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Friday, April 13, 2012


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Walking, running for cancer society
kelsey Cipolla
kcipolla@kansan.com Students participating in Friday night’s relay aren’t competing for a medal — just the privilege of raising money for the American Cancer Society. At Relay for Life events throughout the country, people form into teams, raise money and then try to keep one team member running, or more often walking, throughout the relay’s 12 hours. The University’s relay is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m Friday at the Ambler Recreation Center. According to the University relay website, Friday’s event has 381 participants and 50 teams. So far, the KU relay has raised $21,237, a little more than half of the $40,000 goal set for this year. Katie Lord, the American Cancer Society’s community manager of income who oversees the planning of local Relay for Life events, said that money often comes in during the event. Lord oversees the planning of local Relay for Life events. The money raised goes to fund research, provide transportation for cancer patients and promote prevention and awareness efforts. Although the money is sent to the national office, all the money raised in Kansas does return to the state, Lord said. Bre Kirkhart, a junior from

relay for life
where: Ambler Student recreation Center Track when: 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. Friday to donate: Visit the University’s relay for life website:

From left, libby Johnson, student body president, Hannah Bolton, future student body vice president, Brandon Woodard, future student body president and Gabe Bliss, student body vice president, share a victorious moment after KUnited took its eighteenth victory of the past nineteen University student senate elections.

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KUnited takes 85 percent of the vote
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to register: Visit the website or sign up on Friday at 5 p.m. at the rec
Wichita, got involved with the relay when she was in eighth grade after her mother was diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. Later that year, the pair participated in their first relay. Kirkhart stayed involved with the cause throughout high school and college, and now serves as the local event’s chair. Her mother has now been cancer free for seven years. Kirkhart said the even a great deal of personal, as well as symbolic, meaning. “We start at sundown to signify when a cancer patient is

Vikaas shanker

vshanker@kansan.com Hannah Bolton and Brandon Woodard won nearly 85 percent of the student vote, running on the KUnited ticket. They received 1,814 of the total 2,147 votes cast Wednesday and Thursday. Opposing candidates Gus Bova and Claire Kerwin, from the SPQR coalition, took 266 votes, or 12.4 percent. Sixty-seven students wrote in their own candidates, including Bill Self and Twitter personalities “KU Steam Whistle” and “Fake Jeff Withey.” KUnited candidates received the most votes in every senate seat contest. The two SPQR candidates running for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences freshman/sophomore seats, Noah Campo and Wade Briscoe, came

last in voting on the ballot out of 14 candidates. But both will still be sworn in as senators because 14 seats are available. Results are not official until approved by the Student Senate elections commission.

2012 voting resUlts by coalition
KUnited: 84.5 percent (1,814 votes) SPQr: 12.4 percent (266 votes) Write-ins: 3.1 percent (67 votes)

The crowd of KUnited supporters broke into cheers and celebration when the winners were announced. They had gathered for a watch party at the Oread hotel, 1200 Oread Avenue, socializing over drinks as the results were projected over a large screen. The results were broadcast by KUJHTV, the campus television station and media affiliate of the Kansan. Also present at the watch party were KUnited candidates Hannah Bolton and Brandon Woodard. “It was definitely a very emo-

KUnited celebrates

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student’s memory honored among greeks
raChel salyer
rsalyer@kansan.com The Third Annual Jason Wren Initiative reminded the Greek community of the importance of moderation and understanding the effects of alcoholism yesterday evening in Budig Hall. The initiative, hosted by University chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Delta Gamma Sorority, is designed to honor Jason Wren’s memory. Wren was a freshman SAE pledge who died of alcohol poisoning March 8, 2009. Toren Volkmann, a recovering alcoholic and author of “From Binge to Blackout,” shared with the audience his own story of alcoholism and the idea that it can happen to anyone. He showed pictures of his own party experiences. Wren’s name, and the names of the event sponsors, were displayed on a banner haning behind him. The event was open to everyone free of charge, but event chair and SAE member Austin Wagner said that, of the about 700 people in attendance, the majority were sorority members. In the past, SAE asked 20 percent of all members from University sororities and fraternities to attend. Wagner said SAE did not do so this year because of a miscommunication. Volkmann, who started drinking at age 14, said he never would have expected himself to become an alcoholic. “I was from a normal family with a decent recipe for a very good outcome,” Volkmann said, “but once I put myself in the category and started exhibiting that behavior, I was just as likely to become an alcoholic as anyone.” Wren talked about having repeated blackouts even though he thought he was drinking socially. Eventually, those blackouts led to his alcohol dependency. Before dismissing the audience, Chapin McLane, SAE president, reminded those in attendance that the point of the conference was not to tell students to be sober, but to ask them to drink responsibly. Angela Guist, a freshman from Ottawa, said she and her friends attended the event to support their sorority, Sigma Kappa, which donated to the event. “I have unfortunately blacked out a few times, and it’s not a good feeling when you have no idea what happened,” Guist said. “People say it’s a part of the experience, but listening to him makes you think of how dangerous it can be.” The initiative started in 2010 and continued after Wren’s father, Jay Wren, filed a wrongful death suit against the fraternity. Wagner said he hopes to see the organization’s efforts continue. “Even after we’re all gone, the message will still need to be said,” he said. Jason would have been a senior

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Toren Volkmann, author of “From Binge to Blackout” speaks to students in the Greek community about alcoholism Thursday night at Budig Hall. Volkmann was the guest speaker for the annual Jason Wren Initiative which was created to spread awareness about drinking and alcoholism after the death of Jason Wren in 2009.

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Today’s Weather

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, some possibly severe.

HI: 73 LO: 64
Avoid golf courses for now.

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Friday, April 13
what: Tunes at Noon wheRe: Outside Plaza, Kansas Union wheN: Noon aBoUt: SUA hosts local band Genuine Imitation for an hour-long, free outdoor concert; the event may be cancelled because of weather. what: Relay for Life wheRe: Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center wheN: 7 p.m. aBoUt: Fight cancer with a night of walking, activities and games; checkin starts at 5 p.m. what: Genius of Women wheRe: Gridiron Ballroom, Burge Union wheN: 7:30 p.m. aBoUt: Enjoy a variety show featuring singing, poetry, dance, drama and more. Refreshments provided.

HI: 74 LO: 62

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Likely chance of showers and thunderstorms lingering.


HI: 59 LO: 39

Overcast with chance of showers and thunderstorms continuing.

Sunny skies.

Forecaster: Cissy Orzulak and Stacia Gudmonson , KU Atmospheric Science

It’s raining Jays and Hawks.

Houston: we have clouds.

Monday’s sunny-side up.

Saturday, April 14
what: 12th Annual Race Ipsa wheRe: Green Hall wheN: 9 a.m. aBoUt: A 5k run/walk sponsored by the KU School of Law; registration starts at 8 a.m. and all proceeds go to Douglas County Legal Aid. what: Peace Corps Coffee Chat wheRe: Henry’s Coffee Shop, 11 E. Eight St. wheN: 2 p.m. aBoUt: Looking to join the Peace Corps? Join recruiters and alumni to learn about the application process and programs. what: 24th Annual Powwow wheRe: Robinson Center wheN: 5 p.m. aBoUt: Come learn more about Native American culture with free activities.

Sunday, April 15
what: Workshop: SMA Art Cart wheRe: Spencer Museum of Art wheN: 12 p.m. aBoUt: The Spencer Museum offers for people to create their own versions of Peruvian art. what: Carillon Recital wheRe: Memorial Campanile wheN: 5 p.m. aBoUt: Dr. Elizabeth Berghout performs on the bells of the campanile; bring a blanket and sit by Potter Lake. what: Faculty Virtuosi Series wheRe: Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall wheN: 7:30 p.m. aBoUt: The KU School of Music hosts a night of faculty performance.

Monday, April 16
what: Last day to drop/withdraw wheRe: Registrar’s Office, Strong Hall wheN: All day aBoUt: It’s the last day to drop classes or fully withdraw from the University; visit registrar.ku.edu for more information. what: Lecture: “The Role of Writing in a Multimedia World” wheRe: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union wheN: 4 p.m. aBoUt: Professor Doug Ward, who was awarded the Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing, speaks to students about the changing face of journalism. what: Lecture: “Paris’s Water Shortages, 1880-1914” wheRe: Parlors, Kansas Union wheN: 4 p.m. aBoUt: University of Oklahoma assistant professor Peter Soppelsa gives a lecture on negotiating urban nature and Paris’s experience with water shortages.


Romney’s wife answers motherhood criticism
WASHINGTON — Ann Romney fought back Thursday against a Democrat who suggested she’s no economic expert because she “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Raising the five Romney sons, she said, was such a full-time job that her husband, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, considered it more important than his work as the family breadwinner. “He would say, ‘My job is temporary...Your job is a forever job that’s going to bring forever happiness,” Ann Romney told Fox News, wading into a multimedia furor over comments by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen. “Mitt respects women that make those different choices.” Rosen apologized to Ann Romney later Thursday for her “poorly chosen” words. “As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is,” Rosen said in a statement. “As a pundit, I

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know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.” “In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles,” Rosen said. First lady Michelle Obama, a working mother of two, even jumped into the fray with this tweet: “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. - mo.” Tweets tagged “mo” are said to be from the first lady. The series of exchanges brought the Mommy Wars to the presidential campaign trail as both parties court women voters critical to their prospects in the November election. President Barack Obama’s high command had demanded that Rosen apologize, while the Democratic National Committee disavowed her comments. — Associated Press

Information based on the Douglas county Sheriff’s office booking recap

at $1,500. Bond was set at $1,500.

• A male University student was arrested Wednesday at 12:27 a.m. on the 1700 block of Tennessee Street on suspicion of reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. Bond was set $500. • A 29-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday at 8:31 p.m. on the 1200 block of Tennessee Street on suspicion of theft of property valued

• A 36-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. on the 100 block of East 11th Street on suspicion of criminal restraint, domestic battery and rape. He is being held without bond. • A 27-year-old transient woman was arrested Tuesday at 6:47 p.m. on the 3200 block of Iowa Street on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and theft valued at $100. Bond was set at $200. • A 20-year-old Burlingame woman

turned herself in and was arrested Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Bond was set at $250.

• A 45-year-old transient man was arrested Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. on the 200 block of West 10th Street on suspicion of assault. No bond was set. • A 27-year-old transient man turned himself in and was arrested Tuesday at 6 a.m. on suspicion of second degree murder. Bond was set at $75,000.
— Laura Sather

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Student arrested after reckless driving
A 21-year-old male University student was arrested Thursday morning after crashing his car into a Tennessee Street residence. He is suspected of operating under the influence and reckless driving. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesperson, said the vehicle was south bound on Tennessee Street just before midnight

and attempted to turn east onto 17th Street when the driver lost control and his vehicle struck the residence. A resident sleeping inside the residence at the time was knocked out of bed but no injuries were reported for either the driver or the resident. The suspect posted the $500 bond in cash and the case has been referred to the Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office. — Rachel Salyer

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North Korea rocket launched, flies for just over a minute
PYONGYANG — North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, South Korean and U.S. officials said, defying international warnings against moving forward with a launch widely seen as a provocation. Days after threatening to do so, a rocket lifted off at 7:39 a.m. from the west coast launch pad in the hamlet of Tongchang-ri, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said, citing South Korean and U.S. intelligence. However, the launch may have failed, U.S. officials said in Washington. Japan’s Defense Minister Naiki Tanaka concurred. “We have confirmed that a certain flying object has been launched and fell after flying for just over a minute.” He did not say what exactly was launched. He said there was no impact on Japanese territory from the launch. In Pyongyang, there was no word about a launch, and state television was broadcasting video for popular folk tunes. North Korean officials said ASSOCIATED PRESS they would make an announcement Cameramen stand by to cover the PACabout the launch “soon.” North Korea had earlier announced 3 surface to air missile units at the it would send a three-stage rocket Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, Friday. mounted with a satellite as part of its third bid to launch a satellite since celebrations honoring national founder Kim Il Sung, whose 100th birthday is 1998. The United States, Britain, Japan being celebrated Sunday. Space officials say the rocket is and others, however, have called such meant to send a satellite into orbit to a launch a violation of U.N. resolutions study crops and weather patterns — prohibiting North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

Russian government to invest billions in space program
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday his nation will spend about $1 billion this year alone to build a new space launch pad in the far east that should ease the Russian space program’s reliance on ex-Soviet neighbor Kazakhstan. Putin told government officials in televised remarks Thursday that the first rocket launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome is set to be conducted by 2015, and in 2018 it should launch a first manned mission. Officials have put the total cost of the project at about $10 billion.
Putin said Russia will continue to use the Soviet-built Baikonur launch pad it leases from Kazakhstan, but added that a new launch facility of its own is needed to secure the national space program’s independence. “Only the existence of several space launch pads would guarantee Russia a full independence in space activities,” Putin said. Russia also has the Plesetsk launch pad in the north used mostly for launches of military satellites. Vostochny, where construction work began last year, is located outside the town of Uglegorsk in the far eastern Amur region, 3,400 miles east of Moscow, and just about 60 miles away from the border with China. Putin said the new facility will include more than 40 apartment buildings for personnel and the necessary infrastructure to make it a “comfortable, modern town.” “We aren’t going to repeat the past when they were saving money on people,” he said. “It will create a stimulus for the development of the entire far eastern region.” Officials have previously said that the new town will have a population of 40,000.



6.9 magnitude quake hits Baja, no major damage reported
this week to render his official resignation. Toure was just months from finishing his last term when soldiers on March 21 stormed the presidential palace, sending Toure into hiding and overturning a democratic tradition stretching back more than two decades. The soldiers claimed they had grabbed power because Toure had mishandled a rebellion that began in northern Mali in January. However, it was only after Toure was ousted that the Tuareg rebels succeeded in taking the three largest cities in the region and declared independence. The loss of the northern half of the country, an area larger than France, has plunged Mali into crisis. The fighters are divided between a secu-

Dioncounda Traore to head Mali nation as interim President
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s new interim president took office Thursday, returning the country to civilian rule three weeks after mutinous soldiers overthrew the nation’s democratically elected leader in a coup. Dioncounda Traore, who heads the country’s national assembly, is to serve as Mali’s president for 40 days according to the constitution. Regional mediators, though, already acknowledge it will take longer than that for the country to organize new elections. The deal to move Mali back to constitutional rule was hammered out between the head of the military junta that seized power in March and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS. Longtime Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure emerged from hiding

Mali’s Interim President Dioncounda Traore, left, is congratulated by coup leader Amadou Haya Sanogo after being sworn in in Bamako, Mali Thursday. lar group and an Islamist faction that wants to impose Shariah law in Mali’s moderate north. Under intense international pressure and regional financial sanctions, Mali’s coup leaders signed an accord last Friday, agreeing to return the country to constitutional rule.


MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico on Thursday, waking up residents living near the Gulf of California, only hours after a separate quake swayed tall buildings in Mexico City, causing evacuations. Authorities said neither quake left major damage nor victims. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.9 magnitude quake hit the waters ASSOCIATED PRESS between the Baja peninsula and the People begin returning to a building that was evacuated after an earthquake northern state of Sonora at 12:15 a.m. was felt in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday. local time. Residents in the city of Hermosillo “I was on my bed, leaning against Wednesday, and caused multi-story woke up as their beds swayed and their the wall, and the fans kept moving non- buildings to sway more than 200 miles ceiling fans shook. Luis Enrique Cor- stop, side to side,” said Carlos Morales, away in Mexico City. dova, director of emergency services a teacher in Hermosillo. Wednesday’s temblor was the latest in Sonora, said confused residents The quake was centered 82 miles in a series of strong shakes to hit Mexiclogged the phone lines of the civil northeast of Guerrero Negro, and 133 co City since a powerful 7.4-magnitude protection office in Hermosillo, the larg- miles west of Hermosillo, and it hit quake hit southern Mexico three weeks est city and capital of the state, where some 6.4 miles below the surface. ago. But this was not an aftershock of some 700,000 people live. But Cordova It follows a 6.4 magnitude quake that one, USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said no major damages have been de- which struck a sparsely populated area said. tected in the region. in the mountains of western Mexico on


Econ courses lack entrepreneur lessons
mschmidt@kansan.com A study published by a University professor claims not enough attention is given to the role of entrepreneurship in introductory economic classes. Barbara Phipps, associate professor of curriculum and education, found that while the entrepreneur plays a vital role in the economy, most basic economic classes across the country rarely discuss the importance of entrepreneurship. “We found that in most textbooks, there’s little or no mention of the entrepreneur,” Phipps said. “The entrepreneur and entrepreneurship is really the driving force in economic growth.” While Phipps said most universities offer classes about entrepreneurship, she pointed out that only a small percentage of students actually take those classes. “The intro economics course is the only exposure to economics students, and ignoring the entrepreneur is ignoring a huge part of our economy,” Phipps said. In the study, Phipps and two collaborating professors looked at three economic textbooks that do cover the importance of entrepreneurship. The study found the books to be suitable models for educating students on the role of the entrepreneur in the economy. Neal Becker, assistant professor of economics at the University, teaches introductory economic courses. Becker acknowledged that entrepreneurship is not covered in detail in the class. “We don’t teach entrepreneurship explicitly, but we do teach things that do contribute to entrepreneurship,” Becker said. “We talk about factors related to entrepreneurship without using the word.” Becker said advanced economic classes discuss economic growth and factors relating to entrepreneurship, but that the complexity of the subject makes it difficult to cover in an introductory course. “We can’t be all things in all courses,” Becker said. Febrio Kacaribu, a graduate student in economics from Jakarta, Indonesia, said emphasizing entrepreneurship in the introduction course is unnecessary. Kacaribu views entrepreneurship as too complicated to teach in a basic economics class. “Economics is a theory about limited resources and how you make decisions,” Kacaribu said. “Entrepreneurship is more of a business concept.” — Edited by Gabrielle Schock


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Rape suspect arrested, bond set at $75,000
The Lawrence Police Department arrested a 36-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of rape Wednesday night. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a spokesman for the police department, said the rape occurred within city limits at a residence in the southern part of town early Wednesday morning. McKinley said the suspect was an acquaintance of the victim and the department placed the man under arrest after questioning him. He was charged with criminal restraint,

rape by force or fear, domestic battery and aggravated burglary, because he is suspected of entering the victim’s property or vehicle without permission with the intent to commit a crime. “The victim reported no serious injuries,” McKinley said, “but unfortunately, with these kinds of cases, there is injury of another nature.” Bond has been set at $75,000 and the case has been referred to the Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office. — Rachel Salyer

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Newest rowling novel named
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LONDON — It may lack wizards and witches, but J.K. Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” will have the magic touch. The book’s title was announced Thursday by Little, Rowling Brown & Co. along with a brief plot synopsis and publication date. The publisher said the “blackly comic” tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small English town would be available worldwide on Sept. 27. The book will be Rowling’s first post-Potter effort. Her seven-volume saga about the adventures of a boy wizard became one of the most successful fictional series in history and led to a series of extremely popular films. The new book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford which is described as far more menacing than its pretty facade would indicate. It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off “the biggest war the town has yet seen,” with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands. The publisher said the 480page novel will be sold as an e-book and audio download as well as in traditional hardback form. The seven Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies and have been translated into 74 languages. Rowling’s final Potter offering, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published in 2007. She published a short Potter spin-off collection of stories, “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard,” in 2008. Rowling said earlier this year she wanted to reach an adult audience, but kept the book’s name and publication date secret until Thursday. In the past, many successful children’s writers have struggled to remake themselves as adult authors. Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne, a successful playwright in his early years, once confessed that he was forced to say “goodbye to all that” after his beloved books about the bear and friends.

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Axl Rose will skip, decline Hall induction
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LOS ANGELES — This weekend, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will throw its annual induction ceremony and concert to celebrate its newest members, which include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan and Guns N’ Roses. Make that four-fifths of Guns N’ Roses. Singer and co-founder Axl Rose released an open letter to the Rock Hall on Wednesday morning on a Los Angeles Times’ blog declaring he’d skip the ceremony. He also requested that he not be inducted into the hall. “I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” Rose wrote in the letter. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of ‘Guns N’ Roses’.” The Hall of Fame announced Guns N’ Roses’ inclusion in February, leading to instant speculation whether the five core members of the band circa “Appetite for Destruction” would appear



together for the first time since the early 1990s. “This decision is personal,” Rose said in his letter. “This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, ‘damned if I do, damned if I don’t’ scenario all the way around.” Just which Guns N’ Roses members will accept the award remains a mystery. A spokeswoman for Slash, who declined to comment on Rose’s letter, said the guitarist as of Wednesday morning was planning to attend. McKagan, meanwhile, will be celebrating the release of his book “It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)” the night before the induction ceremony at Cleveland’s House of Blues. A spokeswoman for the Hall of Fame has not responded to calls or e-mails seeking comment. Since February, Rose had remained mum on his plans, even as Slash had spoken out in favor of a Rock Hall reunion while also acknowledging Rose’s antipathy.


21 new productions hit local theaters
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LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers can’t complain there’s nothing to see this weekend — 18 new independent productions and three studio works arrive simultaneously in local theaters. But what may be great for consumers has the people behind these movies losing sleep, worried that the intense competition could sink everyone’s chances for box-office success. Although not all of the movies will open nationally, the 21 titles represent an anomalous uptick from even the most crowded release calendars. Last Christmas, one of 2011’s busiest weekends for new releases, saw just 10 films open. Part of the reason for the mid-April bottleneck is that the number of independent films released in theaters has surged over the last five years. Despite the fierce competition this weekend, though, distributors — many of them small, shoestring operations — have hesitated to change their release plans, believing that the risks of box-office failure are outweighed by the potential rewards of favorable buzz that can boost DVD and video-on-demand revenue and the possibility of collecting some small windfall at the ticket window. “I’d like to think that the sheer volume week in and week out has plateaued, but that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Jeff Lipsky, whose Adopt Films is releasing the performance art documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.” Jeff Clanagan, whose Codeblack Entertainment financed and is distributing the Blair Underwood thriller “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day,” said when he dated his film in November the schedule looked wide open. “When we picked the release date, there wasn’t a lot of competition there,” he said. Three movies will open in wide release: 20th Century Fox’s “The Three Stooges,” the outer-space thriller “Lockout” from FilmDistrict and Lionsgate’s horror tale “The Cabin in the Woods.” Several of the 18 independent films have proper distribution deals, but the makers of a number of the new movies are financing their releases themselves. The doit-yourself slate includes the Sept. 11 documentary “The Woman Who Wasn’t There,” the romantic comedy “Life Happens” and the unsolved murder drama “Deadline.” In some cases, the theatrical openings are intended largely to publicize an upcoming (or even concurrent) video-on-demand release, where the lion’s share of revenues are expected. (Although the major theater chains typically won’t play movies that simultaneously are released on the Internet or cable and satellite television, a number of smaller circuits will.) The documentary “All In: The Poker Movie,” the crime drama “Bad Ass” and the mercenary story “The Hunter” are already available on VOD channels or will be very soon. By releasing their films theatrically, even for one weekend, producers and distributors believe they can elevate their movies from so much VOD flotsam. “They get treated with more respect. You just get more attention,” said Eamonn Bowles, whose Magnolia Pictures is releasing “The Hunter,” which stars Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill and was shot on location in Tasmania, Australia.


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Focus needed during april anxiety
want to go to class or you have other things to do. Then, when you do go, you’re half asleep and not participating. In some classes that’s enough. Learn from the book and take the tests. In classes that may use material not in the textbook, going to class could be your only hope of getting that information. In others it’s not so easy. Participation points can cost you at the end of the semester. Make sure you know each of your professors’ attendance policies. Aside from simply occupying a seat in class, participate. Take an active role in your learning experience. If a class is difficult or you’re on the borderline of earning a higher letter grade, showing initiative and taking advantage of the time you’re already spending in class could make a difference. If distractions like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are getting in your way, try to leave your laptop behind and keep your phone in your backpack. Likewise, when it’s someone else’s laptop that’s a distraction, try sitting closer to the front of the room. Sometimes speaking up in a room full of people may be scary. When something confuses you, write down your question and make an appointment to talk to your professor, graduate teaching assistant or teaching assistant. Another way to get over your non-involvement is to start slow and build your way up. Next time you’re in class, resolve to answer one question. The next day, try to answer two. Regardless of your method of learning, find a way to succeed. Yes, I said it; talk to people. Finals are coming up and chances are that you have one in a class that you aren’t really sure about. I bet someone else in your class feels the same way. Ask around; see how other people study for tests in the class. Find out if any of your friends took the same class in the past and what tips they have about preparing for the final. If you know that your study method isn’t working, or even if it is, try starting a study group. Find a group of people who have similar goals for the class and work with them to figure out a method to plan


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To the guy playing with the puppy in the fountain by the sorority houses: well played sir, well played. To the people who sit next to and in front of me: your Pinterest and Facebook habits are disturbing but intriguing. You’re seriously eating celery in the middle of class? oh no, that’s not distracting at all. Why doesn’t anyone vote for Student Senate, you ask? The biggest issue is where they can and can’t chalk. Last time someone cared about that was in kindergarten. There are not nearly enough letters in the Greek alphabet for all my engineering courses. I’m a lefty when I write, but a righty when I vote! There’re nothing more comforting on a cold, rainy day than a warm toilet seat in Watson. It’s that time of year again. The cops are out on Segways. I’m trying really hard not to laugh. I had a dream that Jeff Withey told me he loved me, and I turned him down. What is wrong with my subconscious? That frustrating moment when you check every stall and find a “present” in each one. Ice cream truck on daisy Hill?! My life is complete. I love how it was totally necessary for my biology homework to zoom in on a guy’s crouch to explain meiosis. Click on someone’s most recent picture on Facebook. Press the left arrow. Begin lol-ling. You’re not alone, there’s a secret society of us folk who hate dan. We meet on Thursdays at 8. Hipster pirates would wear nonprescription eye patches and make philosophically sophisticatedsounding complaints about the futility of sea life. I wonder how much time I lose waiting on the bus. Everybody write in T-Rob for Student Senate! Then he will have to stay. I saw a girl wearing nude-colored skinny jeans and thought she was naked. They are frying bacon on the first floor of Murphy Hall. The smell just torture-punched me in the stomach. What does a nosy pepper do? Gets jalapeno business! Afraid of the campaigners? Let’s use the KU Buddy System! I woke up with someone else’s socks on, a handful of sand in my pocket, and I had someone’s bike seat. The awkward moment when you ride the same bus as T-Rob, and you are trying to suppress your inner girl from squealing.

verything outside has turned green. Spring break offered a nice break from the usual schedule. March Madness has come to a bittersweet end. Meanwhile, we’ve hit that groove in the semester where homework and class seem like an inconvenience. Let’s face it, procrastination is setting in and we’d much rather sit outside than go to class and focus on the remaining month of classes before finals. There’s still time to motivate yourself and prepare for finals. It sounds like a daunting task, but it’s easier than you may think. This is obvious, right? It’s typical advice that everyone’s heard before. But things happen. You don’t

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how you’re going to study. In some cases, dividing the work up and creating study guides may work best, but in other cases reviewing each section as a group may work better. The only way to find groups like this is to talk to people. Network. Get the word out there and find people who are interested in helping. This semester will soon be over. I know we’re all aware of that. But as summer inches closer, so do finals. Finish out the semester strong. Work hard in class and create ways to insure your success. You can do it; it just takes a little motivation. angela Hawkins for the kansan editorial board


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Regulating brain cells could treat human obesity
hat if the future treatment of obesity took form as an X-ray beam to the head? After all, appetite control is regulated by the brain, specifically the hypothalamus. A new study published in Nature Neuroscience explored new nerve cell production stimulated by a high fat diet in mice. This would not be as unexpected if cells were produced in other organs, but in the brain, it is remarkable. With a few exceptions, the adult brain does not make new nerve cells. In the study, the mice were given a diet with a 60 percent fat content. Usually, mice are given a diet of 33 percent fat content to prevent them from weight gain. After consuming a fatty-rich diet for several weeks, the researchers noticed the neurons in the hypothalamus had quadrupled when no changes were seen in the mice that were given a normal diet. This was detected by a

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c-fos molecular marker. A high-fat diet changed the brain circuitry in controlling hunger as well as the addition of many neurons. The researchers found the new neurons were descendants of glial cells called tanycytes. They were found on the median eminence which is located on the inferior boundary on the hypothalamus. To test if the tanycytes were correlated to a high fat diet, the researchers targeted the newborn neurons for elimination by a beam of radiation to the hypothalamus. This is similar to using radiation therapy to kill cancer cells that are rapidly dividing. The radiation

cleaves the DNA of the cell while they are in the process of dividing, thus other neurons in the hypothalamus that are not dividing were secured while the tanycytes were obliterated. As a result, the adult mice gained less weight as well as had increased energy levels compared to the fat rich diet mice that did not have their neurons irradiated. There is no evidence that an increased fat diet increases tanycyte production in humans or other animals, but this study shows insight of how the brain can remodel in the presence of more fat. Obesity is a serious health problem in America that will not go away anytime soon. A study like this offers possible new therapies to target fat in places other than the digestive system and stomach by targeting fat in the organ that controls our hunger. saha is a junior in neurobiology from overland Park.


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don’t know anything about Mr. Corrigan’s family history, but judging from his picture, he looks like a white man. I’m guessing he’s never been followed around a department store, or watched parents cross the street to avoid him, or stood by as his new neighbors built a fence within six weeks of his moving in. He can express his opinion freely without readers blowing it off as “playing the race card.” But these are all things that have happened to me, a black woman, and frankly, I consider myself lucky. These people found me suspicious, but at least I wasn’t shot. It’s true, we don’t know exactly what happened with Trayvon Martin. But Mr. Corrigan left out some convenient facts. Like how 911 correspondents told Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, but he did anyway. Or how Martin was unarmed and Zimmerman had a gun. Or how Zimmerman has a criminal record of domestic violence and battery. If the races were reversed (and I know Zimmerman is Latino, but with his pale complexion and German name, he no doubt “passed” for white at the scene of the crime), Zimmerman would have been arrested or

shot, and to deny that is to deny a pattern of discrimination that has existed in this country for centuries. I find it sad that Mr. Corrigan would turn this tragedy into a question of politics. This is an issue of race. Because believe me, if “prominent conservative leaders” like Herman Cain or Clarence Thomas were wearing hoodies, they wouldn’t be able to pick up a cab. Sharpton and Jackson are taking a stand against a criminal justice system that has, too often and for too long, wrongly condemned people of color. If Republicans want to improve their image, they need to start by helping them. Charlotte davis is a junior in secondary english education from overland Park.

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What would you send in an email to 10,000 people from all around the world if you could? Most of us don’t ever think we will be put on this kind of worldly stage, and so we don’t ever think about it, but now this may become a reality for some. Thelistserve.com is a contagious idea thought up by a group of college GTAs. Thelistserve.com will pick one person everyday to send one email to the entire list. You could write about anything, as long as it is not a virus or anything deemed as inappropriate. For most, signing up will only be a chance to observe what other people say, but even that peaks my curi-

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ing the office in good hands. “It’s kind of bittersweet for us because we had a year to work on everything for the student body,” Bliss said. “Seeing our work flourish throughout the year, and seeing our new leaders emerging, is rewarding.”


tional experience to have so much support from all of the people in the room and the student body,” said Bolton, next year’s student body president. “Everyone’s been on Wescoe Beach this whole time, everyone’s sun burnt and exhausted. The watch party is a celebration for all of the hard work we have put in for active tabling.” Bolton and Woodard said they are excited to express students’ wishes as the University implements new policies, such as the Changing for Excellence and Bold Aspirations initiatives. “I want to walk away from this having accomplished every single platform that we promised the students and to make the student experience better,” said the next vice president, Woodard. Bolton wants the University to make the grading system more consistent by choosing the plus or minus grading system or the pass/fail system. Woodward said he will ask the University to add a Spanish minor. A minor is available in just about every language but Spanish, he said, because the department doesn’t have enough graduate teaching assistants. Since KUnited has won the election 17 times in the past 18 years, the coalition will be able to build on the work of previous senators. Student Body Vice President Gabe Bliss said he and president Libby Johnson are leav-


SPQR coalition members were at Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St., when the election results were announced. Their collective reaction was “congratulations to all.” Campaign manager Brian Sultana said that, despite the loss to KUnited, he thought SPQR accomplished it’s goal: to provoke discussion about student government. The coalition will have two senators in Student Senate next year. Wade Briscoe, one of the coalition’s CLAS senators, said SPQR plans to be active. “This next year, I hope to not allow pointless wastes of students’ money to be used on useless things, such as cell phone chatting kiosks,” Briscoe said. “I would rather see sidewalk repair and better meal plans that are not $9.50 a meal.” Elise Reuter contributed reporting to this story. — Edited by Ian Cummings

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Social media expert from NPR discusses tweeting Arab Spring
hbarling@kansan.com Andy Carvin has become known as “the man who tweets revolutions.” Famous in the Twitter world as @acarvin, he has reported on Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protest in the Arab world, since it began in late 2010. Carvin leads NPR’s social media efforts and was interviewed by Bill Lacy, director of Dole Institute of Politics, Wednesday night at the Dole Institute. “I knew that social media played a part in Arab Spring, but I had no clue exactly how big a role,” Lacy said. “Carvin was extraordinarily insightful.” “It was always hovering in the background as something I was interested in,” Carvin said. “I don’t consider myself an activist, the sheer act of covering a revolution sheds light on it.” Describing the current situation of daily public protests in Egypt, Carvin said the tipping point of the revolution was the day the Egyptian government shut off all media. “They began assembling in public places. Getting a group of people to share openly can be more powerful than people trying to do so behind the scenes,” Carvin said. Once the people were able to use social media again, Twitter allowed the them to spread the word to other countries, including Tunisia, Syria and North Africa. “They fought back as fiercely in social media as they did in the streets. The digital natives don’t see a difference between online and offline life,” Carvin said. Carvin called social media one of the most popular forms of journalism. For people in many Arab nations, Twitter is the quickest way to send information to the rest of the world. “Especially in journalism, you have to drop the artifice of coverage and audience because on Twitter and Facebook, there is no difference,” Carvin said. Carvin was covering Arab Spring from America until last June, when visited the Middle East. “We were a few blocks away from a protest but were unable to see anything. It wasn’t until we got out of there and I pulled out my phone to check my Timeline and then I knew how intense the protest was,” Carvin said. Even though Carvin lacks a a.m., when morning is approaching. By the closing ceremony around 5 a.m., Kirkhart said, participants are exhausted, like a patient would be, but hopeful and starting a new day. Jacob Peterson, a sophomore from Osage City, participated in the relay several times as a child but it wasn’t until his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer at the end of his senior year that he decided to become more actively involved. Peterson is now on the event’s planning committee and has raised over $500 this year. He hopes to raise more, and said

Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist for NPR, is interviewed on the Arab Spring demonstrations and the use of social media as a form of revolutionary activism Tuesday evening at the Dole Institute of Politics background in journalism, his coverage of Arab Spring was revealing to many. “Being a journalist is a profession, but journalism is an act,” Carvin said.


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book of essays picked for Common book
Next year, incoming University students will participate in the Common Book Program, one of several initiatives that have sprung out of the Bold Aspirations Strategic Plan. First-year students will be provided with the book “Notes from No Man’s Land”, a collection of essays addressing diversity in American communities by Eula Bliss. “The goal of the program is to encourage students to think critically. It invites analysis of a common theme and opens up dialogues and discussions,” said Provost Communications Coordina-

tor Gavin Young. “It is important for first year students to learn the expectations at a four-year university.” The book will be discussed at orientation, as well as Hawk Week and convocation on August 19. Other book-centered events include book discussion groups and bringing in Bliss as a guest speaker. Some classes will incorporate material from the book, including COMS 130 and PRE 101. While the program is directed at incoming students, all members of the University community are able to participate. — Elise Reuter

diagnosed with cancer, and we enter the darkness of night like they would enter darkness when we hear those words,” Kirkhart said. Cancer survivors take the first lap around the track, followed by a second lap for those who have been caregivers to cancer patients. At 11 p.m., participants will light candles to celebrate the memory of those who died from cancer as well as survivors. Students make resolutions that they feel will help in the fight against cancer during the Fight Back ceremony at 2

the cause is significant to many students. “Chances are that you or someone you know and love will be diagnosed during your lifetime,” Peterson said. “We each have a story of how cancer has impacted our lives.” — Edited by Ian Cummings

this year. One person missing from the audience was his father Jay, who told The Kansan he was not invited to the event. Ali Meeks, who helped plan the event for Delta Gamma, said the initiative’s purpose was to continue the memory of Jason among Greek houses. “It’s our own special way to remember Jason,” Meeks said. “His family, I’m sure, has their way to remember him, but this is for his brothers and the Greek memory of him.” — Edited by Max Rothman


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Jayhawk pitchers need strong outing against Longhorns
Texas enters the weekend with three losses, while Kansas follows two victories over WsU.
atilson@kansan.com The Kansas softball team will face No. 5 Texas this weekend, but coach Megan Smith said the team is more excited than nervous. “It’s fun to play the best and that’s what we’re doing again this weekend,” Smith said. “It’s a lot of fun to see how we stack up against them.” Kansas,(26-12, 3-9),squares off against Texas (32-5, 6-3) in a three-game series beginning Friday. Texas enters the weekend having lost three consecutive games, two of which came against No. 9 Missouri, while Kansas currently holds a three-game winning streak. Against such a talented team, Kansas’ goal is to focus on the team itself. Smith said the biggest keys to success this weekend are to approach each pitch individually and “just play hard.” The Texas offense is among the best in the country. Its .356 team batting average leads the Big 12 and is helped by senior infielder Lexy Bennett, whose .418 batting against Wichita State. “She needs to throw strikes,” Smith said. “She’s such a talented pitcher. She’ll come out this weekend and hopefully have a better outing.” The Longhorns’ junior Luna Blaire and sophomore Rachel Fox lead the Texas pitching staff. Neither are elite strikeout pitchers, but both hold an ERA under 2.00. Kansas’ junior leftfielder Maggie Hull has faced Blaire twice in her career and hopes that helps her out this weekend. “She’s the type of pitcher where she may get you once, but you can figure her out easily,” Hull said. “She’s pretty predictable.” Hull is third in the conference with 48 hits on the season and will need help from the entire lineup if Kansas hopes defeat Texas. — Edited by Gabrielle Schock

“she’s such a talented pitcher. she’ll come out this weekend and hopefully have a better outing.”
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sophomore infielder Ashley Newman bunts the ball for a foul ball during Wednesday nights second game in the double header against Wichita state. The Jayhawks won the first game 9-1 and the second game 8-3.


average is top in the conference. Smith said Kansas’ pitchers must stay composed in order to limit Texas’ lineups. The Jayhawks will need sharp outings from each pitcher, especially from junior Morgan Druhan. Druhan is the the team’s second starter and she struggled to find the strike zone Wednesday


Unbeaten starting pitcher to face No. 2 Texas A&M Friday
ajoseph@kansan.com With the Kansas baseball team (12-21) in the midst of a six-game losing streak, the Jayhawks will face a challenge this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark. Kansas opens a three-game series with No. 2-ranked Texas A&M (267) on Friday as coach Ritch Price’s team looks to end the losing streak. Texas A&M lost 3-2 Tuesday against Texas-Arlington, which ended their five-game winning streak. Junior pitcher Michael Wacha will take the mound on Friday for Texas A&M. Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA, and College Baseball Daily ranks him as the 26th-best player in the country. “Our starting pitching has been really good on the weekend, and when you see the three guys Texas A&M runs out there, you’ll see the reason that they’re No. 2 in the nation,” Price said. “They have as good of starters on Friday and Saturday night as anyone in the country.” The Jayhawks rank at the bottom of the Big 12 in both average and runs scored, so it will take an out-ofcharacter performance from the offense to give the Texas A&M pitching staff trouble. Senior third baseman Zac Elgie said that a few key plays could be the difference in beating the Aggies. “The more that you can have momentum on your side, it gives us a better chance in the long run to come away with a victory,” Elgie said. “We had opportunities to get clutch hits, but it didn’t go our way – that’s why you play the game though. Hopefully we’ll get those clutch hits this weekend and get a couple wins.” Sophomore pitcher Frank Duncan is scheduled to start Friday against the Aggies. Duncan will enter the game with a 3-4 record and 3.49 ERA, but he has given the Jayhawks quality innings even in defeat. “We’re going to need quality starts from all three of our pitchers this weekend,” Price said. “We do like our pitching – our starters have been good.” The usual weekend starters of freshman Wes Benjamin (2-3 with 3.93 ERA) and junior Thomas Taylor (3-4 with 4.13 ERA) face Texas A&M’s Ross Stripling and Rafael Pineda. Both Stripling and Pineda have five wins and under a 3.00 ERA. Stripling is the only Big 12 player named to ESPN.com preseason AllAmerican team. Price’s teams have found previous success against top-ranked opponents, and last season the Jayhawks beat top-ranked TCU in the first series of the year. Price said that the key to those teams success was their competitive nature and excitement when going against top-ranked clubs. However, Price is not sure how this young Kansas team will respond against Texas A&M. “The teams that I’ve coached in the past have lived for this moment,” Price said. “We’re really young, and I’m hoping we can rise up another level. You have to be willing enough to compete against them and not be afraid, and we’ve been fortunate in the past to be afraid.” — Edited by Anna Allen

Wichita state’s Johnny Coy attempts to tag Kansas’ Kevin Kuntz as he dives back onto first base during the third inning of Tuesday’s game in lawrence.



Blanton bounces back, Miami loses twice without Guillen
PHILADELPHIA — Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton homered, Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Miami 3-1 on Thursday night in the Marlins’ second game without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen. Blanton (1-1) allowed three hits and a run in his first start following an injury-plagued season. Blanton had two lengthy stints on the disabled list and pitched in only 11 games in 2011, the lowest for a full season in his career. Blanton is often overlooked in a rotation that boasts three aces. Against the Marlins, he was as effective as he was during his first two seasons in Philadelphia. The Marlins lost their second straight game without Guillen. He was suspended five games by the Marlins on Tuesday for saying he admired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the ninth to Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar,” and quickly ran into trouble. But he retired John Buck on a gameending double play for his second save. Blanton outdueled Mark Buehrle (0-2) to help the five-time NL East champions win their second straight game and move back to .500. Blanton made only eight starts last season because of elbow problems. He was in a groove and had good command while throwing 85 pitches. The Phillies know they can count on Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels to help them overcome an offense weakened by the loss of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But Vance Worley and Blanton are rotation wild cards. Lee, Worley and Hamels are the probable pitchers for this weekend’s three-game series against the improved New York Mets. Having Blanton back in the mix as a dependable starter would bolster Philly’s chances to hold off NL East teams on the rise such as the Marlins, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves. The Phillies broke through for seven runs a night earlier against the Marlins after scoring a combined eight runs over the first four games. They couldn’t put together a big inning against Buehrle — but a team that became annual contenders on the back of the long ball went deep twice. Buehrle retired the first nine batters before Victorino led off the fourth with a shot to left for Philadelphia’s third home run of the season. John Mayberry Jr. added a run-scoring single later in the inning for a 2-0 lead. The Marlins made it 2-1 when right fielder Hunter Pence misplayed Buck’s low liner and couldn’t come up with the ball, scoring Omar Infante. That was it for the Marlins. Wiggington’s homer made it 3-1.

Miami Marlins catcher John Buck cannot reach a pop foul by Philadelphia Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins in the first inning on Thursday in Philadelphia.


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Patience rewarded at course in Pasatiempo
tgraff@kansan.com This weekend, the men’s golf team will compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious college tournaments. They’ll travel to the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif., where the 66th Western Intercollegiate’s 14-team field features seven top-20 teams including No. 1 Texas, No. 3 California and No. 5 Southern Calfornia. “If you look up and down that list of former winners, there are a lot of guys that went on to play on the PGA tour.” coach Kit Grove said. “For us it’s a great opportunity to go out there and play a great course, and it will be a great test for us going into the Big 12 Tournament.” The Alister MacKenzie designed course at Pasatiempo provides a tough test for players. Not unlike MacKenzie’s Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., players must keep the ball below the hole on lightning-fast greens to play well over the course of the tournament’s 54 holes. “It truly is a great golf course.” Grove said. “It’s kind of like Prairie Dunes in the aspect that when you’re 19 or 20 years old, you don’t know what a treat it is to play.” Coach Grove said that, in some cases, the greens are a bit too severe thanks to modern greens-keeping methods. These methods create a small number of hole locations that can be nearly unplayable. Pasatiempo is known for being a shorter course with a feel like that of a longer course. With altitudes near sea level and several elevation changes on the course itself, Pasatiempo must be managed well mentally. “It’s a golf course you just have to think,” Grove said. “It’s a course that you have to keep the ball below the hole almost at all costs, and accept the fact that you’re going to hit some good shots and have some really difficult pitches and twoputts.” The Jayhawks begin play at Pasatiempo four days after finishing play at the Cowboy Classic. “That’s the way it goes sometimes.” Grove said. “It’s such a special place, it’s such a unique golf course and it’s a great field. Do you like to go back-to-back? No, I’d rather be home for a few days, but the good thing is we played well last week so we’re going in with momentum.” Pasatiempo favors a patient golfer that can grind out scores in tough conditions. Chris Gilbert, one of the more consistent ball strikers on the team, and Dylan McClure, who has hit 38 consecutive fairways, fit that mold. “The aggressive game plans don’t always get rewarded on this golf course, as much as the plotters and the guys that are patient,” Grove said. The Jayhawks continue to focus on playing one hole at a time. “You have to stay in the moment, and understand that you’re going to get out of position on this golf course and you’re going to make some bogies,” Grove said. “As a player, you just have to accept that.” — Edited by Max Rothman

Alex gutesha lines up a put during the sept. 19 Kansas Invitational at Alvamar golf Club. gutesha had three top-20 finishes while playing in 11 meets last season.



Twins comeback over Angels capped by Morneau’s homer
MINNEAPOLIS—Justin Morneau hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied from six runs down to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 on Thursday. Joe Mauer went deep, too, hitting a three-run shot off Dan Haren in the fifth that cut into a 6-0 lead the Angels built against Francisco Liriano. Every Twins batter had at least one of the team’s 20 hits, enough to make up for the 14 men left on base, including eight in scoring position. Denard Span had four hits, including an infield single that tied it at 6 in the seventh inning. On the play, he reached first at the same time as Scott Downs, stomping down on top of the reliever’s foot with his cleat. Downs right ankle rolled awkwardly and he left the game what the team called a bruise. Peter Bourjos’ RBI single off Brian Duensing, whose wild pitch let Vernon Wells take second, put the Angels in front again in the eighth — for a few minutes. Mauer singled off Rich Thompson (0-1), and Morneau followed with his first home run of the season. He had left seven runners on before that. The Twins tacked on two more runs, and the drama didn’t stop there. Jeff Gray (2-0) picked up the victory, and Matt Capps notched his second save despite giving the Angels two runs back. Albert Pujols, 5 for 23 with his new team, singled to start the ninth and reached third when Torii Hunter’s possible doubleplay ball skipped off second base for a fluke single. Mark Trumbo cut the lead to two with an RBI single, Wells beat out another potential double-play ball and another run scored on a fielder’s choice to first. Chris Iannetta’s slow roller to third ended the game with a runner on second. Maicer Izturis had a two-run single in a five-run second inning and stole two of the Angels’ five bases. Trumbo homered and scored a run in the fifth on Wells’ two-out ground-rule double when he walked and stole a base. Josh Willingham started a three-run seventh with his fourth of Minnesota’s six home runs this year. After hitting 28 home runs and winning the American League Most Valuable Player award in 2009, Mauer has only gone deep 13 times — and just twice at Target Field, plus one in an exhibition game when the ballpark first opened in 2010. During that MVP season, he routinely pulled the ball to left, but most of the limited power he’s shown in his career has been to the opposite field. With all the problems he’s had staying healthy, particularly last season while fighting weakness and soreness in his legs, Mauer has infrequently been behind the plate for matinees following night games. But Mauer hasn’t been held back so far this spring, and manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t hesitate to slot him in the lineup as Liriano’s catcher for this one. “I didn’t ask,” Gardenhire said, grinning before the game. Roughed up by the Kansas City Royals in his first start, Haren was remarkably hittable again, but he was tough when he needed to be against the two left-handed hitters. Mauer struck out and Morneau flied out to the warning track with Span on third in the first. Mauer’s infield pop out and Morneau’s lazy fly followed a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third. But Mauer, who was booed after his weak pop, got one back in a big way in his next at-bat.

Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, left, and center fielder Denard span celebrate their victory in a baseball game on Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Minneapolis where the Twins defeated the los Angeles Angels 10-9. Willingham had a solo home run in the game.


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Larger poles prepare vaulters for invitational
mgoodwin@kansan.com Coach Stanley Redwine is sure that the track and field team will be ready to compete in its only home meet of the year, the Kansas Relays. He is just as sure that they will not be overlooking the other meets on their schedule. For now, there is still one more meet to focus on before they return to compete in Lawrence. This weekend, the team travels to Texas once again for the UTEP Invitational with a chance to get into a rhythm the week before the Kansas Relays. Rhythm is everything, according to pole vault coach Tom Hays. Rhythm in the team’s activities, training, and especially in the vault. “If you get in the rhythm in the vault your confidence goes a lot higher,” Hays said. “You might be able to grip up two or three fingers. You’re just going to hit it more elastic and bigger with rhythm.” Sophomore Alex Bishop and freshman Greg Lupton appeared to get into rhythm last week at the Emporia State Relays, where they both jumped to a new personal record. Bishop’s jump currently ranks 17th in the NCAA, while Lupton stands at 30th. Coach Hays has teased the two, saying that they were still jumping on high school poles; it was not until recently that they switched to bigger poles. These are the poles that will allow them to vault over the bigger heights and move to the next level of competition. These new poles require Bishop and Lupton to be faster, stronger and more efficient in their technique. “A lot of it for them is mental.” Hays said. “You take off a little further from the box, so it’s a little harder. They have to grow up a little bit mentally; the competition is harder in college so you have to jump on bigger poles.” Bishop said he feels that his timing is pretty good, but agreed with his coach that there is room for improvement in his rhythm. The bigger poles unbend much faster, giving him less time to turn up in his vault. The team’s training has focused on consistency and it has paid off in major ways for Bishop. At the Texas Relays, he jumped his personal record, clearing a 5.30 meter bar to win the event and defeating much of the same competition that he will face at the Big 12 championships. “I was fired up. I’m hungry for more.” Bishop said. “It got me in that mode where there are unlimited possibilities.” Last Saturday at Emporia State, Bishop again focused on consistency and jumped his personal record again. For the UTEP Invitational, rhythm is once again the key. Now that the consistency is clearly there, Bishop said, it is just a matter of time before the bar is raised once again. “This week we’ll try to add more rhythm to their activities.” Coach Hays said. “Then come in and be a little bit more rested for the home meet, to give them a chance to try to show off for the home crowd.” — Edited by Ian Cummings

regan Gilbert, a freshman pole vaulter, approaches the bar at the Bob Timmons challenge at anschutz field House on friday evening. On this particular vault, Gilbert cleared a height of 15.5 ft.



Reserves fuel Bulls past Heat
CHICAGO — C.J. Watson scored 16 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in overtime to beat the Miami Heat 96-86 on Thursday night. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 19 points and Kyle Korver added 17 points for the Bulls, who outscored Miami 12-2 in overtime to boost their lead in the Eastern Conference to four games. The Bulls were able to pull off the victory despite a horrible shooting night by Derrick Rose. LeBron James scored 30 points for Miami, but missed a free throw that would have made it a two-possession game late in regulation. Dwyane Wade added 21 points, Chris Bosh scored 20, but the Heat lost for the sixth time in 11 games. Things were looking good for Miami when James nailed a 3 that made it 83-81 with 49 seconds left in regulation. But with a chance to seal the game, he missed the first of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining. That kept the Bulls in it and Watson made a 3 to tie it at 84 with 2.2 seconds left. The game went into overtime when Wade missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer. Deng started the extra period with a jumper. Taj Gibson dunked on Ronny Turiaf for a three-point play and scored on a neat spin move after Wade hit a free throw, making it 91-85, sending the Bulls to a dramatic

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Talent, experience aid starting roster
rmccarthy@kansan.com Although the Jayhawks soccer team already has the entire starting roster returning from their NCAA To u r n a m e n t team, coach Mark Francis and his coaching staff added a Kallmaier few more pieces this week. K a n s a s signed German national team member Hanna Kallmaier and former Ohio State NSCAA Dickerson All-American Cassie Dickerson onto the fall 2012 squad. Kallmaier played for Deutscher Futball Verband of the German Football Association for four years before joining the Jayhawks. Some of her other accomplishments include taking Deutscher to a third-place finish at the European Women’s Championship last summer and being a part of German soccer club FC Bayern Munich. “Hanna is very technical and very comfortable on the ball, even under pressure,” Francis said. “Her distribution is very consistent. She has good size, which makes her good in the air, and she is athletic. Defensively, Hanna does a very good job of winning the ball.” Dickerson, a first year law student at Kansas, Dickerson still has one year of eligibility after playing three years at Ohio State. She graduated from Columbus in 2010. In 2010, she guided the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship and the NCAA Final Four. She was also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and grabbed first team allconference honors for a second time. She also participated in the U.S. U-23 National Team camp. “When you add a player who has been a first team allAmerican, so she’s been voted as one of the top 11 players in college soccer in 2010, you’re adding a kid who obviously is a very high talent in terms of a soccer player,” Francis said. “She’s bringing in a lot of experience, experiences that no one on our team has had. We don’t have anyone who has been a first team All-American, we don’t have anyone who has played in a Final Four and we don’t have anyone who has been a captain for three years.” The Jayhawks continue their spring swing this weekend in Iowa City, where they will face off Sunday against Iowa and Iowa State. The first game is at 11 a.m. and the second game is at 1:45 p.m. — Edited by Max Rothman

chicago Bulls guard c.J. watson celebrates with forward luol deng after watson scored a three-point basket during the second half of an nBa basketball game against the miami Heat in chicago, Thursday. The Bulls won 96-86. win on a night when their superstar had perhaps his worst game as a pro. Rose scored just two points and hit 1 of 13 shots, a brutal night for the reigning MVP. Then again, he hasn’t played much lately. He returned from a 12-game absence due to a groin injury for Sunday’s overtime loss at New York, only to sprain his right ankle. He did not play Tuesday, when the Bulls beat the Knicks at home. But even with Rose struggling, the Bulls managed to pull this one out. Korver, who scored 14 on Tuesday, again came up big, particularly down the stretch. His 3-pointer and jumper put Chicago ahead 78-74 with about 3:30 left, and after Wade scored, Boozer nailed a jumper and Ronnie Brewer hit a free throw to put the Bulls’ lead at 5. Wade, however, kept Miami in it. He scored on a drive and a jumper to make it a one-point game, and Bosh came up with a key rebound off a miss by Wade, feeding James for the 3 that made it 83-81. But things unraveled for the Heat after that.


Back On Track

spurs rebound from l.a. loss, win against Grizzlies 107-97
SAN ANTONIO— Tim Duncan had 28 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs snapped out of a funk to top the surging Memphis Grizzlies 107-97 on Thursday night. Manu Ginobili added 20 points and Tony Parker scored 13, redeeming themselves a night after being humiliated by the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs narrowly escaped their first three-game slide this season. Rudy Gay led Memphis with 19 points. The Grizzlies had their fourgame winning streak halted after their rally from a late 14-point deficit fizzled in the final minutes. Memphis fell 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 4 playoff seed. It was only the third loss in 12 games for the Grizzlies since the return of Zach Randolph. Duncan scored 20 in the second half and matched his season high, a night after practically guaranteeing that the Spurs would respond from a listless effort against the Lakers. So frustrated was Duncan following Wednesday’s night 98-84 loss that he said he was grateful to be playing a back-to-back, which the health-conscious Spurs typically greet with groans. The Spurs looked helpless while Lakers center Andrew Bynum become just the second NBA player in the last dozen years to corral 30 rebounds in a game, but behind Duncan, their front line fared much better against the equally big Grizzlies. The Spurs matched Memphis in rebounding and held Randolph to 10 points and 11 boards. Danny Green added 10 points for the Spurs. Parker had nine assists and shot 5 of 12 after scoring just four points against the Lakers. Gay shot just 7 of 22 one night after he had 32 points against Phoenix. The Grizzlies whittled an 8874 deficit down to two points with 3 minutes left before losing steam. Memphis staged its comeback despite shooting just 29 percent in the fourth. O.J. Mayo scored 16 points and Marreese Speights added 15 for the Grizzlies. Hollins arrived in San Antonio reiterating that he has no intention of returning Randolph to the starting lineup anytime soon.

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Rangers open conference Team travels to Iowa looking to break streak series with a 4-2 victory
cmihelic@kansan.com After a ten-day break from competition, the Kansas women’s tennis team hopes to rebound from four straight losses in today’s Border Showdown against Missouri. “The girls know that this is a huge ‘W’ if we can get it this weekend,” coach Amy Hall-Holt said. “It’s right there with the way the girls have been playing and their intensity level. I think having last weekend off has built their enthusiasm and their drive a little more.” The Jayhawks travel to Columbia, Mo., this morning for their match versus their longtime rival. As of April 10, the Tigers were No. 45 in the ITA Women’s National rankings, sitting at 8-8 on the season. Missouri comes into the match on a four-match winning streak, although none of those victories came against Big 12 teams. The Tigers are currently 1-4 in conference play, with the only win coming over unranked Iowa State last Friday, 6-1. None of Missouri’s roster is ranked individually in singles or doubles play. “They’re still Missouri. It doesn’t matter what sport it is, just the name Missouri—that’s the rivalry already,” junior Victoria Khanevskaya said. “In basketball, football, or just tennis, we still want to beat them really bad.” After playing in Columbia, Kansas travels to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State for a battle between two of the Big 12’s three unranked teams. At 3-15, the Cyclones are also winless in conference play, and will play Kansas State on Friday. The Jayhawks’ match against Iowa State is set to begin Sunday at noon, but if it rains the match will be moved indoors. The last

NEW YORK — Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle scored minutes apart in the second period to break open a tight game, and the topseeded New York Rangers opened their first-round Eastern Conference series with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. The Rangers, the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup in 1994, shook off their 1-2-1 regular-season mark against the Senators and easily dispatched them in Game 1. Ryan Callahan scored in the first ASSOCIAtED PRESS period, Gaborik and Boyle pushed new York Rangers’ Brian Boyle reacts after scoring a goal during the second period the lead to 3-0, and Brad Richards added a goal in the third for the of Game one of a first-round nHL hockey playoff series against the Ottawa senators, Rangers. New York will host the No. Thursday in new York. 8 Senators again on Saturday night before the best-of-seven series shifts Alfredsson wrecked his shutout bid game into a virtual runaway. Ottawa kept up constant pressure at 10:05, and Erik Condra made it to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4. Henrik Lundqvist was sharp 4-2 with 2:19 left. Lundqvist finished in the New York end. It just didn’t produce any results. The Senators early, stopping Jason Spezza on a with 30 saves. Craig Anderson stopped 27 hemmed in the Rangers several partial breakaway and then turning aside Jim O’Brien, who weaved his shots, but it wasn’t enough for him times and forced a handful of icing way through the New York defense to maintain his perfect mark at calls. It got so bad in the middle of the second that New York coach before getting off an in-close drive Madison Square Garden. The Senators dominated play John Tortorella was forced to use his that was knocked away. Lundqvist’s only blemishes throughout the second period, but lone timeout just to give his guys a came in the third period. Daniel a couple of late lapses turned a tight breather after back-to-back icings.

While Zenger’s life appeared to be a huge blur in his first months at Kansas, the athletic director won’t look at it that way. He frequently says he’s not a victim, and what he did was just part of the job. But during that coaching search, Zenger did more than the usual parts of the job. When he returned to Kansas on Dec. 11, 2011, Zenger had Charlie Weis by his side as Kansas’ new football coach. And while Weis, the former coach at Notre Dame, has a resume that looks impressive, Zenger did not give the coach any breaks as he looked for the program’s perfect fit.

Junior Victoria Khanevskaya jumps up for her serve against her Bradley opponent, saturday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. match of the regular season for Kansas will be at Kansas State on April 15 before the Big 12 Championships begin April 26 in College Station, Texas. “The teams we’ve played have been so tough,” sophomore Claire Dreyer said. “Our conference is tough, but we’re right there with


every single one of them. We’ve just got to keep fighting. I know it’s discouraging looking at that, but we just seriously need to starting getting at it. We’re capable of doing this, we just have to believe for real.” — Edited by Anna Allen

“It was a grueling, grueling day,” Weis said of the interview process as he was introduced as Kansas’ coach. Soon after Weis got settled in, conference play began for basketball. Both times Kansas played Missouri, Zenger and company had to answer questions about if Kansas would ever play Missouri again. The answer, for the time being, is no, a decision Zenger said was made at his desk. And then came the Sweet Sixteen run for the women’s basketball team, and the Final Four run for the men’s basketball team. Zenger said the experience was a shot of confidence in the arm of Kansas Athletics.

Kansas coach Bill Self had high praise for Zenger, as Self complemented him at the Basketball Awards Ceremony on Monday night. “We’re on a serious uptick in our Athletic Department,” Self said. “And Sheahon and his staff deserve a lot of credit.” Zenger, the man in charge of Kansas Athletics, started his career off on the high dive, dealing with experiences and pressures that he had never faced before. “You just had to jump in and swim,” Zenger said. “And hopefully in the right direction.” — Edited by Max Rothman

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012


QUotE oF thE DAY

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” — Pierre de Coubertin

U.S. lacks enthusiasm about Olympics
ne hundred and five days till the official Olympic flame is lit in London. Every four years, athletes from numerous countries gather to compete in the Summer Olympics. Private leagues and individual championships don’t compare when it comes to players competing for their country’s pride. Unlike most of the world, the U.S. doesn’t have a strong fan following. People don’t spend nights glued to the TV keeping tally of which country is winning the most medals. As with each Olympic Games, it’s an opportunity for nations to get involved on an international stage. We pride ourselves on being a nation of diversity and multiculturalism, but our nation is very isolated from the rest of the world.


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The Olympics began as religious tradition amongst the Greek citystates.



Q: What city were the first Olympics held in?

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The FIFA World Cup doesn’t incite large crowds and intense rivalries for us. To us, the word cricket means a pesky bug rather than a national sport. By this point of the year, Super Bowl Sunday and March Madness are over, and there is a minor lull in sports. I recommend taking the opportunity to

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brush up on your Olympic knowledge. This year’s Summer Olympics will have 26 sports, ranging from wrestling to equestrian jumping. On July 27, the opening ceremonies will start with introductions of the host country followed by introductions of all the athletes and their countries. The official kick off to the games is when the Olympic flame is lit. It remains lit until the end of the Olympics. Although the Olympics may not hold the same thrill for us compared to other nations, it doesn’t mean we haven’t excelled in the games. For the past 12 years, the U.S. has won exactly 36 gold medals in each of the three summer Olympics. Following the summer Olympics are the Paralympics, which will begin

on Aug. 29 in London as well. The Paralympics consist of 20 sports and were created for competitors with physical disabilities. The Paralympics were started in 1948 after a number of competitors returned from World War II with injuries. — Edited by Anna Allen

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Volume 124 Issue 134



Friday, April 13, 2012

No. 5 Texas comes to town
longhorns on losing streak, despite their lofty ranking.

Track has another weekend meet before competing in the Relays.
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running The show


page 7

There’s a different premium
By Matt Galloway


Athletic director Sheahon Zenger has no time to take days off
Mike vernon
mvernon@kansan.com When Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger moved into his new house in Lawrence with his family last June, he put most of his belongings in the garage. To this day, he still hasn’t touched them. There has been no time for Zenger to organize. From the very beginning, his new job at Kansas required his full attention and that hasn’t changed. “My wife tells me it was hard,” Zenger said. “I kind of got lost in it.” Zenger was lost in his first year on the nonstop job at Kansas. He came to Kansas having to clean up the leftovers from a ticket scandal within the athletic department, handle a conference realignment situation that had Kansas fans sweating, fire and hire a football coach, and finally ride along as the women’s and men’s basketball teams had surprising NCAA Tournament runs. “Your first year, an athletic director’s job is always busy, and you kind of sellout your family and everybody else,” Zenger said. “There are certain things you anticipate you’re going to be doing, but there’s no way I could’ve anticipated two or three of things that came our direction.” On Jan. 3, 2011, Zenger was officially introduced as Kansas’

no real breaks
athletic director. Zenger came at a time when the ticket scandal was something he didn’t have to deal with much. In fact, the scandal is something Zenger doesn’t talk about, even with his own employees in the Athletics Department. However, conference realignment directly affected Zenger. As the Big 12 began to teeter, Zenger moved to the basement in his house. He didn’t want to bother his family and he had to have his iPhone, iPad and blackberry charged, or charging at all times. His first phone call would come in around 6:30 a.m., and they wouldn’t stop until around midnight every day. “I never thought the Big 12 was going to go away,” Zenger said. “In my heart of hearts I believed that the Big 12 would stand, and it did.” Once conference realignment came to its conclusion, football season did the same. And once again, the workload never stopped for Zenger. On Nov. 27, 2011, Zenger fired football coach Turner Gill. Three days later, Zenger took to the air, as he flew across the country for two weeks, looking to find the next football coach for Kansas. “I did sleep from two to six every night and that was literally it,” Zenger said. “When you’re in that moment, you’re willing to sacrifice whatever. That’s what you get paid to do.”

he following proclamation is sure to cause a lot of scoffing and eye-rolling; but after two years of covering Kansas sports, this is a statement I feel very comfortable making. Women, not men, occupy the most entertaining, fastest-paced sport in all of Kansas athletics, and it isn’t even close. For those of you who end most of your jokes with punchlines like “WNBA” or “Title IX,” that statement will likely come across as ludicrous. At a school that features Naismith Drive and Phog Allen Fieldhouse, it may even be sacrilegeous. And a few short months ago, I would have joined in on that line of thinking. But, after covering the Kansas volleyball team for a year, I can come to no other conclusion. Faster than the baseball team and more harder-hitting than the football team’s defense, coach Ray Bechard’s squad made me a fan of the sport very quickly. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn’t have given volleyball a chance, if I hadn’t unexpectedly been assigned to the volleyball beat last fall. This seems to be the sad reality of Kansas women’s sports. Outside of a dedicated group of hardcore fans, the sports don’t seem to get too much traction with students. The attendance gap is more surprising, because when it comes to the primary objective of sports – winning – the women’s teams have the men’s teams outclassed; and this academic year is only magnifying that fact. Despite very poor on-field results, football and baseball still tend to occupy the two primary spots in Jayhawk fandom behind men’s basketball, of course. Need an indication on how “well” those sports are going? Former football coach Turner Gill was canned following a miserable 2-10 season. Baseball coach Rich Price could be next if his team doesn’t recover from a downward spiral that has left them at 12-21. Losing is one thing, but most of these defeats are not even competitive. The football team lost its games by 27.8 points on average. Since conference play began on March 23, the baseball team has lost its games by an average of 4.45 runs. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, softball just recently railed off a school-record 20-game winning streak. Women’s basketball defied the odds and made the Sweet 16, after losing star junior Carolyn Davis. Volleyball stumbled down the stretch, but recorded a win over the highest-ranking opponent in program history, No. 6 Minnesota, on Sept. 10. And the women’s track team, which is perhaps the best-kept secret on campus, boasts several individual champions and an overall second-place finish at the NCAA indoor championship last month. Yes, men’s basketball is clearly king, and deservedly so. But this season has shown that when it comes to winning, the often-ignored women’s programs could teach the men’s programs a thing or two. Kansas City-area sports fans deal with enough losing from their professional teams already. So, go see some winning teams a few times this spring, right here in Lawrence.



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Dr. sheahon Zenger, kansas’ athletic director, sits down for a conversation with the kansan in his office. Zenger has been busy with the conference realignment and a run to the national championship.

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Men’s baskeTball

Getting ready for the 2012 NBA Draft
nathan Fordyce
nfordyce@kansan.com With only a handful of days removed from the NCAA tournament, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor have their eyes on the NBA. While signing autographs for fans, the two discussed what their plans for the upcoming NBA Draft that’ll take place in June. After an up and down four years at the University, Taylor is projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick, depending on what mock drafts you look at and respect. Chad Ford, of ESPN Insider, has Taylor ranked as the 33rd overall prospect in this year’s draft. When asked about Ford’s projected outcome for him, Taylor laughed and said, “Thirty-three? Really?” In order to improve on that draft grade, Taylor acknowledges he there areparts of his game that he needs to elevate. “I’m just have to keep working hard, work on my jump shot and work on things they say I can’t do well,” Taylor said. “Can’t worry chris neal/kansan File photo about what the mock drafts say Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas robinson take a moment to talk about their next move during the second half of the game against kentucky in the national Championship in and just continue to get better.” new orleans april 2. both players will enter the nba draft this summer. Robinson, though, after avisn’t bothered by what has been Taylor said he was just relaxing respective teams to succeed. that they are about to capitalize on eraging 17.7 points and 11.9 reand being lazy. Robinson said he Each has an ideal team in mind, their childhood dreams — dreams bounds per game during his junior said about his height. “It only matters if I play like I’m was just trying to get his body back when considering the draft. that are only growing brighter and campaign, is almost guaranteed Taylor simply said, “The Lakers, will continue to in the coming to be a top-five pick in the draft. too short,” Robinson said, “Then from the long season. Both players have different let’s go Lakers.” months. Ford has him as the fourth-ranked we have a problem.” The two haven’t started to pre- things to offer whichever teams Robinson, when asked the same “Just to be in this position is a prospect and going third overall to the New Orleans Hornets. But the pare extensively for the draft yet decide to take the Jayhawks’ star question, laughed and smiled, and blessing,” Taylor said. “I’m going to knock by scouts and evaluators is — at least, not when it comes to players. Taylor and Robinson then said “New Jersey. I want to go take full advantage of it.” that he is too short to play power workouts — especially since their said they are both willing to do to Jersey.” whatever they have to for their Robinson and Taylor both realize — Edited by Corinne Westeman forward in the NBA. Robinson season ended 11 days ago.

— Edited by Corinne Westeman