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for game day
T-shirt contest
Five finalists remain out of more
than 300 entries for The University
Daily Kansans Search for the Shirt
contest, which aims at finding an offi-
cial game day shirt for KU athlet-
ics events. Students can vote for their
favorite slogan online at Kansan.com
until next Thursday, Nov. 13.
Owners fght
rising costs
of imports,
cut quantities
The bars are closing. Its 2 a.m. Ryan
has been drinking for nearly six hours. On
an average night, he consumes anywhere
from five to 10 drinks, usually a combina-
tion of shots and beer. He and his friends
stumble out onto the sidewalk in down-
town Lawrence.
And then Ryan drives home.
I dont usually get wasted, Ryan said.
So when I leave, Im still feeling fine.
Ryan, a Kansas City, Kan., senior who
said he didnt want his last name included,
doesnt get pulled over this time. In fact, he
has never been pulled over despite drink-
ing and driving more times than he said he
could remember during the past two years.
Ryan is lucky.
The most recent statistics available
from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration said about 1.46 million
people in the United States were arrested
for driving under the influence in 2006.
In Lawrence, DUI arrests have dropped
30 percent since 2003, according to the
Lawrence Police Departments crime sta-
Eighteen percent of KU students said
they had driven after consuming at least
five alcoholic beverages, according to the
2006 National College Health Assessment.
The Lawrence Police Department, which
has jurisdiction over Massachusetts Street
and the surrounding area, issued 219 DUI
tickets in the first six months of this year.
The department has issued an average of
almost 42 DUIs each month for the last
three years.
The penalties for being caught driv-
ing under the influence of alcohol can be
severe. Michele Kessler, attorney and asso-
ciate director of Legal Services for Students,
said there were two different sides to the
legal implications of a DUI. One part of
the process involves state laws and a sus-
pension of a drivers license. The other
involves those of the city or county where
the offense occurred.
Kessler said some chose to fight DUI
tickets. A request for a hearing has to
be filed within 10 days of the ticket, or
the case cant be heard in court. She said
the process entailed two separate cases,
which addressed the licence suspension
and fine attached to the infraction. The city
charges first-time offenders between $500
and $1,000.
Jenny McKee, health educator for Student
Health Services, said the fine was put into
perspective by how much students spent
on alcohol. McKee said the Universitys
online e-CHUG program, which moni-
tors students drinking habits, reported the
average amount an average student spent
on alcohol during a year was $999.04.
Kessler said a DUI charge can hinder
a students future endeavors. In addition
to monetary consequences, Kessler said,
the criminal offense could damage ones
reputation and affect a persons ability to
get a job.
Weve had incidents where students
get in the car, put the key in and pass out,
Kessler said. Youre operating even though
you didnt get on the street.
Kessler said police officers needed a
probable cause to pull someone over if they
suspected that person of driving under the
Sgt. Bill Cory of the Lawrence Police
Department said police looked for drivers
who commit basic traffic infractions, such
as swerving, having burnt-out headlights or
failing to stop completely at stop signs.
Kim Murphree, records manager for
Lawrence Police Department, said the
decrease in DUIs could be attributed to
the police actively enforcing drinking and
driving laws. She said the department also
encouraged citizens to report suspicious
Edited by Becka Cremer
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced
Wednesday that state agencies would face
3-percent budget cuts for the upcom-
ing fiscal year. While Sebelius said she
planned to spare K-12 education from
the belt-tightening, most state institu-
tions, including the University, will have
to find ways to carve enough from their
individual budgets to reach the $60 mil-
lion cut.
The decision stems from a meeting of
the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group,
an agency within the Kansas Division
of the Budget. On Tuesday, the group
reduced the 2009 fiscal year General Fund
forecast by $211 million.
Nicole Corcoran, press secretary for
Sebelius, said the governor had instructed
heads of all state agencies to fill only essen-
tial positions at this time, and that deeper
cuts for fiscal year 2010 were likely.
Sebelius said that a state tax increase
was likely off the table, because Kansas
families were already having difficulty
weathering the financial downturn.
The $137 million budget shortfall is
largely attributed to a decline in income
tax revenue, as well as reduced prop-
erty taxes as home values have sunk in the
wake of the collapsing housing bubble.
Lynn Bretz, director of University
Communications, said Wednesday after-
noon that the Chancellors office was
awaiting guidance from the Kansas Board
of Regents regarding how the University
should meet the coming budget restric-
KUs mission is to provide a high-
quality education to the students of
Kansas, Bretz said. For some time,
weve been focusing on how to do that
as efficiently as possible. When we got
word this summer about the potential
for budget cuts, we began looking hard
at ways we could trim our expendi-
tures. Obviously, with the governors
announcement today, well need to con-
tinue that approach.
Bretz said that the University began
evaluating expenditures in July, when
the governors office announced 1- to
2-percent budget cuts. With Wednesdays
announcement, Bretz said that KU admin-
istrators and Regents would continue
working with legislators in much the same
way to find the most reasonable ways to
deal with the economic downturn.
One thing we ask people to keep in
mind is that were all looking at a short-
term budget shortfall, Bretz said. But
over the long term, KUs mission is to help
create an educated workforce for Kansas,
which is exactly what the state will need
to grow the economy.
Edited by Becka Cremer
undEr thE influEncE
Local bakeries
afected by
wheat prices
University looks for more ways to trim spending
dUI numbers
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$500 - minimum fne for a
$1,000 - maximum fne for
frst-time DUI
48 - hours spent in jail for
100 - hours of community
service to avoid jail-time
Source: Michele Kessler, attor-
ney and associate director of
Legal Services for Students
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announces 3-percent budget cuts; Chancellors Office awaits advice from Regents
The decreasing value of the U.S. dol-
lar has made importing goods expen-
sive for local businesses. Owners of
businesses such as Hobbs, The Bay Leaf
and Au March have had to cut back
on imports and raise prices to be able
to pay bills.
Rising wheat prices have caused local
bakeries and pizza shops to raise prices
and look for new ways to cut costs.
Some local businesses have raised pric-
es by as much as 46 percent in the past
year and half.
after a night at the bars
DUI arrests in Lawrence have declined since 2003, but 18 percent of students say they
have risked the fines, license suspension and social consequences of drinking and driving.
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The seminar Voices of the
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Hittin the books
on the record
On Nov. 5, the Lawrence
Police Department reported
On Nov. 1, one student
reported being the victim of a
battery, and another reported
the theft of a $1,200 Apple
laptop, two cellular telephones
valued at $200, and other
items totalling more than $360
in value.
On Nov. 2, one student
reported $5,000 in criminal
damage to a 2004 Ford Mus-
tang and the theft of speak-
ers, an amplifer, and other
items totalling $3,000 in value.
Another student reported
criminal damage to property
and the theft of more than
$1,000 of automotive stereo
On Nov. 3, a student
reported $100 in criminal
damage when someone broke
a window to his residence.
On Nov. 5, a student
reported being the victim of
domestic violence battery.
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Daniel Lee, Portland, Ore., junior, tutors Ashley Sheldon, Holcomb freshman, inside the newly completed Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center onWednsday afternoon. Paired through the
HawkLink tutoring service, Sheldon said Lees instructionhelps me understand my classes, especially big lecture courses.
Brent Metz is a professor of
anthropology at the University of
Kansas. He earned his bachelors
degree in Spanish and anthropol-
ogy, his masters degree in anthro-
pology, and his doctorate in anthro-
pology from the State University of
New York. He has been teaching
at the University since 2000. He is
teaching two courses this semes-
ter: Indigenous Traditions of Latin
America and Mexamerica.
What do you like about teach-
I came from a rural, conser-
vative area. My mind was really
broadened by the university expe-
rience, and so it meant a lot to me,
and therefore I want it to mean for
students who have never had the
chance to know the world. Plus, its
just very satisfying to broaden the
horizons of students. Thats what I
like about it.
What do you hate about teach-
Sometimes I am disappointed
by student apathy. But only some
students are apathetic. But that is
disappointing and goes against the
grain of what I like. Its also time-
consuming. I once had to calculate
how many hours I put in a week at
a different university and it was 68
and one-half hours. So it was 10
hours a day, but Sunday was a day
of rest with only eight and one-
half hours of work. That includes
prepping for class, writing papers,
doing research, writing letters of
recommendation, grading theses,
endless amounts of stuff. I dont
mind doing it only when it
gets overwhelming. The amount of
work sometimes can be heavy.
Is it about the same amount of
work at KU?
About the same here. The weight
of the work is different. Some
semesters I taught four courses. I
had taught a lot. But then here, I
have more graduate students and
fewer undergraduates, but that
brings on other kinds of duties
like thesis defenses, masters theses,
doctoral dissertations and doctoral
papers they have to defend. That
stuff can be endless. The amount
of work is the same, but what youre
doing changes. Here I only teach
two courses. If youre an instructor,
youre required to teach four. There
is no obligation to be on commit-
tees, no publish or perish.
What is the weight?
The weight of an average pro-
fessors work is 40-40-20: forty
percent research, 40 percent teach-
ing and 20 percent service. Service
mainly means being on commit-
tees. Only 40 percent of the time
Im supposed to be teaching. The
rest of time Im supposed to be
writing, researching, publishing
and working on committees.
What are you working on right
Ive got two papers in need of
revision, quickly. One is in Spanish
and to be published in Spain. The
other is for a journal in the U.S.
Ive also got a book coming out
that Ive edited. It has 20 chapters
and 19 authors. The theme of the
book is the long history of the
Chorti Maya area of Guatemala,
Honduras and El Salvador, going
back 3,000 years to the present. Id
gather together anyone whod done
anything on this corner of the
world, and ask them if they wanted
to do it. Fortunately they said yes.
If you could do anything besides
teaching, what would it be?
Sometimes I have fantasies of
going into ethically based business
that would help the Chorti Maya.
Ive thought about that before. I
dont know exactly what would
work because Ive seen many
things fail. A lot of my leftist stu-
dents have a reflex when they hear
the word business and they think
evil. They think capitalists, they
think exploitation, you know the
story. But there can be a lot of good
business that can help people.
Why are you so interested in
Chorti Maya?
I got interested in Guatemala
as an undergraduate when I was
in the honors program during col-
lege. There was a three-week trip
to Guatemala during Christmas
break. I saw a poster for it and it
really intrigued me, and it looked
beautiful. It was $800 for three
weeks, and I thought that was not
so bad. It was the 1980s. Civil
war was going on and it was very
politically charged at the time. So
I went on the trip and I just fell in
love with the country. Years later,
when I decided to do my doc-
toral dissertation, I went back to
the country and looked at a place
very few people had looked at. I
thought, Well, this is the perfect
place. But I did not like being
there at all. It was incredibly hot,
dry and poor. I get sick just about
every time I go. But its kind of my
mission, this area. I do enjoy talk-
ing to people down there. I speak
Chorti and Spanish, and its always
exhilarating to talk with them.
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Professor Brent Metz,
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news 3A Thursday, November 6, 2008
Voting open for students
in traditions T-shirt contest
Starting today students can vote
on Kansan.com for the five final-
ists in the Kansans Search for The
Shirt contest after a committee
chose five slogans from more than
300 entries that were received in the
past two weeks.
The University Daily Kansan
is teaming up with the Athletics
Department, the KU Alumni
Association and the Kansas Union
to come up with an official game
day shirt for students, alumni and
fans to all wear at KU sporting
events this year.
Were trying to make this some-
thing that we can do year after year,
said Katie Feeley, promotions man-
ager for The Kansan. We think
its something students will like
because not only did they submit
the slogans, they are getting to vote
on which one they want.
The voting will end a week from
today on Nov. 13, and the winner
will be announced soon after.
The best thing about this con-
test is that it was by the students
and for the students, said Mike
Harrity, assistant athletics director
for Student-Athlete Development
and Community Relations.
Its a powerful thing to see the
winning slogan on T-shirts on
campus and at our athletics events.
It shows the influence that stu-
dents can have when they work
A shirt was created last year to
replace the Muck Fizzou shirts,
but the group is now trying to start
a tradition of having a new shirt
selected each year.
They took the idea from the
University of Notre Dame, which
is in its 19th season of holding a
similar game day shirt contest.
They sold 150,000 of them last
year and a made a lot of money
for charity and stuff, Feeley said.
Obviously, this is our first year of
trying to do something like that,
so it wont be that big, but were
really trying to make it the shirt for
everybody to have.
Harrity said he hoped someday
the project would get as big as
Notre Dames.
Its been inspiring to see the
energy and enthusiasm the student
leaders from various groups have
invested to help make this proj-
ect a success, Harrity said. Notre
Dames project was started 18 years
ago, and our group aspires to estab-
lish a tradition as strong as Notre
Dames has become.
Feeley said the T-shirts would
be in stores as early as the end of
November. They will sell for $10.
Edited by Brenna Hawley
Students can vote for the fve
fnalists on Kansan.com until
next Thursday, Nov. 13.
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election 2008
Obama selects chief of staf
elect Barack Obama pivoted
quickly to begin filling out his new
administration on Wednesday,
selecting hard-charging Illinois Rep.
Rahm Emanuel as White House
chief of staff while aides stepped
up the pace of transition work that
had been cloaked in pre-election
Several Democrats confirmed
that Emanuel had been offered the
job. While it was not clear he had
accepted, a rejection would amount
to an unlikely public snub of the
new president-elect within hours of
an electoral college landslide.
With hundreds of jobs to fill and
only 10 weeks until Inauguration
Day, Obama and his transition
team confronted a formidable task
complicated by his anti-lobbyist
campaign rhetoric.
The official campaign Web Site
said no political appointees would
be permitted to work on regu-
lations or contracts directly and
substantially related to their prior
employer for two years. And no
political appointee will be able to
lobby the executive branch after
leaving government service during
the remainder of the administra-
But almost exactly one year ago,
on Nov. 3, 2007, candidate Obama
went considerably further than
that while campaigning in South
Carolina. I dont take a dime of
their money, and when I am presi-
dent, they wont find a job in my
White House, he said of lobbyists
at the time.
Because they often have prior
experience in government or poli-
tics, lobbyists figure as potential
appointees for presidents of both
On the morning after making
history, the man elected the first
black president had breakfast with
his wife and two daughters at their
Chicago home, went to a nearby
gym and visited his downtown
Aides said he planned no public
appearances until later in the week,
when he has promised to hold a
news conference.
As president-elect, he begins
receiving highly classified brief-
ings from top intelligence officials
In offering the post of White
House chief of staff to Emanuel,
Obama turned to a fellow Chicago
politician with a far different style
from his own, a man known for
his bluntness as well as his single-
minded determination.
Emanuel was a political and
policy aide in Bill Clintons White
House. Leaving that, he turned to
investment banking, then won a
Chicago-area House seat six years
ago. In Congress, he moved quick-
ly into the leadership. As chair-
man of the Democratic campaign
committee in 2006, he played an
instrumental role in restoring his
party to power after 12 years in the
Emanuel maintained neutral-
ity during the long primary battle
between Obama and Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton, not surprising
given his long-standing ties to the
former first lady and his Illinois
connections with Obama.
The day after the election there
already was jockeying for Cabinet
Several Democrats said Sen.
John Kerry of Massachusetts,
who won a new six-year term on
Tuesday, was angling for secretary
of state. They spoke on condition
of anonymity, saying they were not
authorized to discuss any private
Kerrys spokeswoman, Brigid
ORourke, disputed the reports. Its
not true. Its ridiculous, she said in
an interview.
Announcement of the transition
team came in a written statement
from the Obama camp.
The group is headed by John
Podesta, who served as chief of staff
under former President Clinton;
Pete Rouse, who has been Obamas
chief of staff in the Senate, and
Valerie Jarrett, a friend of the presi-
dent-elect and campaign adviser.
Several Democrats described
a sprawling operation well under
way. Officials had kept deliberations
under wraps to avoid the appear-
ance of overconfidence in the weeks
leading to Tuesdays election.
They said the group was stocked
with longtime associates of Obama,
as well as veterans of Clintons
White House.
Quite apart from transition
issues, Obamas status as an incum-
bent member of Congress presents
issues unseen since 1960, when
John F. Kennedy moved from the
Senate to the White House.
Fighting in Congo forces locals to fee
Illinois representative offered job, unclear if he accepted
T-shirt fnalists
KIWANJA, Congo Sporadic
gunfire and explosions echoed
Wednesday around this town in
eastern Congo, as rebels fought
pro-government militiamen for a
second day, forcing thousands of
people to flee.
A wider cease-fire between the
rebels and the government was
holding further south around the
provincial capital, however, as
diplomats prepared to assemble
a regional peace summit Friday
in Kenya. It was bringing togeth-
er U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon and the presidents of
Rwanda and Congo.
In Kiwanja, 45 miles north of
the main city Goma, clashes erupt-
ed Tuesday between rebels and
a militia known as the Mai Mai,
but the violence eased Wednesday
Speaking in an interview, war-
lord Laurent Nkunda accused
Congos army of firing mortars
toward rebel positions from
behind militia lines during
Wednesdays battles. He also said
ethnic Hutu Rwandan militias
linked to Rwandas 1994 genocide
were fighting alongside the Mai
Mai around Kiwanja.
The army could not be reached
for comment.
Nkunda claimed the army
had also taken part in fighting
Saturday in two other towns in
the region: Mweso and Kashuga,
breaking the cease-fire Nkunda
unilaterally declared Oct. 29 three
This morning they wanted
to advance (past Kiwanja) ... but
our forces fought them back,
Nkunda said. They were very
well armed.
Associated Press journalists
who visited Kiwanja at midday
saw several thousand people on
the roads, including mothers with
babies on their backs, trying to
find safety. As insurgents loyal to
Nkunda searched houses, artillery
fire boomed in the hills nearby,
and rebels told the reporters to
In nearby village of Mabenga,
a Belgian journalist working for
a German newspaper was kid-
napped by the Mai Mai late
Tuesday along with his assistant
and three rebel fighters, according
to local official Gilles Simpeze. He
said the government was negotiat-
ing their release.
On the edge of Kiwanja, hun-
dreds of people took shelter at a
roofless, abandoned school beside
a U.N. base manned by Indian
peacekeepers. The soldiers, in blue
helmets and flak jackets, crouched
behind sandbags and a ring of
concertina wire.
(The U.N.) should open up
their gates to protect us, said
Ntaganzwi Sinzahera, a 30-year-
old refugee.
But soon after, Sinzahera and
everyone else at the school left,
joining a large crowd of refugees
streaming toward the adjacent reb-
el-controlled town of Rutshuru.
Tonight we dont know
where were going, said 21-year-
old Omar Issa, who joined the
crowds leaving Kiwanja. I didnt
bring anything. We dont have any
Few had time to gather up pos-
sessions. One man carried only
his Bible.
In Kiwanja, the streets were
empty except for refugees.
Ramshackle shops were shuttered,
wooden doors were padlocked. A
few residents peeked out of their
homes and ducked back inside.
Fighting in Congo intensified
in August and has since displaced
around 250,000 million people,
forcing exhausted refugees to
struggle through the countryside,
lugging belongings, children, even
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Israel and Gazas Hamas rulers
scrambled Wednesday to contain
fallout from the deadliest outbreak
of violence since a truce brought
an uneasy peace to the area five
months ago.
Gaza militants pounded south-
ern Israel with dozens of rockets
to avenge raids that left six mili-
tants dead, but the guns quickly fell
silent with neither side appearing
to have much to gain from renewed
We have no intention of vio-
lating the quiet, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak said on a tour
of areas bordering Gaza. But in
any place where we need to thwart
an action against Israeli soldiers
and civilians, we will act.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi
Barhoum said the group fired
deep into Israel to demonstrate
the price of continued aggression.
At the same time, he said, Hamas
had contacted Egyptian mediators
to find ways of keeping the truce
Before the Egyptian-mediated
truce in June, near-daily rocket
barrages played havoc with south-
ern border towns and Israel has
not found a military solution to
stop them. Retaliatory Israeli air-
strikes killed scores of Palestinians
in Gaza.
Hamas, on the other hand, needs
the calm to strengthen its hold on
Gaza, where it seized control in
June 2007, and restore its military
capabilities ahead of a potential
future battle with Israel.
Clashes began late Tuesday after
the Israeli army burst into Gaza to
destroy what it said was a tun-
nel being dug near the border to
abduct Israeli troops. During the
incursion, Hamas gunmen battled
Israeli forces. One Hamas fighter
was killed, prompting a wave of
mortar fire at nearby Israeli tar-
An Israeli airstrike then killed
five Hamas militants preparing to
fire mortar shells. Hamas respond-
ed with the barrage of rockets,
including one that landed in an
empty area in the city of Ashkelon,
some 10 miles north of Gaza.
There were no reports of inju-
ries or property damage. The army
said four soldiers were wounded,
two moderately, in the fighting.
Thousands of Palestinian
mourners rushed slain militants
through the streets of the southern
Gaza town of Khan Younis, wav-
ing green Hamas flags and vowing
Israeli defense officials said they
had discovered a 300-yard long
tunnel days ago, and concluded the
passage was to be used for a kid-
napping. Hamas already is holding
an Israeli soldier that militants cap-
tured in a cross-border raid more
than two years ago.
Defense officials said they knew
the raid could jeopardize the cease-
fire, but concluded Hamas would
have an interest in restoring the
Sporadic rocket attacks on
southern Israel have persisted since
the truce, but the attacks were car-
ried out by smaller groups seeking
to embarrass Hamas for preserving
a truce with the Jewish state.
Continued attacks have prompt-
ed Israel to close its crossings
into the coastal strip of 1.4 mil-
lion Palestinians. Israel and Egypt
lead a blockade on the Gaza Strip,
imposed since Hamas seized power
of the territory a year ago.
NEWS 4A thursday, November 6, 2008
Rising cost of wheat forces local businesses to raise prices
By ryAn elDer

Doug White never thought being
a bread enthusiast would have an
effect on how he budgeted for food.
Food prices
have been on
a steep rise for
the last year, but
bakery items
such as a loaf
of bread have
risen even more
Its not a
real big deal,
but sometimes I
dont let myself
buy that cup of coffee on the way to
work, or stuff like that, he said.
White, a Lawrence resident, isnt
buying less bread than he has for the
past 15 years, but his favorite food
is costing him more. The prices at
local bakeries and pizza shops have
skyrocketed by as much as 46 per-
cent in the past year and a half.
Bob Garrett, owner of Great
Harvest Bread Co., 807 Vermont
St., said his business had taken a
financial hit from high wheat prices.
His store produces 6,000 to 7,000
loaves of bread per month at a cost
of about $1 per loaf. Garrett said
that a year ago, a loaf of bread cost
about $.80 to make. That means
Garrett spends about $1,400 extra
per month on making bread.
Garrett said it had become
increasingly difficult to make a
profit, but his business was con-
stantly thinking of new ways to cut
costs. He said the store had sched-
uled labor tighter and started shop-
ping more competitively for the
cheapest Hard Red Spring Wheat,
the type of wheat used to make
almost every type of bread.
We decided months ago that
we would not reduce the quality of
our product, Garrett said.
The bakery has raised its menu
prices three times in the past nine
months to keep up with the ris-
ing cost of wheat. A $5.50 loaf of
honey whole wheat bread cost $3.75
last December.
That 46 per-
cent increase
in menu prices
has changed
the way Garrett
operates his
Our pric-
es should be
higher, but
we have con-
tinually stayed
behind the average price of a loaf
of bread, Garrett said.
Terry Kastens, professor of agri-
culture economics at Kansas State
University, said wheat prices 15
months ago were less than $5 per
bushel. He said this month prices
had been floating between $8 and
$9. Three months ago, one bushel
of wheat went for more than $12.
Kastens said the price of every
crop had risen because of the soar-
ing cost of energy, especially crude
oil. The increased production of
ethanol in 2006 and a massive
world demand on limited supplies
have caused wheat prices to rise
more than other crops.
When ethanol became more
popular, a lot of the acreage for
wheat was converted into corn fields
and soy bean fields, Kastens said.
Although the rise in grain pric-
es has severely affected businesses
and consumers, the agriculture
industry has benefited.
Generally, anybody connected
to agriculture is making a pretty
good profit, Kastens said. It has
really provided an economic boom
for all the rural areas.
According to the Kansas Wheat
Commission, wheat will have a $2
billion economic effect on Kansas
in 2008. Farmers, mill operators
and farm implement businesses
will see the biggest profit.
Not everybody has been posi-
tively affected. At Munchers Bakery,
925 Iowa St., owner Mike Tennyson
has been forced to raise the price of
every item on the menu by 20 per-
cent. The price change was made in
April, but there hasnt been a drop-
off in business since then. Tennyson
said that he believed most custom-
ers understood that increasing pric-
es were necessary.
Its something you just have to
do, he said. We had no choice.
Once red flour went from $8.95 per
bag to $29 per bag in one month,
we had no option but to raise the
prices. It would have devastated us.
Pizza restaurants have also been
affected by wheat prices. Papa
Kenos Pizzeria employee Emma
Golden, said that Papa Kenos, 1035
Massachusetts St., had a staff meet-
ing a month ago about the ris-
ing cost of wheat. To save money,
employees have been instructed to
put fewer toppings on the pizzas.
Kastens said that wheat prices
had started to decrease during the
past few weeks, but that prices
would never return to $5 per bush-
el. He said he didnt expect prices
to reach $12 per bushel again any-
time soon.
Its very tough to predict because
the market is extremely volatile right
now, Kastens said. My guess is that
the prices will rebound and start to
go back up sooner than later.
White said he would still buy
two to three loaves of fresh-baked
bread a week, just as he had for the
past 15 years.
Since I love the fresh bread, I
try to cut out other expenses that
arent necessary, White said.
Edited by Jennifer Torline
Six Hamas militants dead in brief clashes with Israeli army
Jessica Sain-Baird/KANSAN
Nina Dahemprepares sourdough starter, which will be used to make sourdough bread, at Great Harvest Bread Co. onWednesday afternoon.
Dahemsaid sourdough starter is aged and passed down fromgeneration to generation. Sourdough bread tastes better the more it ages,she said.
We got this starter froma 100-year-old lady. It was in her family since the Alaskan gold rush.
Our prices should be higher,
but we have continually stayed
behind the average price of a
loaf of bread.
bob Garett
owner of Great Harvest bread Co.
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By AdAm Schoof
When Mark Swanson flew to
New York City to negotiate with
European vendors for his clothing
and accessory business, he couldnt
buy half of what he had the previ-
ous year.
It was cool stuff, but it was way
too expensive, Swanson said.
Since the value of the U.S. dollar
has decreased, the cost of import-
ing goods has increased. This has
affected many local businesses that
import products, such as Swansons
store, Hobbs. Swanson said that he
imported 60 to 70 percent of his
inventory, and that the price of
European products have increased
by about 30 percent in the past
Theres no way were buying
like we did, he said.
Geri Riekhof, owner of the
kitchen accessory store The Bay
Leaf, said she, too, had to cut
back on her foreign imports. She
said the economic climate had pre-
vented her from stocking her store
with more ornate pieces, such as
Italian ceramics.
Riekhof s brother, an importer
in Chicago, helps her buy directly
from the manufacturer instead of
relying on a wholesale distributor.
Even with this advantage, though,
Riekhof said importing was still
too expensive.
She said she believed customers
wouldnt pay for the more expen-
sive products in a struggling econ-
omy. That means customers have
fewer choices and less competition
among busi-
nesses to lower
Riekhof said
she looked for
products made
in America and
Canada first
because the price
of imports had
risen. She said it
helped her make
the most of her
One Lawrence business signifi-
cantly affected by import prices
is the European food market Au
March, owned by Lora Wiley.
Wiley said 99 percent of what Au
March sold was imported.
I cant keep the prices we had a
year ago and
pay our bills,
she said.
This could
be a long
run. I dont
know when
this econom-
ic crisis will
She said
she had reser-
vations about
raising prices
and pinching customers wallets,
but said she was more worried
about the future of her business.
Prices have gone up for Wiley
across the board, and she has had
to raise her mark-up.
Regular customers at Au March
are feeling the crunch.
I come in every month or
so just to look at prices, Jessie
Johnson, Lawrence resident and
Au March customer, said. Ive
been buying less foreign stuff
because its so expensive. You have
to be choosy now and think, Do I
really need this?
Johnson said price had been
her primary concern when mak-
ing purchases.
John Keating, associate pro-
fessor of economics, said people
would continue to buy imported
goods as long as they had the
money because there werent many
alternatives in the market.
Keating said the dollar could
rise because of signs that the econ-
omy was turning around, such as
Warren Buffetts $5 billion stake
of Goldman Sachs. This would
strengthen the dollar and make
imported goods more affordable.
Keating also said having a
wholesale distributor, or middle-
man who can absorb price changes,
could help keep prices of imported
goods from fluctuating. Research
suggests that the closer a purchase
is to the original manufacturer, the
more turbulent the price will be,
Keating said.
Wiley uses a distributor to get
her imported goods and agreed
with Keating that it was better to
have a middleman in the mix.
Edited by Jennifer Torline
news 5A thursday, november 6, 2008
Money tight for local businesses that import goods
Decreasing value of U.S. dollar has forced owners to cut back on expensive products and raise prices of others
I cant keep the prices we had
a year ago and pay our bills.
This could be a long run. I dont
know when this economic crisis
will end.
Lora WiLey
owner of au March
California passes amendment that bans same-sex marriage
associated Press
LOS ANGELES Voters put
a stop to same-sex marriage in
California, dealing a crushing
defeat to gay-rights activists in
a state they hoped would be a
vanguard and putting in doubt as
many as 18,000 same-sex marriag-
es conducted since a court ruling
made them legal this year.
The gay-rights movement had
a rough election elsewhere as well.
On Tuesday, amendments to ban
gay marriage were approved in
Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas
voters approved a measure ban-
ning unmarried couples from serv-
ing as adoptive or foster parents.
Supporters made clear that gays and
lesbians were their main target.
But California, the nations most
populous state, had been the big
prize. Spending for and against
Proposition 8 reached $74 mil-
lion, the most expensive social-
issues campaign in U.S. history
and the most expensive campaign
this year outside the race for the
White House. Activists on both
sides of the issue saw the measure
as critical to building momentum
for their causes.
People believe in the institution
of marriage, Frank Schubert, co-
manager of the Yes on 8 campaign,
said after declaring victory early
Wednesday. Its one institution
that crosses ethnic divides, that
crosses partisan divides. ... People
have stood up because they care
about marriage and they care a
great deal.
With almost all precincts report-
ing, election returns showed the
measure winning with 52 percent
of the vote. An estimated 2 million
to 3 million provisional and absen-
tee ballots remained to be tallied,
but based on trends and the loca-
tions of the votes still outstanding,
the margin of support in favor of
the initiative was secure.
Leaders of the No on 8 cam-
paign said they were not ready to
Because Prop 8 involves the
sensitive matter of individual rights,
we believe it is important to wait
until we receive further information
about the outcome, Geoff Kors,
director of Equality California, said
in a statement Wednesday.
Exit polls for The Associated
Press found that Proposition
8 received critical support from
black voters who flocked to the
polls to support Barack Obama
for president. About seven in 10
blacks voted in favor of the ban,
while Latinos also supported it and
whites were split.
Californians overwhelmingly
passed a ban on same-sex marriage
in 2000, but gay-rights supporters
had hoped public opinion on the
issue had shifted enough for this
years measure to be rejected.
We pick ourselves up and
trudge on, said Kate Kendell,
executive director of the National
Center for Lesbian Rights. There
has been enormous movement in
favor of full equality in eight short
years. That is the direction this is
heading, and if its not today or its
not tomorrow, it will be soon.
The constitutional amendment
limits marriage to heterosexual
couples, nullifying the California
Supreme Court decision that had
made same-sex marriages legal in
the state since June.
Similar bans had prevailed in 27
states before Tuesdays elections,
but none were in Californias situ-
ation with about 18,000 gay
couples already married. The state
attorney general, Jerry Brown, has
said those marriages will remain
valid, although legal challenges are
Despite intense disappointment,
some newlyweds chose to look on
the positive side, taking comfort
that millions of Californians had
voted to validate their relationships.
Married same-sex couple Stuart Gafney and John Lewis watch election returns during a
rally against California Proposition 8 in San Francisco Tuesday. They campaigned to reject ballot
measure Proposition 8 that would ban same-sex marriage in California. The proposition passed,
reversing the California Supreme Court decision that had made same-sex marriages legal in June.
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Social activities can get very
expensive very quickly. Dont
buy something you really
cant aford just to be popular.
People love you for who you
are, not for what you have.
TAUrUS (April 20-May 20)
Today is a 7
A surprise bonus helps you
get just what you wanted. Cel-
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overdo it. You hate it when that
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Today is a 7
Go ahead and begin a new
endeavor, even if the one
youre working on isnt quite
fnished yet. This is a good day
for launching projects.
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Today is a 7
Theres one hassle after an-
other, but the overall outcome
is good. This might just be you
shopping for bargains and
holding out for the best deals.
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Today is a 7
Your partners brilliant move
helps you achieve your goal.
This is one of the reasons you
should always hang out with
talented people.
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Today is a 7
The work is challenging and
you may not be quite certain if
you got it right. Keep studying
the instructions, but use your
imagination, too.
LIBrA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Today is a 7
Dont let your friends or loved
ones talk you into spending
more than you can aford. They
think you can do anything, but
they might also think youre
made of money. Be frugal.
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Today is a 7
You should be fnding it easier
to express yourself in writing.
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Obamas dress for success
NEW YORK The Obamas
first official appearance as first
family-elect will be long remem-
bered for many weighty historic
reasons, but it could also signal
another new beginning: An entire-
ly different fashion sense in the
White House.
The Obama family took the
stage in Chicago Tuesday night in
color-coordinated outfits, all with
touches of red or black.
For Michelle Obama, no stuffy
suits or demure pastels here:
Instead she wore a striking red-
and-black dress designed by well-
regarded, but not-so-mainstream,
Narciso Rodriguez.
President-elect Barack Obama
wore the same style dark-
navy suit custom-made by Hart
Schaffner Marx that he wore at
the Democratic Convention, the
company says, accompanied with a
deep red, striped necktie.
Older daughter Malia wore a red
bubble-hem dress, while the young-
er Sasha wore a black dress with an
oversized bow on the front.
Together, they made a pleasing
picture of coordination and confi-
dence, style-watchers say.
One of the things about
Michelle and Barack is that they
have classic American style, said
Pamela Fiori, editor in chief of
Town & Country.
I hope as they move into the
White House, theyll continue that
and dress in a lot of American
designers it certainly has been
the case so far. She says on TV that
shes wearing an outfit from J.Crew,
she said. You have to appreciate
her honesty and sense of style.
Michelle Obama also has worn
some relatively new names on the
fashion scene, including Thakoon
Panichgul and Maria Pinto. She
also wore an off-the-rack style by
White House Black Market on
The View.
You know what I think is
amazing? She likes fashion but she
doesnt really let fashion wear her,
observed Adam Glassman, creative
director at Oprah magazine.
President-elect Barack Obama, left, his wife Michelle Obama, right, and two daughters, Malia, and Sasha, center left, wave to the
crowd at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday.
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Do you remember me?
Yeah, I remember you. Youre
the guy who was always reading
those thick books in high school.
Yeah, that was me. But it wasnt
until after high school that I con-
quered Tolstoys War and Peace, a
journey spanning seven months.
So here I am again. Still reading.
Not as much as I should be, but
reading nonetheless. Unfortunately,
I am in the minority.
According to a 2004 report by
the National Endowment for the
Arts, the percentage of people read-
ing literature dropped 10 percent-
age points from 1982 to 2002. More
significant was the 17 percentage
point decline of reading literature
of those between the ages of 18 and
24 during the same time period.
Standardized test scores sup-
port this trend. The Center for
Pubic Education reported a 6 per-
centage point decline on National
Assessment of Education Progress
reading test scores among 12th
graders between 1992 and 2005. As
the name suggests, this test is used
to measure progress in education,
especially in math and reading.
However, test scores are often
an abstract and impersonal way of
measuring reading ability. When
you get into the specifics, its diffi-
cult to measure how well someone
can read by talking about what
percentage of people scored at the
proficient level or the exemplary
level for instance. Because read-
ing ability and writing ability are
closely related, its fair to look at
writing ability to gauge how literate
Americans are.
Martin Rochester of the
Education newspaper Education
Week wrote in 1996, As a col-
lege professor for over a quarter
of a century, I have been struck by
the steady, almost annual decline
in the literacy of students. This
observation has been confirmed
by colleagues in various disciplines
at virtually all universities with
which I have had contact. By lit-
eracy, I mean (1) the capacity to
read a sophisticated written work
and to understand the major ideas
expressed by the author and (2) the
capacity to write polished prose
consisting of complete words, sen-
tences, and paragraphs using stan-
dard English conventions. I have
seen both of Rochesters critiques
in action and notably the second.
Amidst a short story editing ses-
sion my senior year of high school,
I was shocked at the horridness of
the pieces I read. It was not the sub-
ject matter or style that tripped me
up but the inability of the author to
string coherent thoughts together. I
remember at least three times not
knowing where to start the editing
process. These were pieces riddled
with sentence fragments, misspell-
ings and usage problems. Sure,
these were rough drafts, but its
impossible to give feedback when
you have no idea what the person
is even trying to say.
The importance of being able to
read and write well cant be over-
stated. Of late the problem with
not being able to read and write
well has focused on not being able
to compete with workers in China
and India, which is important, but
there are really more important
reasons why the decline in literacy
is such a problem.
Effective writing and reading
not only allow us to effectively
communicate, but in an increas-
ingly fragmented world, it is one
of the few universals left. It brings
everyone together. Religion does
not unite us. Sports do not unite
us. Storytelling does. Everyone is
a storyteller and everyone appreci-
ates a good story. Stories transcend
time and culture and age and gen-
Stories have the power to change
the world like the kickoff chant.
However, while wasting time bick-
ering over the political correct-
ness of the football kickoff chant,
we should be discussing why a
quote from The Waterboy is so
Thats another story though.
Mangiaracina is a Lenexa
senior in journalism.
max rinkel
FrOM THe drAWinG BOArd
reading, writing are
two of our last bonds
Can the KU grounds crew pick
up all of these leaves? Jesus,
what is this?
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To that nice young lady who
gave me that smirk while
sitting on the steps of Budig: I
would love to see you again.
n n n
I feel like theres something
that you are trying to tell me.
Lets see, I read the opinion
page, but I forgot what it was
about. Oh well, I am sure I will
remember sometime around
7:30 p.m.
n n n
So when I saw the starting
lineup I wondered Am I at
Duke or KU?What the hell.
n n n
Oh my God, a car with John-
son County tags and an
Obama 08 sticker. I never
thought I would see it.
n n n
Damn. Obama won. Now I
have to move to France.
n n n
Was there an election last
n n n
If Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is
going to run for president in
2012 ,then I am too, just for
shits and giggles.
n n n
Chapter Four: And the greeks
said, We are the evolution.
n n n
Note to the class of 2012: We
dont stand on the bleachers
in basketball games, and we
dont sit down during the frst
half. This is Kansas basketball.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
n n n
Wednesdays main headline
made me think that we just
elected Bob the Builder.
n n n
My roommate really needs to
stop and let one rip.
n n n
Well, now my roommate is
walking down the hill and
n n n
Where can I buy a pair of
those rose-colored glasses?
I want to view the election
from your perspective.
n n n
To the girl sitting behind me:
Its really sad that you think
that because Barack Obama is
a Christian he will see the light
and become a Republican and
the country will be OK.
n n n
I cannot wait for Baracks afro.
n n n
Dear Douchebag-From-The-
10th-Floor, please leave the
female race alone. Were not
gonna have sex with you.
n n n
That poor, poor man. I cannot
imagine the pain and anguish
he must be feeling right now.
n n n
Yes, the key to my heart. Find
me tomorrow and if you say
those exact words to me Ill be
yours forever and ever more.
n n n
nick mAngiARAcinA
OPTIMIST editorials around the state
prohibit Westar from
breaking promise
Westar customers who
previously purchased elec-
tricity from Kansas Power &
Light, like those in Law-
rence, had better be ready
for the other shoe to drop.
The Kansas Corporation
Commission is moving
toward approval of a
compromise rate increase
negotiated by Westar and
the Citizens Utility Rate-
payers Board. The negoti-
ated increase would raise
electrical rates by about 11
percent, instead of the 15
percent originally proposed
by Westar.
Thats the relatively good
news. However, the KCC
also said last week that it
plans to consider a related
issue that could bump elec-
trical rates up even higher
for customers formerly
served by KPL.
The equalization issue
dates back to 1991 when
KPL merged with Kansas
Gas and Electric, which
was charging signifcantly
higher electrical rates to
ofset its costs for build-
ing the Wolf Creek nuclear
power plant. As part of
the merger, KPL custom-
ers were protected from
those higher rates and have
continued to pay lower
rates than former KG&E
Now, the KCC says its
time to consider equalizing
those rates.
A KCC spokesman
made the argument that
equalization would spread
among all Westar custom-
ers the cost of environ-
mental remediation eforts
that will be required at the
Jefrey, Lawrence, Tecum-
seh and LaCygne coal-fred
plants. Although former
KPL customers would be
helping pay of the debt for
Wolf Creek, they also would
beneft from the lower pro-
duction costs at that plant,
she said.
Fairness should be the
KCCs top consideration in
this matter. KG&E custom-
ers made the decision to
take on the debt for Wolf
Creek and its only fair that
they should be responsible
for that debt. Westar should
not be allowed to backtrack
on that promise.
The Lawrence Journal-World
Nov. 3 editorial
assOciated press
The sun is quietly creeping over
the silhouettes of the houses and
trees dotting the horizon. Fall is
in control. There is a cool breeze
blowing from the east, and the
sound of the fallen leaves moving
along the street is reassuring. The
music of humanity temporarily
drowns out the leaves, and I hear a
flag whipping in the distance. Fall
is indeed in control.
Partially intoxicated by an indul-
gence in Colombian coffee, I make
my way to the nexus of America.
Theres a line but no one cares.
They have coffee cups in their
hands and smiles on their faces.
There is absolute silence but there
is definitely communication.
Some people are pacing. Some
are checking the time. Others try
to make small talk but the conver-
sation dies as soon as it starts and
their eyes awkwardly glance down.
I hear curtains being opened
and shut and the sound of elec-
tronics humming.
Everybody is equal here. They
have one name, and they have one
duty, and no one can deny them.
They know that alone, they are
weak. But together they are as pow-
erful as any army.
I sign my name and get my piece
of paper. I walk intently, careful to
dodge the kids playing and careful
to dodge the people studying. I
open and close the curtain slowly.
I pull out my reference sheet, set it
on the table and proceed to color.
Within three minutes, my job is
done. I hand my paper to a volun-
teer who thanks me. I leave.
I have been very critical, and will
continue to be, of this country. We
are struggling to keep our identity.
Our leaders refuse to communicate
and come together for the good of
us all. We still discriminate and
we still alienate. Although we do
it a lot more quietly than most, its
just as damaging. But today, maybe
because of naivety, I am hopeful.
When I see people voting, I see
Americans. I see no race and no
religion. I dont see upper class or
lower class. I dont see Republicans
or Democrats.
This is the America I love, and
this is the America I will fight for.
Graham is a Columbus, Ohio,
graduate student in exercise
Where i discovered
the heart of america
zAchARy gRAhAm
assOciated press
reCenT COMMenTs
United States
Representative, District 3
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Dennis
Moore (D-Kan.) has won as a
Democrat in the conservative
3rd district every two years since
1998. His political triumphs
include victories against ultra-
conservatives such as Phill Kline
and Kris Kobach.
Now he has a new challenge.
Moore must beat Nick Jordan, a
moderate Republican state sena-
tor, with many of the same prom-
ises for bipartisanship as Moore.
But Jordan hasnt proved hell
stay that moderate as a congress-
man yet. Moore has.
Hes a candidate whos voted
across party lines consistently
during the last 10 years. People
like Moore in
Congress are more
important than ever
at this time when
bipartisanship is
needed to fix the ail-
ing economy. Moore
deserves re-election.
He has solidified
his reputation as
someone who votes
issue by issue rather
than worrying about
his party.
Moore has also
showed he would act on find-
ing alternative energy sources
and would try to cut down on
Americas dependence on foreign
oil by supporting the Energy
Independence and Security Act
in 2007.
Jordan is running on a plat-
form in which he promises to
shake up Washington. But his
plans are flawed. He wants to
bring down debt and has criti-
cized Moore for being part of a
Congress that has compiled mas-
sive deficits.
Yet Jordan still promises tax
cuts. For someone who on his
own Web site stresses the impor-
tance of math education for the
youth, his ideas dont add up. Tax
cuts and debt go
hand in hand.
Hes also criti-
cized Moore for
voting to approve
the rescue plan,
but economists
have said the
economy would
be worse off if
Congress turned
down the plan.
Flawed prom-
ises and unde-
served criticisms
show a lack of experience. Jordan
is a respectable candidate, but
Moore has proven himself.
Mark Dent for the
editorial board
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if we lose the t, could
we lose park and ride?
Every morning a bus waits out-
side of my apartment complex at
31st and Iowa. I am thankful for
the bus system because it saves
me from purchasing a parking
pass I would need to drive on
campus. If it werent for KU on
Wheels, a majority of students
would have difficulty getting to
and from classes every day. KU on
Wheels provides a much-needed
public service to students, as does
the Transit System to the city of
Lawrence. However, the future of
the Lawrence Transit System is in
The fate of the Lawrence Transit
Systemhinges on two propositions.
If a sales tax increase on the Nov.
4 ballot does not pass, the Transit
System will not exist.
Students might think that
because they may not use the T,
the propositions on the ballot may
not affect them. But KU on Wheels
will be affected by the outcome of
the vote, too.
Park and Ride receives some
of its funding from federal dollars
provided to the city of Lawrence.
If the city has no bus system, it
would receive no federal funding,
and Park and Ride would lose its
federal dollars as well.
The T saves people from losing
more money at the gas pump and
decreases the amount of carbon
waste produced by vehicles. The
Transit System provides an average
of 1,600 rides each day, according
to the Lawrence Transit Web site,
and in 2006, ridership increased by
8.6 percent.
People who rely most on the T
are those with disabilities that do
not allow themto operate a vehicle.
Others may need to rely on the sys-
tembased on age or financial hard-
ship. People who may not be able
to afford a car use the T as their
only mode of transportation.
Likewise, those seeking employ-
ment can use the T to search for a
job. Without the T, those with dis-
abilities or financial hardships will
face even greater challenges.
Also, students can ride both KU
buses and T buses for free. T buses
operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. dur-
ing the week and also on the week-
ends. Students without vehicles at
the University may rely on both
KU buses and the T buses for
transportation around Lawrence.
Without the T, students must find
another form of transportation on
the weekends and after 6 p.m. dur-
ing the week.
The T is a public service like the
fire and police departments. No
one would question raising taxes to
protect our streets, so why not be
just as willing to provide the public
service of transportation?
I amlucky to be provided trans-
portation to and fromcampus each
day, as I am sure many of you are,
too. Remember other people in
the Lawrence community who may
also rely on public transportation
when you go to the polls Nov. 4.
Brown is a Wichita sopho-
more in journalism and politi-
cal science.
kansan File pHOtO
ERin bRown
"All human knowledge is tainted
with an ideological taint. It pre-
tends to be more true than it is. It is
finite knowledge, gained from a par-
ticular perspective; but it pretends to
be final and ultimate knowledge.
Reinhold Niebuhr
Its a demoralizing time to be
a Republican. The nomination of
Sarah Palin has split the partys
ideological wing from its moder-
ate pragmatists. Adherents of the
former comprise an ideological
school that came of age during the
Reagan administration. Elevated by
Reagans rise and vindicated by his
successes, they brought the concen-
trated support of their movement
behind George W. Bush, and their
efforts brought him to power.
Today, they resist the discon-
certing implications of Bushs fail-
ures. Their reaction to the manifest
failures of their ideology during
the Bush years has been to demand
ever stricter conformity with con-
servative doctrine.
The nomination of Palin is their
coup, and their aim is to ensure the
preeminence within GOP ranks of
their ideology, an increasingly rigid
canon, which fails to distinguish
the present from 1981 and Barack
Obamas policies from unfettered
This tendency of conservative
elites to ideological purity is trou-
bling not only because it portends
political oblivion for the GOP in
the short-term, but also because it
runs counter to the political flex-
ibility and governing pragmatism
that philosopher Edmund Burke
hailed as essential components of
stable governments.
Indeed, history carries stern les-
sons about political systems riven
by such ideological hackery. It was
similar ideological devotion that
animated irreligious European
intellectuals throughout the 19th
and 20th centuries, and the history
books are replete with chronicles of
warring movements and national-
isms, failed governments and other
murderous consequences of that
Customarily in America, it is
left to liberals, leftists and godless
intellectuals to make functional
religions of their political ideolo-
gies, but now, conservatives too
exhibit such tendencies.
The free market is their gospel,
and Reagan is their messiah, and
anything less is socialism.
Observe Fox News commentator
Sean Hannity systematically divid-
ing each of his callers and televi-
sion guests into monolithic blocks
of conservative true believers and
unconverted liberals. Visit the Web
site of the Heritage Foundation, a
renowned conservative think tank,
where a large banner asks with
apparent seriousness, "What would
Reagan do?"
Religion is by nature a dog-
matic, uncompromising pursuit.
Politics ought to be a pragmatic,
flexible one. This important dis-
tinction goes back to Alexis de
To de Tocqueville, the impor-
tance of religion in American
life is that it acts as a check on
the seductive ideologies to which
human nature is naturally drawn.
It trumps politics, relegating it to
lesser realms where moderation
and compromise are apt to pre-
vail. By contrast, when the impas-
sioned, uncompromising character
of religious disputes is applied to
politics, the result is factionalism,
division, conflict and the obstruc-
tion of good governance.
When conservative political
elites elevate ideology to the place
of religion, it should raise red flags
for moral reasons, if not strategic
If far too few red flags are being
raised, perhaps a well-deserved
electoral landslide defeat early next
week will do the trick.
Armstrong is a Dallas senior
in business.
What conservatives
keep getting wrong
PAuL ARmstRong
max rinkel
For all of the kids running
to catch the Park & Ride this
morning: If you can run to
catch the bus, you can def-
nitely walk to class.
n n n
Everyday I pick up a Kansan
thinking that there is no way
it can suck as much as the day
before, but each day it proves
me wrong.
n n n
Why do you always expect me
to have lotion? Is it because
n n n
I just sawa girl walking
around campus with moon
boots. Really? Give Napoleon
Dynamite back his shoes.
n n n
Who wears a Missou sweat-
shirt on Jayhawk Boulevard?
n n n
Where are the KU police? A
bike just ran a stop sign.
n n n
So what? So let's dance!
n n n
I'mliving on PBJ and PBR.
n n n
Is it just me, or is there a lady-
bug problemon campus? And
yes, ladybugs are a problem.
n n n
Today I realized that pro-
fessors are just like us. My
professor almost bought a
Shamwowas well.
n n n
Blacking out on a Tuesday
night: That is what fraternity
life is all about.
n n n
Last night I checked my
sociology test score, cried,
stabbed a knife into my desk,
gave up on my hopes and
dreams and then went to
bed. No more drinking on
n n n
What's this about a ladybug?
n n n
Eat my hummus and call me
something dirty.
n n n
Yo yo yo, it's lunch time.
n n n
Barack chalk Jayhawk.
n n n
And so God unleashed the
eighth plague upon the Uni-
versity of Kansas, the rampage
of ladybugs to smite the GDIs.
n n n
Howcome there's so many
ladybugs in your room? Be-
cause I'ma lady's man.
n n n
My friend is seriously ob-
sessed with Bill Self, and it is
starting to freak me out.
n n n
To the stripper who I amin
love with: Do you live north
of the river and were you at
the frat house this weekend?
n n n
It's my birthday and all I want
is birthday sex, but I won't get
it. Fuck the world.
re-elect moore for
U.s. representative
FrOM THe drAWinG BOArd
To see all of the
editorial boards
endorsements for this
election, visit
matt cHase
Conservatives don't raise
political ideology to the level of
religion. Most just want to make
sure that religion still has an
infuence on their ideology.
The liberals are the ones
usually substituting ideology
for religion since they rarely
practice one.
comment by vladislav
Our ideology didn't fail
during the Bush years. The
members of the Republican
party who were in Congress
(and Bush) did not adhere to
it. In the few areas they did we
have seen success.
The Bush tax cuts, for ex-
ample, stimulated the economy
to rousing success without
sacrifcing federal revenue. We
faced defcits because of bloat-
ed spending, not something a
conservative would advocate.
comment by connerm
The conservative ideology
is still a winning ideology com-
pared to the leftist ideology. As
connerm said, it's the people in
Washington (Congress, not the
president) that were supposed
to implement the ideology that
failed, not the ideology. The Re-
publicans in Congress allowed
spending to get out of control,
becoming more like Democrats
in the process. This is where
they failed.
Leftists want to pin the
economic calamity we are in
on George W. Bush. Bush hasn't
failed insofar as his economic
ideology. Look around: He
faced a recession courtesy of
the late-90s dot com bust as he
took ofce. He faced Sept. 11.
The economy rebounded with
vigor. Then, with Democrats
pushing for easy lending and
the Fed keeping interests rates
too low in 2003, the housing
price bubble was created which
has now burst.
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The universiTy daily kansan www.kansan.com Thursday, november 6, 2008 page 1b
team sweeps
For the frst time since September, the Jayhawks
win in three sets. Volleyball4B
ron prince out
at kansas state
K-State coach will not lead the Wildcats
next season. biG 12 Football2B
By mark dent
By B.J. rains
When Kansas travels to Lincoln for
Saturdays match up against the Nebraska
Cornhuskers, it will try to do something
that a Kansas team hasnt done since
1968: win a game at Nebraska.
Its been 40 years and an 0-19 record in
Lincoln since the Jayhawks last beat the
Cornhuskers in their home stadium.
I dont even know how thats pos-
sible, linebacker James Holt said. It
just goes back to the tradition they have.
Thats going to be part of their prepara-
tion too, not wanting to be the ones to let
go of that streak.
Before the Jayhawks 40-15 win in
2005 in Lawrence, Nebraska had beaten
Kansas 36 consecutive times dating back
to the last Jayhawk win in 1968. Kansas
has played well in its last two trips to
Nebraska, losing 14-8 in 2004 and 39-32
in overtime in 2006.
It would be great, cornerback Justin
Thornton said of ending the streak. We
can add it to the list of all of the other
accomplishments weve had in the past.
Its one thing that wed like to get. It would
definitely be nice to go up there and get
a win.
Nebraska (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) is coming
off one of their worst losses in recent
memory, a 62-28 loss at Oklahoma. The
Cornhuskers trailed 35-0 after the first
But that game was at Oklahoma and
not in front of the 81,067 screaming
fans that make up the sea of red that
the Jayhawks will face at 1:30 p.m. on
Saturday. It will be the 296th consecutive
sellout at Memorial Stadium, with four
home crowds this season surpassing the
84,000 attendance mark.
Its a great atmosphere, Holt said.
The tradition there is outstanding.
Ive heard a lot about it ever since I
was younger like when Eric Crouch
played there and stuff. Its ridiculous.
Its unbelievable how dedicated their
fans are.
Jayhawk players swore that they have
never gone into an opposing arena intim-
idated but did say that the Big 12 confer-
ence offers some historic stadiums that
often have them in awe.
By Case keeFer
Brady Morningstar might as well laugh
about it because he knows the jokes arent
going away.
His teammates and coach Bill Self just
have too much fun teasing Morningstar
about his age to stop. Morningstar says
its not brought up every now and then
the age jokes are daily. He expects to be
greeted that way.
So, teammates ask Morningstar,
how old are you today?
Hes 22 years old, actually. Before the
end of the season, Morningstar will turn
23. That makes him the oldest Jayhawk
on this years roster he edges out senior
forward Matt Kleinmann by a month.
And yes, Morningstar is only a sopho-
There arent many sophomore college
basketball players who graduated from
high school in 2005. In fact, Morningstar,
who was a redshirt last season, believes
hes the oldest sophomore basketball
player in the country.
I think I am, Morningstar said. I
probably am.
Joking aside, Morningstars age could
help him this year. Out of all the players
who could possibly contribute significant
minutes this season, only junior guard
Sherron Collins has played for Kansas as
long as Morningstar. Theyve both been
on the roster for three years.
Morningstar was one of the standout
performers in Kansas 98-79 exhibition vic-
tory against Washburn Tuesday. He made
seven of 11 shots from the field, scored 15
points and played stellar defense in his first
career start at Allen Fieldhouse.
Morningstar credited the red-shirt
year in part for his strong opening perfor-
mance. He feels more comfortable with
the speed of the game and the complexi-
ties of the Kansas offense. Self said guard-
ing current NBA players Mario Chalmers
and Brandon Rush in practice last year
helped Morningstar, too.
Brady has become a pretty good
defender, Self said.
A lot of adjectives can be used to
describe Morningstars basketball career
path that led him to this point. One that
cant is traditional.
Morningstar starred locally at
Lawrence Free State High School as a
senior in 2005. He averaged 18 points per
game, won the Sunflower League Player of
the Year award and outshone cross-town
Lawrence High rival Brennan Bechard,
who isnow a Jayhawk teammate.
But he wasnt quite ready for college
basketball. So Morningstar spent a year
at New Hampton Prep School in New
Hampshire. He committed to Kansas for
the next season.
Coming to college out of high school
is a huge change offensive-wise, speed-
wise and strength-wise, Morningstar
said. Ive got three years already and
havent stepped on the court so I know a
lot more than I did when I came here.
Well, he did step on the court dur-
ing his freshman season, but not much.
Morningstar appeared in 16 games for
an average of just less than six minutes
per game.
When it became clear last season
that guards loaded Kansas roster, Self
asked Morningstar to take a redshirt. If
Morningstar resented the move, he sure
hasnt shown it.
After the Washburn game, Morningstar
described it as the right decision and
said he was glad he made the choice. Self
thinks its positive that Morningstar still
has three years of eligibility left.
I hope so. Time will tell, Self said. I
think he will be better as a 26-year old
senior than a 23-year old sophomore.
But it must have been hard for
Morningstar last year, right? He sat on
the bench while his teammates contrib-
uted to a historic season by setting a
school-record with 37 wins and winning
a National Championship title.
Morningstar said the teams success
Jayhawks ready to put
long losing streak to rest
kansan File pHoto
nebraska players celebrate after defeating the Jayhawks in Sept. 2006, the last time Kansas played the
Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb. Kansas will try to earn its frst win at Nebraska in 40 years on Saturday.
Super sophomore
shines in frst start
see basketball on paGe 4b see football on paGe 4b
AN ANTONIO Before the
players left the postgame huddle,
Estelle Johnson sprung from the
grass. Theyd won 4-2 against Texas A&M,
and Johnson, a junior defender, had to
say something. No, she had to sing some-
The people dont believe in Kansas,
but weve got a soccer team.
The rallying cry comes from
Halloween. Several teammates dressed up
as the Jamaican bobsled team from Cool
Runnings and decided to come up with
their own catchy song. On Halloween,
Kansas got smoked by Missouri 6-0. If
some Tiger shots wouldnt have hit off the
post, the outcome couldve been worse.
The song was a bit optimistic for such a
dark day.
Not anymore. Now they really can
The Jayhawks had to beat the second-
place and No. 11 Aggies for a second time
this year to keep their season alive. They
had to beat an angry team, a team that
wouldve won the regular season confer-
ence title if not for the Kansas loss.
That defeat came a month ago. Kansas
beat the Aggies 1-0 in Lawrence. Shannon
McCabe scored the only goal. Before
then, the Jayhawks had one other victory
against A&M in program history. Now
theyd have to win a second time this year.
It shouldve been tough. What Kansas
had to do Wednesday wouldve been like a
conference of mountain climbers forcing
Edmund Hillary to scale Mount Everest a
month after he did it the first time. Only
this time, the mountain wouldnt be too
happy. It would puff out more blizzards
and make Hillary slip on more sheets of
As far as Big 12 soccer goes, the Aggies
are Everest. Their media guide features
four diamond-encrusted rings, symbols
of the consecutive Big 12 titles they won
from 2004 to 2007. The bling matches
the athletic status. They get 3,500 fans or
more for home games, and usually attract
a legion of about 50 pre-game tailgaters ...
to away games.
They have a 23,000 square-foot
strength facility, and a training room
solely for Olympic sports that features a
Flouroscan machine and laser therapy.
Yep, lasers. Who knows why the Aggies
need those, but they sure sound cool.
They win, too. A lot. A&M has won
255 games in its 15-year history and
hadnt lost in the first round of the Big 12
Tournament in five years.
Kansas is usually on the other side of
the pitch, getting scoffed at by the power
program. The Jayhawks average about
500 people for their big home games.
They won a Big 12 title, a share with
A&M back in 2004, but havent made the
NCAA Tournament since. No one on this
years roster had won a game in the Big 12
And here the Jayhawks were on
Wednesday. Intense. Emotional. The
Aggies were supposed to fume and stomp
and obliterate the weaker opponent that
upset them a month ago.
But Kansas was the aggressor. Monica
Dolinsky leveled Aggies midfielder Beth
West in the first half while going for the
ball. She mouthed off to her afterwards.
Then in the second half, she leveled
another player.
It was all about intensity, Dolinsky said
KUs first goal was fluky. McCabe
rebounded a Dolinsky shot off the cross-
bar into an open net, but otherwise,
Kansas outperformed A&M. McCabe,
Emily Cressy and Kortney Clifton con-
tinually bolted past the supposed top Big
12 defense.
This teams been inconsistent all year.
Kansas has beat solid teams like Texas
A&M and Central Florida, and lost puz-
zlers to Nebraska and Loyola Chicago.
Now theyre in the second round of the
Big 12 Tournament for the first time since
2004. They outplayed a team that was
ranked in the top 10 most of the season.
That loss to Missouri and all the
other struggles are out of their heads.
Johnsons message in her Halloween
song remains.
Edited by Jennifer Torline
kansas 4, texas a&m 2
san antonio stunner
By andreW WieBe
SAN ANTONIO Turns out San
Antonio had at least one more stunner left
in store for Kansas.
Junior forward Shannon McCabe
scored in the 11th minute, and coach
Mark Francis team unleashed a 3-goal
onslaught in the second half to knock off
No. 11 Texas A&M 4-2 and advance to
the Big 12 Tournament semifinals against
Missouri on Friday.
Kansas (12-7-1) hasnt advanced out of
the first round of the conference tourna-
ment since 2004 when Francis team lost
in the semifinals to Texas in overtime.
The victory is the Jayhawks second over
the Aggies this season after entering the
year with a record of 1-10-1 in all-time.
This team is a little different, Francis
said of a squad that has seesawed between
spectacular and mediocre this season.
Weve been a little inconsistent at times,
but when we have been on weve been
really good.
As the seven seed, the odds were
stacked against Kansas from the start.
Texas A&M had advanced to five con-
secutive Big 12 Tournament semifinals,
somewhere Kansas had been only twice
before last night.
But Francis team came to San Antonio
determined to show last Fridays 6-0 shel-
lacking at the hands of Missouri was a
fluke, and jumped out to an early lead.
Kansas went ahead when junior for-
ward Monica Dolinskys spectacular
long-range drive ricocheted off the joint
between the crossbar and the post. The
rebound fell in the path of McCabe who
bundled the ball into the back of the
net, sending Kansas vocal bench into a
I felt like the first 20 minutes of the
game we really dominated, Francis said.
We were keeping the ball and creating a
ton of chances.
Facing a school-record ninth ranked
opponent this season, Kansas relied on
early balls behind the Texas A&M defense
to create scoring chances.
We saw that they were playing pretty
flat, McCabe said. We play three for-
wards so its pretty easy for that ball to
get over the top. I had a lot of chances
like that. There were some that I was mad
I didnt finish, but Im glad I got two of
them in.
With Kansas keeping numbers behind
the ball in an attempt to hold the lead,
Texas A&M began applying the attacking
pressure that saw it finish second in the
conference in goals with 46.
The Aggies should have found their
equalizer in the 30th minute, but sopho-
more forward Alyssa Mautz whiffed on
an unmarked header in the six-yard box.
Sophomore forward Whitney Hooper
also missed two first-half opportunities
after she used her speed to get behind the
Jayhawks backline.
But Kansas came out of the locker
room determined to find a second goal,
and McCabe missed three early chanc-
es before a scary moment nearly sent
Francis team down a player in the 54th
Junior midfielder Monica Dolinksy
appeared to be fouled just outside the
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quote of the day
trivia of the day
fact of the day
Kansas State football coach
Ron Prince, who announced
his resignation on Wednesday
afternoon, is 16-18 in three
years at K-State.
We are in a performance-
based profession and have
made this decision in the best
long-term interest of both
the university and its football
program. Our goal remains
the same: to build a winning
program that is positioned
to consistently compete for
championships. I appreciate
the hard work and dedication
that Coach Prince and his staf
have put in over the last three
seasons and wish him the
very best for the future.
Kansas State Athletics Director Bob Krause
Q: Where did Kansas State
football coach Ron Prince
coach before Kansas State?
A: Prince coached as an of-
fensive line coach at Virginia.
State coach Ron Prince will not
return for the 2009 season, stepping
aside after failing to rebuild the
Wildcats into a Big 12 contender.
Prince took over for Bill Snyder
in 2006, his first head-coaching
job after 14 years at six different
schools. He never lived up to the
standard Snyder set, going 16-18 in
2 seasons in Manhattan, includ-
ing 4-5 this year.
We are in a performance-based
profession and have made this deci-
sion in the best long-term inter-
est of both the university and its
football program, Kansas State
athletic director Bob Krause said
Wednesday. Our goal remains the
same: to build a winning program
that is positioned to consistently
compete for championships.
Snyder was a consistent winner
in 17 years as coach, turning a team
that won one game from 1987-89 to
one that won at least 10 games seven
times, reached bowl games in 12
straight seasons from 1992-2003.
He retired after a 5-6 season in
2006, handing the program off to
Prince, Virginias offensive coordi-
nator the previous three years.
Prince never really got the
Wildcats going in the right direc-
Kansas State was 7-6 and went to
a bowl game in his first season, but
has regressed since, going 5-7 last
season, losing four of five Big 12
games this year.
The Wildcats have lost three
straight headed into Saturdays
game against Missouri, including a
56-21 setback to Kansas last week-
end that dropped Prince to 0-3
against Kansas States in-state rival.
Princes teams never had trouble
generating offense, with a wide-
open offense and strong-arm quar-
terback Josh Freeman piling up
yards and points.
Defense has been a problem,
Kansas State had one of the
nations worst defenses last season,
allowing 30.8 points and 400.6 yards
per game. The Wildcats have been
even worse this year, ranking 107th
in scoring defense at 33.7 points
per game, 108th in total defense at
444.67 yards per game.
Obama can bring Olympics to Chicago
Kansas State coach Ron Prince watches the fnal moments of the football game against Mis-
souri in Manhattan on Nov. 17, 2007. Prince will not return for the 2009 season, stepping aside
after failing to rebuild the Wildcats into a Big 12 contender.
Prince resigns before 2009 season
big 12 footbAll
Lyons Juninho, Ederson, KarimBenzema, Jeremy Toulalan jump during their UEFA Champions League group F soccer match against Steaua Bucharest , onWednesday in Lyon stadium, central
France. Lyon beat Steaua Bucharest 2-0.
Jumping for joy
They stood in that park by the
lake and they roared.
They watched the next presi-
dent of the United States speak
and they couldnt stop cheering.
Couldnt stop cheering for the
man, couldnt stop cheering for
themselves, couldnt stop cheering
for the moment. More than any-
thing, they cheered for America.
They stood in that park in
Chicago and they cheered the most
unlikely political story of our time.
All the while, Chicago watched.
The great American writer,
Norman Mailer, once wrote this
about Chicago: Chicago is a great
American city. Perhaps it is the last
of the great American cities.
Theres something lovable about
Chicago. The old Windy City on
the edge of Lake of Michigan. The
city of pizza and Michigan Avenue
and Wrigley Field and the Sears
Tower. The city of Michael Jordan
and Al Capone and Soldier Field
and the Blues Brothers.
Sure, Chicago has its flaws.
Chicago has its warts. Chicago is
real. Chicago is America. Chicago
is us.
Now our future president calls
Chicago home at least until he
moves into the White House.
And our future president knows
We dont know how he will
govern. We dont know how he will
deal with Iraq and the energy crisis
and our failing economy.
But we know this: We know Mark
Twain called Chicago a city where
they are always rubbing a lamp, and
fetching up the genii, and contriving
and achieving new impossibilities.
We know Tuesday night was a
victory for the last great American
The Olympic Games might
be coming to Chicago. In 2016,
the world will find out what we
already know.
As it stands today, Chicago is
just one city in the running for the
2016 Olympics. Chicago is com-
peting against Tokyo, Madrid, and
Rio de Janeiro.
The host will be chosen by the
International Olympic Committee
in Denmark on Oct. 2, 2009.
That should be a mere formality.
In 2005, Paris was consid-
ered the favorite for the 2012
Olympic Games. But then-British
Prime Minister Tony Blair flew
to Singapore the site of the
decision and campaigned for
London, and the International
Olympic Committee passed over
the Eiffel Tower for Buckingham
Palace. The Olympics will be in
London in four years.
Barack Obama can do the same
thing. And he will.
Yes, the Olympics are coming
to America.
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Chicago might just be the
great American
sports town, too.
New York has
the Yankees and
Madison Square
Garden and the
Giants and the
Jets. And Boston is
the trendy sports
city right now,
with the Red Sox
and Tom Brady
and the Celtics
But my friend
Aubrey says its
not even close.
Chicago wins the
If nothing
else, Chicagoans
had the pleasure
of watching the
greatest basketball player of all time
win six NBA Championships.
Its hard to believe its been 10
years since Michael Jordan retired
from the Chicago Bulls.
To satisfy your YouTube
and Michael Jordan fix, go to
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didnt feel any different than if
he would have played. He doesnt
have time to think about it, any-
way. Just like he doesnt have time
to be in awe when he hears his
name called in the starting lineup
at Allen Fieldhouse.
Morningstar has waited long
enough. Nothing is going to dis-
tract him now.
Its all business now,
Morningstar said.
Except for the punch lines about
his age. He just laughs those off.
Oh well, Morningstar said. Ill
stay in college as long as I have to.
Edited by Scott R. Toland
basketball (continued from 1B)
Ive never felt intimidated, but
amazement is another thing, said
wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe said.
When I walked into Oklahomas
stadium for the first time, I was
amazed at how big it was and how
nice it was structured and how
many fans they had.
And while the crowd will be
dressed in red and screaming loud-
er than fans the Jayhawks have
faced this season, players know
that the fans cant play and the field
will still be 100 yards long.
My freshman year, I feared for
my life at Texas Tech, linebacker
James Holt said. Those fans in
Lubbuck are pretty cruel. But I
mean, they are just fans yelling
Im used to that. I dont let them get
under my skin.
Missouri was enduring a simi-
lar streak going into its matchup
against Nebraska earlier in the
season. The Tigers hadnt won in
Lincoln in 30 years before handing
the Cornhuskers a 52-17 beating in
early October. Kansas players know
that Nebraska will do everything
they can to keep another streak
from ending on Saturday.
They dont want to have that
happen twice, Holt said. They
dont want two streaks to end in
one year. Were going to have to
prepare hard.
Edited by Scott R. Toland
football (continued from 1B)
Perhaps Colorado should
have paid attention to Karina
Garlington a little more.
The sophomore outside hitter
from Denver spurned her home-
state school once again. This time
she led all players with 20 kills as
Kansas swept a Big 12 opponent
for the first time all season, beat-
ing Colorado 3-0 (25-13, 30-28,
I know a lot of the girls on that
team and every time we go over
there, their whole crowd screams
traitor at me, Garlington said.
Its just fuel for my fire.
Garlington had posted then-
career highs of 18 and 24 during
her last two matches against the
Buffaloes, last year. While 20 isnt
a new career high, it is plenty
considering the Jayhawks played
in their first three-set match vic-
tory since September.
We moved her up and down
the net a little bit, coach Ray
Bechard said of Garlingtons suc-
cess. She was in the middle,
kind of in the left and that was
by plan.
Kansas had the opportunity for
the sweep after a critical match-
changing set two. The Jayhawks
had set point seven times before
a Buffalo error won the match
for Kansas. There were 15 lead
changes in the second set, five of
them coming after the Jayhawks
took a 24-23 lead.
The key was set two, hold-
ing on to that set. Bechard said.
The whole complexion of the
match changes if we dont hold
on to that.
Garlingtons seven kills in the
set helped keep the Jayhawks lead
safe for a majority of the match
until two straight kills from
Colorados Lauren Schaefer tied
the match at 24.
As the match continued to
go past the usual 25-point limit,
Bechard ran out of substitutions
as different Jayhawks saw differ-
ent places of the court for the first
time. Sophomore outside hitter
Jenna Kaiser and junior outside
hitter Paige Mazour served for
the first time all season.
You cant train for situa-
tions like that, Garlington said.
That was just one you had to
gut wrench it out and make it
The finish helped keep the
momentum on Kansas side. A
seesaw beginning to set three
saw Kansas prevail in the final
points yet again. The Jayhawks
closed out the match on a 6-0
We really pushed it at the end
and stepped it up, and that was
good to see at the right time,
Bechard said. We were good in
end game in set two and three
Equally impressive was
Kansas play for the entirety of
set one. In one of the best sets
the Jayhawks have played all sea-
son, Kansas dominated from the
I think we went into this
match with a clear mind, and
thats why we did so well, senior
middle blocker Natalie Uhart
Garlington once again led the
charge with five kills in the set as
Kansas hit .400 compared with
Colorados .103 hitting percent-
It was an all around complete
performance for Kansas. The
Jayhawks hit .308 as a team while
holding Colorado to a bleak
We were in the locker room
and we were like 3-0!, Uhart
said. I said. Yes we didnt have to
go to five. I feel like Im 12 years
old because I have a lot of energy.
So it was a good one. Im happy.
Edited by Becka Cremer
Jon Goering/kaNsaN
the kansas volleyball teamcelebrates its 3-0 sweep of Colorado Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletics Facility.
volleyball notes
Tonight was the eighth time
the Jayhawks played in a three
set match, and the third time
Kansas has come out victori-
ous. It was their frst three-set
victory in the Big 12 Confer-
ence this season.
Sophomore defensive special-
ist Mel Townsend was out
again. She is recovering from
a broken wrist. Coach Ray
Bechard declared Townsend
doubtful before last nights
match and will try to ease her
into the lineup this Saturday
against Texas Tech.
During the frst set with the
match tied at seven, Kansas
used an 18-6 run to end the
match. In set two with the
match tied at 11, a 6-3 swing
from the Jayhawks saw them
with a 17-14 lead, their largest
of set two. In set three, Kansas
ended the match on a 10-2
run when the match was tied
at 15.
area, but the referee called for play
to continue. The junior took mat-
ters into her
own hands,
scuffling with
freshman mid-
fielder Raven
Tatum on the
ground, and
was lucky to
escape with a
yellow card.
The deci-
sion worked in
Kansas favor
in the 62nd minute when senior
midfielder Jessica Bush deflected
Dolinskys free kick into the side
netting for a 2-0 lead. Francis
team took a three-goal lead only
a minute later when freshman
forward Emily Cressy chased
down a loose ball and found the
back of the net for her eighth
goal of the year.
Mc C a b e
scored her sec-
ond goal in the
67th minute
before Texas
A&M answered
back with two
meani ngl es s
goals of their
own late in the
match leaving
Kansas players
to celebrate a
place in the semifinals for the first
time in four years.
It feels pretty good right now,
Dolinsky said. But when you look
at the bigger picture, we still have
two more games.
Edited by Kelsey Hayes
soCCeR (continued from 1B)
it feels pretty good right now.
But when you look at the bigger
picture, we still have two more
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Jacob Branstetter isnt a typical
A typical kicker plays soccer
until his high school football coach
comes calling for a leg. A typical
kicker is the crumpled pile of pads
on highlight reels who falls over
himself while the kick returner
breezes into the end zone.
Branstetter appears on a few
highlight reels, but not for the
plays he doesnt make.
A three-sport athlete in high
school football, basketball and
tennis Kansas sophomore defies
the definition of kicker.
In fact, this week there were
legitimate questions about whether
he was named KUs special teams
player of the week for his kicking
or his tackling.
In Kansas 52-21 thrashing of
suddenly coach-less Kansas State,
Branstetter made three tackles on
kickoffs. Two of them elicited erup-
tions from the
crowd, and
one prevented
a touchdown.
Im a kick-
er, and I may
be small in
weight, but I
play football,
Br a ns t e t t e r
said. I want
to go out, and
when I have
the opportu-
nity to help the team out, Im going
to knock somebody out.
Coaches hate to see kickers rack
up tackles because theyre gener-
ally the last line of defense. A
kicker tackle means poor special
teams coverage.
I told the kickoff coverage team
that if he makes another tackle,
theres going to be some serious
problems, coach Mark Mangino
Branstetter took some blame
from the coverage unit, claiming
he tried to make up for bad kicks
by making the play. That excuse
didnt work for Mangino, who
didnt know what to do with his
hard-hitting enigma.
He drives me crazy, Mangino
said. I appreciate his enthusiasm,
but he runs down the field like hes
a coverage guy to begin with. He is
the safety.
Branstetter disagrees.
A lot of guys try to stay 15
yards back from the ball and try to
play that safety, Branstetter said.
By that time the returners already
got the whole field so he can juke
you and go wherever he wants. I
try to get up in there and get the
returner before
he ever knows
Im coming.
Branstetter par-
takes in defen-
sive tackling
drills. Defensive
c o o r d i n a t o r
Clint Bowen
joked that his
players should
start going
through kick-
ing drills to see if its the key to
tackling prowess.
Mangino suggested Branstetter
could play safety should the
Jayhawks ever face a dire second-
ary situation. Still, he couldnt
explain what makes him a good
Linebacker James Holt, a fellow
Oklahoma native, has an idea.
I just think that comes with
his Oklahoma
ability, Holt
joked. Us
O k l a h o m a
kids, we just
like to fly
around the
graduated from
Ma c A r t h u r
High School
in Lawton,
Okla., where
he was named Athlete of the Year
as a senior. That year he also was
selected as the starting kicker in
the Oil Bowl, a rivalry clash pit-
ting Oklahomas high school stars
against Texas.
Big 12 quarterbacks Chase
Daniel and Graham Harrell
played in the game, as did current
NFL kickers Kris Brown of the
Tennessee Titans and Phil Dawson
of Cleveland Browns.
This season Branstetter is
8-for-11 on field goals, but he
brings so much more to the table.
His hits prevent big plays and also
energize the team.
After a particularly big hit
against Iowa State this season,
players told Branstetter that he
brought the wood on that one.
Branstetter said he was confused
by the expression, but happy that
he could break
out of the kick-
er stereotype.
If you close
your eyes, the
d e s c r i p t i o n
of that play
sounds like
its coming
from a bruis-
ing linebacker
rather than
a 5-foot-10,
1 7 5 - p o u n d
That guy came around the side-
line, and he didnt see me because
there was a guy getting blocked
in front of him, Branstetter said.
There was no shiftiness, like they
said I just tried to lay the wood to
him. Whatever that means.
He hasnt mastered the defen-
sive terminology for big hit, but
Branstetters efforts have rendered
his title of kicker insufficient.
Just call him a playmaker.
Edited by Kelsey Hayes
sports 5b thursday, november 6, 2008
No ink is needed to lace the
pages of any history book to pro-
vide proper perspective of the gen-
erational changing of the guard
that was this year. For University
of Kansas students, 2008 will stoke
many memories and reflections in
the years to come for the remain-
der of their lives.
From the sports desk in
Lawrence, 2008 was dense with
history, and I can think of no bet-
ter place to sit and take it all in.
Fifty-five days remain, yet the
i mpl i c at i ons
of this years
events have
been widely
d o c u me nt e d
and analyzed
by every blog
entry and round
the clock news
coverage that
has occurred
preceding and
succeeding each
Two centuries of history were
addressed Tuesday when Sen.
Barack Obama became president
elect of the United States and the
first black man to reach our nations
highest office. More importantly,
2008 introduced a new generation.
One willing to come out like none
before and emphatically vote and
take a chance
on a candidate
with no mili-
tary experi-
ence, yet with
broad goals
in improving
our standing
on this planet
and a drive to
guide us in the
dark days of
war and eco-
nomic turmoil.
The year began two days before
the Jayhawk football team capped
an unprecedented 12-1 sea-
son with an equally memorable
Orange Bowl victory laying to
rest recent memories of laughable
At that moment, the mens bas-
ketball team was 13-0 and off to
its usual strong start before con-
ference play. And despite a few
hiccups that would be addressed
in time, when attention refocused
on Allen Field House the rest was
And so witnessing the after-
math of Tuesdays election a
near-worldwide celebration that
parallels no other outcome in
American politics in my lifetime
it can be both easy and dif-
ficult not to group this election
with the years accomplishments of
University sports.
To dismiss the events as sepa-
rate occurrences during a given
calendar year can be simply done.
While watch parties were staged
at the Kansas Union and at Abe &
Jakes, thousands filled Allen Field
House to witness a 98-79 exhibi-
tion squash over Washburn.
Some in attendance were fueled
by apathy toward a lengthy elec-
tion cycle coupled with the antic-
ipation accompanying a storied
hoops franchise defending the
national title. Some raced from the
field house to the nearest radio,
television set or computer to track
the election results. Others actu-
ally chose not
to attend the
game in favor
of following the
That is the
most obvi-
ous and easi-
est parallel to
draw between
2008 University
sports and this outcome and impli-
cations of this election. But further
reflection renders it impossible not
to see this as the most unique year
of our time thus far more so
from the perspective of anyone on
this campus.
Never forget where you were
when Aqib Talib picked off
Virginia Tech quarterback Sean
Glennon and returned it for a
60-yard score, setting the tone for
an Orange Bowl victory.
Never forget who you were
with when Mario Chalmers sank
his miraculous three-point shot
and delivered our version of the
Never forget what you saw and
how you felt regardless of party
when Obama
became presi-
And again,
while urging
I ask you to
never forget
the inspira-
tional aspect
of this election and the goals you
have set for the years ahead.
Our nation is entrenched in two
crucial wars and has a laundry list
of tough tasks ahead. Remember
how it feels to taste history and
dont forget what it takes to achieve
those milestones.
Bill Self s crop of newcomers
were far from impressive Tuesday.
Freshman center Markieff Morris
turned the ball over three times.
His twin, freshman forward
Marcus Morris, fouled out after
seven minutes of play. Freshman
guard Tyshawn Taylor led the team
in turnovers with five and fresh-
man guard Travis Releford had just
three points and three rebounds.
It is growing pains like these
that can produce tournament
debacles like previous first round
losses to Bradley and Bucknell. It
is those same mistakes that can
mold a team capable of reaching
the sports pinnacle, as the 2008
Jayhawks did.
2008 will forever be a topic of
discussion for us and those after.
Immediate reactions to the years
big events are abundant, but the
lasting impression has yet to be
shaped. It is our generation that
will both decide how we will be
remembered and it is our gen-
eration that will write the book on
2008 and the years after.
Lawrence editions of that text
will have a notable crimson and
blue tint to them.
From the sports desk: Good
night, and good luck.
Edited by Kelsey Hayes
In sports and politics, 2008 is a year to remember
Kicker thrives in tackling opportunities
Jon Goering/KANSAN
Sophomore kicker Jacob Branstetter kicks an extra point during Saturdays game against
Kansas State. Branstetter had three tackles on kickofs during that game, which the Jayhawks
won 52-21.
Jacob Branstetter defies his small size, flummoxes coach Mark Mangino
I try to get up in there and
get the returner before he ever
knows Im coming.
Jacob branstetter
sophomore kicker
He drives me crazy. I appreci-
ate his enthusiasm, but he runs
down the feld like hes a cover-
age guy to begin with.
mark mangino
Never forget what you saw and
how you felt regardless
of party afliation when
Obama became president.
The year began two days before
the Jayhawk football team
capped an unprecedented 12-1
season with an equally memo-
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