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Engineering Career Fair hosted in upgraded building KAITLYN ALANIS THE COLLEGIAN
Students in the Kansas State College of Engineering dressed their best in hopes of finding careers and internships in their field at the Engineering Career Fair on Feb. 7 and 8. Anne DeLuca, assistant director of the Career Center and chair for the Engineering Career Fair, said she has been planning the career fair for a little over a year, and in total over 100 employers came to talk to K-State engineering students. “Getting to see the students dressed up and meeting those employers is so exciting,” DeLuca said. “I love career fair day because it’s exciting and challenging and it’s really fun to work with the Career Center team, and it’s been fun working with the College of Engineering.” This was the first time the Engineering Career Fair was
hosted in the Engineering Complex, and DeLuca said she hoped more students would attend since it was in their building rather than in the Student Union, as had been done for previous career fairs. Luke Stallbaumer, senior in mechanical engineering, was one of the students talking to potential employers at the career fair. “I didn’t really prepare a whole lot, but in between each interview I had, I tried to research the next company that way I didn’t go into it completely nervous,” Stallbaumer said. “For the first couple ones I was kind of nervous, but after that it became kind of routine, and I’m feeling good.” Some of the employers that students like Stallbaumer had the opportunity to talk to were K-State alumni. These employers could be recognized by the purple powercat on their name tags. Two of these employers
were Meaghan Moore and Brian Moore, both graduates of K-State’s industrial engineering program. The Moores now work for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. as engineering managers. The couple said they are exciting to come back and get to see their department and reconnect with professors and other familiar faces. They were also excited to check out the new engineering building. “It’s fun to see folks who you were once in their spot,” Meaghan said. “You know you were once nervous and walking around and talking to people you don’t know. Now we’re on the other side.” Not much has changed on the other side, though, Brian said. “Now we’re here nervous and standing in one spot,” Brian said. “It does make me miss college.”
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Students participate in the Engineering Career Fair in Engineering Hall on Feb. 8.
Phishing scams compromise 367 K-State accounts in first 6 weeks of 2017 KAITLYN ALANIS THE COLLEGIAN
Accounts compromised in January 2016
Accounts compromised in January 2017
Total Accounts compromised as of February 7, 2017
When it doubt, don’t give it out. If students only remember one thing about phishing scams, that is what Rebecca Gould, director of the Information Technology Assistant Center (iTAC), wishes they would remember. “Scammers are getting more sophisticated,” Gould said. “The scams sent out have the look and feel of a real email, and people are responding.” According to the K-State IT Help Desk, there were 313 compromised accounts connected to people at K-State in January 2017, compared to only 9 compromised accounts in January 2016. As of Feb. 7, 54 accounts
of K-State individuals have been compromised in just the first week of February. “A compromised account means someone has shared their info inappropriately,” Gould said. “It can be through phone or over email.” The 367 compromised accounts connected to K-State mean 367 individuals shared their K-State eID and password with scammers.
“Too many of these breaches mean K-State could lose access permanently to valuable electronic research,” the release states. Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries, said in the statement that iTAC will never ask for passwords in an email. “We have to be diligent to avoid falling prey to these phishing scams,” Goetsch said.
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In a K-State Today update sent to all students on Feb. 6, students were told K-State and other universities are being targeted by scammers to capture student credentials in order to illegally obtain access to licensed and copyrighted material from libraries’ electronic resources.
In order to reduce the number of accounts compromised, Gould said iTAC is working to ensure there is less risk to students, faculty and staff of K-State. “We’re fine-tuning the email rules that allow emails to go through our filtering system,” Gould said. “If they get through, we’re evaluating
the process in removing these emails from inboxes.” Gould said since many students do not check their emails daily and may not respond to a phishing email until day three, this would give iTAC time to remove those scams before individuals even had the chance to respond and give out their information. “One of our long-term goals is to make it so it won’t be so easy to access our system,” Gould said.
“Typically the busiest times of the academic semester are when phishers are trying to get information from our students,” Gould said. “Students are tired, they’re thinking of other things, so why not put their credentials into that email? If they look phishy, delete them.”
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News from the President’s Desk: Feb. 9 Hey, Cats! Can you believe we’re already four weeks into the semester? Time flies! We wanted to give everyone some new updates as to what we are currently working on. We were able to travel, along with about 15 other students, to Topeka last week to advocate for student interests in higher education. Our students were paired up with a student from another institution in the state and had the opportunity to meet with individual legislators. In these meetings, affirmative consent laws, concealed carry issues and state funding were discussed. Additionally, the student body presidents had the opportunity to meet with the Senate President Susan Wagle, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, Speaker of the House Ron Ryk-
man, House Minority Leader Jim Ward, and Gov. Brownback to have the same type of conversations. Overall, it was a great opportunity to advocate for topics in which college students are invested and affect citizens of the state of Kansas. We are hopeful that our message was positively received by the legislature and look forward to there being a continued dialogue between students at state universities and the legislature. Additionally, Trenton is chairing the Student Centered Tuition Enhancements Committee this semester. This committee hears from start-up programs on campus and decides to give funds to their proposals. The committee will have the chance to allocate over $700,000 and should finish up the process by the end
of March. We’ve also been having conversations in regards to the Landon Lecture Series. The Landon Lecture Series is a long-standing lecture series that brings notable academics, scholars and public figures to campus. A task force has been created with the goal of engaging in new ways to market these lectures in hopes of increasing awareness and attendance. This group of students, faculty and Landon Lecture administrators will be charged to work on recommendations to increase student attendance at the Landon Lectures. Finally, mark your calendars for Mental Wellness Week! Health and Safety Director Olivia Baalman, along with other campus entities, have planned a week of advocacy and programming, and we look forward
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Sanders and Cruz debate over the ACA was really socialism vs. capitalism CALEB SNIDER
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Bernie Sanders speaks during his rally at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds in Lawrence on March 3, 2016. debate was when Sens. Cruz and Sanders both agreed that private insurance companies should not be making obscene profits off sick people. When speaking about the increasing profits of private insurance companies after the ACA was passed, Cruz said, “I don’t think the federal gov-
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Big 12 men’s basketball: This week’s Power Rankings good, but close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.
7. TCU (17-7, 6-5) (LAST WEEK: 8) (NEXT: AT BAYLOR) TCU dominated Texas at home on Saturday, and then fought off Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Horned Frogs are stringing together some wins, but it will be interesting to see if they can do it against the top teams in the conference.
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The basketball game between K-State and KU took place in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6.
NOTE: These power rankings only reflect games played through Tuesday night.
1. KANSAS (21-3, 9-2) (LAST WEEK: 1) (NEXT: AT TEXAS TECH) Kansas saw its home winning streak snapped on Saturday against Iowa State in overtime, but picked up a nice road win on Monday at a rowdy Bramlage Coliseum. The Jayhawks have a one-game lead in the standings and control their destiny moving forward.
2. BAYLOR (20-3, 7-3) (LAST WEEK: 2) (NEXT: AT OKLAHOMA STATE) Despite being the No. 2 team in the country at the time, Baylor was upset by Kansas State at home on Saturday. The Wildcats played well, but the fact that the Bears were unable to defend the home floor against them was a bit concerning.
3. WEST VIRGINIA (185, 6-4) (LAST WEEK: 3) (NEXT: AT OKLAHOMA)
The Mountaineers were beaten at home by Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cowboys
might be low in the standings, but they are on the rise in the conference. West Virginia needs to be sharp if it hopes to push for a championship.
4. OKLAHOMA STATE (15-8, 4-6) (LAST WEEK: 5) (NEXT: BAYLOR)
Oklahoma State just keeps on winning. The Cowboys have won four straight games since starting 0-6 in conference play. They might not be the fourthbest team in the Big 12, but they are currently the “hot team” in the conference.
5. IOWA STATE (14-9, 6-5) (LAST WEEK: 4) (NEXT: OKLAHOMA)
The Cyclones snatched a huge win at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, which would usually shoot them up in the standings. However, Iowa State followed it up with a loss at Texas on Tuesday, which will go down as a bad loss on their résumé.
6. KANSAS STATE (168, 5-6) (LAST WEEK: 6) (NEXT: AT WEST VIRGINIA)
Facing a tough three-game stretch, K-State pulled off a huge upset at Baylor. The Wildcats competed hard against KU on Monday, but came up three points short. Being competitive is
8. TEXAS TECH (16-8, 4-7) (LAST WEEK: 7) (NEXT: KANSAS)
The Red Raiders nearly stole a win at TCU on Tuesday night, but came up just one point short of the win. Texas Tech has shown some glimpses this year, but a looming game against KU does not stack well in its favor.
9. TEXAS (10-14, 4-7) (LAST WEEK: 9) (NEXT: AT OKLAHOMA STATE) Texas has been a struggling team this year, but it picked up a nice win by holding off Iowa State, one of the better teams in this league. The Longhorns won’t be dancing this year, but can probably stay competitive.
10. OKLAHOMA (8-14, 2-8) (LAST WEEK: 10) (NEXT: WEST VIRGINIA) The struggles continue for the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma has not won a game since Jan. 18, and it does not look like things are going get better any time soon.
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