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University raises funds for Villagomez memorial tree


International Student Services has begun to raise money through KU Endowment for a tree to be planted in memory of Gianfranco Villagomez, a University graduate student who died in December of 2013 after sustaining a head injury after a fall on the 800 block of Avalon Rd. The University has priced the cost of the project at $1,000, including expenses to cover not only the cost of the tree and the planting of the tree, but also the cost to maintain the tree as well as some guarantee that the tree should be able to be replaced if something were to go wrong with it. According to Chuck Olcese, the director of International Student Services, the tree is to be planted near Marvin Hall, a spot picked because of the time Villagomez had spent in the building as an undergraduate. We felt like it would be appropriate to extend some sort of a memorial for his memory given that he was so active on campus in so many different areas both academically and socially and that so many people knew him, Olcese said. And because he was an international student, we thought it was appropriate for us to take the lead. International Student Services had originally hoped to be able to raise the money and complete the project for Villagomez by this spring, but have now begun to set their expectations on having the project completed by December 2014. Olcese also said that the project does not only allow people to contribute to the memory of Villagomez but it also allows students to contribute to the Universitys landscape and architecture plan. Tom DeHart

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Business building will promote openness


TOM DEHART
news@kansan.com The Business School has revealed its plans for a new building to be constructed near the corner of Naismith Ave. and Sunnyside Ave. The building is intended to promote a more open and social environment by using an atrium as a social hub to connect both the north and south wings of the building. The building will be opened for classes in the fall semester of 2016, and will be composed of 19 classrooms, 202 offices, and two large auditoriums. The auditoriums will seat 350 people in the larger of the two, and 125 students in the other. The building will focus on and utilize transparency and openness to generate a more fluid, energetic feeling inside of the building. The building really is meant to be buzzing in a lot of ways, said Austin Falley, the School of Business communications director. We want people to see the things that are going on on all levels. We want students to be able to see the kind of activity and the buzz. When industry people come in to visit, we want them to feel the same way. The concept of the building to utilize an atrium was something that was borrowed from the University of Chicagos Business School

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building, Falley said. Summerfield just doesnt have the capabilities of creating these collaborative spaces where people can go and socialize and work on team projects and what not, Falley said. You know, people come here, they go to classes and they leave because its just kind of how its built. That really is the focus. Were trying to make this the most user [and] student friendly experience possible as something that any student in the business school, or any student at KU can come and enjoy. Edited by Cara Winkley

UNIVERSITY

Students share coming out stories for LGBTQ celebration


JESSICA MITCHELL
news@kansan.com fun of a lot for that, so I kind of repressed myself. I had a few hot girl friends, though, so that protected me from any super oppression. They would always stand up for me and be like No, hes such a ladies man. But everyone knows that ladies man is just a term for calling someone gay without being mean. Throughout high school I just ignored it, I guess, but my junior year I came out to my best friend as, surprise surprise, bisexual. I said it really offhandedly too, and she was like, Cool, whatever, and went on with her life. We never talked about it again either, which was super awkward. I also dated a girl for a hot six months. She was pretty masculine, so it was sort of a way for me to tell people that I wanted to date a man. But she really helped me get comfortable with the fact that I knew I was probably gay. I mean, ultimately, what hapCRYPTOQUIPS 5 OPINION 4

Mitchell Cota
Junior from Overland Park Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His I knew I was probably gay at a young age, but I didnt really question it especially since I went to Catholic school. I was already kind of discriminated against because I am racially ambiguous. Im also a little bit more feminine and my voice isnt the most heteronormative-straight voice in the entire world. I got made

pened was I just fell for a guy at my high school. We were really good friends and I always had a feeling he was gay. I was like the third person he came out to; I was really excited for him and we just started casually dating behind everyones back. Secret love: Romeo and Juliet. No one knew. Eventually, though, we decided to come out to our parents at the same time. I always used Catholicism as an excuse to be in the closet, and he knew that, but I wanted to support him and agreed to do it. He had planned to throw this huge party for his coming out, but no one else in our friend group knew I was gay or that we were dating. So they were throwing this huge party for him even though I was coming out too. It was a little sad. But I came out to everyone anyway. I have two gay uncles on my moms side of the family, so I obviously knew she would be OK with

it. She said that she had always had a feeling that I was gay and could just tell, even from when I was like 2 years old. But both of my parents were very accepting and it was pretty easy even though I rushed it upon them. The only person who didnt know for a while was my little sister, who was 12 at the time. After telling everyone, the majority of my friends said that they actually had wanted to date me but also knew that I was probably gay. That was kind of the general feeling. I mean, I embrace my femininity and Ive never really tried to hide that. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST SURPRISE SINCE COMING OUT? Looking back on it, I honestly would have rather come out in my own time. I was just starstruck in love, and wanted to appease someone else. I think the most surprising thing is

that I didnt do it when I wanted to do it, which is a little sad.

Megan Pyle
Junior from Overland Park Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Her Growing up, I had really short hair and tended to dress in clothes from the boys section. My favorite clothes to wear were camo; I went through a crazy camo phase. It wasnt until around middle school that my mom wanted me to start growing my hair out for high school so I wouldnt get bullied. I did it. I guess I started dressing more feminine-

ly but halfway through high school, like 2009, I had a crush on my best friend and we were going to Italy over the summer for a class. We made this joke about being like Paolo and Lizzie from The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and it was just a joke but I was completely feeling it. I came out to mostly gay people at first, just because I wanted to test the waters. I mean I knew theyd all obviously be fine with it, so I came out to my older sisters gay friend and he helped me come out to her. I am also a twin, though, and she was actually the last person to know. My twin sister and I have kind of a strange relationship, because a lot of things just go unsaid. Being so close, her opinion mattered most to me so I was very nervous about what she would think or say. One of our mutual friends

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Wednesday, April 2
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Thursday, April 3
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Saturday, April 5
What: Graduate Research/Write-In When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Watson Library, 4th Floor About: The KU Writing Center

Political Communications: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns When: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Where: Dole Institute of Politics, Simons Media Room About: Dole Fellow Mark Sump will examine political communication strategies that resulted in two Obama victories. Admittance is free.
What: Film Screening: One Day

Humanities Conference When: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Where: Kansas Union About: A conference for undergraduate and graduate research sponsored by the Humanities and Western Civ. program. Also takes place on Friday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union.
What: Subversive play in the class-

roost: U.S. Policy Spurring Mexican and Central American Migration When: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons The Department of Anthropology brings the latest lecture exploring human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives. Free to attend.
What: Ecology Seminar: John Head,

presents an intensive day of writing in Watson Library. Workshops and one-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant will be available.
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After Peace When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Spencer Museum of Art auditorium About: A documentary showing the perspective of a woman who has experienced South African apartheid and the Palestinian-Israeli conict rsthand. A short panel discussion will follow, and admittance is free.

room: The power of immersion in learning When: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Budig Hall, 135 About: A seminar with Peter Felten of Elon University and Leslie Tuttle of the KU Department of History. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided if registered by April 2. To register, email cte@ku.edu.

University of Kansas When: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Where: Higuchi Biosciences Center, 130 About: A seminar from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology titled Global Legal Regimes to Protect the Worlds Grasslands.

Morgan Cabaret When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Robert Baustian Theatre, Murphy Hall About: In a special benet performance for the Friends of the Theatre (FROTH) Student Enrichment Fund, Lauren Stanford, KU alumna and 2013 Metrostar winner, returns to Murphy Hall for one night.

Coalitions round out platforms as elections near


AMELIA ARVESEN
news@kansan.com The current Student Senate executive staff will pass over responsibilities after elections in under two weeks, but it doesnt mean theyre slowing down anytime soon. Its not our first 100 days that motivate us but our last 100 days, said Marcus Tetwiler, student body president. Platforms are still coming to fruition, such as Student Body Vice President Emma Hallings initiative to install lockable cellular charging stations in downtown bars. In fact, Halling said the installation in at least highly popular bars is slated to begin in April after the Universitys General Counsel reviews plans. The lockers would be smaller than those in the recreation center but can be accessed by a similar self-set code with chargers for a variety of devices inside. Halling received approval from the Student Safety Board to purchase the machines. Halling said its important students have access to rape crisis lines and cellular applications like SafeTrek immediately, especially in the downtown area. You can give people as many apps as you want, but if their phone is dead, it doesnt matter, Halling previously told The Kansan. Student health was a priority of the Student Senate this year, and the renovations of Watkins Health Center have progressed, said Morgan Said, current outreach director. Carpeting, paint colors and student artwork have already been chosen for the lobby of Watkins. Most of the renovations will occur in the summer. There arent many buildings that you walk in and its evident that there was a heavy student hand in the creation of all this, said Said. Next weeks voting results will decide the platforms for the 2014-2015 school year. Three coalition platforms are outlined, but new initiatives have been added. An initiative released on March 27 encourages the University to license out textbooks and books already in the public domain, said Sara Anees, vice presidential candidate. She said it would cut down the cost and increase the availability of textbooks. Members of Crimson and True would work with University Governance to make texts free or discounted. You cant get every book from the library, Anees said. Thats just inconvenient. A privately-funded music festival is GrowKUs most recent initiative. The plan includes working with a student advisory board to bring a bigname act to Lawrence during Homecoming. Numerous professional campus entites would continuebout funding would

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RENEGOTIATION OF ATHLETICS CONTRACT PARKING TICKET FORGIVENESS PROGRAM INTRODUCTION OF THE ELIMINATION OF TEXTBOOKS SALES TAX FUNDING OF AN LGBTQ COORDINATOR FOR SILC EXAMINATION OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

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continue funding conversations if GrowKU is voted into office, Said said. Said said this event will bring past, current and future KU fans together. This is so large scale that it goes beyond just one student group, Said said. A social justice minor was added under the Beyond platform last week. The proposed curriculum would offer students another alternative for a rounded-out education,

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presidential candidate. Mitchell Cota, vice presidential candidate, received support from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) after administration told him theyve wanted to introduce the minor for a while, said Oatman . Theres a core base of people who are active in the OMA who this would appeal to but at the same time, its important for people to have that cross disciplinary study, Oatman said. Edited by Jack Feigh

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actually forced it out of me to her one day. The way she went about it was a little different. She told my sister to come out to me as straight and then I was like, Oh OK, well Im gay. She just told me that she loved me and it was definitely a good experience. Telling my parents was different. My parents actually just sat me down one day and asked me about it. It was really random and I was kind of upset at the time. They had noticed that I was acting differently and said, OK, we know youre acting weird, so either youre gay or youre on drugs. Like those were my two options. It just made me angry because I thought I was going to come out and not be outed. I feel like I missed the opportunity and I would have liked to have that. But I knew theyd be accepting about it, so it was OK. I guess I just never really thought about it growing up. It wasnt until my junior year of high school that I decided to cut my hair short again. It

was because my best friend, who I liked at the time, had a crush on this model guy who had this specific haircut that she thought would look great on me. I was like Yeah! So, I cut my hair and that sent a message, I think. I also made a Facebook post about it on National Coming Out Day, but at that point all the people I cared about knew, just from like, I guess I dont really know how I came out, probably just from having a girlfriend.
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How much more comfortable and confident I am. In high school I was awkward and didnt have that many friends, but then I came out and everyone wanted to be my friend and it felt good. More of my friends started coming out after me and we just had all this stuff to bond over. Realizing how strong the community is has been cool. Edited by Kate Shelton

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Campus groups spread human trafcking awareness


MCKENNA HARFORD
news@kansan.com Researchers at the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative (ASHTI) are working to develop a human trafficking prevention model based on what it determines to be risk factors and use it to build strong communities. They hope that it can use this model in other cities and rural areas, as well as internationally. Building a rich, resilient community network to draw on is really important, director of ASHTI, Hannah Britton said. Having a strong community full of healthy communications, great social services, those things are vastly important. ASHTI is currently doing its research in Kansas City because of the regional collaboration with the government, civic organizations, social workers and academia. Kansas City is also unique because of its location in the middle of the city. Its a great time to be doing this right here in Kansas City because we are linked in with these wonderful networks that are very focused and determined to make a difference, Britton said. According to the Polaris Project, which is the leading organization fighting against human trafficking, there were 27 high risk calls in the state of Kansas from January to June last year. I think a lot people are unaware that we have contemporary slavery, that it is extreme exploitation, Britton said. Its happening in the midst of our daily lives. The Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking (KU CAST) works to spread awareness on campus, so more work can be done to combat trafficking. Fundraising coordinator of KU CAST junior Susie McClannahan said, Its easy to not think about when you dont see it every day. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, approximately 2.5 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking at any given time. In Kansas from 2007 to 2013, there were 541 phone calls placed to the crisis hotline run by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. According to the office of the Kansas Attorney general, both Kansas City and Wichita are considered major heaven cities for human trafficking. By identifying what factors cause a trafficking instance, like poverty and not being able to speak English, ASHTI and KU CAST hope that they can prevent these patterns. Britton says that often trafficking and exploitation happens right out in the open, but people are often unaware of what modern slavery looks like. Both KU CAST and ASHTI believe this is important because of the human rights violations, but also because of the growth and evolvement of trafficking. Its still around, but it has a different face and way its done, ASHTI researcher and graduate student Daniel Alvord said. McClannahan added that currently the number of enslaved people is at a world high. In order to help aid victims, ASHTI is also working to build a medical-legal partnership clinic that would provide services to victims. They are also working to develop a graduate level certificate for the study of human trafficking. We think of it as three legs of one stool, Britton said. So now we are actively waiting on funding. Edited by Jack Feigh

ENVIRONMENT

Alumnus starts sustainable farm after graduation


KATE MILLER
news@kansan.com The idea of becoming a farmer had never crossed the mind of Steven Hallstrom. As a University alumnus who graduated last May with a degree in environmental studies, Hallstrom was just one step closer to becoming an environmental lawyer. Ultimately, what I wanted to do was make some sort of impact on the whole environmental aspect of anything really, Hallstrom said. Originally, I thought [being a lawyer] was the best way to do that. I really just started to learn more and more [that] thats really not how I wanted to approach what I wanted to do. So then, I decided to trade the desk and suit and tie for the fields and the dirty hands. Hallstrom is now the owner of Hallstrom Farms, a sustainable agriculture company just outside Lawrence, in Tonganoxie. His property totals 55 acres and Hallstrom is currently farming five acres with the help of his friends and family. Hallstrom has also created the Community Supported Agriculture program, in which locals from the Lawrence and Kansas City area can purchase bags of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly or seasonally. Fullsized bags can feed a family of four. However, students can also purchase the half-sized bag, offered only in Lawrence. Bags contain seasonal produce, as well as recipes and recommendations on how to cook and prepare the produce. Hallstrom anticipates delivery to begin the first week of May and run through the end of August. My hopes are that we get a good year as far as weather, Hallstrom said. But ultimately I would like to, over the next two to five years, expand to a much larger operation. This year Ill probably be able to fit about 40 people [on the program]. It would be awesome to be able to provide 100 families with produce. Although his family has a history of conventional farming, Hallstrom had to educate himself on the methods of sustainable farming during his last year at the University. At KU, theres really not a good path you can take to learn anything agricultural, Hallstrom said. I really had to create my own path and through independent studies, I did a project on sustainable agriculture. In that, I was able to make and prepare a plan for the farm that Im actually executing now. Hallstrom explained that his farm is different from conventional agriculture because of the way he grows his crops. Conventional is primarily just corn, soybeans and wheat, and there are also a lot of pesticides and sprays. Sustainable agriculture is really the idea that you are doing exactly the opposite, Hallstrom said. Instead of focusing on just corn, wheat and soybeans and building up a ridiculous surplus of these things, you produce a wider amount of species to encourage biodiversity and things like that. True to the nature of sustainable agriculture, Hallstrom Farms grows more than 50 different species of crops, mainly different kinds of potatoes, onions, beans and tomatoes. With such a large number of crops, Hallstroms days are full of agricultural work. His days begin early, as he commutes from Lawrence to the farm in the mornings. Hallstrom explained that due to the seasonal nature of his work, his responsibilities will vary from day to day. Harvesting is done in the morning before the sun comes up, and then Hallstrom spends the rest of the day weeding, planting and cultivating. Hallstrom has recruited volunteers from his time at the University to assist him. One of these volunteers is senior Jacob Suenram, whom Hallstrom met through the dorms. Suenram, who is from McPherson, is also an environmental studies major, and has been assisting Hallstrom since the beginning of the project. Although he has conventional farming experience from when he was younger, Suenram said that Hallstrom Farms is very different from the farm he worked on in the past. The farming I did back then was so much different, Suenram said. A lot of the planting we do out at Stevens farm is by

hand, mostly. Just at least from the days Ive been out there weve planted probably 4,000 onions and maybe a thousand potatoes. Despite the hard labor, Suenram thoroughly enjoys his time out on Hallstrom Farms. Weve been friends forever it doesnt even seem like work to me, Suenram said. Although farming as a profession did not occur to him during his years at the University, Hallstrom now enjoys running his own farm. Nobody gets rich farming, but I feel good about what Im doing, Hallstrom said. The best part of what Im doing now is that I am my own boss, so I can really handle what I do however I like. Its nice to have that freedom to determine how Im going to make my living. Edited by Cara Winkley

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Dont become polarized by ideological groups


deologies of any kind are dangerous in nearly every way imaginable. They box out progress, create backwards groupthink and polarize groups that arent necessarily working against one another. Im of course talking about the -isms. They come in many forms, political, social, you name it, theres no end to them. It seems like theyre more popular than ever with the advent of the internet. Increased communication means an increase in groups forming and generating ideals. The most basic way ideologies have brought modern America to its knees is in the two-party system. Im sure that itd be easier to convince America to give up Thanksgiving before they did the two-party system. But thats not for lack of trying. The reason theyre stuck in place is that all of the money is within those formed groups. Political action that doesnt fall within their boundaries is labeled fringe and promptly dismissed. As goofy as some of their ideas were, the Tea Party were a perfect example of abnormal politics being squashed. What was telling (and what I learned the most from that shebang) was the Tea Party wasnt taken and shattered to pieces. They were split consciously and effectively via the machinations of the two parties in power. They said, Hey, look at how crazy these nutters are. Arent you glad we arent as bad as them? And then absorbed
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My power comes from a scarcity of parking just like your dads comes from a lack of hugs Dear Student Body Prez, we were glad to protect your sandwich in the lovely lands of Schutz. My roommates cat always jumps in my lap while Im doing homework. The issue? Hes always soaking wet. Bravo to the UDK, I legitimately complained to a friend about wi costing money next year. April Fools! Is it sad that it took me 10min this morning to gure out that the UDK was fake today? To the guy with the anti-voting t-shirt idea: if you make them we will buy them. The IDK? may just be the best thing to ever happen on a Tuesday. Sooo funny. I would denitely buy a shirt to keep tablers away.... I dont know what I keep expecting, but I continue to look for actual information today and the effort is clearly wasted on April 1st. Blue from blues clues was a Blue Baltic Boarder Blood hound puppy, from the small island of Bainbridge off the Baltic coast. So I have not heard how the Whale in Potters lake is doing for a while now. Has anybody else? I literally took the bus from outside Budig to Fraser just so I could avoid the people tabling for Jayhawkers and GrowKU. Social anxiety at its nest. Was anyone else panicking when they read the House of Cards article? My heart was racing until I realized it was April Fools day. Legitimately had a 10 minute converstation with my mother complaining about paying for wi...wow. Severus Potter as the media director and content strategist for the Daily Kansan? Someones been doing some wistful thinking. The answer is iodine. Im a bartender and I never get sick. 1. Because I wash my hands every 5 seconds and 2. Iodine in the bar sinks kills everything. Well played, UDK. Well played. It wasnt until I read the article about the Hawk that I realized the UDK was joking. Isnt that sad?

what was leftover into one of the two parties. The Tea Party was quickly run over and turned into an ad campaign. Thats the ultimate extreme of groupthink and the acceptance of societal givens by the public. These examples run rampant throughout social and political spheres. Its a logistics problem. Most individuals cant get anything done without supporters and money. That means groups. That means

mottos and party platforms and, worst of all, ideologies. I read an argument recently that the worst possible way of trying to solve a social problem is to determine an end goal and work toward it. The problem with that approach is that you make sacrifices along the way to reaching that goal. Ideas come and go in the process but can be dumped for the sake of that end result. The same goes for overarching political groups and social collectives. Determining that this right here is whats wrong with the world, we must solve this is setting yourself up to box out alternative (and likely more effective) solutions and approaches. I realize the issue of individuals being unable

to affect change on their own. Im not advocating the dissolution of these groups, because they can sometimes do some good. I am pushing for self-evaluation. I hope that if we look inward at the factions, groups, and societies we claim as allies and good guys, we can rediscover solutions and reform problems within those institutions. While this is all very nebulous and based in ideas rather than actions, I think its absolutely essential to demand political and social groups that arent shackled to the mantra theyve got plastered on their wall.
Wil Kenny is a sophomore from Leawood studying English.

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lways a controversial topic, same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights are some of the most talked about and most prominent movements in America today. I myself am not gay, but Ive never had a problem with gay marriage. Personally, Ive never understood the argument against it. The most common argument against samesex marriage is that multiple prophets and disciples, (such as Timothy, Leviticus, Corinthians among others) say in the bible that samesex relations are an abomination or are only for the sexually immoral. With all that being said, everything I have read gives no real reason why it is considered such an abomination. In addition, I have not seen one passage where Jesus speaks out against same-sex marriage and being gay in general. In the bible, Jesus explicitly speaks out against divorce. And in our society, divorce is becoming much more prevalent. This being in a society that is incredibly built off of Christian influences, and the majority of people in the United States actively practice Christianity. I was raised in a Christian family and practiced the religion until I was 16 years old. From personal

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experiences at church, bible studies and youth groups, I was supposed to take the bible as the word of God and his followers. I was taught to take almost everything out of it as truth and lessons to live by. It doesnt make sense to me how many of these religious leaders and groups are accepting of people who get divorced, and yet are so hateful against people being gay. Some of these figures believe same-sex marriage is disrupting the purity of marriage. If anything, divorce is harming marriage when upwards of two million people in the United States are getting divorced yearly. Thats almost half of all marriages ending in divorce. Some of the leaders and groups against same-sex marriage also believe being gay is a choice. But if you are someone who thinks this, may I pose this question: when did you decide to be heterosexual? You probably dont know. Just like I dont know. Which brings up the point of the House Bill

2453, nearly passed here in Kansas and also Arizona. The anti-gay segregation bill would grant business owners the ability to reject job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation. There was also House Bill 2203 passed last year that denies protection for sexual orientation in the hiring process. This bill overrides the anti-discrimination clause that was approved in the city of Lawrence. To me, this is exactly the circumstance that the Civil Rights Movement strived to prevent. It is blatantly discriminatory. It is the same as store owners in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s denying AfricanAmericans service or work, solely because of the color of their skin. The final factor in my misunderstanding towards the argument against being gay, is why does anyone care? Why should anyone care who someone else wants to be with? It has zero effect on your life, so why should you even be able to have an opinion on it? Its not for you decide. Believe what you want to believe, but dont force it upon others. G.J. Melia is a freshman from Prairie Village studying journalism.

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f you dont have a TV, youre weird. But undoubtedly youre also missing one of the great new series this spring. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 13-part, science documentary series that airs Sunday nights on FOX. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the show explores a handful of scientific theories that explain the workings of our universe. A reboot of the 1980 TV series presented by Carl Sagan, Cosmos is intensely interesting and entertaining. If you havent yet, watch it. Amazingly enough, a documentary that talks entirely about science caused an uproar with the airing of its second episode, titled, Some of the Things That Molecules Do. The episode aired Sunday, March 16, and presented an explanation of evolution and the origin of life. A science documentary explaining a scientific theory how shocking. Creationist groups are furious, with some even demanding equal airtime to explain their own theory of the origin of life on Earth. Now look, I dont want to get in a debate over creationism versus evolution, frankly because I dont want to have to explain freshmen-level science to someone who writes an angry letter to the UDK. This is America after all, and youre entirely free to believe whatever you want, even if youre completely wrong. The issue here is much more simple why should the creators, financiers and producers of Cosmos devote airtime to an idea they dont

believe in? Tyson recently criticized the media for even considering the idea, reminding us that in science, there are no fair and balanced views. This is science, not CNN. Some people are right; some people are wrong. The theories adapt, humanity progresses, and hopefully soon well have hoverboards. Thats how science works. If only creationists could understand. See, its not up to Cosmos to provide a fair and balanced view. If creationists want to create their own documentary series titled, Genesis: A Biblical Odyssey, thats entirely their prerogative. It could explore the handful (literally, one hands worth) of biblical theories that explain the workings of our universe. I probably wouldnt watch it, but Im sure some people in Kansas would. So to the creationists out there complaining its not Neil deGrasse Tysons job to adapt his program. Evolutionists have Cosmos, where they present their explanation of proven, testable theories of science. Creationists have the Creation Museum, located in scenic Petersburg, Ky., where they present explanations of their beliefs. Naturally, consumers will select one or the other. Preston Bukaty is a graduate student from Overland Park studying law.

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been made prior to the matchup against Wichita State. sports@kansan.com We knew coming in, Coach Kansas found itself in an all Price said. Were trying to too familiar situation Tuesday switch up roles. We needed to night. An all too familiar situa- approach the game a little diftion, with a different face. ferently. For the second straight game Piche got the nod a little bit and the third time in the last earlier on in this game. Due to four games, Kansas was cling- recent struggles, Piche found ing to a small lead headed to himself in the set up role in the ninth inning. The first two the seventh, looking for a hold, times this happened, senior not a save. right-hander Piche reJordan Piche tired the was given the Shockers in He looked like the Big 12 task to close order, two by Newcomer of the year out out the game. way of strikethere.. However, on outs and one Tuesday freshground out to man Stephen RITCH PRICE short. Piche Villines heard baseball coach looked like his number the Piche of called to close old Tuesday out a 4-2 Kannight. sas victory. Villines came on That was fun, Piche said. in the eighth inning and got a That was an enormous conquick fly out to center. fidence builder. I havent felt I didnt find out until that good on the mound in a mid-way through the game, while. Villines said. Coach put it Piche was dominant. He up on the board late and I got threw eight pitches in the sevmentally prepared. enth. His fastball was hitting A strikeout and two fly outs 92-93, his slider was devastatto center in the ninth got ing and his changeup had hitVillines his second save of his ters off-balance. freshman campaign. His fastHe looked like the Big 12 ball was tailing, his slider was Newcomer of the year out breaking and his release point there, Price said. This was had hitters baffled. a great outing for him. It was It was like any other night really good to see him back in for me, Villines said. Its rhythm and be dominant. always just get in there and Coming into 2014, the Kanthrow strikes. Its fun out there sas bullpen had a different in the ninth, a little bit of an makeup than Tuesday night. adrenaline boost. Piche was coming off a domEven though Villines was not inant year. He led the Big 12 in in the know, the decision had saves, he won multiple awards

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Were going to turn over every rock possible as we move forward here. Well continue to add to the competitive depth to our roster, and thats what we do every day. John Dorsey, Kansas City Star

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m going to assume that Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has a plan. Dorsey, after all, is the same guy that pieced together a historic offseason just a year ago, spearheading KCs transformation from league laughingstock to playoff lock. Prior to that, he experienced sustained success as the Green Bay Packers Director of Scouting, helping the Pack gain a reputation as one of the NFLs best-drafting teams. So I guess that I wont question the fact that, after three weeks of free agency, Kansas City has done absolutely nothing to improve its situation heading into next season. I wont question that it signed a 28-year-old Canadian Football League receiver in lieu of a proven NFL wideout to address its needs at the position. Heck, I wont even question that it let three starters from its offensive line walk without the slightest attempt to bring any of them back. Reality is, the NFL is a business first and the Chiefs simply dont have the

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Dorsey to upgrade before OTAs and training camp begin is through the upcoming draft. Though, with only one selection in the first 86 picks, he has his work cut out for him. The Chiefs GM has a plethora of roster issues still to address, but limited cash and draft picks to address them with. Concerning, sure, but still not a reason to fret. Dorsey isnt just some dude that stayed at a Holiday Inn last night; hes done this before and hes done it well. So while the offseason admittedly hasnt gotten off to a desirable start in Kansas City, dont start the Dorsey bashing just yet. Hes proven himself a great football mind in recent years and, one way or another, will provide coach Andy Reid with the tools he needs by the beginning of the season. Edited by Stella Liang

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n an age where college athletes lives are seen more off the court than ever before, its imperative that players start taking responsibility for their actions, especially on social media. Unfortunately, Naadir Tharpe never got this message. The soon to be senior and leader of the Jayhawks next year was the most recent culprit of a Twitter mishap involving a lewd photo. Whether the photo was posted for a minute or a day is irrelevant, as it was still enough time for it to circulate the internet and cause commotion among sports fans. How much of a disturbance this will cause to the program is something well find out in the coming weeks or perhaps months, but for now coach Bill Self will have to do his best job remedying the situation. Self got his first chance on Monday when he was asked about the photo following Andrew Wiggins press conference. Self told the Topeka Capital-Journal, Obviously, we are aware and had it brought to our attention this weekend. Certainly extremely disappointed with what transpired and the judgement that went along with it. To say anything else publicly would be something that would be inappropriate at this time. It will be handled internally. It will be addressed, and it will be handled internally. It is a shame Self had to answer a question about such a subject in the first place. After all, it was meant to be a press conference for Wiggins, and it is the only one where he can announce and celebrate his dream of making it to the NBA. Instead of joy there was a bitter taste left, not because Wiggins wont be in a Jayhawks uniform next year, but because his day was somewhat tainted from the actions of another player. As mentioned in Bill Self s quote, any disciplinary action will be handled internally by the basketball program, which apparently is a process Tharpe is getting way too familiar with. Just this season Tharpe was suspended internally for one game because he participated in an unauthorized summer league game while visiting teammate Jamari Traylor in Chicago. We will have to wait and see what punishment Bill Self will hand down to Tharpe, but another suspension could be looming for the point guard. If Tharpe needs guidance on how to be responsible while using social media outlets like Twitter, he needs to look no further than his own teammates. In early March, Wiggins tweeted about issues involving campus safety awareness as well as telling people to follow @ JayhawkersKU and the #growku campaign. Needless to say, those couple tweets got more favorites and retweets than any University Twitter account would have. If Tharpe wants to be a positive influence not only on the team but around campus as well, these are the types of acts he must conduct. Whether this happens or not next season is of course yet to be seen. However, when youre one of the oldest players and a senior on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, those are the types of acts that are going to be expected. Edited by Cara Winkley

Kaiana Eldridge appeals the call, raising the baseball after a play at the plate that resulted in a run for the Wichita State Shockers. Kansas beat the Shockers 4-2.

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Kansas beats in-state rival WSU


SHANE JACKSON
sports@kansan.com Coach Ritch Price trotted out to home plate before Kansas 4-2 victory over in-state non-conference foe Wichita State with a rather unique lineup card for home plate umpire Bill McGuire. In Tuesday nights matchup at Hoglund Ballpark, conference RBI leader Connor McKay and designated hitter Dakota Smith, who hit a walk off double on Sunday, were not penciled in on the scorecard. McKay has a slight hamstring and with how cold it was I didnt want to take a chance, Price said. We were going to use Dakota out of the bullpen, it was to prepare him to pitch tonight. Jayhawks got on the board first when junior third baseman Aaron Hernandez took the first pitch he saw outside to right center to score

sophomore second baseman Colby Wright. The Jayhawks were not done there. McKays replacement in right field, freshman Joven

fielder Michael Suiter single, to complete a four-run, sixhit inning after the Jayhawks were hitless in the first.Anytime you get four runs to

Any time you get four runs to put on the board, its easy to pitch because you know have room to work with. DREW MOROVICK junior starting pitcher
put on the board, its easy to pitch because you know you have room to work with, said junior starting pitcher Drew Morovick. Morovick got the nod on the mound and picked up his sixth win to push his record to 6-1 on the year. He had a six-inning outing, allowing just two runs off seven hits. The Shockers only scored twice, both in the fourth, despite out-hitting the Jayhawks 10-9. A leadoff walk was fol-

Afenir, pinged an infield single to third base and turned on the wheels to reach first safely in what should have been the third out, which scored senior catcher Kaiana Eldredge and Hernandez. For a freshman to make a really good hustle play, it was really a big play on his part, it was a game changer, could earn him some more playing time, Eldredge said. Afenir would later score in the inning off a junior left

lowed by a RBI double by senior second baseman Dayne Parker. Parker later scored on a sac fly to right. These were the only runs earned by the Shockers, thanks to superb defensive play by Kansas. Countless times the Jayhawks made plays defensively to get themselves back in the dugout while leaving the Shockers stranded. In the fifth with runners at the corners and one out, Morovick forced sophomore shortstop Tanner Kirk to hit into a double play to get out of the jam. It makes it so much easier to pitch, I trust these guys that when I put a 2-0 fastball, and the ball gets laced, they will be able to make a play on it, Morovick said. Perhaps the play of the game occurred in the top of the eighth. With Smith on the mound, the Shockers had runners at the corners with no outs looking. Their best hitter junior first baseman

Casey Gillapsie shot one down the right side before first baseman Ryan Pidhaichuk, who just took the field for Blair Beck, made a diving snag then turned and tagged first for the double play. That play won us the game, Eldredge said. Following its six hit-inning, the Kansas offense only mustered three hits the remander of the game but was able to hang on. Suiter had a flawless day at the plate with two singles and two walks. Jordan Piche came into the seventh rather than his usual closing role to retire the Shockers. He struck out two before handing the ball to Smith. Freshman Stephen Villines picked up his first collegiate save by allowing just one hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Edited by Stella Liang

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Former standout Kansas player leaves legacy


AMIE JUST
sports@kansan.com Being from Lawrence, KU was my dream school to play at, said Hull-Tietz. We didnt look at any other schools. We committed to KU our junior year in high school. Hull-Tietz left her mark on the Kansas softball program. In her freshman season, she was one of two freshmen to start in every game. She led to the All-Big 12 second team for her efforts. Other awards she won that season were the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Second Team, Team Big Jay Award and Academic All-Big 12 First Team. In 2012, her junior year, Hull-Tietz started in each game and broke the Universitys single-season record ed in every game, placing her in the starting lineup for KU in all 210 games in her college career. For the second straight season she broke the KU batting average record, hitting a .456, being the third-best single-season mark in the history of the Big 12. She placed herself at the top of the charts at Kansas being the all-time leader in career batting average with a .368, ranking second the conference. She also broke the schools career RBI record with 140. She was honored with 14 different awards her after her senior season. Little do most people know, there is a professional softball league, the National Pro Fastpitch League, in the United States. There are four teams and 20 players get drafted. The season runs from early June to mid August. They [the professional teams] were scouting here during my junior and senior year, and I didnt even know, Hull-Tietz said. I talked to my coach a week before the draft after practice. I decided to enter the draft really quickly. Its one of those things you dont turn down. Hull-Tietz was selected 11 overall in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft and signed with the Chicago Bandits. In her rookie season she posted a .250 batting average. I had a really great experience last summer playing with the most talented athletes in the world, but I have decided to not play this summer. The way that its set up makes it hard to have a job. Hull-Tietz said. It was a really really hard decision for me, but I have to prioritize other things in my life. Hull-Tietz recently got married and accepted a position at Baker University as an assistant softball coach. Even though Im not there [Kansas] anymore, it feels good knowing I left a legacy at Kansas and in the professional softball league, said Hull-Tietz. Edited by Jamie Koziol

Kansas alumni softball player Maggie Hull-Tietz loved softball ever since she could remember. As soon as I could walk I was hitting the ball off the tee, Hull-Tietz said. As for wanting to play softball in college, early in her high school career she didnt know that was an option. Most people know that theyre going to play in college. Theyre training for that goal, she said. After Hull-Tietz sophomore year at Free State, she received All State Honors. Her coaches approached her and said she was good enough to play at a college level, but if its something she really wanted to do, she would have to work hard. That summer is when her and her twin sister Rosie Hull started the recruiting process and played for a competitive team. It was really important for us to play together, said Hull-Tietz.

I decided to enter the draft really quickly. Its one of those things you dont turn down. MAGGIE HULL-TIETZ former Kansas softball player
with a .409 batting average. She also tied the Universitys record for runs scored on the season with 46. That season she was named All-Big 12 First Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Team MVP, Capital One Academic All-District and Team Captain. In her senior season at Kansas, Hull-Tietz start-

the team that year with nine sacrifice hits. Her sophomore season was when things started to mesh together for Hull-Tietz. She started in every game and led the team with a .346 batting average on 56 hits. 14 of those hits were doubles, with nine being home runs. She recorded 49 RBI on the season as well. She was named