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Intense SGA election comes to an end, RooSERVE receives student body vote and submission procedures. Roze Brooks This RooSERVE slate is Editor-in-Chief unique compared to the outgoing The 2014-15 Student executive board. The incoming Government Association election officers consist of two students came to a close on Friday May involved in Greek Life. At the 2. UMKC students were asked SGA debate on March 25, a to cast their vote before ballots student attendee asked Merrell, closed at 5 p.m. on Roo Groups. a member of Alpha Sigma After tallying the student Alpha, and Betancourt-Garcia, a responses, RooSERVE has been member of Lambda Theta Phi, if elected to serve as the new SGA this would interfere with their executive board for the upcoming ability to remain objective during school year. A celebratory post their tenure. could be found on the slate’s “How do we stay objective?” Facebook page shortly after the Betancourt-Garcia said. “Because announcement on Friday. I’m not 100 percent Greek. I wear “Dear UMKC students, we other hats on campus. My ears are excited to announce that are open to everyone, not just RooSERVE will continue a Greek.” Jake Newstrom tradition of inclusion, innovation Merrell shared a similar and integrity for another year,” determination to remain the post said. receptive to all facets of campus. The newly appointed SGA executive board will be led by “For me, it’s school first student body President and always,” she said. “One’s persons criminal justice and criminology needs do not outweigh the needs major Rachel Jenkins. Her of the many.” team consists of Executive Vice Among the other tasks the President Juan Betancourt- newly elected board will Garcia, Administrative Vice encounter as UMKC enters President Alexandria Merrell the upcoming school year, the and Comptroller Jake Newstrom. creation of two new councils: the Some upcoming challenges LGBTQIA Affairs Council and for the incoming executive the Service Members Council are board include disseminating still in the process of exploring information about major changes their new seats on SGA and made to the Student Activity SAFC. Additionally, the tobaccoFee Committee allocation ban, an initiative passed through process. Student organizations the exiting SGA administration, are encouraged to communicate will go into effect on August 1. with their respective councils to Alexandria Merrell receive updates on budget request

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April 29 11:30 a.m. The victim received a harassing note.


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April 29 12:48 p.m. Male suspects were yelling at a female from their vehicle.

April 28 3:29 p.m. The victim left her property unattended and returned to find it missing.

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OFF THE MAP: April 11, 3:05 p.m.— The victim left her property in her suite and returned to find it missing. April 17, 5:47 p.m.— The victim returned to find her rental car had a scratch on it.


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Breakfast with Jake:

alumna takes med-tech to the next level

have open-heart surgery and we ended up staying here so he could be close to the physicians.” Coming from Europe to Knob Noster, Mo., a small town located roughly an hour east of Kansas City, Gash called the move a big adjustment. The town is mainly supported by Whiteman Air Force Base, where her father was stationed until his retirement. She graduated from high school there and went to the University of Missouri in Columbia for her Deborah Gash bachelor’s degree. When it came to what she wanted to study, her Jake Newstrom brother’s medical experiences A&E Editor factored into her decision to Deborah Gash, vice president pursue health care. “I can remember going to and chief information officer at the hospital and him being in Saint Luke’s Health System, has isolation,” Gash said. “He was had her hands especially full in the last few months. Saint seeing doctors all the time, Luke’s recently overhauled so that was an interesting its traditional pen-and-paper exposure.” She was initially interested information system and brought it up to current technology in becoming a doctor, but after standards. This was only one discovering that the science of the more recent projects of aspect of health care wasn’t for the busy executive, who spends her, she chose to pursue a degree her days directing information in health services management. technology at one of the area’s Upon graduating, she took a job at Humana in Chicago, where largest health care networks. Gash was born in England, she went through a management where her father was stationed training program that she in the U.S. Air Force. She is a describes as exceptional. She self-described military brat, worked in the health care having lived throughout both industry in Chicago for a few Europe and the United States. years before moving back to She moved to Missouri as a Missouri with her husband to be high school freshman because closer to family. She found a job her younger brother had a heart in Kansas City as a consultant at a firm that does accounting for defect. “He needed open-heart small hospitals. “As a consultant, I did a surgery, and Saint Luke’s was project for Saint Luke’s, who was the only facility doing the kind of procedure that my brother beginning to acquire physician needed,” Gash said. “We moved practices,” Gash said. “This here so that my brother could was the foundation of the Saint

Luke’s medical group, and they were bringing together a number of different practices into one organization. I was helping with that process and they said they were looking for a director of operations. They asked me if I was interested in the job, and I said yes because I was pregnant at the time and I wanted to get off the road. I took that job and I’ve been with Saint Luke’s since 1992.” At Saint Luke’s, Gash found a mentor in the former chief information officer. He said he could see her as his successor when he retired, but she would have to earn a master’s degree, which was a requirement for the job. This led her to UMKC’s Executive Master of Business Administration program. “I went back to school as part of preparing myself for that role,” Gash said. “There was no guarantee that I was going to get it, but it was an opportunity and I wanted to be prepared and qualified.” Two years after her graduation in 2004, Gash’s mentor retired and she was promoted to the CIO position. She said having a mentor was instrumental in her promotion. “I attribute my success to him as a mentor for preparing me and helping people to see me as a successor in that position,” Gash said. “I highly encourage people to find a mentor. I think that’s really important in career development.” Recently, Gash has been working on the implementation of Saint Luke’s new electronic health plan. The plan did away with more traditional pen-and-

Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. paper processes and introduced Photos // Saint Lukes Health System new technology, such as the people expect instant results utilization of an iPhone app that because of today’s technology, is used to immediately chart she reminds students that vital signs and a voice-to-text they must pay their dues to transcription service for doctors’ advance. Another tip she offers to incoming workers is to be notes. “We actually replaced our in- assertive and take initiative patient electronic health record because that helps an employee system on March 29 for all but stand out. “They’re the ones you look to three of our hospitals, and we and say ‘let’s see if this person did it all on the same day,” Gash said. “It was an 18-month project can do this,’” Gash said. “You will and it involved about 800 people give them more challenges and, if organizationally to complete the they can accomplish them, those project. We were very successful are the people that will move in our implementation. One of up and advance. I have people our key goals was to be able to come to me and say they have a meet the meaningful use of health problem, and I will ask them if IT [information technology] they have any ideas on how to requirements, and from day solve it. If you don’t have any one we’ve been exceeding the ideas, that’s probably not going requirements for those metrics.” to help you get advanced. Take Gash does acknowledge that initiative and don’t be afraid to due to changes in technology, make suggestions.” expectations for the current generation of college students entering the workforce are probably different from her own generation. While many young

Tips and why Pizza 51 employees rely on them

cards and still provide a tip in Joey Hill the form of writing out one on Senior Staff Writer the receipt, the tip will not go Servers in the restaurant to the sever. industry work long, grueling “Any credit cards tips that hours on their feet to appease you have go to the cashier,” the customers. employee said. Tips are a server’s livelihood “If you order because base pay for this a beer from position is so low. While your server or customers aren’t obligated something else to tip anyone providing them from them, that with service, it is considered will go down proper etiquette to do so. and they’ll Servers at Pizza 51, a popular get the credit spot for UMKC students, are card tip, but continuously underpaid for otherwise it their services. One contributing all goes to the misconception is that because cashiers and Pizza 51 not a full-service the cooks.” restaurant, servers don’t need to There are be tipped. some instances One Pizza 51 employee, who when it simply wished to remain anonymous, comes down to offered an opinion about tipping etiquette. at the pizza parlor and offered “Sometimes some advice for customers from I’m a little Pizza 51 West the reverse perspective. perturbed when “Sometimes I can make out a big party will leave and they’ll pretty big,” the employee said, be thanking me and then I’ll get “but I don’t think a lot of the nothing,” they said, “and it’s all customers understand that because they left the tip on the the jar at the front where you credit card receipt, which is order the food is a tip jar of the fine, it’s just they don’t realize cashiers and the cooks in the that I don’t get any of that unless back, and then the servers only I make nothing that night.” get what you leave on the table.” Both cashiers and servers While many people pay for don’t make nearly enough their meals by credit or debit

money without tips, so it is best to tip both of them. Tip servers and cooks by placing cash in the jar at the register and tip servers at the table. “A general shift at Pizza 51

involves one server, one cashier, one manager, someone doing salads, someone doing the oven and a dishwasher,” the server said. “We’re all multitasking.” While it is customary in the U.S. to tip at a restaurant, many European countries consider tips to be a special bonus since their servers are normally paid

quite well. Some European restaurants will include the service charge in the total bill, so additional tips aren’t necessary. “If your server’s a bad server, then I’d say 10 percent,” the Pizza 51 employee said. “I never go lower than 15 [percent], so I understand that that’s some people’s medium, it’s my low. I would advise tipping at least 15 percent as a rule, though.” S o m e customers use a tip as a means of indicating a server’s performance. “Talk to your Photo // Pizza 51 server,” the server said. “If you have a problem, don’t leave it to the money that you leave at the end to say everything that you need to say. Make them do their job. Make them work. They’re here for you so you don’t have to get up, so you can utilize us.” One common misconception is that servers will receive a base

pay regardless and are making a standard salary. “Pizza 51 has a better base pay for our servers when the national base pay is $2 or $3 so while they get raises they start at such a low pay, people need to understand that they need to give money,” the employee said. The server also noted that some customers don’t think about the placement of their tip money, especially when dining on the patio at Pizza 51. “If people are eating outside it’s common for them to think that ‘my money is going to blow away so I might as well not tip’” they said. “What some people opt to do is to take the bills and roll them up and tuck them into the holes in the grating of the tables outside. I prefer it when they do that. What’s worse is if they put it under a soggy glass and the bill just rips in my pocket.” Although the typical customers at Pizza 51 are college students, many of the servers and cashiers are collegeaged as well. Customers should consider how they would want to be compensated for their work. The real “tip” is that if someone can’t afford to tip, they can’t afford to go out to eat.


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Sexual violence prevale institutions have responded to Roze Brooks the report by announcing new Editor-in-Chief programs, hiring positions or College-aged individuals are other methods to focus attention highly likely to experience or on sexual violence issues on witness sexual violence during their respective campuses. their academic tenure. The “We are making this list national conversation about available in an effort to bring sexual violence tends to revolve more transparency to our around the experiences of enforcement work and to foster women as survivors. However, better public awareness of this demographic is not civil rights,” said Catherine E. the only one susceptible to Lhamon, assistant secretary sexual victimization. Anyone, for civil rights at the U.S. regardless of gender, race, class, Department of Education. sexual orientation or other Underreporting of sexual identities, can become victims violence crimes is a reoccurring or abusers. issue even outside university April has been officially life. There are several reasons recognized as Sexual Assault why individuals do not feel Awareness Month since 2011. safe or empowered to report According to the National their attacks. Embarrassment, Sexual Violence Resource fear and disbelief are common Center, SAAM aims to raise feelings for survivors, and the public awareness about process of reporting sexual sexual violence and to educate violence can be arduous and communities and individuals on discouraging. how to prevent sexual violence. Dr. Stacy Mallicoat, associate On college campuses, sexual professor of criminal justice violence takes the main stage at California State Universityin various ways. Accusations Fullerton, states that five against student-athletes, percent of college-aged women incidents with fraternities, report attempted or completed parties and other social events rape to the authorities, though are just a few of the default areas some research indicates the that have regularly received report rate to be as low as two media attention. percent. The Know Your IX Power, control and coercion campaign adds that one in four are the common driving women will experience a rape or forces behind all instances of attempted rape by the time she these crimes. By empowering graduates college. those who have been sexually Another contributing factor victimized to report and seek to underreporting is the help, power-based violence can perception by the victim that be progressively eliminated. the incident does not qualify as rape or sexual violence. Results S tudents are en [ titled ] of a national survey of college women indicated that 48.8 to protection Title IX is a 40-year- percent of victimized women old legislation that states did not consider their attack as government-funded educational rape. Legal definitions of rape vary institutions cannot discriminate based on sex. A new campaign, by state, adding to the confusion Know Your IX, was launched and hesitation many may have to aid students in filing reports when considering reaching out against schools that were for help. In the state of Missouri, noncompliant with the law’s sexual intercourse is defined expectations of how sexual as “any penetration, however violence claims are to be handled. slight, of the female sex organ Based on a report released by by the male sex organ, whether the Department of Education or not emissions results.” This applies to the chargeable last month, 55 universities and definition of rape in the first colleges are currently under investigation after complaints degree whereas “a person were submitted stating the commits the offense of rape in schools illegally mishandled the first degree if he or she has sexual intercourse with another instances of sexual violence. Many of the schools listed are person who is incapacitated, reputable institutions such as incapable of consent, or lacks Harvard Law School, Princeton the capacity to consent, or by University and Pennsylvania the use of forcible compulsion.” This definition poses State University. Several of the

limitations for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. The statute implies that an instance of sexual violence can only considered rape if penetration of a female sex organ is involved. Forced sexual activity between individuals of the same gender does not fall under this definition. Even when instances of sexual violence are reported to authorities, the legal system

of sexual violence A research report called “The Sexual Victimization of College Women” by Bonnie Fischer, Francis Cullen and Michael Turner found that rates of sexual assault appear to be higher on college campuses. “The collegiate experience contains many variables that may increase the risk for sexual assault—campus environments that facilitate a ‘party’

an unwanted sexual act is committed when the perpetrator deliberately intoxicates another individual. Incapacitated rape occurs when an act is committed after a victim voluntarily consumes alcohol. These types of crimes are also results of date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, also known as roofies. Alcohol is considered the most common because it is—generally— legal and easily obtained. Though alcohol consumption can heighten the risk of sexual violence, it’s important to create a national culture that does not further victimize individuals based on intoxication levels. Society tends to discredit reports from victims who were under the influence of alcohol during their victimization.

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presents many other obstacles for incarcerating, or imprisoning, an attacker. Mallicoat breaks down how quickly the criminal justice system can reduce the likelihood that an offender will be punished. According to her findings, it’s estimated that 39 percent of rapes are reported to police but there is only a 51 percent chance the report will result in an arrest. In cases of an arrest, there is a more optimistic 80 percent chance of prosecution. After prosecution, however, there is a less ideal 58 percent chance of conviction. So among the 39 percent of filed reports, only less than 17 percent of rapists will ever see the inside of a prison cell. This endless trail of hurdles means that 15 out of 16 attackers will walk free.

A lcohol and drug consumption increases risk

atmosphere, easy access to alcohol and drugs, increases in freedom and limited supervision by older adults,” the report said. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol. Additionally, about half of college students who drink consume alcohol through binge drinking . The Centers for Disease Control defines binge drinking as “a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration … to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours. Several studies have cited that “roughly half of all rapes experienced by college students involve alcohol use knowingly or unknowingly consumed by perpetrator or victim.” Drugfacilitated rape occurs when

violence often has a familiar name Though the immediate image that can be elicited when one thinks of sexual violence is one of a stranger lurking in the bushes late at night, this is not the most common profile for an attacker. Among college women, 90 percent of rapes were acquaintance rapes, meaning the survivor knew their attacker. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is also a serious issue that many anti-violence campaigns and resources target. Even within seemingly secure and healthy relationships, sexual violence can surface, and victims often have greater struggles seeking out help. Couples who are not married or living together are not exempt from potential instances of sexual, physical or emotional violence. Dating violence on college campuses is common among students, with reports indicating as many as 32 percent of students having experienced violence during a relationship. Twenty-one percent of students in a current relationship have experienced violence. Intimate partner violence also encounters issues of underreporting. Some major inhibitors of reporting include shame, not being believed by authorities or fearing that their partner will commit a greater act of violence. Trends in conviction and prosecution of individuals who commit intimate partner violence are also inconsistent and often end


of rapes are reported to police

So even in the 39% of attacks that are reported to the police, there is only a


chance the rapist will end up in prison

If a rape is reported, there is a

50.8% chance of an arrest

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80% chance of


Factoring in unreported rapes, about

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will ever spend a day in jail

15 of 16

walk free

If there is a prosecution, there is a

58% chance of a conviction

If there is a felony conviction, there is a


chance the convict will spend time in jail


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ent on college campuses in the abuser being charged with lesser crimes. One misconception that also limits reporting of intimate partner violence is the belief that rape cannot be committed by a partner. If consent is not given, then the sexual act is illegal. Without a trusted person to confide in, poor interactions with police or internal dismissal of the situation, victims of sexual and intimate partner violence hit a perpetual roadblock in improving their situation. This contributes to a common issue with IPV occurrences where the abused party feels unable to leave their abusive partner. The Bureau of Justice revealed statistics stating that 1,159 women were killed by their partners in 2004. According to Mallicoat, research indicates that three-quarters of IPV homicide victims attempted to leave their abuser in the past but did not receive the help or protection they needed. Psychologist Dr. Lenore E. Walker created the cycle of violence, a diagram that alludes to why many victims of domestic violence are unable to separate from an abusive partner. The cycle is broken into three stages. The first stage is “tension building,” in which the abuser increases control of the victim over time. The second is the “abusive incident” in which the major instance of battering occurs. Phase three is called the “honeymoon period,” which consists of the abusive partner ensuring the victim that they are remorseful for their behavior and compensates for the abuse by being loving and attentive. The victim often interprets these claims as true and forgives the loved one. However, the honeymoon phase is temporary, and relationships often return to phase one of the cycle and repeat.

V ictim -B laming

is an act of violence An endless list of phrases, assumptions and societal projections make the national movement against sexual violence an arduous task. In addition to flaws in the legal system, victim blaming is a phenomenon that poses the greatest threat to anyone seeking help for their victimization. Rape myths heavily

contribute to survivors of sexual violence, making them feel as though they were at fault for the crime committed against them. Media coverage of sexual violence also perpetuates how society interprets a victim’s experiences. Comments such as “they were dressed promiscuously” or “they shouldn’t have been drinking so much” convey a message that appearance and libations are items that can invalidate an act of sexual violence. Another myth is the assumption that once someone consents to sex, they have consented to future sexual encounters. One myth that stems from the belief that women lie about their rape or sexual violence is that they secretly enjoy it or that they retrospectively regret having consensual sex. However, reviewing the process of a rape kit could lead those who believe this myth to reconsider. Rape kits are often intrusive procedures that require a victim to feel more vulnerable and embarrassed, as they must be executed almost immediately after a sexual attack. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the contents of an evidence collection kit may vary by jurisdiction. A headto-toe physical examination is typical of most kits. They may also include collection of blood, urine, hair and other body secretion samples, photo documentation, collection of the victim’s clothing, especially undergarments and collection of any possible physical evidence that may have transferred onto the victim from the rape scene.

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wheels keep on turning All matters of sexual and domestic violence derive from one person exerting power and control over another. In 1984, staffers at the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project compiled qualitative responses from battered women. They chose the most universally-used tactics to create the Power and Control Wheel. The initial wheel consisted of eight spokes with categories including using coercion and threats; using intimidation; using emotional abuse; using isolation; minimizing, denying and blaming; using children; using male privilege and using


Posters from the ‘No More’ campaign against sexual violence. The White House, emphasizes economic abuse. Since its original drafting, the staggering statistic that many national organizations one in five women experience have adapted the wheel sexual assault while in college. to fit their target group or The PSA does insist that while educational mission. For men comprise a smaller number example, the first wheel was of survivors, their plights are not gender neutral. The DAIP no less important in the stride states that it intentionally used towards eliminating sexual female-gendered language to violence. The No More campaign has best reflect the experiences of the battered women they partnered with several national organizations had consulted. Local domestic anti-violence violence shelters such as the to provide tools for increased Rose Brooks Center utilize the public discussion of sexual and original wheel for training and domestic violence issues. The campaign’s recent public service advocacy in Kansas City. The New York City Gay announcement video project, and Lesbian Anti-Violence directed by actress Mariska Project devised an inclusive Hargitay of “Law and Order: wheel in 2000 that avoids SVU” features 50 celebrities gendered language. Its version demanding “no more” to a vast includes several of the spokes number of commonly heard about violence included in the original statements wheel. However, it also adds victims. Among the many LGBTQIA-specific experiences proclamations include no more including heterosexism, HIV- to “he didn’t mean it,” “it’s related abuse and homo- bi- or not my problem” and “I’ll say something next time.” transphobia. The Greater Kansas City area has an extensive number of A safe place to confide Numerous organizations, resources and outlets for victims campaigns, celebrities and of sexual and intimate partner politicians are continually violence. Safe Home in Overland bringing awareness to issues of Park, Kan., offers educational sexual violence. Many spread services to the community. The the word by negating common Metropolitan Organization to myths about sexual violence Counter Sexual Assault provides and insinuating a no-tolerance resources for sexual assault/ prevention/education, mindset about sexual violence abuse, treatment and intervention. of any kind against anyone. A public service announcement The Kansas City Anti-Violence video featuring several male- Project focuses on domestic identified celebrities recently violence, sexual assault and bias went viral, with Vice President crimes within the LGBTQIA Joe Biden and President Barack community. At UMKC, Michelle Kroner Obama advocating that “one is too many.” The video, released by serves as the victim services

Photo // adjudication coordinator. She is available to consult those who have been sexually victimized and offer referrals to medical, legal and other support services to students, faculty and staff. Kroner’s position is a staple of the UMKC Violence Response and Prevention Project. The VRPP encourages anyone who has been victimized by sexual violence to consider the resources provided by Kroner, the Women’s Center or local and national resources. “We don’t need advocates against sexual violence only in the women’s studies department,” said Harvard University Prevention Education Schuyler Daum.”We need them in the locker room, the fraternity and in corners of the campus where no one seems to care.” Although April is the official awareness month for sexual violence, consistent attention to these issues could provide eventual obliteration of these crimes. An abundance of research indicates that collegeaged individuals are at a heightened risk of experiencing or witnessing sexual violence. As national efforts are made to alleviate these power-based incidents, universities across the globe would benefit from rigorous programming, policy changes and early education about sexual violence.

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Women’s Center partners with Rockhurst University

Participants display posters made for ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.’ Caroline Kull Staff Writer The Women’s Center kicked off sexual assault awareness month with a new partner: Rockhurst University. Matthew Hodapp and Colleen Smyth, both Rockhurst seniors, reached out to the UMKC Women’s Center after they became concerned with the lack of sexual violence information posted at their school. Hodapp and Smyth are partnering with the Women’s Center to plan the Walk-a-Mile event taking place on Saturday. “We are trying to raise awareness on Rockhurst’s campus about the community resources available to victims of sexual assault,” Hodapp said. “This is a community issue, and I think this partnership will be valuable to sexual assault victims at Rockhurst who don’t know who to talk to.” Smyth was impressed with the Women’s Center resources. “We were blown away by the UMKC Women’s Center,”

Smyth said. “The resources they offer there are incredible. The collaboration with UMKC will be so beneficial.” Katie Birkenfeld is a graduate assistant at the UMKC Women’s Center. She is a Rockhurst alumna and has been working closely with Hodapp and Smyth. “In my four years at Rockhurst, the only thing I saw … was a brochure in the dorm on the wall behind the TV about rape,” Birkenfeld said. “Matt [Hodapp] came up to me and said he and a few other students were interested in a partnership. They’ve been sitting on the planning committee and are helping organize the event. We’re hoping it fosters a dialogue between the two schools, since Rockhurst doesn’t have a women’s center or really any violence prevention programming.” According to a study by the National Institute of Justice, one in four college-aged women will be raped during their college career. UMKC’s Women’s Center has risen to the challenge

of lowering this number. Despite this staggering statistic, some Rockhurst students do not feel informed about the sexual assault assistance programs located at their school. “If I were raped or assaulted, I wouldn’t even know who to talk to or where to go,” one Rockhurst student commented, who wished to remain anonymous. “Because we are a small school, we assume that rape doesn’t happen.” Smyth said. “Students deserve to know the resources available to them and how they can help their peers.” Rockhurst University did not respond to inquiries about its sexual assault statistics or sexual assault prevention programs. “I think [the UMKC Women’s Center] is fantastic,” Birkenfeld said. “We promote violence prevention, not risk reduction. It shouldn’t have to be ‘women should carry pepper spray.’ It should be ‘no one should attack you in the parking lot.’” Hodapp and Smyth helped plan Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the annual event to raise

Particiapnts in ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ show off their heels. awareness about sexual assault, rape and sexual abuse. The UMKC Women’s Center hosts the popular event in which men walk one mile around campus wearing high heels. Men of all ages and body types strapped on heels in preparation for the walk. The Women’s Center provided heels for an extra $5, but some men opted to bring their own. There were more than 150 participants in the walk this year. The participants wore everything from red stilettos to sparkling platforms to thigh-high boots. The Women’s Center raffled off many prizes, including several Royals tickets and a print signed by Sporting KC. Various women’s rights organization such as Planned Parenthood and the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project were also represented at the walk.

Photos Courtesy // UMKC Other students were impressed with the work the UMKC Women’s Center has done to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. A group of UMKC athletes posed for pictures holding signs that read “Silence is not Consent” and “End Sexual Violence.” Connor Woodson, a freshman at Rockhurst, was proud to participate in the walk. “On college campuses, we all talk about how bad rape is, but we never talk about what to do about it,” Woodson said. “I wanted to participate in a conversation about the reality the college women face every day instead of being a bystander.”

KC Star internship great opportunity for students, book lovers Hope Austin Staff Writer Anne Kniggendorf, a creative writing MFA student at UMKC, didn’t know what to expect when she started her internship at The Kansas City Star. The 3-credit-hour internship involves writing weekly book reviews and interviewing authors. For Kniggendorf, a seasoned fiction writer, this was new territory. “I had never written a review before,” Kniggendorf said. Kniggendorf, now a more experienced writer, said she feels more comfortable at The Star these days and is figuring it out as she goes along. Kniggendorf also likes that her internship allows her the opportunity to see the major Star players at work. “I think it’s just great to walk into the building and see people who are always in the paper yelling at each other,” she said. Working with other writers also has its advantages when it comes to progressing in one’s career. Liz Cook, a former Star intern, advises writers to familiarize themselves with what the best in the business are doing. When it comes to the craft of writing, Kniggendorf said the

The Kansas City Star. internship has allowed her to develop her writing skills. “[Writing book reviews] helps me with my own fiction,” Kniggendorf said. “It’s clear in my mind what’s supposed to be happening on the page.” Cook said the more someone reads, the better their writing will be. A job reviewing books is a dream come true for bookworms, as Cook can attest. “As a book lover,” Cook said, “it was great being able to see the trends

Photo // The Kansas City Star three or four months ahead of time.” At the same time, some may think the job requirements are too daunting. “It’s a labor of love,” Kniggendorf said. “Only apply if you really imagine yourself reading one book a week. If I didn’t enjoy reading, [this internship] would be miserable.” “It is still work,” Cook said. “It takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s ultimately rewarding.”


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From airlines to airwaves Eppie O’Neal Staff Writer Thomas Edmondson strolls into his classic truck club meetings in what many would designate a macho atmosphere. Most of the members know him, but at first glance the newly minted members see his salt-andpepper colored hair, conservative glasses and confident smile leading them to assume he’s just like them until he introduces his fiance, Lynn. “I’ll say ‘this is my husband, Lynn’ and their expressions say ‘wow you guys are married,’” Edmondson said. “They fall into the stereotype of thinking ‘where’s his wife?’ before I introduce him,” Edmondson said. At 61 years old he’s witnessed the highs and lows of the gay movement. “The stereotype that every gay person is a fashion designer or does hair has to stop,” Edmondson said. “I like getting my fingernails dirty and working on my classic cars.” Some ignorant encounters are followed up with the comment ‘you’re not that type,’ which prompts him to reply ‘what type should I be?’ “We’re typecast and it’s not fair,” Edmondson said. His youth was spent in St. Paul, Minn., the state known

Thomas Edmondson Paris, Hong Kong, London and Honolulu to name a few. The airline career was better than any his-tory book I ever read. To actually be standing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and touch it, or be standing a foot away from the Mona Lisa painting. I’m very lucky that I had that in my life and I will always cherish the mem-ories.s In 1991 he and Lynn applied for highly competitive positions as customer assistance consultants in Kansas City, Mo., with Worldspan, a company partly formed by TWA. They both secured the position and have

Thomas Edmondson and husband Lynn. as the land of 10,000 lakes. The majestic lakes, camping areas and resorts provided countless outdoors activities. “Our family was big into archery,” Edmondson said. “We would also go fishing, hunting and camping. During the winter there was snow up to your neck so we did winter sports from snow-mobiling to ice fishing.” He was the only son and the middle child of blue-collar workers. His parents were handson and would often sit and help him and his siblings with their homework. He became conscious of his homosexuality early when he felt drawn to other boys in his neighborhood. “I knew when I was six years old,” Edmondson said. “I am what I am, like the song from the Broadway musical ‘La Cage aux Folles.’ As a teenager he proudly came out as gay. After high school he set his sights on the airline industry. He trained for a year at Humboldt Institute, an airline academy in Minneapolis. Soon after, Edmondson landed a job in Chicago before transferring to Ozark Airlines in St. Louis, where he would meet his future husband. In 1986, TWA bought Ozark Airlines and the two merged. “TWA was huge and it was a drastic change overnight for us going from a regional airline to an international airline,” Edmondson said. The switch gave employees an opportunity to travel the world. “You could go first-class for $100 anywhere in the world that TWA flew,” Edmondson said. “You name it, we were there:

been work-ing together for 25 years. An alternate outcome would have separated them and possibly jeopardized their future. During the same year, they attended the Kansas City Gay Pride parade and ironically Edmondson was plucked out of the crowd to replace the absent grand marshal with the same name, Tom. “I was in a parade, sitting in the car waving at people,” Edmondson said. “It was a blast.” As he was settling into his new surroundings in Kansas City he noticed vehicles with 90.1 FM bumper stickers. His curiosity led him to tune in and hear an announcement asking for volunteers. He was soon answering phone calls for the station, and eventually became an executive producer, on-air host and vice president of the board of directors. “I was on three to five committees at 90.1 FM and volunteering 60 to 80 hours a month, which is a lot for a volunteer at the station, but that’s what it meant to me,” Edmondson said. His interest in radio stemmed from his St. Louis stint with the airlines where he was complimented on his golden voice after he delivered boarding announcements. “I tended to put on this radio voice when making boarding announcements, and people would come up and stop me and say ‘have you ever considered doing radio?’” Edmondson said. “I heard it over and over so it was in the back of my mind. Who would have known I truly would

be behind a microphone at a radio station in a few years.” Edmondson said he appreciates the stark difference between community radio and mainstream corpo-rate radio. “It’s one of those radio stations that you call or walk in and get a real person,” Edmondson said. “It’s a human factor. So many radio stations today have lost communication with people. They’re kind of robotic and under control of the owners of the stations and their big conglomerates.” “The Tenth Voice,” one of 90.1 FM’s longest running shows, is entering its 24th year. It is a team show with five producers who alternate hosting on-air segments. As executive producer Edmond-son scheduled shows with staff weeks in advance. The public affairs show addressed issues within the LGBTQIA community. A study by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a sexologist and pioneer in the quantitative study of human sexuality who discovered that one in 10 individuals is gay, inspired the show name. “Times have changed and we think that number has drastically changed, but we didn’t want to change the name since it’s been historic at the station,” Edmondson said. One of the highlights at “The Tenth Voice” was interviewing Chaz Bono, Cher’s son who identifies as a transgender male. Through discussions and interviews Edmondson began to despise a frequently said acronym on the show. “I hated the letters LGBTQIA,” Edmondson said. “It put us in categories and I said I refused to use that. I started using A.W.O.L., All Walks of Life. It’s inclusive of everybody on this planet. It has gone nationally and I know gay music artists I interviewed that go on stage and say it. It’s gone like wildfire around the world.” The word “tolerance” was dissected on another show segment. “The LGBT community doesn’t like the word tolerance when referring to us,” Edmondson said. “We hear that all the time from religious organizations. They’ll say ‘our church or organization shows tolerance.’ If you look up the word tolerance in the dictionary it means I’m going to put up with a person or thing. If they had total acceptance that means they would accept me and what I represent.” After years of building up the radio show, Edmondson felt he couldn’t commit to the

six mandatory volunteer hours required for on-air staff along with many long hours producing the show. With the addition of new staff he felt the show was in good hands so he left in an effort to maintain a healthy balance in his life. “Three years is a good time, and in radio life that’s when you either walk away or recreate your-self, and I thought it was time for me to step away,” Edmondson said. Edmondson currently produces promotions for several shows at the station including

music artists around the world.” Edmondson continues to rally for the LGBTQIA community and believes racism parallels homopho-bia. “It is all about how they were raised in their homes,” Edmondson said. “I was raised that if you cut my arm and an African-American cuts their arm we’re going to have the same color blood.” He was elated when he heard that Michael Sam, an AllAmerican defensive lineman from Mizzou, came out as gay. “I jumped for joy,” said

Thomas Edmondsona on the cover of ‘Camp’ magazine. “This Way Out,” “Art of the Song” and “New Dimensions.” When he’s not at the station he’s a full-time senior business analyst for Travelport where he writes technical documents that computer programmers use to develop programs for travel applications. Hosting another radio show and venturing into the commercial radio arena has crossed his mind, however. “If I were given the opportunity where I could do a weekly show I would jump at it in a New York second,” Edmondson said. “Right now my full-time job is secure. If they offered me an early buyout to retire I would pursue a show that plays contemporary club/ dance/disco music and interview

Photos Courtesy // Thomas Edmondson Edmondson. “For a young person in a sports environment to do that is astounding. Just think of how many people questioning their sexuality were watching that broad-cast. Their probably thinking ‘How can it be wrong when this person is telling the world he’s gay and he’s proud of it,’” Edmondson said. Last year during the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act he went to downtown Kansas City, Mo., with more than 300 people and rallied, waving their rainbow flags when it was an-nounced that the ruling was overturned. “There are more than 3,000 benefits that a traditional couple gets from marriage, but it wasn’t being extended to same-sex marriages and now they are,” Edmondson said. “That is a milestone and something that we could never have imagined.” Edmondson has witnessed significant progress for the LGBTQIA community throughout the years. “The amazing Harvey Milk— every time I hear about all that he has done for the gay movement, and then Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights, I’m so proud for what they did and stood up for,” Edmondson said. “Every year I sit and listen to the entire Martin Luther King speech and at the end of it I always say out loud, ‘thank you, Martin Luther King. Thank you, because without him we wouldn’t be where we’re at today.” After three decades together Edmonson and Lynn plan to officially and legally tie the knot in Oc-tober in Ames, Iowa. “For me to be 61 years old and getting married, yes it’s late in life, but it’s finally happening in my lifetime,” Edmondson said.


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Where the sidewalk ends news story while my friends Kate Baxendale were enjoying a night on the Managing Editor town. But my nights in were not Cap and gown purchased: spent in vain. U-News has given check. Graduation me the opportunity to publish announcements addressed: my work every week and to learn check. Final papers submitted: the art of journalism. That’s the check. Now all that’s left to do is key; writing for UMKC’s student walk across that stage and throw newspaper has been an active my cap in the air with the class learning process. of 2014. Four years has flown by, Despite the numerous and two and a half of them were achievements and improvements dedicated to this publication. we have made as a news team, our I cannot count the number of publication has been the subject times someone asks me what I of ridicule from our audience. plan to do after graduation, and We are not professional I’m sure all college seniors can journalists, but nonetheless relate. How is one supposed we do appreciate any type of to answer that question? I’ve warranted feedback. That’s responded with “take over the what makes us better. U-News world,” “I’m still searching for is a learning experience, and I jobs” and the truth: “I have encourage anyone interested in absolutely no idea.” journalism to join the staff. In the past, an undergraduate Like anything in life, this degree was the golden ticket to experience has had its highs and landing a job in one’s field of its lows. Receiving a Missouri work. I will have two degrees— College Media Association one in communication studies award in 2013 for investigative and one in Spanish—but nothing reporting was a great honor, is guaranteed. This is both the and being present for my fellow most exciting and the most staffers when they received their terrifying chapter of my life. MCMA awards this year was Throughout my time at UMKC, definitely a highlight. At U-News I have gained the skills required I have recounted significant to succeed in the professional university announcements and world. The journalism and mass events. I have had the distinct communication courses I took privilege of meeting talented have taught me the textbook students whom I otherwise information I need to know, but wouldn’t have met, and I shared I attribute my time with U-News their stories with UMKC. to the hands-on experience I’ve Walking into the news house had as a college journalist. back in January 2012 was the In the latter half of my college best decision of my college career I have dedicated my time career. I found a place where I to reporting on university life at could practice journalism with UMKC. Conducting interviews, people who shared my same collecting research, transcribing passion to accurately and fairly recordings and writing articles report the news. I also have to have dominated my daily give a quick shout out to KCUR, schedule. where I served as an intern for I have spent many Friday the talk show “Central Standard” nights staring at my computer this semester. I was thrilled to screen trying to crank out a

Kate Baxendale get experience in public radio so I could expand my journalism skills. I was at my neighborhood laundromat last week where I encountered a little boy named William, who couldn’t have been older than five. William was fixated on the change machine, running up to it any time he heard the clink of the quarters falling into the dispenser. In his mind the machine vended new money as opposed to just converting bills into coins. “Money!” he said. “I need money.” The boy even boldly stole a stranger’s quarters in hopes of getting a treat from the vending machines. The man asked for his quarters back and William reluctantly forked them over. The laundromat attendant and I laughed and told William that we need money, too. Oddly enough, I could relate to this five-year-old. My job with U-News has come to an end, so I must quickly find a new way to support myself. The job market for millennials is competitive, but for the sake of my sanity I will remain optimistic. If only there were magical money vending machines like in William’s world…

From the (almost) Editor’s Desk: Bittersweet endings, brand new beginnings

can express with words. I’ve Kynslie Otte worked my way up through the Production Manager ranks – starting as a staff writer First and foremost, I must and photo editor, then as a congratulate those of you production assistant, eventually who will be triumphantly becoming production manager strutting across the stage at and now, editor-in-chief. commencement on May 16. All If anyone would’ve told me your hard work has finally paid in 2011 that I’d be running this off, and I hope you’ll all find the newspaper a few short years future holds great things for you. later, I would’ve died laughing. I However, as many of my fellow came to UMKC with absolutely staffers and classmates prepare no experience in journalism for graduation, I find myself torn and now I can’t imagine what between my elation for their life would be like without it. successes and my utter sadness Working for this publication has to see them go. Through my work made me stronger as a writer and at U-News in the last three years, as a person. You learn quickly as I’ve established relationships a journalist there’s no time to be with many brilliant individuals socially awkward when your job and gained more life experience requires you to meet new people than I’d ever thought possible. and conduct interviews with I am eternally grateful to complete strangers on a weekly everyone I’ve met during my stay basis. at UMKC, and I’m certain you’ve Though being a journalist is all helped in some way to mold no simple task, I’ve never had me into the person I am today. As a job that made me prouder I look to the future, I intend to or gave me a greater sense of take everything I’ve learned from accomplishment. I am excited you to continue making UMKC to take what I’ve learned from the best university it can be. my predecessors to ensure this That said, I am proud to publication continues to grow announce that I will be taking and thrive. I can only hope to over Roze Brooks’ position as positively influence U-News as editor-in-chief of University much as those who came before News in the fall. She’s left me me. with some pretty big shoes to To my fellow staffers who are fill, but she just keeps telling me graduating this month, thank I’m more than qualified to do so. you for all the hard work you’ve I’ve been working for U-News done for U-News. We’ve spent since I transferred to UMKC countless, sleepless nights in in 2011, and it has impacted my the news house, occasionally life in a way I don’t believe I

Kynslie Otte power-napping on the couch and sweating bullets hoping to meet deadlines, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything. I wish you all the best as you begin a new chapter of life and I assure you I’ll never forget the experiences we’ve shared and everything I’ve learned from you. You will be sorely missed. To those of you who will be returning to UMKC in the fall, I look forward to seeing you in the news room next semester. If you haven’t previously worked for U-News, I encourage you to give it a try. There’s always room for new writers and fresh perspectives at this publication, with or without any journalistic experience. So, from your future fearless leader, I hope you’re all as excited as I am – it’s going to be a wild ride.

It takes two weeks to form a habit, but two years to form a family Roze Brooks Editor-in-Chief It seems that every time I find myself fully acclimated to my surroundings, I’m forced to pick myself up and move on to another chapter of this run-on sentence called life. I envy those who have been able to call UMKC home for four years, whereas this firstgeneration, transfer student from Saint Louis has only been a Roo for two years. Somehow it’s already time to figure out how my mortar board is going to stay on my head during graduation. Like many of the big thinkers and doers on this campus, I’d like to believe I’m irreplaceable in the most modest sense of the word, of course. The reality is that someone new will surely come along to take our place, and hopefully this incredible batch of UMKC leaders graduating this semester has instilled in others the ability to carry on our work when we leave. One of the most profound keynotes I’ve ever attended was Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington who spoke at Camp Pride, an LGBTQIA leadership summer camp. He spoke about the need for leaders on college campuses to always consider how they’re living, how they’re leading and how they’re leaving. I had heard this lecture once before, but the message did not resonate until the second time around. In terms of how leaders live, we pour every ounce of energy into maintaining our organizations, motivating our peers and creating positive change. We typically do this at the expense of our sleep schedule, our growling stomachs and sometimes even our grades. Eventually our self-sacrifices catch up to us, and we remember to take a little time for ourselves. As commencement day slowly creeps closer, the importance of how I’m leaving has become paramount to my ability to depart from this institution with a sense of pride and satisfaction. It became apparent that I will inevitably leave UMKC with a feeling that my work here isn’t truly finished. At the same time, knowing that I have unfinished business means that I not only left my mark but also left a foundation for my successors to strive. While packing up my metaphorical desk, I’ve realized that my rucksack is now full of accolades and invaluable experiences. I can scratch performing at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts off my bucket list. I’ve fallen in

Roze Brooks love—twice. Laverne Cox had a one-on-one conversation with me about the importance of social justice. I was converted from an Anheuser-Busch fan to a Boulevard consumer. I coordinated the largest LGBTQA regional college conference in the country. For 30 consecutive weeks, I led a team of dedicated studentjournalists in creating a tangible representation of our progress throughout the year. In no other organization I have joined were we ever tasked with presenting our work to the diligent eye of the student body. And though there were plenty of times where I wasn’t sure I could juggle everything I had taken on, it was the people at this university that assured me I was capable. The most intimidating realization I have made about graduation is that the friends and mentors I have grown accustomed to seeing every day are not following me to my next phase. Unfortunately, I cannot pack these individuals into my rucksack and carry them with me to graduate school (trust me, I’ve already tried.) Currently, there is a whirlwind of mixed emotions going on in my head about transitioning to the University of Kansas, trading in my blue and gold for blue and crimson. There is little doubt in my mind that my response to “Rock Chalk” will instinctively and foolishly be “Roo Up” until I get in the habit of blurting out “Jayhawk” instead. This realization emphasizes just how important it is for leaders to consider how they’re leaving. We are forced to accept that we’re leaving people behind. We’re leaving memories, traditions and familiarity behind. However, if we did our jobs correctly, we’ll also find that we’ve left an integral piece of ourselves behind as well. And with enough pieces left behind, the future leaders of UMKC shouldn’t have a hard time figuring out how to put the puzzle together.

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UMKC alum joins Kansas City dance company

Brittany Duskin dancing for Kansas City based dance company Quixotic. Johanna Cook Staff Writer At 23, UMKC alumna Brittany Duskin is living her dream as a professional dancer for Kansas City’s own Quixotic Fusion. What’s been called a cornucopia of mystical majesty, Quixotic combines dance, aerial acrobatics and original live music to create Cirque du Soleiltype performances in the Kansas City area and across the country. She has hung 60 feet in the air from a sheet of fabric and even danced with fire, but according to Duskin the risk is worth it.

So I went to the audition, and the director, Anthony Magliano, asked me to improv (freestyle dance). He turned on this ethereal, electronic weird music. So I just started moving. It was the best audition I’ve ever had.

What made it so good?

I was 19 and at the peak of my creativity. The conservatory had opened up a whole new world of dance and art to me. I felt so confident.

What did you do when you improv’ed? I can’t even remember what I did. I

How did you get involved wish I had it on tape. But I got hired with Quixotic? immediately after my audition. I went to the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and I would always see their posters in the hallways. One of my conservatory peers working with the group at the time suggested I try out. She even told the directors about me prior to my audition. Part of me was like this sounds too good to be true because this is Quixotic. They’re a big deal.

Do you have any creative input?

Brittany Duskin piece, and two costume designers create the costumes. In most dance companies it’s one person’s vision, and no one has input when it comes to the music, choreography and costumes. When everyone’s ideas are morphed into one, it becomes something amazing.

Is it difficult collaborating with other dancers?

Trying to combine five different creative minds can be hard. There are five main dancers in the company and we are all women. There are definitely a couple of queen bees. I would say we are all soloists and not really ensemble dancers. We’re all headstrong and have our own style. None of us really dance the same. That’s something we’ve been working on.

Do you make any money It’s a very collaborative company. Anthony has the initial vision but he performing? trusts every single person he hires to explore and expand his ideas. Usually three musicians create the song, five dancers choreograph the

Yes. I get paid per show. But we don’t all get paid the same. It’s very political. It’s the directors’ personal preference. You can’t deny that there’s favoritism. There have been some weird relationships that go on. The directors have dated people. Things happen.

Does that piss you off?

Oh yeah. It hurts. There have been many times when I haven’t really pleased my directors and I don’t really know why. I always try to give 100 percent, and when I feel like I give everything I have and it’s still not enough, I’m not quite sure what to do. But it’s a learning experience that I’m glad I’m having. I’m following my dream and making a living doing it. Whether or not my director treats me as well as I would like doesn’t matter. At least I’m doing what I love.

to our show. I loved the venue, and we had a great show to put on that we had created from scratch, and we were really proud of it. Afterward we got to go out into the theater and talk to people about the show, and I heard nothing but positive, amazing feedback. It’s crazy, like the way they spoke to us it was like we had changed their lives. And that’s what art is supposed to do. It’s supposed to make you feel something and think differently. Instead of just looking at a picture on a wall or listening to a piece of music they got to see moving, living, breathing art. You show a piece of yourself when you perform, and knowing that those people appreciated it felt awesome.

What does it feel like when you’re onstage?

Well, it’s where I belong. I know that. I just want to perform for people every day—as many people as I can. I still get nervous to this day, mainly because I want to be perfect. The funny thing is that the audience usually has no idea when I mess up. I’m just really hard on myself.

What’s the worst part about what you do?

We travel a lot and it’s hard being away from friends and family. We were out of town for four months straight last year, and I missed out on weddings, birthday parties, funerals, etc. Because you’re relying on every dollar in every show, you

can’t take off because your mom is getting remarried. There are a lot of sacrifices you have to make, and you have to be OK with that. There are a lot of friends you lose. They don’t understand your lifestyle or respect your career, and think that you’re not loyal because you don’t keep in touch. So you find your true friends and sacrifice a lot, but it’s totally worth it because you’re doing what you love.

What are Quixotic’s upcoming shows?

We are performing at a string of Wanderlust festivals this summer. We’re really big in the music festival scene.

How would an aspiring performer get involved with Quixotic?

There are auditions that are held once, sometimes twice, a year. We have company classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday that are open to the public. Quixotic also has a performing arts school, and we use dancers from the school in some performances. You can even email or call the directors and ask to do a personal audition. We give personal auditions to anyone, anytime. If you want it badly enough you can make it happen.

Is it hard living on a dancer’s salary?

It is very hard. I still live with my parents. But it’s worth it. Sometimes I ask myself do I want to wake up every day and go to an office, sit at a desk by myself and stare at a computer for hours? Or would I rather wake up, go take ballet class, listen to amazing music, create movement, go travel the world and dance onstage with thousands of people cheering for me? Of course I’m going to pick performing. I would almost do it for free. There’s nothing like it.

Favorite show you’ve done?

Brittany Duskin with Quixotic.

It was in Anchorage, Alaska. They had opened the top tier of the theater for the first time in three years because they sold so many tickets

Brittany Duskin performs. Photos Courtesy // Brittany Duskin

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The couple that ‘plays’ together, stays together

is my favorite show to design Lindsay Nelson while I am working on it,” Kate Copy Editor said. “Although, I really loved Master’s of Fine Arts design designing ‘The Rocky Horror students Kate and Matt Mott are Show’ at my undergrad with the epitome of the phrase “the the University of Northern dynamic duo.” The couple has Colorado, as well as ‘A Devil already taken UMKC Theatre by Inside’ here at UMKC.” storm and it is clear that their Scott Stackhouse’s production futures are destined to be full of of “A Devil Inside” won Best phenomenal endeavors. Academic Play of the 2012 school Kate is a third-year graduate year. costume designer. She has been “My least favorite was doing costumes professionally probably ‘Auntie Mame’ at a for about 12 years, but her small theatre in Denver,” Kate said. “It’s a cute show, but there are about 120 costumes required and I had such a tiny budget. It was a struggle to achieve anything I considered successful. In addition, my director—who was an incredibly sweet and enthusiastic guy—kept going shopping with my budget and bringing me clothes that were from the wrong time period and in the wrong size. He was trying to help me out, but it was pretty frustrating.” Kate is, without a doubt, a perfectionist and works diligently to get each and every detail of her designs as accurate for the show as possible. “I’m a giant nerd, so I love Frank Lillig’s makeup, done by Matt doing research,” Kate said. “To be Mott. honest, I just love shows where I Photo // Lindsay Nelson can delve into the wardrobe of aptitude for fashion was evident the character. I love imagining ‘if even in childhood. I were this person, what would “My mother tells me I was I have in my closet? What did picky about my clothes since I choose to wear this morning before I could talk,” Kate said. and why?’ It’s great to talk to “I remember dressing up my an actor and create a character friends and siblings when I was together. I love providing a child and enacting complex little details that round out stories in the backyard.” the character. Sometimes they The possibility of designing for are things that the audience a living was a glorious revelation. wouldn’t consciously notice, but “I grew up in very rural they give the performer a little areas without a great deal of extra oomph and confidence.” opportunities to see theatre,” Kate’s drive, ingenuity and Kate said. “It wasn’t until my love for the work are only a few senior year of high school that I of the ample qualities that make found out I could pursue costume her the superb designer that she design as a career. I thought, is. ‘wow! I could do this and they “The hardest part of being a have to wear what I say!’” costume designer kind of varies Kate’s innate knack for by the show, but overall I find costuming comes with a passion it frustrating when theatre to do whatever it takes to dress technicians or designers think the show in preeminent fashion. that it’s better to do something “The first production I quickly than to do it well,” Kate designed by myself was ‘A said. “The most rewarding part, Midsummer Night’s Dream’ however, is being able to work at my high school,” Kate said. with other artists. I grow as an “It was a quasi-modern dress artist and as a designer with production. The marriage every production because of the between Hippolyta and Theseus incredible collaboration involved was a business merger. I stole in being a theatre designer.” all my mom’s business clothes Kate is about to finish the third and learned to use a sewing and final year of her graduate machine while building the fairy career, and life beyond the stages costumes. It was fantastic.” of UMKC holds new adventures. Costume design, as in any “This summer, I am designing profession, has its ups and a few productions,” Kate said. downs. For Kate, it is more often ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in Ohio, the ups, but everyone in theatre ‘The Effect of Gamma-Rays on has that one show they wish to Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’ forget. with the peerless Kansas City “I find that almost every show Actor’s Theatre, and ‘Around the

Cosutme design by Kate Mott.

World in 80 Days’ at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre here in Missouri. After that, I’m not sure. I think my husband [Matt] and I are moving to Chicago in December.” Speaking of her husband, the second half of the Mott duo is technical designer Matt Mott. “I am currently in my third year, pursuing an MFA with a dual emphasis in scenic design and projections under the tutelage of the nationally recognized professors John Ezell, Victor Tan and Gene Friedman,” Matt said. Matt has been involved with theatre design nearly as long as Kate has, and the skill came to him just as naturally. “I was in carpentry class one day when the theatre professor came in to ask for volunteers to build sets,” Matt said. “I was the only person to volunteer, so naturally I got to do everything: paint, props, the sets, design and makeup.” Matt has designed for several UMKC Theatre shows such as “Burnt By the Sun,” “Big Love,” and most recently the graduate production of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which runs through May 11 at the Spencer Theatre. Aside from his exquisite technical designs,

Set design by Matt Mott.

Matt also does expert work with special effects. “I get to do something different every day,” Matt said. “One day it’s a vomit machine, the next it’s an elephant puppet, the next a levitating woman. I have gotten the chance to design immersive worlds that are filled with majesty and love alongside terrifying and haunting worlds. No day is ever the same and that’s what keeps me coming back.” Of all the special effects material available to him, Matt’s favorite is silicone. “SPFX silicone has been formulated to mix in moments, be sculpted on the skin, cure really fast, match the exact density and color of human skin and it even exfoliates the skin of the actor it is applied to,” Matt said. Matt has a way of making his craft seem effortless. “I have always found that with about 30 minutes of YouTube videos and a little makeup from the store, you can always make a huge impression,” Matt said. “It is so much more fun than buying a costume at a store premade or trying to be clever at thrift stores. Just wear some old clothes, cut your face off—with some latex, not for realsies—pour on some blood and away you go.” Much like his wife, Matt has an intrinsic gift for designing, as well as the confidence and love for the work it requires. “Theatre, design and all its parts are experiential,” Matt said. “You have to do them to get better. If you want to be a designer, then design everything. A makeup artist: do all your friends’ makeup every time you Photo // Brian Paulette get the chance. Keep doing it and

Matt and Kate Mott. you will get better. And, always experiment. There is no [one] right way to do something.” Kate and Matt both attended the University of Northern Colorado for their undergraduate degrees. They were friends for quite some time before dating. They were later accepted into the same graduate program and got married. “We have loved being in school together,” Kate said. “It’s amazing to have a partner in everything I do.” Some say working in the same field with your spouse causes

Photo // Brian Paulette too much frustration, but for the Motts it simply strengthens their relationship. “We have learned the technique of the five-minute argument because we never have any more than five minutes to be upset before we have to run off to class or work,” Kate said. “Usually about 10 minutes after we leave we realize we were both being crazy, and we make up over really sappy text messages.” The craziness of their

Cosutme design by Kate Mott. theatrical projects equally strengthens their attitudes as professionals. “We have a very open attitude when it comes to our artwork,” Kate said. “We can give each other feedback and constructive criticism without worrying about hurting the other’s feelings because we know we are both completely invested in becoming artists together.” Although Kate and Matt do different work, occasionally they

Photo Courtesy //Matt & Kate Mott get to collaborate on a show. “Matt has been props master to my costume designer several times, but this semester was the first time I got to work with him as a scenic designer,” Kate said. “It has been incredibly rewarding to [experience] ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ together under the direction of the incredible Ed Stern.” The most endearing aspect of the Mott duo is that they both acknowledge the other as the exuberant designer in each of their fields. “I think Matt’s forte is the fact that he is something of a Renaissance Man,” Kate said. “He can design, he can paint, draw, sculpt. He is an excellent carpenter. You want projections? Matt’s your man. Special effects makeup for your crazy zombie show? Done. His incredible versatility and desire to learn makes him such an out-of-the-box designer. When other designers think ‘I can’t design that because I don’t think it’s possible,’ Matt thinks ‘I’m going to design that and then I’m going to learn how to do it,’ and he does.” Matt had equally positive words of praise for his wife. “Kate’s greatest strength as a designer is her love of period research,” Matt said. “She knows more about costume and fashion periods than anyone I have ever met. If there’s something she doesn’t know, she will in 20 minutes because she is currently reading the book on whatever it is. This thirst for knowledge is tempered with a need to explore new genres of costume design, like puppets and video games. This duality of precision and

Photo // Brian Paulette accuracy in concert with an exploratory mind set is what makes her great at what she does.” UMKC has had three years to cherish the Motts and their talents. Now it is time for the rest of the world to embrace their skill, style and overall brilliance.

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Soak up the spotlight:

Summer theatre preview

September 9-14. Lindsay Nelson Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Copy Editor Tuesday-Sunday. Visit http:// The Kansas City area produces w w w . k c s t a r l i g h t . c o m / theatre year round, but summer broadway/default.aspx for ticket is easily one of its most fruitful information. seasons. Here’s a look at some of this year’s events, sorted by Heart of A merica location. Shakespeare Festival The annual Shakespeare Starlight festival is putting on “The Starlight’s summer theatre season consists of five Broadway Winter’s Tale” for its 22nd season in Southmoreland Park. productions. “The Wizard of Oz” runs from The show opens June 17 and runs through July 6. Performances are June 10-15. “We Will Rock You” runs from 8 p.m Tuesday-Sunday. There is one Monday performance on June 17-22. “Joseph and the Amazing June 30 and no performance on Technicolor Dreamcoat” runs July 4. The best part about the festival from July 8-13. “The Sound of Music” runs is that it’s free! from July 25-31. “Blue Man Group” runs from

We Will Rock You

Photo // Starlight Theatre

The Unicorn The Unicorn Theatre on Main Street has multiple opportunities in store for theatre goers. “Water by the Spoonful” is running now through May 18. Following that, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” runs June 4-29. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. FridaySaturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit for ticket information. The Unicorn will also hold “InProgress Readings,” which allow the public to catch a glimpse of new plays being developed by local and national playwrights. The Coterie The Coterie Theatre in Crown Center has two shows during its summer season. “Schoolhouse

Rock Live!” is currently running until Sunday, May 18. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. May 18. On Saturday nights, there is an encore performance of “Schoolhouse” at 9 p.m. called “Rowdy Sing-Along Saturday Nights.” The audience is encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a blanket—participation is rewarded with a free bowl of cereal. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” runs June 17-August 3. For a full performance schedule and ticket information visit www.

The Barn Players The Barn Players’ summer season will be in full swing with

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

the opening of “August: Osage County” which runs May 30June 15. Following that, “Noises Off” runs July 18-August 3, and “Closer Than Ever” runs August 15-17 for the 2014 Barn Benefit. For more information visit

The Crossroads District The 10th season of the KC Fringe Festival will take place the week of July 17-27. There are nearly 20 different venues— spanning from 39th and Main down to 18th and Main—that join forces to produce all things Fringe related. The festival is a wonderful cluster of theater, dance, art, film and fashion. For a complete synopsis of events, visit

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Photo // The Unicorn Theatre Photo // Starlight Theatre

Water by the Spoonful Photo // The Unicorn Theatre The Sound of Music

Schoolhouse Rock Live

Photo // Starlight Theatre

The Wizard of Oz

Photo // Starlight Theatre

The Blue Man Group

Photo // Starlight Theatre

Photo // The Coterie Theatre

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UMKC Theatre: ‘Love’s Labour Lost’

The King and his men. Left to right: Antonio Glass, Jamie DuFault, Logan Black and Vince Wagner. the audience. The structure is Lindsay Nelson referred to as a “raked stage.” Copy Editor The platform starts inches UMKC Theatre presents away from the front row and William Shakespeare’s “Love’s slopes upward until it meets the Labour’s Lost” directed by proscenium, which holds the Tony-award winning director rest of the set. There is a huge tree planted Edward Stern. This show serves as the final performance for the behind the seats on the house third-year Master’s of Fine Arts left (stage right) side of the acting students, as well as the auditorium. Mott tacked a note graduating designers and crew to it that reads “This is not a members. The production is tree.” There is a fountain center a consummate illustration of stage, complete with a statue what these artists are capable of Cupid urinating. There is a single set of stairs on both sides of. Firstly, the set is exceptional. of the stage that lead to the

Scenic designer Matt Mott transformed the stage and auditorium of Spencer Theater in several unexpected ways. The upper level of seating is sectioned off with masking , making it obligatory for the audience members to sit closer to the stage. Furthermore, the stage extends all the way into

wings. The musicians sit just below each set of stairs. At the top of the show, percussionist Michael Heuer and pianist Alex Glamyan saunter out, take place at their instruments stage right and begin playing a smooth, easy melody. Two other musicians, Sarah Putts and Nihan Yesil,

emerge from the vomitoriums and take place at their seats stage left. Logan Black adds harmonica and Courtney Salvage adds ukulele to the growing melody. Frank Lillig takes the tune for a turn as he joins Yesil on guitar. Joseph Fournier brings this preshow music to a close with a commanding trumpet solo. The play begins in the palace of King Ferdinand of Navarre (Vince Wagner). Navarre and three of his comrades are signing a pact to study and fast together for three years. Longaville (Antonio Glass) and Dumaine (Jamie Dufault) eagerly swear, but Berowne (Logan Black) thinks the terms are far too nonsensical. Berowne says to spend three years absent from women is absurd. Navarre and the other men persuade him otherwise and he reluctantly swears his oath. It is not until the men have signed the pact that Navarre is reminded that the Princess of France (Jessica Jensen) is supposed to reside in his palace on her travels. It is decided that she and her ladies will have to stay in a tent on the palace grounds. Before the women arrive, the subplot between Anthony (Emily Phillips), Costard (Michael Pauley), Don Adriano (Nick Papamihalakis), Moth (Nicole Greenberg) and Jaquenetta (Janaé Mitchell) is introduced. Anthony escorts Costard to Navarre to be reprimanded for his list of public indiscretions, the most recent involving interference in the relationship between Don Adriano and Jaquenetta. When the princess and her ladies arrive at the palace, it is love at first sight for everyone there except for the contemptuous Boyet (Spencer D. Christensen.) Navarre is immediately taken with the princess. Berowne recognizes Rosaline (Laura Jacobs), whom he’d danced with once before. Longaville sets his eyes on Maria (Marianne McKenzie), and Dumaine is mesmerized by Katherine (Jenny Ward). The rest of the story unfolds in a witty, energetic, lovestruck fashion. At the top of act two, the men each have their own soliloquies that reveal the overwhelming passion of the love they are foresworn against professing. Even after receiving a keepsake from each of their suitors, the women still insist that the men are merely toying with their hearts so they will

Boyet insists the women jest during the men’s attempts to woo. Left to right: Jenny Ward, Laura Jacobs, Spencer Christensen, Jessica Jensen and Marianne McKenzie.

The tree that is not a tree. simply toy back. Amidst all the tangles of love, Holofernes (Courtney Salvage) and Nathaniel (Joseph Fournier) arrive at the palace to aid Navarre and his men with the terms of the oath made in act one. Holofernes and Nathaniel recruit the help of Costard, Don Adriano and Moth to present a play for Navarre. The play, however, is not the success Holofernes anticipates it to be, thanks to the unwarranted contributions from Berowne, Boyet, Longaville and Dumaine. Finally the quarrels and misunderstandings among the men and women are about to be resolved, until a man ominously approaches the group. Marcade

Photos // Brian Paulette in to the absurdity rather than trying to give it an unnecessary sense of reason. Most of all, they love fully and openly with every word. It is indubitably inspiring to watch. With that, something additional does need to be said about two actors in particular. Nicole Greenberg plays Moth, who is more or less Don Adriano’s “page-boy” of sorts. For starters, Greenberg—a lovely woman— was playing a juvenile boy. She had the walk down pat and the mannerisms to go with it. On top of the gender reversal, Moth is Irish. Greenberg did very well with keeping a strong, clear brogue while speaking in verse. Regardless of being cast

Costard and Moth snack as the others work to untangle their webs of love. (Frank Lillig) bows to the princess, stands before her desolately and informs her that her father is dead. The princess and her ladies are plagued with sorrow and insist they must go back to France. The women depart and the men clutch tight to the hope that their loves will return in a year’s time. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a play true to its name. The story is indeed one of love, its labours and the loss that too often comes with it. The lovers default to cunning cracks in effort to outwit each other while they wallow in desperate states of passionate longing. The play also embraces that sometimes love and timing are not in sync. Occasionally the universe knows better than humans do. The actors did phenomenal work illustrating the quips, façades and capitulation that love provokes. Often in shows, there are one or two actors that stand out and truly command the stage while the rest deliver average performances. However, the entire company of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” effortlessly command the stage. It is evident that each actor is invested in his or her character equally. Everyone holds true to whatever heightened circumstance was before them. They all make bold, clear choices. They allow for the comedic moments, they do not push them. They give

in a supporting role, Greenberg commanded and held attention with ease. Vince Wagner, the King of Navarre, is undeniably the king of the production. Wagner repeatedly stands out in every show he is in. He possesses clarity of text, character and intention that is unsurpassed in the work of those counter to him. He has an impeccable ability to instill empathy in the audience, and he unmistakably brings out other strengths in his cast mates. Navarre’s soliloquy at the top of act two is the most poignant speech of the play. The love he conveys through those words alone can be received just as powerfully from a mile away. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” runs Tuesday, May 6 through Sunday, May 11 in the PAC. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Student tickets are $10. To purchase a ticket, either visit the central ticketing office in the lobby of the PAC or go to http:// events/umkc-theatre.asp. Do not miss the opportunity to see a classic play directed by an award-winning director with a phenomenal cast.

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World War I Museum focuses on cause of WWI

Introductory panel to the exhibit, including Sarajevo mayor’s welcome proclamation of Franz Ferdinand’s visit posted throughout the city.

the hope, eventually, of receiving Russia’s help) than to assassinate the Emperor-to-be? The exhibit showcases the events of the day and the precipitating month through expository description, but it also provides the map of the Archduke’s motorcade and the spot of the shot. It even displays numerous quotations concerning the events—quotes from the rebels, from newspapers and correspondence of ambassadors and foreign ministers. After the shot, the whole world whispered and shouted to each other, worried and wary of the possible repercussions, and we get to see the conversations here. This is the museum’s angle: clips of correspondence leading up to the declaration of war. “It’s never been told this way before,” says the museum’s website. Various newspapers are displayed on 3-D boards— Britain’s The Times, Russia’s Riech’, Serbia’s Zvono, France’s Le Figaro, Germany’s Berliner Togeblatt, and Serbia’s Pijemont. The effect is like eavesdropping on the world at the time. The brief excerpts are never more than a paragraph, and the newspapers themselves are hardly legible. Other than a few photos, they are the only visual element of the exhibit. In total, you get snippets of compelling conversation as the story develops and a good summary of history with a focus on the underground nationalist organizations and Austria’s motivation to declare war. The most interesting clips come from

Photos // Greyson Honaker middle of the small third-floor Greyson Honaker Memory Hall, which is easy to Staff Writer skip if you don’t know it’s there. On June 28, 1914, in Bosnia’s Two eight-foot-long panels capital, Sarajevo, teen assassin make up the entire exhibit, Gavrilo Princip shot and killed with an introductory panel the Austro-Hungarian heir to perpendicular to them. the throne, Franz Ferdinand. The introductory panel Soon afterward, Austria- provides the historical and Hungary forced an unreasonable political context of the ultimatum on Serbia, which was assassination, explaining the rejected. So Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary intervention in declared war, ultimately a Bosnian-Serb revolt against the ushering the rest of the global Ottoman Turkish Empire and its powers into World War I. subsequent rule over Serbia and The new exhibit at the Bosnia and the 1908 annexation National World War I Museum, of Bosnia. Resistant to “On the Brink: A Month that subjugation by another empire, Changed the World,” centers young Bosnian-Serb nationalists on the assassination of Franz sought to liberate their country Ferdinand and the tense month from Austro-Hungarian rule and following that precipitated the unite with Serbia.What better war. This exhibit comes during way to incite a revolution (with the 100th anniversary of World War I. “With the centennial of World War I approaching, it’s absolutely critical that we examine the causes of the outbreak of World War I,” said National World War I Museum President and CEO Matthew Naylor. “This exhibit presents the series of events in June and July of 1914 in an entirely new manner. Through this exhibit, we’re able to view reactions from diplomats and newspapers in a chronological order that reflects the developing tension, which, ultimately resulted in the Great War.” Visiting the new exhibit, I felt a part of some secret club. The exhibit is not a part of the main floor—is not even announced by Newspapers from all over the world responding to the assassination of signs or brochures—but is in the Archduke Franz Fredinand.

Proclamation issued by the Austro-Hungarian Imperial government urging subjects of the Empire to serve and support the Monarchy during these troubled times following the assassination. the Charge d’Affairs in Russia to Europe,” “drama has” becomes the U.S. Secretary of State in July “dramahas” and “perpetrators” when everyone was speculating becomes “perpertrators.” I found what Russia’s and Germany’s myself wondering excitedly if an responses would be, and what editorial position was open at scale of war would ensue. It’s the museum. a sobering trail of thought If you haven’t been to the beginning with his certainty of museum, you should go. It is the Russia’s involvement, turning nation’s preeminent World War to a moment of hope for peace, I museum, after all. While you’re and ending on the assertion, “I there, certainly stop by this have reason to believe matters exhibit, but the exhibit alone will be arranged without general probably isn’t worth the ticket European war.” price. But who knows, like the Besides being more meager small bullet of 1914, this modest than I expected, the exhibit exhibit might resonate in ways I shows a bit of distracting simply don’t foresee. sloppiness. Sentences on Open March 15 – September the display sometimes run 14 in Memory Hall, “On the together completely, as one Brink: A Month that Changed giant, unintelligible word. the World” is included with Transcription from the actual museum admission and is free for newspaper to the display’s members. quotation sometimes goes awry: “Emperor in Mourning” in the real paper becomes “Emperor in Morning” in the transcription, “that of Europe” becomes “the of

Spring scholarship recipients Spring Success 2014 Scholarship:

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship: A record 7 students have received awards for summer 2014 from the nationally competitive Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship of $21,500 in support. An additional student has been named an alternate. Gilman scholarships are awarded only to Pell Grant recipients who plan to spend at least 4 weeks in an approved Study Abroad program. The Gilman was created specifically to ensure that students with limited means would be able to experience the life-changing opportunity of living and studying in another country.

Annie Fischer

Elliott Goff

Christopher Beaudoin

Annie Fischer, a 2012 MFA Graduate in Creative Writing and Media Arts has received a Fulbright full research grant in creative writing to Budapest for the 2014-15 funding cycle. Annie applied as an At Large candidate, the category designation for students who are not presently enrolled in an academic institution.

Elliot Goff, a graduate student in the School of Computing and Engineering, has been awarded the prestigious Whitaker Fellowship from the Whitaker International Program to spend a research year in Zurich at the Institute for Biomechanics at Eidgenossische Technicshce Hochschule (ETH). Elliott is one of 50 recipients for this year, young biomedical engineers who are recognized as emerging leaders in their field.

Christopher Beaudoin, graduating senior in Chemistry and Spring 2014 Honor Recipient; awarded the DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) Study Scholarship to Germany to spend a year researching cancer-specific plasma membrane proteins through the use of a new molecular tool known as Nanodiscs, under the direction of Dr. Peter Luppa at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), in Munich, Germany.

Recipients: Christenio Collins Benjamin Bachwirtz Taylor Smith Maritza Gordillo Victoria Clark Araba Kuofie Coleen Solomon Alia Wheeler

Argentina Argentina Costa Rica Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Alternate to France

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Volley for Charity:

Pharmacy students play for a cause

Participants in the 12th annual Wesley McIntire Memorial Volley for Charity fundraiser. Kathleen Brueggemann Staff Writer Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity hosted its 12th annual Wesley McIntire Memorial Volley for Charity fundraiser on Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event began at 10 a.m. and consisted of 32 sand volleyball teams competing in a double elimination bracket at Volleyball Beach in Kansas City, Mo. Teams were made up of three women and three men each. There were over a dozen games going on at any given time throughout the day. There was also a raffle with drawings throughout the day. Prizes were donated by local businesses and Kappa Psi members. Prizes included gift cards for food and retail, Beats by Dre headphones, an iPad Mini and an Apple TV. Food throughout the day was donated by Einstein Bros Bagels, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Hy-Vee. Dr. Maqual Graham and Dr. Valerie Ruehter, pharmacy professors and Kappa Psi advisors, put a lot of work into the day alongside the students. Other faculty helped by making donations and purchasing raffle tickets. “This is my team’s second year competing,” said pharmacy student Morgan Sandbothe. “It’s always a

fun event with a lot of support from everyone at the pharmacy school and the community. We look forward to it every year.” Although it was a fun day for players and spectators, it was also a day of remembrance. Wes McIntire was a pharmacy student and member of Kappa Psi at UMKC in the early 2000s. In 2003, McIntire was diagnosed with colon cancer. Although he continued school for as long as possible, he eventually had to leave due to complications from his illness and the radiation therapy. In 2005, he lost his battle to cancer. McIntire was described by those who knew him as an inspiration. He was endlessly optimistic and caring. “A lot of the teams that still play knew him,” said event co-chair Samantha Gripka. “For them, it’s very personal. They continue to come and support the event and our chapter of Kappa Psi every year.” McIntire’s memory was prevalent throughout the event. A banner with his story hung next to the tournament bracket. The entire crowd paused before lunch for a moment of silence in his memory. “Count your blessings, not your misfortunes,” was the quote from McIntire that could be found on the back of the event’s T-shirts. Funds are raised through team registration fees, donations and raffle

tickets. Last year the event raised more than $5,000. Event leadership is hopeful to near that number again this year. “I really enjoy going to this event for many reasons,” said Kappa Psi officer Joshua Tyler Krueger.

Photos Courtesy // Kappa Psi Gamma “But mostly, it’s for a good cause. There aren’t many times during the semester we can get such a large group to participate in a philanthropy event.” The money raised from this event is specifically donated to colon

cancer research. “There’s a lot of great brotherhood in Kappa Psi,” Gripka said. “I think this event really shows our strong bond through continuing to carry on the great legacy left by Wes.”

Participants in the 12th annual Wesley McIntire Memorial Volley for Charity fundraiser.

This week in UMKC sports Dan Moreno Senior Staff Writer SOFTBALL The softball team ended its regular season this past weekend with a twogame series against South Dakota State at Brookings, S.D., earning a 7-5 victory in the first game and falling 0-2 in the second. Pitcher Cinda Ramos had a magnificent performance in what was

the longest outing of her collegiate career, allowing just one run in 11 innings. The ’Roos let seven runners on base in game two of the doubleheader, allowing South Dakota a 2-0 shutout victory. Next up, the softball team will begin its postseason this Thursday in Seattle, Wash., where they will face No. 3 seed and host Seattle University in the WAC Tournament.

TRACK AND FIELD The UMKC track and field team participated in the Arkansas Twilight at Fayetteville, Ark., last weekend. Senior Kris Leverette led the team and broke Josh Whisman’s mark in the hammer throw set in 2002 with a toss of 183-5, finishing third. Sophomore Blake Hocking also had a notable performance, finishing second with a 55-2.75 shot put throw

and a 150-10 discus throw. The track and field team will now head to Orem, Utah, for the WAC Championships May 14-17. MEN’S GOLF The men’s golf team placed fourth in the WAC Championship at +26, only one shot behind Utah Valley at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev. Junior Mitch Tucker led the

Kangaroos on the final day of play with a 75, three birdies and UMKC’s lone eagle of the tournament. Senior Nathan Hughes scored a 77 with three birdies in his final round. The team played its best spring event March 20-22 when the ’Roos finished first of 15 teams at Phoenix, Ariz.

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Health Journal:

Food for Thought Lindsay Nelson Staff Writer Finals are upon us. As the nerves kick in, so do the cravings. We get flustered and panicky. Coffee and ice cream are the only substances that keep us from losing our tenuous grip on reality. Although these are necessary to keep the right-

brain (emotions) pumping on all cylinders, the left-brain (logic) needs fuel, too. The right combination of carbs, fats, iron, protein and antioxidants is the key to supreme brain function. To build your own brain-power diet, focus on foods like these: Whole grains digest slowly and provide steady energy.

Oatmeal, wheat bread, quinoa and brown rice. Good fats are good for blood flow and brain cells. Walnuts, almonds, avocados, peanut butter and dark chocolate. Almonds contain a protein that boosts the production of a nerve chemical proven to enhance memory.

Quinoa Oatmeal Lindsay Nelson Staff Writer Calories: 450 Carbohydratess: 75g Fat: 5g Fiber:8g Protein: 17g

Ingredients, makes approximately 4 bowls: • • • • •

3/4 cup quinoa 1 3/4 cups skim milk 1 tablespoon honey 1 banana, sliced 1/2 cup raspberries


Bring milk to a boil. Add quinoa, cover and reduce to low heat for about 15 minutes, and then add honey. Cook until all milk has been absorbed (about 8-10 minutes) Top with banana slices. Enjoy.

Pinto and Avocado Tacos Lindsay Nelson Staff Writer Prep time: 7 mins Total time: 9 minutes Calories: 315 Carbohydratess: 50g Fat: 7g Fiber: 12g Protein: 14g

Ingredients: • • • • •

1 cup pinto beans 1/2 ripe avocado 1 medium tomato 4 corn tortillas, 6 inch 4 tablespoons mozzarella, shredded


Drain and rinse pinto beans, mash with fork and place into microwave safe bowl. Heat pinto beans on high in microwave until steaming hot.Peel avocado and cut into slices.Wash and slice tomato. Spread mashed pinto beans on tortilla. Add avocado and tomato to each tortilla.Top with cheese. Fold and enjoy.

Dark Walnut Bark Lindsay Nelson Staff Writer Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 30 minutes Calories: 70 Carbohydratess: 5g Fat: 6g Fiber:1g Protein: 1g

Ingredients: • •

3/4 cup walnuts 3/4 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate, finely chopped


Heat the oven to 350°F. Place walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes. Let cool, then chop.Place 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of chocolate in a bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave an additional 30 seconds, or until melted. Stir in the remaining chocolate and chopped walnuts. Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Spread warm chocolate mixture onto the sheet into a rectangle. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, until firm but not brittle. Cut or break into pieces and serve.Store leftovers in a container, refrigerated (will keep for about a week).

Iron is vital for oxygen transport. Dark-green and leafy vegetables, lean meats and soy products. Protein takes longer to digest and keeps your brain fueled. Milk, eggs, beans and cheese. Antioxidants can decrease cognitive decline. Berries, nuts, seeds and teas.

Berries contain an antioxidant that increases the ability to remember things. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and is proven to help reboot the memory.

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