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Sound Off: I have a neighbor who likes to sunbathe naked in his backyard. Is this legal?

Huh? A backyard is a public place? The neighbor's house is a public place? What question is Sgt. McKinley answering?

July 11, 2012 at 12:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletes’ tendencies to ‘cluster’ in certain academic fields problematic, some say

I'd rather have the athlete with lots of practical experience in that environment over someone who learned about the athletic environment from a textbook and an internship.

Did you have any other connection to athletics during school? I'm honestly curious, not trying to rip. This is interesting to me; why did you choose sports management for your Masters?

June 16, 2012 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletes’ tendencies to ‘cluster’ in certain academic fields problematic, some say

Universities aren't for everyone. No doubt about that.

Other countries do a much better job of directing their kids into appropriate educational experiences, but for some reason American parents stubbornly oppose classifying students based on tests... to their children's detriment.

June 16, 2012 at 1:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletes’ tendencies to ‘cluster’ in certain academic fields problematic, some say

I disagree. Higher education is fully designed to meet that need - for students who have the personal motivation to get the most out of their college experience, and who pick majors and/or extracurricular activities with practical utility.

Opportunities to lead and excel abound at big public schools like KU. It's possible to coast through and do nothing except study during college, but if you do that, it's at your peril. Pick a good major (e.g. actuarial science, accounting, certain medical fields), and get involved in programs where you'll make useful connections, and you can basically pick your employer. Yes, still.

June 16, 2012 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletes’ tendencies to ‘cluster’ in certain academic fields problematic, some say

Genuine question: What was the point of this article?

The clear bias in the article is that clustering is something we all should be concerned with, but there's absolutely nothing in the article to indicate this is really worth any concern, save the snarky "major in eligibility" comment.

I'll agree that African Studies doesn't have a clear career path ahead of it, but so what? An employer will see that major on a resume alongside the fact that the kid devoted many hours each week to intercollegiate athletics, gaining teamwork skills and collecting personal accomplishments. What side of that kid's college experience will matter more to a job recruiter?

If you don't think a kid learns significantly from participating in competitive athletic programs, where there's a winner and a loser after every play, you don't know much about how the world really works.

June 16, 2012 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Not all workers get holiday off

This was a fun read. Thanks for writing this.

December 26, 2011 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you support U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' refusal to make emergency contraception more easily available?

This is a push poll if ever there was one; the word "refusal" is pretty loaded.

December 10, 2011 at 9:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Equality Coalition seeks repeal of homosexual sex law

From your link:

gay[:] Used to describe men and women attracted to the same sex, though lesbian is the more common term for women. Preferred over homosexual except in clinical contexts or references to sexual activity.

This article practically trips over itself in making references solely to sexual activity when it uses the word "homosexual". LJW seems to be following your style guide, champ.

November 27, 2011 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Occupy Lawrence protester a no-show for court appearance

Busy running away from his problems, yes.

November 23, 2011 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )