Archive for Friday, April 8, 2011

Heard on the Hill: KU bowling team headed to nationals; questions for Kobach lecture must be submitted in advance; KU student picked to go on PBS-sponsored Freedom Ride in May

April 8, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• Though the basketball season is over, KU does have a chance to compete for another national championship — in bowling.

It’s a club sport, so it’s not officially NCAA-sanctioned, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting for the KU squad.

I talked yesterday with first-year bowling coach Burton Gepford V.

Yes, you read that right — that’s Burton Gepford the fifth. He said he doesn’t know much about the first Burton Gepford. After all, that was a long time ago.

But he does know his bowling, and he’s hoping KU will do well at the national championships April 20-24 in Columbus, Ga.

It will be the first time KU has competed in the national championships since 2005.

Gepford filled me on how KU got there. The national championships begin with sectionals. Sixty-four teams are placed into four sectional regions.

And then the teams each bowl 64 “Baker matches,” where five bowlers bowl two frames each. The scores are added up, and the top four teams in each sectional advance to the national competition. KU qualified as the fourth-place team in its region.

In fact, they’re the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the national competition. They’re ranked 34th in the nation. So they’re hoping to capture a little bit of the magic that Butler had during the last two years of the NCAA basketball tournament.

“We have a really good team,” Gepford said. “We have a lot of older men on our team, and they’ve been bowling all their lives.”

Two other Kansas schools were among the national qualifiers — third-ranked Wichita State and 16th-ranked Newman University.

Gepford said the team is well-suited for Baker matches — which will again be in used at nationals, instead of individual match-ups.

“We’re really excited,” he said.

Members of the team include senior Jake Feurer of Olathe; juniors Alex Hardman from Lawrence (a Free State grad), Matt Washford of Olathe, Justin Thompson of Topeka and Matt Bellus from Eden Prairie, Minn.; and sophomores Nicholas Campfield and Kyle Turner, both of Topeka.

• If you’re planning on attending the KU School of Business’ Vickers lecture with Kris Kobach that’s attracted so much media attention, here’s something you might want to know.

Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who has fought to reform illegal immigration laws across the country, will answer questions, but there won’t be any microphones set up.

You’ll have to submit your questions in advance, and they’ll be written out and given to him after the speech.

You can submit a question by email to, or a kiosk will be set up for people to use before the speech.

Seeing what kinds of questions are selected for Kobach — who seems to rile folks up regardless of whether people agree or disagree with his views — will certainly be an interesting part of the program for me.

The lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center.

• A KU student has been selected to participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a PBS-sponsored event that offers 40 college students an experiential learning opportunity.

The group will retrace the route of the original Freedom Riders, who were more than 400 black and white Americans who traveled together on buses and trains in the Deep South between May and November 1961. They did so in deliberate violation of Jim Crow segregation laws.

Will Dale, from Topeka, is a freshman studying English and American studies. You can watch a video of him talking about the experience here, where he mentions that he’s most excited about the discussions that will take place on the bus.

That makes sense, because he’s one of 40 students who were selected from more than 1,000 entries, so they’re probably pretty bright folks.

They’ll be retracing the route in the “mobile classroom” from May 6-16.

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somebodynew 7 years, 2 months ago

Andy, The interesting part of KK questions, would be if you could find out what was submitted and then what he chose to answer. I doubt they will allow that, but that would make an interesting article. Either way I look forward to seeing what you write.

Also, ask if they gave him something instead of the 10K he wasn't allowed to take since he is an elected official.??

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

Clearly they want to control which questions get asked, but probably more importantly, they don't want any critic of Kobach to have access to a microphone asking questions that Kobach would find uncomfortable.

But it would be interesting if Andy can get access to the questions submitted so we know which questions didn't make the cut.

bd 7 years, 2 months ago

you are right, a lot of nutjobs out there asking stupid questions!

Paul R Getto 7 years, 2 months ago

"Seeing what kinds of questions are selected for Kobach — who seems to rile folks up regardless of whether people agree or disagree with his views — will certainly be an interesting part of the program for me." === Good point. KKK and his Kochkansas Taliban cult are cowards who won't face an open mike. I'm sure he'll give the same, tired BS he's given before; the stuff that's failed in other states he's 'helped.' I just hope they are budgeting legal defense money to clean up the Unicorn Hunter's messes. We're gonna need it.

Kontum1972 7 years, 2 months ago

and the "nut job" is giving the it for free?

A public service..!

Kontum1972 7 years, 2 months ago

hopefully he shaved off his black mustache...

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 2 months ago

If I were Kris Kobach, I wouldn't want to allow people to freely ask questions of me, either.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 2 months ago

The questions are being submitted to a email address, so they should be subject to open records.

I think I've read some things in the news lately about university e-mails being subject to open records...

Betty Bartholomew 7 years, 2 months ago

Questions expected to be answered:

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? Does your home have a two car garage or do you have to use street parking? What's your sign?

foppa 7 years, 2 months ago

Do you use head and shoulders on that hair? Because it is fabulous.

foppa 7 years, 2 months ago

I am a bit dissapoitnted that you dont mention the peaceful protest that will be happening outside. i know you guys have the info. for it.

LWJC 7 years, 2 months ago

It is disappointing that LJW is not even mentioning the peaceful protest. So many student, religious and community organizations are getting together for this. But it seems they are choosing not to cover about it.

LWJC 7 years, 2 months ago

We will be taking pictures of questions submitted at the kiosk, and then will publish them in the facebook page:

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