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Washburn University Volume 143, Issue 8


October 19, 2016



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Throat to liver: Kenny Cann, Kenny will overcome

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Blessed Bods: Beloved Chartwells worker, Kenny Cann, shows his Washburn pride by posing with Mr. Ichabod in the Union Underground. Cann has been a positive and cheerful member of the Washburn campus, talking to students as he works behind the pasta counter and wishing them to have a “blessed day.”

Lisa Herdman


Kenny Cann, also referred to by some students as “Mr. Blest”, was a Chartwell’s worker who many students may recognize as the worker at the pasta station who told students to “have a blessed day,” recently finished his radiation and chemo treatments for his throat cancer. However, during this time of recovery he was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Cann has decided to go home to be with his family in South Carolina who will help him transition into hospice care. He has worked eight years at Washburn University, serving food to students and telling them to have a blessed day. Coworkers and students have expressed interest and worry over Cann’s disappearance from campus. A banner signing event from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 brought students to the Me-

morial Union to sign and write messages to Cann while he is recovering. “Kenny would brighten up all the students life’s and he really makes an impact,” said Daniel Adame, a Chartwells Food Service worker and close friend of Cann’s. “If you were having a bad day he would fix it... I want him to know that he will never be alone and I want people to have a blessed day.” Cann has been recognized for his work by Washburn’s 2015 Muriel D. Clark Student

Photo by Lisa Herdman

Blessings: Students and faculty gather to sign a banner for Kenny Cann, labeled “Blessings for Kenny.” It was located on a table in front of the Corner Store in the Memorial Union in support of Cann’s ongoing battle with cancer.

Life Achieving Excellence Award. Well wishes and cards can still be sent to Cann through multiple Washburn faculty and staff members. For information, contact Janel or Jon Rutherford in the Memorial Union, Ryan Calovich (SAR-BTAC), or Debra Mikulka (Garvey 233). You can make a donation that will go towards helping to pay Cann’s medical funds at any U.S. Bank location: USBank/KennyCann/145573

164863. “I hear a lot of students talking about Kenny, everyone asks where he is - we miss him,” said Roshelle Reid, Chartwells Food Service and Catering employee. “When he’s gone, it makes a big difference.” Lisa Herdman,, is an English and mass media double major.

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October 19, 2016


Mabee Library holds final debate watch

Mabee Library will be hosting the final Debate Watch of 2016. A special guest speaker will be joining the discussion, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. The debate itself is set to begin at 8 p.m. This is the final Presidential Debate of the 2016 election year, between democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and republican nominee Donald Trump. Free pizza will be available for participants in the evening’s discussion and events. The University is encouraging social media interaction during the debate by asking students to use the #WUDebateWatch hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

WU hosts Halloween events for community

The Washburn Residential Council will be hosting their annual “Trick-or-Treat Off the Streets” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Lincoln and Living Learning Center residential living buildings. The event is aimed toward families in Topeka who are looking for a safe outlet to let their children trick-or-treat without walking on the streets. Residents can sign up to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters at the front desks of their residential living buildings. Student organizations are encouraged to sign up to run a Halloween-themed activity or game station that evening. To sign up an organization to direct an activity, contact Paul Mismaque at paul.mismaque@ For more information, vis-

it the Students Activities and Greek Life office in the basement of the Memorial Union, or the front desk of the Lincoln or Living Learning Center residential living buildings.

Can Emporia continues

The month of October marks the start of Can Emporia and the Washburn Student Government Association will be collecting cans and monetary donations until Nov 6. WSGA invites students to compete in the friendly competition. Each year, Washburn competes with Emporia State in order to collect the most food for their respective charities. Students can donate by monetary means online at or bring cans to the WSGA office, located in the lower level of the Memorial Union. WSGA also accepts Ramen Noodles (4 packages equals 1 can), jarred items 12oz or more (equivalent to 3 cans), boxes of cereal 12oz or more (equivalent to 3 cans) and Macaroni and Cheese (1 box equals 1 can). Students only have 18 days left to donate!

FAFSA completion event

The Financial Aid Office and Student One Stop will host a FAFSA completion event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in Morgan Hall 053. Students who participate in this event will be entered into a drawing for a $500 scholarship and two scholarships will be awarded. Students who have already completed their 20172018 FAFSA may bring proof of completion to the event for have their names entered into the drawing. Independent students will need to bring their FSA ID, 2015

tax form and W-2, as well as any additional asset, investment or untaxed income information. Dependent students will need their parents or legal guardian to provide this information. If you have any additional questions call the Financial Aid Office at (785) 670-1151.

Halloween decor haunts Washburn

Inscape submissions coming to a close

Inscape Magazine will stop accepting submissions Oct. 31. Inscape Magazine is the literary journal for Washburn University. Every year, English students take the best submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. The magazine prides itself on student involvement and was originally founded in 1972 as a publication for students and the surrounding Topeka community. The magazine now gets submissions from across the globe. Please visit for more details on the blind submission process and frequently asked questions. Inscape does not ask for a reading fee.

Beatty explores presidential election

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture will feature Bob Beatty, professor of political science and KSNT News political analyst. The lecture, titled “American Shocker: Inside the Wild 2016 Presidential Election from Start to Finish” will take place 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. The lecture may provide insight for those feeling that this election is particularly unusual. Beatty began working as a

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Keep Out: Halloween decorations cling to the windows in the courtyard window of the Memorial Union. Breaking out the decorations marks the beginning of the fall season and coming holidays.

political analyst for KSNT in 2004. He specializes in election coverage and even moderated a debate between senatorial candidates Pat Roberts and Greg Orman. Beatty has also served as a visiting professor for the

United States Department of State and wrote a documentary on governorship in Kansas.

Washburn Campus Police Report October 8 01:01 - Possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, interfering with officer, driving on suspended license. Facility Services. Report taken: individual taken to DOC by WUPD: referred to the District Attorney. October 12 08:55 - Forged checks. Morgan Hall. Report taken: investigation continues.

The Washburn Review’s crime report follows crime trends on a yearOctober 14 10:38 - Burglary/Theft/Criminal damage to to-year basis. This chart accounts for crime from Jan. 7 to Oct. 18. Alcohol Violations - 8% a building Assault - 3% Washburn Institute of Tech. Assault - 1% Report taken: investigation continues. October 15 15:47 - Sexual battery. Lincoln Hall. Report taken: investigation continues.

Burglary (Vehicle) - 8% Criminal Damage - 14% Domestic Violence - 1% Drug Arrests - 12% Harassment - 7% Sex Offense - 1% Theft (Auto) - 5% Traffic Accidents - 16% Theft - 24%

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Washburn debate wins UC Berkeley Tournament as policy proposals and critical theory,” said Kaitlyn Bull, senior political science major. The Washburn debate squad “You become very well-versed won multiple awards at the Union both sides of many topics. versity of California, Berkeley That’s what drives me: The opTournament during the first portunity to learn more about weekend of October. the world and its major issues.” Clashing with many excellent Washburn walked away from competitors from schools such the tournament with many medals. After another Berkeley team defeated them in the first tournament of the year, two competitors, Bull and Ryan Kelly, faced the same team in the final round of the U.C. Berkeley Tournament. Coming together as a squad after the loss at the last tournament, they came up with many new arguments and rebuttals to Berkeley’s key argument, Courtesy of Ryan Kelly which became the linchpin of their On Top: Ryan Kelly and Kaitlyn Bull, senior debate partners who won the UC Berkeley offense against the tournament, and Quintin Brown, a senior who won the top speaker at the tournament.

Jackson Hermann


as Lewis & Clark, University of Nevada Reno and U.C. Berkeley as well. The East Bay Tournament is known for being an ambitious and cutthroat contest, with many prestigious awards to take. “We have to do a wide variety of research on information such

team in their rematch. “Debate is all about doing indepth research on a bunch of current events and philosophical topics,” said Kelly, senior international business and marketing major. The teamwork paid off. Bull and Kelly won the ballots of all three judges in the final round, winning the tournament unanimously. Washburn won the overall squad honor of the sweepstakes trophy, as well, which recognizes them as best team and the best squad at the tournament. “It was incredibly rewarding because it’s our last year and we haven’t been able to win Berkeley yet,” said Bull. In addition to the tournament victory, Washburn took the top three Speaker Awards, with Quintin Brown, senior sociology and philosophy major, taking the top Speaker Award and the Sharmi Doshi ‘10 Award, named after an alumnus of the Cal Berkeley debate squad, which recognizes a person or team who has made particularly valuable contributions to em-

power women, people of color or other groups who have been under-represented in the debate community. “It was crazy, I didn’t believe I was going to win it but then they called my name,” Brown said. “I hope it pushes other individuals to be good members of the community with a broader awareness of certain issues.” Washburn broke past two other teams in the preliminary rounds. Kelly Burns and Grant Waters finished 4-2, clearing the way to the elimination rounds where they finished as octafinalists. Brown and Will Starks came out of preliminary rounds 5-1, clearing and finishing as semifinalists, coming in third place overall. Overall, Washburn debate has had a successful start to the season this fall, setting themselves up for future victories as the season moves forward. Jackson Hermann, jackson., is a sophomore mass media major.

PTKAW honor society recruiting transfer students

Ryan Thompson


Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for two-year colleges. This includes community colleges and technical schools, such as Washburn Tech. Entrance to the organization is based on grade point average and is open to all disciplines. Students who join this organization are considered members for life and Phi Theta Kappa Alumni of Washburn is a student organization at Washburn that seeks to extend that membership to the fouryear university. According to Paul Flumen, secretary of PTKAW, this is the

first officially recognized Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter at a four-year institution in Kansas, making PTKAW an organization particular to Washburn. This organization hopes their presence will make Washburn uniquely appealing to honor students transferring from two-year institutions. “We think that if we have an organization like this here at Washburn, we can help with that recruiting because I believe there are thousands of kids in PTK around the state of Kansas,” said Thaina Jensen, president of PTKAW. “We could recruit hundreds of students possibly to come to Washburn just because

we are here and they are familiar with PTK.” Washburn also offers a scholarship exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members. “Washburn offers a PTK scholarship of $1000 just for having been a member of PTK,” said Kristen Kogl, vice president for public relations. “One of our main objectives here is to bring light to that scholarship and why a PTK member should be interested in Washburn.” Phi Theta Kappa membership opens up other scholarship opportunities at Washburn, as well. “I received the Marcoux Scholarship from the school of

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business, largely based on what I put in the letter, which was all about what I had done at Phi Theta Kappa,” Flumen said. After his first year at Washburn, Flumen began working with the admissions office and PTK advisors across the state, hoping to start the transfer student equivalent of the FYE program. “What we want to do is to try to provide a form of student support for the office of admissions in order to get that message out,” Flumen said. Eventually, Flumen recruited Thaina Jensen for president of the organization and James Barraclough for faculty advisor.

PTKAW became officially registered March 21. They started the fall semester with eight members and have since grown to 17 members. “These people have leader written all over them,” Flumen said. “These are brand new people who have a long way ahead of them at Washburn and can really accomplish some great things while they’re here.” PTKAW looks to get engaged in volunteer opportunities on campus and hope to eventually start their own 5k. Ryan Thompson,, is a senior English major.

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Week Without Violence educates on domestic violence Jackson Hermann


YWCA of Topeka is running the capitol city’s Week Without Violence Oct. 15 to 21. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and during this important period dedicated to bringing better education of intimate partner violence and abuse, the YWCA of Topeka planned a week full of activities and events to bring awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence. “The YWCA nationally has run the Week Without Violence campaign for many years and as an affiliate we run our own,” said Michelle McCormick, Program Director for the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. “During this week we have a number of events scheduled that are designed to be opportunities to bring awareness to the issues.” The week kicked off Oct. 15 with the traveling film festival, Lunafest, showing a number of films made by women for women. It was co-hosted by Girls on the Run, a running group for middle-school aged girls focused on healthy self-esteem and body

image issues. The YWCA held a training for clergy members Oct. 17. “It’s a way to engage the faith community and it’s specifically a training so that they can better understand the dynamics of domestic violence,” McCormick said. “They can learn how they can respond and how they can get folks in their religious community connected to our services.” There will be a march and rally from 12 to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the capitol building, traveling down to the YWCA of Topeka. “It’s our opportunity to have a very public presence so that victims and survivors know that there’s people who support them,” McCormick said. “So that’s our very public event that caps off the Week Without Violence.” In addition to the march itself, the Shawnee Co. Sherriff’s department and the Topeka Police department come together every year to provide lunch for everyone who attends. This week is a crucial part of increasing the awareness of this important issue. “People would be surprised to

learn, I just ran our quarterly figures and in the months of July, August and September we sheltered over 80 people,” McCormick said. “We answered over 500 hotline calls during that time and we provided over 1,000 counseling services during those 3 months. There are people in our community experiencing these difficulties. It’s not an issue that people tend to speak publicly about and so there’s a lot of under-reporting.”

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STAND will be providing in- tion advocating for human rights formation about the domestic and equality of the sexes. violence in the Union throughout “It’s an educational event and the week. for a lot of us it’s easy to turn a “The week without violence is blind eye because it’s normalized being put on through the YWCA in our society and happens so of Topeka and they wanted to much,” Barron said. “But I think know if we’d help,” said Dami- it’s something important that we an Barron, senior anthropology need to combat and I’m glad that major and president of STAND. the YWCA is helping put this “We’re helping with tabling and on.” making buttons for domestic violence awareness and informa- Jackson Hermann, jackson., is a tion.” STAND is a student organiza- sophomore mass media major.

SAAC volleyball tournament raises money for Make-a-Wish Benjamin Anderson WASHBURN REVIEW

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Phi Delta Theta hosted a sand volleyball tournament to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation Oct. 16 at the Phi Delta Theta house. According to SAAC’s web page, SAAC members help connect student-athlete to happenings on campus and in conferences. SAAC provides a voice for Division II athletes across the nation. They have organized and participated in many events here in Topeka, including other sporting events and home repairs around the city. “In the past we have done Books with Bods, which is a reading program we do at local elementary schools,” Brittany Simmerman said, assistant athletic director at Washburn University. “Each individual sport does their own community service and outreach.” Natalie Bates, SAAC president, found out about helping with Make-a Wish at a SAAC conference. Make-a-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to grant wishes to children with terminal illnesses. “Wishes are more than just a nice thing,” according to the

Make-a-Wish mission statement. “They are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities.” SAAC is hoping to raise the money to grant a wish to a local child. “This year we got a kid that we kind of adopted, he’s six years old and a has life threatening condition, so we’re raising money to grant a wish that he has,” Bates said. “We contacted Phi Delta Theta because we wanted to be more involved with other organizations on campus, and they had a sand volley ball court. They agreed and have been super, super helpful.” According to Simmerman, Make-a-Wish is NCAA Division II’s charity of choice. “Every Division II school that has a SAAC has the choice to raise money for Make-a-Wish,” Simmerman said. “We have never raised money for Make-aWish, so this is something new, kind of a new challenge for us to take on.” Simmerman wanted to make note that SAAC is also hosting an upcoming dodgeball tournament and to be on the lookout for that. SAAC’s goal for this

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Spike: Two teams facing off in the first round of the six-on-six volleyball tournament. SAAC and Phi Delta Theta organized the tournament to raise funds for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

fundraiser is to raise $8,000 for Make-a-Wish. They have currently raised about half of that. “Anything anyone can do and help us out, like coming out to dodge ball and support us, would be awesome,” Simmer-

man said. Be sure to check your Washburn email for more information about upcoming fundraisers hosted by SAAC. For more information about the Make-aWish foundation you can visit

their website at Benjamin Anderson, benjamin.anderson@washburn. edu, is a freshman English and theatre major.

October 19, 2016

Stench of sexism in 2016 presidential election

Alexis Simmons


Trump’s now-notorious quote is greater than himself. It is a quote that represents a sexist American culture hiding in the woodwork of board rooms, law offices and now in the options on the ballot for president. Some try to deny the presence of sexism in American culture, but evidence proves otherwise. Peter Beinart wrote an especially scathing piece on sexism in the 2016 presidential election, titled “Fear of a Female President,” published in the October 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Beinart described the merchandise at the Republican National Convention as a great demonstration of the sexist undertones, sometimes overtones, of this election. Much of the merchandise displayed sexism, sometimes overtly graphic, and always shocking. Pins emblazoned with phrases such as “Hillary sucks but not like Monica” and t-shirts depicting Clinton on the ground being beaten by Trump filled the halls of the RNC. Furthermore, he wrote that in 2010, more Republicans told the Public Religion Research Institute that “there is a lot of discrimination” against white men then went onto say “there is a lot of discrimination” against women. “Americans who ‘completely agree’ that society is becoming ‘too soft and feminine’ were more than four times as likely to have a ‘very unfavorable’ view of Hillary Clinton as those who ‘completely disagree’ and the presidential-primary candidate whose supporters were most likely to believe that America is becoming feminized

was Donald Trump,” Beinart said. The issue here comes partially in the idea that being feminine is inherently a flaw. This mindset ranges from foreign policy expectations to, again, the board room. A 2010 study by Victoria L. Brescoll and Tyler G. Okimoto concluded that people respond differently to ambition based on the sex of the person holding it. More specifically, both men and women responded more positively to a theoretical male senator described as ambitious than to a female counterpart. This could be the reason so many voters view Hillary Clinton as unlikeable and unfavorable. They may view her ambition, as demonstrated throughout her career, to be demonstrative of negative character traits. Terri Vescio, a psychology professor at Penn State, came to a similar conclusion. “The more female politicians are seen as striving for power, the less they’re trusted and the more moral outrage gets directed at them,” Vescio said. An obvious case of sexism that nearly every woman running for office has heard, or possibly asked themselves, is being questioned on how they will be able to care for their children. Men are noticeably excluded from this concern, likely because women are consistently assumed to be the primary caretakers of children, as though men are incapable. Take a step back from your assumptions and observe the campaigns of each candidate through the lens of an outsider, completely unfamiliar with the election. Regardless of political affiliation, there is no denying the sexism pumping through the blood of voters, as well as Trump, this election season.

Alexis Simmons, alexis., is a junior political science major.

“In Review”

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Sleep. Class. Work. Study. Repeat. Most people assume that finals are the busiest time of the year for students, and while they do tend to take their toll on students, midterms should not be discounted for how much stress they cause. Typically in the fall semester, midterms end up being right near Homecoming activities. If you are a freshman, you are probably required to attend these events and take selfies there for your WU101 class. If you are in a student organization, you are probably also highly encouraged to participate in addition to attending the events. This means that on top of your classes, midterms, job and social life, you must also take hours out of your week to attend Homecoming events. Homecoming is a wonderful time, especially for students and faculty, to celebrate the fact that they are an Ichabod. But adding all the aforementioned things on top of it, including midterms, it puts an unnecessary and overwhelming amount of stress on students. As students, our mental health is stressed greatly enough on a daily basis. Adding midterms and Homecoming around the same time can make us feel swamped. Let’s break down the numbers here. There are 168 hours in a week and you are taking 15 credit hours a week per semester. That takes your total hours down to 153. Let’s assume you try to get around seven hours of sleep each night (this is the recommended

amount for adults). This takes your total to 104 hours. If you are working part-time, 20 hours a week, your new total is 84. Professors always tell us that two hours of study time are required per credit hour for each class, this equals 30 hours of studying per week, and makes the total come down to 54 hours. If you are required to attend Homecoming events, you will spend, on average, about 7 hours throughout the week celebrating your Washburn pride, this takes your total down to 47. If you are still planning on having about 3 hours per day devoted to your social life in this week, you are saying goodbye to another 21 hours, making your total 26. That leaves you with an extra 26 hours a week, averaging three and a half to four hours per day to rebuild your health and sanity. Although this is a stressful time and you feel that you have too much on your plate, remember that you are not alone. As students, we all know how much it sucks when it gets to this point in the semester, so we’ve got to stay in this together. Support your friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professors or others. But also don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself. Mental health checks are necessary. You should be a proud Ichabod, and make the most of your college experience. - The Editorial Staff

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October 19, 2016

Defining, explaining key LGBT community terms Ali Dade


October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History month, so I felt that I should take some time to go into depth on some of the terms that are used regularly. As the growing support of LGBT rights becomes more prevalent in American society, there are probably some community terms you've never heard of, or may be confused about. An important thing to remember is that you, don’t have to idenitify as LGBT to be a member of the community. We always need allies on our side. Romantic vs. Sexual Attraction Repeat after me: Sexual attraction is not the same as romantic attraction. A huge misconception is that if you are attracted to someone, it is automatically assumed that you want to have sex with them. One can absolutely be attracted to someone else romantically, and not want to have sex with them at all. Example: A man could identify as bisexual and hetero-romantic, meaning he is sexually attracted to men and women, but only has romantic feelings for women. Polyamory: Polyamory is the desire for or practice of intimate relationships (whether they be romantic or sexual) between multiple people. This means one or both people in the relationships may have more than one partner. Over the years, this term has received harsh scrutiny, as many people consider polyamory synonmous with infidelity. However, the key difference between cheating and polyamory is that in polyamorous relationships, all parties involved have knowledge of the situation and provide their consent. Some describe it as “consensual, ethi-

cal and responsible non-monogamy.” Example: A polyamorous man and woman may consider each other their central relationship, yet both could still see other people so long as there is open and honest communication from all parties. Another example would be if a woman were to maintain relationships with multiple partners without a central relationship to return home to. All partners would be aware of one another and consent to the relationships. Gender Identities Cisgender: Individuals whom identify as the gender they were born into. If one is born with a vagina and identify as female, or is born with a penis and identify as male, that inidividual is considered cisgender. Agender: Individuals who identify as having no gender, or as being of neutral gender (not feeling as though they belong under either the male or female label). Genderfluid: An individual who considers themselves Genderfluid means their gender indentity often changes. One day they may feel more masculine, and another day more feminine. Transgender: Essentially the opposite of cisgender, a transgender individual is someone who was born as one gender, but identifies as another. The individual may or may not go so far as to get gender reassignment surgery to turn their original genitals into that of the other gender. If someone is transgender, they may use the acronym “FTM” or “MTF,” meaning they were born female and have transistioned to male, or were born male and have transistioned to female, respectively. Preferred Pronouns Someone who may identify as

a different gender may prefer to be called by certain pronouns. Generally, the choices of pronouns would be: she/her, he/him, they/them. Another notable term to know is “Mx.” Which is to be used as a prefix alternative rather than “Miss” or “Mr.” If you are uncertain, do not be afraid to either simply use “them” to remain neutral, or ask the person for clarification. The term “queer,” is a trickier topic. A lot of people still don't feel comfortable saying it, because for so long it was used as hate speech against the gay community. In the recent decade, though, the LGBT community has been taking it back. I would not recommend calling someone "queer" unless they have specifically told you that it would be acceptable to use to describe them. This is also a term that is generally used inside the LGBT community, but you may get weird looks if you're a straight person who throws the word around a lot. Sexualities Heterosexual: An individual who experiences sexual attraction to the opposite gender. Asexual: An individual that feels little to no sexual attraction at all. Common misconceptions are that asexual individuals "haven't found the right person", or they "had a bad sexual experience.” In reality, an asexual individual may experience zero sexual arousal and meerly be interested in romantic relationships. Other asexual individuals may experience sexual arousal, but do not wish to have sex with other individuals. Bisexual: An individual who experience sexual attraction towards both men and women. Inidividuals may prefer one over the other, but are open to either.

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Hoist the Colors: The bisexuality flag is made up of pink, purple and blue stripes. The pink represents homosexual attraction, the blue, heterosexual attraction and the purple, the recognition of the bisexual middle ground. The official flag design was created by Michael Page in 1998.

Pansexual: An indivisual who is attracted to all genders. This is the key difference between bisexuals and pansexuals.They feel attraction towards men, women, trans men and women, those who identify as genderfluid and so on. Basically, pansexuals have the capacity to feel attraction to anyone. However, this does not mean that pansexuals are automatically attracted to everyone that they come into contact with. They still have personal preferences and the right to choose whom their partners are. Demisexual: An inidividual that can only feel sexual attraction towards someone after they have formed an emotional or romantic connection with them first. This does not mean that they are “putting you in the friendzone” or “are too picky.” It means that they have to feel very close to someone in order to want to have sex with them. Demisexual relationships are often long-time friendships that blossom into romantic

relationships. Example: A woman could identify as demi-homosexual, (demisexual and homosexual). She would be sexually attracted to women, but only if she first had formed an emotional bond with them. Greysexual: An individual that has the capacity to feel sexual attraction towards others, but rarely actually does. This does not mean that they are "confused asexuals.” They merely experience sexual attraction less often than most. This, like demisexuality, can be combined with other sexualities. Example: A woman could identify as grey-heterosexual (greysexual and heterosexual). This means that she rarely feels sexual attraction to someone, but when and if she does, it only occurs towards men. Hopefully this has informed you how beautifully diverse the LGBT community is. Ali Dade,, is a junior English major.

Bod on the Block: How accepting is Topeka towards the LGBT community?

Scott Frost, sophomore vocal performance major

“I think they try to be. Members of Topeka’s LGBT community are trying to do that. They open programs, but Topeka is very conservative so it’s never gonna happen in the political system. Topeka’s government isn’t, but the people are.”

Nicole Haller, freshman music major

“I would say that Topeka is pretty open to it. We have a long way to go to be accepting of ever type of person, but I believe it’s heading in that direction. We have to find ways to teach people to be more open-minded to different walks of life.”

Tiffany Ji r i k, sophomore psychology major

“I think that even though Topeka has the Westboro Baptist Church, which is hostile to that community, I think there are lots of organizations around that really help to make Topeka brighter...”

October 19, 2016

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Washburn faculty puts on dazzling music showcase Andrew Shermoen


If one word comes to mind when discussing the faculty concert held Oct. 14 in White Concert Hall, it would be harmonious. Not only in describing the beautiful music that night, but also the relationships between student and professor. Both students and community members attended the concert to celebrate the talent of Washburn’s faculty. The concert opened with Dr. Cynthia Neufeld Smith, one of Washburn’s staff accompanists. Smith played Leo Sowerby’s “Passacaglia” which is a bombastic organ piece. Sowerby is considered to be the Dean of American church music and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1946. Sowerby passed away in 1968 and his “Passacaglia” was composed a year before. The piece’s sound mirroring the trumpets and splendor of Sowerby’s vision made it the perfect introduction to a night of beautiful music. A key performance of the night was from associate professor of violin and viola, Dr. Yu-Fang Chen. She was joined

by Shuting Ye, a music major, on piano. Ye and Chen’s duet is the perfect example of the compatibility between student and teacher that the Washburn music department is known for. Chen and Ye played the first movement of William Walton’s “Viola Concerto.” The duet garnered rapturous applause from the audience. The most notable performance was from Dr. Lee Snook, professor of vocal music, who performed Poulenc’s, “Chansons gaillardes.” Snook hasn’t performed in the faculty showcase concert in four years. “I’m getting old,” Snook said referring to why he hasn’t returned. Before now Snook’s ability is as great as it always has been according to his students. Snook found joy in the songs he performed Friday evening. “All of these songs are immensely beautiful, but they are filthy,” he said, with a wide grin and animated hand movements. Poulenc wrote the songs in 1925 for his baritone friend Pierre Bernac and the lyrics are all based off bawdy songs sung by drunk soldiers. While the true nature of the songs are too inappropriate to divulge

here there is no question that the difficulty of the music and its melodious beauty was handled brilliantly by Snook. His students and fellow faculty members were quick to congratulate him. Snook has a large list of accomplishments. The man has been a soloist for numerous musical ensembles. The list includes but is not limited to the Chicago Symphony, the Springfield Regional Opera, the Kansas City Opera and the Topeka Symphony. Snook earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. He once went on a sabbatical to study music in Milano and had a four week master class at the Mozarteum in Salzberg, Austria. The concert ended with a performance from the Washburn Faculty Jazz Ensemble which includes Dr. Craig Treinen, Dircetor of Jazz Studies at Washburn, and Dr. Tom Morgan, the director of Washburn’s Percussion Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Also performing in the ensemble was Jeffrey Utter, an adjunct instructor for Washburn. The department of music’s

Photo by Andrew Shermoen

Washburn Veteran: Dr. Lee Snook has been teaching at Washburn since 1990. He is Chair for the Friends of Washburn Music.

next event is the Opera Studio’s Chamber Opera at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at White Concert Hall.

Andrew Shermoen, andrew., is a junior English education major.

Senior holds ‘Homegrown’ exhibition on campus Josh Setchel


“Everybody is different and has their own unique story,” reads the official statement of ‘Homegrown’ artist Connor Wells. Wells is a senior graphic design and electronic arts major born and raised in Topeka. He grew up with an aptitude for drawing and was inspired by movie posters and video game art to pursue his major. Wells’ exhibition will be featured on Oct. 10-21 on the ground floor of Washburn’s art building. ‘Homegrown’ details Wells’ personal life stories through pieces devoted to relics of his childhood. “After taking multiple graphic design and art classes here at Washburn, I knew graphic design is what I wanted to do,” said Wells. “My high school art teacher was also a student here and had nothing but good words about Washburn and the art program.” A self-proclaimed sports and video game enthusiast, Wells’ featured pieces include homemade posters of the 1993 film, “The Sandlot,” book jackets devoted to three generations of

Photo by Josh Setchel

Enthusiast: Wells’ appreciation for video game culture knows no bounds. His love for the platforming “Mario” franchise is captured in this ceramic sculpture of a Piranha Plant.

the classic Nintendo series “The Legend of Zelda,” a ceramic sculpture of every “Super Mario” player’s biggest headache, the Piranha Plant, and several works detailing his love of Kansas City’s sports teams. “I love sports, especially in Kansas City, and every sports team has social media with tons

of graphics that are eye catching,” Wells said. “Same with video games. Video games are nothing but graphics that appeal to the viewer and attract attention.” According to Wells’ personal statement, which hangs on the far wall in the gallery, his ambition was to give his audience a

glimpse inside his past and how it shaped him into the man he is today. “I am a very lighthearted person and I want my work to express the same adjective,” Wells writes. “My experience in the art program has been filled with joy and laughter, so I want my show to be the same way.”

Wells even revealed his favorite piece on display: his Sluggerrr prints completed in his Intaglio printmaking class. “I have been a fan my entire life and I wanted to incorporate them into my show somehow. So I figured Sluggerrr would be perfect for one of my designs. Wells has no plans of putting his work to rest following his graduation. He’s currently employed at Schurle Signs, an advertising company stationed in Lawrence and he intends to continue his career there in a full time capacity. “I am homegrown and this is my show,” Weels said as a condenced mission statement. Take a trip down to the Art building have a look before it’s gone. The next Art Department student exhibitions will be from Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 4. Students Cassie Leigh and Meghan Barnes will be featured. For more information, contact Washburn’s Art Department at (785) 670-1125. Josh Setchel, joshua.setchel@, is a senior English major.

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Sports Speak

In Brief

Gaining Positivity Recent athletic events in a snap Dylan McManis


Today, I want to continue talking about sportsmanship but in a different light, I want to talk about what it means to lose. Losing sucks, don’t get me wrong. I hate writing articles about losing games just as much as athletes hate being in them. But we can’t let it get in our heads. If we spend all of our lives thinking about our failures then we are doomed to repeat them, or so the saying goes. Negativity ruins the effort of everyone who greatly cares about the sport, throwing out blame and thinking that a game is purely unwinnable will only bring down the morale of those around you. And like any athlete can tell you, morale is key. Morale wins games. Energy wins games. Positivity wins games. Granted, strategy and skill are extremely important, but they mean absolutely nothing if a player doesn’t want to win. It’s like going to class at 9 a.m. on a cloudy day to take

your midterm while you are absolutely convinced that you are going to fail. You would be very likely to. But if you are positive about your test (and if you study of course) then you are more likely to succeed. The same thing applies to sports in every scenario. Even the crowd greatly influences the morale of the players; that’s why I always encourage students to attend homes games and cheer for the Ichabods. We are more likely to win if our players feel like they are going to. Sports are meant to be enjoyed, not to be grieved over when you lose. Every game is another experience to learn, whether you win or you lose. This is all just a note as we head towards the end of the fall season, as we get caught up in the last couple games and hashing up the final scores of the season. Don’t lose yourself in the idea that you have to win every game. Dylan McManis, dylan., is a sophomore English major.

Golf ends with highest score yet Washburn Golf began the twoday Lindenwood Invitational in seventh place. The first day was cut short and play ended for the day halfway through the second round due to darkness. The second day ended with Washburn finishing with the highest score they had achieved in the season so far. The Ichabods ended with a three-round total of 892. The best score of the invitation belonged to senior Carson Roberts with an overall invitational score of 213.

Women’s soccer leaves to Missouri

Washburn’s Women’s soccer team will be leaving town to compete against Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University Friday Oct. 21 through Sunday Oct. 23. During their last time on the field, Oct. 16, they closed out a four match homestead after splitting a pair of matches against Lin-

denwood and Central Missouri. The women defeated Lindenwood 1-0, marking Junior Kate Combs first goal of the season, and losing their first match of the season 3-0 against Central Missouri. At 6 p.m. on Oct 28 at Yager Stadium , the Women’s soccer team will return for a Senior Night showdown against Emporia State.

Volleyball climbs the rank ladder

Washburn has continued to rise along the AVCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, for the third week in a row. This change brings them from No. 15 to No. 14, with 564 adjusted points for the season. The Ichabods are currently running a 19-4 season, with their latest win bringing them to a nine-game winning streak against nationally ranked Maryville, Northwest Missouri and Missouri Western. Washburn volleyball is preparing for two away games this weekend. At 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 they will be at Pittsburg State University facing the Gorillas,

and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 they will be at the University of Central Oklahoma against the Bronchos.

Football ties four ways

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Washburn’s Football team will face off against the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. The game will be UCM’s homecoming game, the second of three homecoming games on the road. The players are coming off a 30-14 win over Missouri Southern after scoring two touchdowns and UCM won 56-7 over Missouri Southern the last time out. Washburn is now part of a four-way tie for third place in the MIAA standings alongside Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Central Missouri. UCM is on a losing streak and Washburn may add this weekend’s game to it, making it a four-game streak. However, UCM have the top-ranked passing attack in the league at 304.9 yards per game.




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Football continues mid-October hot streak

Opening up the game in the first quarter, the Ichabods pulled ahead 13-0 off of a While hot streak may be a fake field goal by Cody Sumbit of an overstatement on a mers followed by a recovered two-win streak, a two-win sack by Austin Tillman off of streak with four games left the Tigers thanks to Akhmad in the regular season is still Abdul-Razzaq that allowed something to cheer about. the Ichabods to score another On Oct. 15 at Yager Stadi- quick touchdown. um, Washburn defeated Fort By the end of the second Hays State University 30-24. quarter, Washburn was on the offensive with a touchdown from Bryce Chavis and a field goal from Perry Schmiedeler to fight against Fort Hays’ two touchdowns; putting the score at 2314 at half time. Special teams certainly kept the Ichabods rushing forward during the game though, as they scored their second Photo by Justin Sanders touchdown of the game Reach: Wide receiver Bryce Chavis reaches for a Derek off of an 83McGinnis pass early in the second quarter that results in a yard punt 67-yard touchdown reception. return at the

Dylan McManis


beginning of the second half. This put the Ichabods out of reach of the Tigers, as even after a touchdown and a field goal, the Tigers couldn’t recover from the deficit. The victory for the Ichabods put them equal to Fort Hays State at a 5-2 record and allowed them to compete in a four-way tie for third place in the conference. They are joined by Central Missouri and Pittsburg State. Washburn’s next game Oct. 22 is against Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri and will separate the top and middle of the MIAA standings. The Ichabods are currently 5-2 on the season, and while their opponents are as well, the Ichabods are coming off of a win streak and are 2-1 on their away games for the season. The team holds a lot of potential going forward from here. If Washburn wins their game against Central Missouri this weekend then it will solidify their position within the upper rankings of the MIAA this season. Assuming that they win one of the subsequent three games as well, the next one being homecoming, then they are likely to hold a top four spot at the end of the season. To put things in perspective, last year Washburn ended the season 5-6, and they

Photo by Justin Sanders

Driven Back: Linebacker Cody Heiman and defensive back Corey Ballentine team up for a third quarter sack of Fort Hays State that drove them back eight yards.

were predicted to place 8th in the MIAA this season. It’s the very fact that the team is defying all of the expectations set for them that puts them on a hot streak. Washburn could lose the next four games and land themselves back in the same position they were in last season, but two of Washburn’s final four matches are with opponents that have worse re-

cords than Washburn. It’s not a “what’s the worst that could happen” situation, it’s a “let’s go Washburn!” situation.

current season, he even managed to have the team maintain an undefeated record at home until the loss to Central Missouri. With the season winding down, it is almost guaranteed that Washburn will end up in the MIAA Quarterfinals Nov. 2, but there are still four more games between now and then. The team will spend their next two games Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 on the road against Missouri Western State and Northwest Missouri State, respectively. The Ichabods haven’t played against either team so far this season, but Missouri

Western is currently tied in the MIAA rankings with Washburn and Northwest Missouri is a few spots below at a 2-5 record in the conference. At a 8-5-1 record on the season and a 4-3 in the conference, Washburn is looking to outshine their previous season and make a new name for themselves on campus. Only time will tell whether they can get out of the midfield though.

Dylan McManis, dylan., is a sophomore English major.

Soccer stuck at midfield towards end of season Dylan McManis


With two weekends left in the regular season, Washburn rose to a three-win streak Oct. 14 against Lindenwood before falling to Central Missouri Oct. 16, placing them in the middle of the MIAA conference ranking at 6th. To run through the weekend, Washburn defeated Lindenwood 1-0 Oct. 14 off of a point put in by Kate Combs thanks to a corner kick from Ellie Karloff with only nine minutes left to play in

the game. But the victory was shortlived, as Washburn fell to Central Missouri 3-0 Oct. 16. Central Missouri currently holds the top rank in the MIAA, having only dropped a single game in the entire season. Kaitlin Minnich fell into her old paces this weekend as Washburn drove forward to the end of the season, playing every single minute in both games and putting up 15 saves total, out-pacing both of the opposing goalkeepers. Minnich is Washburn’s lead goalkeeper, followed by Ri-

ley Boomer and Riley Trent, and was on the field for the entirety of the previous season and the majority of the current season. Her career goals against average at Washburn is a 1.01, but on the season she has managed to improve to a 0.98. This season, Washburn women’s soccer has ranked higher in the MIAA than they have in the past several years. A good deal of that can be contributed to Head Coach Chris Jones. Jones is currently in his second season as a coach at Washburn and holds a 13-14-6 record. In the

Dylan McManis, dylan., is a sophomore English major.

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