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Tracking a spiders path

roommen@kansan.com When she was in the sixth grade, Rachel Newby was bitten by a brown recluse spider. The spider, which was in Newbys bed, bit her twice. Now Newby, a freshman from Washington, D.C., has an indention on her right knee an eraser-sized scar thats a reminder of the venomous spider that bit her seven years ago. Brown recluse spiders, known for their distinctive shape and skin-deteriorating bite, are prevalent in Kansas, said Erin Saupe, a doctoral student in geolSaupe ogy from St. Cloud, Minn. There might be some slightly reassuring news for future generations. By 2080, said Saupe, Kansas brown recluse spiders may not even exist anymore. Saupe and other KU researchers have developed an estimation of the climatic preferences of the brown recluse, using a system they call ecological niche modeling. Through this modeling, Saupe has developed a way to determine the climates recluses prefer, where they are in the United States and what areas the recluses may inhabit in the future. Saupe said that the recluse is expected to move to other areas of the country in the future. Saupe began the project about two years ago as a masters project. The findings of the research teams work were published on March 25. Saupe said she hoped the groups findings could make a difference in the medical field. The brown recluse is obviously very important, Saupe said. Its bites can cause tissue death and limb loss. But, she said, some doctors diagnose brown recluse bites in areas where the recluse doesnt normally habitate. Saupe said medical professionals in these areas often misdiagnose serious diseases like lymphoma and Lyme disease as brown recluse bites. With this data, we can confirm and attest where they are, based on the climatic data weve gathered, Saupe said. Paul Selden, professor of geology, was part of the research team. He said the project would help inform the public where brown recluses are prevalent. We knew the project would be interesting, he said. We were hoping it will spread the word to medics and the public that they should understand these things better. Patty Quinlan, nursing supervisor at Watkins Memorial Health Center, said the center sees about three brown recluse bites per year. She said the bites spike in the fall and winter, when spiders and other insects try to get indoors to take shelter from the cold weather. Quinlan said the bites are treated with antibiotics. She said theres a risk of infection from the spider and the dead tissue caused by the spiders venom. Its quite a nasty bite, she said. Edited by Caroline Bledowski

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Most spiders have eight eyes, but the recluse spiders have six eyes that are arranged in pairs in a semi-circle on the front of the upper body. The spider is also commonly referred to as a fiddleback or violin spider because of its violin-shaped marking on the top of the upper body.

According to a study by the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, the brown recluses habitat is expanding across the country. The spider can now be found in additional areas in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The brown recluses body is usually about three-eighths of an inch long and about three-sixteenths of an inch wide. The long, thin and brown legs are covered with fine hair, but no spines. Adult brown recluses have a leg span of about the size of a quarter.

One of the most feared spiders in the united states, the brown recluse, is the subject of a new university of Kansas study that aims to predict its distribution and how it may be affected by climate changes.
Graphic by Weston Pletcher/ edited by Caroline Bledowski

Early easter egg hunt is part of study to promote positivity

icummings@kansan.com The Easter Bunny came to campus early this year. Students arriving on campus Tuesday morning found hundreds of easter eggs waiting for them on the lawns surrounding Strong Hall, Wescoe Beach, Summerfield Hall, Frasier Hall and Watson Library.



Some of the eggs were hidden among bushes and along stairs while others sat in plain view, but they all contained a pair of chocolate treats and a printed message from students of Positive Psychology. Lindie Northup, a senior from Edmond, Okla., was one of those who delivered the eggs. She said she enjoyed watching people open them up. Its just funny because I know

what it is, she said. A group of 12 students from the course scattered 500 eggs around campus at 7 a.m. as part of a project to study how people rated their happiness upon discovering the chocolate pieces inside and their happiness upon giving the second piece to a friend as the eggs message suggested. The message contained a link to an online survey where students could answer five

questions about their experience. Students who submit a survey will be eligible to win a prize, which will most likely be a gift card, Northup said. The Easter egg hunt is one of several projects in a course taught by Sarah Pressman, associate professor of psychology. The projects are designed to promote positivity around Lawrence and to study peoples responses. Rachel Blomberg, a

junior from Chicago, said that, later in the semester, the entire Positive Psychology class will work together to replicate one of the studies. She said that if the Easter egg hunt is repeated by the entire class, it could include a lot more than 500 eggs. Blomberg said Tuesday afternoon that more than 40 surveys had been completed. The students will continue collecting surveys until

Thursday and will use the results in their project research paper. Northup said that she expected the results to confirm the researchers hypothesis. I think anyone receiving chocolate will be pleased, she said. Edited by Amanda Sorell

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Hugh Carter, Mike Dever and Bob Schumm will join the five-member Lawrence City Commission.

Safecenter challenges sexual assault stigmas

jshorman@kansan.com April may be Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but the workers at GaDuGi Safecenter are already all too aware of the trauma sexual assault can cause. GaDuGi acts as the sole provider of sexual assault services in Douglas County. Its effect is felt in the hundreds of cases it takes on each year, providing everything from counseling and hospital visitation to advocacy and outreach. The centers status as sole service provider also means that it interacts with all kinds of victims. In the campus context, that often means college-age women. In addition to helping the women themselves, GaDuGi also works against what the center sees as harmful stereotypes. I think in the 70s we created this critter called date rape, Sarah Jane Russell, executive director, said. And we did it because we wanted to better capture exactly what we were saw happening. But along with that came a weirdness. Russell said individuals with biases against sexual assault victims began to claim that women couldnt be raped by people they know. The compact social environment of the university also provides a challenge for GaDuGi as victims fear that coming forward will expose them to unwanted attention. People who have been assaulted feel like everyone in the whole world knows, even when that isnt true, Russell said. Russell said that for one semester the center held an on-campus support group for sexual assault victims. The only problem was that no one showed up. Each week workers arrived at the meeting location, but interest was minimal. And it really is because people were afraid they would find out they were going to that group, Russell said. The same fear that keeps women from coming forward after a sexual assault can also keep men from coming forward, Susan Miller, GaDuGi therapist, said. Men are sometimes forgotten about in the area of sexual assault, but it definitely does happen for men, Miller said. Often men are embarThe above map is split into four parts with each part as a differerent rassed to come forward and seek help color. Look at the corresponding boxes below to see how many sexual and counseling for these issues. GaDuGi does provide services for offenses occured in that area between 2009 and 2010. men as well, and Russell said the center recently added its first male About 12 sexual offenses occured in Northwest Lawrence. volunteer, who can assist in mens Forcible fondling and rape made up these 12 crimes. cases. Later in April, GaDuGi, in conAbout 33 offenses in Northeast Lawrence occured from 2009 junction with the Emily Taylor to 2010. These sexual offenses included forcible sodomy, forcWomens Resource Center, will conduct outreach at the University as ible fondling and rape. part of Sexual Assault Awareness There were around 36 sexual offenses in Southeast Lawrence. Month. Pornography, obscene material, rape, forcible fondling and forcible sodomy made up these offenses. Edited by Sarah Gregory


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Bhangra gives campus beat

Drum performers played a mixed style of music at the Kansas Union Plaza celebrating International Awareness Week.

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Southwest Lawrence experienced about 12 sexual offenses between 2009 and 2010. These 12 were made up of rape, forcible sodomy and forcible fondling. Crime statistics from 2006-2009 show that these sexual offenses occured most frequently between the months of August and September. In 2010, April was the month that these offenses occured the most. Graphic by Chris Neal/KANSAN Sources: http://maps-lkpd.lawrenceks.org/crimemap/, http://police.lawrenceks.org/ content/crime-statistics


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April 6
n international student and scholar services will host a world Foosball Tournament. The tournament will take place in the kansas Union plaza from noon to 3 p.m.

April 7

April 8
n kU alumnus and producer mark Amin will show his film peaceful warrior at 7 p.m. at oldfather studios. A reception with pizza will follow the event.

April 9
n The department of visual art will host an open drawing of a live nude model from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 405 of the Art and design Building.

n kU memorial Unions will host a book signing for iraqi Fulbrighter, by Goran sabah Ghafour. it will be in Jayhawk ink on level two of the kansas Union from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

April 10
n international student and scholar services will host the isA world cup soccer Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at shenk Fields. The event is free.

April 11
n J.V. sapinoso will host a seminar on gender from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hall center.

April 12
n The University senate executive committee will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in strong Hall.


Biden fights sexual violence on campuses

By Mcclatchy- triBune
WASHINGTON Schools must do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday as he introduced new federal guidelines to combat the problem. Students across the country deserve the safest possible environment in which to learn, Biden said. Thats why were taking new steps to help our nations schools, universities and colleges end the cycle of sexual violence on campus. Biden was joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the University of New Hampshire, which was chosen because of its highly regarded efforts in sexual violence prevention. Under the Department of Education guidelines, schools informed about sexual harassment or violence must take immediate action to stop the abuse and prevent it from happening again. Schools must have sex discrimination policies in place and an employee responsible for managing the institutions compliance with Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs. Schools must make procedures for filing complaints based on Title IX violations available.

Debris threatens space station

By Mcclatchy- triBune
ORLANDO, Fla. A small piece of debris from an old satellite hurtling toward the International Space Station sent a scare through NASA and the three astronauts aboard the station, but the debris ultimately sailed harmlessly by. The debris, about 5 inches wide, passed by the station at 5:21 p.m., missing the station by a little more than three miles, according to NASA calculations. For much of the day, as NASA tracked the space junk, the three astronauts were advised to be ready to scramble into the Soyuz capsule thats attached to the station that could fly them back to earth. But the red-level alert was canceled around 4 p.m., when NASA became confident enough in the track of the debris. The astronauts on the space station are American Catherine Coleman, Italian Paulo Nespoli, and Russian Commander Dmitry Kondratyev. Despite the scare, the incident was considered fairly routine. NASA begins preparing for action any time a piece of space junk appears likely to pass close to the space station, which happens fairly regularly. Usually the alert is dropped as the debris gets close enough for NASA to project an exact path, and determines its going to miss. The last time debris got close enough to force an evacuation was in 2009. Nothing significant has ever struck the station, said NASA spokesman Josh Byerly. Space debris moves at orbital Orbital debris has become a growing problem for space travelers. The amount of space junk has been multiplying in recent years, as collisions between larger pieces create even more smaller ones. But two recent events have added to the mess. In 2007, China destroyed one of its own probes with an anti-satellite missile in a show of military force, creating a huge cloud of debris. In fact, the piece that threatened the station today is from the Chinese FENGYUN 1C satellite destroyed in that weapons test. Also, in February 2009, a Russian and an American communications satellite collided over Siberia. That crash created another round of new space junk. On Friday, the space station had to take evasive action to avoid debris from that event. As of July 2009, more than 19,000 pieces of space debris larger than 10 centimeters were known to be circling the Earth, according to NASA researchers who track it. Another 500,000 pieces are between 1 cm and 10 cm. The tiniest pieces number in the millions.


A five-inch piece of debris hurtled toward the International.

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speeds of about 18,000 mph. So an impact by a 5-inch chunk, Byerly said, depending on where it hits, it could be severe. Something even the size of a grain of sand can punch a hole.

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Bhangra and Beats drums up Union

By Max RothMan
mrothman@kansan.com Rihannas Rude Boy and a dhol drum from India blared on the Union Plaza, while Bhangra dancers swayed with the sounds and the wind. The International Student Association presented Bhangra and Beats Tuesday afternoon as part of its International Awareness Week. Its to promote cultural awareness and cultural education at the KU campus, said Niki Grewal, Austin, Texas, senior and president of the International Student Association. Bhangra and Beats is one of nine events for the week, which began on Monday and concludes Sunday. Tuesdays event started with three members of the African Drum Ensemble, who played two kinds of African drums two djembes and a set of three dununs. A djembe is a drum with a deep bass and a dunun is a drum with a higher pitch intended for keeping a rhythm. The trio rattled their hands in synchronization, occasionally shouting and often scrunching their faces out of passion for the rapid tempos. You have a number of rhythms that mesh together in really interesting ways, said Tim Clark, Lawrence sophomore and member of the ensemble. DK Productions, made up of DJ eKleCtic and dhol drummer Deep Singh, followed the ensemble with its blend of south Asian and western pop and hip-hop music. It helps to show the fusion between our cultures, Singh said of DK Productions style of sounds. Shortly after starting, DJ eKleCtic cut the music and Singh instructed those who were interested in learning how to dance Bhangra. People use Bhangra as the jazzercise of India without the old people-ness of it, Singh said. Singh moved his hands in a twisting motion, as if he were screwing in a light bulb, and moved his feet back and forth. Then the others followed his lead, the music returned, and a full circle of Bhangra was underway. Forrest Woods, a senior from Wichita, sat on a step behind the music setup and the dancers and casually bounced his head to the left field beats. Every Friday in front of the Union they used to have live music, Woods said. I miss it. Edited by Corey Thibodeaux


picking up the slack

International Awareness Week Schedule

-world Foosball Tournament, noon to 3 p.m., Kansas Union plaza -Sexual dependency, a Bolivian film co-hosted with the Bolivian Community Association, 8 p.m., woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Saturday, April 9:
-Vaisaki Festival, punjabi harvest festival co-hosted by KU punjabi Association, 1 to 4 p.m., South park

Sunday, April 10:

Thursday, April 7:

-world expo, featuring arts, crafts, music, fashions and demonstrations encompassing nearly every region of the globe, noon to 5 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom

-iSA world Cup Soccer Tournament, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shenk Fields. e-mail qtothec@ku.edu to register a team or be placed on a team. KU news release

Friday, April 8:

-Fifty-ninth annual Festival of Nations, an international variety show featuring dancing, singing and other entertainment, 7:30 p.m., woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union -iSA Masquerade Ball, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., wildes Chateau 24, 2412 iowa St. (Ticket charge)

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Learn to buy locally with limited funds

As spring makes its debut in lawrence, it brings with it the first local produce of the season. Not many have been spared from the financial woes the nation has recently seen. Nonetheless, Nancy OConnor, director of education and outreach at The Mercantile, lawrences own local and organic grocery store, said The Mercs produce section saw record sales last week something she says speaks to the importance of eating locally and organically.

Although buying local and organic food may seem tough to do with limited funds, OConnor says it is entirely possible. To support local and organic food while simultaneously supporting a college students budget, OConnor says the key is to know what products are worth splurging on, and what products are not. There are really smart ways to go about eating organically and locally while still on a budget, OConnor said. There is actually a shopping guide that lists the dirty dozen and the clean 15. The shopping guide, established by the environmental

working Group, lists the dirty dozen, the 12 types of produce that have the most pesticides and pesticide residue, and the clean 15, fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticides and therefore safest to buy from farms that use conventional methods. As a college student on a budget you can make informed choices, OConnor said. To find out more details on eating organically as well as safety precautions regarding pesticides and pesticide residues, visit www. foodnews.org.
Chelsey Derks

The Clean 15:

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These foods are lowest in pesticides:

1. Onions 2. Avocado 3. Sweet corn 4. pineapple 5. Mangos 6. Sweet peas 7. Asparagus 8. Kiwi 9. Cabbage 10. eggplant 11. Cantaloupe 12. watermelon 13. Grapefruit 14. Sweet potato 15. Honeydew melon

Mike Brennison, a grad student from Fayetteville, Ga., takes part in slacklining Monday afternoon on Stauffer-Flints lawn. Slacklining is a subculture of rock climbing, where people walk across a nylon webbing anchored between two trees or posts.

Buy organic forms of these foods:

1. Celery 2. peaches 3. Strawberries 4. Apples 5. Blueberries 6. Nectarines 7. Bell peppers 8. Spinach 9. Kale 10. Cherries 11. potatoes 12. Grapes that are imported

The Dirty Dozen:

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Detroit Orchestra to end strike

By Mcclatchy- triBune
DETROIT So, what comes next for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the wake of the tentative agreement that promises to end the bitter six-month strike and return the musicians to Orchestra Hall this weekend? Short answer: an extraordinary amount of work. Settling the strike is only the first mountain in a series of treacherous peaks that the financially crippled DSO has to scale on its way to a viable future. With $54 million in real estate debt, $9 million in projected deficits in the next three years, a rapidly shrinking endowment, subscription numbers as bloody as the end of a slasher movie and relationships between musicians and management as hostile as The War of the Roses, the DSOs margin for error remains razor thin. The peaks are not linear, said Paul Hogle, executive vice president. We have to climb them all well at the same time. At the heart of the strike was a dispute over the size of pay cuts aimed at reversing the DSOs multimilliondollar annual deficits that have led to losses of more than $19 million since 2008. Battered by Michigans anemic economy and the recession, the DSOs fund-raising and ticket sales have struggled to keep pace with rising costs. The strike has taken an enormous toll. The DSO has lost millions in ticket income. The strike also has cost each musician at least $55,000 in salary. Were dying to get back to Orchestra Hall and begin the long process of healing, said bassist Rick Robinson.


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Television series crosses all majors, even math and science

Its been a trying last few weeks. First, there was the swarm of unnecessary rugrats releasing songs. (Check out Jenna Roses My Jeans for some of the grossest imagery Ive ever heard, involving heelies racing on a spine.) Then we had to pretend that it wasnt getting as irritating as hell when someone said winning ironically (or whatever) at us, and then for a while there we werent sure if Mad Men would return and if it would, would Harry Crane even be there to be sort of pointless? To those of you not in the know, Mad Men is a pretty rad series AMC about a guy with a badass name (Don Draper) who runs the creative department of an ad agency when hes not boozing and whoring up the place, and Harry Crane is a pretty pointless character on that show. Either way, the show had been hanging in the balance because of disagreements between the creator Matthew Weiner and the network over any college kid to watch. If youre a history major, there are tons of shiz in there about the 60s (yknow, big stuff, like how JFK doesnt wear hats); if youre studying advertising, there shouldnt really be anything after this comma, because youve probably seen this show 20 times in class. If youre interested in womens, gender and sexuality studies, then hot dog (too phallic?), you should be watching one of the shows core themes is affirmative action. If youre interested in writing or English, then buckle up, Susie, because this show has some of the best writing in television history. If youre a business kind of person, then you will love the stories focusing on accounts men Pete Campbell, Ken Cosgrove and Harry Crane (Uh He has a few); if youre into art, get ready for a stylistic show with some artist characters. I could go on and on about how Mad Men would be inspiring or beneficial for a lot of different majors to watch, but then I would just be overselling. Mad Men is right up your alley. Trust me. Unless youre a math or science major, and I assume if youre a math or science major you probably have some boring affair with all of the Star Treks, so have fun with that. (Totes kidding, you nerds I love ya and you would probably love Mad Men!) So, get on your Netflix or get to the store and buy those DVDs. If nothing else, this is the kind of show that will get you that hot hipster chick/dude with the Ray Band who aspires to be Peggy/Don. Chance Carmichael is a junior in creative writing from Mulvane. Follow Chance on twitter @ChanceComical.

ccarmichael@kansan.com budget issues. The network was all like, We wanna cut some actors, and put in some product placement, bro, and Weiner was all like, HELL NO. They finally reached an agreement at the end of last week that would save the cast members, but required some product placement. So those of you who have no idea what I mean when I talk about Harry Crane have a year to get caught up on Mad Men. Go get those DVDs out and start chuggin, kiddos. Because you are a college student, and Mad Men is The Office of TV dramas here. Mad Men is a fantastic show for



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April is Queers and Allies (Q&A) month of gay-pride celebration. Deemed Gaypril this year, the programming will include several events centered on educating students and community members about often overlooked LGBT issues. Although its a busy time of year, I strongly encourage students to make time to attend some of these events. This is a particularly good opportunity to educate yourself, whether it be on a basic or more in-depth level. The students and organizations facilitating these events have a strong desire to increase awareness about various issues. In fact, awareness and education are the best ways we can prevent and possibly end discrimination against and within the LGBT community. Discrimination isnt always just in the form that we typically think of (the generalization that comes to mind is blatant, hateful, anti-gay speech). Someone can be accepting and have good intentions, but a lack of knowledge about general and specific issues will sometimes lend itself to instances of unintended but nevertheless harmful discrimination. For example, some throw around terms like bisexual and asexual without really thinking about the implications of misusing these words. A simple, offhand comment can do a lot to reinforce stereotypes or incorrect assumptions about individual sexuality. It may sound silly, but the effect of words is stronger than many may think. This is why knowledge and

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kcosby@kansan.com understanding are vital to the equality movement. At this stage in our social and political history, we cannot afford for supporters to be in the dark about these issues. There are many different issues under the umbrella of LGBT issues that many people are not familiar with. Many of Q&As Gaypril events serve to combat ignorance and stereotypes on these issues as well as to provide a venue for open discussion. Such discussion is important in a friendly environment in order for a development of understanding. In order to be a supporter of LGBT rights and equality, it is important to be willing to educate yourself in order to increase your own understanding and the understanding of others. This is something I resolve to do myself during Gaypril, and I hope a large part of the student body also takes advantage of the plethora of educational opportunities provided this month. Only through knowledge can we truly achieve politically and socially the goals of equality for all members of the LGBT community. Kelly Cosby is a junior in political science and English from Overland Park. Follow her on Twitter @KellyCosby.

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Lawrence citizens vote to fill three commission spots

lnightengale@kansan.com chong@kansan.com After the polls closed in the general election Tuesday, Douglas County released the unofficial results in the race for city commission spots. Hugh Carter, Mike Dever and Bob Schumm filled the three vacancies of the five-member Lawrence City Commission. Dever, an incumbent, and Schumm will each serve four-year terms after receiving the most votes in the election, while Carter will serve two years. Despite serving a shorter term, Carter remains enthusiastic about his opportunity to create change in the community. Theres nothing on my platform that can be accomplished and completed in four years, and theres also nothing on that platform that cant be started and put in motion in two years, Carter said. Schumm, who served as commissioner and mayor of Lawrence in the 80s and 90s, has resurfaced as a leader in the community, barely edging out Dever as the overall vote leader. It feels great. We had a great campaign and we engaged with voters, and thats what the end goal is in an election, Schumm said. People recognized my past experience both in City Hall and as a business leader and I think thats what wrapped it up for me. Devers new four-year term will add to a previous four years on the commission. The initial vote count released by Douglas County is unofficial. The official election results will be finalized after the Board of County Canvassers canvasses the results on April 11. Edited by Amanda Sorell

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landersen@kansan.com On campus this week, you may have seen dogs in neon T-shirts or someone dressed in a cow costume at the Ambler Student Recreation Center sporting the emblem AFTERdark. They were all part of an effort to promote AFTERdark, a free musical and inspirational event at the Lied Center tonight at 7. The event will feature acoustic musician Dave Barnes, hip-hop artist Thisl, a speech from former KU basketball player Wayne Simien and Joe White, president of Kanakuk Kamps. White will be speaking about the relevance of Jesus Christ in todays society. I think its important to KU because it presents the gospel and Jesus Christ in a way that is approachable, said Kelsie Lange, a senior from Lawrence and AFTERdark promotions team member. Its very entertain-


ing with the music and is geared toward college students. AFTERdark is a program that has been traveling across the nation, visiting college campuses big and small, for the past five years. This will be the programs second time visiting the University. It first came in 2008. People from Kansas just expressed a desire for AFTERdark to come back, said Grace Olson, a sophomore from Woodlands, Texas, and event coordinator. I first heard about the event through working at Kanakuk Kamps. The rest of the KU staff and I wanted to bring AFTERdark to our campus, so we expressed this desire to the event coordinators. In doing AFTERdark, our hope is that this is not just a Christian event but that anyone regardless of their beliefs would come and experience this free event. Each year, AFTERdark invites musical artists to perform at the two-hour event.

Theres a handful of artists theyve been working with, Olson said. [Barnes] was available and wanted to come. KUs AFTERdark was supposed to take place in February, but was rescheduled for April because of inclement weather. Were hoping for more people due to the fact that some folks saw the signs the first time, said Jordan Crawford, a sophomore from Topeka and event coordinator. Hopefully over the course of almost doing it twice, well get some more people. Edited by Becca Harsch

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Kris Cauble took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and flashed back to when her sons infatuation with lacrosse first began. The first game I went to was one of the worst days of my life, Cauble said. I sat there and watched those children beat each other with those sticks, and hitting each other with their bodies, and I was dumbfounded. Kris had reason to be nervous. Only two months prior, her husband, Dave, had taken their high school sophomore son, Tyler, out in the backyard of their Libertyville, Ill., home to play catch with sticks for the first time. Tyler, who now plays for the KU Club lacrosse team, had previously only played organized basketball, baseball and soccer. No contact sports were allowed.

During an ultrasound before Tyler was born, doctors discovered that his body had only developed one kidney. It was a choice we made as parents to make sure that he wasnt put in situations that could harm the kidney, Dave Cauble said, sidelining any hopes Tyler had of playing football, hockey, or lacrosse. Dave Cauble, a native of Minnesota, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played collegiate hockey, along with intramural lacrosse. It was something he had a passion for, so when he saw his son in need of a sport that suited him, he decided to break out the sticks. Freshman year, (Tyler) played baseball, and it went well. But I could look and see that he wasnt totally enthralled with the sport, Dave said. He was participating because it was a sport we were

allowing him to play. Dave and Tyler began playing catch in their backyard during the winter before Libertyville High School tryouts. The sessions went well, with one exception. When we first started playing, we kept losing the ball in the snow, Dave said. This prompted him to go to the local sports complex and ask for a favor. Dave was able to convince the manager of the complex to let him and Tyler practice playing catch in the buildings batting cages. Two months before the tryouts began, Dave stumbled upon information that changed his perspective on his son playing a contact sport. Daves research found that kidney injuries happen to less than 0.5 percent per every million participants in lacrosse. The odds of Tyler being hit in the kidney with a fastball were smaller than a kidney injury in another contact

sport. It was with this information that Dave thought Tyler should try playing organized lacrosse. The next step was to convince Kris of the same. The first conversation was icy, Dave said. I was totally against it, Kris said. It was a process, Dave said. If his kidney were to ever be injured, Tyler would most likely need a transplant along with dialysis to filter and clean his blood. Even with the stakes high, Tyler still wanted the opportunity to play. It was a decision that I made, Tyler said, We knew the risk, and we were willing to take it, especially me. With Tyler completely committed, Dave and Kris went back to researching the sport, while Tyler and Dave kept practicing every day.

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Kris called doctors and asked for opinions, while Dave Googled the topic, looking for any available information. In the end, it was Dave who found the game-changing element. Tyler could wear an altered pad to protect him from a blow to the kidney. Average lacrosse pads go down to mid-chest; the altered pad Dave found goes down to just above Tylers waist, adding more protection to his back. It looks like a bulletproof vest, Tyler said. Two weeks before Libertyville High School tryouts, the decision was made that Tyler would be allowed to play lacrosse as long as he wore The Vest, but there were still some who believed it was a bad idea, regardless of the extra padding. My doctor was pissed, Tyler said. I went in for my yearly checkup, and he asked what sport I was playing, and I said lacrosse. He was so mad because it was a contact sport with hitting involved. Two months to learn a sport, and be able to master the aspects of it, is very little time. But Dave and Tyler were driven to make sure that he made the team, and Tyler began to naturally catch on to the game. I picked it up pretty quick. There were a few rough patches. I spent a lot of time in the backyard with my dad, a lot of him coaching me and critiquing me, Tyler said. During tryouts, Tyler mentioned to a coach that his father had played collegiate lacrosse. In need of an assistant coach to help out, Libertyville reached out to Dave and asked him to join the staff. At Tylers first game, Kris sat in the bleachers rooting for her son, and her husband. I loved having him as a coach, but he was always the one making everybody run, and do pushups,

Tyler said. Daves military training had come in handy, and he wasnt afraid to use it. The freshman boys were a bunch of bozos, so you just have to keep them in line, Dave said. Every day during summer between sophomore and junior year, Tyler practiced with his dad in the backyard.They did the same between junior and senior year, and by his high school graduation he had played two seasons for the varsity squad and was named a captain his senior year. When the time came to pick a college, one of Tylers requirements was that it had a club lacrosse team. Some smaller schools played into his consideration because Tyler would be able to play at a high level and see ample playing time. All of the other schools became irrelevant after a visit to the University. When I saw that KU had a club lacrosse team, I decided that was something I wanted to be a part of, Tyler said. In his first season with the Jayhawks, Tyler has been a great value to coach Dennis Shults squad, notching seven goals with one assist and has no regrets about his decision to play. I love the intensity, and the hitting, and the environment, Tyler said. The guys, everybody is goofy, and laid back. Its a different community. Kris and Dave are also enjoying the lacrosse ride. They were able to see their son play collegiately this season in the Jayhawks 15-10 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Dave has also kept lacrosse in his life. Along with his coaching position at Libertyville High School, he now coaches a neighbor. They practice in the backyard of the Caubles Illinois home. Edited by Becca Harsch

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Final season poll has Jayhawks No. 4

Kansas came in at No. 4 in the final coaches poll released Tuesday afternoon, trailing No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 Butler and No. 3 Kentucky. The Jayhawks and the Ohio State Buckeyes, who received the only first-place vote that didnt go to Connecticut, both

checked in in front of No. 6 Virginia Commonwealth, the only Final Four team that didnt garner a top-four final ranking. Kansas was the last No. 1 seed standing, reaching the elite eight before falling to the rams. They finished the season at 35-3, with a Big 12 title and a Big 12 Tournament championship. Now the Jayhawks face the

attrition of another offseason with several NBA prospects potentially declaring for the NBA draft. yahoo! Sports reported that the Morris twins were in los Angeles with agent Jason Martin this weekend, which would mean they are probably leaving. Still, the Jayhawks will likely wind up as a preseason top-20 team in 2011-12 season.
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Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Tolefree attacks a set from freshman Kara Wehrs. The Jayhawks played three of their four spring season games last night.

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The rumors of freshman guard Josh Selby working out in las Vegas are true. Selby received permission from coach Bill Self to get a better feel of

Selby tests NBA potential in Vegas

his draft status. its something we did not discourage, Self said. we are fine with it. He has not declared nor is he committed to an agent. we said he could have a few days to get a better feel for where he is by working out

with some folks in Vegas. Self said Selby put himself in a position where he could afford to miss some class, but needs to be back by next week. Mike Lavieri

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Senior shortstop Brandon Macias and sophomore second baseman Kevin Kuntz collide while trying to field a ground ball Tuesday. Missouri State defeated Kansas 5-1.

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In perspective
elgie steps up coach ritch price moved junior first basemen Zac elgie to the cleanup spot of the kansas lineup. elgie responded by being the only Jayhawk batter to get on base three times in the game. if he can continue to hit well at batting fourth, the Jayhawks will have finally found a solid cleanup hitter to consistently drive runs in.

Game to remember
Sophomore Missouri State pitcher, Pierce Johnson Johnson came into the game giving up an average of more than 10 runs per game. Johnson reversed his fortune against kansa ons Tuesday, pitching a complete game and only giving up six hits for one run.
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Senior shortstop Brandon Macias grimaces in pain after a Missouri State player slides into him Tuesday. Kansas was awarded the double play because of player interference.

Jayhawks fail to battle surprising Bears player

tdwyer@kansan.com Missouri State pitcher Pierce Johnson entered the game with a 10.41 ERA. He allowed fourteen runs in his last two starts, spanning 8.1 innings. Over the course of the season, he was demoted from the Bears No. 2 starter to their No. 3 starter and then to their No. 4. He didnt get into the sixth inning of any start this season and, judging by recent numbers, he hasnt been getting better. You look at his numbers, Kansas coach Ritch Price said, and he walks in here with an ERA of 10-something, and he hasnt gone more than six innings in a game all year. But he located his fastball away and then he was able to use his breaking ball when he got ahead in the count, and we werent very disciplined. Johnson should have, temporarily at least, cured the many offensive woes of the Kansas lineup. Instead, the ineptitude of the Kansas lineup cured his woes in a frustrating 5-1 loss that Price called as bad an offensive performance as weve had in a long time. Kansas struggles at the plate were led by the three seniors in the lineup, Brandon Macias, Jimmy Waters and Casey Lytle, who finished a combined 0-for-12 with five of the Jayhawks 10 strikeouts. It was the third time this season that the Jayhawks have finished

Game to forget
Sophomore infielder, Jake Marasco After opening the season on a tear, marasco has cooled down considerably, culminating in Tuesdays loss to missouri state. marasco went 0-4 at the plate and left three men on base.


with double-digit strikeouts, but the first time that a single pitcher was responsible for all of the carnage. We had a hard time seeing his slider, Waters said. Obviously, we had a hard time seeing it up, and he abused us with it. Kansas managed just six hits, five of them singles, and didnt put a run across until the bottom of the ninth, when it was down five and reeling. Johnson posted career-highs in innings and strikeouts, a product of razor-sharp command and a brutal lack of discipline from the Jayhawk bats. I dont know how many strikeouts we ended up with, Price said, but almost every single one of them was on a breaking ball that wasnt even a strike. The Jayhawks, whose 3.1 runs per game rank 286th among 292 Division I baseball programs, couldnt get anything going against Johnson. Johnson showed top flight potential he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays out of high school but never on a stage like this, and never so consistently across an entire game. We were swinging at balls in the dirt, said junior infielder Zac Elgie. Its impossible to hit the ball when its bouncing in there every time.

Stat of the night


The amount of pitches it took missouri state pitcher pierce Johnson to finish off the Jayhawks. Johnson worked through the kansas lineup effectively and was able to finish out the game.

Game notes
Sophomore Missouri State pitcher, Pierce Johnson pierce Johnsons 10 strikeouts against the Jayhawks were the most strikeouts from one pitcher against a kansas team since Barret loux of Texas A&m struck out 10 on march 29, 2009. Johnsons complete game was the second thrown against kansas all season.


On to Kauffman
The Jayhawks will move on from the loss with tonights 5:30 game at kauffman stadium against missouri. This marks the third time the two teams have met in the kansas city royals home. The game will have a home-like feeling for Jordan Brown, colton murray, conner murray and Thomas Taylor, who are all from the kansas city area.

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Senior outfielder Casey Lytle watches the ball fall into his glove for an out Tuesday at Edited by Caroline Bledowski Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks lost to the Bears 5-1.




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hile it is common for many professional franchises to erect statues of their greatest players outside their home stadium, the English Premier Leagues Fulham Football Club unveiled a peculiar statue on April 3 at its home grounds of Craven Cottage a statue of Michael Jackson. Jackson last attended a Fulham game in 1999, according to ESPN. But team chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was a close friend of Jackson, who died in 2009. Al Fayeds decision to use his clubs stadium to commemorate a personal friend who had no other ties to Fulham is comically absurd. Unsurprisingly, reaction to the statue has been mixed, with some fans claiming their team is now a laughingstock. Even crazier, in response to criticism of the statue, Al Fayed hilariously called out his clubs supporters, saying, If some stupid fans dont understand and appreciate such a gift, they can just go to hell...they can go to Chelsea, they can go anywhere else. While I think the decision to build the statue of Jackson at Craven Cottage is beyond dumb, I admire Al Fayeds unrestrained zeal in defending the statue. I cant imagine any American owner or



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gcalvert@kansan.com club executive suggesting that his teams fans root for a rival club, especially over a controversy that has no relevance to the clubs performance. I certainly dont think its smart public relations either. Nonetheless, the Fulham incident highlights the differences between British and American sports culture. No matter how many fights Wayne Rooney gets into or how many prostitutes he sleeps with, as long as Manchester United is winning and he is scoring goals, fans can overlook Rooneys antics. Despite the statue, Fulham fans will still attend the teams games, and probably mock the statue on the way in. In America, the perception is that a team cannot win if there is controversy surrounding it, hence the fuss over incidents such as

Allen Iversons practice rant. In Britain, Iversons rant would have caused much less of a fuss. While I immensely appreciate the fact that my favorite teams coaches have never suggested that I go to hell, the reluctance of coaches and players to say anything controversial has diluted the entertainment value of sports coverage in America, especially compared to the fodder Britains newspapers have to work with. Although I dont wish for any controversy surrounding my beloved teams, Ill admit I wouldnt mind a little more brutal honesty when it comes to other American teams addressing the media. Edited by Dave Boyd There are no events Thursday.

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Jayhawk men jump in rankings

Following an impressive performance over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., in which six men claimed individual titles and 12 others placed in the top three of their individual events, the Kansas mens track and field team is now ranked 12th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, which was released Tuesday. Kansas received 126.55 points, putting it ahead of schools like Arkansas and Texas, which are 13th and 14th, respec-

tively. The computer-generated poll jumped the Jayhawks 14 spots from their preseason ranking of 26th. The Jayhawks are the fourth Big 12 team in the poll, following Texas A&M (Second), Texas Tech (Third), and Nebraska Ninth). Although the Jayhawk women won six events in Arkansas and had three other top-three finishers, it wasnt enough to keep them from falling out of the womens poll after being ranked 14th the previous week.

UConn basks in aftermath of finals

By MCClatChy- triBune
HOUSTON Since arriving in Texas last week, Kemba Walker had visions. Snipping nets. Hearing One Shining Moment. Confetti floating around him. While the scene is an annual tradition, Walker accurately imagined himself and his Huskies teammates in the sea of red, white and blue streamers that drifted onto the Reliant Stadium court Monday night after a 53-41 victory over Butler in a game that was more slugfest than slamfest. I feel like Im dreaming, said Walker, who scored 16 points and won the most outstanding player award in front of 70,376 fans. It was hard for anyone to envision, harder still for many to watch. It was the lowest-scoring championship game since 1949. Butler forward Gordon Haywards halfcourt shot clanging off the rim to lose a heartbreaker to Duke was the lasting memory from 2010s championship. This seasons title game for the Bulldogs featured a number of misses 52 to be exact for Butler fans to stew over until fall. The Bulldogs shot a record-low 18.8 percent, struggling against Connecticuts defensive length and taking shots that appeared aimed at Hinkle Fieldhouse. (Coach Jim Calhoun) just told us wed have to outwill and outwork (Butler), said Connecticut center Alex Oriakhi, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He helped Connecticut outscore Butler 26-2 in the paint. The Bulldogs joined Michigans Fab Five squads in 1992 and 93 and Houston in 1983 and 84 to lose consecutive championship games. The victory places Calhoun in an elite group of coaches who have won three championships, joining Adolph Rupp, John Wooden, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. That might balance his legacy after being involved in an NCAA investigation that will see him suspended three games next season if he chooses to return for a 40th season. I love my coaching, I love my team, he said. Calhouns Huskies made Butler work for every basket all 12 out of 64 attempts. Connecticuts 19 points after halftime, when it trailed by three, were the fewest by a team since 1960. Calhoun said he told his players in the locker room, Youre too good for this.


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Veterans fail to deliver in loss

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College basketball thrives past its prime

By Kory Carpenter


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Junior first baseman Zac Elgie connects for a single Tuesday against Missouri State. Elgie was 2-3 and scored the only run in the 5-1 loss.

mvernon@kansan.com A lack of experience at the plate continued to plague the Jayhawks (12-15, 4-5) in Tuesdays 5-1 loss to Missouri State at Hoglund Ballpark. You can look at the difference in the two dugouts, coach Ritch Price said. Their seniors go home run, home run, and hit a two run single, and our seniors dont get a base hit today. Kansas came into Tuesdays game after winning two of three against a top 20 Baylor team, in which the Jayhawks gave the image that their woes at the plate were behind them. It turns out

By MiKe Vernon

that image was just a mirage as the Jayhawks six hits were their lowest total in their ten previous games. The spark for the Jayhawks improved hitting was from their three senior leaders, outfielders Jimmy Waters and Casey Lytle and shortstop Brandon Macias. All three seniors went hitless today, leaving the Jayhawks without their usual producers, resulting in the Jayhawks worst game since day one of conference play. If Waters, Lytle, and Macias dont hit, were not going to score, Price said. Were not talented enough one through nine in our lineup for that to take place, and Im not being negative; thats a

reality. Things were supposed to be different for the Jayhawks in their second game against the Bears in six days. The game was played in Lawrence this time; the Jayhawks were coming into the game on a winning streak; the bats were hot and yet the results didnt change. Its kind of been our thing to do well on the weekends and then we come back and kind of look ahead, thinking were a good ballclub, Waters said, and then we have let downs like this. Thats just been the story, and weve got to figure out a way to get it fixed before its too late. The Jayhawks had a tough time even hitting the ball into the air

the Jayhawks grounded out 12 times and flew out only four times. I think its one of those experience things, junior first basemen Zac Elgie said. People have been up and down all year. Price attempted to shake things up before the game by tinkering with the batting order, but the Jayhawks failed to respond. The only Kansas batter to really respond to the changes was Elgie. Elgies hot bat got him moved up to the cleanup position in the Kansas lineup, and the 6-foot2 North Dakota native came through. He led the second inning off with a screaming line drive

hit down the left field line for a double, and in his second at-bat, Elgie hit a single and stretched it into a triple after an error by Missouri State. He left a couple of pitches up to me and I put good swings on them, Elgie said. The Jayhawks will have to respond from the loss quickly with a huge game looming tonight against Missouri at Kauffman Stadium. Sophomore pitcher, Thomas Taylor, will take the mound for the 5:30 p.m. showdown with the Tigers. Edited by Corey Thibodeaux

Team makes changes to work toward victory

By HannaH Wise
hwise@kansan.com The softball team is looking for its first conference victory today against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The team is making some player and strategic changes in the hope of getting back on a winning streak. Currently, the team is 0-6 in conference play and 27-10 overall. The Jayhawks are on a sixgame losing streak in conference. The offense is struggling to produce the same quality hits against Big 12 pitchers that it had during the pre-conference season. They are also struggling to make key strategic plays at the plate. We are going to do some short game work to make sure we can lay down bunts when we need to, coach Megan Smith said before Tuesdays practice. The team is also working on developing faster hands in the batters. It wants the batters to get their hands to the ball faster to speed up the rest of the batters swing and increase the swing power. The batters have totaled 23 hits in all six Big 12 contests whereas their opponents have connected 53 times. Defensively, the team will try out some changes in the infield. We are going to get some players some reps at a new position, Smith said. The infield is currently made up of young players who are still developing. The change is only expected to get the team out of the current Big 12 losing streak. The Jayhawk pitchers have been struggling to throw strikes. In Big 12 games, they have totalled 11 strikeouts thrown. In the beginning of the season, the pitching staff was focused on throwing pitches to get ground balls. Now, they are changing their strategy to be more effective against Big 12 batters. We have been focusing on throwing the ball off the plate and still working the knees, throwing it lower. We have been working on throwing off the plate and getting hitters to chase our pitches, senior pitcher Allie Clark said. After six conference losses, both the players and the coach-


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Senior pitcher Allie Clark winds up against Nebraska Sunday afternoon in Lawrence. The team hopes for its first conference win today. ing staff have continued to focus on what they need to change and fine tune. The team has been working on keeping a level of confidence up during this rough patch. The changes in strategy and personnel help to keep the girls focused and ready to face their opponents on a weekly basis. They are confident in their abilities as a team to earn a conference victory. We still feel like we have a chance, Clark said. Edited by Sarah Gregory

hes the former supermodel, 20 years past her prime. She still looks good, but nothing like in her past. She whips out old photos at any given moment, reliving her glory days while convincing people trying to, at least that she still has it. Her name is college basketball. With all due respect to Butler, VCU, and George Mason in 2006, they wouldnt have sniffed a final four 20 years ago. I know what people are thinking. They beat who they had to beat. Teams like Pittsburgh and Florida couldnt handle a Butler team that might have missed the NCAA tournament if they hadnt won the Horizon League conference tournament. Kansas couldnt handle a team that finished fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Yes, that Colonial Athletic Association. This is just as much a column about the perceived big dogs as it is about the underdogs. Often under-experienced but talented blue bloods are losing to multidirectional schools. Upsets are bound to happen in the NCAA tournament; we all know that. But when they happen with this much regularity seemingly every year now, it makes you take a step back and ask, Why? Well, these midmajors usually have one thing in common: experience. Early NBA defections dont blow up rosters unexpectedly every year, which leads to the most popular answer to our simple question. The common answer is NBAs one-and-done rule, in which a player cant be drafted until hes 19 years old or has played a year of college ball. But its only half right. College basketball was on the decline before the one-and-done rule came into effect in 2006. If anything, the rule has made college basketball better. Without it, fans would have never seen John Wall, Kevin Durant or Jared Sullinger. Kansas fans wouldnt have seen Xavier Henry or Josh Selby (Hey, that USC game was awesome, right?). No, the one-and-done rule isnt the problem. Its a Band-Aid. To stop this decline, however, a bandage wont stop the bleeding. It will only slow it down temporarily. Major League Baseball has it right. Any player can skip college and enter the draft immediately after high school. But if they go to college, they have to stay for three years. Its not right to deny an 18-year-old the right to earn a living if someone is willing to pay him. If they want to take that risk, let them. Its a risk any adult should be able to make if hes so inclined. But if they arent good enough to play professionally after high school, three years of college is better for everyone. The player will only get better, the NBA will get more polished talent on a yearly basis, and college fans will get a much better product. Until the rule is changed, the glory days will still be a distant memory. Fans will still watch, though, because hey, an aging supermodel is still a supermodel. Edited by Corey Thibodeaux

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