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A new student senate


coalition, OneKU,
formed Tuesday
night.

Sports 10
See KUs new
basketball jerseys!

Arts & Culture 5


The winner of KUs
Got Talent and
competitive yoyoer
Patrick Canny.

THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016 | VOLUME 130 ISSUE 9

THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN


THE STUDENT VOICE SINCE 1904

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African Students Association aims to involve all students in Black History Month this February.

NASHIA BAKER
@KansanNews

When University groups,


organizations and administrators initiated a discussion about racial equality
on campus last fall, Ebony
Onianwa was in the center
of it all.
Onianwa, president of African Students Association
(ASA), attended the Nov. 11
forum but said she left with
mixed emotions.
I really liked the forum.
I thought it brought about
issues that Kansas students
had had, Onianwa said.
However, I felt really emo-

tionally drained from all of


the testimonials that people
gave about racism on campus.
Although the heritages of
black students on campus
are different, the need for
black history recognition is
still valuable, Onianwa said.
I think it should be celebrated
all-year-round.
When I was in high school,
I wish I learned more black
history besides, literally,
your history starts at slavery and ends with Martin
Luther King, Jr., Onianwa
said. Thats why I think
ASA is really important be-

cause we can talk about history before slavery because


black history doesnt start
with slavery, it starts with
the beginnings of the cradle
of civilization.
As an organization, the
focus of ASA is to address
more than just the black
community but the different heritages everyone
brings to the table.
We just want to keep
everyone informed about
African culture, things that
are going on in Africa that
dont reach the news really just bringing together
Africans [and] non-Afri-

cans, said Dozie Ekweariri,


a sophomore from Garden
City and treasurer of ASA.
Its a melting pot of information about different cultures.
In terms of bringing the
cultural aspects to events
at the University, ASA hosts
events to recognize culture
and also bring awareness to
issues at the University.
The ASA hosts Sisimuka in
the spring, which highlights
various aspects of African
culture. The event includes
food, dancing, poetry, music and fashion, Onianwa
said. Last semester ASA

held an international night


with SUA to discuss the
African culture and stereotypes.
Although ASA hosts many
cultural events, that is not
its only initiative, Judith
Ikerionwu, a sophomore
from Wichita and secretary
of ASA, said.
[It's] also emphasizing
how beautiful and deep the
African culture is and can
be. Also, just creating like, a
foundation for African students for African heritage,
Ikerionwu said.
The ASA will address
Black History Month this

year with meetings within


the association and will discuss history and its significance in society.
I think the origins of
Kwanza would be a good
idea to talk about because
a lot of people think it is
African-derived. It has elements, like the language
that they use. They use
Swahili, Onianwa said.
Onianwa added, "[We
want to] talk about important black historic figures
that basically paved the way
for our parents to come to
this country or to help this
country succeed.

KU receives NASA
aircraft for student study

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP PHOTO


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (seated second from left) died Feb. 13. Two of the candidates for his
seat went to Lawrence High School.

Two Supreme Court


justice nominees have
Lawrence roots
LARA KORTE
@lara_korte

Two men with Lawrence


roots could be on President
Obamas short list for the
next Supreme Court Justice
seat, following the Saturday
death of Justice Antonin
Scalia at 79 years old. Sri
Srinivasan, 48, and Kannon
Shanmugam, 44, are both
Lawrence High School grads
and notable for their legal experience.
Srinivasan has served on
the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia since his appointment
in May 2013 by President
Obama. Shanmugam heads
the Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice for
Williams and Connolly LLC
and has argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court, according to his profile on the
firm's website.
After graduating from Lawrence High School, Shanmugam went on to receive
his undergraduate degree
from Harvard, his master's
from Oxford and his law

degree from Harvard Law


School but never forgot his
Lawrence roots. In a 2013
profile in the National Law
Journal, Shanmugam, an
ardent Jayhawks fan, compared his legal practice to the
Kansas basketball team.
Srinivasan was born in
India before immigrating
with his family to Lawrence,
where his father taught as a
math professor at the University. In a recent article in
USA Today, friends and family members also described
him as a fanatical University of Kansas basketball fan.
The potential Supreme
Court justice graduated from
Lawrence High School and
went on to attend Stanford
University for his undergraduate, as well as his law
degree and a Master's of
Business.
Srinivasan and Shanmugams possible appointments to the Supreme Court
are rumored alongside other notables including Paul
Watford, another circuit
judge appointed by Obama
in 2012.

Regardless of who is chosen, the next Supreme Court


Justice will have big shoes to
fill, said Stephen Mcallister,
a distinguished professor in
the University School of Law.
McAllister has appeared
before the Supreme Court
multiple times and hosted
Scalia at the University twice
during his time as a Supreme
Court Justice.
He was a hoot with the students, great in a big group,
smart, quick and a great
sense of humor, McAllister
said.
The professor said he
thinks Scalias big personality and quick wit will be hard
to match in a replacement.
I think the next person will
be a hard press, because he
was rare, McAllister said.
Just the strength of the
personality was unique and
unusual, was the kind of person, if he was in the room,
you knew it generally.
In terms of political legacy,
McAllister said Scalia was
a prominent conservative
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Students now have the


opportunity to research a
NASA unmanned aerial vehicle first-hand. One of the
Viking 400 aircrafts arrived
at the University Feb. 8 and
was assembled Feb. 11.
The Center for Remote
Sensing of Ice Sheets and
the School of Engineering
will use the UAV to help develop new technology and
teach students.
It's not typical for NASA
to just send a University a
600-pound aircraft, Emily
Arnold, assistant professor
of aerospace engineering,
said.
Arnold helped the University get the Viking 400 and
said the UAV would be mutually helpful to both NASA
and the University. Arnold
said NASA recently received
the Viking 400s from L-3,
the manufacturer. The Viking 400 didnt come with
a lot of the engineering
technical
documentation
that usually comes with an

aircraft, so it was beneficial


to send the aircraft to the
University for additional
research, she said.
Because NASA needs that
information and we were
curious with the aircraft,
we kind of came to this conclusion and agreement that
it might be best for them to
send us a vehicle here so we
can do some of the research
work and look into how
we might get our sensors
on this aircraft, and in the
meantime, produce some
of the technical documentation that they need, Arnold
said.
Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, associate research
professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said hes excited for
the opportunity the Viking
400 offers.
We had previous experience with other UAV, but
what makes the Viking 400
unique is that there is a fleet
of them available," Rodriguez-Morales said. "It has
more versatility in terms
of the endurance, is larger

[and] we can carry a little


bit heavier payload so we're
not as limited, and so it certainly opens up a lot of possibilities for us to explore,
The Viking 400 will also
offer opportunities for students. Arnold will use the
Viking 400 in her computer-aided design class and
said other professors will
also use it. Arnold estimated around 100 students will
work with the Viking 400,
and she said students will
benefit from working with
this as opposed to a fictitious or older aircraft.
[Students are] going to
be working on projects that
are actually related to this
vehicle, and not only that,
the things they are working
on actually has an impact.
What they are going to do
is actually going to be given
to NASA in some extent so
NASA has that information
themselves," Arnold said.

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University of Kansas research
project on the Viking 400.

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Emily Arnold, leader of the
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First coalition of Student Senate election


season forms and nominates candidates
CONNER MITCHELL
@ConnerMitchell0

The first coalition of the


2016 Student Senate election held a caucus Tuesday
to vote on a name, as well
as select candidates for student body president, vice
president and elections liaison.
Stephonn Alcorn, currently the Student Senate government relations director,
accepted his nomination as
presidential candidate for
the coalition, now named

OneKU. Business Senator


Gabby Naylor was elected
by secret ballot over Policy
and Development Director
Tomas Green to be Alcorns
running mate and vice president.
Cody Christensen was unopposed in his nomination
as elections liaison and will
serve as the main communicator between the coalition and the Student Senate
elections commission, Alcorn said.
A group of roughly 70 students voted to name the

coalition OneKU over other


suggested names such as
YOUnity and Flock. Student
Senate Assistant Treasurer
Allyssa Castilleja presented
OneKU as a name.
OneKU means bringing
together all of our communities here at KU, Alcorn
said. Its all of us coming
together under a common
goal that is working together and that is enacting
much-needed change that
we need to see on campus.
OneKU members approved three main coali-

tion initiatives, including


furthering mental health
awareness and care across
campus,
instituting
a
first-generation
student
peer mentorship program
and an initiative supporting the renovation of Potter
Lake.
Those were ideas that
were derived from the
student body. Those are
things that students want
to see, Alcorn said. So
[we're] making sure that
we are working tirelessly
and effortlessly to make

sure those initiatives happen and making sure that


we have students on board
who are fully committed to
sorting a lot of those problems out.
Alcorn said OneKU would
file official paperwork with
the elections commission as
soon as possible. Per Student Senate rules and regulations, coalitions cannot
begin actively campaigning
until the paperwork is filed.

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Student Senate Finance


Committee members approved recommendations
on Wednesday night for the
2017 Fiscal Year Required
Campus Fees.
Finance Committee Chair
Tyler Childress said it was
the quickest fee review approval he had been a part of,
with amendments to only
two of the recommendations from the Campus Fee
Review Subcommittee's bill.
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JUSTICES FROM PAGE 1


voice on many controversial
issues over the past 30 years.
He was a strong voice on
a lot of what you might call
social or socially-controversial issues, McAllister said.
He was a believer that Roe
v. Wade was wrong, he was
strong on religious rights
and religious recognition,
he was strongly opposed to
constitutionalizing same-sex
marriage, that an issue like
that that should be left to the
people, not to the court, to decide.
For a new Supreme Court
justice to take Scalias place,
the president must select a
candidate and have him or
her approved by the Senate.
With a Republican majority
currently occupying the Senate, McAllister said he thinks
the Senate will try to delay the
confirmation of a candidate
until the next president comes
into office.
I think the consensus, at
least among people Ive talked
to, is that the most likely result
is that the Senate will just stall
and refuse to confirm anyone
until after the election," he
said. "I think the president
will nominate someone, and
someone outstanding, but I
just think politically, the Republican Senate is not going
to want to confirm anybody.
Until Scalias seat is filled,
the Supreme Court will remain at eight justices, which
means any controversial cases
that come to the court could

Activity Fee and a $28 cut to


the Student Recreation Fee
resulted in a marginal overall fee increase.
Student Body President
Jessie Pringle said the bill
would be on the schedule
for approval during the Full
Senate meeting next week.
A two-thirds majority vote
is required to approve the
bill without any changes,
according to Student Senate rules and regulations. If
senators disagree with part
of the funding bill, it is sent
back to the Finance Committee.
The bill must be approved
by the last regularly scheduled Student Senate meeting of the Spring semester,
and that is the only meeting
at which the Full Senate is
allowed to amend the bill,

result in a 4-4 tie. Although


only about 20 to 25 percent
of cases that come to the court
are controversial enough to
result in a tie, McAllister said
an even number of judges
could mean decisions on big
issues like abortion, immigration and religious freedom are
delayed.
As far as replacements for
Scalia, McAllister said he
thinks Srinivasan is probably on the short list of candidates.
Hes extremely well-credentialed for the job, great
person, great temperament,
highly-respected by all that
have every worked with him,
McAllister said.
Although McAllister said he
doesnt think Srinivasans political alignments are too polarizing, theres still a chance
the Senate will filibuster any
candidate the president selects.
Sri would be outstanding
and I think a lot of Kansans
are pulling for him, but what
I think could happen is the
president could nominate Sri,
or someone a lot like him, and
the Republicans, rather than
just vote the person down,
which might be kind of embarrassing for some of them,
McAllister said, they might
just filibuster and say, Were
not going to consider anyone,
no matter how good they are,
were just not going to consider."
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according to Student Senate


rules and regulations.
Here are four takeaways
from the Fee Review approval:
Three new required
fees were approved by
the Committee.
The Student Involvement
and Leadership Center will receive $2.80 of the required fee.
The Emily Taylor Center for
Women and Gender Equity will
receive $1.80 of the required
fee.
Student Money Management Services will receive $3 of
the fee.

A $3.30 increase to the


Campus Transportation
Fee will result in increased hours for the 43
Red bus route and three
new buses.

New route hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 p.m.


Friday 7 p.m.
Committee Members
approved a $9 increase
for Counseling and
Psychological Services
and a $1.60 to compensate Lawrence mental
health care provider
Bert Nash.
The increase will go toward funding four new positions at CAPS.
An additional $1.60 fee
increase will be used to compensate Bert Nash for care
theyve provided to University
students.

A $1 fee increase to
the University Daily
Kansan required fee
was approved.
The increase would dou-

ble the campus fee paid to the


Kansan and restore the fee the
Kansan previously received in
the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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Crimson and Blue Society focuses on the full


Jayhawk experience of extracurriculars
LARA KORTE
@lara_korte

tudents at the University now have a


program that can help
them take full advantage
of campus resources and
events and show it off to
employers.
The Crimson and Blue
Society debuted last semester out of the Student
Involvement and Leadership Center. The program
is focused on a co-curricular curriculum designed
to expose students to campus opportunities and help
them develop skills outside
of the classroom.
Elliot Young, a graduate
assistant in the SILC office and coordinator of the
Crimson and Blue Society,
said the idea initially came
out of a desire to help students get the full University experience, or in other
words, earn their crimson
and blue.
We had the question in
front of us, What does it
mean to be a Jayhawk?' and
we kind of looked around
and said, Well, KU offers
so many opportunities, but
how do we make them easy
for students to navigate so
that they can get the best
experience? Young said.
To gain full membership into the organization,
students must fulfill requirements under eight
different achievement areas: academic endeavors
and accomplishments; civic
engagement and community service; creativity and

the arts; cultural and global perspective; health and


wellness; leadership and involvement; profession and
career development; and
spirit, pride and tradition.
Each achievement area
can be fulfilled by attending or accomplishing certain events or tasks. Under
academic endeavors and
accomplishments, students
must complete three items
that may include meeting
with an academic advisor,
attending a common book
lecture or making the honor roll. Activities can range
anywhere from visiting the
Natural History Museum
to attending a basketball
game.
Young said the entire
idea of the Crimson and
Blue Society is to help
students become more
well-rounded, a characteristic many employers seek in
a potential hire.
We know employers are
looking at students who have
that broad range of skills
and are very well-rounded,
Young said. We see this as
an excellent opportunity to
help students develop those
skills, those things that they
really cant get by classroom
experience alone, they really need to go out and do
those things outside of the
classroom.
Hunter Finch, a graduate career coach in the
University Career Center,
said having extracurricular
experience is something he
stresses when helping students look for jobs and develop resumes.

If I, an employer, am
looking to hire someone
and someone is very good in
the field, thats going to be a
huge plus," Finch said. "But
if I have someone whos really good in the field and has
experience outside of business, marketing, whatever,
sociology, whatever it may
be, usually those potential
employees are a little bit
more attractive to employers because it shows that
they can do other things."
Finch also said having
experience that shows a
wide variety of skills can indicate to an employer that a
candidate has strong social
and personality skills.
They also want to see,
Can I work with this person? Im going to have to
come in every day and sit
next to them in the office, do
I want to? Is that a person I
want to interact with? And
so those extracurricular
things just really show that
you have that well-roundedness, Finch said.
Finch said the University
Career Center likes to focus
on the idea of a T-shaped
professional. At the core
of any potential employee
should be depth of knowledge in the field, or the vertical aspect of the T." The
horizontal items are things
outside of the classroom
that show a wide-range of
involvement.
We always encourage
students to get involved, not
only to pad your resume,
but just adding that experience and value to being connected to KU, really hope-

fully getting the most out of


their four years here, Finch
said.
While some students
might be inclined to simply
list extracurricular activities
on a resume, Young said the
Crimson and Blue Society is
different in the way that the
curriculum was designed
very intentionally.
For a whole semester,
we went to 25 campus departments and offices and
asked them, What are the
things that you really want
students to accomplish
from your office or department at KU, and they gave
us a list, Young said. So
its not just any old thing;
its stuff that each of the
campus partners identify as
the most important thing.
There are currently 620
students enrolled in the
program, which operates
through Rock Chalk Central. When a student completes a task, they simply
log into the website and
enter the information into
the Crimson and Blue Society page, which will save
and track their progress.
Although it is a self-paced
curriculum, Young said he
expects students will take
two to four years to complete everything.
There are approximately 30 items a student has
to complete, and even your
most ambitious student
isnt going to complete all
of those in one year, Young
said.
Young said he thinks
the organization is off to a
good start and is looking at

expanding outreach to students who arent sure how


to get involved to help them
have the full Jayhawk experience.
We also know
that a lot of
students dont
get involved
because they
simply dont
know what
to do, they
dont know
where
to go,
Young
said.
Were
trying
to go
to

them
and say,
Heres
this program; this
could help guide
you along the way.
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PRO/CON: Should the Next Supreme Court justice be appointed by Obama?


DANYA ISSAWI

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No way in hell t-swift


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@danyasawi

YES
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalias passing last
weekend has created more
than just a vacancy on the Supreme Court bench a controversy seems to have manifested itself in the wake of his
death. There now remains a
dead-even split within the
remaining justices on the
political spectrum. Four lean
toward the liberal left while
the other four swing toward
the conservative right. This
means the next Supreme
Court appointee could be a
pivotal piece in tipping the
RACHEL GONZALES
@rachelllnoel

NO
Charcoal drawings for
class = charcoal facials
in class

86 days until
commencement

My middle school
experience can be
summed up by that
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where Leo is savaged
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grizzly bear.

To the 41 bus driver


who is always super
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News surfaced Friday of


the death of Supreme Court
Justice
Antonin
Scalia.
Since then, controversy has
sparked as a result of Republicans in the Senate stating
their intent to block any nominee from President Obama.
While Supreme Court justices
are nominated by the current
president, it is up to the Senate to advise and consent
the presidents nomination,
according to the U.S. Constitution.
The timing of Scalias death
presents a unique opportunity for American citizens
to have a more pronounced
voice in the selection of our

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Ive been single for 10


years... Im gonna be
single forever probably.
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an appointee is still under
Obamas jurisdiction with a
little less than 300 days left
in his term. Your job doesnt
stop until you are voted out
or until your term expires,
Obama said in a speech
Tuesday.
To say that the responsibility of appointing a new justice should simply be passed
down to Obamas successor
is nonsensical. If a doctor is
in the emergency room with
the knowledge that his or her
shift is over in 10 minutes, do
they take a seat in the nearest swivel chair and twiddle
their thumbs while patients
strapped to gurneys are
rushed past?
No. There is a job that

needs to be done. Although


Obamas days in office may
be numbered, he has the
constitutional right to appoint the nominee he deems
best fit to fill Scalias seat in
the Supreme Court.
This comes down to an inability to perpetuate a bipartisan democracy. If the roles
were reversed, and Democrats were meddling with the
nomination process during
the tenure of a Republican
president, the issue would
remain the same. In fact,
some Democrats have called
on Obama to nominate a
left-wing sacrificial lamb
to appease liberal voters and
increase their numbers and
morale come election time in
November.

It is unethical to attempt to
tamper with the judiciary
process already long-established as a means to gain political ground in an election
season. Regardless of the
potential nominees political affiliation, the external
forces attempting to meddle
with our countrys constitutionality are a sad indicator
of the United States current
political climate and of our
inability to take into account
the long-term effects of our
short-term decisions.

next justice. Blocking the


appointment of the next Supreme Court justice until a
new president has been elected would allow Americans to
directly influence who will
take Scalias place.
The American people should
have a voice in the selection of
the next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy
should not be filled until we
have a new president," Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.
Several Republican officials,
including almost all of the
current GOP presidential
candidates, have endorsed
his position.
The fact that Republicans
want to block a last-minute appointment by Obama
seems to be, on the surface, a
strategy to ensure Republican
representation on the bench.

Democrats such as Senator Elizabeth Warren have


said such a block threatens
our democracy. However,
a block by the Senate essentially puts the nomination
back into the hands of the
people who may or may not
have changed their political
opinions over the course of
Obamas terms. It is more
progressive to allow the current voice of Americans to be
considered instead of assuming that the majority of American people would still choose
Obama as the right person to
nominate a justice.
Senators, like presidents, are
elected officials who Americans have voted to trust with
the well-being of our democracy. The rights guaranteed to
the Senate are equally as important as those guaranteed
to the president. America was

set up with branches of government intended to check


and balance each other. It is
fundamental to democracy
that the rights of all branches
are equally recognized.
The Senates right to delay or
reject nominees is an important weapon in the constant
struggle for advantage between the executive and legislative branches, said Berkley
Law professor John Yoo, who
worked for the Department of
Justice during the Bush administration.
Democrats have criticized
the potential block as being
unconstitutional, but just as
the Constitution guarantees
President Obama the right
to appoint a nominee, it also
guarantees the Senate the
right to consent to the nomination. As Adam White writes
in the Weekly Standard, No-

where does the Constitution


say that the Senate is required
to act on the presidents nominations.
Because democracy requires
that the nomination for a new
justice ultimately lie in the
hands of the people, the question becomes: Which election
results should be taken into
account? An appointee chosen by Barack Obama would
represent an outdated American voice. America does not
need a justice who reflects an
administration that is on the
way out the door. We dont
need a judge who will represent the past; we need one
who will represent the future.

Danya Issawi is a sophomore from Kansas City


studying journalism.
Edited by Madi Schulz

Rachel Gonzales is a junior


from Fort Collins, Colo.,
studying journalism and sociology

How to combat inaccuracies in Facebook politics


MADDY MIKINSKI

You wouldnt like me


when Im hangry.

scale toward either political


extremity.
With the presidential election around the corner, the
Republican Party is calling
on President Obama to hold
off on nominating a new
justice in hopes of barring a
left-leaning nominee from
getting the nomination.
The irony in this, as Obama
points out, is that the Republican Party is well-known for
adhering quite strictly to the
Constitution, which lays out
an essentially straightforward plan for the subsequent
nomination of a Supreme
Court Justice. Although a
liberal nominee is unlikely to
receive confirmation or even
have a confirmation hearing
from the majority-Republi-

Around this time during the


campaign cycle, I start to
hear complaints about the
abundance of political commentary on social media.
Yes, oversharing is an issue,
but for me an even bigger
problem is the spread of misinformation in quotes, headlines and infographics via
social media. A lot of times I
dont think people mean to
spread false information, so
Ive devised a helpful checklist to help determine what to
share and what to avoid.
Step 1: Check the source
As disappointing as it is, not
everything written online is
true. Looking at the source of
an article, blog post or meme
is the first step in validating
your internet activism. Sometimes simply looking at an
articles URL will be enough.
Will marcorubio.com really

have the most up-to-date,


unbiased information on Jeb
Bushs campaign strategy?
Probably not. Will Reuters?
Thats more likely. Turning
to a respected news organization such as the Associated
Press, the New York Times or
the Wall Street Journal can
ensure that various angles
and positions are covered
in a fair, unbiased manner.
When in doubt, Snopes is a
never-fail mythbuster for viral information.
Step 2: Do some recon
Last November, Donald
Trump retweeted an infographic entitled "USA Crime
Statistics ~ 2015." The facts
in the infographic, which
seemed to imply that 97
percent of black people are
killed by other black people,
were attributed to the "Crime
Statistics Bureau - San Francisco." The information
in the infographic doesnt
check out, mainly because

the Crime Statistics Bureau


doesnt exist in San Francisco or anywhere else in the
US. Every infographic should
have a source line that lets
readers know exactly where
the information in the graphic comes from. The same can
apply to quotes. In 2014, US
Representative Jody Hice began sharing incorrect Founding Father quotes to gain
publicity for his campaign.
For example, one John Quincy Adams quote Hice posted
has only been found in management books. Doing basic
research on a quote or infographics sources is a quick
way to make sure that the
information youre sharing is
completely accurate.
Step 3: Dont get framed
Sometimes
ill-intentioned
writers can sneak their own
opinions into works that are
supposed to be objective.
Word choice that adds an
editorial slant to facts such

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as using calculating in the


place of forward-thinking
or bossy instead of confident are examples of writers
fiddling with word connotations to get their opinions
across. Similarly, opinion columns should have easily-defined facts. If a news organization doesnt differentiate
between its editoral content
and its news coverage, then
pick a different place to get
your news. Just because its
an opinion doesnt mean it
shouldnt be based on the
truth. If a description of a
candidate seems a little too
editorialized, maybe its time
to move on to another article.
Step 4: Memes are not
reliable sources for
information
Memes are fun, but theyre
not a place to find your daily
news especially if theres a
minion on it. Using memes
to relay information to your
followers and friends is a bla-

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tant violation of steps 1-3. No


reliable news organization
ever uses memes to convey
vital political information.
Memes never have a source
line; therefore, any facts
presented in them cannot
actually be backed up with
research and sourcing. Finally, everything from the grainy
picture to whatevers written
in that aesthetically-pleasing, black-borderlined font is
created by a person trying to
get their own ideas out to as
many people as possible. Im
not trying to stifle the spread
of memes (God forbid), but I
am saying that theyre probably not the most effective way
to convince your followers to
vote for your favorite candidate. And isnt that what social medias all about?
Maddy Mikinski is a senior
from Linwood studying English and journalism.

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HOROSCOPES
WHATS YOUR
SIGN?

Aries ( March 21-April 19)


For the next four weeks, under
the Pisces Sun, ponder big questions. Youre especially sensitive
to spiritual inquiry. Review the
road traveled for insight ahead.
Focus on home and family. Rest
and relax together.
Taurus ( April 20-May 20)
Get social this month, with the
Sun in Pisces. Find what you
need in your network. Get out
and explore, especially today
and tomorrow. Study and practice your latest obsession.
Learn like a child.
Gemini ( May 21-June 20)
Advance in your career this
month, with the Sun in Pisces.
Today and tomorrow get especially profitable. Youre especially
persuasive. Make a firm offer.
Sign contracts and file papers.
Amp up professional creativity.
Cancer ( June 21-July 22)
Higher education, studies,
research and travel provide
avenues of exploration over the
next month under the Pisces Sun.
Follow a personal dream today
and tomorrow. Make reservations and set the itinerary for
growth and expansion.

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Campus group unites gamer culture


MINSEON KIM
@adropofsunny

While at leadership
training for KU Hillel, a
Jewish community on campus, Sam Benson became
inspired to create his own
organization.
Benson, a
senior from Overland Park
studying computer science, founded KU Gaming Community last fall,
which recently reached 200
members after receiving a
sponsorship from TeSPA, a
nationwide network of collegiate communities.
Benson said that being
able to start KU Gaming
Community re-affirmed the
training he received in KU
Hillel.
As in yes, you can be
a leader. Yes, you can do
something that you are really passionate about and
be good at it, he said.
While the group began as
a "Hearthstone" community, it opened to other games
to bring more diverse people together. During most

meetings, students gather


to play MOBAs, multiplayer online battle area games,
such as "League of Legends," "Dota 2," "Heroes of
the Storm," "Hearthstone"
and others. Benson said the
organization is open to any
kind of games, as they are
all game lovers.
Literally any game that
you could think of, we enjoy
and we are going to play,
Benson said. Because
thats the point of KU gaming. Its to come together
and play games with other
people.
The group hosts tournaments and competitions as
well, but Benson said it isnt
a competitive group. Recently the organization was
approached by Blizzard, a
video game publisher and
developer, to host a Hearthstone tournament. The
tournament will take place
this weekend at the Kansas
Union, with more than 100
people from different states
attending, Benson said.
Its really cool that we

get to bring in people that


usually wont come to Kansas, cause thats not your
typical tourist location,
Benson said.
While some people
might categorize gamers as
shut-ins, Benson said KU
gaming provides a fun and
safe space for students to
play games.

Its one thing to


play by yourself at
home, just chill out and
relax, but its another
thing entirely to come
in and talk shop with
other gamers.
Sam Benson
Founder

To see all these people


come in, and to see Jayhawks that are also gamers
excited to talk with other
people and play in [a] social
environment, that means a
lot to me, Benson said.
Many students at the

University have athletic


programs and different organizations they are part of,
but Benson said it means
the world for him to see
people come to his organization.
I love when people
come in and you just know
that KU gaming is their
thing, Benson said. Because you know this is
something they are going to
remember when they graduate. And being a part of
that memory is so special.
James Glass, a freshman
from Olathe studying computer science and a creative
director of the organization,
said he appreciates how the
gaming community connects people with similar
interests.
My fondest memories
of my childhood and right
now have been me playing video games with my
friends, meeting new people and just having that social connection. That I cant
really find anywhere else,
Glass said.

As a gamer himself,
Benson said playing games
with other people in a social
setting provides insightful
discussions about the game
where they can talk about
different approaches, possible strategies and more.
Its one thing to play by
yourself at home, just chill
out and relax, but its another thing entirely to come
in and talk shop with other
gamers, Benson said.
As Benson graduates
this year, he anticipates the
community to remain a resource for students.
The medium that KU
engages people socially
doesnt really capture the
gamers in my opinion,
Benson said. So to have
this social outlet for KU students to go and participate
in something that they really enjoy, which is gaming,
thats what really matters to
me.
Edited by Candice
Tarver

Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22)


This month could prove lucrative
for shared accounts, with the Sun
in Pisces. Collaborate to grow
assets and reserves. Finish old
projects today and tomorrow.
Make long-term plans, and
review budgets. Creative possibilities abound.
Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Friends are a big help over the
next few days. Support each
other through changes. Begin a
partnership phase this month,
with the Sun in Pisces. Share
the load. Provide whats needed
when you can.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Your work is in demand this
month, under the Pisces Sun. Pay
attention to your health. Monitor
medications carefully. Get rest
and exercise. Dont take things
personally. Parting is sweet sorrow ... let bygones be bygones.
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Sam Benson, founder of KU Gaming Community

Graphic by Sam Billman/KANSAN

Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21)


Expand your territory. Pursue a
passion where it takes you this
month, with the Sun in Pisces.
Relax and play with people you
love. Practice your skills to attain
mastery. Romance feeds your
spirit.
Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Collaborate to grow family
finances. Monitor expenses and
income, especially regarding
home improvements over the
next month, with the Pisces Sun.
Anticipate changes and pad the
budget. Make a mess for longterm benefit.

Engineering student and KUs Got Talent


winner expresses creativity through yo-yo
MINSEON KIM
@adropofsunny

As a 12-year-old boy in
Fort Collins, Colo., Patrick
Canny was fascinated to see
his dads yo-yo tricks on an
old wood yo-yo for the first
time.
Since then, Canny, a

freshman studying mechanical engineering, has


been playing yo-yo and
expanding his yo-yo skills
for seven years. He's sponsored by the YoYo Factory
and won this years KUs
Got Talent with his yo-yo
performance.
Canny said what inter-

ests him the most about


yo-yo is not only that people can express themselves
creatively but also in a competition setting.
He yo-yoed for two years
before he attended his first
local yo-yo contest. That
contest motivated him to
improve himself and attend

Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19)


Writing, research and communications projects go well this
month, with the Sun in Pisces.
Words come with greater ease.
Study and practice. Challenge
the generally held opinion. Get
your partners illuminating view.
Discuss plans.
Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your work is in demand.
Concentrate on making money
during a peak month, with the
Sun in Pisces. Take advantage
by expanding infrastructure.
Strengthen and build support. Its
all for love and family.
Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20)
Take time for love. Family comes
first. Stay out of anothers argument. Youre in your element this
month with the Sun in your sign.
Take advantage of power and
confidence to advance personal
dreams.
Photos by Kelcie Matousek/KANSAN

more competitions around


the country.
Though he's been performing in competitions
more frequently now, talent
shows are a little bit different than competitions.
You kind of want to
watch everyone and be
stoked at everyone, Canny
said. I think that all the
contestants bring something unique and fun to the
table.
From coming up with
ideas for tricks to the tone
of the performance, music
and adding body movements, Canny said creating
a yo-yo performance entails
a lot of effort.
Sometimes he would
actually map out a routine
for his performance, but he
said there is a lot of ways to
go about it.
Its fun to be able to be
the person behind all of it,
too, Canny said.
After winning KU's Got
Talent, Canny will compete
in the Pacific Northwest
Regional Yo-Yo Championship (PNWR) one of Canny's favorite contests this
weekend.
PNWR was the first outof-state competition Canny

competed in and ranked 9th


place in 2012, and where
he met Shane Lubecker, a
sophomore majoring sociology, in person for the
first time. Both of them
qualified for the national
championship that year.
Lubecker, who is also a
yo-yo player, said Canny is
very consistent at contests,
in which most people struggle with in general. He added Canny has a strong stage
presence as well.
Some people get up
on the stage and the stage
seems really big and it overwhelms them, Lubecker
said. But Patrick uses all
the stage and really makes
it his own.
Yo-yo players have their
own performance style.
Some people like to be more
intricate and use a lot of
layers or strings while others go with big slack movements.
Theres something you
appreciate about every single one, Canny said.
Lubecker said Cannys
best trait as a yo-yo player
is his precision.
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Considering musical elements with his tricks has
a huge impact in Canny's
overall yo-yo performance,
he said. If there's a crescendo in the music, he would
do a trick that is small at
first but then grows with
the song.
I think that you cant really be successful in a competition if you are not looking at interplay between
both the music and the
tricks that you are doing,
Canny said. Because music
is the key of everything that
we do, I think.
While many people fo-

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cus on showing off all the
tricks they could do, Cannys ultimate goal is to deliver an aesthetic yet precise performance on stage.

Ive met some of my really great friends through


yo-yo. Its good because
you can have people to
talk to about things that
you are going through in
life.
Patrick Canny
KUs Got Talent
Winner
He described his style as
focusing on bigger main el-

ements and being concise.


I dont care so much
about squeezing a bunch of
stuff into my performance,
Canny said. Its more like,
I just want to show you
what looks the best and
what is beautiful.'
Canny said he has been
trying to think more about
his facial expression and
body movements while he
is on stage.
If I focus on what I am
doing with my body and my
face, the tricks will come
easier, I think, Canny said.
Canny attends three to
four contests every year,
including the U.S. National and World Yo-Yo Con-

tests. He has attended several national competitions


in California and went to
the World Contest held
in Orlando, Fla., in 2013.
He plans on attending the
World Contest this year,
which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, and will feature
more than 1,000 competitors. Although the larger
competitions can reach
hundreds of people watching, Canny stays relatively
unshaken in performance.
Canny said its the community that makes yo-yo
special for him. With people
from diverse background
yet similar interest, being
part of a yo-yo community

is a good release of stress


for Canny.
Ive met some of my really great friends through
yo-yo, Canny said. Its
good because you can have
people to talk to about
things that you are going
through in life."
While Canny hopes to
attend the World Yo-Yo
Contest again next year, he
said yo-yo isnt something
he wants to pursue as his
professional career.
Although Canny doesnt
think he can compete for
many more years as he dedicates more time to school,
he still wants to stay a part
of the yo-yo community

and get more involved with


judging competitions.
He inspires me but
it kind of goes back and
forth,
Lubecker
said.
Through the whole community, everyone learns
from each other.
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Art in Focus: Meredith Trewolla,


medical assistant and metalworker
SAMANTHA SEXTON
@Sambiscuit

Colleen OToole/KANSAN
Meredith Trewolla, a senior from Prairie Village, specializes in jewelry and
metalworking.

Growing up in Prairie
Village, Meredith Trewolla
knew she was going to be an
artist before she knew what
an artist was.
Her mother was an art
teacher, so a love for the
expressive side of life was
ingrained early on and
never left. Her journey
took her from Kansas to
Cleveland to Texas and
back to Kansas again.
I grew up in Prairie
Village
and
when
I
graduated high school I
knew I wanted to get out
and go make art, Trewolla
said. I went to Cleveland
where I pretended to go to
school and after a year or so
of pretending I decided to
take it seriously so I came
back home.
After seeing an exhibit
including
metalwork
from University students,
Trewolla decided to study
metalworking and jewelry
at the University.
I did two years here at KU,

but I was not in a healthy


relationship at the time and
when I was working on my
senior project, I realized
that everything that I was
making was sad and made
me sad, and I knew that I
didnt want that to be my
final work here at KU,
Trewolla said. So I decided
that I needed to work on
myself, and I told myself I
would be back.
From there, Trewolla
moved to Texas, where she
learned how to be a medical
assistant. Trewolla said she
found a similar calling in
both art and the medical
field.
I needed something that
would offer some security
but also help me make a
difference and help people,
Trewolla said. I think that
helping people is the real
reason why were here.
She added: Were here to
heal and to heal others, and
if I can do that in other ways
than my art, Ill try.
Fellow art student, Rachel
Carver, a senior from
Kansas City, Kan., said

Trewollas compassion and


emotive personality is one
of the biggest parts of her
metalworking.
She makes jewelry but
manages to tell a story
with each piece, Carver
said. She uses nature, her
life, and whats going on
around her to create the
personality of the piece,
and Ive definitely tried to
incorporate that sort of
style in my own work.
Carver gave an example,
recalling when Trewollas
son was sick she was
worried and stressed, but
instead of missing class
or being angry, Trewolla
had gone straight to work,
sketching the faces of her
husband and children and
incorporating the somber
feel into her current piece
though thats not to say
that it lacked color, or as
Trewolla calls it, the spice
of life.
Trewolla
uses
synchronicity in all aspects
of her work, reaching to
nature, feminism, family
and her work in the medical

field to tell a story with her


jewelry.
I
love
tactile
art,
something you can feel
and
touch,
Trewolla
said. Jewelry is like the
epitome of that, and its so
personal that I want it to
say something more than
its pretty.
Trewolla
is
currently
working on her senior
project, a Mandala, which is
a Sanskrit spiritual symbol
that represents the universe
using individual jewelry
pieces.
The Mandala is one
whole but is made up of
little parts that are so
individual themselves that
if you were to take it apart,
you wouldnt be able to tell
that they all fit together to
make one piece, Trewolla
said. And I think that all
of lifes like that. Religions,
cultures, people, places
were all connected and
were all the same but
pulled apart it can be hard
to see that sometimes.
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Walker

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(Above and below) Jewelry that Trewolla has made. She became interested in metalworking after seeing an exhibit put on by University students.

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Known for his wild hairstyles


and unlimited motor on the
court, ex-NBA star and 19931997 Kansas basketball player
Scot Pollard took some time to
talk about his recent ventures
and what he remembers about
being at the University.
University Daily Kansan: What have your recent
weeks been like? I know its
probably a little busy. Another
baby on the way, some press
for Survivor." How has it all
been?
Scot Pollard: Busy you
know my wife [Dawn Pollard]
and I put together a calendar
on the computer that we call
Pollard Crazy Life." It just
seems that no matter how
many times we try to slow
down and not travel so much,
things keep popping up new
opportunities, and so we take
advantage of things.
UDK: Do you have any new
plans on the way?
SP: Well, just with the premiere of Survivor this week
[Feb. 17] Ive been doing
a lot of interviews. I was on
SportsCenter, a couple CBS
stations to help promote the
show. Later in the spring, Ive
got a couple things out west
in California, and then the
[Survivor] finale is coming
up. Were hoping its towards
the middle of May because the
baby is coming early May.

UDK: Congrats. If Im not


mistaken, Season 32 of Survivor was set in Cambodia.
Were you able to look at its
surroundings?
SP: No, you dont get to see
a lot of the outside world, so to
speak. Youre kind of just contained to the island.
UDK: Cambodia, from what
you saw is it one of the most
Instagram-worthy
places
youve been to? I know speaking for myself, if I had a phone
there, Id probably want to
take plenty of pictures.
SP: Well, Ive had the good
fortune of traveling the whole
world. Ive been to almost every place I could want to go to
so far, with the exception of
Australia. Also, a real trip to
Germany some time. Ive been
to some fabulous beaches, and
the one I got to live on for a
while was a spectacular place.
It was minus humans, minus
hotel chains and the spoils that
come from commercialization
so that was very nice for it to
be untouched. Obviously, with
that, there are also no toilets
either. I would love to go back
to Cambodia to get a chance to
explore the culture a bit more
because, like I said, youre just
kind of on the island and just
doing the game.
UDK: A little more on Survivor, but connecting to your
time in the NBA, how does the
preparation or practice that
you had to do with the show
compare with what you did in
the NBA on a regular basis?

What was the rigor like?


SP: There is no practice
no preparation. Its live, really.
I think the people that do well
on Survivor have been outdoors and [are able to] make
things out of nothing deal
with adversity. It was basically
my life.
In the NBA, yes, I punished
my body. I did things to my
body to maintain professional
athlete status. Youre training extensively. When I was
younger, I was a Boy Scout
and I knew a little bit about
making fires and surviving
that kind of way. There really is no preparation for going
and being dumped on an island. Its like, Go, get along
with these strangers.
UDK: A whole different animal.
SP: Life experience is the
one thing that prepares you
for something like that. As far
as the NBA goes, [it's] being
on different teams different
tribes if you will and getting
along with people I wouldnt
normally interact with.
I think that was also a big
part of my preparation for the
island because youre dumped
on an island with a team of
people you didnt know before
and probably wouldnt interact with in a different environment. You have to get along
with them.
UDK: You actually had a
fan Facebook question segment for the Kings a while ago
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what makes Allen Fieldhouse
the best place to play in college
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SP: The best arena Ive ever
played in is Allen Fieldhouse,
no question. In college, I never
played in front of that many
people before. The fan support in that area is phenomenal and theres nothing like
playing in a building that Wilt
Chamberlain breathed in and
played in. Nothing like the
tradition. ... If someone would
ever tear down Allen Fieldhouse to make a new arena,
they would be making a giant
mistake.
UDK: Back when you were
playing in Allen Fieldhouse,
you were not only playing
but also going to school here.
What are some of the best
places that you remember
going to during your time in
Lawrence?
SP: I actually didnt really
drink alcohol in college until I was 21. Its true. I know
people can find it surprising.
I didnt really go out especially because Roy Williams was
my coach and he said if we get
caught at the bars or drinking,
were going to get kicked off
the team or suspended most
of the year. That was a pretty
good incentive to not be out at
the bars.
But, I did go to the Yacht Club
often; that was my place to go
in college. Also, a place where
the Oread Hotel is right now
called The Crossing. Didnt

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go there much, been there a


couple times, but I remember
it being a wonderful place. In
college, again I wasnt much
of a drinker, mostly because I
was afraid of Coach Williams.
I was definitely more of a
restaurant guy.

you see pro scouts are coming to games, not for Jacque
Vaughn, Raef LaFrentz or
Paul Pierce, but my agent calls
to say, They were there for
you.' I graduated, got drafted,
and I was just short of getting
my Master's.

UDK: What were your favorite restaurants then?

UDK: You end up getting an


NBA championship with the
Celtics and also, that year, is
when the Jayhawks won the
national title. That must have
been a great year for you.

SP: I remember the [Pizza]


Shuttle. When I go back in
town sometimes I sneak in a
Shuttle order. My wife doesnt
understand what thats about,
but I tell her, you just have to
roll with the Shuttle.
UDK: Before your time at
the University ended, you actually ended up getting your
degree in education. Did you
ever plan on making use of it?
What was the idea behind that
decision?
SP: My fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Harward, was my inspiration. He was 6-foot-8, so,
like my whole family, he was
huge. So I tend to identify myself with tall people. He was
my grade teacher and my inspiration to become a teacher.
So, when the time came to
choose my major, I said, You
know what, being a teacher is
something I can do for the rest
of my life and be very happy.
That was the goal. My senior
year [at the University] was
when the NBA really started
to become a reality, I mean
everyone was talking about
it all my friends. But, you
never really think about that
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you this story, but I can tell
you now. I was out for the season with the Celtics because of
my ankle and I had ankle surgery so I wasnt supposed to
travel and the Celtics wouldnt
even let me travel with them
on the road.
Well, when the Jayhawks
made it to the Final Four, I
told the trainer my college is
in the floor, and Id like to go
see them. He just said, I didnt
hear that. So, I left and got
to see the Final Four game
against North Carolina and my
old coach Roy Williams. Then
I got to see the championship
game against Memphis and
we got to celebrate afterwards.
[I] had a great time down in
San Antonio. But I came back
to Boston and didnt get in
trouble. They were on a road
trip so they didnt care too
much that I missed a couple
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Jayhawks to debut throwback jerseys honoring


Black History Month in road game against Baylor
SKYLAR ROLSTAD
@SkyRolSports

February is Black History Month. To commemorate that, Kansas


basketball is adding a
new uniform combination a throwback to
the 1950s.
Announced on Tuesday by KU Athletics,
the Jayhawks will wear
these jerseys on the
road against Baylor
on Feb. 23 and again
at home on Feb. 27
against Texas Tech.
Before those games,
the team faces Kansas

State in Manhattan on
Saturday, Feb. 20.
These jerseys are
the sixth and seventh
combinations
that
Kansas will use in the
2015-16 season and the
10th and 11th combination dating back to
the World University
Games.
So far the team has
worn its normal white
and blue jerseys, two
alternates from last
year one cream and
one grey and the
white-out jerseys at the
Maui Jim Maui Invitational and then later in

the year as well.


Additionally,
the
team had different jerseys over the summer
at the World University Games, winning
the gold medal as the
USA
representative.
The team actually had
to change their jerseys midway through
the event, showcasing more of a USA
look, rather than the
more-Kansas style jerseys the team previously wore.
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The new jerseys that Kansas will wear, commemorating Black History Month.

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Devonte Graham smiles against Kentucky. Graham is wearing the white-ice jerseys that KU
wore at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, in addition to a couple other games.

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Kansas cream jerseys with cursive lettering, as modeled by Frank Mason III against Holy Cross.

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Cheick Diallo attempts a dunk against Oklahoma State. Diallo is wearing the teams alternate
jersey that debuted last season.

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Wayne Selden Jr. gestures after a three-point basket against Oklahoma. In the game, the
Jayhawks wore their regular road jerseys for the 2015-16 season.

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Jamari Traylor attempts a shot in an exhibtion game against Canada. In the game, the team wore
its blue World University Games jerseys before changing the style to feature USA more.

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Frank Mason III remains stoic on a dead ball against West Virginia. In the game, the team wore
its regular home jerseys for the 2015-16 season.

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The team returns home after winning gold at the World University Games. Wayne Selden Jr. and
Devonte Graham are wearing the updated USA-style jersey the team wore in South Korea.

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Wayne Selden Jr. and Jamari Traylor attempt to double team a Canadian ballhandler. The two
are wearing the Kansas version of the teams World University Game jerseys.

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KU looking to move past d--- movevs. K-State

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Brannen Greene walks off the court in defeat as the K-State fans storm the floor in last years game in Manhattan. Greene dunked at the end of this years game in Allen Fieldhouse, which Kansas coach Bill Self called a d--- move.

SCOTT CHASEN
@SChasenKU

As the final seconds


ticked away in Kansas
blowout win over Kansas
State, junior guard Brannen
Greene dunked the ball on
an open hoop, angering his
coach, Bill Self, who called
it a d--- move in his radio
postgame interview.
Since that time, many
expected Greene to be in
Selfs proverbial doghouse.
Instead, after playing just
one minute against TCU,
hes seen additional time
on the floor. And Greene
is taking advantage of that
extra time, averaging 10
points and four rebounds
per game in his last three
contests.
Playing better, Greene
said. Thats what gets you
on the court.
However, while Greene
might be focused on the
on-court product, the dunk
remains a talking point

leading up to the game in


Manhattan.
Greene is trying to stay
out of the noise. He said
after the last game that he
tried to keep his eyes forward and tune everything
out, adding he does expect
to receive a hostile reaction
from the crowd in Manhattan, whether or not it will
actually affect him.
It wont faze me much.
I dont really care too much
about it. [The dunk] was
meaningless, Greene said.
But I do apologize. Im sorry for it. Im just ready to
play, honestly. Its all about
the basketball game.
With regards to the game
itself, the Jayhawks are entering a venue in which
theyve failed to win for the
last two years. In fact, the
last time Kansas beat Kansas State in Bramlage Coliseum, Travis Releford, Jeff
Withey and Ben McLemore
led the charge.

The team held Kansas


States Rodney McGruder,
who averaged just south of
20 points per game in his
junior and senior seasons,
to 13 points on 4-of-12
shooting, as Kansas moved
to 17-1 on the season.
Only two current Kansas players appeared in that
game: Jamari Traylor, who
failed to record any statistics in two minutes of action, and Perry Ellis (eight
points, four rebounds).
And after the teams last
game against Oklahoma
State, Self acknowledged
that if Kansas wants to pick
up the win, the team must
play better than in not only
the previous game, but also
the last game against Kansas State.
Manhattan, for us, is
probably as tough a road
[venue] as well have, Self
said. Weve got to play a
lot tougher than we did the
first time we played them.

Even with the game


still days away, the team
is locked in and ready for
the contest. The fact that
the Jayhawks havent won
there in the last two years is
something that was on the
minds of the players after
the game against Oklahoma
State, and its likely something theyll continue to
dwell on if they arent able
to get the job done this time
around.
Were ready for this,
Junior guard Wayne Selden
Jr. said. I havent won
there.
He wasnt the only one
to make that comment.
I havent won there
since Ive been here. Me,
Wayne and Frank we
havent won since weve
been there, Greene said.
[Were] definitely looking
forward to that game.
For Kansas, a win would
give the team a seven-game
winning streak, not to men-

tion its first three-game


road winning streak in over
two years. The last such
streak came between Jan. 8
and Jan. 25 in 2014. In that
stretch, the Jayhawks defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, Iowa State Cyclones
and TCU Horned Frogs.
But its much more than
that.
A win Saturday would
also keep the Jayhawks
alone in first place in the
Big 12, after West Virginia fell on the road to Texas
Tuesday. It will be one of
the last road games for the
Jayhawks as well, afterward
theyll have just two road
tests remaining at Texas
and at Baylor before Big
12 play concludes.
Tip from Manhattan is
slated for 5 p.m. The game
is scheduled to be broadcast
on ESPN2.
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Walker

Kansas baseball wants to emulate Kansas


City Royals bullpen and success last season

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Baseball coach Ritch Price answers questions from the media.

WESLEY DOTSON
@WesleyDee23

Kansas
baseball
coach Ritch Price
did his homework on
the Kansas City Royals and their Major
League-best bullpen.
During
Kansas
baseballs annual media day on Wednesday, Price said he
wants to use his bullpen similarly to how
Kansas City has over
the past few seasons.
The strength of
our team, other than
[starter Ben Krauth
pitching] on Friday,
is our bullpen, Price

said. You also have


to have the right people if youre going to
do that, and we think
we have guys that can
be effective in those
roles.
Krauth is the ace
of the Kansas rotation and will be toeing
the rubber on Friday
nights once again.
He held that position
last year and then he
was awarded Big 12
Newcomer of the Year
honors. It will be up
to Krauth to get the
Jayhawks off to a good
start in every series
with a strong outing
on Friday nights.

Still even Krauth


admits its nice
knowing he has a
strong unit to back
him up this season.
Its going to be really fun to watch from
a starting pitchers
standpoint, Krauth
said.
As a team, the Jayhawks had a 5.56 ERA
last season, which
ranked last in the Big
12. The inconsistencies of the bullpen
played a vital part in
that, but it vastly improved as the season
progressed and has
now become a weapon
for Price.
Likewise, the Royals relied heavily on
their dominant bullpen once again last
season, and it helped
produce their first
World Series championship since 1985.
I find it really
unique how the swing
of baseball is going
right now with power
arms in the bullpen,
Price said. You look
at the Yankees and
they had one of the
best bullpens in baseball and they go trade

for Aroldis Chapman.


So now you can
make an argument
that they have three
of the best closers in
baseball on the same
team. People are copying the Royals.
Price wants that
same success with his
bullpen this season.
Many of his relievers
have made improvements over the offseason.

able progress from his


freshman season. He
came in as a high-profile recruit and really
struggled
throwing
strikes. He got better as the summer
went on and I think
hes made really good
progress over the fall.
Redshirt freshman
Zack Leban is another reliever with tremendous upside. He
can throw anywhere
between 88-94 MPH
on his fastball and can
mix in three different
pitches.
Hes got a great
breaking ball and a
great
change-up,
Price said. Im really
Ritch Price excited about the poBaseball coach tential he has as well.
The Jayhawks will
Sophomore Ryan also have seniors Sam
Ralston
struggled Gilbert and Hayden
mightily in his fresh- Edwards, as well as
man season. His 12.96 sophomore
Casey
ERA was the highest Douglas and junior
of any reliever on the Jeremy Kravetz, reteam last season, but turning to the bullpen
Price believes he can this season.
make some major
Junior
Stephen
strides in 2016.
Villines will also be
Ryan
Ralston returning to anchor
has made really good the bullpen. He is conprogress, Price said. sidered one of the best
Hes made remark- closers in the nation.

People are
copying the
Royals.

Villines converted 13
saves last season and
struck out 56 batters
in 53 innings pitched.
Stephen is obviously special in the
back end, Krauth
said. By the time he
leaves here, hes going
to have the record for
saves. We have one of
the best closers in the
country.
Mirroring the bullpen culture that the
Royals have created is
an important goal for
Price. It should play a
major role in the success of the Jayhawks
this season.
We finally feel like
we have the guys that
can get it done, Price
said.
The first chance for
the bullpen to get it
done will be this Saturday in the season
opener, when Kansas
hits the road to take on
Little Rock. The first
pitch will be thrown at
3 p.m.
Edited by Brendan Dzwierzynski

SUA brings
former MU
linebacker
Michael
Sam to KU
BRIAN MINI

@daftpunkpop

Student Union
Activities announced
Tuesday that former
Missouri standout
and NFL free agent
Michael Sam will
speak at the University April 6.
Our committee has
been in the process of
looking for a spring
speaker for a few
months now, Coordinator for the Current
Events Committee
Collin Cox wrote in an
email. The purpose
of our committee is to
plan events that challenge students and the
Lawrence community
to engage in current
event topics sparked
from social issues.
Cox added, He is
making a special trip
to KU to speak for
this event, and we
are beyond thrilled to
have him.
After redshirting his
freshman year, Sam
went on to become
a major contributor
for Missouri and was
named the 2013 SEC
Defensive Player of
the Year.
When he was drafted
by the St. Louis Rams
in the 2014 NFL
draft, the defensive
end made history,
becoming the first
openly gay player
to be drafted in an
American professional
sports league. After
training camp with
St. Louis, Sam spent
time with the Dallas
Cowboys and then in
the Canadian Football
League with the Montreal Alouettes.
The event will take
place at 7 p.m. in
Woodruff Auditorium.
Admission is free.
Edited by Madi
Schulz