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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 22


Minority Engineering Program celebrates 45 years


he School of Engineering
45 years of diversity
Saturday night, honoring
the founding of the Minority Engineering Program.
The program, among other
initiatives, allowed for the
creation and maintenance
of an organization called
Diversity Programs Student
Organizations that promoted success in the STEM programs for minority students.
Lorin Maletsky, associate dean for undergraduate
studies, said he is proud of
the school for being one of
the first departments to have
the foresight to welcome
and encourage all students,
regardless of race, gender or
financial standing.
“Diversity across the
University, as well as in
engineering, is incredibly
important,” Maletsky said
at the ceremony. “It would
be great to see support programs such as this throughout the University. We need
to bring in more students
from varying backgrounds
as well as be able to retain
them and make them feel
Florence Boldridge, the
Master of Ceremonies and
Director for Diversity and

Women’s Programs, introduced a handful of honored
guests, including the two
founders of the programs,
Floyd Preston and Don
Green. Each founder received an accommodation
for their contribution.
Another speaker at the
event was William Hogan,
the Chairman and CEO of
HH Parking Systems. He
was the first director of the
minority engineering programs at the University
and was also the first African-American faculty member within the department.
“My wife was not impressed when I told her we
were going to Kansas,” Hogan said. “It was the summer before classes started,
it was hot, I was so alone
and I looked at my wife and
I asked, ‘How did we get
Hogan said his doubts
faded once the semester began.
“I had six students in the
diversity program when it
first started,” Hogan said.
“But suddenly it felt like we
weren’t just building a program, we were building a
Hogan said there were
moments of doubt and anger both with the system
and the students.
“I had parents calling

Alex Robinson/KANSAN
Joyce Shinn, co-founder of the Shinn Scholars, discusses how vital the scholarships that she and her late husband provide to the diversity program are to
minority students in STEM fields.

me begging me to help with
whatever problem their
child had gotten into and
a lot of times I couldn’t do
anything,” Hogan said. “But
we’ve persevered and now
we have a program to be
proud of.”
Following Hogan, the

presidents from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National
Society of Black Engineers,
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers,
took to the podium expressing their gratefulness for

the program. Each society
said the Minority Engineering Program brought them
a sense of community on
“We have a family here,
as Dr. Hogan said,” William Teeple, president of the
American Indian Science

and Engineering Society
said. “We achieve together
and we thrive together and I
am so grateful to have come
to KU with this program.”
— Edited by Brendan

Student Senate elections to open Wednesday

The general election for the 2016-17 Student Senate body will
be held Wednesday and Thursday. Online polling is sched-

Presidential Candidate: Stephonn Alcorn, current Student
Senate government relations director
Vice Presidential Candidate: Gabby Naylor, current School
of Business senator
Platforms: According to OneKU’s website, the coalition
has launched 12 campaign initiatives focused on inclusion
and representation, student vitality and campus renewal.
You at KU
Program working with inner-city school districts to acclimate high school students to the college experience
Mental Health Services and Awareness
Work with Counseling and Psychological Services to increase campus outreach, as well as increase the hours
and locations of available psychologists for students
On Campus Advocates
Coordinate with the Willow Domestic Violence Center
to bring a part-time advocate to campus
Student Finance Transparency
Lower the costs of printing an official transcript and
move all academic material charges to the Enroll & Pay
First Generation Peer Mentorship Program
Establish a mentorship program that matches incoming
first-generation students with University students, who
are also first-generation students, to help students who

Presidential Candidate: Richie Hernandez, former
Association of University Residence Halls senator
Vice Presidential Candidate: John Castellaw, current
Student Rights Committee
Platforms: During its formation meeting Feb. 25,
CARE KU launched five campaign initiatives, focusing
mainly on campus safety and inclusion.
Mental Health Awareness
Addressing Equality and Inclusion on Campus
Campus Safety and Security
Services for Military and Veteran Students
Student Resources
Specific focus on gender-neutral housing options
CARE KU does not have a slate of senators, and is only
running with Hernandez and Castellaw on the ticket.

uled to open at 6 a.m. Wednesday and run through 4 p.m.
Thursday, according to the Student Senate Elections Commission calendar.
Before the election, here is everything you need to know
about the two coalitions, and information on how to vote.
may have a harder time adjusting to college
Admissions Reform
Minor changes to the admissions process which improve the visibility of minority students and provide
more inclusive options on admissions applications
Women’s Leadership Workshop
Work to expand the Women’s Leadership Workshop to
educate women on how to become better community
Student Senate Funding Reform
Implement changes to the Senate bylaws to ensure all
student groups have access to Senate funding
Sustainability Plan
Set the goal as a University to have a net negative carbon
Potter Lake
Work with University administration to add on to plans
to renovate Potter Lake and ensure the future health
and vitality of the lake
Research Fair and Freshman Research Initiative
Create a career-fair style event where students can meet
professors and get involved in research labs
Bike Accessibility Plan
Encourage people to travel by bike by improving bike
routes and placing bike racks near newer campus buildings
OneKU has 51 senatorial candidates slated to run on the

All voting for Senate elections occurs online at the Rock
Chalk Central website. Any student with a KU ID is eligible to
vote through their account on
the website. Once the ballot is
finalized, a specific link will be
available for students to vote,
Jesse Burbank, chair of the
Elections Commission, said.
Students can vote on personal mobile devices or at the
Elections Commission central
polling locations. According
to the Elections Commission
Calendar, the commission will
have two polling locations on
campus open to students: one
on Wescoe Beach, and one at
Mrs. E’s Dining Hall.

Students will have the opportunity to vote for a presidential and vice presidential ticket,
and then specific senators
within any classifications the
student falls under, including
academic school and on-campus or off-campus senators.
Burbank said 17 percent of
the student body voted in the
last Student Senate election.
He said he hopes to exceed that
number this year.
According to the Student
Senate Rules and Regulations,
the Elections Commission will
release the unofficial results of
the election after the initial tabulation of votes is completed on
Thursday. It is then required to
certify the results after a waiting period of 48 hours.
— Edited by Matthew

File Photo/KANSAN
Former Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon plays against the
West Virginia Mountaineers on November 16, 2013. Bourbon was
found dead on Friday.

Former Jayhawk Brandon
Bourbon found dead

the former Kansas running back who was reported missing earlier
this month, was found
dead on Friday of apparent suicide, according to
the Maries County Sheriff’s Office. He was 24.
Maries County Sheriff’s
Office said Bourbon’s
body was found on a secluded river front property off Route AA near
Vienna, Mo. The suicide
was confirmed following
a detailed investigation,
the sheriff’s office said.
Bourbon was reported missing on the
evening of April 2. His
family has been notified,
officials said, and his
friends have posted their
sentiments on Twitter
and Facebook.
On Friday, Kansas
coach David Beaty released a statement via
Twitter about his death.
“Our hearts are broken to hear the news of
the passing of Brandon
Bourbon,” Beaty said
in the statement. “Our
thoughts and prayers
are with Brandon’s family and friends.”
Several former Kansas players tweeted similar messages.
“Rest in peace to

my best friend,” Ben
Heeney, former teammate of Bourbon tweeted. “I love you more
than you know.”
Heeney later tweeted
a link to a GoFundMe
page to raise money for
funeral funds.
player Evan Manning
also tweeted the phone
number for the National
Suicide Prevention Hotline.
At Saturday’s spring
game, the team and
crowd observed a moment of silence for Bourbon. After the game,
some of the players gave
“Any time Brandon
walked in, you just felt
his presence. He was a
great guy [and] a great
Montell Cozart said.
Even though many
of the players had never played with Bourbon,
Beaty said the team
felt the loss as a whole.
Linebacker Joe Dineen
echoed those sentiments.
“You never want that
to happen,” Dineen said.
“It’s so sad. It caught me
off guard.”
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Jameelah Jones talks “seesaw” between
privilege and oppression at presentation


ameelah Jones, a thirdyear graduate student
from Conyers, Ga.,
addressed the inequalities between privilege and
oppression and why people struggle to balance the
equation during her “Last
Lecture” presentation.
Wednesday’s presentation, hosted by the Office
of Multicultural Affairs,
drew a crowd of about 35
students for nearly an hour
in Alderson Auditorium. To
elaborate on the complex
web of dynamics, Jones
used one simple metaphor:
a seesaw.
“There’s always this,
like, heavy power on one
side, and there’s this heavy
load on the other side,
heavy power on one side,
heavy load on the other
side,” Jones said, moving
her arms up and down in a
seesaw motion. “And your
goal in social justice is to
use your privilege at the top
to leverage the load of the
oppressed at the bottom,
and it might not be so bad,
A balancing act is not as
simple as adjusting one end
of the seesaw, Jones said.
Jones explained that true

equilibrium in social justice
must be constantly recalibrated and reexamined to
guard against oppression.
She compared it to two children trying to balance on
the seesaw.
“You get two kids who
figure out how to balance,
but they don’t get balanced,
they get a constant shift of
light load and heavy load —
of privilege and oppression
— that has to be constantly
course-corrected in order
for balance to be maintained,” Jones said. “Because they figured out the
privilege at the top needs to
levy their force for the oppression not to be so bad on
the bottom.”
Jones’ hands slowly
came together, shifting
back and forth in the center
of the imaginary seesaw.
“It’s a little more balanced,” she explained.
Balancing an inequality
seems like a simple equation, especially when put in
terms of playground equipment. However, when the
question of balancing privilege and oppression comes
into play in real-life situations, Jones says she sees
“It’s easy to abstractly grasp, but why is it so
hard?” Jones said. “Why is

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Jameelah Jones talks about social injustices during her lecture, The
SeeSaw: Part II as a part of the Last Lecture Series. The Last Lecture Series
was put on by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

the moving and the shifting
so hard, why do the shifting
and the moving seem a lot
slower and a lot more painful than it ought to be?”
The difficulty comes with
the way people see their
privileges, Jones said. She
said if one were to sit down
with what privilege means,
they would probably come
up with “two very scary realities.” The first scary reality people confront is that if
something about the world
doesn’t change, they’ll be
fine. The second reality is
that if a certain something
were to change about the
world, they would lose.

Something being
difficult doesn’t
mean nothing
should be done.”
Jameelah Jones
graduate student

To sum it up, Jones went
back to a line she gave at
her Tedx talk last year.
“People say they want
change, but what they mean
is, ‘I want change that will
allow me to stay exactly the
same,’” Jones said. “What
can I do? How can I participate in such a way that I
don’t have to do any type of
changing at all?”
Jones criticized the
“Band-Aid” solutions people tend to put on social injustice issues to avoid their
own displacement, such as
the hiring of a new position
or the redistribution of responsibilities. Other times,
she said people have a tendency to “talk themselves
out of” change.
“Because we’d like to
think it’s because we don’t
have time or because we
don’t have effort or because
we’re not strong enough or

because of all the other ‘becauses,’” Jones said. “But
what are we talking ourselves out of? And maybe
that seesaw is really hard
to move because we talk
ourselves out of trying to
move it. Because we talk
ourselves out of leveraging
our positions on the top, for
some reason.”
Nearing the end of her
lecture, Jones had a particular point to drive home.
She said it’s important to
realize that “the way you
walk through the world
drastically affects the way
others do.”
“It’s all connected,”
Jones said. “Making this
world more socially equitable for everyone in it comes
with the realization that
you are both oppressed
and oppressing, that there
are ways in which we collude, and that we’re always
missing something.”
Michaela Warren, a senior from Topeka, came to
watch Jones’ talk. Warren
said she thinks Jones’ metaphor is an accurate representation of a difficult,
abstract concept.
“I think it’s a good visual representation of the
system,” Warren said.
“Because when you think
about it, you’re like, ‘What
is it? How do you present
this as an idea and a concept?’ And I think the seesaw is the best way to do
that, especially for people
who don’t understand.”
Warren said she thinks
talking about the seesaw is
the first step to addressing
inequality but said it might
not be easy.
“Just starting conversation I think is one way
to open the door,” Warren
said. “I think it’s difficult
because it makes a lot of
people uncomfortable, and
when they’re uncomfortable they don’t want to talk
about anything.”

At the end of the lecture,
Jones acknowledged the
struggles people might have
when it comes to addressing their privileges but left
the crowd with some final
words of motivation.
“Something being difficult doesn’t mean nothing
should be done,” Jones
— Edited by Skylar

Michael Sam, first openly gay
former NFL player, shares his story

Before Michael Sam was
the former professional
football player we know him
as today, his ex-boyfriend
asked him a question that
changed his life.
“When you look yourself
in the mirror, what do you
see, and are you truly happy
with that person?”
Sam spoke in front of
about 200 people Wednesday
night in the Union’s Woodruff Auditorium. Sam began
by talking about his rough
upbringing and his struggle
of getting into college.
“I cried because I knew
that I was going to get to be
the first one in my family to
go to college,” he said.
Sam went on to discuss
his arrival at the University
of Missouri and its football
program and coming to the
realization that he was gay.
“I did not know what gay
was,” Sam said. “I just knew
that I had some attractions
to the same sex. But there
was no one I could talk to.”
After a relationship with
his boyfriend leading up
the end of his junior year at
Mizzou, Sam was given the
life-changing advice and
decided to come out to his
teammates. What was important to Sam, however,
was coming out to himself.
“That was the first time in
my life I had ever told myself
I was gay,” he said.
Sam had a historic senior
year at Mizzou and won the
SEC Defensive Player of the
Year honors as he led Missouri to a Cotton Bowl victory. Sam played at Missouri
from 2010 to 2013 and was

drafted in the seventh round
of the 2014 NFL Draft by the
St. Louis Rams.
Sam says he was aware
that many people in Missouri knew he was gay, which ultimately led him to come out
to the entire world.
“We had to jump the gun,
so that’s what we did,” he
said. “February 9, 2014, I am
in Los Angeles, I came out to
the world and shocked the
world, and here I am today.”
For Gwendolyn Schroeder, a freshman from
Halstead, Sam is an inspiration.
“He’s just a major inspiration for LGBTQ people
everywhere to be able to be
open about who they are and
who they love,” said Schroeder.
Colby Cox, a junior from
Fort Scott, agreed.
“I thought it was really
inspiring, and I think that
he is a big important figure
in the LGBTQ community,”
Cox said.
But at first, Sam said he
didn’t even realize the impact he had on people. It
wasn’t until a phone call
with his friend’s cousin that
he did.
“She tried to commit suicide twice. And the day that
I came out she promised
herself that she would never
try to commit suicide again,”
Sam said. “She said I saved
her life.”
Sam said he came out so
he could live his life freely,
not afraid to hold the hand of
the one he loves or kiss the
one he loves.
“I would do it again in a
heartbeat,” he said.
— Edited by Skylar

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Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay NFL player on the St. Louis
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Slam poets touch on issues of social injustice

Denice Frohman, nationally-known slam poet, is known
for her poems that strive to
break down social barriers by
talking about controversial
topics, like race, sexuality, gender and the “in-betweens” of
At her performance Thursday night in Smith Hall, hosted
by the University chapter of the
Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Frohman’s
poems touched on issues of
cultural identity, demanding
space as an LGBTQ+ individual and addressing where inequalities lie in our everyday
Comfort is not a theme
for the slam poet. Part-way
through her set, Frohman announced the next poem would
be about the Charleston shooting and gave the audience a bit
of a preface.
“It’s not going to be easy,”
she said. “But that’s OK because we’re not here to do the
comfortable thing.”
One of Frohman’s first
poems, “Weapons,” retells
her experience speaking at a
West Philadelphia high school,
where students were required
to go through security every
morning to check for weapons.
“I ask them if they have
dreams, [and] 11 students
raise their hands barely above
their shoulders, as if they were
sitting in history class unaware
of the right answer. One student in the first row, Luciano,
was waiting for me to tell him
what page to turn to; another
student in the eighth row was
trying to decide if this is a trick
question. ‘There’s no right answer,’ I say, but they are far too
comfortable with the right to
remain silent,” Frohman said
in her poem.
She explained the story
was meant to show the unseen
forms of violence that can take
place in those kinds of environments.
“I think we’re so concerned
with creating policy and protocols to make sure a weapon

is not on the plane, a weapon
is not in the classroom, and
I’m not discrediting that,”
Frohman said. “But we have
to have critical conversations
about violence and different
manifestations of violence, not
just the physical, but something cultural, emotional and
Frohman’s energy was contagious, and the room quickly
became a community. At a
particularly poignant phrasing
or quick-witted line, audience
members would cheer, snap
and yell to show their admiration.
It’s that kind of community and energy that drew Jordan Winter, a freshman from
Overland Park, and Margarita
Nunez Arroyo, a junior from
Compton, Calif., to the art of
slam poetry.
“A lot of people see poetry
as something soft and abstract,
like it’s something that you just
write down in a book,” Winter
said. “But what I love about
slam poetry is that it’s really
performance-based so you can
get up and just scream your
heart out into a mic and have
everybody snapping for you.”

You can get up
and just scream
your heart out
into a mic and
have everybody
snapping for you.”
Jordan Winter

Winter and Nunez Arroyo
were the opening acts for
Frohman, each reciting their
own personal pieces before
coming together for a collaboration poem.
Nunez Arroyo said for her,
being onstage has a dance-like
quality to it that allows her to
be authentic.
“I’m a dance minor, so
for me it’s like the beats, and
when you’re doing slam poet-

Lara Korte/KANSAN
Award-winning slam poet Denice Frohman performed at Smith Hall Thursday night.

ry there’s a sound to it, and a
click, and you just get into this
thing, and you can even like
sway yourself to the sound to
your own voice,” Nunez Arroyo said. “Words just touch
people, and there’s so much
sound, and you just feel so
alive, and it’s this, like, amazing feeling, and you’re up there
and, yeah, you can like scream
and shout, and it’s you.”
The poem the two performed together was born out
of a similar struggle they each
experience in their own identity: their names.
“When I was six years old,
I was robbed of my name, the
imprint of my Mexican heritage as four syllables became
two,” Nunez Arroyo said.
“One day my mother told
me she had named me Jordan because she thought it’s
unique, but I felt weak in the
knees when I heard my beautiful identity; my Cherokee
name is Chodana,” Winter

The poem continues to tell
how the erasure of each woman’s name imitates the erasure
of their ancestors.
“We are not as different as
we may seem at first glance,”
Winter said. “Our blood drips
down in the same gradient that
patterns our spectrum of peoples: Native Americans, Mexican Americans, we are both
indigenous Northern Americans. Stories supported by our
ancestors’ spines are the kinds
so strong they cannot even
be bound by book spines, the
backbone to this nation.”
Nunez Arroyo said heritage
is something that comes into
play a lot in her writing. One
thing she often does is include
Spanish in her poetry as a way
of declaring her voice.
“Usually when I include
Spanish, it’s because it’s a way
of kind of saying like ‘I will
speak my language.’ It’s kind
of declaring, like, my Spanish

tongue is here and it will not
be silenced,” Nunez Arroyo
said. “And if I write something
in Spanish and don’t offer a
translation in my nonfiction
writing, it’s because if you
want to know, you can search
it up, I don’t have to feed you
what it means. So that when I
write in Spanish, it always has
some sort of purpose in it.”
Heritage is not the only
theme the two poets write
about. Both said feminism, racial tension and other issues of
social justice are often on their
“I think poetry is a great
platform to kind of do deep
analyzation of social structures and maybe things people
wouldn’t think about when,
you know, things that are oppressing people or people with
privilege generally don’t see it
from the other person’s eyes,”
Winter said. “So, it’s a really great way to make people

Frohman travels to various
high schools and college campuses across the nation using
poetry as a way to break down
social injustices. Frohman said
it’s up to the schools, especially
administration, to get serious
about making campuses an accepting place for all.
“It’s time to move forward;
it’s time not just to have meetings and diversity committees
because, you know we can
check off something on our little bucket list. I think we need
to have serious conversations
about privilege, and it’s not
just something that happens
in one class; it’s not just something that happens in one day
during Black History month,
or Latino history month or
Pride week, it needs to be embedded into the everyday culture of KU,” Frohman said. “I
firmly believe that it will make
the school better.”
— Edited by Garrett Long



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his week marked another major twist in the
infuriating, confusing
saga that is pop star Kesha’s lawsuit against possibly
former Sony producer Dr.
Luke. By now, most of us are
familiar with the lawsuit. For
the uninformed, the singer is
suing for release from a Sony
contract that requires her to
work with Dr. Luke. In the
suit, Kesha alleges the producer drugged and sexually
assaulted her.
In a decision released
Wednesday, New York Supreme Court justice Shirley
Werner Kornreich threw out
human rights violations and
hate crime claims made by
Kesha. This decision comes

That feeling of death
returning from formal

Why does everything
run out at once? My
conditioner, face
wash, makeup, drive
to finish homework,
cares given about

geous conduct intolerable
in a civilized society.” Of the
hate crime allegations, the
judge said, “Every rape is
not a gender-motivated hate
Consider this my official
An average of 293,066
rape and sexual assault cases occur in the US every
year, according to the Rape,
Abuse, and Incest National

The organization also reports that about 44 percent
of these cases involve a victim under the age of 18 and
about 98 percent of attackers
will never be sent to jail or
prison for their crimes.
We’ve all been told time
and time again of the emotional distress that sexual
assault victims experience
after an attack. Apparently,
these statistics and our own
knowledge of the damage

sexual assault victims experience has fallen on Justice
Kornreich’s deaf ears.
I would most definitely
argue that rape is, in fact,
extreme, outrageous and
something intolerable in
civilized society. The United
States is a nation filled with
taboos, but, apparently, sexual assault isn’t one of them.
Kornreich’s response only
works to normalize an act
that victimizes Americans
every two seconds.
Additionally, the judge’s
assertions regarding rape
and hate crimes completely
miss the mark. Kornreich
doesn’t deny Kesha’s rape
claims. She doesn’t say “alleged rape.” She states that
what transpired between the
singer and Dr. Luke was nonconsensual. Despite that, she
works to justify the producer’s actions by saying they
didn’t come from a place of
hatred. What a relief.
In my fiction writing class
a couple weeks ago, we were
discussing a story in which
the main character is a victim of sexual assault. A male
student raised his hand and
asked why the story didn’t

take the time to delve into
the attacker’s history and
motivations for committing
the crime. My teacher asked
why we needed to.
Justice Kornreich has
the same attitude towards
Kesha’s lawsuit. Trying to
decipher whether or not Dr.
Luke felt hatred towards Kesha is beside the point. The
justice’s statement seems to
say that Kesha’s rape is more
justifiable because it doesn’t
fit the traditional mold for a
hate crime.
In any sexual assault, the
rapist’s motivations are not
something to be dissected
to search for a valid excuse.
Rape has no valid excuse.
The decision to purposefully
hurt someone both physically and mentally will never be
excusable. Just as there is no
excuse for the rapes committed by everyday attackers,
there is no excuse for rapes
committed by celebrities.
Maddy Mikinski is a senior from Linwood studying
English and journalism.

— Edited by Deanna

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shortly after a judge denied
her from escaping her contract this February. After the
decision, Kesha said Sony
offered to drop her from her
contract if she publicly announced that she had lied
about being sexually assaulted.
Kornreich’s decision initially makes a few crucial legal points. The judge wrote
that she believes the assault
wasn’t proven to have taken
place in New York so, therefore, she has no jurisdiction
on the matter. Also, as the
alleged assault occurred
10 years ago, the statute of
limitations on a lawsuit has
run out. In New York law,
the statute of limitations for
lawsuits relating to sexual assault is six years.
After addressing statutory issues with the case, the
judge turned her attention
to the singer’s allegations
against the producer. According to AP, Kornreich
wrote that Kesha’s human
rights claims that the assault
caused her to develop an eating disorder and damaged
her value as an artist don’t
allude to “extreme, outra-


In a world that is constantly fighting inequality
and social injustice, the effects of tax avoidance, tax
havens and fake corporations are tremendous. The
leak of the Panama Papers
has revealed a web of secrecy that has allowed for some

$21 trillion to $32 trillion to
be hidden away by the super-rich in offshore entities,
according to Tax Justice
Network 2012.
The papers expose potentially hundreds of thousands
of offshore firms connected
to people in more than 200
countries and territories
around the entire world. The
papers reveal that a single
law firm, Mossack Fonseca,
facilitated the creation of
more than 200,000 offshore
Exposing such corruption
will undoubtedly have a wide
reach. In the United States
specifically, the leak of the
papers has, for many people,
confirmed long brewing suspicions of corruption.

The leak of the papers
will certainly have a longterm effect on the United
States: they further undermine public confidence in
“In the United States, lax
laws that enable tax evasion
among those who can afford
costly attorneys is yet another reminder to working families that dutifully pay their
taxes that laws are not written for them,” the executive
director of The Institute on
Taxation and Economic Policy, Matthew Gardner writes
in a piece for CNN.
America’s trust in the
democracy of the country’s
government was apparently
fragile, even before the release of the Panama Papers.

The implications behind the
papers could be especially
impactful given the current
political climate and attitude
toward government.
As the papers are investigated though, it is important
to keep in mind that addressing the underlying problems
of offshore shell companies
and tax havens is immensely complicated. Addressing
the problem “requires fundamentally changing the
way international regulation works, and increasing
the willingness of the most
powerful states in the system
to forego the concentrated
benefits of regulatory havens
for the broader good of effective global regulation” writes
Elizabeth R. DeSombre for

the Boston Globe.
But just because the solution is complicated does
not mean a solution isn’t
necessary. At the very least,
these papers further press
unsettling questions about
inequality. At a time when
anti-establishment politics
seems to be spreading, the
Panama Papers will stratify the government from its
people and the super rich
from the working class even
Rachel Gonzales is a
junior from Fort Collins,
Colo., studying journalism
and sociology.
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Art in Focus


Aries (March 21-April
Avoid controversy and
drama today. Get into a
writing or research project,
somewhere peaceful. File
and organize documents.
Play music to stimulate
creativity. Realize practical
plans, step by step.

Gemini (May 21-June
Provide leadership. Harness
extra energy in pursuit of
a personal dream. Test the
limits of your idea. Learn
from natural observation.
Consider design, style and
image. Envision getting
what you want.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Get team feedback before
launching an effort. Little
mistakes can have big consequences. Accept constructive criticism and make
recommended corrections.
You’re gaining points with
someone you admire.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept.
New professional opportunities and ideas percolate.
Favor private settings, over
public. Someone who needs
your attention could disrupt
your schedule. Delegate
non-essential tasks, and find
out what they want.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
An outing or adventure
calls, even if it’s just
downtown. News affects
your decisions. Take time to
assimilate it before reacting.
Consider the consequences
of your plan. Make advance
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.
Play together without taking
risks, financial or otherwise.
Pay bills and basic expenses. Give away stuff you no
longer need and free space.
Save money and pack a
picnic rather than eating
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21)
Compromise with your partner on a creative project.
Make adjustments. Give
and take. Don’t evade the
tough questions. Reaffirm a
commitment. Collaborate on
practical details and share
the winnings.

Painting is like life,
when it comes together
so effortlessly, it feels
like breathing. But
there are always those
times when you’re
struggling and you
can’t get it right, and
those times you just
have to paint it out.”

Taurus (April 20-May
Reach for low-hanging fruit.
There’s a profitable opportunity for one who’s willing
to go for it. Get support
from your team if you need.
Closely monitor the budget.
Pool resources for mutual

Cancer (June 21-July
Keep a low profile. Something you try doesn’t work.
Modify old rules for new circumstances. Private work in
a peaceful setting soothes.
Look at the bigger picture,
considering logic as well as


Stephanie Maximovich

Stephanie Maximovich leaves 3D art for painting


tephanie Maximovich thought she knew
what she wanted to do
with her life, but after hitting a brick wall, frustrated
by her choices, she came
to the University in 2014
where she said she found
her true calling.
“When you want to be
an artist, there’s this pressure to find a way to be successful, but there’s no clear
path,” Maximovich said. “I
knew I had to support myself, and with pressure from
my parents I went into 3D
modeling for video games.”
Maximovich said she
spent a year in Los Angeles studying 3D modeling
at the Gnomon School of
Visual Effects in hopes of
becoming a video game
designer, having logged
countless hours on artistically designed RPGs such as
"The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim."
She said she thought she
was doing exactly what she
had always wanted, until
she realized she had no connection to the art behind

the screen.
“I got out there and
found how technical it really is,” Maximovich said.
“There’s a real loss of creativity, and you really need
to babysit this program and
continually troubleshoot it.
You lose so much of the organic process that drew me
to art in the first place.”
After losing interest in a
project that had taken up an
entire year of her life, Maximovich decided to come
home to Kansas City, Mo.,
when she applied to the
Maximovich said she
could never regret playing video games, having
drawn so much from them
in terms of influence, which
can be clearly seen in her
fantasy-styled landscapes,
but said she’d rather get
away from the screen and
into the real world for her
future works.
“I got really interested
in Northern European lore
and artworks,” Maximovich
said. “I’ve even been reading some Icelandic sagas
plus I’m a huge Tolkien fan
— it’s been a great source of

inspiration, but I’m hoping
to use my own experiences as influence rather than
something I’m seeing in
front of a screen.”
Maximovich, now focusing on painting as her chosen medium of expression,
said the difference between
her work now and only a
few years ago has definitely
relit her passion for art.
“The engagement is really different,” Maximovich
said. “You don’t really get
to see the product as you’re
working on it — it’s very
much just a grey matter that
doesn’t have that reward
of accomplishment until
you’re finished. Painting is
so very different; as soon as
you touch the paint to canvas it has a more encouraging, visceral response.”
Not only has Maximovich found the passion she
had lost now that she's here
at the University, she said
she’s also found great support, especially in Tanya
Hartman, an associate professor in the Department of
Visual Art.
“Tanya is more my therapist than anything else,”

Maximovich said. “I see her
at least twice a week, and
one day she came in to see
me, and I was just so stuck
on this one thing, but she
always says the best things.
I was trying and trying and
failing and failing and it
seemed like no matter what
I did, I couldn’t make the
thing I wanted it to be. She
told me to just paint it out.”
In her studio space in
Chalmers Hall, Maximovich
has a few colorful pieces of
paper scattered on the walls
with meaningful messages
from Hartman.
“She told me to just be
Stephanie — to just be me,”
Maximovich said. “She really helped me to think about
not worrying about what
I exactly wanted it to be
but to allow it to be what it
wants to be.”
Fellow art student and
senior, Dirk Betzer, said
that he’s always looking at
Maximovich’s work for inspiration.
“She draws a lot of inspiration conceptually from the
romantics, but honestly her
style is all her own,” Maximovich said. “Her work is
a figurative realism but is
very dream-like in its execution, looking at her work
has definitely informed the
direction in which my own
work is going. She has an
amazing ability to build up
color field in a convincing
way that’s almost like an
impressionist mark making

that pushes towards realism
using small planes.”
Betzer said one thing
about Maximovich’s work
that he respects is her ability to work from her mind.
“She rarely uses a visual or a guide when painting which I really respect,”
Betzer said. “It’s amazing to
watch and see what comes
from her imagination with
such fluidity, and it almost
seems effortless.”
Betzer said he hopes his
friend will continue to discover more about her passion, which might even lead
her overseas.
“She definitely draws
from nature and landscapes,” Betzer said. “I
know she mentioned going
to Europe which I think
would be great for her with
her connection to that sort
of illustrative feel.”
Maximovich agreed that
she may go overseas but
definitely wants to head off
to graduate school, where
she’ll continue to discover
more about herself and her
“Painting is like life,”
Maximovich said. “When
it comes together so effortlessly, it feels like breathing. But there are always
those times when you’re
struggling and you can’t get
it right, and those times you
just have to paint it out.”

— Edited by Shane

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
There’s extra work available, if you can take it.
Speed up the tempo. Get
advice, but make your own
decisions. Keep your wits
about you. Ride out the
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
Invite friends over and get
sucked into a fascinating
game. Relax and play
together. Don’t fall for a
trick. Cutting corners costs
you. Keep your objective
in mind. Discover hidden
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
Make your home more comfortable. Plan and plot. Put
it on paper first, before you
commit funds. Make sure
your family is on board with
the idea. Bribe them with
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Stephanie Maximovich, from Kansas City, Mo., chose painting as her medium of expression. Maximovich came to the University in 2014 after studying 3D drawing in Los Angeles for a year.














Colleen O’Toole/KANSAN
Andy Hodges (left), a University freshman, and Anna Hamilton, a sophomore. Hodges collaborated with The Chainsmokers and got to shoot a commercial with Samsung.

Music production leads student to collaboration with The Chainsmokers


t’s not uncommon for
amateur musicians to
cover the chart-topping recording artists they
look up to. Many people
will post their covers on
YouTube or SoundCloud
hoping for some recognition. With any luck, they
might garner the attention
of their inspiration and be
rewarded with a kind tweet
or shoutout. If you’re Andy
Hodges, your favorite artists might drop by for a
Hodges, a Manhattan, Kan. native, has been
playing piano since he was
in kindergarten, producing and posting original
content online for about
two years. Most recently, he's been working with
artists. And he’s only a
It all started last November, when Andrew Taggart
and Alex Pall, the DJ duo
known as The Chainsmokers, came to Lawrence for
a concert, and surprised
Hodges while he was working on his music.

The surprise visit was
featured as part of a promotion by Samsung. Prior
to the visit, Hodges said he
had been in contact with
the duo’s producers, and
thought he was only going
to be featured in a commercial.
“I got a call from Samsung saying they’re shooting a commercial here for
this video commercial series they’re doing and they
wanted me to be a part of it,
and they said I’d be producing with the Chainsmokers,
and I flipped out,” Hodges
said. “A month later they
told me that’s not going
to happen and then they
surprised me, it all worked
out. It was hilarious.”

They said I’d be
producing with the
Chainsmokers, and
I flipped out.”
Andy Hodges

Hodges got to work with
The Chainsmokers and
said he was able to learn
more about how they pro-

duce their chart-topping
hits like “Roses.”
“They showed me some
real technical aspects of the
song and how they created
that, then they showed me
some new stuff, like ‘Closer’ which is a song of theirs
that’s actually coming out
next month,” Hodges said.
Hodges said the two artists gave him some pointers
and helped set him up with
new software to produce
the music he’s been posting
online. Hodges does mostly piano covers and some
original instrumental pieces, all of which he posts on
his SoundCloud account.
He works completely out of
his dorm room, where his
keyboard, computer and
speaker system are set up
underneath a lofted bunk
Hodges may have gotten
to work with The Chainsmokers in November, but
that wasn’t the last of it. In
February, Hodges headed
out to California, where he
got to hang out on the set
of a music video and get a
first-hand look at how the
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trip he was able to get some
tips and pointers from The
Chainsmokers on how to
improve his music.
“They’re just giving me
advice on what I need to
do to move on to the next
level, and I’m taking that
advice and capitalizing on
it,” Hodges said.
Aside from The Chainsmokers, Hodges says he
draws inspiration from
another notable pop artist, Ed Sheeran. Hodges
said he got the idea to layer
sounds from the loop pedal Sheeran uses for his live
shows. Although it’s meant
for guitars, Hodges bought
the same pedal for his piano, and it allows him to
build his tracks, adding different instruments through
his keyboard.
“[Piano] just ranges so
wide, you can cover bass
and you can cover melody
at the same time,” Hodges
said. “And I love the violin,
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features a violin. It’s my
second favorite instrument
behind cello.”
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I want to write about it or
that’s really inspiring,”
Hamilton said.
Right now, Hodges said
he still wants to stay in
school, and that while a
degree is important to him,
there are certain exceptions when it comes to the
music industry.
“If I get a good deal, I’m
going to sign it and go work
in Los Angeles or whatever,” Hodges said. “You can
always go back to school,
but you don’t always have
opportunities to sign with
a good manager.”
Hodges began his college experience studying
biology and neuroscience,
but is now thinking about
else for a degree in audio
engineering and music
production. Although the
plan for now is to stay in
school, Hodges said if an
opportunity presents itself, he’s going to have to
“weigh the pros and cons.”
“If I can do music, I’ll do
music,” he said.




covers with another young
Anna Hamilton from Bucyrus. Hamilton said the
two work well together by
combining their different
musical strengths.
“I’m like the lyricist,”
Hamilton said. “He’s about
the beat and the rhythm.”
The two said they’ll
bounce song ideas off each
other and share inspiration. They work so well
together, in fact, they’ve
recently written, recorded and released their own
original song, “Empty
Promises” on iTunes and
Spotify in February.
Although Hodges did
the music for the song, he
said most of the writing
was done by Hamilton.
“She did 97 percent of
it,” Hodges said. “The only
thing I did was there was a
lyric I needed to change.”
Hamilton said her inspiration for songwriting
comes spontaneously.
“It’s usually hearing
something, because I’m
very audible, but then a lot
of times it’ll be like a feeling that I get whenever I
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Brittany Harrell-Miller, Alumna and local math
teacher, competes in NBC reality show “Strong”


efore Brittany Harrell-Miller went on
NBC’s new workout
reality show "Strong," her
biggest goal, she said, was
to become the best version
of herself and to redeem
the confidence she had in
high school. Harrell-Miller graduated from the
University in 2014 with a
bachelor's degree in mathematics. She also completed
the UKanTeach program
through the University.
Harrell-Miller, a middle school math teacher at
Liberty Memorial Central
Middle School, can be seen
on "Strong" starting with a
sneak peek episode April 13
at 8 p.m. The official premiere of the show is April
14, she said.
"Strong" follows 10
women who are looking to
improve themselves mentally and physically with
the help of 10 of the top
male fitness trainers in the
country, according to NBC.
com. Harrell-Miller said in
each episode the women go
through a different challenge and at the end of each
episode, two teams head to
the elimination tower. The
winner at the end of the
show goes home with a cash
prize of $500,000.
“Everyone makes it to
the elimination tower at
some point, but it became
the opportunity tower to
show what you gained and
said. “As far as toughness, it
came down to mentally preparing yourself for everyday
Harrell-Miller became
a mother at 17 and wants
to be able to inspire other

teenage mothers out in the
“I was a cheerleader
and super athletic in high
school, but once I had my
son those things got set on
the back burner,” she said.
“Just because you have a kid
doesn’t mean that should
stop you from achieving all
the goals you want in life.”
Jordan Harrell-Miller,
Brittany's wife, said at the
beginning of the application process for the show, it
seemed like something that

I think the biggest
thing I gained
from doing the
show is that
I am now the
best version of
Brittany Harrell-Miller

wasn't possible.
"It felt like one of those
‘it would never happen to
us' scenarios, but once we
got the info and saw what
she was applying for, I told
her right away that if she
applies for it, she was going
to get it," Jordan said.
Brittany said the main
experience that pushed her
to do the show was having
her son at a young age.
“You see these teen
moms not being successful
and not doing the things
they are capable of, and I
didn’t want to be another statistic,” Brittany said.
“When you grow up in a
situation like that, you are
either going to swim or sink
and I chose to swim.”

While on the show, Brittany said she used her son
as her main motivation
but also wants to be able to
motivate her students and
teach them they can be anything they want to be.
Brittany also said she
has been able to motivate
her family and friends on a
daily basis.
“I think the biggest
thing I gained from doing
the show is that I am now
the best version of myself,”
Brittany said. “I am healthy,
fit, able to motivate others,
and I have the knowledge to
share with the world about
my journey and what I went
Jordan said Brittany has
been trying to change her
lifestyle for a long time and
to get to the maximum level
of fitness.
"The physical appearance was a big change — I
don't want to downplay that
— but the mental change
was even bigger," Jordan
said. "She has always been
super determined and does
whatever she has to do to
get it done."
Brittany said she hopes
after people watch the show
that they set goals for themselves that they didn’t set
“The one thing I can take
from the show about myself
was that no matter where I
am at, I know how to pick
myself back up,” Brittany
said. “Just because you fail
doesn’t mean you actually
failed, but you are learning
from mistakes and you can
pick yourself back up from
— Edited by Deanna

Contributed Photo
Lawrence resident and middle school teacher, Brittany Harrel-Miller (right), competed in the first season of
“Strong,” which will air April 13.




Defense tops offense in unorthodox spring game


or a team that didn’t
care about the score,
there were certainly
plenty of ways to put points
on the board in the Kansas
spring game.
A forced turnover was
worth nine points; a first
down was worth one point.
And that’s just the start of
the list.
Just about the only
normal part of the game
was that a touchdown was
worth six while a field goal
was worth three.
“We weren’t really concerned about the score,”
Kansas coach David Beaty
said after the game.
Perhaps that was for the
better, as the defensive side,
the White team, defeated
the offensive side, the Blue
team, 49-42.
The score was a mixture
of forcing sacks, takeaways
and three and outs, but
the performance had much

more. The Kansas defense
forced four interceptions
and two touch sacks.
“I’d say they won the
day. They let up a couple
more touchdowns than
they’re used to in our last
scrimmage, and they came
out fired up today,” Beaty
The players agreed with
that assessment.
“I just got hyped. All
the people in the stands —
it brings out my A game,”
sophomore cornerback Stephen Robinson said.
The thousand-plus people in the stands weren’t in
for a typical game.
And it wasn’t just the
unique scoring method.
The second half started
with linemen from both
the offensive and defensive
lines fielding punts, while
the rest of the team looked
No game clock was kept
either. Instead, the team
ran through different situations and sequences with

both the first and second
“It’s a ‘to each his own’
kind of thing,” Beaty said.
“I got this idea from some
of my old buddies and it allows us to work on certain

I’d say they won
the day. They let
up a couple more
touchdowns than
they’re used to in
our last scrimmage,
and they came out
fired up today.”
David Beaty
head coach

While the game was
mainly highlighted by the
defense, the offense did
score two touchdowns, both
of which came through the
Steven Sims Jr. and
transfer LaQuivonte Gon-

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Wide reviever Steven Sims, jr. is tackled by linebacker Joe Dineen, jr. in Saturday’s Kansas Football 2016 Spring

zalez hauled in a pair of
Sims finished with 45 yards
receiving while Gonzalez
had 115.
Sophomore quarterback
Ryan Willis was in uniform
but did not play do to an ongoing wrist injury. Willis is

expected to compete for the
starting quarterback role.
Another notable absence
was that of senior running
back Ke’aun Kinner, who is
expected to start the season
in the backfield.
Kansas opens its season
against Rhode Island (FCS)

on September 3 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time is
yet to be determined.

— Edited by...

KU football to hold open
practice to view new team


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Kansas football coach David Beaty discusses a play with quarterback Montell Cozart during the Kansas football
2016 Spring Game on April 9.


Kansas football welcomed fans to Memorial
Stadium on Saturday for
the annual spring game, but
only a few days later, David
Beaty and the Kansas Jayhawks will invite fans back
for an open practice from 4
to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April
The practice will only be
open for students and the
media and will feature a DJ,
as well as opportunities for

fans to meet players and
coaches, according to the
KU Athletics press release.
Tuesday's practice will
allow fans to become acclimated with some of the
newer contributors to the
team like junior transfer
wide receiver LaQuvionte
Gonzalez and sophomore
running back Taylor Martin.
These events will also
give fans their first glimpses
of new coaches, including
running backs coach Tony
Hull and defensive line

coach Michael Slater.
Rob Likens said this week
he's feeling better about
practices this season compared to last, but fans and
media haven't yet been given a chance to take a look
for themselves, as practices
have been mostly closed to
this point.
— Edited by Sam Davis



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Senior quarterback Montell Cozart looks downfield during Kansas football’s 2016 spring game. Cozart and other teammates remembered Brandon Bourbon by wearing towels that read “RIP 25”.

KU football remembers Brandon Bourbon at spring game


emorial Stadium
was silent before
the spring game
on Saturday.
The few thousand in attendance stood, hushed,
with hats removed. The
Kansas football players,
outfitted in blue and white
jerseys for the game, rested their hands and looked
down at the ground.
“Brandon Bourbon,” the
Kivisto Field jumbotron
spelled out in bold white
text. “1991-2016.”
Less than 24 hours after
Bourbon was found dead
in Missouri, Kansas foot-

ball remembered a former
Jayhawk the best way they
could. Though the running
back left Kansas after an
injury prior to 2014, many
current Kansas players
have fond memories of him.
Montell Cozart played next
to Bourbon for two and a
half years at Kansas before
Bourbon left in 2014 due to
injury. During Saturday’s
game, he wore a white towel on his hip with “RIP 25”
etched in Sharpie.
“Yesterday was the worst
day, probably of my life in a
long time, and I feel like it
just kind of carried over a
little bit to today,” senior
quarterback Montell Cozart

said. “I love Brandon, and
I’m going to miss him tremendously.”
Cozart heard the news
through former Kansas
linebacker Ben Heeney,
who has set up a GoFundMe page for Bourbon’s family to cover funeral costs.
Cozart, Heeney and other
former players talked about
Bourbon together after
hearing the news last night.
“Us former players that
played with him like Tre’
Parmelee and a couple of
other guys were talking
throughout the day and last
night, just reminiscing on
having Brandon around,
and having us playing with
him, on and off the field,”

Cozart said.
When Cozart came to
Kansas, a year after Bourbon, Bourbon was one who
guided him along. Both
Cozart and junior linebacker Joe Dineen — who played
running back with Bourbon
for a year — say Bourbon
mentored them at Kansas.
“He pretty much showed
me the ropes; he taught me
how to play running back,
because I wasn’t really familiar with the position,”
Dineen said. “He just took
you under [his] wing. He
was just a really good dude.”
Though coach David
Beaty was not at Kansas
when Bourbon played for
the team, he talked to the

team prior to the game, including some individuals
who were having a hard
time dealing with the news
before the game.
Beaty, like many Jayhawk fans, went through
Saturday’s game in the same
way so many other new faces on the Kansas roster did:
through the memories others had of him.
“It was a rough 24 hour
period for our team, and
it will continue to be that
way,” Beaty said. “But it
was a healing day, because
that’s what Brandon would
have wanted us to do, was
go out there and play Jayhawk football.”
For Cozart, though, the

memories which Bourbon
left live on, even after he’s
gone. To Bourbon, along
with Heeney and JaCorey
Shepherd, welcoming him
to Kansas during his freshman year, to being next to
him on the field — Cozart
plans to keep the memories
of Bourbon with him.
“Any time Brandon
walks in, you just feel his
presence. He was a great
guy, a great leader […] the
list goes on and on,” Cozart
said. “He’s still right there
with me, in the back of my
— Edited by Sam Davis

Updated: Top-ranked
recruit Josh Jackson
reportedly set to
commit Monday

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Freshman pitcher Jackson Goddard pitches the ball during Sunday afternoon’s game against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Jayhawks lost 14-6 in the third
game of the series against the Frogs.

KU baseball loses after fifth-inning meltdown


It was going relatively well for Kansas baseball through four innings
against No. 6 ranked TCU
on Sunday. The team
actually led a national
power 4-3 and were in
position to take the three
game series.
Then the top of the
fifth happened.
TCU put up eight runs
in the top half off of six extra-base hits. The inning
was so dominant for the
Horned Frogs that they
sent eight straight hitters
to the plate without an out
being recorded. In real
time, it took roughly 20
minutes for the Jayhawks
to record the first out of
the fifth.
“It was a tough inning,
there’s no doubt about
that,” Kansas coach Ritch
Price said. “We got behind
in the count and left some

balls high and, man, they
are as good as advertised.”
Price also put it in a
much simpler way: “They
beat us up really good.”
The Jayhawks ultimately
fell to the Horned Frogs
14-6 in the series finale
in Hoglund Ballpark on
April 10.
“Hats off to them today, they hit the ball all
over the place,” senior
right fielder Joe Moroney
That they did. TCU registered 18 hits in the game
but it was the six in the
fifth that were the most
“It’s a credit to them
how good of a hitting
team they are one through
nine,” said Moroney.
It wasn’t the long ball
that started the Kansas
tailspin, it was a double
by third baseman Elliot
Brazelli. A few batters later TCU centerfielder Dane

Steinhagen hit another
double, this time it was a
bases-clearing hit to the
shortstop Ryan Merrill
then hit a two-run homer in the next at bat and
things snowballed from
there, silencing the fans
in attendance.
A compounding issue
that set up the massive
fifth inning was the inability of freshmen starting pitcher Jackson Goddard to get out of the third
When he left in the
top half the bases were
loaded. Kansas managed
to escape off the shoulders of freshman pitcher
Blake Goldsberry but the
right-handed pitcher simply didn’t have two full innings of relief in him.
“Goddard really struggled with his command
and it set the table when

you’re starter only gets
through the second inning it's really tough,”
Price said.
Goddard threw 59
pitches but just 28 were
strikes. He also allowed
seven hits and three
runs and now stands
with a 4.91 ERA. Goldsberry, on the other hand,
threw 35 pitches with 20
strikes and allowed five
hits, all coming in the
fateful fifth inning.
The Jayhawks were
simply never able to recover and any offense
they did generate was
too little too late as they
fell 14-6.
Kansas will be back
on the diamond on
Wednesday against Nebraska Omaha, first
pitch is scheduled for 6
— Edited by Skylar

Thursday night, Evan
Daniels of
tweeted that unanimous
five-star recruit Josh
Jackson told the outlet
he'll announce his college decision on either
Monday or Wednesday
of the next week.
On Friday, USA Today High School Sports
reported that the decision will be made on
Jackson is the top
ranked recruit in the
Class of 2016 according
to 247sports and Rivals;
Scout has him ranked
second, while ESPN has
him third.
Jackson is a 6-foot8 wing who grew up in
Michigan. Right now, he
plays for Prolific Prep
Academy in Napa, Calif.
The swingman was
named co-MVP of the
McDonald's All-American Game at the end of
March. In the game, he

recorded 19 points, four
rebounds and three assists.
At the moment, 68
percent of Scout's recruiting
have weighed in predict
Jackson will commit to
Kansas. Michigan State
is a distant second at 18
percent, although, as of
Thursday night, Jackson's Wikipedia page actually had him listed as a
"Michigan State commit."
Currently, the page
has him listed as undecided, but people from all
three fan bases have been
changing it throughout
the day.
Regardless, the official announcement is expected sometime in the
next week. Until then, the
three schools — Kansas,
Michigan State and Arizona — will be left waiting to find out if one of
the most talented freshmen in the nation will be
calling their school home
for the upcoming season.