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19, 2015 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 16



Kennedy, the new
executive chef
for the Eldridge,
became a chef after
he took a year off
from KU.
Arts & Culture 5
How Student Senate
has progressed so
far on its platforms
and goals, like an
airport shuttle and
course refunds.
News PAGE 2


See photos from
the ninth annual
Lawrence Zombie
Walk on Oct. 15.
Arts & Culture 8


is branching out
to non-Greek
and adding new
programs for
the Ghosts of
Jayhawks Past.

Healing after an abusive relationship and
becoming an advocate for others in need
It was very hard for me to
accept that I was a survivor,
McMillen said.
Now McMillen works as a
volunteer at Willow to help
others in her situation. She
hopes to educate people on the
intricacies of dating violence,
like why people stay in abusive
Several organizations in Lawrence, including the Willow,
the Sexual Trauma and Abuse
Care Center, and the Universitys Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access and Emily Taylor Center are honoring
domestic violence awareness
month in October by educating students on campus with
tabling and chalking.
The Willow provides support
for victims and offers services
like counseling and advocacy.


When Bethany McMillen, a

senior from Tecumseh, and her
then-boyfriend started dating,
it didnt seem like an unusual relationship. But slowly, he
started telling her what she
couldnt do, what she couldnt
wear, where she couldnt go
and who she couldnt speak
McMillen said she felt isolated from her friends because
of this and said she felt she
couldnt turn to her mom because she was grieving a divorce already.
Her boyfriend became increasingly violent. She said he
would extort her insecurities
to manipulate her; then he
started threatening to hurt or
kill McMillen, her family or
himself to get what he wanted.
She tried to break up with him
at least seven times over five
years together, she said, but
it never worked, and she was
afraid of the consequences.
I knew he wasnt good for
me, but he knew how to get me
to stay, McMillen said.
One night, when McMillen
was out at a concert with her
friends, her phone died. When
she was finally able to charge it
she had almost 100 messages
and voicemails from him. She
said there were two pictures:
one of her boyfriend and a
bottle of whiskey, and one of
him with a gun in his mouth.
McMillen immediately called
the police.
Luckily the police got [to my
apartment] before he did, McMillen said.
McMillen was eventually put
in touch with the Willow Domestic Violence Center for
help, thanks to a family friend.
There she was offered support
and provided a court advocate
to help get a restraining order.



Can it happen to men?

Kathy Rose Mockery, executive director of the Emily Taylor Center, said anyone can be
a victim of dating violence,
regardless of gender or sexuality. She also said that anyone
can perpetrate violence.
Why dont people in
these situations leave?

McMillen said she tried to

leave her abusive relationship,
but she couldnt because of
her boyfriends threats and
because she didnt feel that
she had any support from her
friends or family. She said
people have to be patient for
their loved ones in abusive relationships.
You dont know whats going
on in the relationship, so just
try to be the best friend that
you can, McMillen said.

What constitutes
dating violence?
Michael McRill, interim measures coordinator for IOA,
said dating violence is physical, emotional or mental abuse
within an intimate relationship.
You see some physical
punching or slapping, but
mainly theres a long history
of manipulation, mental or
emotional abuse, McRill said.
You could be in a dating relationship thats only emotional, mental or verbal abuse and
file a complaint [with IOA].
Where can someone
In Lawrence, victims can go
to the Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Sexual
Trauma and Abuse Care Center formerly known as GaDuGi Safe Center for support. Both offer 24/7 hotlines,

Bethany McMillen now volunteers with the Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Riders and drivers find connections via Uber


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What do I do if my
friend is affected?
McMillen suggests being
there for them so if they decide they want to leave or
need help, they have someone
to turn to. Joan Schultz, the

executive director of Willow,

said the hotline is also available to answer questions from
friends or family members.




counseling and education

services. Willow also has a
shelter and can provide court
Victims can report abuse
through the Lawrence Police
Department, the KU Public
Safety Office or IOA.

After a night out with her

husband in the city, Deanne
Arensberg, an undergraduate affairs administrator in
the chemistry department,
called for an Uber driver to
pick them up.
She expected a college-aged student strapped
for cash. Instead, the driver
was someone like herself
employed full-time with
children in college. Then
she realized she could do
this, too.
Almost all the Uber drivers that picked us up were
people who worked fulltime jobs, had students in
college and were just doing
it for extra money, Arensberg said. I thought, wait
a second, I have a full-time
job. I have two kids in college. I have a decent car. I can
do this. Thats how it all got
One Friday night, when
picking up a rider and his
wife from Bella Sara, a Lawrence apartment complex,
the usual small-talk took

place. But when Arensberg

mentioned she works for the
chemistry department, the
rider mentioned he was the
new dean of the College of

I think thats the coolest

thing about Uber you
never know. The person who is taking you
to Starbucks may work
with someone you know
and is the most normal
Lawrence Uber driver

Liberal Arts and Sciences.

I think thats the coolest
thing about Uber you
never know, Arensberg said.
The person who is taking
you to Starbucks may work
with someone you know and
is the most normal person.
Uber runs a system that allows drivers to see the closest
person requesting a ride, and
provides them with the name
of the rider, location and the
place he or she is headed.

The rider is then informed of

who is picking them up, what
car he or she is driving, and
how long the wait is for the
driver to get there.
With a base fare of two dollars and a charge of 20 cents
per minute and $1.65 per
mile, Uber serves as a less
expensive way to get from
place to place. After reaching a destination, a rider is
allowed to rate his or her ride
on a scale of 1 to 5 stars and
leave any comments.
Arensberg got started driving in early August the
week when international
students came to campus for
orientation. Arensberg said
she saw this as a way to help
students get around campus
safely while also seeing what
Uber was all about.
Those were my first riders,
the brand new international students, and then I kept
going from there, Arensberg
Those students requested
rides during the day. Her
first night drive was what
is commonly referred to as
shark night the night after recruitment when soror-

ity members arent restricted

by their chapters from bars
and parties. She said that she
stayed busy throughout the
That was crazy," Arensberg said. "I mean, as soon
as I would drop someone off,
bing, bing, bing. It wouldnt
With a full-time job at the
University, Arensberg said
she drives a few times during
the week, setting her own
hours and driving when she
wants. She said that since the
app is relatively new in the
area, traffic varies from day
to day.
Thats the beauty of it," she
said. "If you dont feel like it,
you dont have to do it."
One concern for Lawrence
drivers is intoxicated students, but Arensberg said she
has never driven anyone who
has been drunk enough to
cause a problem. Although it
has not happened to her, she
attended a get-together of
Uber drivers in the area and
heard their passenger horror


Deanne Arensberg, undergraduate programs assistant for the Department of Chemistry, moonlights as an Uber driver.


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Midterm check-in: Student Senate makes

progress on its 11 proposed platforms

With half a semester under its

belt, Student Senate is working
on different projects to fulfill
its campaign promises. Senate
has also passed bills funding
student organizations in addition to a controversial election
reform bill.
Platform progress is being
monitored in part by the Student Senate platform progress
update webpage.
Platform: Student Senate is
working with the Office of
Multicultural Affairs to improve cultural competency on
Progress: All Student senators were required to participate in cultural competency training provided by the
OMA, said Director of Diversity and Inclusion Omar Rana.
Platform: To improve students access to Kansas City
International Airport by providing a shuttle to and from
KUs campus, according to the
Progress: Senate has been
working since August to survey and measure student interest. They should be distributed
within the next month. Senate
will start receiving private bids


One of those stories was from
31-year-old Mike Saina, who
has been driving with Uber for
a month.
I drive a lot of students home
late at night, he said. I gave a
couple of women a ride home
around two in the morning. It
was a busy night, and I looked
later and saw my rating had
gone down by two stars. I realized soon after that someone
had pooped in the back seat of
my car."
Saina added: Dont worry, it
was proficiently cleaned.

from contractors at the end of

the semester, said Communications Director Isaac Bahney.
Platform: Senate is working
to make the results of semester-end course evaluations
public. According to the webpage, Senate thinks students
should have more information
available to them about the
classes they take.
Progress: An official proposal has been written, and it will
be introduced to University
Senate within the next month,
Bahney said.
Platform: Student Senate
Outreach Board plans to host
University Conversations on
campus issues. These open-forum style meetings will be
held several times a semester.
Progress: The first University
Conversations will be held on
Thursday, Nov. 5. A time and
location is to be announced,
Bahney said.

training on helping victims of

trafficking. Senate set up the
partnership, and Willow developed the training. So far,
Watkins Health Center staff,
Counseling and Psychological
Services staff, and International Student Services staff have
all received training, Bahney
Platform: Senate will work
to extend the period of time
in which you can switch out
of a class and still receive a 100
percent refund. Currently, the
cutoff is the day before classes,
but the national average is 14
days, according to the webpage.
Progress: Development Director Tomas Green said Senate has been working with
Strong Hall on this project. He
said it has its own momentum,
and it depends on the internal
workings in Strong Hall to implement it.

Platform: Student Senate will
take up human trafficking as
an issue and work to address it
in and around Lawrence.
Progress: Senate has partnered with the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter to provide

Platform: Student Senate
plans to create a Student Athletic Board that will create an
incentive program to encourage students to attend womens and nonrevenue sporting
Progress: The best plan for
an incentive program is in the
research phase, but there is
no progress on the plan itself,

Arensberg said her lack of

throw-up in her back seats is
The main thing is I dont
drive late at night, and Uber
will charge a rider $100 if they
throw up, Arensberg said.
When Arensberg wants to earn
some extra cash, all she has to
do is open her Uber app. After
logging on, she can immediately find multiple people requesting rides to Jefferson's, the
airport, or anything in between.
Its then her job to accept it and
head toward the rider.
Their whole goal is to make
things as seamless as possible,
Arensberg said.

Tracy Jefferson, a 31-year resident of Lawrence, has been

an Uber driver for nearly two
At first I didnt know much
about Uber," Jefferson said.
"I started listening and heard
more interesting things."
After looking into the service,
he said he realized it was something he could do.
Now Im driving and I love
it," he said. "Its one of the best
things Ive done."
Since Uber is new to Lawrence,
it has to separate itself from other transportation services in the
Its a faster and quicker service

Bahney said.
Platform: Student Senate will
hold members accountable by
requiring them to engage with
constituents, attend events and
reach out to students.
Progress: The Executive
Board re-implemented the
Outreach Points System,
Bahney said. Each senator, excluding graduate and nontraditional senators, must reach
100 points per semester. They
can earn points by going to
meetings of their constituent
organizations, meeting with
their constituents, going to
constituent events and going
to mandated office hours.
Platform: To create a stronger
relationship between students
and city government, Senate
plans to create a non-voting
seat on City Council and establish an internship program
in city hall for a University of
Haskell student.
Progress: The non-voting
seat has been established and
is held by Stephonn Alcorn,
Student Senate government
relations director. An official
written proposal for the internship and what it would
entail is being drafted, Bahney

than taxis," Jefferson said. "The

longest it has ever taken me to
get to someone is five minutes."
Some students say they enjoy
Uber for the convenience factor,
while others say they enjoy getting to know the Uber drivers
who pick them up.
Athena Baker, a freshman,
took Uber during her second
week on campus.
I was going downtown. SafeBus and SafeRide were taking
so long. Uber was just so easy,"
Baker said. "We had it back in
Minnesota, so when I saw it
here, I was excited."
Karina Ramos, a freshman
from Waco, Texas, said she

Platform: Student Senate has
created a Native American Student Advisory Board to better
represent Native American
students. The board will work
with Vice Provost for Diversity
and Equity Nate Thomas.
Progress: The board has been
created and has met once,
Bahney said.
Platform: To increase sustainability on campus, Student
Senate is working to reimagine
the purpose of the Student Environmental Advisory Board
and establish a stronger connection to the Sustainability
Leadership Board. Senate will
also continue to invest in motion-sensor lighting and air
dryers in bathrooms.
Progress: Green said he has
been working with administrators at Strong Hall to make
sustainability an issue important to the University. Right
now they are coming up with
projects and funding for the
coming months.
Edited by Derek Johnson

doesnt prefer Uber but likes

the people she has behind the
Its a good way to get from
point A to point B I guess. I
dont go out of my way to use it,
but I kinda like getting to know
the drivers, Ramos said. Once
I took an Uber downtown and
the driver had an auxiliary
cord. I took it and put on some
Chief Keef. The driver knew the
"Obviously, I felt safe at the
same time, but it was awesome
that this guy didnt make the
ride awkward. It was like driving with a friend.
Edited by Derek Johnson

Experts: Domestic violence reports rising


According to Michael McRill,

interim measures coordinator
at the Office of Institutional
Opportunity and Access, the
University has seen an increase
in reports of dating and domestic violence from students
in recent years.
IOA received 10 complaints
in 2014 and has received eight
complaints so far in 2015, two
of which are open cases. McRill said it could be related
to the increase in awareness
surrounding sexual assault or
more coverage of dating violence in media.
McRill defined dating violence as occurring between
two people in a relationship,
while domestic violence usually involves people living
together. But both forms of
violence include emotional,
physical and mental abuse.
The number of complaints
made to IOA involving dating violence could be even
higher because some sexual
harassment and sexual assault
complaints also include dating
violence, but are categorized
differently, McRill said.
In many ways dating violence includes [sexual violence] behaviors, so there is
a large degree of overlap, he
said. Sexual violence and dating violence are intimately related in similar ways but they
have their own unique difficulties that you have to work

KUs Clery data shows that
there were 12 instances of
dating violence on campus in
2014. There was one instance
of domestic violence on campus and 22 instances of domestic violence off campus
reported last year. The Clery
Act was enacted in 1990 and
requires campuses to report
crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.
The Clery data is comprised
of IOA reports and other crime
reports, including those reported to the KU Public Safety
Office. Ten of the 12 reports in
2014 came through IOA.
KU was not required under
the Clery Act to report instances of dating or domestic
violence until recent amendments to the act went into
effect. KU began reporting
both in 2013. In 2013, there
were three reports of dating
violence and five reports of
domestic violence on campus
and no reports of either off
McRill said the increase in
reports could be due to the increase in awareness on issues
like sexual assault and more
coverage in the media.
Executive director of the Willow Domestic Violence Center
Joan Schultz said the Willow
has also seen an increase in
people using their services.
Schultz said the increase started around when the tape of
NFL player Ray Rice abusing
his wife was widely publicized.
I attribute it to the aware-

ness work we do on campus

and people are getting more
aware of what feels right in a
relationship and what doesnt
feel right, Schultz said.
Schultz said people between
the ages of 16 and 24 are most
at risk for being victims and
that students often call Willows 24/7 hotline and some
use their shelter. While she
said Willow deals with many

situations, people often call the

hotline just to find out if what
happened to them was domestic or dating violence or asking
how to talk to loved ones about
their relationships.
Its a heavy burden to carry
on your own, Schultz said.
Many times victims will
blame themselves. So we talk
a person through fault and self
blame and what next steps to

KUs Emily Taylor Center
for Women and Gender Equity offers programs on dating
violence, including an educational program on healthy
relationships and the annual
Jana Mackey Lecture Series,
which focuses on domestic violence. Dating violence is also
discussed in KUs bystander
intervention programming.

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With higher admission standards, KU strives

to keep minority enrollment numbers stable

Jarius Jones, a high school

senior at Sumner Academy in
Kansas City, Kan., applied to
the University this semester
and is waiting to find out if
he will be able to walk down
Jayhawk Boulevard in the fall.
The University is familiar to
Jones and his family it's
where his parents met. He has
been involved in University
activities, from working with
the KU TRIO Talent Search
to attending an engineering
camp. Jones applied to the
University earlier this fall and
said he hopes to be accepted.
Jones said he feels pressure to
be admitted because his parents attended the University,
and as a minority student, he
will face unique challenges.
The Universitys admissions
standards are higher this year,
which some say can push
down minority enrollment.
In the last 10 years, minority enrollment numbers have
fluctuated, but minority stu-

dents are making up a greater

percentage of the population.
Nationally, enrollment for
minorities in college has increased over the years as well.
With the higher standards
going into effect, the University will look at how it can
keep minority enrollment
numbers up.
The presence of difference
creates different perspectives
and brings new ways of doing
and seeing the world, said
Precious Porras, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Keeping minority enrollment
up will be a challenge because
minority students tend to
have lower standardized test
scores, according to a 2014 report from the ACT.
Yes, enrollment will decrease if schools and KU is
not doing our jobs to help
prepare students and get them
ready for new admission standards, said Vice Provost of
Diversity and Equity Nate
Thomas. If we have done a
decent job of getting the message out to schools we will not

Number of black first-time freshman coming into KU and continuing to a second year, according to IOA.

see a decrease in minority enrollment."

The change in admission
requirements comes from

the Universitys attempt to

improve student success, increase graduation rates and
place higher in national rank-

ings. The new university admission standards will require

a higher GPA and ACT score.
Other options will be avail-

able for students who dont

achieve the minimum reSEE ENROLLMENT ON 6

Task Force recommendations prompt creation of a Sexual

Assault Prevention and Education Center headquarters

The University established

the new Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center
(SAPEC) this week.
The SAPEC will be the central coordinating office that
deals with sexual assault prevention, education and training, according to a University

news release this week.

Currently, offices all over
campus are starting sexual assault programming, including
the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access and the
Emily Taylor Center.
Over the past year, as weve
looked at the issue and worked
with students, one of the
things weve recognized we
could do better was to coordinate and centralize all of those

programs under one roof, said

Joe Monaco, director of strategic communications from the
Office of Public Affairs.
The center will consist of a
director, two educators and an
administrative assistant. They
will create programming related to bystander intervention,
sexual violence and healthy
relationships, among other
topics. The University will begin the search for the director

within the next few days and

hopes to have the center open
by the end of the year, Monaco
The center was the result
of a recommendation that
the Chancellors Task Force
on Sexual Assault submitted to Chancellor Bernadette
Gray-Little in May 2015. The
University is implementing 22
of the 27 task force recommendations.

Former co-chair of the task

force, Angela Murphy, said a
goal of the center is to create
a campus-wide sexual assault
education program with a focus on public health and prevention.
The task forces primary
recommendation was that the
director be someone with a
public health background and
the office have a public health
framework because thats

where the best research is,

Murphy said.
A bill to include the center in
the new Burge Union passed
the Student Senate finance
committee last night and will
be discussed in full at the Senate meeting next Wednesday.

Edited by Colleen Hagan


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And though the days
may be full of papers
and midterms,
please smile, for its a
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weird faces when
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Grateful to the UDKs
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Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, smiles as Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13,
2015, in Las Vegas.

Broadcasting presidential debates exclusively

on cable networks restricts voters without cable

Just heard one of the

ambassadors telling
potential Jayhawks
that most of your
classes wont be
back to back. He
obviously isnt a
music major...

All of the presidential debates

thus far, both Republican and
Democrat, have been aired
exclusively on cable networks.
Typically broadcasted by networks like CNN or FOX, the
debates cant easily be viewed
without a cable subscription.
According to a report from
the Washington Post, 10 of the
15 scheduled primary debates
will air on cable networks.
Because of these channel
restrictions, watching the debate without a cable or satellite
connection is an arduous task.
Although the debates are simultaneously streamed online,
they typically cant be accessed
without signing in via a cable
provider. Other streams can
sometimes be found, but these

are typically illegal and are

poor quality or delayed.
Such accessibility issues are a
major challenge for millions of
Americans. It is absolutely unacceptable that people cannot
view important programming
concerning the future of their
nation solely because they
dont subscribe to cable. The
debates exist so that Americans can get a sense of who the
presidential candidates are and
what they stand for, so people
shouldnt have to pay to access
As of August 2014, 7.6 million American households
have elected to discontinue cable services in a three-year period. This has also continued
to rise as families decide to cut

out such expensive subscriptions. Not only are Americans

being stripped of the ability to
become informed citizens, but
politicians are missing the opportunity to reach a broader
Presidential debates are not
the only place where voters
can learn about the candidates.
People can read news articles
and conduct research on their
own. But none of these methods can provide as complete a
picture of a candidates character as the debates, where they
are pitted directly against one
It can often be difficult to tell
which candidates differ from
others on particular issues, especially among this years nu-

merous Republicans. The debates are the most direct way

to pick out differences and see
how each candidate interacts
with others in a high-pressure,
public setting.
Media outlets need to broadcast presidential debates on
standard channels available
to all Americans. Voters cannot be held fully responsible
for being uninformed if they
arent given the full ability to
watch the debates.

Heard sporting
KC is going to buy
England. Makes

The race for the presidency

has already contained drama
and heated competition, especially when the candidates
share a stage for televised debates. From Carly Fiorina calling out Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders condemning the
continued hype of Clintons
email scandal, and all the moments in between, the debates
have been incredibly revealing
for each candidate.
But some Americans dont
have the opportunity to watch
their potential next president
discuss important issues because they dont have cable.

Update: have
not attended my
100-level class in
three weeks... 3.
weeks. senioritis is

Apartment complexes should not have breed,

weight or size restrictions for pets of tenents

There seems to be a
squirrel theme in the

its past midterm

so I guess I should
start homework for
the class I dont care
about. Aiming for a
solid B.
Ate too much at
Im in a beef coma
Just FYI, OU beat
K-State 55-0 this
weekend. You may
now resume what
you are doing.
Pre mid-term grade
hopes: Mostly As,
some Bs
Post mid-term grade
hopes: passing pls

tbh the steak and

chorizo skillet at
Genovese brunch
is one of the best
things ive ever eaten
in Lawrence!
The Office postMichael Scott just
isnt the same. RT if u

Fizzy soda
Chemical reactions
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When moving to college,

students normally leave
behind the life they grew accustomed to, including living
with their mom, dad, siblings
and, usually, a family pet.
Having a pet during college
is beneficial, but a lot of students cant have them because
their living situations do not
accommodate them. There
should not be restrictions on
pets weight and breed.
College can be extremely difficult and stressful. There are
always classes to read for, tests

to study for or meetings to

attend. Even if a student has a
relaxed schedule, the amount
of pressure can impact him or
her negatively.
During midterms and finals
week, Anschutz Library
welcomes therapy dogs for
students to play with on their
study breaks. Pets are stress
relievers creatures who
bring us joy during difficult
times. Although Lawrence
is an easygoing city, a lot of
the apartments in Lawrence
are not pet-friendly or have
specific restrictions on them,
such as weight or size limits.
According to the American
Humane Association, more

than 8 million animals each

year go to a shelter. One of the
main reasons that number is
so high is because of moving
situations. Its unfair to have
to leave an animal in a shelter
just because they are too large
for an apartment complex.
Whats worse is that they
could be euthanized if they are
not adopted in time.
Many apartment complexes
restrictions include weight
and breed. There is a misconception that big dogs are more
aggressive and destructive
than smaller dogs. Some think
that because a certain dog
is bigger, it is noisier. This is
wrong smaller dogs can

make just as much noise. It

doesnt make sense how some
believe a certain behavior in
a small breed is cute, but for a
larger breed its aggressive.
If students were to need the
assistance of a service dog,
most likely they would not
be permitted because the dog
is normally a larger breed.
The usual weight limit for a
pet in apartment complexes
is 35 pounds, which makes
having some common breeds,
like a retriever or a collie,
near impossible. Pets will act
according to how they were
trained; their obedience will
depend on the owner, not
their size or breed.

Matthew Clough is a junior

from Wichita studying English
and journalism.

Edited by Derek Skillett

Something off-campus
housing complexes should
consider is that they lose
possible tenants each year
because of these pet restrictions. Potential tenants could
be interested in a unit, but
once they find out that their
pets are not allowed, that
place is no longer an option.
These restrictions also create
assumptions that larger dogs
are more aggressive, when the
size and breed of the pet does
not matter as much as how
they were trained.
Jessica Gomez is a senior from
Baldwin City studying journalism and global studies.

Disney princesses are outdated and

dont reflect values of young women

In recent years, a discussion

has begun about the Disney
princesses negative influence
on young girls expectations
for their future. The so-called
classic princesses support
a society where women are
taught from a young age that
their worth is more about
beauty than anything else
and in which stereotypical,
outdated gender roles prevail.
However, the popularization
of a more positive message in
newer Disney princess films
reflects an encouraging shift
in social norms.
The Disney princess franchise began with the production of Snow White and

the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.

Following Snow White came
Cinderella (1950), Sleeping
Beauty (1959), and The
Little Mermaid (1989).
These princesses emerged
during a time when conventional and stereotypical
gender roles were prevalent in
society, and that prevalence
was reflected in the media. All
of the Disney princesses predating the 1990s are portrayed
as damsels in distress. This
portrayal suggests that women
need to be taken care of in
order to survive. Likewise, the
classic princesses glorify physical attractiveness, domestic
responsibility, nurturing personality and a dependency on
men as the feminine ideal.
Snow White, for example,
places an emphasis on her

ability to gleefully clean

the dwarfs house and act
motherly towards the dwarfs
and animals. Cinderella and
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
both obviously assert that if
you are pretty enough, a man
will come along to provide a
good life for you. As Ashley
Bispo puts it in her journal
Fairytale Dreams: Disney
Princesses Effect on Young
Girls Self Image, In almost
every Disney fairytale, the
princess unquestionably and,
with minimal effort, manages to capture the heart and
affection of a handsome and
wealthy prince.
The young women who
watch these movies internalize
the concept that women are
expected to live up to an unrealistic ideal and that living


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up to that ideal will mean the

attainment of the love of a
man who will provide the best
life for her. Young girls who
aspire to be like the classic
Disney princesses internalize
the gendered messages of the
past that are conveyed.
Society should take pride
in the fact that media has
begun to reflect a progression
towards gender equality and
female empowerment.
Starting with Mulan in
1998, princesses begin to
be portrayed as stronger,
independent and self-assured.
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Former University student Drue Kennedy is the new executive chef at the Eldridge Hotel.

A professional cooking career, from

Lawrence to K.C. then back again

Theres a new chef in town,

but hes hardly new to Lawrence.
Drue Kennedy, a former
University student, is the new
executive chef for the Eldridge
Hotel on Massachusetts Street.
Kennedy said to expect a wide
variety of dishes to choose
from, including some with
Mexican flair from his previous stint with Zcalo on the
Country Club Plaza in Kansas
City, Mo.
There probably will be dishes that will utilize some of
those flavors, and techniques,
but as an 'American style
restaurant, we kind of do the
whole palate," Kennedy said.
"Its a country of immigrants
so we can do a little bit of everything, and so I intend to do
Kennedys career switch from
Kansas City to Lawrence came
after he received an unexpected email asking for an inter-

view for his current position

after he had applied for the job
several years ago.
I got an email out of the blue
from Nancy [Longhurst], our
general manager, asking if Id
be interested in interviewing,
and I hopped on it, Kennedy
The historic location is also
what attracted Kennedy to
working at the hotel.
"Its always been such a cool,
historic venue, and the fact
that its supposed to be haunted is also kind of cool," Kennedy said. "The idea of working
in a haunted hotel is kind of
Kennedy said his history as
a chef dates back to when he
decided to take a year off after
attending the University. After
the coffee shop he was washing
dishes for went out of business,
his friend set him up with a job
as a cook for Tellers restaurant, which is now Merchants
Pub and Plate.
I had no intention of being
a cook, but I needed to pay
my bills, so I started cook-

ing at Tellers," Kennedy said.

"After about a year and a half
of not going back to school, I
was thinking about going back
to school, and then I started
thinking about cooking for a
Kennedy found a chef who
took him under his wing, and
22 years later, he is still cooking. Over the years, Kennedy
said he worked under several
talented chefs who helped him
become the chef he is today.
I did train under a lot of
really talented guys that were
always willing to push me and
encouraged me to push myself, Kennedy said, I feel Im
being successful when Im not
letting myself get lazy mentally or creatively.
Kennedy said his influences
for cooking come from other
chefs, ingredients he comes
across, and his staff.
If they want to learn something that I dont know or I
cant do, then I have to learn
it so I can teach them, or well
learn it together," Kennedy
said. "So its nice to have a staff

that will push me to become a

better cook."
Kennedy said hes inspired
to cook by food that he would
want to eat.
"For the most part I tend to
cook dishes that sound good
to me and that taste good to
me," he said. "I dont have a lot
of luck trying to cook outside
of that paradigm, and luckily I
have a pretty broad flavor palate that I like."
The hardest challenge for
Kennedy isn't cooking it's
the commute from Kansas
City to Lawrence. He is still
searching for housing in Lawrence.
[The commute is] just a nice
kind of way to unwind and let
go some of the stress," Kennedy said. "But its time away
from my wife and stepson and
Looking toward the future,
Kennedy said he wants to
eventually own his own restaurant.
The ultimate dream would
be to have a little bed-andbreakfast out in the country

somewhere that my wife and

I would run, Kennedy said.
The older I get, the more I
think that living kind of out in
the middle of nowhere appeals
to me.
Kennedy said the biggest
takeaway he wishes for people
eating his food is a delicious
meal and good service.
If youre willing to try and
experiment thats great, but for
the most part I just want you
to eat something delicious," he
said. "I just want to make you
happy, I want you to leave having felt that youve been taken
care of."
Kennedy said one thing to
expect from his cooking is for
it to not always be the same.
Id like to think that my
cooking now would be different from my cooking last year
regardless, because its always
going to change and shift and
grow," he said. "Im not the
same cook now that I was a
year ago, or two years ago, or
10 years ago.
Edited by Derek Skillett

Talent show winners collide: The Sharp Sisters

of KUs Got Talent and Idol winner David Cook

Not many up-and-coming

bands get the chance to open
for a famous musician, but
on Saturday night at the Lied
Center, sophomore twin sisters Amanda and Kelley Sharp
from Olathe were the opening
act for David Cook, the winner of American Idol season
It was just a really good feeling, Kelley said. The audience was just really receptive,
the sound was great, the lighting was great, everything was
Although the Lied Center
wasnt packed, the audience
was still loud, enthusiastic and
supportive of the twins and
The Sharp Sisters heard about
the chance to open for Cook
several days ago after the executive director of the Lied
Center, Derek Kwan, asked
them to submit their music to
be approved by Cooks management.
During the twins opening
act, they performed nearly half
a dozen original songs, including Devil and Me, Forever
and Always, and the song that
won them KUs Got Talent last
year, Haystack.
The audience became even

more receptive with each song,

and by the time their last song,
Con-man, ended, the twins
were getting loud cheers and
support from everyone.
Its a good experience, its
great to open for someone that
people actually know, Amanda said.
Kelley said she wasnt worried about performing.
I was more nervous to be
opening for David Cook than
to actually perform, she said.
Amanda said that opening
for David Cook, or any famous artist, would help them
get their foot in the door in the
Thats how people get famous, thats how you get discovered, you slowly earn your
spot as the headliner, Amanda
said. Most people dont just
rocket to stardom.
Standing with the crowd
were the sisters parents, Brent
and Holly Sharp, who both
went to the University.
As a mom, it was really rewarding to hear them at a
venue where they could be really appreciated. It was a great
evening, and we appreciate all
that Lawrence gives the girls,
Holly said.
Brent said he was pleased
with how the show turned out.
I thought it was excellent,
I thought they did a really


The Sharp Sisters opened for David Cook at the Lied Center on Saturday night.

good job, he said. The sound

here at the Lied Center is just
phenomenal, and it just really
helped out, but I thought their
set was excellent.
Haley Hennier, a sophomore
from Kansas City who was
working at the show, said she
enjoyed the Sharp Sisters music.
I thought they were actually
really awesome. I had like never heard of them before, and I
was pleasantly surprised that
they sounded really good live
and put on a cool show, Hennier said.
Hennier ended up doing
more than just working at
Cooks show. After dancing to
the music in the back, Cook
called out to her from across

the room and said that everyone should have been dancing like her. After mishearing
her name and calling Hennier
AJ, Cook started a new song
and called her onto the stage
to lead the audience with her
Hennier said that although
she was nervous, the experience was exciting and hilarious.
I was shaking because I was
nervous, but I ran back to my
friend who was in the back and
we screamed a little bit because
we were fan-girling from middle school American Idol,
Hennier said.
Meeting David Cook live on
stage and getting a picture taken with the American Idol

winner was an experience she

said she would never forget.
Thirteen-year-old me cried
a little bit, she said. It was
pretty nostalgic.
Cook rounded out the night
by playing some of his older
music, a couple covers and
some songs from his new album. Cook interacted with
the audience quite a bit during
the show he responded to
some comments, talked about
the Royals and made fun of his
brother, who was in the back of
the room.
Over all, the night went off
without a hitch for Cook and
the Sharp Sisters, and Amanda Sharp said it was the little
things that counted in the end.


quirements, said Lisa Pinamonti Kress, director of

admissions. Students will be
given short-answer questions,
which give the admission
committee more background
on the prospective student.
The message to students is
that if you do not meet the

assured admission requirements, you should still apply,
Pinamonti Kress said. All
applications are welcomed.
Assured admission is just one
way to become a Jayhawk, and
our individual review takes
more into account.
The University has seen a 3
percent increase in minority
student applications com-


pared with this time last year,

Pinamonti Kress said.
MarQuisha Wright, supervisor for the Multicultural Recruitment Team, said reaching out across Kansas should
help KU maintain its ability to
attract minority students.
The idea of MRT is to help
prospective students understand the resources available
to them, the KU community culture and any questions
they have pertaining to the
college process, Wright said.
Jones said he felt that the ap-

plication process was smooth,

and he is confident he will be
I met the GPA requirement
and I feel relatively confident
about it," he said. "I do believe
the new admission requirements may catch some students off guard."
Jones attends Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences,
which is located in the urban core of Kansas City, Kan.
Sumner Academy has produced many students who are
in the Kauffman Scholars Pro-

gram, which prepares low-income students in Kansas City

for college.
KU will not know until next
fall what minority enrollment
will look like, but Pinamonti Kress said Admissions will
pay attention to diversity
throughout the process.
We will continue to watch
applications, admits and the
numbers of students of color
who pay the deposit which is
the intent to enroll at KU next
year, she said. It is our hope
that we do not see a decline

in black enrollment or overall enrollment. The goal is to

continue to have 4,000 freshmen with strong diversity and
a strong academic profile.
In the meantime, Jones is
waiting patiently.
KU has helped me achieve
many of my academic goals
and I am excited to see what
other opportunities will arise
if I become a student here," he
said. "I want to continue the
legacy my parents have left
at KU and one day leave my
mark at the University.


Total minority first-time freshman enrollment, according to IOA. 2015 estimate based on a
KU news release.



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Film review: Freeheld is a poignant portrayal of

the battle for gay rights and a fight against cancer

The film "Freeheld" is a

poignant story of love in the
face of terminal illness and the
fight for gay rights.
The film presents the lives
of Laurel Hester and Stacie
Andree and brings their story
to the screen with a genuine
heart, an activists soul and a
talented ensemble. Written
by Ron Nyswaner, Freeheld
is a sorrowful screenplay that
leaves little room for relaxation. Unlike many films of its
kind, Freeheld satisfies the
viewer with a meaningful sequence of events that seldom
defers from the point.
Julianne Moore, who is wellknown for playing strong,
troubled women, does not
disappoint with her performance as Laurel, a closed-off
New Jersey detective whose
life is changed when she meets
Stacie (played by Ellen Page),
a mechanic from Philadelphia. The two become lovers
and are eventually joined
in a domestic partnership.
Moore and Page maintain
solid chemistry, though their
pairing sometimes seems a bit
out of place, partially because
of the 19-year age difference.
Their legal union proves to
be insignificant when pitted
against the heteronormative
laws of the early 21st century.
In 2004, Laurel learns she has
late-stage lung cancer. Before
her impending death, she
requests to have her pension
transferred to her partner. The
five Republican members of
the Ocean County Board of
Freeholders twice deny the
request. As Laurel's health
continues to deteriorate, many
forces work together to fight
for her rights, including her
longstanding work partner
Dane Wells and the founder of
Garden State Equality, Steven

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld.

Goldstein (a familiar, yet flamboyant Michael Scott-esque

Steve Carell).
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on equality, religion in
politics, peer pressure, ethics,
integrity, white supremacy,
and heteronormativity. The
oligarchy of board members
continue to deny Laurel's partner her benefits because they

feel it violates their own beliefs, and they dont want to be

seen as the men who approved
this sort of thing. When Dane
tries to rally support from
his and Laurel's co-workers
at the police station, many of
them hesitate because they
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Gradecard: Kansas vs. Texas Tech




Ryan Willis
He gave Kansas hope, sophomore linebacker Joe Dineen
said. He was called a little Peyton Manning by sophomore
wide receiver Darious Crawley. He was the reason the Jayhawks were in the game late. But in the end, the freshman
quarterback was also the reason for the teams demise. He finished 35-of-50 and threw for 330 yards, but it was his pick-six
on the drive where the Jayhawks could take the lead, which
hurt his good-standing in this game. That said, Willis proved
that his arm is easily the best Jayhawks have had under-center since Todd Reesing, he just has some growing to do. Overall, it was an extremely encouraging game from the freshman;
this was the type of performance that makes you believe he
can be a four-year starter for Kansas.

DeAndre Mann

Offensive line

Defensive line

Mann started at running back with junior Keaun Kinner

(hamstring) not at 100 percent. Mann started his day with a
41-yard run off the right end, and didnt slow down much. The
teams gameplan was to pass the ball, but when they decided
to run it, Mann did well, as did senior Taylor Cox, who came
into the game here and there. Mann got 15 of the 31 carries
that were handed off to the running backs, and he took those
carries for 107 yards a 7.1 yards per carry average. Beaty
pointed him out in the post-game as a player he was really impressed with. When Kinner is fully healthy, there will be three
fully capable running backs who can lead the Jayhawks back

Special teams
Like junior kicker Matthew Wyman said after the game, the
team was good in two aspects, punts and kick-offs, but not
in what puts points on the board field-goal kicking. Kansas
missed three field goals and an extra-point in the 30-20 loss.
If you didnt add that up in your head, thats 10 points. Those
special teams points are the difference between overtime and
another Kansas loss. Wyman missed two kicks (one was from
52 yards) and sophomore Nick Bartolotta missed another
from 23 yards. All three cost Kansas severely. If one was made,
Kansas would have still been one possession away after Willis
threw a late pick-six.
Beaty did decide to go with Wyman at punter, as the team
was in the bottom half of the Big 12 in yards per punt before
Saturday. Senior Eric Kahn had been the punter before this
game he punted once on Saturday for only 23 yards. Meanwhile, Wyman punted three times for an average of 42.3 yards
after picking up his punting game during the week. The punting improvements with Wyman were the only thing that kept
this section from being an F.



The struggles, again from the offensive line, are what made
Willis performance so impressive. The interior line wasnt
completely awful, but both tackles really struggled to hold
their blocks, and the pocket quickly collapsed on Willis on a
regular basis. One of those collapses came near the goal line
late in the game when Willis lost awareness and was blindsided after the left tackle lost his block. Luckily, offensive
coordinator Rob Likens made up for the O-Line struggles in
the second half by getting the ball out of Willis hands quicker. It meant the freshman made some not-so-great decisions,
but at least he wasnt getting sacked. All in all, Willis only hit
the turf twice in this game, but the offensive line made his
job a whole lot harder.

Easily the biggest surprise of this game; even bigger than

Ryan Willis, personally. Whether it was defensive coordinator Clint Bowen drawing up a better gameplan, or whether
it was just better executed (linebacker Joe Dineen said it
was execution), this line looked amazing in this game. After
tabbing only seven sacks all year long as a team, the Jayhawks came up with five sacks against the dual-threat Texas
Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. On top of that, the team
reeled in nine tackles for loss. Half of those came from the
defensive line, which was missing sophomore defensive
tackle Jacky Dezir. That pressure made the cornerbacks jobs
easier, taking pressure off of them versus the high-powered
Texas Tech offense. The fronts success may not be something that can be sustained, but for this week, it was maybe
the most impressive aspect of the game for Kansas.

Beaty finally started taking chances on fourth down late in
the game. But for the first half of this game, when it appeared Texas Tech would run away with it, Beaty made some
questionable fourth-down decisions. On fourth-and-12 from
the Texas Tech 34 yard-line, Beaty decided to let Matthew
Wyman try a 52-yard field goal. It was short and wide right.
On the next drive, still tied 0-0, Beaty punted on fourthand-4 from the Tech 42. That punt netted 23 yards. The
Jayhawks were within 10 yards of midfield on fourth down
two other times in the first three quarters and Beaty opted
not to go for it both times. Down 14-0 in the second quarter,
Beaty opted to kick the field goal from the Tech 4 yard-line
rather than go for it. Bartolotta shanked the kick.
However, as I noted in early sections, Likens and Bowens
made great in-game adjustments to get the job done on
both sides of the ball, which gives this rating a big bump.




Brew: Anatomy of a late-scoring Royals team


The Kansas City Royals are

clutch. Just look at their postseason run. The Royals have
been notorious for late-inning
Rewind to Game 4 of the
American League Division
Series: The Royals trailed the
Houston Astros 6-2 in the top
of the eighth. By the time the
inning ended, it would be a
completely different series. The
Royals' offense ignited.
According to ESPN, the Royals had just a 3.2 percent chance
to win the game at that point;
however, Kansas City scored
five runs in the eighth and two
more in the ninth to beat the
Astros 9-6. That win tied the
series at 2-2; the Royals won
Game 5 behind a strong performance from Johnny Cueto and
were off to the ALCS.
Now fast forward to Game 2
of the American League Championship Series: The Royals
trailed the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0
in the top of the seventh.
Once again, the odds weren't
great. According to ESPN,
the Royals had a 12.4 percent
chance of winning as ace pitch-

er David Price had silenced the

Royals batters behind his three
primary pitches: a four-seam
fastball, cutter and knuckle
But someone must have forgotten to tell the Royals.
Once again, the bats came
alive; Kansas City scored five
runs in the seventh to take a 5-3
lead. The Royals' winning percentage went from 12.4 percent
to 80.6 percent.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas finished off any hope the
Blue Jays had left, hitting an
RBI single in the eighth as the
Royals took Game 2 by a score
of 6-3.
At this point, neither of these
comebacks is too shocking.
After all, the Royals are now
batting .342 in the seventh
inning or later this postseason,
which has led to them racking
up 20 late-inning runs.
So how do the Royals come
back in these situations? There
are four major ways.
First, the team strikes out fewer times than any other team in
MLB. This keeps the ball in play
and keeps pressure on defenses.
Second, the Royals bullpen
is one of the best in baseball,
ranking first in the postseason

Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas celebrates after hitting an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the
eighth inning in Game 2 of baseballs American League Championship Series on Oct. 17 in Kansas City, Mo.

among active teams. This allows

them to keep offenses at bay
and to chip away at the lead.
Third, the Royals are one of
the best on base. Theyre aggressive and know how to get runs
in crucial moments. According
to, Kansas City
has the third best stolen base

percentage in MLB. Additionally, the Royals are the best in

baseball with runners-in-scoring position, posting a .308
batting average this postseason.
Finally, the Royals have the
most balanced lineup in the
postseason. Kansas City is first
in teams batting and leads all

teams with 34 total RBIs.

Maybe the biggest piece of the
Royals rallies is players stepping
up. Moustakas was just 2-for-22
entering Game 2 of the ALCS.
In Game 2, he went 2-for-4 with
two RBIs. His first score tied the
game at three. His second put
the game away.

These are the plays and

aspects that have brought the
Royals success and have made
the comebacks possible. And at
this point, the extraordinary has
become the exact opposite.

Edited by Emma LeGault

Kansas rowing starts off the season at Jayhawk Jamboree


The rowing team in Lawrence on Oct. 18, 2014

Kansas rowing took center

stage on Sunday as its 2015-16
campaign began at the annual
Jayhawk Jamboree.
The Jamboree was more than
just a regatta it was an event
for the fans that included free
food, live music and games
throughout the day. According
to head coach Rob Catloth, who
is the only coach Kansas Rowing
has ever had, this was the biggest
field the Jayhawk Jamboree had
ever seen, with 126 teams from
nine Midwestern schools com-

This has become a really good
event, Catloth said.
The Jayhawks started off hot in
the second race of the day, winning the open womens two-bytwo final by two seconds over
The Kansas Novice Eights finished second, 10 seconds behind
Iowa, in the the first afternoon
race of the day.
The two early top-two finishes
set the stage for the first varsity
event, the Varsity Fours. Junior
Maddie Irelan said the Jayhawks
hadnt practiced much in the
fours, but Kansas had five varsity boats competing, all of which
finished in the top 15. The C
boat finished in 17 minutes and
44 seconds, while the B boat
took the top time for Kansas
with 16 minutes and 50 seconds,
good for third in the event.
Were showing some of the results [of training], Catloth said.

Good training, hard training

the great attitude the team
The final endurance event of
the regatta was the Varsity Eight
Final. Kansas had three boats
competing in the event. Each
finished in the top eight, with
the A boat pacing the team at
15 minutes and 4 seconds
three seconds behind the leading time.
Weve been training really,
really hard for this, Irelan said.
We performed really well
Im happy with our results.
The Varsity Eights moved
on to compete in 300-meter
sprints, one of the days most
popular events.
The sprints were meant to be
exciting, Catloth said. No ones
really working on starts this
time of year.
The varsity C boat finished
two seconds behind the lead in
its heat the eventual winning

boat from Tulsa. The varsity A

and B boats both won their
heats, setting up an all-Kansas
semifinal for the right to face
Beating the other boat was
definitely the top of the list as far
as things to accomplish today,
said senior Mary Slattery.
The Jayhawks varsity A boat
took the semifinal and finished
less than a second behind the
leading time set by the Tulsa
Golden Hurricanes varsity A
Coaches and athletes agreed
that the first regatta of the season was a success for the Jayhawks. Theyll get their chance
at avenging the sprint loss to
the Golden Hurricanes in three
weeks when they travel to the
Tulsa Fall Invitational on Nov. 6.

Edited by Derek Johnson

Freshman Sharon Lokedi leads the womens 6K pack at Rim Rock Farm on Oct. 3.

Womens team outperforms

men at Pre-National Invite

Looking to pickup where they

left off two weeks ago, the men's
and women's cross country
teams were in action over the
Among the highlights from
this weekend's meet, the
Pre-National Invite, was the
performance of freshmen Sharon Lokedi. Facing the top runners in the NCAA, she finished
fourth individually and was the
only women's track athlete from
Kansas to finish in the top 100.
Lokedi's performance bolted
the women's team up to 19th
with a time of 20:08.3 eight
seconds slower than event
champion, Erin Clark of Colorado.
Two Kansas runners finished

within 70 seconds of Lokedi:

Nashia and Malika Baker, who
are sisters, finished in 2nd and
3rd place among the Kansas
runners with times of 21:21.9
and 21:22.6, respectively. Overall, Nashia finished in 138th and
Malika finished in 141st.
Sophomore Lydia Saggau, who
won the 6K race in the first cross
country event of the season,
finished right behind the sisters
with a time of 21:25.3, which
earned her 143rd place overall.
While the womens cross
country team continued its success, the mens team wasnt as
fortunate. Unlike the women,
who finished near the top of
their races, the men struggled
to get any leads down the home
Seniors Evan Landes and Jacob
Morgan led their team and provided the senior leadership that

bolsters many top programs.

Morgan and Landes kept pace
with each other through the entire race and ended up only finishing one second apart. Morgan crossed the 8K finish line
first, posting a time of 24:13.4,
while Landes crossed at 24.14.5.
However, those times were
not good enough to finish anywhere near the top 50. Morgan
and Landes came in at 82nd and
85th, respectively.
As a team, the women finished
19th, while the men were a bit
further back.
Both the men's and womens
teams have a lot to improve
on, but time is on their side, as
they both have two weeks left
until their next race, the Big 12
Championship in Stillwater,

Edited by Rebeka Luttinger




How womens tennis did at the ITA Regionals


Kansas womens tennis has

been preparing for the ITA Regionals, and the team's effort
showed with the number of
wins it picked up.
Freshman Anastaysia Rychagova advanced to Mondays
championship title match in
the singles competition. She
beat tough competitors to earn
the spot, including the No. 12
NCAA player.
"I do not even know where
to begin with Anastasiya, I am
so impressed with her," head
coach Todd Chapman said in
a news release. "It is amazing
how poised and mature she is
on the court in pressure situations, especially as a freshman."



Thursday began the first day

of the ITA Regionals. The Jayhawks won eight of their 11
matches of the day. In the singles competition, five Kansas
players advanced to the Singles
Main Draw.
Nina Khmelnitckaia won
against Vasanti Shinde from
Nebraska 6-3, 6-1. Rychagova
defeated Anne Marie Emme
of Minnesota 6-2, 6-4, keeping
a winning streak for the Jayhawks.
Sophomore Summer Collins
won a match against Missouri
State, sophomore Smith Hinton defeated Iowa, and freshman Janet Koch beat out Arkansas State.


A winning streak carried on

for Kansas in the second day
of the tournament as Collins, Hinton, Rychagova and
Khmelnitckaia all faced backto-back matches, bringing
Kansas all around victories.
Highlights from the day included Collins defeating Kansas States Sara Castellano 6-4,
7-6. Rychagova also won 6-0,
6-1 against Lily Miyazaki from
We had a great day today. It
was really nice to see the girls'
hard work paying off," Chapman said. "To have four players advance to the Main Draw
fourth round is really exciting.
The girls played some great
tennis today."


On the third day of the competition Rychagova advanced

to the quarterfinals after defeating Kelsey Laurente of
Oklahoma State 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.
"I am very proud of Anastasiya because she found a way
to win today despite not playing her best tennis," Chapman
said. "She showed a lot of maturity for a freshman today."

On Sunday, Rychagova competed in the singles quarterfinals against Carolina Ryba of

Minnesota. Rychagova beat
Ryba 6-2, 6-1, advancing Kansas to the semifinals. Facing off
the No. 12 ranked NCAA player, Viktoriya Lushkova from
Oklahoma State, Rychagova
won 6-4, 6-3.
Rychagova will now compete
for the ITA Regionals singles
championship title on Monday
against Oklahoma States Katarina Adamovic.

On the first day, Koch and Rychagova had back-to-back wins.
During their first round they
knocked off Drakes Summer
Brills and Adrienne Jensen 8-6.
Then they defeated Anastasia
Reimchen and Annette Dochanics of Iowa 8-6, advancing
to the round of 16.
Maria Jose Cardona and
Khmelmitckaia also had backto-back matches. They defeated
their first opponents, Monique
Krutak and Madeline Hill from
SIU-Edwardsville, 8-5. However, Kansas lost to Keli Hine and
Bea Machado Santos of Missouri 8-5.
On Saturday, Koch and Rychagova advanced to the Doubles
Main Draw and faced off against
Lushkova and Carla
Tur Mari.
The Oklahoma State duo defeated Kansas 8-2.

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True freshman quarterback Ryan Willis flashes

potential in near-comeback against Texas Tech

Trailing 20-0 at halftime to

the Texas Tech Red Raiders,
it seemed like it was going to
be the same song and dance
for the Kansas football team.
However, on the shoulders of
freshman quarterback Ryan
Willis, the Jayhawks not only
battled back, but also had a
shot to pull ahead late in the
fourth quarter.
The Jayhawks comeback
effort ultimately fell short at
30-20, but as is often the case
in sports, a storyline emerged
with greater long-term implications than just the final
When Jayhawk fans first saw
Willis in the season opener against South Dakota State
he threw three consecutive
passes into the dirt; it didnt
feel like he belonged on the
field. However, six weeks later, he looked like a completely
different player.
On Saturday, Willis was 35of-50 for 330 yards, with two
touchdowns to just one interception. His 35 completions
were just two off the school record Todd Reesing set in 2008
against Florida International.
35-for-50: Thats awesome,
sophomore linebacker Joe
Dineen said. He has a bright
And after that 20-0 halftime
deficit, Willis made play after
play, slowly bringing the Jayhawks back into the game. And
while passing numbers can be
deceiving in some games, such

was not the case on Saturday.

Willis passing yards were
not inflated with big plays; his
longest pass of the day was 32
yards. He made a living continuously squeezing passes
into tight gaps, as the Jayhawks
slowly progressed down the
Hes going to be a great player, sophomore wide receiver
Darious Crawley said. I love
that [he takes risks] because
theres times in the game where
youve got to take chances and
let the receiver make a play. He
gives us that opportunity.
In his first start last week
against Baylor Kansas
coach David Beaty said Willis was just a kid having fun
out there. However, this week,
Beaty said Willis was doing
more thinking, and for a quarterback with his arm talent,
that seems to be a positive sign
for things to come.
He can flip that thing pretty
quick now, Beaty said of Willis throwing ability. He can
make all the throws, and hell
continue to get better as he
gets chemistry with his players.
Now, Willis day wasnt without flaws. Late in the fourth
quarter, down just 23-20, the
Jayhawks had the ball inside
their own 10 with a chance to
win the game. On third down,
Texas Techs JahShawn Johnson intercepted Willis, taking
it all the way back for a touchdown, which sealed the game.
And while Beaty said Willis
shouldve made a different decision on the play, he also said
he knew the right way to relay

At a score of 23-20, freshman quarterback Ryan Willis raises his arms in an attempt to get the crowd cheering.

that information to the freshman quarterback.

The answer was on the other
side (of the field), he just didnt
get there, Beaty said. I know
screaming at him instead of
teaching him would be a huge
mistake. When he makes a
mistake the first thing coach
(Rob) Likens and I do is start
teaching. He takes that coaching well.
And all of that teaching is
important. After all, its easy

to forget that Willis was originally fourth on the depth

chart at the quarterback spot.
But after injuries to Michael
Cummings, Montell Cozart
and Deondre Ford, Willis was
thrust into the starting role,
and hes answered the bell.
I think it speaks volumes
about him as a player and a
person, junior safety Fish
Smithson said. I cant say that
I would be able to do what hes
doing as a true freshman.


I told him on the sideline,
You kind of remind me of a
little Peyton Manning, Crowley said. As a true freshman,
hes showing that hes going to
be a great player.
Senior running back DeAndre Mann agreed.
I think Ryan (Willis) is going to be a great player, Mann
said. I dont want to put pressure on him, but I think hes
going to be great.

KU Mens Baseball 2015 Schedule

Arkansas-Little Rock
Feb. 20
Northern Colorado
Feb. 22, 23
Feb. 26, 29
Oregon State
Feb. 27, 28
March 3, 4, 5
March 8, 23
North Dakota
March 11
St. Louis
March 12
March 13
Murray State
March 15, 16
March 18, 19, 20
West Virginia
March 25, 26, 27
Missouri State
March 29, April 6
April 1, 2, 3


The Kansas volleyball team is

currently the most successful
Kansas sport, sitting at 18-0 on
the year and 6-0 in Big 12 play.
However, that mark is not only
a credit to the teams talent level,
but the fact that it fills the Horejsi Family Athletic Center past
capacity at each home game.
The Horejsi Center can hold
1,300 fans, but Jayhawk fans
falsify that number when they
pack in more than 1,300 spectators each home game.
The past four home games
have recorded over 1,500 in attendance, with the Kansas State
game recording the season high
of 1,565. These numbers have
risen in the years after Kansas
was ranked 29th in the NCAA
for average attendance per
game, according to KUathletics.
Athletes rely on the crowd to
keep the atmosphere intense
and unwelcoming for the challengers, and the fans help make
that happen. The band cheers
for the Jayhawks and jeers at the
The players pump themselves
up to the sounds of the band,
screaming at the opposing team
but waving the wheat for the
Jayhawks. While the Jayhawks
serve, the band is silent; however, when the enemy serves, the
band makes as much noise as
possible to distract the server.
Attendance for a sporting
event can make or break a team.
If a team, such as volleyball, has
the support of its peers, then
the team will play its hardest
to prove itself worthy of its
attendance. But if a team has
little to no support, it wont feel
motivated to try its hardest.

Smithson said he has also

been impressed with Willis
leadership ability, saying that
hes even been in defensive
huddles trying to pump them
I think our kids gravitate to
him, Beaty said. I think they
appreciate they way he loves
the game.
In the end, even though the
Jayhawks came up short on
the scoreboard, Willis showed
what kind of player he could



April 8, 9, 10
April 13
April 15, 16, 17
Wichita State
April 19, May 17
April 22, 23, 24
Grand Canyon
April 26
April 27
April 29, 30, May 1
May 3, 4
Texas Tech
May 6, 7, 8
Kansas State
May 13, 14, 15
Oklahoma State
May 19, 20, 21
Big 12 Championship
May 25-29

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Johnson pitches to Wichita State on April 21.

Breaking down Kansas baseballs 2015 schedule


Nonconference play
The Kansas baseball schedule is highlighted with marquee matchups that will make
or break Kansas national
ranking, with a few easier opponents sprinkled in so the
Jayhawks can rack up wins.
Like the break in a game of
pool, the first few games usually determine how the rest of
the season is going to go. Kansas baseball opens its season
against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kansas
will be heavily favored in the
game, as Arkansas went 16-33
last season.
Next comes Kansas home
opener: a two-game series against the University
of Northern Colorado. The
Bears were 16-32 last season,
meaning Kansas could start
the season 3-0.
The fourth game is where

things get interesting. Kansas plays its first well known

team in Utah for the start of
Pac-12/Big-12 challenge. The
Utes, while not toting a great
record in 2015, should provide the first real test of the
season for Kansas.
Games five and six are the
final eight ball shot for Kansas. The Jayhawks face No. 25
Oregon State in a two-game
series, which is also part of
the Pac-12/Big-12 challenge.
The Beavers finished with an
impressive 39-18-1 record last
year and have made appearances in the NCAA Tournament each of the last six seasons.
For a Kansas team that
didnt make the Big 12 Tournament last year, stealing one
win over a ranked team could
be a launching point for the
Kansas then settles in for a
nine-game homestand with
some fairly well known teams
BYU, 28-25 last season,
and Purdue, 20-34 last sea-

son and some lesser known

teams Creighton, the University of North Dakota, the
University of Saint Louis and
Murray State.
Rounding out the nonconference schedule, aside from a
Creighton road trip, is another game that should be circled
on fans calendars: Kansas
heads to Palo Alto for a threegame series with Stanford
a perennial powerhouse that,
despite a poor season last
year, has made the playoffs in
four of the last six seasons.
The Stanford series should
be the perfect preparation
for conference play and could
potentially boost Kansas national ranking, should the Jayhwaks have a decent record at
that point in the season.
Conference play
West Virginia kicks off the
conference slate for Kansas,
which takes on the Mountaineers at home in a three-game
set. Missouri State comes to

Hoglund Ballpark for one

game before Kansas heads to
Waco, Texas, for three games
against the Baylor Bears.
Missouri State bookends
Big 12 play for Kansas. The
Jayhawks will also face Big
12 regular-season champions
TCU at home in the second
week of April.
Kansas continues the theme
of separating Big 12 and nonconference opponents by
facing Omaha, Texas, Wichita State and Samford before
heading into a matchup at
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas
City, Mo.
Kansas has scheduled one
game against Nebraska at
Kauffman on April 27. The
Jayhawks are hoping for a
showcase game at a professional ballpark, while Nebraska will be looking to spoil the
special occasion.
Kansas rounds out their
conference schedule with
Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Oklahoma State,
with nonconference oppo-

nents Minnesota and Wichita

State mixed in.
The Jayhawks schedule
seems well-rounded, and
early nonconference games
should set them up for success ahead of the Big 12
gauntlet they will face in the
spring. The coaching staff has
put an emphasis on homeand-home series, likely to
lure in teams like Missouri
State and Wichita State, which
could use a recognizable team
like Kansas to pack the stands.
After missing the Big 12
tournament last season, a
relatively easy nonconference
schedule dotted with tough
opponents should put the Jayhawks in a good position both
record- and experience-wise.
Even more so, a Big 12 schedule that is broken up by other nonconference opponents
should keep the Jayhawks
from coming up short in conference play.
Edited by Rebeka Luttinger