The University Daily Kansan, March 5, 2020

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Pack your bags Students abroad are sent home amid coronavirus fears

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Lawrence Arts Center The Lawrence Arts Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary on April 11. To celebrate, its Benefit Art Auction will feature artists from the last four decades.

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A KU economics professor won the 2020 Sadie Collective Award for Academic Scholarship and Mentorship for her work as a mentor and researcher at the University.

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KU students studying abroad in Italy, South Korea and China have all been asked to return back to Lawrence due to the increasing threat presented by the novel coronavirus.

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KU offers route to and from MCI over spring break

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Colette Kennedy, a junior at the University of Kansas, went to bed one night dreaming of Italian culture and cuisine. She woke up to an email that took it all away. Kennedy, a business and marketing major from St. Louis, is packing up her bags, along with the rest of the study abroad program in Italy, due to the rapidly increasing public health threat posed by novel coronavirus. Saturday, University students received an email from the Study Abroad Office which asked all students participating in the program in Italy to make plans to leave by Friday, March 6. "I woke up the next morning

to hear my friends discussing an email we had received saying our program was canceled," Kennedy said. "It was very disheartening and upsetting knowing this was probably going to cancel our program."

“We sincerely regret that world events are impacting our programs.” Jackie Langdon Study abroad coordinator

The decision affected 43 total students, including 35 in Italy, seven in South Korea and one in

China, University Spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said in an email to the Kansan. BarcombPeterson said the University also canceled its spring break study abroad programs in Italy, which affected 17 students. Study Abroad Outreach Coordinator Jackie Langdon said the University suspended the program because it does not want to send students to countries with a CDC Level 3 or Level 4 threat warning. “We sincerely regret that world events are impacting our programs and the participation of our students in these experiences, particularly as we know the level of investment our students have made in preparing for their Continue on page 2

Transportation Services at the University of Kansas will provide transportation for students to and from Kansas City International Airport throughout spring break, according to an email from transportation services. Shuttles will depart from the Lawrence campus five times per day from March 4 to 7 from multiple locations on campus, according to the email. Return trips are also scheduled five times per day from March 13 to 15. Space will be limited to 10 passengers per trip and the rate will be $35 each way per passenger. The program is a continuation of the pilot program transportation services offered last winter break.

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Trivia roundup

A collection of information on trivia nights around town: The Burger Stand, Free State Brewery, Dempsey’s and RPG are just a few of the many popular trivia nights in Lawrence.

Max Schieber, Student Senate university affairs chair and president of the Association of University Residence Halls, said he proposed the idea for the service last year and worked with transportation services to help implement it. “It was really a service that a lot of other schools had and it didn’t make sense that KU didn’t have it, especially with our massive outof-state, international student population,” Schieber said.

“It was really a service that a lot of other schools had, and it didn’t make sense that KU didn’t have it.”

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After 25 years at the Biodiversity Institute and KU Natural History Museum, Leonard Krishtalka will retire in December 2020.

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KU softball vs. UMKC

The Jayhawks meet the Kangaroos in Arrocha Ballpark Saturday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Leonard Krishtalka, director of the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will be retiring after 25 years. Dec. 31 will be his last day at the University. After being with the museum since 1995, Krishtalka said he is retiring to focus on other endeavors and hobbies. “I like writing,and I need more

time,” Krishtalka said. “I am also an avid cyclist and want to travel some more.” Krishtalka has published two novels in his “Harry Przewalski” series, which include “The Bone Field'' and “Death Spoke.” He said “The Camel Driver,” the third book in the murder-mystery series, will be released this May. He plans on releasing another book this November and is currently working on a fifth novel. As director of the Natural History Museum, Krishtalka has been responsible for funding for

research, expeditions, scholarships, professorships and more. The museum has generated more than $90 million during Krishtalkas tenure, according to KU Today. Additionally, he works with museum scientists to shape the next generation of ideas in biodiversity science. “It’s leading the discovery of knowledge and biodiversity science, ultimately, for environmental well-being and human well-being,” Krishtalka said. Continue on page 4

The cost of the service has increased from $27 to $35 to make up for lost money from the first service offered last winter break, according to information from transportation services provided to the Kansan by Schieber. Students can now sign up for the service through the KU Parking Portal. Following their payment, they can confirm their pickup location information, or add themselves to a waiting list if space fills up. Schieber also said transportation services will provide the service during every academic break except for summer.



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Free Staters, led by Grant Daily and Apramay Mishra, is the only coalition running in the 2020 Student Senate election.

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Free Staters is the only coalition running in the 2020 Student Senate Elections, said Elections Commission Chair Wyatt Risovi-Hendrickson. The deadline for a coalition to file for the election was Friday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. This is the second year in a row that a coalition is running unopposed in the Student Senate race. Last year, Student Body President Tiara Floyd and Student Body Vice President Seth Wingerter led the only coalition, Crimson+Blue. Voter turnout dropped from nearly 30% in 2018 to approximately 10% in 2019. Free Staters is led by pres-

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have made in preparing for their semesters abroad,” Langdon said in an email to the Kansan. Taylen Baumgardner, a junior from Burlington, Kansas studying strategic communications, said she was devastated when she heard the news from the University. “The email was truly heartbreaking and hard to believe,” Baumgardner said. “I have no words to describe the feeling — just a painful, confusing moment that I had to accept.” Baumgardner was studying in Milan for one month before she heard the news. She said the abrupt return not only thew off her many planned trips, but also took her away from a place that held strong meaning to her. “I feel as though I didn’t have enough time to learn the ins and outs of Milan,” Baumgardner said. “It is such a special place in the heart of Italy, and I feel as though I have been robbed of a unique opportunity while still being thankful for the time I did have.” Jasmine King, a junior from St. Louis studying business, was studying in Paderno Del Grappa, Italy before the announcement from the University. King said the news came as a disappointing but acceptable reality. “I definitely agree with the decision, because if they didn’t suspend the program, then it could’ve gotten worse and we would’ve been stuck in another country with no way of knowing when we’ll return home,” King said. Langdon said students return-

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it looks against an opponent,” Henson said.

idential candidate Apramay Mishra and vice presidential candidate Grant Daily. Mishra is currently the finance committee vice chair, and Daily is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences senator and the former government relations director. “I think we kind of anticipated this to some extent, so now it’s just about getting people interested in Student Senate, figuring out how we can make it an accessible space and just make this election season fun and getting people involved, despite the fact that it’s not competitive,” said Addison Henson, Free Staters’ campaign manager and the current internal affairs director. The coalition is still working on developing its platforms

but is discussing running on platforms focused on student engagement, mental health and sexual assault prevention. At the last three meetings, members have discussed reforming Student Senate internally, increasing STD testing on campus, shifting dining halls into study halls after hours and revitalizing residence halls. Henson said she is excited for the freedom that the lack of competition will give the coalition members in developing their platforms. “In terms of platforms, it definitely gives us an opportunity to push the envelope a little bit more because you don’t have to be as safe with what you’re asking for when you [don’t] have to consider how

ing to the United States have been asked by the CDC to self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days upon arrival. Because of this, non-local students have had to decide if they should come back to Lawrence or return home for the break. Baumgardner, however, was left without a place to live on campus. “I will not return to Lawrence this semester, sadly, as I gave up my lease before I went abroad,” Baumgardner said.

Local Boy Scouts continues work despite national bankruptcy filing

“Plans are being developed to offer a lot of online education” Pavika Saripalli Watkins Health Services

Baumgardner said after coming back, she is uncertain how to fill the remaining eight weeks of the semester, but she has the option to continue at Milan’s online university. In addition, Pavika Saripalli, the interim chief of staff at Watkins Health Services, said the University is working to transfer many of its classes online. This is also a contingency plan should the virus result in a total campus closure, although officials doubt such an event will occur. “Plans are being developed to offer a lot of online education,” Saripalli said. “In the very unlikely event we have either a full-blown outbreak, or there’s a desire on the part of parents and students to not be physically present for their classes, they’re going to try to drastically increase what’s available online and be able to convert in-person classes very quickly.”

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The Boy Scouts of America National Council was shrouded in controversy and rebuke after a lawsuit brought to light what critics argued was an inherently unsafe environment for children. In a lawsuit that gained national attention, eight men sued the organization for sexual abuse they endured from scout leaders when they were children. Last month, the organization filed for bankruptcy in an effort to fund compensation for other victims who experienced sexual abuse within the organization. It filed under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which allows organizations to sort out financial challenges and continue to operate as usual. Troop 53, a Lawrence-based troop with more than 50 registered Scouts, has operated normally since the news of the bankruptcy was made public. A chartered organization representative of Troop 53, Kip Grosshans, said the troop has made a point to be transparent in addressing concerns regarding sexual abuse. Grosshans said most of the concerns regarding sexual abuse has come from the parents of potential members. “Parents absolutely have those questions,” Grosshans said. “We hold open meetings with families of potential new members so that they can get all the Q&A done that they want to.” In addition to increased transparency, the national organization has implemented new registration requirements for the

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“In terms of platforms, it definitely gives us an opportunity to push the envelope a little bit more” Addison Henson Free Staters’ campaign manager

While coalitions can no longer file for the election, the deadline for all independent candidates is March 30, Hendrickson said. The coalition’s next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, in the Kansas Union.

troop’s adult leaders. According to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, these requirements include “criminal background check and mandatory Youth Protection training” and a “volunteer screening database check.” The two-deep leadership policy also forbids one-on-one contact between adult leaders and youth members. John Rowland, the Scoutmaster for Troop 53, said he appreciates the program’s attempts to protect Boy Scouts. “One of the things I have always appreciated about Scouts is that even when I was dropping off my older son for a campout that I wasn’t even attending, was they have set up the program in a way to try to protect and defend as many of those situations as they can,” Rowland said. A lot of boys involved in the Scouts joined because they had fathers or older brothers who were in the Scouts. Caleb Rowland, the troop’s current Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and son of John Rowland said he initially joined the troop because of family pressure. After attending the Boy Scout’s camp located in New Mexico, Caleb said he realized how much joy the Boy Scouts brings him. Scout Law makes a point to emphasize the things Caleb enjoys about the Boy Scouts: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent,” Scout Law says. Lawrence’s Troop 53 works daily to ensure, even in complicated times, that its Scouts do their best to abide by these 12 principles.

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Susan Klusmeier presents for role of vice provost of undergraduate studies

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Klusmeier, interim vice provost of undergraduate studies, is one of four candidates competing to become vice provost of undergraduate studies.

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Susan Klusmeier, the interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, emphasized the importance of being a student-ready institution in her presentation for the position of vice provost of undergraduate studies on Tuesday, March 3. Klusmeier, one of four final-

ists for the position, defined a student-ready institution as a school that knows its students, highlights students’ skills and the knowledge they bring to the University of Kansas, and has shared values across all departments of the University. “Being a student-ready institution is really about doing this work across, up-down, inside out,” Klusmeier said. “It really

needs to permeate every single thing we do. It’s not enough for it just to happen in one space.” As vice provost of undergraduate studies, Klusmeier said she wants to prioritize student retention at the University. Klusmeier said the University’s retention rate has steadily increased since she first came to the University as interim vice provost of undergraduate studies in 2016, but she thinks the University must double down on its retention strategies to ensure students are staying and also getting the most out of their experience. “Our students generally like it here,” Klusmeier said. “Out of our seniors surveyed, 85% said they would do this all over again and come back to us. The question you have to ask yourself is, ‘Is 85% good enough?’” Klusmeier said breaking down data will help in deciding how to improve student retention. This includes looking at different student demographics. She said data will help the University figure out how students such as first-generation and Pell Grant-eligible students navigate the institution.

In her role as vice provost for undergraduate studies, Klusmeier said she wants to prioritize serving transfer students, post-traditional learners, commuter students and strengthening the KU Core, among other things at the University.

“Out of our seniors surveyed, 85% said they would do this all over again and come back to us.” Susan Klusmeier Interim vice provost

Mike Williams, a member of the vice provost search committee and journalism professor at the University, asked Klusmeier during a Q&A session after her presentation how she plans on showing students the importance of the KU Core. “The Core represents about 25% of basic undergraduate education at KU,” Williams said. “How do we better relate core courses to major courses, and how do we make students better understand

KU alumnus to donate $1 million to law school Emily Johnson @EmilyJ2929

University of Kansas alumnus Christopher “Kit” Smith donated $1 million to create a fund at the School of Law in retired professor Michael Davis’ name, according to the University’s website. The School of Law has not yet determined a specific use for the funds, but Davis hopes that it will offer direct help to students and encourage others to donate at a similar level. “I am hoping that this gift will call special attention to the contributions that Mike Davis made to the law school and motivate current law school leaders to follow suit,” Smith said. After years of friendship that began while Smith was at the University, Smith said he felt like Davis had not been honored appropriately for all he had done and was determined to make a change. The friendship between the two first began in 1971, when Davis was a professor and Smith was a third-year law student at the University. “Near the end of that academic year, he and his wife invited my wife and me to dinner at their rental home in East Lawrence,” Davis said. “By then we were just friends, which we have remained

for the 48 ensuing years.” Davis continued to work for the School of Law in the following years and became dean of the School of Law in 1980. He remained dean for nine years before returning to the faculty for 26 more years.

“I am hoping that this gift will call special attention to the contributions that Mike Davis made to the law school.” Christopher Smith KU alumnus

Smith graduated from the University in 1972. Since graduating, Smith has become a successful lawyer. He now works at Dentons, one of the largest law firms in the world. Before his time at Dentons, Smith was encouraged by Davis to work in Washington D.C. “I am a very fortunate fellow to have traveled the road I am now on from Fairway, Kansas to the highest levels of global large law firm practice,” Smith said. “I owe that opportunity to the extraordinary group of professors at old Green Hall who made the effort, in class and out, to educate me in and about the practice of law.”

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A KU alumnus pledged $1 million to the University’s School of Law to commemorate his old professor.

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the value of that?” Klusmeier said she hopes to help students understand that the core curriculum at the University offers a depth of opportunity for students to step out of their major and learn things they may never have known beforehand. Charles Bankart, the associate vice provost for international affairs and another member of the search committee, asked Klusmeier about her vision to give students the best undergraduate experience they can have. “When you think about KU and you think about the quintessential undergraduate experience, what’s at the end of that?” Bankart asked. Klusmeier responded with one word: “Engagement.” She said engaging students in any way on campus is the best way to give students a good college experience and make sure they find their place on campus. Cher Hendricks, vice provost for academic initiatives at the University of Idaho, will give the final presentation for vice provost of undergraduate studies on Thursday, March 5.


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New restaurant pays homage to Lawrence history

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Big Mill features many decorations, including pictures of the former businesses located on 900 Mississippi St.

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Big Mill, a new restaurant inspired by a 19th-century Dutchstyle windmill, opened its doors to Lawrence on Feb. 19 at the corner of Ninth and Mississippi Street. The menu for the restaurant consists of handheld sandwich-

es, such as burgers and Coney Island-style hot dogs, but it specializes in Detroit-style pizza. The restaurant’s name, “Big Mill,” refers to the 64-foot tall Dutch-style windmill, the Wilder and Palm mill, that operated from 1864 to 1904 near the corner of Ninth Street and Emery Road — just a few blocks from the restaurant’s current location.

The owner of Big Mill, Brad Ziegler, started renovations of the building in July 2018 to include mill-like features such as tin ceilings and wooden floors. The mill was initially under construction during Quantrill’s Raid in 1863, according to an article by the Spencer Research Library. Damage from the raid was quickly repaired and the mill was com-

pleted in June 1864. It was, however, destroyed by a fire on April 30, 1905. Upon purchasing the building, Ziegler began to research its history at the Watkins Museum of History. “I enjoy Lawrence history, and the building itself is considered a historic landmark,” Ziegler said. “The windmill reference pays

homage not only to the Dutch mill, but also to the grocery store that occupied the site.” Ziegler found out that the building was built in 1921 when Fred Klock decided his long-established business, Klock’s Windmill Grocery, needed a new location. Ziegler was curious as to why the word, “windmill” was significant to the grocery store’s name, so he dug deeper and found out about the mill. “[Ziegler] immediately decided he wanted to open a restaurant in the space,” General Manager Stephanie Thorpe said. At the beginning stages of the restaurant, Ziegler, Thorpe and Head Chef Tim Quillin discussed what they wanted their mission statement to be. Thorpe said it did not take long for them to decide their top priority was to make sure everyone felt welcome. Ziegler has two other restaurants with historical connections, including Henry T’s which is named after Henry T. Davis, a property owner who is buried in a small cemetery north of the restaurant, and Six Mile Chop House and Tavern which refers to the hideout of the original Jayhawkers. Big Mill is located at 900 Mississippi St. and is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Papa Keno’s moving to new space Rachel Kivo @RachelKivo

Papa Keno’s Pizzeria will move to a new location this summer located at 837 Massachusetts St. Owners said the new location, formerly the home of Jock’s Nitch, features a bigger kitchen with a modern feel. David Hawley, one of the owners of the restaurant, said the old space needed drastic improvements that would take too long to finish. David owns the restaurant with his wife, Nora. “There’s only so much you can do without having to shut down and essentially put everybody out of work to shut down,” David said. David said there will also be bar seating and an upstairs mezzanine in the new space. The upstairs mezzanine can be reserved for small parties and student organizations, he said.

“We’ve never had an event space that we can section off and reserve,” David said. The new location will also feature a front patio, which David said is one of the largest dining patios on Mass Street. The front patio fits in with the liveliness of the area, David said, which is something both owners said they look forward to. Nora said she is most excited about the amount of people that will be able to fit into the new space, as the new space is “double the size of the old space,” she said. David said he is looking to keep the same open concept with the customers in the new space. “We like that interaction,” David said. Most pizzerias don’t showcase the process of making the food anymore, which is something he values, David said. “We want [the customers] to

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Papa Keno’s Pizzeria is currently located at 1035 Massachusetts St. and will be moving to 837 Massachusetts St. this summer.

appreciate the effort being made going into the food,” David said. Improvements are also being made to reduce wait times at the new space. The new kitchen will feature two ovens which the owners expect to speed up cooking. In terms of the design of the new space, David said there’s an old mural inside the restaurant that was covered by the owners at Jock’s Nitch. The mural features KU athletes’ signed names with their graduating year, spanning throughout two or three decades. The Hawleys are planning to preserve the mural and welcome any current student athletes to sign the wall to make a tribute to KU athletes. The structure of the building is modern, but still has the character of the traditional buildings on Mass Street, David said. “The finishes are going to be similar [to the old space,] but newer,” David said. With a bigger kitchen, David said he hopes to expand the menu by adding a traditional Italian beef sandwich. There will be specialty days during the week with new offerings, which will give the staff a chance to perfect certain dishes, David said. “[The new space] allows us to do more and have more freedom,” David said. “I think our new space delivers a better experience all the way around.” Papa Keno’s will remain open at its current location at 1035 Massachusetts St. with regular hours until the business moves.

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The KU Natural History Museum features over 10 million specimens.

Natural History Krishtalka said he presents his and the museum’s scientist’s knowledge to the public through the museum exhibits and outreach programs. He said he is proud that this aspect of the museum has grown a lot during his tenure. “After all, it’s our job to get as much of that information about the life of the planet to the public, to make them smarter, more informed stewards of the biodiversity of the planet,” Krishtalka said. The Natural History Museum was founded in 1864 and has grown to house over 100 researchers, scientists, graduate students and over 10 million specimens of plants and animals, according to its website. He has also been an early supporter and adopter of innovations for biodiversity research, said Jorge Soberón, a senior biodiversity modeling scientist at the museum.

Soberón said Krishtalka was an early believer in creating a network of biodiversity databases between Mexico, Canada and the United States. With his encouragement, scientists created the first proof of concept to make this possible. That network is now known as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, used by researchers in hundreds of countries. “Scientists from major institutions said, ‘no way it’s possible, you’re never going to do it,’ but we did,” Soberón said. Soberón said he praises Krishtalka for his openness and his ability to listen to others in a respectful way and create an environment that allows for disagreement. Soberón said he hopes the next director possesses those same traits. While Krishtalka accomplished many things in his 25 years at the museum, he said that while he is the leader of the Natural History Museum, all of the discoveries they make are because of the scientists and staff.

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“Sweat Sweetie” on display in the Chalmers art and design gallery until March 5

Grilled cheese and tomato soup at Decade located at 920 Delaware St.

“The Way Back” releases in theaters on March 6

Lianne La Havas released her single, “Bittersweet” on March 3

“Yours, Anne” shows at Theatre Lawrence on March 8

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Can’t miss Lawrence area arts events Rylie Koester @RylieKoester

From the University of Kansas’s 43rd annual jazz festival to an event with author Louise Erdrich, the Lawrence-area has several events to put on your calendar this March. Here are four events to watch out for. Friday, March 6 | 43rd Annual KU Jazz Festival | The Lied Center This year’s KU Jazz Festival Friday, March 6 at the Lied Center will pay tribute to Kansas City, Kansas native Charlie Parker. The festival will include performances from saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Helen Sung, the KU jazz ensemble and more.

University Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Erdrich will discuss her new book “The Night Watchman.” The event is free and open to the public. Opens Friday, March 20 | “Indecent” | William Inge Memorial Theatre The University Theatre will open “Indecent” Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at William Inge Memorial Theatre. There will be more performances of the show on March 21, 22 and 25 to 29. Tickets can be purchased on the University Theatre’s website

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Check out these events to mark on your calendar in March.

Tuesday, March 10 | Readings from Katharine Coldiron, Rachel McCarthy James, John Trefry | The Raven Book Store Authors Katherine Coldiron, Rachel McCarthy James and John Trefry will read from their new works, speak about publishing and more at The Raven Book Store Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 | An Evening with Louise Erdrich | Haskell Indian Nations University Author Louise Erdrich will speak at Haskell Indian Nations

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The Raven Book Store will host author discussions on March 10.






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Why I stopped wearing makeup

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that I would have to alter it in order to look acceptable in public makes my stomach turn. Why can’t my face just be my face? Why can’t a zit just be a zit? It’s the same with high heels and the Spanx I used to wear under my choir dress in high school. It hurts, and it doesn’t do anything other than make me look different. Not better-just different. Different in a way that gives me the benefit of a Default Appearance, or as close to it as I can get.

FFA of the Day: “I smell like McLain’s.” “Extra! Extra! Nothing matters!” “National Treasure IS a horror movie.” “I hate being drunk when the sun’s out.” “Do you like your KitKat with or Opinion columnist Jamie Hawley explains her problem with “everyday” makeup.

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“I only get positive honks.”

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“My friend literally put a clorox


wipe in her mouth once — and she lived.” “And now, you enjoy the bone.” “I’m giving up my daddy kink for lent.” “I like extra mayo on my McChickens… cause I’m nasty.” “I’m a feral man-boy.” “Are you watching The Bachelor

I’m always stuck by a deep sense of foreboding when I write a column. Before I even get to the thesis of the piece, I’m writing disclaimers or trying to head off the obvious counterarguments. Of course women can wear makeup if they want to! Of course they can wear high heels and shapewear and get plastic surgery! It’s your body, and you can do what you want with it! Nobody’s telling you to burn your bras. Live your life the way you want to and everything will be fine and dandy!

But I don’t mean it. Well, I mean a little bit of it. Please donate your bras instead of burning them. It’s much better for the environment. But the rest of it, quite frankly, is garbage. No one should wear makeup. That’s my thesis. No disclaimers. However, we need disclaimers because we live in a world of nuance. For one thing, I don’t take much of an issue with costume makeup or makeup for the purpose of art. I’m more referring to the “everyday” makeup routine, the kind designed to hide the fact that you, like all other humans, are a person with skin. Moreover, I think if anyone wants to wear makeup, regardless of gender or presentation, they should do it. But as I get older, and as I talk to my friends or watch beauty vlog-

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gers on YouTube, I’ve started to think more about the meaning of “want.” Is this what we want, really? To be more comfortable with our face after we’ve augmented it? To spend hours of time and dozens of dollars on changing our bodies to look like...what, exactly? Everyone else? Or what they want us to believe is “everyone else”? Another disclaimer: I don’t wear makeup, and I never really have. I’ve worn it for dances, going out, and speech tournaments in high school, but I don’t get up and beat my face every morning. It’s a skill I’ve never learned, and I don’t plan on learning it because one day I got up for school and I went to put concealer on a zit and thought, “This is ridiculous.” Because a zit is a zit. And my face is my face. And the thought

It’s your body, and you can do what you want with it! There is safety in conformity, and there always has been. But I’m so tired of conforming. I’m so tired of looking in the mirror and seeing something wrong with my body. Aren’t you? Aren’t we all? Again, disclaimers. I would never want my words to make someone feel ashamed of doing something that makes them feel happy or comfortable. But I’ve been told to wear makeup to get dates, jobs, attention, validation and self-worth, despite the fact that it has never once worked. So I don’t wear makeup. If you do, I hope it’s because you want to, and not because you feel like you need to. Jamie Hawley is senior from Salina studying English, political science and communications.

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“being bi is fun because i just caught this one guy and i


checking out the same girl at a coffee shop” “he looks like a baseball!” “tortellini is the most inherently evil type of pasta” “Maybe you’ll find out, but maybe you’ll also be dead.” “Alright, I’ll get a whole pickle but I’ll feel weird about” “If Pete is old, then Biden is a grandpa in a jacket” “My gay friend just told me that with every bite of ChickFil-A she eats, she gets shoved further into the closet”

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OK Boomers, let’s talk about Sanders’ socialism

When discussing modern political candidates, there’s often a negative reaction to the word “socialist.” With Bernie Sanders now the front-runner of the 2020 Democratic primary election, it’s time to have a conversation about socialism. Sanders is not a socialist in the way that most people think he is. Many compare his policies to ones found in nations such as Cuba and Venezuela, which are outright communist regimes. In reality, his policies are closer to what you’ll find in countries such as Norway and Finland, two of the happiest countries on Earth. Many people perceive his attacks on billionaires and the healthcare industry as trying to take down capitalism and destroy competition when that’s simply not true. He’s not trying to give the government full control of our economy; he’s trying to use some of the wealth that the richest people in our country have hoarded to make life better for the rest of us. Yes, he does have some extreme beliefs, such as claiming that ‘billionaires shouldn’t exist,’ but is that really such a horrible thing to think when we have people like Jeff Bezos — whose wealth is so massive that it’s difficult to even comprehend? When you look at countries around the world that are succeeding today in taking care of

Bernie Sanders addresses a crowd of supporters at a 2016 campaign rally in Lawrence.

their people, they are following a system called social democracy (more widely known as democratic socialism in the United States, despite slight differences), which is the very system that Sanders is trying to bring to the forefront of American politics. Just look at the different governments of the Scandinavian Peninsula for examples of how to balance out our capitalist system with more progressive policies. They’re simply trying to maintain what works with capitalism while fixing what doesn’t with extensive social welfare programs. They don’t strangle competition and innovation within their industries with an overbearing government; they make sure everyone has equal opportunities for education and fair treatment

in the workplace. They don’t destroy their medical care by making it accessible to everyone; they use universal health care to save lives. Of course there will always be arguments against bringing these systems to the United States, and some of them are fair. These countries are significantly smaller than us and much less diverse, so bringing such radical changes might not work out as well here. Some of these policies would also be expensive to implement on such a widespread scale. There are always pros and cons that are worth discussing when looking into political systems and progressive policies. But my point is we need to stop looking at socialism and similar ideologies like they are these evil ideas trying to kill everything this

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country holds dear. We’re never going to be able to move forward as a nation if we’re not at least willing to be open-minded to new and different ideas. Take a chance to do some research on democratic socialism or social democracy before you start to criticize Sanders for thinking progressively and trying to make some actual change in this country. Politics are extremely complex, so being better informed about the topics you discuss– whether you end up being for or against them–is never a bad thing. Once you start to listen, you might even like what Sanders has to say. Wyatt Hall is a sophomore from Bonner Springs studying business analytics.

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Azubuike, Moss celebrate senior night, look to NCAA tournament


fouled for the and-1 basket. A couple possessions later, the former McDonald’s All-American caught a lob pass from sophomore guard Ochai Agbaji before finishing with a thunderous two-handed dunk. The highlight play triggered a collective ‘raise the roof’ celebration from the Jayhawks’ student section. Azubuike scored his final points of the game with a little help from fellow senior, Moss.

“I couldn’t do it. I wanted to go out there, and I wanted to play with my teammates.” Udoka Azubuike Senior center

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Senior center Udoka Azubuike and senior guard Isaiah Moss speak after the game. Kansas beat TCU 75-66 on Wednesday, March 4.

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Normally a conference title-sealing win for Kansas men’s basketball inside Allen Fieldhouse would present nothing but cheers from players. While there were some, all of the glee later turned into tears. Kansas’ 75-66 win over TCU marked the final home game for the Jayhawks’ seniors, center Udoka Azubuike and guard Isaiah Moss. From Delta, Nigeria, Azubuike committed to Kansas on Jan. 28, 2016. He arrived at the University of Kansas at the young age of 16. Over his four year career, he

eventually grew into one of the most dynamic big men in program history. “Walking around a campus with 18 and 19 year-old freshmen and you’re 16 — you should be a sophomore in high school,” Self said of Azubuike. “He came here, and he grew up fast.” This year, Azubuike became the 17th Kansas player during the Bill Self era to eclipse 1000 career points. He is currently averaging a double-double and a National Player of the Year candidate. Through all of his accolades this season, Azubuike has credited his teammates for much of his success. And in his senior speech, he gave them an ovation.

“You’re like brothers to me, right here,” Azubuike said as he pointed to his fellow Jayhawks. “Like, we go through battles every [game]. We argue. We laugh. We’ve been through a lot... I really want to tell you guys I love you. I appreciate all you guys have done for me.” Azubuike also gave a shoutout to Kansas fans in his post-game press conference. “[The fans] have been really supportive of everything,” Azubuike said with tears in his eyes. “Coming to Kansas, [now] playing my last game here, they gave it their all. From day one, they’ve been by my side the whole time.”

Coming into the game, Azubuike was listed as questionable after rolling his ankle against Kansas State. He said he initially thought he wouldn’t be able to play. “I couldn’t just sit out on my senior night,” Azubuike said. “I couldn’t do it. I wanted to go out there and I wanted to play with my teammates.” He did just that. He fought through the injury and ended up having a career night. Azubuike got off to a fast start to the night, as he scored the Jayhawks’ first 10 points of the game. Just 2:27 into the game, Azubuike received an entry pass before performing a drop-step into his signature hook shot while being

Driving hard towards the basket, Moss hit Azubuike on the low block before the towering center rose up for another two-handed flush. This score set a new career-high for Azubuike: 31 points on a near-perfect 13-of-14 from the field. After spending the first three years of his career at Iowa, Moss came to Kansas as a graduate transfer this off-season. He has provided some much-needed 3-point shooting to the Jayhawks’ lineup, as he has knocked down 48-of-136. “[Moss] has only been here for about seven months. But, we’d have no chance of having that right there if he didn’t come here,” Self said has he pointed to the Big 12 championship trophy. Moss made sure to acknowledge the Kansas faithful in his post-game speech. “I’ve been to a lot of arenas in my college career and there’s nothing like this at all,” Moss said. “I want to say this: I think I speak for all my teammates — we’re going to do all we can to bring the National Championship home to y’all.”

‘Family here’: De Carvalho, Ramalho cherish last home game Sam Lance


The pregame festivities for the women’s basketball game Tuesday against Iowa State featured something a little different than usual. On senior night for forward Mariane de Carvalho and guard Niccolly Ramalho, the national anthem from their home country Brazil was played to honor their time at Kansas. Ramalho was overcome with emotion, as she said the anthem brought her to tears. “My time here has been life changing. I have a family here,” Ramalho said. “You just had to look at the stands, and you could see all those people support us. There was no way I wasn’t going to cry.” Although Kansas struggled in the game with a 61-42 loss, the seniors received their sentimental final minutes at home and took advantage of their opportunities on the court. De Carvalho started off her senior night on the right foot, knocking down a 3-pointer for the Jayhawks’ first score of the game. The Araraquara, Brazil, native finished with nine points, four rebounds and one assist. This season, De Carvalho has been a key senior leader to the young Jayhawk team. As an every-game starter, she is one of five Kansas players averaging double

figures with 10.2 points per game and also averages the third most rebounds at 4.7 per game. For her career, she has tallied 402 total points and 63 made 3-pointers. “One moment that will always be on my mind would be the pass I made behind the back in December,” De Carvalho said. “That was a big moment. Everyone was congratulating me for the pass.” From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ramalho received All-Academic Big 12 honors this season. In her senior year she has averaged just 8.2 minutes per game and 1.1 points, but Ramalho is the most vocal on the bench and cheers on her team like no other. Ramalho subbed in the fourth quarter and immediately hit a 3-pointer, sending the crowd into a frenzy. She added three rebounds and two assists in her 10 minutes of game time and played hard defense leading to two steals. “Over the past two years you can see a significant improvement in our culture, and those two young ladies are highly responsible for that,” coach Brandon Schneider said. “There’s not one person who’s ever met them that has a negative thing to say about them.” Kansas will play its regular season finale on the road in the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

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Senior forward Mariane De Carvalho drives the ball against Iowa State. The Jayhawks fell to the Cyclones 61-42 Tuesday, March 3.

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KU takes down Creighton 3-2 in home opener

allowed four hits. The Jayhawks responded with a run of their own by sophomore outfielder Casey Burnham in the bottom of the third. In the top of the fourth inning, senior pitcher Cole Larsen came on in relief. Larsen conquered the mound for three innings, allowing

two hits and just one run. In the bottom of the fifth, bases were loaded, but the Jayhawks only scored one run on a hit by the pitch. Creighton answered the bell in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by junior catcher David Vilches tying the score at 2-2. An RBI-single through the left side of the infield by junior catcher/first baseman Nolan Metcalf gave the Jayhawks the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Blake Goldsberry took over the mound in the top of the eighth inning and tossed a scoreless frame. Junior pitcher Jonah Ulane got his chance to slam the door in the ninth inning and did just that. Burnham had a stellar game recording three runs and one hit against Creighton. “The [win] against Creighton was a big one,” Price said. “[They’re] a team that won the Big East championship last year and played in the NCAA tournament ... We found a way to beat a really good team today with two starters out of the lineup.” Price is excited for his team to get healthier. “We are gonna keep getting better the more games we can play when we get healthier and get a chance to get our reps, but it was an important game for us.” The Jayhawks host Indiana State Friday, March 6, at 3 p.m.



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Junior pitcher Steve Washilewski pitches the ball against Creighton. The Jayhawks defeated the Bluejays 3-2 Wednesday, March 4.

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Coming off of the unsuccessful games in the First Pitch Invitational, Kansas baseball returned to Lawrence for its home opener at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks (6-6) hosted the

Creighton Bluejays (4-6), and came out with a 3-2 win. “I’ve been here 18 years and this is by far the best weather we’ve ever had for a home opener,” head coach Ritch Price said. “We’ve played three weeks on the road and it’s been freezing cold everywhere we’ve been, so it was really

fun to play and have a nice game.” Junior Steve Washilewski was the starting pitcher for Kansas, pitching for three innings. He was able to keep the Bluejays quiet for the first two innings, but Creighton struck with a run in the top of the third. Washilewski pitched for a total of three innings and only

Jiayu Chen reflects on exceptional first year with KU swim and dive Kylie Hanna


In one season, freshman Jiayu Chen has accomplished just about everything an athlete would want. Chen has broken records with an undefeated regular-season streak, all while keeping a steady goal to continue improving. At the Big 12 Championships on Feb. 28, Chen won her first career conference title by setting the meet record in the women’s

three-meter dive. “Honestly, I didn’t know about the record, but I was very surprised,” Chen said. The freshman scored 384.60, outscoring second place by three points. Chen became the second-ever Kansas Big 12 diving champion, following then-senior Vicky Xu’s performance at the 2019 Big 12 Championships. “I wasn’t thinking about trying to be the champion, I just wanted to do my best,” Chen said.

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Freshman diver Jiayu Chen prepares to dive. Kansas won the dual against Nebraska 192-103 Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Chen has gone nine-for-nine in the three-meter, holding an undefeated streak so far this season. In the regular season competitions, she held a perfect 16-for-16 in first-place finishes in both the one-meter and the three-meter. It was her second place finish in the one-meter at the Big 12 Championships that put a stop to her perfect record. “I’m so proud of what she’s done, acclimating to school, culture, everything, and to come out ahead is outstanding,” coach Gabe Downey said. Chen attended high school in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, located in southeast China. This is her first semester at the University of Kansas. “I chose KU because I wanted to improve my English,” Chen said. “I knew that KU had a good program.” Chen’s success on the boards has not gone unnoticed. The record-setting athlete received two Big 12 diver of the week honors. Chen was the third freshman ever awarded this honor during an opening weekend on Oct. 16, 2019. She earned the second on Jan. 22 With less than a week before the NCAA Championships, Chen said she does not have any specific goals, other than to qualify and do her best.





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Free throw percentage for Aniya Thomas this season

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Rushing yards fished for KU football last season