terrific difference in a wind generator’s ability to create electricity. So with today’s cost structure, wind generators in eastern Kansas are just not very efficient.” Transmitting the wind energy from western Kansas across the state to eastern Kansas raises concerns regarding cost. “The wind may not be as strong here as it is in western Kansas, but the cost of transmission of the power that comes from that equipment also carries a cost,” said Craig Weinaug, the Douglas County administrator. “Being closer to wind power as needed lowers the cost of transmitting that power to another location.”
A moratorium was recently passed regarding the developent of a wind farm in the southwest area of Douglas County to evaluate a potential wind farm’s efﬁcacy in the area. The use of alternative, renewable energy resources in eastern Kansas has been a topic of discussion in Douglas County in recent months. Placement of the wind farms in Douglas County has caused some citizens close to the areas to voice their opposition to the county commissioners regarding development, Weinaug said. — Edited by Austin Fisher
Douglas County is evaluating the efﬁciency of a wind farm’s potential energy in southwest Douglas County. The University plays an important role in the development and understanding of alternative and renewable energy. Besides renewable energy, eliminating energy waste and bringing consumption down is an effective method on campus, and in Lawrence.
Military school lawsuit settled on eve of trial
central Kansas town of Salina has long denied a culture of abuse exists. A trial would have provided a rare public airing of recurring abuse allegations against the private, quasi-military program. Plaintiffs have long contended that at least nine other abuse-related lawsuits have been filed against the school since 2006, but an Associated Press examination of federal and state court filings found at least 14 lawsuits filed since 2003 by cadets and their families. All were settled without trial. St. John's has noted that each student is required to sign an anti-hazing pledge and has cited its efforts to curb abuses by installing surveillance cameras and conducting regular bruise checks of students. Among the plaintiffs was a boy from Auburn, Calif., who says he was tormented by adults and students after suffering two broken legs in separate incidents during the four days he attended the school in August 2012. Other alleged incidents were: a Tennessee student claiming his stomach was forcibly branded as a rite of initiation; a Texas boy who says he was urinated on in the shower; and an Illinois boy who says he suffered a fractured eye socket after being kneed in the head by a higher-ranking cadet.
WICHITA, Kan. — On the eve of a federal trial, a Kansas military school's attorney said Monday that issues have been resolved regarding a lawsuit filed by 11 former cadets who claimed the school's practice of giving higher-ranking cadets the power to discipline younger ones encourages physical and mental abuse. No details were immediately released. "The issues in the case have been resolved and the case is being dismissed," John Schultz, attorney for St. John's Military School in Salina, wrote in an email. The court confirmed that the trial scheduled to begin Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum in Kansas City, Kan., had been cancelled. The attorney representing the students did not return messages for comment. The former cadets — who hail from California, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Illinois — filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging that higher-ranking students, called "Disciplinarians," abused younger students, even in the presence of faculty members. The plaintiffs claim negligent failure to supervise, intentional failure to supervise, as well as both negligent and intentional emotional distress. The 126-year-old Episcopalian boarding school in the
In this June 27, 2012 photograph is the entrance to St. Johns Military Academy in Salina, Kan. An attorney for a Kansas military school says the issues brought in a lawsuit in which 11 former students alleged abuse have been resolved. St. John’s Military School attorney John Schultz said in an email Monday, March 2, 2014, that federal case is being dismissed. The court conﬁrmed that the trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., has been cancelled.
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Students should speak up to make a difference
hen I was in grade school, I learned one of the most important lessons that I still use today. I was an energetic child running around and showing off my new sneakers. A boy stopped me and asked, “What does the N stand for?” My eyes glanced down at the purple, capital N that shone from the side of my sneakers. “New Balance,” I said. “Are you sure?” The boy asked, making a face. I was too little to understand what he meant but I knew that it held significance. Instinctively, I turned and ran, willing my new sneakers to make me run faster away from the boy’s snickers. At home, my mother explained the N-word. I didn’t understand. I was just excited to wear my new sneakers. Before the end of the week, I traded in my New Balances for Nikes. I could be bitter about my experiences but instead I use them to help make a difference. Instead of letting the names and hate destroy me, I have turned them into my motivation. Because of my past
By Crystal Bradshaw
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Just saw a squirrel attack a girlSpring has arrived! Person looking for a handsome redhead man, I’m at least a redhead and a male, handsome is up in the air. : / If you cross the street without looking and just assume cars will stop for you, you deserve to be splashed with street snow-slush. That moment when you ﬁnd out your 21st birthday is stop day eve #one-upping You know it’s cold when ice forms on your side of the window. As a TA, I like the feeling of stepping away from my woes and warrys and invest my time towards my students. People keep smiling at me as I walked past. At ﬁrst I was ﬂattered but then I realized it was probably my hat. Okay, Jack Frost, we love you and all but please go on vacation or something. If you’re dyslexic AND lactose intolerant, can you keep a diary? I am secretly ashamed to admit how attractive I ﬁnd hipster men #tellmeaboutyourfaveband A big fat sorry to the stranger I spilt coffee all over on the bus. Thanks for being such a sport. Every morning I listen to “Let it Go” while walking to class. Unfortunately I am still not Elsa and the cold still bothers me. Everyday I have to constantly remind myself that going outside without pants is socially unacceptable. Even when it’s -2 degrees. Getting a proposal through the FFA rejected is worse than getting kiss cam rejected. Have a FREAKING FANTASTICALLY WONDERFUL TUESDAY... and that there FFA is not only friendly, but funny, loud AND appropriate #win I don’t care what people think, Rex, will you marry me? Editor’s Note: How will he know who is asking? My suitmate is crazy. I woke up this morning and saw that she had turned the AC on low. There is ice on the inside of my windows. Girl, you must be a national treasure, because Nicholas Cage is looking for you. The highlight of my week is watching Teen Wolf on Monday nights. Help.
experiences, Martin Luther King Jr. is my inspiration. I am not just interested in him because he was an AfricanAmerican; it was his message that touched my heart. King’s message is that all people must work together. His message rings loud and clear if you stop and listen to it. It doesn’t just apply to blacks
and whites; it is for all ethnic groups. No one should be treated differently. It was King who said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” It will take everyone to make this happen. It will not work if one group reaches out while the other pulls away. There has to be a median where both sides meet. Yes, this will take years of hard work, but it is not unattainable. Use your experiences to help others become more aware. The most important
thing to do is to speak up. This can be done through poetry, songs, any form of creativity that you can come up with. You could also join or form a campus club, where members their share thoughts and experiences. As King said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Crystal Bradshaw is a freshman studying English.
Smart gun won’t solve gun violence
he country’s first smart gun has been released in California by a German gun-manufacturing company called Armatix. The Armatix iP1 is a pistol that fires .22 caliber rounds and only fires in conjunction with a special watch worn by the user. Both the gun and watch are embedded with an electronic chip that signals a green light to the grip when the watch is being worn. If it’s not worn, or not in a close proximity to the gun, the light turns red and cannot be used. The idea for the smart gun is to exhibit gun safety — to prevent the iP1 gun from getting into the wrong hands, and to reduce incidents of gun violence, suicides, and accidental shootings. Gun violence is a worldwide problem, but according to ABC News, the United States has more guns and gun death than any other developed country in the world. In 2011, The Bureau of Justice Statistics stated that a total of 478,000 fatal and nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm in the United States. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that in 2010, the most common method of suicide was with a firearm, totaling 19,392 deaths. It is clear that gun violence is an issue, but is the Armatix iP1 worth all
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the trouble? First off, the watch that works with the iP1 is not included in the initial purchase. Buyers would have to buy the gun, which costs $1399, then buy the watch separately, which is a whopping $399. That’s $1800 for a gun that may or may not be the smartest purchase. If the iP1’s watch breaks or you lose it, you will need to shell out another $399 to replace it. People may not be swayed to spend that much money for this gun, when they can buy multiple guns totaling the same price as the iP1. Gun manufacturers are thinking of new ways to revolutionize firearms, meaning the iP1 is only the beginning. According to slashgear.com, a company called TriggerSmart is “working on a smart gun system that uses a fingerprint scanner on the grip.” RT.com reports that a Silicon Valley investor named Ron Conway is teaming up with relatives of the Sandy Hook victims to award a $1 million prize for whoever comes up with a “ground-breaking smart gun technology.” Smart guns seem to be the guns of the future. Hopefully a cheaper, more ideal
alternative to the iP1 will be developed to reduce gun violence. For self-defense, the iP1 may not be the greatest solution. Take for instance: you’re sleeping and someone breaks into your home. They come into your room, the iP1 is next to you, but your watch is somewhere else. An armed robber is not going to wait for you to put on your watch before they attack, making the iP1 a poor gun choice for self-defense. The iP1 is an interesting idea, but the reality is, this is a novelty item. The iP1 will be effective in reducing accidental deaths with firearms, but most people will want to purchase it because it is cool and new. Despite how interesting it sounds, the iP1 will not have any effect on transitioning sales of regular firearms to strictly Armatix’s smart gun. People will buy other guns because they are cheaper and less of a hassle. Armatix’s goal is to reduce the number of accidental shootings, suicides, and gun violence with their smart gun, but guns in general are supposed to be a means of self-defense. People will be more convinced to stick to what they are used to, and what is more convenient. Cecilia Cho is a junior from Overland Park studying journalism.
America needs a female president
By Ike Uri
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onservative commentator Bill O’Reilly recently vocalized his doubt that a woman would be able to serve as the President of the United States. In a sexist segment of his show last Wednesday, Feb. 26, O’Reilly made broad generalizations, stating that women wouldn’t be able to deal with “tough” people like Vladimir Putin or Islamic politicians. O’Reilly’s comments are outdated. Today, according to U.S. News and World Report, polls indicate that 86 percent of citizens think that the United States is ready for a female president. It is clear that voters are prepared to embrace such a change, and there are certainly many women qualified to assume the office. The United States has a relatively low proportion of women serving in government compared to other countries. According to the InterParliamentary Union, the United States ranks 80th in the percentage of women in legislature, right between Albania and Madagascar. This is disheartening; it’s time the percentage of women in politics reflects the percentage of the population that is female. O’Reilly seemed convinced that few women have successfully served as strong leaders in the past. He questioned whether a female could stand up to tough political adversaries, apparently overlooking the fact that Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton have already done this when they served as Secretary of State. O’Reilly also glossed over the history of women successfully leading countries, such as the Philippines’ Corazon Aquino, India’s Indira Gandhi, Germany’s Angela Merkel,
and Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto. In addition, O’Reilly seemed concerned that a female president would be too hesitant to use military force, though leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir have not hesitated to utilize their nations’ armies in the past. Figureheads such as O’Reilly are impeding political change that would benefit the United States. In his segment, O’Reilly expressed his disapproval of Hillary Clinton, a potential presidential candidate. His criticism is unfounded. Clinton has served as a United States senator for eight years and as Secretary of State for four years. She has accrued experience that many previous presidents haven’t come close to approaching before their time in office. It seems that O’Reilly’s primary problem with Clinton is her gender, not her qualifications or ability to make decisions. Most people in the United States do not think like O’Reilly on this issue. It’s encouraging that the majority of American voters no longer view gender as a qualification to become president. It seems clear, with strong candidates like Hillary Clinton, that the United States will soon join the ranks of countries whose highest office has been held by a woman. Ike Uri is a freshman from Concordia studying English and sociology.
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email@example.com According to a new report, the majority of the top 10 worst states to live are in or around the Midwest. Kansas wasn’t one of them. The report, based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, measured the physical and emotional health of 176,000 people throughout the country. The index reflects the sense of purpose in life held by people in a state, along with their social, financial, community and physical aspects of well-being. Well-being scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, Kansas is ranked 20th with a score of 66.9. Kansas was ranked 17th in 2012. Allison Rolig, a senior from Shawnee, says Kansas has been a great place to grow up and she would be happy sticking around. “I love Kansas because I grew up loving the Jayhawks and loving the area,” Rolig said. “There is just enough city without it being overwhelming. I grew up in the suburbs and have always wanted to go to KU.” Rolig isn’t sure how long she will be in Kansas after graduation, but she isn’t opposed to staying here. She said she appreciates that Kansas has taken good care of her and has been in the best interest of her friends Rolig and family given its positive environment and opportunities offered, which makes it challenging for her to leave. Some out-of-state students were unaware of Kansas’ culture before moving here. They were pleasantly surprised when they arrived because they found Kansas is different than the way they thought of it growing up. Many students pictured it the way it is portrayed in “The Wizard of Oz.” This was the case for Jacob Appelbaum, a senior from Park Forest, Ill., who found the people and environment of Kansas were different than he expected. “Kansas is the friendliest place in the world,” Appelbaum said. “It’s got Appelbaum everything you want in the city without it being super overcrowded and everyone being in your way.” Appelbaum said he values what Kansas has to offer, but it’s not only the balance of city and rural area that makes it special. Kansas is known throughout the nation as the heartland because it’s in the middle, or heart, of the country. Michaela Baeuchle, a sophomore from Leavenworth, considers Kansas’ location one of the many things that makes it a great place to live. “There is something special about Kansas’ Midwestern hospitality,” Baeuchle said. “But also, Baeuchle because it’s in the middle of the country, which it makes it easy to travel to a bunch of different locations.” — Edited by Austin Fisher
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NAIROBI, Kenya — "You are the pride of Africa," Kenya's president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya's first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong'o. Nyong'o was the topic of the day on Kenya's radio and TV stations Monday, the day after her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in the movie "12 Years A Slave." At a conference at the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, more than 300 people broke out into applause after Wanjira Maathai — the daughter of the late Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai — mentioned her mother and Nyong'o in the same sentence. "We all had hoped of course that she would win. Everybody feels a sudden attachment to her, she's a Kenyan woman," Maathai said in an interview later. "A lot of her work, a lot of her experience in film started in Kenya." Nyong'o, 31, was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents but was mostly raised in Kenya. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Nyong'o had starred in several productions in Kenya before landing her breakout role alongside Brad Pitt. Nyong'o had been considered a front-runner in a category that included Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts. When her name was called Sunday, she bent over in her seat as the audience erupted. Just before her win, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a statement saying Nyong'o's accomplishments testify to her talent and the determination to go the extra mile that success demands. At the end of her Oscar speech, Nyong'o asked that her win remind "every little child that no matter where you're from your dreams are valid."
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Conference teams have lots left to play for
The only certainties about the Big 12 are that Kansas will finish in first place and TCU will be last. For everyone else, the final week of the regular season represents a chance to either improve their postseason positioning or win over the NCAA tournament selection committee. Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas State were tied for second place at 10-6 after the weekend’s games with the Big 12 tournament set to begin on March 12. Baylor and Oklahoma State sit squarely on the at-large bubble, and even West Virginia has an outside shot at an NCAA tournament bid if it can get hot. With so much on the line, the last week of the Big 12 play could also be the most competitive one. “Every team has two games left. None of them are easy,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s going to go right down to the wire.” In theory, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the second and fifth seeds for the upcoming league tournament. The four teams currently stuck in a secondplace logjam will likely get first-round byes and play a NCAA tournament-quality team in the quarterfinals no matter where they’re seeded. But the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds would avoid a potential matchup with Kansas until the championship game. Oklahoma (21-8) and Kansas State (20-9) held those tiebreakers for the second and third spots on Monday, and the Sooners appeared to be in the best position to keep it. Oklahoma hosts West Virginia (16-13, 8-8) on Wednesday night and closes at TCU (9-19, 0-16) on Saturday. Should the Sooners win out, they’ll clinch the No. 2 seed and perhaps push Lon Kruger’s bid to become the Big 12 Coach of the Year over the top. “He’s done a great job with these guys,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of Kruger. “It’s not a surprise that they’re 10-6 in our league. But I think to most people from the outside looking in, if you told people before the season that this is where they’d be I think everybody would agree that Lon and his staff have done a terrific job.” Iowa State (22-6), who on Monday ranked last among the second-place teams because of tiebreakers, get Baylor (19-10, 7-9) on the road and Oklahoma State (1910, 7-9) at home on Saturday. K-State has the opposite schedule, with Oklahoma State on the road on Monday followed by Baylor at home. To the Bears and Cowboys, a win over the Cyclones or Wildcats would be a huge boost to their NCAA tournament hopes. Oklahoma State had won three in a row since Marcus Smart returned from his suspension, a stretch that included a 72-65 win over Kansas on Saturday. West Virginia plays Oklahoma and host Kansas, and if they sweep those teams they could move into position to an at-large bid. Such a scenario might sound implausible. But the depth and quality of the Big 12, along the huge implications of these final games, figures to make for an interesting end to an entertaining regular season.
Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane (50) gets past Kansas State’s Jevon Thomas (5) to put up a shot during the ﬁrst half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
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“He was receiving lots of painful hits and complaining. I kept on thinking they would stop the ﬁght.” — Mike Perez — ESPN
Russian boxer’s life threatened by lack of ringside precautions
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Perez landed an illegal forearm punch that broke his nose. This punch went unnoticed and should have ended the fight immediately. During the fight, Abdusalamov complained of a headache to his trainer multiple times in between rounds. His trainer said he was fine and urged him to continue. The Russian Mike Tyson, as Mago was often called, headed to his dressing room to be examined after the fight. Two licensed neurosurgeons employed by the New York State Athletic Commission went to the boxer’s quarters, but failed to notice the severity of Abdusalamov’s injuries. One came to take a urine test to check for drugs while the other asked him to count to five. The doctors did not feel that an ambulance was immediately necessary, even though there were two waiting outside Madison Square Garden. One informed Mago he should get his broken nose checked, but it could wait. Abdusalamov made his way out of MSG with his trainer, Boris Grinberg to hail a cab. “They give him no attention,” Grinberg said. “No ambulance!”
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ussian boxer Magomed Abdusalamov was 18-0. Undefeated, the victories all by knockout. Now Mago, as he is known to family and friends, lies in a rehabilitation center in upstate New York in a medically induced coma. The doctors say Mago will very likely never walk or talk again, let alone enter another boxing ring. On Nov. 2, 2013, Abdusalamov fought Cuban Mike Perez in a heavyweight bout. Perez landed 312 punches on the Russian heavyweight in the 10-round contest. Things started heading south for Abdusalamov in the very first round. When the first bell sounded, Mago had already broken his left hand. “Perez landed 33 punches in the (first) round, more than double the sport’s average,” the New York Post reported. “They should have stopped it after the first round when he broke his hand,” Mago’s wife, Bakanay Abdusalamov, said. “I just want to turn back time. I look at him and I still can’t believe it happened.” Abdusalamov continued to receive a beating and by the sixth round, he could barely close his mouth because he was having difficulty breathing through his broken nose and severely disfigured face.
Abdusalamov stumbled his way to the sidewalk and repeatedly threw up. Grinberg and Mago waited outside Madison Square Garden on a busy Saturday night waiting for a cab. They had to beg a stranger to give up his cab to get Mago to the hospital quickly. They got into a taxi and drove to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. The hospital was 30 blocks away. He continuously shook the entire ride, while his condition worsened. Doctors gave Abdusalamov a CAT scan and revealed swelling and a blood clot on his brain. Emergency surgery was performed and a piece of his skull was removed to allow room for his swelling brain. He suffered two strokes during surgery. After surgery, Abdusalamov was placed into a medically induced coma. No one stopped this fight. Plenty of people had the authority, but no one stopped it. There were five doctors at the Garden that night, including Dr. Barry Jordan, who is the lead doctor for the NYSAC and is considered to be an expert regarding brain injuries. And no one called the fight. “Doctors are hesitant to call fights for fear they won’t be assigned to work future bouts,” the Post reports.
Doctors are more interested in making money and being scheduled for more fights than for the boxer’s health. “It is horrible. I am not afraid to say it.” Grinberg said. “New York State Athletic Commission is horrible. It is dangerous for these people to be so careless and not do anything,” The Abdusalamov family is suing New York State for $100 million. Mike Perez dedicated his January 18 bout to Abdusalamov by stitching “Mago” into his trunks. “I just want to honor him,” Perez said. Honoring him would have been deciding to end the fight himself, even if it meant losing. Honoring him would have meant caring about a man’s life more than a victory. At what point does the very future of your competitor take second place to being declared the victor? At what point is winning not the most important thing? —Edited by Nick Chadbourne
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Softball Northwestern 10:45 a.m. Tampa, Fla. Softball South Florida 3:30 p.m. Tampa, Fla. Women’s basketball TBD TBA Oklahoma City, Okla. Baseball Stanford 8 p.m. Stanford, Calif.
Women’s basketball TBD TBA Oklahoma City, Okla. Men’s basketball West Virginia 11 a.m. Morgantown, W. Va. Women’s Tennis Tulsa Noon Tulsa, Okla. Softball St. John’s 12:45 p.m. Tampa, Fla. Softball Utah 3 p.m. Tampa, Fla. Baseball Stanford 4 p.m. Stanford, Calif. Women’s Rowing Scrimmage w/ Tulsa TBA Tulsa, Okla.
Women’s basketball TBD TBA Oklahoma City, Okla. Baseball Stanford 3 p.m. Stanford, Calif. Softball LIU 8 a.m. Tampa, Fla.
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Embiid’s health will make or break season
By Ben Ashworth
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
BIG 12 NOTEBOOK
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) celebrates during the second half against Kansas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday. Oklahoma State won 72-65.
ansas can win the next two conference games without Joel Embiid. What it cannot do is win the national championship without him. For this reason, Bill Self chose to sit Embiid until the Big 12 tournament. Against Oklahoma State, Embiid reaggravated his back. He remained in the game, but his speed was compromised and he could barely jump enough to contest shots. Embiid has only played basketball for three years, and the stress and intensity of a full season seems to be taking its toll. Embiid may still be raw, but he is the most important player on the team. His absence in the Kansas State game in particular was noticeable. Without his daunting presence throughout much of the second half and overtime, the Wildcats finished with great success. Even Will Spradling converted shots in the paint. Not having Jamari Traylor certainly didn’t help, but Embiid’s injury contributed to the disappointing loss. Very few teams have players who can match-up with Embiid from a physical standpoint. Wiggins is a special talent, but the NCAA has talent comparable to him at the small forward position. Embiid is what takes Kansas over the top. He is consistently double-teamed in the post, and no other player commands that kind of attention. Without his presence, defenders tend to lurk closer to the 3-point line and prevent open jumpers. On defense, opposing guards rarely challenge Embiid. Kansas’ guards struggle to stay in front of other guards with a quick first step. Embiid masks this deficiency with an innate sense of timing and spacing. His long arms disrupt passing lanes, which is important as he is generally forced to abandon his man when he provides defensive help. Against West Virginia and Texas Tech, Kansas should have enough talent to overcome Embiid’s absence. West Virginia’s three leading scorers are guards. If Kansas’ perimeter players can be active on defense, Kansas should be able to notch a tough road victory. Against Texas Tech, it is likely Kansas will ride the home court and a large talent discrepancy. These next two games are important for Tarik Black and Traylor, who will see more playing time than they have since November. Embiid, even if fully healthy, is susceptible to foul trouble. Especially during March Madness, opposing coaches will try to attack Embiid and create contact. As a freshman, Embiid may take the bait. Black and Traylor might soon play important minutes of a do-or-die game, and the West Virginia and Texas Tech games will only make them more comfortable. Ultimately, Kansas needs Embiid to be healthy if it is going to win all six games in the NCAA tournament. Even if Embiid is in foul trouble, he’s more valuable with four fouls than he is sitting in street clothes. Against the best, Embiid will be crucial. It’s tough to rationalize sitting a superstar for two games when, in theory, he could probably play. But Kansas’ season depends on Embiid being healthy. — Edited by Nick Chadbourne
and Texas Tech. Baylor coach Scott Drew thinks the turnover of play comes from the junior guard Kenny Cherry being healthy. “Once he was able to start practicing again, he was able to get some rhythm and chemistry with the team,” Drew said about Cherry returning to the lineup. “I think he is playing his best basketball on both ends of the court.” Cherry leads the Bears with 4.9 assists per game, and he’s averaging 15 points per game after earning high minutes against Kansas State, where Cherry had a triple-double with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds against the Wildcats. — Edited by Emily Hines
firstname.lastname@example.org BILL SELF - KANSAS JOEL EMBIID MISSING TWO GAMES On Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., Kansas lost to Oklahoma State and the Jayhawks lost freshman center Joel Embiid due to injury. The injury occurred when Embiid attacked the basket and was fouled to the ground. “It’s a similar thing as before, it’s a lower back strain,” coach Self said. “It’s not close to being 100 percent because he aggravated it.” Embiid will sit out against Texas Tech on Wednesday and West Virginia on Saturday. The rest will give Embiid 11 days off before the Big 12 Conference tournament, which will be more time than
his previous five-day rest from the original injury. “I don’t think it will affect his postseason,” Self said about Embiid’s injury. TRAVIS FORD - OKLAHOMA STATE MARCUS SMART FALSELY QUOTES BILL SELF After the Kansas game on Saturday, Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart interviewed with ESPN’s Shannon Spake. Smart told Spake that before the game, the coaches showed the Cowboys’ team a quote from Bill Self saying he was coming to Stillwater to cut down the nets, and Self was going to win the Big 12 Conference title outright. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford denies that he provided a quote from Bill Self.
“There was no quote that we showed them and Self didn’t mention that whatsoever,” Ford said about Smart’s comments. “We did talk about what they were playing for…We didn’t want them celebrating in our arena.” FRED HOIBERG - IOWA STATE DEANDRE KANE BEING CONSIDERED FOR BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Iowa State’s senior guard DeAndre Kane won Newcomer of the Week this week, his fourth overall, after defeating West Virginia and losing at Kansas State. In those two games, Kane posted 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Kane had his sixth double-double against the Mountaineers with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa State’s head coach Fred Hoiberg talked about what it takes for Kane to win the most valuable player in the Big 12 Conference. “What someone does during the course of the year, how they made their team better and how they impact the game,” Hoiberg said about what it takes for someone to win the conference MVP. “There’s some great players in this league and it will be interesting how it all plays out.” SCOTT DREW - BAYLOR KENNY CHEERY IS BACK TO FULL FORM The past two weeks, the Baylor Bears have come through with wins that can help impact their postseason. The Bears have wins over Oklahoma State, Kansas State
Kansas holds off celebrations after loss
email@example.com With a win over Oklahoma State on Saturday night, Kansas would have clinched the Big 12 title outright. Except, after Kansas State defeated second-place Iowa State just minutes into the Jayhawks’ clash with the Cowboys, Kansas officially clinched first-place regardless of the outcome of its game. Of course, Oklahoma State ended up winning 72-65, preventing Kansas from putting an exclamation point on securing one of the best conferences in the country. In an interview with ESPN after the game, Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart turned heads by saying his coaches showed the team a Bill Self quote for motivation before heading into the matchup. “The coaches showed us a quote of Bill Self saying he was coming here cutting down our nets, and he was gonna win it outright in Stillwater,” Smart said. “We couldn’t let that happen in our house, so I just knew I had to keep pushing until the end.” In his weekly Big 12 teleconference on Monday, Self denied the comment, saying it was “100 percent false” that he intended to celebrate by cutting down the nets on the Cowboys’ home court. “That was disturbing seeing that,” Self said. “I don’t know where he got that information.” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he did not show his team a quote where Self said Kansas would cut down the nets after a win. “None whatsoever,” Ford said. Ford simply tried to motivate his players by reminding them what Kansas had at stake, which was a chance to celebrate after clinching the conference title outright. He believes that Smart equated the Jayhawks celebrating to cutting down the nets, a common celebration for teams that win a conference title. An owner of ten conference titles with Kansas, Self isn’t known for having his teams cut down the nets, whether it is at Allen Fieldhouse or on the road. While it is common for the Jayhawks to celebrate a conference title, Self makes sure the celebration isn’t public. “All celebratory things that would take place with anything like that, especially on the road, would take place in the confines of a locker room,” Self said. Despite winning the title outright, Self is saving the celebration for a time his team can fully enjoy it—after a win. Besides preventing a Kansas celebration, Ford also reminded his players what else was at stake for them. Oklahoma State endured a seven-game losing streak a couple weeks ago and needs quality wins the rest of the season to make the NCAA Tournament. There is no public record of Self saying he intended to cut down the nets after a victory over the Cowboys. Smart, who was projected as a top five pick in the NBA Draft after his freshman season, shocked everyone by returning to Stillwater for a second year. It’s been a lessthan-stellar one for Smart, who has also drawn unwanted attention for his tendency to flop and his inability to control his emotions during games. — Edited by Krista Montgomery
Kansas coach Bill Self talks with assistant coach Kurtis Townsend during a timeout in the second half of Saturday night’s game in Stillwater, Okla.
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