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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 17

THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN


I did not feel safe

A former student athlete said she was raped


by a football player in Jayhawker Towers,
then stalked on campus. She said she
reported the alleged assault, but the University
didnt protect her. Thats why shes suing KU.
MIRANDA DAVIS,
KELLY CORDINGLEY,
CASSIDY RITTER
AND VICKY DIAZCAMACHO
@KansanNews

Editor's
note:
The
University Daily Kansan
generally does not name
sexual assault victims
in accordance with the
Kansan's policy guide.
However, Daisy Tackett
has given the Kansan
permission to publish her
name and photo.
A former University student athlete filed a Title IX
lawsuit March 21 against
KU. The lawsuit claims the
University created a hostile educational environment because it failed to
protect her after she said
she was raped by a KU football player in Jayhawker
Towers, an on-campus residence hall.

The KU football player, who is unnamed in the


lawsuit, was under investigation for two independent
reports of sexual assault,
according to the lawsuit.
He was never suspended or
issued a "no contact letter,"
the lawsuit stated.
The former student athlete, Daisy Tackett, was a
student senator and a rower at the University. She
said she left the University
in January 2016 because of
stress from the alleged assault and the investigation.
The lawsuit, filed March
21 in Douglas County District Court, claims the assault was foreseeable by the
University. It stated that
football players are housed
in the same residence hall
as other students despite
knowledge of a high rate of
sexual assault, Dan Curry,
Tacketts lawyer, said in a
news release.

Other than Tacketts


lawsuit, one Title IX investigation is open against the
University, with three complaints about sexual assault
and sexual harassment
within that investigation.
The University's former
police chief Ralph Oliver
who worked at KU for 38
years said there's been a
sharp increase of reported
sexual assaults at KU, he
said to the Lawrence Journal-World in January. The
lawsuit also reported that
the former police chief said
sexual assaults remained
the biggest issue for the
campus, according to the
lawsuit.
"A state of shock and
horror"
In fall 2014, a group of
student athletes and other
University students went
to Jayhawker Towers after a Halloween party for a
gathering, according to the

WHAT IS TITLE IX?


Title IX is a federal
law that prohibits
discrimination on
the basis of sex
at colleges and
universities. Title
IX, in part, forces

colleges and
universities to create
offices to investigate
complaints of
sexual assault and
harassment that
occur on campus.

SEXUAL
ASSAULTS
ON CAMPUS

lawsuit. Tackett said she


attended the Halloween
party.
She said she was invited to the football player's
apartment to "watch a television show," the lawsuit
states. That's when the alleged rape happened.
Tackett said she stayed
in his apartment in "a state
of shock and horror," according to the lawsuit. It
said that at the time, she
chose not to report the sexual assault but told a teammate what happened.
She kept going to class
but tried to avoid her alleged assailant, according
to the lawsuit. She said
she experienced panic attacks while on campus and
during rowing team practices at the KU football stadium.
"Throughout the rest of
the 2014-2015 school year,
Plaintiff made a valiant ef-

In 2014 there were


14 rapes and 10
fondling reports
on campus, with
10 rapes and six
fondling incidents
occurring in
University dorms.

Contributed Photo
Former University student athlete, Daisy Tackett, alledges in a lawsuit that
the University failed to protect her after her alledged sexual assault

fort to have a normal college experience," the lawsuit said.


The aftermath
One year later, in October 2015, another rowing
team member told Tackett
that the same assailant had
assaulted her. Her fellow
rower had reported the assault to the University and
the police. After learning
this, Tackett reported that
she had also been raped.
She said she first reported the assault to the rowing team trainer and was

referred to a KU Athletics
physician and then a member of the Institutional Opportunity & Access (IOA).
In the lawsuit, Tackett said the football player
stalked her at two separate
locations: once in front of
Blake Hall and Watson Library.
"The KU football player
stared her down and called
her a derogatory name," according to the lawsuit.

In 2013,
approximately nine
forcible sex offenses
were reported in
University dorms.

In 2012, there
were two reports of
forcible sex offenses
in KU dorms.

SEE I DID NOT FEEL


SAFE PAGE 2

Source: 2015 Clery Report for the University

Sexuality and Gender Diversity forum offers place


for trans+ students to share stories and experiences
LARA KORTE
@lara_korte

Nathan King knew from


a young age that he did not
identify as a female.
I knew ever since I was
a child that I did not identify as my assigned gender,
King said. I would whine
and complain when I had
to pick out clothes from the
girls section, and I hated it
when the breasticles decided to come in.
King, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., is one of four
trans- and nongender conforming individuals who
shared their stories Tuesday night at TRANSlation:
Being Trans+ at KU.
King said he graduated high school identifying
as genderqueer, but after
coming to the University,
he said came out as a trans
man and began using the
pronouns he and his.
I am still trying to come
to terms with my transness, King said. Im enjoying my trans-ness, but
its not something that Im
super out about yet.
The panelists spoke to a
crowd of about 35 people at
the Office of Multicultural
Affairs. The conversation
began with each individual

sharing their own personal


journeys to who they are
today.
Caithe Alexander, a
sophomore from Shawnee,
Kan., was identified with
having childhood gender
dysphoria around two years
old, which meant they did
not identify strongly with
their gender assigned at
birth.
Alexander said previously, they had identified
as genderqueer, but recently has begun identifying as
pangender.
Recently I have come to
terms with the idea of pangender which means I identify as all and any gender all
at once, Alexander said.
Although they said their
family has been pretty accepting, Alexander said
it is difficult when their
brothers will refer to them
by their dead name, the
name assigned at birth, or
when their mother calls
them her son.
Other students like
Owen Brown, a freshman
from Abilene, Kan., grew up
in a very non-accepting environment. Brown said because he grew up in a small
town that was often homophobic and transphobic,
he felt suppressed. Howev-

er, after some research as


an adolescent, Brown said
he realized his identity.
It always felt off if my
parents called me their
daughter, or if I was dating
someone and they called
me their girlfriend, that
sort of thing, Brown said.
When I was a teenager, I
ended up doing some research and finding out a lot
more about this and I was
like, Oh, thats me.
Isaiah Woodward, a
freshman from New Brunswick, N.J., said they are
newly gender-fluid.
I say newly only because I realized this identity
and this summer, I didnt
come out to anyone specifically until September, and
I didnt come out for real
until like two weeks ago,
Woodward said.
Woodward said they
still have trouble explaining their gender identity to
family, but now, life makes
a lot more sense.
Outside of family acceptance and struggles, there
are still several issues that
transgender and nongender conforming individuals
deal with when coming to
the University, particularly
housing.
Earlier this year, Univer-

sity housing added accommodations for transgender


and gender-fluid students.
Alexander said theyve had
a good experience with the
University housing in the
past when they moved from
an all-men's scholarship
hall to a womens hall and
called the University super
helpful.
However, not everyone
had a similar experience.
Brown said when trying to
relocate out of a womens
dorm, he had trouble with
one of the housing representatives.
She asked if I had, and
I quote, the characteristics
of a woman, and said if I
was not on testosterone,
she could not put me in a
mens place, Brown said.
Another issue for students has been gender-neutral restrooms. Several
spaces on campus have
added gender-neutral restrooms and changing areas
over the past few years, including the Ambler Recreation Center last fall. However, only 10 buildings on
campus offer gender-neutral restrooms.
King said having more
gender-neutral bathrooms
is something he would like
to see on campus.

I dont feel comfortable need to email my profesusing any bathroom thats sors about my name or pronot just outside the [Sexu- nouns this semester.
ality and Gender Diversity]
Towards the end of the
center, King said.
hour-long discussion, the
Panelists
emphasized panelists wrapped up by
the importance of accurate sharing some final words of
pronoun usage, both in the wisdom for the room.
classroom and in social setKing said its important
tings.
to have a support group
Alexander said theyd when exploring gender and
like to see more professors said he made the mistake
begin class by introducing of thinking he had to go
their personal pronouns through it alone.
and asking everyone to do
If youre exploring
the same.
gender identity and your
Misgendering in the own gender and what-not,
classroom is a concern youre not alone, there are
for many in the LGBTQ+ many people that you can
community. Recently, the talk to, King said.
Sexuality and Gender DiWoodward, who said
versity Consortium has they struggled with their
been speaking with admin- identity at first, assured the
istrators on ways to change room that it is okay to be
the Universitys enrollment uncertain at times.
system to be more inclusive
You dont have to have
of transgender and nongen- it all figured out. You dont
der conforming individuals. have to wake up one day
Brown said hes begun and say, Oh, this is who I
using a tool on the Univer- am. This is how I am going
sity website that allows him to present myself. This is
to clearly identify himself to something I really strugteachers.
gled with at the beginning,
One thing thats been Woodward said. So feel
really helpful for me is in free to talk to people who
Read coverage from Donald
Enroll and Pay. There is are trans and share experiTrumps
Kansas
City,andMo.
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can put in
a pre- ences
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I DID NOT FEEL SAFE
FROM PAGE 2
The lawsuit claims that
after she reported the incidents to the IOA, she was
provided an escort to walk
her between Blake Hall and
Wescoe Hall. She said that
as a result of the incidents,
she
frequently
missed
workouts and her anxiety
worsened. From October
through December, she
withdrew from campus life
and would avoid athletic-related buildings because
she didn't want to encounter the football player, the
lawsuit reports.
She said although her
coaches were aware of
the alleged sexual assault
and her increasing anxiety, coach Rob Catloth informed her she would not
be allowed to travel on an
annual training trip to Florida.
For Tackett, rowing provided her a way to "help
cope with the situation,"
according to the lawsuit.
However, she said even
though she passed a fitness
test to prove she was fit
enough on the trip, she was
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with the team.


She said that because
she felt forced to leave the
team and the University,
she requested a letter from
Catloth to transfer to another school. According to
the lawsuit, he told her he
would write the letter, but
not permit her to transfer
to another Big 12 school.
The University also put
a hold on her transcript
and asked her to return her
rowing team clothing, Curry said.
After winter break, the
football player had not been
suspended nor expelled;
however, he agreed to expulsion in March 2016, according to the lawsuit.
Why Daisy Tackett filed
the lawsuit
At a press conference
in Kansas City, Mo., Monday afternoon for the lawsuit, Tackett's father read
a statement from her. In
that statement, she said she
reported her rape because
she thought other students
were at risk. However, she
said she did not feel safe after she made the report. She
also said she felt her coaches did not care.
"I felt like I did every

KANSAN.COM/NEWS |THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016

single thing KU asked of


me, and I feel that they did
not hold up their end of the
bargain," she said in her
statement.
"KU did not protect me.
And I was not able to be a
student or an athlete there.
I hope the KU community
understands why I had to
do this. KU cannot be allowed to operate under the
status quo."
Her father said she is in
a "very fragile state."
Im filled with righteous
anger. And I wish I could
name this person but he
knows who he is, his parents know who he is, his
coach knows who he is,
James Tackett said. And
if he was a man he would
stand up, he would ask for
forgiveness, he would apologize, which he has not
done, and he would face the
consequences.
James Tackett added:
He is a serial rapist. I think
he should have been taken
off campus immediately...If
I could speak to a father of
any female student at KU, I
would say, 'Move them out
of the housing because it is
obviously not safe.'"
Currently, Daisy Tackett

is applying to other universities for the fall semester


and wants to study political
science, her father said.
The breakdown
The lawsuit alleges that
the University failed to
protect Daisy Tackett from
retaliation from her assailant after she reported her
assault. It claims that Tackett had to take measures to
avoid meeting the assailant.
The lawsuit says the assault
caused her to have panic attacks on campus and when
practicing at KU's football
stadium.
Tackett no longer felt
safe on campus, Curry
said.
She experienced panic
attacks, fear and terror as
she tried to go to cooperate
in KUs investigation, go
to class and participate in
KUs rowing team, he said.
KUs rowing team coaches
did not accommodate her,
and prevented her from
participating in team activities.
The suit also alleges that
her coach retaliated against
her and denied her opportunities following her complaint to IOA.
Tackett is seeking an

amount of more than


$75,000, which would cover: attorney's fees, tuition
and housing reimbursement, transcripts, and further legal and equitable relief. The lawsuit states that
Daisy has incurred, and will
continue to incur, expenses
for medical and psychological treatment.
Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director of University
news and media relations,
said the University does not
comment on individual sexual assault investigations.
"As we said in response
to the Tacketts' first lawsuit
earlier this month, any suggestion that we do not support those who report sexual assault on our campuses
is baseless," Barcomb-Peterson said.
KU Athletics declined to
comment.
Tacketts parents filed a
class-action lawsuit against
the University claiming that
it is falsely marketing its
on-campus housing as safe.
The first lawsuit is an application of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Edited by Candice
Tarver

BREAKDOWN OF ALLEGATIONS
KU public safety
office investigated a
sexual assault report
in Jayhawker Towers
in March 2013

Reported rape of
student in University
residence hall in
April 2014

Two female students


reported sexual
assault in their
residence halls in
October 2014

KU football player
arrested after
student reports she
had been fondled
while unconscious
in the parking lot of
Jayhawker Towers.

KU public safety
office reports alleged
sexual battery at
Jayhawker Towers on
Nov. 10, 2014.

Source: Title IX lawsuit

Brownback signs bill that requires equal


benefits for college religious groups
CONNER MITCHELL
@ConnerMitchell0

Senate Bill 175, a bill


which prohibits colleges and
universities from denying
religious student groups
benefits available to other
student organizations, was
signed into law by Gov. Sam

For Student
Senate, we
have a rule that
a group has
to be open to
all students [to
receive funding].
Stephonn Alcorn
Government Realations
Director

Brownback on Tuesday
afternoon.
The
law
requires
universities to provide the
same services to groups
with
religious-specific
membership requirements.
As long as the leaders of
the group adhere and
comply to the associations
sincerely held religious
beliefs, comply with the
groups sincere religious
standards of conduct, and
remain committed to
furthering the associations
religious missions.
Student
governments
at the University, Kansas
State
University
and
Wichita State University
have spoken out against
the bill, saying it violates
anti-discrimination
policies. Student Senate
released a resolution last
year, authored by former
student body president
Morgan Said and former

government
relations
director Will Admussen,
opposing the legislation.
Section
8.5.6
of
Student Senate Rules and
Regulations states, no
funds shall be allocated
to
any
corporation,
organization, or group
that is not open de facto
to all University of Kansas
students, the resolution
reads. If SB 175 were to
become law, Kansas Board
of Regents higher education
institutions
will
be
required
to
provide
benefits
to
student
organizations that violate
discrimination policies
and standards.
Student
Senate
Government Relations
Director
Stephonn
Alcorn said the law will
have a negative impact
on the way Senate goes
about funding student
organizations.
We
released
a
resolution
opposing
Senate Bill 175 last year.
That resolution still
stands as our official
stance on that. If [the
bill] does pass, that
would definitely have
an adverse impact on
our funding of groups
and our ability to be a
student
government
that serves all students,
Alcorn said. For Student
Senate, we have a rule
that a group has to be
open to all students [to
receive funding]."

Conner Mitchell/KANSAN
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Award-winning undergraduate students present at


second annual Image of Research competition
SAMANTHA SEXTON
@Sambiscuit

he University of Kansas Libraries rounded out the


second annual Image of Research competition on March 22
with presentations from three
award-winning
undergraduate
students. The students presented short lectures about their research, why it interests them, and
what they hope will come from it
in the future.
The Image of Research competition asks undergraduate students involved in some kind of
academic research on campus to
submit photos that illustrate what
their research means to them via
Instagram or the Library website.
The competition focused on
celebrating the role undergraduate studies play in research and
innovation at KU, Michelle Reed,
undergraduate learning specialist
for University Libraries said.
Were asking students to look,
engage with, and share the research that interests them and to
help show how they contribute on
campus, Reed said.
The event started with a short
talk by Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian for University Libraries. Brolick spoke about
the importance of social media
and having an online presence
but also about using that presence

effectively.
The goal of the Image of Research competition is to celebrate
the diversity of undergraduate research by challenging undergraduate researchers to reflect on what
that research means to them and
how you represent that." Bolick
said.
Bolick described how, as an
undergraduate program, the Image of a Research competition is
a phenomenal opportunity to
branch out and create a unique
and marketable personality online.
We all have digital identities
and you can exert influence on
your identity by being proactive
and giving shape to the results
of research in your areas, Bolick
said.
Bolick was followed by Mackenzie Bloom, a junior majoring
in biology and genetics who won
the "Research is a Process" Award
acknowledging her multiple submissions that demonstrate the iterative and dynamic nature of the
research process.
Bloom, an undergraduate research assistant, shared slides
illustrating her work quantifying
stem cell numbers in mouse colon
tissue.
Colon cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer related
death, Bloom said. In our group
we are trying to understand the
CONNER MITCHELL
@ ConnerMitchell0

Senate
Takeaways

On Wednesday, Student
Senate Rights Committee
members debated general
funding bills for student organizations and amended Senate committee membership
requirements to give members of the newly-formed
Multicultural Student Government equal representation.
Two drafts of the Code of
Student Rights and Responsibilities were presented to

different malfunctions in the cell


that lead to cell divisions, specifically in colon cancer.
Bloom went into detail concerning the importance of her
research and how it could one
day lead to a greater understanding of the causes of cancer. Her
award-winning images showed
the process of her research.
Another student presenter,
Amber Norris, a senior majoring
in Spanish with a pre-med focus,
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis her sophomore year and said
she has dedicated her studies to
addressing the invisible illness
and hopes to one day cure it entirely.
I became an advocate for myself, Norris said. My disease
progressed fairly quickly and
what started out as an ear infection ended up with paralysis of
my entire right side for about two
months. I was told I would be that
way for the rest of my life, but I
decided that I had to get behind
the disease and figure out what
was going on and what my best
treatment options were.
Norris said her diagnosis was
a blessing in disguise, giving her
something to put her passion and
effort into while at the University.
In her photo, Norris shows Tysabri, which is one of the very few
drugs that can be used to treat
MS and describes how it has al-

members of the Rights Committee to approve and send to


Full Senate next week for final
approval. One draft was submitted by University administration and one was submitted by the Student Rights
Student Code Subcommittee.
The Code written by the subcommittee was approved to
be reviewed at Full Senate
next week.
Here are three takeaways
from Wednesdays committee
meetings:
1. Members of the new
Multicultural Student Gov-

lowed her to advance


her research as well
as keep her "flareups" in remission for
two years. Norris was
awarded the Story of
Research Award for
establishing a "textual
connection between
her photo and her research.
Alex Robinson/KANSAN
The last student to Amber Norris, a pre-med student and Spanish major,
present his research discusses her experience facing Multiple-Sclerosis and
was Bryce Tappan, how she used research and her power as a pre-med
student to cope with it.
a senior majoring in
Chemistry, who won
and someday, down the line, your
the Vision Award. Tappans photo contributions may have a real imhas been recognized as an out- pact on the world and may help a
standing submission for its origi- patient or a doctor and may really
nality and creativity.
make a difference, Emmett said.
Tappans image, a beaker of
Students who could not ata deep blue chemical known as tend the event include grandazulene, shows his research ex- prize winner Austin Petz, a senior
ploring the possibility of creating studying chemical engineering
molecular electronics.
and pre-med, who submitted a
Its the new step in nanotech- photo of algae converted into binology, Tappan said. If we place ocrude oil, and Jackson Young, a
the azulene between two metal senior studying mathematics and
atoms, it can essentially act as a physics who submitted a photo of
wire, allowing a charge, or elec- a fellow undergraduate student
tron, to pass through.
working on the same research
Ada Emmett, head of the Of- with him. Young was awarded the
fice of Scholarly Communications Open for Collaboration Award for
and Copyright, ended the event by expressing the spirit of Open Accongratulating the undergraduate cess and advancing discovery by
students.
advocating for and supporting
The research that youre all open access to scholarship.
doing here at KU will help launch
Edited by Mackenzie
you into your professional world
Walker

ernment were given equal


representation on the Student
Senate Campus Fee Review
Subcommittee. If approved
by Full Senate, the bill will increase the size of the committee from 12 to 24 members.
Another bill will give jurisdiction of the Multicultural
Education Fund to the Multicultural Student Government.
Finance Committee Chair
Tyler Childress said most students are not aware of the fee,
so this change would make
the fee more viable across
campus.

2. Rights Committee and


University Affairs Committee
members approved a resolution opposing the Kansas
state legislature's Senate Bill
513 and House Bill 2737. The
legislation, also known as the
Student Privacy Act, stipulates transgender students
must use restrooms that align
with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of
the gender they identify with.
We put this resolution together to be proactive and get
ahead of the situation, said
Stephonn Alcorn, govern-

ment relations director.


3. Rights Committee members voted to move forward
with presenting the Student
Code of Rights and Responsibilities draft composed by the
Student Rights Student Code
Subcommittee, instead of the
draft by administrators. Committee members proceeded to
add multiple amendments to
the chosen draft, which moves
to Full Senate next week and
requires a two-thirds majority
approval.
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visit to Cuba
symbolizes
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Sitting on the bus at
7:59 and you realize
all the people that are
going to be late to their
8AM classes like you
are...
the math problems
that are smeared out
on the wall by the
gateway exam room
remind me of the broken
hieroglyphics in movies
that warn the main
character of certain
doom
I absolutely love Jude
Law as an android sex
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professor
Can anyone else say
theyve been blocked
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website because they
search it too frequently?
No, just me?
Is it possible to do
permanent damage
to your nose from
allergies?
Ive been awake for 24
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Asked my roommates
if we could put a disco
ball in our kitchen. They
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hoping to make them
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The worst buzz kill is
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is empty. I just wanted
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n Monday, Barack
Obama
became
the first U.S. president in 88 years to visit
Cuba. While his joint press
event with Cuban President Raul Castro touched
on some continuing disagreements between the
countries and ended with
an awkward attempt at a
handshake, the visit marks
a major step forward in
restoring relations with

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with the conduct of the


Cuban government. Another potential benefit of
improved relations is the
empowerment of the Cuban citizens.
While Castro answered
questions from the media on national television,
Cuban citizens watched
in surprise as their leader
addressed
controversial
issues. Seeing their leader
challenged could inspire
Cuban citizens to begin
advocating for their own
rights and freedoms.
In a speech on Tuesday,
Obama implored the Cuban government to realize
the potential of the Cuban
people to strengthen the
country. He also told the
Cuban citizens that they
ultimately are the people
who will be able to improve the nation.

You need not


fear the different
voices of the Cuban
people, and their
capacity to speak,
and assemble,
and vote for their
leaders, Obama
said. In fact, Im
hopeful for the future
because I trust that
the Cuban people
will make the right
decisions.
President Barack Obama

Additionally, with Cuba


back in Americas spotlight
and the promise of ending
the Cuban embargo, the
Cuban government may
feel pressure to improve

their citizens quality of life


and the treatment of those
with opposing views to the
regime. The United States
governments former tactic
of punishing Cuba with sanctions led to no meaningful
change for decades. The time
is clearly here for the US government to change its tactics.
Restoring relations and
building an international
partnership is in both the
United States and Cubas
best interests. With the improved relations, both countries could see economic
growth and an expansion of
opportunities for businesses. Even more importantly
though, the Cuban people
may be able to capitalize on
this moment and set a foundation for better governance.
Ryan Liston is a freshman from Lawrence studying journalism.

Gonzales: Healthy eating benefits the student body

My daily goal is to get


my eyeliner as sharp as
my tongue.

Everything is turning
lovely hues of green
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Cuba.
Since Cuba is located
less than 100 miles from
Floridas coasts, it is imperative that the United
States government seeks
to revitalize relations. Cubas proximity should be
a key reason to foster improved trade and communication instead of allowing overarching distrust to
continue.
Furthermore, the citizens of Cuba may benefit
from a restored partnership between the countries. Trade could help
stimulate the Cuban economy and relaxed travel
laws may allow for more
orderly immigration or
travel between the two
countries, which has already allowed many Cuban families to reunite.
Stabilizing the relationship with Cuba, however,
is not a sign of approval

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Spring can be a stressful


time of the year for students. From the excitement
of March Madness and
spring break to the stress
of school and work, there
are plenty of distractions
that often take students focus away from their health.
When the body does not

receive the nutrients it


needs, people will experience a lack of focus, energy and happiness. It is essential that students make
their diet a priority for the
benefit of themselves and
others.
While eating at restaurants or eating junk food
may be cheap and convenient, the real costs of eating poorly are not always
immediately
apparent.
Eating healthy isnt always
easy, but it is certainly
worth it.
One of the most important reasons for students to
eat healthy is that it will
increase their brain activity and overall productivity.
Your brain needs energy to
run properly, and it gets
that energy from food. A

2012 study published by


Population Health Management found that eating
an unhealthy diet puts you
at a 66 percent increased
risk of productivity loss.
Besides
productivity,
other brain functions such
as mood and temperament
are affected by the food
that one eats. According to
Lacie Glover of NerdWallet Inc., foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such
as fruits, whole grains and
vegetables, have been associated with an overall lower
risk of depression, as have
foods rich in omega-3 fats,
such as nuts, salmon and
other fatty fish.
Eating healthy may
seem like a hassle, but
both short and long-term
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it. Some of these longterm effects include an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis
and cancer. It is important
for students to realize that
what they eat now has the
potential to affect immediate and future health.
Committing to a healthy
diet has never been easier.
With the power of the internet and the abundance
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begins with each individual


Jayhawk making the conscious decision to eat better. Such a movement will
allow for a more productive
and successful academic
environment. Oftentimes
our diet is determined
by the diet of the people
around us. If your friends
are getting a pizza, lets
be honest, youll probably
eat some too. Maybe all it
takes is one person to stand
up and say Hey, lets make
a salad instead."

Rachel Gonzales is a
Junior from Fort Collins,
Colo. studying journalism
and sociology.

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HOROSCOPES
WHATS YOUR
SIGN?

Aries(March 21-April 19)


Look before leaping. Dont
get stopped by past failures,
but dont start projects either.
New information becomes
available, with Mercury trine
Mars. The puzzle starts coming together. Reality bursts
a fantasy bubble. Guard
against breakage.
Taurus(April 20-May 20)
Watch your mouth! Oversharing comes too easily.
Listen more than you speak
... its about timing. Rewrite
the copy, if not the concept.
Consider consequences of
your words. Finalize and
sign documents after thorough review.
Gemini(May 21-June 20)
Discuss changes you want,
with Mercury trine Mars.
Collect suggestions and
criticism. List negatives and
make corrections. Anticipate
confusion with accurate
data. The potential for error
is high. Avoid an awkward
stall. Messages travel far.
Cancer(June 21-July 22)
An interesting development sends the grapevine
buzzing. Get the word out,
after scrubbing for public
consumption. Keep family
confidences. Ask irreverent
questions and get surprising
answers. Hitch your wagon
to a breaking story.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Listen for the perfect timing.
Friends follow wherever you
lead, as word spreads like
wildfire today. Dont tell all
you know yet. Keep the conversation respectful. Do a
good job; important people
are watching.
Virgo (Aug.23-Sept.22)
Dont be hasty. Choose your
own path. Follow a dreamer
with an enchanting vision.
Present arguments tactfully.
Surprising reactions can
erupt. Relax, and wait for
the punch line. Write your
own conclusion.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
Choose your words carefully. Clear up misunderstandings before they ferment.
Things dont necessarily
go by the book. Speak
now, or forever hold your
peace. Write, record and
film. Deliver your heart-felt
message.

Caroline Fiss/KANSAN
Senior Kelly Latham, a senior from Lawrence, sits with her illustrations. Latham is an artist and cancer survivor.

Student who overcame cancer explores her artistic


talent through experiences abroad and at Disney
COURTNEY BIERMAN
@courtbierman

efore finals week of her


freshman year, while
everyone else was hard
at work studying, art student Kelly Latham was being
rushed to the hospital. She
couldnt breathe, and a CT
scan showed abnormalities.
The ER doctor told her she
might have a blood clot in
her lung and listed off three
potential diagnoses the
third was cancer.
I literally said, Oh, awesome. That was my line,"
Latham said.
One month later, after
undergoing a bone marrow
harvest, Latham received
her diagnosis: Stage IV
non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Latham, now a senior,


graduated from Lawrence
High School in 2011 and
started at the University the
following fall as a student in
the School of the Arts design program. A lifelong lover of Disney, Latham has a
deep interest in concept art,
meaning she wants to help
design characters and worlds
for animated movies and TV
shows.
For six months after
receiving her diagnosis,
Lathams life was a blur of
surgeries, appointments and
scans. In the morning she
went to class, and in the afternoon she received chemotherapy treatments. Latham
wasnt fazed by her illness or
the treatment. For the most
part, she says life went on as

normal.
I was kind of just along
for the ride, she said. I
was like, Okay, yeah, tell me
what to do, and itll fix me.
Michael, Kelly's younger
brother, is a junior studying
mechanical engineering at
the University. After getting
over the initial shock of her
diagnosis, Michael and the
rest of the Latham family
were similarly level-headed.
It was weird to hear
that, you know, that your
sister, whos pretty young
in her life, has cancer, he
said. But at the same time,
I wasnt worried. I knew she
would pull through.
The following June,
Latham went into remission.
The most pressing thing on
her mind after receiving a

clean bill of health was being able to work at a summer


camp she'd attended in previous years.
Looking back, I think I
was just excited to be able
to do normal things again.
I didnt realize how limiting
cancer was until afterwards
because I was like Oh, I
couldnt have done this six
months ago," Latham said.
Latham didnt make a lot
of art while she was sick. Her
treatment usually left her too
tired to do much more than
homework and sleep.
I didnt want to do anything. I did art do art
about things I like, she said.
Naturally your surroundings influence that whether
you want them to or not, so
I just didnt. I didnt draw,

hardly.
As an illustration student,
she takes classes that teach
her skills like storyboarding
and concept development.
Professor Barry Fitzgerald currently has Latham for
her majors capstone course.
He didnt have Latham as
a student at the time of her
diagnosis, but he has taught
her in several courses since
then. As Fitzgeralds course
is one of the last Latham will
ever take at the University, Fitzgerald is helping her
hone her skills not only as an
artist but as a marketer.
You need to be making
the right kind of art for the
right kind of audience, he
SEE LATHAM PAGE 11

Scorpio(Oct.23-Nov.21)
Sort facts from gossip. The
flow of information could
seem like a deluge. A possible gain or loss depends
on recent actions. Writing
projects go further than
expected. Post, publish and
broadcast.
Sagittarius(Nov.22-Dec.21)
Expand your view. Allocate
funds for communications.
Invest in business promotions. Participate in an
intellectual conversation at
a higher level. A conflict
of interests gets exposed.
Truth leads to healing. List
limitations and barriers.
Capricorn(Dec.22-Jan.19)
Back up intuition with research. Confer with partners
on professional opportunities. The truth is revealed,
and it might not be pretty.
Make the case for a new direction. Ask great questions.
Share what you learn.
Aquarius(Jan.20-Feb.18)
Finalize advertising or other
public communications. Your
income rises as your communications go viral, with
Mercury trine Mars. Take the
lead. Keep cool as angry
rhetoric can backfire. Speak
out. Dont be bashful.
Pisces (Feb19-March 20)
Express your views in
writing. Discuss the financial
implications of your plan.
Use facts to back up your
position. Expect criticism,
and deflect with a thoughtful
response. Persuade, motivate and incite action.

Colleen OToole/KANSAN
Cuee Wright, a 2015 graduate, wearing Young Intelcts, a clothing line she began in 2014.

Alumna finds her calling through clothing


line and upcoming nonprofit art studio
BRIANNA CHILDERS
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Growing
up,
Cuee
Wright dreamed about
being a lot of things: a
basketball player, a journalist, a videographer and
a collegiate dean, but never once did she think she
would someday have her
own clothing line.
Wright, a 2015 Univer-

sity graduate and Chicago


native, created her clothing line, Young Intelcts, in
the fall of 2014. But Young
Intelcts is more than just a
clothing line. It is a brand
that encompasses a wide
variety of elements varying from fashion to music.
Along with that, she is in
the process of creating her
own non-profit organization, which recently be-

came recognized locally.


The non-profit will be
a creative art studio in
Lawrence that will allow
for students to participate
in producing, recording,
photography and dance.
It will be for students
third grade up to college,
and its for students who
want to participate in creative arts, Wright said.
While the non-profit

organization is a work in
progress, the clothing line
is starting to take off. Prior to the success Wright
has already seen, research
and brand work had to be
done.
Wright was helped in
creating this brand by
Janet Rose, a professor
in the journalism school.
Rose said she was giving a lecture in class

about brand strategy, and


Wright approached her
about creating her own
brand.
She had an idea that
her brand had a purpose
but had to formalize it,
Rose said. She understood the things that
made it unique, like what
it promises, the purpose
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Senior Kelly Latham is a student artist and cancer survivor. She works primarily with watercolor. She made these illustrations while studying abroad in Rome.

LATHAM FROM PAGE 5


said.
Lathams current project
is an animated storyboard of
a female treasure hunter who
works on commission for a
museum a twist on the Indiana Jones story, Fitzgerald
said. On her current mission,
the heroine is aided by fairies as she tries to get past a
skeletal monster guarding a
hoard of treasure.
Even though the story is
a fantasy, Latham tries to incorporate real-life elements
to give a sense of familiarity.
For example, she researched
Aztln, the ancient home
of the Aztec tribe, when designing the fairies' costumes.
The monster's design was
inspired by pictures of crocodiles and iguanas. The aim
is for 30 percent fantasy, 70
percent reality, which is a
ratio used by Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli,
another one of Latham's in-

spirations.
Since going into remission, Latham has more than
made up for the artistic dry
spell. In spring of 2015,
Latham spent a semester
abroad in Rome. Through
the American University of
Rome, Latham took classes in baroque and classical
art. The classes were held in
different parts of the city to
expose students to as much
Roman art and architecture
as possible.
While in Italy, Latham
lived mostly unplugged from
her life back home. She left
her tablet, which she used for
most of her projects, back in
America, unsubscribed from
Photoshop and only took her
pencils and watercolors. She
had limited Wi-Fi access and
used a map to get around the
city.
Having passed the twoyear mark in her remission,
Latham didn't feel like she
had to worry about her
health while abroad. Art and

sightseeing occupied her to


the extent that she didn't
have much time to dwell on
her illness.
"I was too busy just
traveling and seeing new
things and drawing people
and eating funny shaped
pastries and whatnot to
really worry," she said.
Latham said her time
abroad helped her get out of

I was too busy just


traveling and seeing new things and
drawing people and
eating funny shaped
pastries and whatnot
to really worry.
Kelly Latham
Illustration Student

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sketching the world around
her, which she hadnt done
since high school.

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Theres like 20 of us in
my class, give or take, and
you get stuck behind the
computer screen," she said.
"And you are only looking at
other peoples work and being like Oh, theyre successful. I need to be like them,
and so you modify yourself
to be like them, and thats
not necessarily a good thing
to do."
But Latham still had a
semester she wanted to fill.
Because working in a Disney
animation studio would be
a dream come true for her,
she applied for the Disney
College Program while in
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and theme park industries
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Latham said she's dealt
with enough death and negativity for a lifetime. She's
ready to move on a sentiment reflected in her optimistic art.
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and war and death and
even just things like having
to go to work and things
like that," she said. "Whereas in my art, shes a treasure
hunter doing whatever she
wants to. If someone can escape their not-as-fun reality
and kind of get lost in the color and shape and excitement
of my work, then I think
thats a really cool thing, and
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Having just returned
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classical architecture. For
example, several medieval
castles throughout Europe
inspired the famous Cinderella Castle.
Its just interesting to sit
there and look and see all
the differences and all the
similarities and you incorporate real elements into
an imaginative land, which
is what concept art is its
taking real-world elements
and incorporating it into an
imaginative land or world.
Latham said.
In the last semester of her
senior year, Lathams cancer
seems like a distant memory.
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life, and our life our whole
family, Michael said. Its
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Cue Wright in a Young Intelcts hoodie, with a hat beside her.

WRIGHT FROM PAGE 5


and the pillars.
The brand was created to be tailored around
students and dreaming,
and Wright emphasizes
that with a tagline that
says, Dreaming for tomorrow, living for today.
The thought process behind that was whatever
you are doing today, you
can dream for tomorrow,
Wright said. Whatever dreams you have, you
make those dreams come
true on a day-to-day basis.
From
that
discussion with her professor,
Wright moved on to make
a website, used the power
of social media to generate sales and got a small
team of people to wear her
clothes around campus so
that people would become
familiar with the logo.
She said while her very
first customer was her
mother, she pulls a lot of
her inspiration from her
brother.

My brother is the biggest inspiration because


he has no fashion sense,
but not in a bad way; he
just doesnt care, Wright
said. I thought about
people like that when I
created my brand and
what would make them
care about wearing my
clothes.
Another source of inspiration, professionally,
is Kayne West.
Im not a big fan
of his attitude but
business-wise, I look
up to him as far as
clothing, Wright said. I
want to make it affordable
for college students as
well as being in the music
industry.
Something that makes
her clothing line unique
is that she allows her
customers to send
her their own color
combinations for the
logo. Wright said
when people see her
clothes, she doesnt
want them to think of
her but rather to think

of themselves.
I probably would never put some of the color
combinations on the logo,
but if someone sends it
to me, thats their dream,
and thats what they
want, she said.
With her nonprofit

organization in the works,


Wright is on her chosen
path of success.
She is an incredible,
vibrant, and intelligent
person, and I think that
oozes out of her

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like an aura, Rose said.


She is extremely aware
and observant so I think
you combine that kind of
positive, visionary energy
with that kind of ability to

connect with people, and I


think it creates something
quite magical which is exactly what would describe
her.
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KANSAN.COM

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A mariachi band performs before an audience in Lawrence in 2006. Photo courtesy of La Yorda community descendants and Watkins Museum of History.

Grant will provide programs on Latino History in KS


COURTNEY BIERMAN
@courtbierman

ansas is home to
more than 300,000
people of Hispanic
origin, making up about 11
percent of the state's population, according to the Pew
Research Center. Starting
next month, the Center for
Latin America and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) will
bring visibility to the history
of this group with a series
of events and educational
programming around Lawrence, which is free and
open to the public.
Planning for the month
of programming began
after CLACS was awarded the Latino Americans:
500 Years of History grant
through the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library
Association in February.
The Lawrence Public Library, the Tonantzin Society
of Topeka and KU Libraries
are all co-sponsoring the
programming.
CLACS Outreach Coordinator Danika Swanson has
spent the last few months
brainstorming
projects,

booking event space, and


figuring out the best ways to
use the grant money.
I think its easy for people to hear about immigration or Latino Americans
and think that this is not
so relevant to Kansas, but
there is actually a very rich
and varied history, Swanson said.
Due to the group's
shared history, Swanson
said she hopes the programming appeals to the
non-Latino as well as the
Latino community of Lawrence.
I think that one of the
things that we talk about is
the goals of these programs
in some ways are two-fold,
and one is to inspire pride
among the Latino and Latina community here by giving voice to their stories
and by recognizing their
contributions and by telling their story as very much
part of our shared history,
and also then to educate
the non-Latino community
about those same things,
Swanson said.
Beginning April 6, four
episodes of the PBS documentary series, Latino

Americans: 500 Years of


History, will be the focal
point of the public programming. The PBS website bills
the series as the first major
documentary series to tell
the history of Latinos who
have helped shape the United States over the last 500plus years and have become,
with more than 50 million
people, the largest minority
group in the U.S. A lineup
of scholars of Latin American and Latino Studies from
around the country will introduce each episode.
The purpose of these
films is that they provide a
basis from which to provide
multiple stories and not just
to provide a singular story,
said Alex Villagran, a junior
from Garden City studying
political science.
Villagran is the president
of the Hispanic American
Leadership Organization,
a group that functions as a
support system for Hispanic
and Latino students at the
University.
Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump
has increased discussion
about racism and undocumented immigration with

his inflammatory comments about building a


Mexico-funded wall at the
border between Mexico and
the United States. Villagran
references his now infamous
When Mexico sends its
people, theyre not sending
the best, quote about Mexican immigrants to highlight
the necessity of the documentary series and CLACS
programming.
We have stereotypes being thrown around recently
in American politics, phrases such as lazy, criminals,
rapists, drug users whatever it may be," Villagran
said. "These stories provide
a basis for more accurate
representation and really gets to the point that, as
Latinos, we are more than
just a branded term, we are
individuals that exist within
a society."
The first Hispanic presence in Kansas was part of
the Coronado Expedition in
1541, according to Kansaspedia. Spanish conquistador
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado spent two years trekking from Mexico to what is
now southwestern Kansas in
hopes of finding the mythi-

cal Cities of Cibola.

I think its easy


for people to hear
about immigration
or Latino Americans
and think that this
is not so relevant to
Kansas, but there is
actually a very rich
and varied history
Danika Swanson
CLACS Outreach
Coordinator

Betsaida Reyes, librarian for Spanish, Portuguese,


Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, is curating an
exhibition on the Coronado
Exhibition to be hosted on
the fifth floor of Watson Library in the international
collections. A reception will
be held on the librarys third
floor on April 6 to kick off
the exhibition, which will
run throughout May. Featuring books, maps, and
other documents detailing
Coronados journey, Reyes
said the exhibition has the
potential to interest more

than just history buffs.


I find that as a non-Kansas native I was fascinated
to learn that theres a rich
history of colonialism and
exploration from Spanish
conquistadors coming into
this territory, Reyes said.
As a non-Kansas native, its
fascinating to learn about it,
but also if you are from here,
itll be a chance to learn a little more.
Items will include a copy
of a letter Coronado sent to
then-Emperor Charles V
and a Kansas Historical Society photo of a flag that was
made for the 400th anniversary of the exhibition.
Reyes said she thinks the
topic is especially relevant to
Kansas residents and those
with any investment in the
history of the Latino culture.
Its a shared history in
many ways. Its a shared
story of moving and going
to new places. It might just
be a different group that
were highlighting this time
around, but at the end of the
day I think its inherently a
shared history," Reyes said.
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KANSAN.COM

basketball gameday
EVAN RIGGS

KANSAS JAYHAWKS (1 SEED)

@EvanRiggsUDK

AT A GLANCE
The Jayhawks have won 16
games in a row and are in
the Sweet 16 for the first
time since 2013. Advancing further wont be easy,
as Maryland is one of the
most talented teams in the
country. Graham and Mason have been tested all
season against elite guards,
and they will need to pass
one more test against Melo
Trimble if the Jayhawks
are going to advance to the
Elite Eight.

PLAYER TO WATCH

NCAA
tournament
edition

vs. MARYLAND TERRAPINS (4 SEED)

KANSAS
PROJECTED STARTERS

Frank Mason III, junior, guard


Mason has struggled with his shot in the NCAA Tournament, shooting just 3-of-15 in the Jayhawks first
two tournament games. He also had four turnovers
against UConn, which is his most in the last three
weeks. Even when he isnt putting up his usual numbers, Mason is still crucial in creating pace and perimeter defense.

MARYLAND
PROJECTED STARTERS

Melo Trimble, sophomore, guard


There is a reason that Melo Trimble is viewed as one
of the better guards in the nation. Trimble has a knack
for scoring as he has scored in double figures in the
last 10 games and 16 of the last 17 contests. Whether
it is Devonte Graham or Frank Mason III, the Jayhawks backcourt will have their hands full defensively
with him.

SHANE JACKSON
@jacksonshane3

AT A GLANCE

Maryland is in the Sweet


16 for the first time since
2003. Though the Terrapins havent quite lived up
to preseason hype for much
of the season, their roster
is loaded with elite talent
and very capable of making a deep run in the tournament. Standing in their
way is the No. 1 team in the
nation and winners of their
last 16 games.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Carlton Bragg Jr.


freshman, forward
Maryland has a lot of size
and length, which makes
them difficult to score on
around the basket. However, they are also very vulnerable to giving up offensive rebounds. Bragg is the
perfect combination to go
against Maryland, as hes
proven all year hes a very
capable shooter, and he also
has an offensive rebound
rate of 13.1 percent, which is
second on the team behind
Lucas.

Jake Nickens
sophomore, guard
Devonte Graham, sophomore, guard
After not scoring in the first round, Graham had 13
points in the Jayhawks second round win. He also
hit a clutch shot down the stretch to ice the game for
Kansas, which is what hes been doing for the last five
weeks. He continues to play with a very loud confidence and swagger, showing why hes the Jayhawks
emotional and vocal leader.

Rasheed Sulaimon, senior, guard


Rasheed Sulaimon is the lone Maryland player who
has played Kansas in his career. The former Duke Blue
Devil scored 13 points in the loss in the Champions
Classic in 2014. This year he is averaging 11.1 points per
game with the Terrapins. He may fly under the radar
in terms of numbers, but he is considered the leader
of this team.

QUESTION MARK

QUESTION MARK

Question mark: Can


KU defend the pick and
roll?
If KU has shown one weakness this year, its been
defense against quality
guards in the pick and roll.
Melo Trimble and Diamond
Stone are capable of being a
very good pick and roll duo.
If the Jayhawks can limit
Trimbles play making, they
should be just fine.

Wayne Selden Jr., junior, guard

Jake Layman, senior, guard

It seems Selden has left his struggles in the


NCAA Tournament behind him. Before this
year, he scored just 10 total points in four
tournament games. This year, he averaged 18
points per game on 52 percent shooting and had
one of the best dunks of the tournament against
UConn.

If its not Sulaimon then Jake Layman is the teams


biggest three-point threat. He is shooting 41 percent
from long range this season. The senior guard averages 11.7 points per contest but has the ability to take
over a game. In the first round the Terrapins relied on
his 27-point performance to move onto the Round of
32.

Perry Ellis, senior, forward

16 The Jayhawks are 16-0


when Selden scores at least
13 points.
2012 A win Thursday
would give the Jayhawks
their first Elite Eight birth
since 2012.

BIG JAY WILL CHEER IF...

The Jayhawks continue to


play with the same intensity as they did in the second round. Even though
Maryland is a very talented
team, theres no doubt that
the Jayhawks are one of the
best, if not the best team,
in the tournament. If they
continue to play with more
energy and intensity than
their opponents, they will
be very difficult to beat.

Can Stone outplay the


veteran Lucas?

Arguably the most important


matchup of the game will be
between freshman center Diamond Stone and junior Landen
Lucas. As long as both can stay
on the floor, this individual
matchup may be the most fun
to watch. Stone may have very
little tournament experience
but if he can impact the game
like he did against Hawaii,
Maryland may be able upset
Kansas.

BY THE NUMBERS

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Bill Self is 5-2 in the


Sweet 16 at Kansas.

Maryland doesnt have much


of a bench with no player
outside its starting five averaging more than 19 minutes
per game. Nickens is more
than likely the first guy off
the bench come Thursday
and has the ability to provide
an offensive spark, if needed.
Eight times this season he has
scored double digits, including 14 points in the opening
round victory over South Dakota State.

Jayhawk fans everywhere held their breath when


Ellis left the game early on Saturday in noticeable discomfort after bumping his knee. But he
only sat out a couple of minutes, and once he
re-entered, he was as good as ever. He scored 21
points and grabbed eight rebounds on 75 percent
shooting. That type of outing has become a normal game for Ellis.

Robert Carter, junior, forward


It has not been the best start to the NCAA tournament
for Robert Carter. The junior forward is averaging 12.4
points and seven rebounds per contest but posted
consecutive seven-point performances last weekend.
Prior to the big dance, Carter has scored at least 13
points in five of his last six games.

5 Maryland has five players


averaging double figures in
scoring. Melo Trimble leads
all scorers with 14.8 points
per contest.
16 This is Marylands first
trip to the Sweet 16 since
2003. The Terrapins lost to
the Michigan State Spartans
in the Sweet 16 that year.
23 Melo Trimble has been
to the line 23 times in two
games in the NCAA Tournament. He is 22-of-23 at the
line in the big dance.

Landen Lucas, junior, forward


The transformation of Landen Lucas continued
in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He did a little bit of everything for Kansas last
game with six points, 12 rebounds, four assists,
three blocks and a steal. Theres no question
that his improvement over the last five weeks
has taken the Jayhawks to another level.

Diamond Stone, freshman, forward


Diamond Stone is one of the more highly-touted
freshmen in the game and for good reason. The
6-foot-11 rookie is averaging 12.7 points and 5.4
rebounds per game. He did not have the best
postseason debut but in the round of 32 looked
much better scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Beat writer predictions:


Scott Chasen | @SChasenKU: Kansas, 79-76
Shane Jackson | @jacksonshane3: Kansas, 75-70
Evan Riggs | @EvanRiggsUDK: Kansas, 80-73

BIG JAY WILL CRY IF...

Melo Trimble or Diamond


Stone are able to take over the
game. Devonte Graham has
shown the ability to lock down
an elite guard in Buddy Hield
but he has never seen Trimble.
Landen Lucas is certainly big
enough to handle Stone, but if
he deals with any foul trouble
the Jayhawks may be in trouble. If either one of these two
players are the best player in
the game, Kansas could be in
trouble.

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Connected to KU from birth, Beck family pays


homage to Uncle Anthony at open practice
SCOTT CHASEN
@SChasenKU

and plane tickets and everything, and we were ready to


go, Travis said. And my
wife wasnt due for another
three weeks, but I really felt
strongly I shouldnt go.
Travis decision turned
out to be the right one, as Eli
was born on that Monday,
the day Kansas won the National Championship.
Both moments were
fantastic, Travis said.
So from the day he was
born, it only made sense
that Eli would support the
team. Fate pretty much decided that he was going to
be a Kansas fan. Likewise,
Travis said his connection to
Kansas left him little say in
the matter.
Travis, along with his
brother Tyler, grew up in
Overland Park around the
time Kansas won its second
National
Championship,
this time with Danny Manning leading the way.
It completely brainwashed us into being Kansas fans, Travis said with a
smile.
From there, the Beck
family was hooked. From
the first generations of Kansas fans to Eli, the youngest
of the group, there seems to
be little wavering in the support for the team.
And for a family that's
so intertwined in the good
fortune of various Kansas
teams, who knows? Perhaps
a decade from now it'll be
Eli leading the team into the
NCAA tournament.
After all, he did say he
models his game after two
players on the team.
Probably Wayne Selden
or Frank Mason, Eli said,
when asked who his favorite players are. They play
where I play.
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Scott Chasen/KANSAN
Sophomore guard Devonte Graham poses for a picture with the Beck family in Louisville, Kentucky, at the KFC
Yum! Center.

Scott Chasen/KANSAN
Emma and Eli Beck wait for the Kansas players to emerge from the tunnel at Kansas open practice on Wednesday,
March 23 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

MUSI

OUISVILLE, Ky. As
Kansas took the floor
for its open practice on
Wednesday, cheers rang out
from the pockets of crimson
and blue spread across the
lower bowl of the KFC Yum!
Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the stands, some fans
raised up posters; others
held things they wanted
signed, ranging from shoes
and basketballs to even
small scraps of paper. But
it was something else that
caught the attention of
sophomore guard Devonte
Graham.
It was a clock hanging around the neck of
one fan, Emma Beck an
eighth-grader from Cincinnati that piqued Grahams
interest, as described by
Emmas father, Travis.
Wayne [Selden Jr.],
youve got to see this, Travis recalled Graham saying.
To the Beck family, following Kansas is nothing
new. The family has already
been to three games in Allen Fieldhouse this year,
in addition to making trips
to Maui and a couple other
venues.
However, the clock was a
different story. It was something different, a bit more
out there than the family
was used to.
My parents thought I
was a little crazy, but I just
saw from Uncle Anthony
and his clock, Emma said.
And Devonte is my favorite
player. I have a big crush on
him too.
So after finally convincing her parents the clock was
the way to go and getting
an assist from her mother
Emma was ready. But as she
called out to the players, she
wasnt alone.
Her brother Eli, age seven, stood by her side, hold-

ing out a sign with three


pictures on it: two drawings
of a clock and a cutout of a
Jayhawk.
Accompanying the images were three words, spelled
out in bright crimson, blue
and yellow letters:
Its Devonte time.
For some, it might be
surprising for two kids
whose total age combined
is less than several players
on the team to be in tune
with the more intricate and
recent storylines, such as
Uncle Anthony, but Emma
and Eli arent your typical
Kansas fans.
As the players and coaches walked out on the floor,
Eli recognized and called
out to Coach Q Fred
Quartlebaum, director of
student-athlete
development while Emma turned
to her father to ask where
Andrea Hudy, the teams
strength and conditioning
coach, was.
The two kids seemed like
naturals sitting front row
behind the band. In some
ways, they already were.
Travis said that both
Eli and Emma have been
around the program for a
long time: going to games,
attending camps with the
coaches and, of course,
watching games at home in
Cincinnati.
However, theres another
connection that makes it all
seem like it was meant to be.
For most Kansas fans,
the date of April 7, 2008 is
special. It was the day Kansas defeated Memphis to
win its third National Championship under the current
format, and fifth counting
Helms Championships.
For the Beck family, the
day carries a greater meaning. And it all started with
a premonition from Travis about his wife, who was
pregnant at the time.
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Maryland coach Mark Turgeons Kansas connection


not a concern as Sweet 16 matchup approaches
SCOTT CHASEN
@SChasenKU

OUISVILLE, Ky.
As Maryland took the
court for its open practice at KFC Yum! Center in
Louisville, Kentucky, the
team seemed energized.
The assistants and managers clapped along as the
players loosened up, at
least, that was the case for
the majority of figures on
the court.
Maryland coach Mark
Turgeon stood on the sideline, locked in conversation
with longtime Kansas announcer Bob Davis. At one
point, Turgeon appeared
to be wrapping up the conversation, but as anyone
who has heard a parent say,
Oh, Ill be off the phone
in a minute, knows, that
doesnt mean anything.

The conversation carried


on for another five minutes,
until Turgeon finally pulled
himself away to follow the
players through the session,
eventually joining them in a
trick-shot contest of sorts.
But that wasnt the end
of the Kansas interactions.
It was just the beginning.
In his press conference
on Wednesday, Turgeon
was asked about his conversation with Davis. He
proceeded to tell a story
about his relationship with
two generations of Kansas
announcers, dating back to
the 1980s.
Im really not a big fan
of Bobs, Turgeon joked.
No, I tell you what [] I
grew up with Max Falkenstien, first of all. My dad
used to play golf with him.
Max taught me a few curse
words I never knew before,
you know, back in the day.

Turgeon circled around


to the Davis family, mentioning both Bob and his
son Steven. He had only
kind words to say about an
announcer he said has been
great throughout his career.
We have a great relationship, Turgeon said.
Im so happy for him. He
can go out on his terms.
With so much attention
placed on Turgeons connection to Kansas, it almost
seems like he's a Kansas
coach at times, at least if
you were only to read his
quotes. It almost feels like
there's a bigger emphasis
on how he interacts with
the team he isn't coaching
than the one he is.
However, while Turgeon
has no problem talking
about his alma mater, hes
also making an emphasis to
separate that conversation
when it comes to his team.

Scott Chasen/KANSAN
Former Kansas player and current Maryland coach Mark Turgeon talks with longtime KU announcer Bob Davis.

According to Maryland
guard Jaylen Brantley, Turgeon went out of his way to
tell the team there shouldnt
be any added pressure be-

any pressure on us because


thats his old school. He
said it doesnt really matter
who we play, just as long as
we go out there and compete our hardest.
Another
Maryland
player agreed, adding that
[Turgeon] said hes not
theres only one way in
putting any pressure
which Turgeon really brings
up Kansas: as a teaching
on us because thats
point.
his old school. He said
He always brings up
it doesnt really matter
one story. How they lost
a game on a rebound,
who we play, just as
Maryland forward Damonlong as we go out
te Dodd said. Other than
there and compete our
that, he really doesnt talk
about Kansas much.
hardest.
For the most part, it
Jaylen Brantley
seems like Turegons KanMaryland Guard
sas roots wont play too
cause of the matchup; its much of a role in the outjust a normal game.
come of the game. HowevWe all know he went er, the same isnt necessari[to Kansas] and went to the ly true for the relationships
Final Four, Brantley said. between the players.
He said hes not putting
Sophomore
guard
Wayne Selden Jr.
played alongside
two
Maryland
players Brantley
and senior forward
Jake Layman in
high school, as the
trio captured Nikes Elite Basketball Youth Title in
2011.
That connection
hasnt gone away,
as the two continued to talk with
and trash talk
each other as the
day began in Louisville, Kentucky.
Yeah I was actually just texting
him a few minutes
ago, Brantley said.
Hes actually the
first player Ive ever
played against that
Photo contributed by KU Athletics
I played AAU with.

Selden and Brantley


werent the only players to
cross enemy line to chat
recently either. Dodd said
he recently reached out to
junior guard Frank Mason
III after the hypothetical
matchup between their respective teams was finally
set to become a reality.
Frank is cool and a really talented player, Dodd
said. After the Hawaii
game I FaceTimed him to
say, Hey. Were about to
play each other.
Both Dodd and Brantley
acknowledged they know
some about the Kansas
backcourt in terms of tendencies and certain moves
because they played together, which probably means
more than any Kansas
connection with the head
coach. However, the story is
too good to pass up.
A player who went with
Kansas to the Final Four
now has the opportunity
to beat that team en route
to the Final Four. It almost
sounds like a movie.
However, Turgeon acknowledges it really isn't as
crazy as it sounds, especially considering he spent time
at a different Big 12 school
Texas A&M which
meant games against Kansas year after year.
It was a little bit [weird]
the first time we played,
but being at Texas A&M,
we played them a lot. You
get used to it, Turgeon
said. As [Self] can tell you
when he plays Oklahoma
State, which he's done a lot,
it's probably not unique or
weird to him anymore.
Edited by Brendan
Dzwierzynski

Kansas great Danny Manning comforts


former Kansas player and current Maryland
coach Mark Turgeon.

Former Jayhawks leave it all on the field at KUs Pro Day


CHRISTIAN HARDY
@ ByHardy

While no players from


the Kansas football program are expected to be
drafted in next month's
NFL Draft, 11 Jayhawks
spent Wednesday working
out in front of scouts during
the program's Pro Day.
For those 11 players, the
Pro Day was the last stop
before Aprils NFL Draft,
and the extensive free agent
signings that will follow.
All 11 got looks from a
handful of scouts; two from
the Kansas City Chiefs,
along with individual scouts
from the Carolina Panthers,

Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints.


The pros have always
been a dream mine, so I just
felt like I needed to prepare
for this day, and now its
finally here, said running
back Taylor Cox, who flew
in from Seattle, where he
was training, on Monday.
Ive just been relaxing, trying to get my mind right before this day.
With what could be
their last chance to impress
scouts, many of the 11 went
as far as the scouts wanted
them to.
Defensive
end
Ben
Goodman worked out as

a tight end, a linebacker,


and a defensive lineman.
Defensive end T.J. Semke, who notched 37 bench
reps three more than any
player at the NFL Scouting
Combine this year, caught
passes from quarterback
Michael Cummings out of
the backfield.
I just wanted to keep
all my options open, all the
doors open. Im just trying
to get in, Goodman said. I
didnt prepare for it at all,
I just jumped into it today.
They asked me to do it, so
I went out there and did it
for them.
Goodman, who measured in at 6-foot-3,

Cornerback Ronnie Davis makes a diving catch after a drill at KU Pro Day on March 23, 2016.

256-pounds, was training


in Houston before coming
to Lawrence to perform in
front of scouts. Statistically,
Goodman was the most notable at the Pro Day. He had
5.5 sacks in his senior campaign and was an honorable
mention on the All-Big 12
team.
And, like most Jayhawks, he thought he performed well when it counted on Wednesday, in front
of NFL teams. His 40-yarddash time 5.01 seconds
wasnt as fast expected, but
he said he did well in every
other area.
I felt like I had a productive day, Goodman

said. I went through two


sets of drills, linebacker and
defensive line, and I feel
like I did good on both of
them.
Still, Goodmans status
after the Pro Day is up in
the air, just like the other 10
who participated Semke,
Cox, Cummings, defensive
tackles Kapil Fletcher and
Corey King, running back
DeAndre Mann, offensive
linemen Larry Mazyck and
Keyon Haughton, cornerback Ronnie Davis and wide
receiver Tre Parmalee.
Hopefully I get a phone
call, Goodman said. Hope
I get my name called or a
free agent deal. Anything.

Im just trying to get into a


camp and get onto a team.
Then its in my hands from
there.
Until late April, none
of that will be decided. For
Goodman, Cox, and the
others, the best they can do
is stay in shape and hope
for the phone to ring.
Its a waiting game from
here, Cox said. My job is
just to stay in shape and
stay positive.

Edited by Ryan
Wright

Christian Hardy/KANSAN