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College of Human Ecology considers adding student fee KAITLYN ALANIS THE COLLEGIAN
A one-time callback of $465,000 and a base cut of $585,000 has forced the College of Human Ecology to evaluate how it will continue to “provide a transformational education experience” for its students. “There are only three ways universities get money,” John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology, said. “You get it from the state, as a gift or from your students.” While there is not a dean on campus who is not trying to raise more money through private donations and philanthropic gifts, Buckwalter said it is not realistic for anyone to believe this will solve the budget crisis. “To think that we can completely solve our budget problems through private donations, the math just doesn’t work very well,” Buckwater said. “So you either get it from the state or from the students.” Buckwalter said because he is not getting money from the state, he is working to diversify the portfolio of ways the college is bringing in money. Ultimately, though, Buckwalter said it comes down to one thing, “When you don’t get it from the state, you get it from the students.”
CUTTING FABRICS, SUPPLIES AND THE BUDGET
Due to budget cuts, Buckwalter said the college has had no choice but to have larger class sizes, offer fewer class sections and “push pause” on the hiring of vacant positions. “One department is taking all the telephone lines out of the faculty offices, so they’re communicating in different ways,” Buckwalter said. “Some trivial things, but they’re important and every dollar counts.”
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Students walk in and out of Justin Hall, home of the College of Human Ecology, on their way to and from classes. Mallory Wilhite, junior in family studies and human services, said she has noticed she is paying more, but due to the counteracting budget cuts, she is not reaping any of the benefits because of increased tuition and fees. “In one of my classes, my professor was talking about how he can’t even print us out copies anymore,” Wilhite said. “We have to print our own copies because he says it’s ‘cost saving.’” Allyson Woodward, junior in apparel and textiles, said she has seen the budget cuts impact her department drastically, from less supplies in the classroom to a larger list of supplies she and other students are required to purchase on their own. “I have seen a lot of people switch from my major of apparel design to the major of apparel marketing simply because they couldn’t afford buying the fabric and sewing supplies needed to
be a design student,” Woodward said. “I think that it is sad that one of the only reasons students would be switching sides on their major is because of money and budget cuts within our department.” The most frustrating part of that, Woodward said, is that she is paying more for tuition and departmental fees, but feels like she is getting much less out of it.
DESIGNING AN INCREASED FEE
According to K-State Admissions, there is currently an additional $20 per credit hour fee on all courses in the College of Human Ecology. “We’ve got a fee that was implemented and that was really targeted at the students to increase their educational experience and to do things we weren’t able to do before,” Buckwalter said. However, as a result of budget cuts, Buckwalter said the
revenue coming in from the additional fee is being used to backfill advisers. “And so it’s thank goodness we’ve had that money but we’ve had to use it for things that are consistent with the proposal, but things that we also thought were already funded,” Buckwalter said. “We’ve had to do some backfilling.” While working on a sewing project with $300 worth of equipment she was expected to purchase, Diana Meza, junior in apparel and textiles, said she is already struggling to stay afloat due
to having to purchase more and receive less from the college and that it would be hard to imagine paying any more fees. “My parents are struggling, too,” Meza said. “My mom and I just realized how much more we have to pay this semester than we ever did before. I’ve seen a lot of people drop out of our major because of the added fees and all the stuff we have to buy. I don’t want that to happen to me.” Buckwalter said due to budget cuts and the highly possible scenario of increased cuts this next fiscal year, he is already ex-
ploring the option of an additional fee. “As much as I hate the idea of asking for another fee, I think that we’ll probably have to do it in our college,” Buckwalter said. “And I don’t think there’s anyone in the college that wants to do that, but if it’s between having the programs and opportunities for the students and having the faculty that can teach it, or having a fee, then we’re going to choose to have the fee to have these opportunities.” Annabelle Frese, junior in apparel and textiles, said she would be willing to pay more fees if it meant more faculty and staff, more class options and a smaller supply list that students are responsible to pay for. Woodward said if paying a little more means she will see more variety in machines and an increased amount of supplies, then she would be “on board” with an additional fee. “We have less supplies that are for the classroom use and a bigger list every semester of the required supplies needed for our classes and our individual use,” Woodward said. “Our department also has pretty basic sewing and serging machines because of the budget cuts, so we don’t have all the options or get the experience that other fashion schools might have.” Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series analyzing the effects of budget cuts on the colleges at Kansas State and their students. Next week’s story will look at the College of Architecture.
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Student Life meeting connects fire victims with assistance KAITLYN ALANIS THE COLLEGIAN
With an abundance of on-campus and community resources, the Kansas State Office of Student Life hosted a meeting Tuesday in an effort to share those resources with students affected by the Founders Hill apartment fire. “We have more people here to help than there are victims,” Pat Bosco, vice president of student life and dean of students, said at the meeting. “That is the ‘K-State way.’ This doesn’t happen in other communities.” Representatives from the Office of Student Life, the Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Department of Housing and Dining Services, International Scholar Student Services, Counseling Services and the American Red Cross were present to discuss assistance and support programs individually with each of the victims. “We are here to support you and get you settled into your new normal,” Heather Reed, assistant vice president of student life, said. “Hopefully it will be quickly and we’re here to help you do that.” Reed said the Office of Student Life will be “the central hub” for all those in need of assistance. When it comes to finding ei-
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Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, speaks with students affected by the Founders Hill apartment complex fire on Tuesday in Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union. ther short- or long-term housing locations, informing professors of the situation, looking into additional financial assistance or any other help, the office will be able to connect the victims with the right office or person who can assist. “If you need a little leeway, we’re happy to advocate for you,” Reed said. “We have a pretty in-
credible community here, and we’ll be here as long as you need us to be here.” Kelsey Sparrow, a fourthyear veterinary medicine student, said through this traumatic experience she has felt nothing but support from the community. “It’s just really great that there’s been so many people that have reached out to me with any-
thing from a place to stay to the help I need to replace things,” Sparrow said. “It’s really great to have that community feel.” Paul Waters, graduate student in park management conservation, said K-State has been nothing but helpful to him and the other victims of the fire. “Even to find housing last night, there was no questions
asked,” Waters said. “I was in West Hall last night, and they easily just got us in there. They even gave me a meal card since I can’t cook or anything. And financial assistance just told me there is going to be a $2,000 grant I can go pick up, so it’s all going to be a huge help.” The K-State Information Technology Assistance Center
has 30 computers available that victims can check out for the rest of the semester, Career Services has professional clothes in the Career Closet and the American Red Cross offers a service that provides a “flat fee” to any residents who have their names on the lease of an apartment that suffered fire damage. Through Friday, the K-State ID Center will replace student ID cards for any victim who lost his or hers in the fire and the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be waiving all charges on emergency loans. As for academics, the Office of Student Life will help students replace laptops, textbooks and other school supplies. “We want to make sure this has no negative impact academically on you,” Reed said. “It’s a struggle no doubt, but we want to do everything we can to help keep you on the track here at K-State towards your academics and having a successful semester.” To find out more information about any of the services offered, victims are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life. “They’re here for you,” Bosco said. “It’s part of what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself. It’s very important that you know we’re here to support you and you’re not alone.”
Smoking materials possible cause of Manhattan Founders Hill fire JASON TIDD
“Improperly disposed of smoking materials” may have been the cause of Monday’s fire at Founders Hill Apartments, according to a Tuesday afternoon press release from the Manhattan Fire Department. “Improperly disposed of smoking materials were found in the area of origin and could not be ruled out as the cause,” the press release said. Investigators determined
the fire originated in the southwest corner of the building on a second-floor balcony. The building has now been released to the owners, First Management Inc. of Lawrence, Kansas. Aided by a strong wind, the fire swept through the attic and balconies of Building G at the apartment complex at 1401 College Ave. It burned for approximately four hours. Additionally, 41 of the 91 residents of the building are still displaced because of the
The Office of Student Life at Kansas State had an informational meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday for students affected by the fire and needing resources. Student Life said people wanting to help may call the American Red Cross at 844-334-7569. The loss of the building was originally estimated at $2 million, but has now been raised to $3.5 million. Another $500,000 was estimated in loss to contents of the building.
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Building G of Founders Hill Apartments burns while the Manhattan Fire Department fights to put out the blaze on Monday.
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Students unite to create survivor-centered campus VANESSA PETERSON THE COLLEGIAN
Kansas State was faced with a sense of unrest last semester after two rape accusations surfaced and alleged that the university denied responsibility to investigate. After the incident, two K-State students saw the need to ignite change. Emma Barnett, senior in political science, and Allison Thomas, senior in public relations, founded a student-led organization called Wildcats Against Sexual Violence. The goal of this organization is to create an environment on campus that is survivor-centered through policy change, outreach and education. Barnett is the president of Wildcats Against Sexual Violence. “In one of my women’s studies classes, we were tasked with finding a problem on campus and trying to work in tandem with other groups to fix this problem,” she said. Barnett said she saw a problem with the university policy regarding Title IX and decided that change needed to happen. As of right now, the specifics of Title IX have not been clarified by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Education. “It will be interesting to see what happens with the current lawsuits that pertain to K-State not investigating off-campus
assaults,” Barnett said. “Until these lawsuits are finalized, it is up in the air whether the Title IX policy will change or not.” In April, two K-State students filed separate Title IX lawsuits against the university, alleging K-State did not investigate their rapes at off-campus fraternity houses. Since then, K-State has filed to have the cases dismissed, and the Department of Education has four ongoing investigations regarding how K-State handles sexual assault reports. Although the organization is still pushing to change the current policy, Barnett said its focus this year has slightly shifted. She said the end goal is to create a safe environment on campus for sexual assault survivors. The K-State Center for Advocacy, Response and Education provides services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. The current policy surrounding this service requires that every case of sexual assault be reported. This means that advocates for the CARE office are required to report cases that are shared in confidentiality. Maddie Musil, senior in political science, is a member of Wildcats Against Sexual Violence. Musil said she and many other members believe that in order to create a survivor-centered campus, the policy regarding confidentiality needs to change as well. “Currently advocates want
to be confidential, but there is a lot of gray area on this policy,” Musil said. “We are trying to fix that so advocates do not feel like they are breaking their confidentiality.” Barnett said another key element in creating a survivor-centered campus is ongoing education. Currently, the only required education that exists on campus is the annual Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention program. “We know that primary prevention tactics have to be done repeatedly, so it doesn’t just work that everyone’s takes the ASAP program and then they never do anything else again with sexual violence prevention,” Barnett said. The organization is meeting with administration to evaluate current programs and voice their opinions on changes that need to be made. Although Barnett and Thomas are both seniors, they both said they hope their efforts continue until every survivor feels safe on campus. “I just want to see that K-State is doing everything they can be doing to support survivors of sexual assault and right now that is not being done,” Thomas said. Wildcats Against Sexual Violence currently meets in the K-State Student Union every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. You can also follow Wildcats Against Sexual Violence on Facebook to keep up with meetings and events.
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Emma Barnett (right), senior in political science, is the president of Wildcats Against Sexual Assault and Allison Thomas (left), senior in public relations, is the vice president. This newly-founded club looks to bring awareness to sexual violence that occurs on and off campus.
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Men’s lacrosse club prepares for Classic, regular season BRADY BUDKE
The Kansas State men’s lacrosse club has started gearing up for another season of competitive games that will start up in the spring. Riley Curran, junior in political science and president of the club, said the team competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, which holds Division I and Division II schools that do not have NCAA programs. “The competition (in the MCLA) is there but it’s not to the same extent as the NCAA,” Curran said. “Our league, however, is fairly competitive and I believe the competition level is high especially against teams like Missouri and Nebraska.” Growing up in Kansas City, Curran said he knew lacrosse was not a popular sport, yet he started playing his freshman year of high school. “There was a club in Olathe, where I’m from,” Curran said. “My cousin played at Davenport University and he got me into it. I’ve been playing for about seven years now.” On the other hand, Anders Blomquist, senior in psychology and secretary of the lacrosse club, said lacrosse is a well-known sport where he grew up. “I’m from Colorado so I grew up playing it; it’s pretty big out there,” Blomquist said. “I played in high school and found out there was a club team at K-State when I came here.” Sean Morris, senior in criminology and social chair of the lacrosse club, said he also started playing lacrosse at a very early age. “I’m originally from New Jersey, so I started playing la-
crosse when I was in fourth grade,” Morris said. “I moved out to Colorado about eight years ago and kept playing there, and then I came here.” All three players said the skills and physicality required to play the sport can often keep players from excelling. “There’s a lot of hand-eye coordination that goes into it,” Blomquist said. “That is what can hinder people from getting better. It’s just something you have to work at.” Curran said the hardest parts about lacrosse is having to put in the extra time to get better at skills you struggle at and maintaining the physical shape you have to be in. “Catching a pass is only one aspect of the game; you have to put in extra time,” Curran said. “Also having to stay in shape because of the running up and down the field can take it out of you.” Morris said knowing how to run the offense and defense is a hard skill to pick up. “You need to know different slides and different rotations,” Morris said. “You also need to know where to get the ball to, especially if somebody is hot.” Outside of competing, Blomquist said the club does many types of fundraising such as stadium cleanups, T-shirt fundraisers and online stores with lacrosse merchandise. Blomquist also said the club raised enough money a few years ago to bring the Donnie Tillar Memorial Classic back, a tournament the club puts on each fall in honor of the late Donnie Tillar, who served as the club’s first head coach. Blomquist said there is a unique sense of brotherhood that goes along with the team,
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Anders Blonquist, senior in psychology, shoots balls into the goal before a K-State lacrosse practice on Monday at Memorial Stadium. and it has highly impacted him while he’s been at K-State. “When I first came here, I didn’t really know anyone at all,” Blomquist said. “Lacrosse was definitely a great way to meet a lot of friends, and we’ve definitely made some pretty good friends from it.” With already being from Kansas, Curran said he knew a lot of people who were already attending K-State, but the lacrosse club gave him the opportunity to meet new people and become a part of a new brotherhood, one of the most important aspects of the club to him.
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“The chemistry is huge on the team,” Curran said. “I didn’t know all these guys before and now I have a whole new group of friends that I didn’t have in high school.” Morris’ first time in the state of Kansas was during orientation, and he said he was very unsure what to expect coming to K-State. After sitting down with the president of the lacrosse club and going to a team practice, Morris said he quickly fell in love with the lacrosse program. “I had a great bonding time with the guys,” Morris said. “It still continues on and
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Offense, defense look to improve against Texas SCOTT POPP
After a promising showing at home two weeks ago against Texas Tech, Kansas State struggled at Oklahoma on both sides of the ball. Head coach Bill Snyder and company held their weekly press conference yesterday. Here are three things that stood out:
1. K-STATE HAS OWNED TEXAS, ESPECIALLY AT HOME.
K-State has not lost at home to Texas since 2002 and is the only Big 12 team with a winning record against the Longhorns since the league’s inception. “I think it’s just a compliment to how good a program Texas is,” sophomore tight end Dayton Valentine said about the team’s success against Texas. “Luckily we’ve been fortunate enough as a program to get them a few times and hopefully we can continue that and get a win this weekend.” While the Wildcats have been successful against the Longhorns at home, they lost to Texas a year ago on the road and
will have their hands full this year with the Texas offense. The Longhorns average 500 yards of offense and 38.7 points a game. They also boast the Big 12’s top rusher, junior running back D’Onta Foreman.
well for the Wildcats is that their offense has been very good at home. They have put up 63, 35 and 44 points in their three home games. Having said that, none of the previous defenses are up to par with Texas’ defense.
2. THE OFFENSE NEEDS TO GET BETTER.
3. DEFENSE NEEDS TO START BETTER.
The offense executed well at times on Saturday but there were far too many other times where it was awful. It was a weird game through the air for the Wildcats, as junior quarterback Jesse Ertz and senior quarterback Joe Hubener both didn’t play halfbad, but the Wildcats still could not move the ball effectively or consistently through the air. Snyder said passing is the team’s main concern, but finishing plays has also been a major issue. “I think, number one, we have to enhance our passing game,” Snyder said. “Number two, we have to be able to finish plays, which we have not done as consistently as we need to and that means carrying out a play until the whistle blows or to play through the whistle.” One thing that does bode
It is now two straight weeks that the defense has been slow out of the gate. In the Texas Tech game, the defense allowed touchdowns on four out of five of the Red Raiders’ first drives before solidifying in the second half. The same thing happened Saturday against Oklahoma. The Sooners scored on their first three drives and four out of five in the first half. The Wildcats got by against Texas Tech because their offense was rolling, but when the offense struggles like it did against Oklahoma, then the offense is at a deficit the entire second half, which forces it to come from behind. Senior defensive end Jordan Willis said it’s important for the Wildcats to play a complete game. “We have had our ups and
Junior Connie Jaffrey finishes 1st, team finishes 3rd in Greenville SCOTT POPP
The Kansas State women’s golf team recorded its second top-three finish this week at the Greenville Regional Preview in Greenville, North Carolina. The Wildcats finished in third place with a 50-overpar 914. They were led by junior Connie Jaffrey, who took home the individual title with a 3-over-par 219 for the tour-
nament. This was Jaffrey’s second individual title in her career and the 13th individual title in K-State women’s golf history. “Connie played exceptionally well on a very difficult course,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “I am very proud of her and this entire team. A top-three finish in this field is great.” The rest of the Wildcats finished well behind Jaffrey. Sophomore Chloe Weir finished the tournament at
16-over-par 232 and tied for 23rd place. Senior Katherine Gravel-Coursol was one stroke behind Weir at 17-over-par 233 to tie for 26th. Senior Paige Nelson tied for 47th place with a threeround score of 22-over-par 238 and senior Madison Talley tied for 61st at 25-over-par 241 for the tournament. The Wildcats will be back in action this weekend when they head to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Alamo Invitational.
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Head football coach Bill Snyder ponders during the game between Kansas State and Florida Atlantic University in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 17. downs,” Willis said. “We have not had a road win yet. Right now, we are a team that is doing well and then not so well. It is just a matter of putting it all together. I
know (Snyder) has been speaking about this, so it is just a matter of starting the game and finishing the game and doing it all the way throughout.”
Scott Popp is a senior in mass communications. Please send comments to opinion@ kstatecollegian.com.