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Past presidential visits at ASU

16 80% in faculty poll say Obama should receive degree


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16 Some doctoral students unable to attend ceremony


New deal boosts Alumni Association membership

17 Web site sheds light on best careers


A look at the last four years

18 ASU to name scholarship after Obama in lieu of degree

10 Past commencement speakers at ASU

19 State Press columnists on commencement and Obama

11 Teach for America offers new route for grads 13 ‘Golden’ grads to lead commencement 15 Education majors face fewer job prospects

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The spring 2009 Collegian staff would like to wish everyone good luck on finals and a safe, productive, fun summer! Go Cats!

Enjoying the ride

Week-long break set for fall 2010 By Tyler Sharp KANSAS STATE COLLEGIAN

K-State students, faculty and staff will see a change in their Thanksgiving breaks beginning in fall 2010. That semester’s academic calendar includes a full week of vacation for Thanksgiving instead of a three-day break, which has been the policy in recent years. Faculty Senate approved the change in policy in April 2008. Student Body President Dalton Henry, senior in agricultural economics and agricultural communications and journalism, said the change would be beneficial. “When we looked at the old calendar, having that break split with a oneday fall break and three-day Thanksgiving break really hindered [students’] ability to go home either of those times,” Henry said. “This new system should make it easier and more convenient for students.” The University Calendar Committee is responsible for setting the academic calendar. The committee consists of the university registrar, three Faculty Senate representatives and two students appointed by the student body president. Kansas Board of Regents calendar policies state that an academic year must minimally consist of “... two

See BREAK, Page 10

Hydrant flowing begins By Monica Castro KANSAS STATE COLLEGIAN

Manhattan residents who notice flowing hydrants around town in the next few months should know the Manhattan Fire Department is working on maintaining the hydrants. The department began flowing hydrants Wednesday and will continue until September. Don Francis, deputy chief for the department, said this is done to check the amount of water in the hydrant and see if the valve on the hydrant has been shut off. This test indicates how fast water flows through the hydrant in gallons per minute, as well as pointing out any other problems that might occur with a hydrant. Francis said the fire department flows hydrants throughout Manhattan because it is required by the Insurance Services Office, a company that rates fire departments. “They grade our city to see if we are maintaining fire hydrants,” Francis said. “We make sure that fire hydrants are painted and lubricated.” In addition to painting the hydrants, the fire department makes sure the hydrants have not been damaged.

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The K-State baseball team celebrates during its April 17 game against Missouri at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats have enjoyed unprecedented success this season, rising to No. 10 in the latest Baseball America poll and preparing for NCAA Regional play.

Cats relish in success as regular season nears end By Blake Thorson KANSAS STATE COLLEGIAN

If the No. 10-ranked K-State baseball team is feeling any pressure from its highest national ranking ever and possible first NCAA regional tournament in school history, the Wildcats do a good job of hiding it. The team’s hitters listened to Bob Marley as they had batting practice Thursday in the warm sun at Tointon Family Stadium. However, the atmosphere might be a bit more intense tonight as the Cats (37-111, 12-7-1 Big 12 Conference) begin a pivotal three-game series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (20-27, 9-12 Big 12) at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State is fresh off

consecutive series sweeps against Oklahoma State and Brigham Young and have won six games in a row. The series wins also included head coach Brad Hill’s 600th career win, and the team set a school record for singleseason wins with 36. At the beginning of the season, few people would have predicted the Wildcats’ impressive run through the Big 12 gauntlet as most pundits had K-State finishing in the bottom third of the conference. However, Hill’s squad, fresh off a rigorous offseason workout, bought into a system of playing hard for 27 outs, and it has paid major dividends this season. The Cats have exceeded expectations all season en route to a

record-breaking season and have all but secured a spot in a regional tournament for the first time in school history. Hill attributes the team’s steady success to their ability to stay at an even keel no matter the circumstance. “I just think we haven’t really changed a whole lot all year,” Hill said. “I think we’re playing with confidence, but I don’t think it’s been that much high or low all year and we need to stay that way and keep playing one game at a time.” Those here in Manhattan and around the country have taken notice of the Cats’ stellar play. There have been rumblings of K-State being host to a regional if the team can emerge victorious in its final two regular-season series and

have a decent showing in the Big 12 Tournament. Seats have even been added on the first-base side of the Wildcats’ stadium to accommodate larger crowds in a potential regional setting. The Red Raider series is the final home series for K-State but the Cats are scheduled to host KU for one game on May 15 before heading to Lawrence for two more games with the Jayhawks. As the season has unfolded, it has become clear to most that the Wildcats have stressed teamwork, always playing with energy and hustle. That team concept has carried over onto a pitching staff that had many question marks at the beginning of the

See BASEBALL, Page 6

Homeless face challenges with unusual demographics By Whitney Hodgin KANSAS STATE COLLEGIAN

Manhattan is strictly neither a rural nor urban community; it is a college town located near a military base with an economy that has fared better than most during a national recession. For these reasons, residents in need of federal aid often slip through eligibility cracks and are left fighting homelessness from their front porch. These people are not counted in nationwide homeless counts because they still have a roof over their head, said Mandy Chapman-Semple, executive director of the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. A Jan. 28 homeless count conducted by United Way Manhattan reported 11 individuals living without shelter and about 50 living in transi-

tional shelters in Manhattan, according to a Collegian article. A homeless count is required for any community that receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a federal entity developed to increase home ownership. However, such counts do not include individuals and families who must live with friends or family, often temporarily. Riley County has one of the highest costs of living in Kansas, Chapman-Semple said, because of its competitive rental market and low vacancy rate. “When you’re homeless in Manhattan, you’re not sleeping on the street, you’re maybe crashing at a friend’s or relative’s house, and the

See HOMELESS, Page 10


Melisa Posey, junior in pre-law and women’s studies, walks up to her front door with 3-year-old son Severin. Posey receives rental assistance through Section 8, which provides housing for low-income families.

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City Center II is a $116.4 million mixed-use downtown development slated for the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River and Evergreen avenues.

By Kate Jacobson

to struggles with other developments in Michigan and the country.


The home team Unlike Ohio State, MSU raised its tuition for in-state undergraduates 5.2 percent for 2009-10 and 4.9 percent for 2010-11, according to MSU’s budget development overview approved by the Board of Trustees in June. The increase was the third highest in the Big Ten with the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison being higher. U-M raised tuition 5.6 percent for 2009-10 and Wisconsin raised tuition 5.5 percent. MSU’s hike reflected a 3.1 percent decrease in state appropriations — or about $9.1 million — bringing MSU’s expected appropriations to about $283.9 million, according to the guidelines. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said tuition rates are related to state appropriations and the number of in-state students. Outof-state students pay more tuition, so they generate more revenue. “Our tuition rate is viewed as competitive in the Big Ten,” Simon said. “But the Big Ten overall is See TUITION on page 2A

MSU, E.L. officials plan for Welcome Week change By Megan Hart


A welcomed freeze Despite the differences in the universities, all but one raised tuition for the 2009-10 year. The exception was Ohio State University, which held its tuition at the 2006-07 levels. Tuition for an in-state freshman at Ohio State will be about $8,400. The 2009-10 year is the third in a row Ohio State has been able to freeze tuition and the first time tuition has remained the same for more than two years since 1955, Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said. “We have a governor here in Ohio and a Legislature that truly believes the future growth of Ohio will be through public colleges and universities, so they have provided an increasing amount of state funding to help universities keep their tuition flat,” Lynch said. “They know that universities and colleges can be an economic engine for the growth of Ohio. Parents and students seem to be very pleased.”



By Kayla Habermehl It’s a competition no one wants to win: Which Big Ten university has the highest tuition? And which one had the biggest tuition increase for the 2009-10 year? MSU has the sixth highest tuition in the Big Ten and the third largest tuition increase for 2009-10. A resident MSU freshman will pay about $10,800 in tuition for 200910, an increase of about 5.2 percent, according to information from MSU. At the high end of the spectrum is Northwestern University, costing undergraduates about $38,000 in tuition. Northwestern is the only private institution in the Big Ten. The lowest tuition increase of the Big Ten is the University of Iowa, where an in-state freshman will pay about $6,800 for 2009-10.

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n East Lansing development company is trying to anchor its financing for a downtown development after facing a summer of turbulent economic waters.

City Center II is a $116.4 million mixed-use downtown development slated for the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River and Evergreen avenues. The project’s developer, Strathmore Development Company, has had four extensions to secure financing since October 2008. It will need to present a financial plan to East Lansing City Council before Sept. 31 when its extension runs out. The company has faced significant problems with this project’s taxes and financing in addition

The fourth extension On June 15, the East Lansing City Council voted to approve a fourth extension for the developer to finish securing funds. At the time, Strathmore President Scott Chappelle said the company was pursuing $28 million in financing backed by either a loan from the U.S. Department of Housing or Urban Development or $26 million with New Markets Tax Credit Program and traditional bank financing.

Chappelle said because of the financial markets, he had been unable to secure those funds. Both Chappelle and city officials were confident the company could produce the funds in time for a fall 2009 ground breaking. Strathmore and the city had acquired all the properties on the land needed for the project site and were just waiting for the financing to fall into place. City Manager Ted Staton said in a June interview he felt by the time actual construction See CITY CENTER on page 2A


MSU works toward greater accessibility By Kayla Habermehl

Academic enrichment coordinator for the Office of Supportive Services and alumnus Matthew “Mo” Gerhardt sits before his wheelchair accessible vehicle.


For Matthew Gerhardt, blue lines in a parking lot mean something different: accessibility. Gerhardt, an academic adviser at MSU, is a wheelchair user who utilizes disability parking. Gerhardt also attended MSU for his undergraduate degree. One of the reasons he chose to come to MSU was for its accessibility. “As far as accessible parking and handicap parking, it’s adequate,” he said. “There could be more, but for the rest of the parking that’s available, there are adequate spots. … Even though it’s not perfect, the university takes it seriously.” As of 2007, MSU had about 25,000 parking spaces and more than 800 handicap spaces, said Mike Rice, assistant chief for MSU police. MSU only is required to have 621 handicap spaces by federal regulations. Although MSU is working to meet the needs of the disabled, some say the efforts could go further. Last summer, MSU completed a $2 million redistribution of accessible parking across campus, campus plan-


ner Steve Troost said. The redistribution came after an audit from the Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights. Although MSU had more than the required number of spaces, they weren’t distributed according to current standards, said Michael Hudson, director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at MSU. Prior to the audit, MSU had placed more accessible parking near heavily used areas and fewer in more remote areas, Hud-

son said. MSU also is working to remove on-street parking, including handicap spaces, because of safety. The accessible spaces will be moved to locations that will allow the safest route of travel, which might not always be the closest, Troost said. “In any place where we’re having an impact on barrier-free parking, we’re relocating them to a safe place,” Troost said. “Our goal is to look at the campus fabric and find the safest route instead of the

shortest route.” Gerhardt uses a powered wheelchair, so distance isn’t as much of an issue. “If it’s further away but easier to get to, I would vote for that option,” he said. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, one in every eight handicapped spaces in a lot must be van accessible. These spaces have a wider, 96-inch striped access aisle See HANDICAP on page 2A

University officials and East Lansing police are expecting a smooth fall welcome when students return to campus this weekend. Instead of arriving a week before classes begin, as in previous years, this year’s MSU freshmen will have three days on campus before classes. The change was made because of concerns about student health and safety, Provost Kim Wilcox said at a Sept. 23 2008 MSU Academic Council meeting. Wilcox said at the meeting many people in the MSU community saw Welcome Week as a weeklong party, promoting the wrong kind of transition for freshmen. Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Doug Estry said student safety was one of the factors motivating the change, along with aligning the MSU academic calendar with those of other institutions. “We would be very remiss See WELCOME on page 2A


New-look SN on way for fall semester Welcome to the new State News. This summer, your campus news source has undergone a few changes to ensure we’re here to serve you in the best way possible. You can expect the same twosection S’News you’re used to on Mondays and Fridays, when we’ll be giving you an extra section to cover what MSU loves best — Spartans sports. Pick up the paper on those days for all the coverage you need. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the paper will be a bit smaller than in years past. The print edition will be a one-section paper with the overflow of news hitting the recently revamped throughout the day. We’ll still be your only source for campus and East Lansing news throughout the week. Follow us on Twitter. Become our fan on Facebook. Instead of going to the newsstands, The State News and @thesnews will come to you via tweetfeed and your mobile phone. In some ways we’re smaller; in other ways we’re bigger than ever. No matter what form we take, The State News will be here to keep you in the know.

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