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Lawrence celebrates diversity at Festival of Cultures CHANDLER BOESE @Chandler_Boese


t Sunday’s Festival of Cultures, Lawrence residents from all different backgrounds came together in South Park to show off the aspects of their cultures that they are most proud of. Some performed traditional songs or dances while others sold food inspired by their home countries. Still other vendors offered handmade clothes for sale or just provided information about their cultural organizations. Chris Keary, the secretary of the Lawrence Alliance who helped organize the event, said the goal of the Festival of Cultures is to recognize the diversity within the Lawrence community. “I hope [attendees]

Bettina Buggato/KANSAN A variety of cultures and backgrounds were represented in South Park Sunday afternoon at the Festival of Cultures.

understand that Lawrence is a very diverse place and we hope that this is a good way to kind of understand that diversity in a very educational and even colorful way,” Keary said. Some of the vendors at

the festival said they were there mainly to provide that cultural color. Lawrence resident Senada Pekusic made a booth to sell traditional Bosnian food. “I’m really here just to introduce the food

to people,” she said. “I don’t have a restaurant or business or anything, I make the food just for this festival.” Several student organizations also tabled at the event, both for publicity

and a little bit of extra money. One of these organizations was the Latin-American Graduate Student Association. The organization was selling Colombian empanadas at

the event, secretary Will Penner said. “We do a lot with KU, but we’re always looking to bridge the gap between the campus and Lawrence community,” Penner, a graduate student in geography and urban planning, said. But there were also people tabling for a slightly different kind of cultural activism. Monica Olivera, a Lawrence resident and native of Peru, sold Peruvian jewelry and trinkets at the festival to raise money for her non-profit organization, Outreach to First Nation People. She takes clothes and toys that are donated in Lawrence to remote reservations in the U.S. “I wanted to kind of bring this work back to Lawrence, since this community helps it happen,” she said.

Former Kansas senators discuss Trump, Congress at Dole Institute CHANDLER BOESE @chandler_boese

Two Kansas politicians spoke at the University this weekend to discuss contemporary politics — including their competing views of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, as well as fellow former senator Nancy Kassebaum were hosted at the Dole Institute of Politics on Saturday. Their discussion of today’s political climate held the possibility for conflict, as Dole has endorsed Trump, while Kassebaum is an outspoken critic of the candidate. Yet the panel was mostly full of laughs and kind gestures between the two former senators and native Kansans. Kassebaum expressed that she dislikes the way Trump speaks and thinks he represents a problem in the Republican party. “I have a hard time when I hear him speak imagining him giving a State of the Union address,” she said. Dole endorsed Trump in May and was the only former Republican presidential candidate to attend the party’s con-

vention this summer in Cleveland. Yet, he conceded to Kassebaum on a few points, including Trump’s fiery talk. “I’ve talked to the Trump campaign and Donald Trump himself about his speeches,” Dole said. “I’ve told them that he needs to stop insulting people and talk policy, because that’s what people want to hear.” Dole also agreed with Kassebaum that Trump spends most of his campaign insulting Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

I have a hard time when I hear him speak imagining him giving a State of the Union address.” Nancy Kassebaum Former Kansas senator

"I lost in '96, but I always thought Bill Clinton was my opponent, not my enemy,” he said. Yet Dole also pointed out later in the program some of Trump’s attributes that he brings to the presidency. SEE DOLE PAGE 2

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Missy Minear/KANSAN Megan Jones was one of many members from Kansas Coalition for Gun Free Campus to gather on Wescoe Beach for a silent protest last spring.

Legislators optimistic about stopping guns on campus after August primary turnover CHANDLER BOESE @Chandler_Boese

Thanks to the results of the August primary, two Kansas legislators are feeling optimistic about stopping guns on campus. Rep. Barbara Ballard (D-Lawrence) and Sen. Tom Hawk (D-Manhattan) are two legislators who are leading the charge against campus carry. Both had bills asking for higher education exemptions in the 2016 session, but never got a chance to introduce them. Both Ballard and Hawk said they might stand a better chance in 2017, thanks to a number of moderates who won primary elections. “Whereas last year it didn't have a chance at all, this year it has a better chance,” Ballard said. “I still don't know the number, but it has a better chance because you have a different

makeup.” Currently, universities are gun-free thanks to an exemption that expires July 1, 2017. Ballard’s district includes a large part of the University’s campus, where she is also the associate director of the Dole Institute of Politics. She said she is hoping to introduce a bill to make all institutions of higher learning permanently exempt from the law. Hawk is also planning to push a bill that limits HB 2526, but his takes a different approach. Hawk’s bill would allow the Kansas Board of Regents to decide whether or not they want concealed carry on college campuses on a case-by-case basis. “I recognize that local control in making decisions closer to the people who are being served by an institution is a preferable thing.

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So my bill allows that to be an institutional decision,” Hawk said. “I think that has a better chance of passing than banning guns on campus.”

Are you voting for what these people want or are you personally voting for what you want or are you voting for what the NRA wants?” Rep. Barbara Ballard D-Lawrence

Hawk said he would vote for Ballard’s bill, as well as any bill that extended the exemption for higher education. Now, Hawk said, the biggest thing that can make a difference for the bill’s

success would be for legislators to see and hear from the issue’s stakeholders “Rarely does a bill, especially if it deals with a subject as controversial as this one is, have much of a chance unless the constituents that are affected by it show some degree of urgency and support, usually a large degree of urgency and support to see that it passes,” he said. Ballard said she plans on arguing for her bill using a survey of people across the state that said most Kansans support concealed carry, but not on college campuses. “I will be, in my argument, relying on that 82 percent that said they want [the exemption],” she said. “Are you voting for what these people want or are you personally voting for what you want or are you voting for what the NRA wants?”





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DOLE FROM PAGE 1 “One thing Trump could do is work with Congress, he's done that all his life,” Dole said, adding that he believes President Barack Obama has struggled to do that during his presidency. Yet neither of the former senators believe that Congress is being particularly successful either, both giving examples of times they worked with Democrats during their time in the Senate, something they believe today’s legislators are lacking on. Despite their competing views on the presidency, though, both speakers were very complimentary of each other. When asked who her biggest heroes were,

Kassebaum named Dole as one. Dole repeatedly said Kassebaum was “the most well-liked politician in Kansas” when they served together in the Senate. In fact, the director of the Dole Institute, Bill Lacy, who was moderating the discussion, surprised Kassebaum by presenting her with an award: the Dole Leadership Prize. After the program, Lacy told the Kansan that Senator Dole was a big part of the decision to give Kassebaum that honor. “He wanted to have her here and wanted to recognize all that she had done for this state and the country. And I said to him, 'Well, why don't we surprise her, give her the Dole Leader-


Andrew Rosenthal/KANSAN Nancy Kassebaum shares her excitment about the 2016 Dole Leadership Prize with Bob Dole. The two spoke of their experiences at the Dole Institute of Politics for “Giants of the Senate” on Sept. 17.

ship Prize,' and he thought that was a wonderful idea.” Lacy also spoke about what he hopes that audience members learned from the event.

“One thing is the importance of Americans being able to civilly discuss differences and respect those differences,” he said. “And understanding that you don't

Students join with Lawrence community to combat pending campus carry laws HAILEY DIXON @_hailey_dixon

About 30 people gathered in the Ecumenical Campus Ministries on Wednesday evening to discuss efforts to prevent guns on campus. Two organizations, Kansans Against Campus Carry and Kansas Interfaith Action, are working to find a way to delay or stop the Kansas law that will allow concealed carry on campus. The law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The forum was led by Rabbi Moti Rieber, the executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action, and Megan Jones, a member of Kansans Against Campus Carry and an English professor at the University.

“We want to get people who are interested in getting involved to stop this law,” Rieber said. “We want to raise awareness to this issue. This is a public health issue.”

It’s going to impact the nature of the campus itself. It will impact classroom discussions.” Megan Jones Kansus Against Campus Carry member

Rieber said he will speak at other state campuses such as Kansas State University, Wichita State University and Pittsburg State

University. During Wednesday's forum, the two organizations brainstormed ideas on how to bring awareness to this issue. Getting involved on social media, taking the conversations to neighboring towns and holding demonstrations at the capital were all possible ideas the group proposed. The Kansas Legislature will meet in January through late April or early May, according to Rieber. The organizations’ goal is to delay the law as it is written before the July deadline. “It’s going to impact the nature of the campus itself,” Jones said. “It will impact classroom discussions.” Jones, who teaches En-

glish composition at the University, fears that if the law passes, it will change the safety of her classes. “Sometimes students get mad about their grades, and that’s scary if they have guns,” she said. “I meet with my students in my office privately. If this law goes into effect, I will no longer be able to do that.” Students also have concerns about the law. “Being that I am a queer and trans identified person, safety issues related to guns and public and university locations is very relevant to my personal safety, and my community’s safety,” Phoenix Schroeder, a second-year student from Halstead, said. Schroeder said he wants

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Watkins Health Center is offering free HIV testing at the health center and in the Memorial Union in the month of September for National Campus Safety Awareness Month. According to the Watkins website, the test is performed with a mouth swab, no appointment is needed and results can be determined in around 20 minutes. Testing took place in the Union on Sept. 7 and 14, and is also scheduled for Sept. 28. The last day for free testing at Watkins Health Services is Friday, Sept. 16. Health Education Resource Office (HERO) Program Manager Jenny McKee said the free testing is an effort to encourage more students to get tested. “In order to help get our student population tested for HIV, we do offer free testing a couple of times a year," McKee said. "That includes this month which is nationally recognized as Campus Safety Awareness Month." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends sexually active populations, like college students, be tested once a year for HIV, according to McKee. “One of the reasons it’s so important to get tested





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to get involved in the effort to stop this law. “I am hoping to work on the social media side of promoting the organization and increasing awareness among students,” Schroeder said. “A lot of students don’t know this is a thing that is happening. I also hope to raise awareness for prospective students and their parents.”


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need to have everybody try to agree with you on everything.”








SKY SMEED Alex Robinson/KANSAN A nurse at Watkins administers an HIV swab test to a student. The last day this month to get a free HIV test at the Union is Sept. 28.

for the virus is because a lot of the time when a person has contracted HIV they have no idea,” She said “It’s truly asymptomatic, meaning there are no obvious signs you’ve contracted the virus.” Dr. Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease expert at the University of Kansas Medical Center, said that while there isn’t a real risk of HIV becoming rampant in an environment like a college campus, testing is still very important. “It’s important to get tested for the virus so that treatment can begin right away,” Hawkinson said. “The virus is associated

with a lot of deaths in the past, but new drugs have been developed that greatly improve the quality of life of HIV patients. Life expectancy for someone who is HIV positive is now very similar to those without the virus.” The virus, which can progress to AIDS, weakens the immune system by attacking cells which help defend the body from disease and infection, according to the CDC. Hawkinson said one of the biggest risks associated with the virus is the complications that can occur which include heart disease, infection and various

cancers. To encourage more students to get tested, McKee said Watkins Health Center has offered the tests without the need for an appointment, and has also offered the test in the Memorial Union. The final date for testing in the Union is Sept. 28, but McKee said the Health Center will also offer the test on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, and during the month of April. — Edited by Christian Hardy


















Voting registration change may have limited effect CHANDLER BOESE @Chandler_Boese


ast week, a federal appeals court ruled that Kansas and two other states cannot require people registering to vote to show proof of citizenship, but the ruling might not have the large effect that one might expect. Patrick Miller, an assistant professor at the University, said the ruling likely won’t have a significant impact on any elections results. Miller said statistics show that the proof of citizenship requirement has not prevented many Kansas voters from voting in the past. “There have not been many people on the suspended voter list who have showed up at the polls thinking that they’re registered to vote and not being able to vote,” he said. Previously, if Kansas voters registered to vote with a federal form and affirmed that they were citizens, they would still have to send their proof of citizenship — typically meaning a passport or birth certificate — to their local election office. If they did not, they would be put on a suspended voters list and turned away from voting if they showed up at the polls.

The ruling means that Kansas cannot prevent those people from voting, though the requirement still applies to those who registered using a state form.

They might go to the DMV to register and not know they needed to provide proof of citizenship.” Lucille King Vice president of the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters

Miller said the Secretary of State’s office has not yet announced exactly how they’re going to implement the ruling. Even then, he said, the dispute likely won’t be completely resolved until a case makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, something that is unlikely to happen unless more states implement the law. Lucille King, the vice president of the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters, said she and her organization aren’t happy with the limited scope of the ruling, because it will likely only apply to federal elections.

Bettina Bugatto/KANSAN Students register to vote outside of Wescoe Hall. Some are concerned that since Kansas passed a law to require citizens to show proof of citizenship it has become more difficult for people to register.

“The league hopes people vote on all the positions, not just the three top ones,” she said. “It’s important for our state and our county and our local issues to have people informed and vote down the ballot and vote to retain or not retain our judges.” King said the league is still actively trying to get people to register and turn in their documentation until they’re sure that the proof of citi-

zenship requirement will be repealed for all levels of the November election. She said she wants people to understand the importance of voting on each position, because the decisions they make will impact everyone. In King’s opinion, however, the proof of citizenship requirement does keep people from voting. She said the league has seen great success with people they register and

talk to about the process in detail, but that they’ve seen many people at the polls who get lost in the complexities of the voting process. “They might go to the DMV to register and not know they needed to provide proof of citizenship,” she said. “But they leave thinking that they’ve registered and so when they get something in the mail telling them they haven’t, they just think it’s a

mistake.” Miller said that, theoretically, last week’s ruling should have helped improve representation of traditionally underrepresented groups, including young voters and minorities, as those are typically the suspended voters. However, Miller said that these groups are generally disenfranchised with the system, and less likely to complete the registration process.

Campus PSO officers now wearing body cameras ELLE CLOUSE @elle_clouse

Contributed Phot0 Officer RJ Blevins displays a body camera at the KU Public Safety office.

Thanks to funding from Student Senate, the University Public Safety Office now has a body camera for every police officer. The request for body cameras was presented to Student Senate two years ago, according to Gabby Naylor, the student body vice president. Naylor said that the PSO’s request came before the national demand became prevalent. “It was a little bit before body cameras started to really hit the media,” Naylor said. “It was about six months before Ferguson that they came to Student Senate for that request.” When PSO presented the idea to Student Senate, it became the Student Safety Advisory Board’s task to bring to fruition. “One of our boards and committees within Student Senate is the Student Safety Advisory Board. It’s a board

that we appoint a few people to every year,” Naylor said. “They’ve done a few different expenditures for the police department.” At the time of the request, the police department had only been able to equip its police officers on duty or patrol with the cameras, which instigated the need to get all the staff members of the police department a body camera to use at all times.

I don’t think that a lot of people know that the officers wear them.” Gabby Naylor Student senate vice president

Deputy Chief James Anguiano said that the department had some cameras, but not enough to give each officer a body camera. “We have had in-car cameras for many years,” Angui-

ano said. “We talked about body cameras since we had already started issuing them to officers.” Student Senate’s funding allowed the police department to purchase the remaining necessary body cameras. “Student Senate purchased 14 body cameras and extra batteries, and that allowed us to outfit all of the officers in the police department, including administration staff and investigators,” Anguiano said. As for students’ reactions, Naylor said she thinks that many students haven’t yet heard that body cameras are in use. Although, she said she has noticed a positive reaction from those who do know. “I don’t think that a lot of people know that the officers wear them. Whenever it comes up in conversation, people are amazed,” Naylor said. “They love that our KU officers are wearing them.”



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Anderson: Millennial outreach is failing SARAH ANDERSON @KansanNews


have been gearing up for the 2016 election since I was first handed an “I’m ready for Hillary” poster on Wescoe Beach two years ago. At the time, I was ready for her. I thought of her like I think of Barack Obama: a beacon promising change. I saw her as a mother of millennials, someone who could identify with us, understand us and help us. A lot has happened since I was handed that poster. Namely, Bernie Sanders happened. He talked about the environment, socialized

Liston: College students can help community

At what point in the season do regular students get a chance to play a few snaps at QB? Wherefore art thou, Rhode Island? If he looks like an asshole, quacks like an asshole, he’s probably an asshole I am physically unable to get out of bed Love walking into wafting vape clouds on Jayhawk Boulevard Bow down to our Lord and Savior — Justin Timberlake. Wonder if the new season of Sherlock will be out by the time I retire


medicine and a way to pay for higher education. Bernie addressed our generation directly. He asked us what our concerns were and then proposed solutions. He stirred the pot. Now I, like many millennials, am left wondering who has my generation’s concerns at heart. Many of us once thought this was Hillary. We looked to her and hoped she would reflect our changing values. According to the Pew Research Center, younger generations will soon eclipse the voting power that baby boomers have had for years. We are

RYAN LISTON @rliston235

Every time I visit the Lawrence Humane Society as a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, my “little” mentions how sad it is to see animals in poor living conditions. I always assure him that the staff knows how to best care for the animals, but without proper facilities, there is only so much a qualified staff can do to ensure the quality of life the animals require. Unfortunately, the construction of a new facility is still years away. The Humane Society and the Lawrence City Commission have discussed potential plans to fund the project, but the earliest the plan could receive proper funding is 2020. Until then, college students can play an important role in helping the Humane Society with its daily operations. The Lawrence Humane Society, located at 1805 E. 19th St., relies on the work of volunteers to supplement the work done by staff members. Students looking to serve their community may find it

rewarding to spend a couple hours helping animals. The Humane Society also welcomes people to walk in and simply interact with many of the animals by petting cats or playing with dogs. Students who live off-campus should consider adopting a pet from the Humane Society. Adopting an animal from a shelter is a better alternative to purchasing one. An animal that is adopted is often saved from dangerous or unhealthy living conditions. Students who cannot commit to adoption may find one of the Humane Society’s fostering programs rewarding. The Adoption Ambassador program allows volunteers to take an animal into their home for a designated period of time as they try to find a permanent owner. Volunteers can also foster animals that are not ready for adoption. Hopefully the city commission and the Lawrence Humane Society can finalize a funding method, so the organization can begin the process of building a new facility. For the time being, KU students can and should contribute to improving the lives of shelter animals. Ryan Liston is a sophomore from Lawrence studying journalism —Edited by Cody Schmitz

quickly finding our voice and our values. We are the most educated generation in history, yet studies predict we will be the first to make less than our parents. We are economically separate from any generation before us, yet we are more connected with people our age from around the world than ever before. I am a millennial, and I am concerned. Hillary is no longer a beacon of change for millennials, because she doesn’t talk about what matters to us most. Yes, she has a Twitter and an Instagram. Yes, she

enforced. I am not interested in nude photos of Melania Trump, and I am not interested in rumors of Hillary or Bill Clinton being on the brink of death. I wish I could return to how I felt two years ago on Wescoe Beach. I was “ready for Hillary.” Now, just two months before the election, I am dragging my feet for Hillary and hoping that someone will eventually talk about what matters most to us.

Sarah Anderson is a junior from Lowell, Arkansas, studying English and environmental studies

Doerr: NFL’s reactive concussion policies won’t solve head trauma JAKE DOERR @No_Doerr

For the next few months, the National Football League and the sport of football will wield an inexorable amount of influence on the lives of Americans. The NFL is a corporate monolith; its 32 teams are valued at an average of $2 billion each and its average viewership per game carries nearly 20 million viewers on major networks. Even at the lower levels, football is powerful: Kansas’ football program is estimated by the Wall Street Journal to be worth almost $100 million. More high schoolers play football than any other sport. But the NFL and the sport of football are facing an existential threat: that of the link between concussions and CTE, a degenerative disease found in players who have had head injuries. The NFL in March of 2015 announced safety measures geared toward preventing concussion damage. “Injury spotters” would be given a direct line of communication to officials; the spotters could call for medical timeouts if it appeared that a player had been concussed. But the results weren’t pretty: last November, quarterback Case Keenum of the then-St. Louis Rams slammed his head violent-

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eats Chipotle. However, I don’t think that social media banter and food choices identify someone with a generation. Our generation’s problems will soon become the problems of our nation. Yet they are consistently ignored by both presidential candidates. I am concerned that both Hillary and Trump acknowledge millennials on superficial levels but refuse to dive into the issues that plague us most. I want to see discussion about how our average college debt is over $33,000. I want to see environmental regulation that is actually

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ly into the ground during a game, but play was not stopped. Only afterwards did medical officials determine that Keenum had suffered a concussion. Fans and pundits alike were shocked that he was allowed to continue.

Fans and pundits alike were shocked that he was allowed to continue.”

Fast forward to this past Thursday, the opening night of the 2016 NFL season, when reigning league MVP Cam Newton was struck helmet-to-helmet four times by Broncos defenders. The last hit left Newton struggling to get off the ground for nearly two minutes. The problem with the NFL’s latest measures to mitigate concussions is just that: they are meant to mitigate the damage already done and are reactive by nature. The NFL believes that these measures will be enough to placate the concerns of its large fan base, but they do nothing to address the grave threat to football that brain trauma poses. A recent poll reported that nearly 80 percent of respondents did not believe

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that football was appropriate for those under the age of 14, a response that would have been unfathomable more than 10 years ago, before discussions of CTE had made their ways to the forefront. The writing is on the wall for the NFL and football as a whole – reform is needed. Plastic helmets and facemasks were introduced to the game to protect players’ noses and teeth, but at the expense of their brains. The sport of football at all levels must be more proactive in order to save itself. As long as the illusion of safety provided by the helmet and facemask provides players with the excuse to launch themselves like missiles head-first into opponents, brain injuries will be inevitable, and no protocol or “injury spotter” can halt something that has already happened. Jake Doerr is a graduate student from Shenandoah, Iowa, studying public administration.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Face family conflict between fantasy and reality. Household issues require attention over the next two days. A theory gets challenged through application. Slow the action. Make modifications. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Pursue answers. Don’t believe someone who says it’s impossible. Get into an exploratory phase over the next two days. Study and practice. Talk with experienced teachers. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Keep communication channels open. A surprise gets dished up. Make changes to manage shifting circumstances. You can still make money over the next two days. Postpone chores. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Step into greater power today and tomorrow. Get coaching to go further, faster. Keep practicing. You’re especially sensitive. Ignore chaos and push toward a personal goal. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Grab a bargain without maxing out your card. Don’t touch savings, either. Slow down and think over what you really want. Get philosophical. Indulge in private rituals. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Collaborate with friends over the next few days. Discuss wishes and goals for the future. Consider the tough questions. You don’t have to do it all. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Plan for two days in the spotlight. You’re attracting the attention of someone important. Stick by your principles. Stifle complaints or criticism, and smile for the cameras. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The next two days are good for expanding your territory. Slow down for unexpected developments. Give your loved ones full attention when requested. Wait for clear conditions. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A critic helps you fix something that’s broken. Creativity is required. Read the manual first. A lack of funds could threaten plans. Manage the budget today and tomorrow. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Negotiate with your partner today and tomorrow. New information compels a change in plans. Proceed with caution. Guard against losses. Shift priorities as required. Sort out details later. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Balance your work with your health for the next two days. Make sure you’re well fed and rested for endurance. Acknowledge limitations, and make adjustments. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Focus on romance today and tomorrow, although cables could get crossed. Don’t jump to conclusions. A friend or relation provides keen insight. Slow down around confusion.

Kaila Trollope/KANSAN After living in Lawrence and working toward their goal for seven years, Kristy and Justin Buster finally opened their restuareant, “Might Tamlales,” downtown.

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here’s a new restaurant in downtown Lawrence. Mighty Tamales opened its doors earlier this month inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 18th and Massachusetts Street with a menu of Mesoamerican-inspired dishes, but tamales are owner Kristy Buster’s specialty. “Show me a recipe and I can make it,” Buster said. “I started making tamales years ago, and it then just turns out that’s something that’s in high demand. And because it’s fun to make, I don’t mind actually standing and putting the time into it. Everybody likes them.” Mighty Tamales is a family business, and Buster owns the restaurant with

her husband Justin. The couple moved to Lawrence from Dallas with their three kids in 2009 so Justin could attend Haskell University. Owning a restaurant has always been a dream for Kristy, who said she’s been cooking since she was 5 years old. “I can remember the first pot of spaghetti I ever made,” she said. “It’s hilarious. It’s just something I’ve always loved to do.” The restaurant entered the planning stages over the summer after Kristy decided that it was the right time to start working toward her goal. The Busters started a GoFundMe page, and their friends and family helped spread the word about Kristy’s tamales by word of mouth and Facebook. Kristy and her husband have mostly been working odd jobs since moving to

Kansas. While Justin was in school, Kristy managed donut shops and held other jobs in the food service industry. It was a way for her to learn the business, and she said that when she wasn’t working, she was cooking. Although Justin is Kristy’s “right hand man,” he said he’s as likely to be greeting customers as he is working in the kitchen. “[I’m looking forward to] the freedom there that comes with being your own boss," Justin said. "At the same time, you work really hard and a lot more than you do for someone else, but it’s a good tired; it’s a good hard work." Mighty Tamales is currently open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but it’s still in “beta mode” until its grand opening on Sept. 24, which will be a fi-

Kaila Trollope/KANSAN New tamale restaurant opens in downtown Lawrence.

esta-style party with a band and lots of food. “This is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Kristy said. “Cook, and cook for massive amounts of people, have my own restaurant,

cook my own foods, [and] watch people enjoy the foods I’ve put my own time into.”

Miki Moondrops releases debut album MIKE LAVIN


Miki Moondrops combines a flavorful mix of idiosyncratic guitar, upbeat production and silky vocals on its debut album “Vegetable Head," which released on Aug. 30. The band is made up of multi-instrumentalist David Lord, producer Benjamin Snook, and singer and bassist Miki Masuda. "Vegetable Head” is Masuda’s vocal debut. She sounds very much at ease on the record, but still has an edge to her voice that separates it from other indie pop singers, according to Lord. “I had written all this music not quite knowing what I was going to with it, and then it just kinda hit me all of a sudden that Miki’s voice would be perfect for it,” Lord said. “And then she started coming in and adding vocals to it. Now it’s really hard to imagine anyone else singing on it. It seems like it was sort of crafted for her voice, even though it wasn’t consciously known she would be singing on it.” “Fred Hats” opens the record with a fun feel that introduces Masuda’s vocals and the upbeat nature of the production. It is clear

very quickly, and he was eventually on board with the “grooves” that Snook was putting together. Snook was kept in the dark about what the final product of the record would be.

“ Hannah Edelman/KANSAN Ben Snooks, a senior at the University, and his band Miki Moondrops, just released their first album Aug. 30. The album is titled “Vegetable Head.”

that Miki Moondrops isn’t like most projects Lord has worked on. Lord has done atmospheric and instrumental work in the past as Francis Moss and the Wonder Revolution. The album captures a bright and happy sound that is reminiscent of carefree summer mornings. “I’ve done some other poppy stuff with The Wonder Revolution, but nothing like this,” Lord said. “I think adding Ben’s percussion took it to the next level as far as making it much more poppy and brighter

than anything I’ve done in the past.” Snook’s percussion adds a layer of fast-paced beats alongside Lord’s meandering guitars and synths. “The Time Is Right For Birds” sums up the perfect collage of sound — like a musical conversation. Snook, a senior at the University from Wichita, lives in Lawrence, so there was a lot of long-distance communication between him and Lord, who lives in Wichita. Snook said Lord would send him musical

samples, to which Snook added his flare of production. “I wanted it to be kind of a groovy album, because if there wasn’t a strong backbeat behind the songs. You couldn’t get into it, and I really wanted that with this project,” Snook said. Lord said he wasn’t excited about the long-distance working relationship, because the initial material he sent back wasn’t what he was looking for. However, he said Snook is someone who turns back material

I had written all this music not quite knowing what I was going to with it, and then it just kinda hit me all of a sudden that Miki’s voice would be perfect for it.” David Lord Band member

“I never actually heard the final version of the album until the final master,” Snook said. “I didn’t know what even the melodies would be. I hadn’t heard Miki’s voice at all, and I just trusted David would make it sound good. I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

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DJ duo GTA performs at The Granada Sept. 22 JOSH MCQUADE



he DJ duo Good Times Ahead (GTA) is set to perform at the Granada on Sept. 22. GTA is made up of house, trap and hip hop producers Matt Toth and Julio Mejia. The group was formed in 2010 after Toth and Mejia met through mutual friends on Facebook. “We had both been producing music on our own, and the mutual friend hit us up,” Toth said. Both Toth and Mejia have produced music individually: Toth under the name Van Toth, and Mejia under the name JWLS. Since creating GTA, however, the duo produces everything together. They have released three EPs and multiple singles. GTA has worked with artists such as Diplo, Lil Jon and Wax Motif. “We actually do everything under GTA,” Meija said. “We’ll work on our own a lot if we’re at home. We’ll work by ourselves and

Contributed Photo Matt Toth and Julio Mejia, who make up the DJ group Good Times Ahead, are performing at The Granada Sept. 22

bring our ideas together when we tour.” The duo has toured four times, two of those tours as headliners. They opened for Rihanna in 2013 during her Diamonds World Tour.

The group also toured with Tiesto and Calvin Harris as a part of the Greater Than World Tour. GTA hasn’t always stood for Good Times Ahead. The band left it up to the fans to

decide what the acronym GTA stood for. “For a while we had this campaign where we would tell our fans to come up with their own meaning,” Toth said. “We would get a

lot of funny answers back like Get That Ass or Guatemalan Techno Army.” The duo talked it over and decided that Good Times Ahead reflects the style of music the duo

creates. “Good Times Ahead” is also the name of the duo’s upcoming full-length studio album, which releases Oct. 7. Meija said fans will notice a shift in tone and style. “We’re actually known for a lot of aggressive kind of stuff, but on this album we really pushed ourselves to creatively try new things,” said Mejia. “This album really showcases our skills as producers.” Mejia said crowds should expect music with a cool and distant sound, ranging from R&B to electronic. Hip-hop will also be featured on the LP; Vince Staples is listed as a feature on the track, “Little Bit of This.” “We’ve always been a fan of Vince with his Summertime ‘06 album, I thought it was super dope,” Toth said. The band had just one message to pass onto Lawrence before its show. “You guys better show up, turn up, come out to the Good Times Ahead Tour, because we are going to have a blast,” Toth said.

Skydyed brings their unique live show to Lawrence ALYSSA HOEDL @AHoedl

What happens when live music and electronic music get mixed together? Skydyed happens. The band, consisting of bassist Andrew Slattery, guitarist Max Doucette and drummer Shane Eagen, performs at The Bottleneck this week. The group got its start in Fort Collins, Colo. after Slattery and Doucette moved there from Massachusetts. All three members come from a large musical background. Doucette started playing music in fourth grade when he played clarinet for his school’s band. “Once my dad introduced me to the guitar I discovered classic rock artists like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and fell in love with the music,” Doucette said. “By the time I got to high school, I made music my primary focus in life.” For Slattery, his inspiration for music also

stemmed from his father. “My dad is a lifelong musician who worked as a children’s entertainer [...] when I was growing up,” Slattery said. “That inspired me to get into music myself, and I’ve been playing ever since.” The band tries to stick out from the crowd through its live shows, which take the audience on a journey through their use of electronic music. “We work very hard to create a totally original sound that we are proud

of,” Eagen said. “It always makes for a great time at our live shows.” “Our live shows bring together elements from the electronic music world as well as the more hardhitting rock music world that we all grew up with.,” Slattery said. “The goal is to blend the two together in a tasteful, fun way that

creates a unique experience for every audience we play for.” This is not the first time Skydyed has performed in Lawrence. The band played

at The Bottleneck on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. For more information, visit thebottlenecklive. com.

Contributed Photo Skydyed comes to Lawrence Sept. 28.






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Andrew Rosenthal/KANSAN Senior defender Aurélie Gagnet prepares to kick the ball on August 21 against Marquette. Kansas won 1-0.

Kansas soccer loses, draws in California SKYLAR ROLSTAD @SkyRolSports

Hannah Edelman/KANSAN Senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie and junior setter Ainise Havili go up to block a spike from Arkansas’ Danielle Harbin. The Jayhawks went on to beat the Razorbacks three sets to two on Saturday.

Kansas bounces back, beats Southeastern Louisiana 3-0 TIFFANY LITTLER @tlitt33

This weekend brought the first loss of the season to the Kansas volleyball team (11-1) at the Stacey Clark Classic. After defeating Xavier (6-6) in five sets early on Friday (25-15, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-5). The No. 4 Jayhawks took on No. 14 Purdue later that evening. Kansas’ regular-season non-conference winning streak came to an end for the first time since 2014 at 25 matches. The Jayhawks took their first loss of the season as they fell to Purdue (9-1) in four sets (2521, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14). “We played a good team tonight. They were prepared and ready,” said coach Ray Bechard in a press release. “We weren’t.

Bottom line is, we have to learn from what we saw tonight.” Kansas seemed to follow that advice as they went on to face Southeasten Louisiana (1-11) for the teams’ first-ever meeting on Saturday. This match proved easier for the Jayhawks as they won in just three sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-12). It was a successful day for a pair of freshmen. Outside hitter Jada Burse saw her first career start and led the team with nine kills. Burse recorded five kills in just the first set. Defensive specialist Allie Nelson recorded her first career ace in the third set, followed by two more. Bechard was pleased with the performance of some players who don’t see much playing time such as Nelson and junior

defensive specialists Addison Barry and Tori Miller.

They work their butt off and are extremely diligent about what they do.” Ray Bechard Kansas coach

“They make it work in practice. They work their butt off and are extremely diligent about what they do,” said Bechard. “Allie potentially could be our libero at some point in her career at Kansas. That’s how good we feel about her…I was happy that Allie could get in there. I thought that’s probably how she would play when

she got the opportunity.” The Jayhawks almost had as many service aces (seven) as they did service errors (eight). The Kansas defense held the Lions to a -.011 hitting percentage. Whereas the Kansas offense had a .245 hitting percentage with 41 kills out of 106 attempts. “I thought we performed pretty well. The hitting efficiency was a little bit to be desired and certainly that’s something we’re going to have to clean up prior to next week,” Bechard said. Kansas will return home to host Oklahoma on Wednesday to kick off conference conference play. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

In the most difficult weekend of the season for Kansas soccer, the team came away with a loss to 12th-ranked USC and a draw against No. 25 Pepperdine. Southern California punished Kansas for defensive mistakes in a 2-0 loss. On Sunday against Pepperdine, the Jayhawks notched a 1-1 draw after double overtime expired. Grace Hagan scored the only goal on the weekend for the Jayhawks. Though the Jayhawks suffered a shutout loss to USC, the team turned in a positive performance, one Kansas coach Mark Francis was proud of. “I felt like we had a good game plan aand the kids executed it exactly the way we wanted,” Francis said. “We really made it tough on them for a good part of the game but, unfortunately, good teams like that take advantage of mistakes and they did that on two of our mistakes.” The Jayhawks made it through the first half scoreless. The Trojans jumped into the lead early, just under two minutes into the first half. Kansas held USC to seven shots in the first half to its six shots. Things went downhill in the second half as the Jayhawks conceded more possessions to the Trojans. The Trojans took 14 shots in the second half, scoring both of their goals, and held Kansas to 5 shots. Against the Pepperdine Waves on Sunday, Kansas

continued a scoring trend in recent games, save for Friday’s loss, with Hagan scoring to take the lead in the first half. Besides the loss to USC, the only other time the Jayhawks have been shut out this season was Sept. 2, in a 1-0 double overtime loss to Nebraska. Despite only two goals on the day, the match was packed with offense, but not much accuracy. Kansas and Pepperdine combined for 41 shots. Kansas, however, was only forced to make five saves and Pepperdine made six. Fatigue after travel and tough matches for both teams on Friday must have played their part on Sunday. The Jayhawks took the lead in the 16th minute thanks to Hagan. Also in the first half, the Waves grabbed their goal in the 36th minute. In both games this weekend, Kansas made a change in goalkeepers. Regan Gibbs started both games in goal for the Jayhawks, replacing regular starter Maddie Dobyns. Gibbs also played the second half of Kansas’s 3-0 win over UMKC last Sunday. After surviving a couple tough tests against ranked teams, the Jayhawks gear up for the start of the conference season. Kansas takes on Texas Tech next Friday, Sept. 23, at Rock Chalk Park. That match kicks off at 7 p.m.

— Edited by Chandler Boese

Turnovers punish KU in blowout loss to Memphis BRIAN MINI


Chances of a comeback last week against Ohio were stopped by sloppy turnovers. On the road against Memphis, it was much worse in a 43-7 loss Saturday afternoon. The first half was filled with turnovers, three coming from redshirt junior quarterback Montell Cozart and the fourth from sophomore Ryan Willis. It was only slightly better in the second half with Cozart’s interception and sophomore Steven Sims’ fumble. Thirteen of Memphis’ 33 first half points came from these turnovers, which included a Cozart interception returned for a touchdown at the end of the half. The lone offensive bright

spot came on a 66-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Khalil Herbert. Aside from that, the offense struggled and suffered from false starts and unsuccessful passes that started from the backfield. Kansas finished with a total of five penalties in the first half and finished the game with eight. Despite the lopsided score, the biggest problem for the defense was an injury suffered by starting junior linebacker Joe Dineen, who left in the first quarter of the game. To make matters worse, Kansas actually led in time of possession by over a minute. After Cozart’s struggles in the first half, head coach David Beaty sent Willis into

the game for the second half. The sophomore’s limited playing time in the first half culminated in a fumble. Beaty’s early season tradition of alternating quarterbacks continued in the second half as well. Cozart finished with a 59 percent completion percentage for 87 yards and Willis finished with 69 percent passing for 80 yards. At first it looked as if Cozart had fixed his turnover problems in the second half but that changed during a promising drive when Cozart threw his second pick of the game with Kansas at the 23-yard line of Memphis. Despite the final score, Kansas’ defense wasn’t as bad as the loss would make it seem. The defense finished with five sacks and 10

Missy Minear/KANSAN Redshirt junior quarterback Montell Cozart looks to throw the ball to a receiver against Rhode Island on Sept. 3. Kansas won its home opener 55-6.

tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. had his best game of the season and finished with three tackles for a loss and

two sacks. Aside from Herbert, who finished with 74 yards on 6 carries, there were two more standout freshmen. Cornerback Mike Lee

finished third on the team with four tackles, while wide receiver Keegan Brewer caught three passes for 36 yards.


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