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From KU librarian to global storyteller
Longtime Lawrence resident Priscilla Howe is a former KU librarian, but now she’s an international storyteller who’s using stories to bring people together and to bring culture and history to life.
Watkins Museum of History’s new exhibit
The Watkins Museum of History will have the grand opening of its third floor exhibit on Sept. 15. The exhibit features images from Douglas County’s past.
Thrifting rises in popularity
Shopping at thrift stores is rising in popularity throughout the country and in Lawrence. With several thrift stores in town, KU students are exploring “pre-loved” fashion to express themselves.
Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department held its 48th annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on Sept. 8. The event has become more focused on community, according to Special Events Supervisor Duane Peterson.
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It’s the nicotine that helps her stay focused in her classes. School is stressful, she said, and the buzz from her Juul helps her get through her day. Miya Blythe, a junior studying strategic communications and global and international studies, is one of many University of Kansas students thinking about quitting their e-cigarette or vaping product, after recent reports started showing the dangers of using it. She’s tried quitting in the past month or two, but she said she feels physically ill whenever she tries to quit. “Almost everyone I know vapes,” Blythe said. “I believe that vaping isn’t as dangerous as they say.” Vaping and e-cigarette use has caught on rapidly in the United States. And while the use of vaping products has increased, so has national concern over the use of these products. The Kansas Department of
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From 2011-17, “e-cigarette use significantly increased among youth in high school and middle school,” according to True Initiative, a non-profit focused on informing youth about to-
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“It’s never going to truly stop until they come out with the research that says this is exactly what it’s doing to you.”
bacco products. In 2017, 11.7% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days, according to the non-profit. Macey Clark, a freshman from Silver Lake, said she’s concerned e-cigarettes will become just as dangerous for young people as traditional cigarettes were for older generations. “They tried to make it more fun and palatable to young people,” Clark said. “I think it’s a problem that’s going to be ignored until it becomes a whole generation of people [affected] just like cigarettes.” Kansas health officials are urging vaping to stop until the exact causes of these vaping-related deaths are found. However, some students aren’t worried about the recent news. Chase Todd, a junior studying political science and business, said he believes more information is necessary for there to be any change made. Continue on page 2
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Health and Environment said Tuesday a Kansas resident died from a lung disease related to the use of e-cigarette or vaping products, the Kansan previously reported. Lawrence Memorial Hospital said it had one case with a patient last month that hospital officials attributed to vaping. President Donald Trump said he’s considering banning flavored vaping products due to its recently reported dangers, USA Today reported Wednesday.
The Kansas State Board of Education discussed the possibility that college students are influencing those younger than them to begin using e-cigarettes at its meeting Tuesday. One of the board members worried the students of a university in their district could be influencing high school and middle school students to vape. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) addressed this issue in a presentation to the board. “I know that it’s very ramped on college campuses,” said Youth Prevention Program Manager Jordan Roberts. “[I]t’s what it takes to be cool and it’s accepted.” This comes months after KDHE and the board established a Vaping Task Force in June, where its members quickly began working
on ways to prevent this sudden escalation of student vaping. KDHE hopes to add representatives from colleges on the task force in the hope that they can not only target college-age students but also stop a possible influence towards younger students. “That’s where it’s most prominent. Nobody over the age of 30 is really using this product,” Roberts said. KDHE is partnering with the health insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield and is currently looking into pursuing a statewide vape prevention campaign that could also target college-age students, according to Roberts. At the meeting the board also heard an update from the task force on what it has been doing to ensure students know vapes and e-cigarettes are dangerous to their health. They also approved new anti-vaping signs. “The more you can delay that
use or prevent that use, the more likely it is that you’re going to keep people from a lifelong habit of nicotine addiction,” said Kansas State Department of Education Task Force leader Mark Thompson. Anti-vaping signs were hung in middle schools and high schools around the state for the first day of school, according to board and task force member Michelle Dombrosky. Students have begun to notice them, including her eighth-grade and tenth-grade sons. “[Their] eyes were just stunned with what they were seeing, like ‘I can’t believe this is happening, this is what vaping is doing. We were told it was safe, it’s not like cigarettes,’” Dombrosky said. The task force recommends schools not to punish students who are caught vaping, but instead encourage counseling.
US News & World Report: KU ranks low in social mobility Nicole Asbury @NicoleAsbury
The University of Kansas ranked fourth to last for its aid to economically disadvantaged students in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report. The report, released on Sept. 9, surveyed 381 colleges across the U.S. The University ranked at No. 377 in the social mobility category, which evaluates the success of students who receive the federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is typically reserved for students with an annual household income below $50,000. Also in the report, the University ranked No. 59 for the public colleges category, breaking into the top 60. It moved up two spots from 2019. The full report analyzes the schools based on graduation rates, retention, class size, how much the school spends per student on instruction and more. “These rankings are one of the many factors we consider when assessing our performance in this area and across our university’s priorities,” said Andy Hyland, a spokesperson for the University, in an email to the Kansan. Continue on page 2
The University is ranked 377th in terms of social mobility.
Hot girl summer extends into hot girl semester DeAsia Paige
Fall is quickly approaching, and while the aesthetic of pumpkin patches, football games and cooler weather is admired, the change of seasons cues the bitter ending to Megan Thee Stallion’s hot girl summer movement. The viral catchphrase, which emerged from the release of the rapper’s EP “Fever” in May, ruled summer 2019. It flooded Instagram captions, sparked a virtual battle of the sexes, was co-opted by major companies and eventually led to a hit song of the same name. In essence, the gender-neutral movement, as explained by Megan Thee Stallion, was simply about people having fun and living their best lives. No need to worry, though, because the “Big ‘Ole Freak” rapper, who’s also a college student, recently declared this fall as “Hot girl semester,” extending the hot girl festivities into the new season. Continue on page 4
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On-campus addiction treatment now available to KU students @nicolekonopelko
A local psychologist is providing substance abuse treatment services as part of a new partnership between the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment. Kate Esterline, a KU alumna, was hired to provide substance abuse treatment services 20 hours a week. Appointments to see Esterline are made through referrals after an initial consultation appointment within CAPS, said Michael Maestas, the director of CAPS. “These services are for students who have a substance use disorder which can be appropriately and effectively treated in an out-patient, higher education setting,” Maestas said in an email. Approximately 5.1 million young adults battled with a substance abuse disorder in 2017, according to the American Addiction Centers. Substance abuse is a recurring problem among college campuses nationwide. Richard Yi, professor of psychology, said that it is imperative for students in the early stages of developing addictive habits to use this new
The University will announce a strategic plan later in the fall semester to explain its goals and priorities of improvement moving forward, Hyland said. The total number of students that received federal Pell Grants at
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Property Damage in Ellsworth Hall An unknown suspect damaged a decoration in Ellsworth Residence Hall on Sept. 9 around 12 a.m., resulting in a loss of $3, according to police record. The investigation is ongoing.
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nation from KU alumni Dan Logan and his wife, Gladys Cofrin. According to Yi, a team of scientists at the University use local resources to promote treatment and training relevant to addiction and substance abuse. “What we’re trying to do is mesh that research with another part of our mission — to advance treatment availability services,” Yi said. “This partnership with CAPS aligns with that part of our mission.” These new addiction treatment services are funded through the donation from Logan and Cofrin. “We don’t want students to feel like they need to be having real trouble to go seek some help,” Yi said.
Three crimes were reported on campus this week, including property damage.
public schools in Kansas is about 20,990, according to data from the Kansas Board of Regents. In 2018, roughly 32.7% of students at a Kansas state university receive the Pell Grant, which is close to the national rate of about 31.7%. Most average household incomes below or near $50,000 are people of color, according to data from the latest U.S. census. Student Body President Tiara
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Floyd, a Pell Grant recipient, pointed to how signs affiliated with white nationalists on campus have made underrepresented students feel like they don’t belong at the University. “We definitely, as a University, could do better with recruiting with those of lower socio-economic status,” Floyd said. “I think that will help KU in terms of having students, but also in order to create this campus that’s not only becoming for the elite and for those who can afford it; rather, a public university for everyone.” She said the University could improve its ranking by recruiting from areas with lower income students, such as Wyandotte County. About 69% of students at the University without a Pell Grant graduate within six years, according to the data, but about 50% of students with a Pell Grant graduate within six years. Out of 381 schools, the University ranked No. 377 in a threeway tie. Auburn University and Washington University in St. Louis
ranked below. “We recognize the importance of these rankings, and we always would prefer to go up,” said Chancellor Douglas Girod in a news release. “However, we remain focused on a broader set of metrics to measure our success, and we will be refining those further through a new strategic planning process that will be launching soon.” Freshmen are more likely to graduate from the University than they were in 2002, according to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. That improved the University’s public university ranking from the previous academic year. “The work done by our KU faculty and staff is ensuring more of our students remain on track to advance in their degree program and ultimately graduate,” Interim Provost Carl Lejuez said in the release. “When we can improve in those areas we know are important, success in rankings will typically follow.”
Jack DiMarco, a sophomore studying business, said his girlfriend used vaping products, but recently stopped. Her friends recently stopped too.
DiMarco urged students who are hooked on vaping or e-cigarette products to stop. “Ask yourself why you’re doing it,” DiMarco said. “If it’s an ad-
diction, do you really want that addiction in your life? And how far are you down that oath already? Can you stop now, or will you just stay on it?”
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“I feel like it’s way too early to tell about anything,” Todd said. “It’s never going to truly stop until they come out with the research that says this is exactly what it’s doing to you.” For other students, they’re worried about the effects, but unsure about the validity of recent reports. “Yeah, I have no clue because I hear some people [say], ‘Oh, nobody knows the effects.’ And then some people are like, ‘Oh, people are dying from it,’” said Andrew Deaver, a senior studying computer science. “So I’m not sure if it’s true or not. It’s hard to really trust the news on these things nowadays.”
Disorderly conduct in Ellsworth Hall An unknown person emptied a fire extinguisher in Ellsworth Hall on Sept. 7 around 11 p.m., which set off the fire alarm, according to police record. This investigation is ongoing.
service as soon as possible. “What we want to do is destigmatize the idea of having problems with substance abuse,” said Yi, who is also the director of the Cofrin Logan Center. “We want [students] to be mindful of how substance abuse impacts their lives. It could be something as simple as you’re missing your morning class on Friday mornings because you go out drinking on Thursday night, or you find yourself in a situation because of your substance abuse that is risky. It’s good for students to take a personal inventory. Coming to talk to a therapist is a good way to do that.” The Cofrin Logan Center was launched in 2018 through a do-
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Assault in Memorial Stadium An unknown suspect hit someone and then left the area on Sept. 7 around 9 p.m., according to police record. This case remains open.
Chase Todd and Miya Blythe are two students from the University of Kansas who use e-cigarettes.
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KU journalism professors remember 9/11 Nicole Asbury @NicoleAsbury
University of Kansas professors from the School of Journalism hosted a panel Wednesday night to discuss their memories of covering the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in varying news organizations across the country. It’s been 18 years since planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia. Many college students barely remember the day since they were so early in their adolescence. Some weren’t born yet. But for professors and lecturers Steve Wolgast, Mike Casey, Chad Curtis, Rob Karwath and Patricia Gaston, they were responsible for communicating with the rest of the world what was going on at a time when so much of the U.S. needed answers. After the professors realized they’d all covered the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 from different newsrooms, they decided to plan the forum together, Curtis said. “[T]he terrorists had struck in our backyard,” said Gaston, who worked at The Washington Post on the national desk. “It was all hands on deck.” Wolgast worked at The New York Times. He’d been asleep when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, he said, and woke up to find New York City almost in a different world. Manhattan was covered in dust. Wolgast showed some of the photos that his colleagues at the Times took in 2001. He remem-
bered one of the photographers walking back into the building, and all the editors and reporters banding together to help get the dust out of her hair. It was important for the news agencies to discern what was true at the time. So much of the information going around was uncertain, Wolgast said. Even at the Chicago Tribune, where Karwath was working as the general manager at the time, there were rumors that the Sears Tower was going to be struck by a plane. “It was absolute chaos,” Karwath said.
Casey was working as the assistant city editor at The Kansas City Star. Then, the challenge was to localize it for readers in the Midwest. The Star put together a 16-page special edition within two hours. The publication had
afford myself the luxury of feeling.” Chad Curtis Journalism professor
only done another special edition when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Casey said. “When I finished reading this, I thought, ‘If I was in the story 100 years from now, and I wanted to know how this impacted the Heartland, all you had to do was look at the extra edition,’” Casey said. Curtis closed off the panel, by sharing what it was like working for NBC. He was in the shower, not due to work for another hour, when his wife called him to deliver the news. He headed into work early that morning, he said, knowing it was
going to be one of the biggest stories he was going to report in his lifetime. “I couldn’t afford myself the luxury of feeling,” Curtis said. The news cycle was moving quickly, Curtis said. Staff in newsrooms across the country were trying to figure out what was going on. “You had to just do,” Curtis said. “We were all a part of that.” Disclosure: Rob Karwath is the general manager and adviser at the Kansan. He was quoted as part of the panel.
Patricia Gaston, who was in the newsroom that day, shows the newspaper The Washington Post produced the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
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Arts & Culture
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Campus exhibit unites art, research Nick Cornell
The Spencer Museum of Art has a new exhibit titled “knowledges” that seeks to break down the dichotomy between art and research to prove that artists are also researchers, said Joey Orr, the curator for research at the Spencer Museum of Art. The exhibit opened Aug. 24 and will be on display until Jan. 5. “The idea behind the exhibit is that knowledge doesn’t just happen in laboratories or lecture halls,” Orr said. “The idea is that the Spencer is an art museum embedded in a research university — the museum should be serving the research community.” “Knowledges” features four major contemporary artists and represents a conversation with the four areas of research the Integrated Arts Research Initiative supports: ecology, data visualization, immigration and social histories. Orr said the museum sought out artists “who view their own work as research.” One of those artists is Andrew S. Yang, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Orr said Yang plays roles “sometimes as an artist and sometimes as an expanded scientist,” a com-
Hot girl semester From page 1
Having a hot girl semester is something that inspires University of Kansas senior Taylor Pullen to complete her last year of college on a high note. “My friend was telling me that we’re about to have a hot girl semester and hot girl GPA, and I was all for that because ‘hot girl summer’ doesn’t have to end,” said Pullen, a Shawnee native. For Pullen, having a hot girl semester is about finding a perfect balance to manage her school life and personal life. As a full-time student, Pullen is also a member of G.E.M.S, a new organization dedicated to women of color on campus, and a member of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “I have the problem of overloading my plate, but I think this year, hot girl semester means taking more time out for myself and doing what Taylor needs to do,” Pullen said. “I’ll still handling my business in school and all the organizations that I’m in, but I want to make time to make sure that I’m okay while not being afraid to say no.” Jasmine King, a junior from St. Louis, plans on having a hot girl semester for the rest of her
bination that exemplifies the goals of the exhibit. One of Yang’s pieces that exemplifies his background as a biologist is “Stella’s Stoichiometry.” The piece is named after his daughter and follows her elementary composition at her birth weight to when her cells have regenerated at 7 years old. The piece is positioned on two tables, and Yang has filled jars with the chemical elements that are known to be present in all human beings — they’re also things one could buy at a neighborhood grocery store. The changes do not stop at weight. Yang switches the materials in each jar from benign elements humans are made of at birth to toxic materials one absorbs throughout life by coming into contact with materials humans have added into the natural environment, such as fossil fuels and fertilizers. “He specifically wanted to try to use materials that the body would have incorporated like fossil fuels and fertilizers,” Orr said. Yang’s piece isn’t an attempt to reduce his daughter to a chemical equation. Yang had another explanation for it. “We need to feel intimately connected to the earth,” Yang said.
The exhibit also has a case of books by the door to the exhibit. Some of the books include the volumes in James Hutton’s “The Theory of Earth.” Hutton was the first person in Western tradition to suggest the earth isn’t static. Instead it, like a human body, grows and decays. However, Hutton’s fourth volume is missing. He died before he could finish it, but his work is still in progress at the Spencer. Yang entitled his installations at the Spencer “Theory of the Earth Volume IV” because “we are all collectively writing the fourth volume,” he said. Orr said the exhibit also asks people to reflect on their connection to the Earth because knowledge is inextricably tied to it. A decal above the entrance to the exhibit shows Earth’s temperature over the past 100 years. “You start to feel that Earth is changing and that we are a part of that changing,” Orr said. To motivate reflection, the museum is hosting an essay contest asking people to write their own “Theory of the Earth.” The prize is $700. Orr said he hopes those who come to the exhibit bring “a robust, imaginative experience on their own” and appreciate the surprises in the exhibit.
college career. King is a business marketing major who hopes to be admitted into the University’s business school. She also hopes to be more involved in student organizations this school year. “I am going to do my best as striving in all the business classes that I’m in right now so I can up my GPA to get into the business school,” King said. “I plan on going to info sessions about study abroad and internships and becoming more involved on campus because I haven’t been involved at all.” Although Megan Thee Stallion, who’s a junior at Texas Southern University, will only be taking
online classes this year, she took over Twitter’s music account to share tips for everyone participating in the hot girl semester. Among the suggestions include sitting in your classroom’s front row, doing homework ahead of time and getting a planner. Like Megan, King agrees that a hot girl semester is about doing your absolute best throughout the school year. “[It’s about] being on top of your stuff, getting good grades and striving to be better than you were in the previous years and just not letting anyone or anything get in the way of your success,” King said.
“Strata: Bending Fields of Relation” by Danielle Roney is part of “knowledges” at the Spencer Museum of Art.
“Deep Time Library” by Andrew S. Yang is part of “knowledges” at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Mensi Patel, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, said she’s taking Megan’s advice for having a hot girl semester to help her better manage her busy schedule. Patel is the president of the University’s Omega Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She’s also the vice president of FIRST, an organization on campus dedicated to helping first generation students. Additionally, Patel is double majoring in political science and philosophy with a minor in business. “Since FIRST is a new organization, there’s so much that goes into it,” Patel said. “I have to write the constitution, writing the bylaws, establishing guidelines so I
Taylor Pullen is a senior from Shawnee. Pullen is working to find the right balance between her school life and her personal life.
have to do that while still managing to get good grades and turn up on the weekends. To anyone struggling with having a hot girl semester, Pullen suggests doing whatever you need to do ensure happiness, and the rest will follow. “Take care of your business first,” Pullen said. “Don’t get caught up in wanting to drive the boat all the time. Don’t be afraid to say no, and don’t be afraid to be you. Everyone’s going to talk about you regardless of what you do, so you might as well make yourself happy.”
Jasmine King is a junior from St. Louis. King is working this semester to be admitted to the University’s business school.
THINGS TO DO AT KU Art
Food & Dining
Movies & TV
The 20th Annual Collage Concert Friday, Sept. 13 at the Lied Center of Kansas
$5 martinis Thursdays at the Jayhawker at the Eldridge
“Unbelievable” releases on Netflix Sept. 13
“10/10” by Rex Orange County releases Sept. 12
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” Theatre Lawrence Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
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Lawrence vloggers highlight local foodie scene Taylor Worden @taynoelle7
Navigating Lawrence’s extensive list of restaurants, bars and coffee shops may seem to be a daunting task, especially if you’re new to town. “No Free Lunches,” a local-based video series, takes it on by exploring noteworthy locations in Lawrence’s foodie scene. Since its creation in February, the vlog already boasts two collections — each containing four episodes — detailing some of the best spots to grab a cocktail or a vegetarian bite in Lawrence. When Explore Lawrence put out a request for ideas to showcase the city as a “foodie destination,” creator and videographer Adam Johnson responded immediately. “They wanted to showcase to people who don’t live here but live within the area that we are a great destination to come for all of our culinary delights, as well as great bars and other services,” Johnson said. Johnson approached recent University of Kansas graduate and partner Jordan Winter about hosting the new show, and the project was born. Winter’s past experience as a server at Ramen Bowls and Johnson’s experience as a cook at the Burger Stand gave them a “behind-the-scenes” understanding of the foodie scene. While the focus has always
been food, the vlog highlights the creators of the cuisine as well. “They’re consistently trying to push the envelope with their specials [and] with the ingredients they bring in,” Johnson said. “It’s just nice knowing that most people who own restaurants here care about not only the food but the people they’re serving and the community as well.” In the most recent video in
the vegetarian series, Winter talks with the owners and chef of Culinaria. “We just wanted to have a chance to be able to tell the stories of the people making the food and to highlight the food itself,” Winter said. With the influx of new students each year to the area, restaurants are constantly seeing new customers — and students are look-
ing for their new favorite spots. “No Free Lunches” aspires to show those new students the best places to eat in Lawrence, Johnson said. The duo has already completed a vegetarian and cocktail collection, visiting restaurants such as the Burger Stand, Burrito King and Lark A Fare. The project is heading into new collections, as well.
“Next up is hidden gems,” Winter said. Collections of bakeries, breweries and breakfast spots will follow, Johnson said. “Through the first eight episodes, we’ve learned a lot about what people like, what they don’t like, what works with a two-person crew and how to really highlight the things that are interesting about a restaurant,” Johnson said.
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profile for one giant orgy” “i’m listening to these guys gossip about how they got arrested for running on the football field” “I feel like saying “group orgy” is redundant but maybe that’s just me” “not to be dramatic but i get really emotional when i think abt grilled cheese” “I dont wanna live in a world where icarly is irrelevant” “I got a concussion the day before I took the SAT” “i’m allergic to my mascara and it’s making me cry” “girls make me laugh sometimes” “i am the level of petty that emails my professor for one point back on assignment just because i know i’m right” “sup elijah” “I’m so sweaty that my skinny
In a late-May Gallup Poll, only about half of Democratic primary voters had even heard of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and only about a quarter likely knew how to pronounce his name. In a crowded field of nationally recognized politicians promising large-scale structural change if elected president, Buttigieg’s “New Call to Service” flies under the policy radar. Buttigieg’s plan to invest in national public service programs speaks to a set of values not expressed loudly by many presidential candidates since President John F. Kennedy — public service not only gets done the work of social justice but can help heal divisions in society. When JFK challenged the American public to “ask what you can do for your country,” he wasn’t merely recruiting for the armed forces. He asked Americans to “struggle against … tyranny, poverty, disease, and war.” He believed public service that establishes relationships, spreads opportunity and breeds collective thought was the key to reestablishing the United States’ national purpose and achieving peace in that age of nuclear terror. While now we don’t face nuclear Armageddon daily, fears of isolation and loss of community permeate the public consciousness. Buttigieg’s proposal aims to address these fears by recruiting recent high school and college
graduates from every background to build healthier communities. Currently, the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps do not have sufficient funding to grant positions to all qualified applicants. The Serve America Act would provide additional funding to Peace Corps and AmeriCorps to open thousands more service positions. It would also institute three new service corps for recent high school graduates: Community Health Corps, Intergenerational Corps and Climate Corps. Together, these organizations would serve on the local level to treat addiction, expand access to care for senior citizens and build climate sustainability.
Buttigieg’s proposal aims to address the fears of isolation and loss of community. There’s a distinction to be made between mere volunteerism and civic participation through public service. The United States has a lot of volunteers. But oftentimes, volunteering is a one-off event not connected to a wider project, mission or organization. Yoni Appelbaum at The Atlantic argues that volunteering is great, but there’s an “intrinsic value” to organized civic participation around a guiding objective. It teaches participants how to function in a democracy. The Serve America Act picks up from the limitations of volunteer-
Presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg proposes to reinvest in national public service programs.
ism. First, Buttigieg’s plan uses student loan forgiveness packages and paid positions to incentivize service. This provides more opportunity for recent college graduates who want to serve, and it gives them a stake in their own service. Second, the intrinsic value of civic participation builds confidence in our democracy. National public service programs require people of disparate backgrounds to work together. People simply gain more appreciation for the United States’ pluralism, Appelbaum said, when they work together toward common goals. Of course, public service opportunities are not limited to government programs. Working at the local food pantry or organizing for United Way certainly counts. However, in an age where organized community action and civic engagement have declined precipitously, a new government investment in public service
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“i’m a french prostitute” “I guess it’s okay that I didn’t do the readings because it won’t matter in 50 years” “Let’s put a guy in a squirrel costume. The young people will get that” “if you’ve watched Jurassic Park,
In 2020, Republican voters in Kansas won’t have a say in who will represent their party in the presidential election. On Sept. 6, the Kansas Republican Party released a statement via Twitter explaining there will be no organized delegate selection process in the state. The statement suggested the state party will adopt a resolution “instructing all delegates to vote for the elected incumbent.” Of course, we all know who that elected incumbent is. President Donald Trump has about as good of a chance of winning the Democratic nomination
as he does of losing the Republican nod, but conservatives in Kansas should be alarmed by this blatant act of disrespect to America’s democratic process by party leaders. Kansas, like all states, serves a function within the federal democracy, a function beyond fast tracking a controversial incumbent who secured only 23.3% of the vote in the 2016 Kansas Caucus. Ted Cruz won the 2016 Kansas Caucus with 48.2% of the vote in a large field of candidates, a clear rejection of Donald Trump’s candidacy. This is a massive misstep by Kansas Republicans. The party simply needed to do nothing, and the end result of nominating Trump would have been achieved. Instead, the party has become a national embarrass-
ment, alienated Kansas voters and has painted itself as the president’s weak errand boy. As the saying goes: Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line.
Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line. Donald Trump is facing primary challengers. However, they are merely protest candidates who should not be feared. It doesn’t take a political scientist to figure as much. So, why did Kansas Republicans make this move? Simply put, “Trumpism” has taken full control of the Republican party, and it no longer has any interest
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could jumpstart a once vibrant part of U.S. life that has sustained communities for so long. The Serve America Act reflects JFK’s sense of national pride, a pride not couched in jingoistic rhetoric or insisting that this country is flawless. On the contrary, it’s the fact that the United States has so many problems that public service is necessary. But it requires us to have confidence that while the United States has big problems, it itself is not a big problem. The United States yearns for that confidence that JFK inspired. Many people may not know who Pete Buttigieg is or how to pronounce his name, but his values and concrete policy proposals like the Serve America Act warrant a serious consideration of his candidacy. Sam Harder is a freshman from Wichita studying economics, mathematics and French.
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in the long-standing, traditional conservative values that built the Sunflower State. Instead, the party (at both the state and national levels) has decided that conservative voters in Kansas, whom I know to be good people, are to be exploited in the pursuit of reviving nationalism and bolstering corporate welfare while stifling their voices during the nomination process. For many young conservative voters, this will be the lasting first impression that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. The United States democracy is sacred yet delicate. It is taken for granted, and most Americans don’t often think of the turbulent, grim histories of the Civil War, World War II or the Cuban Missile Crisis. Threats to our democracy are real and present. The Republican party’s cavalier attitude towards its preservation is dangerous and unpatriotic. One can only hope that in the future, the Kansas Republican Party won’t be afraid of an open exchange of ideas in the form of free and fair elections. Elijah Southwick is a senior from Overland Park studying English and journalism.
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Kansas Quidditch builds quirky family, looks to take national title Emma Bascom @ebascom3
Mike Devine has had a good night. He is running around a grassy field with a deflated volleyball in his hand and a PVC pipe tucked between his legs, yelling out commands to the 10-or-so others who surround him. He deftly sprints through the field, spins around another player and punches his arm through one of three makeshift hoops at the other end of the field. Scattered cheers and applause from his teammates echo around him as he tosses the ball to the player he effectively stunned moments before, grinning. Shortly after, he gestures for the others to surround him. He talks to them for a few moments, then dismisses the team with a collective yell of “family.” Devine, a junior from Germantown, Wisconsin, studying marketing and psychology, is one of the co-captains for the University of Kansas’ Quidditch team. The team hosted a practice to kick off the new season, which will end in a run at the national tournament in Charleston, West Virginia on April 18 and 19. Since Quidditch, the sport that gained its fame in the Harry Potter series, came to the University in 2010, US Quidditch reports the team has had over 150 wins, many of which come from regional tournaments. However, nationals is where the team sets its focus. With two top-five placements in the last two years, the team has gotten close to its goal: the elusive title of national champion. Though Quidditch is a decided-
Kansas Quidditch co-captain Mike Devine charges to score during an introductory scrimmage on Sept. 9
ly quirky sport, Devine explained it is the quirks that make it even more difficult. “If you mixed the passing, scoring and teamwork of basketball, the physicality of rugby and the knockout procedure of dodgeball … all into one sport with a ton of different volleyballs and dodgeballs flying around, you get the sport of Quidditch,” Devine said. There are four positions on the team: one keeper, one seeker, three chasers and two beaters. Like in Harry Potter, the chasers and keepers are quaffle carriers; chasers aim to get the quaffle, which is a partially deflated volleyball, through one of the three rings at the other end of the pitch for 10 points while the keeper protects the rings. Beaters cannot interact with the quaffle,
but they have bludgers, which are dodgeballs they use to temporarily knock a player out of the game. After 18 minutes, the snitch, represented by an unbiased referee with a tennis ball tied to the small of his back, is released, and
“If you’re out here to play Quidditch, you’re in my family, and you’re on my team.” Mike Devine Quidditch Co-Captain
the seeker attempts to wrestle the tennis ball from the snitch. Once the snitch is caught, the game is over, and the catching team receives an additional 30 points.
If this isn’t enough, the players are also on “broomsticks” — PVC pipes — that must be kept between a player’s legs at all times. While the team is focused primarily on winning nationals, Devine said the most important aspect of the team is not a quaffle or broomstick — it is the bond the team creates while practicing, competing in games, traveling to tournaments or informally hanging out. “We all get along. I don’t care who you are, what you do, what your thing is. If you’re out here to play Quidditch, you’re in my family, and you’re on my team,” Devine said. Adam McMorris, a senior from Shawnee studying psychology, is the other co-captain on the Quidditch team and has a simi-
lar mindset. Though he described his first two years on the team as “obsessive,” he explained how everyone on the team, even the casual players, bond over the game’s more unique aspects. “At times, it takes some letting go of pride and ego to be OK with understanding that some people might scoff at it ... But that’s OK because people can think what they want. But if you’re having fun doing it … that’s what matters, and you get support from that too,” McMorris said. “That’s what builds that family aspect.” Rachel England, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, studying illustration, has been on the team for five years and has seen many captains come and go. Devine and McMorris, she said, have been a good team so far and keep building the team’s tight-knit culture. “I think they’ve been really enthusiastic about it. They’ve tried different social media platforms to outreach; they’ve made new posters and fliers; they’ve been really organized and trying to keep ‘Learn to Play’ days and everything else very straightforward [and] very engaging for people,” England said. “I think they just do a really great job in keeping people interested.” To keep prospective players interested, McMorris offers simple advice: Be yourself, and you will be welcomed. “Just have fun. Really embrace it. Be who you are. Don’t worry about if people are going to think it’s nerdy or not. Stick with it. The more you stick with it, the more you get out of it,” McMorris said.
KU men’s golf takes second in season opener
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Kansas men’s golf placed second at the Badger Invitational in its first three rounds of the 20192020 season. The Jayhawks finished 8-under (856) in the tournament and came in 14 shots behind the eventual winner, Notre Dame. Senior Andy Spencer led Kansas and shot 7-under (209) in three rounds. Spencer ended up tied for sixth overall by the time the tournament was over. According to BirdieFire, he had 13 birdies and one eagle in the 54 holes he shot. Spencer was just five shots behind Nevada’s Sam Harned, who led all golfers with a 12-under. “Andy had a very solid start to his senior year. He played well, especially today,” head coach Jamie Bermel told KU Athletics on Tuesday. Junior Ben Sigel was also impressive in his first appearance of the year. He placed 16th overall and was bolstered by a strong start on Saturday when he earned a 3-under (69). Sigel, who led KU at NCAA regionals last year, ultimately finished 2-under (214). Freshman Luke Kluver, who competed in a professional tournament in July, made his debut for KU at the Badger Invitational. He shot even in his first collegiate appearance, with his best round coming on the first day when he was 2-under (70). Kluver totaled seven birdies and one eagle. Fellow freshmen Sion Audrain, William Duquette and Hank Lierz have yet to participate in their first event. After appearing in six matches last season, junior Drew Shepherd totaled a 5-over (221) at Universi-
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Then-sophomore Drew Shepherd ties for 16th place at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 9 to 11, 2018.
ty Ridge Golf Course. Unlike his teammates, Shepard didn’t start well, but was able to atone for it with a strong showing on Monday. He shot 2-under (70) with six birdies in the second round. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Doty rounded out KU’s lineup for its initial competition. Doty, who transferred from the University of North Florida last year, had his best round on the first day when he shot a 1-over 72. Doty struggled in the second
Next Tournament Lake Forrest, Illinois Sept. 16 to 17 round, shooting a 6-over while he double bogeyed twice and triple bogeyed on the 14th hole. He was able to get closer to par on the final day when he shot a 2-over (74). Collectively, the Jayhawks did
well on the first two days and they were tied atop the leaderboard with Notre Dame at 568. However, on the third day a flurry of bogeys set them back. “We were just not very sharp today as a team. Seemed like whenever we had a little momentum, someone would have a bad hole,” Bermel told KU Athletics. Spencer was 4-under on Monday but it wasn’t enough as the rest of the lineup combined to shoot a 7-over.
Redshirt freshman Zach Sokolosky shot as an individual during the event and finished 5-over (221). His score didn’t count towards the team’s total but he performed well with seven birdies and one eagle in round two. KU’s next event will be the Windon Memorial Classic in Lake Forrest, Illinois, hosted by Northwestern University. It’s set to take place Sept. 16-17.
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Kansas football sophomore Pooka Williams Jr. cuts to the outside during Saturday’s matchup against Coastal Carolina in Lawrence.
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Prox has emerged as the most active member in the Kansas front seven, ranking fourth in the conference with 20 tackles and tied for eighth in sacks with one. Recording a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Coastal Carolina, the junior from Kaufman, Texas, has relished in his new role as a starter on defense.
Stopping Dillon should be top priority for the Kansas defense. Standing at 6-feet, 250 pounds, the junior running back is the key piece to Boston College’s offense. Through two games, Dillon has 167 rushing yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The Jayhawks are up for a real test against the preseason All-ACC selection.
After returning an interception for a score in the home opener against Indiana State, Defense cooled off this past Saturday as he only recorded one pass breakup. Headlining a secondary that currently ranks sixth in the Big 12 in pass defense and seventh in pass defense efficiency, the senior’s next test will be causing issues for Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown.
Although Brown mainly serves as a game manager, the two-year starter has a good arm and is athletic enough to scramble when he needs to. But, the junior from New Jersey has only 40 pass attempts through the first two games, completing 23 of them. If Kansas can force Brown to make a play through the air, it could play into Kansas’ strengths.
To the surprise of many, Sosinksi has been one of senior quarterback Carter Stanley’s favorite offensive weapons through two games. Hauling in two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown against Indiana State, the former Kansas men’s basketball walk-on followed up with three receptions for 36 yards against Coastal Carolina.
If the Jayhawks want to give the Eagles a run for their money, Kansas can’t shy away from the pass game. Most of the players in Boston College’s secondary are inexperienced, with multiple players making their first career starts this season. The sophomore from San Diego could be the weak spot on the Eagles’ physical defense.
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