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Drag performers prepare makeup and costume before the Brown Bag performance. Individuals of all sexualities
and gender identities participated in the Brown Bag Drag Show.

Alex Robinson/KANSAN
Professional drag queens from Hamburger Marys in Kansas City, Mo. came to sing, dance and perform with local
drag performing students.

Brown Bag Drag: Behind the Gaypril favorite


ours before the lights

went down and the
music came on in the
Kansas Ballroom Friday afternoon, the performers were
already hard at work, drawing dramatic cheekbones and
carefully placing on fake eyelashes.
Surrounded by makeup
brushes, eyeshadow pallets
and suitcases overflowing
with sequins, lace and heels,
students transformed into
queens drag queens that is.
Friday marked the 26th year
of Brown Bag Drag, the annual daytime drag show put
on by Spectrum as a part of
For Caithe Alexander, a
junior from Shawnee, this
is not the first time onstage.
Their drag alter-ego, Alada
Glitter, makes an appearance
every third Thursday, performing at either the Jackpot
or Jazzhaus on Massachusetts Street in downtown
Prior to the show, the
dressing room adjacent to
the ballroom is full of laugh-

ter, one-liners and plenty of

up-beat music. Theres not
much in the way of pre-show
rituals in the dressing room,
although at one point in the
preparation, Alexander does
send up a prayer.
RuPaul and Gods of
Drag, let my eyebrows not be
patchy this day, they said.
The makeup routine is
not what youll find on a typical beauty bloggers YouTube
channel. Rayfield Lawrence,
a freshman from Kansas
City, Kan., said he gets frustrated when it comes to his
eyebrows, which require layers of Elmer's glue and powder to conceal and re-draw
the brows in a more dramatic
fashion. Another student,
Owen Brown a freshman
from Abilene, Kan., spends
time combing out a long,
pink wig for when he goes on
as Lil Sequin.
It is Browns first time
performing, and although
his peers do their best to help
him contour his face and
draw his eyeliner, hes still
feeling anxious.
I'm pretty nervous, he
Nathan King, a junior

from Kansas City, Mo. is and so youre kind of just engetting ready to perform as capsulated by other folks so
Crash Banger Coot, an al- it doesnt feel like youre the
ter-ego he described as a weird, sore thumb in a space,
1950s greaser mixed with but there's more accessibility
a modern douche bag. Al- to it for anybody to come, or
though it is also his first time its just folks really like drag
King said he felt
"We publipretty good gocized this one,
ing into it.
and it has tradiThe fact that
tion behind it,
theres always
Brooks said.
the possibility
addiof tips is good
tion to the six
motivation, also
students perIm just excited
forming drag,
to feel the enerthree profesgy of everyone
sional queens
out there, King
also took to the
said. I know
drag is good fun.
(proCaithe Alexander
It gets people innounced boujunior
volved a lot.
quet) is known
Roze Brooks,
for her perforadvisor for Spectrum and mances at the Kansas City
the graduate assistant in drag show Missie Bs. Friday
the Center for Sexuality and marked her 10th year as host
Gender Diversity, said Brown of Brown Bag Drag. Over
Bag Drag is by far the most the past decade, Bucket said
popular event for Gaypril.
shes seen the show change
For some reason, folks from politically-charged to
show up in droves for Brown more care-free.
Bag Drag, Brooks said. And
It feels less activist,
I dont know if its just be- where 10 years ago, it felt
cause theres a lot of people like this was an activist

RuPaul and
Gods of
Drag, let my
eyebrows not
be patchy
this day.

movement, the show felt like

were out here, were making
a statement, we want to be
heard, where now its like,
Hey let's put on a show, she
said. It feels less politically
Bucket said she believes
tone of the show has changed
because students are more
engaged in social issues.
I think that students are
smarter now, because I think
social media is a blessing and
a curse, but I think because
people are more engaged
in social media, people are
more in tune with the news
and whats going on in the
world, she said. And I think
thats great, I think people
are talking, which is very important, especially this year,
its an election year.
By noon the ballroom in
the Union had quite a crowd.
Over 100 people gathered
around the stage and above
in the balcony to watch the
show. Bucket kicked off the
lineup and soon the room
was filled with shouts, laughter and cheers as the performers shimmied, twirled
and sang along to upbeat pop

King was one of the first

onstage, and quickly got familiar with the crowd by
dancing with audience members to Justin Timberlakes
Rock your Body. Omar
Rana, a senior from Tulsa,
performed a traditional Indian dance from a recent Bollywood movie. Throughout
every performance, audience
members were not shy
clapping along and even occasionally tucking dollar bills
into the queens clothing.
The event lasted a little
over an hour and ended with
all of the performers back on
stage for a last dance.
Although he had been nervous at the start, when it was
said and done, Brown said
he was happy he had done
it, and especially enjoyed the
audience participation.
I was surprised at how
Brown said.
Although the biggest party has come and gone, Gaypril will continue through
the end of April with several
more events hosted by Spectrum.
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Spencer Research Library obtains1,000 self-published zines


The Spencer Research

Library recently obtained
more than 1,000 zines
from the Solidarity zine
collection. The zines were
brought to the library in
part by Frank Farmer, an
English professor and the
director of first and second-year English at the
Farmer explained that
zines are handmade amateurish self-publications
that are meant to express a
point of view that typically
does not fall within mainstream discourses.
They characteristically have a lot of attitude,
embrace a DIY ethos and
circulate in a different way
than a more official sort of
publication, Farmer said.
When Farmer found

out that the Cosmic Beauty School, where the zines

were held, was being shut
down, he asked if it would
be willing to donate them
to the library. The Cosmic
Beauty School was a group
of people interested in social justice, alternative
communities and permaculture.
can be thought to have
emerged around the 1930s
with the publication of the
first science-fiction zines.
There was a movement
of self-publications that
emerged when punk rock
was entering the scene in
the 1960s.
An aspect of zines that
Farmer said is important
is that anyone can publish
One of the purposes of
writing your own zines is
to encourage your readers

to do their own as well,

Farmer said. The more
people you have doing zines
the larger that identity is
Becky Schulte, a University archivist and curator
of the Wilcox Collection
of Contemporary Political
Movements, said the zine
collection will be added to
the Wilcox collection. She
said zines in general have a
radical aspect to them.
These people dont have
to go through that regular
long publication and process, Schulte said. They
do it themselves and they
can have a voice and use it
right away.
While zines may look
like just a few pieces of paper thrown together, there
is something special about

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University libraries are now home to hundreds of zines.





Vicky Diaz-Camacho
Managing editor
Kate Miller
Brand & creativity
Hallie Wilson

Missy Minear/KANSAN
Frank Farmer, A professor of English at the
University and Becky Schulte, University
archivist and curator, have helped make KU
libraries home to a large collection of zines.

Digital operations editor

Anissa Fritz
Print production manager
Candice Tarver

Business manager
Gage Brock
Sales manager
Katie Bell

News editor
Kelly Cordingley
Associate news editor
Cassidy Ritter

Schulte said a typical zine is made of
8.5-by-11-inch pieces
of paper folded and
stapled in the middle.
If you look at
enough zines, they
have their own sort
of aesthetic, Farmer
Farmer said zines
include clip art, pasting, design, handmade
drawings, text and a
creative layout.

They are supposed

to give you the feeling
of spontaneity and
purposeful amateurishness, Farmer said.
He said a comparison that has been
made by others is between blogs and zines,
but there is also a huge
difference between the
Blogs are an always 'on' phenomenon, but zines are not
that way at all, Farmer said.
These people are

not usually a part of an

organization but rather a loose camaraderie
with other people who
are fans, Schulte added.
Farmer explained
that while zines have
taken a back seat, in
the past five years
there has been an explosion of zines that
includes zine festivals
such as KC Zine Con.
Zines also attract
a wide community of
people because a zine
can be written about

anything that anyone

is passionate about.
Zines almost go in
search of an audience
and they are written
with an audience in
mind, but also with
an audience that has
yet to be discovered,
Farmer said.
Schulte has spent
a lot of time looking through all of the
zines the library has
received and said that
some of the zines are
notably personal.
Its sort of like

therapy to get this

written down and put
out there and might
make them feel better
about it, Schulte said.
Schulte said what
makes zines special is
that they are unique to
the creator.
They may be similar in the way they
are presented or constructed but the feelings and thoughts are
unique, she said.
Schulte said she
hopes to continue obtaining zines for the

One of the things
that we bring to this
relationship is that
we provide a place for
special things to reside, she said. This
zine collection is not
circulating, which is
sort of against what
zinesters stand for, but
preservation is one of
our purposes for being

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Associate sports editor
Shane Jackson
Arts & culture editor
Ryan Wright
arts & culture editor
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Opinion editor
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Visuals editor & design
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Justin Kim, a sophomore from Derby, is one of 33 Kansas delegates for the Democratic
National Convention in Pennsylvania.

When he first stepped

into a voting booth with
his mother in 2006,
Damien Gilbert, a junior
from Wichita, said he
knew he was interested in
We were in the voting
booth together and she
said, Who do you think
should win? and I said,
Well, I think [former
Gov.] Kathleen Sebelius
should win, and my mom
said, 'I think so too, he
He said the first time
he realized he was a
Democrat was when his
brother decided he was a
"I kind of grew into it
and I have better reasons
for being a Democrat
now, Gilbert said.
Gilberts early political upbringing will come
full circle in July. He and
Justin Kim, a junior from
Derby, were elected earlier this month as two of
Kansas 33 delegates at
the Democratic National
Convention in Philadelphia.
The convention, which
will be held July 25-28,
is the formal nominating process for the democratic candidates for
President and Vice President of the United States.
Each state is given a proportional amount of delegates and superdelegates
to award to a candidate.
Delegates pledge their
vote to a candidate based
on the results of the state
primary or caucus. Superdelegates,
are not bound to support
either candidate.

Gilbert and Kim have

pledged their support for
former Secretary of State
and First Lady Hillary
Clinton. Although Clintons opponent, Senator
Bernie Sanders, won the
Kansas Caucus on March
5, Clinton still won 10 of
the 33 state delegates, according to the Associated
I agree with most of
Bernies positions, and
that tends to blow peoples minds. I actually support most of the
things Bernie says, Gilbert said. But I dont
think he should be the
He added: "I think

that Hillary is much more

qualified, and she has a
lot more experience.
Kim, who supports
Clinton for her pragmatism, said his interest in
politics took off when he
came to the University.
My hometown, like
a lot of Kansas, is more
conservative but really
just less involved. [Politics] is really something
that isnt important to
people, he said. It was
when I came to college
that I really started paying attention and wanting
to have a voice and some
The convention provides Democrats in Kan-

sas, a typically conservative state, to have their

voice heard on a national
scale, Kim said.
do have a real say in this
situation because theyre
separate from the Republican field, he said.
Thats one thing I was
really excited about is
the fact that this is a real
decision and a real voice
you have for participating
and choosing the candidate you want the party
to support.
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Creator of the viral hashtag

talks complexities behind
domestic violence

Illustration by Roxy Townsend


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Reported Incidents

Domestic violence


Violence between
cohabiting romantic

Dating violence
Violence between
romantic partners,
not necessarily

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he audience of about
60 people Thursday
night in the Kansas
Ballroom watched a one
minute clip of a young
woman with bruises around
her eyes, finger marks on
her neck and blood dripping from her nose.
After the video ended, Beverly Gooden, creator of the viral hashtag
WhyIStayed, asked the
audience to put themselves
in her place.
Imagine what its like to
be that girl, Gooden said
to the audience. Imagine
falling in love, being happy, moving in together, and
then one day something
goes terribly wrong, maybe
its a push just a little bit too
hard, or maybe shell tell
you, Youre so stupid, or
maybe its so subtle that you
dont even realize whats
going on.
Gooden told the audience that in the time it took
to watch the short video, 24
people in the United States
had experienced domestic
And I was one of them,
she said.
Gooden, a national anti-domestic violence speaker and advocate is the creator of the viral hashtag,
night, Gooden told her own
story of survival and the
complexities behind domestic violence.
It all began in 2014,
when video footage of NFL
player Ray Rice beating his
then-fiancee, Janay Palmer,
gained national attention.
Gooden said she was
upset with the online commentary surrounding the
abuse. Instead of criticizing
Rice for his abusive actions,
Gooden said she saw people
criticizing Palmer for staying with Rice, and so she
decided to take a stand.
#WhyIStayed, she began
tweeting about her own
personal struggle to get out
of her abusive marriage,
and explained that its not
always a simple choice.
My first thought wasnt
run, I didnt think, Get out
of here, Gooden said. Because for six months, he
had been this perfect guy,
he had been kind and sweet
and loving and he was a

musician, so he played me
songs, you know he was a
minister in our church, we
both served the community,
and I loved him.
hashtag was trending in the
U.S., and people from all
over the country were sharing their own experiences.
People men, women, children of domestic
violence, friends of victims
were tweeting their reasons
and the reasons that they
knew about for staying in
this relationship, Gooden
The hashtag went on to
include tweets from over
200,000 people.

My first thought
wasnt run, I
didnt think, Get
out of here.
Beverly Gooden
Anti-domestic violence
speaker and advocate

It was an incredible moment, not really because its

something that I started,
but because usually when
we hear about domestic violence, its from a position
of statistics, Gooden said.
You dont really hear or see
a lot of people that actually
lived it and these types of
numbers telling their story.
Although each story is
different, there are a few
main reasons people tend
to stay in an abusive relationship, Gooden said.
While reading through
the tweets, Gooden said
the four reasons she found
most common for staying
were dependence, fear or
threats, love and the family all factors that make
leaving an abuser difficult.
Gooden said her abusive
relationship began during
her time in college. According to an annual Clery
report, in 2014, the University received 23 reports of
domestic violence, and 20
reports of dating violence.
Looking back, Gooden
said the one thing she wishes she had done in college
was tell someone about her
partners abusive behavior.
Because when were by
ourselves we tend to justify,
we say, Oh thats just something else, he just wants to

know where I am all the

time because he loves me
so much, she said. But I
think if we tell someone else
that, My boyfriend or my
girlfriend is tracking me all
the time, do you think thats
normal? What do you think
about that? then we have
two minds thinking about
one issue and it can really
help us out that way.
For those who might be
unsure of where they stand
in a relationship, sharing
their concerns with a friend
is a simple way to assess the
situation, Gooden said.
I think thats one thing
we can do thats free, easy
and it doesnt take much,
we dont have to go to a
counseling center or go to
a crisis center or call and
talk to a stranger, we can
just send someone a text,
like, Hey I noticed this behavior, what do you think
about that? Gooden said.
Abby Schletzbaum, a
junior from Lawrence, is
development director at
the Center for Community
Outreach and the main organizer of the event Thursday night.
Schletzbaum said Goodens presentation is the
kickoff to the CCOs Into
the Streets week, designed
to inspire students to advocacy and service work.
We really wanted to
kick off Into the Streets
Week with a dynamic
speaker who could talk
with us from a perspective where a student could
take action and lead our
into the street week event
with a relevant social issue
we could all act on, she
said. Beverly Gooden is
a great example because
she came to her success
through use of social media, the hashtag Why I
Stayed was created by an
ordinary person sitting at
their office desk, which
could be any one of us in
the future.
Toward the end of her
presentation, Gooden gave
the audience three pieces
of advice for preventing
domestic violence.
The first tip was to observe.
Observe your surroundings, observe the
language of your peers.
Is it violent? Is violence a
joke, is rape a joke? she
said. Its important for
us to observe whats going

on around us and inside of

us, because there could be
something there that we
need to address.
The second piece of advice that Gooden gave the
audience was to feel, or
strive to understand, the
pain and struggles that survivors go through in an abusive relationship.
Its important for us to
have empathy for each other, to really identify the humanity and in other words,
reach out to that humanity, Gooden said. You can
even say, I dont know what
its like to be abused, I dont
know what its like to be in
an abusive relationship, but
I do know what its like to
feel pain, and to be hurt and
to feel betrayed, lets talk
about that.
And finally, Gooden told
the audience that no matter
where they are or how they
interact with others, theres
one thing they can always
do speak out.
Its going to take those
of us who are in the know,
who know the signs, who
know the terms, who know
what it looks like, to speak
up about it, she said. And
make it an issue thats not

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than it is once you're
all ready for sleep and
in bed
When you go home
for the first time in 2
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the best feeling

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Toward the end of

every semester I always
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where I realize I was
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didn't know about and
I didn't show up to any
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Liston: Britains travel advisory sheds light

on LGBTQ+ discrimination in the U.S.

Calling in a sick day

for work when you
accidentally overslept.
There's a new low
Oral surgeon asked
if I'd ever had a few
glasses of wine when
he was explaining
laughing gas effects
to me. I might have
started laughing
If I had a dollar for
every minute I spent
waiting around at
doctors' offices I could
probably afford my
own insurance.


recently passed in
Mississippi and North
Carolina have come under
scrutiny by an unlikely agency: the British Foreign Office.
On April 19, the Brit-

Is it summer vacation yet?

Ive learned nothing this
Not sure why I keep
trying to send important
emails when I'm drunk
on Saturday nights
I assembled my
hammock inside
today. I couldnt get it
outside, though. I then
disassembled it inside
and did it all again
Don't fart in rooms of
crowded people.


While Britain specifically

mentioned North Carolina
and Mississippi only, Kansas lawmakers recently proposed a bill that would ban
transgender students from
using restrooms that match
their gender identities at
public schools and universities. Kansas also does not
protections for people on the
basis of sexual orientation or
gender identity.
These are only two pieces
of legislation among many
more originating under Gov.
Sam Brownback that harm
LGBTQ+ citizens in the
state. Kansas could be another state that the British gov-

ernment warns its LGBTQ+

citizens about.
Kansas is not the only
state other than Mississippi and North Carolina with
similar discriminatory laws.
The United States as a whole
is failing to truly provide
a welcoming environment
for LGBTQ+ people, and
this British travel advisory
should encourage us to dramatically improve our treatment of such individuals.
We need to demand that
our government starts treating LGBTQ+ people with
decency and fairness. We
need to eliminate harmful
laws like those implemented in Kansas, Mississippi,

North Carolina and several

other states. We should also
ban dangerous practices like
conversion therapy, which is
completely legal in 46 states
including Kansas. Until the
United States guarantees
LGBTQ+ people the same
quality of life and legal treatment as everyone else, we
need to press our government to do more in terms of
curbing discrimination.
Ryan Liston is a freshman from Lawrence studying journalism.

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Befort: Studying abroad an essential part

of college education

When a dog barks and

its parents yell at them,
does the dogs think its
parents are just barking
back? Do they think its
a conversation?
At some point last night
I rode a mechanical
bull. I dont know why,
but it rocked. 10 out of
10 would recommend

ish Foreign Office updated

its travel advice for people
coming to the United States
to include a warning that
LGBTQ+ individuals may
be negatively affected by the
aforementioned laws.
The law in North Carolina prevents cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination protections for
LGBTQ+ citizens, and bans
transgender citizens from
using restrooms that match
their gender identity in public schools and government
buildings. In Mississippi,
the law allows churches, religious charities and private
businesses to deny service to
LGBTQ+ people.


Last week I was asked

the question, What change
would enhance the college
education system? This
question made me pause and
think. I could brainstorm
many potential improvements to college education,
but then I remembered my
education and the experiences that have been most
cultivating and knew the answer immediately: studying
Although most colleges
offer study abroad programs,
few U.S. students take advantage of them. In 2013,
according to the Institute
of International Education,
283,000 U.S. students studied abroad compared to the
more than 819,000 international students studying
in the U.S. During the University's 2013-2014 school
year 1,380 students studied
abroad, very few compared
to the University's 2013 enrollment of 27,784. Because
of its many benefits, this
needs to change. Students
should not only be encouraged, but required to study

Last summer I studied abroad with the British

Summer Institute, which enhanced my college experience
and changed my perspective
on life. On our second day
in London, my group became lost in a weirdly abandoned part of south London
searching for the infamous
London Bridge. Finding our
way back to our neighborhood through the run-down
streets seemed impossible
for a while, especially after a
disturbing Chicken Cottage
(an English fast-food joint)
experience, but by asking locals and using our maps and
navigational skills we found
not only the underwhelming
London Bridge, but more
importantly a Tube Station
to get us to a more familiar
During the British Summer Institute we also traveled to Haworth, England,
home of the Bront family. Looking through the
Bront's front windows on a
tour of their home, I could
understand the inspiration
for their often melancholy
writings, which helped me
in interpreting the themes of
their novels.
My time in the U.K.
taught me life lessons such
as independence and how
to navigate unfamiliar situations, and provided hands
on learning that helped me
better understand my classes and other world cultures.
Most importantly, though, I
interacted with people from
all over the U.K., increasing my appreciation of the

During the Universitys

2013-2014 school year
1,380 students studied
abroad, compared to the
2013 enrollment of 27,784

Illustration by Jake Kaufmann/KANSAN

British culture, and I developed friendships with other

University students I likely
wouldnt have met because
of our different degree fields
and the size of the University's campus. Creating
relationships with others
through studying abroad is
globally important and encouraged by many.
One of these supporters is
First Lady Michelle Obama
who recently spoke in support of studying abroad.
The more young people get
the opportunity to travel the
world, live in other cultures
and learn new languages, the
more they will begin to un-

derstand our shared ideals

and the shared opportunities
to keep moving this world
forward, she said.
Education's purpose is to
enlighten the mind. Studying
abroad opens students eyes
to the wonders, diversity
and interconnectedness of
the world. This understanding is important for the increasingly globalized future:
many college students will
enter the workforce upon
graduation and be expected
to perform in an international business world, which
studying abroad can prepare
them for. For these reasons,
the University of Kansas and

other universities should

strive to increase the number of U.S. students studying
Admittedly, going abroad
is costly, but many opportunities for scholarships exist and creating even more
study abroad scholarship
funds should be a priority.
Learning outside the U.S.
will not only have a lifetime
impact, but also will enhance
the overall students' success
Bridgette Befort is a
sophomore from Topeka
studying chemical engineering.



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Aries (March 21-April

Your past work speaks
well for you. Update your
resume. Take new territory
for a major revelation. A
previous assumption turns
out to be false. Travel later. An opportunity awaits.
Taurus (April 20-May
Your imagination soars.
Dream about how you'd
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upon hidden resources,
and take an educational
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and determine which to


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Use money to make
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benefit you never thought
you'd see. Friends provide
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Don't get distracted by a
troll. Keep your sense of
Cancer (June 21-July
When in breakdown, look
for what's missing, the
presence of which would
make a difference. Breakthroughs are nearby. Get
a new view from friends
and partners. Choose from
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Stay out of somebody
else's argument. Communications can misfire. Get
into a quiet, productive
groove. Make long-term
plans and schedule them.
Research your options.
Slow down with sharp
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept.
A lucky break appears,
offering big dividends.
Optimism plus effort
equals cash. Get everyone
on board, and determine
roles to take advantage of
the opportunity. Budget before spending. Strategize,
and then move.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct.
Avoid expense and risk,
with Venus opposing
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make changes for the
better. Consider tossing
everything and starting
over. Comfort a frustrated
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Establish harmony at
home. Get your chores
done. Communication and
good food go together
well. Let your family know
you're here for them.
Clean and de-clutter for
new space to create in.

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Kassidee Quaranta, a junior from Manhattan, Kan., holds The Girl and Her Stars, a book she created. Quaranta is in the Art and Design program focusing on illustration.

Illustration student Kassidee Quaranta

uses cut paper art to explore her story

likes to be different.
Her hair is almost
always dyed a bright color;
her arms are covered in colorful, abstract tattoos.
As an illustration student in the School of Architecture, Design and Planing; she also distinguishes
herself with her art, which
occupies different media.
She likes to draw, paint and
create movie makeup looks.
However, her favorite is
cut paper work.
Its really, really delicate, Quaranta said. And I
like making all the tiny pieces, and it looks like nothing,
and then all of a sudden you
put it together and you have
a picture.
Many of her pieces depict weird characters
often a woman with long
hair adorned with flowers
against backdrops of skeletons or spider webs. Others
are more lighthearted, such
as portraits of her grand-

mother or scenes in nature.

For an illustration class
she took with Professor Barry Fitzgerald, Quaranta created a childrens book titled
The Girl and Her Stars,
full of cut paper images.
The story follows a little,
a daughter of the stars, trying to find her place in the
world. Her parents help her
along the way.
Even though the book
is meant for children, Fitzgerald said it has a serious

Its always just

been a good release of tension
and always something that Ive kind
of been good at.
Kassidee Quaranta
illustration student

It was very personally

driven in terms of the storyline that she was telling,
Fitzgerald said. I think she
was drawing from some

personal experiences. Some

people do that. Not everybody does. I think hers was
definitely very emotive, and
I think the work challenged
The book is partially inspired by Quarantas
own struggles with mental
illness. During her sophomore year at the University,
she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
She decided to take some
time off from school, during
which she tried to figure
out what made her happy. Quaranta decided that
thing was art, which, now
as a junior, she has used as
a coping mechanism and a
means of self-expression.
"Its something that at
first I was really nervous
to talk about, but Im a lot
more comfortable now because its just something
I look back on whenever
Im doing my art," Quaranta said. [When] dark
thoughts [creep] in my head
I always try to put [them]
on paper and make it into
something beautiful that

somebody can relate to and

find some sort of peace in.
Quaranta said much of
her work is based off her
own image.
[I enjoy] taking elements of all sort of things
and tying them together,
she said. Its just a lot of
fun to make. Making things
that look like something,
but dont look like something youd see in real life."
Growing up in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Quaranta thought shed go into
musical theatre and attend
a school somewhere on
the east coast. Her family
moved to Manhattan, Kan.,
when she was still in high
Less than a year later,
their house was hit by an
EF5 tornado with wind
speeds estimated at over
200 miles per hour. No
one was hurt, but Quaranta
decided she needed to stay
closer to home. That meant
no out-of-state schools and
no musical theatre.
But she said she didnt
struggle with the decision

because shes always loved

Its always just been
a good release of tension
and always something that
Ive kind of been good at,
she said. It hasnt been too
hard of a struggle. Theres
always something new to
After she graduates next
year, Quaranta isnt sure
what she wants to do. Right
now shes happy living with
her three cats and immersing herself in the Lawrence
art community. Shes a frequent Final Fridays participant, where she sells and
displays her cut paper work
among other pieces.
Ive always looked at
doing cut paper stuff as like
its the mess thats going on
inside my mind, but if you
can pull it all together, you
can make something beautiful," Quaranta said.

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Obstacles in the arenas of
love and money slow the
action. Tempers could be
short. Provide patience to
a situation that lacks it. A
little compassion goes a
long way.
Capricorn (Dec. 22Jan. 19)
There's temporary
confusion. Sparks could
fly. Choose your battles
carefully. Listen to all considerations. Some things
aren't worth fussing over.
Go along with what your
partner wants.
Aquarius (Jan. 20Feb. 18)
Make a change, and get
terms in writing. New
ideas don't always work
the first time. Watch for
hidden complications.
Avoid controversy and
conflict. Take a walk and
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
Follow through and gain
status. Graduate to the
next level. Advance your
career by taking charge
of a job that others can't.
You're earning more than
your pay. Confront a tricky

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Kassidee Quaranta is an illustration major who wrote and illustrated her own childrens book.












Sannis first-place finishes highlight KU Relays final day



Missy Minear/KANSAN

To finish first three times

in one day takes stamina,
speed and heart. Junior Zainab Sanni showed all three on
the final day of the Kansas
Sanni ran in a total of four
events: the 200-meter Dash
Quadrangular, 4x100 meter
Relay Quadrangular, 100 meter Dash Quadrangular and
the 4x400 meter Relay Quadrangular. She placed first in
all except the 4x100 meter
Relays Quadrangular.
Sannis three victories
earned 27 points, which added to the teams final score of
191. Kansas finished second
to Nebraska and their score
of 206.
I thought we had a great
meet, we just came up against
a really good Nebraska team
and couldnt quite pull it off,
Kansas coach Stanley Redwine said in a KU Athletics
release. Mitch Cooper did
a fantastic job in breaking a
46-year-old meet record and
Zainab was big for us with
what she did.
Many athletes compete
in multiple events each day.

Junior sprinter Zainab Sanni finished first in three events on Saturday at the Kansas Relays.

To place first in three of four

events ran speaks to the talent
of the athlete. Sanni was the
only woman to place first in
three events for the evening.
It was definitely needed
for me. I got off to a great start
and I hope I can continue to
progress from here, Sanni
said in a KU Athletics release.
Im really excited for the [rest
of the] coming season.
Sanni is currently ranked
in the all-time top-five at the
University for her times in
the 100-meter dash and the
200-meter dash. This season, she ranks first in all four
events she competes in.
Quadrangular proved to be
the best time Sanni has ever
recorded. Her career best was
recorded as 11.42, but Sanni
clocked in at 11.36 during Saturdays event. She was within
.19 seconds of her career best
200-meter time, 23.38.
It feels really good. My
other meet I didnt have a
great 100 meter (race), but
to come out here and pull it
off and win feels really good,
Sanni said in the release. Im
happy that I was able to do
that and get a PR out of it.
Edited by Cele Fryer

Mitch Cooper
junior thrower

Jaime Wilson
senior sprinter

Zainab Sanni
junior sprinter

Set best-ever discus

mark at Kansas (62.56
meters, 205 feet, 3

Finished second in the

100 meters and 200

Won the 100 meters

and 200 meters.
Member of winning
4x400 meter relay

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Junior thrower Mitchell Cooper flings the discus at the KU Relays.



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How a family feel made KU home for Andie Formby
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Andie Formby, a sophomore from Orange, Calif., pitches to Texas Tech.



hen shes on the

Formby doesnt
look like your typical sophomore. As a matter of fact,
shes not.
At six-foot, the award-winning pitcher stands out as one
of the tallest players on the
team. Shes a towering presence on the mound and her
triple-digit strikeouts prove it.
What makes her story special is that this success hadnt
always been there.
When Formby was a
freshman at Virginia, her
record was 8-17 with a 5.56
What changed in a year
to make her one of the dominant pitchers in the Big 12?
I think thats due to the
hard work we put in as a team
everyday and definitely a lot

of that goes to the defense

behind me. Thats a huge improvement, Formby said.
While the defense has
been great this season, the
coaching staff, led by Megan
Smith, not only helped her
development, but played a
large role in her arrival in

I think thats due

to the hard work we
put in as a team.
Andie Formby

Talking with the coaching

staff, I really got a family feel.
They have a super nice facility
and a winning environment,
Formby said.
Despite coming to Kansas
for the "winning environment," Formby had quite a
team at her high school, Ma-

ter Dei in California.

Iowa States Nychole Antillon was one of a few major Division I commits from
Formbys high school class.
She was also close with another successful Mater Dei
alum from the class of 2014
who went on to attend San
Diego State: her sister, Alex.
Getting to play with my
sister last year was a blessing
and we pushed each other
to get better every day. This
year, I'm no longer her teammate but instead her biggest
fan, Alex said. Her competitive nature and the passion
she takes toward every game
inspires me to do the best that
I can.
Both Andie and Alex originally committed to Virginia
from Mater Dei. Over 2,500
miles away from home, the
twins would go their own separate ways with Alex returning home to California and

Andie arriving in Lawrence.

Transferring schools can
take many adjustments, but
Andie used her experiences
as a freshman to help her.
You have new experiences in being a freshman and a
transfer, but being a sophomore you know what its like
to have to deal with college
classes and the time management thing so thats a little
easier, she said about the
The family feel that
Formby noticed when considering Kansas as a possible transfer destination also
helped in her first year with
her new team.
It was a nice transition
and all the girls made it really
easy to come in and be a part
of the team, said Formby.
Being a transfer is kind of
like being a freshman so you
fit in with all the freshmen
immediately because its all

a new experience. All the seniors and upperclassmen do

a really good job of answering
any questions you have.
Even some of the more
seasoned Jayhawks are realizing how dominant Formbys
season has been. Redshirt
sophomore catcher Harli Ridling has the task of catching
for the new Jayhawks star.
"Honestly, Andie this season has left me speechless,"
Ridling said after Formby
tossed a shutout gem against
Texas Tech. We can take a
deep breath and relax, knowing that she isn't going to give
up many runs, and as an offense give us time to do our
thing and produce runs."
As is the case for many
freshmen, Formby wasnt expected to lead the staff in innings pitched at Virginia.
While its true that the
opposite is the case this year,
Smith never indicated this

Former KU discus thrower

sets sights on Olympics

Facing the back of the

throwing circle, Mason Finley bends his knees and
twists his torso to maximize
the power of his throw. He
pivots with his left foot and
launches into his throw,
spinning one and a half times
and gaining more strength
each time the ball of his foot
hits the cement throwing
ring. He flings the discus
with an audible grunt.
At 6-foot-8 inches tall
and 345 pounds, hes a record-breaking force to be
reckoned with.
Finley was awarded male
MVP after winning in discus
Friday during the Kansas
Relays. His throw of 64.7
meters (210.2 feet) broke the
meet's oldest record, according to a KU Athletics release.
Finley, a 25-year-old discus thrower from Chasen
County, Colo., spent three
years at Kansas before transferring to Wyoming. Hes an
eight-time All-American and
a four-time Big 12 champion
in shot put and discus.
In high school, he broke
the U.S. national high school
record with a throw of 236
feet and 6 inches. As a freshman at Kansas, he threw 197
feet and 3 inches. To compare, the last Gold Medalist
in the Olympic games threw
68.27 meters (224 feet) and
the World Record is 74.08
meters (243 feet).

Now, Finley is back in

Lawrence training with KU
Athletics in preparation for
the Olympic trials. Al Oerter,
a four-time Olympic champion, is the only University
alumnus to compete in the
Olympics for discus. Finley
hopes to be the next.
I think somewhere in
high school I had Olympic
aspirations and then I got
super serious about it. I was
able to get the national high
school record in discus and it
was always part of my dream
or my passion to try and be
an Olympian," Finley said.
"At this point, Im just obsessed with it so Ive stuck
with it.
Finley competed in his
first meet this season April
7 and won with a throw of
64.18 meters (210 feet). Before July 10, when the Olympic trials start, Finley must
throw the Olympic standard
of 65 meters (213 feet) to
qualify, something he said
hes confident hell accomplish.
I should make the trials,
there hasnt been a year since
2009 that I havent, he said.
Once he makes the trials,
hell need to place in the top
three to continue. When he
competed in 2012, he placed
eighth, but said at that point
he really wasn't a contender.
Finleys father, Jared,
threw in high school and college. When Mason and his
sisters were growing up, his
dad would show them how

to throw. When they werent

in school, Mason said theyd
practice five days a week.
My first discus was two
frisbees that he filled with
sand and taped together,
Mason said. It was definitely something like a dad and
a son go fishing, but our version of that.
When Mason was about
12 years old, Jared said he
flung the makeshift discus
off their porch and into the
I was like, Well, I guess
we better start training, he
Jared, 56, recently started
to throw again in a Masters
league. He said when he and
Mason are together, they can
indulge their need to talk
about discus because nobody
gets it like they do.
When Mason and I are
on the phone, were going
to town," Jared said. "When
were together everyone says,
Theyre going to go talk technique.
Jared has high hopes for
his son and the sport.
I think hes going to
make it on the Olympic team
and be one of the top throwers in the world, Jared said.
Hes ready mentally and
physically. Im very, very
proud of him.
Mason was drawn to
the KU Athletics program
because of throwing coach
Andy Kokhanovskys coaching techniques.
He explained throw-

ing like no other

American coach has.
Hes from the former
Soviet Union, and hes
more about the physics
of throwing as opposed
to like the feeling of how
you throw, Mason said. He
wasnt so concerned with me
getting super strong in the
weight room. Like I saw a lot
of coaches bulking up their
throwers to the point where
they couldnt throw and they
were getting injured in the
weight room, and I didnt
want to do that, so I came to
After a two-year stint at
Wyoming, a soul-searchingtype journey for Mason, and
an injury, he found himself
back in Lawrence. Mason,
who began working as a volunteer assistant and training
with Coach Andy, said everything luckily fell into place.
Kokhanovsky said its
more enjoyable now to coach
Mason because hes learned
more and is very dedicated.
Looking ahead, Kokhanovsky said Mason will be a
future Olympian.
He has a really, really good chance. It will boil
down to how he performs on
a certain day, and if he does
well that day, hell make it,
no doubt," Kokhanovsky
said. "The skys the limit.
Hes a great guy. Hes going
to make it, thats my personal feeling.
Edited by Cele Fryer

Caroline Fiss/
Mason Finley,
a 25-year-old
discus thrower
from Chasen
County, Colo.,
is training with
KU Athletics in
preparation for
the Olympic

would eventually be her role.

They were looking for a
pitcher because they had one
leave and thats kind of the
roll I had to fill, Formby said
about whether or not she had
an idea going into the season that shed be relied on so
Along the school change,
Formby has gotten a taste
of Big 12 play already. She
played a huge role in sweeping Texas Tech and although
she didnt pitch in Kansas
win over No. 13 Oklahoma,
she still managed to keep one
of the best teams in the country at bay.
The Jayhawks are looking to ride a successful Big 12
campaign to the postseason.
A lot of the pressure will be on
the back of one of the teams
newest members.

Edited by Brendan