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Kirsti Rooks, a junior from
Overland Park, noticed a red
spot the size of a quarter on
her arm on Sept. 19. When the
spot began to itch and swell
she went to see a doctor.
The doctor said the red spot
was a spider bite that became
infected from the natural bacteria on her skin. Rooks was
given antibiotics and steroid
topical cream to help reduce
the itching and heal the infection.
Rooks isn’t the only one who
has said they’ve noticed a potential spider problem. Some
students and pest controllers
said they have noticed an uptick in spiders, but healthcare
professionals said the potential
increase is hard to pinpoint.
Even for peak spider season,
Joanie Haley, the office manager at Haley Pest Control, said
she has noticed an increase in
calls about spider problems.
“It’s been the worst summer
for spiders,” she said.

orders for spiders, eight for
ants and seven for cockroaches
this year, said Executive Director Shannon Oury.
Oury said this season hasn’t
been out of the ordinary.
Brenda Bertsch, administrative associate at Watkins
Memorial Health, and Becky
Plate, a charge nurse at Prompt
Care, said spider bites are rare.
Plate said they have about one
to two people coming in each
day who think they have a spider bite.
Watkins has seen an increase
specifically in straw mites,
which come from hay, but not
an increase in spider bites,
Bertsch said.
Nearly a week later, Rooks’s
bite is almost cleared up.
However, she maintains she
has noticed an increase in
the number of spiders in her
apartment, and her roommates also had bites.
“I’ve noticed more than usual just hanging around in the
bathroom and where you least
expect them,” she said.
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Haley Pest Control receives
10 to 15 calls a day in reference
to spider bites, Haley said. She
said she thinks the potential
increase in spider bites is because of the heavy rains and
mild summer.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has treated 19 spider bites
in the past year, said Belinda
Rehmer, the communications
coordinator. Rehmer had no
data for August and September spider bites, and she said
she could not comment on
whether there was an increase
in bites. The hospital saw three
to four each month over the
summer.
Peak season for spider bites is
from March through October,
according to research from
Kansas State University.
However, for the Lawrence
Douglas-County Housing Authority and Watkins Memorial
Health Center, spiders haven’t
been an issue.
The
Lawrence
Douglas-County Housing Authority, which oversees 230 family
public housing units, has received five reports and work

Professor’s artwork deals with cultural identities within limits
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For artist and University of
Kansas associate professor
of visual art Norman Akers,
identity
and
boundaries
have played a leading role
in his recent works. Brightly
rendered images of U.S.
presidents’ faces inside spacey
aircrafts are layered over
sketched historical scenes and
vintage-looking road maps.
Akers is known — in his own
words — for portraying topics
of “personal and cultural loss,”
and seeks to express the world
in a light that the majority of
Americans wouldn’t be able to
see.
“There’s always a sense
of loss, be it culturally or
physically, through the loss
of land for the Osage people
and others like us,” Akers said.
“I never meant for my art to
be political, but being a part
of the Osage Nation, when I
express my experiences, it’s
almost impossible for them to
not become politicized.”
Akers grew up in Oklahoma
on the Osage reservations,
which is part of what inspired
his work.
Akers’s most recent exhibit,
“Contested Territories,” is a
series of 20 monoprints that
will be displayed on Sept. 25
at the Percolator Art Space.
Akers uses layers to express his
experience with the difficulty
of “finding one’s space” in a
land that uses boundaries and
titles to fit individuals into his
or her own “specific hole,” he
said.
“Even there is an issue of
having multiple separate
names for one place. The Osage
people call it the reservation,
while the state refers to it as
Osage County,” he said.
Bobbie Rahder, a board
member for the Percolator
Art Space who was inspired
by Akers’s conclusion on space
and how it can define not
only individuals but whole
peoples, took it upon herself to
propose showing “Contested
Territories.”
Akers came to the University
first in 2002 and then in 2007

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Norman Akers is an
associate professor of art.

as a visiting artist. He said he
liked the town’s ambiance.
“It’s a good place for an artist,
and I enjoy the idea of having
a challenge in exposing my art
to a new audience,” he said.
Shortly after his second visit,
Akers was offered a teaching
position by the University’s art
department.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere
here and I thought it was
going to be an important and
interesting challenge to move
to a place outside of where
I had been comfortable,”
Akers said of the different
demographic of people he
would meet in Kansas.
He added: “I also thought
it was important that I come
here and share what I know
and a bit of my culture
especially since Haskell is
down the road.”
Akers became increasingly
concerned about this “lack
of identity” as he traveled for
work, which can be seen in the
use of mapping throughout
his piece. Akers said that over
the years he has come up with
his own “personal symbolic
styles,” like in his most
recent piece, which shows
bright, contrasting colors,
asymmetrical linear patterns
and layered images.
“I always found it interesting,
when I would be driving
home to Oklahoma, how
there would always be sign
telling you exactly where you
were. But for natives, that
sense of place simply doesn’t
correlate,” Akers said. “When
I drive to my mother’s house

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“Occupation,” a monoprint by Norman Akers.

down a small dirt road where
boundaries don’t matter, that’s
when I have a true sense of
place and feel a belonging.”
Growing up in Oklahoma
meant being separated from
his ancestral home, which had
been described to him as the
land of his people, given that
the Osage Nation once existed
in Missouri and Kansas.
Now that he’s in Lawrence,
Akers still needs to make the
trip to and from Oklahoma
to visit his family and friends
he’s left behind. The struggle
of being caught between the
home of his birth and the
home of his people has been
the core inspiration for his
most recent work.
For Akers — and he said he
believes for other natives such
as himself — finding a sense of
identity in his home has been a
difficult process. Not only are
there borders in America that
rarely coincide with the First
Nations’ ethnic and cultural
borders, but even the language
used to describe people and
where they belong can feel
“ostracizing.”

“We use words such
as
‘indigenous,’
‘native,’
‘immigrant’ and others to
dictate where someone may
belong,” Akers said. “But
that rarely covers the whole
subject.”
Rahder agreed with this
sentiment, and said she
believes it’s necessary to
educate through art. She said it
would help others understand
how to look beyond what
they’ve experienced.
“I want the audience to see
his work and understand what
it is that he is trying to convey,”
Rahder said. “I hope that at
least some people become
interested in his art and what
it means.”
“Contested Territories” is
an effort to address several
parts of identity, including
contesting
common
stereotypes associated with
native peoples and examining
what is alien as the natives
become foreigners in their
own land.
“I don’t want to scream and
yell about politics, but this issue
of not knowing one’s sense of

place and not understanding
one’s ancestral homeland is
a real issue that I have had a
personal experience with and
one that I know others like me
have had experiences with,”
Akers said.
This series of monoprints
will be the first major show
that Akers will present in
Lawrence. Having done most
of his work while living in
Oklahoma and New Mexico,
Akers could not predict how
local people would react to
his art.
“As an artist, I want to create
something that makes people
think and hopefully enriches
their lives,” Akers said. “This
is an issue that needs to be
addressed. I don’t think that
my work fits the stereotypical
model of what native art is,
so I hope it appeals to many
people in that I want to them
look at my work, I want them
to learn something and come
to their own conclusion,
hopefully starting a dialogue.”
Although this September
will mark his first in public
exhibit in Lawrence, he’s
already managed to make a
positive impact on campus.
An art student of his, Hannah
Soor, said she enjoys his
work because because of its
“connection to his Native
American heritage and the
way he addresses sense of
place.”
“Some of my favorite
moments were learning how
to build our canvas frames and
panels, and when he would
suggest artists that we might
be interested in looking at that
related to the work we were
making,” Soor said. “I also liked
taking trips to the Spencer
and having discussions about
certain styles and techniques
of paintings — it helped
connect the past with what we
were doing in class.”
Akers’s
“Contested
Territories” will show in the
Percolator Art Space through
Oct. 24. The artist will give a
gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. this
Friday to open the exhibit.
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Nearly 1,400 Douglas County
would-be voters could be removed from Kansas’ registration database when a new regulation takes effect on Oct. 2.
Between 150 and 200 of
those would-be voters live in
on-campus housing, which
includes residence and scholarship halls and three different
on-campus apartment complexes.
Kansas Secretary of State
Kris Kobach issued a new regulation that allows the state to
remove people with partially
completed voter registration
forms from the database. This
means that some potential
voters would have to start the
process over.
The League of Women Voters
of Lawrence-Douglas County

is reaching out to residents to
help them complete their registration process before the
Oct. 2 deadline.
Of the roughly 36,000 voters
across the state who would be
removed, about 1,400 live in
Lawrence. Between 150 and
200 have a 66045 ZIP code,
which is the ZIP code for student housing at the University,
according to Jamie Shew, the
Douglas County clerk.
In 2011, Kansas passed the
Secure and Fair Elections Law
of 2011, or SAFE Act, requiring residents to show proof of
citizenship to register to vote.
Voter applications without
this proof are suspended until
all documentation, which includes application and proof of
citizenship, is received.
Residents on the suspended list are not eligible to vote.
Voters in Kansas may be given
a provisional ballot if there is

any question about their voting eligibility.
During an election, winners
will be announced unofficially when the votes are counted
and will be made official after
provisional ballots are counted
or thrown out.
Lucille King, president of
the League of Women Voters
of Lawrence-Douglas County,
said she worries that many students are unaware that they are
on the list, and that efforts to
inform them aren’t as effective.
Shew said different organizations, including the LWV
of Lawrence-Douglas County,
are trying to inform residents
on the list. The county sends
mail and makes phone calls
to as many people as they can,
but Shew said it’s a tedious
process.
King added that representatives from the LWV have even
gone door-to-door, encourag-

ing people to complete their
applications.
The League of Women Voters
made similar efforts last fall
leading up to the 2014 midterm election.
“Many student voters register
through voter drives on campus,” King said. “A lot of them
either weren’t reading the directions on the application or
just never got around to completing them.”
Voters removed from the
list will have to submit a new
registration application. Craig
McCullah, a media contact for
the Kansas Secretary of State,
said that this allows the local
election offices to close its polls
after 90 days.
“Local election offices spend
a lot of time and money, a lot
of their resources trying to get
a hold of people saying you’re
not completely registered to
vote yet,” McCullah said.

Shew said counties would
either immediately remove all
residents who have been on
the list for 90 days or wait to
remove residents who remain
on the list for 90 days after the
legislation has passed. Shew
said Douglas County is still reviewing all options.
“We certainly won’t remove
residents on the list until after
a few more outreach attempts,”
Shew said. “Trying to do outreach with students is especially difficult because they move
around each year.”
King said representatives
from the LWV of Lawrence-Douglas County will be
on Daisy Hill helping students
register on Tuesday, Sept. 22
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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University differs from national survey
data about campus sexual harassment
MCKENNA HARFORD
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Results of a national survey
released on Monday show that
roughly 12 percent of college
students said they had been
raped or sexually assaulted by
force or incapacitation.
The University did not participate in the national survey
and does its own data collection. The data from the University vary from the new national results, particularly the
amount of students who said
they have experienced sexual

violence — nearly 9 percent
lower than the national statistic.
The survey was conducted
across 27 campuses by the
American Association of Universities and included responses from more than 150,000
students.
In the University’s 2015 climate survey, about 15 percent
of students who participated
said they have been sexually
harassed, compared with 47.7
percent nationally.
Additionally, about 5 percent
of University of Kansas stu-

dents reported experiencing
sexual violence, which is also
lower than 11.7 percent nationally.
Statistics at the University
of Kansas were lower than
national statistics in regard
to students experiencing and
reporting sexual harassment,
including sexual violence, to
a university or police. The
University also had a higher
number of students who said
they knew where to report
complaints compared with the
national statistic.
About 41 percent of University of Kansas students said
they knew where to report
a complaint, while only 25.8
percent nationally said they
were “extremely” knowledgeable on where to report complaints.
Jane McQueeny, executive
director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Ac-

cess, the office where students
can report complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment, said the University promotes its services to students
through campaigns and ads.
Because of this, McQueeny
said, more students are aware
of IOA.
“We’re doing a good job of
getting the message out on
how to report, and I also think
that’s why our reports have
gone up over the years,” McQueeny said.
McQueeny said it’s hard to
know why the University’s statistics are lower than national
statistics.
The 2015 University of Kansas climate survey doesn’t
break down what specific incidents students reported to
IOA or the police, but shows
that about 10 percent of students reported their experiences with sexual harassment,

including sexual violence.
Nationally, the percentage of
students who reported sexual
harassment, including sexual
violence, to the police or a university ranged from 5 percent
to 28 percent, depending on
the kind of incident.
McQueeny said students may
not report incidents to the
University because survivors
blame themselves instead of
holding the assailant responsible. The national survey found
that the most common reason
students didn’t report was because they felt the incident
wasn’t serious enough.
“We need to remove the taboo from talking about [sexual
assault] so it makes it easier for
survivors to come in and report,” McQueeny said.
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Jewish Studies will be a major Students can
at the University in the spring enroll at KU
and JCCC at
the same time
MATTHEW GWIN

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Jewish Studies is the newest addition
to the list of majors students will have to
choose from this spring.
Last week, the Kansas Board of Regents
unofficially approved the addition of the
major. Formal approval from the Regents
should come during its October meeting,
and the process will be finalized after the
Office of the Provost signs off in November.
According to the website, if the major is
approved, the department will start issuing major declaration forms for students
who have already completed the requirements.
The University will join two other Big
12 institutions in offering a Jewish Studies major — Texas and Oklahoma — according to the new degree request sent to
the Regents.
Jewish Studies has been offered as a minor at the University since 2005, but the
creation of a major validates the subject,
said John Younger, director of Jewish
Studies.
“What I’m really looking forward to is
Jewish Studies acting like a department
rather than a stepchild of another program,” Younger said.
Younger said he has been advocating a
Jewish Studies major for three years. He
said the major would give the depart-

What does the
Jewish Studies
major program
look like?

ment an opportunity to exercise more
freedom. He said Jewish Studies has operated under both the Religious Studies
Department and the Center for Global
and International Studies in the past.
“In a sense we’ve always had to answer to somebody, so it will be rather
interesting to be an independent unit
— although still affiliated with this new
institute [the Center for Global and International Studies] — and to start acting
like an independent unit,” Younger said.
Jay Lewis, executive director of Hillel,
said he believes the major would help
diminish stereotypes of Kansas as unwelcoming to minority students.
“This is huge for the University of
Kansas,” Lewis said. “What it does for
students to study and dive into Jewish
studies is great, but it also helps break
down the stereotypes of Kansas. Not only
can we say we have courses [in Jewish
Studies], but the fact that there’s a Jewish
Studies major says a lot about KU.”
Younger said he argued for the major
in part because the University has about
2,000 Jewish students.
“I would never think of KU as a magnet for Jewish Studies, but apparently it
is," he said. "A lot of that is due to Hillel
— Hillel is very active — but obviously there’s something about KU being a
Jew-friendly campus.”
Younger added that the department
feels ready to deal with the responsibil-

ities inherent in being a major program.
“Like any unit, I want to start development with a capital ‘D’ in a financial
sense as well as having contacts," he said.
"Looking down the road, very far down
the road, we’ll have alumni, and we’ll
want to nurture those contacts with our
alums."
Samuel Brody, an assistant professor of
religious students, said the department
also plans to build strong relationships
with other University humanities departments.
“Once Jewish Studies is really fully
fledged as its own independent major, I
think given the interdisciplinary nature
of the faculty involved people can look
forward to hopefully another stage of
Jewish Studies working with other humanities programs on campus.” Brody
said.
In addition to those interdisciplinary
connections, Younger said he hopes to
expand the program’s global connections
as a result of having a major.
“The idea of any program is having students who you can send out to do study
abroad work or internships, so that you
feel like you’re the hub with spokes going
out that have influence,” Younger said.
“Being able to graduate majors with a BA
in Jewish Studies will be another one of
those spokes.

2 courses
Jewish history and/or
culture

2 courses/completion
200-level courses in
Hebrew or Yiddish

2 courses
Judaism

3 courses
Electives

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Capstone Course
JWSH 601

MIKE MAICKE
@MJ_Maicke

The University and Johnson
County Community College
have partnered to allow students to fully enroll at both
institutions at the same time.
According to a news release
from JCCC, students can now
take their core classes at the
community college while taking more degree-specific classes at the University during the
same semester.
Under this new partnership,
students will be able to utilize
more academic programs and
resources like tutors, counselors and access to research
centers.
“This has been a student-driven process rather
than an institution-driven
process,” said Andy Hyland,
an assistant director of strategic communications for the
University. “It’s about helping
students be successful.”
Hyland said he believes the
institutions working together is vital in helping Johnson
County transfer students stay
on pace to graduate with a
four-year degree at the University.
“Students who get almost all

of their community college
credits to transfer are 2.5 times
more likely to earn a four-year
degree than those who are able
to transfer less than half their
credits,” Hyland said.
According to the JCCC website, more than 40 percent of
students enrolled in courses
there say they plan to transfer
to another college.
The partnership between
schools is attempting to soften
the transition in the trend of
two years at a community college followed by two years at a
larger university.
“We listened to students
who wanted to take courses at
each institution when it’s best
for them, rather than the traditional and more rigid twoplus-two model,” Hyland said.
This new system is available
to students now, and Hyland
said he believes this is a simple and effective way to help
students make the most out of
transferring.
“It wasn’t very difficult for us;
[it] just took coordination," he
said. "We have a good partnership and are familiar with each
other, so it wasn’t very hard."

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Dining chief: Jay Break to stay closed
HALLIE WILSON
@halliew20

David Mucci, director of KU
Dining, answered questions
about the closure of the Jay
Break Snack Bar in Murphy
Hall at Swarthout Recital Hall
on Tuesday morning.
Mucci called the event a conversation between him and the
students. He began by explaining the reasons behind the Jay
Break closure.
Currently, the Jay Break is
losing about $5,000 a year,
Mucci said.

"While it's not a monumental
deficit, it is something to be
cognizant of when trying to
keep a total food service operational and solvent," Mucci
said.
Mucci also said that after
looking at the financials and
factoring in the opening of the
DeBruce Center next semester,
KU Dining and other campus
officials decided it would be
best to close the Murphy location.
Students will be able to use
the DeBruce Center for their
dining needs, as it will have a

coffee shop, as well as a cafe
and restaurant. Mucci said
the proximity of the DeBruce
Center and Murphy makes it
an accessible location for students.
During the discussion, some
students disagreed with Mucci
and said they're worried they
won't have time to get food at
DeBruce between classes.
The DeBruce Center food
stops will also have longer
hours and more food options
than Jay Break, which Mucci
said he thought would benefit
students.

However, students still hope
to find a way to keep Jay Break
open.
The DeBruce Center is scheduled to open on March 1, so
Mucci said they dining would
keep Jay Break open through
March to see how revenues
compare between it and the
DeBruce Center food options.
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This photo shows a stolen combine on the side of a road near Ellinwood, where it
stopped after police in pursuit fired at the fleeing piece of farm equipment to disable it.

Man steals combine
and slow chase ensues
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Associated Press

John Roth figures it was a
bullet to the oil filter that killed
his old Case IH combine and
brought a slow-speed police
chase to an otherwise peaceful
end.
Officers fired 18 rounds into
the farm implement, which had
been stolen Tuesday night from
a cornfield east of Ellinwood
in central Kansas. But not before the combine rammed two
patrol cars, hit a parked pickup truck and damaged power
poles as it attempted to elude
officers at speeds approaching
20 mph.
“Since 1981 I’ve chased a lot of
vehicles, but we’ve never chased
a combine,” Barton County
Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
A 37-year-old Ellinwood man
was arrested on suspicion of a

number of charges, but no formal charges had been filed as of
Wednesday afternoon. Barton
County prosecutor Doug Matthews said he anticipated that
would happen soon.
Deputies arrived at a county road near Roth’s property
around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday after
receiving a call about an abandoned vehicle. Soon, a 911 call
told of a combine with no lights
“weaving from ditch to ditch”
east of the 1,200-person town,
Bellendir said.
Andrew Sieker slowed down
for a curve when he encountered the oncoming implement
— an eight-row corn head on
the front.
“We met right at the curve
and I swerved out of the way,”
said Sieker, himself a farmer.
“He swerved and hit some guy
wires. It was close.”
The combine struck several

power poles and a pickup truck
in Ellinwood, ripping the corn
head from the implement.
When an officer approached,
the man put the machine in
reverse and rammed the officer’s car before fleeing the
scene, Bellendir said. During
the chase, a deputy pulled in
front of the machine to set a
roadblock, but it was rammed
and dragged. Two officers then
opened fire, shooting out the
tires and hitting the motor.
The sheriff said the suspect,
who owns the vehicle that was
found abandoned on the road,
was trying to restart the machine when he was taken into
custody.
Bellendir said no administrative action would be taken
against the officers, who were
deemed justified in disabling
the farm implement because of
the threat it posed.

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Shift to e-books is counterproductive
to learning needs of college students
MATTHEW CLOUGH
@mcloughsofly

I have an suggestion for KU parking!
Campus wide parking permit. No more
stupid color zones.
I need a time turner
to catch up on all
the sleep I need. Or
a miracle. Or a day
long nap...
Just overheard a girl
profusely apologizing to her grandma..
What did you do to
your grandma?!
It’s noon and the
underground isn’t
bursting at the seams
with people. What is
the world coming to?
Day 16: not sure if
they’ve noticed me
wearing the same
shorts all this time...
The hate that KU
Parking gets is justified

Since the rise in popularity of tablets and e-readers,
the debate between physical
books and digital books has
begun to spread through
society. Most college students
have become familiar with
books in digital form, often
consulting online sources
and articles before completing online assignments and
submitting their work—where
else?—over the Internet.
But shifting to an education
system in which texts are only
accessible online is a mistake,
particularly for those not at
the university level.
Last week, the Lawrence
Journal-World reported certain classes in Lawrence high
schools are now using digital
versions of textbooks rather
than checking out physical
copies to students. While
physical copies are still available for these courses, they
can only be found in classroom sets of 13 and cannot be
removed from the classroom.
So, when students sit down to
do homework, they have to
access their textbooks online.

But what happens if a student
doesn’t have a reliable internet
connection or an internet
connection at all?
Such a system creates inequality issues between those
students whose families have
Internet at home and those
who don’t. If students can’t
readily access it at home, then
they must go out of their way
to try to find somewhere else
with a reliable connection—
not to mention the need for
transportation and the time it
would take to get somewhere
else.
After recognizing the
potential issues with this shift
for low-income students,
Lawrence school officials
purchased 25 additional
laptops for both high schools
in the city. These laptops are
available for check-out by
students, so the situation has
gotten better. But even if there
are enough devices to ensure
equity among all students,
digital textbooks are not the
most beneficial way to promote learning.
According to a 2013 study
from USA Today, students
don’t tend to comprehend
information as well when it’s
presented as an e-book. Stu-

dents who read digitally also
weren’t able to recall as much
information as those who read
in a standard physical book.
The Guardian suggests those
who read digital books are not
able to reconstruct chronology
of events nearly as accurately
as those who read physical
copies. This is especially important in courses like history,
which are predominantly the
ones using digital books in
Lawrence schools.
The shift to online learning isn’t necessarily the best
option for college students
either. A 2012 survey of
students at four-year colleges
and universities found that
e-books accounted for only
nine percent of all textbook
purchases. It’s not a surprising
statistic. Many students find
notetaking and annotation
features on e-readers clumsy,
and it can be difficult to find
certain passages in texts because pages aren’t numbered
as they are in print.
Digital textbooks and online
articles aren’t a bad component to the learning process,
especially as time progresses
and the shift becomes more
prominent. But offering
texts exclusively online is a

MATTHEW CLOUGH/KANSAN

hindrance to student learning
needs and comprehension.
Digital sources are fine as supplemental or hybrid materials,
but courses driven by online
texts aren’t benefiting our

education system.
Matthew Clough is a junior
from Wichita studying English
and journalism.

I was a little bit
offended by Alcohol
Edu my Freshman
year, I’m apalled and
embarrassed by this
new “sexual harassment training”
Oreo cheesecake
person: Yes, I would
judge. I can’t stand
quitters. Eat the
whole thing.
Biggest lie told in
college towns: “I’m
never going to drink
again.”
College is 10%
smarts, 40% no sleep,
30% Redbull and
20% crying.
So you’re telling me
that yoga can get
you college credit
hours but napping
can’t? I want justice.
Shoutout to the people that work really
hard on this newspaper each and every
day.
honestly in comparison to cats, i’ll take
dogs.
The way I see it,
we’re 5/16 of the way
through the semester.
And the remaining
9/16 just isn’t going
to happen.
“A friend is a present
you give yourself,”
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Bistro
Boobytrap is my
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Thomas Richmond, a senior from Lawrence, displays a tattoo.

Despite societal taboos, employers
should allow tattoos in the workplace
AUNGELINA DAHM
@aungelina_dahm

“Are you sure you’ll be able
to get a job with that?”
“Make sure you get it in a
place where you can easily
cover it up.”
These are common statements and questions that a
person with tattoos or who
is considering a tattoo will
receive.
Tattoos are ways people can
express themselves. Recently,
tattoos have been considered
an art form. But just as the
questions above imply, there
are many people who are
hesitant to get tattoos because
of the potentially negative
impact it could have when

searching for jobs.
Tattoos should not be discriminated against, especially
while a person is pursuing a
job. There are people like me
who choose to dress as dark
as their soul and define who
they are by designing their
skin with meaningful words
and symbols. I am no longer
the minority; more people are
adopting tattoos. It is time the
workplace did the same.
It's the 21st century. People
aren’t nearly as conservative
as they were back when our
parents and their friends were
getting inked.
The cultural shift in the past
two decades is diminishing
the taboo against tattoos,
according to USA Today. Now,
there are three fundamental

concerns employers have with
hiring people with tattoos:
“the belief that an employee
will not be taken seriously by
tradition-minded clients, the
concern that the organization’s
brand or image might be
compromised by outlandish
tattoos, and the concern that
one person’s body art could
be perceived as offensive or
hostile to a co-worker or
customer.”
With this cultural shift,
some companies are changing
their dress code to make their
employees feel more comfortable in the workplace and to
avoid turning away potentially
unparalleled employees just
because they’re inked from,
let’s say, chest to toe.
For example, Starbucks

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changed its dress code this
past January to a more policy
that is more accepting of
tattoos. As a barista there, I
am now allowed to show the
tattoo on my forearm.
The Children’s Hospital in
St. Louis allows tattoos to go
uncovered as long as designs
are not considered offensive
or unprofessional. These companies, along with PetSmart
and Wal-Mart, are among
the growing list of alternative
dress codes in the workplace.
More companies need to look
to these businesses because
they are the pioneers of tattoo
acceptance.
Tattoos are far from being
universally accepted, especially from the chest up. Neck
and face tattoos are still widely
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disapproved and are often not
allowed in dress codes that
have been modified to accept
tattoos on other parts of the
body.
In today’s world, we should
refrain from judging people
based on their appearance.
Tattoos have become a tool of
expression and individuality.
They should be accepted in
the workplace as a way to
value diversity and to use it
to strengthen the company
and its relations. Whether an
individual should get tattoos
should not be decided by their
future job.
Aungelina Dahm is a
freshman from Chicago
studying journalism and
political science.
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EDITORIAL BOARD
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Editorial Board are Katie
Kutsko, Emma LeGault,
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HOROSCOPES ››
WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?
Aries (March 21-April 19)
For nearly eight weeks,
with Mars in Virgo, work
becomes a constant
theme. Get financial details
lined up over the next
month with yesterday's
Libra Sun. Make shared
decisions. Peace and quiet
get productive.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
For nearly eight weeks,
with Mars in Virgo, fun and
romance captures your attention. Postpone financial
discussions and important
decisions today. Don't
overspend, even for a good
cause. Your team comes
through for surprising
success.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Changes are required.
Beautify your space, with
Mars in Virgo for two
months. Compromise, for
ease and grace. No stretching the truth now; not
even a little. Secrets get
revealed. Avoid arguments.
Heed your elders. Let
someone in.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For about two months,
with Mars in Virgo, communications unlock new
doors. Dance gracefully with an unexpected
reaction. Carefully crafted, direct words soothe
inflammation. Rekindle
passion. Friends help you
advance. They lead you to
the perfect answer.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Save up for something
special. For nearly eight,
weeks (Mars in Virgo),
work to increase income.
Put your muscle into it.
Moderate a controversy
with family finances. Avoid
risky business. Defer gratification and budget for
what you want.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Share the load or drop it.
For two months, with Mars
in Virgo, personal matters
take center stage. Stick
to the truth, even when
awkward. Compromise.
Provide cool common
sense. Do it carefully or do
it over.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Slow down to avoid accidents. Navigate errors and
let the little stuff go. Get
into peaceful retreat mode
for the next two months.
Clean, sort and organize.
Look back to gain perspective on the road ahead.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Grow profitable opportunities through socializing.
Harness group power over
the next two months, with
Mars in Virgo. Energize a
community effort. Don't
borrow or lend ... contribute while leaving time for
work, family and health.
Balance is key.
Sagittarius(Nov.22-Dec.21)
Take your professional passion to the next level. If you
must ruffle feathers, do it
gently. Assert your position
with humor. For nearly
eight weeks, with Mars in
Virgo, career advances are
available. Practice what
you love.
Capricorn(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Travel beckons for about
two months, with Mars in
Virgo. Nail down reservations early. There are still
many secrets to be discovered. Don't try to run away.
Think of someone who
needs you. New information changes things.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Don't let financial constraints stop you. For
about two months, with
Mars in Virgo, review
and organize finances
for increased power and
income. Private conversations reduce stress. The
truth gets revealed. Find
new ways to earn.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Provide support (rather
than criticism) to someone
in authority. Your partner
contributes valuable data.
For about two months,
with Mars in Virgo, work
together for greater power.
Take advantage of a rising

A conversation with Vince Staples

DEF JAM RECORDINGS
Vince Staples released his debut album, “Summertime ‘06,” on June 30 and will be in Lawrence on Sept. 29.

CHRISTIAN HARDY
@ByHardy

Vince Staples’s mindset and
perspective can be explained by
only a few words: “It is what it is.”
The Long Beach rapper’s
rhymes and lyricism are keen,
but his honesty and ability to
speak the truth regardless of the
circumstances are almost more
so.
Though he didn’t grow up aiming at a rap career, Staples has
carved out a place for himself
in the rap industry and landed
among the top West Coast “gangster rappers” of this generation.
Staples came up as a close partner of Odd Future centerpiece
Earl Sweatshirt, then found his
sound somewhere in between
the eerie cynicism of Sweatshirt
and the upfront activism of Kendrick Lamar.
All of that culminated on his
debut album, Summertime ‘06,
which was released on June 30
as a two-disc story that dove
through the reality of growing up
in Long Beach and being born
into a lineage gang culture. Maybe that environment is what has
made him so honest in his craft
today.
Staples talked to The Kansan
about the environment the Internet has created for artists, hiphop as popular culture and the
negative connotations of being
black and in a gang leading up to

his solo performance at Liberty
Hall on Sept. 29.
Kansan: Who is Vince Staples?
Staples: Vince Staples is a rap
artist and also an interior designer from Long Beach, Calif. Make
sure you put the interior part in
there, because that’s a lie. And,
yeah man, we just make songs.
I’ve played in Lawrence a couple
times, I’ve been there with Earl
Sweatshirt, I’ve been there with
ScHoolboy Q. We just like to
have a good time.
Kansan: How’s the tour with
Tyler, the Creator and A$AP
Rocky going? Where are you
guys at right now?
Staples: We’re headed to Philadelphia, or in Philadelphia. One
of the two. It’s good. It’s a cool experience to be around all of these
different minds. It’s always cool,
bringing together the different
kinds of music and different fan
bases. It’s cool to see.
Kansan: I saw you talk about
the concept of laptop rappers before the album came out. When
you think of laptop rappers, who
do you think of? How would you
describe them?
Staples: The internet has this
glass ceiling. Some artists you
could be looking into on the Internet, but you would never play
them like, in a car, not necessarily on radio. To escape the realm
of the Internet, they don’t really
translate well into the actual life.
There’s a lot of things that go vi-

ral that we won’t really consider
to be actual when it comes to the
actual realm of music.
That’s all I mean by that. It’s
kind of difficult to escape the Internet sometimes when it comes
to certain things. There are all
those artists, they kind of blow
up, they have that one big viral
video, but they’re never really
respected as artists. I don’t really know if it’s fair or not, but it’s
just the nature of the way things
are nowadays. There can be artists who had a really great song,
but it’s not about you, it’s about
that one song. It could have been
because it was funny, it could be
been because of a vine, it could
have been anything that really
brought you into that position.
That’s just the nature of this shit
sometimes.
Kansan: Were you ever in that
frame? Was that ever a thing for
you? Just getting over the Internet. I feel like Earl Sweatshirt
really got you through that phase
because once your name got out
there, it was on a record with
him.
Staples: When Earl first got out
there, he wasn’t blowing up. Early
on when I met him, there wasn’t
much commercial success up
until [Tyler, the Creator] broke
through. So I definitely feel like
it wasn’t necessarily all the way
there. If I was being realistic with
where we were, it was still very
much something that was true,

like there are still people that haven’t heard Earl Sweatshirt songs,
no matter how big we are. We
gotta understand that.
No matter how big our world
might be, it’s still not a Drake,
or Kendrick Lamar, or J. Cole,
where everyone has heard us. I
don’t feel like I started off — of
course I had to fight to get a head
start — I didn’t start out on, for
lack of a better word. But you
know what I mean, what people like to call on and what was
an automatic process; you don’t
have to work hard to get anything.
I’ve had shows, I’ve played
shows with Earl that were half
full, you know what I mean? I’ve
played shows by myself that were
half full. I’ve played shows with
bigger acts that were half full. It’s
all a process, man. These markets, man. It’s a tricky thing to me
to get the Internet to to make the
shift to what’s real.
Kansan: How do you make
that shift, then? Blue Suede was
commercial, a few other things
from you are on iTunes and Google Play, but how did you make
that transition?
Staples: To me, music should
always be commercial. It should
always be something that’s purchased because it holds a value.
Things that don’t have value are
free. So, if music has a value, and
we’re all fans of music, it should
always be for sale. Every artists

should start as a commercial artist; that’s why the music is made,
to a certain extent. That’s why
all the time put into the music
is to eventually turn a profit and
make a career and life out of it,
doing something that you love. It
should always be viewed as that.
I don’t feel like ... going commercial isn’t a thing. It’s sad. ...
An artist is trying to feed themselves off the music is considered
them making a transition. That
should always be what it is. But
it’s viewed as, you know, music
is just free and we’re supposed
to just give out music at a high
value at a fast rate, and it’s all supposed to be free. ... You should
never give less support because
something is for sale. If anything,
you should have more support
because that says where we are
as people.
Kansan: Going off that, do
you think rap will ever be “the
genre?” Do you think it will be
respected in general by the general population?
Staples: Rap is the genre. Rap is
culture. Hip-hop culture is popular culture, it is American culture.
Tell me who the rock star is right
now?

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Arts Center to host a ‘70s-themed 40th
anniversary celebration on Final Friday
HARRISON HIPP
@harrisonhipp

The Lawrence Arts Center
will celebrate its 40th anniversary downtown this Friday,
Sept. 25 with a '70s themed
block party.
The party outside the Arts
Center will feature live music
and different retro activities.
The 40th anniversary block
party provides a festival atmosphere, with new exhibitions
and activities inside and music
and vendors outside. The staff
at the LAC has been planning a
40th anniversary party for the
past year or two, Arts Center
CEO Susan Tate said.
"We just wanted to throw it
back to 1975 to honor the 40
years of the Arts Center being
in existence,” Development
Director Heather Hoy said.
Final Fridays is an event
where all things cultural come
together in downtown Lawrence on the last Friday of
each month. This year there'll
be flashback crafts, Disco 101
and a sitcom-athon with 1970s
sitcoms playing in the theatre
located in the Lawrence Arts
Center.
“The Lawrence Arts Center
started in a very small and intimate way and responded to
the interests of the people in
Lawrence. As the community
grew, the Lawrence Arts Center grew," Tate said.
The Arts Center was previously housed in the Carnegie
building on 9th and Vermont

St. downtown. Built in 1904,
it is currently listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Since its founding,
the Arts Center has become a
key part of the Lawrence community, Tate said. As the Arts
Center grew, its founders contemplated additions onto the
Carnegie building to further
accommodate the program.
However, restrictions on additional construction because of
the building's historical status
made relocation a reality.
"We rented dance studios at
the end of the block," said Ann
Evans, founding Executive Director of the Arts Center. The
program eventually partnered
with Treanor Architects to
construct the current 40,000
square foot building funded by
a mix of city contributions and
private donations.
"When we opened this new
building [in 2002], we really
expanded what we were able
to do in three areas: temporary
exhibitions, live performance,
and visual and performing
arts education," Tate said. “I
am proud of Lawrence, Kansas
for creating and sustaining the
Lawrence Arts Center — very
proud.”
With indoor exhibitions, outdoor activities and music free
to the public, the Arts Center’s
40th anniversary party invites
all of Lawrence to celebrate
the city’s cultural diversity as a
part of the September edition
of Final Fridays. Several of the
event's crafts include pet rock
making, vintage t-shirt print-

CAROLINE FISS/KANSAN
At 840 Massachusetts Street, Yuri Zpancic had his work, ZOOM, displayed for Final
Fridays. People came through to admire the work of the local artist on Aug. 28.

ing, and a tent to dance the
hustle and other '70s dances.
There will also be a reunion
show from theater troupe
Seem-to-Be-Players; a group
that features the Arts Center's
Artist Director of Performing
Arts Ric Averill. He and his
wife Jeanne founded the group,
which has not performed since
a 2008 show at the Arts Center.
The event will last from
5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the
film screening of "Big Eyes"
will start at 9 p.m. Based on
a true story, this Tim Burton
film starring Amy Adams and
Christoph Waltz tells the story
of artist Margaret Keane, who
became known for frequently

depicting large-eyed subjects
in her work.
Live music will kick off
starting at 6:30 p.m. with performances from local bands
Truckstop Honeymoon and
Chuck Mead and the Grassy
Knoll Boys. Truckstop Honeymoon is a two-piece band
that's been active for 11 years.
The band is made of married
couple Katie and Mike West
who tour with their four children. The duo has toured three
continents and are currently
signed to Squirrel Records.
Chuck Mead and his Grassy
Knoll Boys will follow shortly after. Mead got his musical
start leading bands in Law-

rence but currently lives in
Nashville. He and the Grassy
Knoll Boys will soon embark
on a European tour in support
of a new album out in December in collaboration with UK
artist Beans and Toast.
Hoy said Chuck is from Lawrence so it’s "bringing somebody back home."
Food and beverages will also
be available from Free State
Brewery, the Mad Greek, Purple Carrot, Fine Thyme Foods,
Drasko’s Food Truck, Torched
Goodness, Air Summer Snow
and Juice Stop.

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It’s not innovative, but
Drake and Future’s new
project is worth a listen
RYAN WRIGHT
@ryanwaynewright

Drake has had a busy 2015.
He released his platinum
album “If You’re Reading
This It’s Too Late,” made his
Meek Mill feud the subject of
memes across the Internet and
now he’s collaborated with Future for an 11-track mixtape,
“What a Time To Be Alive,”
that dropped on Sunday night.
This project comes as quite a
surprise — no one knew about
it until the two began posting
cryptic messages on social
media hinting at the project.
Drake and Future have
collaborated a few times in the
past, but if someone would
have told me a month ago that
this project would come out,
I would have called them a
filthy liar.
That being said, this isn’t
something you listen to
if you want to hear deep,
thought-provoking commentary from two of today’s top
minds, but it’s a fun listen.
This is primarily because of
incredible production from

Metro Boomin, who produced
seven of the project’s 11 songs.
This is a Drake and Future
project, but Metro Boomin
absolutely steals the show
with his hard-hitting, grimy
production.
On this record, Drake and
Future aren’t making sappy
music that’ll make you want
to drunkenly text your ex at
4 a.m. This project has music
that’ll undoubtedly be played
in strip clubs across the country (also because of Metro
Boomin’s production). And
I mean that in the best way
possible. The lyrics are fun
and braggadocious, backed by
great production. And that’s
OK because the duo didn’t
aim to change the sound of
music with this project.
Despite this being a collaborative effort between Drake
and Future, it sounds more
like a Drake album that Future
is featured on in every track
(besides the last two, which
are solo tracks by each artist).
Drake does most of the heavy
lifting in this album with his
confidence, energy and overall

showmanship — a problem
that has often plagued collaborative records.
2011’s “Watch the Throne”
had this problem as well.
Kanye West carried that
album while Jay-Z took a
backseat. However, this still
comes as a bit of a shock
because Future’s recently
released record “Dirty Sprite
2” was sensational.
The mixtape’s second track,
“Big Rings,” is notably one
of the worst songs Drake has
been involved with in years.
The chorus is excruciatingly
awkward while the verses
aren’t much better.
Drake and Future are an
unlikely pairing. One artist is
a middle-class guy from Toronto while the other is a trap
rapper from Atlanta. Nevertheless, the two come together
for a pretty solid project.
What a time to be alive.
— Edited by Maddy Mikinski

JAE C. HONG/AP PHOTO
In a Nov. 30, 2014 file photo, rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the
Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, in Los Angeles.

Ryan Adams’s full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s
‘1989’ differentiates itself from its namesake
JARRET ROGERS
@JarretRogers

On Sunday night musician
Ryan Adams released the
highly anticipated and widely discussed album, "1989,"
which is his take on Taylor
Swift's "1989" from last year.
In August, Adams (known
for his songs in the early
2000s, such as “When The

Stars Go Blue”) announced
he was working on a trackfor-track cover of Swift’s
2014 album. Fans got a
preview of the album when
Adams' version of the song
“Bad Blood” debuted last
Thursday on Apple Music's
Beats 1 radio.
While the songs are Swift’s,
don’t confuse Adams' "1989"
with a typical cover album.

Adams is not taking exactly
what Swift did and simply
adding his voice. For his
version of "1989," Adams
transformed the music by
taking Swift's perspective
and incorporating his own
sound and experience.
The music comes from
guitars and pianos, making
the songs feel different, and
there are some minor lyric

changes. In an interview
with Zane Lowe, Adams said
it was never his intention to
change the intent of Swift’s
songs.
Adams reimagines an
already great album and
adds another facet to his
extensive discography. For
Swift, Adams' album is a
great way for "1989" to live
on. When her perspective

grows old, you can escape
into Adam’s voice, which
picks you up and takes you
on a completely different
journey than Swift's.
What does this mean? It
means Adams thought about
the album in a different way
than Swift. He didn't just
rework it to make it sound
like him; he went deeper
and did what he could to

make it feel like him.
Taking Swift’s music and
making it his own could’ve
easily been too daunting for
Adams—considering the
love of the original "1989."
But, on his version of the
album, Adams takes songs
and is bold until the very
end.
— Edited by Colleen Hagan

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Trending: ‘Stonewall’ director
defends himself in interview
COURTNEY BIERMAN
@KansanNews

Roland Emmerich’s "Stonewall" is already experiencing a
flood of criticism and scathing
reviews before its Sept. 25 release date. The film, which tells
the story of the 1969 Stonewall
Riots, is controversial because

of its cast of primarily white,
cisgender male characters
when the riots were actually
started by drag queens, lesbians, and transgender women
of color.
"Stonewall" has already
achieved an 11 percent “rotten” rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Vanity Fair called the film “ter-

ribly offensive and offensively
terrible.”
Emmerich defended himself
in a recent Buzzfeed article in
which he discussed his reasons
for fictionalizing the riot by
centering it on a fictional character named Danny.
“You have to understand
one thing: I didn’t make this
movie only for gay people, I

made it also for straight people,” Emmerich told Buzzfeed.
“I kind of found out, in the
testing process, that actually, for straight people, [Danny] is a very easy in. Danny’s
very straight-acting. He gets
mistreated because of that.
[Straight audiences] can feel
for him.”
The Internet isn’t having it.

If your Grindr profile says “No fats, no fems, no Asians, no
Blacks, and no guys over 30”, you will love Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall.
— @samkalidi

I would send @rolandemmerich the Nicki Minaj “What’s
Good” meme but he’d probs just replace her for Taylor
Swift and send it back #Stonewall
— @J_Manasa

Roland Emmerich’s interview on #Buzzfeed about altering the story of #Stonewall to please a straight audience
just angers me, tell the truth
— @James_T_Higgins

like, media about pivotal moments in #lgbtq history don’t
exist to make straight people feel comfortable. #Stonewall
— @maryleong

#Stonewall - Emmerich’s most recent disaster movie.
— @two35am

This movie will not help the LGBT community if they are
not represented right. You had one job! #Stonewall
— @Daniel_Bass_20

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Kansas (the band) will come to the Kansas (the
state) to perform at the Lied Center on Oct. 2
RYAN MILLER
@Ryanmiller_UDK

The band Kansas may not be
in Kansas anymore, but they
are returning in October for
a series of concerts around
the state. One of their stops
includes the Lied Center on
Oct 2.
“I always enjoy coming
home,” said Richard "Rich"
Williams, the lead guitarist for
Kansas and one of the original
band members from 1974. “So
when I can, I come in earlier or
stay late and spend more time
(here), you know it’s my roots,
it’s where I grew up, where I’m
comfortable.”
Derek Kwan, the executive
director for the Lied Center,
said he’s excited to have a band
that has withstood the test of
time bring people of diverse
ages and backgrounds together to celebrate the University’s
150th birthday.
“We were thinking of a great
way to celebrate the 150th
birthday of the University by
bringing together the band
that helped put the state of
Kansas on the map, and the
University that put Kansas on
the map,” Kwan said.
The band’s stop in Lawrence
is one of 95 shows this year, a

jump since the introduction of
Ronnie Platt, the new vocalist for Kansas, after longtime
member Steve Walsh retired in
July 2014.
Williams said that change —
like Walsh's retirement — is
sometimes necessary to open
doors for other opportunities.
“I’ve been through enough
change now in my life to not
fear it anymore," Williams
said. "You know one door closes, another one opens, and you
walk through the door and
make the best of the next situation. I’ve come to find that all
these changes were always necessary to get to the next place."
Since Platt joined the band,
Kansas has gone from doing
around 65 shows a year to 95,
and fans have embraced Platt.
“He’s very respectful to Steve
and Steve’s legacy. He is his
own singer, but he still sings
Kansas songs as they were
written," Williams said. "He’s
very respectful to that and the
crowd is loving what he does,
much more than I would have
anticipated.”
Since Platt's addition, Kansas
is also in the process of recording a new album with InsideOut Music, which is in the beginning stages of development.
“I’m very grateful for the
change, because it’s been the

busiest most kick-butt year I’ve
had in 30,” Williams said.
The band has recorded one
song to test the dynamic of
the group, and they’re currently putting ideas together and
forming skeletons of songs,
Williams said. Kansas plans to
hit the studio in January to record the album.
“We’re excited to see what
it’s going to be, but we really
don’t know what it is yet either.
I don’t think it’ll be surprising to anyone, we’re going to
be 'Kansas.' We’re going to do
what we do, we’re not going to
totally reinvent ourselves and
try to jump on a new way of
doing things. It’s not the horse
we rode in on, and we’re just
planning to be ourselves,” Williams said.
With over 30 years of experience touring across the world
and playing on the same old
guitar, the biggest change Williams has seen in touring was
his attitude about it.
“You get to spend 24 hours
of the day doing something
somewhere, so you have two
ways to do it. You can dread
every moment, or you can just
be glad to be there and take
the best of the day and enjoy it,
and then usually at the end of
the day you get to jump up on
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Williams has learned to live
and play in the moment.
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just by inspiration, by the moment. There’s an excitement in
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be checked at the door. So be
friends, and then make some
music. If it works out, maybe
you can make a life of it (and)
if it doesn’t, at least you’ll have
some fun,” he said.
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“You can get the best six guys
in town in a band and you
have to sit back and watch it
explode because the egos are
going to create a dynamic for
internal combustion. It won’t
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Junior running back Ke’aun Kinner evades a scrum at the goal line as he runs in for a touchdown against Memphis on Sept. 12.

Kansas football mailbag: Snapping the 33-game
road losing streak, backup quarterbacks, right
tackle Larry Hughes and predictions for Saturday
SHANE JACKSON
@jacksonshane3

Kansan football writer Shane
Jackson has been fielding
questions from readers and
Kansas football fans on
Twitter. If you would like to be
featured in the mailbag, you
can send a tweet to Shane:
@jacksonshane3.
@jacksonshane3 Will
KU win this week?
— Laurel Kolacny
(@laurel_ku)
Sept. 12, 2009. Remember
the date.
That was the last time Kansas
came back to Lawrence with
a road victory, knocking off
UTEP by a final score of 34-7.
Thirty-three games have come
and gone since then. After
all 33 games, the players on
the airplane were silent after
another road loss.
It’s hard to fathom that this
will be the team that snaps the
streak. Kansas is currently a
two-touchdown underdog to
a 1-2 Rutgers team favored big
at home in a morning game.
However, the Rutgers team

looks vulnerable this week.
The Scarlet Knights are without their coach or best player
due to suspension, and they
have dismissed six players this
year. In addition, they have
lost two consecutive games.
This is certainly the best
chance of the year for Kansas
to snap the road-losing streak.
But given from what we have
seen the first two games, it’s
hard to pick the Jayhawks.
The defense is still experiencing some growing pains,
evident two Saturdays ago
when Memphis quarterback
Paxton Lynch picked apart
the Kansas defense (22-of-25
for 354 yards), as Memphis
dropped 55 points on the
Jayhawks. Rutgers’ quarterback is nearly as efficient and
currently leads the Big 10 with
a 72.0 completion percentage.
Unless the defense has
grown leaps and bounds over
the bye week, it’s hard to predict a road victory.
@jacksonshane3 how
much game time does
Ford/Willis see? Who
steps up on offense to
give us a spark we need
for the win #kufball

— Clayton Adam
(@clayleeadam)
Well the ideal answer is neither. Kansas has not finished
the season with the same
starting quarterback that it
gave the nod to in the season
opener in the last two years.
David Beaty would prefer to
end the streak and keep junior
quarterback Montell Cozart as
the guy.
The other reason you would
ideally say neither is that if
one of the backups comes into
the game, it means the game
is out of reach. Kansas would
like to be competitive in this
game this weekend.
All that being said, if I had to
pick one, I am going with the
freshman Ryan Willis. Willis
is far more talented and will
one day get his shot to be the
starting quarterback for the
future.
The coaching staff seemed
concerned about how short
fall camp was and how that
might prevent the freshman
from seeing some playing
time early as he adjusts to the
college level. However, Willis
came in for the opener and

played two plays. It’s hard to
imagine Beaty burning his
redshirt if he didn’t see a possibility of using Willis more
this season.
As far as who on this offense
needs to step up, I don’t think
someone has to. I think the
answer for offensive success is
simple: get the ball to junior
running back Ke’aun Kinner.
Kinner became the first running back in program history
to start off his Kansas career
with consecutive 100-yard
outings on the ground.
Nine of Kinner’s 16 carries
against Memphis came in the
first quarter, so the coaching
staff has to do a better job
of getting the most talented
player the ball. If Kansas can
give Kinner 20-30 touches a
game, it has a chance to come
away with its first road victory
in six years.
@jacksonshane3 I’ll do
it! What offensive lineman has made the most
improvement since the
first game?
— Libby McEnulty
(@libbymcenulty)
It’s still very early in the

season, but I think the clear
choice is freshman Larry
Hughes. Hughes did not play
in the season opener against
South Dakota State. He did,
however, start at right tackle
against Memphis for senior
Larry Mazyck.
Mazyck is a towering
6-feet-8, 335-pound tackle
that played in all 12 games as
a junior, starting in nine. He
rotated in the offensive line
against Memphis, particularly
on point-after attempts, so he
appeared healthy.
Beaty remains adamant that
you have to “earn it” and,
after the Memphis loss, said
Hughes earned the starting
role. He noted Hughes played
better in practice, and that’s
why Beaty elected to go with
him.
It remains to be seen if
Hughes will remain in the
starting lineup, but through
two weeks he has improved
the most. Overall the offensive
line has done a fine job,
opening up holes for the
running backs. It needs to do
a better job keeping pressure
off Cozart going forward.
— Edited by Derek Skillett

Brewers snap losing streak against Cubs
JEFF ARNOLD
Associated Press

Zach Davies allowed two hits
over six innings and Martin
Maldonado drove in two runs
to lead Milwaukee to a 4-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, snapping the Brewers’ nine-game losing streak to
the Cubs.
Jorge Soler homered for the
Cubs, who lost for the second
time in nine games and finished with three hits total.
Davies (2-2) allowed two
singles in the second inning,
walked one and struck out
four.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched
the ninth and picked up his
35th save in 37 opportunities.
Luis Sardinas gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead with an RBI
single just out of the reach of

a diving Kris Bryant at third
base.
The Brewers took a 3-0 lead
in the seventh when Khris
Davis followed Adam Lind’s
double with an RBI single.
Two walks by reliever Justin
Grimm loaded the bases and
Maldonado hit a sacrifice fly.
Maldonado had an RBI single in the ninth.
Soler homered in the seventh
off reliever Will Smith, his
10th of the season.
The Brewers couldn’t solve
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks
(7-7), who retired the first 14
hitters. Jean Segura finally
reached in the fifth when he
legged out an infield single and
he scored on Sardinas’ hit.
Hendricks went six-plus innings, striking out eight and
allowing three runs and four
hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM
Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (left oblique) is out for the
season. Manager Craig Counsell said Peralta’s oblique has
“flared up again.” Counsell said
OF Ryan Braun’s back “didn’t
progress like we wanted to”
when he took batting practice
Tuesday and that Milwaukee is
“kind of in a holding pattern”
with the injury. C Jonathan
Lucroy (concussion) worked
out at first base before the
game.
UP NEXT
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (10-11,
3.46 ERA) will be looking for
his third win in September and
his second against the Pirates
after limiting Pittsburgh to one
hit over five innings on Sept.
15.

NAM Y. HUH/AP
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hitting an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs.

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Brew: Lewandowski’s explosive 5-goal rush is
symbolic of a fast and furious year in sports
MATTHIAS SCHRADER/AP
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, right, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring during a match between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg on Sept. 22.

SCOTT CHASEN
@SChasenKU

What can you accomplish in
nine minutes?
There are several correct
answers to this question. You
might be able to read a short
chapter from a textbook or
take an online quiz. You can
casually walk about a half mile
and maybe even make it from
Daisy Hill to the Underground
to pick up a crunchy chicken
cheddar wrap. You might even
be able to get through the line
at Chipotle when it’s at its
busiest.
However, there’s apparently a
lot more than can be done in
such a short amount of time.
For Bayern Munich’s Robert
Lewandowski, nine minutes
was all it took for him to make
history, as he quickly poured in

five goals to completely erase
his team’s 1-0 halftime deficit. .
Per the twitter account
@2010MisterChip — which
currently has more than
1.4 million followers — Lewandowski became the first
substitute in any of the top
four soccer leagues in Europe
(Premier League, La Liga, Serie
A, Bundesliga) to score five
goals in a game. He also scored
his five goals faster than any
other player in the history of
those leagues.
It was one of the craziest
stretches in the history of the
sport. Quite frankly, his performance was something straight
out of a video game: something
that could never — or perhaps
should never — happen in
real life.
Two goals in one minute.
Three goals in four minutes.

Five goals in nine minutes.
However you break it down, it
just seems impossible.
However, more and more, it
seems as if athletes are able to
do a lot more in a lot less time.
In many ways, 2015 has been
the year of speedy soccer accomplishments. Case in point:
In the FIFA Women’s World
Cup Final, it took the United
States absolutely no time to
build up an insurmountable
lead.
The team scored four goals
in the first 16 minutes of the
game; Carli Lloyd led the way
with three of them, posting the
fastest hat trick in World Cup
history.
And while Lloyd’s hat trick
took nearly three times as long
as it took Lewandowski to get
his first three, the implications
of the game were obviously far

more important.
But to take it a step further,
it hasn’t just been soccer: 2015
has been the year of speed in
sports.
You can look at Golden State
Warriors shooting guard Klay
Thompson, who set a new
NBA record by scoring 37
points in a quarter back in January — and it’s worth noting
he scored all of those points
in just under 9:45 of game
time — or even something on
a much smaller scale, like the
Denver Broncos scoring two
touchdowns in nine seconds of
game time to stun the Kansas
City Chiefs on Sept. 17.
You can look at the recent
Baylor-SMU game, where
the teams combined for 42
first quarter points with three
touchdowns coming in the first
two minutes of the game, or

at perhaps the most dominating athlete in sports, Ronda
Rousey, who won both of her
2015 fights in a combined 48
seconds. (The first was by submission against Cat Zingano in
14 seconds, the second was by
TKO against Bethe Correia in
34 seconds.)
t’s not like 2014 didn’t have
its moments when it came to
speed accomplishments in
sports.
It took the United States all
of 31 seconds to score its first
goal at the men’s World Cup, as
Clint Dempsey found the back
of the net against Ghana. In
the semifinals, Germany took
a commanding 5-0 lead in the
first 29 minutes of its match
against Brazil, which included
a stretch of six minutes when
the team scored four goals.
There were also feats like Joe

Flacco throwing for four first
quarter touchdowns against
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
and it would be impossible to
leave out Dri Archer’s 2014
NFL Combine, where he
posted the second fastest 40yard dash time (4.26 seconds)
since the league switched to
electronic timing in 2000,
according to cheatsheet.com.
However, 2015 has surpassed
its predecessor. This year has
been the year of speed in
sports so far. Here’s hoping
2016 will be even faster.
— Edited by Derek Skillett

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DAILY DEBATE
Which team will win the Big 12?
SEAN COLLINS
@seanzie_3

BAYLOR
Last season both the Baylor
Bears and the TCU Horned
Frogs were left on the brink of
the inaugural College Football
Playoff, and neither team made
it. The two powerhouses are
looking to dominate the conference once again, but the Bears
have the best chance at making it
into the playoffs.
Sure, Baylor lost quarterback
Bryce Petty, and TCU has the
Heisman hopeful in quarterback
Trevone Boykin. After years of
having elite college quarterbacks
at Baylor, Seth Russell appears
to be nothing less of those
standards.
After just two games into the
season, Russell has been strong
with nine touchdowns and a
187.5-passer rating, currently
ranking him at No. 6 in the
country, according to the NCAA.
Passer rating evaluates the overall
efficiency of a quarterback. The
current single-season record
is held by former Wisconsin
quarterback Russell Wilson,
who recorded a passer rating
of 191.78 in 2011, according to
sports-reference.com.
As the season continues,
Russell will settle into his role
more and more and, with the
uncanny amount of weapons at
his disposal including running
back Shock Linwood and wide
receiver Corey Coleman, Russell
should be able to dominate the
Big 12.
Although Boykin is a dominant
quarterback in the Big 12 both in
the air and on the ground as evidenced by the 4,661 yards of total

offense and 42 total touchdowns
he produced in 2014, the Horned
Frogs have to rely on him for
more of the load than Russell
will. If Boykin has a rough game
or the defense has locked up the
run game, the Horned Frogs may
find themselves in trouble.
However, Baylor’s ability to
have many strong players putting
up numbers in any given game
gives the team a better matchup
against defenses. Big 12 defenses
will have a hard time balancing
out stopping Linwood on the
ground and Coleman in the air,
giving the Bears the advantage in
every game of conference play.
Unlike TCU, Baylor has most
of its tough games at the end of
the season, starting with Kansas
State on Nov. 5. This gives the
Bears time to develop and perfect
their style of play with Russell
commanding the offense. Luckily for Russell, stud running back
Shock Linwood can carry much
of the load, as he had already put
on a dominant performance in
the first two games of the season,
putting up 205 rushing yards and
three touchdowns.
TCU will immediately be tested
against the Wildcats and a rattled
up Texas Longhorns squad.
While the Horned Frogs will be
favorites in all these games, it will
be no walk in the park.
Baylor and TCU go head-tohead on Nov. 27, the Horned
Frogs’ last game of the season.
Last season, Baylor took the win
in a 61-58 shootout. However, the
team still wasn’t able to get into
the College Football Playoff. If
both teams play to their full potential this season, it should be
a matchup of undefeated teams
in late November, and Baylor
should come out on top.

PAIGE STINGLEY
@paigestinley

TCU

LM OTERO/AP PHOTO
Baylor running back Shock Linwood (32) jumps over Lamar
defensive back Rodney Randle (20) during the first half of
an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in
Waco, Texas.

Fear the frog. Seriously. TCU
is not a team to be reckoned
with this season. The team’s
consistently solid offense is
matched this season by an
ever-more powerful defense.
TCU displayed its potential in
its home-opener game against
Stephen F. Austin, winning
70-7. The Lumberjacks’ first
and only entrance into the end
zone wasn’t until the fourth
quarter. Granted, SFA may not
put up the same fight as Baylor
or Oklahoma, but it was still a
dominant win for the Frogs.
TCU finished just shy of a bid
to the playoffs last season, and
it’s determined not to let that
happen again. Senior quarterback Trevone Boykin was one
of the most improved quarterbacks last year and has showed
this year that he has no plans
of slowing down. In the first
three games, Boykin has had 65
completions for 985 yards and
10 touchdowns. Senior running
back Aaron Green has had 45
carries for 272 yards and four
touchdowns, and senior wide
receiver Josh Doctson has had
17 receptions for 326 yards and
three touchdowns.
TCU has the talent and the
force to be great. The Horned
Frogs have a veteran offensive
line, which, when they play
together, can’t be beat.
Last year, the Frogs’ only loss
was to Baylor, and they still
scored 58 points that game.
There’s no question whether
or not the TCU offense is a
powerhouse. The defense, on

the other hand, has suffered
a lot of injuries already. The
team could potentially be down
eight starting defenders in their
next game against Texas Tech
on Saturday. Defensive tackle
Davion Pierson, one of TCU’s
strongest defenders, was ruled
out to play last week against
SMU, and coach Art Briles has
not said whether or not Pierson
will be cleared for this week’s
game. Winning this game will
be crucial for TCU’s chance
at a playoff bid this year. One
loss could put them out of the
running.
TCU has a balanced schedule
in November, playing on the
road against Oklahoma State,
at home against Kansas and
on the road against Oklahoma
State before hosting Baylor on
its home turf.
Baylor, on the other hand, has
a tricky month in November
that could make or break its
record. The Bears visit K-State
for a Thursday night game, host
Oklahoma and then travel to
Oklahoma State before playing
TCU the following week. Briles’
offense is tough, but can it handle a four-week beat down?
Ultimately, what it will come
down to is the Black Friday,
Nov. 27, showdown between
TCU and Baylor. Each team
should be fine handling most
of their other opponents, but
the true test will be to see how
they handle each other. When it
comes down to it, I think TCU
has the stronger edge. They’ve
got the talent and the experience. At the end of the season,
they should be the team with a
playoff bid.

— Edited by Derek Skillett

Opposing sideline: Kansas vs. Rutgers
CHRISTIAN HARDY
@ByHardy

A coach's true opinion is
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truth about Kansas football's
opponents.
This week I talked to Dan
Duggan, the Rutgers football
beat writer for New Jersey

Advance Media. We touched
on everything from the team's
recent suspensions, coach Kyle
Flood's hot seat, the quarterback controversy and how to
exploit the Rutgers defense.
KANSAN: How have the
losses from suspensions affected the team? Have they been
overstated at all?
DUGGAN: No, they haven’t,
because they’ve lost a lot of
key players. The first wave
of players that got arrested,
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back, starting free safety and
one of their top cornerbacks.
That depleted an already-thin
secondary.
Then the latest arrest —
which is such a suspension for
now — is Leonte Carroo, the
All-Big Ten wide receiver and
by far the best player on the
team. That’s been a significant
blow to the offense. Add it all
up, and it’s not just a matter
of seven players suspended
or dismissed, it’s been starters
and key players suspended
and dismissed.
KANSAN: How did you see
the suspensions change the
team last week? Especially
after Carroo, who is really the
main one.
DUGGAN: The Carroo loss
was pretty obvious. They just
weren’t able to get anything
going offensively. He’s been
the main downfield threat, the
defenses have had to gameplan for him, had to double
team him and had to roll
coverages his way.
They take him off the field,
not only do you lose his production you lose the attention
that he draws for other guys,
so now it’s more difficult for
other receivers to get open.
Teams are really stacking the
box, because they know Rutgers’ strength is the run game.
There really isn’t much of a
big play threat on this offense
right now without him.
KANSAN: What’s the most
disappointing thing that has
gone on with all of this so far?
DUGGAN: The Kyle Flood
suspension. You don’t want to
excuse players being arrested,
but that happens everywhere.
It’s kind of an unavoidable fact
when you have 105 18-to-22
years olds — they’re going to
make mistakes and they’re
going to do stupid things.
Obviously some of these
crimes are serious, so [I’m not
trying] to diminish that, but it
happens.

To have a coach suspended for blatantly violating an
academic policy, to me, that’s
much more egregious. He’s
the face of the program, he’s
the one looked at to set an
example. If he’s shorting the
rules, that’s going to overshadow anything a player does, in
my opinion.
KANSAN: Is Flood on the
hot seat at all, or is his job in
danger if he doesn’t win games
when he comes back?
DUGGAN: I think he certainly could have been fired
for this offense; the University
president even said that that
was on the table. You have to
believe he’s on thin ice. You
couple that with the arrests,
and it’s not shaping up to be a
very good season on the field.
So when you get to December,
if you’re looking at suspensions, the arrests, and a losing
season, I would think that
would all add up to an unclear
outcome for Flood.
KANSAN: Shifting gears
here, what’s the M.O. on the
offense? What do they try to
do well?
DUGGAN: The strength of
the team is by far their running backs. They have a stable
of three or, really, four guys
who are getting carries right
now. Without Carroo, that’s
even more of a focus. That’s
what they’re going to try to
do. It was limited against Penn
State, and I think part of that
you can attribute to the fact
that there were three new
offensive lineman, and they
had a really rough game.
Chris Laviano, the quarterback, had some decent
numbers but really hasn’t been
able to make any big plays
or stretch the defense. Penn
State was able to bottle up the
running game because they
weren’t scared of anything
else. But if Rutgers is going to
be successful, it’s going to be
off the strength of the running
game.

KANSAN: There’s a quarterback controversy, too. I don’t
know if you’d say Laviano is
on thin ice, but he isn’t getting
support from the fans and
those sort of things. What’s
the deal with quarterback?
Could sophomore quarterback Hayden Rettig take over?
DUGGAN: I don’t really
expect Rettig to take over.
When Flood picks a guy, he
kind of sticks with him. The
indications are that Laviano
will start against Kansas. The
main issue is, the razor-thin
competition in training camp,
and Laviano actually got suspended for violating curfew
and getting caught with a fake
ID. So, if anything, you would
think the scales would have
tipped towards Rettig.
Rettig started the first half of
the opener while Laviano was
suspended, and performed
really well, and everyone
knows he has a really strong
arm, he’s a four-start recruit,
transfer from LSU, so he has
a lot of those things that fans
are going to latch onto. But
once Laviano’s suspension was
up, he came in the second half
and he hasn’t really let go of
the job. I think fans have seen
the offense sputter, they’ve
seen what Rettig can do, and
they’re aware of his credentials, so I think they just want
to see if he can get a shot.
KANSAN: How big is that
loss? Darius sitting out?
DUGGAN: Yeah, I mean,
it’s a big loss. We talked about
Carroo being the best offensive player, but Hamilton is
hands down the best defensive
player. And they put him at
defensive tackle — right in the
middle of the defense — and
the defense is a destructive
force. A guy like him can free
up Turay, because they might
double Hamilton and that
leaves Turay singled up. It’s a
domino effect: you lose one of
your best players in the middle, everybody else has to try

to compensate and they just
really don’t have enough talent
on this defense to make up for
the loss of their best defensive
player.
KANSAN: What’s the weakness of this defense? Easier to
pass or run against?
DUGGAN: It’s sort of pick
your poison. Against Washington State, they got killed
in the air. Against Penn State,
they got killed on the ground.
That basically says, if you have
a strength on offense, you just
do that and attack the defense,
because they haven’t shown
the ability to stop anybody yet.
I would say the front seven is
supposed to be the strength of
the team with the secondary
losing so many guys, playing
so many young guys. That
would be the most likely area
for weakness, but against Penn
State, the front seven got exposed, so there’s holes all over
this defense.
KANSAN: The spread is at
13. What’s your pick?
DUGGAN: Rutgers 33,
Kansas 20. I just think that
Rutgers is obviously having
some major issues, but there is
still some talent on this team.
Kansas [is just] at 60-something scholarships, and their
defense looks really suspect. I
would think that Rutgers will
be able to run the ball against
them, and I think defensively,
they should be be able to play
a little better since Kansas isn’t
as strong of an offense as some
of the ones they’ve faced.
Certainly it doesn’t look like a
blowout, but I can see Rutgers
controlling the game and
pulling out a 33-20 win.

— Edited by Scott Chasen

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Gameday

KANSAS

RUTGERS

EVAN RIGGS
@EvanRiggsUDK

KANSAS

RUTGERS

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

FISH SMITHSON
FRESHMAN CORNERBACK

CHRIS LAVIANO
SOPHOMORE, QUARTERBACK

★★✩✩✩

★★✩✩✩

Through two games, Smithson has 17 tackles, which is more than the second and third leading tacklers on the team combined (15). He’s been active
in the passing game, leading the Jayhawks with two pass deflections, and his
forced fumble is the only turnover caused by the Jayhawks this season. His
nose for the ball will be important for a defense that has struggled to tackle so
far this season.

Laviano looks good on paper but has turned the ball over in crucial situations
this year, leading his team to an 1-2 record in his two starts. Laviano leads the
Big Ten in completion percentage (72 percent), and has been incredible on first
downs. But his three interceptions have come back to burn Rutgers; he’s even
been booed by fans at home. It’s possible that sophomore Hayden Rettig could
start over Laviano this week, though the depth chart does not reflect that.

TRE’ PARMALEE
SENIOR, WIDE RECEIVER

JOSH HICKS
SOPHOMORE, RUNNING BACK

★★★✩✩

★★★★✩

The Jayhawks have had a very balanced attack at receiver this year with 12
guys who have caught at least one pass through two games. Parmalee leads
the pack in yards (97) and is the only one to catch a touchdown this season.
His ability to get open and create yards after the catch makes him a nice
safety valve for Cozart in the Jayhawks first road game of the season.

Hicks is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and is the best running back on this
team, yet he is not listed as the starter. He’s averaging 86 rushing yards per
game and topped 100 yards for the third time in his career last week. He’s
listed behind team captain Paul James on the depth chart. James is still
recovering from serious injuries, which have put a quick end to each of his
last two seasons.

MONTELL COZART
JUNIOR, QUARTERBACK

STEVE LONGA
JUNIOR. LINEBACKER

★★✩✩✩

★★★✩✩

After a career day in week one, Cozart came back to earth against Memphis,
throwing for just 118 yards with a completion percentage under 50 percent.
Until Cozart proves he can consistently complete deep passes, defenses will
continue to dare him to throw deep by taking away all of the short routes.

Longa is the defensive leader on this team. He has tied or led the team in
tackles in 20 of his 29 career games and leads the active team with 251 career
tackles. He’s a ferocious pass defender who will give Cozart trouble on short
throws, a staple of this Kansas version of the air raid offense.

BEN GOODMAN
SENIOR, DEFENSIVE END

KEMOKO TURAY
SOPHOMORE,DEFENSIVE END

★★★✩✩

★★★✩✩

Before the season, Goodman said his goal was to record 15 sacks, and he’s on
pace to do that with 3.5 sacks through two games. The defensive line struggled to get any pressure on the quarterback in a big loss to Memphis. The
team will rely on Goodman on to pressure the quarterback this weekend for
the Jayhawks’ defense to be successful.

If defensive tackle Darius Hamilton was healthy and ready to play, he’d be a
four-star guy. But he’s questionable with what is suspected to be a knee injury
and is still up for a possible redshirt, meaning he could stay sidelined this
year. However, Turay is almost as exciting, albeit a bit more raw. The 6-foot-6
defensive end played mostly third downs in his freshman season but is trying
to become an every down guy this year.

KE’AUN KINNER
JUNIOR, RUNNING BACK

ANTHONY CIOFFI
JUNIOR, FREE SAFETY

★★★★✩

Kinner has been the best player for the Jayhawks this season with over 100
rushing yards in each of his first two games. Kinner has shown he’s an explosive athlete in the open field, but he also has the ability to break tackles on
his way to three rushing touchdowns. The Jayhawks will continue to lean on
Kinner to move the chains, run the clock and keep their struggling defense
off the field.

★★✩✩✩

Cioffi is a former corner who converted to free safety over the offseason.
Those ballhawking skills he learned at corner have already translated over
the last two seasons when he played three games at free safety and recorded
two interceptions. This year he’s done the same — three games and two
interceptions. He’s quite the athlete and a guy Cozart has to be weary of when
throwing the ball across the middle.

PREDICTION: RUTGERS 41, KANSAS 21
By the Numbers

135

34.7

557

The amount of rushing yards
per game for Kinner, which
is best in the Big 12. Baylor’s
junior running back Shock
Linwood is a distant second
with 102.5 yards per game.

The amount of yards per kick
return for redshirt freshman
Ryan Schadler, which is currently 8th best in the country.

The amount of total yards per
game allowed by the Jayhawk
defense. That is fifth worst in
the country and worst in the
Big 12.

7
Rutgers players players suspended or kicked off the team.
Of those, four were crucial and
expected to be contributors to
the team. Leading those four is
wide receiver Leonte Carroo, an
All-Big Ten player for last year.

3

22

Points Rutgers scored in its
Big Ten opener against Penn
State. Quarterback Chris
Laviano struggled, posting a
28.5 raw quarterback rating
and tossing two interceptions
along the way.

Straight games Leonte Carroo
has posted a reception in.
Carroo, the top offensive
player in this Rutgers offense,
has been suspended and will
not play.

Men’s golf team places second at Invitational
MATT HOFFMANN
@MattHoffmannUDK

The Kansas men's golf team
finished second overall at the
Ram Masters Invitational over
the weekend, eight strokes behind tournament winner and
host Colorado State University. The Jayhawks were led by
senior Ben Welle, who shot a
four under par and won the
individual championship by
two strokes.
Kansas was only one stroke
out of the lead at one over par
after the first two rounds of
the Invitational on Monday,

seemingly in the hunt for the
championship with one round
to play.
“We played well today," coach
Jamie Bermel said after the
first round of the tournament.
"We let a few slip away late, but
overall a pretty good start to
the event. The third round is
going to be a lot of fun, CSU
on their home course will be
tough to beat but that's why we
play.”
The Rams proved to be too
much for the Jayhawks to
handle. Colorado State shot
eight over par in the third
round, leaving them at nine
over through the entirety of

the tournament. They finished
just one over par on Tuesday,
securing the championship by
eight strokes on their home
course.

The Jayhawks also finished
second in pars and eagles
made, and third in birdies
made with 39. Kansas’ second
place finish is an improvement
over their fifth place finish in
the Rod Myers Invitational
earlier this month.
The brightest star for Kansas
“This was one of my
was Welle, who finished first
goals for this year and
place overall in the tournaaccomplishing it feels
ment, shooting four under
incredible. It is not only par on the 7,215 yard, par 70
a big win for me, but
course. Welle put together
for my school as well.”
the most complete tournament of any player despite
BEN WELLE starting the first round with a
Senior Golfer double bogey.
“Ben had a great day for

us today," Bermel said. "(He)
made a double bogey on his
first hole of his second round
and really showed a lot of maturity and poise to put together
a great second round in tough
conditions.”
Welle would shoot two over
par in the third and final
round but was able to hold
off Colorado State’s Dominic
Kieffer and Max Oelfke, who
finished tied for second at one
under par.
“This was one of my goals for
this year and accomplishing
it feels incredible," Welle said.
"It is not only a big win for me,
but for my school as well. (I'm)

really proud to represent Kansas here in Fort Collins."
Other Kansas individual
scores include Connor Peck
who finished tied for fourth
place shooting even along with
Chase Hanna and Charlie Hillier who finished tied for 25th.
Kansas men's golf will now
turn its attention toward the
Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis, which begins on
Sept. 27. The team will look to
keep improving their result as
a team and notch the first tournament victory of the season.

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Change in practice schedule frustrates coaches
MATT HOFFMANN
@MattHoffmannUDK

Change in practice
schedule
Because of a change in the
way classes are ordered, Kansas
baseball players now have a new
practice schedule that starts later
in the day.
It’s the first time in 12 years
that coach Ritch Price has had
to change the way his team practices, and he expressed he wasn’t
too pleased about it.
“We’re doing their hitting
during the day around (the player's) class schedule and we’re not
starting practice until 3:45, and
then they go to the weight room
at 5," Price said. "It’s a full day
but it’s different because of the
class problems we’ve had."
Assistant coaches have had to
put in a lot of work to switch to a

different practice schedule.
"There’s no doubt [that it’s
tougher this way], it takes really good organization on the
part of my assistants to put the
guys in the groups around their
class times," Price said. "Otherwise we’d practice normally at 3
o’clock and we’d have no infielders.”
While Price wasn’t a fan of the
changes, the players who spoke
seemed to enjoy them.
“I think it’s actually a good
thing," said junior pitcher Ben
Krauth. "I know the coaches
don’t like it per se because they
are out here a lot more but it
gives the guys a nice little break
compared to last year when
you’re going to class after practice and going to weight’s and
tutoring you have no breaks
from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.”
Under the new practice schedule, Krauth said players have

more down time.
“Having that three or four
hour time period when you’re
not doing anything you can do
your homework, get a bite to eat
and take care of your business
off the field," Krauth said. "That
way you can come to practice
ready to work.”
Sophomore infielder Matt McLaughlin echoed that sentiment.
“I think actually it’s going to
be a pretty positive outcome,"
he said. "We’re able to get every
single team player on the field at
once.”
No lingering effects
Last season’s 23-32 record and
exclusion from the Big 12 playoff were disappointments for
Kansas baseball, but Price said
the team is feeling no lingering
effects other than motivation.
“I’m excited about flushing last
season,” Price said. “We went

FILE PHOTO/KANSAN
Infielder Matt McLaughlin talks strategy during a pause in a game on April 21.

through that rebuilding process
and now we hope we’re back to
the next level where we can be
competitive in our league.”
Though the team has only
been together for a short time,
there's a new energy as the team

starts the 2015 season.
“Other than motivation, we
have no lingering effects, I’ve
already gotten a great vibe from
this team," Price said. "We’re all
best friends. I love coming here
every day.”

Despite being 151 days away
from the season opener against
Arkansas Little-Rock, there is
no lack of optimism as the Jayhawks begin preparation for the
75004
2015 season.
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Column: Wiggins
needs to carry his
team to playoffs
MIKE MAICKE
@MJ_Maicke

This time last year, Andrew
Wiggins was focusing on
getting ready for his first NBA
season. Just a few months
earlier, he had been selected
with the No. 1 overall pick in
the 2014 NBA Draft, and the
anticipation was building.
But the start of the 2015-16
season brings something completely new for Wiggins. With
the 2015 No. 1 overall draft
pick Karl Anthony-Towns
joining the Timberwolves,
Wiggins will look to lead a
franchise that has struggled
historically in the postseason.
The rookie out of Kansas
turned plenty of heads last season, despite the Timberwolves'
dismal record. The team won
16 games last year, finishing
last in the Western Conference.
That didn't stop Wiggins
from receiving Rookie of the
Year honors, as he averaged
nearly 17 points per game
while showing glimpses of
what his future could hold.
That was on display this summer as well, although, once
again, his team didn't come
through.
At this summer’s 2015 FIBA
Americas tournament, the
highly talented Canadian roster — filled with NBA players
— underperformed. Canada
was bounced in the semifinals
of the tournament, falling
to Venezuela 79-78. Canada
would go on to win the thirdplace game against Mexico,
albeit by one point.
However, while the team
was far from ecstatic with its
finish and failed to guarantee a
spot in the upcoming Summer
Olympics, Wiggins' performances were silver linings.
In 10 games at the FIBA
Americas, Wiggins averaged
15.1 points per game — not
an easy feat given the depth
and scoring ability of nearly
everyone on the roster.
Perhaps even more impressive, however, was his efficiency from the floor.
Wiggins shot 48.7 percent
from 2-point land while
connecting on more than 51
percent of his 3-point jumpers.
Wiggins finished the tournament at 15-of-29 from 3-point
range, which was a big part
of why he was named to the
All-Tournament Team.
And that's the Wiggins the
Timberwolves need.
The Timberwolves will need
their Rookie of the Year to
perform at an even higher level
than last year if they want to
improve upon the 2014-15
disaster of a season.
Last year, Wiggins put up a
hefty 1,137 shots, connecting
on 497 of them for a 43.7 field
goal percentage. That mark
was good enough for 72nd in
the NBA last season and wasn't
necessarily a poor field goal
percentage, considering his
team lacked multiple offensive
threats to take the pressure
off him and relied on him to
create a lot of his offense.
However, the efficiency he
put up at the FIBA Americas
speaks to the type of player
Wiggins could become. And
the Timberwolves are going
to need that Wiggins if they're
going to have any chance at a
postseason run.
It has been more than a
decade since they've made the
playoffs, and even with new
additions, there's still a long
way to go before the winning
culture can be restored.

JAMES HOYT/KANSAN
Head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen shout as the Kansas defense runs onto the field on Sept. 12.

Kansas and Rutgers leave turmoil and
shoddy past at the door ahead of game
CHRISTIAN HARDY
@ByHardy

2009 was a bizarre year for
Kansas football.
Kansas football and basketball teams feuded early in the
season, resulting in physical
altercations, injuries and subsequent apologies from both
teams. A week after the season-ending loss to Missouri,
head coach Mark Mangino
stepped down from his position with the team. Many felt
the resignation was warranted,
too: under Mangino, Kansas
had dropped seven straight
contests while he went under
investigation for the treatment
of his players.
Kansas football would win
only one away game that year;
a 34-7 clobbering of Texas-El
Paso on a feverish September
day at the Sun Bowl in El Paso,
Texas. A 30-game road losing
streak would follow; a streak
that still stands today, six years
later.
Now-head coach David
Beaty was a wide receivers

coach on that 2009 team. Since
then, he hasn’t seen a team
that can quite compare to the
Jayhawks that went through
those tumultuous months.
That is, until Kansas (0-2) faces up against Rutgers (1-2) this
weekend.
When Beaty was asked this
week how much Rutgers’ seven missing players — six dismissed, one suspended — affected the Jayhawks, his reply
was simple.
“None.”
He attributed that to the
team’s head coach Kyle Flood,
who is also suspended for two
more games due to violating
University policy, but can still
coach the team from Sunday to
Friday every week.
“He does a really good job.
He's been very productive
there,” Beaty said, before
talking about Rutgers’ first
game without Flood last week.
“You saw guys straining on
every play on the tape every
night. You saw accurate execution… Those guys did not
look different to me. I think

that's a testament to him. He's
done a nice job of preparing
those guys whether he's there
or not.”
And suddenly, Beaty might
be reminded of that 2009 team.
Rutgers, through turmoil and
the loss of its head coach for
gameday, is doing just as Kansas did in 2009.
“It didn’t (affect) us,” Beaty
said of the issues off the field in
2009. “I think that was because
of our leadership. Our coaches did a good job through that
process, which I'm sure their
coaches are, too.”
The effect, though, on the
field has been similar for both,
despite Beaty calling it “minimal.” Both Kansas, in 2009,
and Rutgers, in 2015, don’t really seem to be coherent.
Rutgers is missing three starters — wide receiver Leonte
Carroo, cornerback Dre Boggs
and safety Delon Stephenson.
Carroo is considered to be the
biggest loss of the group, as he
is the team's top offensive playmaker. But there are still other
problems.

The fans have yet to endorse Chris Laviano as the
team’s starting quarterback,
sometimes even booing the
sophomore as he comes onto
the field. The defensive line
is banged up, including the
team's top defensive talent,
defensive tackle Darius Hamilton. Hamilton is dealing with a
knee injury and could redshirt
this season.
In one way or another, all of
those issues have caused twostraight losses for Rutgers,
including a 28-3 loss to Penn
State in the first game for interim head coach Norries Wilson.
In a way, it could be compared to the collapse of Kansas
football since that last away
win in 2009. But that’s not on
Kansas’ radar, though that’s
not to say they haven’t heard
about it.
“It's not something that I
really have given too much
thought to… I read it on Twitter this morning,” Beaty said.
“That's one of those things that
I don't think our kids really
think a whole lot about that ei-

ther. We don't allow them to.”
It probably shouldn’t be on
this team’s mind; not even a
bit. Six years later, not one of
these players was involved
with that 2009 team that started the slump. Only a about
half of the players who are still
around Memorial Stadium
have been a part of the attempt
to break it.
When it comes to Saturday's
game against Rutgers, it will be
about Kansas getting its first
win of the season, and both
teams leaving the turmoil of
the past behind them.
“If it was a 30-game win
streak or 30-game lose streak,
you'd like to be on the other
side of it, but at the end of the
day it doesn't matter,” Beaty
said. “What happens that day
is what's going to matter.”

— Edited by Colleen Hagan

Kansas defeats
Kansas State to
extend streak
JOSH McQUADE
@L0neW0lfMcQuade

The Horejsi Center was
once again filled with fans,
and once again, they waved
the wheat as Kansas volleyball topped Kansas State. The
Jayhawks bumped up its undefeated streak to 13 matches with a win over the rival
Wildcats in four sets (25-23,
19-25, 25-22, 25-21).
The Wildcats put up an impressive fight, but they lost
after swiping one set from the
Jayhawks.
“Welcome to the Big 12,”
coach Ray Bechard said after the team’s rough performance. “Offensively, we hit
.220, that’s probably the lowest of the year. We had to rely
on some other things.”
The first set of the match
proved to be difficult for the
Jayhawks as they trailed the
Wildcats throughout the majority of the set. Kansas took
the lead a total of three times
in set one. Eventually the Jayhawks took the lead at 19-18
and held it to win the set 2523.
Right side hitter Kelsie
Payne led the Jayhawks in
kills, posting six throughout
the set. Setter Ainise Havili

set those kills up with her 13
assists, putting up all but one
of the total assists.
The second set was the
fourth set that the Jayhawks
have dropped this season
as the Wildcats edged out a
25-19 victory. The Wildcats
proved they are a force to
be reckoned with after they
dominated during the majority of the set. But the Jayhawks stayed level-headed.
“We can’t change our mentality,” said libero Cassie
Wait. “Our facial expressions

“Offensively, we hit .220,
that’s probably the lowest of the year. We had
to rely on some other
things.”
RAY BECHARD
Head Coach

can’t change, our body language can’t change.”
The Jayhawks recorded only
11 kills in the second set, a
relative low for the team. The
leader in kills in the second
set was outside hitter Madison Rigdon, who added four
kills to bring her total to five.

MISSY MINEAR/KANSAN
Junior libero Cassie Wait celebrates Wednesday night against Kansas State after Kansas
defeated the Wildcats in four sets in Lawrence.

Wait continued to prove herself as a defensive specialist
by adding five more digs to
her five from the first set.
Wait was diving all over the
court, trying for balls that
seemed impossible to save.
The Jayhawks took the third
set 25-22 in a hard-fought
battle. Payne continued to
post impressive kill numbers,
adding six to make her total
15 in three sets. Havili assisted her teammates and put up
16 assists to increase her total
to 38.
Wait led the team in digs.
She showed her dedication to
her defensive position by taking a full-speed hit to the face

but saved the ball and immediately got back up.
“One ball, one set, one
match at a time,” Wait said.
“That’s what I focus on.”
The fourth and final set
came much easier to the Jayhawks as the fire that was
once burning within the
Wildcats began to die. The
Jayhawks took the set 25-21.
Havili added another 16
assists to bring her total to
54 — only three away from
her personal best. Rigdon
used those assists to post six
more kills and finished the
day with 14. Payne ended the
day with 20 kills, five coming
from the final set.

Five players ended the game
with a dig amount in the double digits. Wait led with 27.
Havili had 12 and posted yet
another double-double for
the season. Defensive specialist Addison Barry had a
spectacular night in the back,
recording a season high of six
digs.
“[Barry] was digging everything in her zone,” Bechard
said. “That was big.”
The Jayhawks will face Kansas State once again on Nov.
25 in Manhattan. For now,
the team’s next test comes
against TCU on Saturday on
2 p.m.

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What’s at the bottom of
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Jefferson’s? Does getting hit
by a KU bus really equal
free tuition?
Lawrence and the
University are brimming
with myths and tales that
have been passed down
through the years. We’re
taking a look at the truth
behind some of the most
popular — and strangest —
legends.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS VARNADO

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Tunnels hiding beneath Mass Street

WILL WEBBER/KANSAN

AMIE JUST
@Amie_Just

More than dirt lies under the
streets of downtown Lawrence.
There's an interconnected
network of underground
tunnels that join different
buildings and sections of the
Massachusetts Street area
together.
Entering the tunnels is
illegal, unless the passageway
opens access to someone's
property. With no existing
map outlining the course of
the tunnels and no knowledge
of what condition the paths are
in, walking underground is
dangerous. Many of the tunnels
have also been sealed off.

Letter
from
the
editor

Then why are they there and
what are they used for?
Many different theories and
rumors circulate the town,
but only some have been
confirmed.
Several of the downtown
tunnels were known to have
been built in part by J.D.
Bowersock and the Bowersock
Dam, completed in July of
1874. In that time, electricity
was carried via a conveyor belt
system rather than through the
overhead electric wires that are
everywhere today.
Architectural
historian,
Brenna Buchanan, said the
basement of Ernst & Son
Hardware (located at 826
Massachusetts St.) used to
WILL WEBBER
@wmwebber

None of these stories are
new, but then, legends
rarely are. They’re repeated
and passed down from
class to class, accumulating
embellishments and alternate
perspectives along the way.
And while most cities’

be an old seamstress factory.
The sewing machines were
powered by hydroelectricity
from the dam. In that case,
Bowersock's tunnel system
could have reached the store
(about 0.5 miles from the
dam) and branched out farther
downtown.
Buchanan has been in the
tunnel that starts under Liberty
Hall and runs to Hobbs Inc
across the street. She said the
tunnel used to connect to the
Eldridge Hotel, but has long
since been closed off.
Lawrence
Journal-World
articles from 1962, 1964, 1987
and 2009 have testaments from
people who had been in the
tunnels all over Lawrence.

Two boys found a tunnel,
what they called a cave, near
West Ninth Street and Avalon
Road in 1962, according to
the Lawrence Journal-World.
The article cited "unconfirmed
speculation"
about
the
tunnel being used for the
Underground Railroad.
According to a Lawrence
Journal-World article on
March 4, 1964, tunnels were
found under the old Lawrence
Brewery and Byrd Tannery
building. That building has
since been razed, but the
building stood on Maine Street,
just north of the Lawrence
Memorial Hospital. According
to that article, the tunnels were
supposed to be salvaged and

preserved.
In 1987, two other tunnels
were discovered at Sixth and
Massachusetts Street when
the Underwood Building was
destroyed.
The tunnels aren't fancy
by any means. Many of the
tunnels, according to people
who have seen them, aren't
very big. With hardly any
room to stand, people crawled
through the mold, grime, and
mud that coated the paths. The
article from 1962 detailed how
the tunnel the boys found was
roughly three feet in height.
As for urban legend, anything
goes.
Historians in Lawrence have
been on both sides of the

Underground Railroad theory,
but because there isn't enough
evidence proving either side,
the debate still rages on.
The Underground Railroad
dates back to the 1850s and
1860s. The Bowersock Dam
started construction in 1872,
and was completed in 1874.
In Wabaunsee County, Kan.
(two counties west of Douglas
County), there is documented
evidence of the Underground
Railroad. No such proof exists
for Douglas County, but
theoretically, it's possible.
Will more tunnels show up
somewhere? Who knows. You
never know what could be
under your feet.

histories go down in flames,
Lawrence’s pretty much
begins there (shouts out to
William Quantrill). From
the free state to the freak
state, this city has maintained
an identity that no one else
in Kansas would want to
claim. So we’re breaking oral
tradition and writing a few of
these stories down.

But why are these stories
worth telling? Well, I grew
up in Kansas City with the
understanding that Lawrence
revolved entirely around
the University, and more
specifically, Keith Langford.
Not so.
As hard as it is to believe,
Lawrence existed before your
freshman year andv it will

live on beyond your four
or five or eight years here.
This city is unique in that
it accommodates more than
20,000 students in addition to
a wealth of business owners,
families and vagrants. It’s
the city where a real estate
tycoon can push a Bugatti
and Dennis can push a
shopping cart (if you don’t

know who Dennis is, stay
tuned for future stories). So
as we have the time of our
lives, it’s important for us to
acknowledge those memories
made and forgot in the bars
and classrooms and streets
before us. These Lawrence
myths — true or not — have
survived to 2015 and it’s time
you brushed up.

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Campanile holds a legendary
curse for hopeful graduates
DARBY VANHOUTAN
@DarbyVanHoutan

A prominent landmark at the University
is the Campanile and
carillon. Constructed
in 1950 and dedicated
on May 27, 1951, the
Campanile is a World
War II memorial to remember the 277 men
and women from the
University who lost
their lives fighting in
the war.

The tradition of walking under the monument on the graduation day began the
following year. The
year it was created,
the Kansas City Star
called it "the finest
musical instrument of
its kind west of Chicago." Measuring 120feet tall, the Campanile contains 53 bells in
the carillon.
Despite all the posi-

tive history surrounding it, the Campanile
comes with a very infamous myth as well.
It's rumored that if
you're a student attending the University and want to graduate in four years, you
should steer clear of
the Campanile.
The legend says that
a person who walks
beneath the Campanile before their grad-

uation day ceremony
is doomed to either
not graduate on time,
or not graduate from
the University at all.
Whether it’s a rebellious student or a new
Jayhawk on campus,
it seems safer to not set
foot under the Campanile, which contains
the ghost of unearned
diplomas past and risk
the curse.
On a lighter note,
it's rumored that if a
student kisses their
significant other under the Campanile,
they are destined to be
married.
In regards to the
campus monument,
it seems that you can
either secure a liplock with your future
spouse or risk the
curse of not earning
your diploma on time.
No matter the truth
of the myths, this old
piece of architecture
seems to generate
quite a buzz.
— Edited by Amber
Vandegrift

COURTNEY VARNEY/KANSAN
Legend holds that if a students walk through the
Memorial Campanile before they graduate, they won’t
graduate on time.

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THE MYTHS & TALES
OF CORK & BARREL

KANSAN.COM

stull cemetery
is rumored to
be a gateway
to hell. is it?
TOM DEHART
@KansanNews

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Editor’s note: This article appeared
in a previous edition of The Kansan.
Stull, located about 10 miles
west of Lawrence, is a town so
small it feels like it's hiding
in plain view.
Cars passing on its roads will
be in and out of it in less time
than it takes to process a full
thought. The town includes
a United Methodist Church
that appears to have been
constructed in recent years
and an old, darkened, brick
bait shop to the west. Two
small houses sit almost adjacent to the church and across
from the south side of the
small town there's a cemetery
containing tombstones with
dozens of German-sounding
last names written on them.
Multiple signs attached to
the cemetery gate read a simple message: “No Trespassing.” It's a peculiar sign to be
posted on a regular cemetery
gate, but Stull isn't commonly
defined as regular.
Stull Cemetery has gained a
reputation for being the site
of supernatural happenings,
including associations with
the devil, the occult and a
supposed gateway to hell
in the basement of an old
church, demolished in 2002,
which was supposedly sheltered from rain despite its
lack of a roof.
Despite the rumors and urban legends that surround

the cemetery, the most activity seen there in recent years
are acts of vandalism—hence
the trespassing signs and
Stull residents' desire to keep
outsiders off the property.
“It used to look a lot spookier than it does now. It had
a stone structure adjacent to
it, and it used to have some
pine trees, but those pine
trees died,” said Lt. Steve
Lewis, former Douglas County Sheriff's Office public information officer. “When
I used to patrol out there, I
would stop people and they
would tell me that they were
just trying to see something
scary, and I told them they
were looking at the scariest
thing they were going to see
all night, and I charged them
with a misdemeanor.”
In addition to an American
flag at the east end of the
cemetery, a large, bent tree
stands solitary to the west on
one of the curves of the gravel road that loops around the
cemetery's premises.
Toward the northeast corner
of the small plot of land, the
only remnants of the roofless
church are limestone bricks.
Most of the attractions that
once brought people to the
cemetery have been removed,
and the sight is somewhat
disappointing for a day in late
October.
Nevertheless, the legend has
a surprisingly long legacy for
how uneventful the town of
Stull truly is.

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MYTHS AND TALES

5

1950s murder haunts
room in Jefferson's
DAN GARRETT
@KansanNews

On May 28, 1954,
attorney Leroy Harris sat in his office
on top of a clothing
store. That night, a
man named Phillip
Johnson snuck into
his office and shot
Harris three times.
Harris died in his
office chair from a
gunshot wound to the
head. Johnson took a
walk around town before turning himself
in. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison
and died in 1959 at
the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing,
according to a story in
the Kansas City Star.
Ralph
Wolfson
owned the clothing
store underneath the
office and was pretty
shook up after hearing about the murder.
He hired someone
to clean up the body,
seal the door and cover the windows in
the office with metal
siding. The room was

sealed for almost 50
years but in 2000, according to a Lawrence
Journal-World article,
Wolfson’s son, Mark,
decided to open the
room.
When Mark and a
group of journalists
pried open a skylight
to enter the room, they
were shocked at what
they saw. They had
expected the room to
be frozen in time from
1954, but construction
workers had recently
been in the room to
secure a false ceiling.
They also found some
furniture they suspected had been put in the
room for extra storage.
The only things that
remained from the
murder were papers
from the 1950s and
the nail that Harris’
law diploma hung on.
The furniture store
made way for Jefferson's restaurant in
2000. Pretty soon, attention turned from
the mysterious room
to the famous wings

below.
But on Jan. 15, 2015,
a fire in the second
story of the building
shut the restaurant
down for two months.
Firefighters cut open
the siding, exposing
the interior and the
old tale.
“We had an electrical fire in the upstairs
back portion of the
restaurant," said Jefferson’s owner Brandon Graham. "We
don’t know the final
cause; we do know that
a transformer blew up
and, at the same time,
a fire started."
After talking to the
current staff of Jefferson’s, only one employee had even heard
of someone being
murdered upstairs.
Nevertheless, the second story of the building is easily seen from
the street—as well as
the window of Harris’s office.
— Edited by Rebecca Dowd

CAROLINE FISS/KANSAN
Jefferson’s Restaurant occupies the first floor of a building where, in
1954, a murder occurred.

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large carp could be ’Potter Lake ‘whale’

COURTNEY VARNEY/KANSAN
Potter Lake is rumored to contain all sorts of flora and fauna.

found at the bottom include a desk, sewing
machine, a time capsule,
Potter Lake has been
and a Model T Ford.
drained twice in its hisSome claim that a cadavtory — once in 1957 and
er had to be fished from
again in 2011. Items
the lake after pranksters
COURTNEY BIERMAN
@KansanNews

stole it from Snow Hall
in the 1980s.
Potter Lake is also home
to a variety of aquatic vegetation such as duckweed
and water lilies, as well as
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eral breeds of turtles and
possibly sunfish.
But could something
more sinister be lurking
in its 12-foot depths?
Rumors have been
swirling for years that
the water hides everything from sea monsters
to infant skeletons. One
commenter, who identifies himself as “Frederic
Gutknecth IV,” claims in
the comments section of
a 2008 Lawrence Journal-World article that he
rescued a two-pound albino “koi” that had been
washed out of the lake by
a storm.
“After a real gully-washer of a storm there were
literally THOUSANDS
of fish littering the rock
lined ditch down to the
drain near the parking
lot,” he wrote. “At the
drain was the big (24"?),
cream-colored koi. I
think it's a koi. I carried
it up and plopped it back
in the pond. It was half

in and half out of water
down by the drain and
still ‘breathing.’ I went
back down to the drain
and saved a gigantic
goldfish. It must have
weighed two pounds. I
had seen the great white
whale (koi) for a long
time, and I have seen it
since it went back into
the drink.”
The commenter did not
respond to an interview
request.
In its early days, swimmers were a common
sight at the lake. Swimming was banned, however, after seven students
drowned and the water
quality came into question.
Last August, representatives from the Environment, Health and
Safety Department used
a mechanical harvester
to pull unwanted aquatic
vegetation from the lake.
The project was done for
mostly aesthetic purpos-

es, said Stanford Loeb,
a specialist with the department. The vegetation
would otherwise die and
decompose, resulting in
the release of nitrogen
and phosphorous which
would stimulate excessive
algae growth.
“The lake’s a wonderful
lake. It’s beautiful,” Loeb
said. “Sometime, probably during the 1980s,
somebody threw a water
lily tuber into the lake,
and it has since developed into a problem.”
Asian grass carp were
introduced to Potter Lake
in 2009 to control the
growth of vegetation. The
fish are sterile and can
grow rather large. Could
one of these be the famous albino carp?
“If they’re albino, it
would be rather odd because we didn’t add any
albino carp, and they
can’t reproduce, but you
never know,” Loeb said.
— Edited by Derek Skillett

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7

MYTHS AND TALES

Can You get free tuition if
you get hit by a campus bus?
@wmwebber

steer your hoverboard
onto Jayhawk Boulevard — and again, I can’t
stress enough that you
shouldn’t do that — consider these other options
if a collision does occur:



Go to the hospital.
Call the police.
Lawyer up.
Peel yourself off
the ground and
hobble away in

case the bus is
persistent and tries
to come back for
more.
• Learn your lesson
and look both ways
before crossing the
street.
• If previous step
fails, get your eyes
tested.
• Cry.

— Edited by Kate Miller

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the hills of the University. In fact, there’s an
This myth isn’t quite as entire page on Snopes
with commenters claimold as time itself, given
that the first school bus ing the same rumor at
their respective universiwasn’t invented until
ties. So is it true?
1921, but students have
Not at all. Getting hit
long since spread word
by a KU bus (or any
that getting hit by a
other university vehicampus bus earns you
cle) does not translate to
free tuition.
free tuition, according
No one knows the origin of this myth, but its to the KU Info website.
reach extends far beyond So before you aimlessly
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8

MYTHS AND TALES

Days of

Rage
WIL KENNEY
@wilkenney

At around 11 p.m. on December
11, 1970, Carol Duster walked
through the open door to the Summerfield Hall Computation Center. Ten feet away, a homemade
bomb tore through the southern
wall, according to an article from
the KU Department of History.
Carol Duster’s contact lenses were
ripped from her eyes, scratching
her corneas.
The building had been previously evacuated into 20-degree night
air after a steady voice called in a
bomb threat.
The warning was simple and exact.
“There is a bomb in the machine
room set to go off in three minutes. This is no joke,” the individual told the Computation Center’s
switchboard operator.
Three days before, a student was

shot in front of Watson Library.
Fires were started in classrooms
almost daily, according to a 2010
LJ World article. Two men were
killed in police clashes in the
summer of ’70. On April 20 of
that year a firebomb scorched the
upper floors of the Kansas Union.
Now referred to as “The Days of
Rage,” 1970 was a year of violence
to rival 1863, when Quantrill’s
Raiders rode into Lawrence to
slaughter and pillage abolitionists.
Still, Duster wasn’t fazed by the
warning and evacuation. She had
homework to do and bomb threats
were commonplace that semester.
She went back into Summerfield
without a second thought.
She was still shivering when the
door opened. The clock struck 11.
Two fellow students, Vernon Breit
and Victor Harrison, blacked out
immediately. Duster remained
conscious. Later, she told the Lawrence Journal World she “thought

I was being electrocuted… My
hair was sticking out in all direction … I thought everything was
on top of me. It was so dark.”
Her eardrums ruptured. Her
contact lenses scraped her corneas
and she suffered minor scrapes
and bruises.
Chancellor Larry Chalmers arrived a few minutes after the blast.
He called the bombing an act of
“psychopathic behavior.” He had
addressed the Board of Regents
a day earlier and explained the
year’s nonstop violence.
In the aftermath, no one claimed
responsibility. The list of suspects
was long: Black Panther militants
galvanized by the police shooting
of a black teenager that summer;
the V-Committee, white vigilantes radicalized by a year of racial
violence; the Weathermen, a leftist offshoot of the Students for a
Democratic Society; or a rogue
“psychopath.”

KANSAN.COM

Duster had little to do with any of
these groups, yet she was the one
in the rear of an ambulance, deaf
and blind.
In the end the bomb inflicted
minor injuries and $165,000 in
damages. A stairwell mitigated the
damage, as did a number of boxes
stuffed with blank student schedules where the bomb was likely
hidden.
The next day two more campus
phones rang with bomb threats,
but both were hoaxes.
A dozen undercover policemen
were invited onto campus to infiltrate suspected groups. A reward
fund was set up to gather information on the attacks, according to
Lawrence.com.
No one stepped forward.
A few days later, the authorities
sifted through the rubble for evidence, a clue for who or why. All
they found were Carol Duster’s
contact lenses.

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