Sporting Kansas City’s youth academy changing the US development system

by Nick Chadbourne

In the early months of 2014, while Sporting Kansas City and its fans were busy celebrating the team’s MLS Cup victory, its 16-year-old youth player, Erik Palmer-Brown, was garnering attention from Europe. Attention from Europe’s elite, specifically. Italian club Juventus reportedly offered more than $1 million for the rights to Palmer-Brown. Perhaps most surprisingly, he hadn’t played a second of professional soccer; Palmer-Brown has spent the last five years developing at Sporting Kansas City’s youth academy.”

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Lecturer Urmi Basu speaks about human trafficking

by Cody Kuiper

“Urmi Basu, the founder of New Light, a community development project in India that provides education and shelter to girls and women at high risk of trafficking, gave a lecture on the issue Wednesday night at the Kansas Union as part of the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series.”

Bill to expand Kansas autism insurance

by Kate Miller

“Gov. Sam Brownback signed new legislation on Monday that will expand autism treatment insurance coverage for about 750 children over the next two to three years. The bill has become law in the last full week of National Autism Awareness Month.”

West Campus cafe to close grill inside

by Miranda Davis

Students from the KU School of Pharmacy are working this week to fight the closing of the grill inside Mortar and Pestle cafe, located inside the school of pharmacy on West Campus. The cafe would stay open, but the grill is the only hot dining option on West Campus and would potentially be replaced by a KU Dining drop-off service.”

Burbank: Why you should keep an eye on the Ukrainian crisis

by Jesse Burbank

“It’s very easy to forget the world beyond campus. Often times a college student’s mind doesn’t stray far from the next class, the next night out or the next tweet. However, it’s important to remember that there’s a world beyond Lawrence, and right now that world finds itself in a crisis reminiscent of the Cold War. Ukraine’s uprising and Russia’s subsequent regional occupation threatens to affect every level of society: from gas prices in Lawrence to the renewal of tension between Russia and the West.”