Volume 126 Issue 115


Tuesday, April 29, 2014


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GOVERNMENT Proposed social media policy contains substantial changes
The Kansas Board of Regents’ Governance Committee released a substantially revised draft Monday of the social media policy passed in December. The revised policy draft includes additional context surrounding academic freedom, constitutional rights and speech protected by other existing laws. It also makes clear that the definitions of social media and improper use are clear for the purposes of the policy. “There was a big effort to underscore that freedom of speech and academic freedom are not being overturned by this policy,” said Breeze Richardson, associate director of communications and government relations for the Kansas Board of Regents. The workgroup was created by the Board to come up with recommendations to the original policy, which was highly controversial. Their policy was submitted to the Board before the April 16 meeting to discuss. According to Richardson, the Board believes that this policy clears up some assumptions they had made about the context of the situation and states that it does not override any constitutional, or other, rights, as well as any university grievance review policies. “One of the largest concerns of the original policy was interpretations made by the staff and faculty ... over what would be considered improper use,” Richardson said. “The Board has gone to great lengths to ensure that is clear [in the new policy].” The Committee’s recommended policy has been published on the Regent’s webpage, where comments and suggestions can be made. These will be taken into account at the May 6 meeting, where the Committee will review the final policy and recommend it to the Board. Richardson doesn’t believe that any major changes will be made to this policy before it is recommended to the Board. The Board of Regents will then make the final decision on the policy in the May 15 and 16 meeting. — McKenna Harford

Student organization purchase orders due
name@kansan.com Student organizations have until Wednesday, April 30, to submit purchase orders to use the remainder of their funds allocated by the Student Senate out of the activity fee. Drew Harger said he had to pay during his first months in office last summer. “We hope to have a clean turnover,” Harger said. “I think we’ll leave the office in good order so the new treasurers can have a good start to their year.” This year, the Senate funded 172 student organizations with $50,000, a large difference from the $138,000 used to fund 174 organizations last year. After every school year, Harger said money allocated for the activity fee is left unspent. He said the unused amount is then added into the Student Senate Reserve Account and a portion of that is given to student groups in the next year. — Edited by Emily Hines


TUESDAY: — Elections Commission will hear complaints and move to certify the election results. WEDNESDAY: — Executive staff will deliver final speeches at the Student Senate end-of-year banquet. — Committees will meet and new chairs will be elected. SOMETIME THIS WEEK: — New executive staff will be chosen. NEXT WEDNESDAY: — Current President and Vice President will hand over their responsibilities.


“I think we’ll leave the office in good order so the new treasurers can have a good start to their year.” DREW HARGER Student Senate Treasurer

This deadline will ensure the next Senate treasurer won’t have $11,000 in unpaid bills — a number Treasurer

Able Hawks and Allies to host Accessi-Ball
Able Hawks and Allies hosts its first dance on May 9, and members of the organization are hoping to create the kind of fun social event most college students want but students with disabilities don’t always have access to. “All the normal college things that people do, people with disabilities can do those things too,” said Cynthia Marta, president of Able Hawks and Allies. “They can date, they can have sex, they can go to concerts, go to bars, they can dance, they can drink; (they) make all those decisions that every other college student does.” The Accessi-Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Hancock Room of the Oread Hotel, and will include a cash bar, door prizes and a DJ to take song requests. Marta said the group is hoping about 100 students attend. The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff at all ability levels. Able Hawks and Allies was founded in 2004 with a mission to raise awareness of accessibility needs and institute progressive change for individuals affiliated with the University. The group has about 25 recognized members; many other students participate in events from time to time. The idea for the Ball came out of a discussion between Marta and Thomas Dirth, a club member, after they attended an event in which dancers with disabilities used Adaptive Use Musical Instrument software, which creates musical sounds based on movements of the body. Marta said she wanted to create additional opportunities for people with disabilities to dance after she saw how much the performers enjoyed themselves. “People who use chairs or canes or other physical assistive aids were just like, ‘man it was good to dance, and it was good to see people with other similar conditions dancing,’” Marta said. “They were like, ‘I would love to do it again, but I have no idea when I would do it again because there aren’t really a lot of opportunities for that to happen to someone who uses physical assistive devices.’” Dirth, a Ph.D. student in social psychology from West Point, Iowa, helped organize the Accessi-Ball. He developed cerebral palsy shortly after birth, and usually uses a cane or wheelchair to help him get around. It was important to choose a location for the event, such as the Oread, that was not only easy to enter and exit, but also comfortable to be in with a physical assistive device. “I would never use my wheelchair when going out because it was always crowded and difficult to navigate in those crowded places,” Dirth said. Activities that other college students consider normal can be a challenge for someone with a disability. A loud environment and unusual or moving lighting can be over stimulating for an individual with a sensory integration impairment, and unfamiliar social interactions could cause much anxiety for an individual with a developmental or social disability. For a college student who struggles with a social disability, it may be difficult to pick up on social cues that students without such a disability may take for granted. This can be particularly challenging in a social environment where topics like relationships and sex are discussed, because

Members of the 2012 Able Hawks and Allies. such topics involve a lot of innuendo and non-verbal cues that can be difficult to interpret, Marta said. She hopes the Accessi-ball will create an opportunity for students who have questions about social interaction, drinking or relationships to feel safe asking them without fear of ridicule. Isaak Daniels, a Ph.D. student in chemistry from Des Moines, Iowa, said his Asperger syndrome makes it hard for him to meet new people and maintain a fluid conversation. He said he knows that students without


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disabilities can be shy too. That’s why he thinks the social nature of the Accessi-Ball offers a good opportunity to socialize in a non-threatening environment. “It wouldn’t be functional to have two separate societies,” Daniels said. “The goal is to recognize all of our personhood, because someone who is disabled might want to have fun with someone who is not disabled, if they have a friend or significant other.” — Edited by Krista Montgomery





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Tuesday, April 29
What: Artist Talk: David Rokeby When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons About: A free lecture from David Rokeby, an installation-based artist whose work has included interactive pieces that engage the human body. What: Helianthus Contemporary Ensemble When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall About: A free classical concert presented by the KU School of Music.

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Wednesday, April 30
What: Coffee at The Commons with David Rokeby When: 10 to 11 a.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons About: A free opportunity to converse with visiting artist David Rokeby of Toronto, Canada. What: Peace Corps General Information Session When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Kansas Union, Divine Nine About: A general information session on the Peace Corps. Attendants will see a brief video, hear from a campus recruiter and learn about the benefits of Peace Corps service.

Thursday, May 1
What: KU Innovation Fair When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Where: Kansas Union, Ballroom About: Learn about KU technology, opportunities for entrepreneurial collaboration and network with faculty, students and company representatives. Cash prizes will be given for best poster presentations in the graduate and undergraduate divisions. What: Quickies: An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays When: 7:30 p.m. Where: William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall About: KU Theatre graduate students will present an assortment of ten-minute plays. Attendance is free.

Friday, May 2
What: Pre-Hispanic Migrations in Central America: What we think we know and what we wish we knew When: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons About: A free Department of Anthropology lecture from John Hoopes, director of the Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program, addressing the causes and consequences of human migration. What: KU Symphony Orchestra When: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Lied Center About: The KU School of Music presents the Symphony Orchestra in concert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students.

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Tornadoes cause damage, injuries in Miss.
TUPELO, Miss. — At least three tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured an unknown number of people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, also threatening to unleash severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. People in the path of the huge system were on edge as the National Weather Service posted tornado watches and warnings around Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Forecasters said the system is the latest onslaught of severe weather that triggered deadly tornadoes in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday, killing at least 18 people. The storm was so huge it was visible from space, photographed by weather satellites that showed tumultuous clouds arcing across much of the South. Injuries were reported in Tupelo, a community of about 35,000 in northeastern Mississippi; and in Louisville, the seat of Winston County about 90 miles northeast of Jackson, Miss., where about 6,600 people live, said Mississippi Health Department spokesman Jim Craig. He said the number and seriousness of the injuries were not known because relief efforts were still underway. Television footage showed trucks being flipped over on state roads. Bruce Ridgeway, vice president of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said that hospital received six people with non-lifethreatening injuries. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said damage was extensive in neighborhoods in the city. Authorities sent teams to the region even before the storm

Residents survey damage along a street in Tupelo, Miss., Monday. Tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured numerous people in Mississippi and Alabama as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South on Monday. system’s arrival. A tornado damaged the Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Miss., said Jack Mazurak, a spokesman for the Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center, which received a trauma patient from the county and was sending personnel to help triage patients on the ground. Emergency officials said a tornado also touched down in Limestone County, Alabama, Monday, causing widespread damage, but they could not say whether there were injuries or deaths. A strong storm barreling through southeastern Kentucky damaged homes and businesses and left more than 6,000 customers without power, said Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill. No injuries were reported. Residents and business owners were not the only ones seriously rattled by the tornadoes. NBC affiliate WTVA-TV chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan in Tupelo, Miss., was reporting live on the severe weather about 3 p.m. when he realized the twister was coming close enough that maybe he and his staff should abandon the television studio. “This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo “Basement, now!” he yelled, before disappearing off camera himself. Later, the station tweeted, “We are safe here.” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of the storms, which sent emergency officials rushing to put plans in place. In Memphis, Tenn., officials declared a state of emergency in a county southwest of Nashville because of flash flooding. Authorities urged people there to seek higher ground after several homes and some business were flooded in Maury County and school leaders worried that some school buses might not be able to get schoolchildren home over swamped roads. “If it’s unsafe, certainly the drivers are not going to chance it,” said Maury County emergency official Mark Blackwood. More than 50 school systems shut down early in Alabama’s northern half as a precaution against having children and workers on the road in buses


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as we speak. And this could be deadly,” he said in a video widely tweeted and broadcast on YouTube. Moments later he adds, “A damaging tornado. On the ground. Right now.” The video then showed Laubhan peeking in from the side to see if he was still live on the air before yelling to staff off-camera to get down in the basement.

and cars when the storms arrived. Several cities closed municipal offices early. The threat of dangerous weather jangled nerves a day after the three-year anniversary of a historic outbreak of more than 60 tornadoes that killed more than 250 people across Alabama on April 27, 2011. George Grabryan, director of emergency management for Florence and Lauderdale County in northwest Alabama, said 16 shelters opened before storms even moved in and people were calling nervously with questions about the weather. “There’s a lot of sensitivity up here,” Grabryan said. “I’ve got a stack of messages here from people, many of them new to the area, wanting to know where the closest shelters are.” Forecasters said the system moving into Alabama could generate tornadoes with strength ratings of EF-3 or higher and damage tracks 30 miles long or worse.




Numbers behind the tulips

— The University plants about 12,000 Dut bulbs per year. — The bulbs are planted in November. — After blooming, each flower lasts arou weeks.

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It was 88 years ago tomorrow that the cornerstone was laid for the Kansas Union building. Slowed by the Great Depression, construction of the building took 12 years. Both the Union and the Memorial Stadium are memorials to the fallen of World War I.

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STATE Kansas woman sentenced in prescription drug case
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Manhattan woman has been placed on two years’ probation for her role in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs at a northeast Kansas pain clinic. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 30-year-old Sarah Harding-Huffine was sentenced Monday. She pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to unlawfully distribute prescription drugs from the Manhattan clinic of Dr. Michael Schuster. Harding-Huffine admitted to illegally writing prescriptions for Oxycodone and other controlled substances on blank forms that Schuster signed and left for his staff when he traveled outside the country. Harding-Huffine was not a licensed health care provider and did not have a federal drug registration number. Schuster pleaded guilty earlier this year to unlawfully distributing controlled substances. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison. — Associated Press

— This year, the University spent about $5,0 tulips. — They require little upkeep besides regu weeding.


oved — At the end of spring, the tulips are rem s and to make room for annuals such as Begonia vincas. Services — Sources: Michael Lang, KU Facilities s.com tulip and

blooming and be tain. They will last about three weeks after Red tulips bloom around the Chi Omega Foun for annuals. removed at the end of spring to make room




spring on the KU “I think they’re a symbol of campus.” MARION PAULETTE KU Landscape Arcitect

g flower and their “Tulips are the perfect sprin ness of winter bright colors make the harsh seem far behind us.” BECKA CARDA Senior from Denver

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Text your FFA submissions to (785) 289–8351 or at kansan.com
To the person who got 70,000 on 2048: I’ve gotten 284,672. It’s a bittersweet achievement. I often wonder if people pretend to be someone else and make comments on their own FFA submissions? Editor’s Note: It’s been known to happen. My horoscope said to play in the garden and share games. These things obviously don’t know that finals are approaching ever more quickly. It’s obvious that if I am to ever own all the dogs I want to own I will need to be elected president. Giant poster of dead babies by Wescoe. Happy Monday. Listening to the album Ancestors makes me really miss Quiet Corral... I hope they have some kind of surprise reunion concert. Why are people so concerned about making private matters, that only affect the person doing it, illegal? Can we please not let Potter Lake become a scum pond again? It’s beginning to look that way. Now I know why we don’t have Cottonwoods on campus! Now how about the sunflowers? Petition to remove and replant all of the flowers on campus? They died in the storm and now they just depress me. Decision of the day... I’m pro not having a man tell me how to make choices for my uterus. Watching people run for a bus is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I just remembered I have 2 dozen cookies to eat at home. Who needs a beach body anyways? I’m not saying I’m Superman, but let’s just say nobody has ever seen us flying at the same time. I woke up at 3 a.m. with a mouth full of bagel and 1/4 of the bagel in my hand. Can we all just accept the fact that Pet World is the coolest pet store in the world? A girl in my class about to give a presentation leaned over to me and said “I’m not messin around today, I’m wearing a real bra” #GetItGirl Oh yeah? I scored like a billion in 2048!! And my dad could beat up your dad! I doubt a single pony has wished for a small child. Hail Hydra.

uring a mandatory rest period in a Chinese class filled with foreigners in Nanjing, China, a British student took out his smart phone and proudly narrated to his fellow classmates a story from the BBC News application. The story was about a car ban recently implemented in Paris due to high levels of air pollution. He skimmed over the details: the ban only allows cars with license plates ending in odd or even numbers to drive on certain days and it waves bus fares to reduce the daily exhaust output. He enthusiastically emphasized the French environmental agencies claim that Parisian air pollution rivaled that of

Beijing. Finally, he reached the end of the article and looked up to his fellow classmates, “So, how bad do you guys think the air pollution really was?” Blank stares. A smile crept across his face: “180 micogrammes of PM10 particulates per cubic meter — no mention of PM2.5.” A small laugh ensued and some of the classmates tiredly chimed in how they would spend a day in Nanjing with such comparatively low pollution: “I’d go for a run;” “We could have a picnic.” With more enthusiasm: “Frisbee!” On the worst days of pollution in Nanjing most people wear facemasks to filter out the blend of particulates

By Scott Rainen

in the air including PM10 and the invisible and more dangerous PM2.5. These pollutants make little cuts in people’s lungs when inhaled, potentially leading to terrible cancers 20 or 30 years from now. But on days when the pollution is relatively good — roughly two to three times worse than what led to traffic bans in Paris — we don’t wear facemasks. Our rooms aren’t ventilated and the poor air quality is simply a fact of life. Over the winter I moved from a state of denial to acceptance: There is not that much I figured I could realistically do. So one day in early March

when my friends saw me wearing my facemask they were all worried that they had missed some doomsday weather report. They said, “Is the pollution really that bad today?” or, “Should I get my mask?” While the Air Quality Index for PM10 was well over 180 microgrammes per cubic meter (not to mention PM2.5), that was not why I had my mask on. I had terrible allergies. My body accidentally labeled these perfectly natural and benign particulates of pollen as dangerous, and fought them with vigor. In the form of pills and nasal sprays and a facemask, I too fought back. Upon further reflection, the situation seemed eerily

evocative of our modern world’s seemingly dominant ideology: Don’t inconvenience yourself by guarding against some truly horrible situation lying safely in the distant future, but combat any inconvenience no matter how small or petty in the present as if your life dependeds on it. I suppose that I am excited to return Kansas over the summer and breathe in the fresh air. In the meantime, I will try wear my facemask more. Scott Rainen is a senior living in Nanjing, China, studying East Asian languages and culture and geography.

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ver the years people have been pushing for a greener environment, stressing ways to conserve energy and prevent the emission of greenhouse gasses. Many universities have taken part in initiatives for greener campuses, including the University of Kansas. People can talk about how much they want to make the area around us a greener place, but actions are how sustainability happens. How much effort is really being put into sustainability at the University, and are the ways we go about it the most effective? Green Revolving Funds (GRFs) are a highly popular and common idea among institutions, and they have been taking universities by storm. GRFs “invest in energy efficiency projects to reduce energy consumption and reinvest the money saved in future projects,” according to greenbillion.org. In simpler terms, money is invested for energy efficient projects, such as solar panels or lighting fixtures, and the money saved goes back into it, essentially growing itself. The University re-uses recycling materials, has installed low pressurized water fixtures and “highefficiency lighting throughout campus” and minimizes the usage of gasoline run equipment, according to the KU Center for Sustainability. However, not much light has been shed on one of the most cost-beneficial and most effective energy preservation programs here: the Revolving Green Loan Fund (RGLF). Why is it that the University hasn’t talked about the RGLF? The RGLF here started in 2010 and received startup funds of $40,000 from Student Senate, Student



By Cecilia Cho

Success and the Office of the Provost. The projects the RGLF has taken up include building control updates in Lindley Hall, replacement of lighting fixtures in the Ambler Student Recreation Center and replacing Lot 54 with LED lighting in street lamps. These small changes can start off with what looks like an intimidating start-up cost, however, the payback towards the RGLF is almost immediate. Start up costs for the rec were $34,000, but the center gained an estimated annual energy savings of $8,432. Building control updates in Lindley cost a little over $27,000, but totaled $12,500 annually in energy savings. The RGLF capital started off at $40,000 and remains at that same $40,000 today, resulting in no increase in funds whatsoever. This is because the energy savings do not get cycled back into the fund, like most GRFs, meaning its only growth comes from loan interest. The payback for the loan for the rec and Lindley were almost immediate due to the amount of money saved from switching over to more efficient energy plans, resulting in no growth. So, why is it the University hasn’t taken more initiative on RGFs when it’s obvious how much they’re saving, and how quickly the pay return is? Universities across the nation have been doing well with their implementation of GRF programs and it’s about time the University starts making the RGLF a higher

priority. The University of Colorado Boulder, University of Vermont and Arizona State University are just a few schools that have successfully integrated the program and gained a substantial amount of savings. Colorado’s Energy and Climate Revolving Fund (ECRF) has an estimated $521,000 in funds, averaging a 37.8 percent return on investments. In 2010, Arizona State established the Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund (SIRF), and in 2013 it gained a $1.9 million investment and projected its annual benefits at $382,326. According to the SIRF 2013 Annual Report, projected utility savings of “over $1 million is expected due to reinvestments in future SIRF funded projects.” No action has been taken by the University to shed light on our GRF program, yet it still exists. When people don’t know about the GRF and the good it can do for our environment, the GRF at here stays at the same place that it started — not losing, but not gaining either. What was the point of starting a project that we aren’t going to finish? The idea of the GRF isn’t new — it is part of the norm in universities across the country — and while those schools are becoming greener, ours is falling behind. Schools will find more ways for sustainability in the future, but will Kansas still be playing catch up when that happens?

Cecilia Cho is a junior from Overland Park studying journalism.

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ollege can do horrible things to a person. First I became a liberal, then an environmentalist and now a vegetarian. Ironically, this new vegetarian phase was fostered by my flamingly liberal interest in food and where it comes from. I have always seen PETA fliers with hundreds of chickens jammed into a windowless metal pillbox, but by the time dinner rolls around my anger over animal cruelty is always gone. I would console my conscious by making justifications like my meat isn’t necessarily from one of those factory farms. After doing some research I learned that the majority of our meat comes from facilities known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). All of us at one point or another have eaten an animal pumped full of antibiotics and hormones that only saw the light of day when it was transported for slaughter. It is important to understand CAFOs not only because of animal cruelty, but also because of their environmental and human health impacts. This is not an article that will convince you to become a vegetarian, rather it is an article advocating for food awareness, because after all, we are what we eat. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a CAFO is an animal feeding operation required to meet certain air and waste pollution regulatory standards. In layman’s terms, this means that a CAFO is a small area of land with a large quantity of stationary animals whose feed is brought to them. CAFOs are characterized by their integration of animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and operations all in one space. CAFOs pose extreme environmental and health concerns for surrounding

By Gabrielle Murman

communities. Large amounts of manure from factory farms can infiltrate waterways through run-off and storage facility leaks. The chemicals in manure effectively choke water of oxygen, killing fish in rivers, lakes, and ponds. Manure can also increase the growth of potentially toxic algal blooms in waterways. These environmental impacts have direct effects on human health. Drinking water can become contaminated from animal waste and pathogens, leading to disease. Additionally, the air around CAFOs is known for its potency and, even more importantly, for its ability to cause respiratory illnesses in workers and nearby community members. So why does this matter to you? If violations of animal rights, environmental degradation, and stresses on human health are not enough to grab your attention then perhaps this will: Kansas is home to 446 CAFOs, some of which are located in Douglas County, and our region houses 4,196 factory farms with varying levels of EPA regulation compliance. In short, you are the effected community. Concern about our food system isn’t reserved for liberals. Regardless of belief, we all eat and we all have a responsibility to understand how our food comes to be at our tables. Gabrielle Murnan is a sophomore from Pittsburg studying environmental studies.


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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 Use this New Moon solar eclipse for some clearing and cleansing over the next six months, especially regarding finances. A new phase begins about spending, saving and accumulating wealth and possessions. Think big. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is an 8 A new phase of greater self-awareness begins for the next six months with the New Moon solar eclipse in your sign. Take a strong stand, change your appearance and increase your independence. Seek spiritual guidance. Discover hidden resources. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is a 7 Self-imposed isolation and retreat for peace and spiritual growth invites over the next six months with the New Moon solar eclipse. You find yourself seeking solitude. Stay in communication and keep friends and family informed. Learn from a master. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 7 A new phase begins in your friendships and reputation over the next six months, with this eclipse. Increase participation in group activities, and accept new responsibility. Contribute for a common cause. Imagine big changes. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 7 Your public reputation comes into scrutiny with this New Moon solar eclipse. Over the next six months, you could rise to power or fall from it. Solicit ideas from imaginative experts. Push forward. Receive the acknowledgment you’ve earned. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 You’re respected for your common sense. A new six-month phase begins with this New Moon solar eclipse, regarding your education, philosophy and spiritual inquiry. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 Today’s New Moon solar eclipse opens a new half-year stage regarding shared resources (like insurance, family funds, inheritances, real estate). Transitions change the balance sheet. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6 A partnership or relationship reaches a new level over the next six months, with today’s eclipse in Taurus. Keep domestic goals in mind. There could be contracts or legal issues to resolve. Trust a sibling’s advice, and rely on their support when you need it. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 7 A new era dawns for the next six months around service, health and work, with today’s New Moon solar eclipse. Be careful of accidents, and upgrade routines for healthy diet and exercise. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 A major romance could enter or exit the scene over the next six months, with today’s eclipse. Amusement, games and children take the spotlight. Your creative muse thrives the more fun you have. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7 A new stage in your home and family life develops with the New Moon solar eclipse. Over the next six months, get into renovation, home improvements, or take care of a family member. Someone may relocate. Friends support you through the changes. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 The power of your word reaches new levels after today’s eclipse. Upgrade technology when possible, and keep your car, computer and work equipment tuned and repaired.







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Reasons to see Jay-Z, Beyoncé ‘On the Run’
By Christine Stanwood

Monday morning, it took me all of three seconds after scrolling through social media on my phone to figure out that Jay-Z and Beyonce announced their 16-city summer tour. The rumors that I hoped and prayed to the Hip-Hop Gods two weeks ago, came true. The “On The Run Tour” stems from Jay-Z’s song, “Part II (On The Run),” which features Beyonce singing verses like, “I don’t care if we on the run/ As long as I’m next to you.” So, it’s only appropriate that the tour is based on the song. Here are the top three reasons why you need to invest in this concert.

“Magna Carta, Holy Grail” back in July of 2013, and Beyonce surprisingly dropped her self-titled album, “Beyonce” in December of 2013. It’s not a surprise that the two are going on tour together after the small appearances they made on each others most recent albums. Put the couple on the same tour and the confidence will burst from the seams. 3. You’ll get to relive some of the duo’s greatest hits “Bonnie & Clyde” was one of the couple’s original songs together along with other hits like, “Upgrade U” and “Déjà Vu.” It would be incredible to see their relationship through a time-lapse on stage. And come on, since they’re a private couple, don’t we all want to get a glimpse of their dynamic with

“Drunk In Love” again? Final word: It’s roughly an eight-hour drive from Kansas City to Dallas or Chicago. It could be a bit pricy, but this is a concert that isn’t promised in the future. Not only will you see Grammy winners who have perfected their craft, you will be given an experience based on pure talent, unlike any other. — Edited by Blair Sheade

If these points are convincing enough or you happen to be hypnotized by their tour photo, presale for the tour begins today at 8 a.m. at www.beyonce. com/tour. Do it for Blue Ivy’s college fund. #SURFBOARDT #MAGNA


1. If it’s anything like this year’s Grammy performance… Sure we’ve seen Beyonce and Jay-Z in multiple music videos together; my personal favorite “Crazy In Love” depicts the early stages of their success and romance. But their on-stage chemistry is unprecedented. As if “Drunk In Love” wasn’t already an addictive beat, seeing the two performers engaged and enthralled with one another was captivating. 2. Independently, they’re phenomenal. Together, unparalleled. Here you have two independently successful music and business moguls who are focused on the product they are giving to their fans. Jay-Z released his 12th studio album,

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DOCUMENTARY A selective history of the growth of teen culture
“Teenage” is a documentary about those years between the onset of adolescence and adulthood. But throw away any preconceptions involving talking heads, child psychologists, and he-said / she-said points of view. Director Matt Wolf takes a dreamier, more impressionistic approach to the form, combining fascinating archival footage with contemporary recreations that merely look faded and old overlayed with voiceovers by actors reading the words of young people from earlier eras. Based loosely on Jon Savage’s book “Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture 1875-1945,” it chronicles the growth of a singular youth sensibility from the late 1800s — when most went from play to hard work in less time than you can say “child labor” — to the post-WWII era where a growing leisure economy meant more people could luxuriate in those years between grade-school recreation and adult responsibility. As history, “Teenage” is flawed. Much gets left out: The main focus is on white American, British and German youth, with a cursory nod to young blacks’ contributions to jazz and swing dancing as well as the discrimination young black men faced at home after serving in the World Wars. Not only that, but Wolf is so adept at knitting together his recreations with the real thing that it becomes hard to tell one from the other. – McClatchy-Tribune

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Webb struggles for consistency in ‘Amazing 2’
If there's a tie that binds most of the characters of the Marvel Universe together, it's the mutability of the supposedly immutable human body. Characters are poisoned by radiation, zapped by electricity, bitten by spiders or broken, crushed, ruined or whatever. And as Spider-Man cracks in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," just "shake it off. It's just your bones, muscles..." But the real world doesn't work like that. That's one reason this comic book world has such a lasting appeal. Bullies are foiled, criminals are caught and great wrongs righted with supernatural intervention by supernaturally augmented humans. "Amazing 2" is kind of about that. It's a violent film, with blood and death in between the digitally-animated brawls. Human bodies are tortured and broken, and there's not always a web slinger there to stop that flipping police car, that hurtling bus, that Russian psychopath or that jet that's about to crash. It's not an altogether pleasant experience. Things tend to drag as director Marc Webb has problems with focus, keeping the many story threads straight and continuity (watch Gwen Stacy's outfits). Many otherwise faceless extras pop off the screen as if he's about to give their nameless characters the same significance as Stan Lee himself — who always has cameos in these Marvels. But Andrew Garfield finds his voice as the character, making his second try at Peter Parker a caffeinated wise-cracker, enjoying his notoriety, talking to himself just like the guy in the comic book. He's funny. Clueless Aunt May (Sally Field) wonders why he has soot all over his face. "I was ... cleaning the chimney!" "We HAVE no chimney!" Peter hums Spider-Man's theme song and hurls himself into situations with a teen's recklessness. He almost misses his and Gwen's (Emma Stone) high school graduation, dealing with a villain named Aleksei (Paul Giamatti). But even though he doesn't carry the angst of Tobey Maguire's Spidey, Peter has problems. He sees Gwen's late dad (Denis Leary) everywhere he looks, and remembers his promise to the dead cop to distance himself from his daughter, due to the danger. Peter hasn't seen the opening scene in the movie, in which we flash back to Peter's parents' (Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz) grisly deaths. And Peter has no idea that his great chemistry with long lost richkid pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) will go nowhere, because some of us remember 2002's "Spider-Man" and how Harry turns out. Jamie Foxx is an ignored, humiliated electrical engineer who has an accident involving electric eels and power lines that transforms him from a Spider-Man fanboy into a glowing blue guy in a hoodie. In the ethos of this movie, Peter / Spidey reasons with the tormented villains, trying toconnect with the doomed rich kid (Osborn) or this "nobody" engineer. "You're not a nobody, you're SOMEbody!" Except for Giamatti's Russian. He's just ... bad. Returning director Webb relies, again, on the 3-D (and IMAX, in some theaters) fly-

ing effects to cover the rough patches — and there are many — in "Amazing 2." While Garfield and Stone have a nice sass to their scenes, Webb can do nothing to give this relationship the longing and heat of the Kirsten Dunst / Tobey Maguire moments from the earlier films. And Webb's team of screenwriters don't find any pathos in all this computer-animated flying and fighting, not until the finale. So while this "Spider-Man" is, if anything, more competent than the first film, it's still not one that demands that you stick around after the credits. There's nothing there.

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“My life is not easy, but it’s awesome.” — Steve Gleason USA Today

hen thinking about the New Orleans Saints, other than thinking about Drew Brees, negative things can come to mind. In one instance in particular, several defensive players for the organization were paid out “non-contract bonuses” or “bounties” for their ingame performances during the 2009 through 2011 seasons. In 2012, the NFL stated that then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams organized “Bountygate.” The strictest of actions were taken out against the New Orleans Saints organization, having its coaches suspended from six weeks to indefinite spans, depending on their determined knowledge of the scandal. Since the “Bountygate” scandal, the Saints have attempted to better their tarnished reputation. One recent donation from owner Tom Benson could help change the public’s view of the Saints. The charity benefiting from Tom



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Around 30,000 Americans have ALS at any given time. — ALSA.ORG

Benson’s generous donation of $5 million is Team Gleason. Team Gleason was founded shortly after former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. “After I was diagnosed with ALS, the continued support Michel [his wife] and I have received from the Saints and the Bensons has been humbling and a tremendous comfort to us both,” Gleason said. According to its Facebook page, Team Gleason is a philanthropic organization that helps “create an environment for families living with ALS that will

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Q: What is Steve Gleason most remembered for as a New Orleans Saint? A: He blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the first game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. — ESPN.COM


enable them to not only survive, but also thrive.” The money will be used to operate Team Gleason’s House for Innovative Living. The House for Innovative Living is in New Orleans’ St. Margaret Hospital. It’s designed to give up to 18 people fighting ALS as much freedom and independence as possible with the help of state of the art technology. The first residents of the home should arrive early this summer, associate executive director of Team Gleason, Clare Durrett said. “With the creation of the Team Gleason House, we announced to the world that, with the right care and the right technology, ALS patients can be productive and purposeful for decades,” Gleason said. “Through this generous gift, we are assured of the sustainability of that mission.”

Benson released a written statement following his and his wife’s donation. “Gayle and I couldn’t be more proud of the work that Steve and Team Gleason are doing for people living with ALS. Steve inspires us all with his message of facing and overcoming adversity,” he said. “And, we wanted to be part of growing this community of productive individuals committed to living as independently as possible.” Gleason hopes to have buildings like the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living in every NFL city, he told Peter King, Sports Illustrated writer. —Edited by Nick Chadbourne

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recognitions were received last season when Piché was one of the premier closers in college baseball, tallying 12 saves with a 1.68 ERA. "(Piché) was first team all-big 12 as a closer last year, and (got) off to a tough start this season in that same role," Price said. Piché struggled in the closer role this season by blowing five save opportunities, including four in a row. With junior Wes Benjamin suffering a season ending injury in conference season, Piché took his role as the Friday night starter and has been there for the past month. "When Wes Benjamin went down I gave him the opportunity as a senior to pitch in the rotation which is what he did in junior college," Price said. The shift to the starting role wasn’t as drastic as it seemed for Piché. He had starting ex-

perience on the mound for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he played two years before transferring to Kansas. In his sophomore season, he started 14 games and posted a 9-4 record with a 2.66 ERA, striking out 85 batters in 88 innings. Monday’s announcement is the first time in over two months that a Kansas player has received conference honors. Fellow senior right-handed pitcher Frank Duncan achieved similar honors on Feb. 24, and transfer junior third baseman Aaron Hernandez received the first conference recognition on Feb. 17, as Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. Piché’s first start since earning Pitcher of the Week will be against Texas Tech at Hoglund Ballpark this Friday at 6 p.m. — Edited by Blair Sheade

LPGA Lydia Ko holds off Lewis to win Swinging Skirts
DALY CITY, Calif. — After a whirlwind week featuring a multitude of celebrations that included her first LPGA Tour victory as a pro, Lydia Ko planned to sleep late Monday before catching a San Francisco cable car for a little bit of sightseeing. What a successful, memorable trip she had to the Bay Area. Ko turned 17 and had "Happy Birthday" sung to her at the first tee box to kick off the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, earned a spot as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, and captured her first LPGA Tour title as a professional — all while playing with a fill-in caddie from the local club. "Normally they would say sweet

16, but I would say it's sweet 17," Ko said. "I don't think I could have any better birthday week." Poised and unflappable, Ko made the perfect pitch up to the green from the rough to birdie the final hole Sunday, holding off Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin for her third LPGA win in all. It went down to the final shots, and the teen made a 6-foot birdie putt moments before Lewis knocked in a 4-footer of her own to finish one stroke back. After beginning the day a stroke behind Lewis, Ko birdied three of her final four holes on the front nine on the way to a 3-under 69 and 12-under 276 total at Lake Merced. Ko earned $270,000, celebrating on the 18th green three days after celebrating her birthday at the first tee box with the gallery singing "Happy Birthday." Ko, born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, will move

up two spots to No. 2 in the next world ranking. Her father, G.H., got to see her win Sunday. "Tears nearly ran down my face. You may lose friends, but you're always going to have your parents," Ko said. "I try to make myself not cry of happiness, but it was coming to that point." She won the Canadian Women's Open as an amateur the last two years and took the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December in Taiwan in her second start as a professional. She has six victories in pro events, also winning in Australia and New Zealand. All three of Ko's LPGA wins have come on courses most of the other golfers also played for the first time. The third-ranked Lewis finished with a 71 for her sixth runner-up finish since winning the Women’s British Open in August. She will head to her home state of Texas

next week looking to build on a disappointing near miss in which she struggled all day with her short game. “I knew she wasn’t going away. Lydia played great,” Lewis said. “Every time I hit a shot in there, she answered.” Shin, still looking for her first tour win after her best finish this year, had a 68 to finish two shots behind. “They were fearless,” Shin said about her playing partners, “They just went for it.” Playing together for the fourth straight day, neither Ko nor Lewis hit any dazzling shots early. Ko’s second of three bogeys came on the 417-yard, par-4 seventh in which her tee shot hit a tree and dropped in the rough. Lewis’ 10foot birdie putt on No. 9 lipped out. — Associated Press





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Volume 126 Issue 115


Recruit would make Kansas a title contender

By Ben Ashworth


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jayhawk receives Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Award
sports@kansan.com Senior right-handed pitcher Jordan Piché’s list of achievements in his two-year career at Kansas just keeps on growing. In his short Jayhawk career, Piché has been recognized as 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region Second Team, 2013 AllBig 12 First Team, 2013 Phillips 66 Championship All-Tournament Team and 2014 Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. The 6-foot Greeley, Colo., native can now add Big 12 Pitcher of the Week to his long list of achievements. On Monday afternoon, Piché was recognized as conference pitcher of the week after his stellar start on Friday night against the Baylor Bears down in Waco, Texas, that snapped a four-game losing streak. His recognizable performance down in Waco, where he tossed his first career complete game, allowing one hit in the 1-0 game one victory, was just his fourth start in a crimson and blue uniform. Piché eclipsed his career-high pitch count with 106 pitches, walking a pair and striking out five. After giving up a leadoff single, Piché would not surrender another hit. He allowed the fewest hits by a Kansas starter since Shaeffer Hall tossed a no-hitter against Air Force, Feb. 20, 2009. The one-hit shutout performance secured his fifth win on the year and pushed his record to 5-5. Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors will be the senior’s first achievement as a starter. All other prior


ansas has the chance this week to land Myles Turner, a consensus top 10 recruit and probable future NBA player. For many programs, this could be the highlight of the year. For the Jayhawks, it’s a Wednesday. Jayhawk fans are so accustomed to competing for top recruits that announcements seem to all blend together. But this announcement is different; Turner could be the difference between a Big 12 championship and a national championship. Wednesday at 3 p.m., Turner will choose between Kansas, Texas, Southern Methodist and Duke, among others. Kansas and Texas are thought to be the biggest threats. Kansas was at a point like this last year before the Andrew Wiggins commitment. Before Wiggins, Kansas was expected to battle for a second place Big 12 finish behind a Oklahoma State. After Wiggins, the Jayhawks made the leap to title contender. Despite a disappointing finish, that team was a title favorite throughout the year. That’s not to say that Turner is the program-changer that Wiggins was hyped to be. Kansas doesn’t need to add a Wiggins to the talent already amassed. This year’s team will have substantial talent with top-recruits Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander. What it does need is a Myles Turner. Currently, Kansas’ two starting big men and likely first big man off the bench stand at 6’8’’ or shorter. Perry Ellis compensates for his lack of height with crafty moves and an outside touch, but he has not demonstrated that defense is one of his assets. Jamari Traylor is a good weak-side defender, but can be beaten on the post by taller opponents. Turner would fix this. He stands at 6’11’’ and has displayed instincts on defense that Self will love. Turner did an excellent job defending Duke commit Jahlil Okafor during the McDonald’s All-American game, using his length to force him into difficult shots. Self loves having a tall interior presence on defense. Sasha Kaun, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Withey have all anchored that position and led some of Kansas’ best defenses. Joel Embiid was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this year. Turner would help continue this tradition. In addition, Turner can stretch the floor. He can step out and shoot from behind the 3-point line, which makes him virtually unguardable at the college level. This will provide a contrast to Alexander, who does his damage in the paint. Kansas will be talented, with or without Turner. The ultimate difference will be the team’s ceiling. Without Turner, Self will have trouble maintaining a championship-quality defense. With Turner, the sky is the limit. — Edited by Emily Hines



Senior catcher Ka’iana Eldredge and senior pitcher Jordan Piché visit on the mound during the ninth inning of Kansas’ win over Oral Roberts on March 11. Piché’s role has changed throughout the season from closer to starter.


Junior outfielder Connor McKay stretches out to catch a ball during Kansas’ 5-6 loss against Missouri State on April 23. Kansas plays Wichita State Tuesday night.


Jayhawks to carry momentum to Wichita
sports@kansan.com The Jayhawks head to Wichita State Tuesday to face the Shockers for the second time this year. Kansas comes off a three-game sweep of the Baylor Bears over the weekend. The Jayhawks scored 19 runs this weekend and outscored Baylor by 12. The weekend was highlighted by pitcher Jordan Piché’s complete game, one hit shutout in the series opener. Piché received Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his performance. The second game of the series was coach Ritch Price’s 1000th career win. Kansas improved to 26-20 on the season and returned to .500 in conference play. The Shockers are coming off a series loss to Tulane this past weekend. Kansas has been struggling as of late, but is looking to turn the corner and finish the season strong. KANSAS WILL WIN IF… Junior left fielder Miachael Suiter continues to be hot with the bat. Suiter leads the Jayhawks with a .350 batting average, which ranks third in the Big 12. Suiter drove in three runs this weekend and recorded three hits against Baylor. Last week against Missouri State, Suiter went five for five, increasing his batting average by 20 percentage points. Suiter has also played stellar defense in left field this season, evidenced by his perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. KANSAS WILL LOSE IF… Its offense struggles. In the beginning of the season, the Jayhawks were atop the Big 12 in hitting. The offense has struggled as of late and has caused the team to struggle as well. When Suiter and the rest of the offense swing the bat well, they win ball games. Kansas only scored six runs in its series loss to Oklahoma State, but scored 19 runs this past weekend. The team picks up momentum when the offense is hot. PLAYER TO WATCH… Junior outfielder Connor McKay has been struggling lately. For the first time all

season, the righty has seen his batting average fall to below .300. McKay has been having a tremendous season this year, ranking second in the conference in home runs (nine) and RBI’s (10). Until recently, McKay had been leading in both categories and it would benefit Kansas if he returned to the top. The Jayhawks offense has followed McKay’s hitting this season, starting hot and struggling as of late. If Mckay’s bat can heat up, the Kansas offense will likely improve as well. — Edited by Nick Chadbourne

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