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Perry Ellis and

Jamari Traylor
addressed Allen
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Bernie Sanders stopped
at Lawrence businesses
and got a haircut before
speech Thursday

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Joshua Mendoza combines his
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Juniors Gabby Yaeger and Cora Burgoyne and senior Morgan Shapiro balance on kettlebells during a weekly workout.

Womens weightlifting club sees growth in its first year


ere is a CrossFit-style gym

with graffiti
walls, Marine flags, heavy
weights and punching bags.
With rap music booming
in the background, 16 University women lift barbells
over their heads and do
squats under the direction
of the coaches.
A year ago, Katelyn
OLeary, a senior from
Stillwell, joined KU Babes.
She wanted to workout in
comfort, and continue her
weight-loss program.
One of my friends told
me to come here, OLeary
said. I was scared to go do
it at the rec because of all
the guys. Here they teach
me technique so we dont

hurt ourselves.
KU Babes' founders,
Gabby Yeager and Cora
Burgoyne, both juniors
from Wichita, and Morgan Shapiro, a senior from
Leawood, saw a lack of female weightlifting opportunities at the University,
so they created their own in
spring 2015. The club meets
for workouts at CrossFit
Lawrence four times a week
and membership costs $80
a semester.
On this day, two rows
of women, eight on each
side, do lunges with heavy
weights on their shoulders.
The women shout encouraging words like, "You got
this," and "Come on, you're
almost done," to challenge
each other.
In our first semester,
we were excited but it isnt

to where we are now, Shapiro said. Now everyone is

cheering each other on. Its
exciting for us to see the
excitement between members. Everyone is pushing
each other but they are also
happy for everyone too.
Because of the encouraging environment, members
like Caitlin Carnivale said
she is stronger mentally as
well as physically.
Ive gotten a lot stronger. Just like the past few
weeks Ive maxed out on a
lot of things, said Carnivale, a junior from Olathe
and ambassador for KU
Babes. Without this club
I would definitely be weak.
I wouldnt be lifting if it
wasnt for this club. I would
be scared but here they
show you if youre a beginner. Before I was at the rec

running around the track

KU Babes has been a
learning process for not
only members, but the
founders as well. Shapiro
said the biggest challenge
she faced when starting the
program was learning how
to coach.
Ambassadors and captains were added to the
program to ensure that lifts
were being done safely by
all members as well as running the programs website
and social media. Burgoyne
said that the group hopes
women who hold these
roles will continue to lead
the program even after the
founders graduate.
Tess Zayyad, a freshmen
from Huntington Beach,
Calif., and KU Babes captain, also runs the pro-

Marco Rubio speaks in Topeka alongside

Sam Brownback before Saturdays caucuses

presidential candidate and Florida
Sen. Marco Rubio stood in
front of an American flag as
it blew in the cold morning
air at his rally in Topeka
Rubio was flanked by
fighter jets to his right and
left as he spoke to the crowd
of roughly 300 people. On
the front-end of a three-rally tour around Kansas, Rubio focused on the importance of Saturdays Kansas
caucuses during his Friday
rally at the Topeka Regional
Brownback and Sen. Pat
Roberts, who both previously endorsed the Republican candidate, praised Rubio before he stepped up to
speak. Brownback said he
sees eye-to-eye with Rubio
on foreign policy, military
expansion and Obamacare.

Hes got that Reagan-esque nature to him, where

hes lived the American
dream; hes very hopeful,
passionate, forward-looking, hes a good, solid conservative, Brownback said
before the rally.
During his speech, Rubio
emphasized several points
from his campaign, from
support for the military
and veterans to repealing
Obamacare. He also tried
to tear down Republican
frontrunner Donald Trump
in the process.
For most of his 30-minute speech, Rubio threw
shots at Republican candidate and frontrunner
Donald Trump, one night
after the heated Republican
debate in Detroit. Rubio
painted Trump as "simply a
businessman," one not fit to
run a presidential office.
Trump is not prepared to be the commander-in-chief, Rubio said.
Anyone who thinks the

Nuclear Triad was a rock

band, is not qualified to be
the commander-in-chief.
Rubio asserted he is the
most electable candidate in
the Republican party, just
days after Ted Cruz also
said he is the most electable
candidate at a rally in Overland Park.
Rubio said he cannot
win this election if the party
remains fragmented, as it
is now. Just as Cruz did on
Wednesday, Rubio noted
the majority of Republican
voters those who have
not voted for Trump in primaries and caucuses to this
point need to to defeat
The truth is, 65 percent
of people who have already
voted dont want him as
our nominee, Rubio said.
I can win this election because I can unite this party
and I can grow this party,
and I can grow this party
without compromising our

Henry Cannon, a student at Olathe South High

School, said Rubio supporters seem to share the
same sentiment: Hes the
man who can save the Republican party from Donald
Without going into any
of the terrible things hes
said about religion or anything else, [Trump] has
never done this before in
any capacity, Cannon said.
Thats what Ive been hoping throughout this race I
hope Rubio can be our saving grace.
Rubio also had words
for Hillary Clinton, who is
running to be the nominee
from the Democratic party. Rubio said the former
Secretary of State was unqualified for the presidency, and that he could defeat
Clinton, unlike his fellow
Republican running mates.
If we don't win, that
means you're going to wake
up to the news of president
Hillary Clinton, and that is
an unacceptable outcome,
Rubio said.
Brownback also backed
Rubio on his sentiments
against Clinton. Though
Brownback has endorsed
Rubio, he said he will support the Republican nominee regardless of who it is,
as it fits his agenda more
clearly than any Democratic
Im going to support
the Republican nominee,
because their policy agenda versus Bernie Sanders
or Hillary Clinton is what I
more agree with, Brownback said. Its important,
that policy agenda.

grams official Snapchat

account. She posts workouts as well as healthy food
options to motivate and
educate members, so even
when not at workouts they
still gain motivation.
roles are not the only thing
that is different about the
program. The perception
of health and fitness among
members like Rachel Nault,
a junior from Chicago, has
evolved too.
You care more about
what your body is able to do
rather than how you look,
Nault said.
Even Kyle Thatcher,
co-founder of CrossFit Lawrence, said he can see the
groups growth in size and
The spontaneity they
have in here is so refresh-

ing, Thatcher said. You

usually see the same workout done over and over but
seeing a younger community after it the way they do is
Shapiro said that the
club plans to partake in
Olympic lifting and CrossFit competitions at the end
of the year. KU Babes also
recently applied to be a
sport club in hopes to become more sustainable and
competitive, Yeager said.
After the hour and a
half workout, members
drenched in sweat were eager to share their testimonials of how the program has
bettered their lives over the
last year.
Gaining muscle is more
exciting than losing five
pounds, Carnivale said.

Kansas caucus results

Kansans took to the polls Saturday, March 5
for the Democratic and Republican caucuses.



Bernie Sanders


Hillary Clinton



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Donald Trump


Marco Rubio


John Kasich

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Bernie Sanders discusses campaign reform

and free higher education at Lawrence rally

fter stopping by
evening for some handshakes, a few selfies and a
haircut at the Downtown
Democratic presidential candidate
Bernie Sanders was greeted by deafening cheers of
thousands of supporters at
the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
The dirt-floor arena
was packed with people,
many of them college-aged
students wearing colorful attire with the favored
slogan, Feel the Bern.
Many attendees waited in
line all afternoon to catch
a glimpse of the presiden-

tial candidate. When Sanders made it on stage at 7:15

p.m. 15 minutes after the
announced start time
thousands were still outside
waiting to get in.
During his hour-long
speech, Sanders took strong
stances on issues such as
healthcare, veteran services
and free higher education,
among others. However,
Sanders biggest emphasis was on what he called a
corrupt campaign finance
The senator argued the
integrity of the countrys
political system has been
corroded by politicians who
accept bribes from wealthy
donors, or the top one percent. He said doing this has
harmed and deceived the
other 99 percent.

This campaign is a different kind of campaign

because were doing something radical, Sanders said.
Were telling the truth.
Sanders differentiated
between himself and other politicians who accept
large sums from campaign
donors. Instead of being
indebted to the generosity
of a few wealthy families,
Sanders said he is indebted
to the four million working
class people who donated
an average of $27 to his
Flanked by signs bearing his slogan, A future to
believe in, Sanders talked
about his own ideal future
for the country, where students are free from debt
and healthcare is a basic
human right.

Gillian Marsh, a sophomore from Lawrence, said

she thinks Sanders future
is one she can believe in.
He cares about the issues I care about. Like reducing the cost of college
and welfare and all the
things Im worried about
for the future, she said.
Sanders is known for
his candid rhetoric, and his
speech Thursday night was
no exception. Sanders criticized his opponents, most
notably Donald Trump and
his scapegoating of minorities in America.
Shaylee Vandever, a second year graduate student
from Thoreau, N.M., and
member of the Navajo Nation, said she thinks Sanders is a candidate who will
take the matters of people

of color, particularly Native

Americans, seriously.
Its not just him who
hes trying to speak for, but
for African American communities, Latino communities. He sees the struggles
that everybody has, Vandever said.
speech by asking the crowd
to do their duty and vote
in the Kansas caucus on
Saturday, March 5, and
said supporters must unite
in order to insure victory
against hatred of one specific republican candidate.
Together we will defeat
Donald Trump, Sanders
said. Because love trumps

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders discussed free higher education, healthcare and his opponents at his March 3 rally in Lawrence.

Libraries stretch funding to continue services


Despite the University's

efforts, its libraries are teetering on the edge of functionality due to significant
increases in costs required
to grow its collections and
retain databases and journals the libraries have subscribed to for years.
Rebecca Smith, executive director of communications and advancement
for KU Libraries, said the
lack of funding is due to the
publishers responsible for
distributing scholarly articles and databases.
Weve been really fortunate to receive a flat budget
from KU for our content
budget, so while other areas
on campus are seeing cuts,
weve been relatively safe,
Smith said. Thats great
news until you realize that
with the rising costs of resources outside of KU, our
buying power decreases by
about half a million dollars
a year. Even with a stable
budget, we can afford half
a million dollars less year
after year.
Smith said the tools, including access to journals,
databases and other similar
resources, are increasing in
cost anywhere from five to
seven percent a year.
He said that KU Libraries has the budget to maintain the building and physically owned resources, but
that the rising cost of resources outside of the University, like journals and
databases, will soon cripple
their ability to provide access to needed materials.
Over the past two years,

KU libraries had to cut faculty by 10 percent, Smith

Fortunately, we had a
few librarians who saw this
coming way in advance who
have made great efforts to
stretch our dollars as far
as they can, Smith said.
However, its important to
note that this was done by
reducing our low-use items
that are not used often on
campus. Weve passed that
In the past, the KU Libraries maintained itself
by cutting resources not
seen as useful or in high
demand. Now, however,
Smith and her colleagues
will need to be far more meticulous when it comes to
cutting sources as they have
reached their limit.
We are still having conversations of what we might
consider cutting, Smith
said. We are trying to work
with other departments on
campus to see what we can
cut and what we need to renew or find some other way
to access. If something is
truly critical, we would like
to know before we cut it.
Last semester, KU Libraries had to refuse to
renew its license to seven
different databases and 114
journals that may now only
be obtained by students
through either inter-library
loan or another source
which may cost the student
money. KU Libraries is not
alone in this struggle.
The University of Missouri's student newspaper,
The Maneater, ran an article in February announcing
their librarys failed attempt
to add a $5 per credit hour

fee, just to keep up with rising costs.

Smith credited the University with doing what it
could to help with the funding issues the library is facing, but said there is little it
could do to really help.
KU Libraries have a
$19 million budget but
$8 million is reserved for
growing and preserving
our collection, Smith said.
Given the rate at which
the cost is increasing, its
become really difficult. We
could ask for a larger budget, but that would not stop
the problem from getting
worse, and [it] would drain
the University.
Smith said the University suggested a variety of
options, like reinvesting the
library's savings, cutting
faculty and seeking private
donations. However, there
is one program, Open Access, that the University has
been a strong proponent of
for years that may give life
back to the libraries.
KU is the leader in what
is known as Open Access,
Smith said. Were the first
University to have a faculty-led open access program.
Ada Emmett, head of
the Office of Scholarly
Communication and Copyright, said Open Access is
a way of taking the power
away from the publishers
and giving freedom to the
Emmett said publishing
companies sit on a 35 to
40 percent profit margin,
which is lucrative, especially when accounting for
the fact that the scholars
who author the journals the
companies sell are not
paid a penny for their
The Universities are
paying the professors
their salary, theyre providing the facilities and
resources used to create
the research and then
turning around and paying enormous amounts
of money to have access
to that article, Emmett

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Publishing companies
do not pay for the production of the research, the
author of the article or even
the peer review that accredits the article, and yet
access to their publications
can cost millions for libraries, Emmett said.
Smith said Elsevier, one
database that the University is subscribed to, costs 1.4
million dollars each year,
retaining a third of that as
Open Access, according to Smith and Emmett,
would help change all that.
Open Access in an international
among universities and libraries that seeks to publish
a scholars work for little to
no profit and to the public
in general, not just to University students, Emmett
said. Knowledge is a public
good and should be disseminated to the public at little
to no cost.
The University, having
seen this problem as an inevitability, has been working on the transition from
paying for subscriptions to
creating the infrastructure
necessary for Open Access
for the last five years, but
is still on the cusp of being
crippled, Smith said.
Despite the immediate
need for relief; however,
Emmett said she doesnt
see a real change occurring
for another five to 10 years.
In the meantime, Emmett
said the library will have to
do the best we can.
We are heavily involved
in the global discussion of
Open Access and we are
and have been committed
to the long term goal of
making research payed for
by taxpayers, accessible to
taxpayers, Emmett said.
Students today should
know that us not being able
to subscribe to these databases and journals is really
a sign of our dedication to
transitioning to using Open
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Cost of education:
student loan debt

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Jet Turk, 5, center, drops his mothers ballot in the box as his mother Erika Turk takes a photo during Republican caucuses in Lawrence, Kan. Saturday.

Cruz and Sanders victorious in

Kansas presidential caucuses
Associated Press

ansas voters embraced

challengers in presidential
giving Ted Cruz and Bernie
Sanders big victories to boost
their campaigns against Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic
leader Hillary Clinton.
Voters on Saturday defied
leading Kansas voices who
had endorsed Clinton for the
Democrats and Florida Sen.
Marco Rubio for the Republicans. The GOP opted instead
to stay on the right of the political spectrum in backing
Cruz, the Texas senator, while
Democrats moved left to embrace Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist.
Both Cruz and Sanders
won by 2-to-1 margins over
Trump and Clinton, with Rubio a distant third in the Republican count.
Cruz touted his strong
conservative record on social issues and in opposing
President Barack Obamas
federal health reform law to
secure votes from the states
large conservative Christian
community. Some voters said
the Texas senator was more

in tune with their views and

backed him, even though billionaire businessman Trump
is leading the national race
and had a last-minute rally in
God bless Kansas, Cruz
declared while campaigning
in Coeur dAlene, Idaho, after
the result.
The scream you hear, the
howl that comes from Washington D.C., is utter terror at
what we the people are doing
together, he said.
Sanders supporters clearly
outnumbered Clinton backers at caucus sites in Wichita,
Lawrence and east Topeka.
At a union hall in Wichita,
they were so numerous that
they had to congregate outside so their numbers could
be counted.
People used to ask,
Whats the matter with Kansas? Sanders said in a statement from Warren, Mich.,
where he was campaigning.
It turns out that theres nothing the matter with Kansas
when you give people a clear
choice and involve them in
the democratic process.
The state GOP said more
than 81,000 people sought
to cast ballots at 103 sites,
though more than 8,000 remained uncounted Saturday

night. That exceeded party

officials most optimistic projections. Turnout for the 2012
caucuses was about 30,000.
The Democratic Party said
about 40,000 participated in
the caucuses at 47 sites. That
exceeded the 33,000-plus
who caucused in 2008 another bad day for Clinton, as
Barack Obama supporters
overwhelmed caucus sites to
give him a resounding victory
were enthusiastic about the
self-declared democratic socialist.
I have never felt so confident in a candidate in my
life, said Gina Searle, a
35-year-old sales associate in
Wichita, a single mother.
Thirty-three Democratic
delegates were at stake in Saturdays caucuses, and Sanders captured 23, and Clinton,
10. The state has another four
party leaders who are designated as superdelegates and
can support any candidate.
One of them has declared for
On the Republican side,
Cruz captured 24 of the states
40 delegates and Trump,
nine. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won six and Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, one.

Rubio finished third in

Kansas results, despite having endorsements from Gov.
Sam Brownback and U.S.
Sen. Pat Roberts.
Most of the Kansas GOPs
establishment was wary of
Trump and were instead split
between Cruz and Rubio.
Trump told thousands of supporters in Wichita that he had
been scheduled to attend an
annual gathering of national
conservative leaders Saturday but backed out to attend
the Kansas rally.
Trump voters said theyre
fed up with American politics
or saw their support for him
as a way to send a message to
GOP leaders.
Backers of other candidates split over whether they
could support Trump as the
GOP nominee.
While at least a few GOP
voting at Olathe South High
School said they could, Matt
Murphy, a 30-year-old cigar
sales representative from
Gardner and a Cruz supporter, said absolutely not.
Associated Press writer
Roxana Hegeman in Wichita and Melissa Hellmann in
Lawrence contributed to this
Edited by Cele Fryer

Every year millions of

students across the United
States head off for college.
They bring all of the usual amenities with them:
clothing, gadgets, etc.
Many students also bring
along silent passengers:
student loans.
Student loan debt rears
its head in the form of
quarterly interest notices
from the government. It
is not intrusive and it does
not demand attention until graduation, but the debt
gets bigger every school
According to the Department of Education,
41.6 million students
received student loans
during the fourth quarter of 2015, which is over
$1.21 trillion in aid. The
Department of Education
also reported 3.3 billion
students received parent
PLUS loans which totaled
$71.1 billion.
Jeffery Heppler, senior
peer educator with Student Money Management
Services at the University,
said the average amount
of debt for University students is around $30,000.
For Nathan Bachynski, a junior from Dover,
Penn., that number is a
great deal larger.
$80,000 in student loans
right now, Bachynski
said. It sucks being an
out-of-state student, but
as long as I can go out and
use what Ive learned here,
it should be worth it.
Bachynski said knowing how much debt he acquires is a priority.
All of the loans I
have are in my name, so
Ive been keeping track
of it pretty regularly,
Bachynski said. Its easy
to get stressed out about,
but having the loans in my
name has really forced me
to be aware and to actually
do something with my education and not waste it.
Heppler said students
who do not understand

their financial aid situation can take advantage

of resources like Student
Money Management.
We try to empower
students by helping them
understand their situation
and develop a plan, Heppler said. You need to understand your financial aid
because youll have to pay
it back, and youll have six
months after graduation
to figure out how youre
going to do that.
Heppler said when a
student comes to Student
Money Management Services they have them log
into Enroll and Pay to view
their financial aid package.
For any federal loans

It sucks being an
out-of-state student,
but as long as I
can go out and use
what Ive learned
here, it should be
worth it.
Nathan Bachynski

we have students use

national data bases like
NSLDS.ed.gov to see what
types of loans they have
and how much interest
has accrued so far, Heppler said. Then we try to
set up a strategy or plan for
how they are going to pay
it all back.
Heppler said a big factor for a student to consider when repayment
is thought about is how
much income they expect
to have upon graduation.
Youll be expected to
pay around one percent of
the loan back per month,
Heppler said. So we want
people to be mindful about
how much of their potential income will be going
towards paying back the
Edited by Cele Fryer

Alumni bring Breakout Lawrence to Mass. Street


When senior Adam

McArthur from Tallahassee, Fla., entered what he
described as a Y2K bunker, he was intrigued.
In his time spent willingly locked in a room with five
strangers, McArthur took
the next hour to search the
room for clues that would
allow him and his team to
727 Massachusetts Street,
is an interactive puzzle
where teams of four-toeight people are locked
in a room and must use
clues to discover the code to
unlock the door. The business is expected to open in
early March, owner Luke
Thompson said.
McArthur, who was
helping test the room before the official opening,
said he already talked to his
friends about going back to
try a new room. The facility has four rooms, which
were designed by owners
and University alumni
Thompson, Ryan H
and Matt Baysinger.
Baysinger and Thompson
are both owners of another
Lawrence business, Mass
Street Soda, which opened
in 2014.
I didnt really know
what it was going to be like
so I was kind of nervous,
McArthur said. Like I
didnt know what the set-

up was going to be or how

hard it was going to be.
Thats another thing I was
concerned about, if it was
going to be super easy or
crazy hard.
McArthur said the experience was challenging, but
not too difficult.
Breakout was developed in Japan in 2007
and moved to the U.S. in
2014, Thompson said. After Thompson, Henrichand
Baysinger participated in
breakouts in Kansas City,
Mo. and Honolulu, they decided to create a local experience.
Our drive wasnt to
make millions of dollars,
Thompson said. Our drive
was to open something up
that was unique and make
Lawrence a cooler town.
Breakout offers four
unique rooms each with
a different narrative and
theme. It will cost $28 per
person to participate in a
one-hour breakout.
Unlike similar businesses, who franchise their
puzzles and narrative, the
Breakout rooms contain
completely original stories
and clues.
The themes for the Lawrence location are a Y2K
New Years party, a Civil
War-themed room, a stock
exchange room and a rules
of basketball room. Thompson said most of the room
ideas originated from late
night texting conversations
between the three owners.

Paige Stingley/KANSAN
Breakout hosts a live-action puzzle game for teams of four to eight. It is located at 727 Massachusetts Street.

However, beating the

rooms is no easy feat. Combined, Breakout rooms have
an average success rate
of about 30 percent. Only
about one in five groups
make it out of the Y2K room
in under the one-hour time
limit, Thompson said.
The main goal is to provide, we think there is a lack
of quality entertainment
for families (and) friends,
Thompson said. The great

thing about it is we have

kids that are six come in
with their grandparents
who are in their 70s and
they are able to work together and put down their
cell phones and have a
completely interactive experiences with each other.
Thompson added: Its
not sitting here playing video games or sitting on their
cell phones playing whatever app game is cool right

now. Its team building together to solve a puzzle.

CEO of the Lawrence
Chamber of Commerce,
Larry McElwain said Breakout is beneficial for the city.
I think it would be
something people would
enjoy doing, McElwain
said. And also for out-oftown visitors, for example
mothers weekends and fathers weekends and thing
like that, where they can get

in competition with groups

and friends trying to solve
the questions [and] the
Thompson said many
of his customers who have
finished all four rooms at
the Kansas City location are
looking forward to traveling to Lawrence for the four
new rooms, which he said
will bring more business
to surrounding Lawrence
restaurants and shops.



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Woke up to Monica
Lewinskys Ted Talk
on my computer. Not
the weirdest thing Ive
watched drunk

Just had a professor

joke about if we were
going to graduate or
not. Not a funny joke,
not at all


resisting the urge to

punch that one person
in the class thats an
undergrad in history
but acts like they have
3 PhDs

What if the chancellor

and Senator Sanders
teamed up for the next
election? Bernie/Bernie

I thought couples
season was over. Why
is everyone on campus
holding hands today?

Just had a 20 minute

conversation about
whether Obi Wan
Kenobi would break
his Jedi vows to have

Didnt find Bernie

downtown. At least
my look-for-Bernieadventure ended up in
good coffee and foods

Illustration by Jake

Some days you just

need a sign that says
Leave me alone.

Cried because I
just found out my
roommates are getting
rid of our koi fish

College is openly
eating crunchy chicken
cheddar wraps in class
and the professor not

over lack of emoji diversity, the developer, Unicode

by adding a range of skin
tones, gender combinations, and cultural representations. The corporation
continues to add approximately 60 emoji characters
every year. Facebook reactions were created because
of those who were dissatisfied with being limited to
"like," such as the 139,523
users who like a page called
I wish there was a dislike
In addition to driving the
evolution of standard digital icons, individual users
also demonstrate immense
power in interpreting these
images. The flirting possibilities using emoji alone
are endless. In April, Snapchat incorporated emoji
as an initially perplexing
but logical way to indicate
complex relationships with
contacts. From a Kickstarter-funded emoji translation of "Moby Dick" to the
appearance of emoji in The

New Yorkers social media

accounts, there seems to be
no brand that cannot use
the tiny pictures, no place
the little icons cant go, no
limit to the creative possibilities.
As for interpreting the
fledgling Facebook reactions, a quick skim of my
News Feed reveals that people chose to respond Wow
to articles about the death
of a well-known reporter,
a video of an astronaut returning home and a new
report about the Zika virus.
Im still not sure what this
means. But I do know that
Facebook reactions, much
like emoji, allow people to
communicate and express
themselves online in a creative and rapidly-evolving
way, transcending location,
language, and culture. And
theres definitely something
"Wow" about that.
Brook Nasseri is
sophomore from Topeka
studying microbiology and

Gonzales: Treatment of Erin Andrews was wrong


Honey, if those kids

are journalists, theyre
going to have to learn to
write drunk, Gilmore

fter years of willthey-wont-they

tension and rumors
surrounding the addition
of a dislike button, on Feb.
24 Facebook instead added an extension of the like
button, which they call
reactions. Similar to the
primitive "like", this feature
allows users to respond to a
post with one click, expressing the novel sentiments
"Love", "Wow", "Haha",
"Sad", and "Angry."
Facebooks new component
has been a long time coming, and compared to other recent updates, it came
with very little controver-

sy. This is in part because,

rather than breaking new
ground, "reactions" falls in
line with something people
are well accustomed to by
now: electronically conveying emotions and ideas
with virtual icons. Ever
since emoji became ubiquitous thanks to Apples iOS
5 in 2011, the image-based
keyboard has prompted a
whirlwind evolution of digital communication.
Some, such as author Michelle Garren Flye, see the
prevalence of emoji as a
symptom of the rapid decline of the English language; Gillian Branstetter
argues that the symbols
serve as a poor substitution
for complex thought. However, many view emoji and
Facebook reactions as an
exciting new direction for
human communication.
The truly thrilling thing
about these reaction graphics stems from the fact that
they are incredibly prone to
rapid change, initiated by
their users. After protests

In 2008, while covering a

football game in Nashville,
ESPN sideline reporter
Erin Andrews fell victim to
a peeping-tom at the Mariott hotel she was staying in.
Andrews stalker, Michael
David Barrett, was permitted to stay in the hotel room
next to Andrews, where he
created a peephole to videotape the journalist naked.
Barret posted the videos
online, where they have
been viewed nearly 17 million times since they were
posted in 2009.
Barrett pled guilty to interstate stalking and will serve
two and a half years in prison, but what may be more
concerning is the way that
Andrews was treated by
ESPN after the videos went
viral. In court, Andrews

testified that her bosses at

ESPN wouldnt let her go
back to her job covering
college football until she
agreed to do an interview
first. She said that a primary reason for this was
that they didnt believe her
when she said she wasnt
behind the release of the
footage. ESPN did nothing
to support Andrews as a
victim, as an employee, or
as a woman.
Essentially, ESPN forced a
crime victim to talk about it
publicly against her will because the shame she faced
was less important than
ratings. Additionally, Andrews has frequently been
told by media that the scandal was good for her career.
The way that Andrews was
treated after the videos
went viral is a sad display
of how too often women are
shamed and objectified.
ESPN and the medias failure to support Andrews is a
disappointing slap to the
face for female journalists.
They displayed a gross invasion of a victims privacy
by forcing Andrews to talk
about the crime before returning to her career. They
went against the standards
of victim anonymity and
forced a woman to choose

between public
humiliation and
her job. The fact that she
was sexually victimized in
no way affected her ability
to report sideline coverage
of football games, so it is
hard to understand ESPNs
justification for victimizing
Andrews a second time.
As if forcing an interview
about the crime wasnt objectifying enough, according to a Washington Post
article, male ESPN commentators discussed her
sex appeal on air.
The scandal, and the way

Photo Illustration by Jake Kaufmann/KANSAN

that ESPN handled it promoted the outdated idea

that womens only value
comes from their looks and
sexuality. I was not only
worrying about the questions I was asking, but then
I had men on these blogs
critiquing what I was wearing, she said in 2013. It
wasnt about my reporting,
it was, What is she wearing,
who is she dating?
ESPN, a proud champion
of Title 9, displayed hypocrisy and a disregard for the
welfare of female journalists

in their handling of sports

reporter Erin Andrewss sex
crime case. Unfortunately,
the disrespect shown towards Andrews may deter
young women from pursuing a career in sports journalism. No woman wants to
work in a culture where it is
okay to exploit her sexuality
for network promotion.

Rachel Gonzales is a
junior from Fort Collins,
Colorado, studying
journalism and sociology

Im so tired that the

bags under my eyes
have bags under their

In the wise words

of Dory: Just keep

When Bill Self cries we

all cry.



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Aries (March 21-April 19)
Take it easy over the next two
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Senior Josh Mendoza is a music composition major from Hutchinson. Mendoza uses a piano to help him compose music.

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Music in Focus: Senior Joshua Mendoza

finds musical inspiration through science

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Take your show on the road.
It could get passionate.

or one University student, medical and music school go hand in

Joshua Mendoza, a senior from Hutchinson, inserts elements of his biological science background
to his music compositions.
The reason behind this decision: how the body works.
His professors say this
is unique. Bryan Haaheim,
associate professor of music
composition at the University, said Mendozas strong
background in biological
science differentiates him
as a composer.
While many composers
often use things that are not
musical such as paintings
or poems in their music but
its kind of unusual to write
something thats based on
a biological concept, Haa-

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heim said.
When Mendoza was a
child, he had a personal
encounter with these concepts. At two years old,
Mendoza had an ear infection that resulted in 90 and
30 percent hearing loss. He
had five surgeries by the
time he turned seven until
he regained his hearing.
However, his temporary
hearing loss didn't deter
him from music it inspired a recent project.
This semester, he wrote
a piece called From Silence where he mimics the
sound of cochlear implant
and conveys the appreciation for the ability to listen
to music. Mendoza said
he learned that cochlear
implants do not translate
music very well through his
research in psychology, he
wanted to show how people
might take the ability to listen to music for granted.
['From Silence' is] kind
of robbing people with
of that

beauty, Mendoza said. I

tried to say Hey, we should
know how fortunate we are
to have this to be able to listen to what we are listening
to each and every day.
Starting with melody
lines on piano, Mendoza
processed them through
a program that filters the
sound as if you would hear
it through a cochlear implant. Then he incorporated filtered sound into the
piece and weaved in and
out of the music.
Mendoza began playing
piano and guitar when he
was five years old. He wrote
his first string orchestra
piece in seventh grade.
That's continued in his college career.
Mendoza wrote a solo
clarinet piece for his friend
and a full symphonic orchestra piece with 29 instruments.
Recently, he composed
a piece called Resuscitation." He began the writing
process with an image of
a heart and divided it into
four parts of atriums and

He then took the rendering

of the image and spatially
assigned pitches to each
After that, he incorporated the sounds he got to
an electronic piece, keeping

Theres nobody
else that writes
music quite like it.
A lot of his music
has a kind of
intricacy to it and
a certain level of
Bryan Haaheim
associate professor

in mind how blood flows

through the heart from one
side of the lungs and back
to another.
Mendoza said it's especially interesting to work
with the performers because their interpretations
of his music left him in awe.
The sheet music cant
tell them everything, Mendoza said. Theyll have
their own ideas."

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ed: "Sometimes there will

be things that you never
thought of and you end up
thinking Now thats how
its supposed to be.
Mendoza said to hear
his work played by other
performers, including solo
and orchestra performances, are some of his favorite
experiences at the University. He said the performers
take his sheet music and
take it to a new level, which
leaves him speechless.
There are some things
that computer programs
cant do, Mendoza said.
When you hear the French
horn solo that you wrote
just coming out of nothing,
its a truly remarkable experience.
As a professor who
has listened to the music
that Mendoza has written,
Haaheim said his music is
Theres nobody else
that writes music quite like
it, Haaheim said. A lot of
his music has a kind of intricacy to it and a certain
level of complexity.
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Former running backs coach Reggie Mitchell and coach David Beaty yell orders from the sideline.

David Beaty looks to put last seasons failures

behind him in Sunday spring practice kick off

t the practice fields

neighboring Memorial Stadium a horn
rap music begins to echo
through the speaker system. The two sounds mean
just one thing: football is
Perhaps no team in the
country needs the start of
spring practice more than
the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas is just four months removed from an 0-12 campaign that still looms in the
back of the heads of many
But there is no evidence
that those thoughts exist for
the players. Just as the horn
cuts off, a clear message by
the players is audible. Before the team huddle breaks
up to begin stretches, a chorus of we will win chants

rings through the practice

Just three words: a message so simple and yet so
For the next six months
leading up to the 2016 season, Kansas players will
hear the noise. They will
hear about how demoralizing it can be for a football program to go winless
through a season. Until the
Jayhawks are able to finally
obtain that elusive win, the
noise will grow even louder.
Somehow, through it
all, the Jayhawks must look
to put everything behind
them. Sunday was the first
step in what should be a
long journey ahead.
Its really exciting to be
back on the field and getting back to work, Kansas
coach David Beaty said. I
thought our guys did a really good job to have them
prepared and have them at-

Big 12 Basketball

tack the first day.

The first 15 minutes of
practice was made available
to the media. Even with
several new faces on the
coaching staff, the practice
looked crisp. This is credited to many of the players
returning with experience.
It was a whole different feel
than last spring.

I want to be more
involved this
year... We are
going to do a lot
more stuff that I
know and more
familiar with and
I think that fits our
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First Team:
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Last year at this time

I said a year from now we
will be surprised we even
got a play off, Beaty said.
I cant believe we even got
a snap off at this time. The
carryover today was awesome because as a coach we
didnt have to worry about
any of that.
The practice began at
noon with team stretches
on one field for the first five
minutes. On the other field,
Beaty worked individually
with sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis.
Willis, who sustained a
wrist injury this offseason
in a pickup basketball game
was limited in what he
could do. As a result, he will
be limited to what he can
do this spring. Nonetheless,
Beaty believes he can work
with the returning quarterback who started eight
games last season.
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session. On the same field
Willis and Beaty were previously working, the Kansas
offense began its first work
in 2016.
With Willis unable to
participate, senior Montell
Cozart was the first quarterback to take a snap. For the
next five minutes, the Jayhawks worked on screens
and shovel passes with the
quarterbacks and receivers.
On the other field, the
field goal unit was getting
its first work of the year
with senior Matthew Wyman kicking field goals.
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with Willis individually is a
sign of things to come. After
roaming in most practices
last spring, Beaty has chosen to have a specific role
this spring. He will be helping out more with quarterbacks.
In addition, Beaty announced his new role will
extend to him calling plays
from the sideline. Offensive coordinator Rob Likens held play-calling duties
mostly last year, as the offense finished last in the Big
12 in scoring.
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We are going to do a lot
more stuff that I know and
more familiar with and I
think that fits our personnel.
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Senior forward Perry Ellis points to the fans as the crowd cheers during Senior Day at the game against Iowa State.


s Perry Ellis walked

out on the court to
deliver his Senior
Day speech, it was already
an emotional night. Right
before him, Jamari Traylor
had delivered a speech that
brought tears to the eyes of
many watching, including
Kansas coach Bill Self.
Typically a quiet individual, Ellis walked out and
took the microphone from
Bob Davis, a Kansas broadcaster who was also in his
final game in Allen Fieldhouse. Davis spent more
than three decades at the
University as the quote-un-

quote voice of the Kansas

hushed as Ellis spoke his
first words. Many expected
him to have a short, simple
speech, given how reserved
he had previously acted in
the spotlight.
In fact, a column titled
Perry Ellis likely preparing a soft-spoken senior
speech in Allen Fieldhouse
was published online in the
Wichita Eagle just two days
earlier. It centered on the
idea that Ellis would likely be reserved during his
speech, even as one of the
all-time Kansas greats.
Those who know Ellis
best say he is funny, wit-

ty and outgoing as long

as hes inside his comfort
zone, the column read.
Put him in front of a microphone and youre going
to get the bare essentials,
not much else.
However, Ellis had a
different plan in mind. He
came out and surprised
everyone by starting his
speech off in a different
I got the chance to play
with Wilt Chamberlain,
Danny Manning, Ellis
joked in regards to his time
at Kansas. If I supposedly
have unlimited eligibility,
why dont I just come back
next year?
Ellis said the joke came

to him seeing pictures of his

faced cropped onto various
Kansas players throughout
history. He kept the joke
going in the postgame press
conference, where he was
asked about how he guarded Chamberlain in practice.
I can barely remember.
It was so long ago, Ellis
A player known for his
consistency, Ellis mixed
it up on Senior Day. Like
he did in his four years at
Kansas, he showed maturity in his comfort level with
the crowd, even if it wasnt
the easiest thing hed ever
done, at least according to
one teammate.
He was a little bit ner-

vous going into his speech,

Traylor said of Ellis.
Sitting on the bench just
a few feet away, Self had a
big smile on his face as Ellis spoke. That smile didnt
leave his face for the rest
of the speech, and it reappeared in the postgame
press conference when he
started to talk about the
[When] he got here,
you couldnt get him to do
a presentation or a speech
in a class because theres
15 other people in it, Self
said. And now to have him
have total command of a
situation [] just shows
you how much hes matured. Its pretty amazing.
The speech showcased
Ellis development over
four years. The game itself
showcased the type of player Ellis had become.
When Kansas was ready
to finish off the game, Ellis
threw down a two-handed
dunk, scoring his 21st and
22nd points of the night.
When the team needed
a basket to extend the lead,
he executed his signature
spin-move to perfection,
scoring high off the glass
over the outstretched arms
of Iowa States Georges
When the team needed a spark, he dove on
the floor after a loose ball,
finding a way to get it to
Wayne Selden Jr. at the top
of the key. Selden made a
one-handed bounce pass
to Devonte Graham for a
layup, as Kansas went up
by three, all because of the
play Ellis made.
Hes just a winner.
The last play, you can tell
because he put it all out
there, Traylor said. It was
a defining moment for the
game. It just shows how
much you want to win when
you do stuff like that.
For Ellis, there wasnt a
lot of thought that went into
the play. He saw a loose ball
and made the right play.
I just wanted to do
whatever I could to try to

get over that hump, Ellis

said. I cant even remember [the play] honestly. I
was just trying to get the
Down the stretch, it was
that type of play from Ellis
that won Kansas the game.
However, there was one
sequence in which that attitude of playing for the moment, as Ellis described it,
got him into a bit of trouble.
In a tight game in the second half, Ellis picked up a
flagrant foul attempting to
box out Iowa States Deonte
There was nothing malicious about the play, which
Ellis said was the first flagrant foul of his career.
However, he admitted it
was the right call, given
what had transpired
specifically, contact to the
It was something that
was kind of unfortunate. I
definitely didnt try to do
that, Ellis said. I was just
in the moment, trying to
box out. But I boxed out too
high and hit him.
The foul became a forgettable single blemish on
what was a complete game
for Ellis. He finished with
22 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes, as
Kansas won 85-78.
The Jayhawks capped
off a perfect season at home
for the second consecutive
year, pushing their winning
streak in Allen Fieldhouse
to 40 games, the longest
home wining streak in the
Through those 40 games
and two more years
Ellis couldnt come up
with just one memory that
stood out. Instead, he got
an assist from a teammate,
who put it all in perspective.
You cant even describe
it. Hes from Kansas. He
grew up around here, Graham said. To be able to
play here and make history
here and be a record-holder
here it means so much to

A storybook ending for Jamari Traylor on Senior Day


Kansas coach Bill Self

had seen enough. He was
not happy with the way his
team was practicing leading
up to the NCAA Tournament in the 2011-12 season.
So like many coaches, Self
stopped practice and started to lay into his team.
But rather than scream
or holler, Self chose a different tactic.
He pointed at then redshirt freshman forward Jamari Traylor, who was just
a mere body in practice.
He told his team to look
at what Traylor had been
through. Self used Traylor's
background story as motivation for his team. Traylor was a living example of
what it truly meant to never
give up.
Self began to get emotional and tears filled his
eyes. It was a moment that
Traylor admits changed his
life forever.
From that point I knew
I didn't want to play for
anybody else, Traylor said,
tears running down his
face during his Senior Day
speech following a Kansas
85-78 win over Iowa State.
"When I was going out on
that court I was going to
do whatever I had to do to
make sure we got the win
because I wanted to play
hard for you because you
cared for me."
He added: "Being where
I'm from, the life I lived, it's
different. I hadn't ever seen
that from anybody. So I just
wanted to say I love you."
Five years later, Self sat
on the bench and listened
to Traylors speech. The
emotions got the best of
him again as Self was seen

wiping away tears during

Traylors speech, the first
time Self has shown that
kind of emotion during a
seniors speech in his time
at Kansas.
Im not the most emotional guy. I dont think you
have to be buddy-buddy
with guys. [I] never have,
Self said. But I do think
there is something about
believing in kids and having
them respond the way they
do. I felt that for five years
with Jamari. Hell go down
as one of my all-time favorites.
Although Self is not
known for buddying up
with any of his players, the
bond these two have is unlike any other between a
coach and a player. A large
part of that has to do with
Traylors background and
how his story is one that is
so easy to root for.
The 6-foot-8 forward
grew up on the streets of
Chicago, where he often
stayed in abandoned buildings. With his father in prison, Traylors meals came
from the school. It was a life
no one should have to deal
with, let alone a young high
school boy.
Seeing the deck that
was stacked against him
and how he responded. I
have nothing but admiration and respect for him,
Self said.
Eventually, he came to one
of the blue blood programs
on a basketball scholarship. A program he has
called home for five years
now, and a family that has
brought him in.
His family extends not
to just his teammates but to
the 16,300 family members
who have come to watch
him play in Allen Field-

house the last four seasons.

I just want guys to feel
like they can do anything,
Traylor said. Never get too
down on yourself, there is
always opportunity to get
Since Traylor arrived,
Kansas has adopted its
"never give up" mentality
and has had a bond unlike
any other teams at the collegiate level. The Jayhawks
have won five Big 12 titles
in Traylors time in Lawrence and have made an
appearance in the National
Championship game.
Although Traylor has
never been the go-to guy
on the offensive end or the
lockdown defender on the
defensive end, his impact
has been felt on the floor.
Hes often described as a
hustle guy that fights for rebounds and loose balls.
He displayed that in his
final hoorah in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. As a senior, Traylor got the start,
just his eighth of the season and 27th of his career.
To top it off, it was the first
time this year his biggest
fan came to see him.
This was the first game
my mom has been to this
year, it was just good to
have her in the stands,
Traylor said.
The four seniors, Evan
Manning, Hunter Mickelson, Perry Ellis, and Traylor, along with junior guard
Frank Mason III, trotted
out for tipoff. The starting
five had only two regular
starters. Traylor was the
next most experienced.
But the five held their
own and led 11-10 through
the first five minutes.
During that stretch, Traylor was all over the floor
making plays as he has
done countless times in his

Baxter Schanze/KANSAN
Senior forward Jamari Traylor hugs Kansas coach Bill Self before the game against Iowa State on Senior Day.
Kansas won the game 85-78.

career, which included a

rebound that led to a jump
Traylor's afternoon was
not done there. He wound
up logging 18 minutes, his
most since Jan. 30 against
Kentucky. He scored eight
points on 4-of-6 shooting, recorded three steals
and hauled in a pair of rebounds. His eight points
tied a season high.
Arguably his biggest attribute on Saturday was
his ability to defend Iowa
States Georges Niang, a
first-team All-Big 12 forward.
Mari was the best guy
we had guarding Georges there for a stretch, Self
It was storybook ending
for a guy who has meant
more to the program than
numbers suggest.
His speech after Satur-

day's game was the longest

of the four seniors, but was
easily the one that needed
to be heard the most.
I was about to tear up,
sophomore guard Devonte
Graham said. It was just
emotional, looking at where
he has come from and what
hes been through in his life.
Im just proud of him.
The 16,300 fans in attendance and those watching
at home would echo Grahams sentiment as Traylors words cut deep into
all who listened; especially
His journey, I cant do
anything but respect that,
Self said. To know how
frustrating he has been to
me. To know how many
times Ive called him in
and said one more screw
up, all those things. To me,
hes been so much fun to be

This time Self was on the

receiving end of the tearjerker, but it was eerily similar to the one he gave just
five years ago in a lackluster
practice. Then, he was just
hoping to find some way to
motivate his team.
That team wound up
going all the way to the National Championship and
lost to Kentucky.
This time around, Kansas hopes to be the one to
cut down the nets, a perfect
end of a career for a player
like Traylor. A player who
has already accomplished
so much, but strives for
I just want to be remembered as a winner,
Traylor said. This year can
define us. I just want to go
out on top.

Edited by Cele Fryer