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Volume 128 Issue 59


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

University lecturer discusses upcoming comic book films | PAGE 5

Budget shortfall a concern
in new legislative session

Students are required to fill out evaluation forms at the end of each semester to give feedback on professors.

Professors: Evaluations
important for performance

The fall semester is ending
and students likely have a lot
on their minds. With exams
and assignment due dates on
the horizon, student-teacher
evaluations can seem inconsequential.
“When you get to evaluation
time you’re in the heat of a
million things to do,” said Troy
Dargin, PhD student in the department of speech language
pathology. “The last thing
on your mind is to put an indepth analysis of your instructor together.”
With so much going on, student-teacher evaluations can
feel like one more checkbox on
a list of things to do, but several administrators at the University insist that the feedback
gained from student-teacher
evaluations matters.
If students feel like they are
not being effectively taught,
or if their professors are lacking in teaching skills, student-teacher evaluations serve
as a way for students to convey
this information to the department.
“We do care that the students
are receiving an excellent classroom experience,” said Melanie Wilson, associate dean for
academic affairs in the School
of Law. “If they’re not, some of
that, we hope, will be reflected
in the student evaluations. We
read them to assess and improve what’s going on in the
Student-teacher evaluations
factor into evaluating a pro-

University to update
Social Media Policy next
The University Senate recently
finalized a procedure that outlines
what would happen if someone
was reported to have violated the
Kansas Board of Regents’ (KBOR)
social media policy. According
to Breeze Richardson, director of
communications for KBOR, the
social media policy states that
employers have the right to discipline employees for speech and
allows for individual universities to
decide how to handle a violation of
the policy.
Currently, the University doesn’t



fessor’s teaching. Teaching is
one aspect of what is generally
referred to as the 40-40-20 rule
in a faculty member’s annual evaluations. Though it can
vary from one faculty member
to another, professors generally are expected to spend 40
percent of their time teaching,
40 percent on research or creative activities and 20 percent
on service.
Positive evaluations can help
a professor to acquire tenure,
or receive a pay raise, so it is in
their best interest to take what
their students are saying about
their classes seriously. Sally
Roberts, associate dean of the
department of education, said
while it is unlikely for a faculty member to be punished for
one semester of negative evaluations, the department would
step in if it was a continuous
“A series of poor evaluations
is going to usually result in the
chair setting up an improvement plan,” Roberts said. “That
usually involves having peers
observe, or the chair will observe; it would take a number
of years of poor performance.
But chairs are very conscious.
We care what (students) think,
so a chair’s not going to keep
someone in a class if that person is doing poorly and getting
bad evals.”
Dr. Ruth Ann Atchley, chair
of the department of psychology, compares evaluations given
by students to a piece of evidence in an investigation, and
that it would not make sense to
only use them to gauge a faculty’s overall performance.

“There was once a time
where that (evaluations were)
the only data we had,” Atchley
said. “One of the things we’ve
been trying is make sure that
there’s more than one piece of
data as we evaluate teaching.
When we engage in promotion
and tenure discussions, every
time, teaching evaluations are
part of the conversation, [they]
just [aren’t] the only thing.”
Marta Caminero-Santangelo,
vice-provost for faculty development, expressed sentiments
similar to Atchley’s, saying
that while the University takes
evaluations seriously, there are
several factors students might
not consider while evaluating
a professor.
“Students can’t necessarily
tell you accurately about the
knowledge of the instructor
about their subject,” Caminero-Santangelo said. “Students
can’t tell you with authority if
the professor is using the latest teaching methods. Just because you have one bad class
doesn’t mean you’re a terrible
teacher. It might mean you’ve
had a bad semester or need
some mentoring. As a student,
you wouldn’t want to be kicked
out of the University for one
bad class.”
The student-teacher evaluation policy applies to all
schools, but it is up to the departments themselves what
goes on the evaluations. Most
departments use the Standard Curriculum Instruction
Survey. The SCIS does not

have an official social media policy
in place. As of fall 2014, if someone were to violate the Board of Regents’ social media policy the decision would rest with the chancellor
and provost as to whether or not
the University should take disciplinary action against the accused.
The policy will implement a twostep procedure that will be used to
determine the validity of accusation and what measures the University would take if someone were
found guilty of violating the Board
of Regents’ social media policy.
“The first part of the process is
called the initial review panel and
it’s made of certain people appointed by different entities,” said
Student Vice President Miranda

Wagner. “The panel would decide
whether or not there is enough
grounds for a full investigation. If
the panel decides that there aren’t
enough grounds for investigations
that’s where the process stops.”
The second part of the investigation process involves a hearing
and another panel meeting in order
to provide a complete cross examination, Wagner said. From there, a
recommendation would be made by
the panel to the provost as to what
kind of action should be taken.
Wagner said this policy is expected to be implemented by the University next March and will apply to
all staff, students and faculty.




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— Maegan Bull


Though the start of the Kansas legislative session is still a
month away, legislators are beginning to prioritize and consider issues that may come up,
including the budget and voter
registration. For Lawrence-area
representatives and senators,
this means paying attention to
the needs of students.
Revisions to the fiscal year
2015 budget, which runs from
July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015,
will be a major issue during the
session because the state must
make up a $279 million shortage in funds. Little can be done
short term regarding revenue,
which means the $279 million
must be made up by cuts in expenditures. For Senator Marci
Francisco and Representative
Barbara Ballard, the University
is going to be a concern when
deciding what to cut.
Ballard said she worried that
education would be cut because it makes up more than 60
percent of the budget.
“It’s a very simple reason why
you go there,” Ballard said. “It’s

the only place. It’s where the
bulk of the money is. Where
else can you cut? When some
people are getting five percent,
seven percent; you can’t go cut
them. You have to cut where
the bulk of the money is, and
that’s where the concern comes
in: how are you going to cut?”
Through the recession and
into recent years, Kansas has
faced a tight budget, which
means it will be a challenge to
make yet another cut to budgets across the state, Francisco
“I think at this point, we’re
going to have to say, ‘Which
services can we cut?’ Not just
take another across-the-board
cut,” she said.
Ballard and Francisco both
attributed the shortfall to the
tax cuts implemented in 2012,
and Francisco suggested that a
long-term solution to the fall in
revenue must include a look at
the tax codes, including those
“We are not probably going to
have the money to cover all the
expenses that I think the state
should take responsibility for,”
she said.

The governor will propose
a budget for the remainder of
this fiscal year and the one to
follow prior to the start of the
legislative session. Following
his proposals, the legislature
will be able to look into possible
solutions, including the ones
suggested in Governor Brownback’s budget.
The upcoming legislative session will mean a variety of topics to be talked about, including
expanding KanCare, the private
system that handles Medicare
and Medicaid in Kansas, and
gun legislation. A proposed expansion of Medicare would be
provided completely by federal
funding or at least 90 percent
by federal funding, Ballard said.
Francisco said a major concern at universities, including
the University of Kansas, will
be open-carry of firearms on
campus. The University and
the city have two years to install
safety checkpoints at entrances
to public buildings or prepare
to allow open-carry of firearms
on campus.
The legislature will reconvene
Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
— Edited by Emily Brown

Local churches react to
new gay marriage laws
The minister of the First
United Methodist Church
says he experienced a twinge
of jealousy when he learned
a gay couple was married recently at Plymouth Congregational Church.
“I was envious that their denomination would allow the
clergy to perform a same-sex
marriage, while ours prohibits
it,” the Rev. Tom Brady said.
Reactions to the Nov. 17
ceremony by other Lawrence
pastors was mixed, with some
saying they would perform
a gay marriage ceremony if
their churches allowed it and
others not even entertaining
the idea.
The Rev. Mark Rich of Trinity Lutheran Church said like
Brady, he would perform such
ceremonies if his denomination allowed them.
“I know that a lot of Christians believe that the church
is supposed to be the official
sponsor of heterosexuality,
but it’s not,” Rich said. “The
church exists in order to carry and embody the gospel of
Jesus Christ, and the gospel is
not about sex.”
In contrast, Pastor John M.
McFarland of Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian
Church, said he would never
perform gay marriage ceremonies, no matter what the
state allows or mandates.
“While I aim to be as agreeable as possible, I am being
unfaithful to my calling as
a minister in the Christian
church if I say yes to practices
about which God's word says
‘no,’” McFarland said.
McFarland said he supports
the ideals of the strength of
Biblical Christianity standing
as faith that is permanent and
“Every culture of man has-

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Catholic — Opposes gay marriage because of the belief
that a union should remain between man and woman
Presbyterian — Same-sex marriage is not permitted. “In
2000, however, the General Assembly Permanent Judicial
Commission — the denomination’s highest judicial body
— issued a decision allowing Presbyterian ministers to
bless same-sex unions as long as those ceremonies do not
equate same-sex unions with marriage.” (Pew Forum)
Methodist — While proposals have been made to support
the blessings of same-sex couples, marriage ceremonies
are not performed or allowed.
United Church of Christ — Advocates in favor of samesex marriage and performs ceremonies, however this
differentiates between congregations.
Judaism — According to information posted by Pew
Research Religion & Public Life Research, “The Reform and
Reconstructionist Jewish movements have supported gay
and lesbian rights, including same-sex marriage, since
the mid-1990s. In June 2012, the Conservative Jewish
movement approved a ceremony to allow same-sex couples
to marry. All three movements also allow individual rabbis
to choose not to officiate at the weddings of gay and lesbian couples. Orthodox Judaism does not accept same-sex
Muslim — Does not permit gay marriage
Lutheran — Does not permit gay marriage
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
— Does not believe in gay marriage
Hinduism — There has not been an official decision made
on gay marriage. There are some practicing Hindus who
accept it and others who do not.
this tension of trying to respect what is from former
times, hopefully representing
what endures, while adjusting
to the best of what is developing,” McFarland said.
The Catholic Church is also
set against gay marriage, although under Pope Francis
there has been more discus-


sion about whether the church
should be more welcoming to
gay members. Traditionally,
the church has said homosexual acts are sinful but not
necessarily just having a gay
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Tuesday, Dec. 9

Wednesday, Dec. 10

What: KU Choirs: Bales Chorale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bales Organ Recital Hall
About: A KU Choirs concert that is free
and open to the public.
What: Stress Busting Study Break
When: 8-9 p.m.
Where: Anschutz Library
About: Meet the Loving Paws therapy
dogs during a study break.

What: Hamstring Strain Lecture
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 150
About: A presentation of several
studies about human motion and
two rehabilitation programs.
What: English - Espanol
When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Ecumenical Campus
About: Practice Spanish with other
students of different fluency levels.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Friday, Dec. 12

What: Last day of classes
When: All day
Where: All university
About: The last day of classes for this
What: Yule Ball
When: 7 p.m. to midnight
Where: Ecumenical Campus Ministries
About: Dance at this fundraiser for
ECM programs.

What: Stop day
When: All day
Where: All university
About: No classes scheduled today.
What: Canadian Brass: A Holiday
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lied Center
About: Featured music is from the
album “Christmas Time is Here.”

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leaving written comments,
but if it is decided they would
be beneficial, a professor can
request students write on
the back of the sheet, have a
unique survey developed that
includes room for comments
— or find other ways to gain
commentary from the class.
While the psychology department does not include a
comments section on their
evaluations, Atchley said
many professors find time to
collect comments multiple
times throughout the semester. James Guthrie, associate
dean for academic affairs in

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a distinction between people
with a homosexual orientation and homosexual acts,”
said Father Steve Beseau of
the Saint Lawrence Catholic
Campus Center. “Too often,
in discussions and debates,
people fail to make that distinction, leaving some with
the impression that the
Church considers persons as
evil because they are homosexual. That is not true.”
Beseau said the Church believes the traditional marriage
covenant is between a man
and a woman, which would
make a Catholic marriage between two people of the same
sex impossible.
“Both the state and the
Church recognize the value in
protecting that union because
the family is the best place to
raise children as members of
society and members of the
Church,” Beseau said.
But at Plymouth, gay marriage has the blessing of the
church, said the Rev. Dr. Peter
Luckey, senior pastor.
“It’s a big community that
is encouraged to love one another,” Luckey said. “We hope
to spread the light beyond
Lawrence, beyond Kansas, as
God intends us all to live in
loving relationships regardless of sexual orientation.”
Luckey was one of the officiating pastors alongside Rev.
Eleanor B. McCormick during
the Nov. 17 marriage ceremony, which was covered in the
Lawrence Journal-World and
the Kansas City Star.
“It was a very moving experience,” Luckey said. “The
couple has been in our church
and has been long time members and have been in a committed relationship for quite

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The Lawrence Salvation Army said it collected $30,000 so far from its
annual kettle collection. The collection continues until 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Annual Red Kettle
Donations return

The red kettles and jingling
bells are familiar sights and
sounds outside stores this
time of year. The volunteers
who ring the bells play an important role in raising money
for the Salvation Army and
the Lawrence location said it
is in need of volunteers.
Donating small change is
the simplest, yet biggest, way
to help the Salvation Army,
said Lt. Marisa McCluer, the
corps officer in Lawrence.
The money collected from
the kettles makes up about 30
percent of the Lawrence Salvation Army’s income for the
year. She said this money is
the foundation that supports
the other programs they do
throughout the year.
The goal for this year is to
raise $100,000, according to
Jim Evers, director of development.
“It really is the change in
people’s pockets that makes
a huge difference,” Evers said.
He said they have reached
30 percent of their goal,
which is $30,000.
The Lawrence Salvation
Army has already completed

other programs for the season such as a coat drive, a toy
drive and Adopt-A-Family,
but it’s still looking for volunteers to ring bells for the kettles. They’ve only filled about
20 percent of their time slots
with volunteers, Evers said.
“Sometimes we get calls
about ‘your kettle stand’s
empty’ and I’m like, ‘well we
don’t have anybody to stand
there,’” McCluer said. “We
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“We do care that the
students are receiving an
excellent classroom
Associate dean

“I’ve learned a lot over the
years from the open commentary,” Guthrie said. “If
you can explain on the back
some time. It was a day where
they could celebrate legally
and publicly and affirm their
relationship, which was a very
humbling experience. When
I declared their marriage,
through the power of the state
of Kansas, a cheer erupted.
Years of pent up desires to
celebrate the moment were
Meanwhile, University of
Kansas students who are
members of Spectrum KU, a
student group that supports
gay rights, said they were
positively surprised the ceremony occurred, and hope it
sparks more inclusion of gays
by congregations.
For some students, the event
was a surprising and positive
“I think [having] the first
same-sex marriage is a tipping point for the state on
LGBT rights, said Marcus
Pepperdine, a sophomore
from Olathe. and administrative manager of Spectrum KU
(formerly known as Queers
and Allies). “I'm still hoping
for full legalization in all Kansas counties and for the marriages to recognized in Kansas
and all the other states.”
Another member of Spectrum KU, Garrett Fugate, a
graduate student from St.
Louis, expressed a similar excitement.
“I didn’t think this would
happen so soon, that we
would get same-sex marriage
here in Kansas,” Fugate said.
“It was kind of personal to
me because I have met people who were allies and people who are gay themselves.
So it’s really moving that it’s
happening, especially in faith
Fugate, who is Muslim, also
said he has hope for a more
progressive outlook in the

in the comments, what is it
that I’ve done that illustrates
the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of my performance
of the quantitative stuff on
the front I can make changes
in how I approach things.”
Jeffrey Moran, chair of the
history department, also
said student-teacher evaluations are important, and that
students should take care
when filling them out.
“We take them very seriously,” Moran said. “Students
are paying for an education,
and you would think they
would want to have some
sort of say in how that education is being carried out.”

— Edited by Rob Pyatt

Muslim community. While
he does not expect rapid or
monumental change in the
near future, Fugate hopes that
in his lifetime there will be an
increase in open and affirming mosques.
“This is forcing people to
make conversation,” Fugate
said of gay marriage. “The
Catholic Church has been
talking about it. Same thing
with Muslims.”
As for Brady of the First
United Methodist Church,
he doesn’t expect his church
to soon allow him to perform
gay marriages, despite his personal belief there is nothing in
the New Testament that says
homosexuality is inconsistent
with Christian beliefs and

“I was envious that their
denomination would allow
the clergy to perform a
same sex marriage, while
ours prohibits it.”
Minister of First
United Methodist Church

Nevertheless, he’ll continue
to work as part of a movement
of Reconciling Congregations
to make the church more inclusive of members, regardless of their sexual orientation
or gender identity.
“I'm hopeful that other
congregations will become
a part of this movement and
that over time we can reverse
some of these denominational
decisions,” he said.

— Edited by Miranda Davis




Military appeals court to hear HIV case

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The nation’s highest military court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 9, 2014 in the case of David Gutierrez, pictured, the Kansas airman who was convicted of
assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita.

along the wayside,” McDermott said.
The risk of infection by an
HIV-positive man during sexual intercourse with a woman
varies widely, and each side in
the case is citing the statistic
within that range that is most
favorable to their argument.
Defense lawyers say the risk
of infection ranged from a
1-in-10,000 to 1-in-100,000
chance per sexual encounter,
which they contend is so low
that it doesn’t meet the legal
standard for assault.
Prosecutors counter that the
exposure risk was closer to 1

in 500. “A 1-in-500 chance of
receiving a deadly, incurable
disease is not merely fanciful,
speculative, or remote possibility. It is a real possibility,”
they wrote. “That real possibility of harm, when balanced
with the magnitude of harm,
certain death, provides more
than enough justification to
hold (Gutierrez) criminally
liable here.”
Government lawyers argued
at trial that Gutierrez played
Russian roulette with his sexual partners’ lives and several people who had sex with
Gutierrez and his wife testi-

fied that they would not have
done so if they had known he
was HIV-positive. The government is playing up that
testimony on appeal.
A rare friend-of-court filing has been made in a similar case winding through the
Army appeals process. In that
brief, defense lawyers said an
“epidemic of fear” pervaded
the nation in the in the mid1980s, when many of the applicable laws were written.
They said that panic led to
an expansion of criminal liability, and they urged the
military appellate court to see


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As of early this year, there
had been more than 900 arrests or prosecutions in at
least 38 states and the military of HIV-positive people
accused of exposing others
to the disease, according to
the Global Network of People
Living with HIV.
Defense lawyers also say
Gutierrez shouldn’t have been
convicted of adultery since he
and his wife participated in
group sex. They also contend
that their client’s due process
rights have been violated by a
long appeals process.

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WICHITA — A Kansas airman accused of aggravated
assault for exposing multiple
sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita will have
his appeal heard this week before the nation’s highest military court.
The Court of Appeals for the
Armed Forces will on Tuesday
take up the case against David
Gutierrez, an appeal the defense contends could upend
similar prosecutions in the
U.S. military.
“This case will have the potential of decriminalizing
sexual contact with someone
with HIV,” Defense Attorney
Kevin McDermott said.
Air Force prosecutors have
declined comment.
Gutierrez was a sergeant at
McConnell Air Force Base in
Wichita in 2011 when he was
stripped of his rank and sentenced to eight years behind
In addition to aggravated
assault, Gutierrez also was
found guilty of violating an
order to notify partners about
his HIV status and to use condoms. He was also convicted
of indecent acts and adultery.
He has not been accused of
actually infecting anyone with
In his appeal, Gutierrez has
challenged whether the risk
to his sexual partners was
high enough to constitute aggravated assault, arguing that
laws covering exposure to the
disease are outdated since the
statistical probability of heterosexual transmission is low
and medical advances have
made the disease treatable.
“About 100 years ago we
used to have a lot of laws on
the books that threw people
in prison for having syphilis because you couldn’t cure
it. Once they came up with a
cure a lot of those laws went

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work an average of 35 hours a
week. Proponents claim that
these practices, along with
paid maternity and paternity
leave and an earlier retirement
age, yield a happier and
more productive workforce.
Many European countries
have similar regulations,
maintaining a strong barrier
between work life and home
life. Americans, who are
increasingly prioritizing their
careers over other aspects of
life, could benefit from similar
The average American
employee works 47 hours per
week, with almost 20 percent
of employees working over 60
hours, according to Gallup.
Workers are increasingly
unhappy with their jobs and

Ike Uri


to ban employers from
emailing their employees
after 6:00 p.m. This practice
has worried German labor
officials, who believe that
outside of normal working
hours unduly increases stress.
According to National Public
Radio, the country mandates
four weeks of paid vacation
and only allows individuals to

are more disengaged while
working. Many professions,
particularly in law, business
and medicine, necessitate
longer workweeks while
when at home or on vacation.
Professionals today are striving
toward some arbitrary goal,
working incredible hours with
the intent of increasing wealth
and reaching the elusive
American dream. This type of
worker — the modern ideal
employee — too easily neglects
family, social connections and
personal well-being.
Americans are obsessed
with constant growth. The
nation’s success is measured
by its continually expanding
economy while an individual’s
success is measured by home

square footage and number
of possessions. Since the end
of World War II, when the
American dream became
a tangible option for the
burgeoning middle class,
growth has been viewed as a
panacea for every problem.
The idea that working more,
owning more and achieving
more will bring about
happiness has not only proven
to be wrong, but harmful to
the individual and to society.
America is the 17th happiest
country in the world. The
countries that rank higher
have high levels of social
services and workers’ rights
as well as personal attitudes
that prioritize personal life
over work. Norway, Denmark,

Sweden and other countries
that beat the United States
focus legislation on the wellbeing of their citizens rather
than on the growth of GDP.
Americans may be beating
these countries in GDP per
capita and the number of hours
worked per week, however we
need to consider whether our
staggering rates of poverty,
pollution and unhappiness
are worth it. It is time for
America’s government to start
taking care of its citizens and
Americans to start taking care
of themselves.

Ike Uri is a sophomore from
Concordia studying sociology

Approach controversial topics with care

My voice decides to desert me
when I really need it in the next
few days! Noooo!
The bow-legged guy in my
western civ discussion class
makes me thirsty.




Jesse Burbank


olitics is a touchy
subject. Odds are, you
learned this firsthand
over Thanksgiving Break.
You may have heard how
the White House has been
commandeered by a lawless
tyrant, hell-bent on destroying
democracy. Perhaps you were
told of the nihilist winners of
the last election and the usage
of “scorched earth politics”
under the Republicans.
Either way, you most likely
received an earful from
a relative who is deeply

concerned with the course
of this nation. Because this
was probably not your last
last conversation regarding
politics, you should know
about a few tips that can
radically improve your ability
to discuss politics or any other
subject of national interest.
First, you should be
informed on a topic before
engaging in any sort of debate
about it. This means learning
about it from a few reputable
news sources. Reading an
article from the Kansan and
listening to a story about it
on National Public Radio is
a great course of action, but
watching only Fox News or
MSNBC is not.
Next, you should form a
reasoned opinion on the
subject. To do this, weigh

all arguments on an issue
and see which ones are most
Maybe you feel America
needs to seriously look at the
way it approaches race in the
wake of the Ferguson riots. You
point to the trends of much
higher rates of incarceration,
profiling and police shootings
of minorities as evidence that
action must be taken. This is
a reasonable position. Saying
you don’t see a problem with
the existing system because
personally you are not racist,
or are scared of speaking about
race, is not.
Most importantly, you
need to remain calm and
remember to be humble in
your knowledge. Nothing will
turn a debate into a screaming
match faster than snide
arrogance on the part of one

of the participants. Admitting
to yourself that you don’t
know everything surrounding
an issue will make the
conversation infinitely more
pleasant, and maybe even
In addition, you need to
realize that arguments exist
for all sides of an issue. Even
if you do not agree, you must
consider the contentions made
by others. If the other person’s
points are not convincing,
you can explain why you feel
Keeping an open mind will
encourage the person with
whom you are speaking to do
the same. This leads to fewer
bruised feelings and maybe
even one of you adjusting
your views. Sounds better
than a hoarse-voiced shouting
match, right?

It’s important to recognize
that you should not discuss
controversial topics with
individuals are so fiery in their
beliefs that it would be best to
quickly diffuse anything that
may set them off. This may
not be optimal, but it’s a reality
that has to be accepted.
Remember these steps
next time you end up in a
conversation over politics, or
any other controversial topic.
Following these can keep a
dignified exchange of ideas
from devolving into a dramatic
mess and help all involved to
develop a more nuanced view
of current affairs.
Jesse Burbank is a sophomore
from Quinter studying history
and political science

Apple Pay could increase security on campus
Madeline Umali


released the iPhone
6 and details on
Apple’s smart watch, people
haven’t stopped talking about
Apple Pay. Apple Pay seems
to be the future for all credit
and debit cards. Without the
hassle of storing cards in your

wallet or the potential threat
of credit card theft, Apple Pay
is a simpler way for people,
especially students, to make
everyday purchases.
Many companies, including
Sports Authority, Macy’s,
Office Depot and even
McDonald’s, are starting to
accept contactless payment
payment method, like Apple
Pay, is a way for people to
purchase something with
a smartphone, key fob or
another device without having
to physically swipe a card. The

University of Kansas should
join in on this trend. By
installing contactless payment
methods to our on-campus
stores, the University can
make life a little simpler for
According to a Nov. 14
article in The New York Times,
Apple Pay has become popular
with many large companies’
customers. Whole Foods
has had 150,000 Apple Pay
transactions, and McDonald’s
has stated that Apple Pay has
accounted for 50 percent of
its tap-to-pay transactions.

By these numbers alone, it
is obvious that contactless
payment is the future for
payment methods.
Furthermore, Apple Pay
would be a great addition
to the campus because of its
secure payments. College
students are often susceptible
to credit card fraud or even
misplacing their card. By
using a contactless payment
method, students’ credit cards
and identity are more secure.
If KU added Apple Pay to
campus, we would stand out
as a University dedicated to

new technology. It would set
our University apart from
every other large state school.
No other university has fully
adopted contactless payment,
so it could possibly be the
first to incorporate Apple Pay.
Although it is just a small
addition, it could potentially
influence future students’
decisions to come to the
Madeline Umali is a sophomore
from St. Louis studying


I hate to break it to anyone who
thinks otherwise, but the main
intention of the media is, in
fact, to garner high ratings.
Wake up people!
Arguing that you can regulate
a smoking ban on campus is
laughable, so smoke ‘em if you
got ‘em!
Be aware that white men have
been brutalized by cops (both
black and white), and nothing
ever becomes of it. For some
reason if whites are the victims,
it is not considered racist…
“I have the right to never feel
uncomfortable” is what’s wrong
with America.
Ran to catch a bus and it drove
away without me when I was
right outside it. Happy stop
week to you too, bus. >:(
To any Furries on campus, hope
everyone from Midwest Fur Fest
is ok after the chlorine gassing
I need a drink and it’s Tuesday.


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Comic book writer and university lecturer Jai Nitz has written for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse. He sat down with The Kansan to talk about movie adaptations, superheroes and female heroes.


Jai Nitz is primarily a comic
book writer but also a lecturer
at the University for the Department of Film and Media
Studies. He has written for the
popular comic book publications Marvel, DC and Dark
Horse, among others. With
the recent roster announcement of both Marvel and DC
movies to be released over the
next six years, Nitz weighs in
on superheroes, supervillains
and the introduction of female heroes in the new movies. Nitz will lead a course on
the topic of Graphic Novels in
the spring of 2015.
Kansan: How consistent and
accurate do you think the
movies are to their comics?
Nitz: Well, they don’t have
to be at all, and they almost
shouldn’t be. If you want to
get really pedantic about it,
then you can skewer everything because Batman and
Superman are 75 years old
(apiece). They don’t have to be
accurate and they shouldn’t
be. There’s too much to cover, and there’s too much that
doesn’t make sense anymore.
One of my favorite things that
I talk about is that Rick Jones
is a character that most people have no idea who he is,
but he’s actually the guy that
summoned the Avengers. The
way he summons the Avengers in Avengers number one
from 1963 is he uses a ham
radio. That doesn’t make any
sense. I can’t tell you how it
works. I can’t tell you anything about them other than
I know what they are. So the
stuff that is the real, truest
origins of these characters
doesn’t make any sense today.
The origins just don’t matter.

What you need are the core
pieces of the mythology.

Kansan: Marvel has been a lot
more successful than DC, at
least in its movies. Why do
you think this is?
Nitz: DC stuff is greater mythology. Superman is an infallible sun god, and Batman is
an infallible moon god. They
(aren’t related). The reason
why they work is the same
reason mythology works.
Spider-Man is much different
than that. Spider-Man hates
his own powers because he
feels selfish for not preventing the death of his uncle. It’s
a completely different thing.
The Hulk is a cursed monster. He’s the smartest guy in
the world and he turns into
pure rage. The Marvel stuff
is very tragic and we tie to
that immediately. We understand Spider-Man’s tragedy
immediately. People don’t
glob onto Captain America
the way they do Iron Man
because he’s a narcissist. Because he’s an alcoholic. He’s
too smart for his own good.
He’s very human. Iron Man
gets to put on his suit and
gets to go be awesome. Batman has to. The difference
between the fundamental
universes is that with Marvel,
everything is very tragic with
how their heroes are born and
with DC everything is very
mythological with how their
heroes are born. There’s a lot
more human interaction with
tragedy. Batman’s an idea that
is so powerful. Iron Man is
not an idea, he’s a character.
We don’t love ideas. We want
to be a part of ideas, but we
love characters. We connect
to characters.
Kansan: Do you think DC has
a chance to match or surpass

Marvel with its new slate of
Nitz: The short answer is no.
DC comics’ biggest icon in
the world, the most globally
recognizable pieces of American fiction, is Superman.
There has never been a piece
of American fiction inflicted on the world that is more
recognizable than Superman.
And Superman just got beat
at the box office by a raccoon
with a shotgun. So, they [DC]
don’t have a chance.
Kansan: What do you think
makes a good superhero?
Why are Batman, Superman
and Ironman so much more
popular than Antman and

Nitz: I think that the main
thing behind any of those
is the creative teams behind
them at their inception, and
then as they’re introduced
for awhile. My favorite example is Wolverine. People love
Wolverine, but nobody knows
where he comes from. And in
his very original incarnation
is a lot like Superman — it’s
kinda stupid. Then, they put
him in the X-Men, and the
X-Men became super popular because of one writer, a
guy named Chris Claremont.
Being a mutant became an
allegory for being different,
whether it was being black or
being Asian or being gay. It
took on a life of its own and
it became the most popular
monthly comic book for decades. It was because of the
delivery system. If you ask
anybody who’s an X-Men fan,
they will tell you Chris Claremont and John Byrne are the
guys who made X-Men into
the biggest comic book franchise in the world. The comics outsold everything else.

So that’s why a character like
Wolverine ended up being
more popular than Antman,
even though Antman is 50
years old now. Antman never
had Chris Claremont behind
it. It actually had a bunch of
fifth-stringers. It had people
from Marvel who weren’t
at the top of their game. It’s
more about the creators than
it is the ideas.
Kansan: But Marvel’s making
an Antman movie. Do you
think that has hope for success?
Nitz: Yeah, Paul Rudd’s gonna
be Antman. KU alum. I think
it’s gonna be awesome. Marvel has proved they can have a
raccoon with a shotgun be the
number one movie in America, they can have America’s
sweetheart Paul Rudd do just
fine as Antman.
Kansan: What do you think
makes a good villain?
Nitz: The villain has to be
right. In Batman Begins, Ra’s
al Ghul is right. Humanity
sucks and needs to be purged.
He goes about it in an extreme way, in a way that many
people wouldn’t pull the trigger on, but he’s right. Loki is
right. Humans suck, especially compared to Asgardians.
Now what he does after that
is what makes him villainous.
But in Batman Begins, Ra’s al
Ghul is right. That’s why he’s
convincing. And that’s also
why other movies don’t work.
For the villain to be convincing, he has to think he’s right
in his own mind. In Superman, Lex Luthor is the hero
of the story, from Lex Luthor’s
point of view. It’s also why The
Dark Knight is the most popular superhero ever made.
The Joker is very clear — cha-

os reigns. And anybody who’s
lived 20 minutes of life agrees.
So then when that idea is
presented, and he’s right, and
then he’s so convincing, we all
buy in.

Kansan: Why do you think
Marvel and DC are just introducing their female superheroes now?

Nitz: You’re a fool if you think
women aren’t going to see
these movies. Women are
going to see these movies in
droves. Simple market research is the main reason. The
NFL many, many years ago
realized that they had as many
(male fans) as they were ever
going to get. If you said, of the
male population we have 72
percent of all men are football
fans. NFL was like, the place
to court (a) new audience is
not to go after the remaining
28 percent of men who don’t
like football, it’s to go after the
100 percent of women that
they aren’t even looking at.
It’s the same thing with superhero movies. When you have
the right people in place, that
being like Christopher Nolan
and Joss Whedon, they go,
“OK, I want there to be extremely strong female characters in these films.” Because
that’s the best thing for any
story. It’s to have female characters who are not damsels in
distress or trophies to be won.
The only A-list hero on any
list is Wonder Woman. But
the people at Warner Brothers were saying “I don’t think
a Wonder Woman movie is
viable financially,” and they
might be right. Except Marvel just won the summer with
a raccoon with a shotgun. So
it doesn’t matter. Just make it

— Edited by Ben Carroll

Comic book writer introduces goddess of thunder

Jason Aaron, a Marvel comic
book writer and Kansas City,
Kan., resident, shook up the
Marvel universe earlier this
year. Thor lost his ability to
wield his hammer and, for the
first time, a woman picked it
The hammer, known as
Mjolnir, can only be picked
up by someone who is worthy to wield it. This is because
of an enchantment placed on
it by Thor’s father, Odin, who
wanted to teach Thor humility. This enchantment limits
the number to those able to
wield the weapon in the universe, with a few exceptions,
to only one. Throughout Thor’s
52-year comic book history,
others have tried to pick up
the mighty Mjolnir, including
Captain America and Wonder
Woman, but never has a woman actually become a goddess

of thunder.
With only two issues released
so far, plenty of questions have
yet to be answered, with the
biggest being: who is she? It’s
the guiding mystery of the new
“It’s a story we haven’t seen
before,” Aaron said. “We have
seen a lot of different Marvel
characters being replaced by
other versions. I really liked
the idea of replacing a character like Thor with a female
Aaron said his motivation
behind this switch was solely a
storytelling one.
“It wasn’t about changing
Thor to a woman and figuring
out as we go who she is,” Aaron
said. “It’s really telling a very
specific story with a very specific character even though we
don’t know exactly who she is
In the past couple of years,
there has been a trend with
more diversity in comic book

characters, a female Thor is
just one example. Last year,
Detective Comics replaced
Spider-Man/Peter Parker with
Miles Morales, a kid of African and Latino descent. Last
month, Marvel announced
that Sam Wilson was to drop
his Falcon alias and take up the
red, white and blue shield to
become Captain America.

“We are no longer seeing
women as sidekick heroes.
We are seeing them in a very
high rank in comic books.”
Senior from Lyndon

“Certainly I think there is
more awareness these days of
everyone wanting to do (a)
more diverse mix of heroes
and characters at the forefront
of the Marvel universe,” Aaron

said. “Which is great, we want
everyone to read comics.”
Reception of this new Thor,
while predominantly positive,
has been mixed. Aaron said the
negative reception was disappointing but not discouraging.
Readership has gone up since
the first issue was released in
Jai Nitz, a film professor at
the University, is a big fan of
what Aaron is doing. Nitz said
the argument against a female
wielding Mjolnir is a frivolous
“Thor is replaced by a woman and people are like ‘Whoa,’”
Nitz said. “It’s kind of a facetious argument. Why wouldn’t
a particular woman be worthy
enough to lift the hammer of
He said while Thor is generally boring and a “plain Jane”
character, the ability to wield
Mjolnir is the most intriguing
idea of the Thor story.
“Thor is the most ultimate

white guy ever,” Nitz said. “But
the concept behind Thor and
the hammer and being worthy
to carry it, that’s powerful.”
Heather Lopez, a senior from
Lyndon, is another fan of the
“It’s refreshing to see female
heroes in the spotlight,” Lopez
said. “When I read how they
were integrating her as the
Thor I was intrigued.”
Lopez was tired of seeing
women in supporting roles
in movies like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the
Avengers movie.
“We are no longer seeing
women as sidekick heroes,” Lopez said. “We are seeing them
in a very high rank in comic
books. We think of those big
action heroes as men. Hopefully with this we can see more
women heroes hold their own
in a male-dominant genre.”

— Edited by Ben Carroll




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Last Standing: From those hired in
1966, only four professors remain

Of the newly hired staff in
1966, four professors remain
at the University today, all
of whom are still teaching.
James Woelfel, 77, is a philosophy, humanities and western civilization professor. Jim
Sherman, 76, is an applied
behavioral science professor.
Jack Porter, 76, is a mathematics professor and F. Allen
Hanson, 75, is an anthropology professor.
These four professors have
seen Kansas basketball win
two NCAA National Championships, seen, and in some
cases participated in, the
Civil Rights and Women’s
Rights movements on campus and adapted to changing
technology in classrooms. In
separate interviews with the
Kansan’s Cassidy Ritter, each
professor reflected on how
the University has changed
over the years. Here are excerpts from the interviews:




James Woelfel
Kansan: What are some of
the changes you have noticed
at KU?
Woelfel: The town and the
University have really grown.
I think Lawrence had a population of 35,000. When I first
came here there were about
15,000 students at KU and
that’s all more than doubled
in the years since then. The
University was just run more
informally the first years I
was here. We didn’t have an
extensive system of faculty
and student governments at
that time. Things were pretty
much run by deans and vice
chancellors and chancellors
and their staff. These were
all things that grew over the
years and I think particularly in the 1970s. The first on
campus civil rights protest
at KU took place. A group of
students sat outside the chancellor’s office in Strong Hall
and had a list of demands to
end a lot of discrimination
and segregation on campus.
Then the women’s movement really got going at KU
in about 1965. When I was
coming here it was a time of
anti-war protests, Vietnam,
and there was a lot of activity on the KU campus then.
So it was an exciting, kind of
an exhilarating time; it was

also a very challenging time
for just about everybody.
The spring of 1970, there had
been demonstrations against
ROTC the previous year and
then in 1970, that spring, the
shooting at Kent State University and here the Union
was burned. That whole period, about the first 10 years I
was here was a time of great
ferment and change and there
were permanent changes that
resulted in all of that — in
curriculum, in formation of
new programs, the African
and African American Studies program, the Women’s
Studies program.
Kansan: What has been your
most outstanding memory of
Woelfel: I can’t think of just
one. I will say when we won
the NCAA basketball championship in 1988. The celebration was kind of focused
on the campus rather than
downtown which it was in
2008. It was just wild. The
traffic was bumper to bumper
and everyone was honking,
students were up in trees on
Jayhawk Boulevard. Unfortunately, they broke some of
the trees, which had to be
replaced, and it was one of
those things where when the
game was over, you know
everyone was watching it on
television, people went out
into the street from their
house and were cheering. So
that was fun. There have been
many, many [memories] that
will pop into my head time to
Woelfel will retire in May
of 2016 after teaching at the
University for 50 years.

Jim Sherman
Kansan: What has it been
like being at KU for so many
Sherman: If you look up
where Wescoe is, Wescoe
wasn’t there essentially when
I first came. There were some
buildings there but it wasn’t
Wescoe. I came to Kansas
because there was a group
of faculty members, some
of whom I knew very, very
well and some of whom I
had worked with before. So I
stood right at the top of that
hill in the middle of August
and it was hotter than heck.

I looked out, and you have
to understand that I grew up
in Washington [State] where
there are big trees and all of
that sort of stuff. And I looked
over the valley and I said,
‘There are no trees.’ It’s not
true. There were trees and [I
said] ‘It’s really hot and it’s really humid and it’s really this
and that.’ Then I stood there a
little longer. I looked out and
said, “You know,” — this is
all talking to myself, — “The
people here are really, really
nice. They are helpful, they’re
friendly, they are doing all
these things and that wins
hands down over trees and
mountains and other kinds of
things.” But I did grow to love
the beauty of it; the weather,
you know, you get what you
get, but the whole thing, at
least on my part, it was a great
decision because the people
here that I worked with and
people you just met going
downtown, it’s an unusually
friendly place. It’s not to say
it’s perfect or anything, but
it’s probably one of the nicest
towns that I’ve ever been in
for any period of time.
Sherman says he has seriously considered retiring and
likely will within the next
couple years.

in the next four years.

F. Allen Hanson
Kansan: What has been the
biggest change since your
first day here at KU?

Hanson: The campus is less
politically active and engaged
than before, although right
now with the protest about
the Ferguson situation it’s
changing but for a long period it was sort of diminished.

Kansan: How has technology

Hanson: One of the classes
I teach is called Technology
and Society in the Contemporary World. The information
technology has been massive.
My lectures I would prepare
on a typewriter and all that
is completely gone now. I do
everything by computer. I
don’t even have students turn
in anything by hard copy to
me anymore; everything is
online. So it’s made a huge
difference. I mean, I have a
bibliography online, my notes
for research and teaching online, I have my courses with
my class notes online, everything.

Jack Porter
Kansan: What is the biggest
change you’ve noticed at KU?
Porter: First of all the University has grown quite a
bit by not only student enrollment but by the number of buildings here. When
students would come back
and visit with me, you know
they’d be gone for two or
three years, they’d say I can’t
believe the change in campus.
And I’d say, “What changes
are you talking about?” And
then they would say, “Oh, you
know, there’s this new building here or there.” Finally, after I’ve been here for 20 years
or so, I realized that all this is
going on all the time and I,
since I’m part of the campus,
I didn’t realize it was changing so much and that’s always
a surprising part to me. So
when students come by and
visit after they’ve been gone
for a couple of years I usually ask and we talk about the
changes in campus and so
forth. It’s been interesting in
that sense.”
Porter said he plans to retire

Before computers, Professor F. Allen
Hanson would use a bibliography
file, or reading notes file, to take
notes for lectures.

Kansan: Why stay at KU this

Hanson: The environment
here of a faculty member has
been always very, very positive in terms of nobody tells
you what to teach, nobody
really tries to control you or
really govern you in any way
so you are always very, very
free. My education has been
so much more since I got my
degree than before I got it and
it was mainly these associations with other faculty and
this university.

— Edited by Miranda Davis


President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the third presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2012 at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla. An
independent film called “Southside With You” is currently in development
that will dramatize President Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama in

Independent film will
dramatize Obamas’ 1st
NEW YORK — An independent
film that will dramatize President
Barack Obama’s first date with
Michelle Obama is in the works.
Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday that she and producer Tracey Bing are developing
“Southside With You,” a drama
about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.
Tika Sumpter will play the future

first lady. The search is on for
an actor to play the young president-to-be.
Richard Tanne will write and
direct the film.
The Obamas’ first date took
place in 1989 in Chicago when
both were working at the law firm
Sidley Austin. They visited the Art
Institute of Chicago and went
to see Spike Lee’s “Do the Right
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ByAmie Just



hen new Kansas
head football
coach David Beaty
was introduced during halftime
at the Florida versus Kansas
basketball game on Friday, a
few small voices could be heard
yelling, “We want Harbaugh!”
over the rest of the crowd.
Sure, Beaty isn’t the first person who comes to mind when
you think of football greatness.
But just because he isn’t considered that now, doesn’t mean
there isn’t potential.
In the final season of the BCS,
Texas A&M wide receiver Mike
Evans was named a consensus
All-American after catching 69
passes for 1,394 yards and 12
touchdowns. As an NFL rookie,
Evans has caught 57 passes for
935 yards and 10 touchdowns
so far on the season with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are
2-11. He’s also in talks of being
on the ballot for the Rookie of
the Year Award.
Who coached him? Beaty.
Beaty began coaching high
school in 1994 as the assistant
coach at Naaman Forest High

School, later moving to Garland
High School in 1997, then
North Dallas High School in
2001 and finally Irving MacArthur High School in 2002.
In 2006 he began his college
coaching career as the wide
receivers coach for Rice University before moving to KU in
2008. Since then, he has worked
at Rice University, as well as
Kansas, before finally landing at
Texas A&M as the wide receivers coach in 2012. Throughout
his college career, Beaty has
been known as a great recruiter
of high school talent.
Having coached high school
kids for 12 years, he knows
what high school recruits want
to hear. Many kids these days
like the new bells and whistles
that teams like Oklahoma and
Baylor have. Kansas doesn’t
have much of that, but during
Beaty’s inaugural press conference he said he’s working on
creating something that’s had a
ton of success at Kansas State: a
walk-on program.
If a high school player isn’t
offered a scholarship, he could
essentially play on the team
without one and possibly earn a
scholarship down the road.
When the term “walk-on”
is introduced, it’s generally

thought that the kids will be
on the practice squad for four
years, but that is definitely not
the case.
J.J. Watt, Clay Matthews and
Jordy Nelson, all of whom play
for the NFL, were all college
walk-ons, with Nelson walking
on at Kansas State.
“We want it to be the most
powerful walk-on program in
the country,” Beaty said. “That’s
a goal of ours. The margin between a scholarship player and
a walk-on is razor thin. And
sometimes you don’t make the
right decision. That’s the reason
I think it’s so important to give
those kids the opportunity to
represent the Jayhawks.”
Looking at the head coaching
salaries in the Big 12 from 2012,
Beaty would be dead last in
the conference. Based on those
numbers, Iowa State’s Paul
Rhoades is getting paid around
$1.6 million every year. Beaty’s
contract is $800,000 every year.
Why so low? Because he wants
to bring the best staff possible
to Kansas.
Reviving a football program
from the dead isn’t an easy task,
but Beaty is up for it.
— Edited by Kelsi Kirwin

By Nick Couzin



hen I was first
informed Kansas Athletics
had hired David Beaty, I
said to myself, “Who?” After researching his coaching career and seeing that
he was a wide receivers and
recruiting coordinator at
Texas A&M, it tells me he
isn’t the right coach for our
football team. He’s had no
head coaching experience
His hiring came way too
fast. The season ended for
Kansas last Saturday with
a 51-13 loss in Manhattan
to Kansas State, and by
Friday afternoon, they had
their coach picked out. On
Thursday, according to
Football Scoop, Kansas was
going to interview 15-20
coaches in the next two
weeks, and then the next
week, they already had
their coach.
Our football program has
been poor. Since 2009 —
the last year we had coach
Mark Mangino and a winning record starting 5-0

— we have been 6-39 in
five seasons. Not good. You
need a big name coach like
a Bo Pelini or Will Muschamp who are known for
recruiting talent. In seven
seasons at Nebraska, Pelini
had won nine games every
season. Muschamp had
the same deal in Gainesville, excluding this year
when the Gators went 7-5,
but 3-5 in the SEC, which
caused him to resign. I’m
sure as KU football fans,
we wouldn’t mind seeing
either one of them roaming
the sidelines of Memorial
Stadium. Unfortunately,
we missed that chance. I’m
sure the University would
be happy with nine or even
seven wins, which is better
than the three we had all
Reaction from fans has
been back and forth. Some
say a big name didn’t want
to come here and take
over a struggling program
when he could be a coordinator for more money
somewhere else coaching
a more successful team. I
disagree. If Kansas spent
more money on its football
program, it could be just

as successful in bringing
in the likes of a Pelini and
Muschamp. Bringing in a
big name coach would have
also brought more fans and
more coverage to Lawrence
during football season.
I’m glad new coach Beaty
can recruit well, recruiting
players like current Texas
A&M quarterback Kenny
Hill. He has also mentored
current NFL receiver Mike
Evans, who is tearing it up
for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year in his rookie season. Sure he knows
the system, as he was an
offensive assistant under
Turner Gill in the 2010-11
season. But can Beaty run
a football team? Can he
help this team become a
winning team? As of now,
we will have to wait and
see. I’m glad Clint Bowen
is staying on staff, but it
would have been nice to
see him earn the job, too.

— Edited by Rob Pyatt

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up against Georgetown
Kansas coach Bill Self has decided to sit junior forward Jamari
Traylor against Georgetown. Traylor
was arrested early Sunday morning
outside of the Oread Hotel for interfering with an officer.
“He realizes he was wrong,” Self
said. “He feels bad about what
happened and understands why
he won’t play. I’m going to hold

him out of
He will travel
with us.”
Self went
on to explain
that Traylor
is struggling
with his decision and regrets it
“He’s a good kid, he just made
a bad choice,” Self said. “He just
made a poor choice. He should

have handled it better.”
Traylor’s absence won’t have a
tremendous impact on the game
in terms of individual players’ minutes. Georgetown forward Joshua
Smith is listed at 6 foot 10, 350
pounds and Traylor’s absence will
be one less defensive body to put
on Smith and absorb fouls.
“[Smith’s] huge and he’s got soft
hands,” Self said. “He’s good on
his feet and is a great passer.”

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Baylor ranked first in the nation in
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College Football Playoff causes as much controversy as BCS


he final standings for the
inaugural College Football
Playoff were released this past
Sunday. Alabama, Oregon, Florida
State and Ohio State all won their
respective conferences, placing them
in the top four of the standings and in
contention for the National Championship. Alabama will play Ohio State
in the Sugar Bowl while Oregon will
face off against reigning National
Champion Florida State in the Rose
Bowl. The two winning teams will
meet in Dallas at AT&T Stadium to
play for the National Championship.
Since the selections were announced
this Sunday, the many people plugged
into football have noticed the apparent
snub of TCU, replaced by Ohio State,
after being ranked No. 3 the previous
Even after a 55-3 win versus Iowa
State, TCU fell down to No. 6 in
the final standings behind Big 12
co-champion Baylor. Baylor defeated TCU earlier this season by three
points at home although TCU claims

Jeffrey Kaplan

to have had a stronger non-conference
Point being: both are equally qualified. So the question is this: Why is
neither TCU nor Baylor selected for
the Playoff? Both completely deserve
and have strong enough resumes to
grab one of the spots. Even though
they lost in the head to head at Baylor,
TCU has more of a reason to be in the
playoff than Ohio State.
How is it that TCU drops three spots
in the rankings while Ohio State scores
four more points than TCU to shutout
Wisconsin and moves up one spot to
get into the playoff? Yes, Ohio State
did win its conference championship
outright, but at the same time, TCU
was co-champions of its conference after a more than convincing statement
to be in the playoff — this just a week
after the committee said TCU was a
playoff caliber team at No. 3. Baylor

also is completely deserving
of being in the playoff as well.
The problem is that the Big
12 does not have a conference
championship game leaving
out Baylor and TCU in this
situation. They both have no conference championship game trophy
to say that they deserve a chance like
Ohio State does.
The answer is the College Football
Playoff expanding to eight teams.
Each conference champion from the
five power conferences would have
an automatic bid into the playoff with
room for three more deserving teams.
This would eliminate the current
TCU/Baylor/Ohio State debacle of
who should get the final spot. All three
would be in with room for two more
teams, in this case being Mississippi
State and Michigan State. This year,
no other team outside the Top 8 teams
has a valid argument for competing
for the National Championship.
The playoff system set out to resolve
the BCS’s problem that the third best

team didn’t get a shot at the
title while still being a legitimate title contender. In 2012,
conference champion Oklahoma State was left out of the National Championship game only
to see Alabama jump them in the
rankings to play SEC Champion LSU
who defeated Alabama previously that
year. Sports fans were in a rage over
Oklahoma State not getting a shot to
play in the National Championship.
That is the same problem that is still
occurring right now. The four-team
playoff has not solved the issue it set
out to tackle in the first place. TCU
and Baylor have a legitimate shot at
being title contenders by winning
their conference but with the current
format, they don’t quite make the cut.
With an eight-team playoff, it is safe to
say that each legitimate title contender
and conference champion would have
an equal shot at making it to the National Championship and winning it.
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sively. I’ve been real pleased
with him.”


1. Frank Mason is limited in
practice Monday after injuring
his ankle Friday night against
“Now, Frank’s not healthy,
obviously,” Self said. “He’s
hopefully going to do some
limited things today and
hopefully be able to practice
2. Freshman forward and ESPN
100’s No. 3 recruit Cliff Alexander is progressing nicely
“When you just look at inside guys, Cliff ’s probably
played as well as anybody,”
Self said. “I do think that he
will emerge as a guy that we
can play through. His passing
has improved dramatically.
His rebounding outside the
areas improved dramatically.
He’s getting a better understanding of what we’re trying
to do offensively and defen-

3. Tough non-conference
schedule will help the Jayhawks
“There’s probably nobody
out there that will be playing a
tougher stretch than what we
will, but I do think it will be
good for us,” Self said. “This is
the toughest non-conference
week we have. We will definitely be challenged.
“Santa Barbara was good for
us. Rhode Island was good
for us, and Tennessee in a tie
game with six minutes left was
good for us. Michigan State
was good for us. And Florida being down 18 was good
for us, even though we didn’t
like it. So there’s been something we can draw from. And
of course if was good for us
to get handled [against Kentucky].”

4. Wayne Selden has a lot of potential with some great qualities
“Wayne can be an NBA player,” Self said. “He’s got all of
the physical attributes. He’s
he’s strong, he’s explosive. He works hard. He
hasn’t shot the ball constantly
well, but he’s a good shooter.
He’s got vision, he’s tough.
He’s got some things that he
can do that allow him to be
not only a very good college
player, but play well beyond
5. Self briefly spoke with newly
appointed Kansas football head
coach David Beaty
“I haven’t had a chance to
talk to him a lot,” Self said. “I
know he’s a night owl. He texted me at midnight, waking
me up and stuff like that. But I
can tell he’s excited. It’s nice to
see guys with energy and I’m
sure that will feed off on many
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Svi showing he’s
college ready
early in season


Five takeaways from Bill Self’s press conference | PAGE 9

David Beaty begins new role as head coach


Kyle Pappas


late addition to a
recruiting class that
featured blue-chip
prospects Cliff Alexander and
Kelly Oubre Jr., 17-year-old
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was,
predictably, a bit of an afterthought for many entering the
Now, seven games into
basketball season, the freshman
from Cherkasy, Ukraine, is
arguably the team’s biggest
surprise. He leads all Jayhawk
newcomers in minutes per
game and is the only freshman
to start more than one regular
season game thus far.
Though, in hindsight, maybe
we should have seen this
After all, as coach Bill Self
noted before the season,
Mykhailiuk has likely seen the
stiffest competition of any current Kansas player during his
time as part of the Ukrainian
national team.
“When you stop and think
about who has played against
the best competition? [Svi] may
have,” Self said. “And who has
played against the strongest
men? [Svi] may have.”
Still, like most freshmen,
Mykhailiuk hasn’t been without
his share of bumps in the road.
He’s gone cold from long range
at times and appears to still be
shaking off some early-season
Both factors have likely contributed to Self ’s apparent reluctance to use Svi in pressure
situations; he saw only four
minutes of second-half action
in the Jayhawks’ comeback win
against Florida and only five
minutes against Tennessee the
week prior.
But for a freshman whose
ability to provide an immediate
impact was often questioned
in the preseason, the positives
vastly outweigh his minor
early-season struggles.
For one, Mykhailiuk resoundingly passes the “eye test.”
Concern over his capability to
physically match up with opponents has quickly been quelled.
He moves his feet and body as
well as any Kansas player — on
both offense and defense. And
though he clearly has room to
grow strength-wise, it hasn’t
been nearly the bugaboo that
many imagined it to be prior to
the season.
Toss in an impressively quick
release and silky smooth stroke
from behind the arc, and it’s
hard not to get excited about
Mykhailiuk’s potential.
Last week, CBS Sports’ Gary
Parrish wrote a piece titled “Is
Svi Mykhailiuk the real prize
of Kansas’ heralded freshman
class?” In it, he talks to several
NBA scouts concerning Svi’s
possible future in the league.
“What NBA scouts told me
is that Mykhailiuk is the best
long-term prospect on KU’s
roster,” Parrish wrote. “He’s a
6-foot-8 wing who is a goodenough passer, a willing defender, and a top-shelf shooter
even though he hasn’t actually
shot the ball well through six
For now, Svi remains somewhat of an enigma — albeit, an
intriguing and talented one.
— Edited by Alex Lamb

Quarterback Michael Cummings knew the drill, or so
he thought. The soon-to-be
senior quarterback was about
to meet his third head coach
(not counting Clint Bowen)
during his Kansas career.
“I was actually early, sitting
in the regular meeting room,”
Cummings said. “I was looking at the clock and looking
around like, where is everyone at?”
But what Cummings didn’t
realize is new head football
coach David Beaty, who was
hired on Dec. 5, had a different plan for the setting of his
first meeting with the team.
“We went down to the
weight room for our first
meeting,” Beaty said. “The
reason I did that is because I
want to send a message real
quick of where we are going
and how we are going to get
there. Championships are
won in weight rooms.”
It can be difficult for a new
coach to make a connection
with his players, particularly
soon-to-be seniors like Cummings and linebacker Jake
Love, who are experiencing
their third different head
coach. But from the moment
they met, Beaty made it clear
he wanted to have a relationship with his players.
“He just came in and told us
that he is here for us,” Love
said. “He told us his door is
always open for us. He might
have the big office in the corner but if we got questions on
anything he said he is there
for us.”

Beaty even plans to visit his
players’ homes to build that
“I will start meeting with
them individually,” Beaty
said. “For some if not all, I’m
going to see where they live.
I learn a lot about who they
are, just by walking into their

“Our number one priority will
be getting the best players
from the state of Kansas
to stay here in the state of
Football coach

For now, Beaty’s attention
will turn to adding talent
to the Kansas program. The
former wide receivers coach
and recruiting coordinator
out of Texas A&M will now
have the tough task of adding
the best available recruits to
a program, a daunting task
for anyone. But if anyone was
capable of completing this
tough task, it would be Beaty.
He is viewed as one of the
best recruiters around, which
is one of the many reasons
Kansas decided to name him
its 38th head coach in program history.
“I believe we found the man
that has that ‘it’ factor, with a
capital ‘I’,” Athletic Director
Sheahon Zenger said.
Beaty is viewed as one of the
better recruiters around for
many reasons. He plans to install a fast-paced offense that

New Kansas head coach David Beaty addresses the crowd during the basketball game against Florida on Dec. 5.

will attract the top recruits.
“During my first stint here
we ran the spread offense,”
Beaty said. “It was a lot of
fun and the stadiums were
full every week because of it.
If we have an up-tempo offense, we will attract the top
He also plans to make a
concerted effort in landing
the best recruits out of Kansas’ backyard.
“Our number one priority
will be getting the best players from the state of Kan-

sas to stay here in the state
of Kansas,” Beaty said. “We
truly want to build a Kansas
But the biggest strength to
Beaty’s recruiting is his emphasis on the importance of
his relationship with his players and how to further develop them.
“This is a player-devolvement business, it’s one of the
things we want to hang our
hats on,” Beaty said.
Just ask Cummings, who
not too long ago was sitting

in his living room listening to
a similar recruiting message.
“Beaty actually helped recruit me when this thing
started,” Cummings said. “He
is a good recruiter. He told
me it was going to be a family
atmosphere and that’s exactly
what I have experienced. For
him to come back my fifth
year, it’s kind of like it came
full circle, just funny how
things work out.”

— Edited by Rob Pyatt

Future of volleyball looks bright despite loss

ton with a team-high 15 kills
against Little Rock and posted
a team-high attacking percentage (.250). Sophomore
All-Big 12 blocker Tayler
Soucie claimed the team’s second-highest attack percentage
and knocked down nine kills.
Junior outside hitter and AllBig 12 honorable mention Tiana Dockery downed 14 kills
in the loss, good for third on
the team.


As the Jayhawks’ 2014 volleyball season finished with a
five-set loss to Arkansas-Little Rock in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5, so did the
careers of two of the greatest
players to ever play for the
club: senior outside hitters
Chelsea Albers and Sara McClinton.
The two have been named
to four All-Big 12 first teams
four times and had more than
2,000 kills. McClinton ranks
seventh all-time on the Kansas kill list, while Albers has
contributed as a six-rotation
player for four years, and is
only the seventh Jayhawk to
pick-up 900 career kills along
with 800 career digs.
Unfortunately for coach Ray
Bechard, both will have to be
replaced in 2015.
“I love Sara McClinton, and I
love Chelsea Albers,” Bechard
said after the loss. “I love what
they’ve done of the last four
years. That’s going to leave a
void in that. These two have
been extremely productive.”
Next year, Bechard’s squad
is set to return 12 players,
including four who notched
All-Big 12 honors in 2014.
Those players, five of whom
have experienced the NCAA
tournament for at least two
years, now have a feel for
what’s expected of them.
“We hope that, as we leave,
we can leave to our underclassmen that they need to
be in the NCAA tournament
every year, and how hard they

“You’ve got to play better,
longer in this league. Our
newcomers got a good sense
of that.”

Volleyball coach

Junior outside hitter Tiana Dockery celebrates a point against Texas Tech on Oct. 25. Kansas lost to Arkansas-Little
Rock in the NCAA Tournament, ending its season.

have to work to get here,” McClinton said, failing to hold
back tears in what would be
her last press conference as a
Jayhawk. “Hopefully next year
they’ll have a lot more success
when they get here.”
Performances from the underclassmen Friday night gave
the loss a bit of a silver lining,
Most promising is fresh-

man setter Ainise Havili,
who tabbed 54 assists — her
fourth-highest total of the
year — just days after she
was named to the All-Big 12
Freshman Team. She has totaled more assists than any
other freshman in Jayhawk
“She’s just a stud,” Bechard
said of Havili. “She wasn’t
full speed tonight, but you

wouldn’t have known it the
way she played … I’m really
proud of her. We’re in good
hands for the next three years
with her leading our team.”
But Havili wasn’t the only
one. There was a cluster of
productive underclassmen in
the loss, and all season long,
Freshman middle blocker
Kelsie Payne tied McClin-

Those players are the reason
why Bechard and the Jayhawks can keep their heads
high after a season-ending
loss. While 2014 was a bright
season, 2015 is set to be every
bit as bright with the class of
players who are returning.
“We lose two really outstanding players, but we bring
12 kids back who obviously
will learn from this and get a
sense for the level we’re going
to have to compete and train
at to be successful,” Bechard
said. “You’ve got to play better, longer in this league. Our
newcomers got a good sense
of that.”

— Edited by Alex Lamb