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A proposed $303,000 cut could reduce 71 percent of student programming
Sarah Wright/KANSAN Members of the Union’s Memorial Corporation board and University officials are negotiating the cut of a $303,000 royalty fee to the Union. Administrators say
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The Chancellor’s office has proposed eliminating a source of funding for the Kansas Union that could reduce resources for student programming by 71 percent, according to a document obtained by the Kansan. The proposed $303,000 cut came up during a review of the affiliation agreement between the Memorial Corporation — which acts as the Union oversight board — and the University, according to the document. David Mucci, director of Kansas Memorial Union, said he was approached in late May about the fact that the elimination of the commissions from the logo was under consideration. Mucci said negotiations have not been finalized and that he “would not proceed further in discussions until the various conversations across campus were undertaken.” Although the proposal would reduce or eliminate the $303,000 the Union gets from licensing of the Jayhawk logo, University
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officials say it is not directly tied to the recent $20 million budget cut. Erinn BarcombPeterson, a spokesperson for the University, said the review of the agreement began months ago and “predates the broader discussion of budget realignments on campus, and is not connected to that effort.” “We were surprised to learn that the KU Memorial Union intended to allocate this proposed reduction in a way that adversely affects student programming,” Barcomb-Peterson said. “We will work with the KU Memorial Union and student leadership to ensure that this student programming is not adversely affected.” Royalties for the licensing of the Jayhawk and its derivatives are split between the University, Kansas Athletics and the Kansas Union. A stipulation made in 2006 capped the sum at $303,000. The funds from the licensing agreement have historically supported student programming efforts such as Student Union Activities, which
organizes events for students and brings guest speakers, such as the upcoming appearance of comedian Trevor Noah, to campus. KU’s programming expense is currently at $416,235, according to the Union document. Cutting $303,000 eliminates 71 percent of the funds and could result in “a severe reduction of SUA events” as well as the elimination of student leadership and professional staff positions. “There may be adverse student and alumni reaction as events such as UnionFest, Night-onthe Hill, Carnival, Lied Concerts, Senior Art shows, etc. are significantly reduced or eliminated,” the document said. The announcement was made to Memorial Corporation board at a quarterly meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8. “I am pretty much appalled by this decision,” said Charles Jetty, student body vice president and member of the board. “Especially given the comments by the provost that the budget crisis
was not going to impact students.” Interim Provost Carl Lejuez, who has been at the forefront of budget conversations, has expressed to the Kansan multiple times that there will be some impact on students, though he said the administration is doing its best to mitigate those effects. When asked about the proposed cut to the Union, Lejuez said, “This is apparently something that’s been in play for a period of time, and it’s not directly related to budget cut, and it’s hard for it not to feel that way.” Still, many members of the board were surprised by the proposed cut. “It came as a shock to most people in that room,” said Zach Thomason, the Student Senate university affairs chair. “It’s something that’s been status quo for so long that for it to be abruptly pulled out really kind of sent shockwaves through the financial status of the Union operations.” Student Body President Noah Ries, who did not attend the Sept. 8 meeting, said he understands the logic behind the cut, but thinks there are more important things at stake. “In my own personal opinion, I feel like I understand where the chancellor is coming from in wanting to re-absorb these funds given the current financial situation our university is faced with,” Ries said. ”However I feel like the Chancellor here is only seeing the dollar sign and how that could help cushion the blow from the budget cuts and not taking into account the real detriment to such an integral part of the student experience at KU.”
Gun policy a shift for foreign community
Sarah Wright/KANSAN Sociology Professor Ebenezer Obadare, originally from Nigeria, said gun culture in the U.S. differs from home. JOEL DOMINGUEZ @_joeldominguezg It’s been over a year since a state exemption expired, and colleges across Kansas now allow the concealed carry of handguns on campus. At the University of Kansas, many domestic students have expressed their concerns about the change, but for international students and faculty, who are unfamiliar with American gun culture, the change has been a shocking one. “I was scared, obviously because I was not used to this at all,” Zsofia Oszlanczi, a senior from Hungary, said. “My parents were scared too.” In the fall of 2017, the University had 2,182 international students. Although several expressed to the Kansan that the allowance of guns on campus made them nervous, others, like junior Jane Wang, weren’t surprised. “I wasn’t really that worried because I grew up in America so then guns have always been there,” Wang, who grew up in China and attended high school in the United States, said. “Guns are perceived as a very Western thing to have, so then students are not allowed guns [in China].”
The University has placed high emphasis on attracting international students in recent years, though efforts have yet to yield significant results. A recent Kansan investigation found the University’s goal of doubling the international student population was not reached, and the population actually dropped about 100 students. Although one of the largest factors in the drop is believed to be the immigration restrictions implemented under President Donald Trump, the presence of guns on campus has been felt throughout the international student population. Gun culture in other countries is different, University sociology professor Ebenezer Obadare, who is from Nigeria, said. “Guns are for the military or armed robbers,” Obadare said. In Hungary, “the restrictions are a lot stricter,” Szofia said. Akiko Takeyama, a University professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, compared the concealed carry law to driving. SEE GUNS • PAGE 2
DeVos proposes new campus sexual assault polices
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is aiming to make changes to federal sexual assault policies that could impact how and when universities handle sexual assault. The proposed changes would uphold the rights of individuals accused of sexual assault, reduce liability for universities and assist schools to provide support for victims of sexual assault, according to the New York Times, who first obtained a copy of the report. The proposed changes redefine sexual assault, according to the Times report, only holding schools accountable for complaints filed through the right channels and
Associated Press Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently proposed changes to how schools would be required to handle sexual assault. regarding conduct that happened on campus. The new rules also allow
for mediation and let both parties request evidence from one another for
cross examination. How these potential changes could impact the
University is unknown. “We are aware of media reports that Secretary DeVos may have proposed policy changes, and we will continue working with policymakers and peer universities to be involved in discussions related to sexual assault and sexual violence on university campuses,” Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, University director of news and media relations, said in an email to the Kansan. “The University of Kansas will continue its ongoing efforts to be a leader in how universities prevent and respond to sexual assault and violence.” Since her appointment as Secretary of Education, DeVos has been aggressive in rolling back Obama-era policies for how universities handle
sexual assault. In fall of 2017, DeVos rescinded a letter from former President Barack Obama that directed public universities on how to handle sexual assault. “The truth is that the system established by the prior administration has failed too many students,” DeVos said in September 2017 to the New York Times. “Survivors, victims of a lack of due process and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved.” The proposed changes still need to be finalized by the Department of Education.
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Davis takes on new election challenge
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Paul Davis’ political career started during a 12year stint as a state legislator in the district that represents the University of Kansas. It only makes sense, as Davis has lived in Lawrence his entire life and graduated from the University. But during that initial dip into politics, Davis said he learned how to “get things done” and work with the other side of the political aisle — something he hopes will serve him well as he runs for the open seat in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. “That’s what the Congress really needs badly right now,” he said. “We just have so many people that are creating noise in Congress and they really aren’t interested in working with the other party. They just want to play to their base and get re-elected.” Davis’ first venture into statewide politics in Kansas came in 2014 when he ran as the Democratic challenger to then-Gov. Sam Brownback — at the time, one of the most unpopular governors in the country. His candidacy was thought to be the Democrats’ best chance to reclaim the governorship it had held from 2003-2011. Polling averages before the election showed Davis with a three-point advantage over a deeply unpopular governor who had decimated the Kansas economy with substantial tax cuts. But on Election Day, Davis came up four points short — though he did win the 2nd District by seven points. “What I learned is that I wanted to campaign in an atmosphere where I can have as much direct contact with voters as possible,” he said. “In a Congressional district, you have more of an opportunity to really
GUNS • FROM PAGE 1 “Everybody knows that as you drive an accident could happen to you, but unless it becomes personal you don’t think about it,” Takeyama, who is from Japan, said. For many international students and faculty, Takeyama said, the oncampus concealed carry measure has made gun violence personal. “I don’t see the difference between a campus and in the stadiums, in places where big events are held, and there are large quantities of people, and you’re not allowed to bring guns,” Reidel Rodriguez, a senior from Cuba, said. The state’s decision to allow guns on campus was coupled with a large communication campaign on the part of the University, including letters from then-Provost Neeli Bendapudi and town hall conversations. The conversations were helpful for many
Bob(Jiatong) Li/KANSAN Paul Davis is running to replace Rep. Lynn Jenkins in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. Jenkins announced her retirement from politics in January 2017. have direct conversations with people about what’s on their mind.” Jill Docking, who now works as a senior vice president of a Wichita-based wealth management firm, ran as Davis’ lieutenant governor during the 2014 race. She said the goal of running wasn’t necessarily to win, but to move Kansas politics to the center of the aisle. “It had swung so far to the right and had policies that were a poor choice for the state of Kansas and were contrary to the last 40 years of governing in Kansas,” Docking said. But going through the campaign cycle gave Docking and Davis the hope and belief they would win in November, she said. “When we lost, we did move Kansas to the center. We got a lot done, and we moved Kansas in next election cycle. Kansas moderated itself,” Docking said. “I’m a Democrat in Kansas, I hardly ever believe the polls. You’re always going international students and faculty, who reported that they’ve grown less anxious in the last year as they learned about concealed carry. Victoria Maldonado, a sophomore from Bolivia said the communication was helpful, but did not ease her discomfort. “I don’t think I’m comfortable with it,” Maldonado said. It’s been a year since the “no guns allowed” stickers came off of entrances and doorways at the University, but the University and state are still dealing with safety concerns from students and faculty. For those who are not from the United States, it’s an ongoing cultural adjustment. “When I first joined KU, this [gun sticker] was scary to me because it reminded me potentially somebody could bring the gun,” Takeyama said. “But at least it said not to do so.”
to run uphill as a Democrat in Kansas.” Docking said that while she knows nothing about Davis’ opponent, Republican Steve Watkins, she is confident in the Democrat’s abilities as a leader. “The reason I agreed to run as part of the team was my faith in him as somebody who can govern wisely,” she said. “He does his homework. He’s going to focus on centrist policies, so his values and my values were identical. Paul will just be outstanding in Kansas.” Davis’ support in the 2nd District hasn’t waned since the 2014 election — at least not financially. His campaign has over $817,000 more cash on hand and has more than doubled the fundraising total of Watkins’ campaign, according to the most recent filings from the Federal Election Commission. “I was really humbled by the outpouring of support when I first announced my candidacy,” Davis said. “Our fundraising, most of
it comes from people right here in Kansas, a lot of them are small contributions of $15, $20 and you know, we’re not powered by big bucks from special interests.” Despite a victory in the 2nd District in 2014 and strong fundraising numbers, Davis knows the race won’t be easy. Kansas is a deeply Republican state, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins has held the seat as a Republican since the 2008 general election. Combatting this, Davis said, requires a coalition of Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated voters. “I was successful in doing that when I ran for governor, despite losing statewide,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of Republican supporters... we’re going to build that coalition. That’s what we’ve got to do to win here.” Currently, the Cook Political Report — which works to predict election outcomes — has the Davis-Watkins race as a tossup. FiveThirtyEight, a statistical analysis website,
projects that Davis has a 3-in-7 chance of winning as of Monday afternoon. However, FiveThirtyEight also projects the vote totals to be within a percentage point — well under typical polling margin of error. At a campaign event last Thursday, Davis emphasized the importance of young voter enthusiasm — a traditionally underwhelming aspect of elections. This, he told the Kansan, could be the determining factor in November. “If you like what’s happening right now, there’s more of it to come if we don’t change what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The way that we change Washington is we send new people there and how we do that is voting, and voting in big numbers.” “I know that this is Kansas. It’s tough for a Democrat to win here,” he said. “If we win, we’re not going to win by much.”
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Campus group provides workshop, teaching parents to raise children with feminist values and understanding of gender complexity ANNA KRAUSE @KansanNews The complexities and concepts of feminism can be difficult for even an adult to grasp. Now, imagine trying to break them down so they can be taught to children. This task is exactly what the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity’s Feminist Parenting group grapples with. The group aims to foster education and discussion among parents about raising children to challenge their traditional roles in society, including gender roles and other societal constructs of power, with respect and empathy. The values of the group emphasize inclusion of children and parents of all races, sexual orientations and gender identities. Parents and moderators of the group communicate through weekly meetings on the University of Kansas campus and through their Facebook page, where members are encouraged to share questions and ideas. Megan Williams, Emily Taylor Center program coordinator and founder of the Feminist Parenting group, said she had the idea for the group after speaking to a student who had a biracial son and was interested in raising him with feminist values. “There are stereotypes about feminists sort of hating children, which is ridiculous because childcare and raising healthy children has been part of the feminist movement since its beginnings,” Williams
said. The weekly meetings center on how to convey a specific aspect of feminism to children. They’ve discussed intersectionality, feminist fatherhood — complete with a panel of feminist fathers teaching children about transgender identities — and raising children with the concept of consent, just to name a few. The Emily Taylor Center often brings experts to meetings to present these topics, then leaves the rest of the meeting open to discussion among the members of the group. At a recent meeting, the group welcomed Layla McEniry, a youth educator who works at the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center, which serves the Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties in Kansas. The Feminist Parenting group has attracted the attention of some internet-based right-wing groups, such as PJ Media and Legal Insurrection. They’ve published posts and articles picking apart the group’s mission statement and their Facebook page posts. One article by PJ Media, a politically conservative blog, even makes threatening comments directed towards members of the group and those interested in their message, criticizing the feminist movement for “erasing gender altogether.” Much of the group’s communication takes place on its Facebook page. One parent posted an anecdote about her son, asking if anyone had tips on teaching him that interests
Contributed Illustration The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity’s Feminist Parenting group aims to help parents raise teach their children about the complexities of gender. are not innately related to gender. Another mother responded, suggesting that she advise her son to ask rather than assume, and shared her own anecdote about teaching her son that it is wise to ask a person’s gender when he is unsure. Other links on the page direct viewers to an article
about raising children with an awareness of racial oppression, an article encouraging children’s books that depict diversity of identity, race and physical ability, and the pages of various local camps and activities children may be interested in depending on their interests. The overall purpose of
the group is simply to raise children to be empathetic, open-minded adults, according to its members. “The Emily Taylor Center is here to serve our students and our communities, and if it was a need that was vocalized we’re here to support that” said Sarah Chavez, who serves as a graduate assistant for
the group. “I think if we want a feminist future we need to be nurturing children using that perspective and method,” she said.
a variety of aspects that mimic their surrounding environment. In relation to how trees absorb sunlight, each bench was painted with phosphorescent paint that allows them to absorb sunlight as well, causing them to glow in the dark. Of the five benches, two include sound compositions that were composed of nature sounds recorded in the grove. Although some of the recordings were manipulated, the compositions are derived from both natural and synthetic sounds, creating a message of interconnectivity. “I [wanted] to make a project that brought ideas to life in a visual way that would engage the public,” Levy said. “I [thought] about how to work with the whole grove in an interactive way, so that students walking through the grove could discover something that aroused a curiosity and gave them an opportunity to pause, and think, to perhaps have some pleasure in the space and become emerged in that environment.” The speakers built, into the benches play on a loop.
One of the sound benches, located inside the Spencer Museum, is powered by electricity, while the sound bench in the grove is powered by solar energy. Titled “CHIPKO” — the Hindi word for “hugging” — the benches are part of a project inspired by women who stimulated the tree hugging environmental movement in 1973. In an attempt to prevent trees in Uttar Pradesh, India, from being cut down by loggers, the women hugged trees in their village, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. “I don’t think these women were thinking about starting a global, environmental movement,” Levy said. “These actions were really a reaction to policies that wanted to negatively affect their environment and favor commercial interests, and so they resisted.” Each bench uniquely wraps around a different tree to symbolize the act of hugging. Along with honoring the women of the Chipko movement, the project also honors James Marvin, after whom the grove was named. Marvin originally
planted the trees in the grove during his tenure as chancellor from 1874 to 1883. “CHIPKO” is a part of the Spencer’s new exhibition “Art in the Grove” and is one of two site-specific artworks that the show features. The other project consists of a dance performance titled “Groove in the Grove” that uses hiphop and modern dance to celebrate the area. The performance will take place during the Spencer’s annual Backyard Bash — a free outdoor festival in Marvin Grove on Sept. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m ‘“Art in the Grove” was inspired by a desire to connect art and nature. We like to think of Marvin Grove as the Spencer Museum’s backyard,” said Elizabeth Kanost, communications coordinator at the Spencer Museum of Art. “[The projects] invite people to engage with art and nature in unique ways.” The benches can be viewed at any time in Marvin Grove and during Spencer Museum business hours.
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Glow-in-the-dark benches installed in Marvin Grove
Contributed photo A student enjoys one of the new benches installed in Marvin Grove. JOSIE LAPKE @KansanNews Marvin Grove, the green space behind Spencer Museum of Art leading up to The Campanile, has long been a place where students have gone to relax and connect with nature. Relaxing in the grove just became easier with the installation of a series of five benches spread out across the area. With features, in-
cluding glow-in-the-dark paint and soothing audio recordings, the benches work to enliven the historic green space. Commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art, the benches were created by conceptual artist Judith Levy, sound artist, composer and performer Jason Zeh, and carpenter and designer David Ross. The team of artists all had equal participation on the
project. “We worked very well together, because we really respected each other’s areas of expertise. In the beginning, we divided up our tasks and we made a timeline and problem solved together,” Levy said. “Jason and Dave are very exceptional, creative people and we all had our parts in making this project together.” The benches feature
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Contributed photo Bruce Branit is a freelance visual effects supervisor from Kansas City, Kansas. He served as the onsite visual effects supervisor on the second season of “Westworld.”
JAYA CHAKKA @jaiyaofthebees If you are a television aficionado, chances are you know the work of Bruce Branit — even if you don’t recognize his name. Branit works in visual effects and has contributed to shows such as “Lost,” “Breaking Bad” and “Westworld.” He is also known for original short films “World Builder” and “405.” This summer he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for his work on season two of “Westworld.” After growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, Branit started at the University of Kansas in 1986 but left before graduating. He currently lives in Los Angeles but remains involved with the University by serving on the Professional Advisory Board of the School of Film and Media. Branit spoke to the Kansan in an email about his career and what he learned from bouncing from major to major at the University. KANSAN: How would you describe your job? What exactly does it entail? BRANIT: I am a freelance visual effects supervisor. I do everything from sitting at a computer for weeks at a time and making CGI airplanes, to standing in a cold desert all night with 200 other crew members while we shoot. In general, I work with productions as an expert in visual effects to find the best and most budget-friendly ways to facilitate telling their stories. The process involves being involved early in pre-production and meeting with the directors, producers and all departments like production design, special effects, stunts and construction to find out how all of our puzzle pieces can best be put to use. Then after the shoot, I work to guide and execute the VFX shots in the cut to the satisfaction of the directors and pro-
ducers. KANSAN: How did your education at the University prepare you for your current career? BRANIT: I took a really long route through my college education. I started in chemical engineering, moved to architectural engineering, and then architecture. In my sophomore year, I entered the School of Fine Arts and studied basic design, color, then painting and won a scholarship. I also began a minor in philosophy. Eventually, I read an article in the UDK about a KU grad who was working in the field of industrial design, and after a little research, I decided this was where I wanted my focus to be. In the end, all those engineering, design and even philosophy classes created a sort of random but perfect educational foundation that I use every day in filmmaking. So, even though I never went to KU’s film school, I walked away with a strong background that allowed me to learn on the job. KANSAN: What is the creative process like for you, both structurally and emotionally? BRANIT: I write as well. So, for me, it’s waiting for an idea to make itself known to you, followed by months of living with it, re-visiting and letting it grow. Sort of like a potato. Then, the process becomes more structured: finding beats and pacing, understanding the themes and how they relate to our world today, making each part relate to all the other parts. Like I said, I studied industrial design at KU, which is a field where you have to use both sides of your brain; it’s drawing and design, but it is also math and engineering. Creativity is the same way. It’s an intangible — literally dreaming stuff up, built on a rigid background of study and practice. KANSAN: How does it feel to be Emmy-nominated for your work on “Westworld”? BRANIT: It feels great. It is always a remind-
er that the work you do is seen and appreciated. “Westworld,” in particular, was a grinding year in very difficult shooting circumstances. The show is the biggest thing I’ve ever been on, and my roll as onset supervisor was equally taxing and rewarding. This is my seventh [Emmy] nomination, so I know what to expect with the ceremony and the party after. I am looking forward to getting all tuxed up. I’m pretty sure there is another HBO show with three incredible VFX dragons in our category that is going to take the statue again this year. I’m well on my way to being the Susan Lucci of VFX Emmy nominations. But I’m honored beyond belief for the recognition and the nomination. KANSAN: Do you have any advice for aspiring visual effects artists, especially younger artists? BRANIT: Yes, I do. There is a lot of free software out there. Download Blender or Fusion or Nuke and start playing with it. Get a one month subscription to the Adobe suite. If you find out you have a passion for it, talk to someone in the Film and Media Studies in Summerfield. Start taking some classes. Make a movie for yourself using your phone this weekend. Like I said about creativity: If the spark is in you, just start doing it for yourself. Then, structure some courses to give you that technical scaffold to build upon. When I started, they didn’t teach this stuff in school, so take advantage of what is available out there both in the wild online and at KU. We’ve got a group here in L.A. called the Hollywood Hawks that is working on bringing a lot of talented and successful KU grads [into] the industry via Skype or in person, to help guide and mentor the next generation of filmmakers and digital artists.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
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Maas: Race for Kansas heats up
Stay tuned for more commentary on the gubernatorial race in Haeli Maas’ bimonthly column, continuing until Nov. 6. HAELI MAAS @haelimaas Opinions in this column were formed through the writer’s observation of debates and following of recent coverage of the candidates. The Kansas race for governor hit the ground running following a close primary election season. The top three contenders for this year’s seat are Republican Kris Kobach, Democrat Laura Kelly and Independent Greg Orman. All three candidates have appeared in two debates so far, one in Overland Park and one at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. While there has been no clear winner in either debate, there are some important takeaways for Kansas voters.
GUN CONTROL No issue is more talked about at the local or national level than gun control. While it’s an important issue, it’s not one that holds much relevance to voters here in Kansas. It is easy to say that someone is “progun” or “anti-gun,” but in reality, there are so many different factors and layers to gun legislation that, in hindsight, voting for someone strictly based on their gun stance is a disservice to the real troubles that plague us. Kobach stands completely in favor of guns and believes Kansas is on the
right track with its lax gun laws. Democrat Laura Kelly sings a different tune and, while she says she is an advocate for the gun rights of all Americans, she does believe there should be sensible legislation — like requiring a permit for concealed carry. Kelly understands she must take a more reserved approach to talking about gun control — Kansas voters can be quick to conclude that if she says she doesn’t back deregulation, then she is anti-gun, which is not the case. Gun control legislation is a long and drawn out process that only takes away from the issues that should be getting real attention by candidates in Kansas, such as education funding, tax reform and healthcare.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA All three candidates made it clear that they were against the introduction of recreational marijuana to Kansas. While Kobach took a hard-line approach saying all marijuana should be illegal, both Kelly and Orman said that they would support the medicinal use of marijuana. With the changes already happening in the rest of the United States (such as Colorado and Oregon), it is time for all candidates to open their eyes and recognize the benefits that legalizing marijuana would bring to Kansas.
Kansan file photo The Topeka Capitol Building houses the executive and legislative branches of government for the state of Kansas. The funding that taxation of marijuana could bring to the struggling Kansas economy is something that cannot be ignored. Laws surrounding marijuana are outdated and don’t reflect where the nation is in 2018. Kobach’s hard-line approach shows that he is still stuck in the mindset that the substance has no real benefit to consumers, when in fact, the demonization and banning of marijuana was closely connected to racism and anti-immigration sentiments in the first half of the 1900s. Passing sensible marijuana legislation could provide the funding needed to create a stable and thriving economy.
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THE ECONOMY It’s quite clear that Kansas is going through some tough times. Kobach highlighted his plan for cutting taxes and government spending, but his promises seem all too similar to former governor Sam Brownback’s economic policies — the ones that got Kansas into the mess it’s in now. Kobach tried to distance himself from Brownback, but it is no secret that he supports the measures Brownback was trying to take. On the other hand, Kelly wants to expand spending to help those in Kansas affected by poverty but make just enough to not qualify for government aid. Every-
one in Kansas knows someone who is struggling, but not “struggling enough” to get the help they need. The economy does not work for many Kansans and reform is necessary to improve the quality of life for poorer demographics. While none of the candidates can give a straightforward solution to all of Kansas’ problems, it is important to note that continuing Brownback’s legacy – which has only hurt our economy – is not the direction we should be heading in.
Haeli Maas is a junior from Lindsborg studying strategic communications.
Grindstaff: Trump distracts from real news
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I hope Hillary Clinton is having a good day
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This morning a KU bus driver closed the bus doors * on * me while I was very clearly getting out. How’s your day?
happy monday my bus driver didn’t even look at me as he breezed past my stop
Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. SARAH GRINDSTAFF @KansanNews A politician caught with a porn star? A trendy political term connected to a White House official? Fortunately, you won’t find any buzz-worthy topics here. I value your time. As media consumers, we are bombarded by an onslaught of political sideshows every day. It’s nearly impossible to scroll through the endless Trump-related stories online without finding at least half of them to
be extensions of puppet shows, promoted by only the most vulgar political pundits. This strategy is not a new concept. It’s exactly how Donald Trump ran his campaign and how he convinced undecided voters that he was the right man for the job. It was present when Trump brought the Hillary Clinton email scandal into unrelated political debates, and when he appeared with women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct prior to a
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presidential debate. In response to the recent Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and his subsequent hearing, anchors have raved on for weeks despite the say-nothing attitudes of Kavanaugh and top White House Republicans on important matters such as Roe v. Wade, or the president’s privilege to defer from federal investigations. While the White House may be happy for citizens to focus on the dodgy remarks of Kavanaugh himself, why
do we not simply research the reason behind why Kavanaugh may be avoiding such questions, or choosing to respond with rehearsed statements? It may seem enticing to devour the buzz-worthy headlines that filter through our news feeds every day, but these provocative stories are in reality an insult to readers. Every morning, despite good journalists’ efforts to search for hard-hitting and important truths about our government, the Trump administration strives to and succeeds in providing topics that will engage audiences in hateful, under-enthusiastic, or provocative ways. We saw it with the birther movement and then again with the countless misinformed tweets from POTUS himself. Trump is busy moving the country into an isolationist diplomatic position with limited trade opportunities, threatening the hegemonic power status the country has maintained since our victory in World War II. Despite this, the number one trending story on my digital platform as I write this column is “It Wasn’t Me: Pence, Pompeo, Mattis and Mnuchin Deny Writing Anonymous OpEd.” This isn’t a Democratic
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problem, nor is it a Republican one; It’s an American issue. As an American, I am tired of being manipulated by the current administration via affiliated media outlets. As Trump stated in the Art of The Deal: “One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better. It’s in the nature of the job, and I understand that.” “The point is that if you are a little different or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.” This is a tactic the Trump administration has utilized countless times when diverting the public’s attention from key public policy decisions and toward some generic cultural problem, and sadly, they are not going to change. In the ultimate quest for truth and real news, only the citizens of the United States can help eliminate the politics of distraction. Let’s save our clicks for real news, and leave the entertaining whispers to late night TV.
Sarah Grindstaff is a freshman from Columbia, Illinois, studying political science.
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Shondell: Kobach’s marijuana stance is key
Kansan columnist Joseph Shondell argues Kobach’s stance on the legalization of marijuana could make or break his run for governor in November
JOSEPH SHONDELL @jshondy Kris Kobach needs to realize that Kansas will legalize cannabis. Whether it be next election cycle or in 10 years, it is inevitable. The Republican candidate for governor said during last week’s debate that marijuana is a gateway drug, leading users to other types of substance abuse. While his opponents Laura Kelly and Greg Orman are in favor of medicinal use, Kobach opposes any legalization of cannabis whatsoever. He argues that supporting legalization will be detrimental to his five children’s health. But what about the young children with seizures or cancer? Or the tax and licensing money that could go to the upkeep of schools and roads? Kobach’s conservative views on weed only hurt his run for the state’s top office.
Medical cannabis is the first step to seeing high revenue streams like Colorado is experiencing From a financial standpoint, Kansas needs all the help it can get right now. Look at the example set by western neighbors like Colorado: the state made $247 million last year alone from licenses, fees and taxes put in
Associated Press On Jan. 4, 2018, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during an interview in Topeka, Kansas. place to regulate the marijuana industry. In Kansas, the money made from legalizing cannabis could go to rural schools that cannot rely on property taxes to pay for education. Colorado even saw a decrease in sales tax around the same time due to the excess of money. Kobach should see that our neighbors are
legalizing a gold mine — one that also helps people with medical conditions to live a more comfortable life. Medical cannabis is the first step to seeing high revenue streams like Colorado is experiencing. Cannabis itself is used to treat many disorders, including side effects such as seizures. Kobach mentioned
during the GOP primary run that the FDA is close to approving a CBD medication that can handle said medical problems, but he fails to understand that CBD only relaxes the user and may not take the pain away. Cannabis, or THC, which is the “high” component in the chemical makeup of the plant, is starting to be used in cancer
treatment as a way to offset chemotherapy. It’s impossible to turn a blind eye to the fact that Americans consume alcohol and tobacco products in large quantities, and that the health risks from those far outweigh the risks of cannabis. Kobach’s run for governor now labels him as anti-weed. It is hard
to determine whether he is causing intentional harm, or whether it is unintentional, but his actions must be more proactive. Weed will be legal, and it already is in many places. The Kansas government now has a necessary choice on their hands: legalizing cannabis or not. If Kobach loses, it may be because of his selfish attitude towards the benefits legalization would bring. But no matter the outcome of the election, this state and its voters will continue the fight for medicine that improves everyone’s quality of life. The issue of legalization should become a bipartisan issue. Democrat or Republican — it shouldn’t matter since legalization can bring an economic boom and help sick children in more ways than one. In a time of such partisanship, weed may be a force binding us together. To be fair, cannabis has always done that. Whether it’s a child who can finally recover from crippling seizures, or people enjoying it at a concert, we can all celebrate the togetherness and benefits that cannabis brings. Kobach will eventually have to join in or see his political career disappear.
Joseph Shondell is a junior from Roeland Park studying journalism and environmental studies. —Edited McDowell
Favreau: Knock-offs benefit both buyers and brands
Olivia Favreau/KANSAN Sophomore Lily Lyddon models a counterfeit Dolce & Gabbana shirt. OLIVIA FAVREAU @ramreau “Thank you. It’s fake though.” I often quickly mutter that after being complimented on a Dolce & Gabbana t-shirt I got at a thrift store. The usual response I get is “well, obviously.” But ensuring that someone doesn’t believe I bought a $500 t-shirt with loose threads and mismatched stripes is important to me. Like it or not, we as
a society value luxury brands, and while street fashion is shaping up to be a lucrative venture for street style brands like Gucci and Supreme, most luxury brand companies no longer make a profit on their clothing, but their accessories. Clothing is significant for fashion brands only in theory. In practice, runway shows and ready to wear collections alike are utilized more as marketing ploys for the brand than an avenue
to deliver clothing. For these companies clothing doesn’t sell well because the price that they are set at do not mirror the quality of their production. A ‘luxury tax’ is placed on cheaply produced products and that lack of quality is significant to how we deal with counterfeit clothing as a society. Most people who sell their souls to high fashion designers and claim to follow the ‘revolutionary designs’ produced by
their fashion house (rather than the team of designers behind them that won’t have their name on the tag) will tell you that counterfeit clothing is stealing intellectual property, and those who buy it should be punished for their participation. That’s a healthy stance to take with most instances of intellectual property theft, and as a designer myself (I’m a modern Alexander McQueen, I assure you), I would encourage this attitude towards literally any fashion brand other than the luxury ones (especially Gucci — please recognize this loosely veiled rant). Why? When your brand is 90 percent marketing and image, with the sole aim of pushing luxury items with drastic gaps between production cost and pricing, counterfeit accessories and clothing actually help maintain the status quo. Without hundreds of people purchasing passable fake Gucci slides, there wouldn’t have been a boom of people buying the real thing. Counterfeit items generate public interest and relevance. Not to mention the fact that a lot of counterfeit clothing is sold in countries that the brand
In practice runway shows and ready to wear collections alike are utilized more as marketing ploys for the brand than an avenue to deliver clothing. refuses to sell in (like Supreme in South Korea — as if Seoul isn’t teetering on being a fashion capital as it is), it’s hard to argue protection of intellectual property when your product is physically and financially unavailable to people otherwise. If this wasn’t the case, brands would not actively seek out designs that mimic counterfeit products of their brand, as is the case with Gucci’s latest “Guccy” designs. Furthermore, even with such low costs of production, many luxury brands aren’t transparent with where their clothing is being manufactured. The general belief that a higher price tag reflects the price of production is no longer the case. (If you’re ever curious about how your favorite brands fall in the spectrum of workers’ rights, Cleanclothes.org is a good resource.) So, which would you prefer? A $500 t-shirt that looks and feels cheap and was produced
with cheap labor, or a $20 counterfeit that looks and feels cheap and was probably produced in the same factory? I’m not arguing that buying counterfeit items is the way to a fashion revolution, nor am I saying it’s completely moral. But by keeping luxury brands relevant, counterfeit items don’t hurt the image of a luxury brand. Rather, it maintains the image that allows for their luxury prices in the first place. Allow me to alleviate any guilt that might be associated with your imitation Yeezys. Though luxury fashion is a scam, I won’t say you’re at fault for wanting to save up for a Gucci handbag. Just don’t be upset that someone else got it cheaper.
Olivia Favreau is a freshman from Westwood, Kansas studying strategic communications.
Steven Sims Jr. key for elevated offense
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With last week’s emergence of freshman running back Pooka Williams, the Jayhawks’ offense looked more explosive than it did against Nicholls State, particularly on the ground. Against Central Michigan, the Jayhawks averaged 4.8 yards per rush which is a three-yard improvement from their YPR against Nicholls State. While Kansas’ offense did look better, there is still a lot of room for improvement. I’m concerned that the Jayhawks have overcorrected senior quarterback Peyton Bender’s trigger-happy tendency. Are they now scared to throw the ball downfield? Bender currently ranks 114th out of 121 in the FBS in yards per pass attempt. One reason for this has been the ineffectiveness of senior wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. Two years ago, Sims was seen as one of the best up and coming receivers in the Big 12 as he recorded 72 receptions and 859 receiving yards. In 2017, Sims’ numbers took a slight dip but his yards per reception number went up to 14.2. So far this year, that number is nearly cut in half (7.4). In fact, the longest reception that Sims has made this year was only 11 yards. Through week two
Chance Parker/KANSAN Senior wide reciever Steven Sims Jr. looks for a pass from senior quarterback Peyton Bender on Saturday Sept. 1. Nicholls State defeated Kansas 26-23. last year, Sims had already made two 70-plus yard receptions. Some of Sims’ ineffectiveness is from lack of opportunity, as he has only had eight touches thus far. It is hard to get into a rhythm when you aren’t getting many looks.
On the other hand, Sims hasn’t made the most of the few opportunities he has had. The usually sure-handed Sims has had at least one drop in both of the games the Jayhawks have played. In the second-half of the Nicholls State game,
Sims burned his man but dropped a potential 30yard touchdown. That play absolutely has to be made. The point is, the Kansas offense will not reach its full potential until Sims gets back on track. Coach David Beaty
needs to find ways to get the ball into the hands of Sims more — both down the field and in open space. Over the course of his career, Sims has shown that he can be an elite weapon when given the chance. If Sims can get going,
the Jayhawks’ offense can elevate. As dynamic as Williams looked versus Central Michigan, opposing teams are going to start loading the box if Sims doesn’t prove he can stretch the field.
Beaty reflects on Reesing induction, Kansas’ win MADDY TANNAHILL @maddytannahill At football coach David Beaty’s weekly media availability on Tuesday, the fourth-year Kansas coach had a few key topics to discuss. REESING TO BE NAMED TO RING OF HONOR As Kansas takes on Rutgers this Saturday, former Jayhawk quarterback Todd Reesing will be inducted into the Kansas football Ring of Honor. During his campaign at Kansas from 2006 to 2009, Reesing captured 14 school records that remain intact today. Beaty, a member of the Kansas football staff in 2008-09 as a wide receivers coach, recollected his experiences with Reesing, highlighting his competitive edge and grit. “Todd is a guy that has exemplified really kind of what it means to be a great Kansas football player,” Beaty said. “That’s just a hard-nosed blue-collar, underestimate you and ‘I’m not going to worry about that, I’m going to play with a chip that is only driven by me being better and me being better for Kansas.’ And that’s the thing I always loved about Todd, he was always about our team.” Posting 11,194 passing yards in his career, Reesing led the 2007 Jayhawks to a 12-1 finish, ultimate-
Senior quarterback Peyton Bender passes the ball down field against Nicholls State on Saturday Sept. 1. Kansas fell to Nicholls State 26-23 in overtime. ly resulting in a victory over Virginia Tech at the 2008 Orange Bowl. “That guy is a really talented guy,” Beaty said. “So deserving. I’m so happy for him. I’m happy for his teams.” BEATY CREDITS TURNOVER MARGIN TO MEACHAM AND BENDER Through two weeks of play, the Jayhawks boast a plus-6 turnover margin, tying them for first in the FBS after having finished with a lackluster nega-
tive-17 at the conclusion of last season. Beaty gave all credit to senior quarterback Peyton Bender and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham for the impressive turnaround. “It’s always going to start right there at the top with Doug and him emphasizing the right things,” Beaty said. “Managing the game, not putting the ball in jeopardy and knowing that you can play this game and do a lot of damage to your opponent by putting the ball in play and not necessarily always trying to make it look like a big
play all the time. Hanging on to the ball and going through reads.” Beaty further cited Bender’s increased maturity as a key contributor to the nation-leading margin. “I think some of the best things he [Bender] did the other night, he threw a glance away, where, you know, the kid was covered,” Beaty said. “He threw it away. That’s real growth for him. Because he’s a guy, he can keep it alive. Keeps his eyes down the field better than anybody I’ve ever had. But sometimes
Run game key for football success
it can be counterproductive.” INABILITY TO COMMENT ON POOKA WILLIAMS JR.’S FUTURE ELIGIBILITY After sitting out during the Jayhawks’ home-opener against Nicholls State due to non-disciplinary matters, freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. made an impressive debut against Central Michigan, rushing for 125 yards and posting two touchdowns. Beaty confirmed that Williams will play this
DIEGO COX @x0lotl This past Saturday, Kansas football managed to break one of the ugliest streaks in college football history — a 46game road losing streak — in convincing fashion during a 31-7 rout of Central Michigan. While the defense played admirably, forcing six turnovers, the real star was true freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. In Saturday’s game, Williams had an incredible day, rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. His first touchdown in the third quarter was a strong 20-yard run where he broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.
He then immediately followed that up with a 41-yard TD run, finding space down the sideline, to extend Kansas’ lead and put the game beyond doubt. The impact that this kind of running performance can have on a team is immeasurable. It allows the offense to dominate time of possession, which Kansas did by having the ball for over 36 minutes of game time. This also tires out the opposing defense, which will lead to big plays, such as Williams’ two touchdowns. Conversely, it allows the Jayhawk defense to rest, giving them energy to get stops and create plays, such as forcing four interceptions against Central Michigan. In recent years, Kan-
sas has performed poorly overall, most notably out of the backfield with the rushing attack. Now with Williams Jr., one of the highest-rated recruits in recent history for Kansas, leading the backfield, he is an immediate upgrade at a spot that has plagued this team for years, and he can also take some pressure off senior quarterback Peyton Bender on offense. Williams can also open up opportunities for fellow Jayhawk running backs junior Khalil Herbert and sophomore Dom Williams to provide a change of pace for the offense. What Kansas has right now is the perfect recipe for success in the future. As seen with many
football teams across the nation, a strong running game and good defense wins games. That play making defense, along with a lead running back who can extend drives, the chances of a dramatic turnaround for this struggling football team exponentially increase. With its abysmal road losing streak in the rearview mirror, Kansas has the pieces to become a respectable football team in the near future. Even though coach David Beaty could not elaborate on Pooka’s role on the team past the upcoming game against Rutgers, all signs point to him being the RB of the future. And that is something to be excited about.
— Edited by Shaun Goodwin
KU football players earn Big 12 nods BRADEN SHAW @bradenshaw4real
Freshman running back Pooka Williams warms up ahead of a match-up against Central Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kansas won the game 38-7.
weekend against Rutgers, but could not offer any further comment on his outlook for the remainder of the season. “He was withheld last week because of an eligibility issue. And we’re just excited to have him back on the field for this week,” Beaty said twice. Kansas will take on Rutgers at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Kick off is set for 11 a.m.
Redshirt senior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. and freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, respectively, according to an Athletics press release. The conference announced Dineen as the Defensive Player of the Week after the Lawrence native’s standout performance against Central Michigan. Dineen accounted for 14 tackles, eight of them solo, an interception, a quarterback hurry and a .5 tackle for loss. The interception was also the first of Dineen’s career. According to the release, Dineen posted double-digit tackles for the 17th time in his career at Kansas, as well as the second time this season as he had 16 tackles against Nicholls State. Williams also received recognition, as he was named the Newcomer of
the Week after his debut against Central Michigan. The true freshman out of Marrero, Louisiana, rushed for 125 yards on 14 carries, becoming the first Jayhawk running back to rush for over 100 yards in his debut since James Sims did so against Georgia Tech in 2010. This is the 17th time that a Kansas football player has received a Defensive Player of the Week nod, as well as the first time the team has received Newcomer of the Week since the award’s inception in 2016. Monday was also the first time a Jayhawks has been recognized with a Big 12 weekly honor since Oct. 30, 2017 when then-junior wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. was recognized as Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Kansas next faces Rutgers at home in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, with kick off scheduled for 11 a.m.
Senior line backer Joe Dineen Jr. tackles the Nicholls State opponent on Saturday Sept. 1. Kansas fell to Nicholls State 26-23.
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K A N S A N .C O M /S P O R T S
Football Gameday Kansas vs. Rutgers, Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.
Chance Parker/KANSAN Senior quarterback Peyton Bender passes the ball down field against Nicholls State. Kansas fell to Nicholls State 26-23 in overtime on Saturday Sept. 1. JACK JOHNSON & MADDY TANNAHILL @KansanSports
Beat Writer Predictions:
KANSAS (1-1, 0-0 BIG 12)
Jack Johnson Kansas 24, Rutgers 14 Maddy Tannahill: Kansas 27, Rutgers 23
RUTGERS (1-1, 0-1 BIG 10)
Pooka Williams Jr.
freshman, running back
sophomore, running back
Having made his debut last Saturday at Central Michigan, freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. immediately made an impact on the field for the Jayhawks, rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-7 victory, as well as earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors. Williams also averaged 8.9 yards per carry, becoming the first freshman since James Sims in 2010 to record over 100 yards on the ground.
Known as the team's best offensive weapon out of the backfield, running back Raheem Blackshear is the main source of putting points on the scoreboard for the Scarlet Knights so far this season. Despite his stocky build at 5-foot-9, 192 pounds, Blackshear caught seven passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, as well as adding a rushing touchdown and 62 yards against Texas State in week one.
Having landed eight punts inside the 20-yard line, sophomore punter Kyle Thompson has played a primary role in leading an effective Kansas special teams unit through two weeks of play. Averaging 43.7 yards per punt, 24th in the FBS, Thompson dropped a career-long 62-yard punt in the Jayhawks’ home-opener against Nicholls State.
The senior linebacker from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, has led the team in tackles through the first two games of the season, including a game-high 11 tackles and a sack against Ohio State last Saturday. Morris has appeared in 12 games during his first three years at Rutgers, starting from special teams his freshman year to becoming a starter on the defense his sophomore year.
A transfer out of Mesa Community College, senior cornerback Shakial Taylor has transitioned into an integral piece of the Kansas secondary. In a big game against Central Michigan, Taylor both forced a Chippewa fumble early in the third quarter, as well as a 55-yard pick six to open the fourth quarter.
After being sidelined for the entire second half of the Ohio State game due to a shoulder injury, the freshman was only able to muster up six completions in his first road start. This was the follow-up to having a mediocre debut against Texas State, completing 20 of 30 passes for 205 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions.
Joe Dineen Jr.'s rank in the FBS in total tackles and solo tackles
Number of players that open the season nationally ranked
Amount of undefeated teams, including KU, remaining in NCAA
Score that earned a second place finish at the Badger Invitational
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