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T k Charge! Take Ch ! Ch Challenge ll K-State First Lady and Former Mayor Sneed rally the troops to beat KU.


“New Kids on the Block” Thursday’s K-State Proud event kicked off this year’s campaign to help students.

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Edge Check out page 6 for reviews on ‘The Help’ and ‘The Change-up.’

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A student plays a quick game of chess with Katherine Gentry, sophomore in biochemistry and a member of the K-State Chess Club. The Union Courtyard was filled with a plethora of different clubs and activities from Skydiving Club to the Toastmasters Club.

At the start of every semester the Union Program Council conducts a Expo & Activities Carnival to entertain students as well as help organizations reach out to students. The K-State Student Union was occupied by hundreds of students with interested in getting involved on campus and looking for something entertaining to do. The expo featured several outdoor attractions in addition to exotic, live animals. Photos by Tommy Theis

The Peters Recreation Complex has been going through renovations over the past year to expand the complex. This expansion means more room for working out and better ways to fill students’ exercise needs. The Rec Complex was opened at K-State in 1980. In 1993 the Rec Complex went through its “Phase II” renovations that gave it the current structure, gym floors and carpeting. This year, the Rec Complex has begun a series of upgrades to the 18-year-old renovations to make it a more beneficial complex to its current users. “The new Rec is going to have a more open atmosphere and will allow people the space and equipment to work out however they want,” said Travis Redeker, the assistant director of recreational services. He is very excited about the upcoming changes to the building. Much of the expansion is estimated to be completed by May of 2012. The Rec Complex gets a lot of use from the K-State students. Shelby Houser, junior in apparel and textile, and Kelley Kusnierz, junior in marketing, explained that they go to the Rec Complex to work out four or five times a week. When asked if the expansion project ever gets in the way of their workout Hosuer said, “Not really, it is still pretty easy to get around inside the Rec, but parking can get tough during the busier times.” Houser and Kusnierz said some things they would like to see in the new complex would be more machines and a bigger indoor track. Luke Wiggins, junior in business, and Ethan Reinke, sophomore in mechanical engineering, work out at the Rec Complex almost every day. Wiggins and Reinke said they are still able to get in a good workout with the construction, but it has been an annoyance to have the locker rooms closed. “It is difficult to use the free weights due to the limited space,” Reinke said. Some things Wiggins and Reinke would like to see in the expansions would be more free weights. Wiggins said he would like to see a steam room in the locker rooms. There’s a lot to expect from the expansion of the Rec Complex. The women’s and men’s down stairs locker rooms have already been renovated and are now open. The downstairs racquetball rooms have new floors and walls, and now have energy efficient lighting that will come on only when needed. Redeker said that there is going to be a south entrance that will connect with the Jardine Apartments which will make access easier to students. This entrance is going to have a lounge with televisions, wireless internet and couches. There is going to be a very large stone wildcat statue to welcome guests when they walk in. For the fitness expansions there will be a 39-feet tall rock climbing wall, a 12-feet tall

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Band director makes mark on the field through sound, hard work Don Bolerjack staff writer

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Percussion members practice on Thursday at Memorial Stadium for the upcoming football season.

For many K-State students, when the “Wabash Cannonball” and “Wildcat Victory” are heard, an adrenaline rush runs throughout the Snyder Family Stadium. The excitement of the game and the music, that students all know and connect with, echoes throughout the stadium. But chances are people have never thought about the tremendous amount of work that goes in to making the sights and sounds of a K-State football game happen. Orchestrating the atmosphere of the student section

each game day is the man with the microphone. Frank Tracz is the director and, even more so, is the foundation of the pride of Wildcat land because of his constant work on making the school, athletics and the band the best he can. A professor of music and director of K-State bands, Tracz’s journey to the present began with one goal in mind: to be the first in his family to attend a college institution and become a band director. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio with six brothers and sisters, Tracz said his dream growing up was to attend Ohio State and join their marching band.

“So there was no question about where I was going to school and what I was going to do,” he said. It is easy to construe that Tracz had a determination throughout his life, but it’s not as easy to pinpoint where the determination comes from. At just 8 years old, Tracz’s life took an unexpected turn when his mother passed away, leaving his father to provide for the family. As a steel worker in a factory, money was not easy to acquire, so late nights and long hours were routine. “There was nobody home

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Dean Shackley, with Restoration and Roofing of Kansas City, repairs a limestone cornice leading to the basement of Seaton Hall on Thursday. A variety of construction projects are currently underway across campus.

Continued from page 1 bouldering rock and individual group fitness rooms for spinning and mind-body studies. Also included is a large mat room with punching bags. There will also be personal training and consultation rooms, classrooms and more office space. An outdoor nature trail will be available to run and walk on for those who enjoy working out outside. Also, the eighth-of-a-mile indoor track will be extended 0.3 miles to a fifth-of-a-mile track. This will make running in the heat of the summer or the chill of the winter more tolerable. There will also be a large freeweight room with more weights, machines and new equipment. The current cardio room will be renovated later and used as a place to work out in a more relaxed, quiet environment. Other projects, like the multi-activity-court gym are estimated to be finished the end of the spring 2012 semester. The multi-activity-court gym is going to be the size of three basketball courts and floored with Sports Court, which is flooring for multi-purpose athletic use. The gym is going to give students the opportunity to play indoor sports like roller hockey, tennis and indoor soccer. Alex Speth, a senior in economics, has worked at the Rec Complex for the past five years. “As workers at the Rec, we get a lot of complaints about the construction,” Speth said. “It’s hard to make everyone happy all the time.” With the current high temperatures people are more likely to take their workouts indoors. Therefore, the Rec complex has been getting a lot of use. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this construction process,” Redeker said.

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Wildcats can still beat the Jayhawks in the take charge! Challenge, 6 weeks left in competition Dear Editor, While everyone was taking advantage of the summer to rest up for the start of school, the Take Charge Challenge, takechargekans as. org, against Lawrence and KU soldiered on. And t h e r e ’s

still a chance for every single Wildcat to help us tromp the Jayhawks. The challenge started in Janu-

ary and pits K-State and Manhattan against Lawrence and KU to see which community can save the most energy. Right now we are neck-and-neck with the Jayhawks with six weeks to go. The competition ends Sept. 30. To win bragging rights over the Jayhawks – as

well as a $100,000 community prize – we need each and every Wildcat. To help beat KU, you can: Switch all your light bulbs to compact fluorescents and report the switches at takechargekansas. org. Sign up to have a home energy audit. Any audits scheduled before Sept. 30 earn us points in the competition. Learn more by attending one of the following upcoming events: Acoustic Jam Session and Surprise Night, 7:30 p.m. today, Coffman Commons, next to Hale Library. Take Charge! Campus Ice Cream Social, 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30, Bosco Student Plaza. You’ll get free Call Hall ice cream, a free CFL bulb and the community will get points when you show up to learn how best to save energy and money. If you miss the August ice cream social, a broader community social will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8, City Park Pavilion. Sign up for Westar’s free Do-ItYourself Energy Savings Workshop on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Leadership Studies’ Town Hall. Register through UFM at tinyurl. com/3njfoyo To keep tabs on the standings or find out more about how to take charge, go to or email takechargemanhattan@ If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of us. Let’s show the Jayhawks that the Wildcats know how to come together to win when it counts. Spread the word. Go ‘cats and beat KU.

As many people know, among the many expansions Manhattan is undergoing includes the Chester E. Peters Recreation Center. Though people may be anxiously waiting for its completion, like any other building going under renovations, the process takes time. It’s understandable that students around campus are frustrated with the many delays the Rec has had regarding it’s finishing date, but now that there has been given an estimated completion date of May 2012, hopefully people will be more patient. The amount of time and work that has gone into the renovations I’m sure have been tough, but so long as the construction does not get too much in the way of the working out experience, the outlook of the new renovations should remain positive. The cool new amenities that will come along with the expansion, including a rock-climbing wall, will be the first of its kind here at K-State. That said, it should be well worth the wait.

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College important for growth Tyler Brown

So here we are, the beginning of a new school year in Manhattan. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably either been attending classes here or this is your first year. College is a place where everybody is supposed to help you learn, grow and become the adult you were always meant to be; however, what if there are people on campus that don’t really care to help you grow as a person? What if all they care about is furthering their own beliefs through you and your peers? The sad thing is that those questions aren’t really ‘what ifs’ as much as they are facts. And the sad thing about that fact is that we all unknowingly contribute to it out of need. The need I speak of isn’t something essential for one’s physical health, but rather a need for stability and being able to feel at home. We’re raised in a myriad of different ways, having to do with religion, life-

style, sexual orientation or general worldviews. When we leave home and come to a new place, of course we’re going to seek out people or groups that have similar views; we’re seeking out people that we can readily associate with. With this need we all exhibit, at least upon our first arrival to this new place, the groups we seek out may be of comfort at the beginning, but soon they may rear their ugly heads. A young man I know was attending a gathering of a religious group here on campus in his first year. Sure, their message started out simple enough, about faith, etc. It was when he heard their message was becoming more about directing than guiding that he had a problem with their methods. What were they saying? Their message was simple: Don’t date. Now, I don’t know about you, but when it comes to life experience, I like to believe that a hands-on approach works better; we all need to experience things for ourselves to learn. Ultimately, your actions (dating or otherwise) are your own and you’re free to take any advice given, but following blindly is not healthy. A peer or mentor who tells

you what to do and what not to do and expects you to follow along without thinking cannot have your best interests in mind. You see, there isn’t a problem when your peers are guiding you through all available options; the problem comes up when they don’t consider other choices and only direct you toward what they think is best. A good mentor is somebody that helps you weigh all of your options and helps stimulate your thoughts as to decide what’s the most appropriate choice for you to make. When you surround yourself with one specific group of people, your view as a whole is bound to go in one direction on most affairs. It’s only when you start to branch out and spend time with people from various backgrounds that you can start to garner a more mature, varied view on the world around you. Although a group you join may seem on your side, you’d do better to hold them at an arm’s length so your brain has room to breathe. Tyler Brown is a senior in English. Please send all comments to

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New department head: looks forward to contributing on day one Andy Rao staff writer As the fall 2011 semester kicks off and classes are in full session, many returning students and faculty look forward to another successful semester. New faces also line the crowd on campus, as freshmen students and new staff weave their way through their first week at K-State. Perhaps one of the more notable newcomers, however, is Jeannie Sneed who is joining K-State as the new head of the department of hospitality management and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology. Formerly a food safety specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sneed has extensive experience with enforcing food safety and has conducted influential research on food services safety, as well as child nutrition. Sneed spoke of her passion in food safety and nutrition and recounted that her interest in the area began as a young student working

on her doctoral degree at Ohio State University. “As a young Ph.D. student, I began developing a passion for children and their nutrition,” Sneed said. “In America, we do have nutrition and obesity problems and I want to be able to run programs designed for children’s nutrition and food safety to the best of my abilities.” Sneed said that although children’s nutrition and food safety are her main areas of expertise, the nutritional choices that college students often make are disconcerting as well. “A lot of times, the decisions that you make early in life cultivate habits that are extremely difficult to break. But it is never too late to change and do what is best for you,” Sneed said. According to Sneed, the biggest problem facing the children’s nutrition industry is parental guidance in their children’s diet, a challenge that dieticians have been struggling with for years. Sneed also spoke about the upcoming transition in her career. Al-

though working for the USDA was a very beneficial experience, Sneed felt that as the head of the department of hospitality management and dietetics, she will be provided with

“ I look forward to coming in on day one and contributing to the continued excellence that the University has experienced.” Jeannie Sneed head of department of hospitality management and dietetics new experiences from an established food safety program. “I’m very excited to be working with the students and staff at Kansas State and I am especially looking forward to being a part of such an esteemed program,” said Sneed. Much of the leading research

done in the area of food safety and children’s nutrition has been conducted at K-State, and, according to Sneed, this was one of the many reasons that she chose to join K-State’s faculty. “K-State has had a long-standing reputation of success in the area of food safety and nutrition; in fact, many of the textbooks and various pieces of research in food safety have been produced at the hands of K-State grads and faculty,” Sneed said. “I look forward to coming in on day one and contributing to the continued excellence that the university has experienced.” Sneed recognized that as a leader who is new to the college, she has several challenges to tackle. One of those challenges, she said, was learning how to introduce new ideas and visions without taking away from the tradition of success that the KState food safety program has experienced in the past. “I know for a fact that I will not come into town to tear down an established program,” Sneed said. “Any

changes or new initiatives that are enacted will be a result of collaborative effort and deliberate decision making on the part of our entire staff.” Although she is not due to officially start her position until Oct. 1, Sneed said she is looking forward to starting her new occupation and has already made living arrangements in anticipation of her move to Manhattan. “One of the things that stood out to me about the city of Manhattan was the people,” Sneed said. “The people and the town are welcoming and all of the K-State graduates that I have ever talked to have this sort of fierce loyalty toward their alma mater and the town.” Sneed said the characteristics of the campus caught her attention. “K-State is a unique campus. The friendliness, the academic excellence and the longstanding tradition of success really make it stand out from many other institutions, and I’m honored to be able to soon be a part of the family.”

K-State Proud, UPC bring music, fun to plaza Karen Ingram coverage editor The K-State Proud campaign hosted a “New Kids on the Block” party, featuring music, free popcorn, water and more to students as they enjoyed exotic animals and games in Bosco Student Plaza on Thursday night. K-State Proud had a booth offering refreshments and other free gifts to students, providing information about their organization and encouraging new students to sign up as volunteers. K-State Proud was created six years ago as an organization by students to help students. The campaign raises money through events, such as T-shirt sales, to provide Student Opportunity Awards to help students who need extra help with things such as textbook costs. Last year’s campaign raised more than $117,000 and they have raised more than $450,000 since its inception. “I’m excited for the year to get started and to help as many K-Staters as possible,” said Rachel King, junior in political science and K-State Proud co-chair. “It’s all about the K-State family.” King is intimately familiar

with K-State Proud’s focus on the heart of this campus,” said family and togetherness. Her Jared Rogers, sophomore in brother Matthew, who gradu- architectural engineering and ated in 2007 with a degree member of K-State Proud. in political science, was one Rogers, a native of Manhattan, of K-State Proud’s founders. was aware of the campaign King was inspired to join K- before coming to K-State and State Proud made a her freshpoint of man year and joining continue the “I believe K-State Proud is the camtradition of the heart of this campus.” paign in helping her his freshfellow stuman year. dents. The Jared Rogers R o g e r s efforts of Ksophomore, said herself and architectural engineering S t a t e her fellow P r o u d volunteers has paid off, she struck him as a worthwhile said, because many incoming cause because of the impact freshmen are already aware of it had in helping to retain stuthe campaign and news of it dents who might otherwise has spread on the Internet. struggle with school. “I never saw so many KMaintaining student morale State Proud shirts before,” is an important part of many King said. The first day of organizations on campus. classes, she said she saw many The Union Program Council students wearing K-State also had many free activities Proud shirts from previous available for students, includfundraising events. She has ing a rock climbing wall, an also seen people in towns out- inflatable obstacle course and side of Manhattan wearing the a booth where free postcards shirts. Recently, a YouTube were provided to students to video caught the eye of an write a note home to their anonymous donor who had families. no affiliation with K-State but Cassandra Smith, enterwanted to contribute to the tainment committee co-chair campaign. for UPC and senior in biol“I believe K-State Proud is ogy, said she loved planning

events. It wasn’t something she had much experience with before joining the UPC two years ago, but she liked seeing the students enjoy the events they put on. “The exotic animals have been very popular,” Smith said, adding that she was afraid of snakes. “That’s why I stay far away.” Many students crowded around the exotic animal exhibit provided by and some even handled the animals. Yashira Coles, junior in elementary education, asked one of the handlers if she could pose with the monkey and it climbed onto her shoulder while her friends took pictures. “It was a little stressed, so I was like ‘oh my God, it’s going to bite my ear,’” Coles said. But the monkey returned to the handler without incident and Coles decided to pose with the python next. Coles said she enjoys the events the UPC puts on for students, especially “random things” that surprise her, like the rock climbing wall. Coles tried to encourage one of her friends to try it, but she declined. “I probably will by the end of the day,” Coles said.

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SWITCH-A-ROO The ‘Change-Up’ offers predictable story line, some laughs “The Change-Up” ★★★✩✩

Movie review by Kelsey Castanon

In a movie outlandishly similar to “Freaky Friday,” “The ChangeUp” surrounds two polar opposite men, desperate for one another’s lives. Though many of the crude and vulgar jokes generated laughs in the theater, the off-balance and predictable script did not bring much else to the table. The story surrounds Dave, played by Jason Bateman, who lives the life of a doting father and husband with an incredible job as a lawyer. Dave has worked all his life to succeed in his career, whereas his best buddy, Mitch, played by Ryan Reynolds, remains an out-of-work actor with a knack for never finishing anything he starts. It’s an all-too-predictable scenario: successful family man misses having down time and hook-ups with random women, while stoner friend wishes for stability and family. It’s a popular case of married man versus single man. What is supposed to be the twist in the story is that these two men will finally get their wishes granted. The switch occurs while drunk, when both Dave and Mitch urinate into a random park fountain and wished to trade places. Lights go out, dramatic music followed, and the next day, they wake up — gasp — as their counterpart. Now they are faced with the stresses of a different life. Both Dave and Mitch are extremely different in their personalities, one being responsible and the other like a college-aged man. As they struggled to adjust to this new reality, I often found myself squirming in my seat over the many uncomfortable situations they each faced being each other. When both men decide to tell Dave’s wife, played by the hilarious Leslie Mann, they get a normal reaction: disbelief. So instead of pursuing the act of convincing her, they decide to temporarily live their lives switched, hesitant but willing to take on all roles of the

other, whether that be sleeping with other women, or going to their separate job meetings or auditions, etc. What brought the movie its character is how each man grows after the initial switch. The men at first struggle to deal with the stresses of a different life, but soon adjust to the upsides. For example, Dave finally has his long-awaited free time, while Mitch works hard at the law firm to close a deal in order to prove to himself he can finish something he had started. Also at play is the romance between Dave, in Mitch’s body, in

which he is finally able to date his office crush Sabrina, played by the beautiful Olivia Wilde. It’s a “Freaky Friday” meets “Hall Pass” type of movie, I’ll say that much. I will admit that it was, at times, fun to watch Bateman and Reynolds play such different parts in the same movie. You get to truly see their abilities as actors to portray two separate roles in the film. Both actors do a nice job of portraying one another by displaying random acts of each other’s mannerisms. Even Mann does a great job bringing a different type of hilarity to the movie by playing the

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role of a stressed mother with little shame. But the script seems to lack that “oomph” that would separate it from other comedies in the same category. But that’s not to say the film isn’t entertaining; the different job difficulties, raunchy language, nudity and Mann’s naked trip to the toilet all lead to an entertaining time. However the prolonged journey of this unsurprising turnout creates a serious lack of depth to the storyline. So while the flick offers a few good laughs, the movie could be a hit or miss, depending on the audience. The raw language

and amount of naked women indicates the predicted target audience would be men, and if you’re looking for an entertaining film with an adult-type storyline, this comedy will not disappoint. Just don’t bring your younger siblings or family members to the show. “The Change-Up” wasn’t a movie that was difficult to watch; however, it’s one I can’t decide if I’ll see again. When the final line played, “Is it bad I miss your penis?” I think I knew this would be a movie I’d recommend waiting to watch until its DVD release.

'The Help' gives look into segregation Book, movie adaptation compliment each other “The Help” ★★★★✩

Book review by Brooke Kueser

Kathryn Stockett’s witty and eyeopening novel, “The Help,” has received worldwide recognition and interest from readers since its release in 2009, but this novel’s popularity has skyrocketed due to the mid-August release of the movie. The novel, “The Help,” is a riveting story that dives into issues pertaining to the equality of African Americans during the heat of the civil rights movement. The story is told from the perspectives of three different narrators, whose voices and messages take the reader back in time to the early 1960s. Stockett illustrates what life was like in Jackson, Mich., for African American maids who worked for white families when America was segregated and discrimination was widely accepted. I was prompted to read the book because of the familiarity of the issue of racism and discrimination during the civil rights movement. The originality of the perspectives from maids during this time sparked my interest in this book because the stereotypical “Mammy,” figure was called into question and told from that particular point of

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“Something Wicked This Way Comes” ★★★★★

Movie and Book review by Karen Ingram

Growing up, the Disney movie “Something Wicked This Way Comes” was one of my favorites. It scared the heck out of me every time I watched it and I still find it very enjoyable to this day. It is for this reason I put off reading the novel it is based on for so long. Books, with very little exception, are always better than the movies and I did not want the book to ruin such a wonderful movie. I am pleased to report that was not the case. Disney remained very faithful to Ray Bradbury’s novel and the parts that are different — which I’ll go over in a moment — are true to the spirit of the book and Bradbury’s intentions. Both are wonderful and utterly beautiful for their own reasons. Both follow the story of two young boys in the early 20th century who are best friends and live next door to each other. They are as different as night and day. Will Halloway is fair-haired, thoughtful and quiet while Jim Nightshade is dark, loud and full of adventure and mischief. Both have issues with their father: Will’s is very old

and has trouble relating to his young son while Jim’s is absent. Their lives are turned upside down when a carnival arrives in town and strange, scary things begin happening to the townspeople because of it. Disney added several characters to the film that do not exist in the book — such as the former football star who is an amputee — and beefed up

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Frank Tracz, director of K-State Bands, observes the K-State Marching Band during a practice on the field at Memorial Stadium Thursday. Tracz is known for his attention to detail from the marching band.

BAND | Ohio State alum goes on to direct the Pride of Wildcat Land Continued from page 1 pitching in to do that stuff. You start to do that, that’s your job and that’s just what you do to survive. It’s changed the way you do things; we had to do a lot of stuff ourselves.” Tracz said what pushed him even more to find his own path of success was the hardship that his father faced when he would come home with missing fingers. His father eventually became paralyzed from the waist down. Witnessing something of that magnitude, he said he knew he didn’t want the same future as his father. What

amazed him, though, was that his father wouldn’t quit despite the life-changing accident. He watched as his father still went about his daily life like nothing happened, picking weeds, washing the car and painting rooms, trying to figure out a way to make things work. “That was probably the biggest thing noticing that, and that was giving inspiration to succeed.” Tracz said. Tracz took his learning experiences and applied them to his life. He created his own path. But all paths have bumps in them.

During the Vietnam War, ing band and he remained the draft was instated and there for four years. Eventuthat created an uneasy feeling. ally, he graduated and made Many young men were fearful his journey to the University of being drafted which would of Wisconsin to teach junior cause a rapid high and elemenchange of pace tary music and “I’ll be here in their lives. later, received his till death or “I was wormaster’s degree. retirement.” ried about getShortly after ting drafted,” receiving his Tracz said. Frank Tracz master’s degree, Tracz went director of K-State Bands he moved back on to be the to Cleveland first of his and taught high brothers and sisters to attend school for four years. college, but not just any colAfter receiving his doctorlege: Ohio State. ate at Ohio State, he landed His dream was made into a jobs at both Syracuse Univerreality. He joined the march- sity and Moorhead State as

band director. Tracz was offered a job at K-State, which has been home to him for the past 18 years. “I’ll be here till death or retirement,” Tracz said. K-State, too, has seen a lot of change since Dr. Tracz’s arrival. “I’ve seen this place grow immensely. This is not even close to the same university now as it was when I first got here. The band, it gets bigger, gets better every year. It’s a nice thing because I think it’s improving constantly.” Under his direction, KState was a top five marching band in the country last year.

Tracz’s work ethic is something he said he learned from Ohio State and Wisconsin. Both locations raised the bar on his expectations for the students he teaches now. At K-State, there more than 300 students in the marching band and three concert bands with a variety of ensembles. That has increased dramatically from when Tracz first arrived, when nearly 120 students were in the band. At that time, there was a nationally recognized and championship contending football team at K-State and there needed to be a band with the same stature.

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K-State earns Third-Cycle Certification from NCAA Two minute drill Sean Frye staff writer

It was announced last Friday from President Kirk Schulz that K-State Athletics has received Third-Cycle Certification from the NCAA. The decision was made after a self-study conducted last year by K-State that was submitted to the NCAA upon completion. “NCAA Third-Cycle Certification is an integral part of our goal in becoming a top 50 public research institution,” Schulz said in a press release put out by K-State. This certification, in laymen’s terms, is a written status uphold-

ing the integrity and compliance of the K-State Athletics Department. In a time where numerous major universities such as Ohio State and Miami are under heavy scrutiny by the NCAA, K-State earning this certification is a beacon of light in a tumultuous world of college athletics. “Receiving certification is a confirmation of our goal of becoming a model intercollegiate athletics program and acknowledges that we are conducting our internal processes in accordance with the NCAA’s principles of operation,” Athletic Director John Currie said in the press release.

The study to receive certification began in August 2010, and included over 100 faculty, students, and representatives. Ruth Dyer, senior vice provost, led the process. “I appreciate the time and outstanding work of Dr. Ruth Dyer and Jill Shields, just to name a few, as we examined our processes, celebrated our successes and identified areas for improvement,” Schulz said in the press release. One of the driving forces behind the integrity of K-State Athletics is the graduation rate of the studentathletes. The Wildcats have the No. 1 graduation rate of all Big 12 schools in addition to their on-

field successes, which included being one of only three schools nationally last year to have its football team in a bowl game, its men’s and women’s basketball program in the NCAA tournament, its baseball team make the NCAA tournament, and have both the men’s and women’s track team finish in the top 20. Above all though, this certification shows that K-State is in compliance with the NCAA in all aspects, and that for the most part, the university is safe from any major scandal that has rocked other colleges and dominated the media coverage.

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FOOTBALL: Terrell Owens will hone his acting skills as he awaits an offer from a team. After the 15-year veteran tore his ACL in April, Owens has used the time during the lockout to begin a career in acting by performing on the sitcom “Necessary Roughness.” However, Owens said that he expects to receive calls to play football again once he is healthy enough.


UFC’s Silva shot at redemption in next fight Mark Kern assistant sports editor January 20, 2006. This is the last time Anderson Silva left a match as the loser. His opponent that night? Yushin Okami. Granted, there was some controversy to that fight as Silva was disqualified for an illegal kick. Still, Okami got the victory, and that is all that counts. This Saturday, Silva gets the chance to redeem himself when he faces Okami in the main event at UFC 134. Silva said in an interview

on Aug. 25 with The Well Versed, “One thing I can guarantee you is that I’m going to be well prepared. I’d like to tell all the fans out there and the world, everyone that is buying a pay-per-view, that this is going to be a fight that you don’t wanna miss.” If that was not all of the motivation he needed, he will get even more due to the fact that the fight is going to be taking place in his home country of Brazil. For Okami to have any chance, he will have to make it more of a ground fight. He cannot

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stand up and go punch-for-punch with Silva; no one in the middleweight class can. Look for Okami to give him some trouble early, but in the end, Silva should get his revenge. Though this is the main event, the other matches should be entertaining as well. Luiz Cane takes on Stanislav Nedkov in a light heavyweight match-up. Cane is a veteran while Nedkov is still a rookie. Cane has showed that he can be very dangerous, but he has been inconsistent in his fights. Nedkov is undefeated, but

has not faced anyone on the level of Luiz Cane, so look for Cane to get the victory over Nedkov. The next match up will be Ross Pearson versus. Edson Barboza in a lightweight match up. Pearson is a former ultimate fighter winner with a 4-1 record in the UFC. Barboza has yet to lose and there are some experts that think he could, at some point in his career, become a championship contender. What makes this fight exciting is that they are

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The Tennessee basketball program and head coach Cuonzo Martin were ruled to not have to pay for the improprieties committed by former head coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl received a three-year show-cause penalty, while Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay each received one-year penalties.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin will be spending his time during the NBA lockout in a unique way. Griffin, a long time fan of “Funny or Die,” will be interning for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. During his internship, Griffin will help in video production by writing, shooting, editing and even acting in several videos.


Tyler Dreiling staff writer

I like to think of NFL preseason games as a series of really boring movie trailers before the midnight release of a highly anticipated film. They will get your attention for a minute, you decide if it’s something you want to watch in a month, and you forget. Which is what you should be doing. To put it simply, the exhibition games that are being played this month have as much an impact on the season ahead as Cheesehead sales in Green Bay or liquor sales in Buffalo. In 2007, the Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI after going 1-3 in preseason games. Five months later, Peyton Manning was hoisting the Super Bowl MVP trophy. The 2004 Patriots did the same thing. These aren’t the only examples of a lousy trailer leading to a blockbuster. Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs went 10-6 and won the AFC West for the first time in seven years after a 1-3 exhibition campaign. How a team does in the preseason does not matter. That’s all there is to it. The average starter will play about a quarter of each game. After that, the second string plays for another quarter or two, and by the time the two-minute warning hits in the fourth quarter, even if the game is tied, the only guys on the field are ones desperately trying to make the team as a practice squad participant. Will Ferrell had a bigger role on the Flint Tropics than these guys do on their teams.

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K-State professor helps research HELP | Three voices, one story efforts for lung cancer treatment Continued from page 6

Tamura compares spray form of therapy to breathing K-State’s Masaaki Tamura, associate professor of anatomy and physiology, started researching lung cancer six years ago and has been working to find a safe, more effective treatment for lung cancer patients. Tamura and his colleagues are working with a peptide nanoparticle gene therapy. This therapy uses therapeutic genes to target diseases and help cure them. At some point during this year more than a million people will be told they have cancer and an additional 500,000 will die from the disease in the United States according to CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Allison Cushing, a junior in family studies, said, “I didn’t know that K-state did this kind of research. I think it’s really great because my grandmother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.” Tamura compares the therapy to breathing. He said if you consume or breathe any bacteria into your chest cavity, your immune system, assuming it’s strong, will destroy the bacteria. The therapy is currently in the form of a spray and is sprayed into the throat. “If we put the therapeutic gene through the trachea, it will spread out through the lungs,” Tamura said. The therapy has been

successful on mice, but has yet been tested on a human being. He has sent a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test his therapy on humans. In order to do so his team must find a way to revise this formula into a drug. They have yet been able to complete this revision, but are working on doing so. “Hopefully in the future, we can convince them that this is a useful drug and will help cancer patients to be cured,” Tamura said. “If you have lung cancer, you will probably be dead in five years. It’s a serious disease,” Tamura said.

used in this therapy, is working very closely with Tamura on this project. A chemist in Greece is also contributing to this research. Stephanie Jacquez, a senior in pre-medicine said, “Researching cancer is very important to me because two of my family members have died because of cancer, one of pancreas and one of lung. Since Dr. Tamura’s lab works with both cancers, I find myself very fortunate to be a part of his research team.” Jacquez presented Dr. Tamura’s research last spring in the Developing Scholars Symposium.

“Hopefully in the future, we can convince them that [peptide nanoparticle gene therapy] is a useful drug and will help cancer patients to be cured,” Masaaki Tamura associate professor of anatomy and physiology “I think that this could work over a long period of time and trials. Things like that just don’t happen right away,” Cushing said. Tamura’s K-state team consists of professors Deryl Troyer, Mark Weiss, Butch Kukanich and Sherry Fleming as well as graduate and undergraduate assistants. Deepthi Uppalapati, a graduate in physiology said, “”I look up to him (Tamura). He is very enthusiastic and charges up everyone with his innovative and inquisitive ideas.” Cory Berkland, an associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas, generated the peptide nanoparticles

The American Cancer Society reported that lung cancer is the leading cause in death in all cancer patients. “Colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer all combined is about the same as lung cancer. It’s very difficult to cure,” Tamura said. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is responsible for 28 percent of deaths in cancer patients. The probability that a man is likely to get lung cancer is one in 13, while women have a one in 16 chance. “Cancer statistics in the last five years in general have been gradually improving and that’s encouraging,” Tamura said.

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focuses on the battle between good and evil while the book leans more towards stuff like time, mortality and the fears of fatherhood. The film is delicious, gothic-flavored candy while the book reads like sweet poetry in its descriptions, with a little shiver down the spine. I love them both for different reasons and think both deserve five stars.



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UFC | Competitors well matched Continued from page 8 both fighters that would rather throw punches, so this has the potential to be a very entertaining fight that will end in a knockout either way. Antonio Nogueira will take on Brendan Schaub in a heavyweight showdown. For Nogueira, this fight holds importance due to his last fight where he was beaten easily against Cain Velasquez. With Schaub, you have an up-andcoming fighter who has some potential, but is still young. Nogueira could possibly be fighting for his career, and because of this, expect him to

survive a great effort by Schaub and get the victory. In what may be the fight of the night, you have Mauricio Rua taking on Forrest Griffin in a light heavyweight battle. This is a rematch for these two competitors. The first time they fought, Griffin was able to escape with a convincing victory over Rua. This was considered a big upset at the time, as people did not think Griffin could compete with Rua. Both of these fighters are experienced and have been in big fights before, so neither of them will be intimidated by

the big lights. With that being said, look for Rua to get some revenge against Griffin. These should all be interesting fights and it would not be a shock to see them go either way. If you do not want to pay the $49.99 to watch the fights on pay-per-view, Cole Morrison, a senior in criminology, has a suggestion. “When me and my friends go watch the fights, we like to go to Buffalo Wild Wings,” Morrison said. Most of the local bars will air the fights, so students have many options to pick from.

NFL | Preseason can help, hurt teams Continued from page 8 There are only two impacts these games really have. Injuries, which can only hurt a team, is the first. Experience for rookies and new acquisitions is the second. As a result, and as it relates to the 2011 Chiefs, an 0-2 start with two blowout losses doesn’t mean all that much. Actually, KC hasn’t won a preseason road game since 2003.

No need to fret whatsoever. ESPN does everything it can to make the preseason something huge, but besides contract holdouts and free agency, it is just over-blowing everything like it does for the Yankees and Red Sox. The only people they are doing a favor for are the analysts that have been sitting in ESPN’s freezer for six months.

Here’s the good news to all this: it’s almost over. The season, which once looked like it might not happen because of corporate greed, is nearly here. So get your fantasy drafts taken care of, silence your cell phone, make sure you have a large popcorn and Coca-Cola, and enjoy the show. The movie you’ve been waiting to see is about to begin.

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Kansas State Collegian Print Edition 8.26.11  
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