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Lawrence residents don't jog or support KU sports

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¢ Steve Sisson, assistant track and field coach at the University of Texas, gives KU athletes some bulletin-board material in this interview on [Texassports.com][1]."I think having the Austin running community involved is an essential part of being successful. My attitude is that it's not the most crucial part but it is definitely important. We live in a small city that has a strong distance running base and we're fortunate that most are Longhorn fans! They get up in the morning, go to Town Lake and put in eight miles. They also go to football games, soccer games, basketball games - any UT sporting events. That doesn't happen in Lawrence, Kansas or Norman, Oklahoma, so we have an unusual culture in Austin that we need to embrace. I've been tapped into this culture for a long time.¢ Lawrence Raiders pitcher Scott Helthusen is cited in this [Richmond Times-Dispatch][2] story about American Legion baseball pitchers whose arms are overworked.No Midlothian pitcher was asked, for example, to duplicate the workload of a pitcher from Lawrence, Kan., named Scott Helthusen, who pitched a nine-inning complete game on Aug. 10 and pitched another on Aug. 14. In between, on Aug. 12, he recorded a one-inning save. After four days off, Helthusen pitched another eight innings on Aug. 19. His team was, perhaps felicitously, eliminated before Helthusen could pitch again. Had he tried, his throwing arm may have filed divorce papers.¢ What would you do if you saw a man cutting a bike lock and chain with bolt cutters? Tell the cops? Or look the other way? KU psychology professor Daniel Batson sounds off on that topic in the latest issue of [Willamette Week][3], a weekly paper in Portland, Ore.What we think we would do and what we'd actually do are often not the same. That's why we [social scientists] actually observe behavior instead of just asking people what they'd do."¢ Split Lip Rayfield, the Kansas band on what is likely its last tour with guitarist/singer Kirk Rundstrom diagnosed with terminal cancer, got a "highlights" plug in the [St. Louis Post-Dispatch][4].Coming here after triumphant performances in their hometown of Wichita, Kan., and their college home of Lawrence, Kan., the trio should be more than ready to play.¢ Dustin Noel Wilson Bentley, who would have been a sophomore at KU, is featured in this [Kansas City Star][5] obituary.The Peculiar, Mo., native had many artistic outlets, including ceramic sculptures, jewelry, photography and drawings. He had recently decided to major in industrial design, possibly designing furniture. "He drew on everything," said his mother, Eileen Wilson Bentley. "His hats, his clothes, his desk, his skin."¢ Dean Stetler, a KU professor, testified at a murder trial in Columbia, Mo., according to the [Columbia Missourian][6].O'Brien then called Dean Stetler, a University of Kansas professor and forensic consultant, who said tests of McKenzie's shoes turned up evidence of human blood consistent with a relative of Turner's, possibly a granddaughter. However, Stetler said during cross-examination by Knight that it could even be consistent with vegetable or fruit matter.¢ Lawrence resident Ken Miller - and a letter he wrote to area newspapers criticizing congressional candidate Nancy Boyda over a proposed NAFTA Super Corridor highway - is the subject of this blog on [WorldNetDaily][7].Miller goes on to say: "Consider the sources on the Internet that started this rumor of a 'North American union' and the gradual disintegration of U.S. national independence. 'WorldNetDaily' and 'Amerikan Expose" aren't exactly the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek." Now I can't speak for Amerikan Expose, whatever that is. But I can speak for WND. And let me do so: "You're right, Mr. Miller. WorldNetDaily is not the Wall Street Journal nor Newsweek, thank God!"¢ "C.S.A.," the mockumentary made by local filmmaker Kevin Willmott, got a favorable review in this lengthy posting at [Blogcritics.org][8].C.S.A. is ultimately a film I would highly recommend. It's not only a brilliant example of how to get messages across in a manner that would make George Bernard Shaw proud, but also a very cleverly crafted piece of entertainment that will leave a lasting impression.¢ KU professor Donald Worster will be the featured speaker at the 2006 Northwest Water Policy and Law Symposium next month in Bozeman, Mont., the [Laurel (Mon.) Outlook][9] reports.Donald Worster, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author and the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, will be the keynote speaker. Worster, the author of several works including A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell, and Rivers of Empire, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, will speak at 7:30 pm., Monday, Sept. 18, on A History of Water in the Great Northwest.¢ KU's project to use carbon dioxide to increase oil-well production is mentioned in this story in [Ethanol Producer Magazine][10].The ethanol industry isn't a stranger to carbon sequestration. In December 2003, University of Kansas representatives began carbon dioxide injection into the Hall-Gurney Oil Field near Russell, Kan., as part of an Enhanced Oil Recovery Demonstration Project. The project, which is ongoing, aims to develop reservoir data to facilitate future commercial carbon dioxide floods and to gain an understanding of the operations and costs involved in implementing a carbon dioxide flood. [1]: http://www.texassports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=51&url_article_id=4642&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2 [2]: http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1149190157030&path=!sports&s=1045855934844 [3]: http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3242/7923 [4]: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/visitstlouis/story/6995DE938480F86D862571D300750DF0?OpenDocument [5]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/15345055.htm [6]: http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=21174 [7]: http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51647 [8]: http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/08/19/113013.php [9]: http://www.laureloutlook.com/articles/2006/08/23/news/06water.txt [10]: http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article-web.jsp?article_id=2232

Comments

Raider 8 years, 4 months ago

The guy with Texas Sports is absolutely right. Unless it's KU basketball, Lawrence doesn't support it. I wonder how many people in town know that football kicks off next weekend? Better yet, I wonder how many people will bother to show up.

Adrienne Sanders 8 years, 4 months ago

Are you kidding me? Mr Sisson or anybody else who thinks KU football isn't popular can come try to get a parking space in my neighborhood (the "student ghetto") during any football game.

Raider 8 years, 4 months ago

average attendance last year was 43k in a 50k-plus stadium. One of the smallest stadiums in the Big XII and KU still can't fill it up. Doesn't sound too popular to me.

irnmadn88 8 years, 4 months ago

I think Sisson's comment was more a slant on the lack of physical activity shown by Lawrence residents en masse.

Er...hello? Dog Days anyone?

hammysammy 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm pretty sure they mean "Willamette".

Bad_Brad 8 years, 4 months ago

It's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Austin is a town of over 600k, Lawrence is a town of less than 100k. UT-Austin has over 50k students, KU has less than 30k. UT-Austin also has the largest alumni network of any university in the world, over 450k. Not only that, but Austin is farther from pro football than Lawrence.

olmsted78 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't know, the multi-mile trek around Potter Lake is pretty popular amongst the cross-country crowd....

Who cares if Austin's local running "scene" is in tune with their local college athletics-- maybe i'm missing his point, but last time i checked those things don't really have a strong correlation.

How about the fact that UT is huge and has powerhouse athletics programs and funding that is probably superior to most other schools, anywhere. Therefore most of their teams are good, and their student/alumni population is huge, so yeah, they get a lot of support-- runners and non-runners alike.

mom_of_three 8 years, 4 months ago

It was the basketball comment that got me. We have sold out how many basketball games for how many seasons?? And if our football program was anywhere as good as theirs, we would sell out, too. Ours is improving each year, and one of these days, we will sell it out. No, we may not have the following for track, soccer, or women's sports, but like someone said, they are a bigger school, in a bigger town, with more alumni.
Maybe he meant K-State??

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