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New Beginnings: After closing down for roughly three months, the Mulvane Art Museum will reopen to the public Feb. 3. The renovations upgraded the temperature and humidity controls. The Museum will feature four new exhibits when it welcomes back visitors

Mulvane to open, feature new exhibits Tanner Ballengee


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Things Are Looking Up: Junior forward Dana Elliot peers up toward the basket during the last home game against Emporia State University earlier this season. The Lady Blues have won seven games in a row since losing right before the end of the fall semester.

WU downs Blue Tigers Michael Vander Linden WASHBURN REVIEW

Washburn Lady Blues went into last Wednesday’s game 19-0 all-time against the Lincoln girl’s basketball team. Although they started off sour, they were able to turn sweet and put away the Blue Tigers 73-64. Although they realized Lincoln was a much tougher team than in years past, there was a slight letdown when preparing for this game compared to their previous matchup with Emporia State. “I try to make sure they understand every game goes on the record board as the same value,” said Coach McHenry. “But of course, they are going to prepare differently in their own minds.” With very few people at the game, it was hard to get motivation going

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After being closed almost three months for renovations, Washburn’s Mulvane Art Museum is finally being reopened to the public on Feb. 3, for the first Friday event of the month, with four new exhibits on display. The Mulvane Art Museum, which is accredited with the American Association of Museums, underwent roughly $300,000 worth of renovations that needed to be made to pertain to certain conditions required by the association for the artwork owned and on loan. The main renovations that were made were changes to the temperature and humidity control. “In a museum setting with a variety of mediums... there is concern for temperature, so damage isn’t caused,” said Carol Emert, curator of collections and exhibitions of the Mulvane. “Temperature and humidity levels are very important to museums because if they are not maintained properly, damage can be caused to the artwork,” said Emert. The temperature needs to be around a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with no spiking up or down. “Humidity is important as well,” said Emert, “because too much or too little can cause damage.” Humidity levels should be around 40 percent. If humidity is too high, mold can grow on the paper and paintings, and if it’s too low, artwork can expand or become brittle.” “It’s really important with borrowed art,” said Emert. “In fact, they ask for facility reports, telling them

what we keep the temperature and humidity at.” To help control humidity levels, a new boiler was installed, enabling the museum to produce steam all year round, instead of just during the winter. “We will have the capacity to provide the correct environment for art, and our visitors,” said Cindi Morrison, director of the Mulvane Art Museum. Morrison stated that a lot of the renovations that were made will not be seen in the museum, since much of it will be in piping above the ceiling tiles. Morrison also stated that they felt that winter break was the best time to start this project, since summer is typically the busiest season for the museum. “We have a show coming from the Charles Shultz Museum in California,” said Morrison. “So we’re having a family friendly show…lots of art camps…lots of stuff going on…and we didn’t want to cancel that.” Morrison expressed how important these renovations were to the museum, to keep it accredited with American Association of Museums. “We’re extremely fortunate that the board of regents and Washburn believes how important this museum is to the university and the community,” said Morrison. “It’s showing how much we are a part of what happens here…for students and faculty and people of all ages.”

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

Class gives students first year edge at WU Cindy Rose


New Washburn students fresh out of high school have a way to become oriented with college life on a very personal level. The Washburn First Year Experience pilot program was implemented in the fall semester of 2011. It’s all about the connection to the college community. “The FYE program is dedicated to the success of first year students,” said John Dahlstrand, assistant dean of student success. “So often, students don’t return their second year. They don’t know where to go for help or are intimidated and overwhelmed by the whole college experience.” Dahlstrand also said that students tend to have more challenges transitioning from either high school to college or life in between. Dahlstrand said the WU 101 class is an important component of the

FYE program and is, in part, an “extended orientation course” that focuses on three main areas. One is to make students aware of the resources and services that are available to them on campus. The second is to help them develop strong skills and strategies to become academically successful. The third is to have them learn about how the library is a key part of the academic experience. “A unique format of WU 101 that I think its important to mention is the nature of instruction,” said Dahlstrand. The class includes a team of five: a lead faculty member, a personal librarian, two peer educators and in the fall semester, an academic advisor was present for each student. “WU 101 is an important piece of the FYE program, but it’s not the only one,” said Dahlstrand. “We don’t want people to think it’s just the course.” The program incorporates other


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elements already in place at Washburn, like workshops and other events, such as the “iread” program. “The idea is to have a common reading program where students are reading the same book, and it is integrated into the fabric of the Univer-

sity,” said Dahlstrand. Chris Bird is a freshman who en-

tered FYE last semester. “It’s a terrific program,” said Bird. “I couldn’t say a negative word about it. The teachers keep it entertaining, and they teach you to become ‘information literate,’” Bird also found the peer mentors an important factor and said he would like to be a peer mentor next year. “It’s nice to have another student you feel you can talk to about anything; even things not related to school,” said Bird. “They help you with anything that’s an issue in your life. I respected how good they were at it. I just want to do that and be that for somebody else.” Bird recommends the program to other first year students. “I would say absolutely take it,” said Bird. “You get involved in WU activities, like football games and events. You’re shown everything that goes on around campus. You feel like you’re a part of this place and in-

volved with it.” Tanner Bernd, a first year student from Parsons, Kan., also praises the FYE. “Everyone is extremely helpful,” said Bernd. “They are always there to help, and everyone cares about your experience at WU. It makes it comfortable to be here and helps jumpstart college life. They made my first semester easier. I’m really glad I took it.” The team even helped Bernd get a job. He said that the “success team” allowed him to have a connection to college life and kept him informed of what was happening around campus. “Ultimately, what we want is for students to stay at Washburn,” said Dahlstrand. “More importantly, we want them to graduate from Washburn.”

Cindy Rose is a junior mass media major. Reach her at cynthia.rose@washburn. edu.

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alendar Free from captivity, missionary spreads forgiveness

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Movie “Searching For Angela Shelton: Noon, Memorial UnionKansas Room Women’s Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State University 5:30 p.m., Lee Arena Speaker “Bullies, NameCallers and their Victims”: 7 p.m., Henderson 100 Men’s Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State University: 7:30 p.m., Lee Arena Comedy “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”: 8 p.m., Topeka Civic Theatre 3028 S.W. 8th Avenue Thursday, Jan. 26

Fast Forward networking social: 5:30-7 p.m., The Senate Luxury Suites 900 S.W. Tyler Street Movie “Cyberbully”: 7 p.m., Memorial Union- Kansas Room Friday, Jan. 27

Ichabod Senior Day: 8-3 p.m., All Campus Kansas Day Events: 3:30 p.m., Henderson 208 Play “The Year of Magical Thinking”: 7:30 p.m. Andrew J. & Georgia NeeseGray Theatre Saturday, Jan. 28

Charles Curtis Birthday Celebration: Noon- 4 p.m. Charles Curtis House Museum 1101 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Topeka RoadRunners vs. New Mexico Mustangs: 7:05 p.m. Kansas Expocentre- Landon Arena Play “The Year of Magical Thinking”: 7:30 p.m. Andrew J. & Georgia NeeseGray Theatre Sunday Jan. 29

Play “The Year of Magical Thinking”: 2 p.m. Andrew J. & Georgia NeeseGray Theatre Monday, Jan. 30

Bleeding Kansas Series: 2-3:30 p.m., Constitution Hall 319 Elmore Tuesday, Jan. 31

Topeka Broomball Tournament: 7-9 p.m. Kansas Expocentre

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Michael Vander Linden WASHBURN REVIEW

In the fall semester, many students were able to enjoy the presentation of “The Buried Life,” presented by the Washburn Student Government Association. The same group is presenting another opportunity for students to hear another powerful message. This time it will be from speaker Gracia Burnham. Burnham will give her presentation on Feb. 2 in White Concert Hall at 7 p.m Burnham, accompanied by her husband, was a missionary in the Philippines. During their trip, they were captured by a group from Al-Qaeda. However, during the escape, her husband was killed. Since then, Burnham has been all over America speaking to students about forgiveness and the ability to enjoy life through hardship. She has also written two books, “In the Presence of My Enemies” and “To fly Again,” on her time in captivity. “This really is a great story because it connects to our generation,” said Amber Kis-

sell, special events director of WSGA. “The War on Terrorism is our generation’s war and is a first-hand experience of it.” There were actually a couple of groups that looked to bring Burnham to Washburn. Christian Challenge at Washburn University had already booked Burnham because one of their students, Kore Lippoldt, was a friend of Burnham’s son. WSGA’s lecture series committee also began throwing around ideas when Burnham’s name came up. They researched the story and speaker and realized it would be a perfect message to send to Washburn students. “We’ve had political, athletic and other various inspirational speakers, but this message had a different aspect of overcoming adversity and continuing through with a strong message,” said Kissell. Although the message is strong in meaning, it still is considered to be a difficult subject for Burnham to speak about. “To be honest, this is the only story I have,” said Burnham. “This ministry is what God handed to me.”

She is also a very firm believer in her faith and demonstrates that during her presentation. She loves encouraging believers to rely on Christ. Her main message continues to be forgiveness. She admitted that forgiving may have been the hardest thing to do, but she now even has a ministry linked to the men that held her captive. “I plan to keep giving this message as long as God holds doors open,” said Burnham. “When I’m doing it well, it is just a representation of what God does.” Admission is free, however, cans and monetary donations are accepted and will go to benefit WSGA’s “Can Emporia” campaign. This is a competition between Washburn and Emporia State University’s student governments to see who can collect the most canned goods. The collections will be distributed to several charitable organizations in Topeka. Michael Vander Linden is a freshman mass media major. Reach him at michael.vanderlinden@

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Loss and Forgiveness: Gracia Burnham speaks to people nationwide of her time in captivity and the loss of her husband during their escape. Burnham and her husband were missionaries in the Philippines when they were captured by a group from Al-Qaeda. Burnham will be telling her story at Washburn on Feb. 2 in White Concert Hall.

GOP field is wide open, long primary season anticipated Rob Burkett


The party devouring its own. That is how to best describe the Republican primary process that has occurred since the end of December. With the field still relatively full of candidates, members of the GOP went to polls in states including Iowa and New Hampshire. The people in these states have traditionally been the people who help weed out the less viable candidates. In Iowa, it was no different, as Michele Bachman, one of the more socially conservative members of the party, was forced out of the running after only collecting a single digit register in the polls. The fact that Bachman was unable to poll in the top five of candidates, in the socially conservative state of Iowa, spoke to her lack of appeal among voters. “She peaked too early,” said Mark Peterson, chair of the political science department. “She finally wore thin, and many Republicans decided she wasn’t the girl they wanted to take to the dance.” What might have been more of a surprise in Iowa was the relative resurgence of Rick Santorum, another socially conservative Republican. While candidates like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have tried to appeal to more moderate elements of the party, Santorum has been one of the darlings of the conservative right. His

strong showing in the Iowa caucus allowed him to build up momentum heading into the New Hampshire primary. Romney though has been the middle of the road candidate that appeals just enough to everyone. With what was originally declared a win by just eight votes in Iowa by Romney, but later declared a win for Santorum, he was able to get just enough support coming from every corner of the Republican Party. “Romney is a candidate that hasn’t really solidified his stances,” said Peterson. “He has the strong chin and the great hair cut to get the voting masses interested. His organizational strengths have also helped him out tremendously.” While Romney has been the presumptive frontrunner since the caucus and primary season, his fellow Mormon conservative, John Huntsman, had banked his entire race on the New Hampshire primary. After not doing any serious campaigning in Iowa, Huntsman, who is a proponent of global engagement and has the distinction of having served as an ambassador to China in the Obama administration, finally met his end in the Granite State. “It’s just a fact that he had to deal with,” said Peterson. “He is a tainted candidate to a lot of Republicans because of his work with Obama.” While New Hampshire thinned the crowd of candidates, eliminating both Hunts-

man and Te x a s Gov-

e r nor Rick Perry from the race, the most recent primary in South Carolina has given a new life to Gingrich who has been declared out of the running by the media on several occasions. With a decent showing in New Hampshire added to strong performances in the last two primary debates, Gingrich was able to take a resounding victory in the Palmetto state, beating Romney with 40 percent of the vote to 27 percent for the frontrunner. Gingrich’s political and

personal past seems not to have taken as fatal of a toll on his campaign as some pundits initially concluded it would. With momentum from the most recent primary, the election season now travels further south to the Sunshine state of Florida, where R o m n e y ’s campaign has been in full swing for several weeks, airing television ads and campaign “robo-calls’ to registered voters. The true wild card of the

process may be more libertarian leaning Ron Paul. His stances that have tended to resonate with people who have complaints about the way things are going have made him a dangerous candidate going forward. “He is a linear thinker in that he sees things go wrong and then voices complaint to the reasons why he thinks they are wrong,” said Peterson. “The main concern with Paul is if he were to run in a third party candidacy.” Regardless of the outcome in Florida, many in the media and political world now feel that the primary season will drag on throughout the summer before a candidate is finally settled upon. Romney himself spoke during his concession speech about the coming campaign trail. “This race, this race is getting to be even more interesting,” said Romney at his concession speech. “We are now three contests into a long primary season. This is a long fight because there is so much worth fighting for.”

Graphic by Katie Child, Washburn Review

Rob Burkett is a senior mass media major. Reach him at robert.

Topeka celebrates Black History Month with variety of activities Ivy Marcus


With February and Black History Month just around the corner, local establishments, such as the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, are planning events to celebrate during that time. There will be several book discussions during the middle of the month, all centering around

books written by African American authors. Books being read and discussed include “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill and “How to Escape a Leper Colony” by Tiphanie Yanique. Library-goers are also invited to pick up a book and be a part of the 22nd annual African American Read-In, which encourages readers to learn more about African American literature as a celebration of

Black History Month. There is a read-in aimed specifically at younger readers, as well. A more large scale event titled Black Butterflies will be taking place over a four week period during the month at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library as well. Black Butterflies is a wellness seminar with the goal of promoting health and well being. Payless Shoe Source will

also be celebrating next month by selling a $3 bracelet that will act as a fundraiser for the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship program, which is now in its third year. The program, which was established in partnership with the National Urban League (NUL), aims to distribute several scholarships to African American and minority youth through Project Ready. This

years limited edition item, the “I Believe” bracelet, will be available in select stores and on at the beginning of February and will be available as long as supplies last.

Ivy Marcus is a freshman English major. Reach her at ivy.marcus@

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WSGA plans lecture series, hears fundings requests Rob Burkett


With the beginning of the new semester comes a return to action for many organizations. As the elected voice of students, Washburn Student Government Association is set to roll out a busy agenda in the first few weeks. Among the various topics discussed during their first meeting of the semester, WSGA heard funding requests from several different organizations. Washburn Art Student Association takes a trip each year to Kansas City in order to view the exhibits at the Nelson Atkins museum. This year, however, WASA is heading north to visit the art scene in Omaha, Neb. After a brief introduction by Mark Brenneman, WASA treasurer, the assembled members of WSGA voted to give them funding for their trip to help cover the costs of staying overnight in Omaha. “We’ve always done this trip, and we just wanted to break out and do something different this year,” said Brenneman. “It will be a worthwhile opportunity for our members to see some things they might not otherwise.” Also, on the agenda was a request for funding from Washburn’s flute ensemble. The group is preparing to take on

a trip to perform in front of the National Association for Music Education. After hearing funding requests, WSGA committees then were asked for reports as well. Most of the different groups of senators had little to report at the time, because events haven’t started up yet. The executive committee did take the opportunity to remind the assembled senators of the need for them to get involved in helping both the staff and promoting upcoming events. The two in particular that were mentioned were the kickoff to the spring edition of the WSGA lecture series featuring Gracia Burnham and the annual food drive event called “Can Emporia.” Specifically, Amber Kissell, WSGA special events director, paid special attention to those that don’t usually sign up to help take care of events. “I see a lot of the names that usually are on [the sign up sheet,]” said Kissell. “I would really like to see more names on here. We need to make sure we get the word out.” With the “Can Emporia” event, Taylor McGown, WSGA president, emphasized the need for everyone to keep publicizing the event. With Washburn having successfully beaten out rival school Emporia State University the last couple of years, WSGA is hoping to keep the

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Voice for Students: Members of the Washburn Flute Ensemble request funding from the Washburn Student Government Association to perform at the National Association for Music Education. WSGA held their first meeting of the semester last Wednesday and heard several funding requests as well as discussed plans for upcoming events such as the WSGA lecture series featuring Gracia Burnham and the annual “Can Emporia” food drive. pressure up as they work toward another successful year of fundraising and food collection. The last notable announcement was that of Ryan Masilionis, WSGA senator, who announced his stepping down

Small Kansas towns struggle Summer Workman


The Center for Kansas Studies at Washburn University is showing the documentary “Florence, Kansas” as part of their Kansas Day Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27th in Henderson Learning Center room 208. Created by filmmakers Steve Lerner and Frank Barthell, funding was made possible through the Kansas Humanities Council’s Short Film Grant. “The Kansas Humanities Council funded this film through short-films, because they are using the film to get people talking about what is going on in small towns,” said Tom Averill, interim chair of the department of English and overseer of the project. “In lots of documentaries, you have someone who’s a narrator, and instead, the filmmakers decided to let Florence tell its own story.” Averill said that this is what sets the film apart from others. The film includes a chronicling of the small town of Florence and its decline. However, it also encompasses the general themes of what has begun happening to most small towns over the last several decades. Averill said that the film covers the decline of the small town due to changing demographics, economy, consolidation of schools, the 1951 flood resulting in millions of dollars worth of damage and a younger generation moving on. Averill, who also wrote an article on the film featured in the Kansas Government Journal, said that the film will use images and footage of parades,

community events, home movies and footage of the devastating 1951 flood. Tom Schmiedeler, professor of geography and director of the event, has seen his own small hometown of Tipton, Kan., decrease in size over the last several decades. He hopes this film will address relevant issues for these shrinking towns, such as, “How do they survive? What do they do?” Schmiedeler said this is not the first time the Center for Kansas Studies has addressed this issue at their Kansas Day Celebration. Richard Wood, au-

thor of “Survival of Rural America,” also discussed this topic when he presented at the celebration in 2009. The Kansas Day Celebration always has a presenter, and the long list includes several other short films and even two former Kansas Governors. One

of them, John Carlin, spoke last year. Schmiedeler said that any native Kansan should be interested in this film. Averill added that any small town Kansans would also be interested in this film. “When you scratch the surface of most Kansans, you find there is a little small town in them,” said Averill. “The film is a collage of primary materials and is like having an experience yourself, instead of being told.” The filmmakers will be present, and there will be an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss the film with them. Refreshments w i l l also be served.

Graphic by Katie Child, Washburn Review

Summer Workman is a senior English major. Reach her at summer.

from his position with the organization. Masilionis recently was elected Delta Chi fraternity’s newest president and will be spending more time concentrating on his new position. He thanked his fellow senators for giving him a positive experi-

ence serving Washburn students. The evening concluded with members in attendance sharing what they did over the winter break. The next WSGA meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 6:30

p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union. The meeting is open to the public. Rob Burkett is a senior mass media major. Reach him at robert.

End name calling, bullying Tanner Ballengee


“National No Name-Calling Week” is a special event that takes place annually, and Washburn is celebrating it with an assortment of events, sponsored by OPEN. OPEN stands for open-minded, positive, equality and non discriminated. OPEN is a LGBTQ friendly club in the sociology/anthropology department. For “No Name-Calling Week,” OPEN is sponsoring a presentation by Robert Minor tonight at 7 p.m. entitled “Bullies, Name-callers & Their Victims” and is taking place in the Henderson Learning Center room 100. Then, on Jan. 26, a free film, “Cyberbully,” will be shown in the Kansas Room of the Union at 7 p.m. “Cyberbully” is an ABC Family movie about a teenage girl who falls victim to harassment and abuse through social network sites. The movie shows how cyberbulling can really damage someone’s life. “If these events can help just one student, then I feel like it’s a success,” said Resa Boydston, secretary of treasury of OPEN and a senior sociology major. “We really consider each other family,” said Boydston. “We’re there for each other.” OPEN has been a student organization for more than 10 years and are heavily involved in the Topeka community. Boydston also said that events like “National No NameCalling Week” are important because they raise awareness in the community and show that words really do hurt. “That’s what hurts my heart so much,” said Boydston in regard to those who feel they have been tormented to the

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OPEN for All: Marsha Carrasco-Cooper, Washburn Leadership Institute associate director, is a ally for the “safe Zone” program at Washburn. The “Safe Zone” program along with “National No Name-Calling Week” seek to put an end to bullying and discrimination through education. point of suicide. Washburn University also offers a “Safe Zone” program, which works to provide information about LGBTQ issues and raise awareness on campus. Professors can make their office a “Safe Zone” and become an “ally” by completing a three hour basic training session. Marsha Carrasco-Cooper, Washburn Leadership Institute associate director, is a staff “ally” for the safe zone program. “It’s good to raise awareness,” said Rizki Aljupri, a junior business finance major originally from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Aljupri was able to attend some of last year’s National No-Name Calling Week events, including a presentation by an openly gay Muslim. Aljupri said that he liked the way that the speaker approached the controversial topic. “He presented his topic from a social perspective, not a religious one,” said Aljupri.

Graphic by Katie Child, Washburn Review

Tanner Ballengee is a senior English major. Reach him at tanner.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

With Black History month approaching, we wanted to know what students thought about Washburn relations on campus...


Boeing jets out of Kansas, confidence still soaring

“Is Washburn a minority friendly campus?”

“I cannot answer this as I am not a minority and therefore, cannot accurately gauge the friendliness.”

“The minorities at Washburn University are the nicest people in the world. You step one foot outside of campus and you are re-introduced into the cold, conservative world that Kansas really is.””

“Yes, I see it everyday because most of my friends are Minorities.” Brian Rutschmann, junior English

Steven Perez, sophomore Electrical Engineering

Bryce Korf, freshman Theatre

Sage Cornelious, sophomore Electrical Engineering

“Yes, Washburn’s diversity is very diverse and we all bleed blue here.”

Graphic by Maggie Pilcher, Washburn Review

“Yes, because I said so.” Raj Patel, sophomore Physics

B.J. Higgins, Junior Computer Science

“Yes, I believe so. I’ve never seen anyone being mean to anyone on Campus”

Rob Burkett


For those paying attention to the state of the Kansas economy, some might have the inclination to start declaring the sky is falling. One can’t help but feel that this is a bit of an overreaction. The Boeing Company announced Jan. 4 they would be closing the Wichita plant by 2013. With the outrage expressed by people like U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback, one would think that Boeing somehow was dealing Kansas a mortal blow to its economy. This is simply not true. In fact, in the case of Wichita, other plane manufacturing plants in the city have, up to this point, made no move to leave the Sunflower state. Spirit AeroSystems, which has taken over building civilian airliners for Boeing, will still remain in the city that will keep many Kansans employed in the near term. While the loss of the jobs involved in building the new military tankers is something to mourn, the state economy will still also retain more than 24 different contracts to build parts for the tanker. While certainly a cause for thought, the move by Boeing isn’t the deathblow that some seem to think. In the meantime, the naysayers have conveniently been ignoring some positive results. In what can only be termed a “sweet” success for the capital city, Topeka received news this past year that Mars Chocolate company will bring as many as 950 plus jobs to the area with the construction of a new factory in South Topeka. According

to Steve Jenkins, senior vice president of Go Topeka, the average salary of those employees will be $43,000. Not too bad for a state that seems to be obsessed with the idea that they are getting left in the proverbial economic dust. Along with that news, one also can’t forget the high tech success that the state managed to bring through. While Topeka, which changed its name to Google, Kan. for a month, ultimately was left at the alter by the internet search engine giant of the same name, the Sunflower state still managed to take advantage of the fiberwire craze. When the dust settled on a wild chase to bring Google to Kansas, Kansas City managed to land the project, bringing infrastructure improvement jobs as well as high tech positions with the company to the area. At the same time all of this has taken place, the state legislature has been working towards building a work force that will be able to meet the economic challenges of the future. With a proposed grant in 2012 of $1 million to Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University for development of engineering programs at those institutions of higher learning. With a state government committed to funding programs that will allow students to be competitive in the tech market, the economic future of the state should be one of economic growth in the future. For those that are crying over spilled milk as Boeing flees out of town in 2013, keep in mind that for every one departure there are companies that want to be a part of this heartland state’s future. To paraphrase Ghandi, “Be the state you want to be.” Don’t worry and keep working toward a more diverse and better future.

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

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Topekans reflect on Brown vs. Board

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Mindful of the past: February is Black History Month and Topeka is honoring the significance of the Brown vs. Board of Education case in the fight for civil rights.

Shelby Atadgi


As Black History Month approaches, there are a number of things to keep in mind and reflect on about the true history and significance of African American culture. More often than not, the busier one’s is, the less one can find time to go to local museums and parks, though Kansas played a major part in African American history. Not only was Kansas known for the battles of Bleeding Kansas,

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The spirit of jazz: Craig Treinmen, a 1990 graduate of Washburn University, leads jazz ensembles, combos and teaches at Washburn. He also teaches a jazz history course as part of the general education studies.

Class takes students on a jazz odyssey Kelly Hurla


Craig Treinmen, Washburn University director of jazz studies and applied saxophone has taught at the university for seven years. “We had one jazz ensemble here when I started, and that was it,” said Treinen. “You didn’t have applied jazz lessons or small group opportunities.” Treinen, a 1990 Washburn graduate, currently instructs jazz ensemble one, jazz combos one and two along with other music courses. Jazz ensembles are typically about 20 students, while combos are usually six to eight performers or less. Treinen gives private lessons in applied jazz and classical saxophone, as well as instructing an education course, Elementary and Secondary methods. “There’ve been several directors before me, but the jazz department has been around for at least 30 years. It’s kind of grown to where you have more courses available for you,” said Treinen. “We have a jazz history course available as well.” A jazz history class is offered as a general education course at the 103 level from the music department, friendly to non music majors. “You don’t have to have any musical back-

ground or knowledge of jazz, you just have to be willing to get into to it and listen to it,” said Tom Morgan, associate professor of music. Morgan is the director of percussion studies, although he has a background in jazz. The class was first introduced more than 10 years ago, but it didn’t start out as Jazz History. It was first a class covering jazz, pop and rock genres. “Trying to cover only jazz in one semester is insane, all together is too much,” said Morgan. Starting with the basics of music, instrument functions and general jazz terms, the course progresses its focus on the actual survey of jazz history. It starts with influences of jazz, such as 20th century African American folk music, ragtime and European styles among others . Then the origins of jazz are discussed, from New Orleans, Chicago, New York and even Kansas City. The class then progresses to jazz presently and the many different branches. From the influences and origins of jazz music to the early innovators, several topics are discussed. The next jazz concert is scheduled for March 8, which will feature all jazz ensembles and small groups.

The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival is scheduled for April 13. The festival includes a day full of jazz, starting around 8 a.m. and lasting until about 10 p.m. Coleman Hawkins was a major and influential tenor saxophone player, who has been rumored to have attended Topeka West High School and Washburn University. “That’s our big event of the year that usually features a lot of high school and college bands, as well as guest artists,” said Treinen. New Vintage Big Band, a group from Kansas City will perform a concert in the evening. The last scheduled jazz concert will take place May 3. All concerts take place at White Concert Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m. “If you’re curious and you’ve never been to a live jazz performance, attend one of the concerts,” said Treinen. “The evening concert of the jazz festival is free, so students should come and enjoy.”

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

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but it is the site of the majority of post-war freedoms. In fact, after the war, approximately 8,000 ex-slaves set their destination to Kansas. The state has countless historic sites about African American history and the Civil War, including a whole town designated as a historic site. In the Kansas Museum of History, a visitor can find flags from the Civil War, a chair from the Underground Railroad and more. The significance of African American history has not been lost to a number of students. “[Black History Month] is about African American evolution, freedom and power; [ex-slaves] made so many changes,” said Jonathan Panqueva, senior kinesiology major. “They had to gain strength to gain economic power, education and culture.” Topeka was also home to the court case of Brown vs. Board of Education and has an exhibit displayed in the former Monroe Elementary School downtown. In this exhibit, a visitor will encounter a park ranger who will assist them by explaining the history of

Brown vs. Board. The building itself offers video, and other media displays of the case’s significance, as well as numerous rooms of galleries depicting the people, places and events significant to it. “Brown vs. Board is very significant,” said Shakeya Steele, sophomore business major. “If it didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be able to attend class here today.” There are many opportunities to take part in viewing an exhibit on African American history this month as we celebrate the freeing of slaves in the Civil War and all other aspects of Black History Month. “Black History Month is about studying history of African American culture and the landmarks they created,” said Brittany Mack, sophomore criminal justice major. The Kansas Museum of History is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Shelby Atadgi is a sophomore psychology major. Reach her at shelby.atadgi@washburn. edu

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Arts and Entertainment • Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Historical movie earns good review WASHBURN REVIEW

Usually, it is hard to get me to go see a movie based on true historical events. But once I see a movie based on true events, I find I enjoy it, but when I saw that George Lucas, creator of ‘Star Wars’, was going to be the executive producer for the movie ‘Red Tails’, I quickly became interested. When one thinks of Lucasfilm, the only two movie series that really come to mind are ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’, because there really have not been too many others. ‘Red Tails’ is a high action movie inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African American aerial combat unit. Anthony Hemingway takes the directors chair to visually capture this World War II epic, along with a powerful cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays Major Emmanuel Stance and Terrence Howard, who plays Colonel A.J. Bullard. The film opens up with an air battle with the U.S. against the German Nazis. The U.S. struggles, with planes and

bombers constantly getting destroyed. Next, we see four African American pilots flying around, bored out of their minds because even though through the Tuskegee program they are able to fly for the U.S. military, their assignments don’t give them a chance to be part of the action. They find themselves looking for enemy trucks or trains on the ground. The Pentagon, desperate to protect the number of bombers being taken out, decide to let the Tuskegee Airmen have their chance to be a part of the action and prove they are worthy in battle. Their mission is to protect the bombers as they go to their destinations. At the time, it is believed that African Americans are too stupid to fly and do what the White man can do. They prove everyone wrong when on their first real mission, they succeed in protecting the U.S. bombers with only one or two casualties. The inside conflict of the movie involve Marty Julian “Easy,” played by Nate Parker and Joe Little “Lightning,” played by David Oyelowo.

Ben Lerner returns to Topeka to read at Mabee Sam Sayler


Photo by Nevada Millis, Washburn Review

Professor Poetry: Tom Averill, writer in residence, reads both a poem from the published anthology as well as another of his personal works.

Local poet creates anthology Tricia Peterson


Friday night at Bosco’s Downtown, poets shared their work that was published in the Blue Island Review. “Blue Island Review” is an anthology created by Katie Longofono, who noticed the lack of such publications in the northeast Kansas area and wanted to change that. After taking a large poetry class at Kansas University, Longofono decided to create the Blue Island Review, not only to create a setting for writers to share and have their work critiqued in a small group setting, but also to close the gap between academia and local writers. “‘Blue Island’ Review provided a unique home for academic and less conventional

“Easy” is the air captain of the Tuskegee Airmen and has a problem with drinking, while “Lightning” has a problem following orders and is always looking for a way to get himself killed. “Easy’s” drinking problem seems to stem from his father never being proud of him, though this is only mentioned briefly in the film. “Lightning” brings on the romantic side of the film as well when he meets an Italian girl nearby named Sofia, played by Daniela Ruah. Even though the two don’t speak the same language, they are still able to fall in love. Photo courtesy Lucasfilm Overall, I was impressed with ‘Red Tails.’ Historic Blockbuster: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard both star in this action-packed movie about black It kept you on the edge of history in the U.S military during World War II. your seat at each battle. I was not looking forward to sit- then we see him put in the pris- cal. with a smile at the historical ting and watching a World War on, then the next time we see Visually, the film was spec- epic story that has been unfoldII film for two hours, but there him escaping with other U.S. tacular. With the sounds of the ed in front of you. wasn’t a second that I was look- prisoners. There is that typi- planes and the explosions, evI give the film 4 out of 5 ing around bored. Some of the cal shot of the American flag erything felt so real. I strongly Top Hats. scenes in the movie seem un- waving on the screen with the recommend not waiting and goderdeveloped, like when one National Anthem playing in the ing to see this movie. You will Brian Dulle is a senior mass of the African American pilots background, and Gooding Jr. laugh, cheer and maybe even media major. Reach him at got captured by Nazi forces and with a pipe just looks hysteri- cry, but in the end, you leave

poets alike, bound by a common residence,” said Longofono. “I was introduced to the work of many writers and was able, in turn, to give their work exposure.” The anthology includes mostly short, image-driven poems with strong and vivid descriptions. It features seasoned poets, some with published works, as well as younger writers whose first publication is the anthology itself. Washburn professor, Tom Averill, as well as SevenEightFive poetry editor, Dennis Etzel, have poems included in the publication. “Blue Island Review” can be purchased online at for $15 or at The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence. Tricia Peterson is a junior mass media major. Reach her at

After making quite the impact on the literary world over the past few years, author Ben Lerner returns to his home of Topeka for a reading at Washburn’s Mabee Library on Monday at 5 p.m. “[Lerner] is maybe the best writer of his generation and certainly the best Topeka writer of his generation,” said Eric McHenry, Washburn assistant professor of English. “He’s a prodigy and a genius. He’ll

knock this campus on its backside. I hope everybody comes to hear him.” Among his many accolades, Lerner is the youngest writer to be published by Copper Canyon Press with his three books “The Lichtenberg Figures,” “Angle of Yaw” and “Mean Free Path.” The second book was a finalist for the National Book Award. “It was Ben and all the great eminences of the poetry world at this big tuxedo banquet,” said McHenry. Using his time as a Ful-

bright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, in 2003 as inspiration, Lerner’s new novel, “Leaving the Atocha Station,” has received mountains of praise and has been called one of the best books of 2011 by numerous publications, including a writeup in The New Yorker and an acclaim from celebrated author Jonathan Franzen. “[Lerner’s] the smartest person I’ve ever met,” said McHenry. “I met him when he was 16 and still a student at Topeka High School. I didn’t feel like I was meeting a 16-year-

old. You can only be grateful to be in his company. He’s not aloof or self-important or offputtingly eccentric, like some geniuses are.”

Norman. “It’s as short as one evening in the end and as long as a week to two months work of rehearsals.” Sarah Labovitz, conductor of ensemble and the assistant director of bands at Washburn University, premiered her first performance with the students with two pieces: “Sun Dance” by Frank Ticheli and “Children’s Folk Song Suite” by Kevin Walczyk. Cary Stahly, the en-

bands at Seaman High School, also a Washburn University graduate, returned for his first performance with the students with three pieces: “Roller Coaster” by Otta Schwarz, “Pas Redouble” by Camile SaintSaens and “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual” by Robert W. Smith. All pieces, a c -

songs and rhythmic based pieces, an unplanned roller coaster, if you will,” said Norman. Between the rhythmic sounds of the band and the sound effects from the band members, the Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble members kept the audience’s attention when their pieces required them to scream. Connor Penton, Washburn Rural senior and first chair saxophone player, described the experience as worth it. “Meeting new people and working with a new director every year has been a huge benefit to me as a musician,” said Penton. Along with his peers, Penton claimed the experience is always exciting and new. “There’s always something different musically,” said Penton. “It’s always riveting.”

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

Topeka high schools compete for ensemble spot Jordan Loomis


At the high school level, hard work and determination mean everything when working toward a goal that will affect the future, especially when that goal is one that comes only to those who are practiced eloquently in their talent. From a l l surroundi n g schools in the Topeka area, high school musi- cians tried out for a spot in the annual Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble. Mark Norman, Washburn University director of bands, hosted the event for his third year. “The previous director of bands started this ensemble about fifteen years ago,” said

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cording to the ensemble’s host were a mix of culture. There was no theme involved. “We had a multitude of folk

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Jordan Loomis is a freshman mass media major. Reach her at jordan.loomis@washburn. edu

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Topeka loves Burger Stand more popular burgers has been the fried macaroni and cheese burger. In a couple of weeks, Since opening in Septem- Burger Stand will also be addber 2011, the Burger Stand’s ing gluten-free buns. On tap, business has been busy. Due they have six local brews from to the boom in business, they the Blind Tiger, Boulevard, have extended their evening Free State and Tallgrass. hours and will have a lot on The Pong Bar is now availtheir agenda once the weather able for reserved parties. Availis warmer. able packages and booking “[The] Burger Stand has information are available on been established as their website. It is a lunch place, but advised to book at COLLEGE Friday nights are our least three weeks HILL busiest,” said Pedro to a month in adConcepcion, executive chef. vance to ensure availability. On their spring and sum- Ping pong is free in the mornmer menu, the Burger Stand ings, but is still an inexpensive, will have some new salads fun activity in the evenings at that will satisfy anyone’s taste $2 for a half hour and $3 for buds. One of their salads will one hour. There is only about a feature candied smoked bacon five-minute wait on their busiwith blue cheese vinaigrette est nights. and sliced apples. For the sumIn December 2011, Burger mer, some fruits available will Stand started having karaoke be grilled peaches, passion fruit on Friday nights from 10 p.m. and prickly pear. Another spring to 1 a.m. item will include a vanilla bean “Our books are updated Guinness float. weekly and recently added 300 “It’s like a milkshake with songs,” said Chris Hoffman, a hint of chocolate in the fla- general manager. “If we don’t vor,” said Concepcion. have a song available, we can One of the Burger Stand’s download it for you.”

The Burger Stand has had live music from local musicians and plan on doing more on the patio during warmer weather on Saturday nights. “We encourage local bands to bring in their demo CDs,” said Hoffman. “We’ll give them all a listen.” The Burger Stand offers a 10 percent discount to military, police officers and Washburn students with ID. They are located on the corner of 16th and Lane and open daily at 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays they are open late until 1 a.m. To book a reservation for the Pong Bar, please visit their website at or call (785) 783-8900.

Michelle Boltz

less acidity in the taste. With both the Trifecta and the French Press method, the water and coffee are together throughout the brewing process. Every first and third Sunday at noon, Flying Monkey provides coffee tastings (cuppings) where coffee lovers can try all three methods. Chemex pitchers are available for purchase and can get tips on how to make your own fresh coffee from home. They have a full espresso menu, along with bottled and draft beers. On the food side are salads, soups, sandwiches, quiche and baked goods, all made from scratch. Soups and quiche change daily. Two of their salads are quinoa and tabboueh. Quinoa provides complete protein and is super healthy. Their seeded flatbread is popular with their hummus dip. Their hours are Mon. Thurs. 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 6:30 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Students can get a 10 percent discount when they show their Washburn ID.

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Michelle Boltz is a junior mass media major. Reach her at

Fresh brews across from WU “It’s based on The Wizard of Oz,” said Bastin. “It’s still Kansas and Midwestern themed Located across from Wash- but fun.” burn’s corner waterfall is The Flying Monkey is the only Flying Monkey, where a cup of coffee shop in Topeka that coffee can be made four differ- brews their coffee in three addient ways and then some. tional methods, and each flavor They provide no pre- is unique in itself. The first is brewed cofthe Trifecta fee, and it’s method. It “ made fresh creates a It’s based on the and handmild smooth Wizard of Oz, poured to taste. The it’s Kansas and one’s insecond is dividual the Pour Midwestern themed tastes. FlyOver, which but fun. ing Monis the mildkey made est of the its debut in three meth- Holly Bastin December ods. About the name of 2011 and What’s Flying Monkey have brews distinctive ” about this on tap from the Blind method is Tiger, Java Porter and Raw the water and coffee blend toWheat. The creator of the Java gether as it is brewing. The cofPorter blend was John Dean, fee is saturated, and one can who also brews coffee at the watch the coffee bubble up as Blind Tiger. it agitates the gasses to make it “Dean is a coffee nerd on foam as it brews within a couthe side,” said Holly Bastin, ple of minutes. director of retail for PT’s CofThe Chemex (French fee. “He likes to brew coffee for Press) method is an hourglassfun.” shaped glass pitcher that uses a Flying Monkey got its fine paper filter and leads to a name from their espresso blend cleaner cup of java. This methand enjoyed the image created od is strongest of the three and by their graphic designer. provides more of the body with WASHBURN REVIEW

Michelle Boltz is a junior mass media major. Reach her at

Photos by Ryan Burge and Jordan Loomis, Washburn Review

College Hill is Steppin’ it Up!: With the recent additions of Flying Monkey, Burger Stand and Neebo, College Hill has seen a lot more traffic. Right across from Washburn’s campus, they offer discounts to students as well as an easy alternative to what one can find on campus.

Comedienne Villasenor performs for WU Jordan Loomis


To Melissa Villasenor, stand up comedian and impressionist, laughter is the best medicine. Villasenor first began her career as a comic in California, when she was 12 years old. “I was singing when I realized I could start doing impressions,” said Villasenor. “For example, I learned Brittney Spears.” The next day Villasenor shared that impression with her friends at school and everyone was laughing. This is where she realized her newfound passion. “It just made sense,” said Villasenor. “I love making people laugh, therefore, I wanted to be a comedian.” However, with her shy

personality, Villasenor didn’t showcase her newfound talent until her sophomore year of high school, when she told herself she absolutely had to take part in the talent show. “I did my singing impressions and ended up getting a standing ovation from my high school,” said Villasenor. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.’” Then, with the aid of a friend, Villasenor ended up performing her singing impressions and comic act to the judges on a Seattle audition for America’s Got Talent. “I went in thinking that I shouldn’t expect anything to come out of it,” said Villasenor. “But it was probably the most beautiful experience of my career.”

Villasenor describes the experience as an ‘‘extremely important” one, even with her body buzzing in excitement. “If I hadn’t taken that opportunity, I’d probably still be working at Forever 21,” said Villasenor. “It was just so great for me.” Even with stand up as her current main focus, Villasenor has other goals in life. “I love standup, but I also want to be given the opportunity to do TV and film,” said Villasenor. “But personally, I really want to be on Saturday Night Live—that’s been one of my dreams for my entire life.” Villasenor also has a current side project that she hopes to accomplish soon between shows. “I’m working on a short story book,” said Villasenor.

“Maybe I’ll do a cartoon too, I like to draw and could do a voiceover for it.” Having performed stand up comedy for the past two years, performing at Washburn University was nothing for Villasenor. “I feel that tonight was a great show,” said Villasenor. “I left the stage really happy and as a comedian, that’s all I can ask for.” Villasenor next performs Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Pittsburg State University.

Jordan Loomis is a freshman mass media major. Reach her at jordan.loomis@washburn. edu

Photo by Linnzi Fusco, Washburn Review

Laughter Ringing on Campus: Comedienne Melissa Villasenor told her jokes to a packed house Tuesday night. Villasenor’s impressions of notable people were well received by the audience.

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WU welcomes Wangler back

Ichabod All Americans 2012

motions, designing programs and writing promotion reads. Doing both jobs requires From 2006-09, Jeremy organization and work-ethic. Wangler worked for Wash- Cassell said that doing all of burn University as the assistant these jobs is a difficult task to sports information director. accomplish. However, WU ended up los“What can I say,” said Casing Wangler to then-conference sell, “he does what’s needed to rival University of Nebraska- be done every time. I can’t ask Omaha for a few years. for more than that.” As a student at UNO, WanWangler is also an accomgler dreamed of working for his plished media guide designer, alma mater. as he has won several CoSIDA “The position opened up, National Contests for Division and it was a II. lot closer to In fact, family and Wangler has friends,” said taken home Wangler. “It 18 of these just felt like a awards begood move.” tween working However, at Washburn the situation and UNO. turned back Both Casaround when sell and Wanthe same pogler admit to sition opened being extremeback up for ly proud of Washburn. It these awards. Photo courtesy of Gene Cassell, Washburn SID gave Wangler “I learned the chance to so much from re-evaluate his career and de- both head directors at both coltermine where he really wanted leges,” said Wangler. “I was to be. extremely proud to win the Na“It was great to be home, tional Contest in Division II.” but it just wasn’t the same enNot only does bringing vironment as Washburn,” said awards to Washburn excite Wangler. Cassell, but being able to gain Along with that, he went the advantage in other areas on to list other reasons for his creates quite a buzz with the return. He listed a greater co- media guides. hesiveness between the sports “It’s something we pride information director, the fact ourselves in,” said Cassell. “We that WU was a more embrac- can give those to recruits and ing community and a smaller who knows how much a sharp school. looking guide will influence a Washburn sports informa- possible prospect.” tion director Gene Cassell still As happy as Wangler is to embraced Wangler as one of be back at Washburn, there is WU’s own. also a personal event happen“When the opening came ing in his life that he is excited up, we were still talking as about. friends,” said Cassell. “We His wife, Michaela Saunwere a tight group before and ders, gave birth Jan. 22 to the decided to bring him back.” couple’s first-born child, Clark Not only is Jeremy back as Nelson Wangler. Michaela is the assistant sports information the web editor in the University director—he is also assistant Relations office at WU. marketing director. “It will be something that I Both of these jobs include will have to re-evaluate my time many responsibilities, such as with,” said Wangler before the promoting sports, getting infor- baby’s birth. “But we are both mation to the public and media, extremely excited to bring in an updating the website, creating Ichabod – even though that will press releases, making game not be the name of the baby.” notes and designing media guides. That is only on the SID Michael Vander Linden is a part of the job. His marketing freshman biology major. Reach job includes selling advertise- him at michael.vanderlinden@ ments, organizing in-game pro-

Michael Vander Linden Washburn Review

Graphic by Rob Burkett, Washburn Review

The Washburn football team saw a historic season this past season. With the first ever 10 win season, the first playoff win in the history of the program and the breaking of several career and single season records, this team featured several standout players that have been raking in postseason accolades. The team featured seven players who were named to different postseason honor lists. Among them, senior quarterback Dane Simoneau appeared the most prominently with five appearances on All-American lists including four first team nominations. Simoneau also was one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill trophy, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding college football player each year. Of the seven players honored this offseason, only sophomore wide receiver DeJuan Beard will return next season for the Ichabods.

George jettisons Juco for WU Jordan Loomis

Washburn Review Talent is derived in two different ways. Some athletes are born with it and some athletes strive to gain it. What makes those athletes? Practice, sweat, family, blood and most of all—happiness. A team of athletes is built upon a strong basis—a family that works hard together is a family that will strive together. Junior forward Tiara George first began playing basketball when she was 3 years old in Baton Rouge, La. “From the first moment I held a basketball, I always had one in my hand,” said George. George then grew to be a more competitive player during her middle school years while attending McKinley Middle School and then later on at Glen Oaks High School. “I really became more involved with basketball outside of school while playing on an AAU team when I was 10 years old,” said George. Soon afterwards, George attended Angelina Junior College in Lufkin, Texas, which she said gave her the experience she needed when to take her talents to Washburn. “I played multiple positions in the past,” said George. It was at a tournament in Dallas that first showcased George’s skills to Ron McHenry, Washburn women’s head basketball coach. McHenry said he believes that with time, George will be a complete player. “She is very talented offensively,” said McHenry. “She

Photo by Richard Kelly, Washburn Review

Callin’ Baton Rouge: Junior forward Tiara George heads for the basket against Emporia State. George, a Baton Rouge, La., native, has scored 9.3 points per game this season for the Lady Blues. gives us a strong, athletic player dedication to earn. from the post position.” “I had a difficult time getAccording to George, ting used to Coach McHenry’s McHenry has been a coach system at first,” said George, unlike any other she’s had the “but I knew after I arrived at pleasure of playing for. Washburn University that I was “I thought that I had a in the right place and playing strong and for the right unlimited “ coach.” She is very talented passion for With the offensively. She gives Lady Blues basketball,” said George, most recent us a strong, athletic “but Coach player from the post opponent beMcHenry has ing Emporia position. a much stronState, George - Ron McHenry ger and more said the Lady Lady Blues head coach powerful Blues fought passion for ” hard for their the game.” win. W i t h “ T h e intense practices and hard ar- lead could have been bigger,” rangements, as both a student said George, “but we did we and an athlete, McHenry taught what we had to do as a team to George that everything worth obtain it.” having takes patience and hard On a personal level,

George feels said the harder the Blues work, the easier it will be to transition to playing to the upmost of her abilites. “If we, the team, didn’t practice longer than the regular team did, then we wouldn’t have the work ethic to play as hard as we do and come out with a win,” said George. Overall, George feels the family vibe has been the greatest aspect of her time while playing with the Lady Blues at Washburn. “With Coach McHenry’s help,” said George, “we are one crowd, one voice, one team, and this is our year.” Jordan Loomis is a freshman mass media major. Reach her at jordan.loomis@washburn. edu.

WU assassinates Lincoln Continued from page 1 for the Lady Blues. They began quite sluggish and just did not look like themselves throughout the half. “We even sat there looking through film and could not recognize our girls and how poorly we started,” said McHenry. However, the second half proved to be quite an improvement, as WU hit percent from the field. McHenry’s halftime speech was primarily to technique and to finish plays, and the ladies pulled through. Things continued going south for the Lady Blues at the beginning of the second half, but a long run of 13-0 from Washburn significantly took the lead. One the girls maintained the rest of the night. An impressive figure from

the 13-0 run included nine of those points coming from bench players. McHenry stressed has throughout the year that the Blues’ depth is was one of the strongest across the nation. “We always have the bench production, sometimes offensively and others defensively,” said McHenry. “They just put more up on the offensive side and got noticed for it on that particular night.” Six players from the Lady Blues were able to score eight or more points, led by reigning MIAA Athlete of the Week Ebonie Williams with 21.

Michael Vander Linden is a freshman biology major. Reach him at michael.vanderlinden@

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Topeka tops Texas, 3-2 Richard Kelly


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After a less than stellar team performance Friday night, the Topeka RoadRunners returned to more flattering form Saturday night. Aided by goals from defenseman Mick Bruce and forwards Sean Gaffney and Dan Dupell, Topeka (26-12-2) held off Texas (25-11-6) late as they defeated the Tornado 3-2 at Landon Arena. Losing 2-1 Friday night in a game that lacked a sense of intensity, Topeka head coach Scott Langer said the return of Bruce and Dupell on Saturday was crucial. Both players were suspended for Friday’s contest due to events that took place in Topeka’s series the weekend prior. “It’s nice when you put two guys in who both score,” said Langer. “Dan [Dupell] was right back on the horse. You know, with his work ethic, he probably could’ve even had a few more goals. Hopefully he continues that work ethic.” The scoring started early for Topeka as Bruce ripped a shot past Texas goaltender Joakim Jutras just 48 seconds into the first period. It was Bruce’s first goal of the season in 39 games. “It was a great feeling [to get a goal early],” said Bruce. “It was really frustrating sitting out and watching the team so coming back and responding like that really felt great.” Later in the first period, Topeka appeared to score their second goal, but the play was ruled dead as the referee lost track of the puck before it trickled across the goal line. The ruling was much to the chagrin of the season high 3,487 in attendance. In the second period, Topeka again came close to a goal as they had a 3-on-1 break, but despite the red light turning on to signal a goal was scored, the referee did not stop play. Texas was able to tie the game at 13:35 of the period when forward CJ Reuschlein capitalized on a turnover and buried it behind Topeka goaltender Peter Tra-

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Playing on Thin Ice: Sean Gaffney, Topeka forward, races down the rink. One of Gaffney’s goals helped the RoadRunners defeat the Texas Tornado this past Saturday. ber. Gaffney then scored on a 2-on-1 break at 18:18 to give Topeka a 2-1 lead at second intermission. Texas attempted to climb back into the game early in the third period, as they had a powerplay. But Dupell used his speed to his advantage, grabbing a loose puck and firing it past Jutras to give Topeka a 3-1 lead. “Being shorthanded, we definitely try to still produce as much offense as possible,” said Dupell. “We try to stay defensive, but if there’s a chance to be offensive and produce, we’re going to try and score goals.” Forward Jordan Lovick notched a shorthanded goal at 18:13 to cut the Topeka lead to 3-2, but Traber and the Topeka defense turned aside any no-

tion of a tie game with tough play late in the game. “I thought our energy level was quite different from last night,” said Langer. “We were a lot more physical and won a lot more races to the puck tonight. We did a good job getting those timely goals.” Topeka returns to the ice Friday and Saturday night as they face the New Mexico Mustangs at 7:05 p.m. at Landon Arena. This will be the only time the two teams meet this regular season after they played each other seven times last season. Richard Kelly is a senior mass media and social work major. Reach him at

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UNO in the rematch. However, Washburn took the upWASHBURN REVIEW per hand in the first half with a quick 11-0 start, then took a 44-25 lead into With the crowds steadily filling halftime. Leading the attack on the up the seats of Lee Arena Saturday, the Mavericks was junior guard Will McWashburn Ichabods prepared them- Neill, who scored 10 of his game-high selves for their second face off against 18 points in the first half. a Division I team, the University of “Will was awesome once again for Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. us,” said Chipman. “He really played UNO, formerly in the MIAA as well and helped get us going today.” a Division II team, made the transiWith the pep band, student section tion to the Summit League this year in and cheerleaders enthusiastically rousevery sport except football and wres- ing the crowd’s attentive manner, the tling, which the university Ichabods came out for a dropped for financial reastrong second half. Putting MEN’S sons and because the Suma strong defensive front, BASKETBALL on mit League doesn’t offer the Ichabods increased to a those sports. 30 point lead at 63-33 in just the first “We beat them earlier in the year 10 minutes of the second half. so we expected them to come up here McNeill threw down a monstrous pumped up to get some revenge,” said midgame dunk in transition after a deBob Chipman, Washburn head coach. fensive rebound, giving the patrons of When the Ichabods first met with Lee Arena a renewed sense of vigor. the Mavericks Nov. 29 in Omaha, With a newfound energy, the IchNeb., Washburn pulled through with abods pushed the Mavericks harder a 73-63 win. With that win in mind, defensively. Beyond the cheering of the Ichabods expected blood lust from the crowd, the Ichabods kept together

and held off the Mavericks for a strong finish of 78-56. Alongside McNeill’s 18 points, he also snagged five steals and six rebounds. Also in double digits were junior forward Zack Riggins, who had 11 points, and junior guard Martin Mitchell, who had 10 points. Saturday’s victory moves the team to a 13-5 record on the year as Washburn braces itself for the second half of the MIAA conference schedule. “Its a competitive league this year,” said Chipman. “We’ll have to get ourselves better each day so we can finish strong.” The Ichabods will next face off against Northwest Missouri State at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Lee Arena.

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scoring numbers, he makes up for with pretty much every other major statistic. Though he averages only 11.0 PPG After exactly a month of play in in his rookie season, he also averages the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals some players have stepped up in their in 32.3 minutes of play. The Spaniard respective positions as the top fantasy has had seven double-doubles on the players. This five-week series will in- season, which is muy impressivo for a vestigate the top five players at each rookie, and is on pace for the Rookie position, what they were ranked prior of the Year award. However, his stelto the season, and how their produc- lar play has faltered as of late, as he’s tion will change in the future. scored in the double digits only once This week, our focus is on argu- in the last five games, so he may not be ably the most important position on as highly rated next month. the court: the point guard. 2. Brandon Jennings, Milwau5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls kee Bucks (No. 18 Preseason Posi(No. 1 Preseason Position Rank) – tion Rank) – In 2009, he became the Tabbed as a top 5 draft pick prior to the youngest player in NBA history to start of the season, Rose’s value has score 50 or more points in a game, yet dropped off a little since the season for some reason his preseason rankbegan. D-Rose averages 20.8 points ing was surprisingly low. So far this per game, 8.7 assists per game and 3.5 season, he’s proven himself to be one rebounds per game in 37.0 minutes per of the top point guards in the league, game, but missed four straight games despite being drafted around the 9th prior to his return Monday from a round in many fantasy leagues. He’s toe injury. He also missed the Jan. 11 averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.1 game against Washington. When he’s rebounds, and committed fairly few in the game, he’s a conturnovers at 2.3 per game. POINT sistent scoring and assists With 2.0 three pointers GUARDS machines, but injuries may per game and 1.7 steals continue to plague him all season. If per game, he gets a ton of points from he stays healthy, consider him a lock categories outside of the typical points to regain his No. 1 ranking at his posi- and assists. tion, but keep an eye out for signs of 1. Kyle Lowry, Houston Rocklingering injuries. ets (No. 13 Preseason Position Rank) 4. Deron Williams, New Jersey – For the surprise of the year, Lowry Nets (No. 4 Preseason Position Rank) takes the cake as the best point guard – Apparently, the people who pick the in the league. His success is spread preseason rankings know what they’re out over several categories, with 16.5 doing sometimes. Williams has lived points, 8.6 assists and 6.6 rebounds up to his preseason ranking, netting per game, well above his career av18.2 PPG, 8.3 APG and 3.8 RPG. He erages of 10.1, 4.7 and 3.4. He also nearly earned a triple double Sunday averages 2.0 three pointers and 2.1 against the Charlotte Bobcats, with 19 steals in 36.6 minutes per game, very points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, respectable numbers. On Monday, he along with two steals, and has scored put up a triple double with 16 points, in the double digits in every game he’s 10 assists and 10 rebounds, along with played. Better yet, he’s only missed three steals, and has had several games one game this season. He should con- where he came close to a triple double. tinue to play at this level throughout If he can sustain this type of statistical the entire season, given that the only success, expect him to keep his spot as other major scorer on the team is Mar- the No. 1 point guard in the league for Shon Brooks, though his assists per the year. game total has room to improve this season (for his career, he averages 9.2 assists per game). 3. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Tim- Josh Rouse is a senior mass media berwolves (No. 32 Preseason Posi- major. Reach him at joshua.rouse@ tion Rank) – What Rubio lacks in

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