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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 10



Freshmans interest in hip-hop spurs new club


n the second week of

February, freshman
Isaiah Prices email
inbox pinged with a
message from a father of an
incoming student.
The students predicament was rather familiar
for Price. The student plans
to attend the University to
become an engineer, but
loves music and wants to
follow that passion.
Price, a nursing student
from Topeka, was in the
same situation less than six
months earlier. Then, in his
first semester at the University, he organized the Music
Production Club.
I was thinking, What
could I do to possibly pursue [music] here? What opportunities does KU offer
me to pursue that? Price
said. So I made a club, I
found an adviser ... and we
just got it rolling.
At the Senate meeting on
Jan. 27, Price and the group
were allocated $100 from
Student Senate for funding
the first formal recognition of the clubs existence
on the University campus.
Price came to the University interested in two
hobbies: athletics and music. For athletics, Price
found the boxing club to
fill his need for competition. But, for his interest
in music, he found nothing

beyond choir, orchestras

and wind ensembles in the
School of Music.
Theres nothing like
that for hip-hop here,
Price said. The [Music Production Club] is just a really
cool thing that everybodys
whos interested in producing music should be interested in.
Prices own interest
in music sprung up during
his freshman year of high
school. In high school, he
explored music genres rather than listen to what the
mainstream crowd plugged
into. Then, he started to
stumble across more and
more genre varieties and
his fondness for music
Hes produced music on
his own already, though
its been mostly hip-hop
and electronic beats. Now,
with the help of Brock
Babcock, the clubs adviser
and the sound engineer at
the School of Music, Price,
and other students, will be
able to expand their music
boundaries further.
I love recording music;
I love all aspects of it, which
is something that isnt done
much at the School of Music, Babcock said. Using a
recording studio, not only
just to kind of document
what you're doing as a performance, but using the
studio as a tool to write music, to create something that
wasn't necessarily done be-

More than just the technical side of things, though,
Babcock provides support.
His vision for the club
aligns with Price's: It's a
place for non-music majors
to create music and pursue
their passion as a side to
their school work.
Its sort of a way for
people who are interested
in music and also music
recording and production,
but arent necessarily music
majors, to kind of come together, Babcock said. To
have a place where you can
met up and play songs for
each other and see how they
can help each other out.
The club is still in its infancy with only one official
meeting so far. However,
Price and Babcock both said
they hope to curate a place
where collaboration is welcome, and eventually have
full projects put together
from the club.
A good goal for this
semester would be simply
to get an EP of four or six
songs that people bring to
the group recorded, edited,
mixed and put together,
Babcock said. Then we
get something that we can
maybe showcase that this
is what the club has music-wise and this is what we
can offer.
Edited by Garrett
Long and Deanna Ambrose

Christian Hardy/KANSAN
Isaiah Price, A freshman from Topeka, works on a song using his Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Price is the
creator of the Music Production Club.

Social Welfare students

call for Deans resignation

Missy Minear/KANSAN
A new strain of canine influenza has been confirmed in Colorado and St. Louis and is likely to spread to Kansas,
according to the Lawrence Humane Society.

New canine flu strain

likely to spread to Kansas

The Lawrence Humane

Society is warning pet owners in the area of a new canine influenza strain that
puts all dogs at risk.
The strain is confirmed
in Colorado and St. Louis, and is likely to spread
to Kansas, according to a
Lawrence Humane Society
press release.
Dr. Darren Rausch, veterinarian with Gentle Care
Animal Hospital in Lawrence, said there currently is no risk of the virus
spreading to humans, but
the virus is highly contagious among dogs.
We havent had any reported cases close to Lawrence yet, but the risk of the
virus spreading into Kansas
through traveling animals

is very high, Rausch said.

Rausch said that avoiding areas like dog parks and
training classes drastically
reduces the risk of exposure.
This virus has been
spreading since around
April of last year, said
Meghan Scheibe, director of
development & marketing
for the Lawrence Humane
Society. Dog-to-dog contact is the easiest way for
the virus to spread, but it
can also be spread through
objects that dogs have come
in contact with.
Medical Director at the
Lawrence Humane Society,
Dr. Jennifer Stone, said all
dogs are at risk of contracting the virus.
According to the Center
for Disease Control (CDC)
and Prevention, symptoms
of the virus are coughing,

runny nose and fever. The

CDCs website said not all
dogs show signs of illness,
with the severity ranging
from no signs shown to
pneumonia and sometimes
We are encouraging
people to talk with their
veterinarians about the
risks associated with the
virus and if they have the
vaccine available, Scheibe
said. Its important to note
that its a two part vaccine
with a booster given two or
three weeks after the initial
vaccination. The vaccine
is not effective without the
Scheibe said the Humane Society has the vaccine available for $20
through the end of February.
Edited by Cele Fryer

Students in the School

of Social Welfare are calling
for the resignation of Dean
Paul Smokowski.
The KU Social Welfare
Student Activist Committee issued a press release
Sunday night stating it does
not have confidence in the
dean and believes he has
failed to uphold and adhere
to the principles set forth
in the National Association
of Social Workers Code of
Ethics. The code includes
service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person,
integrity and competence.
There have been conflicts between the dean and
social welfare students in
the past. After what several students felt was failure
to respond to issues raised
at the Nov. 11 Town Hall
Meeting on Race, Respect
and Responsibility, students in the school presented a list of five demands to
Smokowski on Nov. 23. The
students demanded more
efforts to make the school
diverse and inclusive.
Smokowski released a
statement the next day and
said the school is committed to actively engaging in
a safe and meaningful dialogue, providing an environment and atmosphere of
equity and inclusion for our
Social Welfare students and
all students, and contributing to the ongoing conversations that are being held
at every level of the institu-

On Nov. 30, the School
of Social Welfare hosted a
forum on race and inclusivity where students voiced
concerns that Smokowski
was not doing enough to
lead the school on issues of
diversity and inclusion.
"I think that our purpose
was to allow a space for students in particular, faculty
and staff to talk about their
experiences, and I welcome
that," Smokowski said at
the time.
Trinity Carpenter, a junior from Ottawa and chair
of the KU Social Welfare
Student Activist Committee, said despite the statement, forums and meetings,
she feels the deans actions
have been inadequate.
We tried, its not working, you are not taking our
school seriously, you are
not taking social justice
seriously, you have not
for a long time, we are not
willing to accept it, and at
this point we cannot move
forward with healing, Carpenter said.
Carpenter said following
the events of last semester,
steps were taken to create
an office that would work
with providing resources
to students of color. The office, eventually named the
Office of Race and Social
Justice, is headed by William Elliott III, an associate professor in the School
of Social Welfare. Despite
meeting with Elliott several
times, Carpenter said she
did not feel students had a

say in the process.

I had meetings with Dr.
Elliott. Were never really
on the same page, we asked
to be involved, for the process to be transparent, to be
at the table, and weve still
had to fight to have any input in this office, Carpenter said.
On Dec. 16, members of
the Student Activist Committee and Rock Chalk
Invisible Hawk met with
members of the faculty in
the School of Social Welfare. Carpenter said the
meeting was not productive
in moving forward with the
goals of the Student Activist
Despite her feelings
about the Dec. 16 meeting,
Carpenter said she agreed
to meet with Smokowski following winter break.
However, Carpenter said
during the meeting, the
dean did not acknowledge
the events of the previous
month, and ultimately, the
meeting was unsuccessful.
Carpenter said she expects to have the facultys
support following the call
for resignation, and hopes
that the school can begin
working towards creating a
space thats helpful and inclusive for all students.
At this point I could
never encourage anyone
else thats of color to go into
my program, Carpenter
said. And thats a problem.
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House bill could lower legislators allowance



OPEKA Lawmakers are discussing two

bills that could decrease legislators spending
allowances and halt salary
and allowance pay after 90
days of a legislative session.
On Thursday, members
of the House General Government Budget Committee
discussed House Bill 2487.
The bill proposes lowering
the per diem the daily
spending allowance each

legislator is allocated
from $140 to $129. Under
current law, legislators either receive the federal employee per diem amount for
Topeka or $109, whichever
is higher. The bill would
change the provision to a
set pay of $129.
The change would save
about $170,000 in fiscal
year 2017, legislative analysts said. It could also save
a small amount this year
because the decrease would
take effect during the current pay cycle for lawmak-

Another bill, House Bill
2624 would end salary and
per diem at the end of the
normal 90-day session.
If the legislative session
runs longer than 90 days,
lawmakers compensation
would end at that time.
However, legislators who
travel would still receive
compensation for mileage.
If the session ended before 90 days, the per diem
would end with it.
Rep. Don Hineman,
R-Dighton, said the bill

could encourage efficiency

in government.
However, Rep. Craig
Park, expressed concerns
about the legislation because it would force legislators to work for no pay.
HB 2624 wouldnt save
the state any money unless
the legislative session continued past the 90-day limit
as it did in 2015.
During last years record 114-day session, the
state paid approximately
$900,000 in salaries and

per diem for legislators

from the end of the standard 90 days until the end
of the session, said Tom
Day, director of legislative
That figure doesnt include
staff and administrative
costs or money saved from
legislators who refused
their salaries or per diems
during that time.
No action was taken on
the bills Thursday.
Edited by Leah Sitz
and Deanna Ambrose


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$350M Central District Development Plan will

address needs for influx of freshmen

As the University gains

first-year freshmen, it
has found itself lacking in
another area.
The consistent increase in freshman enrollment over the past
four years has created a
need for more student
housing, said Joe Monaco, director of strategic
communications for the
We have been looking
at enrollment numbers,
and our plans for growing the campus go back
to 2010, he said. There
is a need for additional
bed space. We have now
had four straight years of
freshman class growth.
In the fall of 2015, the
University reported 4,187
freshmen on campus, an
increase of 2.5 percent
from the fall of 2014.
The housing need will
be addressed by the Central District Development
plan, a construction project that has begun preparations with the tearing
down of Stouffer Place
apartments. The project,
which has had several
state legislators questioning the process through
which the University received funding for it, will
cost approximately $350
million, and will be paid
mostly through bonds,
Monaco said.
Theres a few components to it, but essentially
it addresses several needs
we have related to science
facilities, student space,
student housing, parking
and utilities, he said.
The main issue at hand
for some legislators is
that the University went
public finance agency for
a $327 million bond instead of waiting for legislative approval. University officials, including
Gray-Little, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to answer questions of why the
University went through
the firm.
The student housing
issue will be addressed
with the construction of
new apartment complexes for students, and a new
residence hall. According to Monaco, both will
be located on 19th Street
near Oliver Hall. The
apartment complex will
house 220 student athletes and 500 traditional
The construction of
which have yet to be
named, are the fourth

and fifth new student

housing options added to
campus in the past two
years. Oswald and Self
Halls opened at the start
of this school year, and
McCarthy Hall opened in
October 2015.
Our residence halls
are currently running
full, said Diana Robertson, director of the
department of student
housing. We fill them
each year, and with the
projected growth in enrollment, and particularly the growth in
population, thats the
growth area and thats
why we need more beds
to be able to meet that
are not required to live
in residence halls, but
according to Robertson,
first-year freshmen are
the wide majority of students living at residence
Moving athletes out of
their previous home, the
Jayhawker Towers, will
alleviate some of the student-housing pressure.
long-standing wait list
for Jayhawker Towers
most years, Robertson
The project will also
include a new dining center for Oliver Hall and its
new counterpart, Robertson said. Olivers current
dining center will turn
into an Academic Service
Center, similar to the one
found on Daisy Hill.
The residence hall is
scheduled to be completed in 2017, with the
apartment complex completed in 2018.
Edited by Deanna

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Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little attends a house appropriations committee hearing in Topeka on Feb. 9.

graphic by Sam Billman








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Alex Robinson/KANSAN
The Vagina Monologues was created by playwright and activist Eve Ensler. This version was acted out in Hashinger Hall.

KU V-Days performance aims to end silence and

stigma surrounding female anatomy

the first to take to the
stage Saturday night in
Hashinger Hall. Dressed in
black and illuminated by
red stage light, the women
gave a brief introduction to
the play that would touch
on one rather taboo topic.
I bet youre worried,
they said. We were worried, we were worried about
For over an hour, 16
students from the campus
group KU V-Day went on to
tell the trials, tribulations,
joys and confusions of vaginas, something that they
said is briefly, if ever, discussed.
Theres so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them, one actress told
the audience. Like the Bermuda Triangle, no one reports back from there.
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve

Ensler, first debuted on

off-Broadway stages in
1996. The play is comprised
of the stories of over 200
women Ensler interviewed,
ranging from young to old
and across all races and different sexualities, all being
asked to give their thoughts
on the topic.
Some stories were long,
others were short. Some,
like the one titled My Angry Vagina, had the audience laughing and shouting, while others, such as
the stories of several Bosnian womens experiences
in a rape-camp, had them
stone-faced and serious,
rapt with attention.
Since its success back in
the late 90s, the play has
become the cornerstone of
V-Day, a campaign to end
violence against women.
Now, every February, campus groups put on productions of the monologues to
raise money for local anti-violence organizations.
Saturday night, the students of KU V-Day, the local

campus campaign group,

performed the play to benefit the Willow Domestic
Violence Center and the
Sexual Trauma and Abuse
Care Center.
Keonya Jackson, a senior from Junction City
and president of KU V-Day,
said the essence of the play
is combating the negative
connotations that often surround femininity.
Vagina for a while was
looked at as a bad word,
but its an anatomical body
part, so in addition to that,
any of those words that we
used [...] can be used as insults, Jackson said. Were
taking that away.
during the play were giant chalkboards covered
in colorful drawings of the
anatomical body part and
the different words used to
describe it. Although some
women might be hesitant to
broach such a topic, there
was no tiptoeing around the
subject during the play. At
one point, audience mem-

bers even began shouting

c--- at the prompting of
one actress to reclaim the
word, which is known for its
derogatory use.

We were
we were
worried about
Vagina Monologues

Charlotte Nodarse, a
sophomore from Leawood
and one of the actresses
in the monologues, said
the production is about
reclaiming what has been
misconstrued as negative
and dirty.
For the longest time,

this language for female

genitalia was so much
worse than any slang term
for male genitalia, Nodarse
said. You can say d--- on
cable television.
The total production
has been modified since its
debut in 1996, with different pieces being omitted
or added over the years. In
2013, Ensler added an episode about the struggles
of transgender women to
the play. They Beat the
Girl Out of My Boy -- Or So
They Tried, told the stories of several transgender
womens experiences with
physical violence and ostracization.
Holly Mills, a Lawrence
senior and one of the actresses, said it opened her
eyes to the struggles of the
transgender community.
I definitely feel a lot
more sympathy for the
transgender people in particular, because that was
the piece that I was in,
Mills said. And I think that
piece got at it, where it was

really a whole life full of trying to beat them down, just

pummeling them through
The Vagina Monologues will hopefully be
back again next February,
Jackson said. Although KU
V-Day comprises mostly
seniors who are graduating this year, Jackson said
there are some sophomores
she hopes will carry on the
tradition. Jackson said
when people walk away
from the play, she hopes
they feel empowered to accept themselves.
This is something that
is real, its me, a lot of people share this body part
with me, and even people
who dont have a vagina
who identify as female, they
are proud, and this is who
they are and theres no reason to be shocked, Jackson
said. Just accept it.

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Everyone should be aware of the signs

of domestic violence and how to help

When your internet and

cable have been out all
day and you cant get on
Facebook to complain about
your internet and cable
being out all day

sues often go unnoticed.

Domestic violence is an
issue that can affect anyone regardless of age,
race, gender or sexual
orientation. The video
depicts a woman as the
victim of a male abuser,
and while the vast majority of victims are women,
men can also be affected
by domestic violence.
According to the National Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, one in
three women and one in
four men have been physically harmed or stalked
by an intimate partner.
Nearly 20 people are
physically abused each
minute by a partner in the
United States, those same
statistics show.
To keep our communi-


ast week, Hozier unveiled a music video

for his single Cherry Wine."
The clip highlights the
ensnaring nature of abusive relationships by presenting a couple happily
kissing and interacting
before showing the woman removing her makeup
to reveal a black eye. The
video ends with the man
covering up the womans
bruise with her hair to
symbolize how these is-

I only read The Kansan

to make black out poetry
with it

I cant believe the Bernie

guy asked me if I liked
Bernie. Cant he tell from my
giant math book and dark
circles that I hate everyone?

ties safe, we must address

the issues locally. This requires involvement from
multiple parties to raise
awareness and form solutions not just womens
groups and domestic violence prevention services.
In 2013, Kansas law
23,508 domestic violence cases. This number
does not account for the
agencies that did not submit their records to the
state, meaning the actual
number of cases was likely higher. Furthermore,
many instances go unreported altogether.
Reducing domestic violence spares people from
its harmful aftereffects.
Victims of domestic violence often suffer from

more than injury. Victims

have a higher risk of depression, suicidal behavior, addiction, sexually
transmitted diseases and
a number of other health
issues, according to the
To help individuals in
the Willow Domestic Violence Center suggests the
Tell victims you are
there for them.
Let them know you are
Offer to find resources
that they can reach out to
for help.
Loveisrespect, a nonprofit that aims to prevent
and end abusive relationships, warns against confronting the abuser or

posting anything negative

about the abuser on social media. Engaging the
abuser can make a situation worse for a victim.
With the issue of domestic violence being all too
common, everyone has
likely met a victim, even
if they dont realize they
have. Domestic violence
affects many of our fellow
students, our friends and
our family members, and
for that reason we should
do everything we can to
stop it.
Ryan Liston is a freshman from Lawrence
studying journalism.
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The fact that there isnt

a restaurant or a bar or
something in the bottom
floor of the Union is a

Jake Kaufmann/KANSAN
Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Just saw 2 men cross paths

on razor scooters. I have
seen the face of god.

Coal energy still vital despite downfalls

So I ate a whole pizza by

myself last night #College


I just want to be old, rich

and surrounded by cats.

Who wants to ride a tandem

bike with me around LFK?

n December, representatives from 195 countries

met in Paris and agreed
to lower green-house gas
emissions to combat climate
To convince other countries
to join this pact, the U.S. cited Obama administration
regulations limiting coal
power emissions. However,
last week the Supreme Court
issued a stay on these regula-

tions, potentially stalling action on international climate

This clash between world
energy needs and climate
change initiative has been an
issue for many years and at
its heart is coal, which supplies around 40 percent of
the worlds electricity and is
one of the chief contributors
of carbon emissions.
Mining and burning coal is a
contentious issue because of
coals environmental, health,
and natural resource impacts.
The potential environmental
and health costs of coal are
huge, ranging from increased
pollution to increased cases of
The Energy Information
Agency estimates that US coal

resources may only last 261

years. For the present, coal
energy is easily obtainable
and cheap; and even with the
problems surrounding coal in
2014, coal generated about 39
percent of American power,
12 percent more than the next
leading energy source.
Heavy coal dependence
is detrimental to the environment and society, and a
majority of Americans recognizes environmental change
is a problem. However, only
50 percent of Americans are
greatly or fairly worried about
climate change.
Does change mean cutting
coal altogether or just lessening our coal reliance and
relying more on renewable
energy? Eliminating coal

completely is unlikely because coal power is currently

the backbone of American
energy. Switching to other
renewable sources of energy
isnt so easily achieved because renewable sources are
expensive and not as reliable
as coal.
We face an energy dilemma: coal power is flawed, but
few viable options present
themselves to replace coal
as a main energy source. Although society recognizes the
drastic environmental effects
from continued reliance on
coal, its still reluctant to demand change.
This apathy often results
from dependence on coal for
both a power source and income. Understandably, we

worry more about our present, personal lives than the

lives of our great-grandchildren; it can be hard to focus
on the future when current
economic and social problems press the limits of our
Society must explore ways
to obtain energy without
negative impacts through
education, research and technological development. Only
through societal action and
application of science will the
future shine brightly.

Bridgette Befort is a sophomore from Topeka studying

chemical engineering.

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Its days like today that

makes me wish I had an
outdoor pottery wheel

Worst idea I heard today: I

have an invention. Its called
the taco phone.

Went to the bathroom at a

bar and when I walked out of
the stall, the two girls waiting
were like, oh she looks nice,
like a very nice girl, and that
was nice but I was also kind
of confused.



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Embrace your creative
inspiration at work
under the Full Moon in
Virgo. Apply artistry to
your efforts. Hold off on
making decisions. One
phase ends as another
begins in service, health
and labors.
Taurus (April 20-May
Take time over the next
two days for fun with
family and friends. One
game folds as another
begins under this Full
Moon. Reach a turning
point in a romance,
passion or creative
Gemini (May 21-June
A turning point at
home draws you in
with this Full Moon.
Domestic changes
require adaptation. A
new phase in family
life dawns. Balance
new work with old
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Begin a new phase
in communications,
intellectual discovery,
creative expression
and travel with this
Full Moon. Shift your
research in a new
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Profitable new
opportunities bloom
under the Full Virgo
Moon. A turning point
arises in your income
and finances. A busy
phase has you raking
in the dough, and it
could also require extra
expenses. Keep track.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This Full Moon in your
sign illuminates a new
personal direction. Push
your own boundaries
and limitations. It
could get exciting!
Contemplate possible
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This Full Moon shines
on a spiritual fork in
the road. Complete old
projects, and begin a
new phase. Loves a
requirement, not an
option. Enjoy peaceful
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.
A new social phase
sparks under this Full
Moon. Doors close and
open with friendships.
Share appreciations.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.
Reach a Full Moon
turning point in your
career. Shift focus
toward your current
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Mechele Leon, the director, begins introductions of cast and crew before beginning rehearsal.

The Rehearsal & The Hypochondriac

creates play-within-a-play experience

o begin the new year,

the University Theatre
will produce The Rehearsal & The Hypochondriac, its first play of 2016.
The comedy is unique, as
its an adaptation that combines two performances
from French 17th-century
playwright Molire. Mechele Leon, the director of the
play and the chair of the
University theater department, translated both plays
and adapted one.
I thought it would be
interesting to tie the two
especially since the first,
The Rehearsal, is not often
done and tends to be more
difficult to do, Leon said.
The Rehearsal, I hope,
will blend neatly into The
Hypochondriac, making it
seem as if it were one larger
The Rehearsal, a short,
one-act play adapted by
Leon from one of Molires

works, makes fun of the

playwright himself as well
as his peers. The play focuses on the suspense and
chaos behind the curtain
of a play as cast and crew
scurry to rehearse one final
time before King Louis XIV
attends opening night.
When the king arrives,
The Rehearsal ends. The
play then leads into The
Hypochondriac to give
audiences a unique playwithin-a-play
as the characters from The
Rehearsal change to characters in The Hypochondriac.
I think showing The
Rehearsal first and then
leading into another show
brings more humanity to
the performance, Leon
said. Many people when
they think of 17th-century comedy think about the
absurd costumes and silly
powdered wigs, and I think
that showing a behind-thescenes look will give more
meaning and more reality
to The Hypochondriac.

In the comedy The Hypochondriac, the main

character is a man who
thinks hes perpetually
sick. He therefore decides
to marry his daughter Anglique off to a doctor to
bring a medical professional into the family. The hypochondriac receives backlash
from the rest of his family,
and Anglique is stuck between a man she truly loves
and the doctor shes supposed to marry.
Marit Sosnoff, who plays
Louise, Angliques sister,
said any young college student will be able to identify with the daughter in the
There are always things
that your parents want you
to do and as you get older and as you go to college
you learn to be an adult,
you learn to have your own
opinion, Sosnoff, a freshman from St. Louis, said.
Youre not always going to
agree with your parents but
being an adult is learning
how to own your opinion

and learning how to be able

to speak it and we all want
to be heard.

My cast is
weve definitely
made this art
Mechele Leon
Director, University theater
department chair

simultaneously connecting with college
students and encouraging
viewers to stand up for
themselves, the two performances are, at their cores,
comedies, demonstrating
Molires writing style.
Molire is hilarious and
somehow he manages to
intermingle stunning philosophical debate and discussion with slapstick and

physical humor as well as

sharp wit, Adrian Brothers, a senior from Lawrence
who plays the leads Molire
and Argan, said.
Leon said she believes
that introducing students
to Molires works is one of
the best ways to familiarize
them with comedy and wit.
My cast is fantastic,
Leon said. We have freshmen, seniors, a non-traditional student and a transfer from [Johnson County
Community College]. And
I think, while it has taken
time and hard work, weve
managed to pull off something beautiful. Weve definitely made this art collectively.
The Rehearsal & The
Hypochondriac plays at
7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27 and
March 3-4 and at 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 and March 6 in the
Crafton-Preyer Theatre in
Murphy Hall.
Edited by Sam Davis

Former students film examines morality of progress

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.

The Full Moon reveals
a new educational
direction. Wax
philosophical as you
experiment with new
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
Consider the emotions
involved before
taking action. A Full
Moon turning point
develops in shared
finances. Balance old
responsibilities with new
ones. The stakes could
seem high.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
A fork in the road
appears. Begin a new
phase in partnership
with this Full Moon. It
could get spicy. You can
work it out.

Kevin Huang, a former University student, on the set of Still Moon, Huangs most recent film.


Several popular films

of 2015 were bloody tales
of survival, notably Quentin Tarantinos The Hateful Eight and Alejandro
Gonzlez Irritus The
Revenant. Long before
either film was released,
former University student
Kevin Huang was working on the short film Still
Huangs 18-minute film

tells the story of a group of

surveyors in the mid-19th
century who stumble upon
a camp of massacred Native
Americans. When a young
girl brandishing a bow-andarrow, the lone survivor
of the killing, approaches
them, she is shot. In the aftermath, the surveyors have
to grapple with increasing
tension and the morality of
Although Huang attended the University for several years, he didnt receive
a degree. Born in Taiwan,

Huang came to the United States as a teenager to

study industrial design. He
entered the University as a
design student before enrolling in the film program.
He studied screenwriting
under professor Kevin Willmott and tried his hand at
Huang left the University a semester away from
graduation to attend the
Brooks Institute in Ventura,
Calif., where he met most of
the crew of Still Moon.
Although he wasnt unhap-

py with the film education

he got while in Lawrence,
Huang wanted a more
hands-on experience than
the screenwriting skills and
film theory he was learning
at the University. Brooks allowed him to get behind the
camera his first week there.
He graduated in 2013.
In addition to directing
the film, Huang served as
one of its producers. He
has directed previous projects including Ai (Japanese for love), his thesis
film while at Brooks, and

Sunset on Cabrillo Blvd.,

which won top prize at Santa Barbara International
Film Festivals college division but he mostly studied cinematography while
in school.
Directing, you have a
say over the finality of the
film, he said. Cinematography gives you more power
to make suggestions.
Still Moon is Huangs









statement on expansion
at the expense of oppression. The surveyors are in
the wilderness to build a
railroad, but the impact of
their presence is evident
in the camp full of bodies.
People like them white
men from another region
presumably caused the
[Still Moon] is about
progress and how just because we can do it doesnt
mean we should do it,
Huang said. Railroads
back then [were] a great
invention, a great method
of transporting resources
and people, but sometimes
theres so much sacrifice
made making this avail-

Many of Huangs films
tackle similarly-large topics: his upcoming, semi-autobiographical project All
the Little Things will tell
the story of a young man
who goes home to visit his
parents in rural Taiwan
after finding success as a
white-collar worker in New
York City. He hasnt been
home in years, and the man
must come to terms with
the fact that, as different as
their lifestyle may be, his
parents love him unconditionally and represent his
When he finally stumbles on his past, he realizes how far he has strayed
from his origin and roots,
Huang said.
Pre-production for Still
Moon began at the end of

2013 when the cinematographer Daniel Rink brought

the script to Huangs attention. Principal photography took place over the
course of a week in 2014
in the Oregon wilderness.
In addition to Huang and
Rink, other crew members
include screenwriters Joseph Grove and Jona Ward,
editor Hayden Johnson,
and actors Charlie Glackin,
Andrew Hunter and Stefani
Rink chose to shoot the
film on 16-millimeter stock
rather than capture it digitally. He had film left over
from a previous project and
wanted to use it before its
expiration date. It worked
out for the best, as Rink
believes the stock fits the
antique, dated feel of the
film better than digital film

would have.
I wouldnt say Im a
purist, but I think every
story has an aesthetic that
is inherent, and you need
to be able to capture that,
Rink said. Its a story about
the old ways fighting the
new ways, and I thought
that film would be a good
way to do that.
The crew was lucky
enough to have six days of
good weather while shooting the film. Rink says the
biggest problem during
shooting was using the sunlight as efficiently as possible.
For us [the challenge]
was just choosing the right
time of day to shoot and
then, when that time passes
and you still have to shoot
more scenes, making sure
that you choose the right

shots for the amount of

time that you have and still
making sure that the story
gets across, he said.
The film was accepted
into the Cannes Film Festivals Short Film Corner.
Although the Short Film
Corner is not part of the
festivals competition, it
gives Huang and his crew
an opportunity to meet and
network with accomplished
members and executives.
The ability to be there
to mingle with industry
producers and financiers
and investors and hopefully
bump into celebrities, directors thats the part Im
excited about. Huang said.
Its not a red carpet situation for my film, but its
an opportunity to be surrounded by filmmakers.

After the film completes

the festival circuit, Huang
is considering releasing it
on Vimeo or another video
sharing website. Rink says
they didnt embark on the
project with the intention of
making a large profit.
I think Kevin would
rather put it out there for
anyone to see at any time,
Rink said. Just getting
it out there for whoever I
think is a better idea than
trying to monetize it, because thats not really why
we shot this film. It was
more about shooting film,
getting out there with all of
our friends. We just want it
to get out there because we
want people to see it.
Edited by G.J. Melia

Interactive art exhibit

encourages self-relection

ee, listen, express,

think, help, feel six
concepts and actions
of humanity that are woven within Mexican artist
Nacho Rodriguez Bachs interactive installment, The
Path of Thought. Bach
gave an art talk about his
interactive piece last night
at Spooner Hall.
Walking into The Commons in Spooner Hall while
The Path of Thought is set
up, one will find curious,
colorful tiles on the floor,
inviting the participants to
follow and read along, exploring a path of self-reflection and optimism.
Its as much a social
experiment as it is an artwork, Bach said. I want
the participants to think
inward and reflect on their
feelings and their own
The six concepts brought
to mind by the piece are
helpfully color-coded to
help the participants form
their thoughts more clearly
around one idea at a time.
We dont really think
about thinking too much,
Bach said. When we think
were thinking were really
just feeling. Were having
a reaction to something
that we like or hate or that
makes us cold or warm, but
were not really thinking
objectively and freely. Free
thinking can hurt.
After walking The Path
of Thought, participants
are asked to fill out a small
survey asking about their
thoughts on other people,
themselves, the world in

general and how true free

thought could aid in combating violence and negativity.
Bach, a native Mexican,
has set up his artwork experiment in multiple countries and in three different
languages including English, Spanish and Russian.
I want the piece to allow
us to see ourselves in others
and to see others within
ourselves, Bach said. We
belong to the world and the
world belongs to us.
Bach said that his interest in social activism and
commentary only began
when he started displaying his artwork in outdoor,
public places. Since then,
he has not only been taking
his artwork internationally
but has also been recording
the data gathered in hopes
of making a difference.

We belong
to the world
and the world
belongs to

Nacho Rodriguez Bach


Weve found that 87

percent of people who go
through the path report
having a different outlook,
be it about themselves,
others or the importance
of the community, Bach
said. Weve also found
that those who travel the
path with a friend or family member have a completely different response.

The social connection disintegrates the process of

self-reflection and ruins the
Casey Mesick, curator
for global and indigenous
art at the Spencer Art Museum, was excited to be
able to attend the art talk
Wednesday night.
I had a bit of an idea
what was going to be going on, but it was nothing
compared to actually being
here and experiencing it,
Mesick said. After hearing
Nacho talk about it, I need
to go through it again.
Mesick said while shes
used to watching other
people experience art at
the University, she wasnt
prepared for The Path of
Its definitely a lot to
take in, Mesick said. The
combination of the reading
and the walking is really
interesting and makes for a
totally different way to experience art.
Bach allowed for some
time for participants to go
through the path before beginning his art talk, a neatly-organized
presentation which only
lasted about 25 minutes,
before opening up the floor
to questions which nearly
doubled the presentation
Im surprised at how
were, Mesick said. Its
obvious how engaged they
were in the piece and how it
really did make them think
Bachs interactive installment encourages participants to think not only
about themselves by using



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neurons in the brain but
also about those around
them and the community
as a whole, almost pleading
for a positive change.
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basketball gameday


BAYLOR BEARS 20-7 (9-5)



The Jayhawks hit a lull in
the middle of January, losing three games during a
five-game stretch. The lull
set them back to fourth in
the Big 12 at the time, with
the chances of the 12th
straight conference title
looking bleak. Since then,
Kansas has won seven in
a row and now has a twogame lead in the Big 12.
Once again, the Jayhawks
look like the best team in
the nation.




Frank Mason III, junior, guard

Lester Medford, senior, guard

After a lull in January, it appears Frank Mason III

is back to his usual self. During Kansas seven-game
win streak, Mason has scored in double figures in six
contests. Additionally, Mason has scored 14 or more
points in the last four games, and during that span he
has 16 assists and four turnovers.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
sophomore, guard
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is
coming off one of his better
performances in conference play. The sophomore
wing hit 3-of-4 three-pointers to provide a spark off
the bench against Kansas
State. Heading into the instate matchup, Mykhailiuk
had hit four of his last 21
three-pointers, but he now
may be finding his groove
once again.

Standing only 5-foot-10, Medford is one of the

shortest players in the Big 12, but he doesnt
lack talent. The point guard has posted 11 games
with eight or more assists and, before the game
against Texas, hed posted 15 assists to just two
turnovers in his last two outings.

The Jayhawks are playing

their best basketball at just
the right time. Kansas has
a two-game lead with four
games left to play and two of
those games at home. With
that kind of lead, it could
be easy for a team to get
complacent and overlook
an opponent, particularly a
team Kansas beat by 28 in
the first meeting, such as


2 - Kansas has lost just

twice in the last 13 meetings
against Baylor, winning
each of the last six.
2 - The Jayhawks have
scored 100-plus points
twice in Big 12 play, including a 102-74 win over the
Bears in the last meeting.


Baylor comes into this game

off a dominant win against
Texas that was nowhere as
close as the score indicated.
And considering they won
their last game on the road
by 14 against a top 25 opponent, that really says a lot.
After a stretch when they
lost three out of four games,
the Bears seem to have regained their mojo. However,
the Bears have not beaten
the Jayhawks in their last six


Devonte Graham, sophomore, guard

Another key factor in the Jayhawks seven-game winning streak is the play of Devonte Graham. Graham
scored just six points against Kansas State, snapping
a six-game streak of reaching double figures that included a 27-point performance against Oklahoma.
Still, all of Grahams six points against the Wildcats
came in the last two minutes of the game, including
the basket that Kansas coach Bill Self called the biggest of the game.

Al Freeman, sophomore, guard

Freeman struggled in the first meeting against
the Jayhawks, posting just six points on 2-of-10
shooting. Hes been solid since that time, but
seems to be one of the more inconsistent players
on the team. Hes had games where hes led the
team in scoring and minutes, but also where hes
racked up either more turnovers or more fouls
than points.

Johnathan Motley
sophomore, forward
Motley is on fire coming into
this game, shooting 75 percent from the field in his last
three games. In the teams
last two games, against two
scored 24 and 27 points,
shooting a ridiculous 92.3
percent from the field against
the Texas Longhorns.



Can Kansas maintain focus down the



Wayne Selden Jr., junior, guard

Despite his recent struggles, Wayne Selden Jr.
is still second on the team in scoring with 14.1
points per contest. Since his 33-point performance against Kentucky, Selden has reached
double figures twice. Hes failed to make more
than one three-pointer in five of the last six
games but is shooting 43 percent on the year.

Ishmail Wainright, junior, guard

Wainright isnt much of an offensive threat inside
the perimeter, but he has the ability to step out
and knock in a shot from long range, where hes
shot 55 percent in his last nine games. The junior
has racked up 11 assists in his last two games,
which is just the second time hes done that in
the last two years.

Taurean Prince, senior, forward

His last name may be Prince, but hes a king
when it comes to racking up points in league play.
Prince has scored in double-figures in all but two
games of Big 12 play, and has hit at least 15 points
in a game against seven of a possible nine opponents. This year, hes improved his ability to get
to the line, and hes been shooting a better percentage there too. He was a perfect 12-of-12 on
free throws in the last game against Kansas.

2 - Kansas holds a twogame lead in the Big 12 with

four games left to play this

Against Texas, Gathers came

off the bench because of flulike symptoms. Hes missed
two of his last four games entirely, but should be closer to
100 percent after a few more
days. The question remains
how close will he be to 100
percent. Kansas is playing
some of its best basketball of
the season, so for Baylor to
pull the upset the team will
need all hands on deck.


Perry Ellis, senior, power forward

Perry Ellis may be less than 100 percent after
getting 12 stitches in the middle of the Kansas
State game when he sustained a gash during
play in the second half. Ellis is the teams leading scorer with 16.6 points per game. If the injury bothers Ellis at all, other players may have to
pick up the scoring.

How healthy is Rico


25 The Bears have been

ranked in the top 25 in both
the Coaches Poll and AP Poll
for each of the last six weeks.
25 The Bears have 25 losses against the Jayhawks alltime. Kansas leads the series
25-4 dating back to 1951.
25 Rico Gathers has played
in 25 of a possible 27 games
this year, after missing two
of the last four contests with
the flu.

Landen Lucas, junior, forward


The Jayhawks come out of

the gate strong against the
Bears. In the last meeting,
Kansas jumped out to a
24-4 lead over Baylor and
never looked back. After the
game, Baylor coach Scott
Drew said there was no
question who the best team
in nation was at the time.
With that game in many
players heads, an early lead
could potentially demoralize them even at home.

After shuffling the starting five spot for much of

the season, Landen Lucas has taken the job and
ran away with it. Lucas has started the last nine
games for Kansas, and led the team in rebounding seven times. He has hauled in double-digit
boards in three of the last four contests. Lucas
recent play has earned him a half-star increase
in our grading scale.


Rico Gathers, senior, forward
Gathers is dealing with the flu, but hes still one of
the best rebounders in the Big 12 and probably
the nation. This year, hes had games with 21, 18,
17 and 16 rebounds, and has recorded at least 13
rebounds in a game on eight different occasions.
However, in eight career meetings with the Jayhawks, Gathers has just one double-double.

Beat writer predictions:

Scott Chasen | @SChasenKU: Kansas, 81-79
Shane Jackson | @jacksonshane3: Kansas, 79-68
Evan Riggs | @EvanRiggsUDK: Kansas, 74-69

The supporting cast stays hot

for Baylor. With each team
having their best big man
banged up, it will be crucial for
each side to get contributions
from all five starters in addition to a couple guys off the
bench. Seven different Baylor
players shot at least 50 percent
from the field in the last game.
Theyll need similar production against Kansas.



Kansas win in Manhattan shows teams growth


After leading by double-figures for much of the game, the
No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks found
themselves in a bit of trouble
against the Kansas State Wildcats, up only four after Kansas
State forward Stephen Hurt
drilled a three-point jumper
with four minutes left to play.
Bramlage Coliseum let out
the loudest roar of the night,
which would only be topped
moments later as a familiar
sound trumpeted over the PA
The Kansas State crowd
roared with chants of F--KU, which was likely at least
a partial reason as to why the
song hadnt been played in the
arena throughout the season.
The University had also
taken further precautions in
trying to keep profanity and
unsportsmanlike acts to a
minimum. Those acts included showing a pregame video
about sportsmanship and
even sending out a text message at halftime through the
campus alert system.
The message asked students to refrain from participating in embarrassing
chants that contain profanity.
However, all those gestures
preaching sportsmanship and
appropriateness were quickly
thrust aside by what was essentially an endorsement of
the ravenous, anything-goes
atmosphere. And the crowd
ate it up.
The volume level con-

tinued to rise, as the music

blared over the speakers. It
was nearly impossible to hear
as the teams huddled during
the timeout.
But unlike in past years
not to mention past road
games this year Kansas
didnt wilt. After a turnover
on what was a blown call, the
team hit the shots and free
throws it needed to come
away with a 72-63 win.
Were tired of people
storming the court on us,
senior forward Jamari Traylor said. Thats our mindset:
Were not going to let that
happen. Were not going to
lose this game.
Even with two big men
Traylor and junior forward
Landen Lucas fouling out
and senior forward Perry
Ellis sidelined after taking a
scratch to the eye and a couple
of blows to the head, the Jayhawks were able to hold on.
The team closed out the game
with four- and five-guard lineups, which Self had really only
used in one other game this
With the makeshift lineup
lineup at the end of the game,
it seemed only fitting that,
as the final buzzer sounded,
it was three players sophomore guard Devonte Graham, junior guard Wayne
Selden Jr. and junior guard
Brannen Greene who held
the ball, rather than one.
The three went up for a
rebound on the games final
shot, and all managed to grab
a piece of the ball. Still hanging on, they fell to the ground

After a 40-minute dogfight, it was finally over. Kansas had won.

And they had won without relying on any one player. Graham hit what Kansas
coach Bill Self called the biggest shot of the game. Junior
guard Frank Mason had carried the team at points in the
first half, while sophomore
guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
knocked down crucial shots
as Kansas came back from an
early deficit.
It wasn't one player, but a
host of players that won Kansas the game, which was only
fitting, considering how much
the game meant to several
players on the team.
It was very important
for me and the guys, junior
guard Frank Mason said.
There were a couple of us
that had not had a win here,
and we took that personally.
After the teams last game
against Oklahoma State,
Selden and Greene had mentioned up the same thing.
They hadnt won in Manhattan yet, and it was on their
However, losses on the
road werent just a trend
against one team for a few
years. Kansas had struggled to
put away road opponents earlier in the season.
A three-game road-losing
streak put the Jayhawks in a
bit of trouble in the middle of
league play. However, after
going through the early lull,
the team began figuring out
the right way to play, according to Kansas coach Bill Self.
When we went through

Missy Minear/KANSAN
Sophomore guard Devonte Graham celebrates early in the game. Kansas defeated Kansas State 72-63.

that rough stretch, we were

just playing, but we had no
purpose behind our play, Self
said. I feel like were playing
with more of a purpose now.
As the final buzzer sounded, losses at Oklahoma State,
West Virginia and Iowa State
were all in the past. Winning
three road games in a row for
the first time in over two years,
the Jayhawks held a two-game
lead in the Big 12.
But it isnt in the bag yet.
The two-game lead presents a
new challenge for Self and his
team, and its a problem that
isnt necessarily as present
on the court as it is inside the
heads of the players.
After all, two seasons ago,
a Ben McLemore-led Kansas
squad entered its final game
guaranteed at least a share

of the Big 12 title. On the

road against Baylor, the team
played like a team with nothing to play for, dropping the
game by 23.
Self has experienced the
letdown firsthand. And a letdown is something he said he
doesnt want to see happen
this year.
Im really proud of our
guys, but we dont need to relax, at all, Self said.
This Kansas team is a different one from the team that
played four weeks ago. There
might be a general assumption that with a veteran-laden squad there really cant be
growth, but according to Traylor, that isnt the case.
The Jayhawks have gone
from a top-ranked squad early
in the season to a struggling

team. From that, theyve resurged and become one of the

top-ranked teams in the country and a likely one-seed come
tournament time.
I feel like were just there
for each other, Traylor said.
I just feel like were a better
team. We jell a little bit better
and guys know where to be
and know what coach expects
from us.
The next logical step is
keeping that intensity going
heading into a game against
the Baylor Bears. And if the
team can keep it up all the
way through postseason play,
there's no telling how or when
the season will end. Really, the
only thing that seems all-but
certain is it will likely be much
later than the last two seasons.

Kansas baseball prepares for home stand against Northern Colorado


For Kansas baseball

(0-1) there has certainly

been no rest. Just one day

removed from a 4-2 loss
to Arkansas-Little Rock,
the team heads back to

Lawrence for an unusually

early home stand against
the University of Northern
Colorado (1-2).

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"We are definitely looking forward to getting

[back] home," sophomore
shortstop Matt McLaughlin said after the team's
loss in Arkansas.
The Jayhawks will play
two games against the
Bears on Monday, Feb. 22,
and Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The Bears will enter
Monday with one full
series under their belt,
winning one out of three
games over the weekend
against the Wichita State
Shockers. In their lone victory, the Bears pushed four
runs across in a narrow
one-run victory. Wichita
State won game one 11-0
and game two 17-2.
top three hitters are Tyler
Yamaguchi, Ryan Jamane
and Rob Cashel. The three
of them are batting .333
through the first three
games. Northern Colorado
will be presented with an
extra challenge with this
series, playing five games
in five days, whereas Kansas has played just once.
Kansas leads the alltime series against Northern Colorado 5-4 with all

nine matchups played at

Hoglund Ballpark. The
last time these two teams
met was in 2009 when the
Jayhawks won 15-6. The
Bears are coached by Carl
Iwasaki who holds an alltime record of 110-164 at
the University.
In the season opener,
Kansas mustered just four
hits and two runs, both
coming on a single swing
of the bat from McLaughlin. Kansas coach Ritch
Price said the team will
have to get more than the
four or five quality at-bats
they had in the opener to
get back on track.
The biggest positive for
the Jayhawks was the bullpen, which did not allow
a run on Saturday. Due
to the wonky schedule the
projected starter for Mondays game is freshman
Jackson Goddard who will
be making his first career
Tuesday's starter is
likely to be either redshirt
sophomore Jon Hander,
who has a career 3.14
ERA, or sophomore Blake
Weiman, who earned two
strikeouts against the two

batters he faced against

Little Rock.
Its odd that Kansas has
such an early home series as normally they are
forced to a warm weather
location due to cold temperatures in Lawrence.
But what makes the series
even more bizarre is the
layout of the early schedule.
"It's an unusual series because it's Saturday,
Monday and Tuesday,"
Price said.
On Monday, AccuWeather calls for 52 degree temperatures with
winds at 6-to-8 mph.
Tuesdays weather is projected to be similar but
with greater cloud cover
and slightly higher winds.
With the way winds swirl
around Hoglund Ballpark,
expect most home runs to
be hit between right and
center field.
First pitch for both
games is scheduled for 3

Edited by Skylar

File Photo/KANSAN
The crowd at Sprint Center during
a KU exhibition game this summer.
If Kansas City were to get an NBA
team, Sprint Center would be a
possible venue for home games.

Kansas City
is NBAready

Kansas City has established itself as a sports

The Royals just won
the World Series while the
Chiefs made the playoffs
and advanced to the second weekend. These teams
gave a city of nearly half a
million people something
to cheer about. Not to
mention, Sporting KC won
the MLS Cup not long ago
in 2013. These fans rally
around their teams and
support them through the
highs and lows.
However, there seems
to be one thing missing in
Kansas City a basketball
What is preventing
Kansas City from having
a basketball team? Is the
market too small? Is there
not enough interest?
In terms of metropolitan population, Kansas
City, Mo. is a larger market than Atlanta, Miami,
Orlando, Salt Lake City,
Minneapolis, New Orleans
and Cleveland, all of which
have NBA teams.
Kansas City also has
a stadium in-place that
could hold a basketball
team. The Sprint Center
sits directly downtown
and is home to concerts,
the Big 12 Mens Basketball tournament and NBA
preseason games. Outside
of that, the stadium is up
for grabs.
There is plenty of
basketball interest in the
Kansas City area. This
is evident by how much
buzz and attention the
Kansas mens basketball
team receives, but if an
NBA team would move to
Kansas City there would
be enough attention to go
around. Large markets like
Chicago and Los Angeles
balance multiple professional sports teams while
still shining the light on
local collegiate teams.
And even if there isnt
necessarily a big NBA
presence already, that may
actually make some sense.
Part of being a fan is
attending the games. Because there isnt an NBA
team in Kansas City, many
basketball fans root for the
Oklahoma City Thunder
the closest team geographically. In this case, close
is a more relative term
than anything else, as its
a five-hour drive to go see
them play.
Kansas City fans are
clearly passionate about
their sports teams and
they could certainly handle another. The stadium
and the fans are there,
now a team needs to join

Missy Minear/KANSAN
Coach Jerrance Howard talks to junior guard Frank Mason III in the second half against West Virginia.

Kansas looks to take control of Big 12 race



fter a road loss to

Iowa State on Jan.
25, Kansas found itself in unfamiliar territory.
Through eight conference
games, the Jayhawks were
just 5-3 and one game out of
first place.
With Oklahoma, West
Virginia and Baylor
three Top 25 teams all
ahead of Kansas in the
standings, it seemed like
the Kansas streak of 11
titles was in serious jeopardy.
In the last three weeks,
all three of those teams
have come back to the
pack and are now tied for
second place with a 9-5 conference record. Meanwhile,
the Jayhawks have separated themselves.
With just four games remaining in conference play,
the Jayhawks have won six

consecutive Big 12 games,

and they are now two games
ahead of the rest of the conference at 11-3.
If the Jayhawks hold
serve at home, they would
likely win at least a share
of the Big 12 title. But they
dont just want to win a
share; they want it all to

We want to
win it outright.
Weve got to
take care of
Jamari Traylor
Senior forward

We want to win it outright, senior forward Jamari Traylor said. Weve
got to take care of business.
Our destiny is in our own
hands. Weve just got to go

out there and win one game

at a time, but we can definitely achieve our goal.
On Tuesday, Kansas has
an opportunity to inch even
closer to a 12th consecutive
Big 12 title when they travel
to Waco, Texas to take on
Although the Jayhawks
have been the most consistent team in the conference
as of late, they will have to
try to extend their winning
streak with their most consistent player at less than
100 percent after senior forward Perry Ellis received 12
stitches and was scratched
in the eye on Saturday.
If the Jayhawks are going
to leave Waco with a win,
they will need a few guys to
pick up the slack for Ellis.
After a rough stretch, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr.
has scored in double figures
in consecutive games, and
sophomore guard Devonte
Graham has proven himself
on the big stage this season.

Then theres junior guard

Frank Mason III, who has
looked more like he did
when the Jayhawks were
surging in December, and
not struggling in January.
In his last three games, Mason has scored 14 or more
points in each game while
recording 14 assists and two
Hes still not shooting
it great, but hes on an uptick, Bill Self said. Hes
playing well.
A lot of what happens
Tuesday will depend on
which Baylor team shows
up. The Bears have been
one of the most perplexing
teams in the conference,
especially over the past two
Last week, Texas Tech
marched into Waco and
dominated Baylor in all facets of the game on its way to
winning by 18 points. Last
Tuesday, Baylor bounced
back with an overtime win
over Iowa State. On Satur-

day, Baylor dominated Texas on the road and won by

14, leading by more than 20
points for a majority of the
I dont think theyve
had bad losses, Self said.
I just think our league is
[that good.] I dont know if
theyre hard to figure out,
but if you look at our league,
nobody is very consistent.
Weve probably been as
consistent as anybody.
The last time these two
teams met, Kansas won by
28 and looked like one of
the best teams in the country. After an up and down
January, the Jayhawks are
playing as well as anybody,
and a win on Tuesday would
put them in a commanding
position to capture their
12th consecutive Big 12 title.
We want to win the Big
12 again, Traylor said. We
cant drop games any more.

Edited by Cele Fryer

Jayhawks look to build off near--win vs. OU


The Kansas womens basketball team is coming off

its best performance in conference play against No. 20
Oklahoma. The Jayhawks
came up six points short
against the Sooners, but it
was a vast improvement from
the previous loss against
TCU, in which Kansas coach
Brandon Schneider voiced his
I was proud the way they
responded, Schneider said.
But that is what is required
to compete in this league.
All season, Schneider has
wanted to see his whole team
complete a four quarter game.
He felt his team played with
passion and energy every second against Oklahoma.
Schneider also knows the
effort shown on Saturday will
help the team in the near future.
I think its important for
everyone in our program to
see that this is that type of
effort that is required every
night, if you are gonna compete in this league, Schneider said.
With this being the closest
game of the Big 12 season,

Hannah Edelman/KANSAN
Two Kansas teammates celebrate a field goal in the Pink Out game against Oklahoma.

Schneider believes his team

can win at least one of their
final three remaining regular season games. The team
doesnt have many practices left, but more games are
available. Schneider recognizes Saturdays performance
is a confidence booster.
Well I hope it gives them
some positive feedback that
we still have the opportunity

to win a game or two, Schneider said.

Perhaps the biggest reason
for the drastic improvements
in the last game had less to do
with what the coach said and
more to do with the actions
taken by the players. Sophomore guard Lauren Aldridge
admitted that after the lackluster effort in the TCU game,
a team meeting was held on

We had a Come to Jesus
meeting in the film room and
it was just about how we had
to represent ourselves, this
University, and more than
anything just play for each
other, Aldridge said.
Going on the road is no
easy task in the Big 12, as the
Jayhawks have not won a true
road game this season. Their

last win came on Feb. 28,

2015 at Oklahoma.
On Wednesday, Kansas
will head south to Stillwater,
Okla. to take on the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls won the first
matchup on Jan. 24 in Lawrence 74-46.
Tip is 7 p.m. Wednesday in
Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Edited by Cele Fryer