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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016 | VOLUME 132 ISSUE 04


Programs react to University budget cuts


University-funded programs
are facing large cuts
after the University announced a $7 million budget decrease Wednesday,
but many say that dealing
with the cuts is only a matter of trimming their individual budgets and not
making some planned expenses.
In her statement released Wednesday, Provost
Neeli Bendapudi said more
than half of the cuts made
in the budget were to line
items, administrative and
academic units, but $3.3
million of the cuts were
larger and targeted toward
specific units.
The faculty cluster hire
program, a relatively new
venture coming from the
provosts office back in
2014, saw the biggest cut
at $400,200, meaning that
three of the positions currently open within the program will not be filled.
According to the page
on the provosts website,
the faculty clusters are designed to attract and recruit
potential employees by offering them a group specifically focused on a specific

research area like energy

conservation and creation.
The Kansas Geological
Survey is losing $311,600
from the cuts, which director Rex Buchanan said was
just another cut in a long
line of funding issues. Buchanan said the organization has known since May
that the cut was coming.
As a result, the Kansas
Geological Survey has had
to pull back the reins on a
planned expansion of their
monitoring station in Wichita and leave a few open
staff positions unfilled.
Moving forward, Buchanan
said they plan on working
even harder for external
funding like grants, but he
says projects like the Wichita expansion are unlikely to
happen without increased
state funding.
Its frustrating that the
state of Kansas expects us
to do all these things and
the more of these cuts that
we get, the harder it is to do
the things were expected
to, he said. We dont feel
like weve been singled out,
but dont feel like anyones
made allowances for what
we do more than any other
The division of the Uni-

Contributed Photo
Jake Carter, a senior from Bonner Springs, and Chloe Hubler, a junior from Overland Park, hand set type for print at Tipoteca Typography Museum and
Studio in Cornuda, Italy. The trip to Italy was a KU Study Abroad program. Office of Study Abroad could be affected by state funding cuts.

Cuts to university

$7 million






In faculty cluster hire


Kansas Geological


Kansas Fire and
Rescue Training

Kansas Public Radio

and Audio-Reader

KU College Republicans to focus

on local elections in 2016 cycle

In an election year
marked by a heated presidential race, one group
on campus has decided to
resist showing support for
and focus on local elections instead.
The Universitys chapter of College Republicans,
led by President Adam
Steinhilber, has not yet
come out in support of republican nominee Donald
Although the group
hasnt explicitly declared
their support for Trump,
Steinhilber said that they
support Republicans as a
The nature of our organization really has us
supporting all Republican
The 2016 presidential
election has had some
people questioning their
party allegiance. At the beginning of this month, the
Harvard chapter of College
Republicans, the oldest
chapter in the country,
issued a press release in
which they withdrew their
support for Trump.
Although groups dont
always express elevated
support for a candidate, it
is unusual to come out and
not support one, Steinhilber said.

Thats just inherently how it is. Its like the

Kansas State Republican
Party that has inherently
supported every republican candidate with an R
by their name, Steinhilber

The nature of
our organization
really has us
supporting all
Adam Steinhilber
College Republicans

This trend is consistent

with Republican voters as
a whole in elections, said
Patrick Miller, associate
professor of political science.
[Trump] may be possibly too far right to them,
they may not like his personality, but whatever he
gives them politically as
president will probably be
closer to their preferences
than what Hillary Clinton
would give, Miller said.
However, members of
the Universitys chapter of
College Republicans said
this is no usual election.
I dont think in any
sense of the word that
Donald Trump is a traditional candidate, Steinhilber said.
What makes a differ-

ence, Steinhilber said, are

the campaigns in which
the College Republicans
decide to get involved and
focus on.
Our focus this semester is on a lot of local
campaigns such as helping
congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, senator Jerry Moran,
as well as state senate candidates and a county commission candidate, Steinhilber said.
The University chapter of College Republicans
consists of about 50 fulltime members. According
to Steinhilber, this semester the group has three students working on Jenkins
campaign, one on Morans
campaign and others who
volunteer by knocking on
doors and walking in parades.
Although some Repub-

licans have been hesitant

to support Trump, Miller
said loyalty to party commonly outweighs differing
[Trump] will easily get
the vast majority of Republicans because thats their
part. Theyre loyal to their
party and that has nothing
to do with Trump, Miller
Although it may seem
hard to believe a political group would decide to
abstain from supporting
a presidential candidate
during such a historic election, Steinhilber said that
the work that needs to be
done is in local politics.
You can make much
more of an impact on the
local level, he said.
Edited by Chandler

Ashley Hocking/KANSAN
Adam Steinhilber, president of KU College Republicans, said the group
is focusing on local elections rather than the presidential election this

Tanner Hassell/KANSAN
While discussions of a dental school at KU Medical Center have been
ongoing since 2011, the idea has gained traction this year.

Regents to discuss dental

school at KU Med Center

The possibility of a University of Kansas Medical

Center School of Dentistry will be addressed at
the Kansas Board of Regents upcoming meeting,
with under-served areas
throughout the state in
While the idea of a topic of a KU Medical Center
dental school has gained
traction this year, the conversation has been ongoing since 2011, said Breeze
Richardson, Kansas Board
of Regents communications
There was an oral
health task force convened
in 2011, following a major
report released that year
which addressed demand.
For some this is a continuation of that work, she
wrote in an email.
One such individual, Regent Daniel Thomas, gave a
presentation alongside Dr.
Doug Girod at the Regents

retreat in July, Richardson

In the presentation,
Thomas presented data
from the 2011 report titled,
Mapping the Rural Kansas
Dental Workforce: Implications for Population Oral
Health. Which said 57,000
Kansans live in dental care
service deserts, with other areas in the west of the
state becoming deserts in
the near future.
The presentation also
detailed the different demographics most affected
by the lack of available care,
which included: aged and
disabled populations, children and low-income individuals. Thomas attributed
the existence of these deserts to very few graduates
of Kansas dental programs
practicing in the state.
Richardson said the
Board will discuss the issue at the September 14-15
meeting among other requests.


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versity responsible for international programs will
have to absorb $300,000 of
cuts. Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco, the associate vice
provost for international
programs, said she believes
they can do it with minimal
disruption to the services
they provide to students
and faculty, which include
study abroad programs,
international student services, international student
recruiting and more.
Gronbeck-Tedesco said
the division will be unable
to fill several open positions
as a result of the funding

cuts and will have to curb

many of its expenses such
as supplies and travel.
However, she said, keeping
student services operating
normally is the key priority. Her other big goal is to
avoid laying off any staff
Kansas Public Radios
budget will be $200,000
less due to the cuts, according to the release. Director
Dan Skinner said he hopes
his program, which also
operates an audio-reader
division for the hearing-impaired, will be able to make
that up in revenue by reaching out to its members and

Its frustrating
that the state of
Kansas expects
us to do all these
things and the
more of these cuts
that we get, the
harder it is to do
the things were
expected to.
Rex Buchanan
Kansas Geological Survey

Were looking to beef

up our revenue, he said.
Well be looking to our listeners to step up and sup-


port us.
While he understands
how KPR got chosen for
cuts over other programs
also operated by the University, Skinner said he
thinks KPR accomplishes
the Universitys educational
goals as well.
We view what we do
here as a kind of extension
of a liberal arts education,
he said. I understand that
were not a classroom, but
were educating people all
the same.
When she spoke to
the Kansan on Thursday,
Bendapudi said the University was thinking about
several factors when mak-

ing the decisions involving

funding, including student
success, faculty members
and the mission of the University.
I would say [my main
objective] is how do we
make sure that there's the
least impact on student
success, she said. Another
very important consideration was to try to protect
our employees the best that
we can, so we tried to do it
by not filling positions that
were currently open.

Edited by Matt

Police begin anti-drunk driving campaign


On August 18, a number

of Lawrence Police officers
signed on to work overtime from now until Labor
Day, specifically searching
for drivers who are intoxicated as a part of a new
You Drink, You Drive, You
Lose campaign.
It is important as a department that we are out
there attempting to remove
drunk drivers from the
road, and make our community safer, Sgt. Amy
Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department said.
The Lawrence Police
join 150 local, and state organizations throughout the
state of Kansas as part of
the campaign, funded by an
annual Kansas Department
of Transportation grant.
We are arresting drunk
drivers on a nightly basis,
Rhoads said. In the state of

Kansas, four people are injured every day, one person

is killed every three days in
crashes where at least one
driver is either drunk or
impaired by alcohol.
On campus, KU Public
Safety is also taking measures to ensure students
feel safe when on campus.
Since the beginning of
school, we have been doing
a saturation patrol on certain nights of the week, KU
Public Safety Capt. James
Anguiano said. Officers
are on patrol paying attention to drunk driving.
The National College
Health Assessment in 2015
for the University of Kansas
revealed that 31.6 percent
of college students reported driving after having any
alcohol in the last 30 days.
The same study showed
that two percent of college
students reported driving
after having five or more
alcoholic drinks in the last

File photo illustration

30 days.
[Issues with alcohol]
are not necessarily on campus, but the people that
go out in the community,
drink at bars and then come
back to campus, Anguiano
said. Depending on how

they get back, the drinking

and driving could be an issue.
Anguiano advised students on campus to utilize
the Safe Bus and Safe
Ride system that runs
from 7 days a week, 10:30

p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To utilize

this service, students can
call 785- 864-7233.
Edited by Lexanna

Inclusive pronoun use expanding on campus


Students might be noticing a developing habit on

campus this year identifying pronouns.
Personal pronouns can be
seen anywhere from name
tags to residence hall bulletin boards. They can also be
heard when professors introduce themselves, or when
students begin a conversation.
Vanessa Delgado, assistant director for the Center
for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, said asking a person
about their pronouns lends
itself to an inclusive conversation about gender identity.
members and students have
joined in on the practice,
there is no formal protocol
behind the introductions.
Delgado explained that
the growth in pronoun usage
points to a larger growth as
the University works to improve inclusion and equity.
Its something that people have really been talking
about, that do social justice
work, for a number of years,
said Delgado. When we see
that people are introducing
themselves with their pronouns more readily, in all
spaces, rather than just in
social justice spaces, it really does point to the progress
that weve made in educating people about the importance.
Kathy Rose-Mockry, director of the Emily Taylor
Center for Women & Gender Equity, agrees that the

influx of pronoun usage is a

positive change for the University.
It shows movement towards continuing to be a
more inclusive campus, and
to celebrate peoples various
While people may state
their pronouns for different
reasons, Delgado thinks that
stating your pronouns is an
immediate way to express
acceptance and inclusion.
If youre not using them,
we encourage you to do so
because you open up the
doors to create an inclusive
environment, Delgado said.
Another reason people
may share their pronouns is
because initial impressions
can be incorrect indicators
of a persons gender identity.
You cant make assumptions about peoples identity
and how they identify, nor
can anyone make assumptions about our identity and
how we identify, so by communicating that, we intentionally address that fact,
said Rose-Mockry.
emphasizes that stating pronouns
can act as a catalyst for inclusion.
The hope is, that by
communicating on our
end, it creates a comfort for
anybody whos interacting
with us, to do the same,
said Rose-Mockry. It says
youre welcome here.





















herself himself themself hirself


Variations of different pronouns, including gendered and
gender-neutral pronouns.

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University requests state funding for bridge program


or the 2017-18 school

year, the University hopes to establish
a program that will give
low-income, first-generation
or non-traditional college
students an academic and
financial jump-start.
At the Board of Regents
annual retreat earlier this
month, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little proposed
a budget increase of $1.3
million for the Universitys
Lawrence campus to establish the Jayhawk Success
According to the information provided in the retreat
agenda, the Jayhawk Success Academy would target
incoming students coming from a low-income or
non-traditional background.
The program would begin
the summer before those
students started classes at
the University and continue
throughout their first year.
The students participating in the program will be
given the chance to take a
University 101 course and
attend several KU Core classes over that summer, up to a
total of seven credit hours,
according to the agenda. The

program would offer a scholarship to cover those credit

hours, along with a $1,000
Throughout the following
year, students would be provided several specialized services, including intensive advising, programs for building
academic skills and chances
to interact with their fellow
participants. If the participants meet certain requirements, the program will also
grant each a $300 stipend
per quarter.
Stipends allow low income students to participate in the program in lieu
of hourly jobs that may take
them from their studies, the
agenda said.
According to the agenda,
the program will take 150
students each year, chosen based on high school
achievements and future
potential. The two target
groups are students from
and student veterans, both
of whom are shown to have
lower retention rates than
other groups.
The University currently
has several programs that
target this group of incoming
students, including McNair
Scholars, Hawklink and the
TRIO Center. In fact, TRIO

give the students who may

need it extra support and
thats what we want to do as
an institution, she said.

If youre lowincome, anything

you dont have
to pay for is
Melissa Peterson
Academic coordinator

Contributed photo
Students participated in the OPTIONS program last year. The University is
requesting funding for a similar program for first-generation students.

operates its own bridge program, called OPTIONS, in

the week before classes begin.
Melissa Peterson, an academic coordinator at the
Universitys Center for Educational Opportunity Programs, works with the OP-

TIONS program. She said

programs for low-income,
are important because those
students tend to have more
difficulty being successful in
college, whether academically or socially.
These kind of programs

The 186 students who

participated in this years
OPTIONS program, which
is only its second year, were
able to tour campus, learn
about different student services, including financial aid,
and get to know each other,
Peterson said. She said one
of the best things about the
program was that none of
the participants had to pay
If youre low-income,
anything you dont have to
pay for is awesome, she
This component is included in the proposed Jayhawk
Success Network as well. In
fact, the scholarships for the
summer portion of the program are nearly a third of the
total funding requested for

the project, according to the

Regents agenda.
In order to construct a
new building for the KU
Medical Center on the Universitys Wichita campus,
Gray-Little also requested
a $5 million one-time increase for fiscal year 2018,
with plans for a $10 million
increase in 2019.
In contrast, the final Regents proposal for the Universitys 2017 budget (which
includes the current academic year), included a nearly
$12 million increase, according to a report by the Kansas
Legislative Research team.
The board will finalize
their budget proposal for all
the Regents universities at
their September meeting.
At that point it will go to the
governors office, which will
review it for inclusion in the
governors budget proposal
for the state legislature.
Even after the legislature
passes the budget, it still
could see reductions if the
states revenue fails to meet
projections next spring. In
recent years, these reductions, called allotments, have
caused the University to increase tuition rates shortly
before beginning the next
academic year.

Student Senate position open for applications


Student Senate has

posted a job opening for
the position of Policy and
Development Director.

understands the positions
we ran on for One KU,
Connor Birzer, Senate
communications director,
said. They make sure the

platform we ran on is being

followed up with Senate
being accepted through
Tuesday, Aug. 30. After
that, interviews will take

place. The position will

be announced at the first
Full Senate meeting on
Wednesday, Sept. 7th.
The position was initially
awarded to Dalton Wiley for
the 2016-2017 school year.

Then, the Student Senate

Twitter account posted a
tweet Thursday indicating
the position was open and
applications were being
Birzer said all he could

confirm was that

position was vacant.


Edited by
Chandler Boese



Text your #FFA

submissions to
Your tuition dollars go
toward country music
being played at the
Does a bar of soap
clean itself??
Of course Blackboard
isnt working the one
time Im motivated to
do homework
Any volunteers who
want to massage my
calf muscles?
This will not be an
easy class. Youll need
to put in a lot of extra
time/effort to get an
A. Familiar?
Got a 67% on my first
quiz. You can say that
Im starting senior off
Help stuck at top of
climbing wall bring
towel and change of
Where do I go to get
possessed? Satan
honestly might do a
better job than me at
the moment.

Illustration by Jacob Benson

Liston: Further budget cuts by state would

cripple the Universitys financial future

Overheard in English:
its weird coming to
Kansas. Theres no
mountains. No shit!
Ill take 5.
Dont take attendance
before class starts. Just
When people in
a political science
discussion class talk
about how republican
they are
KU Volleyball is back!
Lawrence needs
The Billboard Hot 100
chart but instead of
music its things that
annoy me.
Nothing like the
technology failing in
a classroom designed
to hold technology
Im a senior and the
only thing Ive really
learned here is which
bathrooms are vacant
at which times.
Update: class is not
ending early. There is
no feeling of sadness
quite like class not
ending early
What are you doing
in my swamp?



ducation was put on the

chopping block (again)
this summer as Governor Sam Brownback issued
budget cuts to higher education institutions across the
state, including $7 million

from the University and an

additional $3.7 million from
the University of Kansas
Medical Center.
Brownbacks budget cuts
come as an attempt to resolve state revenue declines
stemming from his widespread tax cuts in 2012 and
2013. On Wednesday, the
University announced how
$1.3 million of these cuts
would be enacted.
Provost Neeli Bendapudi
released a list of programs
that would face reduced
funding. These programs include Kansas Public Radio,
Kansas Geological Survey
and International Programs.
While the University is

attempting to minimize the

negative consequences of the
budget cuts, it is certain that
some University services and
functions will be hindered.
Several staff positions will be
left unfilled, programs will
have to cut back on useful
expenditures and students
will be presented with fewer
opportunities to grow their

services and
functions will be

Doug Girod, the execu-

tive vice chancellor for the

University of Kansas Medical
Center, wrote on the medical
center website about the implications of this most recent
budget cut. Girod listed several ways in which the budget cuts have already hurt the
center, including reductions
in staff, inability to provide
funded salary increases, cuts
in the number of spots available in the centers M.D./
Ph.D. program, and difficulty maintaining the centers
technology and facilities.
Brownbacks unwillingness to alter his economic
policies continues to hurt the
entire state of Kansas, especially when it comes to edu-

cation. Students deserve to

be given the tools to succeed
and to pursue their career
goals. Additionally, the damage done to the medical center could affect individuals
seeking treatment or other
medical services.
As students and faculty
at the University, we must
all advocate for proper state
funding in order to uphold
high educational standards
and provide access to a wide
variety of opportunities.
Ryan Liston is a sophomore from Lawrence studying journalism

Edited by Chandler

Adamson: Study abroad experiences

should be used to learn, not just vacation

Instagram would lead

you to believe that studying
abroad is some sort of fantasy vacation full of brunch at
trendy cafes in Melbourne,
quick visits to the Louvre,
afternoon hikes to the top
of the Great Wall of China,
shopping at a Bohemian
market in Prague, followed
by tapas in Madrid, samba
dancing in Rio de Janeiro,
and romantic balcony views
of Rome at midnight.
What these photos do not
show is the month and a half
you spent trying to open a
bank account in an endless
mess of bureaucracy, or the
time you show up to the hostel you booked online at mid-

night and find its closed for

the season. They dont show
all the times you smiled and
greeted natives in your classes, only to be looked at like
an alien and ignored. They
dont show the hours you
spent studying and researching, only to do poorly in class
because what was expected
of you was so different than
what is expected at universities in the United States.
But studying abroad can
be incredibly rewarding.
According to an Institute of
Education Sciences survey,
spending time abroad increases your chances of getting a job within six months
of graduation by 51 percent,
and has been proven to
greatly increase emotional

maturity, according to Professor Franz Neyer of Friedrich Schiller University. This

is great news for University
students, who are some of
the most likely to fit studying
abroad into their undergraduate experience. Here at KU,
the Office of Study Abroad
reports that over 1,300 Jayhawks spend time abroad
every year.
But your time abroad
will, and should, be difficult. Its a time where you
can actually live in another
country and assimilate into
a different culture. A time to
make friends from incredibly different backgrounds
than your own. Its a rare and
valuable opportunity to push
yourself outside of your com-

fort zone each day until you

finally feel at home. And, yes,
its a time to take stunning
photographs and have the
time of your life.

Its a time where

you can actually
live in another
country and
assimilate into a
different culture.

What studying abroad

should not be is a time to
party with only Americans
and travel just for the photo
opportunities. It is not a time
to be the obnoxious American yelling in bars, nor a

time to push your values on

others in order to make yourself feel more comfortable in
their culture.
So, to any of my fellow
Jayhawks that get the opportunity to go out and explore
the world, keep in mind that
your time overseas is not a
vacation. Its an experience.
Its a time to grow and learn
beyond the classroom. Its a
time to face challenges and
overcome fears. I hope you
treat it as such.
Lauren Adamson is a senior from Leawood studying economics and political
Edited by Ilana Karp



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Jeanne and Ric Averill, University alumni, are playing the Grandmother and the Old Dog, respectively, in the
Lawrence Arts Center. They estimate they have played in hundreds of plays together over their years together.

Alex Robinson/KANSAN
Jeanne and Ric Averill both graduated from the University, after meeting
there in 1970 and marrying in 1972.

Married alumni fixtures of arts community


he Lawrence Arts Center debuted its production of Little Red

Riding Hood Friday night.
Written by regular Arts
Center collaborator Max
Bush, the show is a darker
take on the fairy tale familiar to most. For two cast
members, married University alumni Ric and Jeanne
Averill, the show is somewhere around the 300th
production theyve worked
The Averills have been
part of Lawrences art
community for over 40
years. They met in 1970 at
the Vassar Playhouse near
Pamona, where they played
the love interests in the theaters summer production
of The Fantasticks.
We were dating other people, and we fell in
love. Ric said. And its
been madness and joy ever
A large part of their

contribution to Lawrence
has been through the Lawrence Arts Center. Since the
Averills came to Lawrence
in the early 70s to attend
the University, the Arts
Center has allowed them
to wear a number of hats;
theyve been writers, actors, directors and producers. Jeannes first job out
of high school was running
the Arts Centers summer
theatre program.
Ric and Jeanne make a
terrific, multitalented combination to the Lawrence
Art Center and to Lawrence,
and were very lucky to have
them a part of their lives,
said Susan Tate, the Lawrence Arts Center's CEO.
Both Ric and Jeanne finished their undergraduate
and graduate degrees at the
University. Ric graduated
from the University with a
bachelor's degree in music
composition in 1972, and
Jeanne graduated with a
B.S. in education a year later. They both received master's degrees in theatre in

the following years.

By 1974 the Averills had
gotten married, had their
first child and started their
own youth theatre company, the Seem-To-Be Players. In partnership with the
Lawrence Arts Center, the
troupe traveled for more
than 30 years performing
original shows for children
around the country, many
of which were written by
Subsequent decades saw
the Averills take on multiple
personal and professional
roles. When they werent
touring together, Ric was
likely to be away from Lawrence working as an artist
in residence or promoting
an independent project.
Jeanne was employed as
an English teacher at Lawrence High School and took
care of their children, but
she said she didnt mind.
Living in Lawrence allowed
her to be involved in an artist community while still
being able to have a family.
Raising a family was

really important to me, and

I never figured I could do
that nearly as well in New
York or L.A., Jeanne said.
[In Lawrence] I was able to
kind of do both.
Ric and Jeanne both
credit the Lawrence art
community for their success over the years.
It is a nurturing and
environment, Ric said.
Sometimes we wish we
had bigger audiences at any
show you always wish
that. And thats the dichotomy of Lawrence: you wish
it were bigger, but if it were
bigger, it might be a little
less personal.
When the Averills do
leave Lawrence, its for good
reason. Between the two of
them, theyve worked with
names such as Ang Lee, Haley Mills, Jeffrey Tambor,
John Hurt and Patty Duke
on a number of small films
and other productions.
Today the couple are as
active as ever. Ric has been
fully employed by the Law-

rence Arts Center as its Artistic Director of Performing Arts since 1999. Jeanne
retired from teaching to
devote more time to theatre
in Kansas City, Mo., where
shes acted in most of the
major, professional venues.
She's also teaching a basic
acting class at the University for the fall semester.
Although theyve spent
most of their careers as collaborators, theyre grateful
for the opportunity Little
Red Riding Hood gives
them to work together
The last 20 years weve
actually had a little more
time to cultivate our own
work separately, Ric said.
And when we do come
back together, its just a
treat and a marvel.
Jeanne added, "We just
love what we do. I think its
the key to health and happiness. And also doing it
where youre doing it with
other people who share that

James Gunn receives lifetime teaching award



After dedicating over 60

years of his life to teaching, James Gunn, professor
emeritus at the University
and award-winning author, was granted a lifetime
teaching award from the
Writing the Rockies writers
conference of Western State
Colorado University.
Gunn was first notified
of his opportunity to accept
the award several months
before the conference.
It was a surprise. I never expect to get awards for
my work, Gunn said. Although I was a little concerned that it was going to
be awarded in Gunnison,
Colorado where the elevation is 7,500 feet.

It was a surprise.
I never expect to
get awards for
my work.
James Gunn
University professor

The Writing the Rockies

noticed that many of
Gunn's students have begun
successful careers in writing
after graduation. The most
notable being three awardwinning science fiction
authors; Pat Cadigan, Brad
Denton and John Kessel.

Gunn would not have

been able to teach these
students, however, had
there not been any science
fiction classes at the University. Gunn created the
University's science fiction
courses and programs, including the Gunn Center
for the Study of Science Fiction. One of Gunns current
colleagues, Kij Johnson,
attended one of Gunns early writing workshops held
through the University.
The first workshop I
went to I thought he was
a brilliant teacher, but every time I went back to his
workshop, I would learn
even more, Johnson said.
Johnson is a fellow
award-wining author who
works alongside Gunn as
a faculty member, which
gives her a front row seat to
Gunns writing classes. She
said she remains impressed
to this day on the impact
Gunn has on his students.
He will make writers
out of all of his students,
Johnson said. He will take
a good writer and make
them great. He will take
a great writer and make
them a professional. Then
he will take a professional
writer and make them an
award-winning writer."
The Writing the Rockies conference has added
another award to Gunns
already full trophy case. According to Gunn, two of his

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Professor James Gunn received a lifetime achievement award from the Writing the Rockies writers conference.

most notable achievements

are the Damon Knight
Memorial Grand Master
Award, accepted in 2007 for
his lifetime achievement in
science fiction and fantasy,
and being inducted into the
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hall of Fame in 2015.
Gunns first science fiction story was written in

Kansas City, Mo. after he

spent some time at Northwestern University studying playwriting.
I sent (the story) off to
a couple of magazines that
rejected it, and then I sent
it to a third magazine called
'Thrilling Wonder Stories,'"
Gunn said. Then one day I
got a letter in the mail from

the editor and he said I like

your story. Ill pay you 80
dollars for it.
Over 60 years later,
Gunn is now the recipient
of seven writing awards,
has written over 100 stories
and 45 books and is still impacting the lives of students
at the University.










Spencer Museum of Art to reopen in October


or nearly a year and a

half, the Spencer Museum of Art has been
out of the public eye after
major renovations forced it
to close its doors. Now, the
museum is planning its reentry into the public sphere.
The Spencer is planning
to showcase its new look
to students, faculty and
the Lawrence community
during an official reopening
on October 15 and 16, with
special faculty and student
previews the week before.
is a special opportunity to
help usher in a new era in
the museums storied history, said Amy Duke, public
programs and visiting experience manager at the museum. "As well as celebrate
the achievements of artists
from across the globe and
four millennia."
People will have the
opportunity to see the museums new features including a glass-encased entryway, an expanded lobby
and a two-story window
with a view out to Marvin
Grove. It is a renovation
project led by architects at
Pei Cob Freed & Partners,
an award-winning firm
whose past work includes
the Grand Louvre in Paris,
the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,
D.C., and the Los Angeles
Convention Center.

The free preview events

will be an opportunity for
those in the KU community to explore these new and
improved pieces of architecture. Events include a
colleague preview for faculty and staff Oct. 5 from
4 to 7 p.m. and a student
preview party on Thursday,
Oct. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.
"Each of the preview
events, as well as reopening
weekend, are a celebration
of the opening of our architecture and an opportunity
to showcase the ways the
renovation supports and
strengthens our work with
and for the University and
the community," Duke said.
At the previews, guests
will see two new collection
galleries, as well as an installation related to this
year's Common Book, "Between the World and Me."
Four other galleries will
also be reinstalled for viewing, with live music and
refreshments available to
those in attendance.
Reopening weekend will
then follow suit on October
15 and 16, which will be free
and open to the public. The
museum will host not only
the newly reinstalled galleries, but also a cross-campus
progressive music concert
entitled "Resonant Vessels
on Saturday and a free pancake picnic at Central Court
on Sunday.
Celka Straughn, director of academic programs
at the museum, said she

Hannah Edelman/KANSAN
The Spencer Art Museum will be reopening in October after renovations.

is excited to finally see the

culmination of the "Phase
I" renovation effort during
opening weekend.
"Its been very hard not
to have that access, but we
work with the museum because we enjoy the works of
art and engaging with everyone who comes," Straughn
said. "Thats something we
really missed over the past
year and a half."
The reopening also
means that the museum
will be able to begin the new
integrated arts research ini-

tiative, a major grant given

by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation that will provide faculty, undergraduate
and graduate fellowships.
These fellowships will
align with the museum's focus in research, a chance for
interdisciplinary studies in
the arts to go beyond what
one sees in a gallery space
or exhibition.
The end of "Phase I"
also signals the next step
of improvements: a yet
publicly-announced "Phase
II." No dates are known for

this second stage of renovations, though Straughn said

part of the plan will involving further expansion of the
museums space and capabilities.
"The museum was built
in 1978 and since, the collection has grown tremendously. Not only because
there is more works of art,
but the staff has grown,
too," she said.
The continued rise in
popularity of the museum
has outgrown its structure,
and with more K-12 pro-

grams and research opportunities around the corner,

Straughn said to expect major additions some time in
the future, including a caf/
restaurant area for visitors.
More information on
the "Phase I" renovations
can be found at the Spencer
Museum website. Check out
their program & events calendar for more on opening
weekend activities.

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KU study says millenials dont depend on social media

Photo illustration by Missy Minear

Associate Professor Jeffrey Halls social media research suggests many users dont use it as their main way to communicate despite popular belief.


Over the course of the

last decade, social media
networks like Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram have
sparked an ongoing debate
about the positive and
negative effects of so-called
"indirect" communication.
And with much about social
media use still left to be
researched, Jeffrey Hall,
a University professor of

took it upon himself to

study its impact.
Hall's findings in their
entirety can be found in his
recently published journal,
which includes three main
self-designed studies that
reinforce his conclusions.
Social media being a
neutral social factor is one
conclusion interpreted from
a wide array of subjects Hall
studied, including students
of the University.
"Part of the purpose
[of the journal] is to say

millennials aren't totally

dependent on social media
when they want to have
an interaction," Hall said.
"When they want to have
a real interaction, they
actually do seek out face-toface and phone contact."
In summary, what Hall
explains in his journal is
that active social media
users can still differentiate
forms of interaction, and on
average, will not use social
media as their first and main
source for communication.



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remains are more people
turning to social media
to fix their problems, or
is social media negatively
affecting people's general
Marissa Wiley, a thirdyear doctoral student from
Leavenworth, said that
while the act of scrolling
through social media might
not be hurtful, people's
comparative nature can
cause negative effects to
their well-being.
"We might be keeping
tabs on those we are
connected to, but as we
create our social circles
online, it is in our human
nature that we are driven
to compare ourselves to
others," Wiley said. "So
while I might go through my
newsfeed and mindlessly
like or comment a post, I
have already engaged in
a social comparison that
could either positively or
negatively affect my overall
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and studies in the future,
will add to the conversation
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computer or on your mobile
device, you are basically
looking in for a moment just
to look at people," Hall said.
"You are watching people,
and most of the people you
are watching are people you
know in some way."
are exceptions but he
characterizes all of these
interactions as being in the
"social space," an activity
that does not differ much
from what people have been
doing since the early days of
Emily Vietti, a fourthyear
studying communication
studies, researches social
media closely in regards to
political communication.
She said she follows much
of Hall's work and said
his findings mean social
media platforms aren't a
replacement for other types
of communication.
are an accompaniment to
continue to connect with
people in our lives, but not a
replacement for other types
of social interaction," Vietti
Another aspect of the
research Hall has done
recently involves how the
negative stigma toward
social media use manifests.
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Who will have a better freshman year?

Josh Jackson, from Justin-Siena/Prolific Prep Academy in Napa, Calif., dunks against the East team during the McDonalds All-American boys basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Chicago.



Harry Giles and Josh
Jackson were regarded
as two of the best prospects in their class last
year. On ESPNs top 100
list for high school prospects, Giles was listed
as the overall No. 1 and
Jackson was No. 2.
But at Duke, I believe
Harry Giles will have a
more successful freshman year than Jackson.
Standing at 6-foot10, Giles is a force down
low on the offensive and
defensive side of the
ball. He is insanely athletic and has hops for
days. His size is amazing
for a power forward.
Giles is considered to
be the number one pick
in the NBA Draft next
year and it is easy to see
He looks like an NBA
player, as the scouts are
already drooling over
him before he has even
entered his freshman
season at Duke.
Giles presence will
need to be felt right
away for Duke from the
first game. Giles fits the
forward position the

Blue Devils will need to

make a push in March,
filling the hole left by
Brandon Ingram, who
entered the NBA Draft
this offseason. Giles and
Grayson Allen will make
for a deadly dual threat
for Duke this season.

Giles has
the potential
necessary to
have a breakout
season and will
help out Allen.

The opportunity is
there for Giles; Josh
Jackson, on the other
hand, has a lot of potential as well. However, Jackson isnt being
forced into a starting
spot. Devonte Graham
and Frank Mason III are
the two players that the
Jayhawks will rely on
most next season. But
Jackson could surprise
some other players as
well. Jackson will have
a great season, but Giles
looks like the better
breakout candidate.
There might be some
argument against Giles
with Dukes top recruiting class this year

that consists of Jayson

Tatum, Frank Jackson,
and Marques Bolden.
But all of these freshman
are still unproven in a
game, leaving the door
open for Giles to make a
big splash.
The veteran presence
on Kansas roster does
not pressure Jackson
into having to step up
right away. Graham took
over as the prolific scorer late last season for the
Jayhawks and I do not
see any reason why that
would change. Jackson
could be a very high pick
in the draft next year depending on how his season at KU goes.
There is every reason
to think that Harry Giles
will have a great freshman season with the
Blue Devils. Giles seems
to have more pressure
on him to do something
big for the Blue Devils and I think that he
will respond well. His
highlights, stats, and
measurables show that
he has the opportunity
to be a great player not
only in college but at the
next level. Giles has the
potential necessary to
have a breakout season
and will help out Allen.


In the 2016-17 college
basketball season, people
all over the country will
have a close eye on two
standout freshmen: Josh
Jackson and Harry Giles.
Last year, ESPN.com
listed Giles as the No. 1 recruit of 2016 while Jackson
was listed as the No. 1 on
247sports.com and Rivals.
In order to truly compare the two players, you
must first take a look at
their statistics. In Jacksons
2014-15 high school season,
he posted astounding numbers, averaging 31.2 points,
17.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists
and 2.3 steals per game.
This was Jacksons first
of two seasons at Prolific
Prep in Napa, California.
In comparison to Jackson,
Giles averaged 23 points,
11 rebounds, 3 assists, and
2 blocks per game in his
2014-15 season.
To be fair, in terms of
scoring, Giles and Jack-

son play two very different

positions. Giles is a 6-foot10 power forward while
Jackson is a 6-foot-7 small
forward, a position that
typically gets more scoring
Although this may be
true, it makes Jacksons
17.6 rebounds per game
look more impressive compared to Giless 11 rebounds
per game . One would
imagine that a 6-foot-10
big man would pull in more
rebounds than a 6-foot-7
small forward.
An explanation for this
would be Jacksons incredible athleticism. His ability to consistently hustle
throughout an entire game
and appear to still be full of
energy is remarkable. In the
2016 McDonalds All-American game, Jackson scored
19 points and grabbed 4
rebounds for the West. He
would go on to take home
the Co-MVP award along
with Duke commit Frank
Another aspect of Jacksons game is his vertical
and determination to get to
the rim. Both of these were

on full display at the 2016

McDonalds All-American
Jamfest dunk contest:
In any sport, one thing
that teams look at when
evaluating a players potential is injuries. Giles tore his
ACL for a second time in his
left knee last year and was
forced to sit out the 2015-16
season at Oak Hill Academy. This will be a large obstacle that Giles will have to
overcome and is something
that could have a significant
impact on his game.
For Giles, it may also be
difficult to get the production he is used to this upcoming season with Duke
signing top 2016 recruits
Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson and Marques Bolden.
At the end of the day,
both Jackson and Giles
have exceptional talent that
doesnt come around often.
However, in terms of who
will have the better freshman year, Jacksons athleticism and scoring ability will
allow him to outshine Giles
and become a dominant
force in college basketball.




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Maicke: Cut the NFL preseason to two games


he lengthy NFL preseason has struck again,

this time attacking a
familiar injury target.
Tony Romo sustained yet
another injury, this one on
the third play of Dallas third
preseason game against Seattle. Romo took a hit from
Seahawks defensive end Cliff
Avril that sent him directly to
the ground rolling around in
Cowboys fans and early
fantasy football drafters held
their breath watching the
star quarterback go down.
The news was a gut-punch
for the entire Cowboys organization.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett revealed that Romo
broke a bone in his back and
is expected to be out for 6-10
weeks. According to NFL
insider Ian Rapoport, Ro-

mos best-case scenario is to

return by the middle of the
Next in line is rookie
quarterback Dak Prescott
from Mississippi State. This
means the Cowboys will open
the season featuring a rookie
quarterback and a rookie
halfback, Ezekiel Elliot.

Cowboys fans
and early fantasy
football drafters
held their breath
watching the star
quarterback go

This most recent injury

to Romo is a small part of a
much bigger problem, the
ridiculous length of the NFL
Every year star players
get injured before playing
even one snap of regular sea-

son football putting multiple

teams at a serious disadvantage before week one comes
Its tough on coaches,
other players, but especially
on the casual fans who pay
extremely high prices to see
these players that are now
confined to street clothes on
the sideline.
Packers star wide receiver
Jordy Nelson was a victim of
a serious preseason injury
before the 2015 season after
tearing his ACL, just days
after Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his
ACL. Both were kept off the
field for the entire season.
There is absolutely no reason to play four games in the
preseason. The NFL needs to
cut two preseason games and
start the regular season earlier, or take the two games and
move them to the regular
season, then give teams one
additional bye week.

Sure, football is a highspeed physical game, and

these injuries can absolutely happen at any time. But
when we are consistently
seeing top-tier players go
down in preseason games,

something has to change.

I understand that there is
never a convenient time to
get injured; however, if athletes are enduring these unfortunate injuries, it should
at least be in a contest where

the outcome matters.

Shake off the offseason
rust in training camp, give
these injury-prone stars a
break and cut two preseason
NFL games.

Associated Press
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is tended to by a trainer after he went down on a play against the Seattle
Seahawks during the first half of a preseason NFL football game.

KU learns about more than basketball in Europe



On July 14, a Tunisian

terrorist deliberately drove a
truck into a crowd celebrating French holiday Bastille
Day in Nice, France, killing
86 people and injuring 307
others. The attack took place
roughly two blocks from La
Mridien, the four-star hotel in which the Kansas womens basketball team would
stay at for their foreign tour
of France and Switzerland
only a month later.
Its the educational value
of [the trip] in general, we
visited the memorial in Nice
and obviously [the memory] was really, really fresh
and we talked about that
as a team, coach Brandon
Schneider said.
I told them, If we were
in Honolulu wed be going to
Pearl Harbor, if we were in
Oklahoma City wed be going
downtown and youre getting
a lot more out of it than team
chemistry and basketball,
Schneider said.
Kansas competed four
times during the tour in
games against Nice Select
(France), Sion Select (Switzerland) and twice against
the AMW All Stars (France).
The Jayhawks went 4-0
outscoring their opponents
372-172 in those four games
They put together teams
for us because they knew we
were going over there. Some

of the games werent as high

of a level as we thought they
would be, senior forward
Jada Brown said. It was
definitely fun just to get out
there, play together and compete.

Youre getting
a lot more out
of it than team
chemistry and
Brandon Schneider
Womens basketball coach

The team was in for a

challenge adjusting to the differences between NCAA and
international FIBA rules they
had to play under in France
and Switzerland. The main
differences include a 24-second shot clock (instead of
30) and an extended threepoint line and the inability to
call a timeout during live-ball
24-second shot clock the
game plays a lot quicker,
Schneider said. I like that
on an offensive rebound
the clock resets to 14 so you
better have a short-clock offense.
While the second-year
coach thought the game
played quicker and liked the
14-second reset, Schneider
isnt ready to see a 24-second
shot clock in NCAA basketball.
I think even if you talk to

the men even a five-second

change this year is a big difference, Schneider said.
Away from the hardwood,
the team engaged in many
of the usual tourist activities
associated with France and
Switzerland including visiting the Eiffel Tower, Lake
Geneva and shopping in Paris.
Some people were super into the Eiffel Tower
and some other people were
super simplistic and just
wanted to lay on the beach,
Brown said.
Sophomore guard Kylee
Kopatich participated in a
unique escapade: paddle
boarding in Switzerland.
With the mountains in
the back it was just the greatest thing, Kopatich said. It
was pretty hard and I went
with the other two Sydneys
(guard Sydney Benoit and
forward Sydney Umeri) and
they fell quite a bit but I
didnt fall once.
Kansas will now turn its
attention to Late night in the
Phog, the unofficial start of
the college basketball season
on October 1. The Jayhawks
open the regular season on
November 13 with a game
against Missouri State and
Big 12 play on a date to be
named later.

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Kylee Kopatich goes strong to the basket at Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State.

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The Kansas womens basketball team visited the site of the Nice, France, terrorist attacks.




Kansas volleyball sweeps Bulldog Invitational


o. 5 Kansas volleyball (3-0) will be

leaving Mississippi
undefeated after defeating
Eastern Washington early Saturday (25-13, 25-15,
25-21) and Lamar (25-17,
25-14, 25-9) later in the
day. The Jayhawks won in
three-straight sets in each
of the three matches of the
We matched their effort
with some good defensive
intensity, Kansas coach
Ray Bechard said of Mississippi State in a press
release. I thought our defense probably out-shined
our offensive performance.
After struggling with
service errors Friday night
against Mississippi State,
the Jayhawks came back

with a total of five aces in

just the first set of the match
against Eastern Washington. Junior outside hitter
Madison Rigdon recorded
three on her own.
Freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith recorded
her first career block in the
second set, while redshirt
freshman defensive specialist Allie Nelson subbed
in for the first time of her
collegiate career.
In the second match of
the day, Kansas dominated
both defensively and offensively. Lamar was held to
a -.035 hitting percentage
and zero service aces. Then
Kansas went on an 8-0 run
to start the third set.
The tournament championship was Kansas sixthstraight
tournament championship.
Along with being crowned

champions of the Bulldog

Invitational, several other individual awards were
handed out to Kansas.
Junior right-side hitter
Kelsie Payne, junior setter Ainise Havili, and senior middle blocker Tayler
Soucie made the All-Tournament Team. Senior Cassie Wait was named Outstanding Libero, while the
tournament MVP award
was given to Rigdon.
[Rigdon] created a lot
of opportunities for our
team and scored points
in many different ways
whether attacking, serving,
or blocking, Bechard said.
Very deserving of MVP
Next up for the Jayhawks will be the start of
the Kansas Invitational versus Chicago State on Friday, September 2 at 12 p.m.

File Photo/KANSAN
Junior Madison Rigdon celebrates after a winning hit against Missouri.

Texas mother thanks David Beaty for saving her son


File photo
David Beaty looks on from the sideline during a Kansas football game.

Kansas football coach

David Beaty has strong ties
to the state of Texas.
his home. His work as a
receivers coach at Texas
A&M helped him land
his first head coaching
gig. Theres no denying
he has special ties to the
communities in his home
But to one mother, he
will always be known as
the man in the blue shirt
who saved her sons life.
Menchaca, a native of Jersey
Village, Texas, posted a
Throwback Thursday post
today on Facebook that was
a tribute to Beaty, who was
visiting family in Houston
in 2013 when he met the
Traces son, Max, fell

through a trampoline at
Cosmic Jump, an indoor
Houston. Beaty, who was
also there at the time, dove
in after him. The post shows
a picture of Beaty in the
aforementioned blue shirt,
helping the boy through a
grand mal seizure, which
usually consists of loss of
consciousness and violent
muscle contractions.
I believe he saved Maxs
life, Trace says in her post.
Not only was Beaty
able to rescue the boy, but
he was also there for him
during court sessions and
police meetings.
Houston Chronicle, Max
also suffered traumatic
brain injury after fracturing
his skull at the Houston
trampoline park. Max still
struggles with balance
and abstract reasoning. In
February, his family was

awarded $11.5 million in

compensatory and punitive
He talked to him,
comforted him, reassured
him, and held him tight
during his grand mal
seizures, Trace said. He
talked to Max about sports
and specifically football.
Trace and her son will be
guests at Memorial Stadium
this season when the team
takes on Oklahoma State on
October 22.
The man in the blue
shirt is our hero, Trace
said. He also happens to be
the head football coach at
Kansas. His name is David
Beaty. David Beaty saved
my sons life.
Edited by
Matt Clough

KU alumnus Kyle Clemons earns gold medal in Rio


An Olympic gold has

been a long time coming
for former Kansas track
star Kyle Clemons. He has
gone from winning multiple
state championships in
high school to becoming a
second-team All-American
and setting team records at
the University of Kansas to
becoming a gold medalist

for Team USA in the 2016

Rio Olympics.
Clemons, 26, graduated
in 2013 and has been
training for this opportunity
ever since. When Clemons
was at Kansas, he and track
and field coach Stanley
Redwine put together a
plan. Redwine has helped
train Clemons through this
process since then.
He pretty much told
me I need to grow up,

Clemons said. I had to

rededicate myself and reshift my focus.
Clemons won gold in the
4x400 meter relay along
with teammates LaShawn
Merritt, Gil Roberts, David
Verburg, Tony McQuay
and Arman Hall. Yes, that
is more than four runners.
Clemons helped Team
USA in the semifinals, but
cheered from the sidelines
as his teammates took the

gold in the finals.

Clemons ran the third leg
of the semifinal relay and
posted a split time of 44.98
seconds. This position in
the relay was actually one
that he preferred because
he said the first leg was
more of an open 400
and the anchor had to be
mentally tough.
Hes not looking ahead
to Tokyo in 2020 quite yet,
but instead towards his

immediate next event.

I like to take it year
by year and the World
in London next year,
Clemons said.
After all, an Olympics
can be pretty tolling both
physically and mentally. To
get back and prepared for
the World Championships,
Clemons plans to keep
training here in Lawrence
at Rock Chalk Park.

Clemons has not had

the time or desire to fully
enshrine and display his
medal, so instead its sitting
in his cars glove box, where
people who ask can see it.
Lets just hope his cars
security system is topnotch.

Edited by
Chandler Boese

Christian Hardy/KANSAN
Former Kansas track runner Kyle Clemons won gold as part of the 4x400 relay team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.