By Dylan Lysen

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Born and raised; Kansas made. Dylan Lysen has been the Opinion Editor since August 2012, and was previously a columnist covering music, television and popular culture. He stands at 5 foot 6.5 inches, and many call him “Tall Dylan.” Growing up in Wichita, Dylan dreamed of one day playing basketball for the Jayhawks. Although his height and lack of enthusiasm of actually playing basketball hindered his chances of joining the team, Dylan is fine with standing in the student section of Allen Fieldhouse. Dylan is a journalism student at the University and hopes to work as a reporter after graduation, and maybe also become an internationally famous novelist, too. He is the leader of the #Wolfpack, and is known in the Kansan newsroom as the Hipster Czar.

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Guth apologizes for controversial tweet upon return to University of Kansas

Guth apologizes for controversial tweet upon return to University of Kansas

Associate journalism professor David Guth, who will return from administrative leave Friday, has issued an apology for his controversial tweet regarding the Navy Yard Shooting in Washington, D.C. The university placed Guth on administrative leave for the Sept. 16 tweet aimed at the National Rifle Association that said, “Next time, let it be YOUR sons […]

An information desk at the Lawrence Public Library stands. If the multimillion dollar bond is approved by voters, the library will expand its space, parking lot and computer accessibility.

Lawrence Public Library celebrates banned books

The Lawrence Public Library is encouraging Douglas County residents to read books that have been banned or challenged by people or organizations. Jeni Daley, Lawrence Public Library media coordinator, said the library is participating with the American Library Association’s national Banned Book Week from Sept. 22 to  Sept. 28. The library called for residents to […]

Granada honors 20 years as music venue with two-week celebration

Granada honors 20 years as music venue with two-week celebration

When it’s time to party, the Granada parties hard. Now that the Granada has reached its 20th anniversary of hosting live music, Owner Mike Logan said the historic downtown venue has something to party about. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., began its two-week celebration with a performance from the party master Andrew W.K. on Tuesday […]

After a long summer away, it’s time to brush up on some Jayhawk traditions

Basketball It’s no secret that Kansas Jayhawk men’s basketball is the driving force behind the University’s national recognition. For students who have not yet witnessed a Jayhawk basketball game in person, there is a lot to learn about a basketball gameday at Allen Fieldhouse.   Lottery and Camping The quickest way to realize that Jayhawk […]

Lysen: Strength in the family starts at the top

Lysen: Strength in the family starts at the top

This is the last column I will ever write for the University Daily Kansan. And it starts like this: My mother is the strongest person on the face of the earth. On April 29 at 7 p.m. my mother’s name lit up my cell phone. I knew what she was going to tell me before […]

Lysen: Premier college pitching duels as good as it gets

Lysen: Premier college pitching duels as good as it gets

Some games are harder to watch than others. On a sunny spring day, the KU campus was filled with activities. It seemed like just another fun-filled Saturday. Nothing could get better than that. And then a good old fashioned pitching duel broke out at Hoglund Ballpark between sophomore left-hander Wes Benjamin and the Texas Longhorns’ […]

Lysen: Rain makes life much better, really

Lysen: Rain makes life much better, really

I’m afraid to write the next sentence because so many people will think it’s typical of me, and they will realize that calling me “Grumpy Cat Dylan” is now completely justified. But I love rain more than anything. I recently wrote that snow was the worst thing to ever exist (which is indisputable fact), and […]

Brew: MLB should have more consistent rules

Brew: MLB should have more consistent rules

As a University student, I understand tradition is pretty cool. But sometimes “tradition” can be arbitrary and stupid. When Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros were sold to Jim Crane in November of 2011, the team switched from the ultra-traditional National League to the modernized American League. All right, neither is really all that modernized. But […]

Lysen: Home belongings reflect true self

Lysen: Home belongings reflect true self

The walls of my apartment are lined with mirrors. Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional character Kilgore Trout called them “leaks.” These leaks reflect all the things that make up who I am and how I identify myself: my beliefs, which sports teams I support, my favorite films and all the ideas from the books I read. These […]

Lysen: A proposal to solve our problems through snowball fights

Lysen: A proposal to solve our problems through snowball fights

We messed up, guys. We really blew it. We had a great opportunity, and we let it slip away. Tuesday was the University’s third snow day in less than a week, and the chance of us getting another is highly unlikely. That means our chance to finally settle the war that has been plaguing the […]

Lysen: Snow is the worst thing to ever exist

Lysen: Snow is the worst thing to ever exist

It’s coming. Everyone says so. Snow will inherit the earth, and chances are it has already covered the sacred hills of Lawrence. I’m willing to bet that every student is extremely happy about the chances of classes being canceled at the University. The University forcing students to skip class is always more fun than skipping […]

Lysen: Educate yourself on the perfect slice of pizza

Lysen: Educate yourself on the perfect slice of pizza

If you’re reading this, you’re probably in college. And if you’re in college, you probably have a pretty steady diet of pie. Pizza pie. Everyone loves pizza — From college students to fake assistant basketball coaches. But there are some people that don’t understand that not all slices are cut the same perfect triangle. And […]

Lysen: Sound more important than lyrics in music

Lysen: Sound more important than lyrics in music

Abandon all hope ye who enter here, you may find this column offensive. Just kidding. You probably won’t. Unless you take music too seriously, which seems to happen more often than not. Recently, my friend asked me to listen to her new favorite band. I told her I didn’t like it, and her response was […]

Granada Theater relies on detailed preparation before each performance

Granada Theater relies on detailed preparation before each performance

Fires don’t usually stop the Granada Theater from producing a show. But that changed when a fire halfway across the state almost ruined everything. Drew Wille, Granada Theater director of marketing, said she would never forget the day a fire in western Kansas caused serious problems for the Granada at 1020 Massachusetts St. The venue […]

Lysen: It's been a tough year, but seniors deserve support on Saturday

Lysen: It’s been a tough year, but seniors deserve support on Saturday

As I sat down to write a column on why the University student body should attend the Kansas football Senior Night game against Iowa State this Saturday, I had a considerably tough time coming up with a way to convince students that it is going to be worth it. Saturday night is the prime time […]