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KU recruit says Lawrence better than 'boring' Kansas


¢ A KU soccer signee from Geneva, Ill., liked Lawrence enough to overcome her initial dull impressions about Kansas, the [Kane County Chronicle][1] reports.There aren't many places in Kansas that Kaitlyn Cunningham would volunteer to spend the next four years of her life.Reviews of a trip to the state for a soccer showcase a couple of years back will not be appearing in promotional literature for the Kansas Travel and Tourism Division."My club team and I were actually making fun of Kansas, saying how boring it was out there," Cunningham said.__Not long afterward, Cunningham made a trip to Lawrence, Kan., home of the University of Kansas. Suddenly, the Sunflower State looked much better.¢ A KU grad who has been senior vice president and art director of Playboy magazine is retiring, according to a [press release][2]. Tom Staebler has worked at Playboy since 1968."Tom Staebler's incredible art direction has been a crucial part of the mix that has made Playboy the best selling men's magazine for decades," said Hugh Hefner, Playboy's Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer. "We will miss him as the magazine's art director, but he will always be a part of the Playboy family. We are fortunate that Playboy magazine will continue to benefit from Tom's expertise through his new consulting role."¢ Gonzaga University has become a "mini version of Tuscon, or Lawrence, Kan.," in terms of its support for basketball, according to a columnist for the [San Jose Mercury News][3]. The bulk of the column is about the future of Santa Clara University's basketball program._ "The board of trustees does not make a decision without saying, 'How does this affect basketball?'" one league source said. "The economics of Gonzaga basketball are unique."_ [1]: http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007/02/08/sports/columnists/doc45cad6024cd5d888804314.txt [2]: http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20070207/CGW04007022007-1.html [3]: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/colleges/santa_clara/16649453.htm


b_asinbeer 10 years, 11 months ago

Actually, if you've ever been to a KU women's soccer game, you'll see that it is very exciting...I don't know where you get your sources.

guesswho 10 years, 11 months ago

Why so bitter? Kansas really is pretty boring. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but a fact. Deal with it.

mom_of_three 10 years, 11 months ago

Most people think Kansas is boring. I don't know what the rank is now, but in the 70's, we were the last state in the union to be visited on a vacation.

StirrrThePot 10 years, 11 months ago

Well...I am sure Geneva, IL is not much better, or any of Illinois for that matter. What is Illinois anyway, without Chicago? Another bumpy route on the way to the coast, which is why I fly over it rather than drive through it.

Let's be real here. Kansas IS boring. Nearly every proposal to make it not boring is shot down because no one wants to spend money to make it better. Our state population growth over the last 50 years is close to nil (or below). We would rather say to hell with people who make fun of the state than actually do anything to make it desirable. At least if they made gambling legal we could at least get people to stay a little while en route to Denver, or other western destinations. So, as guesswho states, it is a fact, so compaints are moot.

Jackalope 10 years, 11 months ago

Kansas is boring? What are you looking for?

jonas 10 years, 11 months ago

Something that's not boring.

Can't think of it either?

bastet 10 years, 11 months ago

I find that when people complain about some place being boring, it is because they have very little ability to live within their own minds or life. They have to be entertained from the outside in order to feel they are living.

Kansas is a beautiful state with interesting people, a fascinating history, and fun places to visit and learn about. Perhaps its attractions are a little too subtle for some people.

Roadkill_Rob 10 years, 11 months ago

That's funny. I was near Geneva, Ill. for a wedding once and when some people there found out from Kansas, they told me to my face how boring Kansas is. I remember looking out the window and saying, "Uhh, it looks like Kansas out there."

Kuku_Kansas 10 years, 11 months ago

Geneva, IL is actually a very pretty river town off the Fox River, located in the far-western suburbs of Chicago. The downtown contains the old brick sidewalks and roadways. Plenty of history and older money.

Consider her provincial if you choose.

That was me not even 8 years ago. I was mocked by family and friends for even considering coming to KU. But as I learned, I love Lawrence and KU and still live in Kansas City to this day. I should mention, on the Missouri side though.

But do me a favor Roadkill. Please. Please, please, please don't ever disgrace my home state of Illinois as saying "it looks like Kansas out there." C'mon...you were in a metropolitan region of nearly 6-8 million people, which is 3-4 times the entire population of the Sunflower State.

The congested tollways, lack of sun 10 months in a year, and ugly White Sox logos on bandwagoners' cars does not look like Kansas in the least bit.

See, Kansas is sounding better already, eh?!?

guesswho 10 years, 11 months ago

I'm not complaining that Kansas is boring - I make that distinct from being bored; which I am not. At this point in my life, I enjoy being in a boring place (compared to a Chicago, etc.) Boring places often have less crime, affordable housing, etc. There isn't much nightlife in Kansas - hence, boring. Most people who live in Kansas probably also appreciate that, if they didn't, they would likely move to a more exciting place. Boring is not a judgement call.

Kuku_Kansas 10 years, 11 months ago

guesswho--You are correct. While I do miss many of the awesome opportunities huge cities like Chicago offer, there are still so many advantages though!

Take KCI. I used to refer to it as "Wings." But man, oh man...how awesome is it to be able to walk into the terminal and your gate is but 10 feet away. And a newspaper or cup of coffee doesn't cost you an extra $4 in city taxes.

Jackalope 10 years, 11 months ago

Boring is not a judgement call? That does not make any sense. That's the same as someone calling you stupid and then quickly saying "no offense."

ksmoderate 10 years, 11 months ago

Based on the college soccer players (and even coaches) I've known, "boring" roughly translates out to "it's kinda hard to find pot."

compmd 10 years, 11 months ago

illinois shares more than a few similarities with kansas. take I-80 west from chicago and things get boring FAST.

as far as cities go, you've got such exciting cities as peoria, springfield, rockford, moline...wait. no, they aren't exciting.

this is america, a country composed of relatively enormous states, lots of cities and VAST TRACTS OF NOTHING in between. cities are exciting, states are not. show me a state (with the possible exception of hawaii) that is fun and exciting.

"ugly White Sox logos on bandwagoners' cars"

you are my favorite person of the day. :)

guesswho 10 years, 11 months ago

OK Jack,

I'm sorry I have hit such a sensitive spot? By the way, I don't think this 18 year old (maybe still 17) really didn't spit in our face (I didn't read that in this article, and it certainly wasn't my face). If she were sent packing, where would she go since she is probably still home in Geneva. Whose resources? Well, I am unclear about the financial structure of the athletic department since I don't think it takes tuition money, but I could be wrong, but either way, those resources are to recruit soccer players, and she apparently is quite good. So, not a waste. Also, the sun really doesn't come up, the earth rotates on its axis which gives that illusion of the sun rising and setting.

Gee, my day became a lot less boring. THANKS!!!!

No offense.

white_mountain 10 years, 11 months ago

Oh don't worry.. there are plenty of illegals coming to "boring" Kansas. They don't mind the low cost of living and open spaces.

Sen_Fudgepack 10 years, 11 months ago

I've been all over the United States and Kansas is a helluva lot better than most other places... As far as relatively close places like MO, AR, or TN, who would really want to live there??? Not me... All you have to do is go to Walmart around the first of the month to see what hides in those hills... CO is beautiful but too crowded...

The northeast is nice but too congested... The train is nice to get around but it will all be wiped by a nuclear bomb... Watch...

The southeast has some charm (Savannah is very nice) but if you're not Cuban, you're not welcome in Miami... Key West is awesome but too many tourists on scooters and hurricanes...

The northwest is little cold and dreary for me... Southwest is OK but can get a little too hot...

Any vacation destination has something that makes it immediately unattractive - TOURONS... Tourist morons...

Kansas is just right... 4 nice seasons and not too many people.... Like one of the posters said above, it's really what you are looking for... Other places can be visited but nothing beats being able to open the windows and not dealing with rude people... People actually wave at you in KS...

Jackalope 10 years, 11 months ago

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Roadkill_Rob 10 years, 11 months ago

KuKu, I wasn't in Geneva; I was outside of Geneva in the country. The countryside of Illinois is pretty much just like Kansas to which I was referring.

My prediction is that Kansas will someday be hot property once the coasts are under water and refugees are looking for new homes on undeveloped land. Invest in Kansas property now and your children's children will be well-off.

granddame 10 years, 11 months ago

Bastet's and Roadkill Rob's comments are right on. I too have traveled and lived in many states in the US and overseas and love Kansas. In my opinion, those who are bored anywhere are usually boring people themselves. And, yes, invest here as Kansas will be "the place to live" in a few years down the road.

Roadkill_Rob 10 years, 11 months ago


I lived in Virginia and I hated it. You say it has it all...well, small mountains that have overpriced ski trails covered in ice...an over-populated, polluted coastline w/ crime-ridden beach towns...and miles of parkways full of strip malls and suburban development. Not to mention the elite, east-coast attitude along w/ rabid racism that I witnessed on a daily basis.

Also, I'm sure it's different in some of the college towns, but in Northern Virginia, there was practically no live music except for an occasional Dave Mathews show...gross.

IMO, Virginia is a nightmare.

Kansas may not have any of the landscape that Virginia has, but give me the cleanliness, good music scene, and nice people any day.

RonBurgandy 10 years, 11 months ago

I have lived in Kansas almost my entire life and while I don't plan on staying here forever, I believe that Kansas isn't overly exciting, it is, however, just about right if you want a relaxing pace and a low cost of living. I don't regret at all living here, it's a great place.

Jackalope 10 years, 11 months ago

Kansas does at times require some patients. What state as a whole does not require patients. Kansas as a whole is not for those who suffer from cultural attention deficit disorder - those who require to be able to change the channel every 15 seconds. Who cares who is paying the young lady's tuition? She is going to be representing the whole state when she plays, or at least there are some that believe KU is a state institution. Send her packing until she grows up. Yes, I said, send her packing, and used some other metaphors and phrases, as well. I guess we will all now have to sit back and wait for Who to meticulously and factually pick apart the metaphors as though Who did not understand what was being said. But, then again, this is Kansas and we all must learn to be patient.

JayCat_67 10 years, 11 months ago

One man's "boring" is another's "laid back & relaxed". Whatever floats your boat.

carlwhoishot 10 years, 11 months ago

if amount of ass kicked came in a liquid form, kansas would fill the oceans. this place rocks

Bladerunner 10 years, 11 months ago

Since when is the opinion of another annoyin illinoisan news?

james bush 10 years, 11 months ago

Better not start reporting all the stuff kids say!

newtongirl 10 years, 11 months ago

If Kansas stays "boring", the Californians won't inundate the place with Hummers and drive up the price of real estate like they've done to Colorado.

Kuku_Kansas 10 years, 11 months ago

conceptual- Easy buddy. Such rage and disdain for the Land of Lincoln.

Keep it up, people might start thinkin' you're a FIB-callin' Wisconsinite.

Or worse yet, from Missoura.

Or even a Hoosier.

Man, I just realized...nobody likes we Chicagoans, but us.

Oh well, f&ck the rest of 'em!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 11 months ago

Bored people are bored, because they are boring. There are plenty of things to do in Kansas. Even the plains are beautiful if you have the eyes of an artist, not tainted by TV and movies. You can do almost anything in Kansas that you can do elsewhere except see a Broadway play everyday and buy liquor in a grocery store. People are so used to being entertained, they have no imagination and can't find anything to do unless someone is doing it for them. Just plug into the matrix, and we'll think for you, and keep you entertained.

Kuku_Kansas 10 years, 11 months ago

I'll bet I can play "Cowboys and Indians" on the Kansas plains for hours, without ever getting bored!

I'd rather "have no imagination" and have plenty of options of cool and educational things to do...than count chiggers in the grasslands and rub sticks together for the hell of it.

compmd 10 years, 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure this is the most juvenile thread I have ever read here.

there is some seriously weapons grade stupidity showing itself here.

Kuku_Kansas 10 years, 11 months ago

compmd- When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Your contribution is appreciated.

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