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Sixth and Wakarusa loses another business


August 29, 2008 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Keegan: Great Santee speaks

Amen Wes...amen.

July 16, 2008 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jury to resume deliberations Thursday morning in KU's trademark dispute with T-shirt maker

Big-Dog,You still don't seem to understand what is important to this situation or to our community. Perhaps a lesson in epistemology would do you some good.Regardless, I get the feeling that you are old, stuck in your ways, and consequently staunchly against any type of conclusions that don't fit into a box.That being said, I think you should look into purchasing one of these...

July 10, 2008 at 6:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jury to resume deliberations Thursday morning in KU's trademark dispute with T-shirt maker

Bad Dog-I think you are missing a few points. For example, I understand the theory behind the lawsuit, just as I understand the theory behind Liebeck V. McDonald's, but that doesn't mean I agree with bringing the suit to begin with.Also, I don't know where you are from, but here in Lawrence history is living. Shame on you to think that history can only be taught by academics. I personally believe that history can be "lived" daily depending on how you look at your surroundings. If you need an example of how history can be taught through the jayhawk please take a look at these., the Jayhawk, and our community ethos cannot be owned. Sure, legal, yes, someone could figure out who owns Lawrence's identity...but do we really want to put that in the hands of a specific group. Wouldn't it be better to solve this as a community? Call me idealistic, but maybe Lew and Larry could have set down before all this to figure it out. I feel like they didn't, I could be wrong.The idea that Joe College's t-shirts are somehow strictly related to the university as opposed to all of us in this town strikes me as confusing. This is why I don't think a lawsuit is appropriate in this case, and certainly not a lawsuit with such enormous financial penalties.Looking at the bigger picture outside of this community I hold dear, I believe our nation as a whole needs to seriously examine our compensation culture and take a look at tort law. Communities, not individuals, create good societies.

July 10, 2008 at 4:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jury to resume deliberations Thursday morning in KU's trademark dispute with T-shirt maker

This whole thing disgusts me. Kansas and specifically Lawrence are extremely rich in history. We teach and celebrate that history through symbols like the red and blue "Jayhawk". The biggest celebrated symbol is obviously the university, but you can see the history is put on display everywhere and by everyone.(Imagine if we had real pictures of Jayhawks, bloodied from battle and looking for their next fight!!!)So let's put some perspective on this. How about Freestate High School decides that it is the one entity that owns the rights to the term Freestate and Lawrence's mythical Phoenix symbol. Should they go out and sue the brewery for their name, city hall for their statue, or anyone else. No...ludicrous.We all live in this town and celebrate the same things, but this..."KU has asked the eight-member jury to order Sinks to pay KU $509,000 - $476,000 in profits from the T-shirts and $33,000 in royalties - and to assess an unspecified amount in punitive damages"DiSgUsTiNg! Look into alternative dispute resolutions. A state funded Goliath like KU filing suit against a local member of the Lawrence community for coming up with a creative way to market what our common bond is in Lawrence. It doesn't matter if you don't like the shirts, we all have our rights to celebrate Lawrence in our own way.I want to thank Perkins for coming to KU and turning our athletic program into something special, but if you are going to ruin the spirit of my town, you can take your big athletics and get the hell out of dodge (Lawrence in this case).AgAiN, DiSgUsTiNg! If this lawsuit goes through, I plan on making my own t-shirts to express my disgust with Perkins. Of course, maybe he'll figure out a way to squash my ability to express myself as well.I hope common sense wins out in this legal battle and not the all mighty dollar. Slippery slope anyone???

July 10, 2008 at 12:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka activist decries gangsta rap message

Maybe I'm totally off here but doesn't gangster rap refer to early rap from individuals such as NWA, the Geto Boys, and Ice-T. Rap as an expression of social problems within a specific culture is fine by me. I think there was a lot of that going on with the aforementioned groups (not that I'm an expert). I think the problem now is an industry that is incredibly irresponsible with who gets to put out top 40 songs and what the content of those songs are. There's no constructive social dialog going on within top 40 rap and hip hop these days. Save a few select and not so popular artists, you essentially here a lot of rap music that is counter-productive to what gangster rap was about, explaining real life lower-class african american culture in very poor urban settings. Crank that soulja boy has nothing to do with this theme, and therefor, in my mind, is completely worthless in musical or artistic value. The problem with rap is that the majority of people buying it are white people, who aren't effected by the fact that top 40 rap doesn't actual inform anyone about the problems African American culture faces, but since it is what sells, the industry and country has turned a blind eye to a very low form of music that doesn't bring anything to the table but curse words, the exploitation of women, and everything that is negative about a morally decaying urban society. Of course it DOES have a good beat to dance to. If it didn't, it wouldn't sell, sorry for those of you who think it's noise, but it turns out that the kids like to shake their groove thing to it or it wouldn't exist.The fact that as a culture as a whole, somehow we allow our top 40 radio stations to play such mindless filth isn't the artists or industries fault, but the country's as a whole. It doesn't seem like it's hurting anything and maybe it isn't. But what does it say about us, that we continue to allow such a signifier of artistic, moral, and social decay to dominate our air waves.Check out the lyrics to "Hip-Hop Saved My Life" and "Dumb it Down" by Lupe Fiasco.

June 20, 2008 at 3:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Keegan: Accuser deserves respect

Maybe the Journal World should send somebody out to find out what really happened. Remember when the news was about breaking a story through the discovery of facts. Instead the LJW, as usual, just has someone looking through the most recent court filings and reporting on what we all have access to as citizens. No one knows what happened that night, but the people involved, there for we should not be throwing any stones. That seems obvious to me. Also obvious is the fact that our dear Lawrence newspaper, while having a very impressive website with amazing community focus, has the journalistic integrity of one Stephen Glass. I hereby challenge the World Company to, put off figuring out how to make more multimedia available until they do some "real" reporting on this story.A few tips...conduct interviews, ask tough questions, don't quit till you've got information for your readers that they can't get themselves!!! Wow, I'm actually really excited to see this happen, hope everyone is with me!

June 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students say there's lots to do without alcohol

I think they forgot one really important one...trying to get some action. How could anyone forget that one?

April 21, 2008 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leaders urge Congress to stay out of endowments

The idea of a non-profit endowment is a joke. Universities, as this town should know, operate much like large corporations. KU isn't the problem though; its endowment is run of the mill compared to the top tier schools of the nation that have $1 million plus per student. Those are the schools that can stand a little taxation hit. They are also the schools that seem to spend the least percentage of their endowments and horde their tax-free gold mines like a dragon on top of treasure.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had an educational community that was egalitarian and supported those "other" struggling colleges out there as opposed to sucking resources away from them by using the smallest portions of their endowment to create unbeatable offerings for the best students, professors, and faculty? Where's the love?

February 18, 2008 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )