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Kit Kat giveaway more than a public relations event EMILY MOORE
n light of a Kit Kat that was stolen from Hunter Jobbins, freshman in athletic training, both Kansas State and Hershey Co. had positive experiences with the Kit Kat giveaway on Nov. 3. The planning behind the giveaway held opportunities for both K-State students and Hershey’s. “It all started with a Kit Kat in (Jobbins’) car and we wanted to make sure that the next experience that (Jobbins) had with Kit Kat in his car was a positive one and one that he could really help share with his fellow classmates and students at K-State,” Shilpa Gadho, associate brand manager for Kit Kat, said. In fact, the connection between Kit Kat, Hershey’s and K-State does not start or end with the stolen Kit Kat. J.P. Bilbrey, Hershey’s president, CEO and chairman of the board, is a K-State psychology alum. He returns for visits and events, often sporting his company’s products. “Pat Bosco is one of my fraternity brothers and so if I come back for a football game, he and I will get a whole trunkload of Hershey bars and hand them out to everybody in line for the football game or at a basketball game,” Bilbrey said. “We just try to make it a lot of fun.” Nonetheless, upon first hearing of the stolen Kit Kat, Gadhok said the Kit Kat team was both “amused” and “surprised.” “You don’t hear about
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Hunter Jobbins, freshman in athletic training, grabs a Kit Kat from one of the many boxes that filled his car on Nov. 3. many situations where Kit Kats are the sole reason for a breakin,” Gadhok said. Overall, Gadhok said the experience with Jobbins and K-State was a positive one. “It was definitely a funny event and something that I think was very lighthearted, which (Jobbins) took in that way as well,” Gadhok said. “So it was all positive for us all around and something we real-
ly wanted to act upon and help engage with (Jobbins) and with the students at K-State.” Bilbrey said the genuine lightheartedness of Jobbins’ story is difficult to come by. “It has to have an authenticity to it,” Bilbrey said. “I think people can see that most easily. This is the kind of thing we’re always looking for, but it also is not perfectly common that these kinds of fun things
come around.” Bilbrey also talked about how social media was at the heart of this story and how it has allowed Hershey’s to be able to stay connected with its consumers. “What’s interesting about this, is in this era of digital and social media and things happening in real time, it provides opportunities for us to have really great interactions with con-
sumers and things that are actually happening in their lives,” Bilbrey said. Through the use of social media, the Kit Kat brand team was not only able to reach out to Jobbins, but also develop a specific plan of action. “We ended up coming up with the idea that we would fill his car with Kit Kats and we would basically be there on the ground to help him pass
them out to students and really just engage with his student audience and allow us to also give the students at K-State a well-deserved afternoon break with a Kit Kat,” Gadhok said. Daniel Tirol, senior brand manager for Kit Kat, said the break they provided to students represented what their brand is all about. “The brand is all about lighthearted breaks, and we felt like this was a great opportunity for us to showcase how Kit Kat can give a lighthearted and fun break to do something like (Jobbins) and give him back all the Kit Kats he lost,” Tirol said. In addition to the candy and the break, there was also an opportunity for K-State’s Public Relations Student Society of America students to participate in the execution of the event. Anna Siggers, junior in public relations and photographer at the event, said it gave her experience and insight for what she hopes her future career in public relations will be like. “It was definitely a spur-ofthe-moment opportunity and sometimes you just have to take a risk and go with it,” Siggers said. Siggers said because of the risk she took, she was able to get experience in her field and use the photos she took to commemorate the event.
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Results of the election, an emotional rollercoaster MEGAN FISH
ear. Glee. Sorrow. Happiness. Uncertainty. These are just some of the many emotions running through Americans’ heads when President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 election. “I think that the reaction to this election has been much stronger than anything I’ve ever seen,” Brianne Heidbreder, professor of political science, said. Most polls predicted that Hillary Clinton was going to win the election. Yet, the election results only slightly reflect that, as Clinton ended up winning the popular vote by about 2 million votes. Heidbreder said that error from pollsters could have come from not being able to reach out enough to voters in states, the low turnout of Democrats at the polls or how Trump did so well with white voters. According to Heidbreder, political scientists say the country is the most polarized it has ever been in history. There were many difference perspectives coming from around America on Nov. 8. Katie Leonard, junior in biochemistry, said she did not have a very fun election night. “I thought it was going to be fun and a historical night, but it turned into being just terrible,” Leonard said. On the other hand, there were people who had a completely different response to the results. Keith Koetting, president of North Texas Sales and Distribution, said he was ecstatic when he found out the results. “I am excited for a
pro-business and pro-jobs president,” Koetting said. Emily Schneider, junior in industrial engineering, said she was surprised by the result because most sources had projected Clinton as the winner, but she was happy Trump won. “I wasn’t bouncing off the walls excited, but I was definitely happier,” Schneider said. Schneider said she did not notice any difference in the atmosphere at K-State after Election Day, since she was so consumed by schoolwork. She also said she believes the College of Engineering is more conservative than the other colleges on campus. In contrast, Heidbreder said she could see the immediate effects of the election results in her classes and her colleagues on Nov. 9. “I definitely saw a lot of pale, shell-shocked faces among students and faculty,” Heidbreder said. Leonard said she ended up not even going to class that day. “I was just so upset and wanted to watch (Clinton’s) concession speech,” Leonard said. Lots of minority groups were scared when they found out about the results, Heidbreder said. One of the reasons minority groups are so scared is because they cannot hide their differences and Trump’s rhetoric was so strong during the election, Heidbreder said. There were reports of hate crimes going up after the election, according to CNN. Heidbreder also said the country is in a “whole new territory” because the U.S. has always had a president who had either political or military experience. Trump
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks about immigration policy during a speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona on Aug. 31. will be the first to have neither type of experience. As shown on the president-elect’s interview on “60 Minutes,” Trump has already seemingly gone back on some of his promises on the campaign, like keeping the pre-existing conditions of the Affordable Health Care Act and not building a wall along the Mexico-American border. “He’s trying to be more practical in what could be accomplished versus what he wants to do,” Heidbreder said.
Koetting said he interprets the wall more as a metaphor for stricter and more practical border control. Schneider said she is hoping there will be more room for compromise with not only Congress but the American people to make the transition smoother for everyone. Leonard, on the other hand, said she is still not looking forward to some of the proposals Trump is bringing to the table. “I do not want to get kicked off my parent’s health
care before I can afford my own and keep my reproductive rights,” Leonard said. “That’s just personally. There’s stuff that’s 10 times worse that will affect other people.” According to Heidbreder, there is the possibility of having lots of conflict of interests, including having his businesses benefitting from government contracts and the possibility of giving his children security clearance to see government documents. On the other hand, Koet-
ting said that no matter what, he will give preference to his businesses. “I’m more worried for what he will do for the country,” Koetting said. Heidbreder said since there is so much polarization in Congress, we will still see conflict in government. “There might be conflict within the Republican party and in the Democratic party being the vocal minority,” Heidbreder said. “I’m not optimistic in the cooperation of government.”
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Myers alleges errors in Title IX media reporting, K-State refuses to elaborate JASON TIDD
Kansas State administration released a statement Wednesday accusing the media of inaccuracies in their reporting of the university’s sexual assault policies but then refused to say what the inaccuracies were when the Collegian asked for specifics. The statement came two days after a former student joined one of two existing Title IX lawsuits against the university. Crystal Stroup alleged in the lawsuit that the university’s policy of not investigating off-campus rape at fraternity houses resulted in the university not removing another student’s assaulter from campus, which could have prevented the assault on Stroup by the same person. In the statement, President Gen. Richard Myers said, “Some of the media claims being made recently are inac-
curate, and we want to clear up any misinformation about our policies.” The Collegian called the president’s office to ask him to elaborate on what claims were inaccurate and what the correct information is. Neither Myers nor anyone in his office returned the call. After the reporter went to the president’s office, an assistant referred him to the Division of Communications and Marketing. Steve Logback, associate vice president of communications and marketing, said he would not go into specifics when asked about Myers’ quote. “If you could look back at that first paragraph (of the press release) — and again there has been a lot of different media accounts of this — but take a look at that first paragraph, I mean I can tell you that we’re not going to have any additional comment,” Logback said. The last sentence of the first paragraph says, “Blanket statements that K-State does not investigate incidents that
happen off campus are simply not true.” The lawsuit by Stroup and Sara Weckhorst, senior in social work, contradicts K-State’s statement. “K-State refused to investigate (Weckhorst’s rape) because the assaults took place ‘off campus,’” the lawsuit states. The federal government filed a “statement of interest” in the case in July, which was signed by several government attorneys. It states K-State had a “Title IX duty to investigate,” even though the assault took place at a fraternity house located off campus. When asked if K-State’s statement is consistent with the K-State policy and if the university does in fact investigate off-campus incidents, Logback said the university will not comment. “We are not going to have any comment on that,” Logback said. “We’re going to let that play out through the (courts). That’s been our policy here at K-State, is things of a le-
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President Gen. Richard Myers and K-State administration refuse to comment any further after releasing a statement Wednesday criticizing media reporting on the ongoing Title IX lawsuits. gal nature and something that’s pending litigation, we don’t provide comments specifically on any of that.” He did, however, say the answers will become available through court proceedings. “I think a lot of the answers of which you’re referring to, I believe it will be answered in those court proceedings, which will all be publicly available,” Logback said. Logback was asked if My-
ers, Pat Bosco, vice president of student life and dean of students, and Scott Jones, acting Title IX coordinator and director of the Office of Institutional Equity, would be permitted to speak to the Collegian and answer questions. “Not regarding the lawsuits,” Logback said. He said they could possibly answer questions about K-State policies, but not if they are related to the lawsuits. That in-
cludes the university policies on the requirements for an investigation to be initiated. “I hope you understand that when things are pending in a legal nature, we’re just not able to provide comment on that,” Logback said. “But if there are other policy issues that aren’t related back to the lawsuits — again, I would have to see the questions — but I wouldn’t say that may not be a possibility.”
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Hot shooting leads K-State men’s basketball to victory against Green Bay SCOTT POPP
Kansas State led Green Bay for all but 52 seconds of Wednesday night’s contest. It was just that type of game. The Wildcats played well from start to finish in the 80-61 victory in Bramlage Coliseum.
While the game was sloppy at times, it didn’t matter because the Wildcats shot the ball well all night. K-State shot about 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from the threepoint land. Sophomore guard Barry Brown led the Cats with 18 points but K-State was still very balanced. The Cats shared the ball very well, as they accrued 20 assists which contributed to having four Wildcats finish in double figures. Freshman forward Xavier Sneed bounced
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Sophomore guard Barry Brown dribbles the ball during the K-State basketball game against Green Bay in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night.
back well after a disappointing showing against Maryland. Sneed finished with 14 points, six of them coming from behind the arc.
Defensively the Wildcats played well but Green Bay didn’t put up much of a fight. The ability the Phoenix had to shoot the ball was evident, as they shot just over 35 percent from the field and about a measly 26 percent from behind the arc. K-State also did well to limit any second-chance points for the Phoenix. Green Bay was led in scoring by senior guard Tanner Botz, who finished with 11 points.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: BARRY BROWN
Like many of K-State’s games this season, the offense has played well when Brown is playing well. He scored 18 points and was 2-for-3 from
behind the arc. Brown has now scored in double digits in every game this season and could very well be this team’s leading scorer throughout the season.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I feel like it’s easy for us because we have a lot of motivation, a lot of determination ... (we) know that we’ll be beaten if we don’t come out and play and execute and do our thing throughout the game.” -Barry Brown on if it was easier or harder to get motivated after the tough loss to Maryland.
The Wildcats will next head to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on the St. Louis Billikens on Saturday. It will be a homecoming for senior forward D.J. Johnson and Sneed who are both St. Louis natives.
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Graduate student creates human obesity research through rat study SHELBY OSTERHAUS THE COLLEGIAN
atherine Hill, graduate student in psychology at Kansas State, received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her research and was one of an elite group to represent the university in speaking to the Kansas Legislature about her research. “Catherine receiving the NSF Fellowship to support the work means that she no longer needs to find funding for her stipend,” Kimberly Kirkpatrick, professor in psychological sciences and Hill’s research professor, said. Hill said she is researching the measuring maladaptive behaviors, such as obesity, through impulsive choices in rats. Through the study of rats, Hill said she plans to discover impulsive choices in what the rats are fed, how much and at what times. “I want to determine how high-fat diets and high-sug-
ar diets influence impulsive choice behavior,” Hill said. “By gaining a better understanding of how diet influences impulsive choice behavior, we can develop interventions to improve impulsive choice. These interventions could be used in weight-loss treatment programs to improve weightloss success.” Hill said she is able to distinguish easily between if making impulsive decisions are based on the diets of rats, whether that be a healthy diet or a high-fat diet. “We have found out rats that are fed unhealthy choices make more impulsive choices,” Hill said. “Throughout this process we discovered that diets change brain behavior which changes in obesity.” Jesseca Pirkle, junior in biology and Hill’s research partner, said Hill developed the first model for diet-induced impulsivity. “Many obesity studies solely focus on intake, BMI and addiction, which a lot
of them are interesting, however, interventions to cure obesity with studies such as those are hard to develop,” Pirkle said. “However, Catherine has begun touching into this idea that obesity is due to impulsive choice or their inability to wait for larger reward, which makes them eat smaller portions of food more frequently.” Hill’s project looked at the impulsive choice of rats, to see how long of a delay it took certain rats to choose better food, Pirkle said. “I focus on the willingness to wait for a larger award,” Hill said. “Such as saying if you have a human choosing between one marshmallow now or waiting to get two marshmallows later.” Kirkpatrick said Hill is looking to advance her research so she can start applying her results to humans. “The next step in this research is to develop behavioral issues and apply them to an obesity program,” Hill said. “In my mind I see a nutrition
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and exercise plan to help improve better choices.” Pirkle said she couldn’t agree more with Hill’s plans. “We haven’t found an intervention for obesity specifically, but our lab has developed successful interventions for rodents who are more impulsive,” Pirkle said. “Now, I am not saying that we have found a cure to obesity by any means, there are just endless possibilities in this field.” Hill said she began this research because she knew how important impulsive choices are and how much it can be applied to obesity problems. “It excites me the things that I can do cannot just be applied to a special population, but to anyone,” Hill said.
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