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WU forced to cut Rooks County scholarship Lauren Eckert WASHBURN REVIEW Students from Rooks County are bracing themselves for a decrease in scholarship funds for the 2009‘10 school year because funds for the Hindman scholarship are on the decline. The Hindman Scholarship is granted to high school graduates from Rooks County who are seeking an education at Washburn University. Tom Ellis, dean of enrollment management, said the scholarship was established by Duffie Hindman, a Washburn School of Law alumnus (1924), who upon

his death willed “ s cholarship, stocks, bonds, hundreds of It’s a little disappointing real estate, oil and Rooks County to have to rely more on gas properties students have valued at over benefited from my student loans and $3 million to this gift. For personal funds to pay Wa s h b u r n several years, the University for earnings from for college. the purpose the investment of setting up prov i d e d - Matthew Hageman a scholarship scholarships Washburn Student program. In his were ” that will, Hindman approximately required that the equal to the gift be invested in U.S. Treasury bonds tuition of 12 credit hours each semester. and the income from this investment However, as tuition has increased would go to the scholarship recipients. and the economy has fluctuated, the Ellis said since the creation of the earnings of the investment alone can

no longer support 24 credit hours of tuition for all the scholarship recipients. “Since the donor required how the money was to be invested in U.S. Treasury bonds only, we cannot invest the gift into the market like to let it grow, which is how other Washburn scholarships generate income,” said Ellis. Interest rates have dropped considerably, bringing in a mere 3.5 percent interest rate compared to the 7-9 percent earned at the time of the donation, or even at the 5-7 percent earned just 10 years ago, resulting in less earnings. This decrease in funding has instigated a decrease in the amount

of scholarship money distributed. “You can’t spend more than you have,” said Ellis, regarding the recent decision to reduce the amount of scholarship money given to each student. “This is still a hugely generous gift on the part of Hindman.” Matthew Hageman and Jason Dinkel were two of the 54 students at Washburn to receive a Hindman scholarship this year. Both students said the scholarship weighed heavily on their decision to attend Washburn because they got 12 credit hours of tuition paid for. However, because of the size of the

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Norris crowned in ‘Mr. Bod’ competition Business

school gets high marks


School of Business ranked in top of nation by Princeton Review Richard Kelly WASHBURN REVIEW

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It’s good to be the king: (above) Phil Norris is crowned 2008 Mr. Bod by previous king Josh Maples, who said he didn’t realize how much he had actually enjoyed the title until he had to pass it along to someone else.

Happy feet: Dave Hess displayed his exuberance for the competition by crawling on booths in the Union Market. While not christened the king, all runner-ups were compensated with gift certificates to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Washburn’s School of Business continues to grow each year, and the Princeton Review recently selected it as one of the best in the country. David Sollars, dean of the School of Business, said the selection came from “trying to offer new programs, to enhance learning for the students, and trying to increase the visibility of the School of Business to the students.” He said one of the ways Washburn will get the word out this year about the business school will be to mail out 11,000 of the school’s annual newsletters. Sollars spoke last week on the radio about SCHOOL OF the School of high BUSINESS Business’ honor from the Princeton Review. The faculty and students have a major role in helping the business school run efficiently. Often, the small classes at Washburn allow more interaction and bonding between students and teachers, which can be harder for students entering large schools. “The class sizes, being smaller, are one of the main reasons I decided to come to Washburn,” said Brian Haug, a senior majoring in marketing and management. “You get to know your professors and they care about you. Having that network to pull from when you start looking for a career is just really beneficial.” When the Princeton Review went around to schools selecting the top

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Haunted houses are a hair-raising part of the season that has become synonymous with Halloween.

The Lady Blues volleyball team beat out Truman State and Missouri Western.




Columnist Naomi Green offers some final advice before hitting the polls Nov. 4.


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Men of Washburn University competed Wednesday for the title of Mr. Bod in Stauffer Commons of Memorial Union. The competition drew a crowd of students as the contestants tried to win over the judges to be crowned Mr. Bod of 2008-‘09. Organized by the Washburn Student Government Association, the Mr. Bod competition is an annual contest structured as a male beauty pageant, or more formally, scholarship program, as the winner receives $200. Spectators Andrea Hale and Zach Morris were among the group of students seeking entertainment by the contestants. “It’s pretty STUDENT funny to see what all the different LIFE contestants come up with to try to win over the crowd and judges,” said Morris. “They come up with some crazy ideas.” As WSGA senators, both Hale and Morris were glad to see the competition was successful. “It’s a great event that WSGA puts on to encourage student involvement and school spirit,” said Hale. “The people in charge of organizing it worked really hard, and it’s f u n to see students supporting their fellow students as they compete.” Contestants for this year’s competition were Dave Hess, Blake Edwards, Brian Pasche, Blake Stephen Bryant and Phil Norris. Each competitor brought something unique and memorable to the competition, ranging from heartfelt country songs and instrumental solos to spirited attire and humorous autobiographies. The judging was based on each contestant’s performance in four categories. These included a spirit competition, formal wear, interview, and a people’s Bod category, which

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ampus alendar

TUESDAY October 28

Mulvane Art Museum exhibit, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Mulvane Art Museum. Friends of Women’s and Gender Studies Brown Bag, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., W Room, Memorial Union. Karen Stolz reading, 7 p.m., Shawnee Room.

WEDNESDAY October 29

Mulvane Art Museum exhibit, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mulvane Art Museum. Health Care Career Fair and Interview Day, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Washburn Room, Memorial Union. “MPs with Skirts: Or How Media in Bulgaria (and Across the World) Portray Women Politicians,” Brown Bag International Lecture, 12 p.m., International House. Phi Alpha Theta discussion of Iraq War, 7 p.m., Henderson 100. Aikido-Plus: Martial Arts Club, 8:30 - 10 p.m., SRWC multipurpose room.

THURSDAY October 30

Mulvane Art Museum exhibit, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mulvane Art Museum. Taste of Italy Buffet, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Washburn Room, Memorial Union. Aikido-Plus: Martial Arts Club, 8:30 - 10 p.m., SRWC multipurpose room.

Race and Politics topic of diversity seminar series “Race and Politics in 2008” will be the topic of the Diversity Matters Seminar Series from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Kansas Room, Memorial Union, Washburn University. The public is welcome. The discussion speakers will be: Steve Cisneros, executive director, Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission; Chris Hamilton, professor, political science; and John Paul, assistant professor, sociology and anthropology. The Diversity Matters Seminar planning committee, Diversity Fellows, and the vice president for academic affairs office are sponsoring the series. For information, call (785) 670-2059. - Campus Announcement Photos by Matt Wilper, Washburn Review

Beatty to host preelection discussion

Thinking Pink: (above) Zeta Tau Alpha sorority hosted “Think Pink Week,” a series of events intended to raise awareness about breast cancer. One of the events was the yogurt eating contest to provide Yoplait lids to donate. (below) The sorority also passed out T-shirts and ribbons in the Union during the week.

“A Long and Great Ride” is the title of the presentation Bob Beatty, Washburn University associate professor, political science, will give at a pre-election discussion on the 2008 presidential campaign at noon Friday, Oct. 31, in the International House, Washburn University. The public is welcome and there is no charge. As a political communication researcher and a political analyst for Channel 27 News, Beatty has observed the 2008 presidential election from the start. He logged thousands of miles while meeting all the candidates during the Iowa caucuses, attended the national nominating conventions in Denver and St. Paul, Minn., and was on-site for the presidential debate in

Mississippi and the vice-presidential debate in St. Louis. Beatty will share his impressions of this remarkable campaign and take questions from the audience during his final pre-election talk. Phi Beta Delta is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact 785-670-1051. - Campus Announcement

Windows flawed Microsoft has announced an especially serious flaw in the Windows operating system and has released a patch to fix it. Details are available at: security/Bulletin/ms08-067.mspx

Quoting from that site: "A security issue has been identified that could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to compromise your Microsoft Windows-based system and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer." Washburn is notifying students about this due to the potential impact on the University network as well as your own productivity if your computer was to be compromised. Computers owned by Washburn were patched last night and we recommend that students patch their computers as soon as possible. You can download the patch

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October 31

Hello students,

Mulvane Art Museum exhibit, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mulvane Art Museum.

Many of you were around when legislation for the outdoor stage was passed during the Bowhay/Keller administration. We are currently in the process of looking for funding for the rest of the stage because we are short $19,000. You should hear from us if we have the funding by next spring. Please come by the WSGA office or call (785) 670-1169 if you have any questions about the stage. Phil Norris, also known as Mr. Bod, is the senator who I am presenting to you this week. He is a senior Anthropology major who has been a member of WSGA for two semesters. He is a member of the WSGA Communications Committee and he plans to communicate with students via facebook because as he says, it is “the main mode of the twenty-first century” unlike talking, which is “so twentieth century.” Senator Norris is a member of the SO/AN Club, Model U.N., and

Phi Beta Delta talk, “2008 Presidential Campaign,” 12 p.m., International House. Diversity Matters seminar, “Race and Politics in 2008,” 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Kansas Room, Memorial Union. Hall-WU-een costume contest, 2 p.m., Union Market.

SATURDAY November 1

Mulvane Art Museum exhibit, 1 - 4 p.m., Mulvane Art Museum.


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Christian Challenge. His goals for this year include bringing great speakers to Washburn and keeping the student activity fee at its current rate. He says he would like to chat with anyone who has ideas for how to make Washburn better. Sincerely, Whitney Philippi President WSGA

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Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 • News

HINDMAN: Students plan to stay Market meltdown causing at WU despite lowered scholarship mass exodus on Wall Street Continued from page A1 scholarship, neither recipient was eligible for other stackable scholarships. This scholarship decrease will allow recipients to apply for additional Washburn scholarships. “I don’t really see the possibility of receiving other stackable scholarships now,” said Hageman. “It’s a little disappointing to have to rely more on my student loans and personal funds to pay for college.” Jason Dinkel is also disappointed in the scholarship reduction, but feels

slightly more optimistic about the change. “Now that the scholarship has been reduced, I will have to apply for other scholarships, but I really like it here at Washburn, so that alone will not make me want to transfer or anything,” said Dinkel. “I’m not happy it has been reduced, but at least it hasn’t been depleted altogether.” Despite the decrease in the size of the Hindman Scholarship, Washburn is working with Rooks County citizens to make sure the public is aware of the situation and reasoning behind the changes. Washburn officials held public

forums at both Plainville High School and Washburn University so parents and students could ask questions about the changes, which were very helpful, said Hageman. “The Hindman Scholarship will continue to provide the opportunity for many students from Rooks County to attend and graduate from Washburn University,” said Dean Ellis.

Lauren Eckert is a sophomore mass media major. Reach her at lauren.eckert@

Anchorage Daily News endorses Obama ASSOCIATED PRESS The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president. The newspaper said Sunday the Democrat “brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand.” The Daily News said since the economic crisis has emerged, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has “stumbled and fumbled badly” in dealing with it. “Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown’s root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it,” the paper said. The Daily News said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has shown the country why she is a success as governor. But the paper said few would argue that Palin is truly ready to step into the job of being president despite her passion, charisma and strong work ethic. “Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly

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alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency‚ but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and down, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time

for our nation,” the paper said. “Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-yearold heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time,” the paper concluded.

Candidates heat-up in final stretch Liz Sidoti ASSOCIATED PRESS

senator from Arizona, Republican Jon Kyl, told the Arizona Daily Star editorial board in an interview published Sunday. Sparring from a distance, each Republican John McCain declared candidate criticized the other anew “I’m going to win it,” dismissing polls in hopes of swaying the roughly oneshowing him behind with little more fourth of voters who are undecided or than a week to go in the presidential could still change their minds. race. Democrat Barack Obama rolled Obama “started out in the leftout a new TV ad asserting his rival is hand lane of American politics and has “out of ideas, out of touch, remained there,” McCain said and running out of time.” NBC’s “Meet the Press” DECISION on Heading into the final while in Iowa, casting the 2008 nine days of the 2008 contest, Democrat as too liberal for a the White House competitors right-of-center country. campaigned in key battlegrounds that In Colorado, Obama portrayed President Bush won four years ago as McCain as more of the same, saying: the state-by-state Electoral College “For eight years, we’ve seen the Bushmap tilts strongly in Obama’s favor. McCain philosophy put our country on Democrats and Republicans alike say the wrong track, and we cannot have it will be extraordinarily difficult for another four years that look just like McCain to change the trajectory of the the last eight.” campaign before the Nov. 4 election. Obama is working to solidify his “Unfortunately, I think John Mc- lead in national and key state surveys, Cain might be added to that long list while McCain is looking for a comeof Arizonans who ran for president but back in a political environment that were never elected,” McCain’s fellow has become increasingly favorable for

Democrats and challenging for Republicans as the global economic crisis dominates the campaign. In coming days, both candidates will focus primarily on Bush-won, vote-rich battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida, which decided the last two presidential elections and could do so again. Pennsylvania is the only state that Democrat John Kerry won four years ago that both candidates are expected to visit before Election Day. With 21 electoral votes, it hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988 but McCain is aggressively courting white, working-class voters who overwhelmingly chose Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primary over Obama, who would become the country’s first black president. Obama’s campaign was exuding confidence though leaving nothing to chance.

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managing director of the New York Office of Robert Walters headhunting firm. “Even before this (economic downturn), the same type of positions Bankers and brokers looking to overseas, let’s say, did pay about 20 escape the financial meltdown are percent less than you would make here scrambling to relocate their families, ... the people who go to smaller firms, possessions and rarified talent far from often times the bonuses are smaller.” Wall Street to places such as Florida, New York is the top paying state Chicago, Milwaukee, Virginia and for personal financial advisers, with an Asia. average salary of $131,660, according Travis Lacey left investment bank to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. Jeffries & Co. and Wall Street behind Colorado followed, paying an average in September to work for Baird in Chi- of $119,590, then Massachusetts, with cago. He also left behind the nagging an average pay of $116,170, according sense of worry that had plagued him to the 2007 occupational employment since his company had started an- survey. nouncing layoffs earlier in the year. Idaho was the lowest paying state “Anyone in that environment, you for financial advisers, paying an avernever know age of $50,980. what’s going West Virginia, to happen,” “ North Dakota, Lacey said. Alaska, Ne“There are a lot braska and I’m noticing that of good bankKentucky all people are willing to ers that unforfollow, paytunately are ing an average work places that they at the wrong below $60,000 place at the a year for the would have hung wrong time, same job. up on me if I had especially in Middle New York.” market and suggested it a year ago. boutique firms Corporate headhuntare also apers say Wall pealing beStreet’s malcause they of- Kurt Kraeger aise will lead fer increased Managing Director, Robert Walters to a permanent job responsitalent loss for bility and freeNew York. dom, said Peter ” It could help Kies, a managsmall boutique firms become bigger ing director at Robert W. Baird, a Milplayers with employees they would waukee-based middle market firm. never have been able to lure from the “As every round of cuts occurred, city long-regarded as the world’s fi- we got an increasing flow of resumes,” nancial capital. Kies said. “You can have a Wall Street “We’re definitely hiring,” said kind of experience and live in RichRobert Escobio, chief executive officer mond, Milwaukee or Chicago.” of Coral Gables, Fla.-based Southern Baird has seen roughly 50 percent Trust Securities Inc., a broker-dealer more applications from Wall Street and investment banking firm. “Right than they received last year, he said. now we have the capital, and right European and Asian banks are now we’re looking to expand. And I also seeing the abundance of workers think that’s what a lot of boutiques are as an opportunity to strengthen their looking to do, too.” position in the U.S. market. Escobio said in the past few “I’m noticing that people are willmonths, one out of every four or five ing to work places that they would resumes comes from top Wall Street have hung up on me if I had suggestfirms‚ compared with about one out of ed it a year ago,” Kraeger said of his 100 in years past. headhunting work. Former Wall Streeters also tend to More bankers are willing to go to bring clients with larger net worth‚ an- Asia than ever before because it is still other potential long-term blow to firms viewed as an emerging market, said trying to recover from the meltdown‚ James Constable, owner of Albany so boutiques and middle market firms Beck Consulting, an English headhuntstand to reap the profits. In turn they ing firm that places financial workers deliver something that’s currently elu- in jobs from London to Singapore. sive on Wall Street: stability. Jobs in “Banks (in New York and Lonthe financial sector can pay anywhere don) are not looking to add to their from $100,000 to well into the seven- work force in the short term,” Constafigure range depending on location, ble said in an e-mail interview. “This experience and the size of a firm, said means that the volume is down, so inKimberly Bishop, vice chairman of stead the banks are opting to hire one Slayton Search partners, a Chicago- senior candidate rather than a number based headhunting firm. of more junior ones.” “There’s some talent available to So far this month, Albany Beck some companies that wasn’t available has received 38 percent more resumes before,” she said. from Wall Street candidates willing to Wall Street workers who are think- work overseas than they did in Octoing about relocating need to be flexible ber of 2007, Constable said. about income, Bishop said. Some juNew York Comptroller Thomas nior Wall Street workers may be able DiNapoli expects 40,000 Wall Street to get more senior positions in smaller jobs could be lost by the end of the firms, getting comparable or better year. So far he said 13,200 people have pay. But many more will make less lost jobs in New York’s financial secwhile benefiting from a cheaper cost tor since a year ago. of living outside of New York City. “They are going to make less, most of them,” said Kurt Kraeger, the


Media needs to get it together

ReAnne Utemark WASHBURN REVIEW Barack Obama’s smiling face was featured for the third time in seven months on the Rolling Stone cover. While I love Rolling Stone and all that it stands for, I think that its covers are a pictorial representation of the media bias in this year’s election. More than one study has proven that the media affects people. Some could make an argument that people are attracted to news that reflects their own views, but I think that the media as a whole supported Obama and either ignored or criticized McCain. Take, for example, the New York Times. In the last several presidential elections, the editorial board backed the Democratic candidate. In this election in particular, so many of their columns have been scathing judgments of Sarah Palin. Sure, Palin is under-qualified and she thinks that red states are the only pro-American ones, but the discussion should be about the actual presidential candidate, John McCain. The uproar over the Republica n National FROM THE Com m it t e e EDITOR spending $150,0 0 0 on her and her family’s wardrobe – a stupid move on the Republican’s part. I don’t know how many middle class, hurting families spend $150,000 on clothing, but no one has talked about how much McCain or Obama spends on clothing. Having worked in a suit store, suits and all the accessories are pretty expensive. If she came out wearing a worn-out, white sweatshirt with a wolf and a lightening bolt on it, the media would have a field day. Come to think of it, I would have a field day. The candidates, both president and vice president should be dressed in their best and when they are giving five speeches a day in different states, dry cleaning becomes a problem. If the Republicans want to pay for her Neiman Marcus shopping spree and claim to be the party of Reagan and the middle class, then their contradiction is just one more reason for me to watch “Saturday Night Live.” The media should decide what it wants to do, be an unbiased source of information for people, or make judgments on Palin’s outfits. The Caribou Barbie joke is getting old, how about some real analysis about McCain’s advocacy of nuclear power (which will be expensive) or Obama’s health care plan (which will be expensive) and, if both candidates understand that the American collective is hurting, then why are they planning on cutting taxes and putting money in programs that are going to cost? The media is an institution that is supposed to unofficially check the other branches of government by exposing real issues for Americans. I think they have gotten swept up in the Obama Mania and the easy target of Palin. With only eight days until the election, the media should be featuring issues of relevance – like voter fraud, not Palin’s new hairdo. As a parting note, everyone should get out and vote. Be informed, be reflective and vote responsibly.

ReAnne Utemark is a senior history major. Reach her at

Opinion • Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Columnist provides final advice

As you are aware, there is about one week left until Election Day. We are in what political pundits refer to as the “silly season,” mostly because you are and will continue to be inundated with politically motivated commercials, phone calls, talking points, front door visits, etc. Yes, it can be annoying. But it is essential to remember the reason behind it. We are about to elect the next president of the United States. Considering the state our nation is currently in, this will most likely be the most important presidential election in which you will vote. Besides, the result of this election will make history one way or another; be a part of it. By now most of you know who you are going to vote for. It is obvious that I’m marking my ballot for Barack Obama. For those of you planning on making the same choice, I urge you: take nothing for granted. The polls right now show Obama with a double digit lead over McCain. Before the primary season started, the polls suggested that the Democratic nomination for president was a lock for Hillary Clinton. I didn’t put much faith in polls then, and I don’t put much faith in them now. Despite claims by the McCain camp that he is “measuring the drapes” for the White House, Obama has wisely remained humble; he understands that he’s not in the clear yet. There’s a risk that voters might look at his lead and not think that their vote is needed for an Obama victory. In Kansas, the logic is a little different. Granted, we are considered to be a “red” state, and many people in our demographic simply won’t vote because they figure it’s useless. I’ve been saying for months that Kansas will go “blue” this year. Of course, people look at me as if I’m crazy when I say that. But we do have a Democratic, female governor, so Kansas does have the capacity to elect Democrats. On top of that, consider this fact: in 2004, 1,400 people turned up to the Democratic caucus; in 2008, that number went up to 36,722. That’s an increase of over 2,600 percent! Since Obama won roughly 74 percent

of those votes, it’s safe to assume that the surge in voter turnout was due to support for his candidacy. Why is this relevant? Because not only did 19,516 people show up for the 2008 Republican caucus, only 4,587 voted for John McCain; sixty percent (11,627) voted for Mike Huckabee. Many skeptics are quick to point out that more people vote on Election Day than at a caucus. This can be equally true for Democrats as it is for Republicans. And if Barack Obama can boost voter turnout 2,600 percent, this state can go “blue” for the first time since, I don’t know, forever. If that occurs, everyone will be talking about Kansas; it will literally shock the nation. How cool would that be? It’s not such a far-fetched idea; if everyone who wants to vote for Barack actually goes out and does it, it’s a done deal. So if Obama is your candidate, prove it! Go to the polls and take a group of friends with you! Important DO’s and DON’Ts to remember when you go to vote: DO take your driver’s license or state photo ID. If you don’t have either of these, other acceptable forms include: Utility bill, paycheck stub, W2 form, any sort of government check, US military ID card, college ID card, passport, naturalization document (as long as it contains your name and photo or address), and any government employee ID. DON’T try to persuade voters one way or the other. You might get arrested. DON’T wear anything that promotes a particular candidate. It is illegal to campaign for a candidate within 250 feet of a polling place. This includes wearing buttons and/or

clothing bearing a candidate’s name and/or slogan. HOWEVER, if you remove the paraphernalia in question, you may return to the voting place and cast your ballot. DON’T let anyone tell you that voting was canceled or postponed for whatever reason. DON’T let anyone tell you that your registration is invalid and you are unable to vote. The only time a voter’s name would be removed from the voter list is if the individual gave a written request to be removed, is convicted of a felony, legally deemed mentally incapacitated by a court, or dead. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Voting this year is easier than ever; you don’t even have to wait until Nov. 4! To vote early in Kansas, go to: Shawnee County Election Office 911 S.W. 37th Monday-Friday 8 a.m-8 p.m. Questions? Call (785) 266-0285. The deadline for early voting is noon on Monday, Nov. 3. Naomi Green Washburn Student

How will you vote?: On this poll (7%) I'll vote three times in Ohio (14%) Absentee ballot (29%) At the polls (50%)

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New Jersey turning trash into power David Porter ASSOCIATED PRESS

Standing atop the 400-acre 1-E landfill, you get a panoramic view of the Meadowlands sports complex to the north and the New York City skyline to the east. You’re also standing on a critical part of New Jersey’s, and the nation’s, energy future. Decades worth of household trash, construction waste and assorted refuse buried in the landfill is providing electricity to thousands of homes. “It’s like you’re buying back your own garbage, but in a different form,” said Tom Marturano, director of solid waste and natural resources for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, which owns and operates the 1-E site. The Kearny site is among 21 land-

fills in New Jersey where methane gas produced by decomposing garbage is used as fuel to generate electricity, according to the state Board of Public Utilities. That is almost as many as in the state of Texas, and more than the combined number in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Nationwide, the federal Environmental Protection Agency counts 455 landfills that use their methane to generate electricity and has targeted more than 500 more as potential candidates through its Landfill Methane Outreach Program. One of New Jersey’s leading environmentalists envisions the state’s landfills someday making more use of their sites by installing wind and solar power to supplement methane. “We see landfills as potential New Age energy plants, because you can combine all three and create a steady

source of power‚ “ newable energy and not everysources that the body wants a state hopes will It’s like you’re windmill in their combine to supbuying back your back yard,” said ply 30 percent Jeff Tittel, execuof New Jersey’s own garbage, but in tive director of electricity conthe New Jersey sumption by a different form. chapter of the Si2020. According erra Club. to the plan, New Marturano Jerseyans pro- Tom Marturano cautioned that duce 6.7 pounds New Jersey adding wind of trash per day, Meadowlands Commission farms might take 50 percent more a while since than the national landfill surfaces ” average. are constantly While wind shifting, but the Meadowlands Com- and solar power are in their relative inmission already has plans to install 20 fancy in New Jersey, Corzine recently acres of solar panels on the southern announced the state’s first offshore side of the 1-E landfill. wind power project‚ landfills in the Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s Energy state have been collecting methane gas Master Plan for the state touts land- and using it as fuel to generate elecfill methane gas as one of the key re- tricity for more than two decades.

Mike Winka, director of the BPU’s Office of Clean Energy, said new landfills in New Jersey are required to be designed to accommodate methane gas collection. Existing landfills can produce methane long after they’ve been shut down. For example, the freshest garbage in the Kingsland landfill, adjacent to 1-E, dates from 1987, according to Marturano. That means the half-eaten Big Mac you threw away at the end of the Reagan administration may be helping to light your neighbor’s home today. Marturano estimates the 1-E landfill can keep collecting methane for 20 more years or so. He said the energy produced by the four landfills in the Meadowlands district powers about 25,000 homes.

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deliberation, the judges named Phil Norris this year’s winner and recipient of the $200 prize. The four runnersup received gift certificates to Buffalo Wild Wings for their efforts throughout the contest. Crowning this year’s winner was former Mr. Bod from the 2007-‘08 school year, Josh Maples. “The competition was tough this year,” said Maples. “There were a lot of good candidates. It really didn’t hit

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School of Nursing receives accreditation visit Erin Wiltz WASHBURN REVIEW Marian Jamison, Washburn University’s School of Nursing associate dean, said the nursing school experienced mass chaos between Sept. 24th and 26th because it was time for the annual accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. According to the CCNE Web site, CCNE is a self-sufficient accreditation agency contributing to the enhancement of the public’s health. The commission ensures the excellence and reliability of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing operational nurses. Washburn’s School of Nursing offers certificate programs in school nursing and in public health nursing. It also offers continuing education programs for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and mental health technicians, as well as KanBe-Healthy certification for registered nurses. The School of Nursing must meet the goals and standards CCNE sets for nursing programs of high collegiate educational levels. The program’s quality standards are the mission and governance of the school, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, student performance and faculty accomplishments. “Everyone had a hand in it,

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including the faculty and students,” said Jamison. “Students were involved by evaluating the teachers and courses by taking a survey.” The CCNE sent four of its members to evaluate the nursing school because Washburn’s School of Nursing has both graduate and undergraduate programs. At the same

time, the Kansas State Board of Nursing brought three of its members and visited the nursing school’s clinical sites. The reason KSBN performed its evaluations at the same time as CCNE was because officials believed they would be more of a disruption if they came at a different time than CCNE, according to the KSBN Web site.

“[KSBN officials] do an extensive overview of the program,” said Jamison. “The process made our new faculty see why we do the things we do.” The School of Nursing has had ongoing accreditation withThe National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. Every postsecondary

or higher degree nursing program must receive accreditation from the NLNAC. The Washburn School of Nursing has a higher education level to receive both accreditation from the NLNAC and the CCNE, which only credits the higher educational nursing programs. CCNE members met privately and conducted intensive interviews with students and faculty to ensure the School of Nursing gets support from the university. “I didn’t actually meet with or got interviewed by any of the commission members, but I thought the process went smoothly,” said Laura Girton, a Washburn nursing student. CCNE will look over the reports in the spring, so Washburn’s School of Nursing won’t know until April if it receives accreditation. The accreditation visit reports will be sent over the next month or two and the School of Nursing will look and review over them. The reports include recommendations from CCNE. The nursing school anticipates that it will get the full 10 years of accreditation. “They took an impression from the nursing school’s advisory board,” said Jamison. “It was great and positive experience because we got to see our strengths and weaknesses.”

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BUSINESS: WU one of top 296 business schools in US Continued from page A1 business schools, there had to be a select criteria in place. First, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business had to accredit the university before it was even going to reach the possibility of survey point. This accreditation means that Washburn “confirms [its] commitment to quality and continuous improvement through Photo by Arissa Utemark, Washburn Review a rigorous and comprehensive peer review,” according to the Washburn Top of the class: The Washburn School of Business was ranked one of the best business University Web site’s explanation of schools in the nation by the Princeton Review. the AACSB. Only about 470 AACSB schools exist in the United States. Business office has been a huge help “One of the primary reasons Washburn was with any problem Washburn stands out is that the selected as one or concern program is preparing us for the actual of the 296 top “ I may have field itself,” said Roger Moore, who schools based had regarding received his undergraduate degree If a student has a on a survey my degree in in Computer Information Systems conducted by the business,” said from Washburn and is working on his concern, the faculty students. Amanda Walter, graduate degree from the School of is quick and efficient a senior in Business. Even the faculty members marketing and Students and administration in getting your within the School m a n a g e m e n t , officials both see the honor for problem resolved. of Business office via email. “If Washburn as well deserved thanks have helped make a student has to a group effort. Within Washburn’s it successful. If a a concern the School of Business, all the pieces come - Amanda Walter student comes in faculty is quick together and the Princeton Review is with a question, and efficient only the beginning of those to see it Senior Business Major such as an office in getting shine. member, the ” your problem secretaries are resolved,” available to help the student through Students in the graduate program Richard Kelly is a freshman mass media situations. of the School of Business receive these major. Reach him at richard.kelly@ “The faculty in the School of benefits as well.

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Part II of II: Aaron Deffenbaugh WASHBURN REVIEW DC Comics is one of the most successful publishers of comic books in the world today with such popular characters as Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern. Founded as National Allied Publications in 1934 by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, it later changed to DC Comics (Detective Comics, Inc.) three years later. Before the company went into debt, their third and final magazine/comic title was Detective Comics. Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) introduced its first major character, The Batman. After the company went bankrupt, DC Comics bought the remains of National Allied Publications, and re-introduced the batman character as simply Batman. Detective Comics, Inc. launched Action Comics with the introduction of Superman, a character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Superman became the archetype for which all other superheroes were compared. Other popular characters would be introduced down the line such as the Supergirl, Aquaman and Robin. DC followed the pages of rival Marvel Comics in doing crossover story lines between its characters to create fresh, interesting story lines. DC later brought its most popular characters together to create a league of superheroes known as the Justice League of America. Wonder Woman Given life by the Gods and sculpted from clay, Princess Diana of Themyscira is the daughter of the Amazonian Queen, Hippolyta according to The DC Comics Encyclopedia. As Princess Diana grew up, she learned the ways of the Amazons on Themyscira, a solitude of paradise and home to the Amazons. The Amazons were to send their greatest warrior as ordered by the goddesses. Diana was forbidden to compete in the contest to determine the champion by her mother, but disguised herself and competed

anyway. Diana won the contest and was awarded silver bracelets, a magic lasso and donned a uniform decorated with symbols honoring Diana Trevor, Diana’s namesake and hero of the Amazons. After becoming the champion of the Amazons, Princess Diana took on the name of Wonder Woman when she entered the world of mankind. After reaching the world of mankind and defeating the plans of Ares, Wonder Woman would garner a formidable list of foes including Cheetah and the sorceress Circe. Princess Diana would lose her mantle as Wonder Woman to Artemis in another contest to crown a champion of Themyscira. This new contest was rigged by Queen Hippolyta after she had a vision that her daughter would die in a mystic vision. But Artemis as the new Wonder Woman died at the hands of the White Magician. Diana once again took back the role of Wonder Woman but would die at the hands of Neron, while the spell placed upon her during the contest was still active. Diana took on the role of Goddess of Truth after being resurrected on Olympus. Diana returned to the mortal realm after Queen Hippolyta redeemed herself after she took on the mantle of Wonder Woman and traveling back in time to World War II. Before the Infinite Crisis story line, Wonder Woman was forced to make a life alter decision that would change everyone’s perceptions of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman was forced to kill — She killed Maxwell Lord, one time friend and financial supporter of the Justice League. She made the decision after Maxwell had taken control of Superman with his mind-controlling abilities. The decision was one that fractured the “Trinity” of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman and caused the Justice League to disband. Wonder Woman continued to fight crime, convinced she made the right decision in killing Maxwell

Aaron Deffenbaugh is a senior art major. Reach him at

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From page to screen... Lois & Clark: (Below) Airing in the fall of 1993, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman starred seemingly unknown actors Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher. Lois & Clark would last four seasons on TNT spanning 88 episodes. All 4 season are currently available on DVD.

Superman: (Below) Released in 1978, Superman The Movie starring then unknown actor Christopher Reeve and Oscar award winner Marlon Brando. The movie grossed over $300 million worldwide.

Wonder Woman: (Above) First airing in 1976 on ABC. Lynda Carter starred in all 3 seasons and 59 episodes. All 3 seasons are currently available on DVD.

Smallville: (Above) First airing on Oct. 16 2001, Smallville is an early rendition on the life of Clark Kent. Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent and Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang. Smallville is currently in its 8th season airing on the CW. The Dark Knight: (Right) Starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight became the highest grossing comic book movie this year by raking in nearly $1 Billion worldwide. The Dark Knight is set to be released on DVD Dec. 9th.

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‘Mousetrap’ catches on Connor to perform at WU ReAnne Utemark WASHBURN REVIEW

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Say cheese: The Topeka Civic Theatre is hosting Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” through Nov. 1. The play centers on eight characters who are trapped in a British boarding house, one of whom gets murdered.

Brandon Bills WASHBURN REVIEW Murder and suspense are on the bill this Halloween as Topeka Civic Theatre presents their production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” “The Mousetrap” is the latest production in TCT’s tradition of plays for the Halloween season. Past productions include “Dracula” and “Frankenstein.” This year, an all volunteer cast has taken on the murder mystery classic. “The Mousetrap” is the longest running play in the world, having run in the West End of London since 1952. The play opened at TCT on Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 1. This is the TCT’s third production of the “The Mousetrap,” the last time being in 1976. “We’re excited to bring it back to the stage to a whole new audience that

hasn’t seen it before,” said Shannon Riley, director. The play by Agatha Christie centers on eight characters who are trapped in a British boarding house during a snowstorm, when one of the guests is murdered. The suspense deepens as accusations fly and everyone becomes a suspect. “Everybody is hiding something that could make them the potential killer,” said Riley. “It’s a fun ‘who-done-it,’” said Taryn Temple, who plays the role of Mollie Ralston, a recently wed young woman who inherited the guest house. “We had a lot of fun piecing together the secrets,” said Temple. “The Mousetrap” is known for it’s ending, one Riley describes as a “wonderful unexpected twist.” The mysterious nature of the play presents the cast with the challenge of keeping the audience in suspense.

“It’s a delicate balance,” said Walt Boyd. “You don’t want to tip your hand too much.” Boyd plays the role of Mr. Paravicini, a character who Boyd describes as shady with a sinister personality. As an actor, Boyd enjoyed the darker aspects of the Mr. Paravicini. “That’s not something we get a crack at often,” said Boyd. Temple has enjoyed the strong ensemble cast. “We all built off of each other and we all depend on each other,” said Temple. In preparation for the role, Temple read the short story by Agatha Christie on which the play was based. “When I was reading it, I was just as caught up in the mystery as the audience,” said Temple.

Megan Connor will play at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. Connor’s musical influences are firmly rooted in country. Connor was raised in Texas and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in theater performance. She then moved to New York City where she found success in fitness. Paul Vance discovered Connor and produced her recording as a country artist in New York. She began incorporating her music into her fitness classes, producing a special style of spin classes called “spinertainment.” This impressed music executives who attended her classes in New York City. After she built a strong fan base, she moved to Nashville. Connor was recently on “The Next Big GAC Star” on the Great American Country channel. She was one of the top four finalists. Throughout her rise to fame, her attitude towards her music remains unchanged. “No matter if there are 5,000 people or five people in the room that I am performing in – if I connect or touch just one person then I consider myself a success,” said Connor. The event is sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda, International Business Club, Washburn Sales and Marketing Executives, Washburn University School of Business, Campus Activities Board, 94.5 Country, WIBW Channel 13 and the Washburn Student Government Association. Brian Haug, the live music director for CAB, said her enthusiasm for her

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Connor’s country concert: The country music singer will perform Nov. 7 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. Connor was recently on “The Next Big GAC Star” on the Great American Country channel.

music was infectious. “She is energetic and gets the audience into her music,” said Haug. “We thought it would be a great opportunity for Washburn to have an up-and-coming Nashville star.” Admission to the Connor concert is free and refreshments will be served starting at 8 p.m. ReAnne Utemark is a senior history major. Reach her at reanne.utemark@

Brandon Bills is a senior mass media major. Reach him at brandon.bills@


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Clouded judgment Topeka radio may see facelift after latest batch of firings Josh Rouse WASHBURN REVIEW Cumulus Media, Inc. layed off several of their experienced DJs on Friday, claiming the moves were part of budget cuts. Some of the more notable employees who were dismissed included US103’s “Radio Rich” Bowers and LouAnn Fulmer, who have been on air in Topeka for the past 16 years, as well as Chris Gallagher of the Majic 107.7 morning show and KC Garrett of the V100 morning show. This was nearly two months to the day after popular V100 DJ Joey Baggz, who was also on the morning show, was let go by the company. The radio market in Topeka is practically a monopoly, with most of the big name stations being owned by the same Atlanta-based company. It is unfortunate that there really isn’t any room for a locally-owned station to make leeway, for surely they would see the benefit in holding onto nearly iconic figures in the local media. Of course, the television market has seen similar turnover, as several anchors that some people grew up

watching have already left town (Bruce “Cyclone” Jones and Amy Lietz are two prime examples). Of course, they had a choice to leave, unlike the unfortunate radio hosts. So the question now remains: What will happen to the unemployed DJs in town? There are three solutions that I can think of off the top of my head. The radio personalities may sign with a station in another city, find a job in another area of work or a new company will form to keep the talent in Topeka. The latter of the three choices is perhaps the most unlikely, but it’s an exciting option to consider. A new company could offer jobs to both unemployed DJs that can bring experience to the table, as well as upand-coming talent from local colleges. It may also make Washburn realize that radio broadcasting is a valid major. The Internet also holds exciting possibilities for the future of radio. Jim Cates, who was fired by Cumulus’ Majic 107.7 two days after announcing his plans for retirement, has made a comeback hosting his own webcasts with The Topeka Capital-Journal at Opportunities like this may be available, and could start a new brand of radio in Topeka. Josh Rouse is a junior mass media major. Reach him at joshua.rouse@

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Haunted dead or alive Haunted houses provide Halloween entertainment in Topeka Leia Karimul Bashar WASHBURN REVIEW

was making fun of the kids who were walking by, and misleading the mothers of the lost kids. They would call out for their kids, like, ‘Billy!’ and we would yell back, ‘What?’” A haunted house, known as “Frightmare Farm,” has been a regular feature at Gary’s Berries since 2004. Klein said it looked like a lot of fun, but she decided not to go inside. “That was the most popular thing there. We just weren’t in the mood to have people jump out at us and scare us,” she said. General admission to Gary’s Berries is $3. Children under 5-years-old are admitted free of charge. Admission to the corn maize is $8. Admission to the haunted house is $12. General admission is waived for visitors who purchase corn maize or haunted house tickets. For a $16 special combo price, visitors will receive a pass to the farm, the maze and the haunted house. Gary’s Berries is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. It is located at 5991 17th St. in Grantville a few miles outside Topeka and will run through Nov. 1.

Haunted houses are a staple of Halloween entertainment, and they range in quality from wet-pants scary to falling-asleep lame, so virtually everyone who enters a haunted house leaves with some sort of crazy story to tell. When Sherzod Kadirov, 20, visited a haunted house in Omaha, Neb., he used the situation as an opportunity to flirt with some of the ladies in his group. Kadirov said it was dark, so people were nervous and huddled close together. “It was like a nightmare, like in horror movies,” he said. “There were vampires, but you knew it HAUNTED wasn’t real. HOUSES It was kind of scary because it was very dark. I was holding hands with some of the girls – there were three or four in front of me and five or six behind me.” Jonathan Sauseda, 31, recalled being frightened at a haunted house in a downtown Topeka McDonalds when he was young. He said he was absolutely terrified by several employees dressed as witches. “I went all the way through, but I barely made it,” he said. “I was just scared for some reason.” John Clark, 23, recounted an incident at a haunted house in a public park in California when he was about 8 years old. “I made the mistake of bringing my childhood friend Taylor with me,” said Clark. “He was dressed as a hockey player, and he brought his hockey stick with him. Every time he got scared, he decided to beat the guys who were scaring him with the hockey stick over and over. We both got kicked out promptly.”

Leia Karimul Bashar is a senior mass media major. Reach her at leia.

Leia Karimul Bashar is a senior mass media major. Reach her at leia.

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Gary’s Berries provides October entertainment Leia Karimul Bashar WASHBURN REVIEW Gary’s Berries may not have much to offer by way of berries, but visitors will find lots to do in its large corn maze, haunted house, pumpkin patch and hay rack rides. Gary’s Berries dates back to 1993, when Gary Starr began planting strawberries, raspberries and blackberries on his farm in Grantville. Every fall, Starr added more and more activities to his farm. He created the first corn maze back in 2000, and it quickly became a popular destination for Kansas families. Nowadays, the “Corn Maize” is standard autumn entertainment in Kansas. Catherine Klein, 22, said she was surprised by the complexity of the maze. “I thought I was going to have an easy time getting out of it, but actually it was very confusing,” said Klein. “It was a decent-sized maze. We ended up having to ask somebody how to get out of there.” John Clark, 23, said he went to Gary’s Berries with his girlfriend around 10 p.m. on a Friday night, and he was surprised to see so many kids that late in the evening. “There were kids running around everywhere all hopped up on sugar and candy,” said Clark. “The best part

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Personally, I remember my first voyage into a haunted house vividly. I was 10 years old, and I had promised my dad and older brother that I wouldn’t act like a coward if they let me go with them to a haunted “warehouse” in Manhattan. Before we entered, I mentally prepared myself for what I would see: ghosts, vampires, witches and maybe even a guy dressed like Frankenstein. My imaginings of haunted house characters were unfortunately limited to what I had seen on cartoons like “Scooby Doo.” As soon as we stepped foot into the warehouse, a chainsaw-wielding madman jumped out of the shadows, screaming that we were all going to die. My brother and dad were laughing and running around, having the time of their lives, while I sat in a

corner sobbing. I was truly convinced we were going to die. Pretty soon, the “madman” turned off the chainsaw and walked over to me. “Look, honey,” he said gently. “There’s not even a chain on this thing.” I knew what he said was true but I couldn’t stop crying, and I had to go sit in the car. It ruined the “realistic” experience for my brother and my dad when they saw the guy with the chainsaw comforting me, and I was thoroughly and completely humiliated. Yet somehow this incident didn’t ruin haunted houses for me, and for that I am grateful because haunted houses are as much a part of Halloween as turkeys are to Thanksgiving. Now bring on the pumpkin pie! Leia Karimul Bashar is a senior mass media major. Reach her at

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When the cast of “Chicago” takes to the stage at the Topeka Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night, know that all preparations have gone smoothly because an Ichabod is in charge behind the scenes. Stacy Myers, a Topeka native, ‘96 graduate of Washburn Rural High School, and ‘04 graduate of Washburn University, is the company manager for the national tour of “Chicago.” “It’s really great to have the opportunity to bring my work back home,” said Myers. “It’s cool to bring your work back to the theater where you grew up seeing shows.” The current tour of “Chicago” began in August and finishes this week. The musical, set in 1920s Chicago, is about Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who kills her lover in a crime of passion. Her husband hires Billy Flynn, Chicago’s shrewdest defense lawyer, who turns Roxie into a celebrity. “Chicago” is, as stated in the show’s opening lines, “a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery — all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.” “It’s a story that guys who typically don’t go to the theater will enjoy,” said Myers. As company manager, Myers is responsible for overseeing all the needs of the theater company, including working with the head carpenter, travel, housing, working with the venue and any problems that might arise. “It’s a jack of all trade profession,” said Myers. “It can be insanely busy, but it can be rewarding.” Myers has long been involved in theater as an actress, but didn’t want to perform professionally. She became involved in the management side of theater in 2001 when she took time off of her studies at Washburn University to intern at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, Calif., where she was company management assistant. Next she worked as an intern at Richard Frankel Productions in New York, the same year that company’s “Producers” won the Tony award for Best Musical. She has also worked as an assistant company manager for New York Stage and Film. Myers graduated from Washburn University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Theater and English. Since graduating, she has worked with the productions of “Jersey Boys,” “Sweet Charity,” and “RENT.”

“Stacy is one of those people who can really do anything she wants,” said Shannon Riley, who has directed Myers in several productions at Topeka Civic Theatre. Riley praises Myers acting and singing ability, saying that when on stage “you can’t take your eyes off her.” “I’m sure she is a great company manager, but it’s a shame more people don’t get to hear that voice,” said Riley. Myers says her acting experience has prepared her to be a company manger by giving her a great deal of perspective, allowing her to meet actors’ need before they arise. “You have to know a little about a lot of things,” said Paul Prece, chairman of the Washburn theater department. Prece said that company manager is a position for which Myers is well suited. “She is very people oriented,” said Prece. “Very detail oriented.” Since beginning work with touring companies, the closest a tour has come to Topeka was the performance of “Sweet Charity” at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Several friends and family were able to attend that performance. Myers was excited when the Topeka date for “Chicago” was added to the schedule. “I called my parents right away and told them,” said Myers. Myers treasures her time at Washburn University, and the education that has prepared her for her career. She is quick to point out that she is not the only one from her 2004 graduating class to have a successful career in theater. Myers’ classmate and friend Jeff Kready recently performed in Broadway productions of “Les Misérables,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and starting Nov. 13, he can be seen in “Billy Elliot: The Musical.” When she isn’t on the road, Myers is still active in Topeka theater. Next month she can be seen in Topeka Civic Theatre’s production of the musical “Annie Warbucks,” playing the role of Ella. That production runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 21. “Touring is insane,” said Myers. “It’s crazy to live out of two suitcases.” Myers admits there is one tough sacrifice that has to be made because of her touring schedule. “I wish I was in town to see Washburn football games,” said Myers. Brandon Bills is a senior mass media major. Reach him at

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008

Win, lose or draw

Washburn’s three fall teams entered Saturday’s home games with long winning streaks, but finished with mixed results, going 1-1-1

Photos by Aaron Deffenbaugh, Washburn Review

The killing curse: Sophomore Ashley Shepard led Washburn with eight kills on Saturday, putting away Missouri Western in three sets.

Uphill battle: Washburn lost the first of a tough three-game stint Saturday as Washburn fell 24-21 to Northwest Missouri.



Bods hang with No. 3 Northwest Missouri for most of game, throw pick on potential go-ahead drive

Blues show Griffons door, extend winning streak to 12 matches and close in on another tournament bid

From the beginning of the season, everybody knew the final three games of Washburn’s schedule would be the toughest. As expected, the Ichabods’ hopes of returning to the playoffs depended on how the team fared against perennial powerhouses Northwest Missouri and Pittsburg State, as well as MIAA newcomer Nebraska Omaha. After falling short in the first of those three games Saturday, WU’s postseason hopes are still alive, but may be limited to a Mineral Water Bowl appearance. The 24-21 loss to NWMSU was a heartbreaker because of its effect on the playoff picture, but the Bods left Yager Stadium knowing they played their most complete game of the season, holding one of the nation’s top offenses under 35 points for just the third time all season and finally stringing together back-to-back solid offensive performances. With 3:39 remaining, the Bods took over on their own 39 and had a chance to take the lead for the first time in the game, or at least move in for a game-tying field goal. Three consecutive incomplete passes from Dane Simoneau made a fourth down conversion improbable, and an interception near midfield made the Bods’ upset bid impossible.

The last time the Washburn volleyball team defeated the Truman State Bulldogs at home, the President of the United States was being impeached, the New York Yankees were still good and nearly all of the current players on the Lady Blues team were in elementary or middle school. The year was 1998. On Friday night, the No. 7 Washburn women ended that home losing streak against TSU, defeating the No. 10 Bulldogs in three sets, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20. The win was also big because it avenged one of only two early season losses that the Lady Blues accumulated during the year, when TSU beat Washburn in five sets in Kirksville, Mo. “They beat us the first time, so it really motivated us to come out play hard and be excited,” said senior Stephanie Nitz, who had eight blocks, four of which were solo and four assisted. “We all were playing well as a team. We all contributed to the win.” While it was a team effort, several players stood out in the victory, including Monica Miesner’s seven kill, eight dig performance and Ashley Shepard who had seven digs and 14 kills.

Oct. 29 • Volleyball at Nebraska Omaha, 7 p.m., Omaha, Neb. Oct. 30 • Soccer at Truman St., 2 p.m., Kirksville, Mo. Oct. 31 •Volleyball vs. Central Missouri, 7 p.m., Lee Arena Nov. 1 • Football at Pittsburg St., 2 p.m., Pittsburg • Soccer vs. Emporia St., 7 p.m., Yager Stadium Nov. 2 • Women’s basketball at K-State, 1 p.m., Manhattan


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Tie fighters: The Lady Blues fought tough but were unable to put away a victory, tying with Southwest Baptist at 2.

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110 minutes of soccer not enough to settle battle for third in MIAA between Lady Blues and Bearcats On Thursday, the Lady Blues soccer team accomplished what coach Tim Collins called “one of the nicest wins of the season.” Even though the win in Nebraska pushed the Lady Blues to a record seven consecutive wins, the victory also marked a shutout of the University of Nebraska-Omaha this season, a fact which made the seventh win in a row that much sweeter from the Blues. Washburn was outshot 10-7, but the Lady Blues ended the match by outscoring UNO two goals to one, with both goals coming from Danielle Ayala. After finishing the first half scoreless, Ayala connected on a free kick in the 71st minute and again in the 77th on an assist from Jessica Mainz. “For me it was such an honor to be a part of this win, to know how hard we’ve worked to get this far is just a great accomplishment,” said Kaydi Hooker, of the record-setting win. “We started out the season a little bit rough but worked extremely hard in practice, and concentrated on playing our game,” said Lisa Fahey. On Saturday night, Washburn faced a team that many believe has been their toughest adversary in conference this season. Please see SOCCER page B5


Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 • Sports

Freaky Friday: RoadRunners lose at home

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After returning from a five game road trip to Alaska with 4-1 record, the RoadRunners probably figured a pair of weekend home games would produce a win or two. However, the team suffered its second and third losses of the season in Friday night contests against the St. Louis Bandits. The visitors are the defending NAHL champions, and sit in first place for a second consecutive year, but it’s still hard to explain the sudden struggles for a team that was happy to be back in the friendly confines of Lee Arena. Maybe it was the effects of a grueling trip to the land of Sarah Palin. Or maybe the 4-2 and 2-1 defeats in orange-colored Halloween jerseys just reaffirmed the fact that home teams should not wear alternate jerseys. (See: KU’s 35 point home loss to Texas Tech.) No matter what the reasoning behind the losses is, the hometown team knows

Volleyball Standings

Conf. Overall Sets won Sets lost Emporia St. (9) [1] 12-1 26-2 78 16 Washburn (7) [5] 11-2 26-2 80 12 Central Missouri (13) [4] 11-2 24-6 76 24 Truman St. (10) [3] 9-4 22-7 72 32 Nebraska-Omaha 8-5 12-12 47 41 Pittsburg St. (15) [6] 7-5 21-6 69 26 NW Missouri St. 5-8 8-17 32 59 Southwest Baptist [9] 3-9 11-14 41 55 Fort Hays St. 2-11 9-17 40 56 Missouri Southern 1-11 6-18 31 58 ( )- Division II nat’l ranking, [ ]- regional ranking, top 8 make playoffs

Games Oct. 29

WU @ UNO, 7 p.m. ESU @ UCM, 7 p.m. FHSU @ Colo. Mines, 7 p.m. MWSU @ PSU, 7 p.m. NWMSU @ MSSU, 7 p.m.

Games Oct. 31

UCM @ WU, 7 p.m. MSSU @ TSU, 7 p.m. PSU @ NWMSU, 7 p.m. SBU @ MWSU, 7 p.m.

SOCCER: Blues’ unbeaten streak still intact

Remaining WU schedule: Nov. 4 vs. MSSU, Nov. 7 @ SBU, Nov. 8 @ PSU, Nov. 12 vs. FHSU, Nov. 14 @ ESU

Standings Overall 13-1-1 13-3-1 10-5-0 8-3-3 11-5-2 8-7-2 4-10-1 2-12-3 3-11-1

GF 32 34 30 35 31 20 18 9 10

GA 6 14 17 12 19 16 30 34 30

( )- Division II nat’l ranking, [ ]- regional ranking, top 6 make playoffs

Games Oct. 30

WU @ TSU, 2 p.m. UCM @ SBU, 4 p.m. ESU @ MWSU, 7 p.m. UNO @ MSSU, 7 p.m.

Games Nov. 1

UCM @ TSU, noon SBU @ MWSU, 6 p.m. ESU @ WU, 7 p.m. NWMSU @ MSSU, 7 p.m.

Remaining WU schedule: Nov. 6 @ MSSU, Nov. 8 @ MWSU

After losing to them 2-1 in their first encounter, the Lady Blues hosted Southwest Baptist, a team led by a power-packed pair of forwards: Nicola Cousins and Rhiane Mitchell, who hail from Wales and England respectively. The Bearcats, who entered the match with a record of 8-3-2 overall and 5-3-1 in conference, came out of the gates attacking early. The ball was predominantly played on the Washburn half, and at the 11 minute mark it led to Nicola Cousins scoring her 13th goal of the season when she converted on a Beckham-esque free kick from just outside of the 18-yard box, putting the Bearcats up by one goal to none. Not to be outdone, Washburn came right back in the 33rd minute, when Lisa Fahey scored on a free kick of her own, converting from 33 yards out to even the score at 1-1. With only four minutes to go in the first half, freshman Rhiane Marshall scored the second goal for SBU to end the half with a 2-1 advantage. To further the Lady Blues’ problems, sophomore

Football Standings

Conf. Overall PF PA NW Missouri St. (3) [2] 7-0 8-1 358 158 Pittsburg St. (13) [3] 6-1 8-1 294 223 Central Missouri (18) [5] 4-3 6-3 315 219 Washburn [10] 4-3 6-3 213 154 Nebraska-Omaha 4-3 5-3 258 212 Missouri Western 3-4 4-5 238 277 Emporia St. 2-5 4-5 207 195 Missouri Southern 2-5 4-5 210 204 Truman St. 2-5 3-5 184 239 Fort Hays St. 1-6 2-7 140 244 ( )- Division II nat’l ranking, [ ]- regional ranking, top 8 make playoffs

Games Oct. 25

NWMSU 24, WU 21 MWSU 17, MSSU 3 PSU 34, FHSU 7 ESU 35, TSU 24 UNO 38, UCM 33

Danielle Sicard left the game early in the first half because of a tweaked knee, but it is not believed to be anything severe at this point. At the start of the second half, in what seemed to be a sure goal for the Bearcats, Marshall beat Washburn goalkeeper Ashley Klone and was dribbling toward an open net before falling to the ground holding her knee. There were no reports as to the severity of her inPhoto by Aaron Deffenbaugh, Washburn Review jury. Undefeated*: Senior midfielder Traci Nigg tries to get a Soon thereafter Laushot off against Southwest Baptist’s Kelly Isaac. ren Henry scored her seventh goal of the season on The Lady Blues play again on Ocan assist from Jess Mainz to tie the game tober 30 at Kirkville, Mo. when they at 2-2. Neither team could score in the take on Truman State. remainder of regulation, or through the extra 20 minutes of double overtime, de- Sheldon Warmington is a senior spite an aggressive offensive display that business and finance major. Reach showed how badly both teams wanted to him at sheldon.warmington@ win.

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Soccer Conf. Central Missouri (6) [1] 11-0-0 Truman St. [2] 9-3-1 Nebraska-Omaha (23) [6] 8-5-0 Southwest Baptist [9] 7-3-2 Washburn [3] 7-4-1 NW Missouri St. 4-7-2 Missouri Southern 2-9-1 Missouri Western 1-10-2 Emporia St. 1-9-1

it’s a long season, and losing to the league’s top team in October can serve as a valuable learning experience come April playoffs. “I think we’ve had a few problems offensively,” said coach Scott Langer. “It’s not anything serious. It’s things we can work on, but we should be scoring more than we have been.” It’s a concern Langer had expressed Photo by Chris Hamm, Washburn Review even when the ‘Run- Running wild: Not even a letter from Sarah Palin could have ners were scoring three improved Alaska’s play as the RoadRunners won four of five. or four goals per game earlier in the season, them in the playoffs regarding where we and against elite competition, small would play,” said Langer, “And they have problems can add up. knowledgeable hockey fans up there, so As for the effect of traveling across it’s always a good game when you play the country for games in Alaska, Langer Fairbanks.” admits the team gets especially fired up for what has become an intense rivalry. Please see HOCKEY page B6 “Last year we had some issues with


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Remaining WU schedule: Nov. 8 vs. UNO, 1 p.m.

Game of the week: MWSU @ No. 18 UCM The scoreboard watching begins for the Bods. Finishing third in the conference guarantees Washburn at least a Mineral Water Bowl bid, but UCM holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against WU. If MWSU can pull off an upset on the road, the winner of WU-UNO on Nov. 8 has a slim chance of making the playoffs. Prediction: UCM 28, MWSU 21

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FOOTBALL: Bods upset falls short Student hopes buddies Continued from page B4 Through most of the first half, the Bods were playing the same style that produced four consecutive wins against MIAA teams: finding ways to keep opponents out of the end zone, and doing just enough on offense to stay in the game. In the second quarter, the Bearcats drove 43 yards in less than a minute before throwing two incomplete passes to bring up fourth down. WU lined up to return a punt deep in their own territory, but Miles Burnsides, who also had an interception and nine tackles, took a direct snap and ran 39 yards to the WU 1-yard line on a fake punt. The trick play produced the only score in the first half, but both teams found the end zone on their opening drives in the third quarter. WU’s offense found a spark, converting on fourth-and-7 and setting up a touchdown from Simoneau to tight end Cameron Knox. “Our offense has progressed every game,” said coach Craig Schurig. “Especially these last two, we’ve stepped it up, and our defense has been good all season.” After letting NWMSU drive to the WU 15, the defense held the Bearcats to a field goal, and Dane Simoneau continued his aerial attack on the next series. The two score deficit was quickly erased as tight end Ryan Mertz brought down a 23-yard reception, and Drameagon Powers flew by his defender for a 37-yard touchdown. “We’ve really gotten comfortable with our offense now, no matter who

the quarterback is,” said Mertz about the rotation between Simoneau, Jake Iverson and Brandon Walker. “All three bring different things to the team so we haven’t had a problem adjusting to their styles of play.” The Bods took a risk at the end of the third quarter, using two timeouts with hopes of using the wind to their advantage, but it backfired as the Bearcats scored another touchdown to make it 24-14. Brandon Walker scored from 1 yard out to bring the Bods within a field goal, and WU’s defense got a crucial stop with plenty of time for one last scoring drive, but the offense was unable to pick up a first down in the closing minutes, allowing NWMSU to

run the clock out inside the WU 10. Two wins, and lots of help from other MIAA schools, could put the Bods back in the playoff picture, but after the loss, WU has little control over their postseason chances. “You can’t think about [the playoffs] now,” said linebacker Michael Wilhoite. “At this point, we’re playing two top teams in Pitt State and Nebraska Omaha. We just have to go out, win those games and see what happens.”

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Show stopper: The defenses led the way Saturday, keeping the scores close despite the high-powered offenses they were facing.

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desk. “I hope that the community finds the program to be helpful in getting them more active and healthy while having fun and making new friends,” Sign-up sheets in the Student said Hogan. “Too many people are Recreation and Wellness Center are attached to the idea that working out available for “Bod Buddies,” a fitness can’t be fun.” He also mentioned that this program conducted by freshman program is only a prototype of better Keenan Hogan as part of his Leadership and bigger things to come. Institution Campus Action Project. “I would love to see this program The idea for “Bod Buddies” was expand into even more accessible inspired by students not online databases where wanting to workout alone. KEENAN WU students could get “Because I personally like access to lists of potential HOGAN to run or lift weights with Bod Buddies to work out friends, I started thinking with,” said Hogan. of how other students could He spent countless hours putting all find fellow Ichabods to work out with,” said Hogan. “The basic premise is that the pieces of the new program together, staying healthy requires people to get and received support from fellow active and to have someone encourage students on campus who contributed them to do so. It might help to pair ideas, criticism, and different people with a workout partner to help perspectives to the development of the program. He also mentioned SRWC them to persevere and not give up.” Bod Buddies promotes exercising director Joel Bluml was a big asset to by providing a workout partner, or the creation of Bod Buddies. Hogan hopes the program will “buddy,” to push each other towards receive support from students looking a more healthy and physically fit for motivation to work out. lifestyle. There are multiple categories


that students have the option of choosing from weightlifting, running, swimming, basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, flexibility/ stretching and rock climbing. Anyone with access to the SRWC can participate and pick up detailed information and schedules at the front

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HOCKEY: ‘Runners back home VOLLEYBALL: Blues add two wins to perfect October record Continued from page B5

For now, the road trips continue to add up for the ‘Runners, but eventually the St. Louis and Alaska teams Topeka has faced on the road will make the trip here, and Langer hopes the team can return to their division champion form when the Central squads have to leave home in December and January.

A letdown against a team that beat Topeka in the playoffs last year is not likely, but the season is just one month old, and it is not out of the question to say that St. Louis is just more experienced than Topeka at this point. “We have a lot of new faces here, and we’re still Chris Marshall is a senior mass media major. getting used to each other,” said Langer. “But it’s a Reach him at christopher.marshall@washburn. long season.” edu.

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Continued from page B4 “Ashley Shepard had a lot of kills when we needed them,” said Nitz. “She played really, really well.” Saturday, the Lady Blues were also at home when they defeated Missouri Western in three sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17. The win was the second of the season against the Griffons, who are currently in last place in the MIAA. Although it might seem that games like these are easy, the Lady Blues think differently. “We just had to focus knowing every game does count,” said sophomore Molly Smith. “To come out and lose right after you have a great win versus Truman State would just blow off our first win. We just have to stay mentally tough and stay focused. If they’re first in conference or last in conference, it doesn’t matter because every game counts.” Smith, who is libero, has the primary job of keeping the ball from hitting the floor off a spike. She did well this weekend, earning 36 digs. “Our blockers do a great job of either taking away angle or line so I can read a hitter better and get a better feel on where they’re going to hit,” said Smith. “I just try to be soft and get as low as I can, and try to pick up any touches I can on the ball.” The weekend victories for the Washburn women extend their winning streak to 12 matches, including a sweep of their last five opponents. With a record of 26-2 overall and 11-2 in the MIAA, the Lady Blues jumped to second in the conference behind one-loss Emporia

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Just dig it: Sophomore libero Molly Smith earned 36 digs this weekend as Washburn improved to second place in the MIAA with an 11-2 MIAA record. State. “We have just been trying to focus and take it one team at a time as we come up towards the end of schedule,” said Nitz.

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The future of fitness: Above and below are artists renderings of how Whiting Fieldhouse will look after the construction is completed. The practice gym, pictured above, is set to be located on the third floor. The weight room, pictured below, will be filled with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to individual donations and a $2 million gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation.


he Washburn Endowment Association would like to thank all faculty and staff for your generous support of the 2008-09 Faculty/Staff Campaign. The campaign has raised $116,062 to date with 46 percent of faculty and staff contributing to the campaign. Your support of this year’s campaign was phenomenal! Your dedication to Washburn shows alumni, businesses and our community you believe in Washburn’s standards for excellence in higher education. Thank you for supporting Washburn University and the Faculty/Staff Campaign! Rendering in athletic department

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