Monthly Archives: April 2012
WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Not another blonde: Anna Faris reveals what it was like working on her newest film, “The Dictator”
By Jon Parton
In the field of acting, it is often said that you have to be smart in order to play dumb. Actress Anna Faris is no exception.
The 35 year-old is well known for playing bubbly, ditzy characters in films like “Scary Movie” and “The House Bunny.” In reality, Faris received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Washington before she caught her big break in Hollywood.
Faris’s costars in the new movie “The Dictator,” opening in theaters May 16, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, British comedian known for such films as “Borat” and “Bruno.” Faris said that she was eager to work with the sometimes controversial actor.
“He’s like a crazy genius,” Faris said. “He’s sort of – he’s very intellectual. He’s very thoughtful. You know, he stays in character throughout the whole movie. And he does – he’s reveled in making people uncomfortable. But he’s also – the other side of him is he’s really, really sweet. And he’s kind of a gentleman and a total family man.”
Faris said that Cohen would often improvise during filming, making it a bit of a learning curve for her.
“So it forced you to really stay on your toes, which was hard, but also sort of an exciting challenge for an actor,” Faris said. “I mean, he would, you know, in a scene, like, where he was sort of supposed to be charmed by me, he would suddenly be threatening to kill me, or like, calling me, like, a lesbian hobbit.”
Although she has taken on a variety of roles, Faris said that she finds comedy to be very satisfying.
“I love – I think that it’s made me be able to laugh at myself and a lot easier,” Faris said. “I think I used to take myself very seriously. And I love – there’s, like, the reward, too, of when you sneak into a theater, which I rarely do, because it just scares me so much. But you do – on those rare occasions that you hear other people laughing at your movie, it feels amazing. It’s amazing to give people joy and to be a part of a hugely challenging process as well.”
Faris said that the film pushes the envelope thanks to Cohen’s fearlessness, something for which she might have to prepare her parents when they see the movie.
“I think it’s going to be kind of an event movie,” Faris said. “And I know that there’s going to be scenes that will be talked about. Hopefully, my parents will be, I don’t know, I’ll have to tell them to, like, go to the bathroom in strategic moments.”
When asked about the strangest thing a role required her to do, Faris had to think a moment.
“Oh,” Faris said. “Wow, man, so many. For ‘The Dictator,’ I had to grow out my armpit hair, which was a new experience for me. And I was very naïve about it. And sort of thinking that maybe it would grow in kind of thin and wispy and maybe even kind of cute. And that was not the case. It was dark and thick. And it defined my whole summer. I was like, no tank tops, no swimsuits, couldn’t hail a cab.”
Contact Jon Parton, news editor, at email@example.com.
“The Dictator” premieres in theaters May 16.
By Adam Lignell
A chess veteran said he wants as many experienced and new players alike to come to the double-elimination chess tournament, 12-7 p.m. each day April 30 to May 4.
Frank Williams, administrator and founder of the club, arrives before 11 a.m. on weekdays to play anyone in a game of chess.
“I’m set up to play anybody who wants to show up, they don’t even have to be a student,” he said.
The tournament will cost $5 before April 27, and $10 after. The games will take place in the Down Under. No refunds will be given. Players must finish two timed games in the first two days to stay in the tournament.
Club administrators Williams and Gray Sanders will time and announce the ends of games and answer any questions players might have about chess or the tournament.
Students can fill out a form with their name, phone number, college ID number, days they will attend the five-day tournament and if they’ve paid.
Williams said the club hopes that their numbers will increase as this tournament gets underway, and he has advice for players new to the game.
“If you play people who are not as good as you are, they’ll learn, you won’t,” Williams said. “You want to play somebody stronger than you to improve.”
Contact Frank Williams, Chess Club administrator for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Adam Lignell, staff reporter, at email@example.com.
By Ben Markley
It’s undisputed that Nicholas Sparks is the champion of the modern chick flick, seeing as watching and crying over ”The Notebook” has basically become a rite of passage for many teenage girls. Sure, he’s formulaic, but he makes us feel good (or, in the case of ”A Walk to Remember” and ”Dear John,” like total crap).
Sparks’ latest film, ”The Lucky One,” begins with Logan (Zac Efron), a marine who finds a picture of a woman while on tour, which seems to keep him alive through many near-death situations. When he returns home, he sets out to find the woman in the picture.
What he finds is Beth (Taylor Schilling), a single mother living in the shadow of a nasty divorce from her possessive ex-husband Keith (Jay R. Ferguson). Inevitably, the star-crossed lovers fall for each other, and the conflict ensues.
The real protagonist, despite all the Efron hype, is actually Beth. The primary conflict is that she can’t have a relationship with Logan without risking losing custody of her son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart) to her ex-husband.
It’s almost a shame because Efron really does give a much better performance than Schilling. Save a few cheesy lines, his portrayal of the strong, silent marine is pleasantly and completely divorced from the pretty boy melodrama of his Disney days, and it’s clear he’s grown up quite a bit since then.
Schilling, though her character is better written, gives a much shakier performance. Some of her most important moments of character development are fumbled by overacting or poor timing. She stays afloat, and the movie holds together, but she’s definitely one of the weaker components.
Arguably one of the best actors is ten-year-old Riley Thomas Stewart, who plays Beth’s son Ben. He takes a character that was supposed to capitalize on cuteness and turn it on its head. The way he delivers what would be otherwise obvious lines makes him more memorable than the romance itself.
The movie as a whole is funny and feel-good. It has everything: cute kid, sassy grandmother (Blythe Danner), good-looking protagonists and it’s swarming with smiley dogs (Beth runs a kennel). It’s not the story to end all stories, but it is entertaining, engaging and even somewhat memorable.
All that said, I’m still hesitant to say I really like this movie, mainly because of how it resolves. I won’t reveal how Sparks finds a happy ending through the climax, but I will say that what seems to be a cathartic twist of fate on its face is actually a somewhat dark trick on the part of the author to give us the ending we want. In spite of all its attempts to charm me, the story left me more troubled than touched when the credits started to roll.
“The Lucky One” is probably not going to be garnering any Oscar nominations, but it’s certainly enjoyable. It might not be worth eight bucks, but it’s worth putting on the short list for future movie nights.
I’ll end this with a disclaimer for any gentleman reading. I’ve read numerous reviews that talk about what a wonderful date movie ”The Lucky One” is. Guys - yes, it is a warm, fuzzy romance that will get her feeling snugglier than usual, but understand, Efron’s character in the movie is perfect. Sensitive, good-looking, kid-friendly, good in bed, the whole Edward Cullen works.
If you come out of the movie and your girlfriend plays the why-can’t-you-be-more-like-that-guy card, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Contact Ben Markley, sports editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Lucky One” premieres in theaters tonight. For showtimes near Overland Park, click here.
By Adam Lignell
An organ and tissue donation symposium aimed to help create more understanding between doctors, professors, donor families and students, Friday, April 6.
Entitled “Share Life, Share Love,” the event was hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), and also sponsored by the Gift of Life foundation and the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN).
Diversity Council chair Diane Kappen invited her psychology class to attend, and said she learned far more about the subject of organ donation herself.
“I didn’t have a clue about all the things that go into [organ donation,]” Kappen said. “Our major interest at the beginning were the cultural influences on giving or not.”
Jill Johnson, bookstore clerk whose eleven-year-old son Amir passed away a year ago, spoke during the symposium about why he is a hero.
“I was thankful for the time, and that he’s living on through somebody else,” she said. “His life wasn’t in vain, he’s our hero. Just like a soldier would give their life in a war, my son gave his life for somebody else to have life. To me, that’s a heroic effort.”
MTN helped Johnson’s family during the transplant, and helped them recuperate when it was over.
“They are very compassionate people, they work with you,” Johnson said. “They had more compassion than our doctor did.”
Tony Johnson, Jill’s husband, discussed how medical physicians should care for organ or tissue donors.
“If somebody could’ve saved my son’s life, I would’ve wanted them to be generous so my son could live,” he said. “I was able to help somebody else’s family member be there for everything.”
Tony Johnson also talked about why it’s so important for donor families to be comforted when the process is over.
“You can’t support everybody when you’re hurt,” he said. “Having somebody around to buffer that really helps.”
Harry Wilkins, doctor with MTN, discussed why it’s so important for doctors to use checklists when conducting transplants.
“We’ve talked to societies and groups, and the American Academy of Neurology are pushing these,” Wilkins said. “So I think the way we’re going to do that is through education, and continue pushing.”
Without using checklists or other specific ways of preparing for transplants, doctors can make some major mistakes.
“Since we are moving into an era of evidence based medicine, it’s incumbent upon you [medical practitioners] to use the accepted guidelines,” Wilkins said. “You’ve got to keep up with the latest trends or refer to a specialist who does.”
Wilkins further talked about how knowledge of good sources for organ donation can help people make better decisions.
“There are about five major ones [medical organizations] from neurosurgeons to neurologists,” Wilkins said. “The ones that are sanctioned by the AAN, those are the most credible.”
Carmaletta Williams, head of ODEI and professor of English, explained why the symposium was organized.
“We get this information, and this is too much information for just us,” Williams said. “We need to share it.”
Tony and Jill Johnson should be more recognized, according to Williams.
“To me, they were heroes too,” she said. “They were able to make really wonderful decisions to honor Amir.”
Students and future donors can contact Gift of Life at www.giftdonor.org. The Midwest Transplant Network can be contacted at http://www.mwtn.org/.
Contact Adam Lignell, staff reporter, at email@example.com.
By Rachel Luchmun
Farm work, campus tours, lunch and an electric vehicle showcase will be highlights of Earth Days 2012, held on April 23-27.
Earth Days 2012 aims at showcasing the different activities available on campus that promote sustainability.
“The goal is to promote awareness and celebrate the environment,” said Kevin Clark, co-chair, Student Sustainability Committee.
According to Kim Criner, student Sustainability affairs coordinator, the advantage of having a series of Earth Days, as opposed to just one, is to show that sustainability is an ongoing process.
“Sustainability is much more than just ‘I’m an environmentalist’ or ‘I’ll save the planet,’ but there’s lots of different things involved in terms of food systems and waste streams, our transportation infrastructure and all of these things that we all rely on, and sustainability is necessary,” Criner said.
On April 23, the campus farm will hold a farm work day where students can help with the spring planting. Lunch will be provided for participants who RSVP to the event, although everyone is encouraged to show up. Criner said farm work days typically give out a strong sense of community.
“We kind of get dirty and then sit around and get to know each other,” Criner said. “It’s a really nice community thing for campus because you see faculty come out there, students from different disciplines and organizations and they just all come out there and play on a farm, so you really get the sense of community.”
On April 24, sustainability tours, scheduled at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., will showcase on-campus locations such as the campus farm, solar power training facility, composter and more. The departure will be from the COM plaza steps.
On April 25, a recycling and waste audit will be held in the fountain square by the library. Volunteers will sort through trash cans and recycling bins to see whether both are used effectively.
“What we’ll be doing is kind of sorting them to see what ended up in the trash that could have been recycled and what ended up in the recycling bin that does not belong there,” Criner said.
A three-course lunch, cooked by Chef Tim Johnson with ingredients from the campus farm and other local sources, will be held on April 26 in the Regnier Center. Presentations about student sustainability projects on campus will also be held then. Student tickets cost $10 for the event, while faculty and staff tickets cost $15. $3 per ticket will benefit the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA).
“The lunch is a club sponsored event, so [the $3] will go in our account for next semester,” said Melissa Wilson, president, SEA. “We might use it to get the word out about us and get rid of the past perception that we just are an organization that picks up trash.”
On April 27, an electric vehicle showcase will be held in the COM plaza. A bicycle shop will also be offering bicycle repairs. At 12 p.m., the 2008 movie “Wall-E,” along with a shorter movie, “The Story of Stuff,” will be shown.
“[Wall-E is] a great film, but we’re also getting at the meaning behind it, the very real context that we throw things away without realizing that we are going to run out of space to put them,” Criner said.
Volunteers are needed for the farm work day and the recycling and waste audit. For more information, to RSVP to events and to purchase tickets, go to http://blogs.jccc.edu/sustainability/events/earth-days-2012.
Contact Rachel Luchmun, managing editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What: Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik
When and Where: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in Yardley Hall
Why You Need to Be There: Acoustic folk artist Suzanne Vega teams up with award-winning composer and producer Duncan Sheik to perform Vega’s music. Cost to attend is $5 this week for students and $45 for guests. Tickets can be purchased through the college box office.
What: Ricky Nelson Remembered
When and Where: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Yardley Hall
Why You Need to Be There: The twin sons of Ricky Nelson will be performing their father’s music accompanied by the Stone Canyon Band. The sons, Mathew and Gunnar Nelson, will be performing “Hello Mary Lou,” “Traveling Man,” “Garden Party” and many more. Tickets range from $30 to $80. Read more about the visit in this article: WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Nelson’s sons keep his music alive; coming to the college April 22
What: Moscow Festival Ballet
When and Where: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Yardley Hall
Why You Need to Be There: The Moscow Festival Ballet will present a three-act “Sleeping Beauty” ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa. The fairytale will come to life and present the classic story of a sleeping princess who can only be awakened by a kiss from a prince. Tickets are $32 for students and $42 for guests.
What: Returning Alumni Music Concert
When and Where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in Yardley Hall
Why You Need to Be There: Students and faculty from the college’s Music Department will be per- forming with fellow department alumni. The JCCC Midnight Blues Jazz Choir, JCCC Midnight Express Jazz Ensemble and the JCCC Concert Band will all be taking part in the concert. The performance is free of charge and open to the public.
What: Campus Craze
When and Where: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in the COM Plaza & Fountain Square
Why You Need to Be There: Campus Craze is a campus-wide event housing four-year college/university booths, academic program booths and student clubs and organization booths. There will also be games, activities, music, food and much more. This event is free and open to the public.
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By David Hurtado
The college’s Center for Sustainability is planning to build a compost shed to store the waste produced on campus and other equipment used on the college’s farm.
The shed, which will cost approximately $50,000, will be built south of the parking lot that sits behind the Police Academy and Horticulture Science Center. Jay Antle, executive director of sustainability, said most of the cost will be paid for by the federal government.
“The building itself, the composter and the solar panels, 75 percent of those costs are coming from federal dollars from the Department of Energy,” Antle said. “So this will be a very low cost to the actual college itself.”
The compost shed, which is expected to be completed by June, will house an industrial composter, sawdust, woodchips, the compost itself and possibly a compost tea maker in the future. The shed will also be shared with Sustainable Agriculture, who will store their gardening materials and a small tractor.
In an effort to produce a more energy efficient building, Michael Rea, recycling coordinator, said the compost shed is planned to be constructed entirely out of recycled steel. Metal construction has green characteristics such as recyclability and durability that can reduce the amount of materials necessary for the building envelope. The solar panels will be installed by students in the solar program to give them a chance to practice their trade.
Although the thought of composting waste brings to mind images of foul smelling air for some people, Rea said students will not have to worry about smelling the composter’s contents. Unless students were to stick their nose directly into the composter, the smell should not be an issue.
“It is so far away from the campus that no student would really be out there anyways,” Rea said. “The idea with smell is that with the correct formulas when you mix them with the food waste and sawdust you don’t end up with any kind of smell. Honestly, it doesn’t have any more smell than the compacters that are actually sitting right next to the buildings.”
Rea said he was very excited that the college would soon have a compost building. It would give the Center for Sustainability a better touring facility for people who want to see how the composting process works.
“The child center is really excited about being able to bring over the kids to see how compost works,” Rea said. “Right now they take their food inside their classrooms and when they’re done with it they put [the leftovers] into their own bucket and then we take it out for them. So they are really excited to see where their food goes because at this point it just kind of goes away.”
Not everyone on campus is thrilled about the college’s continuing efforts to go green, though. Elisabeth Barnes, student, said she believed that the economic costs should also be considered.
“I think it’s important for them to have green economic choices, but for the college to go completely green, that costs a lot of money that could be used somewhere else,” Barnes said. “Going green is pretty expensive.”
While animals such as raccoons or rats could be attracted to the smells emanating from the industrial composter, Antle said he doubts that there will be problems with animals trying to burrow into the compost shed.
“The compost is pretty well sealed,” Antle said. “We haven’t had any problems out where we’ve had the composter already and that’s more open than the compost shed is going to be. My guess is if some enterprising critter tried to get into the composter, they would rue the day.”
Contact David Hurtado, reporting correspondent, at email@example.com.
By Jon Parton
According to a recent Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans believe that marijuana use should be legalized. Although the debate on legalization is ongoing, the laws prohibiting the usage and distribution are very uncompromising.
In the state of Kansas, possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use can result in up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 for first time offenders. Frank Galbrecht, associate professor, administration of justice, said that possessing a large amount could mean more jail time and increased fines.
“The amount you have affects if it’s a level one felony or a misdemeanor,” Galbrecht said.
Subsequent offenses carry higher penalties, including mandatory jail time and increased fines. Not only is distribution of marijuana considered a felony, Kansas law increases penalties for those found guilty of doing so within 1,000 feet of a school zone, including a mandatory incarceration of at least four years and a maximum fine of $300,000.
Galbrecht said that criminal history is taken into consideration when judges administer punishment.
“Some of the criminal law legislature contains provisions for, if this is a repeat offense,” he said. “If the legislature doesn’t contain that, if you are convicted, when you go to court, judges have the option to look at your criminal history.”
Galbrecht added that criminal history is not looked at during the trial, only during the punishment phase.
“During your trial, that can’t come up,” Galbrecht said. “Doesn’t make a difference if you’ve done it before. One has to be convicted on the merits, facts, and circumstances of that case.”
Kansas also has laws that prohibit the possession of paraphernalia, treating it as a misdemeanor. The harshest penalties occur for those found guilty of cultivating marijuana, a felony that can include 12 to 17 years imprisonment. Larger amounts of marijuana are often tried at the state or federal level in order to levy higher fines and increased jail time.
“Law enforcement might have a big case, they might want to take it to federal court,” Galbrecht said.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) determined marijuana to be dangerous because the agency believes the drug has a high potential for abuse. Kay King, associate professor and chair, Administration of Justice, said that there are good reasons why the DEA considers the drug to be more dangerous than cocaine.
“It’s psychologically addicting, it’s not physically addicting,” King said.
King also said that the common method of consuming marijuana, through the lungs, can lead to health issues.
“The way they ingest it, they hold all the carcinogens in their lungs much longer in the way they smoke it,” King said.
According to campus police Sgt. Gregory Russell, the campus has had relatively few incidents regarding possession or distribution of marijuana.
“There was one incident for possession that led to an arrest last year, but they were not a student,” Russell said.
Russell said that if a student was caught on campus possessing marijuana, that student would immediately be arrested and sent to the Overland Park Police Department for booking.
“Not only would they be arrested, their report would be reported to the school, where they would risk expulsion,” Russell said.
Russell said that the school is currently organizing a campaign to help students fight drug dependence, no matter what the addiction might be. The Council of Addiction and Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) seeks to address students fighting substance abuse.
“The important part is that we want students to be able to get help if they need it,” Russell said.
Contact Jon Parton, news editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am the President of JCCC’s Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) here on campus. There was a recent article printed in the Campus Ledger that needs some clarification regarding the job of our “council” and the job of “Alcoholics Anonymous,” or more commonly, A.A. The portion of the article that I am specifically referring to said this:
“The college’s helping hands extended themselves to people struggling with addiction by the arrangement of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that are now being held on campus. The meetings are held every Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. in RC 185, students and non-students can meet and discuss their addictions. The meetings are oriented towards those who are struggling with addiction whether it be alcohol or drugs/narcotics. … The group does not bias from any other addiction. You do not have to be an alcoholic to join or attend the meetings.”
Since the article went public, I’ve been contacted by the District 10 Chair Member of A.A., and that person put me in contact with a member of A.A. so that together we could write this response. The person I spoke to made it clear that they, “do not speak for A.A., but are a member of A.A. and familiar with A.A.’s singleness of purpose.” The member also added, “A.A. is a recovery program for alcoholics only. Of course, those who have a problem with alcohol and other substances may attend if they have a desire to stop drinking and confine their discussions to problems with alcohol.”
The article referred to meetings that are oriented toward, “addiction whether it be alcohol or drugs/narcotics.” This is a direct violation of A.A.’s purpose. I believe the confusion arose because CASAI’s mission (separate from A.A.) is to offer support, information and guidance to JCCC students, faculty and staff who struggle with substance abuse or addiction. CASAI provides ongoing campus-based education and resources to address these issues that impact our institution and our community. In that regard, CASAI’s purpose is “all-encompassing.” The council will offer any resource we have available to anyone who needs help with any addiction they may suffer from. This is quite different from A.A.’s “singleness of purpose.” The A.A. member I spoke with provided the following regarding A.A.’s singleness of purpose and problems other than alcohol:
“Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as “substance abuse” or “chemical dependency.” Non-alcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Anyone may attend open A.A. meetings, but only those with a drinking problem may attend closed meetings.
A renowned psychiatrist, who served as a nonalcoholic trustee of the A.A. General Service Board, made the following statement: “Singleness of purpose is essential to the effective treatment of alcoholism. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling and powerful, and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is kept relentlessly in the foreground, other issues will usurp everybody’s attention.”
The primary purpose of A.A. is to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic seeking help. Almost every alcoholism treatment tries to help the alcoholic maintain sobriety. Regardless of the road we follow, we all head for the same destination, recovery of the alcoholic person. Together, we can do what none of us could accomplish alone. We can serve as a source of personal experience and be an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics.”
To clarify, and help CASAI better understand Alcoholics Anonymous, I asked the A.A. member to answer this question, “What does A.A. do?” The A.A. member provided the following response:
“1. A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
2. The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
3. This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
a. Open speaker meetings — open to alcoholics and non-alcoholics. (Attendance at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.) At speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories.” They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous.
b. Open discussion meetings — one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.)
c. Closed discussion meetings — conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.”
After being contacted by the District 10 Chair Member of A.A., and after speaking to an A.A. member, I felt the obligation (as President of CASAI) to make sure our college campus and community understood the difference between CASAI’s mission and A.A.’s mission. And in CASAI’s efforts to provide information and support to the alcoholic, Johnson County Community College will continue to hold A.A. meetings every Friday from 12 to 1:00 p.m. in RC 185. The meetings are closed; however, the first Friday of every month serves as an open meeting, and as mentioned above, an open meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.
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This is in regard to the March 22nd issue of the Campus Ledger in which the article entitled Grey Areas: Emergencies and Attendance Policies appeared.
I was simply trying to bring to light issues with the attendance policy and emergencies that students have from time to time such as the one I had. It was not my intent to point fingers or blame anyone for the attendance policy. It was simply meant to state that the attendance policy should be be flexible for those who have extenuating circumstances. I know that instructors do what they are told to do, but just allow them to have the flexibility to help their students when things like this happen. You might be surprised at how much happier students and instructors will be.
A men’s basketball player has led the Cavaliers for a solid season despite several injuries and obstacles. Chris Brasher described how he became more involved in basketball over time.
“I just really liked it because it was fun to play,” Brasher said. “As I grew up, it got more and more serious.”
Aside from working hard with his team, Brasher pursues other interests as well.
“I just love hanging out with friends,” Brasher said. “Whatever they want to do is fine by me, just some downtime.”
Brasher wasn’t alone in his pursuit to improve himself on the court.
“My uncle used to coach at UMKC,” Brasher said. “Every morning before school I’d get up at 6 a.m. and do workouts, so that was a big help.”
Aside from improving his skills as a team leader and player before he transfers, being a great basketball player isn’t Brasher’s only goal.
“I’m trying to get a 3.0 [GPA] so I can go to Western Kentucky next semester,” Brasher said. “I’m focusing on my grades so I can go there and play there next year.”
Coach Mike Jeffers explained why he thought Brasher was such a big part of this season’s success.
“When we lost Brasher in mid-January, it took us a good three to four weeks to readjust different players in different roles,” Jeffers said. “We got comfortable and confident.”
Jeffers was glad to have Brasher understand the team better this season, even after undergoing ACL injuries the past few years.
“He’s been injured three straight years now,” Jeffers said. “It’s unbelievable what he’s gone through to try to keep playing college basketball.”
According to Jeffers, Brasher certainly fit the role of a leader, which developed over his three years of effort with the team.
“Our best leaders have been players that have been red-shirted because of academics or most of the time by injury,” Jeffers said. “They’ve got a better grasp of what’s going on.”
Brasher’s close friend and teammate Nick Boehler said he was going in a better direction after learning a lot in his first year playing.
“This year was a lot more fun,” Boehler said. “This team felt more like a family, we had really good chemistry.”
On the court, Boehler recalled a couple events that really stuck out during the season.
“It was more memorable beating [KCK] there,” Boehler said. “We knew we needed a big win to propel us and get things started.”
Brasher and Boehler said their team is looking for new managers for next season, and more audience members per game.
Contact Adam Lignell, staff reporter, at email@example.com.