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Monday, September 9, 2019

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New KU fraternity members learn about drinking and sexual assault at hour-long training

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Gun violence on campus:

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Chris Brown serves as graduate student body vice president.

Senate creates graduate student vice president position Sydney Hoover @SydHoover17

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Kevin Willmott to speak on career

KU film and media studies and Oscar-winning professor Kevin Willmott will speak about his career Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics.

KU soccer loses its undefeated streak

Soccer is no longer undefeated after its 1-0 loss to DePaul Friday.

Aetna healthcare issues

Problems with Aetna, the state Medicaid contractor, were addressed by the state KanCare Oversight Joint Committee. Services provided by Aetna do not affect Watkins Health Center, but Lawrence Memorial Hospital has seen issues arise.

Weather update

Temperatures will be hot this week, with highs near 90 through Wednesday. Rain is expected on Thursday, and temperatures will cool off by Friday.

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As national discourse surrounding gun violence continues, KU Public Safety Office offers guidelines in case of an active shooter on campus.

Nicole Asbury


She was shocked when he came back into the room with a gun. He loaded it and pointed it at her face. What scared her the most, she told police, was that she wasn’t sure “if he was stupid enough to shoot someone.” Details of the alleged incident at Stouffer Place Apartments on the University of Kansas campus are included in an affidavit supporting criminal charges against Kansas football linebacker Kenny Bastida, now suspended from the team. Police arrested Bastida on May 15. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The case is the most recent high-profile incident involving gun violence on campus. It comes at a time of national debate over gun laws and only months before recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. In addition to the Bastida case, Lawrence and the University have hardly been immune to impacts


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Home opener for volleyball in new arena this Thursday

KU plays Morehead State at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

“Especially in ... Budig, it’s hard with so many people to move around quickly.” Mandy Snodgrass Senior

At the most basic level, students say they worry what to do if an active shooter incident happens on campus. “Especially in auditoriums in Budig, it’s hard with so many people to move around quickly,” said Mandy Snodgrass, a senior from Lawrence, in reference to

the small number of exits in lecture halls. ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ The text came at about 11:58 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2018 to students at the University’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. “KUMC & Hospital Alert: Active Shooter on campus,” the text said. “Run Hide Fight [sic]. Follow instructions from authorities. Stay away from KU front entrance on Cambridge Street.” Not many students were near the school at the late hour when the incident happened. But one man fatally shot another outside the entrance of the University of Kansas Hospital before turning the gun on himself. The incident stemmed from a domestic disagreement, the Kansan reported. Then-Student Body President Noah Ries and Student Body Vice President Charles Jetty put out a statement shortly after. “It is chilling to see firsthand that such acts of senseless violence can occur so close to home,” it said. “This event is understandContinue on page 2 ably

Haskell market draws more than 165 artists Liam Mays

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of gun violence and the national debate over gun safety. Three people were killed in a shooting on Massachusetts Street in October 2017. Also, a controversial concealed carry policy allowing guns on campus took effect earlier that year, prompting protests from students, staff and faculty.

More than 165 Native American artists gathered at Haskell Indian Nations University this weekend for the annual Haskell Indian Art Market. Anything from multi-thousand dollar wooden bowls to handwoven blankets to bolo ties are sold at the market. Powwow gatherings with traditional dancing are held every few hours along with an occasional song prayer sung over the speakers. Event coordinator Stephanie Fernando said the artists came from California, South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. The Market also drew customers from surrounding states. This was the 31st annual Native American Art Market held at Haskell. It’s held as an economic opportunity for Native Americans and as a way to encourage cross-cultural understanding and

exchange, according to the event’s website. One of the most common items sold at the artists’ booths was jewelry — all with unique styles and materials used. New Mexican jeweler Adam Aguiler had an assortment of necklaces, bracelets, and baby bracelets made from spiny oysters, coral and different types of turquoise from across the

country. Artistry is a family affair for some of the artists. Oklahoma artist Dana Tiger paints. Her son sculpts, and her daughter does some of the works as well. “It’s nice to come share our culture with the Lawrence people,” Tiger said. “This is my favorite show all year, and I just love the people here.”

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More than 165 Native American artists sell handmade art at the Haskell Indian Art Market.

Graduate students will receive a new form of representation in Student Senate with the recently implemented graduate student body vice president position. The vice president position replaces the former graduate affairs director as the graduate student representative within the Senate Executive Board. Senate voted to implement the position last spring after the bill was proposed by then-Graduate Affairs Director Pamela Johnson and other senate executives. “I think having the title of being a vice president kind of points toward the kind of leadership you have in that you are that advocate for that specifically rather than someone who would seem to be just a director of what graduate students do or whatever policies they have,” said Student Body President Tiara Floyd. Though the former and new graduate positions have similar roles within Senate, one of the biggest changes made was the Continue on page 2

What happened? KU football’s timeout debacle Jack Johnson @JohnyJ_15

Disgruntled fans showered their boos down on the field at Memorial Stadium. For some, the sense of optimism that coated the team in being led by a former National Champion coach was now dashed in an instant. Again? It happened again. Kansas football was upended on its home turf in the non-conference against a lesser opponent on paper. A game in which Kansas was favored by a touchdown altered into another gut punch to those who withhold faith in the program’s ability to right the ship. But after a 12-7 loss to a team that just began its third year at the FBS level, this game can do nothing other than leave a lasting sting. Heading into the matchup, it had been eight seasons since the Jayhawks started their season 2-0. It hadn’t been since 1997 when a coach at Kansas, Terry Allen, won his first two games at the helm. But neither milestones would be Continue on page 8



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Monday, September 9, 2019

KU fraternity members attend meeting on underage drinking Lucy Peterson


The Kansas Fraternity Landlords’ League hosted its third annual Building Brothers Freshman Orientation event Thursday night to welcome new Inter-Fraternity Council members and educate members on the consequences of underage drinking. Over 450 IFC members were greeted by KFLL Executive Director Aaron Racine in the Kansas Memorial Union Ballroom as Racine explained the values and purpose of KFLL. “Chief among our concerns is academic and personal success for you as students of the University of Kansas,” Racine said. The University’s Greek life has held national intrigue over the course of the past few years. In March 2018, the University

IFC froze all social activities of the 24 fraternities on campus after suspension of two fraternities and allegations of hazing among the chapters. The University created a Greek life task force the following semester with 27 sorority and fraternity alumni and representatives. The event included speakers such as Chancellor Douglas Girod’s Chief of Staff Julie Murray, IFC President Kyle Svoboda, Senior Assistant District Attorney of Douglas County CJ Rieg, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center Program Educator Dustin Struble. Rieg, who has spoken at each Building Brothers event since the first one in 2017, explained to the crowd of mostly freshmen what the legal repercussions are for Minors in Possession, fake ID cards and obstructing police officers.

She encouraged the men to take accountability for themselves and each other. “If you permit it, you promote it,” Rieg said. “You guys are your own police.” Struble, the educator from SAPEC, emphasized what the obligations of the men should be in order to prevent sexual assault. “Fraternities are seen as a place for fear, a place where bad things happen. And the reality is, when we talk about this in context with sexual assault, more people think about women and other folks running away from fraternity houses rather than running to them,” Struble said. “I believe we can switch that up.” Struble displayed statistics of sexual assault and explained his belief that fraternities can become a place where people feel safe. To do this, Struble said, members

must open up a conversation about sexual assault and discuss measures that must be taken as brothers and bystanders to prevent sexual assault. Struble said members of KFLL had 100% attendance to this year’s Jayhawks Give a Flock, a bystander intervention training for freshmen. KFLL was created in 2015 to represent landlords of 11 KU fraternities. Their mission is to help continue the success of the houses and their members, Racine said. The 11 fraternities who are represented by KFLL are Beta Theta Pi, Delta Chi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Theta Chi.

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New IFC members attend the KFLL orientation event Thursday night. The event was housed in the Kansas Memorial Union Ballroom.

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unsettling for the Jayhawk community, and we share your feelings of sorrow and fear.” Students are automatically signed up for campus-safety text message alerts. Faculty and staff can sign up to receive notifications of potential danger. In the case of an active threat on campus, KU Public Safety advises the following in a set of online guidelines: 1. Be aware of the situation and what’s around you. 2. Evacuate the area if you know it’s safe to do so. Seek shelter in a nearby building if the threat is outside of the building. 3. Seek cover and barricade yourself, with others if possible. Remain quiet and turn off the lights to make the area appear unoccupied. 4. Notify authorities by calling 911 and giving as much information as possible, if it is safe to do so. 5. Let emergency responders approach you, and keep your hands visible to them. 6. Remain undercover until the threat has passed or you have been informed you can leave by law enforcement. 7. Activate the University’s text alerts to stay aware. University spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said the University has channels to warn students about potential threats. Beyond the text alerts, she said the University uses for information updates. Messages are also shared on the University’s Twitter page. PSO will broadcast through fire alarms in campus buildings if there’s a threat on campus. If addition, the University also can send a message to all campus phones. All alerts will also auto-

matically come to KU email addresses, and local news media are informed. Students can keep their contact information up-to-date through Enroll & Pay. Campus carry violations Since the concealed carry policy was implemented July 1, 2017, the University has had no records of any weapons violation, public records custodian Jen Arbuthnot said. But Student Conduct & Community Standards reported one unspecified weapons violation in fall 2018, according to its violations summary. Only students over the age of 21 can carry a concealed weapon on campus in areas without “adequate security” and in unrestricted areas, according to the campus carry policy. Places with adequate security that ban concealed carry have to be approved by the attorney general, according to the policy. About 59% of students are under the age of 21, and not permitted to have a concealed weapon, according to the University’s website on concealed carry. People who see violations of campus carry are advised to call 911 if it’s an emergency, or the KU Public Safety Office at 785-8645900 for non-emergencies. Under the campus policy, Bastida wasn’t supposed to have a weapon. He was 19 when the incident is alleged to have occurred. But when campus police searched his Stouffer Place apartment, they found two clear plastic bags of shotgun shells, and a shotgun, according to the affidavit. Police also found one shotgun shell in a backpack in one of the bedrooms where the argument allegedly happened and another underneath Bastida’s mattress, according to the affidavit. Bastida will testify in court in November on charges of assault. Page Cramer contributed to this report.

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appointment of the position. Previously, the student body president — typically an undergraduate student — would select the graduate affairs director. In the new role, appointments are instead made by the Graduate Student Advisory Board. “It really allowed for graduate students to have more of a say of who’s going to fill that role,” said Graduate Student Body Vice President Chris Brown. Brown, a Ph.D. student in sports management, said he applied for the position as a way of helping people while also delving into his passion for policy and legislative development. Brown earned his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University and was involved in student government. He then worked for the NCAA national office before coming to the University for graduate school in fall 2018. “I get to help people, and I get to be a legislative nerd, which is what I enjoy,” Brown said. “So the opportunity to do this just seemed like the perfect fit for me.” Within the role, Brown said he wants to address mental health and healthcare issues, along with other issues, relating to graduate

students by working with Senate, the Graduate Student Advisory Board and other entities on campus. He also wants to push for more programming for graduate students to network and “feel a little more welcome to campus.”

“I get to help people, and I get to be a legislative nerd, which is what I enjoy.” Chris Brown Graduate Student Body VP

“Chris has done a phenomenal job thus far in advocating for graduate student interest,” said Senate Chief of Staff Zach Thomason. Thomason said in order for the role to have an impact on graduate students, future Senate administrations will need to commit to a multi-year plan to develop the role and allow for increased representation of graduate students. “I think graduate students will look at that and say, ‘Okay, we have someone that is more specific in leadership and kind of understands,’” Floyd said. “It’s a strong leadership position rather than just someone who might be there for a few months and move on.”

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This week in campus crime reports Sophia Belshe @SophiaBelshe

More crimes were reported on campus in the last week than points scored by the football team on Saturday. Ten crimes were reported, with thefts and property damage on campus and three liquor law violations nearby. Property crime in student athletic center Someone used a stolen debit card to make three purchases in the Wagnon-Parrott Student Athletic Center on Sept. 6 around noon, resulting in a loss of $1,950, according to police records. This investigation in ongoing.

Theft in student athletic center An unknown person stole a wallet in the Wagnon-Parrott Student Athletic Center on Sept. 6 around 11 a.m., resulting in a loss of $125, according to police records. This investigation is ongoing. Three liquor law violations on 9th Street Three minors were found to be in possession of alcohol and fake drivers licenses in separate instances on Sept. 5 between 8 and 10 p.m. on the 700 block of 9th Street. The suspects were arrested and issued notices to appear in court for purchasing liquor at a liquor store while underage, according to police records.

All three cases were closed by arrest. Property damage in Strong Hall An unknown suspect broke two legs off a table in Strong Hall in order to gain entry into a building on Sept. 4 around 11 p.m., according to police records. This case remains open.

on Sept. 4 around 3 p.m., resulting in a loss of $100. The subject then left the area, according to police records. This case remains open.

Trespassing in GSP Hall The subject entered a room in GSP without permission on Sept. 4 around 3 p.m., according to police records. This case remains open.

Theft in Pearson Scholarship Hall An unknown suspect stole a handicap parking sign and moved it into a scholarship hall on Sept. 4 around 1 p.m., resulting in a loss of $47.72. The property was recovered and returned to the City of Lawrence, according to police record. This case remains open.

Property damage in Eaton Hall An unknown person damaged a computer screen in Eaton Hall

ICYMI: KU student arrested on suspicion of rape A 19-year-old University of

Kansas student was arrested Sept. 5 on suspicion of rape, according to an online booking log from Douglas County. The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred between Jan. 25 and 26 in Self Hall, said Deputy Chief James Anguiano from the KU Public Safety Office. The alleged victim, who is also a University student, reported the incident Sept. 3, Anguiano said. The 19-year-old was arrested at the Public Safety Office on Crestline Drive, according to the booking log. The Kansan policy is to withhold names of suspects until they are formally charged.


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Campus Couture: KU sophomore Local Listens: R&B and Thomas Mexia-Wood’s bold look hip-hop music from Rylie Koester


Thomas Mexia-Wood puts effort into his outfits about 50% of the time, depending on how late he wakes up for class that day. But he felt he had been slacking on his style the first two weeks of classes, so he decided to switch it up. Mexia-Wood, a sophomore from Overland Park, sports a bold printed shirt, his girlfriend’s yellow pants, a brown belt, brown boots and a bright blue ring to tie it all together. He said he normally shops at thrift stores for some of his clothes at places such as Arizona Trading Company and Goodwill. “I’m not trying to resell everything and exploit it,” Mexia-Wood said. “I’m trying to find individual pieces that are really special and stand out to me.” Mexia-Wood studies mechanical engineering, a major that at times can be all about expression through numbers, but dressing up once in a while can help with that. “Sometimes I feel like my major can be a little boring,” Mexia-Wood said. “I try to express myself where I can.”

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Sophomore Thomas Mexia-Wood sports a colorful shirt from Arizona Trading Company.

Kansas City artists DeAsia Paige


This week’s “Local Listens” includes Kansas City, Missouri, natives Zarin Micheal, Jenn, and Amira Wang. While Micheal’s new EP seems to be a new direction with his sound, Jenn and Wang’s respective singles create an added layer to their growing R&B and hip-hop appeal. “A Million Miles Away” by Zarin Micheal In his first project this year, rapper Zarin Micheal opts for an R&B sound, which hasn’t been heard on his previous works. But the new direction in genre seems to come naturally for Micheal as he trades his tough rapping bars for more soothing vocals that gives listeners an expansive view of his impressive singing abilities. Throughout the EP, Micheal reflects on how his music career often jeopardizes his romantic relationships, but he comes to a painful conclusion that he might be better off alone.

“Slow Ya Roll” by Jenn feat. Meka Baby and Amira Wang Released earlier this summer, “Slow Ya Roll” is the latest single from singer and songwriter Jenn. Jenn, with help from rappers Meka Baby and Amira Wang, gives female listeners a power anthem as she demands that men need to slow down when trying to get too close to her. “Slow Ya Roll” is a soothing R&B single that thoroughly captures a woman’s thought process when men come off too strong. “Werk It” by Amira Wang “Werk It” is the first release from rapper Amira Wang this year. As the song’s title suggests, Wang wants women to escape their problems by enjoying themselves and having fun — which undoubtedly includes twerking in the club. “Werk It” is a fun, exuberant song that reflects the energy Wang emits when she raps. Her bars are as lyrical as they are sonically animated, adding Wang to the diverse group of lively female rappers who’ve recently garnered mainstream appeal.

With new semester, CAPS continues to offer mental health resources for students Ronnie Lozano @Rolo7_96

Returning for a new semester is among the many stressors for students that gets in the way of fulfilling their full potential — a slow start can lead to even more pressure later on in the semester. Counseling and Psychological Services continues to be a resource for comforting students who need help with mental health. According to CAPS, one of its main goals is to provide “therapy that will help maximize a student’s ability to function in college life.” Christian Vargas, a therapist and licensed psychologist, is the outreach coordinator at CAPS. CAPS is a way for students to reach out when they need help the most in their lives, Vargas said. “Students should initiate services for support as soon as they think of a time they need help,” Vargas said. The services offered include urgent care, individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatric evaluation. Group therapy gives students the chance to talk about problems they’re working on with at least four people and up to eight in one meeting. CAPS encourages

interaction and feedback during the sessions. CAPS offers opportunities to students where they can talk about adjusting to new challenges college has thrown at them, and anxiety or depression that comes along with them. The CAPS staff is also there to help with problems outside of college life, such as family or relationship issues.

“Students should initiate services for support as soon as they think of a time they need help.”

in and get aid. According to CAPS, the staff is composed of licensed psychologists and clinical social workers, psychiatrists, doctoral interns, and practicum trainees in social work and psychology. CAPS also offers peer listening sessions throughout the semester at various locations. The sessions can help students share their stories and interact with people who can empathize and share their input. The program currently has 10 peer educators across grade

levels who host the peer listening sessions, which are free. Of course, this is different from the appointments students have with licensed professionals that charge a fee. Peer educators are willing to understand an individual’s problem and serve as a gateway to make sure they get the services they need. “As peer educators, we listen, we validate your concerns and if needed, we have lists of resources we can point you to, or we can point you to CAPS if that’s

where you feel you need to be,” said Delaney Bird who is one of the 10 peer educators. Bird also said individuals who come in should feel comfortable doing so. She said the program wants to humanize situations students run into if they’re struggling with the anxieties of balancing school and work. Along with peer listening, CAPS gives students a chance to share their stories on its Facebook page. Users can also stay updated on upcoming events and interact with posts about mental health.

Christian Vargas CAPS therapist and licensed psychologist

Vargas also encourages students to come in as soon as possible. She said it’s better for individuals to visit early on in the semester so they can start off well. In most cases, the meetings are private with suspected danger being the only reason for therapists to disclose information. Vargas said it’s important for everyone to know they can come

CAPS is located on the second floor of Watkins Memorial Health Center.

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Q&A: Brian Regan talks comedy, touring, TV KalĂŠ Searcy @KaeSearcy

Veteran comic Brian Regan has performed stand-up comedy across the country for nearly 40 years, establishing a career with his down-to-earth humor. Not only has he appeared 28 times on CBS’s “Late-Night Show with David Letterman� and later with Jimmy Fallon, he also has a show on Netflix, “Stand Up and Away.� He recently performed at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, Sept. 6. The Kansan interviewed Regan before his upcoming show at the Uptown Theatre. The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Did you ever think you were funny but just weren’t there yet before you officially became a comedian? When I was a kid, I had friends who thought I was funny and family members that thought I was funny, but I didn’t think about it as a career. It wasn’t until I was in college that I had that lightbulb go off over my head where I was like, “Hey, can I do this as a job?� It was very intriguing to me, it fueled me with passion, and I did everything it took to get it done. How did your friends and family react when you decided to become a comedian? Everybody was really supportive, my mom and dad had eight

kids, so they were pushing us out of the nest. Whatever we wanted to do that made us happy, they were supportive of.

“What’s weird about comedy is that you make a fool out of yourself when people aren’t laughing.� Brian Regan Comedian

Your first appearance was on the Late-Night Show with David Letterman in 1995, so what was your expectation going into that show? How did you feel? I was very nervous. When you do a big show like that, it’d be weird if you weren’t nervous. It was a big thing career wise — this was before the explosion of Netflix and that sort of thing, so there were fewer avenues to get your comedy on TV back then. So, it was very important to have a national presence. It was a big night; I was fortunate it went well, and they invited me back, and I ended up doing 28 over the years. Were there any times in your comedic career where you made a fool of yourself?

What’s weird about comedy is that you make a fool out of yourself when people aren’t laughing. In real life, you make a fool out of yourself when people are laughing at you. I have had bad shows; it was not fun being on stage, and everybody knows you are trying to be funny and nobody’s getting it, but like anything else in life, you have to push through it. Comedian Ray Romano praises you for your ability to write a lot of good material, so how do you do it? That’s one of those elusive things. When I read a good book, I wonder how they came up with that. I just happen to be able to think deeply about funny things. Comedians sometimes have a funny way at looking at things — when you see it, you can apply a funny craft to it. Once I have the idea, I can put words to it and make it have a beginning, middle and end. Because you are so popular around the country, you’re filling civic centers, arenas and now on a tv series. How did you make that transition between writing stand-up and writing sketches? The sketches are fun for me because if someone really looks at the comedy that I do as a stand-up comedian, a lot of times they are situations — not all of my bits — but they are little plays that last about a minute. Instead of just using words, it’s fun to hire actors and to write a scene.

Where did you get the idea to develop a comedy series like “Stand Up and Away�? I have a lot of material that I have done for a long time or older material that I haven’t done for a long time that fans of mine still enjoy. I realize there’s a lot people out there that have not seen that material. I thought, “What would be a way to package it in an interesting way?� I thought instead of just doing a stand-up routine, I

can combine it with new sketches in a way to showcase the older stuff in a fresh new way. How do you hope to attract students to your show? I do comedy that is hopefully for everybody, so I am fortunate that all ages seem to get into it. It doesn’t skew for older people; it doesn’t skew for younger people.

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Comedian Brian Regan performed at the Uptown Theatre on Sept. 6.






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Bandana to backpack: Duality of minority fear

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hell “you can have a gun on campus but I can’t vape on campus? Somebody else can kill me but I can’t kill myself?” “That’s not a social interaction, that’s a quesadilla” “Taking off your bra when you’re high really just hits different” “He knows how to twerk. That’s next level shit.” “if you find a birth simulator you HAVE to tell me” “I don’t have my birth certificate... who’s to say I was even born” “Babies love to sucky suck” “children sound just like Sims” “My heart says pumpkin spice but the weather says margaritas” “If I die of alcohol poisoning just know it was Trubisky’s fault” “I don’t wanna be that girl that ends up on Barstool” “I’m 22 years old, let me black out in peace” “Research gets funnier as you drink” “I will die in The Wheel” “good morning especially to the man who let me into the hawk last night just bc i offered him

Beat, beat, beat — the constant rapid heart pump in my chest. Did I just finish running? Is it my irregular heartbeat creeping up? Nah, that’s fear entering my head again. What is there to fear? This is a question I’ve asked since adolescence. Twenty-one years of my life have passed, and I think I finally found my answer. Besides losing my whole sneaker collection, I know what I fear the most. My greatest fear in life is being a victim of this abysmal justice system as a minority in the United States. I shouldn’t have to consider seeing my parents through a protective glass in prison while claiming my innocence. However, that’s a real possibility in the current climate of this country. Perhaps a place of education would seem to be a sort of sanctuary for a young adult grappling with the inequities in our country. Sadly, this isn’t always the case for students of color.

My greatest fear in life is being a victim of this abysmal justice system as a minority in the United States. Everybody shares similar experiences in college, but not all of them share the same outcomes. Look at the differences in the Brock Turner and Albert Wilson cases. One is a free citizen, and the other one is in jail. One was convicted of a rape crime with a six-month sentence, and one was convicted of a rape crime with a 12-year sentence. One is white, and one is black. Can you guess which one is still in jail? The purpose of this column is to seek understanding for this sort of inequity. White, male students can attend universities like the University of Kansas and seemingly get as intoxicated as they

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Senior Samuel Valdez shares his personal experience as a minority student at the University of Kansas.

please, touch women inappropriately, use the timeworn saying, “boys will be boys,” and go about their days. Insert someone like me into this situation, a minority guy with tattoos, and the outcome is far different, including a possible prison sentence and homicide looking at me from the face down. The United States is home to nearly 5% of the world’s population and 22% of the world’s prisoners. Being a minority in the United States is like being a walking contradiction. People will argue that a minority will have the advantage over a white male within a job search or college acceptance because of affirmative action. This same argument is also used for women in the workforce, but the supporting evidence just isn’t there. According to the New York Times, there are fewer women that run large companies than males named John. If being a minority makes a job search easy, then why did I get interviewed for two prestigious internships this summer, showed some vulnerability about myself and ended up losing the position to white peers who weren’t as qualified? Is it because I opened up about real life issues? Did I strike fear in them when the words “drugs” and “gang members” were brought up within my

application essays? Both internship programs had a total of three minority interns out of 20 interns. This an elaboration of my biggest fear in life: Am I going to be someone who I want to be or someone society has determined I be? My roommate and I are both minorities. We both embarked on a rigorous internship hunt this past spring, applying for more than 20 summer positions. We both worked this summer, but not for any of those internships. We both received zero offers from the paid positions we were seeking. Was this a coincidence or were we shut out because of our race? Is this discouraging as we continue our job search with graduation less than a year away? Absolutely. We know we’re capable of being successful in the workforce and have the drive to keep pushing. We must continue chasing our dreams or submit to living through fear of what society has determined we are. If you are a minority in the United States, the odds are stacked against you the moment you enter this world. According to the New York Times, out of 10,000 boys who grew up in rich households, 1,965 white boys went on to be rich adults when only 869 black boys did the same — a 39% to 17% ratio. 1,075 black boys (21%) grew up to be poor adults compared

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to only 500 white boys (10%). It’s hard to believe the American Dream is for everyone when the fear of becoming a common statistic is real in America today. To some young adults, fear is not being accepted into society. Others fear simply being able to survive in a society determined to keep them down. Fear is losing your life to the streets like so many of my childhood friends have. Fear is not making a successful transition from the blue bandana to a backpack. Fear is wondering if you will make it home after being on the block all night. Fear is feeling the need to sell drugs to help pay family medical bills. Fear is the feeling of tight roping and keeping a level head when you see flashing blue and red lights, even if no crime has been committed. Fear is being robbed at gunpoint and staring a .44 down the barrel. Fear is sharing the same dreams as my peers but having different nightmares. Research by criminologists in London suggests living with violence, drug use and abuse at home all lead to high levels of paranoia, anxiety and depression. Being around gang culture isn’t patriotic. However, at the end of the day, these are soldiers fighting in a different war zone — a war zone where stars never shine and credit cards are often declined. As life progresses, all the mistakes I have made have become some of the hardest lessons in my life. This degree isn’t just for me — this is for all the friends six feet under or behind bars. I am someone who could be stereotyped as a gang-affiliated drug dealer. However at the same time, I am a student graduating with honors. I consider myself a double-edged sword. The sword can educate society that not all minorities need to be feared,

This degree isn’t just for me — this is for all the friends six feet under or behind bars. whereas the other side of the sword continues to fight the war until the weapon is worn and useless. Time will tell as I find out if I’m living this life based on fear or if I’m galvanized to decrease the inequities that minorities face. Samuel Valdez is a senior from Wichita studying journalism and sports management.

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UCF sweeps Kansas volleyball in Florida Huntyr Schwegman @HuntyrUDK

Kansas volleyball traveled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the UCF Challenge. The Jayhawks opened the weekend with a win over Albany on Friday before losing to South Carolina and UCF. After a back-and-forth first set where neither team led by more than three points, Kansas picked up the set 27-25 over the Gamecocks. Freshman blocker Gracie Van Driel, senior blocker Zoe Hill and senior hitter Ashley Smith all picked up four kills in the set. The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the second set, before eventually falling 27-25. South Carolina took the last two sets 25-18 and 25-13. Although Kansas stayed offensively competitive throughout the match, the defense routinely committed numerous service errors and the offense struggled to convert. Kansas attacked the net more than the Gamecocks, yet only achieved a .124 hitting percentage. Although the offense was the silver lining against South Carolina, the same could not be said against UCF. Even though the team hitting percentage improved to .134,

the Jayhawks converted on just 27 of their 97 attacks. The Knights dominated the first set, leading the whole way and winning 25-15. Smith and Van Driel failed to translate their success against South Carolina to Sunday. Van Driel converted just one kill in the match as Smith put up one dig after collecting 11 the day before. Kansas came back to lead most of the second set, before UCF went on a 15-6 run to close it out and take a two set lead. The third set saw the Jayhawks jump out to another early lead. As the set progressed, it started to look much like the first, highlighted by the six errors committed compared to just nine kills. UCF picked up three aces and nearly doubled the amount of attacks from the Jayhawks with 51. The Knights also had three players above 10 kills and 20 attacks. Kansas will return home this weekend to host the Kansas Invitational at the newly renovated Horejsi Family Arena. The tournament kicks off with a matchup against Morehead State, followed by matchups versus Arizona and Syracuse. The home opener versus Morehead State is set for Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

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Kansas soccer was in West Lafayette, Indiana, for a weekend tournament against both DePaul and Purdue. After starting the season with a hot 4-0, Kansas struggled with its previous two opponents. Losing to DePaul 1-0 Friday for their first loss of the season, the Jayhawks needed a bounce-back performance against the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday. Senior forward Katie McClure and sophomore forward Kailey Lane scored a goal a piece in the match to lift Kansas over Purdue 2-1. The game did not start as well as it ended. The Boilermakers got off to a hot start in the game, scoring in the first 21 minutes of the game. The Jayhawks’ play had every indication of them dropping their two games on the weekend. Some of their defensive lapses can point to the loss of senior defender Elise Reina, who is sidelined for the season with an ACL injury. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Peters had her second straight game allowing a goal and her third total on the season. Still only allowing a whopping 0.2 goals a game, the defensive squad is starting to match the offensive production. The Jayhawks went into the half down

1-0 despite leading in shots by a margin of six and once again leading the half in corner kicks. However, Kansas would not be held down for much longer. McClure struck the back of the net to tie the game in the 58th minute. The Jayhawks would remain on the attack the remainder of the game while their back line began to lock in defensively. Purdue shot the ball 10 times in the second half compared to Kansas’ nine, but the Boilermakers were stonewalled by Peters and an aggressive Kansas defense. Finding offense outside of McClure has been a struggle for the Jayhawks this season, scoring only eight goals to her seven on the year including Sunday’s match. Lane responded and stepped up with a goal in the 84th minute to put Kansas up for good. Heroics usually reserved for the senior McClure — Lane scored the first game winner of her career. Kansas was able to come out of the weekend with a win, but the loss against DePaul will be felt in the coaches poll on Tuesday. Kansas will remain on the road in the midst of its two-week trip. The Jayhawks next matchup will be against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois, on Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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This story has been updated to reflect current statistics as of Sept. 8.

The Big 12 is not the most dominant conference in women’s soccer, but it has always possessed top tier teams in the country, such as last year’s Baylor or West Virgin-

ia. This season, it seems Kansas soccer may take the role as one of the best squads in the Big 12. The latest United Soccer Coaches poll was released on Sept. 1, and in that poll, the Jayhawks ranked No.11 in the country after starting the year unranked. However, the loss to

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Sophomore midfielder Sam Barnett gets the ball away from Florida Atlantic University senior midfielder Mary O’Hara. The Jayhawks defeated the Owls 1-0 Sunday, Sept. 1.

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broken on this September evening. Not much came right of the demoralizing loss to Coastal Carolina, but one series of events stood out more than the rest. Trailing by five in the fourth quarter with the ball deep into the Chanticleers’ territory, the Jayhawk offense faced a pivotal fourth and four. Trotting the unit back onto the field, senior quarterback Carter Stanley lined up under center. However, unhappy with the way Coastal Carolina’s defense countered with its scheme, coach Les Miles burned his second timeout of the half. “They had an alignment that would not have benefited us, so we immediately took a timeout,” Miles said. “We felt like we had a good call, a better call, so we went with it. It didn’t turn out that way.” Looking to regroup on a play call that would have lasting implications at the conclusion of the game, the offense returned to the field after the full timeout. Only, more confusion ensued but from the other side of the ball. This time, it was the Chanticleers calling a timeout as they were not pleased with the defensive package stacked up against Kansas. “Once they called timeout, they kind of flipped it, so we had to call another timeout,” senior running back Khalil Herbert said on

Coastal Carolina’s scheme. “We were just trying to find the right call there.” Returning to the sideline for a 30-second break, the Chanticleers irritated Kansas fans with the stunted pace of play. However, the antics weren’t quite finished. For the third time without any time running off the clock, the Jayhawks lined up for the fourth down play. But something didn’t sit well with Miles. The whistle pierced the air. A third consecu-

tive timeout. Only this would be the last remaining for Kansas, closing the door on its opportunity to stop the clock late in the game. “We liked the look we had but they called a timeout,” Stanley said. “We kept the same play call, and they had a bunch of guys to the side we were trying to run to, and it wasn’t a good look.” As frustration boiled over among those in the stands, the Jayhawks finally readied for the

DePaul on Friday will have the Jayhawks dropping a few spots. A big part of the surging Kansas squad has come from senior forward Katie McClure, who currently leads the conference in goals (7) and total points (17). Not only has she put the Jayhawks on the board numerous times in her five starts, but she has done so with accuracy, too. McClure has taken only 17 shots this season, putting nine of them on goal. That is a .412 shot percentage and a .529 shot on-goal percentage. Despite McClure’s stellar play, she herself has not been the sole reason Kansas has started 5-1. Defense has been key for the Jayhawks, allowing only four goals through six games. Defense alongside sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Peters has been stellar throughout the year and not given up many good-looking shots. In other words, Kansas has forced teams to take bad shots time and time again. If the pressure of this defense continues, there’s no telling what the Jayhawks will be capable of in conference play this season, especially with questions surrounding teams in the Big 12. Looking over the conference so

far, Baylor has started its season 3-1-1, with the lone tie coming against Nebraska, a team the Jayhawks dominated 4-0. The Oklahoma Sooners have started 3-1-1 but have played in three separate overtime periods already and struggle putting goals on the board. Texas Tech holds a loss to New Mexico; Texas and West Virginia have struggled in the early portion of the year; and outside of the Sooners, Oklahoma State has not been put to the test against big contenders. The season is still early, but the Big 12 conference looks wide open, and this is the season the Jayhawks can capitalize on it. Kansas has been one of the top teams in the country thus far, and if it can continue its play, no team in the Big 12 conference will be able to stop the Jayhawks. Defense has been top-notch and riding that energy, Kansas can possess one of the best, if not the best, back lines in the country. And with an offensive juggernaut like McClure and junior midfielder Ceri Holland pressuring opposing defenses, Kansas could very well dominate the Big 12 conference and make a run once again in the NCAA tournament.

everlasting fourth down play. With Stanley rolling out to his right, the play appeared to be designed for sophomore running back Pooka Williams Jr. But as Williams was grabbed on the play, Stanley was left no choice other than to tuck it and run. Running into a wall of Chanticleer defenders, the Florida-native dove but came up well short of the marker. “We can’t use that as an excuse,” Williams said on getting bumped. “We can’t go back and redo it.”

Lasting what felt like an eternity, Kansas came away empty handed. Of course, more than a handful of mistakes led to the eventual downfall to Coastal Carolina. But in the end, the Chanticleers were able to eventually run out the clock on the Jayhawks and stun all of those in attendance. “This is a game we should’ve won. It’s just that simple,” Miles said.

Kansas senior safety Bryce Torneden waits for the snap in Saturday’s 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina.

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