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School Residential living at capacity Law recognized Jennie Loucks WASHBURN REVIEW
For the past three years, an upward trend has become apparent on Washburn’s campus: the number of students choosing to live on campus. This year, the Living Learning Center, Kuehne, West, and the Washburn Village are at full capacity. “We have 646 residents throughout campus this semester,” said Kate McCown, assistant director of Residential Living. “This is up from 617 residents last year.” With on-campus residency on the rise, both staff and students agree that this brings other benefits. “We are obviously excited to have so many students here,” said McCown. “We can hopefully have them involved with more student organizations because they are living right here on campus.” Edwin Madrigal, a sophomore and former resident of the LLC, said that he has noticed there are more people living on campus, and agrees that this is only a good thing for Washburn. “This means more revenue and more students getting the full experience,” said Madrigal. “Hopefully this will mean more involvement and higher attendance at events.” The only disadvantage that returning students and those who have moved off campus have complained about, over and over again, is the lack of parking. “I’m pretty sure there are enough parking spots campus wide; there are just a lot of people who don’t want to walk very far to get to class,” said Misty Campbell, sophomore. “Therefore, the only places they’re looking for spots, are already taken.”
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Full up: Grace Shepler, left, and Megan Poppe are two freshmen who chose to live on campus their first year. Living on campus was a popular decision this year, which lead to a full capacity at all four residence halls. The rise in on-campus residency is easy choice for me this year,” said now lives in the Washburn Vilnot based solely on the incoming fresh- Shinn. “Living on campus gives you lage said that convenience was men this year. Many students, such as the chance to have some personal key in his choice of where to live. “I decided to live on campus Campbell, chose to stay on campus room to not be distracted, which you after their first year at Washburn. As can’t always get living at home.” again because I didn’t want to be tied well, many students who chose to The social aspects weighed into a year-long lease on an apartspend their first year at home have de- in on Shinn’s decision as well. ment.,” said Stuckey. “Also, I decided to try venturing out on their own. “I think living on campus allows cided on the Village because that Blake Shinn, a sophomore you to get closer to your friends because meant that I would not have to get who grew up in the Topeka area, you can relate to them more because up as early for classes as I would if and whose family currently resides you’re in the same situations. You can I were living away from campus.” here, chose to spend his first year walk to class together, and you have of college at home. This year, he close-knit study groups,” said Shinn. Jennie Loucks is a sophomore mass media moved into the Washburn Village. Jacob Stuckey, a sophomore major. Reach her at jennifer.loucks@ “Moving on campus was an who lived in the LLC last year and washburn.edu.
The National Jurist, a law student magazine, recently published a poll titled “Best Value Law School,” which named Washburn University 31 in the nation. According to the magazine, the 65 top-ranking schools were chosen based upon their ability to “carry a low price tag and prepare their students incredibly well for today’s competitive job market.” The specific criterion used to put rankings on schools began first with in-state tuition prices: the lower the price, the higher on the list. The next measurable standard was the employment rate of each school and the rate of school bar passage. There was a stronger emphasis on employment rate in this year’s poll, because of the state of the economy. Washburn’s ranking came from its $14,950 in-state tuition, an employment rate of 92.40 percent, and a school bar passage rate of 90 percent, one percent higher than the state bar average. The No. 1 ranking school was North Carolina Central University School of Law. Their final results consisted of an in-state tuition of $5,707, an employment rate of 87 percent, and school bar passage rate of 86 percent. North Carolina’s state bar average was 78 percent. In response to this recognition, Thomas J. Romig, Dean of the Law School, said, “Washburn University School of Law provides our students a great legal education at
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Washburn receives accolades ratings are not without controversy, though, said David Monical, Washburn’s executive director of government and university relations, because the criterion for the ranking is such that small schools can excel. This does not mean the ranking is meaningless, however. In fact, Washburn is classified with and ranked amongst master’s universities. Universities that focus on undergraduate education, offer some master’s
degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. For this reason, Washburn is not ranked among its biggest competitors, the University of Washburn University’s ranking Kansas and Kansas State University, on the list of top 10 public colleges in which are rated on a national scale. the Midwest may be a reflection a repWashburn is ranked together utation not easily seen at first glance. with private universities, however, The university has ranked within which make up the majority of the the top 10 for a decade in U.S. News list. Of the 146 schools, 94 private and World Report’s annual ranking and 52 public, Washburn is ranked 36. of “America’s Best Colleges.” The “The rankings are skewed to rank private schools higher than public schools,” Monical said. When the private schools are taken off the list, Washburn 1. Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. comes in seventh, tied with Grand Val2. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls ley State Univer3. University of Wisconsin, La Crosse sity and the University of Minnesota. 4. University of Illinois, Springfield (tied for 4th) Another impor4. University of Michigan, Dearborn (tied for 4th) tant factor to consider, said Monical, is that 6. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Washburn is the only open-admissions uni7. Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. (tied for 7th) ranked in the 7. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich. (tied for 7th) versity top ten. The open-admissions factor skews 7. University of Minnesota, Duluth (tied for 7th) almost all of the crite10. Missouri State University ria including student retention, weighted as http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/masters-midwest-top-public 20 percent of the rating.
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Peer Assessment - 25 percent By using a peer assessment, intangible aspects of universities (such as faculty dedication to students) can be accounted for.
Retention 25 percent A school that has a higher rate of returning freshmen who eventually graduate will be more prepared to offer services students need. Faculty Resources - 20 percent Students will learn more quickly and will be more likely to graduate if they are satisfied with the relationships they have with their professors. Student Selectivity - 15 percent A school’s student body (and their abilities and ambitions) determines its academic atmosphere. Financial Resources - 10 percent The amount of money a college can spend per student indicates a variety of programs and services available to students.
Information from U.S. News and World Report
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Criteria for Rankings
Alumni Giving Rate - 5 percent Can represent student satisfaction.
Ben Fitch is a junior mass media major. Reach him at benjamin.fitch@washburn. edu.
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The other criteria are, respectively, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and the alumni giving rate. The last is strong with Washburn. “[The ranking] reinforces what students think,” Monical said, “that Washburn is a high quality institution.” Enrollment management plans to market the accolade to prospective students by developing a general interest post card that showcases Washburn’s ranking. A letter to the parents of prospective students is being drafted as well and will mention the University’s reputation. “I’m not certain this will have a direct impact on enrollment, but it affirms that we are doing something right,” said Richard Liedtke, executive director of enrollment management. U.S. News and World Report states that the ranking is compiled to help individuals with their quest to find a good school. “How can you best use our rankings? Mining the data for the information you need can definitely inform your thinking. The hard work is up to you.”
Ben Fitch WASHBURN REVIEW
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Thursday, september 3 Volunteer Experience Extravaganza Washburn Room, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Retirement Party for Gene Wunder Henderson 114 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ichabod Gladiators Kansas Room, Memorial Union 3:30 p.m. Sorority Recruitment Preference Night Memorial Union Lobby 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday Night Live Corner of College Ave. and 17th St. 6 p.m.
Friday, september 4 Whiting Field House Ribbon Cutting and Re-opening Whiting Field House lawn 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni Association Tailgate Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl 4:30 p.m. Sorority Recruitment Bid Day Henderson 100 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. First Friday Art Walk for Youth Mulvane Art Museum 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NAMI picnic at Gage Park
Everyone is invited to the NAMI Washburn picnic and first meeting of the semester from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Gage Park in Corral #2. We will have an informal meeting to discuss what events are upcoming for NAMI WASHBURN this semester and enjoy a picnic meal. Please contact Alice M. Harnisch, President NAMI WASHBURN at namiwashburn@ gmail.com or 785-969-0321. NAMI Washburn is a student-run, student-led organization that provides mental health support, education and advocacy in the Washburn setting. The mission is to improve the lives of students who are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness, increase the awareness and mental health services on campus and eliminate stigma.
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The Brody Buster Band: Washburn students gather behind Memorial Union to watch The Brody Buster Band. The event, Scorch On the Porch, was held on Thursday, August 27, as a part of Union Daze.
Washburn Tech launches new name, logo
The Washburn Institute of Technology will officially unveil the institution’s new name and logo on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 3:30 p.m. The program will include brief remarks, refreshments and the opportunity to visit program areas. Music will be provided by the Washburn University Concert Jazz Ensemble and Payless Jazz Combo. Washburn Institute of Technology is located at 5724 SW Huntoon. -Press Release
Football Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl 6 p.m.
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Activities and Majors Fair: Mary Bannwarth visits the psychology booth to investigate a possible major. The activities and majors fair was held on Wednesday, April 26 in the Memorial Union main level lobby.
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Saturday, september 5
Hello and hope you all are doing great so far this semester! This is such an exciting time of year. First, congrats to our football guys and volleyball girls for starting off their seasons with big wins in Colorado- everybody needs to get out and show your support THIS Friday at 6:00pm for our first home football game! The weather is starting to get a little chilly already, just in time for the start of the season. So, grab your hoodies and face paint and join our ranks at the games as we kick off another awesome Ichabod football season!!! Soccer and volleyball are also underway, so be looking out for their first home games as well. Oh, and that reminds me... Have you heard of our brand new text messaging system that will actually notify you about events happening on campus right to your mobile phone?? Bod Alert is up and running! Make sure you sign up, so you don’t miss out! Just go to www.mywsga.com/ bodalert and type in your number and cell provider. It’s fast and easy and you can actually pick what kind of alerts you would like to receive! Also, this is a good time to sign up for Bod Squad if you have not yet done so. Taylor McGown is our
No Saturday Classes
Sunday, september 6 No events scheduled.
Monday, september 7 French Conversation Table Sunflower Room, Memorial Union 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. NAMI Washburn Picnic and Meeting Gage Park, Corrall 2 5:30 p.m. Labor Day holiday (University closed)
Tuesday, september 8 WUAAA Luncheon Kansas Room, Memorial Union 12 p.m. Conversations: Connecting Art to Our Lives Mulvane Art Museum 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Washburn 1 vs. 20 Washburn Room, Memorial Union 12 p.m. Brown Bag International Lecture International House 12 p.m. Career and Graduate School Fair Lee Arena 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. WU Police Cadet Informational Meeting Morgan Hall 156 7 p.m.
Greek Life: Valerie Roberson discusses the benefits of Greek life with a fellow Ichabod. Greek life is a yearly presence at the Activities and Majors fair.
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08/28/09 -Info. report, intrusion alarm, Building D, Washburn Institute of Technology, report taken, checked area, reset alarm.
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amazing new Bod Squad president, so just shoot her an e-mail at email@example.com so you can take advantage of the free tailgating and T-shirts all year long! Wow, I am just sooo incredibly excited for this year! There are many things happening at the big WU, so keep tuned in so you aren’t the one missing out! Please, come to us at the Washburn Student Government Association with any questions or concerns. We would love to meet you and help you out! Also, please- get involved. There are so many different organizations here at Washburn- it’s incredible. Let us know if you have any questions about getting involved. We would love to help you make that connection. As always, GO BODS!! Students happily serving students, Caley Onek WSGA Vice President
08/30/09 - Info. report, intrusion alarm, Building D, Washburn Institute of Technology, area cleared by TPD, report secured by TPD. 08/31/09 - Disorderly conduct, LLC, report taken. 08/31/09 - Info. report, open doors, Petro, report taken
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • News
Grants facilitator advises applicants seeking funds Richard Kelly WASHBURN REVIEW
In late 2004, Washburn University needed some help with grants as part of a vision plan for the university. That help came in the form of Kristi Wilson as Washburn hired her for a new position, grants facilitator. Since that time she has been helping faculty, staff and students get outside funding for their academic needs ever since. On average, about 25 grants are applied for each year. This fiscal year, Wilson has helped 52 percent of grant applicants at Washburn, bringing in $1,499,299. Those grants range between $5,000 and $500,000. But that money doesn’t come easily. Many applicants have applied for outside funding numerous times before being approved. Yet Wilson enjoys a bit of an advantage in the complicated process thanks to her background. Before coming to Washburn, Wilson looked at grants from the other side of the application, she was the one approving them.
Now that she spends her time writing grants, Wilson understands what it takes to have a successful application. “I can help them with editing and it’s not necessarily just grammatical things,” said Wilson. ‘I’m pretty good at being able to read something and say “this part is a little bit confusing.’” Before applications are submitted, the process also includes getting signatures by two university officials: President Jerry Farley and Wanda Hill, vice president and treasurer of Academic Administration. As well, there is criterion as to why the grant is being applied for. Often, the grants are used for research, creative projects and for possible projects that incorporate with a Washburn Transformational Experience. This is part of why Wilson advocates that students apply for outside grants as well as faculty. As previously mentioned, often the grants aren’t awarded the first time that an applicant applies. Wilson said one of the keys is to keep applying and trying to collaborate with other faculty or staff. Another key is to listen to the critiques given by those who evaluate grants.
“Every time the approvers came back and said they need something, the applicants listened,” said Wilson. “They tweaked everything, and the next time around they got it.” Something Wilson likes to relay to students is the availability for grants for their use as well. Often, she sees students applying for financial help with projects for transformational experience projects. Wilson said a student could use the funding to complete their project and working with grants looks good on a resume after college. Wilson hopes to see more students, faculty and staff applying for grants. Part of her goal to drive the University’s award rate higher during her time at Washburn. “If there’s a project, especially research that a student wants to work on, if they collaborate with a faculty member, we can definitely help them,” said Wilson. Photo by Mike Goehring, Washburn Review
Richard Kelly is a sophomore mass media/ social work major. Reach him at richard. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scorch on the Porch: Two Ichabods sift through bargain bins during the University Bookstore’s sidewalk sale on August 27. The sale was held behind Memorial Union simultaneously with Scorch on the Porch during Union Daze.
International lecture series begins
Council to fight free speech suit
Those who attend are encouraged to Sunshine Blue bring their own lunch, if interested. WASHBURN REVIEW Baili Zhang, who organizes these The Brown Bag International Lec- lectures, estimates that on average each ture is a way for Washburn University lecture brings 20 to 30 attendees many students, staff and the general public of which are regulars. He said that to become better educated about other most participants are not Washburn cultures around the world, as professors students because of a lack of advertiseresearch and visit foreign countries then ment on campus. He used to circulate share their findings and perspectives. flyers, but with budget cuts and the Attending these lectures can be overload of other advertisements floata great way for ing around, he students interdecided to elimiested in studying nate the printabroad to decide outs. Another Brown Bag which foreign issue that makes International Lecture a d v e r t i s e m e n t location(s) would best suit their difficult is that is one way for needs. The intiZhang is only mate atmosphere given access to students to learn offers an opporstaff e-mail adabout different study dresses, leavtunity to engage in one-on-one ing him unable abroad destinations. discussions with to send lecture the speakers. notices directThe Internaly to students. tional House feaAugust 26, tures guest speakAlex Glashaussers two to three er, who returned times a month. The presentations start just a month ago from a year-long at noon, and end at 1 p.m. Most lectures sabbatical in Japan, shared his extake place at the International House, periences regarding the education but music and dance performances systems in and around Tokyo. He take place in the White Concert Hall. focused his research on kindergarUnfortunately, because of bud- ten, elementary and law school. get cuts, food and beverages are Glashausser said kindergarten no longer served at these events. in Japan is similar to day-care in the
United States, with the exception that there is no academic curriculum. The children are extremely protected and nurtured, and just play all day. Japanese children start elementary school in first grade, and are expected to be responsible for their actions and to be independent immediately. Their day starts with the trek to school, without parental supervision. This journey can easily take 20 minutes or more, depending on where they live, and can take them through dangerous neighborhoods and across busy, congested streets. These children also attend unsupervised field trips across the city. Glashausser also worked in several law schools in Japan. The main goal in this education is to prepare the students for the bar exam. While only a small percentage of the students actually practice law when they graduate, it is important to the government that they pass the bar. For more information on attending the Brown Bag International Lectures, go to www.washburn. edu/iip, or stop by the International House and pick up a pamphlet.
Sunshine Blue is a writer for the Washburn Review. Reach her at sunshine. email@example.com.
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lowed to speak freely while those who opposed the project were interrupted and held “out of order.” The lawsuit alleges the city was censoring speech WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Mul- based on content and viewpoint. vane woman who claims the city vioThe lawsuit seeks a permanent lated her free speech rights at a city injunction keeping the city from cencouncil forum will get the opportu- soring speech during the public comnity to make her case in federal court. ment period of council meetings. U.S. District Judge Monti BeThe Alliance Defense Fund took lot has refused to toss out the law- on the case because of its interest in suit brought by Jacque Farnsworth “religious liberties” which include free against the city of Mulvane, located speech in a public forum, Oster said. about 25 miles south of Wichita “We believe that in this case she in south-central Kansas. The case was denied her right to access a public goes to trial Tuesday in Wichita. forum because her speech also related to Farnsworth contends in her law- the social ills of gambling,” Oster said. suit that the city censored Mulvane tried unsucspeakers who opposed a cessfully to get the lawsuit KANSAS casino project. She is bedismissed before trial, sayNEWS ing represented by the ing it had no intention of disAlliance Defense Fund, criminating against people a religious advocacy group based in with particular viewpoints on the caScottsdale, Ariz., that espouses the sino. It said residents were allowed to defense of “traditional family val- speak freely at several other meetings. ues” and other conservative issues. The city’s attorney, Charles Millsap, “We hope it sets the precedent did not immediately return a message that town officials must respect all left Monday for comment at his office. viewpoints when they are giving acMulvane contends it has a right cess to people to a public forum, to to take reasonable steps to prevent the community,” said Joel Oster, an at- disruption of its meetings, and has an torney with Alliance Defense Fund in interest in conserving time and giving Leawood, Kan. “They cannot discrim- others the opportunity to speak. It arinate based upon one person’s views.” gued the short questions section of the In her complaint, Farnsworth al- meeting was not intended to provide leges that during a Jan. 16, 2008, for indiscriminate speech and was incity council meeting Mulvane May- tended to be more restrictive than the or James Ford found her comments hours-long public comments section. about the casino taking money out of “Emotions surrounding the casino the local economy to be out of order. issue on all sides were high, and it The mayor told her the coun- was very important to the City that the cil was only taking questions at that meeting be conducted in as civil, ortime about the project, and that Farn- derly and efficient a manner as possisworth was addressing a social issue ble,” the city said in court documents. over which the casino had no control, The city also argued that during according to the court documents. the public comments section of the When Farnsworth persisted in her meeting numerous residents were alcomments, she was escorted out of the lowed to give speeches without interpublic meeting by two police officers. ruption expressing views in opposiHer federal lawsuit also alleges tion to the casino. It also cited other that at a March 13, 2008, public forum city meetings on the casinos in which speakers who spoke out in favor of the persons freely expressed their opinion. idea of a casino near Mulvane were al-
Time for a change of spirit
Nicole Stejskal WASHBURN REVIEW
As the weather cools down entering the fall months, things begin to heat up on campus. Sports teams take the field or court for season openers, auditions commence for theater productions and musicians fine tune halftime and concert performances. However, one thing that hasn’t seemed to fire up in the past is student involvement in events like these. Comedians and hypnotists attract large audiences across campus, but when it comes to actually supporting fellow students and their activities, most of us lose the enthusiasm, essentially, we let the fire die. Now, I wouldn’t be making claims like this unless I knew the situation from experience. As part of a music ensemble, I know what it’s like to work several weeks on a concert performance, only to hear the music reverberate off of bare walls and empty seats. The same can be true for theater productions. And as surprising as it may seem, I have attended several sporting events, including football and basketball games, where the only students in attendance were members of the band. This isn’t true in every situation, and I understand that. But while we may have some of the highest “average” rankings in attendance numbers for sports, I can guarantee that those numbers are swayed by attendance for big games against Emporia State or Pittsburgh S t a t e FROM THE (Believe me, there’s no EDITOR way we have 2,261 fans at every game – the reported average for women’s basketball). What we as students have to realize is that every event is important, not just the ones that feature school rivals, famous bands or popular plays. The students who work hard in these activities go above and beyond the typical routines of college students to represent our university on a variety of levels. And they deserve our support and respect. I encourage everyone to make an extra effort throughout the year to attend more student events on campus. In a time where the university faces problems with budget, enrollment and retention, it’s important to show the pride we have in our school. By supporting our fellow students, we can prove to prospective students, parents and the community that despite hard times, the university and its students still stand strong. With Washburn implementing a strategic plan to work toward change, I think it is essential that we work toward change ourselves. We need to readjust our attitudes, habits and behaviors. Say no to the “I don’t have time” excuse. Students say no to it every day as they make these activities a part of their lives and the life of this campus. We have the power to change and make this year different. So get involved—light the fire. Nicole Stejskal is a junior mass media major. Reach her at nicole.stejskal@ washburn.edu.
Opinion • Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Students tired of petty treatment Editorial Board WASHBURN REVIEW Walking to class never seemed like such an adventure as it does now. What last year was just a bit tedious is now something to game plan around and steel oneself for the journey. Despite the chronically bad parking that has recently and seemingly always plagued Washburn, one could naturally rely on the idea that coming to class less than an hour before hand would not be such a big deal. Now move to today, where parking as much as two blocks away seems to be more accepted and commonplace. The average student doesn’t mind the walk so much as they mind receiving the tickets from the city and campus police. It seems like in this tough economy that everyone is standing with a hand out trying to reach into your wallet or purse for hard earned dollars. All this takes place against the backdrop of increases in tuition
(however small it might be) and the misspent money on improving the aesthetic appearance of an area that is universally reviled for the price gouging that is perceived to take place in the cafeteria and corner store. It’s not even the tickets or the tuition itself that bothers students so much as that the average student just wants to be respected more so than anything else. Students pay a lot of money and spend a large amount of time on campus working hard to produce, among other things, a quality product such as this publication. What kind of message does the university wish to send when punishing, however small, students who go the extra mile and put in long hours late at night to put forth a product that will ultimately reflect the university to other people around the state and country? While some policies should be interpreted as absolutes (no matter how much you want to, don’t run over senior citizens) others should be
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guidelines where common sense can be allowed to prevail. How parking close to the building that one needs to be near in order to keep the late night walk to the car as short and safe as possible should be a punishable offense strains the ties of credulity. The real question campus police should ask in most situations is what is going to be in the best interest of the student body. One unoccupied car in an empty parking lot on a campus that doesn’t charge for the privilege of parking there is really a petty way to approach the enforcement of law no matter how trivial the rule might be perceived as. The only thing students ask is that the authorities stop and think before they act.
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Delaney Gordon Junior
Angel Romero Senior
Brian Wells Junior
“Coming from high school to college is a lot different spirit-wise. In high school there is a focus on school spirit, in college its just school.”
“It could be better. We’re a small school, so I think we limit ourselves. But there are a lot of small schools with tremendous school spirit. It’s all about our mindset.”
“We need to give out more t-shirts!”
Chief Photographer Aaron Deffenbaugh Audio/Video Deana Smith Graphics Ashley Shepard Lauren Journot Cameron Wrightsman
Melissa Ellis Junior
Montana Dale Junior
Rachel Smyth Sophomore
“What spirit? I come from a really traditional school where it’s all about tradition and having pride in your school; where friendliness is contageous.”
“I’m from a small town, where school spirit was very high. Coming to Washburn was disappointing. It seems like no one cares about their school.”
“I think school spirit is great! It helps everyone feel like part of the Washburn community, except some people do kind of go overboard.”
Writers Brian Allen Jaime Brown James Ahrens Richard Kelly Curtis Leeth Jennie Loucks Photographers Tesa DeForest Lauren Mersman Mallory Shehi Advertising Manager Angie Marquart Assistant Advertising Manager Anna Henry Business Manager Chuck Stephens
Matt Leeper Senior
Kyle Volle Junior
Regina Budden Junior
“A fine thing for tweens, but not really my cup of tea.”
“Lessons are learned in class, memories are made out of class. Get the most out of Washburn, get involved!”
“Washburn’s spirit needs some serious self help counseling.”
Cartoon by KJ Thies , Washburn Review
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • News
ID theft realistic fear for students Jaime Brown WASHBURN REVIEW
from filching information from the trash can to using a camera phone to sneak a picture of someone’s crucial data. Freshman students face many A little known danger is pretexchallenges when entering the realm of ting. This is the practice a perpetrator higher education. From speeches on of getting personal information under drunken driving, sexually transmitted false pretenses. Those “pretexters” diseases, and all-around stranger dan- will then sell your information to peoger the warning list seems endless. Of ple who may use it to get credit in your all those possible perils one problem name, steal your assets, or generally student’s face that is rarely addresses investigate for further information. is the increasing issue of identity theft. Everyone receives pre-approved If a student is over the age of 18 monthly credit offers, as well as those and breathing then mass-mailed chances are good forms. These “ they have heard of forms are typidentity theft. Idenically partially [Identity theft] is a tify theft and idenfilled out with growing problem. tify fraud are generthe recipient’s ally the practice of information gathering a person’s like name and personal information address. Nevto use for financial er respond gain. “It’s a growing to cold calls problem,” said Shari asking for Jackson of the Washinformation - Shari Jackson burn police departeither. “ReWashburn Police Department ment, “and a great cently we’ve example of that is problems ” had last week when we with people had an issue with a calling and student giving perpretending sonal information out over the phone.” to be with a bank to get account inThe personal information neces- formation,” said Jackson. Another sary for these crimes to work include danger for students is the necessary social security numbers, dates of birth, use of social security numbers on mother’s maiden name, checking ac- campus. Constantly using Washburn count number, etc. There’s no end to University’s designated ID is a perfect the ways a truly crafty thief can use per- way to protect individual identities. sonal information to get what they want. Should a student’s identity be stoThis might be as simple as opening up len there are good options for recourse. a credit card under their victim’s name The most obvious, but little used or completely assuming their identity. method, is the filing of a police report. Whether they realize it or not, When a identity theft victim files a postudents face these dangers every day. lice report they have two specific opThere’s a myriad of ways identity theft tions. The first is just to have a police can occur on campus. Thieves will report officially taken. Many states go to any length to get what they need, don’t have specific laws about this but
Where are they now? Name: Maggie Robinson Graduated: Summer 2009 Major: Mass Media, Public Relations Minor: Communications What are you doing now? I am in Topeka working at Barnes & Noble trying to work my way up the corporate ladder.
you keep working toward what you want you and don’t let the in between times get you down, you will be successful.
What were the first few months like after graduation? They are definitely scary, especially now. The worst feeling after graduating college is not even getting the chance to be turned down by jobs (there was only one “career job” out there for me to apply for). But then I realized I have my whole life to find my dream job. As long as I am working somewhere I like and can pay the bills, life is good. It could be worse.
Any advice to Washburn students? Don’t let anyone knock down your dreams, even if it may be small it is yours and is worth going after.
Any advice to students who will be graduating soon? Don’t let the job market get you down. You may not get that perfect job right away, but remember you have at least 50 years to find that absolute dream job. As long as
My experience at washburn... helped me find who I really am and who I want to be.
Fond memories of washburn: The best memory I have is the Mass Media Banquet my senior year, celebrating the successes of the year with friends. The WSFVA Oscar Watch Party was fun. We were able to get together and cheer on our favorite movies and actors.
Anything else? No matter what, keep your head up and smile.
an official report is the victim’s right. When a police report is filed the victim is automatically entitled to a seven year fraud alert, a credit freeze in the states that have adopted this procedure into law, as well as having inaccurate information blocked from their official credit report. Another good practice to maintain is getting official copies of all the paperwork that is filled out. The second option in this scenario is for the victim to have the accounts removed from their credit report once they have given proof charges on their account are fraudulent. Washburn University’s police department wants to warn students to remain vigilant when protecting their personal information. Although they don’t currently have any records on file of students’ identities being stolen they still want students to know of the danger. The Web site identitytheft.com gives startling statistics such as “50% of college students receive pre-approved credit card offers in the mail daily” and “48% of students use their social security numbers for identity purposes.” Remaining safe and identity theft free is relatively simple. Remember to shred all personal information, change passwords frequently and choose words more difficult than your dog’s name. Students should also keep a tighter eye on their purse and wallet as well as refrain from sharing obvious information. Just because a dorm roommate seems completely trustworthy doesn’t mean the people they bring over are honorable. The safest bet is to not trust anyone. For more formation on this issue check out the Web site Idtheftcenter.org or contact the Washburn police department. Jaime Brown is a senior mass media major. Reach her at email@example.com.
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Identity crisis: The Federal Trade Commission reports that nearly 10 percent of all Identity Theft complaints come from people within the 18 to 24 year age bracket.
Get a Grip on Your Identity • Don’t give anyone your social security number. • Use secure passwords for your online account log-ins. A password with symbols, letters, and numbers are the strongest. 43Turtle$$ is a better password than Spiderman. Don’t forget that you have to remember the password! • Facebook is a networking tool. Don’t forget that. If someone messages you asking for money to be wired to them, it is likely that their account has been hacked. Also, anytime you take a facebook quiz, you let outside developers access your personal information, so be careful! • Be smart about the information on your laptop. Use passwords and encryption to protect your information. Erase saved forms that may contain your social security
number or personal information. • Use firewalls and anti-virus software, and update them regularly. • Secure your mailbox and pick up mail often. Unattended mail can include personal information such as your address and phone numbers, as well as more valuable information like account numbers or social security numbers. • If you find you are the victim of identity theft, call the fraud department of one of the three major credit-reporting agencies and place a fraud alert. Equifax (888) 766-0008 Experian (888) 397-3742 TransUnion (800) 680-7289 • Check your credit report at least once a year. By doing so you will be able to see if there if evidence of identity theft.
Public continues to fret over epidemic and seeks proper treatment protocol Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS
But there’s a catch. Not everyone with swine flu gets a fever, making it hard to know if they’ve got that or a common cold. WASHINGTON (AP) — That doesn’t happen too often, alWhen is swine flu just miserable though there are no good statistics and and when do you need a doctor? no one knows if those people even are If it’s hard to breathe, that’s as contagious as the fevered, said Dr. an emergency. It’s the not-so-ob- Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers vious cases that can have parents, for Disease Control and Prevention’s or the sick of any age, fretting. National Center for Immunization and “There tends to be a lot of hys- Respiratory Diseases. But generally, teria,” said Dr. Nathan Litman of the people without a fever don’t get as sick. Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Signs to seek emergency care inMedical Center in New York. “We clude shortness of breath, chest pain should try to emphasize the preven- or pressure, confusion or seizures, tion mode, and the rational approach persistent vomiting or inability to hold to dealing with the illness down liquids, bluish lips. rather than when the child Who’s at higher risk SWINE has a runny nose running from any kind of flu? FLU to the emergency room.” Pregnant womSymptoms of any flu en; people of any age include fever of 100 degrees or more, with heart disease, asthma, diacough, body chills and aches, conges- betes and other chronic illnesses; tion. Diarrhea and vomiting sometimes children under 2; people over 65. occur, particularly with the swine flu While the over-65 tend not to that doctors call the 2009 H1N1 flu. catch swine flu, they are prime targets Regardless of the strain, most of the regular winter flu — and there’s people who otherwise are healthy no way for patients to tell the two apart. need to stay home and rest, and get Litman said doctors would rathplenty of fluids, health officials agree. er get a call from or see a high-risk
person “sooner rather than later” to decide if they need the anti-flu medications Tamiflu or Relenza. The drugs work best if taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms. If fever goes away and then a new one sets in days later, seek medical care, Litman said. That can be a sign of bacterial infections that sometimes follow any type of flu. For children, pediatricians advise watching activity levels. Being listless or lethargic can be a warning sign of worsening illness. What if people without insurance can’t afford the $100 or so anti-flu drugs? The government has shipped millions of doses from a federal stockpile to the states, and in what’s being cited as a model program, Texas is using its stockpiled supply in part for those patients. Doctors certify the person’s lack of insurance coverage when they write the prescription and direct the patient to certain pharmacies. The goal is to have at least one pharmacy in every county that then fills the prescription for free or a nominal fee, said the state’s health commissioner, David Lakey.
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That Damn Sasquatch, that damn good Mike Goehring WASHBURN REVIEW Seabrook Tavern was the place to be Saturday night when local band That Damn Sasquatch took the stage and executed a performance that left spectators stunned by the band’s versatility. One of the songs the band covered was “Super Freak,” an ‘80s hit made famous by Rick James. That Damn Sasquatch added its own personal twist of bluegrass combined with hiphop to give the song a unique sound. “We’re kind of like American traditional with a mixture of bluegrass, country, jazz, Cajun zydeco and even some hip-hop,” said band member Spencer Crawford. Crawford, a Washburn student majoring in anthropology, began playing guitar when he was only 9 years old, and he has been expanding his musical horizons ever since. He currently plays banjo, mandolin, accordion and fiddle for the band, and he has some advice for people looking to get into the music scene. “The best advice I would give to upcoming musicians is to get a teacher or someone to explain the concept of music theory to them,” said Crawford. That Damn Sasquatch is working on a CD called “About Damn
Time,” which is expected to surface sometime in October. Featuring an eclectic musical style, the CD will include nine original tracks and six cover tracks. The band has played a number of shows since its inception. The group’s first shows took place primarily at the Celtic Fox, but they have recently been branching out to different venues in the Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City area. Even though the band recently lost its guitarist and peddle steel player, who moved to Boston to further his music education, the remaining band members said they will continue to play in the local area until summer, when they plan to move to Colorado. After the move, the group plans to mix in with Colorado’s strong cultural history of bluegrass music, while bringing their own personalized style of music to the table. That Damn Sasquatch can be seen performing every other Monday at The Old Chicago restaurant in Topeka. For more information about shows and the band in general, visit their MySpace page at www. MySpace.com/DamnThatSasquatch.
Photo by Mike Goehring, Washburn Review
Mike Goehring is a sophomore mass media major. Reach him at michael. email@example.com.
19th Duggar baby on the way Jill Zeman Bleed Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — No. 19 caught Michelle Duggar by surprise. The 42-year-old mom of 18 noticed that she wasn't losing weight — even though she and husband Jim Bob were on Weight Watchers — and her youngest child, 8-month-old JordynGrace, was fussing while nursing. In the past, she found a fussy infant meant a change in breast milk that came with pregnancy. So she took a pregnancy test. "And lo and behold, I was just pleasantly surprised that this was positive," Duggar said Tuesday. "I was just jumping up and down going, 'Thank you, Lord. Here am I — 42, thinking my baby days are over — and you've blessed us with another one.'" Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar live in Tontitown, Ark., and are featured with their family on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting." The announcement of the Duggars' 19th child comes as their oldest, 21-year-old Josh, is about to become a father himself. Married last year, Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting their first child, a girl, on Oct. 18. The grandchild — whom Josh and Anna plan to name Mackynzie — will be about five months older than her future aunt or uncle, due March 18. Michelle Duggar said her health is fine and the pregnancy is going along
just like the others — with a decent bout of morning sickness. "I am just so grateful that I have good health thus far and I'm just enjoying playing with my kids every day," she said. "I don't take that for granted one bit. I still have a lot of energy left." They're soliciting name suggestions for the new baby, who will join their family of 10 boys and eight girls. The Duggars' 18 children all have names starting with the letter J and include two sets of twins. Along with Josh and Jordyn-Grace, the family includes: Jana and John-David, 19; Jill, 18; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 15; Joseph, 14; Josiah, 13; Joy-Anna, 11; Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 10; Jason, 9; James, 8; Justin, 6; Jackson, 5; Johannah, 3; and Jennifer, 2. The Duggars live in a 7,000square-foot house in northwest Arkansas, where they manage commercial real estate property. They say they'll keep welcoming more children as long as Michelle is able to have them. Michelle Duggar says they're recognized regularly thanks to the TLC show. "We feel like it's just an opportunity to encourage families to enjoy their children, enjoy children while they have them and realize that they are a gift from God," she said. "That's our prayer. This is an opportunity to just encourage others to value family and just enjoy the time you have with them."
2009 Honorary Family Award Is your family involved with Washburn University? Would you like to see them awarded for their service? Applications are now available for the 2009 Honorary Family Award. Pick one up from the Student Activities and Greek Life office in the lower level of the Memorial Union.
Applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 16, by 5 p.m. in the Student Life Office, Morgan Hall Room 104.
Damn talented: The members of That Damn Sasquatch play a variety of instruments, allowing them to blend several different genres and create their own unique sound. The band performed at Seabrook Tavern on Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd. From left to right: Spencer Crawford on banjo, Derek Bridges on guitar, Matt Goertz on bass, and Mike Hall on Mandolin.
Disney buys Marvel for $4 billion Ryan Nakashima Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) The Walt Disney Co. is punching its way into the universe of superheroes and their male fans with a deal announced Monday to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion, bringing characters such as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and “Toy Story.” The surprise cash-and-stock deal sent Spidey senses tingling in the comic book world. It could lead to new rides, movies, action figures and other outlets for Marvel’s 5,000 characters, although Marvel already was aggressively licensing its properties for such uses. The deal won’t have benefits right away, and Disney stock sank on the news. Disney expects a shortterm profit hit, and Marvel characters from X-Men to Daredevil are locked up in deals with other movie studios and theme parks. But Disney’s CEO, Robert Iger, promised an actionpacked future. “’Sparks will fly’ is the expression that comes to mind,” Iger told analysts. Stan Lee, the 86-year-old cocreator of “Spider-Man” and many more of Marvel’s most famous characters, said he was thrilled to be informed of the marriage Monday morning. “I love both companies,” he said. “From every point of view, this is a great match.” The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney’s biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of “Up” and “Cars,” for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006. Marvel would follow another storied comic book publisher into the arms of a media conglomerate. DC Comics, the home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, was bought by Warner Bros., now part of Time Warner Inc.‚ in 1969. Buying Marvel is meant to improve Disney’s following among men and boys. Disney acknowledges it lost some of its footing with guys as it poured resources into female favorites such as “Hannah Montana” and the Jonas Brothers.
“Disney will have something guys grew up with and can experience with their kids, especially their sons,” said Gareb Shamus, whose company Wizard Entertainment Group runs several of the Comic-Con conventions around the nation. Marvel TV shows already account for 20 hours per week of programming on Disney’s recently rebranded, boyfocused cable network, Disney XD, and that looks likely to increase, Iger said. The shows are “right in the wheelhouse for boys,” he said. Ph
ar ve There l .c om will be some lag before Marvel’s trove of characters are fully developed at Disney, because of licensing deals Marvel has with other studios. For example, Sony Corp.’s Columbia Pictures is developing the next three “Spider-Man” sequels, starting with “SpiderMan 4” set for a May 2011 release. News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox has the long-term movie rights to the “X-Men,” ‘’Fantastic Four,” ‘’Silver Surfer” and “Daredevil” franchises. Both studios maintain those rights in perpetuity unless they fail to make more movies. Separately, Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures has a five-picture distribution deal for Marvel-made movies, the first of which will be “Iron Man 2,” set for release next May. Paramount said it expects to continue working with Marvel and Disney. General Electric Co.’s Universal Studios has an attraction called Marvel Super Hero Island in Orlando, Fla., that will stay in existence as long as Universal wants to keep it there and follows the contract terms, Universal said. Disney said it will honor and re-examine Marvel’s licensing deals upon expiration and may extend the profitable ones. Iger noted that when it bought Pixar, that company also had third-party licensing agreements that eventually expired, allowing the companies to move forward together. Despite beginning to make its
own movies, starting with “Iron Man” last year, licensing remained a key driver of Marvel’s $206 million and in profit and $676 million in revenue last year. Iger said Disney could give Marvel broader global distribution and better relationships with retailers to sell Marvel products. However, analyst David Joyce of Miller Tabak & Co. noted that the $4 billion offer was at “full price.” Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash, plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. That values each Marvel share at $50, a 29 percent premium o v e r F r i d a y ’s closing stock price. The final ratio of cash and stock will be adjusted to ensure Disney stock makes u p at least 40 percent of the final offer. Marvel shares shot up $9.72, or 25 percent, to close at $48.37 on Monday. Disney shares fell 80 cents, or 3 percent, to $26.04. Disney investors were probably unhappy that the deal will reduce earnings per share in the short term and might not turn positive until its 2012 fiscal year. Disney’s earnings per share will drop partly because the company will issue 59 million new shares, and partly because Marvel plans to release two costly blockbusters, “Thor” and “The First Avenger: Captain America” in 2011. DVD sales of those films likely won’t roll in until fiscal 2012. Disney said the boards of both companies have approved the transaction, but it will require an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders. If it works out, Marvel’s chief executive, Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, will pocket a hefty payday. He snatched Marvel assets out of bankruptcy in 1998, outmaneuvering investors Carl Icahn and Ronald Perelman. His 37 percent stake in Marvel is now worth about $1.5 billion.
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Brody Buster Band rocks Scorch on the Porch Ben Fitch WASHBURN REVIEW
Members of the Brody Buster Band have been playing together for nine months—the term of a pregnancy—and they birthed their musical love-child on Thursday when they opened up their set under cloudy skies and the threat of rain. The band was the featured entertainment for Scorch on the Porch, an event held by the Memorial Union several times each semester. So the band’s bluesy-rock resonated across the lawn for an hour, interrupting the somber sterility of Washburn’s campus. Brody Buster, 25, led the band on vocals, guitar and bristling harmonica solos that proved to be the highlight of the band’s show. He might be recognizable to many fans as the young harmonica player who once appeared on the Tonight Show and opened B.B. King’s Blues Club in Los Angeles. Buster was also a regular performer at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival at the old Grand Emporium during its prime. Chris Handley, 31, plays a cool bass guitar that echoes his cool nature. And drummer Tommy Dimmel, 25, beats off a sarcastic tempo. Dimmel has been filming the band’s experiences on a digital video recorder. The purpose of the recordings, he said, has been to document peculiarities during their shows. “To capture how pathetic this is
to be doing as a living,” he said. “The music is just the eye of the storm. It happens and, honestly, it’s hilarious.” The only element missing on Thursday was Jeff Nelson, the band’s tambourine player. Nelson was busy delivering pizzas at his second job. However, band members said that providing the sexual energy during shows was Nelson’s most important role. The Brody Buster Band’s set list calls on original material as well as some recreations of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. But which song is to be played at what time is left to improvisation. “When I was young, I was led to believe that a fat man with a beard and a red suit came down my chimney every year and put presents under a tree,” said Dimmel. “That’s what this band is all about—believing in the magic.” And the magic can be witnessed again Saturday at Barley’s Brewhous in Midland or Sept. 12 at the Lawrence Brew Fest, Clinton Lake in Lawrence. Grant Robertson, an integrative studies major, said the band is good, and he should know. Robertson grew up within walking-distance of the old Grand Emporium, where he heard some of the greats play during his childhood. “It’s the best I’ve heard since I left KC,” said Robertson. Ben Fitch is a junior mass media major. Reach him at benjamin.fitch@ washburn.edu.
Brody Buster Band’s Upcoming Shows Sept. 5, 2009 8 p.m. Barley’s Brewaous Midland Sept. 12, 2009 5 p.m. Lawrence Brew Fest @ Clinton Lake w/ Truckstop Honeymoon Lawrence Sept. 18, 2009 10 p.m. The Gaslight w/ Brother Bagman Lawrence Sept. 19, 2009 8 p.m. Odoud’s Zona Rosa Kansas City, Mo. Sept. 25, 2009 8 p.m. Green Mountain Eco Fest Eldridge, Mo. Sept. 26, 2009 8 p.m. Green Mountain Eco Fest Eldridge, Mo. Oct. 2, 2009 6 p.m. American Royal at Kemper Arena (Main Stage) Kansas City, Mo.
Photos by Mike Goehring, Washburn Review
Harmonica Harmonies: Brody Buster wails on his harmonica for an audience of Washburn students and faculty. When he was younger, Buster played harmonica at venues such as the Tonight Show and B.B. King’s Blues Club.
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From left to right: Brody Buster, Chris Handley and Tommy Dimmel of the Brody Buster Band bust out their beats. Normally a four-person combo, the band was short one member Thursday when they performed at Washburn University, but audience members didn’t seem to mind. The band drew a crowd of spectators outside the Memorial Union.
Oct. 31, 2009 9:30 p.m. Halloween @ Odoud’s Irish Pub (Zona Rosa) Kansas City, Mo.
Police to re-examine death of Rolling Stones guitarist Matt Surman ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON (AP) ‚British police said Monday they will review the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, whose 1969 drowning was ruled an accident but sparked decades of speculation that he was murdered. Sussex police in southeast England said they will examine new documents received from an investigative journalist relating to Jones’ death. “It’s too early to comment at this time as to what the outcome might be,” the Sussex duty inspector said, reading a statement over the telephone. Police did not give further details. The Mail on Sunday reported that journalist Scott Jones ‚who is not related to the musician, has handed
over 600 documents to Sussex police. Brian Jones, one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, was the person who reportedly came up with the band’s name. Formed in 1962, the band branched out from blues covers to become a pivotal group in the socalled British Invasion, drawing fans attracted by their rebellious image and surly but sexy style. Jones was quickly eclipsed by swaggering lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting propelled the band’s popularity. Increasingly marginalized and drawn to drugs and alcohol, Jones quit the band a month before his death and was replaced by Mick Taylor. Jones stood out even among his bandmates for his flashy clothes and prodigious appetite for drugs. He died July 2, 1969 at age 27, his body found in the swimming pool at his 11-acre
Sussex estate. A coroner said Jones drowned while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but the ruling did not quiet speculation that Jones’ death was not an accident. Two 1994 books claimed that Jones was murdered by a London builder who had been hired to help renovate Jones’ home: “Paint it Black: The Murder of Brian Jones,” by Geoffrey Guiliano and “Who Killed Christopher Robin?” by Terry Rawlings. Both claimed that builder Frank Thorogood confessed on his deathbed in November 1993 to killing Jones to a road manager for the Stones. “It was me that did Brian. I just finally snapped,” Thorogood reportedly said to road manager Tom Keylock, Rawlings’ book quoted Keylock as saying. It was not clear why British
police did not reopen an investigation after those books were published. Keylock died in July 2009, according to the British newspaper, The Times. Scott Jones interviewed Janet Lawson, the person who discovered the guitarist’s body, shortly before she died last year. In the interview, published in The Mail on Sunday last November, Lawson claimed that her boyfriend, the Rolling Stones tour manager Keylock, had asked her to visit Brian Jones as he was worried about tensions between Jones and Thorogood. She told the investigative reporter that she saw Jones and Thorogood fooling about in the pool, and later saw Thorogood come into the house, shaking badly. She told Scott Jones her original police statement did not mention any tensions between Jones and
Thorogood. The police were trying to put words into my mouth,” she is reported as saying. The title of Rawlings’ book is a reference to Jones’ estate, which was formerly the home of the late author A.A. Milne, author of “Winnie the Pooh,” which features the character Christopher Robin. The Rolling Stones are now one of the most influential, biggest-selling rock bands in the world, with album sales estimated at more than 200 million copies. The band’s long list of classic hits include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” ‘’Street Fighting Man” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Stones topped Forbes’ rich list for music acts in 2007, earning some $88 million between June 2006 and June 2007, mostly from their “Bigger Bang Tour.”
‘District 9’ rescues sci-fi genre from tired stereotypes David Wiens WASHBURN REVIEW
When it comes to movie genres, science fiction is about as unpredictable as you can get, and the normal cues we often take from advertisements and trailers just don’t seem to work. True to form, the trailers for “District 9” showed absolutely nothing to help me figure out if it was worth seeing. Still, I had a responsibility to my legions of probably fictitious readers, and a powerful boredom that told me I had to take the chance. I almost feel bad telling you about the details of a movie that actually managed to conceal most of its plot in the trailers, but it would be kind of hard to review a movie without any reference to its plot. “District 9” adds a new dimension to the “first-contact” story. Unlike previous films, where aliens are vicious creatures susceptible to cheap plot devices (see “War of the Worlds”), explosively violent robots prone to racial
stereotypes (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), and creatures built-up for the entire length of the movie only to find out you don’t get to see them (“Contact”), the aliens in “District 9” are merely the laborers and low-ranking crew members of a spaceship that comes to Earth. In the documentary-style exposition that peppers the film, we learn that the essential crew and equipment necessary to fix the spaceship and leave were both seen falling off the mothership as it approached Earth, and, despite searches in the surrounding areas, they were never found. The setting of the movie takes place 20 years later as tensions between these alien refugees, dubbed “prawns” by locals, and the residents in the surrounding areas have become unbearable. Multi-National United, or MNU, has been hired to relocate all the alien residents into an isolated area called District 10. This job is headed up by the main character, Wikus van der Merwe, whose assignment is to make everything legal while searching for viable alien technology.
The movie is absolutely loaded with themes, parallels and moral questions regarding issues such as human rights, capitalistic greed and privatization, but they are presented so subtly that they do not intrude on the movie unless you want them to, offering you a wide spectrum of enjoyment possibilities that range from thought-evoking to mind-numbing. Still, what really made me want to recommend this movie was the absolute and brutal honesty of the characters. The aliens have varied personalities, and the characters react realistically to the situations they are thrust into instead of trying to endear themselves to the audience by acting selflessly and heroically. “District 9” is a refreshingly thoughtout take on the science fiction concept film, which TV had ruined so many times that I’d forgotten it could actually be good. I recommend it, provided you don’t have a weak stomach. David Wiens is a sophomore English major. Reach him at david.wiens@ washburn.edu.
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review sports washburn university
wednesday, september 2, 2009
they’re taking over!
Photos by Mike Goehring, Washburn Review
Ben Fitch WASHBURN REVIEW
only redshirt on the team, Drone, will sit the season out because of knee and foot surgery. If it weren’t for the brace, however, she would be on the field, she said. The seven freshmen on the women’s soccer The freshmen Lady Blues sharpened their team come from a variety of high schools where teeth in the game against the Colorado School of Mines last Saturday. they were the star players on “We got the jitters out in their team. that first game,” said Stuever. “Here, everyone on the “ They are all great So now, Collins is workteam is a star,” said coach ing on a list of need-to-know Tim Collins, “it magnifies kids with a potential information for freshmen. So flaws.” far, the list emphasizes time Collins said he is happy for leadership. management, advice about with the fresh players the procrastination and a suggesteam has to offer, however, because they all contribute to tion to be prepared for the a spectrum of skills and exrigorous athletic demands of hibit athleticism. the soccer team. Even though “They are all great kids players are not expected to with a potential for leadercondition outside of practice. - Tim Collins ship,” he said. “I hope they talk about Soccer head coach The three Kansas nasoccer outside of practice,” tives: Stephanie Stuever, Tia ” said Collins, “but there Stovall and Leah Talley have shouldn’t be that burden durall seen the field already this ing school time.” season. Stovall and Talley played soccer together The team wanted to say something collecas kids, as well as at their alma mater: Maize High tively to the student body. Drone, the spokeswomSchool in Maize. Both will coach youth soccer this an, summed up the freshman perspective in two words: season. “Go Bods,” she said. “It’s a lot of work adapting to college,” said Talley, “but having the older girls helps.” As for fitting in, none of the freshmen Lady Blues have any apprehensions. “It’s really nice having players at the same level,” said Stovall. “Everybody wants the same thing.” Most of the young team has seen playing time Ben Fitch is a junior mass media major. already, an impressive start for the freshmen. The Reach him at email@example.com.
Eric Smith WASHBURN REVIEW
Washburn Lady Blues volleyball head coach Chris Herron has a tradition of finding the great players and bringing them to Washburn. And this season, it’s no different, as the team welcomed four new freshmen. The four newbies—Jessica Fey, Tessa Brophy, Jessica Kopp and Hillary Hughes—are all from out of state and all received playing time this past weekend in the team’s 4-0 start. “I think all are bringing something to the table, I don’t necessarily think one sticks out,” said Molly Smith, junior. “I think they’re all really, really good players and that they definitely have made our team a lot better.” Tessa Brophy, a defensive specialist/libero from Papillion, Neb., said Herron recruited her after coming to her high school state finals match last year. She played the first match of the season for the Lady Blues at the DS/L position against Western State on Friday, and said it went well and was a lot of fun but she’s still trying to improve. “I’m still learning a lot, like all of our plays and defenses and stuff,” said Brophy. “It’s just nice to have other people there who are going through the same thing.” Hillary Hughes, an outside hitter from Black Earth, Wisc., also has enjoyed her time on the team. “I love it. It’s been really good so far,” said Hughes. “All the girls are super nice and inviting and we’re all getting along really well.” Hughes played in three of four matches last weekend and said while she is still trying to get used to the heat of Kansas, it didn’t take long to get on the same page with the team. “It’s really awesome coming into a program
that’s so successful,” said Hughes. “It’s really competitive amongst the girls. Everyone just works really hard against each other. It fit perfectly coming into this program because I’m competitive as well.” Jessica Fey, a middle/right hitter from Crete, Neb., who played in one game in the first tournament of the year. And she said the biggest thing for her is just getting used to coach Herron and her teammates. “Personally, it’s just a lot of new things that I’m not used to that coach wants us to do,” said Fey. “So just adjusting to that. And getting over the frustrations of not knowing everything right away.” The fourth freshman on the WU team is Jessica Kopp, from Lee’s Summit, Mo., who said the team gave her someone to hang out and bond with, because no one else at WU was from her high school. Kopp, an outside/middle hitter, got to start in one of the matches this past weekend. “I love volleyball and I always wanted to play in college,” said Kopp. “This just felt like a great place for me to do that.” Kopp also said that she’s enjoyed spending time and learning the ropes with the three other new Lady Blues players but wanted to emphasize preparing for the upcoming tournament. “It’s really important that we focus in practice this week and make sure we get all the kinks out that maybe we found last weekend because it was our first time actually playing together,” said Kopp. The Lady Blues will next play at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday against East Central in Denton, Texas, as part of the Texas Woman’s University Varsity Tournament. They’ll cap out the evening at 6:30 against Texas Woman’s before playing at 9:30 a.m. against Texas A&M-Kingsville and at 2:30 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Eric Smith is a senior mass media major. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lady Blues’ game moved to Sunday night Funds missing By the Rouse from sports numbers.... Josh WASHBURN REVIEW 4-0
Washburn volleyball’s record after first tournament
Score of Washburn soccer’s first victory of the season against CSU-Pueblo
WU running back Justin Cooper’s yardage against Colorado School of Mines
Yards Cooper needs to break his goal of 2,000 rushing yards
Junior goalkeeper Ashley Klone’s save percentage
looking to continue their dominance on the field. After the Lady Blues’ matchup with the Jets, Washburn has five days The Lady Blues will play one day off before traveling to Warrensburg, earlier than expected. Mo., to begin MIAA conference play Washburn’s game with against the University of Newman University, origiCentral Missouri. The JenSOCCER nally scheduled for Monnies started the season 0-2 PREVIEW day, has been moved up to and will face West Texas 7 p.m. on Sunday night in A&M on Friday, Texas Wichita. A&M-Commerce on SunThe Blues went 1-1 last week- day and MIAA-rival Missouri Southend, losing 2-0 to Colorado School of ern on Sept. 10 before their matchup Mines in their first game before pick- with Washburn. ing up their first win against Colorado State-Pueblo. Ashley Taylor, Leah Talley, Bran- Josh Rouse is a junior mass media dy Hirsch and Keeley Lambeth all major. Reach him at eric.smith1@ scored goals in the 4-1 victory, and are washburn.edu.
Total number of digs by junior libero/defensive specialist Molly Smith this season
Eric Smith WASHBURN REVIEW
Photo courtesy of Gene Cassell, Washburn SID
Sunday Soccer: Senior midfielder Angela Wiseman is ready to lead WU Sunday.
Ichabods set for showdown with Highlands Robert Burkett WASHBURN REVIEW
Goals scored by WU soccer in the second period this season Height of sophomore rightside hitter Breanna Lewis
Photo courtesy of Gene Cassell, Washburn SID
Freshman follies: Redshirt freshman Pierre Desir returned an interception for a TD against the Orediggers.
“We had a great spring practice and conditioning season and feel like we are a deeper team this year,” said Schurig. Next Friday under the lights of In contrast, the Cowboys of New Yager Stadium the New Mexico High- Mexico Highlands are coming off lands University Cowboys will come a rebuilding year in which they finto Topeka to do battle with the home ished 3-8 last season. In particular, the town Ichabods. Cowboy’s defense bore the This will be the first brunt of the season giving FOOTBALL up nearly 175 yards a game home game of the year for the Ichabods as they emon the ground and over 200 PREVIEW bark on the 2009 home yards a game through the schedule with hopeful opair in the passing game. timism. Having returned many of the All of this couples with a head starters on offense, Washburn head coach in Chad Roanhaus, who is encoach Craig Schurig feels that all the tering his second season as head coach preparation from earlier this spring Please see ICHABODS page B5 will show up in their upcoming game.
A theft and burglary was reported at 6:04 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Petro Allied Health Center on Washburn’s campus, according to the Washburn Police Department August 2009 daily log. The police log said the date of the theft and burglary happened between Aug. 6 and Aug. 27 and that a full report and photos were taken. Loren Ferre, Washburn athletic director, when asked if money was stolen from the Washburn athletic department, said “Yes, I would tell you that is true and that it is an ongoing investigation and I really am not at liberty to talk about it. “Not with it being current and ongoing,” said Ferre. He also said Summer Harris, the marketing/ticketing coordinator for the Washburn athletic department, filed the report. Harris confirmed that she filed the report and that there was a theft. The Washburn police official investigating the report is Ed White, captain and assistant director of police. He said that, while the case was in the early stages, “an arrest is imminent.” Ferre, Harris and White declined further comment on the case. Eric Smith is a senior mass media major. Reach him at eric.smith1@ washburn.edu.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Sports
Let the games begin
Josh Rouse WASHBURN REVIEW
Volleyball Emporia St. Nebraska-Omaha Washburn Central Missouri Missouri Southern NW Missouri St. Pittsburg St. Truman St. Southwest Baptist Missouri Western Fort Hays St.
Conf. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 4-0 4-0 4-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 1-3 0-4
Sets won Sets lost 12 0 12 1 12 0 10 3 11 7 11 4 10 5 10 5 8 9 5 9 1 12
WU schedule Friday
WU results Friday
Washburn 3, Western St. 0 Washburn 3, Adams St. 0
WU vs. East Central 1:30 p.m. WU vs. Texas Women’s, 6:30 p.m.
Washburn 3, Mesa St. 0 Washburn 3, Fort Lewis 0
WU vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 9:30 a.m. WU vs. SW Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
Soccer Standings NW Missouri St. Southwest Baptist Missouri Western Truman St. Washburn Emporia St. Central Missouri (6) Missouri Southern Nebraska-Omaha (23)
WU results Friday
Conf. 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
Overall 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0
MIAA results Sunday
Mines 2, Washburn 0
MWSU 1, UCM 0 IWU 4, MSSU 2 MWSU 2, SOU 0 QU 2, TSU 1, OT CSM 2, UNO 1 NWMSU 1, NU 0
Washburn 4, Colorado St.-Pueblo 1
GF 2 3 3 3 4 0 0 2 2
GA 0 1 3 2 3 3 2 7 5
WU schedule Monday
Washburn at Newman, noon
Washburn at Central Missouri, 7 p.m.
Football Central Missouri (25) Emporia St. Fort Hays St. Missouri Western Nebraska-Omaha Pittsburg St. (7) Washburn Missouri Southern NW Missouri St. (2) Southwest Baptist Truman St.
Conf. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
( )- Division II nat’l ranking
MWSU 49, NSU 14 UCM 39, SBU 28 ESU 48, SWOSU 17 UNO 48, ECU 0 ACU 19, NWMSU 14
Washburn 27, Mines 14 FHSU 45, WSU 17 HU 17, MSSU 15 PSU 42, UCO 13 MSMU 31, TSU 13
Overall 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1
PF 39 48 45 49 48 42 27 15 14 28 13
PA 28 17 17 14 0 13 14 17 19 39 31
NWMSU at SBU, 6 p.m. MS&T at UCM, 7 p.m.
New Mexico Highlands at Washburn, 6 p.m.
OPU at TSU, noon ESU at AU, 1 p.m. MWSU at MSU, 1 p.m. UNO at UNK, 1 p.m. CSU at PSU, 2 p.m. CMS at FHSU, 7p.m.
The Sideliner Sept. 9
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Senior features Game previews WU sports results Intramurals results WU wideout feature
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Ichabods: Friday night lights set to shine Continued from page B4 at NMHU, having stocked up the roster with a large class of more than thirty incoming freshmen means good news for the Washburn ground attack led by returning leading rusher, Justin Cooper, who has already vowed in the preseason to eclipse the mark of 2,000 yards rushing. What the Ichabod defense should see from the Cowboy offense will be the aerial attack of returning quarterback Narciso Diaz, who has emerged from his backup role during the spring as the starter for this season. In addition to the passing attack, which NMHU leaned on heavily at times last season, Coach Roanhaus will use the prospects for a more dynamic running attack utilizing the three main backs who have been vyPhoto courtesy of Gene Cassell, Washburn SID ing for playing time, Robert Grant (5’9, Hasty Hastings: Senior wide receiver Joe 170), Brandon Torres (6’0, 190) and Eric Hastings hauled in four receptions for 96 yards Dyer (5’9, 180). “Our running back trio is great,” and a touchdown against the Orediggers.
said Roanhaus in reference to the three running backs the Cowboys will feature this season. Special teams however, might be where Washburn holds the most decisive matchup. Washburn last season produced nearly twice as many yards in both the kickoff and punt return games than NMHU and are bringing back the primary kick return weapons as well as bringing in new kicking talent to help bolster what was already an accomplished special teams unit. “Our kickoff return, place kicking and punt return units will be solid as always,” said Schurig. In all, this early matchup of two teams in different places of program development ought to be the beginning point for what needs to be done and what the season will hold for both teams. Robert Burkett is a junior mass media major. Reach him at robert.burkett@ washburn.edu.
w e i v e Staff Pick ‘Em R e Th Week One
The Student Recreation and Wellness Center’s intramurals program began its year Tuesday, with an array of new football and volleyball teams squaring off throughout the afternoon and late evening. John Cummings, program coordinator at the SRWC, said he hopes this year will improve upon the already popular program, citing new features as a selling-point for students. “I definitely think it’s going to be better in terms of number participation,” said Cummings. “I’m hoping that the program expands. I know that we’ve expanded the offerings this year. I think we’re up to just over 40-plus intramural events for the entire year and that’s a boatload more than last year.” Photo by Eric Smith, Washburn Review Along with the traditional major sports, such as football and volleyball, Working toward your goal: The intramurals season kicked off Tuesday with flag football Cummings said the SRWC has added and volleyball games throughout the afternoon and evening. many new intramural sports that are perhaps not so traditional. He hopes the also have things like trivia, Texas Hold additions will reflect the changing trends ‘Em, chess tournaments, checkers tourUPCOMING FOR FALL 2009 amongst college students and will draw naments, Scrabble, board games… so we are trying to appeal to the masses.” in a more diverse crowd of participants. Bluml said while one person may TENNIS DOUBLES entries due today, 4 p.m. “I know that some of the new events not participate in every single activity the that we added this year specifically target SRWC offers, by offering a broad scope BADMINTON entries due Sept. 9, 4 p.m. perhaps some non-traditionof activities, they are more al intramural participants,” GUITAR HERO CONTESTS Sept. 14-17 said Cummings. “We’re INTRAMURALS likely to attract everyone. “Everything we do, we MADDEN FB TOURNEY Sept. 16, 4 p.m. looking at some video game PROGRAM do for the students,” said tournaments—Guitar Hero Bluml. “We’re just trying SOCCER SKILLS CONTESTS Sept. 21 & 23 and John Madden football are two that I can think that are coming to offer things that are popular with the up pretty soon. I think we have a Wii students. For example, we’re not going PUNT, PASS, KICK CONTEST Sept. 22, 24 & 25 Bowling tournament scheduled for next to offer intramural basketball if intrasemester, as well.” mural basketball isn’t popular. We’re VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CONTEST Sept. 22-24 Joel Bluml, SRWC director, seconds not going to make people participate in the notion that non-traditional sports can anything. We feel like we’re providing a CHESS TOURNEY entries due Sept. 23, 4 p.m. attract students that may not normally be very popular service and a service that drawn to an intramurals program. people want. We’ll continue to listen to GOLF TOURNEY entries due Sept. 23, 4 p.m. “One of the things that we really the desires of the students when we put strive to do within the intramural program our program offerings together.” VOLLEYBALL 3-ON-3 entries due Sept. 30, 4 p.m. is to diversify our offerings,” said Bluml. “For example, if you’re into team sports, 4-ON-4 FLAG FB entries due Oct. 6, 4 p.m. I think we have offerings for you in team sports. If you’re more of an individual Josh Rouse is a junior mass media 3-0N-3 BASKETBALL entries due Oct. 13, 4 p.m. competitor, we have things along those major. Reach him at joshua.rouse@ COREC BASKETBALL entries due Oct. 14, 4 p.m. lines, as well—individual activities. We washburn.edu.
New Mexico Highlands @ Washburn
Northern Colorado @ No. 25 KU
Massachusetts @ K-State
Emporia State @ Augustana
Chadron State @ Pittsburg State
Colorado School of Mines @ Fort Hays State
NW Missouri State @ SW Baptist
No. 13 Georgia @ No. 9 Oklahoma State
No. 20 Brigham Young @ No. 3 Oklahoma
No. 5 Alabama @ No. 7 Virginia Tech
The Review Staff Pick ‘Em is a weekly feature where we pick the winners of college and pro football games around the country. Check back weekly to see our standings!
Wednesday, september 2, 2009
Industry affected by economy
WU offering two hunters’ education courses
Eric Smith WASHBURN REVIEW
In the past several months, hard economic times have hit everything including the outdoors world. And in Topeka, while some are feeling the pain, others are surviving just fine. Bob Barnes of the Dam Store in Perry, which includes a bait store, restaurant and convenience store, has been in business since 1996 and said this year has been rough. “It’s slowed a lot,” said Barnes. “It hasn’t been the best year. We’ve been here since ’96 and it’s probably been one of the worst so far.” He said while he believes people are still fishing, they aren’t spending as much money on it. “Of course school just started too, and that has a big effect,” said Barnes. “And so that’s a negative also. The two combined together, [business] is way down, probably 40 percent. It’s a lot.” R.R. Shumway, also known as Cat Daddy and one of Topeka’s better known anglers, has also experienced the troubling economy through his catfish adventure business. “Two years ago I’ve seen just a little decrease, but this year, this year hit me hard,” said Cat Daddy. “Yeah, I think everybody is just grabbing a five-gallon bucket and going fishing on the bank. On the other side of things, several Topeka outdoors businesses said they have not been affected financially. Mike Calvin is the owner of The Dock, a business that has been in his family since 1986, and he said he believes outdoors activity is doing just fine. “I think it’s on the rise compared to paying $50 to take my family to the movies,” said Calvin. “I haven’t compared the numbers from last year, but I feel like my business is up. It sure isn’t down. Fishing is just a cheaper form of entertainment.” Don Hutley is in the same boat. He owns the Bait Hut and Waterscape Concepts with his wife Sharon and they, in their third year of business, are up about 25 percent in both stores from last year. “There are also a lot of people getting laid off,” said Hutley. “Goodyear, for example, lays a certain part of their people off one week per month. You’d think that, well, that’s tough on those folks. But those folks decide to go fishing and so they come to my store. That brought our profits up when comparing it to the year before. I’d say economy-wise, we’re ahead of the game, not behind the game.” Dennis Brown of B Squared Outdoor Sports, an archery pro shop, doesn’t see his business or others like it going under any time fast, saying that they’ve avoided the crunch and actually are up from last year. “It’s their passion,” said Brown. “People are obsessed with it. And when you’re passionate about something, you’ll eat Ramen noodles, but you’ll still scratch the itch of your passion, whatever that is.” Eric Smith is a senior mass media major. Reach him at eric.smith1@ washburn.edu.
Josh Rouse WASHBURN REVIEW
Photos by Eric Smith, Washburn Review
Guiding light: Local catfish guide R.R. “Cat Daddy” Shumway, who picked up his nickname from his two sons, is known for operating his catfishing guide and tour service business from his home in North Topeka. Cat Daddy has been a fishing guide since 1982.
Paternal instincts Eric Smith WASHBURN REVIEW
Catfishing is just one of the many activities that an avid outdoors person can take part in. And, if you live in Topeka and are looking to catch some, Cat Daddy can help you out. Angling catfish since 1982, R.R. Shumway, also known as Cat Daddy, runs Cat Daddy’s Catfishin’Adventures out of his home in North Topeka. This business that spawned out of a passion of fishing entails Cat Daddy taking outdoors lovers on trips down rivers in Kansas, where they will camp, fish and learn about the area through an experienced guide. And while one might think he’s just another fisherman, he has several accolades and peers to testify to his talent, including his nephews
Billy Shumway and Neil Womack, who came to Check out videos of fishing with Cat visit and went fishing with Daddy online. him last week. “I’ve gone fishing with my uncle a bunch,” said Billy. “And we never come back emptyhanded.” Womack, who lives Angler Awards. He said while the big in Arkansas, said his uncle ones are fun to catch, he always throws really knows his stuff. “Cat Daddy comes down to fish them back. “The biggest one I ever hooked in Arkansas every once in a while, and he’ll catch one or two every time into I couldn’t get in,” said Cat Daddy. where sometimes I will only catch “It was well over 100 [pounds]. We got two in 10 months,” said Womack. a 96 [pound fish]. That’s my biggest “You don’t get a name like Cat Daddy one to date.” And Cat Daddy, who is a father without knowing something.” Cat Daddy has won several of three with sons nicknamed Big Fish fishing awards in his career, according and Cat Daddy Jr., is very particular to his brochure, including nine Master about the fish he catches. “That’s the only thing that gets across my gunnel rails is catfish,” said Cat Daddy. “[Gunnel rails] are the rails on the edge of this boat. Nothing gets over that.” While most of Cat Daddy’s customers are looking to catch some catfish, some are looking for other things, such as fossils, and the 53-yearold fisherman is happy to oblige. “I take bone hunters out here on the river,” said Cat Daddy. “They’re looking for mastodon bones and arrowheads. They find a whole lot. I usually just drop them off on the sand bar and I sit there and go to sleep.” Cat Daddy does adventure trips until the rivers ice over. If interested, contact him by phone at 3570934, e-mail him at catdaddy_1@ msn.com or visit his Web site at catdaddyguideservices.com.
Haul it in: Neil Womack, Cat Daddy’s nephew, holds a flathead catfish the crew caught Aug. 28. Womack came up from his home in Arkansas to fish with his uncle.
Eric Smith is a senior mass media major. Reach him at eric.smith1 @washburn.edu.
Washburn will host two hunters’ education courses this fall, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The first course begins Sept. 16 and will run through Sept. 20. The second course begins Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 11. These are both night courses and will include field time at Shawnee County Lake. Pre-registration is required by calling Mark Gauntt at 785-582-2834. The Capital City Gun Club will also be offering an internet-assisted h u n t e r s ’ education HUNTERS’ course Oct. EDUCATION 17. Students are required to pre-register to gain additional information on how to complete the online portion of the certification, which must be completed prior to the course field day. Students will be tested over the Internet course material at the beginning of field day. Students must score a 22/25 or better to proceed with the rest of the course. Students who fail to do so will be dismissed. For alternate registration options, e-mail Brian Belleau with your name and date of birth at email@example.com or George Petersen at georgepeterson@ sbcglobal.net or 785-272-4383. Josh Rouse is a junior mass media major. Reach him at joshua.rouse@ washburn.edu.
Current seasons: Elk—Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-Oct. 4 Dove—Sept. 1-Oct. 3, Nov. 7-15 Rail—Sept. 1-Nov. 9 Snipe—Sept. 1-Dec. 16 Squirrel—June 1-Feb. 28 Rabbits—All year Bullfrogs—July 1-Oct. 31
Upcoming seasons: Fall Turkey—Oct. 1-Dec. 1, Dec. 14-31, Jan. 11-31 Deer—Youth and disabled: Sept. 12-20; Muzzleloader: Sept. 21-Oct. 4; Archery: Sept. 21-Dec. 31 Antelope—Archery: Sept. 19-27, Oct. 10-31; Muzzleloader: Sept. 28Oct. 5; Firearm: Oct. 2-5 Elk—Archery: Sept. 21-Dec. 31; Firearm: Dec. 2-13, Jan. 1-March 15 Woodcock—Oct. 17-Nov. 30 Teal—Sept. 12-27 Ducks—Oct. 31-Jan. 3 Canada and Light Geese—Oct. 31-Nov. 8, Nov. 11-Feb. 14 White-fronted Geese—Oct. 31Nov. 8, Nov. 11-Jan. 3
Rudimentary tips for beginning archers Josh Rouse WASHBURN REVIEW I have to be real honest in this column—I’m not an expert when it comes to bow hunting. I received my first compound bow last Christmas after finding a great deal on Cabela’s Web site. But bow hunting has always been an area of interest for me, as it is for millions
of other outdoor enthusiasts. Perhaps weight of the bow itself. it all dates back to the days of ancient The draw length is basically the hunters and gatherers—when bow length you pull (or draw) back on hunting was more a skill required for the bow before it stops. People with survival than a hobby—but there is longer arms will, of course, have a definitely something about drawing longer draw length. An easy way to get back a bow that entices a different a rough estimate of your draw length sensation than pointing a is to take your height in gun and pulling a trigger. ARCHERY inches minus 15 and divide While I can’t offer that by two. COLUMN any amazing insight about The draw weight is the archery just yet, there are amount of resistance when some basic tips for beginners that can drawing back the bow. Generally, this come in handy. Some of these have will be anywhere from 40 pounds been learned the hard way, through up to 60 or even 70 pounds for deer wasted time and money, and some are hunters, but a beginning archer should acquired through more knowledgeable always start low and work their way sources than myself. up. Archery requires a different set of First of all, there are three main muscles than lifting, so just because things to look for when purchasing a you can bench press 300 pounds, that bow: draw length, draw weight and the doesn’t necessarily mean you can draw
back 65 pounds on a bow. There are several inexpensive pieces of exercise equipment at retail stores that can help you build up your strength in these muscles. The weight of the bow is a factor, because chances are you will not be simply pulling back and releasing in a matter of seconds. Bow hunters often have to hold their bow in firing position for a while before shooting, and you should try to draw back when the prey isn’t looking right at you. Other things to keep in mind are the accessories. You can’t simply buy a bow and go hunting. There are dozens of accessories that go with a bow to ensure your success in the woods, including arrows and broadheads, whisker biscuits, sights, releases, quivers and stabilizers. Chances are,
if you’re a beginner, you don’t know what half of those items are or what they do, so be sure to Google search them or have someone explain them to you. You can also usually buy bows with all these items already equipped, but the price will be higher. You will also need to make sure your bow is tuned and ready to go. Most stores that sell bows also offer these services, so it would be a good idea to get this taken care of before leaving the store. While these tips may seem rudimentary to the advanced archer, I hope they will help out the beginners and perhaps invoke interest in those who have never tried archery. Josh Rouse is a junior mass media major. Reach him at joshua.rouse@ washburn.edu.