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Real change takes
place from the bottom
on up.
- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Kansas City Convention Center on Feb. 24, 2016.

Sanders talks campaign reform and higher education


emocratic presidential candidate Bernie

public education and campaign reform to a crowd
of 7,500 at his Kansas City
Mo. campaign rally on
Sanders spoke at the
Kansas City Convention
Center. Attendants began
lining up roughly four hours
before the doors opened.
Sanders spoke around 1:30
The speech lasted about
45 minutes and centered on
the key points of his campaign, including Wall Street

corruption, paid maternity

leave and universal health
care. Sanders also answered
questions about how he
would enact his ideas.
Real change takes place
from the bottom on up,
Sanders said.
Sanders also emphasized the need to make
higher education more accessible to everyone.
The fact of the matter
is that having a college education today is the same
as having a high school diploma was about 50 years
ago, Sanders said. In order to ensure that we have
the highest educated work
force once again, we need
to make college education

more accessible.
Sanders made a point
to try to explain his plan,
which has come under fire
from Republicans and fellow Democratic candidate
Hillary Clinton.
I will make college education free by imposing a
tax on Wall Street speculations, Sanders said. My
opponents say that I think
too big and that my ideas
will never work, to which I
respond that less than one
hundred years ago, women
didnt have the right to vote
in this country.
Sanders explained that
the womens suffrage movement, the emancipation
of slaves and other social

movements were also considered too big but were

a change that needed to be
made and was made.
Supporters from all ages
were excited to hear from
the senator. Some supporters wont be old enough to
vote at this election.
I just wanted to hear
Bernie Sanders speak,
16-year-old student from
Liberty High School, said.
He really gets it and even
though Im not old enough
to vote, I feel like he really
understands what America wants and what it really
needs right now.
stood out in the 32 degree

Smokowski allegedly
slams the door in Trinity
Carpenters face


Nov. 30

Dec. 9

An altercation
between Caleb
Stephens and Paul Smokowski is filmed

Dec. 11

Said video is allegedly sent

to faculty in the school

Dec. 16

Meeting between faculty

and students is interrupted
by the dean, consequently
moved off-campus

Tribble, on the verge of

tears when talking about
her wish for future generations, said it was Sanders
passion that moved her
and made her believe in his
Bernie gets it, Tribble
said when comparing him
and Hillary Clinton. He
knows that there are children starving, he knows
that there are brilliant kids
who cant afford to go to
college, he knows that there
are people out here struggling, and he knows that
there is a problem when it
comes to our police forces
brutalizing citizens and he

Full Senate votes

against fee review bill

Nov. 23

School of Social Welfare

Town Hall Forum on
Respect and
Responsibility was not
conducive to needs of students of color and was
not-action oriented

cold and blistering winds,

keeping each other in high
spirits by chanting, Feel
the Bern.
One couple, Chuck and
Tina Tribble, said they decided to spend their wedding anniversary today at
Sanders rally.
Today is our 37th wedding anniversary, Tina
said. My husband has just
retired from his job that
hes had for 37 years, we
have a pension, we were
able to go to college when
it was relatively affordable
and we woke up this morning and we said, We want
these kids to have what we
have, so we said that we
were going to Bernie.

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Members of the Social Welfare Student Activist Committee meet to discuss their plans moving forward after
calling for the resignation of School of Social Welfare Dean Paul Smokowski.

Social Welfare dean and

student activists disagree
on timeline of events

Student Activist Committee and the dean of social welfare do not agree on
the events that prompted
the committee to call for
the deans resignation.
Students in the School
of Social Welfare called
for the resignation of Dean
Paul Smokowski Monday,
Feb. 22 following what
Social Welfare Student Activist Committee members
called several months of inaction and lack of accountability regarding issues of

race, inclusion and equity.

Following the call for
his resignation on Monday, Smokowski released
a statement saying he had
heard the students concerns and the depth of their
feelings and wants to continue to work on making
the school a place where
students receive the best
possible educational experience.
The School has taken
significant steps in working on issues related to
equity and inclusion, including creating the Toni
Johnson Office of Race

and Social Justice, examining our curriculum, and

designing further action
steps, Smokowski said in
the statement. However,
I recognize that there are
still challenges and work
ahead that we need to address.
Although Smokowski
said he is personally committed to these issues,
members of the Social
Welfare Student Activist
Committee said they disSEE SOCIAL WELFARE

Members of Student
Senate voted Wednesday
night to send a bill allocating student fees for the
2016-17 Fiscal Year back to
the Finance Committee for
further review.
The bill, which required
a two-thirds majority vote
was voted down by a vote of
Student Body Vice President Zach George gave a
negative speech on the proposed fee allocations, which
student fees $0.60, from
$455.50 to $456.10.
In Student Senate, one
of our most important responsibilities is maintaining the student fees and
making sure that they are
allocated properly, he said
after the meeting. This
year we had an opportunity
to lower them with $29.50
being sunsetted. I strongly
believe that we need to be
good stewards of that money.
A $4.50 reduction in the
Student Senate Activity Fee
and a $28 reduction to the
Student Recreation Fee resulted in the potential decrease of student fees.
said he wanted the fee to
be returned to the original
would have lowered stu-

dent fees instead of raising

them. Finance Committee
members approved two
amendments to the original fee review last week: a
$0.30 increase to Student
Support Services, and a
$1.00 increase to the University Daily Kansan Fee.
If students knew that
we could have reduced the
amount we make them pay
each semester, and we just
ignored the opportunity to
lower fees, I think people
wouldnt be happy with us,
George said.
Harrison Baker, a Junior/Senior College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator, was in favor of passing
the proposed fee allocation.
I think it is telling about
the Student Senate that
most people that Ive talked
to have been very supportive of all of the fees that we
have talked about, he said.
Finance Committee chair
Tyler Childress said the
process for Finance Committee members would be
structured largely the same
way with which they approved the bill last week.
It will be like we did last
week, where Ill just go to
the floor and say, Student
Senate brought up these
issues they have with it
and they want you to look
at this, he said. Its freerange basically.
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agree, citing that the dean
did not show adequate commitment to social justice, a
core tenant of the National
Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, and thus
believe he should resign his
In a timeline released
Sunday, the activist group
outlined events leading up
to the call for resignation.
The Nov. 11 Town Hall
Meeting on race, respect
and responsibility brought
to light many students accounts of inequality and
injustice, including chair of
the Student Activist Committee, Trinity Carpenters
own experience in a Social
Welfare class, where she
said microaggressions were
commonly committed.
On Nov. 23, according
to the timeline, Carpenter
arrived in the deans office
with members of Rock Chalk
Invisible Hawk to confront
him about the schools silence surrounding the racial tensions on campus
and present him with a list
of five demands. Carpenter
said she wanted the school
to show more leadership in
the ongoing issues.
It was on this occasion
that Carpenter said Smokowski slammed the door
in her face. Smokowski
later said the students had
arrived in the middle of an
important phone conference
and he was unable to meet
with them at that time.
After an impromptu sitin outside the office, the students eventually met with
Smokowski to speak about
their demands. On Nov. 30,
the School of Social Welfare
released a detailed response
to the demands. In the release, Smokowski said the
schools Faculty Executive
Committee and Leadership

team were also reviewing

the demands. Later that
day, a forum was held between faculty and students
in the School of Social Welfare.
In the timeline, the Student Activist Committee
suggested the forum was
disorganized and messy.
It is also written in the timeline that, when the audience
was asked if they could empathize with the students
of color in the room, the
majority of the room raised
their hands.
After the forum, Smokowski said he thought the
forum was helpful in hearing students needs.
I think that our purpose
was to allow a space for students in particular, faculty
and staff to talk about their
experiences, and I welcome
that, Smokowski said. And
I think that was very helpful
for us to hear and acknowledge.
On Dec. 9, members
of Rock Chalk Invisible
Hawk organized a protest
that started on the steps of
Wescoe Hall and eventually
moved to the Chancellors
Prior to the protest,
members of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the Social
Welfare Student Activist
Committee arrived at Smokowskis office, asking him
to issue a statement standing in solidarity Rock Chalk
Invisible Hawk. In an email
later sent out, Smokowski
acknowledged the protests
and asked faculty to consider lending their support.
According to the timeline, Caleb Stephens, a 2014
graduate of the school,
stayed behind to ensure
a statement was sent out.
After seeing the email, Stephens said it was not what
the group had previously
agreed to, and began yelling at the dean. According
to the timeline, this interac-

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actually cares.
One high school student,
Cheyenne Bourdeois, from
Liberty High School, said
she was excited to not only
be able to vote for the first
time, but be able to vote
for a candidate that understands what it means to
Hes just like us,
Bourdeois said. He understands what normal people
go through and he knows
what were thinking and
thats why Hillary isnt getting our vote. She doesnt
try to reach out to us and
Bernie doesnt even need to
try. Hillary doesnt understand that Im a woman and
I dont need to vote for her
just because I happened to
be born the same gender as
Dan Smith and his wife,
Sheila Irvan, drove from
Raytown, Mo. to hear Sanders speak.
Im excited to be a part
of history, Smith said.
Win or lose, this is a movement that needed to happen. I believe that Bernie
Sanders is helping define
the new Democratic Party since FDR. We are getting The New Deal all over

Irvan said she was excited to learn more about

what Sanders was all
about by becoming a volunteer for his campaign.
One supporter at the
rally, Stephanie Dawson
from Olathe, said she was
a Bernie Sanders supporter before he was a
household name.
Ive always loved Bernie, even back when he
said he wouldnt ever run
for president, Dawson
said. I would write him
and Elizabeth Warren
letters ever since I was a
teenager, and I followed
his career for years before
it got to this moment. Im
so excited to be here to
see this.
Dawson said it was
Bernies can do spirit
that inspired her to become interested in politics.
Everyone says that
we cant pay for college
with taxes or we cant do
this or that, but this is
America, Dawson said.
When did we become
the country of we cant?
Weve always been the
country of lets try, and
I think that Bernie will
bring that back.
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tion was filmed by Smokowskis wife, Martica Bacallao,

also a professor in the School
of Social Welfare. According
to Stephens, the video was
eventually released to faculty, seen by his employer,
and used as grounds for his
two week suspension.
In an email on Wednesday, Smokowski told the
Kansan that he was aware of
the video, but said he did not
distribute it to any faculty.
One of the deciding factors in the students call for
Smokowskis resignation involves the events surrounding a meeting between facul-

Our faculty was

saying they had
no direction.
Our faculty was
saying they did
not communicate
with our dean.
Trinity Carpenter
Chair of the Student
Activist Committee

ty and students on Dec. 16.

The meeting was set to
take place that evening at
5:30 p.m. in the Jayhawk
room of the Kansas Union
between faculty and students in the School of Social
Welfare, according to the
timeline. Lisa Kring, Director of Building Services
for KU Memorial Unions,
said the room was reserved
under the School of Social
Welfare Student Activist
Carpenter said prior to
the meeting, Smokowski
was told he was not welcome
nor invited to attend. Later
that day, prior to the meeting, members of the Student
Activist Committee were
gathered in the Office of
Multicultural Affairs when
Carpenter said they were in-

formed by Assistant Dean of

Social Welfare Kristin Trendel, Associate Professor and
Assets and Education Initiative Director William Elliott
III and Student Services Coordinator Vicki Mignot, that
the dean had arrived with a
police escort.
According to the timeline, Trendel spoke to the
police officer. The timeline reads: Kristin Trendel
asked the officer why he was
present and he responded that he was asked at his
briefing meeting to search
the floor before the meeting
with faculty, students and
RCIH [Rock Chalk Invisible
Smokowski said he did
arrive at the Union, but denied ever requesting a police
escort. Furthermore, Smokowski said he never saw a
police officer at the meeting.
Trendel told the Kansan
Wednesday morning that
she did see a police officer in
the Union that evening, but
he was not escorting Smokowski.
There was never a police
officer escorting the dean
to or from the meeting, at
least that I saw, Trendel
said, I did see an officer
in the building at the Kansas Union, he was not with
the dean, and I knew that
students were concerned,
as was I, so I approached
the officer and asked him
why he was in the building
and asked if he was there
for a meeting, and he just
informed me that at their
morning briefing, they had
been asked to come to the
campus Union and do a
walk through.
Captain James Anguiano
of the KU Public Safety Office said walking through the
Union is not uncommon for
University police officers, as
its a hub for campus activity and is a popular place for
officers to be because it has
dining options for those on

After reports there were
police in the building, Carpenter said members of
Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk,
as well as other students
of color, did not attend the
meeting due to feeling unsafe.
Members of the Student
Activist Committee have
met with the dean and faculty members multiple times
since the Dec. 16 incident.
However, Carpenter said
they feel the relationship between the dean and the students is unrepairable.
An office has been
formed to deal with the concerns of the Student Activist
Committee. The Toni Johnson Office of Race and Social Justice is headed by Elliott. Carpenter and others
said they feel that students
of color have been pushed
out of the creation of this
office. Carpenter said they
want the office to be a place
where students, particularly
students of color, can go to
get help and learn about resources.
Elliott was not available
for comment.
Carpenter said the problems in the school come
down to a lack of leadership.
Our school was functioning in a manner where
you could tell there was
absolutely no leadership,
Carpenter said. Our faculty was saying they had no
direction. Our faculty was
saying they did not communicate with our dean.
The Student Activist
Committee told the Kansan
it is their goal to have the
dean removed from his position by March 1. Carpenter
said she believes with the
support of others at the University, this is possible.
I have full belief in my
faculty, Carpenter said.

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Legislation impacts K-12 teaching opportunities in Kansas


After graduating from the

School of Education in December, Tyler Engler returned
to his home state of Minnesota to teach eighth graders.
Engler said the decision to
return to his home state was
not difficult, but the political
climate for teachers in Kansas
also played a factor.
They are really good to
their teachers here in Minnesota, Engler said. They
pay on a higher scale than in
Kansas and the benefits are
From 2013 to 2014, University education students
employed in Kansas dropped
from 86 percent to 76 percent,
according to the University
Career Center Destination
Survey. The shift in teaching
graduates moving out of state
comes at a time when the political climate is making teaching in Kansas less appealing.
Kelli Thomas, associate dean
in the School of Education,
said that the school of education is aware of this shift.
There is reason to be concerned. Anecdotally, we have
heard more students than just
in the past are looking outside of Kansas, Thomas said.
I wouldnt say it is a large
enough number that we need
to be alarmed, but we need to
be aware.
Last year, during ongoing
efforts to close the states budget gap, the Kansas Legislature cut $54 million from the
states K-12 education funding
system by creating a new block
funding model. Previously,
school districts were funded
by a per-student formula.
The legislation resulted in

a lawsuit, Gannon II v. Kansas, that made its way to the

Kansas Supreme Court. In
mid-February the court ruled
that the block funding model was unconstitutional. The
Legislature has until the end
of the fiscal year, June 30, to
create a constitutional funding model or public schools
will close.
Rep. Boog Highberger,
D-Lawrence, said the courts
decision was a step in the right
direction, and anticipates a
subsequent ruling that says
Kansas is not meeting the adequate funding for the states
K-12 education.
I dont understand the
hostility the majority party has
towards public education,
Highberger said. I mean they
perceive it as a threat. They
mistrust it.
Highberger said certain
members of the legislature
would be happy to privatize
the entire education system,
which is what is causing the
strained climate for teachers.
We have to show [teachers] more respect, he said.
As a legislature we need to
give some indication that we
appreciate their efforts and we
respect what they are doing.
Pay them better. Make sure
they are safe from [easy prosecution].
Kansas elementary school
teachers earn on average
$11,820 less than the national
average, according to the Bureau of Labor.
During the 2015 legislative
session, Kansas was one of
four states to remove tenure
for teachers, according to the
Education Commission of the
States. Thomas said because
of the recent legislation, students are thinking beyond
Kansas when seeking teaching

It is a time in our state
where we are hearing a lot
of the things that schools are
challenged with, Thomas
The Kansas political climate, in addition to an aging population, has caused a
shortage of teachers. In 2014,
872 Kansas teachers retired,
an 11.4 percent increase from
2011. According to Lori Adams of the Kansas State Department of Education, in
2014, 501 Kansas teachers
left the state compared to 443
teachers in 2011.
Despite the recent legislation, there are still teachers
who choose to remain in Kansas. Kelly Klueag, a fourth year
high school science teacher
in Kansas City, Kan., chose
to stay in Kansas after graduation, rather than return
home to St. Louis. Klueag said
although being a teacher in
Kansas is difficult right now,
she is happy with her decision.
The schools are great;
they really do make do with
what they are given, Klueag
said. Our kids are awesome
here in Kansas and we really do have a lot of dedicated teachers who have stuck
around through everything.
Nonetheless, Klueag has
witnessed experienced teachers leaving, and colleagues
applying for a license transfer
to places like Missouri or other
bordering states. Klueag said
many fellow teachers are worried that Senate bill 56 would
punish teachers for exposing
students to harmful materials.
Im at an urban school,
so often sex education is worrisome, Klueag said. We already have a lot of teen pregnancies and issues regarding

safe sex, so I cant imagine the

safe road by opting out.
At the University, Thomas
said the School of Education
has seen an increase in enrollment just as education programs across the nation are
seeing a decline. The University is ranked ninth nationally
among public schools for best
school of education by the U.S.
News and World Report. Districts in Missouri have recently put up giant blue billboards
across the state line encouraging Kansas teachers to come
work for their school districts.
Engler said he saw many of
his classmates leave Kansas to
teach in other states, especially California, which has a similar deficit of teachers.
You can get a job other
places and they will pay you
the same or better, Engler
said. Why wouldnt you leave
Kansas? What is Kansas giving you that no other state is?
Despite the troubles the
state is running into, Thomas
and Klueag agree there are
still many good reasons for
University graduates to teach
in Kansas, such as the states
sense of community and
pride. Both said despite the
struggles the state is having
the schools are still very good.
Our teachers and school
administrators in the state
are high quality and very caring, very competent and [the
schools are] very established
environments where you
would want to be working and
teaching, Thomas said. Its
quite phenomenal that our
schools and teachers are continuing to offer such excellent
(educational) opportunities in
light of all the challenges they
are facing.
Engler said he would not
completely rule out working

Graphic by Sam Billman/KANSAN

An increased number of education students are leaving the state after
graduation because of the political climate in Kansas regarding public

in Kansas, and likes working

in more rural areas such as the
Olathe or Blue Valley school
districts, rather than urban
areas. However, he wants to
teach in a state where teachers
are valued.
If there was an opening in
Kansas that I would want to
teach at I would, but it would

take a perfect situation for

me to do that, Engler said. I
would much rather teach in
Minnesota, not only because
of my family but because of
the politics that play into it.
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We have become a nation

infatuated with body image,
chasing an ambiguous idea
of perfection. We incessantly obsess over what it takes
to obtain an ideal size and
shape, analyzing beach bods
and dad bods and the fluidity
of the spectrum in between.
Consumers are inundated
with ad campaigns targeted
toward self-love while ironically and simultaneously being ushered into the world of
From phone screens to televisions to billboards, images
of idealistic bodies are everywhere, and subsequently, we cant help but partake
in a bit of compare and contrast. We strip away our humanity and deconstruct ourselves into a mass of mere
appendages arms, butts,
legs thats all we become.
And in the end, the marginal
mortal body will never resemble that of an airbrushed
model. We will always be too
large, too tall, too short, too
muscular and too thin.
Here, for many, is where the
struggle between the mind
and the body begins.
Approximately 20 million
women have been diagnosed
with an eating disorder at
some point within their

lifetime, and the numbers

have dramatically increased
within the last two decades.
This spike in reported cases
could be attributed to a newly manifested and narrowed
definition of beauty. In the
prominent realm of fashion,
the ultrathin has become
ultra in. Designers such as
Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph
Lauren pride themselves
on using size zero models
in nearly all of their runway
shows and ad campaigns,
coming under harsh criticism for doing so.
Findings from a recent
study from the University
of Sussex in the U.K. found
that merely looking at these
thin models made women feel substantially worse
about their own physical appearance. Yet, these women
were still more inclined to
buy products from the same
companies using these skinny women to represent their
Aerie, a lingerie company
aimed at 18- to 24-yearolds, launched Aerie Real
in 2014 an ad campaign
centered on challenging
supermodel standards by
using unairbrushed, real
women as models. Recently,
the company partnered with
the National Eating Disorder Association, or NEDA,
in order to promote and
support the associations
National Eating Disorder
Awareness Week, which
runs from Feb. 21-27.
Aerie's ad campaign, while
admittedly powerful, is still
an ad campaign. Its meant
to reel in potential customers and buyers and has done
just that. The companys

Photo Illustration by Colleen OToole/KANSAN

sales reached $340 million

in 2015, which rivaled that
of Victorias Secret but were
not enough to beat out the
lingerie giant.
Why is it that a company
aimed at representing the
whole cant beat out a superpower that only represents
the few?
Because consumers are on a
constant quest to obtain an
ideal lifestyle, one that exhibits an idealistic version of
themselves, seeing models
that truly look like the average, everyday person does
not satiate our pursuit of
perfection; they simply quell
it, making us feel complacent with nothing to mentally lust after. For some,
this bombardment of beauty

is the fuel necessary for an

eating disorder to claw its
way out of the depths of the
mind and to the surface.
There is a misconstrued idea
that eating disorders are a
choice, but in reality they
are mental illnesses that
can easily be influenced and
strengthened by external
factors. They do not come
about from a simple desire
to lose weight or be thin, but
if the spark, the potential
predisposition to developing
an eating disorder is there,
it isnt difficult to ignite. As
a society, we can all claim
to truly back companies
that represent the average
woman and perpetuate a
body-positive climate, but at
the end of the day, the flow

of money to companies just

like Victorias Secret speaks
for itself.
We are completely and utterly image-obsessed. We
have singlehandedly created
an environment in which
feelings of inadequacy and
eating disorders can cultivate and will continue to
do so unless we undergo
a major paradigm shift in
what we accept as ideal and
expect from our media and
advertising outlets.
Danya Issawi is a sophomore from Kansas City
studying journalism.
Edited by Samantha

80 more days until


A guy just called me milady

and Ive never felt less
ladylike in my life.

People are upset that Harry

Styles didnt show up to the
BRIT Awards but didnt he
change his name to James

Today is one of those days

where I started out on the
struggle bus and that bus
has been in service all day
with no stops

Gonzales: Involvement improves education

Overheard in Anschutz:
"I've got to go, my naan is
getting soggy."



Getting involved on campus

is one of the best ways students can make the most out
of their college experience.
The University offers a vast
amount of opportunities to
learn new things, connect
with the school and community, and better prepare for
the future after graduation.
It is up to students to max-

imize the value of their education by seeking out and

taking advantage of these
One of the greatest benefits
of getting involved on campus is that it helps students
meet people with shared interests. For many students,
especially those who come
to the University from out of
state, college is the first time
they are away from friends
and family. Joining organizations on campus introduces students to life-long
relationships, helping them
expand their social and professional networks.
Involvement in college has
been statistically linked
to success. According to
Southern Illinois University
Career Services, 70 percent

of all CEOs held at least one

office in a club or organization during college. Clubs
and organizations are great
opportunities to hold leadership positions or practice
applying tangible skills.
Employers often look for
experience when reviewing
applications. At the very
least, getting involved is an
awesome resume builder.
Enjoying yourself in college
and becoming passionately
involved in campus activities can get your resume into
that 'yes' pile, said Amanda
Elser in USA Today.
Likewise, college is a time to
explore and develop interests or passions. Being involved can take many forms.
From Greek life to Student
Senate to Black Student

Union to Advertising Club

to Geography Club and everything in between, whatever the passion may be
there is an organization for
it at the University. If theres
not, you could always start
your own. These passions
are what will drive students
Whether its discovering
a new passion or pursuing
an old one, getting involved
will ultimately help students
on their path to success. It
is never too early or too late
to put yourself in a better
post-graduate situation by
getting involved. Lea Goldman, deputy editor of Marie Claire Magazine, says
Internships are no longer
the differentiator [...] I look
for entrepreneurialism and

involvement. I want to see

something youre passionate
College is unique in its ability to offer so many opportunities to connect with people
and explore any number of
passions. To not take advantage of these opportunities
whenever possible would
be to sell yourself short of
the potential value of your
college experience. There
are an incredible amount of
resources available to students, if students make the
effort to connect with them.
Rachel Gonzales is a junior
from Fort Collins, Colo.,
studying journalism and
Edited by Madi Schulz

arts & culture



Aries ( March 21-April

Provide well for family.
A balanced checkbook is
only part of the story. Love
grows by leaps and bounds.
Accept an offer of assistance. A partners opinion
is important. Get ready to
make a decision.
Taurus ( April 20-May
Today and tomorrow get
busy. Wear appropriate
clothing for the job. It could
be fun. Strengthen your infrastructure at work. With study
and a loved ones support,
you can win. Get help if you
need it.
Gemini ( May 21-June
Follow your heart over the
next two days. Do what you
love, with good company.
The line blurs between
friends and family. Play and
grow your skills. Make a
good impression on someone you care about.
Cancer ( June 21-July
Develop a practical plan
for a home improvement.
Share details with family.
Find clever ways to cut costs.
Consider long-term plans.
Doing a job right once is less
expensive than twice wrong.
Get trusted assistance.
Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22)
Writing and communications
projects flourish over the next
few days. Craft a persuasive message. Share it with
friends. Keep your deadlines
and your reputation for
dependability rises. Ask for
what you want and get it.
Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept.
You can make extra money
today and tomorrow.
Lucrative opportunities arise.
Your friends experience is
helpful. Theyre saying nice
things about you. Ask for
what you need. Working
overtime could be profitable.
Go for it.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Things seems to fall into
place with a personal goal
over the next two days. Stick
to the budget. Do the work
nobody sees. Nurture yourself with good, simple food,
exercise and rest. Follow
your heart.
Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov.
Peaceful introspection suits
your mood over the next two
days. Make plans toward a
big picture goal. Take time
to enjoy the present moment.
Express your love in little
ways. Listen to elders.
Sagittarius ( Nov. 22Dec. 21)
Today and tomorrow favor
social connection. Pass
along what youre learning.
Go public with recent research. Throw parties, hold
meetings and participate in
group endeavors. Gather
advice and then ponder it.
Follow a strong recommendation.


Anna Church balances time between

volleyball team and art aspirations

itting at her familys

kitchen table as a
three-year-old, Anna
Church did what threeyear-olds do: she took a box
of crayons, some blank paper and went to work.
Church was different
than most children in one
way, though when she
wasnt satisfied, she crumpled up the paper and restarted. She knew when
something was wrong and
for her that was unacceptable.
Ive always loved art,
and its always been a part
of my life, Church said.
Originally studying at St.
Louis University, Church,
a senior from Fairway, was
majoring in both marketing
and studio art. After transferring to the University
last year, some of her credits went unrecognized, so
she chose to pursue only a
marketing degree.
Church is now in the
process of applying for an
online master's program in
graphic design at Savannah
College of Art in Design and
is also learning how to code
through free classes online.

At the same time, she

just returned from a trip
overseas where she was trying out for professional volleyball teams. In addition
to being an artist, Church
plays for the Kansas volleyball team. The two biggest
time consumers in her life
have coexisted up to this
point, and Church doesnt
see that changing.
Ive always been able
to manage both [volleyball
and art], so I dont know,
Ill try to figure it out,
Church said.
Art has changed the
way Church sees the world.
When out and about she
said she notices everything
as a piece of art that has
been purposely designed
from the colors to the
[Art] has definitely
changed the way that I look
everything, as far as the design. Having art in your life
definitely changes the way
you see everything, both
physically and non-physically, Church said.
On an emotional level,
art has opened the world
to Church. She said she's
learned to accept the world
isnt just what goes on in her
head but rather a collective

idea of people everywhere.

[Arts] helped me be so
open to different perspectives and different points
of view that people have to
offer and being open to experiences in life just realizing that because something seems like it might be
a certain way doesnt mean
that it is, Church said.
Churchs art, a collection
that includes drawings and
paintings, tends to be of
people and landscapes.
There are so many aspects of a person. So, trying
to capture that and get that
aesthetically into the painting, thats fun for me, she
Churchs mother, Diane
Church, looks at Anna's
work as a glimpse into the
world as Anna sees it.
My favorite thing about
Anna's art is that it seems
to come from her imagination and the lens of her
eyes from a happy place in
her heart and mind, Diane
Like music for most
singers or cooking for professional chefs, art is a release for Anna, she said. Its
a way to let go of whatever
might be affecting her, take
time for herself and gather

her thoughts.
Whenever Im stressed,
if I have time to paint or
draw or anything else, it
kind of melts everything
else away and lets me focus on what Im doing or
get my emotions out on the
canvas, Anna said. Its
just a huge relief to release
some of my emotions in a
way other than just talking
about them.
As someone who is constantly thinking as a designer, Anna has a critical eye
for objects. She said she's
found herself to both be
more appreciative of whats
around her, and at the same
time, more critical.
When I see something
thats poorly designed,
Im like Oh god, someone
needs to fix that, but its
really a mix, Anna said. I
definitely appreciate things
more than I would and
some things Im a lot more
critical of, but a big part of
art is critiquing. Thats how
you get better.
Going forward Anna
wants to take her talents
into the world of graphic
design. As an art form, its
more structured than what
shes used to. In the past,
painting has allowed Anna

to be free and let her mind

take her hand where it may,
but graphic design eliminates some of the freedoms
shes experienced.
I love graphic design,
but its definitely more challenging for me. Painting is
such a free flowing thing for
me and graphic design is
very structured, Anna said.
I have two halves, and one
half loves structure, and
one half hates it. Its kind
of hard to see which part of
me is going to be there that
For Anna, the world is
designed as an opportunity
for interaction, and it's an
opportunity too good not to
from street signs to the way
buildings look to a steering wheel everything is
designed. Its just a way to
interact with a person that
is just on a whole other level than anything else. Its a
really exciting field to be a
part of," Anna said.

Edited by Matthew


Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan.

Accept a challenge if it pays
well. Career matters occupy
you over the next two
days. Use what youve kept
hidden. Get help, if needed.
Rely on anothers expertise.
Grasp the practical implications.
Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb.
Explore and study new
developments over the next
two days. Do the work and
keep good records. Travel in
person or virtually to make
an important connection.
Discuss shared goals. Hatch
new ideas.
Pisces ( Feb. 19-March
Discuss financial priorities
with your partner. Get family
opinions, and then choose
your direction. Teamwork
sets the tone. Others see
your blind spots. Heed the
voice of experience. Listen to
someone who loves you.

Photos by Kelcie Matousek/KANSAN

Anna Church with some of her paintings. Church, a senior from Fairway, said art is a way for her to express her emotions on canvas.

One of Anna Churchs paintings. Church is a Kansas volleyball player as well as an artist.








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English instructor to publish first novel Hurt

People as continuation of 2009 thesis paper

Cote Smith, an instructor

in the English department,
is the Universitys most
recent up-and-coming author, with his first novel
"Hurt People" set to release
March 1. The book is a continuation of Smiths MFA
thesis paper, which was
written while he was a graduate student and published
in 2009 by One Story, a literary magazine.
Smith knew there was
more to the story than what
had been originally written
and a new perspective to
the narrative needed to be
told. After the short story
was published, he began
adding on to it, using events
and places close to his own
experiences to drive the story.
I grew up in Leavenworth, which is about 40
minutes from here, and the
running joke is that it was
more prisons than people,
Cote said. The story is set
there in the '80s focusing
around two young brothers,
and its what I just imagined might have happened
or could have happened
back then.
Smith said when he and
his brother were kids, it

would seem as though every other week a prisoner

had escaped from one of
the surrounding facilities,
giving good ground for an
imaginative child to create
thrilling and mysterious

The story is set

[in Leavenworth]
in the 80s focusing around two
young brothers,
and its what I
just imagined
might have happened or could
have happened
back then.
Cote Smith

The two brothers are

swimming in the local pool
while their single mother
is at work when theyre approached by this escaped
convict, Smith said. Of
course, I cant give away
much more than that.
The story, Smith said, is
less about what happens
and more about how the
characters respond to what
is happening.

I wanted it to be character-driven, and I wanted

people to have more of an
emotional connection to the
characters rather than just
anticipating the next scene
like a murder mystery or
something, Smith said. I
have no idea what the genre
is, but it is about people.
Smith said he had a few
inspirations when writing
his novel, one of the largest being "To Kill A Mockingbird," which he said was
fitting, given Harper Lees
recent passing.
Like in 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' the story is based
in one central location in
a set time which helps to
drive the narrative and
sheds a light on the characters and their motivations,
Smith said. Being stuck in
the '80s, for example, cuts
the characters off from any
instant communications,
which plays very nicely with
the type of feel and story
that I was trying to create.
Brett Smith, the author's
older brother, said that
he wasnt surprised when
he heard that his younger
brother had published his
first novel.
Hes the person that I am
most proud of and hes always been very caring and
empathetic, which I think

helps him write so well,"

Brett said.
With brotherhood being a
central theme in "Hurt People," Brett said his brothers
unique style and ability to
write honestly cause family and friends who read the
story to second guess what
was real and what was fiction.
After our friends and
family read the book, people kept coming up to me
and asking, 'Brett, did this
actually happen to you?'
and 'I cant believe you
never told that happened.'
It was pretty hard to convince everybody that nothing happened to me
and that Cote was
just that good of
a writer, Brett
Brett praised
his brother's

could be studied as a testament to the importance of

When I started my education at KU, I was not a
strong writer and I barely
knew how to read effectively, Cote said. I
think Im a good
example of how
important school
is and how effective MFA programs can be.
Cote, as an English instructor
himself, said he
hopes his novel
will be studied in
the future
in a

college-level creative writing class as both a novel and

as an example of what can
be achieved despite coming
to school underprepared.
I cant see too many
people not being able
to connect with his
story, Brett said.
Its truly about
people and it
doesnt matter
what happens,
youll care about
the characters.

Paige Stingley/KANSAN
Cote Smith, a professor at the University, is the author of Hurt People, a story about two brothers growing up in
Leavenworth in 1988.

Professor studies cultural interactions found in

narcocorridos written about Mexican drug war

File photo/AP
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in
Mexico City, Mexico, following his recapture six months after escaping from a maximum security prison.


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Mexican drug lord Joaqun Archivaldo Guzmn

Loera, better known as El
Chapo, was captured early
last month after his third
escape from prison. As head
of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is
believed to be one of the
most powerful drug traffickers in the world.
Professor Rafael Acosta
of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese studies
songs written about the
drug trade and figures like
El Chapo. Known as narcocorridos, the name is a
derivative of the word corrido, which refers to a type
of folk song in Mexico.
Acosta grew up in Mexico
and holds a doctorate in
romance studies from Cornell University. He came to

Lawrence last year.

Corridos have been sung
in Mexico for centuries.
Originally they were written to commemorate the recently deceased. They were
often written about heroes
and political figures such as
Pancho Villa or took on an
altogether fictional narrative. Around the turn of the
millennium, narcocorridos
developed with the escalation of the drug war.
In many ways, narcocorridos work like the Lone
Ranger did in America
theyre propaganda, Acosta said.
The songs have a large
market in the United States
as well as Mexico. Popular narcocorrido musicians





such as Gerardo Ortiz and
Los Tigres del Norte can be
found on iTunes and most
streaming services.
Drug lords or cartels,
Acosta said, commission
most narcocorridos rather than musicians independently deciding to write
them. Some musicians are
even related to cartel members. Acosta said he compares the situation to the
Medici family's patronage
of Leonardo da Vinci in 15th
century Italy. The songs are
intended to increase public
prestige or paint the cartel
members as Robin Hood-

like figures.
In some communities,
they really are Robin Hood
figures. After a tornado
ripped through Piedras Negras, the town where Acosta attended high school, a
local drug lord coerced the
government into giving aid
to the victims.
Acosta said, much like
some hip-hop in America, the songs lyrics glorify
the lifestyle of their subjects, describing their great
wealth and exciting lifestyles.
The difference here is
that with narcocorridos,
theyre talking about real
people who are actually doing stuff, whereas most of

hip-hop is not really about

people running the drug
business in America, Acosta said. He also said narcocorridos about El Chapo act
as propaganda that glorifies
El Chapo's control of criminal activities in five continents.
Three national cartels,
with six sub-cartels under
the main three, control territory in the Mexican Drug
War, according to a report
from the Congressional Research Service. The same
report showed that over
80,000 people have died
from drug-related violence
since 2006. Each cartel
fights for control over different regions of Mexico


and the southern United

States, meaning many victims of the violence are
drug traffickers as well as

I think we need
to be aware that
we are either not
identified with or
even interested
in listening to this
type of music or
following this type
of culture.
Luis Rodriguez
graduate student

Missy Minear/KANSAN

Lawrence Antique Mall, located at 830 Massachusetts St., is one of the largest antique shops in Lawrence.

Although narcocorridos
are a popular type of music
all over Mexico, Luis Rodriguez, a graduate student
from southeast Mexico,
said there is significantly
less drug-related violence
in southern Mexico, so the
sentiment surrounding narcocorridos is less favorable.
I think we need to be
aware that we are either not
identified with or even interested in listening to this
type of music or following
this type of culture, Rodriguez said.
The type of person who
typically consumes this
type of music varies a lot.
Listeners are rarely associated with the drug trade.

More likely, they just enjoy

the music.
It doesnt mean, if you
like this kind of music or
this type of life, that youre
doing drugs; its only that
youre familiar with the
terms, with the references,
that they are using, Rodriguez said.
Some people like them,
some people like the music
who dont like the lyrics
its a very wide spectrum of
reactions, Acosta added.

Edited by Deanna

Missy Minear/KANSAN
Lawrence Antique Mall has a variety of items in stock, varying from
dishware to movies.

Lawrence antiquing culture stands the test of time


Click around Amazon or

eBay today, and anything
one could imagine can be
found. Even collectible
items traditionally sold in
antique shops, such as rare
books and fan merchandise,
are easily found online.
That's the fight the Billings family, who own the
Lawrence Antique Mall, has
been fighting for more than
25 years.
"A store like this, you
know, a lot of people just
walk by it. You might just
not think to stop in, but an
antique store is an inter-

esting place just because it

can have anything in there,"
Kyle Billings said. "I see it
all the time: people come
in, and theyre being drug
in, and theyre the ones that
get excited when they see
something and end up buying something."
Billings said the store is
the largest antique mall in
Lawrence. He has worked
there intermittently as
manager since his parents
purchased the store from
his uncle before opening it
The Internet has created a
challenge for antique stores
and consignment shops in
Lawrence, which has lost

several popular shops in

the last few years to permanent closings and/or location changes. Strongs Antiques was located at 10th
and Massachusetts Streets
before closing in 2014, and
Vintage Emporium was on
9th Street in East Lawrence
before it moved to Shawnee.
In Lawrence, the draw of
antique shops has as much
to do with their location as
it does with their merchandise. With large clusters
of stores located in popular shopping areas such as
Massachusetts and Locust
Streets, people stop in on
a whim, said Susannah

Clip and Save!

Mitchell, a freshman from

Kansas City, Mo.
I mostly go if Im bored
or if I have nothing else to
do or if Im just walking
around, like, Oh! Theres
an antique shop! she said.

I like that you can

find really unique
stuff, and a lot
of the time you
see stuff that you
dont even know
what it is that
youre looking

Molly Kaup

Mitchell said she is

drawn to small porcelain
items. One of her favorite
finds is a delicate cigarette
holder in the shape of a

womans hand. Her dorm

room is decorated with
many similar items.
Before transferring to
the University this spring,
Mitchell studied at Columbia College of Chicago. Although Chicago has
more shops than Lawrence,
Mitchell says it doesnt have
the same appeal.
Lawrence is definitely
smaller, so theres not as
many options. But I think
in terms of the kind of antiques that are being sold,
theres not a huge difference, she said. I feel like
in Lawrence they tend to
be more eclectic because
the community here in
the best way is a lot more
weird. In Chicago you just
get more run-of-the mill
stuff, and here it's just very
random. You find really
weird Chiefs and Royals

Molly Kaup, a junior from

Topeka, frequently visits
the antique mall for the element of surprise she gets
when she finds an interesting item. Some of her
favorite finds include a
taxidermic alligator head
she bought when she was
a child and a century-old
cartoon of a rooster accusing a hen of adultery, which
currently hangs in her dorm
"I like that you can find
really unique stuff, and a lot
of the time you see stuff that
you dont even know what it
is that youre looking at,"
Kaup said. "A lot of things
kind of give you a feeling of
history, the way things used
to be."
Edited by Michael




File Photo/KANSAN
Blake Weiman pitches against Utah last year. The sophomore allowed only three hits and one run in his first start of the year, which the Jayhawks won.

Baseballs Blake Weiman fares well in first start

of 2016 against the Northern Colorado Bears

In order for Kansas baseball to avoid another lastplace finish in the Big 12,
the team's starting pitching
needs vast improvement. A
majority of freshman arms
made up the Jayhawks staff
that posted the worst ERA
in the conference last year.
If Kansas will improve this
season, many of the sophomores are going to have to
take a huge step from year
one to year two.
On Tuesday, sophomore

lefty Blake Weiman displayed a glimpse of that

against a familiar foe.
In his first start of the season the sophomore southpaw faced the Northern
Colorado Bears a school
he has connections to
and he helped give the Jayhawks their second win of
the season.
My sister actually went
to Northern Colorado for
a couple years, Weiman
said. So its pretty cool to
play them. Ive got one buddy on the team, so its cool

to see him, but its like playing anybody else, you want
to beat them.
Weiman is a native of
Wheat Ridge, Colo. In his
seasons at Columbine High
School, Weiman was selected to three Colorado High
School Futures All-Star
teams and was honored as
the 2014 Colorado Pitcher
of the Year.
On Tuesday, Weiman was
consistent and effective, allowing only three hits and
one earned run while striking out six batters in his five
innings of work.

After Bears first baseman

Cole Maltese singled in the
first inning to score third
baseman Tyler Yamaguchi,
Weiman settled in nicely.
He allowed only two batters
to reach base for the rest of
his start.
I was really pleased with
Blake Weiman, Kansas
coach Ritch Price said. I
think that was one of the
two best starts hes made
Weiman is at his best
when he keeps the ball on
the ground, and he was able
to accomplish that with the
seven groundball outs he
He has to [keep the ball
down], Price said. His
velocity isnt firm enough

to pitch with his fastball up

in the zone, and I thought
he did a really good job of
using his changeup today
and he got some rollovers
on his changeup.

I was really
pleased with
Blake Weiman.
I think that was
one of the two
best starts hes
made here.

Ritch Price
Kansas coach

While Weiman did

ceive a no-decision, he
delivered a solid start
showed strides from


season. In 2015, as a freshman, Weiman made seven

starts in 21 appearances
and went 2-7 with a 6.75
ERA in 56 innings pitched.
Weimans first start in
2016 is a promising sign for
the pitching staff. The loss
of junior starter Sean Rackoski to an injury before the
season started created an
opportunity for Weiman to
potentially join the rotation
More starts like the one he
had against the team that
resides in his home state
just might help him remain
in the rotation.

Edited by Samantha

Shakiem Barbel granted

eligibility for next year

Usually in college sports,

players can only play for a
total of four years. However, this is not the case
for Kansas senior wide receiver Shakiem Barbel. In
a KU Athletics release on
Wednesday, Barbel was
granted another year of
eligibility from NCAA.
Kansas coach David
Beaty said in the release
that he's very happy that
Barbel will be returning
for another season.

"He is a great teammate

and a guy with some quality
experience," Beaty said.
Beaty also said Barbel will
be valuable to the program
next season.
Barbel appeared in all
12 games last season, and
started in two of them, at
Rutgers and at Texas. Barbel had 15 receptions for
130 yards with one touchdown last season. Beaty
and the football team gears
up for spring football beginning Sunday, March 6.
The annual spring game
will take place on Saturday,

April 9 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Edited by G.J. Melia

Senior wide receiver Shakiem Barbel.

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Baseball team heads to Arizona for

Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge

Kelcie Matousek/KANSAN

Junior releiver Stephen Villines pitching late in the game against Northern Colorado. He earned a win in his appearance on Monday in Kansas walk off victory.



oming off a sweep of

the Kansas baseball
team will travel to Surprise,
Ariz. to compete in the Big
12/Pac 12 challenge for the
second straight year.
Kansas (2-1) will start and
end the challenge with games
against Utah (1-3) on Friday
and Monday, and games
against Oregon State (3-1) on

Saturday and Sunday.

In the Jayhawks' three
games so far this season,
they have struggled offensively, despite scoring nine
runs total and winning two
Kansas dropped its first
game against Arkansas-Little
Rock 4-2, scoring both runs
on the same play in the third
inning and having only four
hits in the game.
During its two game series
against Northern Colorado,

Kansas left a total of 19 men

on base but still managed to
score seven runs, winning
the first game of the series on
a walk-off walk.
The Jayhawks' defense has
struggled as well, committing six errors only three
games into the season. Three
of those errors came on the
same playa botched pickoff in the third inning of the
first game against Northern

Softball looks to rebound

at tournament in Florida


After finishing with a 4-6

record after the first two
tournaments of the season,
the Jayhawks look to bounce
back in the South Florida
Tournament this weekend.
The tournament will start
Friday morning as Kansas
takes on Wisconsin. The
Badgers started off well at 4-1
but have since slipped to 5-4.
Taylor-Paige Stewart, a senior pitcher from California,
led the Badgers. Her most
impressive effort of the season came against NC State
where she allowed just two
hits through seven innings
while striking out eight.
If the Jayhawks manage to
avoid Stewart, whose opponents are hitting a meager
.245 against, theyll have to
capitalize against the Badgers offense that is hitting
just .237, fourth worst in the
Big 10.
If the Jayhawks are going to get back on track this
season, they must capitalize
on their next matchup. The
South Florida Bulls the

Jayhawks' second Friday opponent are currently just

3-7 this year.
Of the nine games played,
South Florida has given
up double-digit runs three
times. It should bode well for
a Kansas offense that ranks
first in the Big 12 in home
runs and is fourth in RBIs.
That leaves a third opponent. On Saturday morning,
Kansas will take on a 7-4
UNLV squad with a potent
Sophomore pitcher and
outfielder Janine Petmecky
is batting .515 in 33 at bats
this season for the Rebels.
Shes also started four games
at pitcher, but has an 0-2 record with a 5.02 ERA.
Junior pitcher Kwyn Cooper is another pitcher leading
UNLVs offense. As a batter,
shes hitting .444, but as a
pitcher, she might be even
better. She has a team leading 3-0 record with a 2.43
The Jayhawks will also
play a second game on Saturday as well as one on Sunday morning based on the
seeding from the first three

Despite a 4-6 record, the
Jayhawks have had some impressive starts to the season
heading into the third tournament.
Sophomore first baseman
Daniella Chavez is first in
the Big 12 in hits, home runs,
RBIs and is in the top three
for batting average.
Freshman pitcher Ania
Williams ranks fifth in both
ERA and opponent batting
Sophomore outfielder Erin
McGinley has also played
well enough to earn more
playing time in the South
Florida Tournament. McGinley is on a five-game hitting
streak, including five RBIs in
her last three games.
Depending on the matchups, the series could be just
what the Jayhawks need to
get back on track in Florida,
before heading to the Southern Illinois Tournament next
week. The team will return to
Lawrence on March 11.
Edited by Candice

Kansas saving grace has

been its pitching, with the
strongest starting performance coming from sophomore Blake Weiman in the
2-1 win over Northern Colorado.
Starting for the Jayhawks
on Friday is redshirt sophomore Jon Hander, who
hasnt pitched since his
freshman season in 2014.
Hander missed the entire
2015 season recovering from
Tommy John surgery but
managed a 3.18 ERA during
the 2014 season.
Senior Ben Krauth will
make his second start of the
season against Oregon State
on Saturday after letting up
four runs in the season opener. Last season, Krauth lost
his first two games before

winning five straight, eventually becoming Kansas best

starting pitcher.
On Sunday, freshman Jackson Goddard will start the
second game against Oregon
State, following his collegiate
debut against Northern Colorado. Goddard was shut
down in the fourth inning
against Northern Colorado,
but he still managed to show
off a very effective pick off
Weiman will round out the
Jayhawks' starting rotation
for the Big 12/Pac 12 challenge, pitching against Utah
on Monday.
The Jayhawks have faced
off against the Utes seven
times in program history,
with the most recent being
a three-game series in Law-

rence last season. Utah won

the series 2-1 and also holds
the all-time advantage at 5-2.
Kansas and Oregon State
last met up in the 2015 Big
12/Pac 12 challenge, where
Oregon State won 15-5. The
Jayhawks are 0-2 all-time
against the Beavers.
The challenge will be played
in Surprise Stadium, which
is the spring training home
of both the Texas Rangers
and the Kansas City Royals.
The Major League teams are
set to begin spring training
games just two days after
the Big 12/Pac 12 challenge
wraps up.
The first game against Utah
will begin Friday at 6 p.m.
Edited by Michael


Missy Minear/KANSAN

Junior guard Frank Mason III drives to the basket in the first half against K-State. Mason had 16 points and five assists in the Jayhawks 72-63 victory over the Wildcats.

Kansas one win away from achieving 12-straight


he Big 12 title runs

through Lawrence.
morning, Kansas has a
chance to defend that statement when hosting Texas
Tech in Allen Fieldhouse.
A win over the Red Raiders
guarantees the Jayhawks
at least a share of the conference regular season title,
with two games left to play
after Saturday.
If Kansas were to win on
Saturday, it would be the
12th straight year that it has
won at least a share of the Big
12 regular season title. After
losing three games during a
five-game stretch in January,
the Jayhawks have now won
eight games in a row and appear to be playing their best
basketball at the right time.
I certainly hope our

fans appreciate what these

kids have done over the last
month, Kansas coach Bill
Self said in a postgame radio
interview on Jayhawk IMG
Sports Network.
Kansas eight-game win
streak is the second longest
of the season, behind a 13game streak from Nov. 23
to Jan. 9. During those eight
games, seven have come
against Big 12 opponents.
The lone non-conference win
came against Kentucky in
Allen Fieldhouse as a part of
the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Furthermore, four of the
conference wins during this
streak have come on the
road. The last three road
wins have come against No.
4 Oklahoma, No. 16 Baylor
in-state rival Kansas State in
a hostile environment.
There are many reasons
as to why Kansas has improved drastically the last
few weeks. Arguably, one of

the most underrated factors

has been having junior forward Landen Lucas in the
starting rotation and playing
a bulk of the minutes.
Lucas has started the last
10 games for Kansas at the
five spot after Self lobbied
the position between a few
different guys for a majority
of the season. In his 10 starts,
Lucas has led the team in rebounding eight times. Hes
been the leading rebounder
in nine of the last 11 games.
In his last game against
Baylor, Lucas struggled for
a majority of the game but
wound up making plays
when it mattered the most.
Towards the end of the
game I was trying to go after
every rebound, Lucas said.
I think it kind of flipped to
where we were getting more
offensive rebounds towards
the end of the game, which
really helped us come back
and win the game.

Another reason Kansas

has improved recently has
been the re-emergence of
junior guard Frank Mason
III. Mason led the team in
scoring down in Waco with
19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Mason has led the team in
scoring in the last two games,
and has led the team in assists in three of the last four
contests. During the eightgame win streak, Mason
has scored in double-digits
in all but one game and has
recorded four or more assists
five times.
We can make a case
where Wayne (Selden) has
been our best player and
certainly when Perry (Ellis)
has been our best player,
Self said. But there is no one
more valuable than Frank.
Unfortunately for Kansas,
Texas Tech is also entering
Saturdays contest playing
its best basketball. The Red
Raiders have won their last

five games, including three

wins against ranked opponents.
Texas Tech has bested
Iowa State, Baylor on the
road and Oklahoma in

I certainly
hope our fans
appreciate what
these kids have
done over the
last month.
Bill Self
Kansas coach

hot a team is coming in. The

Jayhawks remain undefeated at home this season with
a 14-0 record. Kansas has the
longest active home winning
streak in college basketball at
38 consecutive wins in Lawrence.
This means if the Jayhawks take care of business
as they should come Saturday morning, then for the
12th consecutive year they
will be crowned Big 12 champions.
With that much at stake,
it should come as no surprise
that even for an 11 a.m. tip,
16,300 fans will be on their
feet in Allen Fieldhouse.

the last few weeks. The Red

Raiders are doing everything
they can to make sure their
resume is in good enough
shape to earn an at-large bid
in the NCAA Tournament.
Fortunately for Kansas,
winning in Allen Fieldhouse
is no easy task no matter how

Edited by Michael

Hannah Edelman/KANSAN
Freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch talk with their coach
after a match.

Tennis (6--0) posts

new high--ranking

It has been a year of

firsts for Kansas Athletics.
In the fall semester, the
volleyball team received
its highest all-time ranking, shattering numerous
individual- and team-bests
throughout the year. That
run culminated in a Final
Four appearance for the
However, moving off
the hardwood, the tennis team is also starting
to make some waves. The
Tuesday the Jayhawks are
ranked 23 in the newest
ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis
Association) Poll, shattering their previous high of
33 since the polls went to a
weekly format in 2000.
We are excited about
our progress so far this
season, Kansas coach
Todd Chapman said in the
release. It is great for the

program that we are moving in the right direction.

Right now the Jayhawks
sit at 6-0 on the season.
Their last win came against
the Colorado Buffaloes on
Feb. 7. The team has not
played since that time.
Since the New Year,
Kansas has won 31 of a possible 34 points from opponents taking unfinished
matches into account
and has not dropped more
than a single point in any
one meet.
Kansas will be in action
again this friday against
Wichita State in Lawrence.
The team will complete the
weekend with a matchup
against New Mexico.
Kansas next road trip
wont be until March 12, as
the team will hit the road to
take on Tulane and Houston over the weekend.

Missy Minear/KANSAN
From left to right: Senior forward Perry Ellis, sophomore guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and senior guard Evan Manning.

KU tabs 2 seniors and 1 sophomore

to Academic All--Big 12 First Team

announced Wednesday that
senior forward Perry Ellis,
senior guard Evan Manning
and sophomore guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk have all
been named to the Academic
All-Big 12 First Team.
This is Ellis second consecutive year with the honor,
while Manning and Mykhailiuk are both first-time honorees.
According to the release,
Kansas holds the most firstteam members of any Big 12

school, both this season and

To make the first-team, a
student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA, while
the second-team selections
must maintain a GPA between 3.00 and 3.19, while
playing in at least 60 percent
of the teams contests.
Additionally, according
to the release, seniors who
have participated for a minimum of two years and meet
all the criteria except percent
of participation are also eligible, which is why Manning is able to receive the
distinction, having played in

just under half of the teams

games this year.
This season, Ellis is averaging a team-high 16.4
points per game, knocking
down better than 52 percent of his shots. He leads
the team in rebounds and is
among the top three players
on the team in three-point
percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds per game
and minutes per game.
Mykhailiuk has appeared
in 25 games, and is averaging right around 13 minutes
and 5.4 points per contest.
He scored a career-high 18
points against Chaminade

back in November during the

Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Manning has appeared
in 11 games, scoring in three
of them. For his career, hes
shooting just under 38.9
percent from three, with 18
of his 22 career field goal attempts coming from behind
the arc.
Next up: The Jayhawks
will be in action this Saturday, looking to clinch at least
a share of their 12th consecutive Big 12 Championship.
Tip against the Texas Tech
Red Raiders in Allen Fieldhouse is slated for 11 a.m.