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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 30






Craving some late

night finals fuel?

Late night food runs are a traditional part

of finals week. Here are some places to
turn to for that late night craving.

Pick a secluded
spot, a spot with
minimum distractions.



Make the space your own.

Decorate it with things that
you like to make your space
one that you want to be in.
Many students do this with
pictures of friends or family
back home. But, remember
step one. You want it to feel
homey and comfortable,
but too many decorations

Give yourself adequate lighting.

Make sure you can
see what you're

can be distracting.

5 late night eats

Lastly, give yourself a comfortable

chair to sit in.
You're going to be
sitting there for a
while, so it might
as well be comfortable.

Java Break (17 E. Seventh St.)

This multi-floored coffee shop that also offers a cereal
bar, cupcakes and sandwiches is open 24 hours a day
and offers internet to anyone who asks for it. If your
group of friends is looking for a place to get away from
campus, this odd-but-homey coffee shop is a great
place to do it.

Pizza Shuttle (1601 W. 23rd St.)

A Lawrence staple, Pizza Shuttle keeps things basic.
From their walk-in specials that cost as little as $5 and
sodas that run under a dollar, this pizza shop delivers
until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Just be sure to bring
cash, because Pizza Shuttle doesnt accept cards.

Munchers Bakery (925 Iowa St.)

Another Lawrence staple, Munchers makes a cream
cheese doughnut that should be a rite of passage for
University students. Even better, Munchers is open 24
hours. Munchers is a must for any late night doughnut

file photo/KANSAN

How to create your perfect,

personal study spot at home

Picklemans (818 Massachusetts St.)

A sandwich shop that also offers salads and pizzas,
Picklemans is open until 3 a.m. every night.

The Burger Stand (803 Massachusetts St.)

For one of the best burgers and most fun dining experiences in Lawrence, visit the Burger Stand. Give the
counter any name and your burger will be called out
exactly as you asked. It's open until 1 a.m. stop by in
the evening for a packed house or come in during the
wee hours of the morning for some late night grub.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the University libraries and study

rooms, many students have
turned to their apartment
desks for productive studying time. This way, they
avoid noise and distractions and can avoid the trek
to the library, especially in
harsh weather conditions.
Rachel Rauch, a senior
from Fort Worth, Texas,
said that she prefers her
make-shift desk, which is
actually a TV tray and a

chair, compared to the libraries on campus.

I just like to be alone,
Rauch said. I can have
noise distraction, but not
movement distraction. If
I see someone walking I'm
just like, 'Where are you going?'
Finding a seat, setting
up, chatting with people
you know and then finally
focusing on your textbook
can be a long and time-consuming process that many
students find a hassle.
Many University students have found that their
apartments or dorms are a

much quieter, more comfortable and easier to access

a place than the library.
Here are a few tips on how
to make your home the best
place to study:
1. Pick a secluded spot, a
spot with minimum distractions.
2. Make the space your
own. Decorate it with things
that you like to make your
space one that you want to
be in. Many students do this
with pictures of friends or
family back home. But, remember step one. You want
it to feel homey and comfortable, but too many dec-

orations can be distracting.

3. Give yourself adequate
lighting. Make sure you can
see what youre doing.
4. Lastly, give yourself a
comfortable chair to sit in.
Youre going to be sitting
there for a while, so it might
as well be comfortable.
Cramped libraries and
bad weather shouldn't stop
students from studying
to achieve academic success. Instead, revamp your
at-home desk into a great
study space to help you
achieve great grades.


Jackson: Trying
to find a way to
say goodbye to
a memorable

id I miss the
class where they
prepared us for
this moment? Was there
a moment in Kansan
training when I dozed off
and someone outlined
how to do this?
How to say goodbye.
Because I have just
been staring at my
computer for hours
thinking about how to
do this. I have typed and
deleted the start of this
column countless times.
For a person who plans
to write for a living, I am
certainly struggling to
find the right words.
Nothing I say will
do justice to my time at
the Kansan. Its what
has become the most
important thing to me in
my collegiate career.
But Im going to give
it a shot by doing what
I have done for the last
five semesters telling
a story.
Let me tell you the
story of how the Kansan
changed my life. The
Kansan is absolutely
the reason I am where
I am today. Everything
that has come my way
has been a testament
to how spectacular this
organization is.

In a few days I will be

heading up to Cleveland
to cover the Cleveland
Indians as an associate
reporter for
Anybody who knows me
knows this is a dream
come true for me.
And I credit this
It is true that the
J-School is fantastic.
But nearly everything
I have learned over the
last few years has come
during my time with
the UDK. I learned the
challenge of turning in
a gamer immediately
following the buzzer,
which was most notably
tested during a tripleovertime thriller against
My time with the
Kansan taught me that
if I needed a slamdunk quote to go to
Landen Lucas or Ben
Heeney. It taught me the
importance of having
with the SIDs and
understanding how hard
their job is.
It blessed me with the
opportunity to cover a
baseball team that made
the regional in Louisville
in my first semester, and
trip to Louisville in my
final semester, covering a
basketball team that fell

in the Elite Eight.

It also taught me
that not every season
will be a success. I
covered just two wins
by the football team in
two seasons (I actually
against Iowa State). But
covering the hardships
of that team was just as
important, if not more,
as covering another Big
12 championship by the
basketball team.
Truth be told, though,
I wont remember any
of that when I look back
years from now on my
time with the Kansan.
I wont remember the
final score of Kansas vs.
Oklahoma or how many
points Wayne Selden Jr.
had against Kentucky.
remember the people
that I have met and the
stories I have locked up
in the memory bank for
an eternity.
I have made several
because of the Kansan,
perhaps none greater
than with my sports
editor Scott Chasen,
whom I had the luxury of
working closely with the
last three semesters.
fondly playing over 100
games with him in the

newsroom while we
waited for stories to
come in. I will remember
our conversations during
a nine-hour road trip
to Chicago to cover the
Champions Classic.
And I will remember
staring at a blank screen
after the Elite Eight, even
though I assured Scott
earlier that day I would
be ready for whatever
happens. The realization
that it was my final game
had finally hit me.
But the reality is it
doesnt really matter.
Next year there will be
another byline during
the NCAA tournament
and you the readers will
still get stellar nay,
better coverage.
As for me, I will
continue writing and
the foundation of my
reporting comes from my
time with the Kansan.
So maybe this is
goodbye, but this is not
the end of the story. If
anything its the end of
memorable chapter, a
chapter that will always
have a special place in
my heart.
But its not the end.
In a way, its like the
story has only just begun.
Edited by Brendan


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Graduate student uses personal story to empower others


oze Brooks, a second-year

student studying higher education, is graduating
soon, and like many others
on campus, they are worried
about their post-commencement job search.
However, during their
presentation The Z is Not
Silent, part of the Office of
Multicultural Affairs Last
Lecture series on March 25,
Brooks said their fears do
not stem from, for instance,
the recovering economy or
interview skills, but a lack of
personal acceptance in their
Speaking in front of about
25 people in the Kansas
Union, Brooks recalled a class
early this semester where
one of their professors asked
students to line up in order
of stressed to least-stressed
about the job search. Brooks
said they placed themselves
as far to the stressed side of
the room as possible.

I didnt know how

to explain that
for two years, I
have felt like a
case study, like a
resource tool, for
my cohorts.
Roze Brooks
graduate student

They said when the professor asked the students

to share their thoughts and
feelings on their stress levels,
Brooks refrained.
Because I wasnt sure
how to explain that my stress
was not rooted in whether
or not I can get a job, but my
stress was rooted in if I want
to dive into a career path or
into a field that doesnt know

what the hell to do with me,

Brooks said.
Brooks, originally from St.
Louis, Mo., is the first knowingly and openly transgender
person to graduate from the
higher education administration program. During their
talk, Brooks spoke on some
of their time and experience
at the University over the past
two years, both as a student
and as the graduate assistant
in the Center for Sexuality
and Gender Diversity.
I didnt know how to explain that for two years, I have
felt like a case study, like a resource tool, for my cohorts,
they said. I have felt like a
barometer for my classmates
for where they stand in social
justice issues, as though I am
a line drawn in the sand, and
if you feel what Im saying,
youre on one side and if you
are sick of hearing me speak,
youre on the other.
After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas
City, where they said they had
a very positive experience,
Brooks came to Kansas for
graduate school with a dire
hope for direction, they said.
Instead, Brooks said they
found a climate of closed
doors and hush conversations where their queerness
was seen as a generational
I am currently in a place
of unlearning, Brooks said.
Nearly two years of being
conditioned to keep my head
down, and my voice low.
Yet, there have been silver
linings to the cloud, Brooks
I am sure I made it sound
like it has been a painful and
challenging experience for
me, but I have gained a deeper understanding of how I
exist in the world, how I wish
to exist in the world, and
what work I need to do so
those mean the same thing,
Brooks said.

Baxter Schanze/KANSAN
Roze Brooks is the Graduate Assistant in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center for The Center of Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Brooks serves
as co-founder for Spectrum KU and are a member of the Campus Wide Student Advisory Board.

Murphy Maiden, a junior

from Overland Park, said
they appreciated Brooks
personal and it presented a
clear path of how others in
similar situations can navigate challenges.
It allowed me to reflect
on my own position and
what that means in terms of
what I want to do in the future, including Roze because
we are close, Maiden said.
So really, this essentially
was an invitation to analyze
my own position, reflect on
where Ive been and determine where I want to go.
Cody Charles, associate
director for Academic Enrichment Programs at the
Office of Multicultural Affairs, said although he appreciates Brooks willingness to
share their personal insight,
he thinks it is something that
should not have to be required for change.
It was invigorating and
challenging, in the sense
that, the level of vulnerability
that someone has to give to
move the needle as an educator so all of these things
that are personal, that you
choose to share as educators to help move along the
dialogue, and spark curiosi-

ty is also a very challenging

thing, because no one should
be owed that, Charles said.
Brooks said their time at
the University has evoked in
them a need to be louder and
to demand the space their
students deserve. When they

leave in a few months, they

said they hope they leave other students with a feeling of
They have the same ability to talk to humans, and they
have the same ability to get
stuff done, to create spaces

to do the programs that Ive

done, that Im not anything
extraordinary, I just happen
to be the one to say, Hey this
is missing, Brooks said.



Musician collaborates with electronic music stars


ts 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 youre Andy Hodges, your
favorite artists might drop by
for a visit.
Hodges, a Manhattan,
Kan. native, has been playing piano since he was in
kindergarten, and has been
producing and posting original content online for about
two years. Most recently, hes
been working with chart-topping recording artists. And
hes only a freshman.
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
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 duos producers, and thought he was
only going to be featured in a
I got a call from Samsung saying theyre shooting a
commercial here for this video commercial series theyre
doing and they wanted me to
be a part of it, and they said Id
be producing with The Chainsmokers, and I flipped out,
Hodges said. A month later
they told me thats not going
to happen and then they surprised me, it all worked out. It
was hilarious.
Hodges got to work with
The Chainsmokers and said
he was able to learn more
about how they produce 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 thats
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 hes 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 bed.

Im like the
lyricist. Hes
about the beat
and the rhythm.
Anna Hamilton

Hodges may have gotten

to work with The Chainsmokers in November, but that
wasnt 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 DJing duo produces. The trip can now be seen
featured in one of Samsungs
Hodges said during the
trip he was able to get some
tips and pointers from The
Chainsmokers on how to improve his music.
Theyre just giving me
advice on what I need to do
to move on to the next level,
and Im taking that advice
and capitalizing on it, Hodges said.
Aside from The Chainsmokers, Hodges says he
draws inspiration from another very 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
its meant for guitars, Hodg-

es bought the same pedal for

his piano, and it allows him to
build his tracks, adding different instruments through his
[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, I had a
song in mind that features a
violin. Its my second favorite
instrument behind cello.
Just this past semester,
Hodges began producing covers with another young musician, sophomore Anna Hamilton from Bucyrus. Hamilton
said the two work well together by combining their different musical strengths.
Im like the lyricist,
Hamilton said. Hes about
the beat and the rhythm.
The two said theyll
bounce song ideas off each
other and share inspiration.
They work so well together, in
fact, theyve 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
Its usually hearing something, because Im very audible, but then a lot of times
itll be like a feeling that I get
whenever I witness something
either thats really messed up
and I want to write about it or
thats 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, Im
going to sign it and go work
in Los Angeles or whatever,
Hodges said. You can always go back to school, but

Colleen OToole/KANSAN
Andy Hodges, a freshman from Manhattan, Kan., collaborated with The Chainsmokers and got to shoot a
commercial with Samsung.

you dont always

have opportunities to sign with
a good manager.
Hodges began his college
studying biology
and neuroscience, but is now
thinking about
somewhere 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, hes
going to have to
weigh the pros
and cons.
If I can do
music, Ill do
music, he said.
by Matthew



Manns Motivation: His sons fight for survival


hile his teammates were set

to take on Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., in
November of 2014, Kansas
running back DeAndre
Mann was taking on his
own challenge. It wasnt
one based off wins or losses, but a matter of life or
After driving to a Topeka hospital, DeAndre
would hold his newborn
son, Alijah DeAndre Mann,
in a single hand. Born two
months and two weeks premature, Alijah weighed a
mere two pounds as the effect of preeclampsia, a disease DeAndres wife Olivia
dealt with throughout her
Preeclampsia can pre-

vent the placenta from receiving enough blood, causing the baby to be born very
small. The disease isnt curable, but it can be managed
if its caught early. Luckily
for Olivia, it was.
I made it to Topeka
in 45 minutes, DeAndre
said. I was so nervous for
my wife and son driving
back [to Topeka]. But she
fought through and I got to
see the birth of my son; that
was really cool.
DeAndre spent the majority of his days in early
August under the beating
sun during the grind of fall
camp. He studies the latest
playbook, implemented by
the new coaching staff, for
hours. The running back
meeting room almost became a second home.
After taking a battering
at the hands of the Jay-

hawks defense, he went

home and taking on even
more. From the moment he
steps in the door, DeAndre
has no chance to relax on
the couch; nine-month-old
Alijah makes sure of that.
I let him just jump on
me, DeAndre said. Hes a
ball of energy. All he likes to
do is eat, and then he wants
to jump and play.
Although Alijah seems
healthy now, the newest
Jayhawk in the Mann family faced a barrage of medical issues last winter.
I knew it was going to
be a battle for them, so I
just prayed, DeAndre said
of his wife and son. They
both fought. Its been inspiring to me to see the development of my son. Hes
21 pounds now.
DeAndres other family the Kansas running

backs has been a part

of Alijahs life as well.
finds himself asking
Reggie Mitchell, the
running backs coach,
for not only football advice but family advice
as well.
Alijah has become
accustomed to visits
from Keaun Kinner,
and Taylor Cox. Coxmined that Alijah was
going to be an athlete
a much better one than
Alijahs father.
That boy loves to
jump, Cox said. Hes
going to be able to dunk
by the time he is 12.
Kinner said that he
had a soothing effect
on Alijah.
Usually when Im
over and Im holding
him, hes calm, Kinner
said. I do stuff to make
him laugh. Ive never
seen him cry. Alijah is
something else.
On the football field,
DeAndre, was something else as well. He
was the leader of the
backfield in his senior
Missy Minear/KANSAN
campaign. He ran for Senior football player DeAndre Mann admires his son during an interview
387 yards on 76 carries Sunday evening at the Rock Chalk Choice Awards. Mann recieved the Crimson
and had a touchdown Climb award.
as well. He was second
grown [DeAndre] is, Kin- professional team. Howevon the team in rushing
yards. It was eerily similar ner said. I like seeing how er, since he wasnt drafted it
to his first ride with Kansas. good he is with Alijah and is a long shot that he makes
a professional team come
In his first year with the thats inspiring.
That maturity came from next fall.
Jayhawks after spending
But then again the chaltwo years at Hartnell Col- struggle. During spring
of the upcoming
lege, he came through with
85 carries for 399 yards a get an hour or two of sleep season dont seem so intim4.7 yards per carry average most nights between class, idating for DeAndre. Not
in nine games. DeAn- football and his new family. after everything that his
I look old now, DeAn- son went through.
dres veteran experience at
If at any point doubt
the collegiate level led him dre said, but in the spring,
to have crept into the
to a leadership role in the
Now the former Jay- back of his mind, however,
running back meeting room
hawk has another challenge all he needs to do is look up
throughout his career.
But perhaps the main in front of him. This fall into the stands and see his
reason for that had less to Mann will attempt to make two biggest fans watching
do with his ability on the a NFL team. After the con- him do what he loves best.
field and more with his ma- clusion of the 2016 NFL
Draft he signed with the
turity off of it.
Edited by Kate Miller
I like how mature and Atlanta Falcons. He was the
first Jayhawk to sign with a


Nasseri: Group projects in KU setting

fail to stimulate learning

Illustration by Jake Kaufmann


s if good old-fashioned
homework and tests
werent enough, college students have even more
serious worries associated
with many of their classes.
Some call it the grade wrecker;
others, the soul destroyer. Regardless, students at all levels
shudder at the thought of the
horrendous group project.
In spite of general disdain
of group projects, professors absolutely love to assign
them. Group projects truly do
have potential to be amazing
learning experiences. A 1992
neurobiology study by Drs.
Eric Kandel and Robert Hawkins shows how each persons
brain architecture is shaped
by their unique experiences,
demonstrating that learning is
intrinsically linked with individuality. In an environment
such as a college classroom,
where people have come from
all walks of life, students have
the potential to teach each
other how they see the world.

As demonstrated
by the 1951 Asch
experiment, 3/4 of
people are willing
to agree with the
obviously incorrect
answer when everyone
else in a small group

Additionally, a 1984 study

by Carl Benware and Edward
Deci reveals students who
learn new material with the
goal to teach others are better

able to learn compared to students who learn simply to be

There certainly are benefits to learning from ones
peers in a group. However,
group projects as typically assigned in college classrooms
are far from the best way to
accomplish this learning.
First, teachers lack an understanding of how logistically
challenging group presentations are.
Group projects can stifle
creativity rather than encourage it. As demonstrated by the
1951 Asch experiment, 3/4
of people are willing to agree
with the obviously incorrect
answer when everyone else
in a small group does. This
tendency to conform means
group projects are no guarantee that the groups final
project reflects what every
member of the group believes.
Even in small groups, more
vocal members can easily
outvote their peers, and the
final product a group turns in
imperfectly represents every
persons vision.
When grading a group
project, professors lose the
insight of individual students
and can only look at what
the group collectively agreed
upon. Instructor perceptions
of group projects are vastly
different than that of their students in other ways as well. A
2003 survey of 69 university
students conducted by Marilyn Ford and Jenny Morice,
revealed a huge discrepancy
between student and faculty
perceptions of group assignments.
This is in part due to
the fact that while 64 of the
students reported having

problems with group assignments, less than 8 percent

approached their lecturer with
the problems. If instructors
were clear that students can
come to them with concerns,
the experience of the group
project would become more
positive for everyone, as students would not need to suffer
silently, and professors would
be able to assign and grade
projects more fairly.
Some professors might be
interested in assigning group
projects for reasons other than
merely antagonizing their already-overworked students.
In this case, they have a lot
more work to do than simply
assigning a project.
First, professors should
clearly state their expectations
for the project, setting students up for success at working efficiently as a team. Second, grading scales should be
adjusted so that students are
not depending on perpetually
absent or irresponsible peers
for their own scores. Finally,
teachers should encourage
their students to come to them
with concerns.
But, take heart, fellow students. We can learn a lot from
group projects as they are currently being assigned. For example, Ive learned time and
time again that sometimes
its easier to shut up and go
along with what other people
are saying also, that trusting
anyone ever is a bad idea and
all people are terrible. These
are valuable lessons that Im
sure will stick with me for the
rest of my life.
Brook Nasseri is a sophomore from Topeka studying
microbiology and English.





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