Demographics of mothers from 1990 to 2008

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 6, 2012

  • The popularity of shows like MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 & Pregnant” may be on the rise, but research shows that women are actually having children later in life. Pew Research Center Publications pulled data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics to compare women from 1990 to women from 2008. The statistics pertain to mothers of newborns, describing the differences in age, marital status, and level of education. Mothers in 2008 have statistically increased their levels of education and are older when giving birth. The number of single mothers has also increased, most likely due to social acceptance of independence among women.

Students are unsure and excited about Kony 2012 movement

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, March 9, 2012

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On Monday, March 5th, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter all started receiving spam comments titled “KONY 2012”. The non-profit organization Invisible Children posted a video about Ugandan indicted criminal Joseph Kony, and his “crimes against humanity.” The video started gaining attention immediately, and now Americans across the nation are in an uproar. However, some students at the University of Kansas are unsure about what’s happening, or why it’s happening now. For some, the video and its responses are creating more questions than concerns.

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On Monday, March 5th, the non-profit organization Invisible Children released a video about Ugandan militia leader Joseph Kony. University of Kansas students are both strongly in favor and wary of the cause. The video about his crimes went viral almost overnight and has some students confused.
“I saw the stuff for the Kony campaign last night. Still not really sure what’s it’s all about,” said Taylor Genrich, KU student from Lincoln, Neb. “I know it’s something with the invisible children. There’s a lot of Facebook buzz and Twitter buzz happening, though.”
Some students are frustrated by the mass posts and spam-like nature of the campaign. The immediate responses on Facebook left KU student Beth Buchanan from Kansas City, Kan. critical of college students.
“Facebook is such a wildfire that everyone just blindly posts and it’s easy for students to be like, ‘Oh, I support this cause, I’m educated, I’m making a difference by spreading this word.’ But it’s one thing to watch a video, and it’s a completely other thing to be educated on foreign policy and be educated on what is going on in other countries,” Buchanan said.
Students across campus have already jumped to action by means of Facebook. Allen Schaidle, KU student and activity leader of the KU chapter of Invisible Children from Peoria, Ill., explained that he is in support of the cause and is excited about the eager attitude of the student body. He said that the Invisible Children organization wants to handle all campus events itself.
“Already I know there’s been a couple events started for this,” Schaidle said. “But the president of the KU group of the Invisible Children is asking for those events to be shut down and all the focus be directed toward the Invisible Children group.”
The history of Joseph Kony, and many leaders similar to him, is not short. Genrich said she isn’t surprised by how quickly the word has spread over the past week, but wishes the news could have been publicized and gained such popularity sooner.
“So, I think it’s not surprising because we do have that technology,” Genrich said. “I think it’s surprising because it has been going on for so long. You’d think something would have been done, but with a lot of issues like this, nothing ever actually happens.”
To watch the Kony 2012 campaign video, click here and scroll down.

University of Kansas contemplates other campuses’ smoking policies

By Kayla Overbey 
Friday, February 17th, 2012

As non-smoking policies become more popular on campuses across the nation, University of Kansas students and faculty weigh the idea of a campus without cigarette smoke in the air.

KAYLA OVERBEY, reporter: This is Kayla Overbey from “Live, Eat, Sleep”: a view on health from the eyes of a student.

Each day as students walk to class on the University of Kansas campus, they are exposed to the effects of secondhand smoke. Many campuses across the nation are enforcing new policies that could fine students and faculty heavily for smoking on campus, and students are having mixed reactions.
For some non-smokers, the threat of secondhand smoke is a mild inconvenience.

KATIE HOWARD (student, University of Kansas): I’m Katie Howard, I’m a senior from Derby, Kansas. I mean they’re going to find that anywhere, like, walking around downtown Mass Street or, I don’t know, I think you’ll find it anywhere so people just kind of have to get used to it and adapt.

OVERBEY: But K.U. senior Natalie Evans sees it as detrimental to her health.

NATALIE EVANS (student, University of Kansas): I think it’s gross and there’s nothing worse than walking behind someone that’s smoking. Nothing will ruin a day like that, in my opinion.

OVERBEY: The effects of secondhand smoke are dangerous, says K.U. Health Educator Ken Sarber

KEN SARBER (Health Educator, University of Kansas): Well, my name is Ken Sarber, I’m a health educator at the University of Kansas with the, uh, student health services department. It can add up over time very, very significantly. Devestating to someone who’s just breathing in secondhand smoke.

OVERBEY: Campuses such as the University of Arkansas, Iowa State and the University of Missouri are enforcing smoke-free policies. The University of California at Santa-Barbara’s policy includes a 75 dollar fine for those who break the rules. K.U. student and smoker Alex Hodges says he would be indifferent to a similar policy for K.U.’s campus.

ALEX HODGES (student, University of Kansas): Alex Hodges, I’m a fifth-year senior. I wouldn’t mind, I mean–I don’t–this is literally the only place I smoke on campus, outside the library, and walking on campus, it’s kind of annoying.

OVERBEY: Instead of going entirely smoke free, some campuses are creating designated areas for smoking. K.U. student Stephan Metzgal thinks that this strategy would not be effective.

STEPHAN METZGAL (student, University of Kansas): You know the analogy that’s always used is, uh, a designated area for smoking is like having a designated area in a pool for peeing. If somebody’s going to pee in a pool, the pee is gonna go everywhere. If somebody smokes in a designated area the cigarette smoke is not gonna be confined to that area.

OVERBEY: Ken Sarber adds that approximately 15 percent of the K.U. population smokes. According to the K.U. Institute for Policy and Social Research, that 15 percent is about four thousand people. With such a large number, Sarber says smoke would be unavoidable, even if confined to designated areas.

SARBER: And plus, where are you going to put the designated areas? I mean, everywhere on K.U.’s campus there’s people walking. So, there’s not really a safe place to put it to where you’re not going to have this cloud of smoke running over to the sidewalks or anything, so. I don’t think, for our campus, that would be a very good option.

OVERBEY: Sarber says that nationwide smoke-free campuses are inevitable. But for the time being, K.U. will not be changing its policy.

SARBER: I think K.U. will not be doing it anytime soon. I think in the future you’re going to see almost every university’s gonna be going that direction.

SIGN OFF: This is Kayla Overbey, “Live, Eat, Sleep.”

KU Professors react to Obama’s speech on education costs at the University of Michigan

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, February 3, 2012

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KU Professors react to Obama’s speech on education costs at the University of Michigan

University of Kansas professors agreed with President Obama’s plans to increase federal grants and decrease interest on student loans after his speech on college affordability at the University of Michigan on Monday.

The total cost of tuition and fees for KU’s 2011-2012 school year approached $18,000, according to the University Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. The rise in tuition costs has been a trend throughout the United States, and students everywhere are feeling the repercussions.

Obama stated that higher-education schools would have to either lower tuition costs and increase grant amounts, or lose funding. However, there are no plans for an increase  in grant amounts and scholarships at KU, Amber Teebles, financial aid peer adviser, said.

“The plans are definitely not to decrease. We don’t have anything set in stone,” said Teebles.

Obama outlined plans in his State of the Union speech on Jan. 24 to cut funding to universities that maintain high tuition rates.

“If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down,” Obama said.  He echoed this statement during his speech at the University of Michigan.

Associate Professor of Social Welfare, Deborah Adams, agrees with Obama’s plan.

“Any proposals for new policies and programs that make higher education more affordable are worth the nation’s consideration,” Adams said.

Adams also said controlling tuition costs will put college within easier reach of a wider diversity of students.

“Tuition costs are too high for many children from poor families and families of modest means.  And we can’t forget the additional barriers to higher education for children who are in foster care or otherwise wards of the state,” Adams said.

William Elliot III, assistant professor of social welfare, says he initially agreed with Obama’s opposition to high tuition costs. However, he has doubts if the proposal has enough structure and thought.

“Lower costs sound good and we need to strive for them, that was my first thought. However, I quickly thought how do schools reduce costs? What do they cut or no longer provide? I thought, wow, we really need to provide schools with some guidance about how to do this,” Elliot said.

Adams believes that a lowering of tuition and increase of federal grants will increase well-being for college students and communities throughout the nation.

“The positive outcomes associated with college affordability today are similarly positive for individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole.”

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Other News

  • According to a recent study, students who perform badly in college can meet unpleasant consequences later in life. Some are questioning whether a college diploma is really a guarantee of a job after all.
  • A recent CNN article reveals that yoga can be potentially dangerous if instructors are not correctly certified. The health hazards include broken bones, nerve damage and torn cartilage.
  • The act of blogging can be therapeutic to those with unhealthy amounts of stress, The New York Times says. Researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel surveyed high school students to find results.