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kansas state See how the baseball team did Tuesday on page 4 collegian Tomorrow: High: 59 F Low: 40F Friday: High: 67 F Low: 53 F wednesday, april 4, 2012 03 Money matters Tax returns made easy? Five technology stocks worth investing in? Read on. 04 vol. 117 | no. 127 A student athlete’s letter Flip to sports to read senior forward Victor Ojeleye’s letter to K-Staters. 05 Do you like your dorm? Check out today’s edge to read different students’ perspectives on dorm life. All deaf band performs original songs, entertains audience Abbey Briscoe | Collegian LEFT: The band’s bass guitarist, Ed Chevy, plays at K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall on Tuesday night to an energetic crowd. The band is composed of deaf and hearing impaired members. ABOVE: The performance by Beethoven’s Nightmare featured interpretive dancers in flashy costumes, as well as sign language. The all-deaf band played at K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall on Tuesday night. Beethoven’s Nightmare play songs from first studio album “Turn It Up Louder” Darrington Clark edge editor The vibrations of bass guitar and cymbal crashes pervaded the aisles of K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall Tuesday as emPower Cats hosted Beethoven’s Nightmare, a three man rock band made up of deaf musicians. The band performed songs from their first studio album “Turn It Up Louder,” and were met with a standing ovation. Beethoven’s Nightmare consists of leader and bass guitarist Ed Chevy, drummer Bob Hiltermann, and guitarist Steve Longo. All three deaf musicians met at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., and from there began their careers as musicians. “We write our own lyrics and music,” Chevy said. “We do everything ourselves.” The audience members, made up of all ages, gave each song a round of applause in sign language. Beethoven’s Nightmare utilized extra bass speakers to carry the music’s vibrations to deaf audience members. The band said they were used to performing for deaf audiences. “We’ve been told that we inspire CITY COMMISSION Bus route, parking changes discussed Jakki Thompson assistant news editor Public comments about the ATA bus route were the focus of the Manhattan City Commission meeting on Monday night, as commissioners met to discuss several city ordinances. “Take off your hat of being a city commissioner and put on your helmet of being a team player,” said Tim Lindemuth, editor of the K-Stater Magazine. “On April 23, there will be a fixed route that will be starting in Manhattan. You do not want to invest money in the city bus system. We hope that you would see and be a team player to give it an opportunity to succeed. Asking you to consider to give the right of way for bus stop signs.” More people came up to speak including Anne Smith, ATA director. Smith said the ribbon cutting will take place on April 20 at the K-State Student Union to commemorate the start of the bus route. Other people were also coming up to ask the commission to approve the use of public right of ways. “This is something that needs to happen in the city of Manhattan,” said Emilee Taylor, junior in sociology. “There is a large international community with lack of any other form of transportation and there is a population of 24.7 percent who live below the poverty line.” The City Commission approved an ordinance that designates a no parking zone on the north side of 4th Street from its intersection with Bluemont Avenue to Vattier Street and the west side of 4th Street from its intersection with Bluemont Avenue to the north alley. Jim Sherow, mayor of Manhattan, proclaimed April 4 Master Teacher’s Day to honor Shelley Aistrup, principal of Northview Elementary School. Sherow also proclaimed the March of Dimes March for Babies Day to be April 28. Finally, he proclaimed this month Fair Housing Month in recognition of the 44th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. others,” Chevy said. “Deaf people who have seen us love us.” Beethoven’s Nightmare also included interpretive dancers who performed along with the music. The dancers used sign language as a part of their choreography and dancers engaged the crowd by inviting audience members to come dance onstage. Children and adults “We write our own lyrics and music. We do everything ourselves.” Ed Chevy leader and bass guitarist of Beethoven’s Nightmare all came up to dance with the band, and received free CDs afterward. All of the band members said they were inspired to go into music from other rock band sources. “I love Black Sabbath,” Hiltermann said. “I really love their rough sound.” Longo also found inspiration in the sounds of other guitarists. “I’m very inspired by Led Zep- BAND | pg. 6 Activist talks challenges of migrant workers Nonprofit leader Enrique Morones says U.S. must adopt humane immigration policy Jakki Thompson assistant news editor With hundreds of undocumented migrant workers crossing the border between the United States and Mexico every day, the issues surrounding immigration has become a hot button topic for many people. Enrique Morones, human rights activist and founder of a nonprofit immigrant support organization called Border Angels, spoke about immigration in the Flint Hills Room of the KState Student Union Tuesday at noon. “I was delighted to be here,” Morones said. “How many people could join in to do things here? Our mission is to help. Sure, we have an emphasis on the border but we have a presence everywhere. It is not the size of the group that hears the mission. Each group of people are equally important, but the power of one is exponential.” Over Thanksgiving break in the fall of 2011, Jonathan Berhow, academic adviser for the academic assistance center, brought four students down to Tucson, Ariz. and San Diego. This trip was for students to to get firsthand accounts of what life was like for the undocumented migrant workers of the U.S. “Immigrants are normal people. They just want to come to the U.S. to work and send money back to support their families.” Mayra Perez-Fajardo freshman in bakery science and management “It was a very eye opening experience going on the trip,” said Mayra Perez-Fajardo, freshman in bakery science and management. “My family had talked about immigration. But it is one thing to hear about it, and it is another to see it firsthand. One of the things we saw while we were down there was a court case of a man who was getting deported and had no idea what was actually happening.” Morones spoke about Border Angels giving food, water and clothing to the people who are in the U.S. and also described how the undocumented migrant workers live in the caves and canyons of the deserts near San Diego. “I will remember the trips to the deserts with the watering stations,” said Alejandra Haffner, junior in secondary education. “I will also talk about the Minuteman group, who are actually a hate group. It’s the fact that we have the power to change that and other things around us.” Morones did not discuss the actual policy occurring in the U.S. currently, but focused more on the need to have a more humane immigration policy. With hundreds of people crossing the border daily, two to four people die every day in their attempts, he said. “We are in a situation we are in today with immigration because of the grave errors and mistakes we made many, many years ago,” said Myra Gordon, associate provost of diversity. “We cannot be cul- turally destructive without it coming back to resolve itself. Wrong cannot prevail forever.” Berhow was one of the facilitators to get Morones to K-State. Berhow said Morones has been advocating for undocumented migrant workers for more than 25 years. Berhow said he knew when he facilitated the trip to San Diego, he wanted to bring Morones to K-State. “Immigrants are normal people,” said Perez-Fajardo. “They just want to come to the U.S. to work and send money back to support their families.” Before the actual speech, members of the audience were able to speak one on one with Morones. Morones said these issues of immigration are not political and said he doesn’t want people to die crossing the border. He said there are no lines for these immigrants to come into the country; these immigrants do not qualify for work or school visas. “A lot of people don’t know about immigration,” PerezFajardo said. “Immigration is not just a black and white issue, there are so much more stuff that goes into it than just what people see on the surface.”

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