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K-STATE @ TCU

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Wildcats ready to close out season against TCU, hope for win No. 8 SCOTT POPP

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At the beginning of the season, Big 12 media predicted the Kansas State football team would finish in eighth place at season’s end. On Saturday, the Wildcats will play their final Big 12 contest against TCU and will finish no worse than in a tie for fourth place. It hasn’t been one of head coach Bill Snyder’s prettiest seasons by any stretch, but the Wildcats have a chance to win eight games and were very close to having two more wins than that after fourth quarter collapses against George Walker | THE COLLEGIAN

Junior quarterback Jesse Ertz runs the ball during the football game between K-State and KU in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 26.

West Virginia and Oklahoma State. Snyder said this team has benefitted from steady improvement throughout the season. “It is about possessing the commitment to reach the highest capabilities that you have and improve toward that end as an individual, day in and day out,” Snyder said. “When you do that, then collectively you are going to make some progress. I think that whatever progress we have made in the last half of the season is a product of that.” Heading into the TCU game Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, K-State will rely on redshirt freshman running back Alex Barnes and the running game. The Wildcats’ calling card this season has been the running game as they have rushed for 200 yards in five consecutive games and Barnes has been a big part of it. “I have seen all of those plays where (Barnes) dives at the pylon,”

Snyder said. “And that goes with the territory, but what impresses me is he gets hit again and again and stays on his feet and pushes the pile. He gets those extra two, three and four yards on snaps that a lot of guys will go down at that time. He makes a big difference.” The struggles in the passing game have led to the increased focus on rushing the ball. The Wildcats and junior quarterback Jesse Ertz have just not been able to consistently move the ball through the air. “It took time on the job for (Ertz), and I think he has made that improvement during a period of time,” Snyder said about why K-State has struggled to throw. “Sometimes it is also the defense that does not match up and play well, so it is a combination of things.” Like K-State, TCU has had a very inconsistent season. There were high expectations coming into the season, and the Horned

Frogs started off the season fairly well, winning three out of their first four games. But they have been up and down ever since. Junior quarterback Kenny Hill got off to a hot start but has struggled as Big 12 play has gone along. He has nine interceptions in eight Big 12 games. K-State junior linebacker Trent Tanking said the Wildcats are ready to take down Hill and the Horned Frogs. “We have not beat TCU in two years,” Tanking said. “Last year we got off to a great start but did not finish well. The year before we went there and got smacked. We are looking to go there and prove that this is a new team and that we will be able to compete and hopefully get a victory.” The Wildcats and Horned Frogs will kick off inside Amon G. Carter Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game can be seen on Fox Sports 1.

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What to watch: Week 14 BRETT ENGLE

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NO. 8 COLORADO VS. NO. 4 WASHINGTON

Colorado and Washington are both ranked in the top 10. Feels like the old days, right? Well it’s 2016 and these two teams are playing in a very big game. Colorado’s only two losses this season have come on the road to Michigan and to USC. If the Buffalo can win convincingly against Washington, don’t be surprised if they make a run at the final playoff spot. Junior running back Phillip Lindsay has been a force for Colorado this year. He leads the team in rushing with 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns. Lindsay has also been a threat in the receiving game, reeling in 44 passes for 371 yards. Washington has been nearly perfect this year with its only loss coming to USC. Colorado would be the fifth ranked team the Huskies have beaten this year, but will that be enough to jump up to the final playoff spot?

Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has been sensational this season. He’s thrown for 3,162 yards this season and 40 touchdowns. Browning has also shown a little mobility this year, finding the end zone four times on the ground. The Pac-12 Championship game will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday.

NO. 10 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. NO 9. OKLAHOMA

Both these teams have been looking forward to this game all season, so expect to be in for a treat. Oklahoma State started the season 2-2 with a controversial loss to Central Michigan and a loss to Baylor that looks worse and worse each week. Since then, though, the Cowboys have won seven straight. Quarterback Mason Rudolph has taken the next step as a quarterback, having a great junior season. He’s thrown for 3,591 yards and 25 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Rudolph has also ran for five touchdowns. Oklahoma looked like it was in trouble this year when it started the season 1-2, but in head coach Bob Stoops’

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NO. 6 WISCONSIN VS. NO. 7 PENN STATE

We all expected Wisconsin and Penn State to meet in the Big 10 Championship game, right? Yeah me neither, but now this game is a lot bigger than it was at the beginning of the year. Wisconsin might have one of the better resumes of the year. The Badgers have only lost to Michigan and Ohio State by a touchdown each, and will be looking to pick up their fourth win against a team that was ranked in the top 10 at the time.

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Oklahoma State tight end Blake Jarwin lifts teammate Chris Lacy up after a Cowboys’ touchdown during the football game between K-State and Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 24. With questions at quarterback all season, senior running back Corey Clement has picked up the slack. He’s ran for 1,140 and 13 touchdowns this season, being reliable game in and game out. If the Badgers win and sneak into the playoffs, it will be in large part because of Clement’s play. Penn State’s two losses came in its first two games:

a three-point loss at Pitt and then a trouncing by Michigan. The Nittany Lions’ only win against a ranked team this season was a three-point win against No. 2 Ohio State. Sophomore running back Saquon Barkley has been terrific for Penn State this year. Barkley has ran for 1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He also ranks fifth on the team in catches and

in yards with 21 and 327, respectively. Barkley verses the Badger defense will definitely be something to watch. The Big 10 Championship game will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday. Brett Engle is a freshman in mass communications. Please send comments to sports@kstatecollegian.com.


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K-State ready for first true road test SCOTT POPP

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The Wildcats will head to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on the St. Louis Billikens in their first true road game of the season Saturday night. Road games are something the Wildcats shouldn’t take lightly. Kansas State has gone 5-26 on the road over the past three seasons. Losses in that timespan include Long Beach State, Texas Tech and TCU. Those are teams that are not exactly known for their basketball excellence. But the Wildcats hope to Mirande Snyder | THE COLLEGIAN

Freshman forward Xavier Sneed dunks a basket during the K-State game against Green Bay in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.

turn the page on their road difficulties this season. Their experience in Brooklyn, New York, at the Barclays Center Classic gave them some experience in a hostile environment. “It wasn’t a true road game on Saturday but they had about 5,000 fans and we probably had 500 or 300 so it was loud,” head

coach Bruce Weber said. “That was definitely a road type atmosphere that we had, and I thought we reacted pretty well. Now we’ll see what happens.” The game will be a homecoming of sorts for senior forward D.J. Johnson and freshman guard Xavier Sneed. Sneed said while it will nice to be home,

they still need to be prepared. “It’s very nice to see family and friends of course,” Sneed said. “But like I said we still got to go there and play hard. It’s going to be our first official away game so we have got to be prepared.” see page

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Dissecting K-State’s response to media coverage of Title IX lawsuits JON PARTON

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Earlier this week, more information came out about one of the two public lawsuits Kansas State currently faces regarding administrators’ refusal to investigate alleged off-campus rapes. The university was quick to go on the defensive with a published press release on Wednesday. It’s only fair to take it apart piece by piece and give context to the situation. “Recent media reports have made inaccurate claims about how Kansas State University handles reports of sexual violence.” Which media? Was it the Associated Press, the Collegian, BuzzFeed, KSDB, the Manhattan Mercury or KMAN? Blanket statements like this are meant to generate sympathy for the university by painting every news organization as “the media” without specifying which one exactly was inaccurate in its reporting. Wouldn’t it be great if all of us could blame the media when we make a mistake at work? “The university provides support and assistance services to all reported victims, regardless of where the sexual assault or harassment is reported

to have occurred.” Define support. According to an interview with BuzzFeed, Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, a former investigator at K-State, said the university’s general counsel staff told her not to investigate off-campus rapes for fear that it would create liability concerns. “Blanket statements that K-State does not investigate incidents that happen off campus are simply not true.” Funny how the university mentions blanket statements and opens its press release with one. “We strongly encourage all persons at the university, including students, to report any incident regardless of where it occurs,” said Richard Myers, university president. “Some of the media claims being made recently are inaccurate, and we want to clear up any misinformation about our policies.” After not receiving an answer from President Myers’ office regarding specific media claims, Collegian news editor Jason Tidd contacted Steve Logback, associate vice president of communications and marketing. Logback did not elaborate on what claims were true or false, only that the university

would not comment further since the lawsuits are still ongoing. Apparently, the ongoing lawsuits didn’t prevent the university from making a press release. “That policy addresses conduct occurring in the following locations, which is consistent with Title IX requirements: (1) on campus; (2) on and off campus in university-sponsored programs and activities; and (3) off campus, if it relates to discrimination on campus or in university-sponsored programs or activities.” This is the heart of the matter. The alleged rapes took place off campus at events that were not university-sponsored. K-State administration argues it is therefore not responsible for investigation of any involved students in accordance with the law. In April 2014, however, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to all federally funded colleges and universities stating that, under Title IX, schools must investigate reported incidents of sexual violence against students. Rather than live up to this legal requirement, K-State had a Baylor moment. When deciding upon what was ethical and what was legal, the administration decided upon what was profitable. It’s hard to get people to enroll in your university and convince

alumni to give you money if you’re known for having several occurrences of rape. “K-State assesses the risk to individuals and the university community, regardless of where the conduct reportedly occurred. This happens through policies and processes such as the Threat Management Policy and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Students found in violation of these policies have been removed from campus in the past.” We’ll just have to take administrators at their word about the removals. When the Collegian requested records of past sexual assault investigations in the last two years, the university replied that it would cost more than $1,500 to retrieve them. Aside from the public lawsuits K-State faces, it is also contending with four federal investigations into Title IX

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“Additionally, K-State provides advocates for reported victims through the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE). These advocates provide confidential services and advocacy for K-State students who have been affected by sexual violence, stalking or harassment. They inform reported victims of options, as well as coordinate support and resources if requested by reported victims.” Former student Crystal Stroup, the latest rape victim to step forward, stated in her lawsuit that CARE did not offer her such options. Since the university can apparently only make blanket statements and not respond to specific allegations, we’ll have to

wait for trial to see if administration is being honest about this. Rather than release a statement that would allay concerns about the safety of students, the university instead chose to publish a highly defensive press release that served no purpose other than to cast blame on unspecified sources. The administration’s flippant response to a serious matter deserves an equal response from the K-State family. Furthermore, it’s evident that the community must do more to help prevent rapes from occurring and create a safer environment for victims to report these incidents because the university won’t. 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.

Jon Parton is a senior in political science. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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Handling of Title IX lawsuits pathetic, immature KELSEY KENDALL THE COLLEGIAN

Kansas State administration, The current Title IX lawsuits our university is undergoing, bringing what I’m sure is unflattering and embarrassing publicity for K-State, is the

perfect opportunity for you to get it together, take a stand and correct your past mistakes. Poor decisions on your part have lead to women suffering more than they already have in trying to report their sexual assault cases to the university, and you have done nothing to redeem yourself. Title IX requires the

university to investigate these reports and provide support for the members of our supposed “K-State family.” Instead, you, the administration, turned your back on multiple students wanting justice and safety after their trauma, and your excuses for doing so are pathetic and disrespectful to all involved.

K-State has held fast to the excuse that fraternity houses are off campus and any place that is not on campus might as well be Mars, because K-State simply has no way of assisting in sexual assault investigations that occur just a few minutes away. Then there was the press release accusing the

“media” (Such a fun word to throw around without actually defining it, isn’t it?) for making false claims about K-State’s handling of the rape reports, still refusing to make any clarifications after making such a scene. Instead of being productive, the administration has made up interpretations of

Title IX, justifying the delay of off-campus rape report investigations by claiming liability was a concern, according to Tyler Kingkade’s BuzzFeed article “Lawsuit says university policy let repeat rapist prey on women.” see page

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K-State may try to say it does not have the resources or jurisdiction to investigate off-campus rapes, but its actions say another thing. So K-State is not able to investigate a sexual assault report that occurs in an off-campus fraternity, but is able to sanction said fraternity for serving alcohol? K-State administration seemed to think they were not crossing any lines by reprimanding Sigma Nu for having alcohol at its party, according to The New York Times article “Raped at off-campus frat houses, students say, and ignored by college,” by Stephanie Saul. Hasn’t K-State already claimed the frat party Sara Weckhorst, senior in social work, was allegedly assaulted at was an off-campus, unaffiliated activity? The university should not have the ability to do anything about the alcohol, if that is the case. The more recent report came from University Crossing, according to Weckhorst and former student

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Crystal Stroup’s lawsuit against K-State. Almost, just almost, K-State might have an argument that it does not have the ability to investigate there as it is an unaffiliated apartment complex. Except, K-State still considers off-campus housing as part of the K-State experience, made apparent through the “Off-Campus Housing Support” page on the university’s website. Here, students can find information regarding what their rights are in lease agreements, advice in dealing with roommates and even the option to make an advising appointment. But no assistance in dealing with sexual assault cases. Way to twist your tales, K-State administration, so you don’t have deal with the uncomfortable situation of helping young women get justice. It is sad these women have had to have their stories dragged across different news outlets in order to hold a university accountable for its lack of action and blatant disregard of Title IX’s

requirements in handling alleged sexual assault. Maybe it would be helpful to have it spelled out for you. Does K-State really need to have outside entities like the U.S. Board of Education come in to force it to improve? Apparently so, because the K-State administration has handled its situation so poorly, changing the stories it tells, lashing out to media trying to report the issue and being just completely childish. It makes me, and probably many others watching the lawsuits play out, wonder if the people seated there are fit to continue to lead what used to be a family. 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.

Kelsey Kendall is a junior in mass communications. Please send comments to opinion@ kstatecollegian.com.

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The Wildcats’ opponent, St. Louis (2-4), has struggled in its first season under new head coach Travis Ford. The Billikens most recently lost 68-64 to Samford at home on Wednesday. They are led by sophomore guard Jermaine Bishop and junior guard Dav-

ell Roby. Bishop and Roby both average 12.2 points per game, which is tops on their team. The duo has shot the ball well this season, especially from behind the 3-point line, where they shoot over 40 percent from. The Wildcats and Billikens will tip off at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest Plus.

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