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BY Alex GArrison
[email protected]
KU Public Safety officers
assessed the damage at $45. But
could it have been much more?
After an incident of vandal-
ism late at night in Learned Hall
earlier this month, some students
are questioning the School of
Engineering’s policy of keeping
the building unlocked at all times,
saying it could result in students
losing hours of work and thou-
sands of dollars of equipment.
The school says it hasn’t
received complaints from stu-
dents or faculty, and that the
individual keypad system on
labs with dangerous materials or
especially expensive equipment is
enough precaution.
During the incident in ques-
tion, two 20-year-old students
stole a fire extinguisher and dis-
charged an emergency shower
across the hall from a locked
lab in the early hours of April 9,
according to police reports. The
students were arrested, clearing
the case, but the aerospace engi-
neering students whose semester-
long project sat near the shower
remain concerned.
Jacob Lynn, a senior from
Houston, drafted a letter to The
Kansan raising the issue of non-
engineering students walking
through the building, sometimes
at odd hours — and sometimes,
to vandalize their work.
“It’s a problem,” he said.
“Because the only reason our work
wasn’t ruined is that there was
someone to turn off the shower.
If there hadn’t been, who knows
what could have happened.”
The shower stands outside the
lab and is there to protect from
chemical exposure. Once it starts
flowing, water gushes out at about
50 gallons per minute — enough
force and volume to flood and
damage equipment.
And it’s been discharged by an
outsider before, during last year’s
Engineering Expo, said Glen
Marotz, associate dean in the
school. But he says that’s why the
school spent thousands of dollars
to install a drain underneath it.
Jill Hummels, the director of
public relations for the school,
said administrators have dis-
cussed switching from the 24/7
open policy to keycard-access at
night. But the costs of re-keying
the doors would be in the thou-
sands of dollars and faculty have
decided that taking that step isn’t
necessary at the present.
The newest building in the
engineering complex, which also
includes Eaton Hall, will have
keycard access upon its comple-
tion in May 2012.
In the meantime, Marotz
stressed reporting any suspicious
activity to the Public Safety Office
— and to him.
“If there’s an issue, students
just need to raise it,” he said.
— Edited by Emily Soetaert
Monday, april 25, 2011 www.kansan.coM voluMe 123 issue 139
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Travis Young/KANSAN
Two cars were designed, one of thembeing a hybrid. Both cars will be raced in May and June at collegiate design competitions.
Travis Young/KANSAN
Two students stole a fre extinguisher and discharged an emergency shower April 9 causing concern for the School of Engineering’s building policy of keeping the building unlocked at all times.
Engineering’s locked door policy in question
Busker Fest
attracts new
forms of
entertainment
lawrence campus
ATHlETIcS | 7A
Brian Frederick empowers
and educates sports fans
on a national level.
Former
student
talks sports
BY rosHni ooMMen
[email protected]
It took the entire school year,
countless hours and many sleep-
less nights, but any member of the
Jayhawk Motorsports team will say
that working on this year’s Formula
SAE and hybrid cars was absolutely
worth it.
Every year, the team designs,
builds, tests and races a vehicle. The
group members unveiled the cars
Saturday at the Barrel House, 729
New Hampshire St., showing their
friends and families what they cre-
ated this year. Abby Rimel, a senior
from Aurora, Colo., said that for the
first time this year, two cars were
made, one of which being a hybrid
car. Cameron Bryant, a sophomore
from Baldwin City, said the team
was unique because of the opportu-
nity it offered students on campus.
“There’s no other project on cam-
pus where you get to design every
part of it, build it, and then race it
and compete against other schools,”
Bryant said.
Rimel, the group’s team leader,
said the cars would be raced in May
and June at collegiate design com-
petitions, where the University of
Kansas will compete against more
than 140 teams from around the
world. She said the cars each cost
around $40,000 in order to be well-
suited for competition.
In the past, Rimel said, the
Jayhawk Motorsports team has had
a strong reputation for doing well
in racing competitions. In 2009,
the formula car placed third in a
national competition in California.
And this year is no different.
The group’s good reputation means
that it has a lot to live up to, and a
lot to work toward. Bryant said he
started volunteering for the Jayhawk
Motorsports team in high school
student. Bryant said he hoped the
group would be able to participate
in competitions abroad in the near
future including prestigous compe-
titions in Germany.
“I won’t be happy until we go
to Germany,” Bryant said. “It’s just
something we’ve never done.”
Steven Heger, a senior from
Maize, said he estimated that he
spent about 60 hours each week
working on the car during the
school year. Heger, who was the
team’s manufacturing leader, said
that in the last week, group mem-
bers spent more than 12 hours each
day working on finishing up the
cars.
“It is worth it,” Heger said. “We
get to build race cars.”
— Edited by Samantha Collins
Travis Young/KANSAN
Jayhawk Motorsports teampresents its creations to their friends and families Saturday at the Barrel House, 729 NewHampshire St.
SEE busking oN pAgE 3A
BY MAriT eHMKe
[email protected]
Downtown Lawrence has always
been a hip place, but Massachusetts
Street is attracting a new crowd
aside from the everyday shoppers,
joggers and dog-walkers.
For many, a nice, sunny day
means going downtown for a
stroll. For Tyler Gregory and his
guitar, Sonny Sparks and his bass,
John Tuttle and his homemade
drum set, Bill Wachspress and his
balloons or Tim Dingus and his
flaming torches, it’s the perfect
day to busk.
Buskers, or street performers,
have brought a flavor to the down-
town area and it’s catching on in a
big way. But don’t confuse buskers
with panhandlers. The difference
between the two is that buskers
work to provide a service: enter-
tainment.
Robert Knapp, who works
at Third Planet on Ninth and
Massachusetts streets, says
Lawrence is a good place to busk
because it is an eclectic commu-
nity accepting of the arts.
“You can’t swing a dead cat
without hitting an artist in this
town,” Knapp said.
This acceptance has opened up
the city to new opportunities such
as Busker Fest. The celebration,
which originated in 2008, has put
Lawrence on the map as a place to
find quality busking by showcas-
ing professional acts, both local
and international, as well as pro-
viding a performance platform for
anyone with a talent to share.
This year, Busker Fest will serve
as a benefit for Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Douglas County — if it
happens. Money is tight because
major donations have come
from state-sponsored organiza-
tions, such as the Kansas Arts
bASEbAll | 12A
A strong outing by the Jayhawk
pitching staf holds Texas to two
runs, and Jayhawks leave with
4-2 victory.
Baseball avoids sweep
2A / NEWS / MONDAY, April 25, 2011 / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / kANsAN.cOM
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“i get way more nervous playing
golf in front of 500 people than
being on stage in front of 20,000
people.”
— Justin Timberlake
FACT OF THE DAY
Golf balls were originally made
of wood. later, they were made
from boiled feathers stufed into
stitched leather known as “feath-
eries.”The modern (and cheaper)
golf ball flled with gutta-percha
was not developed until 1848.
— qi.com
mONDAY
April 25
WEDNESDAY
April 27
THURSDAY
April 28
TUESDAY
April 26
FRIDAY
April 29
What’s going on?
n The school of Engineering will host Flapjacks for
philanthropy, an all-you-can-eat fundraiser for Just
Food, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Eaton Hall. Tickets
are $6.
nThere will be a carillon recital from 5
to 5:30 p.m. at the campanile.
nThe department of visual arts will host a visual
art scholarship show reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in
room 302 of the Art and Design Building.
SUNDAY
May 1
n provost Jef Vitter will hold a discussion about
the role of staf members at the University from
noon to 1 p.m. at the Alderson Auditorium in the
kansas Union on level four of the kansas Union.
SATURDAY
April 30
nWatkins Memorial Health center is hosting a
spring smokeout and inviting the public to bring
their cigarettes and quit smoking. The event will
take place on the health center’s lawn from 10:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
nkU careers services Alliance is hosting the Just
in Time career Fair in the kansas Union Ball-
room, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Explore current job
and internship openings ofered by a variety of
employers. For a list of attending employers, go to
www.kUcareerHawk.com/JiT2011.
mONDAY:
Occasional thunderstorms in the morning. showers and thunderstorms in
the afternoon. High around 60. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north
in the afternoon. chance of rain is 70 percent.
mONDAY NIgHT:
Cloudy. Chance of showers in the evening with a slight chance
of showers after midnight. Low 44. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of rain is 50 percent.
TUESDAY:
partly sunny. High 65. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
— Information fromforecasters Jordan Carroll and Aaron White, KU atmospheric science students
Weather forecast
WEDNESDAY: sunny, high 60. low 42.
nThe department of dance will host a Univer-
sity Dance concert featuring choreographic
fellowship winner Dusan Tynek at 7:30 p.m. at
the lied center. Tickets are $15 for the public
and $10 for students.
TUESDAY NIgHT:
mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers.
Low 42 North winds 5 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY: Sunny and warmer, high 71, low 45.
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Commission, that face budget cuts.
Renner will know by May 20 wheth-
er or not they have the funding
for the festival scheduled August
19 to 21. As of this week, he still
needs $2,000
but remains
hopeful.
“We’re 80
percent there,”
says Renner.
In the first
year there were
20 hired acts
p e r f o r mi n g
at designated
pitches. The
event has added
five acts every year, and the num-
ber of unhired acts is growing as
well, though the exact number is
hard to gauge, he said.
Past performances at Busker Fest
have included Voler, an aerialist
troupe from Kansas City, Mo., and
MamaLou Strongwoman, a woman
who can rip phone books in half
and fold frying pans into burritos.
Among others, Renner hopes to
add a contortionist to the mix.
Not only is Busker Fest good for
the buskers, it’s good for business,
says Kathy Hamilton, director of
Downtown Lawrence Inc.
“Busker Fest draws people in
from all over; it’s a boost to the
local economy,” she said.
Richard Renner, producer of
Busker Fest, said Busker Fest adds
an element of organization to bus-
king.
“Our intention was to create
an image of Lawrence as a street-
performing town where the people
and city support it,” he said. “So far,
that’s true. There are more street
performers showing up locally.”
Busker John Tuttle says that
Busker Fest
gives busk-
ing a sense of
r e s p e c t a bi l -
ity by educat-
ing the public
about what
good street per-
formance can
be and what it
is not: panhan-
dling.
“I’m not a
beggar. I’m just out there perform-
ing and if people choose to pay me
for my performance, then thank
you very much,” said banjo player
Aron Claassen.
L a r r y
Billings, owner
of Lawrence
Antique Mall,
supports good
busking because
it brings in cus-
tomers, but he
does not toler-
ate the kind of
pa nha ndl i ng
that drives them
away.
“Aggressive panhandling is a
problem,” he said. “It frightens cus-
tomers.”
Last year, 19 citations were writ-
ten for aggressive panhandling,
which is more than the citations
from 2005 to 2009 combined. This
year’s tally stands at four so far.
According to city ordinance 7891,
panhandling and busking are legal
as long as there is no verbal request
or harassment for money.
If you ask police Sgt. Matt Sarna
about buskers he says, “They’re
trying to earn some money. It’s an
art. I don’t see any problem with it
as long as they’re doing it within
the law.”
Busking isn’t easy, it’s a gamble,
says longtime guitar busker Jason
Phoenix. Besides needing optimal
weather conditions and having to
fight dirty hobo stereotypes, busk-
ers are facing the reality that the
choice to tip hasn’t been an easy
one either.
“People have a harder time giv-
ing because everybody’s wallets are
strapped,” Phoenix said.
This economy has been rough
on everyone
but if you ask
Ba l l o onma n
( B i l l
Wachs pres s )
why he’s busked
for 29 years, it’s
not about the
money.
“ B u s k e r s
really care
about the
people they’re
interacting with,” said Wachspress.
“What it comes down to is giv-
ing the audience something to
take away that really has value for
them.”
—Edited by Emily Soetaert
KANSAN.COM / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / MONdAy, APRIL 25, 2011 / NEWS / 3A
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Busker Tyler Gregory serenades Gracie Mink and her aunt, Bonnie Cherry, in downtown Lawrence.
BUskINg (continued from 1a)
Greensburg theater plans to open in Wichita next year
STATE
AssociAted Press
WICHITA — Greensburg plans
to open a $2.7 million theater
downtown next year, on the fifth
anniversary of the deadly May 4,
2007, tornado that destroyed the
city.
Community leaders cred-
it Wichita theater owner Bill
Warren for his help in equipping
and designing Greensburg’s new
Twilight Theatre.
Gary Goodman, the theater
board member heading the proj-
ect, told The Wichita Eagle that
Warren’s involvement, direction
and introductions made the the-
ater possible.
Warren contributed seats from
renovations at his theater to the
Greensburg project and intro-
duced board members to theater
sound, video and screen vendors
at the National Association of
Theatre Owners convention last
month in Las Vegas.
“Without Mr. Warren’s guid-
ance, we’d still be moving forward
with the theater project, but things
would be moving along much
more slowly,” said Kim McMurry,
a teacher at Kiowa County High
School and vice chairwoman of
the theater board.
Warren also contributed the
expertise of his building team
that included architect Ron
Spangenberg, as well as Ken
Crockett and Bill Menke from
Warren’s development staff.
“Maybe we realize that theaters
can be a very important part of a
small town, an anchor of sorts and
another step toward rebuilding,”
Warren said. “And if you can’t step
forward and do something good,
then what good are you?”
“They’re trying to earn
some money. It’s an art.
I don’t see any problem
with it.”
MAtt SARNA
Lawrence police sergeant
“What it comes down to
is giving the audience
something to take away
that really has value for
them.”
BILL WACHSPRESS
Local busker

Darling, my idea of
cramming is eating
two double burgers
at the Wheel the day
before a final.
4A / ENTERTAINMENT / MONDAY, April 25, 2011 / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / kANsAN.cOM
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Today is a 7
celebrate. Heed the voice of expe-
rience. Discipline is required. Draw
upon hidden resources. Others
are saying nice things about you.
provide excellent service. store
away extra provisions.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Today is a 7
Welcome a loved one’s assistance,
and pay it forward. it’s a good time
to start an adventure you’ve been
wanting. The more you learn, the
more you value true friends.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Today is a 8
continue your studies, and, with
a loved one’s encouragement,
your career takes off like a rocket.
Focus on skills that provide profit.
Wear your power suit, and gather
riches.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Today is an 7
listen to what your partner wants,
and see how you can fulfill it. You
have the self-discipline to make
things happen. Accept their grati-
tude. What comes around goes
around.
LEo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Today is a 7
Be thrifty and patient, and your
respectful past treatment of oth-
ers earn you kudos now. keep fur-
thering your education, no matter
your age. inquire among friends
for opportunities.
VIRGo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Today is a 7
rearrange things for greater effi-
ciency. Write in your journal. stay
on track with the help of a friend.
stand up for what you know is
right. shift expectations.
LIbRA (Sept. 23-oct. 22)
Today is a 9
Your charm is captivating. say the
magic words, and ask for what you
want. collect an old debt. Work
starts to pay off. Accept another
assignment for a bonus.
SCoRpIo (oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Today is an 8
postpone expensive socializing.
patience and courtesy are worth-
while practices. You’re the stabiliz-
ing influence. share the love with
others ... and invite them on a
picnic.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Today is an 8
communication is key and so is
intuition. keep working towards
your goals, even if at times it feels
like there’s no progress. Don’t give
up. Do what’s required.
CApRICoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Today is an 8
Break through the myth of the
“starving artist.” You can be cre-
ative and make money at the same
time. invest in love. Use your imag-
ination. study what you love.
AqUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Today is a 9
New information changes your
choice. The more precision, the
more profit. Your common sense
comes in handy. keep the ener-
gy flowing, and practice steadily.
Money comes in.
pISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Today is a 6
You may not think so, but you’re
looking good. keep feeding your
inner good wolf, so that it’s louder
than the bad one. Follow intuition
and the map. Trust love.
HoRoSCopE
10 is the easiest day, 0 the
most challenging.
MoNKEYzILLA
Kevin Cook
THE NExT pANEL
Nick Sambaluk
CRoSSwoRD
Privacy important for
royal honeymoon
lONDON — in real estate, it’s
location, location, location. For
royal honeymooners, it’s privacy,
privacy, privacy.
Once they are man and wife,
prince William and kate Middleton
may combine the two by honey-
mooning at the queen’s 50,000-
acre Balmoral estate in scotland,
a family holding so vast that
the couple could relax without
worrying about being tracked by
long-lensed paparazzi.
They would likely combine a
stay in scotland, a beautiful spot
but with ify weather, with a visit
to a reliably sunny locale, royal
experts believe.
“i think privacy will be the most
important thing after all that they
will have gone through,” said Joe
little, managing editor of Majesty
magazine. “
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PaGe 5a tHe uniVersitY daiLY Kansan
The culture wars continue. After
cities in Missouri branded “In God
We Trust” in their city halls and
our president instituted an Annual
Easter Prayer Breakfast, I’ve been
thinking about issues of church-state
separation: how religion has too
much of a role in politics, and how
First Amendment issues are being
ignored.
Contrary to perception, we are
not a Christian nation. Our nation
was not built on Biblical principles.
We are free to believe what we like,
but, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in a
letter in 1802, the First Amendment
built “a wall of separation between
church and state.”
That’s fine, because individuals
and institutions are fully capable
of being ethical and moral without
Christianity or any religion.
Religion has no place in politics for
two main reasons. First, privileging
a particular religion over others
means privileging a particular group
of people over others. The U.S.,
and almost everywhere else, has
a history of religious persecution
and violence based on superstitious
beliefs. In theory, at least, with
the establishment clause, we’re
all equal under the law, no one is
disenfranchised because of his or
her faith and no one is forced to
pretend to believe something they
don’t in order to be recognized by the
state.
Second, privileging a religion
means imposing a faith-influenced
way of life on others who do not
share that faith. While the federal
government hasn’t actually imposed
a religion, some politicians are
imposing their religion on those they
govern by basing certain political
decisions on personal religious beliefs
rather than evidence.
No one should make decisions
for me based on their faith. I do
not have a religious faith; my world
view is secular humanism. I am
insulted and mildly terrified when
a policymaker who has control
over my life claims that he opposes
climate change regulation based
on Bible verses (John Shimkus,
R-IL, head of the Environment and
Economy Subcommittee), or tells
me how I can or can’t deal with my
own reproductive health based on
something I do not believe.
It’s insulting to any non-Christian,
as well as to the Christians who have
an alternative view of Christianity.
When politicians do things like this,
they assume that everyone shares
their worldview. Thus, they don’t
need any other evidence to back up
their positions. The U.S. is composed
of many different faiths and non-
faiths. Our politicians abuse their
power by not respecting that fact.
Think of the justifications for
banning gay marriage. It’s incredibly
difficult to form a convincing secular
argument against gay marriage that
would appeal to both the religious
and non-religious. Instead, politicians
and think tanks use religion to
support their prejudice and policy
against LGBTQ people.
Those legislators may truly think
that gay people are going to hell, but
there’s nothing they can do about it,
because for the most part many gay
people do not share that belief. And
they have a right to not be banned
from marriage based on someone
else’s religious convictions.
We are free to believe as we like,
but we are not free to impose those
beliefs on others.
Every believer and non-believer
thinks they are right. Everyone feels
they have access to The Truth and
that people who don’t believe the
same are wrong. But can we agree
on one thing? Not everyone believes
in God, nor does everyone believe
in the same God. The best and most
respectful option is to operate as a
secular nation and allow people the
freedom to act and think in their own
lives how they like. The separation
of church and state protects both
believers and non-believers. We are
free from imposed religion and can
make our personal choices based on
our own convictions.
Are you a non-believer? A skeptic?
Religious but curious as to what the
other side has to say? KU Society of
Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics
is putting on a two-day free festival
featuring a variety of nationally
renowned speakers who will discuss
things such as the paranormal,
naturalism, sex and secularism and,
of course, the existence of God.
ReasonFest will be May 6 and 7. Join
us. It’ll be great.
Free is a sophomore in women’s
studies from Blue Springs, Mo.
Freeall
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opinion
MOndaY, aPriL 25, 2011
Politicians should be less concerned about grumpy, old men
POLitiCs
I think we all know what today is,
especially living in a liberal-college
town such as Lawrence, but I will lay
it on you just in case.
Today is April 25, more commonly
known as 4/25 in the hip crowd, and
as National Adderall Dropping Day in
the really hip crowd.
I am going to start off by debunk-
ing some popular 4/25 myths: It
isn’t Jack Nicholson’s birthday, even
though a lot of people used to say
that Addies were a bunch of Satanists
because their holiday was on the
birthday of a person who played a
man that tried to kill his wife, son and
Scatman Crothers in “The Shining.”
That’s just not true. It is not
Jack Nicholson’s birthday, and that
has nothing to do with our day of
amphetamine appreciation.
Others think we just picked a
random day and decided to do
what we do every other day, just more
so, and all the others droppers just
followed. We have a long counter-
culture tradition of rebelling against
anything and everything, often with-
out reason. That’s not true either. The
truth is that there were some teens
in California who got together at
4:25 every day to remind each other
they hadn’t eaten yet, and offered one
another their sandwiches, because
they were “not that hungry today, for
some reason.” As I heard another fan
of 4/25 say in one of my classes earlier
this week, “It’s my St. Patrick’s Day,
man.” Absolutely, man.
Adderall definitely has its side
effects, like making me not want to
eat and totally chilling me out, but
that’s cool. It can also make the user
a wee bit paranoid. Sometimes people,
especially my overbearing parents, ask
me, “How’s school going?” But I know
what they really mean. They want
to ask, “Are you doing Amphetamine
Salts? WELL, ARE YOU?”
If they ever worked up the cour-
age to actually ask, then I wouldn’t
have to work up any courage to deny
it fully, while spraying Febreze in my
room.
No matter what my parents think,
on 4/25 you can bet I will take at
least my prescribed daily dose (wink,
wink). I doubt I will take any more
than that though, because my dealer
at Shawnee Mission Medical Center
might start asking questions. I used
to get the good stuff imported from
California, but I lost my hook-up
because of a tragic dry-mouth inci-
dent, and now I have to go local.
I do Adderall because I enjoy it,
no matter if my parents, family or
especially Corporate America tell me
it is wrong. I expect I will be doing it
for the rest of my life, which is exactly
what I want, because you can’t con-
trol me. Unless it is approximately 30
minutes after I just dosed, then I will
probably do whatever you say, after
finishing the dishes and cleaning the
microwave.
Kilgore is a junior in film and media
studies from Lenexa.
Separation means politicians should keep beliefs out of legislation
The Tea Party played a pivotal role
in propelling Republicans to victory
in last year’s midterm elections, but
a look at its demographics indicates
that they are not quite the future of
the nation.
In a nation that’s becoming
browner by the day, Tea Partiers are
overwhelmingly white, male and
older than 55, according to a 2010
CNN poll. They’re also socially
conservative, breaking with an
emerging public consensus in favor
of gay marriage. A 2010 poll by CBS
and the New York Times found Tea
Partiers 23 percent less likely than
the average respondent to support
marriage equality.
Movement activists are the types
who furiously took to town hall
meetings during the health care
debate screaming that the Kenyan-
socialist president needed to keep his
“government hands off my Medicare.”
Context like this demonstrates
what drives the typical Tea Partier.
Their corporate backers such as the
Koch brothers see the activists as
useful idiots in electing anti-tax, anti-
regulation Republicans, but there’s
no denying that the pitchforks and
torches crowd represents a very real
sentiment, even if it’s only felt by a
minority of the white and elderly.
Though they inveigh against
government spending, polling reveals
Tea Partiers jealously guard their
Medicare and Social Security benefits.
When it comes to other segments of
the population, though — the young,
the black and the poor — their
philosophy can best be summed up as
“Government largesse for me, but not
for thee.”
A recent New York Times poll
found that 55 percent of Republicans
supported government-provided
health insurance for the aged. When
asked whether the poor deserved the
same benefit, support plummeted to a
scant 25 percent.
There’s nothing intellectually
inconsistent about this. Many Tea
Partiers argue that seniors, having
paid into the Medicare and Social
Security systems for their entire
adult lives, are entitled to draw
benefits from those programs. The
undeserving poor, meanwhile, find
themselves in such circumstances due
to laziness, choice and immorality.
Why should the taxpayer be on the
hook for subsidizing such a lifestyle?
The problem is that this commonly
held perception about poverty is
based on national myth. The U.S. may
fancy itself a meritocratic society in
which there are no bounds to what
even the lowest-born can achieve
— and there’s no shortage of rags-to-
riches tales to enliven the national
imagination — but such success
stories are exceedingly rare. Being
born into poverty is becoming a life
sentence.
Among industrialized nations
studied by the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and
Development in 2010, the U.S. bested
only kleptocratic Italy and the socially
stratified U.K. on intergenerational
social mobility. While the incomes of
15 percent of Danes can be predicted
by their parents’ incomes, that
portion rises to nearly 50 percent in
the U.S.
The Tea Party movement may
not look like most of America, but
their voting turnout is far superior
to that of the young and the poor.
Unless younger generations demand
egalitarian economic policies to
redress the effects of our present
inequities, the Tea Party’s misguided
views about poverty and the welfare
state will continue to guide policy.
Brinker is a sophomore in history
from Topeka.
By Ali Free
[email protected]
Procrastinating is like eating an
orange -— I’m not quite sure how,
but I assume I’ll fgure out how the
two activities are related eventually.
“You gave me a cheesy smile that I
would love to blow a load on.” And I
still let him buy me a drink
Honesty is the best policy ... unless
you’re a woman. Apparently a vagina
is an exemption from said rule.
So, after many weeks of never
witnessing this historic event, my
roommate took a shower! Our
apartment may not stink anymore!
There’s nothing I hate more than
having sex with an amazingly hot girl
... and then waking up. :-(
Some days, I am really thankful that
you can’t upload long videos on
Facebook.
And then God made Saturn and he
liked it so he put a ring on it.
Why could I hear Nickleback blaring
from the baseball stadium today?
There were tours being forced to
listen to that.
My agenda for the day - which
involved writing a paper - has turned
into a 12-hour Pokemon session.
There’s nothing quite like getting of
to a rainstorm.
Fact: There isn’t a man in this world
that does not like the Red Hot Chili
Peppers and the movie “Blow.”
Just because it’s Easter doesn’t mean
you can’t have Bagel Bites.
My parents asked to watch some
recent programs from the Dole. Two
and a half hours later, we are going
to bed ... They had no idea what they
had gotten themselves into.
I like to look at the “Missed
Connections”on Craigslist and
pretend they’re all about missed
connections with me. Then I like to
go to the “Casual Encounters”section,
and laugh at all of the hairy penises.
April showers bring May
defowering.
Awkward moments in my college
career: 1. Running into your
professor at the gym while he does
that inner thigh machine workout.
You know, the one where you spread
your legs.
Ah, Easter. A time of joy, church and
candy ... unless you’re still stuck at
the dorms. Dammit.
As a girl that’s been single forever,
I understand that not all guys want
girlfriends. Being single is so easy
and cheap!
I’m not up early; I’m up late. Ha.
I take people’s facebook statuses
and get them on the FFA all the time
:-)
Editor’s note: So you’re the one.
My fnal project partner is so hot. We
might have to cheat.
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Stop using hashtags.
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Let’s clear up some misconceptions about National Adderall Day
By JArod kilgore
[email protected]
HuMOr
By luke Brinker
[email protected]
POLitiCs
6A / NEWS / MONDAY, April 25, 2011 / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / kANsAN.cOM
AssociAted Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Mis-
souri man who grew up in the
Kansas City area and became a
Kansas basketball fan thought
someday the T-shirt and shorts
he wore for every game dur-
ing the Jayhawks’ 2008 national
championship season were des-
tined for his man cave, not the
police evidence room.
Tat might still happen, but
the clothes may not be in the best
shape afer a naked man barged
into Jason Chambers’ former
home last week and put them
on.
Te Kansas City Star reports
that a 45-year-old man bolted
into Chambers’ Springfeld, Mo.,
home afer a university secu-
rity guard spotted him walking
through a neighborhood near
Drury University. Chambers,
who was in the process of mov-
ing out of the home, had lef the
clothes for a later trip so they
wouldn’t get damaged in the
move.
Instead, the intruder put them
on and hid in the house’s attic un-
til ofcers sent a police dog up af-
ter him. Te resulting encounter
lef the outft somewhat tattered.
“I didn’t have a whole lot lef
in the house,” said Chambers, 23,
who graduated from Missouri
State University last May. “He
could have trashed the couch,
whatever, but of course he had to
put on my KU stuf.”
Te intruder has been charged
with second-degree burglary
and second-degree sexual
misconduct.
Chambers grew up as a Jay-
hawk fan afer his older brother
declared their home a “Kansas
house.” At frst he thought the
story about the naked man was
a joke, but when he found out it
was real, he posted on his Face-
book page that “A naked hobo
destroyed my National Champi-
onship outft.”
Chambers said he would like
to have the clothing returned
afer the legal case runs its course
and the items no longer are held
as evidence.
In the meantime, the Universi-
ty of Kansas athletic department
decided to “show some love” for
a Jayhawks fan in the heart of
Mizzou country by mailing him
a package last week.
Associate KU athletics direc-
tor Jim Marchiony, who reached
out to Chambers afer reading
the initial report in the Spring-
feld News-Leader, declined to
say what was in the package
but said it was sent afer getting
Chambers’ sizes.
“He hung the clothes on the
wall as a memento — you just got
to love that, love that spirit,” Mar-
chiony said. “We thought that
for a rabid KU fan in the state
of Missouri, we needed to show
some love for him.”
Chambers, who has moved
back to the Kansas City suburb of
Pleasant Hill, called the school’s
gesture “awesome” and said he
was eager to get the package.
Still, he’s bummed out about the
plight of his lucky outft.
“I wanted it to be in my man
cave when I’m an adult, on my
wall forever,” he said. “We’ll see
what kind of shape it’s in when
we get it back from evidence. As
long as it’s not too nasty, I kind of
want it back.”
AssociAted Press
TOPEKA — Kansas legislators
return to the Statehouse this week
to begin the fnal push toward the
end of the 2011 session and resolv-
ing diferences over competing $14
billion budget plans.
Negotiators met briefy last week
to begin discussing the plan, which
would spend about $6 billion in
state revenues in the fscal year
beginning July 1. What was previ-
ously a debate over where to close a
revenue gap of about $500 million
has now become a conversation
about how much of a revenue cush-
ion is enough.
Legislators got some hopeful
news earlier this month when a
group of economists and research-
ers gave the latest revenue fore-
cast. While the state isn’t going to
be fush with cash, the pattern of
precipitous declines appears to be
ending.
Still, House Appropriations
Committee Chairman Marc
Rhoades said legislators have a thin
margin for error when budgeting.
“Te House is interested in hav-
ing a healthy ending balance be-
cause if the Consensus Revenue
Estimating group is of by 1 percent
for the whole year (roughly $60
million), then the current House
budget is also under water by $6
million and the Senate is of by $59
million,” said Rhoades, a Newton
Republican.
Negotiations began last week be-
tween House and Senate members
to work out diferences in their
budget versions. Several dozen
spending items were agreed upon,
mostly cuts that one chamber or the
other sought. Te fnal bill is likely
to have a mix of cuts, revenue shifs
and other accounting practices that
have become commonplace in the
budget process.
What it won’t have, unlike last
year, is a tax increase.
Rep. Richard Carlson, a St.
Marys Republican and one of the
House’s budget negotiators, said
the talks have resulted so far in
signifcant progress, particularly
because the Senate has accepted
$23 million in spending reductions
pushed by the House.
Te cut was contained in a foor
amendment made during the bud-
get debate by Rep. Mario Goico, a
Wichita Republican. He proposed
cutting agencies across the board
by 1.193 percent, instead of forcing
all state employees, elected ofcials,
judges and agency heads to take as
much as a 7.5 percent pay cut.
Carlson said the budget should
produce an ending balance of be-
tween $50 million and $100 mil-
lion, depending on state revenues.
He said a recent cut in the revenue
forecast by state ofcials and uni-
versity economists shows the need
for a cushion.
“We’re looking at a very unstable
economy in terms of revenues for
the state,” he said.
Senate President Steve Morris, a
Hugoton Republican, said signif-
cant policy diferences remain be-
tween the House and the Senate.
For example, he noted that
the House has cut state funds for
Washburn University in Topeka in
half, voted to cancel subsidies for
commercial air fights in Wichita
and designated how the Kansas
Bioscience Authority can spend its
dollars.
“I think the policy diferences are
bigger to deal with than the mon-
etary diferences,” Morris said.
Morris said he’d like an ending
balance of between $50 million and
$100 million, too.
“We have a lot of issues to decide
before we get there,” he said.
Senators approved issuing addi-
tional bonds to complete renova-
tion of the Statehouse, pushing the
total for the project to more than
$340 million. Te next installment
would complete the north wing
and a visitors center, landscape the
grounds, replace the roof and shore
up the dome.
Rhoades and his House col-
leagues didn’t approve any addi-
tional spending for the project, but
he said the House was likely to ap-
prove funding.
Senate Ways and Means Chair-
woman Carolyn McGinn said the
additional bonding authority for
the Statehouse renovation would be
broken into two parts, one to cover
fnishing the north wing and an-
other to restore the roof and dome.
Te House and Senate also
difer on how much to cut school
funding. Republican Gov. Sam
Brownback proposed cutting
the base aid per student by $232,
reducing the amount to $3,780. Te
House goes a bit deeper, cutting by
$250, while the Senate made other
adjustments to sofen the cut to
$226 per student.
“My hope would be that it
wouldn’t take that long and that we
can sit down and try to get some
agreement,” she said. “It would be
great for the taxpayers if we got
agreement and got out of town and
saved everyone that much more
money.”
Kansas budget left unsettled
Naked burglar takes
prized KU clothes
poLITIcS cRIME
Police enforce ban
on sidewalk sitting
SAN FRANCISCO — On a street
corner in the iconic Haight-Ashbury
neighborhood, traveling trouba-
dours “Stinkin” Pete Irving and his
wife Charlie — freshly arrived from
Seattle — squatted on the sidewalk
and began strumming a guitar and
bending a steel saw for eerie accom-
paniment. And for spare change.
Warned that they were risking
possible police citations and arrest,
Pete Irving responded defantly.
A year afer a controversial or-
dinance prohibiting sitting or lying
on San Francisco sidewalks was frst
proposed, police are now enforcing
the new law along the city’s most fa-
mous thoroughfares.
According to the most recent of-
fcial statistics available, between
March 26 and April 1, police across
the city handed out eight citations
and issued 75 warnings.
Te protocol says that ofcers
will issue a written warning before
citing anyone.
Recent arrivals Joe Lust, 20, of
Austin, Texas, Liz Mallion, 22, from
Hawaii, and Steven Grossman, 21,
of Fort Collins, Colo., said they have
quickly learned the nuances of the
“sit-lie” law.
On Wednesday, they debated
whether to plop down on a corner
to play music, or join the passing
throngs heading to celebrate “4-20,”
the unofcial marijuana holiday, at
Hippie Hill in nearby Golden Gate
Park.
“Tis is public space,” Lust said.
“Tere’s a new law, but I still don’t
understand it. Why can’t we sit
here?”
— Associated Press
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You could call him a sports revo-
lutionary.
His work goes back to his days as
a KU student, when he re-wrote the
basketball camping rules to ensure
fairness to every-
one. Frederick
attended the
University of
Kansas freshman
year and later
graduated from
the University
of Iowa. He
later received a master’s from the
University of North Carolina fol-
lowed by a doctorate in commu-
nications from the University of
Colorado. Now, he’s taking his mis-
sion to empower and educate fans
on a national level.
Brian Frederick, executive direc-
tor of SportsFans.org, a sports
insider’s guide, said he believes
the best way to bring the change
fans want is to get the government
involved, which is why he works
out of Washington, D.C. He said
citizens are not getting their fair
share from sports owners.
“We’re socializing the cost of
sports, and privatizing the profit,”
he said. “Shouldn’t we be making
the money we invest in sports?”
Frederick, who spoke Thursday
evening at Wagnon Student Athlete
Center, talked about issues his
organization wants to fix, includ-
ing changing the college football
national championship selection
and giving fans access to watch
their team on television, regardless
of what television market they are
located in. He said although people
may be reluctant for government
involvement in sports, it is already
occurring.
Frederick, the son of former KU
Athletics Director Bob Frederick,
said often times, sports stadiums
were built using public resources.
He argues that since fans’ money
was used to build the stadium, they
are entitled to affordable seats and
should not face not being able to
watch it on TV. Frederick believes
government action is the best solu-
tion.
“It’s not just that you recognize
the problem that exists; it’s also that
you recognize the politics of how to
fix it,” he said.
— Edited by Brittany Nelson
Former student educates sports fans
ATHLETIcS
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Teenage boy kills
one, injures sister
WiCHiTA — police in
southern Kansas say a
16-year-old who was on
a weekend pass from a
children’s home has fatally
shot a 17-year-old boy and
critically wounded his own
17-year-old sister after
fnding them together.
Wichita police say the
shooting happened about
1 a.m. Sunday, and the
shooter remains at large.
police Sgt. Jesse Boomer
says police responded to
the home after getting a
report of shots fred. He
says the boy was dead
and the girl was taken to
Wesley Medical Center,
where she was in critical
condition.
Boomer says the
16-year-old was upset that
his sister was having rela-
tions with the male victim.
police say the shooter
was out on a weekend
pass from the Wichita
Children’s Home, an emer-
gency, temporary shelter
for abused and neglected
teens and runaways.
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T.J. Walz in the second game
Walz was hit hard by the Longhorns in fve innings
on the mound. He gave up 10 hits for fve runs, in
the Jayhawks 9-1 loss to Texas in the second game
of the series.
Taylor Jungmann in the frst game
The Longhorns ace, Jungmann, one-hit the Jayhawks
in eight innings on the mound. He set the tone for
the Longhorns pitching staf all series, in their 9-0
victory over Kansas.
BASEBALL REWIND
Game to remember
Game to forget
Price
Walz
Jungmann
Quote of the weekend
“Texas is playing better than anyone that we’ve
played so far this year, and that includes Arizona
State when they were No. 4, Arkansas or Texas A&M
when they’re playing at a really elite level.”
— Coach Ritch Price after a 9-1 loss Friday night
Saturday’s game
The Jayhawks avoided being swept by the Longhorns, in a 4-2 victory
Saturday. Tanner Poppe pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, and the bullpen
for Kansas came through, no-hitting the Longhorns for the remainder
of the game. Kansas stayed at .500 overall and at .500 in conference
play with the win.
Key game
Stat of the weekend
Series notes
Number of innings played before Kansas scored its frst run
of the series, which came in the bottom of the ninth inning in
Game 2 on Friday.
nSenior T.J. Walz (5-4) took the loss on Friday night, giving up fve
earned runs over fve innings. He hadn’t been hit that hard since the
frst game of the season against TCU.
nSenior southpaw Wally Marciel pitched a combined 4 1/3 innings in
relief this weekend. He allowed two earned runs and has a 3.94 ERA on
the year.
nTexas’ shortstop Brandon Loy had six hits, three runs and one stolen
base in the series. Third baseman Erich Weiss tallied six hits, fve RBI and
hit his second homer of the season.
Kansas Texas
1 9
Friday
Kansas Texas
4 2
Saturday
Kansas Texas
0 9
Thursday
By Alec Tilson
[email protected]
Te Texas Longhorns didn’t
sneak up on the schedule. Tey
loom on the calendar every year, the
date marked if not remembered. In
February a poll of college coaches
dubbed them Team of the Decade
(2000-09) and they won two na-
tional titles during that span.
But as the Kansas baseball team
did in its frst matchup of the season
against then-No. 1 TCU, when they
got shelled in the series’ frst two
games, they avoided a sweep with a
resilient victory the next day.
Afer a 9-0 loss on Tursday and
a 9-1 loss Friday to No. 4 Texas
(30-10, 13-6) at Hoglund Ballpark,
coach Ritch Price said his team had
been in the same situation before.
“I told our club that we’ve been
in this position a few times already
this season where we needed to sal-
vage a victory on the third game of
the set,” he said.
So on the verge of a sweep and
facing one of the top rotations in
college baseball, the Jayhawks had
no choice but to go toe-to-toe with
the Longhorns in Saturday’s third
and fnal game of the series. It was
either that or roll over.
Junior lefy Sam Staford took the
mound for Texas with a 5-0 record
and a 1.39 ERA. He had given up
two home runs in 45-plus innings,
struck out 56 batters and allowed
seven earned runs all season en-
tering the game. It wasn’t exactly a
secret that scoring runs could pose
a challenge.
Senior shortstop Brandon Macias
dug his spikes in the batter’s box to
lead of the Jayhawks (20-20, 9-9)
in the bottom of the frst. In a 2-0
count, sitting on a fastball, Macias
hit his second homer of the season
to deep lef feld. A shot sophomore
third baseman Jake Marasco said
went 400 feet.
“Tey’re not used to guys com-
ing out and jumping on them early.
When we get a home run on the
third pitch of the game, it just sets
the tone,” Marasco said.
Sophomore starting pitcher Tan-
ner Poppe (2-4) gladly accepted the
one-run lead. He was in the same
position against TCU back in Feb-
ruary when he pitched six strong
innings to avoid the sweep. Satur-
day he threw 5 1/3 innings, allow-
ing two earned runs, striking out
three and recording his second vic-
tory of the season.
“Te frst two games, they were
unreal,” Poppe said. “Tey were
hitting everything. I just had to go
out there and throw my game. I just
needed to slow them down a little
bit.”
Afer allowing 27 hits in the frst
two games, Kansas’ pitching held
the Longhorns to seven hits on Sat-
urday. Poppe handed a 3-2 lead to
the bullpen.
Seniors Scott Heitshusen and
Wally Marciel provided relief be-
fore junior closer Colton Murray
came in to record the fnal six outs.
Murray threw 23 pitches and the
Jayhawks went on to a 4-2 victory
against an elite program.
“Tat’ll keep us in the top fve of
the league and that allows us to do
something special in the last month
of the season,” Price said.
Kansas has its eyes set on the Big
12 Tournament, when the top eight
out of 10 conference records com-
pete for the conference champion-
ship. With matchups against Texas
Tech, Oklahoma and Kansas State
still to come, the Jayhawks will con-
tinue to fght for their season each
game.
— Edited by Brittany Nelson
Aaron Harris/KANSAN
Sophomore pitcher Tanner Poppe winds up for a pitch against the Longhorns Saturday at
Hoglund Ballpark. A strong outing by the Jayhawk pitching staf helped in the 4-2 victory.
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Sophomore third baseman Jordan Dreiling throws the ball to frst for an out Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks lost to the Longhorns, 9-1.
Aaron Harris/KANSAN
Coach Jay Uhlman congratulates sophomore catcher Alex DeLeon after a single against the
Longhorns Saturday Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks won, 4-2.
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Senior shortstop Brandon Macias felds a thrown ball while a Texas player steals attempts to steal second base. Kansas lost the game, 9-1.
Aaron Harris/KANSAN
Teammates congratulate senior infelder Brandon Macias after a home run to start Saturday’s game. The Jayhawks defeated No. 4 Texas, 4-2.
17
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BY GeoffreY Calvert
[email protected]
The Kansas women’s 4-x-400-
meter relay team won in the
second to last event of the after-
noon as a result of two strong
performances from sophomore
Taylor Washington in the second
leg of the race and freshman
Diamond Dixon in the third.
Of course, the Jayhawk men
made sure they weren’t out-
done, winning their 4-x-400-
meter relay, the final event of the
Kansas Relays.
“After the girls won, we had to
win ours or they’ll have bragging
rights on us for the week,” said
senior Keron Toussaint, who ran
the final leg of the men’s relay
for Kansas.
While all four members of
each relay team ran well, it was
Dixon and Toussaint who stood
out. Dixon won the women’s
400-meter dash not even two
hours prior to the relay. Although
Dixon’s legs weren’t fresh for the
relay, she said she wasn’t as tired
as one would anticipate
“I really want to be there for
my team,” Dixon said. “I’m out
there and in it to win it.”
Dixon’s overall performance
in the Relays earned her high
praise from senior Kendra
Bradley, who ran the first leg.
“I heard that she was fast out
of high school but after actually
seeing her run, I did not hear
enough about her,” Bradley said.
The Jayhawks threatened the
meet record, falling short by only
two seconds. They gained the
lead for good in the second leg of
the meet, run by Washington.
“Taylor is our really strong
400 runner,” Bradley said. “Being
second leg is all about getting
out. She held on close until her
last 100 and then she kind of
took out.”
The men’s relay was no less
impressive, and even more excit-
ing. Kansas maintained position
in the top three or four runners
for the duration of the race, but
it wasn’t until Toussaint’s final
200 meters that they moved into
first. It was a sweet ending to a
tough three days for Toussaint.
He was scheduled to run in the
400 meters, but he withdrew
because of a 24-hour flu. Kansas
coach Stanley Redwine allowed
Toussaint to run in one event,
and he made the most of it.
“I just wanted to win,”
Toussaint said with a smile.
— Edited by Emily Soetaert
RELAY REWIND
BY NiColas roesler
[email protected]
A 12-pound ball arching 65
feet through the air and thump-
ing the ground is something that
most people applaud in awe at.
Mason Finley’s father doesn’t, he
expects his son to send the shot
put at least 65 feet.
On his last throw of the day,
Finley met the mark, barely.
With a recorded 19.84-meter
throw (65.09 feet), Finley won
the men’s shot put event on day
three of the Kansas Relays.
“That’s the first time I’ve
thrown outdoors this year,”
Finley, a sophomore said. “So
it’s not a bad mark to open up
with.”
The 19.84 meter throw doesn’t
match his personal best of 20.71
meters, but it was considerably
farther than the second and third
place throws of 17.66 meters and
17.42 meters.
The Colorado native’s mark
at this year’s Kansas Relays was
a proud moment and he said
he was happy he could win his
home meet; however, he has his
eyes set on something bigger.
“My goal definitely is the
national championship,” Finley
said.
Last year, Finley finished sec-
ond in the shot put and the dis-
cus at nationals. He said he has
improved more in his shot put
this season and is aiming to win
the event at this year’s national
championship. And despite his
runaway victory at the Kansas
Relays, he knows he still has to
work on his throws.
“I could get a little more con-
sistent. I have a lot of form stuff
to work on,” Finley said.
Based off his performance
on Friday, there was not much
to point at when looking at his
form. He didn’t once step out
of the throwers circle. But that’s
what is wrong with his form
in his mind. He says he might
need to foul more to really push
himself.
“Maybe I’m thinking about it
too much and making myself
shorter,” Finley admitted. “I like
to make myself a little bigger at
the end.”
Even if he was making himself
“shorter,” his stature and his per-
formance didn’t exude that.
Finley competed in the men’s
discus on Saturday.
— Edited by Becca Harsch
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Sophomore Andrea Geubelle soars through the air during the long jump Saturday. Geubelle
fnished in fourth with a distance of 6.33m.
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Senior KeronToussaint sprints to the fnished line of the 4-x-400-meter relay. Kansas fnished with a time of 3:12.34 for frst place.
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Mason Finley heaves the shot during the shot put event at the 84th Kansas Relays Friday. Finley received the title with a fnal distance of 19.84m
(65-01.25ft.)
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Freshman Diamond Dixon begins her leg of the race during the 4-x-400-meter relay Saturday Kansas won the event with a time of 3:38.55.
10A / NEWS / MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011 / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / kANsAN.cOM
KANSAN.COM / THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN / MONdAy, APRIL 25, 2011 / SPORTS / 11A
D
uring the past weekend, I
found myself watching “Top
Gun” for what must be the
zillionth time. I was appalled to find
out that such an epic movie, which is
forever enshrined in American culture,
received only two stars on the rating
guide from my cable provider. After
all, this is the movie that gave us the
“Danger Zone.”
“Top Gun” works because it plays to
the strengths of its actors, and avoids
their weaknesses. In the movie, Tom
Cruise is allowed to portray the brash,
young-gun image that he wanted to
show the American public. The role fits
Cruise. At the same, time “Top Gun”
does a great job camouflaging his big-
gest weakness — his height.
Cruise supposedly stands at only
5-feet-7. Co-stars Anthony Edwards and
Val Kilmer stand 6-feet-2 and 6-feet,
respectively. Yet the height difference
is never seen throughout the movie.
At most, Cruise looks just a couple of
inches shorter than taller co-stars.
In Cruise’s later film “Cocktail”,
Cruise’s character is noticeably shorter
than co-star Bryan Brown. Now, I’m
not saying the movie is bad because the
height difference is noticeable. However,
I think that if the filmmaker doesn’t
care enough to try to mask it then the
movie may not be worth watching.
The same is true for sports teams.
The best sports teams can hide its weak-
nesses and camouflage them by play-
ing to its strengths.
The Green Bay Packers, that won the
Super Bowl this year, are a great exam-
ple of this. The team did not have much
of a running game after the team lost its
running back Ryan Grant for the season
in the first week.
So throughout the season they called
enough run-plays to keep the defense
on edge, but still focused their offense
on the passing game.
When the Giants won their first
World Series Championship since they
moved to San Francisco last fall, the
lineup that they trotted out was hardly
one that would strike fear into the
opposing pitchers hearts. The Giants
hardly carried the bandwagon fanfare
that the supposedly better all-around
teams carried heading into the playoffs.
But an excellent starting pitching
rotation made up for it. I can confident-
ly say that I have no idea which team
will come out on top with the NBA and
NHL Playoffs now in full swing. But I
will bet that they will be more enter-
taining than “Cocktail.”
— Edited by Samantha Collins
MORNINg bREw
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I think you enjoy the game
more if you don’t know the rules.
Anyway you’re on the same wave-
length as the referees.”
— Jonathan Davies, 1995
FACT OF THE DAY
Te Kansas basketball team will
play 10 nonconference opponents
that advanced to the NCAA post-
season.
— kuathletics.com
TRIVIA OF THE DAY
Q: Kansas is the winningest
team in the past two seasons and
could play the second, third and
fourth team in that category. Who
are they?
A: duke, Kentucky and Ohio
State.
— kuathletics.com
THIS wEEK IN
KANSAS ATHLETICS
‘Top Gun,’ sports not so diferent
BY ETHAN PADWAY
[email protected]
TODAY
Men’s golf
Big 12 Championship
All day
Hutchinson, Kan.
TUESDAY
baseball
vs. Creighton
6:30 p.m.
Omaha, Neb.
Men’s golf
Big 12 Championship
All day
Hutchinson, Kan.
wEDNESDAY
Softball
vs. Wichita State
5 p.m.
Wichita, Kan.
vs. Wichita State
7:00 p.m.
Wichita, Kan.
Men’s golf
Big 12 Championship
All day
Hutchinson, Kan.
THURSDAY
women’s Tennis
Big 12 Championships
All day
Waco, Texas
BY LAurEN DrummoND
[email protected]
The Kansas rowing team com-
peted in the annual Kansas Cup
this weekend at Wyandotte County
Lake in Kansas City, Kan. The
Jayhawks got out to an early 6-0
lead against rival Kansas State by
winning The First Novice Eight and
First Varsity Four races. K-State
responded by winning the next
two Varsity Eight races and even-
tually took the Kansas Cup title by
a score of 13-6. The all-time series
between the two schools, which
began in 1998, is now tied at seven
victories each.
Coach Rob Catloth was satisfied
with his freshmen and varsity four
racers but was disappointed with
his varsity eight rowers. “I think
we were really strong in our fresh-
men races and our varsity four,
but obviously we weren’t strong
enough in our two varsity eight
races. That’s where we have to keep
improving.”
The Kansas Cup was also Senior
Day for 13 Jayhawk rowers. They
were honored in a special recogni-
tion ceremony Saturday. Catloth is
sad to see these seniors go.
“We have a really good senior
class,” said Catloth. “Several of
them have been in top boats since
their sophomore year. There are
some really strong athletes there,
and also student-wise. We’ve
had several on Academic All-
Conference teams. It’s been a really
fun class to work with.”
The kickoff to the Kansas Cup
got started in exciting fashion with
Kansas beating out K-State by less
than a second in the First Novice
Eight race. The Jayhawks were
lead by Caty Clements along with
Hillary Woods, Emily Starr, Emma
Umbarger, Jessica Miller, Elizabeth
Scherer, Katie Hayes, Amanda
Lewis and Hannah Singhal. The
team finished with a time of 7:00.2,
and K-State was very close behind
finishing with a time of 7:01.0.
The second race was a bit less
stressful, with the Kansas Varsity
Four winning with a time of 7:38.4,
which was nine seconds faster than
K-State. This Varsity Four team
was composed of seniors Melissa
Hersh and Caitlin Roach along
with sophomores Ashleigh Allam
and Cheyenne Verdoorn and
junior Lindsey Bricklemyer.
K-State came back to win the
next two races, however. The
Second Varsity Eight race was
won by the Wildcats, with a time
of 6:55.2, which was almost five
seconds faster than the Jayhawks,
who recorded a time of 7:00.5.
The Jayhawks still led the stand-
ings overall with a record of 6-5.
Since the standings were so close,
the winner of the Kansas Cup was
going to come down to the very last
race: The First Varsity Eight. The
Wildcats finished the race with a
time of 6:42.7 while the Jayhawks
came in nearly 11 seconds behind,
with a time of 6:53.8.
The Jayhawks will host the third
annual Big 12 Championship next
Saturday at Wyandotte County
Lake. Kansas will look to knock off
Texas, who has won the champion-
ship the past two years in a row.
K-State and Oklahoma will join
Kansas in trying to knock off the
two-time defending Longhorns.
The first race will begin at approx-
imately 10 a.m. with the Second
Novice Eight race and will con-
clude with the First Varsity Eight
race at 11:20 a.m.
Catloth has high expectations
for the championship next week-
end.
“We’re excited about the Big
12 Rowing Championship,” said
Catloth. “This will be the third
year of the event. Every year the
level of racing at the regatta gets
better, and the competition gets
tougher. We’re really excited to be
hosting it at Wyandotte County
Lake this year. I think it’s going to
be a great regatta with some high-
quality competition.”
— Edited by Erin Wilbert
BY HANNAH WisE
[email protected]
Postseason play is a goal for every
team, but attaining that goal may
become somewhat unrealistic as sea-
sons wane. The softball team is cur-
rently sitting on the bubble as far as
acceptance into NCAA Regionals is
concerned.
They are in this predicament
because of their losing streak dur-
ing conference play. This streak came
after the best start to the season in
school history at 26-3 and after being
ranked No. 22 nationally. Nonetheless,
the team has said all season that they
are a team of fighters, and that has
never been more true than during the
weekend series against Iowa State.
The Jayhawks were defeated 4-3
during Friday’s contest, but rallied
back Saturday to earn an 8-6 victory
and tie the home run record. They
are now 2-14 in conference play and
29-20 overall.
Friday, the Jayhawks found them-
selves trailing going into the fifth
inning. Junior infielder Marissa Ingle
sent her sixth home run of the season
over the centerfield wall to tie the
score 3-3. The cyclones responded in
the bottom of the fifth.
Iowa State sophomore Amandine
Habben hit a bases loaded single
straight to Kansas freshman infielder
Laura Vickers. Vickers tagged the
bases at first to out Habben, but her
throw down to home plate reached
senior catcher Brittany Hile a second
too late, allowing the Cyclones run-
ner to slide in and score.
But on Saturday, Maggie Hull, a
sophomore outfielder, hit her third
grand slam of the season in the top of
the fifth inning to give the Jayhawks
a 7-6 edge against the Cyclones. Hull
stepped up for her team, something
that the coaching staff had challenged
the girls to do after their Wednesday
losses to Tulsa (3-0, 4-2).
“We had a lot of opportunities in
that first game, and we needed some-
one to step up and we just didn’t have
it,” coach Megan Smith said. “Today
Maggie Hull gets up with bases load-
ed and she stepped up big time when
we needed her the most.”
Friday’s loss and Saturday’s win
snapped the team out of their mental
slump and back into the tenacious
fighting mentality that they had at
the beginning of the season.
“We can go to regionals,” Hull said.
“We have a chance of going. All we
have to do is get some more wins.
We are on the bubble. We are a really
good team and we can do this.”
Part of what drives the team is the
respect and love they have for seniors
Allie Clark and Brittany Hile, who
have been leading the team through-
out the season. Clark helped secure
the weekend victory by pitching the
Jayhawks fall short against K-State on Senior Day
Chris Bronson/KANSAN
Kansas’ First Varsity Eight competes in the fnal race of the Kansas Cup Saturday morning. The First Varsity Eight completed the race in 7:00.5, which was fve seconds slower than Kansas State’s First
Varsity Eight. The loss in the fnal race gave the Kansas Cup to Kansas State. The rowing Kansas Cup series is nowtied 7-7.
Jayhawks fght for a spot in tourney
Chris Bronson/KANSAN
Sophomore outfelder Maggie Hull swings at a pitch during her at bat in the frst inning of
the second game against Oklahoma Thursday night at Arrocha Ballpark. Hull went 2-4 with
a home run and three RBI’s in the Jayhawks 13-5 loss to Oklahoma. The Jayhawks remain
winless in Big 12 play.
BY BLAkE scHusTEr
[email protected]
Fatigue seemed to be an issue
for the Kansas men’s club lacrosse
team (7-5) when it fell in Columbia,
Mo., to the Missouri Tigers (10-3)
by a score of 16-9 Friday.
While the Jayhawks did have a
week between their last two games,
they were missing six of its players,
including starting D-pole Kevin
Munch, a senior from Denver. The
missing Jayhawks were at home
celebrating Easter with their fami-
lies.
By the middle of the third quar-
ter the Jayhawks were leading the
Tigers 8-6, but according to Kansas
coach Dennis Shults, it all went
downhill from there.
“We ran out of gas.” Shults said.
“We went up two goals and just
crashed.”
The Jayhawks fielded 17 players
to Missouri’s 28.
Because of the weather, halftime
was shortened from 20 to five min-
utes, which Shults attributed as a
factor in the Jayhawks running out
of energy at the end of the game.
“We didn’t get a breather, and it
really affected us.” Shults said.
Even the players began to realize
they were running on empty.
“It was hard to watch.” said
Tim MacArthur, a freshman from
Tallahassee, Fla. “Lacrosse is a
game of runs, and they had their
best one at the end of the game.”
Although the Jayhawks did
not return to Lawrence victori-
ous, coach Shults has no reason to
believe the teams will play to the
same outcome if they meet again.
“I definitely think we can take
them.” Shults said, “Offensively
they weren’t that good; we just ran
out of gas on defense.”
With the playoffs around the
corner, and both teams in first in
their respective divisions, an early
round matchup may be in place for
the Jayhawks and Tigers.
Kansas will finish out the regu-
lar season at home next week-
end against Saint Louis University
(3-7) on April 30.
The game looks to be a tune-up
for the Jayhawks who will enter the
playoffs the following week, and
Shults has no thoughts about a first
round bounce for his squad.
“We’ve got a good shot.” Shults
said.
— Edited by Erin Wilbert
Kansas runs out of
steam against Tigers
CLUb LACROSSE SOFTbALL
ROwINg
final four innings. She gave up
one run but struck out three bat-
ters. Hile has been the focal point
of the defense, making crucial
plays for outs from behind home
plate and leading the on-field
communication.
This weekend series was a big
improvement, and it was what
the team needed to keep hopes
of a regional appearance alive.
—Edited by Amanda Sorell
Mike Vernon
[email protected]
After being outpitched and
outplayed Thursday and Friday,
the Jayhawks came out Saturday
with their own impressive per-
formance. They beat No. 4 Texas
4-2.
The Jayhawks needed
Saturday’s victory to maintain
.500 for the season. Now their
record is 20-20 overall and 9-9
in conference play.
“The win keeps us in the top
five of our league and allows us
to make something special hap-
pen here in the last month of the
season,” coach Ritch Price said.
The Longhorns owned the
mound in the first two games of
the series, showing off a pitch-
ing staff considered as one of the
best in the country. Texas beat
the Jayhawks Thursday and 9-1
on Friday.
Top pitching prospect Taylor
Jungmann took the mound for
Texas in Thursday evening’s
series opener, and he did not
disappoint. Jungmann kept the
Jayhawk hitters off balance all
game, striking out nine and only
giving up one hit in eight innings
on the mound.
“If you can’t take the fastball
away, you’re going completely
dominated with the breaking
ball, and that’s what he did,”
Price said. “He completely domi-
nated us for eight innings.”
The Jayhawks played the
Longhorns close the first five
innings of the game; taking a
one-run deficit into the sixth
inning. Sophomore Thomas
Taylor wore down after pitch-
ing a strong first five — giving
up six runs in the sixth. Kansas
continued to get rocked after
Taylor’s day was done, losing 9-0
to Texas.
The Longhorns sent senior
Cole Green to the mound on
Friday, and the Longhorns kept
on where they left off. Green
baffled the Kansas hitters, pitch-
ing seven shutout innings against
the Jayhawks.
“All of their pitchers are tough,”
senior shortstop Brandon Macias
said. “They throw a lot of stuff
away and they don’t leave too
many pitches over the plate.”
With Kansas needing a victory
Saturday to save their weekend,
Price knew the Jayhawks would
need a big-time performance
from sophomore Tanner Poppe.
“With the way Texas has
pitched in the first two games
of the series, we knew we were
going to need a big-time pitch-
ing performance Saturday after-
noon,” Price said.
Poppe held it down for the
Jayhawks Saturday, giving up
seven hits for two runs in near-
ly five innings on the mound.
The 6-foot-
5 Kansas
native had
no trouble on
the mound;
he left two
Texas run-
ners stranded
on the bases
in the third,
fourth and
fifth innings.
“They have a really good
staff,” Poppe said. “I knew I had
to go out there the first couple
of innings and put up a couple
of zeroes; give our hitters some
confidence.”
The Kansas bullpen followed
Poppe’s impressive performance
with an even
better one of
their own.
Seniors Scott
He i t s h u s e n
and Wally
Marciel kept
Texas from
getting a hit
for a couple of
innings. Junior
closer Colton
Murray came in for the last two
innings, and shut the Longhorns
down; keeping all but one Texas
batter off the base paths, and
getting the save.
“They were outstanding,” Price
said. “Once you have the lead,
you have to stop the momen-
tum from getting back into the
other dugout and our bullpen
did that.”
The Jayhawks are coming
away from a weekend that was
full of good pitching, knowing
now that they can beat the best,
if they can pitch with the best.
— Edited by Sean Tokarz
SportS
THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN
Kansas splits weekend series against Iowa State to keep NCAA Regional hopes alive.
Jayhawks rally for postseason bid
SoFtBALL | 11A
monday, april 25, 2011 www.kansan.com paGE 12a
By Max rothMan
[email protected]
D
on’t believe a word they
say.
College basketball
players with NBA futures are
asked the same old question, in
varying forms, year after year:
Should you stay or should you
go? (The Clash melody is usually
omitted.)
Out of respect and ethics
(some journalists have those),
the question is often first asked
as the season nears its finish.
Emotions awry, athletes often
pledge allegiance to their school.
“I’m coming back another
year,” Texas freshman forward
Tristan Thompson said repeat-
edly in their locker room at the
BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.,
according to ESPN.com.
“I’ve already signed up for
summer classes,” Thompson said.
And then we heard similar
words from sophomore swing-
man Jordan Hamilton.
“I’m coming back next year,”
he said to the Austin American-
Statesman newspaper. “I think
we will have a great team.”
Thompson and Hamilton
said this on March 19, the day
before their Longhorns fell to
the Arizona Wildcats 70-69 in
the round of 32 of the NCAA
tournament.
Then this Saturday, Hamilton,
Thompson and freshman Cory
Joseph all declared for the NBA
draft, shocking no one in the
process.
Unlike Hamilton, both
Thompson and Joseph have not
yet signed with an agent giving
them the option, until May 8, to
withdraw their names from the
draft. Joseph may very well and
should probably do so.
But with a draft class short
on talent, Thompson will
almost certainly leave for the
league. He’ll sign a contract with
seven to eight figures on it and
likely start his career riding some
bench far away from Austin,
Texas.
This is what it’s taught us:
1) Don’t ever take the words
of young folk as the law, espe-
cially from those who are one
declaration away from millions
of dollars.
2) The Big 12 crown, origi-
nally thought to be Texas’ for the
taking, is open to several suitors
now.
Yes, Jayhawk fans; even with-
out the Morris twins, we could
sit atop the conference once
more. Next year’s team will fea-
ture several new faces and will
likely depend on a few freshmen
in crunch-time. But we’re not
alone.
Baylor has oodles of skills,
but it will also rely on unproven
commodities: sophomore Perry
Jones and freshmen Quincy
Miller and Deuce Bello.
Kansas State will be without its
commander in chief, the soon-
to-graduate Jacob Pullen. So let’s
pin the Wildcats as rebuilders
until further notice.
And after Saturday’s news,
Texas stumbled from the once
unquestionable pinnacle the hard
way. Now Longhorns fans know
to take some words with a brick
of salt.
— Edited by Erin Wilbert
Players pass
up college
for chance
in NBA
Commentary
Jayhawks escape sweep against No. 4 Texas
baseball
kansas relays
Going the distance
Aaron Harris/ KANSAN
Senior infelder Brandon Macias connected for a one-run homerun to start the game of against Texas Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. Kansas improved to .500 in league and overall play with
a 4-2 victory.
“Once you have the lead,
you have to stop the mo-
mentum from getting back
into the other dugout . . .”
Ritch PRice
coach
By GeoFFrey CaLVert
[email protected]
Scott Russell only entered
the men’s javelin for fun. He
wanted to see if he could have
one final good performance
before retiring. He was more
than good, breaking his own
meet record with a throw of 268 feet, 11
inches. Instead of retiring, Russell now
plans to train and attempt to make the
2012 London Olympics. He was perhaps
more surprised by his throw than anyone
else at the Kansas Relays.
“I shouldn’t have thrown that far with
how little I train,” Russell, a 2002 KU
graduate, said. “It didn’t make sense to
me.”
Nevertheless, Russell delighted the
crowd with his record-breaking throw
and good-natured antics. He wore the
pink and blue track jersey that he sported
for three years while on the Kansas track
team, before Nike made them switch to
a traditional crimson and blue jersey his
senior year.
It was a memorable meet for cur-
rent Jayhawks as
well. After failing to notch
an overall victory dur-
ing the first two days
of the Relays, Kansas
picked up 12 titles dur-
ing the final two days.
Sophomore Mason Finley
unsurprisingly picked up
another victory in the shot
put, throwing 65 feet, 1.25
inches.
He nabbed
another victory in
the discus, throw-
ing 193 feet, one i nch.
Freshman Jessica Maroszek notched her
second victory in the discus in her past
two meets, winning by 12 feet, seven
inches. Senior Jordan Scott added some
flair to the pole vault, sporting a colored
Jayhawk patent on the back of his head.
He performed just as well as he looked,
taking first.
Diamond Dixon was perhaps the most
impressive Jayhawk. In her first Kansas
Relays, the freshman led a trio of Kansans
that included senior Kendra Bradley and
sophomore Taylor
Washington to a one-two-
three finish in the women’s
400 meters. Two hours later, all
three of those girls ran for the
victorious Jayhawk squad in the 4x400-
meter relay.
Dixon was named the Outstanding
Female Athlete for her performance. The
men’s 4x400-meter relay team won their
race as well, grabbing their own portion
of the spotlight.
“After the girls won, we had to win
ours or they’ll have bragging rights on
us for the week,” senior Keron Toussaint,
who ran the Jayhawks’ final leg, said.
Sophomore Kyle Clemons, the defend-
ing champion in the 400-meter dash,
helped Dixon sweep the event, crossing
the finish line in 47.67 seconds. Juniors
Donny Wasinger and Rebeka Stowe made
sure they followed the trend. Both set
personal best times on their way to win-
ning the 1,500 meters.
The distance medley relay was the
first event that the Jayhawks swept. The
men’s team of freshmenn
Josh Munsch and Brendan
Soucie, sophomore Derrick
Perry, and junior Austin
Bussing gave the Jayhawks a two
second victory on the men’s side.
The women’s team of freshman Kyra
Kilwein, sophomore Denesha Morris,
and juniors Cori Christensen and Rebeka
Stowe dominated their relay, winning by
21 seconds. The Jayhawks were in a tight
race with Wichita State until Christensen
took off.
“With 300 meters to go in her leg she
(Cori) just took off and kind of broke the
spirits of the Wichita State girls,” Stowe
said. “Wichita State is a pretty strong
program and so we knew we were going
to have to come out here and compete.”
— Edited by Becca Harsch
Mike Gunnoe/KANSAN
Freshman Nick Giancana fies over the bar at the high
jump event Saturday. Giancana fnished in ffth with a
personal best of 2.05 meters.

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