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CORRECTIONS The story “John Floros recognized for ‘outstanding diversity accomplishments’” was published on Feb. 16 with the wrong byline. Amber Kelly wrote the story. If you see something that should be corrected or clarified, call editor-in-chief Jason Tidd at 785-370-6356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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International Planned Parenthood cuts could impact students ALYX KEMP
Threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act and an executive order by President Donald Trump that defunds International Planned Parenthood have caused concern among some Kansas State students. Days after being sworn into office, Trump signed an executive order that limits the funds available to organizations
that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, an organization that also provides non-abortion related services to patients. According to the Planned Parenthood website, the organization works under the Affordable Care Act and provides options that require minimal patient costs for birth control, cancer screenings and other health benefits if the patient is supported by private health insurance. With the loss of fund-
ing due to the executive order, services at the organization may become too costly for women who use the center. The ramifications of the executive order could impact students at college campuses, including K-State, where many students are sexually active. Sexual issues, such as pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, have the potential to affect students. Although Planned Parenthood offers non-abortion
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TRUMP PLANS TO SIGN NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION
After a federal court decision put President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven countries on hold, Trump announced Wednesday he plans to issue a revised executive order by next week, CNN reported. Trump said the new order will be “tailored to what I consider a very bad decision,” according to the CNN article. A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit refused to lift the federal judge’s temporary ban on Trump’s original executive order, but one judge on the panel called the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case. Whether that will happen is unclear.
SIX WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS DISMISSED AFTER FAILED FBI BACKGROUND CHECKS
According to The Hill, six White House staffers were dismissed from President Donald Trump’s administration Wednesday. The staffers failed Form SF86, a “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” and were escorted from the building Wednesday.
KANSAS HOUSE APPROVES INCOME TAX RAISE
The Kansas House approved a bill Wednesday that would increase personal income taxes, according to the Associated Press. The bill passed through the House with a 76-48 vote, though Gov. Sam Brownback has said he would not sign the bill.
The bill, if passed, is projected to raise $1 billion in two years, and was proposed in efforts to balance Kansas’s budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill today.
MONTH-LONG ABSENCE OF MANHATTAN HIGH MASCOT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
According to the Manhattan Mercury, the Manhattan High School mascot committee elected last month has not met since being elected. Though the committee still plans on giving recommendations regarding the school mascot to the Manhattan-Odgen school board in September, they are still working to set up a time to meet. The last time the committee met was Jan. 18, according to the Mercury’s article.
related services, many K-State students said they were unsure exactly what those were. Taylor Corbitt, freshman in open option, said Planned Parenthood should continue to receive funds for services such as sex education, body image support and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, among others. “I don’t think that (Planned Parenthood) should be defunded, just because people use that, and it’s important to know if
you have an STI or to be able to get birth control,” Corbitt said. Catalina Donnelly-Vazquez, sophomore in mass communications, said she would direct any friends on campus to Planned Parenthood if they asked for guidance with sexual issues. Paloma Roman, junior in mass communications, said services like Planned Parenthood are important for people who do not have a high income. “Given that I don’t have
insurance, I pay for the services based on income because I don’t have a full-time job,” Roman said. Roman said she receives Depo-Provera shots, a form of birth control, but would not be able to afford the shots without the Affordable Care Act. Beyond cuts to the organization’s birth control services, students seeking abortion-related services could lose access to those services at Planned Parenthood.
SGA recommends senate candidates be able to campaign in residence halls RAFAEL GARCIA THE COLLEGIAN
The Kansas State Student Governing Association unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that recommends the Association of Residence Halls allow student government candidates to campaign and distribute materials in the university’s residence halls. The resolution, which will be sent to the Association of Residence Halls, seeks to “make the residence halls more accessible and open to candidates” in hopes that it “would increase voter turnout and civic engagement in public and university elections.” ”The bill allows students who might not be reached as much to be better informed about the people they’re voting for as well as give SGA candidates the chance to promote ourselves to
a wide group of people that we encounter on a day-to-day basis,” said Hannah Markel, freshman in psychology and journalism and mass communications and an SGA intern. “For a lot of interns especially, that’s our primary place to do that. Everything we do, we do at the residence halls.” Currently, residence hall policies prohibit students from campaigning in person or with distributed material within the halls, policies which the resolution states are “unnecessary (and) obsolete.” “It’s a very old policy that hasn’t been updated,” Markel said. “Originally, they were probably in place to keep things under control. The bill would still keep some restrictions on how much and where students can campaign so we’re not being obtrusive to other students that may not want to be spoken to. We just think that the original policy went too far and was too restrictive.”
Markel said leadership at the Association of Residence Halls has expressed support for a change in residence hall policy.
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The senate introduced legislation that will rearrange some of the roles and responsibilities of senate officers to better reflect the actual duties they carry out. The senate heard from representatives of the Collegian Media Group, including Jason Tidd, senior in journalism and editor-in-chief of the Collegian; Kaitie Marolf, senior in journalism and co-editor-in-chief of the Royal Purple; and Emily Lenk, junior in pre-journalism and mass communications and editor-in-chief of Manhappenin’ Magazine. The group presented on their respective publications, which are partially funded by a $395,364 allocation of student privilege fees.
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Women’s basketball looks to rebound against TCU SHELTON BURCH THE COLLEGIAN
The No. 24 Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team will look to end their final regular season road trip with a win Saturday when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs. The Wildcats lost to unranked West Virginia Wednesday night. With just four games remaining in the regular season, including two against top 20 teams, every game against unranked opponents could be vital to Big 12 tournament seeding for the Wildcats. K-State is currently fourth in the Big 12 Conference standings, two games ahead of West Virginia, which is in fifth. If the current standings hold, the two teams will meet in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Championships as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on March 4. The Wildcats can clinch the No. 4 seed by winning three of their last four games, or with two wins and a West Virginia loss in its final four
games. That makes K-State’s game Saturday important, because it is one of only two remaining games the Wildcats play against unranked opponents. The games against ranked teams are No. 19 Oklahoma on Tuesday and No. 8 Texas, which tops the Big 12 standings and has won 19 straight. Beating TCU is the first step to clinching the fourth seed. The Wildcats beat the Horned Frogs 74-53 back on Jan. 18. Senior center Breanna Lewis had 21 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Kindred Wesemann and freshman forward Eternati Willock also hit double-digit scoring, with 18 and 10 points, respectively. K-State will look for strong efforts from all three players in Saturday’s game. In 20 of the Wildcats’ 26 games this season, either Lewis or Wesemann have led the team in scoring. Lewis also tied with junior forward Kaylee Page for the lead in another. The Wildcats take on the Horned Frogs at 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Wildcats work to end three-game losing streak SCOTT POPP
It is no secret the Kansas State men’s basketball team is struggling down the home stretch of the season. The Wildcats lost their third game in a row Wednesday night against Iowa State and have lost six of their last seven. K-State will try to reverse that losing trend Saturday when they head to Austin, Texas, to take on Emily Starkey THE COLLEGIAN
Sophomore guard Barry Brown shoots the ball during the basketball game between K-State and KU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6.
the Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats (16-10, 5-8) are coming off a tough loss at home to Iowa State in which the Cyclones led from start to finish. Senior guard Wesley Iwundu said the Wildcats just need to shift their focus to the next game. “It’s all about how we respond to the next game, we’ve got to put this one past us,” Iwundu said. “We didn’t get it, so now we have to go get the next one. We’ve just got to man up and make a run and get some wins, that’s it.” K-State will try to move on to this next game against Texas while still dealing with a few key injuries. Senior forward D.J. Johnson missed the West Virginia game and played only 11 minutes against Iowa State because of an ankle injury. Sophomore guard
Kamau Stokes injured his foot in practice and needed a procedure to play against the Cyclones. He did end up playing for 35 minutes. The Wildcats might be able to lean on sophomore guard Barry Brown against the Longhorns. Brown has struggled recently, but might have put an end to his slump against Iowa State; Brown led the Cats in scoring with 21 points. “I thought he attacked the hoop,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “Like I said earlier, he only had one three. He was more patient and got to the basket. You go 9-of-14, which is a pretty good outing.” Brown and the Wildcats will take on a Texas team that has struggled all season. The Longhorns (10-16, 4-9) are currently in ninth place in the Big 12 and
are coming off a loss to last-place Oklahoma. One positive for the Longhorns heading into the game is their recent success at home. Texas has won three straight at home, including wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech. Brown said that despite going on the road, the Wildcats should be able to win if they play their game. “If we put two halves of K-State basketball together, we should definitely come out with the win, but it’s gonna be tough,” Brown said. “They’re a good team, and they’re at home, but we’ve got to do it.” The Wildcats and Longhorns will tip off at 1 p.m. in the Frank Erwin Center. The game can be seen on the Longhorn Network.
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Wildcat baseball gears up to start the 2017 campaign AVERY OSEN
The Kansas State baseball team will open up the 2017 season this weekend as they travel to Florida for three games against Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Delaware in the Sunshine State Classic. The Wildcats are returning 15 letter winners from last year and have 21 new players on this year’s team. Two of those letter winners are All-Big 12 selections, senior Jake Scudder and sophomore Josh Rolette. Scudder is riding an 11-game hitting streak from last season, after which he also named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Last season, the Wildcats
earned a trip to the Big 12 Championship for the ninth time in the past 10 years. They were were picked eighth in this year’s preseason poll. Their first game of the season will be against the Buckeyes at 11 a.m. on Friday when sophomore Bryce Ward will take the mound for the Wildcats. On Saturday, K-State will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at 10 a.m. The Panthers finished 13th last season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. From last year’s team, Pittsburgh brings back 11 players, but the Wildcats defeated the Panthers in 2015, 7-0, in the only meeting ever between the two teams. Following that game, K-State will face off against
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the Delaware Blue Hens at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Blue Hens finished the 2016 season 32-25 and in a tie for seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Wildcats and Blue Hens have only played one time in their history, which was in 2010. K-State defeated Delaware 11-5. K-State head coach Brad Hill is 9-4 in season openers while at K-State, and the team has won seven of their past eight opening day games. The Wildcats open the season on the road for the 14th straight year. Last season, K-State finished with a record of 26-31 overall and 8-16 in conference play, which was good enough for eighth place.
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Track and field set for final meet before Big 12 championship SCOTT POPP
After three straight road meets, the Wildcats head back home today for Maddie Domnick THE COLLEGIAN
Freshman Lauren Taubert throws shot put at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 20, 2017.
the Steve Miller Open in Ahearn Field House. It will be their final meet before the Big 12 Indoor Championships next weekend. The Wildcats are coming off a successful weekend at two different meets. Part of the team competed in the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the other part competed at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. K-State saw 12 differ-
ent athletes at the two meets set personal bests, including sophomore Shardia Lawrence, who broke a 13-yearold school record in the triple jump on her way to a second place finish. Junior Christoff Bryan won the men’s high jump, which was the only individual title for the Wildcats at the Iowa State Classic. Today’s Steve Miller Open marks the 30th straight season that the Wildcats have hosted a home
meet before the conference championship. “It is a bit of a mixed bag this weekend,” Cliff Rovelto, director of track and field and cross country, said to K-State Sports. “We have some who are attempting to cement their spot on the conference championship team next week, some who are looking to improve on marks attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships and some who are
just competing to remain sharp.” The Wildcats will hope to replicate last year’s Steve Miller Open. K-State recorded 12 first-place finishes in the meet and 17 personal bests. The Wildcats then went on to fare well in the Big 12 Championships a week later. This year’s meet will begin at 4 p.m. with the field events, followed by the running events at 6 p.m.
K-State tennis ‘prepared,’ begins four-meet road trip RYAN PORTER
The Kansas State tennis team is hits the road to Denton, Texas, for two dual meets at Waranch Tennis Complex, starting with North Texas today at 2 p.m., followed by Washington State at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Wildcats just finished a five-game home stand, coming out of it with a 4-1 record. The team now heads on a four-game road trip. Missouri managed to snap K-State’s four-game winning streak last Friday, coming out victorious, 4-2. K-State is no stranger to the two teams they will meet this weekend, after playing both North Texas and Washington State last year in Pullman, Washington, during the same weekend. The Wildcats will look to beat North Texas for the second consecutive year after breezing by the Eagles 6-1 last year. Washington State, however, gave the Wildcats a harder time; K-State fell to the Cougars 5-2. Junior Carolina Costamagna is coming off a victory against Missouri as she continues to hold down the No. 1 spot, looking to pick up her sixth consecutive match victory. However, she will have her hands full. North Texas rallies behind
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Senior Iva Bago prepares to serve at K-State’s match against Missouri at the K-State Recreation Tennis Courts on Feb. 10, 2017. their No. 1 spot and promising young talent, sophomore Maria Kononova. Kononova is coming off an undefeated weekend, being named Conference USA Athlete of the Week after defeating Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki, who is ranked No. 16 nationally. Washington State has been nothing but solid while playing at home so far this season with an undefeated record of 5-0. The Cougars have relied heavily on freshman Guzal Yusupova; however, she was forced to stop competing during their last match against Dartmouth due to a sustained injury.
K-State’s sophomore duo of Millie Stretton and Ana Garcia Navas are coming off their first loss at the No. 2 doubles spot this season. They look to get back on the winning path against a struggling Washington State doubles squad. The Wildcats’ seniors Livia Cirnu and Palma Juhasz are determined to pick up victories to keep their successful season going. K-State will continue their road trip to Chicago to take on the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul the following weekend.
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RAFAEL GARCIA THE COLLEGIAN
It takes a lot of supplies to keep an institution as large as Kansas State running day-today. Some of those supplies, typically the most essential ones, go unnoticed until the moment they are needed. The university’s Custodial Services in the Division of Facilities keeps tabs on all of the supplies needed by over 75 of academic buildings on campus, which “contain almost 2.5 million square feet of floor space ... made up of classrooms, offices, laboratories, arenas, restrooms, libraries, corridors, theaters, service and delivery areas and mechanical spaces.” According to their website, Custodial Services has over 100 permanent employees as well as several student and temporary employees throughout the year. Custodial supervisors make note of what supplies need to be ordered and relay
that information to the Division of Facilities, which makes weekly supply orders. “The supervisor has to keep watch,” Terri Wyrick, senior administrative assistant for Custodial Services, said in an email interview. “Sometimes there might be a rush on toilet paper, and we might not ever know the cause. Once, when I first started working here, a bunch of toilet paper was being used at one of the complexes. That was right before Halloween. Lots of trees were hung with it that year. Each supervisor keeps so much in stock so we don’t run out. They are to keep two weeks’ worth.” In September 2016, Custodial Services ordered 236 cases of toilet paper, which at 12 rolls per case, amounts to 2,832 rolls for the month. That’s about 94 rolls of toilet paper per day. Wyrick said September’s numbers are typical of the university’s usage of materials. Custodial Services also ordered 267 cases of hand towels,
or 3,204 rolls — about 107 per day. Restroom items ordered in September include 158 batteries for hand towel dispensers and 80 cases of soap. Other custodial items ordered were 100 masks, 176 boxes of gloves, 186 cases of cleaning chemicals, nine bottles of stain remover, six bottles of gum remover and 11 bottles of hardwood floor care chemicals. For classrooms, Custodial Services supplied 120 boxes of chalk, 59 white board erasers and 19 bottles of whiteboard cleaner. Wyrick said the they only supply white chalk for instructor use. Some students and professors said the university should do more to fund supplies, such as dry erase markers. “It’s really bad when I don’t have markers,” Shireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, said. “The ones that are in the classroom, if they’re there, are almost running out of ink.I
write a lot on the board. I have to dip into my own funds to have a constant supply of dry erase board markers.” Wendy Matlock, associate professor of English, said using the white boards help make the ideas she teaches more “concrete.” “The markers make the ideas concrete so we can come back to them,” Matlock said. “You write something on the board, and it’s fixed in a visual way, whereas most of what we do in discussion is auditory. That gives us a focal point.” Kristen Krueger, sophomore in family studies and human services, said the use of chalk and white boards help her understand concepts in class more clearly. “In certain classes, like in Spanish, not knowing how to spell certain words can be bad because they didn’t have markers to write them on the board,” Krueger said. “The university should do more to provide markers for classrooms.”
Celebrities and professional athletes have spoken out or taken action in order to draw attention to specific issues like climate change, civil rights, voting rights and many more. It is safe to assume that their priority in doing so is to increase public awareness and involvement in regard to the issues. But are they actually achieving that goal, or are they just stirring up more trouble? In most circumstances, those on the left will throw their support behind these politically-active celebrities and athletes, praising them for their progressive values, while animosity toward those individuals grows on the right. The issue I see with celebrities and athletes using their platform for political purposes is that rural America, which is overwhelmingly conservative, feels like their wants and needs are being ignored by the “coastal liberal elite.” It’s rather hard to ignore this, as they make a valid point. How is a celebrity who is making tens of millions of dollars a year and rarely ever travels through rural America going to understand anything
about the culture or people? Do they even care what rural America wants? In my personal opinion, I believe that most, if not all of the celebrities and professional athletes who give speeches or take actions to draw attention to an issue, whether it’s political or not, are doing it out of love and concern for the people in this country. Also, let’s not forget that the First Amendment gives everyone the right to free speech, so to say that a certain group of people cannot assert those rights because of their platform in society seems quite erroneous. Nonetheless, I would like to know what others think about the issue of celebrities and professional athletes using their platforms to address societal and political issues in America. Does it seem appropriate for them to do so, or should they just stick to doing their jobs and keep their political opinions to themselves? Send in your thoughts to the Collegian. Caleb Snider is a sophomore in public relations. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@ kstatecollegian.com.
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