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Some changes have taken place for the spring 2012 semester in the admissions office at Washburn University. Last semester, Morgan Boyack moved into another position within the office of academic outreach. Richard Liedtke, director of enrollment managment for Washburn, said Boyack chose to move to a different position. This created an opportunity for Liedtke and his team to go into a search for someone to take the position of director of admissions on an interim

Susan Smith

Interim Director of Admissions 2012

basis. “What we are doing is bringing in an interim director so that we can do a national search, and I need someone in the director of admissions position while we do that search,” said Liedtke. That search led to Susan Smith becoming the interim director of admissions at Washburn University. “Smith has a wonderful background and experience in admissions to take us through this next semester while we search nationally for a new director of admissions,” said Liedtke. Smith earned her undergraduate degree at Northwest Missouri State University, receiving her bachelors degree in Psychology/Sociology. She

doesn’t have a masters but is working toward a masters in public administrations. Smith started working at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., in 1984 as an admissions counselor, and worked there until 1986, when she moved to Park University in Parkville, Mo. “At Park University, I started as an admissions counselor,” said Smith. “I did just about everything, from being the event planner for student orientations, registrations and scholarships. At one point I was the admissions counselor for the international students, and then I was in charge of communications, handling outgoing letters and newsletters.” Smith said at one point she was responsible for all of the work-study students in the admissions offices at Park University. “At one time, I had 19 students reporting to me and it was like herding cats, but it was one of the most fun experiences that I had while I was a supervisor for those students,” said

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Smith. Liedtke said that Smith has strong business-analysis skills, and she will help him and his team review their processes and their systems so that they can become more streamlined and serve students in a quicker and better fashion. “If we are taking 20 steps to do one thing and we can reduce it to 10, and that reduces my time sitting on a file so that I can work on another file, it just helps us process that much more,” said Liedtke. Liedtke said applications are up for the fall 2012 enrollment. Overall applications are up 15.7 percent, while freshmen applications are up 17.6 percent and transfers are up 12.7 percent. “Our goal is to continue enrollment growth on a positive track,” said Liedtke. “We are currently experiencing great success from year-to-date, but we always have to be careful because we have to finish. We’ve introduced people to the Washburn Experience and now we have to maintain those relationships throughout the process, so when it

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comes time and those students are comparing us to other institutions, we are at the front of their thoughts.” Smith worked at Park University long enough to retire. Her other profession since August 2010, is selling real estate with her husband, Ken Smith, as well as consultant work for Ottawa University with their admissions and advancement office. “I’m excited to be here at Washburn, and I am still learning and asking a lot of questions so that I can give feedback,” said Smith. “Something I hope I can do is give a different perspective on the process of things.” Smith said her favorite part of working with admissions is the opportunity to do something different everyday. “Just seeing the students coming in and hearing what their hopes are for the future makes it a fun environment,” said Smith.

Brian Dulle is a senior mass media major. Reach him at brian.dulle@

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Blues ride six game win streak into Lincoln WU drops Emporia State in round one of Turnpike Tussle at Lee Arena Sam Sayler


Free from the oppressive shackles of academic study, the Washburn University Lady Blues basketball team exploded past all adversaries, never losing a single game over winter break. Victims to the Tao of WU over the past month include Fort Hays State, Truman State, Missouri Western State, Central Missouri, Southwest Baptist, Missouri Southern State and Pittsburg State Universities. The most recent casualty of the Lady Blues before returning for the spring semester was the Emporia State University Lady Hornets this past Saturday, 73-66. A key component to WU’s victories has been Tiara George, junior forward, who has shot 77 percent over the past six games. “We brought in Tiara George at mid-semester,” said Ron McHenry, Washburn head coach. “It was good for her just to go in and practice and play and really focus. She’s starting to become a bigger part of the team.” While McHenry typically doesn’t look forward to winter break as a time to improve on basketball, he feels it was beneficial for the girls on the team. “We have a lot of kids with some difficult degrees,” said McHenry. “Cassie and Dana are in nursing. That takes a lot of time and energy. To be at the level they are, sometimes that takes a toll on you. When we go out there fresh, and school’s not going on, we can concentrate more on what we want to do.” According to McHenry, the time away from studying makes no difference, as his team always has basketball on their minds. “Every day, it’s the same time, and

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Loads of Laughter: Topeka Civic Theater provides live entertainment with Laughing Matters, Laughing Matters Junior and The Senior Class. They use comic sketches, games based on audience suggestion and improvisation to entertain their audiences.

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Hussle and Tussle: Washburn’s Ebonie Williams battles for a loose ball during the first installment of the 2012 Turnpike Tussle against Emporia State. Washburn won 73-66. it’s the same routine,” said McHenry. “You can work on a lot of things. You can put new things in, and you can work new kids into your system.” Despite what McHenry called great rebounding and defense, the coach said

that the Lady Blues have to bring a high level of competition, especially against a formidable opponent like ESU.

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Topeka Civic Theatre is the place to go for a night of improv, games and shenanigans, provided by the members of Laughing Matters Improvisational Comedy Troupe and Laughing Matters Junior. Laughing Matters, Laughing Matters Junior and The Senior Class offer comic sketches and games based on audience suggestion. Laughing Matters was started in 1993 by TCT’s artistic director Shannon Reilly, and Laughing Matters Junior began in 2008. Laughing Matters Junior is directed by Dorianne Rees, who has also been involved in Laughing Matters for 10 years. “I take what I learn in Laughing Matters and apply it to [Laughing Matters Junior], only keep it cleaner,” said Rees. “We use Laughing Matters Jr. as a kind of training ground for Laughing Matters.” To join, the junior show individuals must be at least 14 years old and can be up to 19 years old, which means Washburn students can partici-

pate. High schools from around the area such as Washburn Rural, Topeka High, Topeka West and Seaman also have students participating. It’s a good way to get experience for future acting and also to move up to Laughing Matters some day. “All these kids come every Sunday and are willing and ready to work,” said Rees. “We rehearse, go over the rules of improv and learn the games.” All shows feature audience participation, skits and improvisational bits. For example, last Saturday they did a skit called “Speed Dating.” One actor leaves the room and three other come to the stage. The audience then decides who each actor will be and what kind of problem they have. One was Willie Wonka with diabetes, two was Arnold Schwarzenegger with a high-pitched voice and three was Waldo with a gas problem. The first actor returns to the stage and proceeds to go on three speed dates and when she is finished, she must guess who each one was supposed to be. This is just one example of the games they play for the audi-

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Wednesday, JAN. 18

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Thursday, JAN. 19

Washburn Tech’s Fine Dining: 5 to 8 p.m., Chef’s Corner cafe At Washburn Tech, Building A Polar Ice Cap Ice Skating Rink: 5 to 8 p.m., Chef’s Corner cafe At Washburn Tech, Building A


The Last Night of Ballyhoo—Comedy by Alfred Uhry: 7 p.m., Topeka Civic Theatre, 3028 SW 8th Avenue. 12 Artist to Watch in 2012 Art Exhibit: 10 a.m to 6 p.m., SouthWind Gallery, 3074 SW 29th Street. (Display through 2/18)

Saturday, JAN. 21

Polar Ice Cap Ice Skating Rink: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Topeka Zoo & Gage Park 635 SW Gage Blvd. (Open Saturday, Sunday & Friday through 2/29) Men’s basketball vs. University of Nebraska at Omaha: 3:30 p.m., Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center

Sunday, JAN. 22

Polar Ice Cap Ice Skating Rink: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Topeka Zoo & Gage Park 635 SW Gage Blvd. (Open Saturday, Sunday & Friday through 2/29)

Monday, JAN. 23

Polar Ice Cap Ice Skating Rink: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Topeka Zoo & Gage Park 635 SW Gage Blvd. (Open Saturday, Sunday & Friday through 2/29)

Tuesday, JAN. 24

Academic Success with ADD/ADHD: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Morgan 122 , conference room. Event is free and open to public. Melissa Villasenor— Comedian: 7 p.m., Memorial Union, Washburn Room, CAB event.

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Kelly Hurla


Recent talk around Topeka may mention the news about larger corporations shutting down their businesses locally. Among these businesses are Hastings Entertainment Inc., Macy’s department stores and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. The environment in Hastings may best be described as chaotic. Most of the back area of the store is empty. The remaining items were organized at their best but still a little crazy. The business is no longer renting movies, as all sales in the store are final with no returns. Hastings has a wide array of merchandise, as they sell DVD’s, Blu-rays, video games, candy, books, comics, movie

posters and T-shirts, along with other apparel. The business had the highest clearance prices. The majority of items were 50 percent off. Hastings is slated to close Jan. 23. Before entering Macy’s, it’s easy to spot the huge “Closing” and “Clearance” banners on each side of the entrance from the mall. Upon entering the department store, a sign displays disclaimers such as “coupons will no longer be honored” and “As of Jan. 8, all sales in the store are final.” Throughout the store, there are also signs that boast “2050 percent off everything” and “Nothing held back!” In actuality, most items were 20 percent, but a selection of fur items in the store were up to 60 percent

off. All sales currently don’t include fragrances, cosmetics or selected vendors. Even with the higher clearance, the cheapest item found in the fur section was a jacket originally priced at $695, offered at $345. According to the company’s website, there are currently six Macy’s stores in Kansas with around 700 employees. The Topeka location is slated to close in about nine weeks. At Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, signs on the door read “Advertised offers do not apply at this store,” along with the usual “All sales final” sign. Most of the fabric ran for 33 percent off, and the best deals were toward the front of the store. Christmas and Valentine’s Day items were up to 50 percent off. There are other deals, like

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Closing time: Macy’s stands decorated in final sales and closing signs. Macy’s and other locals stores will be closing in the coming weeks. 25 percent off specialty patterned or colored duct tape. Frances O’Dooley’s Irish Pub & Grille and Lucky Dog’s Sports Bar both shut down in December as well. Lucky Dog’s

closed it’s door forever after almost eight years in Topeka. Kelly Hurla is a sophomore in mass media. She can be reached at kelly.hurla@

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As the fall semester of the 2011-12 school year drew to a close, students living on campus packed their belongings and headed home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Now, most students are back in Topeka for the second semester. However, some big news occurred around Topeka during the students’ absence. A recent story in the Topeka area is the death of Corey Brown, the vice president of J&J Developers. On Jan. 3, Brown, 39, was determined missing when he did not pick up his son from daycare. On Jan. 5, Brown’s body was discovered in northwest Douglas County along the Kansas River banks. The unordinary factor discovered was that hours after Brown went missing, a car belonging to a Monroe Lockhart, a managing member of Mo’s Express Convenient Store, was found burning on a nearby street. Mo’s Express is a part of the Hudson Crossing, where Brown was managing the property. Police officers are still working with those who have information to determine and arrest those responsible for the death of Brown. However, two familiar situations in Hudson’s Crossing may be intertwined with the fatality. In late November, two clerks were shot multiple times. Also, at Hudson’s Liquor Store, 41-year-old father of three Matthew Hill was fatally shot during a burglary attempt. Police have charged Matthew Myers, 44, with this act. Ron Miller, Topeka Police Chief, determined it was not a safe time to tell who the police were talking to and what information they were getting, but a few days later, it was confirmed by Lockhart’s attorney that police have contacted him and that Lockhart has given all information possible. Arson was another big headliner in Topeka. On Jan. 5, the abandoned building that the WIBW-TV studios once resided in was destroyed. Michael Martin, Topeka fire department investigator, made the ruling that the fire was arson. Witnesses reported seeing two unidentified people on top

of the building before the fire. The studio has been unoccupied since 2001. No arrests have been made in connection with the fire. Another big storyline is the trial of a Stephen Alan Macomber, 44, who was convicted of second degree murder of Ryan K. Lofton, 26, and criminal possession of a firearm. After spending 23 years in prison for six counts of aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm, Macomber had been out on parole for just nine months at the time of Lofton’s shooting. Macomber represented himself in court, and was sentenced to more than 80 years in prison for crimes he committed in Marshall County. He is also being charged in the U.S. District Court with a June 4, 2010, bank robbery in Bellevue, Neb. Though the trial still continues, the latest theory from the defendant said that the gun, due to being dysfunctional and being damaged, had a hairline trigger. This opens up the possibility that the gun may have been shot during a struggle with the deceased. Another  controvery emerged after Allen Bradshaw, the former Topeka Fire Department Chief, retired on Dec. 24 from his duties. Greg Bailey was appointed interim fire department chief. Although there were many qualified applicants, the chief had already been appointed for the position. However, not everyone was extremely thrilled by the process used to determine who the chief would be. The executive board of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 83 could not express complete excitement for Bailey when it looked into how he was appointed. Eight candidates were evaluated by a diverse committee of city leaders who subjected these individuals to rigorous testing and questioning. However, Bailey was chosen as fire chief even though he did not apply for the job.

Michael Vander Linden is a freshman biology. He can be reached at michael.


“America’s Got Talent,” “Family Guy” and “FrankTV” are just a few of the shows in the repertoire of a comedian coming to Washburn next week. Melissa Villasenor, standup comedian and impressionist, will entertain Washburn at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. The Washburn University Campus Activities Board will be sponsoring the event. Growing up, Villasenor’s dream was to be a comedian, and she started stand-up when she was 15, attending the “Laugh Factory Comedy Camp.” Villasenor first received national recognition last year when she competed in season six of “America’s Got Talent.” She

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Funny girl: Melissa Villasenor travels the U.S. on her 2012 college comedy tour. The impressionist will entertain Washburn students on Jan. 24 with her stand-up comedy.

is one of the few comedians to make it into the semifinals. Although her advancement ended with the semifinals, the show helped transform her career from a retail saleswoman into a

fulltime comedian. Some of celebrities she is known to impersonate are Kathy Griffin, Owen Wilson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Zooey Deschanel and Sharon Osbourne. Villasenor wrote and produced her own one-woman comedy show titled “I’m Not Myself,” and performed it in the L.A. area. The main premise behind the show is Villasenor is isolated in a mental hospital and she does different impressions to entertain herself. Washburn is stop number three on her 2012 college tour. The show is free and open to the public. Megan Hash is a senior double majoring in mass media and music. Reach her at megan.

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Rob Burkett Washburn Review Recently East Carolina University followed in the traditions of other schools that have trampled on freedom of press. Paul Isom, the now former faculty advisor for student media at the university, was let go due to a decision made by the editorial staff of the newspaper. In the Nov. 8 edition of the East Carolinian, a photo appeared on the front page of a student streaking across the football field during the previous weekend’s game. In the picture, full frontal nudity was prominently displayed. While this might be in poor taste, it is still the independent voice of student journalism that made the decision to publish something like that. The result of the decision to publish the photo was a press release from the university. “We will be having conversations with those who were involved in this decision in an effort to make it a learning experience,” said Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs, in a statement shortly after the photo was published. “The goal will be to further the students’ understanding that with the freedom of the press comes a certain level of responsibility about what is appropriate and effective in order to get their message across.” Two months later, Isom found himself in his office facing director of marketing and communications Chris Stanbury and a member of the human resources department. They were there to inform Isom that he was being let go because according to Isom, “they were moving in a different direction.” Along with the Student Press Law Center, The Review

Rob Burkett is a senior mass media major. He can be reached at robert.burkett@

Josh Rouse Washburn Review On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Kansas tax payers who make $25,000 or less per year will be receiving a 5,100 percent tax increase beginning in 2013 under republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax plan, while Kansas tax payers and some businesses with incomes of more than $250,000 will see a tax decrease of 18.5 percent. Low-income Kansans under this new tax plan would lose the Earned Income Tax Credit; a move which child advocacy group Kansas Action for Children said would put an additional 4,000 children into poverty. The group said in a press release that more than 90 percent of EITC dollars go to families with children. The governor’s budget proposal also allows less than $40 million in funding for the Children’s Initiative Fund, far below the $56 million suggested by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. “Elimination of the Earned Income Tax Credit would have a devastating impact on Kansas children and families,” said

Kansas Action for Children President and CEO, Shannon Cotsoradis, in the release. “Governor Brownback made a commitment to reduce childhood poverty in his Roadmap for Kansas. Doing away with the EITC flies in the face of that.” Brownback’s plan also proposes keeping the state sales tax at 6.3 percent, rather than dropping it to the currently scheduled 5.7 percent in July 2013. For a member of a party that is historically against raising taxes, a 5,100 percent tax increase for the lower class and an increase in the state sales tax seem to be the wrong direction to head. Brownback also wants to eliminate income tax deductions for charitable contributions and interest payments of home mortgages, according to the Associated Press. Personally, I loved what Anthony Hensley, Kansas State Senate Minority Leader, had to say in the AP article. “It’s Robin Hood in reverse,” said Hensley, a Topeka democrat. “This is stealing from the poor to give to the rich.” For an administration supposedly taking a page out of



President Ronald Reagan’s economic agenda, perhaps he should take the advice of Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush. “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Then again, Bush didn’t exactly stick to that plan, either. Instead, Brownback will continue to push his social Darwinist agenda, relying on the lower and middle class electorate for support while giving them none in return and actually harming them to help out the wealthiest. And for some recent history on how that works out, look at The Boeing Company. Brownback and other representatives gave huge tax breaks and financial support to Boeing, only to have the company close its Wichita factory to relocate its operations to other states. The loss of the plant caused 2,160 unemployed Kansans, just a bit more than the 2,050 Brownback cut last year, according to the Washington Post. Josh Rouse is a senior mass media major. He can be reached at joshua.rouse@

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calls upon East Carolina University to produce an actual reason for the dismissal. The removal of Isom is a strike against first amendment rights and is a disturbing step in the trend of the muzzling of student publications across the country. If supposed institutions of higher learning aren’t able to conduct themselves in a way that honors the fundamental laws of the nation then what kind of lessons are they really passing onto the students that pass through their halls? Our own editorial staff faced an issue similar to this earlier this year with an info graphic that appeared in our first issue of the 2011-2012 year. As some will recall an image appeared on the opinion page of The Review depicting through a satirical picture the events surrounding the dismissal of Vershon Moore from the football team. The only thing that occurred in our case was a little pushback on the issue of taste of the way we treated the subject matter. Just as an aside, Washburn’s administration never once raised issue with what we did. The administrations steadfast refusal to infringe upon our first amendment rights as practicing journalists is something that we as an editorial staff thank them for. That said, we would hope that if an issue of content standards was in conflict with what the university feels is appropriate, that administration comes to the editorial staff first. Regina Cassell has been and continues to be a dedicated faculty advisor for Washburn Student Media. All of the editorial staff feel secure in the fact that Cassell will back us up and we in turn feel an obligation to speak up and make known that we appreciate that support. Cassell has been a supportive advisor who always gives her perspective on our decisions but allows us to grow by making decisions that we have to live up to and own.

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Hannah Pooler, freshman english

“Saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

Skylar Schaeffer, freshman occupational therapy

“Spent time with my father who was in the Rob Burkett is a senior mass hospital in Wichita.” media major. He can be Graphic by Maggie Pilcher, Washburn Review

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“Just hung out with friends.”

“Just came from Paraguay.”

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Camila Gonzalez, freshman undecided

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Bods come out of break bittersweet Take it to the house: Bobby Chipman, junior forward for the Ichabods, attempts to deposit the ball at the hoop. Washburn came out of winter break with an 11-5 record. They next hit the road for Jefferson City, Mo. tonight to face the Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers. Photo by Richard Kelly, Washburn Review

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Constantly working is a mantra used in sports. Road warrior is another that is heard often. Both of these statements ring true when talking about the Ichabods basketball team over the break. Since students left, Washburn’s mens basketball team has been busy. With six games on the slate the team spent the break competing and growing. “We worked hard in practice every day,” said Bob Chipman, head coach. “We had a lot of guys really compete hard and we just came together as a team to get better.” With impressive wins against the opening slate of the MIAA conference schedule, the team seems to have solidified themselves at home. Averaging a roughly 20 points per game margin of victory at home, the Ichabods defended Lee Arena, making it a tough place for teams to get anything going. “Our league is a very competitive group of teams,” said Chipman. “Every night you have to play well. You can’t

just stumble around the court and expect to win.” This proved true in the road half of the six game stretch in which the team went 1-2. The two losses came against Southwest Baptist University ( 3-6, 10-8) and Pittsburg State University ( 6-4, 10-6). Both games were tightly called games as Washburn was called for a combined 52 fouls in the games. A resulting disparity in free throw shooting combined with the Ichabods struggling themselves from the charity stripe were too much for the team to overcome in both games. The one win however came against the University of Central Missouri by eight points. The win came on the efforts of a hot shooting offense as Washburn shot 50.9 percent from the floor and 45 percent from beyond the arc. The Mules currently are in a three-way tie with Washburn for second place in the conference standings. “Getting that win on the road was big for us,” said Chipman. “That keeps us right there in the hunt for a conference title.” With standout performances over the break by junior guard Will McNeill,

who is currently averaging 19 points per game, the team has also started to turn to a few other players who are stepping up their roles on the team. “[Sophomore guard] Jared Henry and [freshman forward] Christian Ulsaker have really stepped up their game in practice,” said Chipman. “I’m old school that way. I think that if you work hard in getting yourself ready that you earn that time on the court. So those guys are really starting to step up and give us a lot of quality minutes.” Washburn will be in action again at Lincoln University of Missouri Wednesday. The Ichabods have dominated the matchup historically having won 20 games in a row en route to a 20-3 all time record against the Blue Tigers.

In an NBA fantasy league, just as in most other fantasy leagues, the players who get drafted the highest are typically players who put up stellar numbers the prior season - guys like Kevin Love, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. Because of this, many rookies may have fallen through the cracks of your league’s draft and may be available in free agency. Several rookies have already shown they have a significant role on their team, and most likely that role will continue to grow as the season wears on. Here are the top five NBA rookies worth adding to your roster. 1. PG Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves - The rookie Spaniard was originally drafted with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, but continued to play in Europe until this season. He is one of the most highly touted rookies for his amazing passing abilities, but has shown so far this season that he has a decent shooting touch. As of Monday, he was averaging the sixth most points by a rookie with 11.0 PPG, and was dominating the rookie assists category with a whopping 8.3 per game, but he also leads all rookies in turnovers with 3.3 per game. By comparison, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Kyrie Irving, has the second most assists per game with 5.1 and the second most turnovers per game with 3.2. Defensively, Rubio has been a monster, snaring 2.0 steals per game. Rubio is also the only


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rookie with multiple doubledoubles this season (he’s had five so far) and averages more minutes per game than any other rookies with 31.3. 2. PG Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers - The former Duke Blue Devil leads all rookies in scoring with 17.0 PPG and is second in assists with 5.1 per game, but his high scoring totals don’t really make up for what he lacks compared to Rubio. His assist-to-turnover ratio is pathetic compared to Rubio, he isn’t as strong defensively and doesn’t go after rebounds the way Rubio does. He’ll definitely be considered a rookie of the year candidate for his scoring, but Rubio is the better all-around player, which shows up big time in fantasy games. 3. SG Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks - Shumpert has been the big surprise in the Big Apple this season, scoring an impressive 11.8 PPG (fourth best among rookies) to go along with 3.2 assists per game (fourth best among rookies) and 3.4 rebounds per game (17th best among rookies). The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket also has fewer turnovers per game than Rubio, Irving and Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (2.7 per game) and leads all rookies with 2.33 steals per game. He plays the second most minutes per game of any rookie and can contribute significantly when he stays out of foul trouble. 4. PF Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns - One word can describe the way this guy’s rookie season has been so far: efficiency. As a big man, the former Kansas Jayhawk has

the third best three point percentage out of all the rookies in the league right now at a stellar 51 percent. The only two players with a better percentage are Darius Morris from the Los Angeles Lakers and Nikola Vucevic from the Philadelphia 76ers, and they’ve only shot two apiece. Morris, on the otherhand, was 16-for-31 from behind the arch as of Monday, which gives him the third most made three-pointers of all rookies and the eighth most three point attempts. He is also the top rebounding rookie in the league with 5.5 per game and has the fourth best efficiency rating. He doesn’t get as many minutes per game as the others on this list, but he definitely makes the most of his minutes, averaging a decent 9.1 points per game. Without a doubt, he has been the best and perhaps most surprising big man in his class so far. His biggest flaw is getting in foul trouble, as he is currently averaging 6.7 personal fouls per 48 minutes and has the second most personal fouls in the rookie class with 36 (Washington’s Chris Singleton takes the cake with 40 personal fouls). 5. SG MarShon Brooks, New Jersey Nets - The former Providence Friar is a score-first type of guard, which limits his fantasy value somewhat, but he does wrack up the points pretty well. With 14.6 PPG as of Monday, he is the secondhighest scoring rookie in the league. But as I said, his major drawback is the assist category, in which he averages only 1.3 per game, only the 17th best in the rookie class. He has the third best efficiency rating of all rookies, however, and makes up for his lowly assist numbers with 4.4 rebounds per game. Honorable mention: PG Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons; PG Norris Cole, Miami Heat; SF Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves; PF Jon Leuer, Milwaukee Bucks; PG Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats. Josh Rouse is a senior mass media major. Reach him at

McHenry captures 300th win Jordan Loomis

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To have heart is defined as having compassion and a compassionate person is defined as someone who sees and cares for all they’re responsible for. Here, amongst the students and staff members of Washburn University, Ron McHenry, head women’s basketball coach, in which this title falls true. A compassionate coach who, with years of experience and endurance, has recently earned his 300th win as the Lady Blues basketball coach. McHenry has been the head coach of the Washburn University women’s basketball program for 12 years. Although, when McHenry first began to work for Washburn University as a coach, he was the assistant coach of the men’s team. “I was the men’s assistant coach for 11 years,” said McHenry. “So, when the opportunity presented itself to apply for the women’s head coaching position, I did.” McHenry’s method with his players is for one thing to be a constant throughout the season. “I love players that want to compete who want to use competition as a fuel,” said McHenry Having earned his 300th

win hasn’t altered McHenry’s state of mind as the head coach. “It really doesn’t feel any different than win 10 did,” said McHenry. Coaches are expected to keep an eye on the next possible win. “You don’t keep track of those numbers,” said McHenry, “You keep track of the losses instead, not the wins.”

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The big 300: Ron McHenry, Lady Blues head basketball coach, debates with a referee. Over winter break, McHenry celebrated his 300th career win. So far this season, WU has a 15-3 record..

A coach always keeps his eye on the area where improvement could be needed. Overall, McHenry heart is still just in the game and his

players. “Even with 300 wins, I just really enjoy coaching,” said McHenry. With his 12 years experience McHenry’s passion for the game has continued to grow. “I really enjoy being around young people that like what they do,” said McHenry, “It has kept me feeling young as I continually get older.” Now, after a consecutive win against the Emporia Hornets, McHenry is preparing his team for their next opponents. “We have gotten better,” said McHenry “We can still improve, and that is always exciting.” With a good group of players and a good crowd, McHenry is hoping to continue his season with his career win of game 301. Reflecting on the past seasons, McHenry is more anxious than ever before. “Every team has specific kinds of memories, both good and bad,” said McHenry. It’s probably the little things that as a coach you really remember more than some of the other major events and according to McHenry his team is one to be remembered. Jordan Loomis is a freshman mass media major. Reach him at jordan.loomis@washburn. edu.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2011


Simoneau ends time with Ichabods, plans to play professionally Mariauna HernandezWASHBURN REVIEW

All great achievements require time. This saying truly reflects the amazing run Dane Simoneau, senior quarterback has had here at Washburn University. After sitting out his rookie season in 2007, 2008 would be the beginning of a record breaking career for the QB. Simoneau started the final six games of the 2008 season completing 62 of 130 passes for 788 yards and five touchdowns. Entering 2009, Simoneau was a starter in all 11 games, throwing for a record 2,955-yards, completing 186 of 309 passes with 26 touchdowns. His outstanding performance set single season records for passing efficiency, passing yards per game, total offensive yards, total offensive yards per game and total offensive yards per play. He ended the season earning the Ichabods offensive player of the year award and second team all-MIAA. His junior year Simoneau became a more seasoned veteran. surpassing his previous passing yards record with 3,459-yards, making him the

first Ichabod in history to pass for more than 3,000 yards as a junior in a single season and sixth in MIAA history. For a student, the objective of senior year is not only to finish, but go out with a bang., For an athlete, the goal is no different. This past year was one of greatest for Simoneau as he once again broke his own single season record throwing for 4,089-yards becoming the first Ichabod senior to throw for at least 4,000-yards setting the third best record in MIAA history. Simoneau lead the Ichabods to a 10-3 record, scoring their first playoff win in Washbun history against Abilene Christian. On his career, Simoneau has started 42 games playing in 43 career games and is the Ichabods’ all time leader in passing with 11,291-yards, which is the 12th ranked season best total in NCAA Division II history. Simoneau finished second on the MIAA’s career passing chart and total offense with his 102 touchdowns ranking 15th on the Division II career chart. Simoneau owns 35 Washburn career, season and single game records including: pass comple-

tions, pass attempts, completion percentage, passing touchdowns, total offense yards and total offensive yards per game. As one might assume Simoneau may be leaving campus physically, but his presence will forever be felt etched in the history books of Washburn University. “Experience is the biggest thing,” said Simoneau. “I was lucky enough to play as a freshman and stay healthy until my senior year.” Stepping on the field, there seems to be an unexplicable force that takes over assisting Simoneau in his pursuit of perfection. Call it skill, talent or maybe even luck, this QB remains humble and credits much of his accomplishments to those around him. “I have always had a great offensive line blocking for me,” said Simoneau. “I’ve had good receivers to throw to and we’ve always had a good running game and good game plan. I credit all those guys for everything.” Just last month, Simoneau traveled to Alabama where he was one of three finalists selected for the prestigious Harlon Hill award. This award is granted to the most valuable player in Division II football.

The winner is decided after a voting process by the region’s sports information directors. Simoneau fell short on making history yet again, by being the first Ichabod to receive such an award by a mere three points losing to Mars Hills runningback, Jonas Randolph. “It was a great experience that I’ll never forget,” said Simoneau. “They had us doing a bunch of things. I met a lot of people, and everyone was very nice. The hospitality was great and I had a great time. I had about twenty family members that came and supported me. I thought that was awesome that they made the long drive. It was a great time. Even though I didn’t win, it was a great honor to be there.” Over the last four years, Simoneau has seen four of his former teammates find themselves living out their childhood dreams in the NFL. Trey Lewis, defensive tackle was signed to the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, deCary Williams, defensive back, went the following year to the Tennessee Titans and currently holds a starting position with playoff contenders, the Baltimore Ravens. Most recently, wide receiver, Joe Hastings and linebacker, Michael Wilhoite

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Dynamite diving Dane: Senior quarterback Dane Simoneau goes out of bounds with the pigskin. Simoneau led the Ichabods to a historic 10-3 record this past season. He now plans to take his game to the NFL. have reunited in San Francisco acquiring positions on Jim Harbaugh’s 49er’s practice squad. With the 2012 NFL draft right around the corner, most believe that the idea of Simoneau extending his talents into the professional arena could become a reality. “It takes years for us coming from Division II to play,” said senior linebacker, Jahmil Taylor. “If he gets a shot, he’ll make it happen.” However, the chips may fall this current year. One thing is certain, resilience seethes ex-

cellence. Time in and time out, this QB has proven that you can’t keep a good man down. “My goal is to be on a roster next year,” said Simoneau. “I’m going to train hard this spring and we’ll see what happens. I’m going to work hard and give it my all.”

Mariauna Hernandez is a senior mass media major. Reach her at mariauna.hernandez@

Lady Blues go undefeated over break SRWC offers options for fitness enthusiasts Sam Sayler


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Case of the Blues: The Lady Blues stomp the sting of the Emporia State University Lady Hornets, winning 7366. They have won nine of their last 10 games, giving them a record of 15-3.

Continued from page 1 “Both teams are normally ranked in the top 20 in the country,” said McHenry. “We have to line up and compete very heavily and compete when it doesn’t feel good. I think that’s the biggest thing in sports is you compete all the time.”

The Lady Blues next head to Jefferson City, Mo. today to confront the Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers. “Lincoln’s very talented this year,” said McHenry. “They picked up some wins and surprised some people. They got a nice talented group. Our group’s been pretty mature

about that. It’s one of our first over-nighters in the middle of the week. We’ll go out there and get ready to go to work.”

Sam Sayler is a junior English major. Reach him at samuel.

With a fresh batch of new treadmills from last semester, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Washburn has been working hard in preparation for the spring. While most of the work has been done internally for the staff to better communicate with student workers, Joe Bluml, director of the SRWC has some new changes to entice students into improving their wellness. For instance, similar to WU’s Most Fit in the fall, the SRWC will hold a mini-triathlon on bicycles, treadmills and ellipticals on a time scheduled by the student. “You’ll schedule a time because we can’t monopolize a bunch of equipment,” said Bluml. “Instead of how far can you go within this much time, it’s going to be how fast can you get these distances done.” While the mini-triathlon may be a new addition, Bluml feels content sticking with many of the same group exercise classes as last semester since they proved so popular. “We had some classes where we actually reached our limit,” said Bluml. “Some people couldn’t even take them because so many people were coming, which is a great problem to have.” Because of students’ schedules often shifting, Bluml believes that though classes may seem old to regulars, students with new openings in their schedule may try classes for the first time. The classics like yoga, cycling and pilates are all being offered. The most widespread class from last semester Zumba aerobic dancing will also re-

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Pump it up: Senior Courtney Wallman performs some pectoral exercises at the Student Recreational and Wellness Center. The SRWC offers several group exercises, including Zumba. They are also planning a Spring Break Boot Camp and mini-triathlon. main offered with more space added because of its popularity. “We’ve moved Zumba out onto Court 3 in the gym because we’ve had upwards of 40 people taking that class,” said Bluml. While intramurals had its cutoff for registration, the SRWC is offering a late registration for its most popular sport basketball by 5 p.m. tonight for new students and those who did not participate. According to Ben Saathoff, assistant director of fitness and wellness, the biggest change to the SRWC in this semester is their Spring Break Boot Camp with registration opening soon. “Instead of a group exercise class where you can come and drop in at any given time, this’ll be something we take

registrations for, like a class roster,” said Saathoff. “It’s meant that you’re at least at the intermediate level to start and then to challenge you and be progressive throughout the semester, kind of culminating before Spring Break.” For students to maintain enrollment in the class, participants are required to attend two to three classes per week. To boost morale, a networking system is being implemented into the class. “We’re trying to collect people’s cell phone numbers and create a group where they can support one another,” said Saathoff. For more information on Sam Sayler is a junior English major. Reach him at samuel.

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Play addresses women’s health Sam Sayler


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Goofy Group: Laughing Matters consistes of 16 members who volunteer to perform sketch comedy, improv, and audience suggested skits.

TCT provides loads of laughter and I love it. It is wonderful, it’s the best and it’s good for [the -ience’s amusement. kids],” said Tarrant. “My son is Abby Price, a member of a clown and he loves this kind Laughing Matters Junior and of stuff. We will probably be at a freshman at Seaman High every one as long as they are School, loves making people around.” laugh. The next “I love spending show for LaughLOCAL my Sunday afternoons ing Matters THEATRE [rehearsing] here with Junior will be all these people,” said Price. March 3 at 7 p.m. and tickets “I just like performing for ev- are $5. The next Laughing Materybody, and everyone’s favor- ters shows are on Feb. 10-11 at ite part is making other people 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. laugh.” The Senior Class has a Audience member Amber show coming up at 8 p.m. Tarrant decided to bring her Saturday, Jan. 21. The Senior family when she received an e- Class features actors who are mail about it. 55 and older and defines life in “This is my second time the golden years as a terrifically

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fun-filled trip. They will be performing in the newly renovated Oldfather Theatre, complete with improved air conditioning, wheelchair access and padded seats. Tickets are $6. For more information check out

Tricia Peterson is a junior mass media major. Reach her at

Art exhibits railway history Tanner Ballengee


The Great Overland Station of Topeka is showing off a grand collection of Kansas’ railroad history. The Station will be showing the exhibit “The People’s Kind of Railroad: The Santa Fe, the City, the State, and the Nation,” in the Fink Exhibit Gallery through Jan. 28. The Great Overland Station, located in the North Topeka Arts District, is a preserved historical landmark of Kansas history, as well as a museum and education center. It hosts many exhibits, programs and activities such as senior proms for local high schools. The station first opened in January of 1927 and reopened in 2004 as The Great Overland Station Museum, with over 125 trains still passing through every day. On the upper level of the station is where you will find the Fink Exhibit Gallery. This exhibit shows the history of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, which is now the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, throughout its 152year history. The exhibit, which takes up the entirety of the space allotted, is a room full of rich Kansas history. The exhibit was made possible by a grant provided by the Kansas Humanities Council. “This is an exhibit I’ve wanted to do since before the station even opened,” said Beth Fager, campaign director and exhibit coordinator for the Great Overland Station. “It’s important to the livelihood of Topeka.” Fager also said that Topeka was once a railroad town, with a lot of Santa Fe History. The

It is often said that waiting is the hardest part. The stress involved in anticipating confirmation or failure is almost enough to kill those stuck in the waiting limbo. This culture behind waiting, specifically in a women’s health clinic, was expressed this past weekend in the one-act choreoplay “Tick Tock” written by Marcia Cebulska, with shows at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the YWCA. “I think that most of us are waiting for something,” said Cebulska. “We’re waiting for life to happen in some way. The waiting room for me is also symbolic of our lives. Instead of creating the world we want, we wait for it to happen.” Part of the inspiration for the play was Cebulska’s own time as a young woman in the 60s, a time of civil and social unrest with a strong desire for reform. Cebulska states that it was a time when revolution seemed to be a likely possibility. According to Cebulska, not nearly as many female diseases are researched as male ones and that if the women in the play were men, their problems may have already been solved and cured. “When I wrote this play, I wanted to think not only about the problems of the women waiting in the health clinic,” said Cebulska. “Taking this into their own hands and doing something together, going from being separate individuals in a corporate medical world, then finding something in common and showing that they don’t like what they have been subjected to.” As a choreoplay, “Tick Tock” features dance routines

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Dancing around: “Tick Tock” addresses the issue of long wait times in doctor’s offices for women. that Cebulska described as celebratory and a way to express oneself. “At the beginning, everyone is sitting in their own world,” said Cebulska. “They’re barely moving. The idea of going from immobility to mobility to dance, which is a bigger expression, is part of the idea.” “Tick Tock” also sees the return home of Eleanor Goudie-Averill, daughter of Washburn writer-in-residence Tom Averill, as choreographer and dancer in Topeka for the first time in two years. After graduating from Topeka High School, GoudieAverill danced in Lawrence while attending the University of Kansas. She then sought her graduate degree in Iowa before dancing in New York before staking a claim in her current

home of Philadelphia, PA. Nonetheless, there is always a special place in GoudieAverill’s heart for her hometown. “I think there’s something special about growing up in Topeka,” said Goudie-Averill. “In some ways, there’s a lot going on here in pockets. You have to find them. In other ways, you really want to get out of here, which I think can be positive because it makes you go places.”

Sam Sayler is a junior English major. Reach him at samuel.

WIT teams up with SkillsUSA Nicholas Birdsong

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Art History: The history of Kansas railways is shown in an art exhibit on display now through Jan. 28 at the Great Overland Station in NOTO. railroads were important to Topeka because many of its citizens have ancestors and family members that once worked for the railways, claiming about 25 percent of the top workforce at one point. Fager stated that much of the Hispanic community in Topeka was brought here by jobs offered on the railroad. The room is full of articles and artifacts such as ancient posters and paintings, old railroad ties, a preserved conductor’s uniform, antique train station chairs and more. Among the memorabilia, there is a poster of William Allen White, legendary editor of the Emporia Gazette, stating that the Santa Fe railroad is “One of the best things that ever happened to this land...” “It’s really great,” said Todd Belway, 46-year-old construction worker who visited the exhibit with his wife, Vivian. “It really puts Kansas’s history and agriculture into perspective.” Another vital part to the exhibit is the collection of paintings mounted along the tops of all four walls in the room. The collection, called the “Santa Fe Calendar Exhibit,” consists of 84 original calendar

paintings ranging from the year 1907 to 1993. These paintings, which are on loan from collector Harry Brisco, were commissioned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and sold throughout the country, displaying scenes from the Native American culture. The calendar paintings were used to attempt to attract more passengers and tourists by displaying the beauty of the countryside and Native American customs. Fager stated that once this exhibit comes down, there are plans to have it on display permanently for the general public in one of the baggage cars, but such a project will not happen for a while. Once enough money is raised, the “People’s Kind of Railroad: The Santa Fe, the City, the State, and the Nation,” will be open for everyone to see Topeka’s rich railroad history at all times. “The railroads really enriched the fabric, culture and economy of our community,” said Fager.

Tanner Ballengee is a senior English major. Reach him at tanner.ballengee@washburn. edu

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Washburn Institute of Technology will be holding a fine dining event this Thursday to raise funds for educational competitions through SkillsUSA. The three course meal will give visitors a chance to sample the work of Culinary Arts Program students, while putting money toward their education. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that allows trade students to compete in various skill-based events for scholarships based on their performance in local, state and national tournaments. “Students can compete in areas like carpentry, welding, cabinet making and office technology,” said David Praiswater, SkillsUSA lead advisor and commercial construction instructor at WIT. “There are all kinds of contests, and it’s a good way for us to compete and raise money.” All proceeds from the dinner will go toward paying costs associated with students’ participation in the SkillsUSA program. Fundraisers such as Thursday’s fine dining event will allow students to travel, register and compete without costs that may have otherwise prevented them from having the opportunity. Washburn Tech’s fine dining event serves more than one purpose for the students. Besides raising funds, the event gives Culinary Arts Program students the chance to connect with members of the community and show some of the skills learned through their educa-

tion. “We set this particular fundraiser up to one, showcase what the students can do and two, raise money so they don’t have to pay out of pocket expenses,” said Brett Mahorney, instructor of culinary arts at Washburn Tech. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun to see what my students can do.” Fine dining events have been held once a month for the past two months. Thursday’s event will be the third service. Although the fundraiser is a dinner, many WIT students out-

side of the culinary program contribute. “It’s students from child care, students from construction and students from auto,” said Mahorney. “We have students with no culinary background whatsoever.” Buffet style dinners or mixed buffet and served fine dining experiences have allowed volunteers to adjust to working in a restaurant atmosphere. Thursday’s fundraiser will be the first full service dinner. The $15 donation will include an entrée choice of either pork chops or steak served with

roasted red potatoes, a hous salad and dinner rolls. Choco late cake will be available fo dessert. Reservations may b made by calling 785-273-714

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Nicholas Birsdong is a senior political science major. Reach him at nicholas.birdsong@


Arts and Entertainment • Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Book explores friendships Kelly Hurla


Photos by Josh Rouse, Washburn Review

Dead to Me: Bassist and vocalist Jesse Ells performs during the Dead Sevens’ show Saturday night at the Boobie Trap Bar at 6th and Washburn. The band is preparing to release its first album, “Alienated.”

As soon as I read the first page of “Windfall Nights,” I knew I had come across something unique. The author, William Claypool, tells an unconventional story of a friendship that begins late in the main character Julian’s undergraduate college career. The first page drew me in, although the first two chapters were a little slow and hard to follow. After this point however the plot picks up. The story starts with Julian and his wife on a cruise ship outside of Vietnam. Julian spends time reminiscing about an old friend. You’re then taken back to an earlier time in Vietnam where Julian meets his friend, Thomas. The timing of these events left me slightly confused. In the third chapter though, the reader is taken to the beginning of this friendship and get to watch it develop. Julian takes a job working nights as a hotel bellman. Although Thomas works days as the hotel handyman, they become close. Both characters bond easily because they have faced struggles in their lives.

It’s interesting because it’s an unlikely, but at the same time, believable story. The characters are relatable, even with Thomas’s unpredictability, his struggles are what keep the book going. After a climactic chapter, the timing jumps around slightly again. And in the end, you’re brought back to the beginning with Julian and his wife. It’s truly a story of the people that stay with us long in life, even if only by memories. I felt like I really knew who the characters in the book were. I found myself wanting to stop by the hotel and have a chat with the few residents or employees. While I knew what they were thinking or feeling, I wasn’t always sure of their appearance. I actually enjoy how the characters’ descriptions are never developes, which allows me to envision my own characters in my head. As I mentioned earlier, the order of events in the story may be confusing at times. Nevertheless, I believe this is truly how someone would look back at events, especially about how we can’t always forget our memories no matter how much we want to. “Examining the old scars

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of memory is always risky and not my particular talent,” Julian narrates. “Even happy recollections are dappled with the reality that their time is gone.” Overall, I think that this was a great read. It might be a little slow to start out, but it’s definitely worth it to stick it out and keep reading. There’s a hint of mystery, a lot of hoping for the best and just rooting for people to do the right thing.

Kelly Hurla is a sophomore mass media major. Reach her at

Dead Sevens rock the Trap Mr. Stirfry offers variety Tricia Peterson

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The Dead Sevens played live Jan. 14, 2012, at the Boobie Trap Bar at 6th and Washburn, alongside Jolly Roger and The Broken Divide. The show was the Dead Sevens’ last one before the record release party for its first album, “Alienated,” with Cross Creek Records. The album was recorded at Rundown Studios at 2515 S.W. 6th St. in Topeka, and is set to be released soon. The album was preceded by the release of the band’s first music video Oct. 31, 2011, which was shot and edited by OriginalPro Films, for the song “South to Summer.” The Dead Sevens formed in 2003 in St. Marys, Kan. Check them out on Facebook or Twitter. Josh Rouse is a senior mass media major. Reach him at

Photos by Richard Kelly, Washburn Review

Rock the Boob Out: The Dead Sevens, Jolly Roger and The Broken Divide performed Saturday at the Boobie Trap Bar at 6th and Washburn. The Dead Sevens covered “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive.

Everyone has been talking about Mr. Stirfry. the huge 100item fresh Chinese buffet, sushi and hibachi bar located east of the Pizza Hut at S.W. 17th and Wanamaker Rd. I thought I would see what was the big deal, and “big” and “deal” are two words that could be used to describe it. The food was pretty tasty too. Immediately after entering, payment is received and the smiling staff seats you in one of the many tables or booths. Some people don’t like paying first, but I do because when I am done, I can leave whenever I want to without waiting on the server to bring my check. Another advantage to this is for the business. Mr. Stirfry is huge and Photos by Tricia Peterson, Washburn Review this helps reduce the number Stirfryin’ It Up: Sushi, hibachi grill and much more is available at Mr. of “dine-and-dash” customers Stirfry. Everything is made fresh and the customer is invited to watch. they would potentially attract. The buffet is extremely ex- delicious. out quite delicious. The hibachi tensive and offers something for The hot food buffet was chef has one long grill where he every palate. Even if you don’t what one might expect from a cooks up to six dishes at once, like Asian food, there are selec- Chinese buffet, but included and is constantly cooking. Half tions available. For example other interesting things to try. the fun is watching him work. mac and cheese is a selection, For example, peanut butter Of course there is an entire as well as ribs, fried shrimp, chicken, baked shrimp with buffet bar for dessert, as well tater tots and various cold sal- some sort of pork mixture and as an ice cream machine with ads. The salad bar is pretty basic fried dumplings with pork vanilla, chocolate and swirled but there are a vawere available. The ice cream, with cones or bowls. riety of composed RESTAURANT white rice, fried There are cakes and candies, salads. The fruit rice, lo mein, beef pudding and doughnuts, - as REVIEW selection is large as and broccoli and with everything else provided well and includes bananas with sesame chicken were all good, at Mr. Stirfry the selections are strawberry sauce, fresh pine- but nothing special. The egg many. The doughnuts were my apple, canned peaches, canta- rolls were good, and with the personal favorite of all the desloupe and oranges. large amount of people there, serts, because they were still Mr. Stirfry also provides they were always fresh and warm and crispy on the outside fresh sushi, which is made crispy. The crab Rangoon were with a light coating of granuright in front of the customers good but might be better if they lated sugar and light, and fluffy by their sushi chefs. Their se- changed the wonton wrap. on the inside. lection is standard, including In addition to the hot bufI have already eaten here California rolls, Kansas rolls, fet of the norm in Asian restau- two times in less than one week, spicy tuna rolls, and rainbow rants, there is a hibachi grill. and I forsee myself returning rolls. The chefs keep up with Don’t mistake it with HuHot. again in the near future. the crowd too, constantly roll- The selections are limited and ing and putting out a variety of the sauces are few, but if you do rolls. They are a little smaller it just right, you can get a good and have less meat than places dish. They offer one type of egg where you buy by the roll, but it noodle, pork, chicken, beef and is a buffet and you get what you shrimp, various vegetables and pay for. The nori wasn’t chewy raw eggs. There isn’t a wide Tricia Peterson is a junior like you find some places with variety of sauces, but I thought mass media major. Reach her buffet sushi, and the sticky rice I would just use a little bit of at patricia.peterson@washwas sticky but still tender and everything and my dish came

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2011-12 Issue 14  
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Editor-in-chief Rob Burkett and staff cover new interim director.