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True freshman wide receiver Joshua Youngblood has blazing speed. He is explosive. At 5-foot-10-inches and 180 pounds, he doesn’t have the size as other wide receivers in the Big 12, but he uses his agility to his advantage. He didn’t play much at wide receiver this season due to Kansas State’s depth at that position — he had just nine receptions for 73 yards on the season — but he made an impact in a big way through returning kickoffs. Youngblood grew up in Tampa, Florida, where his three uncles trained him hard starting in the sixth grade. He wasn’t listed as a wide receiver and wasn’t returning kickoffs in high school where he played at Berkeley Prep as a quarterback. He also played basketball, but he said he wasn’t good enough to receive any Division I offers. He was a hustle player with speed, and that got him a lot of steals, but nothing worth a Division I scholarship. But football was a different story. Youngblood originally committed to Temple University. Then Chris Klieman came to K-State as head coach. The crazy thing? The Tampa native had never heard of K-State until

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Klieman got ahold of him and offered him a scholarship a few days later. Youngblood did his research and accepted the offer.



After a 26-13 loss to Oklahoma State in week four, the coaches put Youngblood with the special teams unit to return kickoffs. He had never returned a kickoff in his career. He went on to have 13 returns for a total of 495 yards, an average of 38 yards per return — along with three touchdowns. “He is an electric kid,” Klieman said. “He can flat fly. He has got a knack. Kickoff returns are a knack of being slow to it and then hitting it at the right time and understanding where your blocks are at. He has that second gear.” In week 11 against Texas, the Wildcats got an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t muster any points in the second and third. They fell to a 24-14 deficit. The Wildcats needed a spark which Youngblood provided in a 98 yard return. In a back-and-forth battle against Texas Tech in week 13, Youngblood responded to a Texas Tech touchdown with a 100-yard kickoff return to put the Wildcats up by 10 points. In week 14 against Iowa State, he got the game going for the Wildcats as he raced for 93 yards on the opening

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Freshman wide receiver Joshua Youngblood celebrates with fans after the football game against Iowa State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 30, 2019. The Wildcats finished their final home game of the season with a win against the Cyclones. The final score was 27-17. kickoff to score a touchdown, opening the way for a 27-17 victory. “It sets the tone,” senior running back James Gilbert said. “Special teams wins or loses the game. For [Youngblood] to be making plays like that week in and week out, it definitely gives the offense and defense momentum.” Youngblood’s kickoff returns have been a surprise

to many viewers because he has come out of the shadow as a freshman – especially with never returning kickoffs before. But to the members of the Wildcat football team, it’s nothing new. “He is from Tampa; he always preaches it’s a different speed down there,” Gilbert said. “For him to accelerate and watch from the sideline, it’s a good view. But we see that every day in

practice, so it’s no shock or surprise. He is going to be really good at football for years to come.” His 100-yard kickoff return against Texas Tech earned him the title of Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, a title he won two weeks in a row.

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Youngblood did not take credit for the award. The day after receiving it, he sent a message to the whole special teams unit to tell them each one of them deserved the award, and he couldn’t have done it without them. He thanked them for the blocking. “If it was one of the other returners returning the kick, they would’ve scored, too, because the blocking was there,” Youngblood said. “I really haven’t done much. I just follow the blocks and run through the holes. It was the other 10 guys that did their job. The first team’s unit, we want to go get another one. We just want to be dangerous every time we touch the field.” His returns this season brought on comparisons to K-State great Tyler Lockett.


Youngblood will have more chances at returns next season, but this season he learned a lot from fellow wide receivers: senior Dalton Schoen, redshirt freshman Malik Knowles and junior Wykeen Gill. “I’m just happy this team is full of selfless players — a lot of them after I scored told

me that was a good return and stuff like that,” Youngblood said. “It has been a great year so far in terms of people supporting me, like the older guys. I really appreciate them taking me under their wing and telling me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong.” Schoen said Youngblood has a lot of potential he could grow into. “The sky is the limit for [Youngblood],” Schoen said. “He has had a phenomenal year this year and when you think about it this year, he hasn’t done as much at receiver as he could. He has made huge plays in other areas of the game and so if you add what he has the ability to do at receiver on top of that he is going to be a dynamic player for years to come. We all know it.” Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson said he and Youngblood have the foundation to establish a solid quarterback/wide receiver duo. “He’s a freshman and he can be as good as he wants to be, and I’m going to do my best to push him every single day and just encourage him to not be satisfied and continue to be hungry,” Thompson said. “He is a great teammate, and a great person with a great head on his shoulders that he really understands where he wants to get to and


Freshman wide receiver Joshua Youngblood runs the ball during K-State’s football game against Iowa State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 30, 2019. The Wildcats finished their final home game of the season with a 2717 win against the Cyclones. what it’s going to take to get there. He is really special. I don’t think people realize how difficult it is to compete at this level as a freshman.” Because he played this season and missed out on a year of development with

other freshman, the offseason will be huge for Youngblood as he works to becomes a prominent wide receiver in the Big 12. “[Skylar and I] just got to work every day, just build each other and have the


During her freshman year, Kailey Prior, now a senior in fine arts, attended the Kansas State Anime and Manga Society, as a friend of hers was running the club. "I wasn't really popular in high school, it was a rural high school, and nobody really listened to me," Prior said. "When I went to this club, I would say a little joke under my breath and then everyone would laugh."

Prior kept returning because of the environment — now she's the co-president. "It's such a good atmosphere for people," she said. "We don't really judge a whole lot." About 20 people usually show up to each meeting, but club members often show up an hour ahead of time just to hang out. "I really do like it," Prior said. "We have a lot of autistic people in club. I have two brothers with autism, and I feel like that makes things a little

easier for me to run, because I can be accommodating. We have a lot of people who like anime who are also autistic and I feel like that's a safe place for them as well." Co-president Justin Wright, senior in journalism and mass communications, said his favorite aspect of anime is the stories. "The way that they tell stories in anime — anime and manga — it's different than the way that a lot of Americanized TV shows will do it," Wright said. "They're just able to do

chemistry,” Youngblood said. “That is really it. It’s going to come with time and effort.” Klieman — the one who brought the flashy wide receiver to Kansas State – said he looks forward to seeing Youngblood grow as a player.

“I’m really excited about his future with — obviously for a true freshman to do what he has done is pretty cool to have,” Klieman said. “We are excited about his next three years with us.”

‘It’s a good atmosphere,’ co-president says of K-State Anime and Manga Society

things that we can't really do that well here." For Prior, it's the shock factor and the expectation of the unexpected. "I think it's just fun because you don't expect a lot of things," she said. "Right now we're watching an anime called 'Fire Force,' and it's about firefighters with pyrokinesis. So, they're literally fighting fire with fire. The main character is this devilish guy who just kind of flies with his feet — with fire feet — and it's so obnoxious and I love it." Wright said his favorite an-

ime show is "Trigun," an older show from the '90s. "It was one of the first shows I ever really watched, and I kind of just got attached to it," he said. "At that time, I had no idea what anime was and it's funny, but also entertaining and it actually has a really interesting storyline in the end." Similar to Prior, he said his favorite aspect of the club is the people. "Most of the people there just like to have fun and that's like the best part about the an-

ime club, is that everyone there is just having fun watching this stuff," Wright said. "There's arguments that happen about various anime, people will argue about different stuff and their favorite shows, why one show is better than the other." Despite the arguments, Wright said the atmosphere is fun and a good place for individuals who are into anime. The K-State Anime and Manga Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Big 12 Room at the K-State Student Union.


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If you’ve ever walked on campus after dark, you may have noticed blue emergency beacons lit up in certain areas. These blue emergency lights are phone boxes monitored by the K-State Police Department. According to the campus police website, the 52 phone boxes allow for “quick access to emergency services,” as well as a place to ask for directions or to report a crime or accident. The emergency light system alerts campus police when a call is made from one of the phones. The department then calls that location, and if there’s no answer, dispatches an officer to the site. While some students may think the phones aren’t used

very often, campus police support services coordinator Lt. Bradli Millington said the department receives a decent number of calls every year. The 2019 Clery Report shows 97 total crimes were committed on campus between 2016 and 2018, excluding arrests and referrals. Campus police received even more calls from the emergency phones. In 2017 and 2018, people used the phones 172 times. So far in 2019, campus police received 43 calls, Millington said. While he said he is unsure how many of these calls reported crimes, Millington said the phones “serve as an important resource for the K-State community in case of emergency.” Kelsie McFadden, junior in secondary education, made one of the calls in 2017. “I was a freshman, and I was super lost,” McFadden said.

Blue emergency lights are a vital campus resource, K-State Police say “I was trying to get to Bluemont [Hall] for a group project, and it was dark and I knew the police department was supposed to be able to help, so I called and asked. I was on the complete wrong side of campus, but they got me where I needed to go.” McFadden said while her call wasn’t an emergency, she is glad the phones are on campus in case of a more serious situation. Earlier this semester, several of the phones were temporarily non-operational. A similar situation occurred in March 2015 when construction projects on campus rendered multiple phones non-functional, according to a K-State Today announcement. Parker Ost, junior in finance, said he was disappointed by the lack of response by the university in notifying students or repairing the lights.

“I noticed the light immediately south of the business building had been out for a few weeks throughout October,” Ost said. “I had hoped that its repair would be more of a priority for the administration considering it makes many students here on campus feel safer, especially with the sun going down sooner in the fall and winter months.” The light has since become operational. More information about the blue light emergency phones can be found on the campus police website, and their locations can be found in the LiveSafe app. Dylan Connell COLLEGIAN MEDIA GROUP

The blue light phones connect students and campus visitors to the K-State Police Department and Wildcat Walk.


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BACK ON TRACK K-State bounces back in win over Florida A&M CODY FRIESEN


The men’s basketball team defeated Florida A&M 76-58 on Monday night in a matchup where the Wildcats dominated the entire game. Senior guard Xavier Sneed, junior guard Mike McGuirl and redshirt junior guard Cartier Diarra all scored double digits in the win. “Our starters were very good if you look at the plus-minus.” Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber said after the game. “Xavier Sneed was plus 27, Mike McGuirl and Cartier Diarra were plus 17. Those three had a good night, and they were locked in,” Weber said. The K-State Wildcats jumped ahead early in the matchup, which has been an area of concern for K-State, who has only entered halftime leading once this season. Florida A&M held the lead for the opening 1:19 of the game, but it was all K-State the rest of the game. K-State took a commanding 24-12 lead over the Rattlers with an 8-0 run on top of a Florida A&M scoring drought. The

Wildcats forced four turnovers within three minutes. The Wildcats built up a 3925 lead before the half, the largest lead at the break all season. Led by 13 points by Mike McGuirl, K-State shot 45 percent from the floor. K-State out-rebounded the Rattlers 22-12 in the half led by five by Makol Mawien. Florida A&M struggled from three going 0-for-6, the Rattlers finished the half shooting 42 percent from the floor. Junior center Evins Desir led Florida A&M with eight points. Each team turned the ball over nine times in the first half, but K-State outscored the Rattlers 10-9 off turnovers. K-State opened up the second half with an 11-0 run within the first two minutes of the half. The Wildcats did not miss a bucket until under 15 minutes remaining in the half. The Rattlers went on an 8-0 run in under a minute midway through the second half, which was the best scoring run of the night and forced two quick turnovers in the run, but still trailed 65-49. K-State continued to dominate Florida A&M and outscored the Rattlers 37-33 to

improve to 5-2 with a 76-58 victory. Evins Desir finished with a career-high 18 points for the Rattlers in the loss. The Rattlers shot 45 percent from the floor and went 1-11 from three. Sneed led K-State with 18 points as the Wildcats finished the game shooting 53 percent from the floor. K-State turned the ball over 20 times in the game, which led to 26 points off turnovers for the Rattlers. Carelessness with the basketball was one of the key components for the Wildcats. “They had steals,” Bruce Weber said. “They had 10 steals that means we are very careless with the ball.” After the game, there was an emphasis on taking care of the basketball throughout the week of practice. “We just have to get better taking care of the ball, value the ball in practice as well,” Sneed said. The Wildcats still forced 17 turnovers with five steals by Diarra. K-State scored 20 points off the turnovers. The Wildcats out-rebounded Florida A&M 35-25 led by six by Mawien. Every K-State


The men’s basketball team plays against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 19, 2019. The Wildcats came back strong in the second half and defeated the Golden Lions 62-51. player that played recorded a rebound in the game. Diarra continued distributing the ball with seven assists on the night, which have set up easy baskets for his teammates. “He’s done a good job

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That men’s basketball takes on Monmouth in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 13, 2019. The Cats came out with a win and a final score of 73-54.

Men’s basketball worked out their frustration from the Ft. Myers Tip-Off with a 76-58 drubbing of Florida A&M Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats struggled on their trip to Florida, dropping the first game to Pittsburgh 6359 after leading for most of the first half and the third-place consolation game against Bradley 73-60. “We had every chance against Pittsburgh, we don’t know what would have happened against Northwestern,”

head coach Bruce Weber said. “Obviously I didn’t get their attention, [Bradley] was our worst defensive night of the year.” Kansas State’s answer for the frustrating trip was to thoroughly demolish the now 0-6 Florida A&M Rattlers. “It was a good game to have for our guys because they were sick,” Weber said. “They had their hearts set on going to Florida and trying to win a tournament.” After shooting 19 percent from the three-pointer range and 40 percent overall against Bradley, K-State shot 35 percent from three and 54 percent from the field against the Rattlers.

reading them (the defense) and finding other players and setting them up to make plays for themselves. He’s taken pride in it, too. It’s something that’s worked for him and us,” McGuirl said. Diarra has the most assists

through six games in school history and 41 total on the season. Diarra had 44 total assists last season. The Wildcats will host Marquette on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

ANALYSIS “We’ve made some progress offensively,” Weber said. “We’ve got to be a little more patient, a little more disciplined.” For Weber’s young Wildcat squad, just like all teams in all sports, the name of the game is improvement over the course of the season. “I always go back to Coach [Bill] Snyder, you watched them early and they always got better,” Weber said of the K-State football program. “And I think Coach [Chris] Klieman did a great job this year of getting them better even after adversity.” Coming up Saturday, K-State has a tough match-up against Marquette and their star,

senior guard Markus Howard. Howard scored 45 points in a 8371 win over the Wildcats almost exactly a year ago in Milwaukee. “Obviously we have to do a great job on Howard, we’ve got one of the best guards in the country coming here,” Weber said. “I believe we have good defenders.” Howard has been lighting up the scoreboard again this year, scoring 51 points against USC and 40 against Davidson in the Orlando Invitational. K-State will tip off against Marquette at 8 p.m. Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum. The game will broadcast on ESPN2.


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Peter Loganbill, Collegian news editor: “So, in the midst of all of [your current work], you’re also running for U.S. Senate. So, is the idea to, if all works out for you, to become mayor of Manhattan in January, and then the US Senate election is November. You would be mayor for about a year and then go off to US Senate. That’s the idea?” Usha Reddi, Manhattan City Commissioner, mayor pro tempore and U.S. Senate candidate: “That’s the idea.” Loganbill: “What made you want to run for U.S. Senate?” Reddi: “You know, I wasn’t really even thinking about it. My son texted me in January and said, ‘Pat Roberts retired.’ And I was like, ‘So what? Yeah, okay, good.’ And he said, ‘Well, I think you should run,’ and I said, ‘No way. There’s no way I can do that.’ “And then the more I thought about it, I thought, you know, Laura Kelly, just won and Sharice Davids just won her race, and maybe Kansas is ready for something


California senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the Democratic presidential race Tuesday. Harris cited an inability to fund a competitive campaign in an email to supporters. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to

different. And you don’t get an opportunity like this when you have a well-known representative retiring. “He’s been there for decades. And he was always a shoo-in, and to have this opportunity was unique and I didn’t want to pass it up. I felt the more I thought about it, like I said, being a union leader, a teacher, public education teacher and being an elected official, all of these decisions that will be made at the federal level, all the policies were impacting my life and the decisions I’ve made. “Betsy DeVos, let’s say for public education, you know, she’s dismantling it. And Brett Kavanaugh getting on to the Supreme Court. And our elected officials just kind of being complicit to the whole process, was very distressful. And I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll jump in. And I think I can do this. And it’s going to take a lot of work. And I understand it’s an uphill battle.’ “But I felt, why not? Why not me? I can work hard and get a team together. Fundraising is going to be an issue for anybody and being a democrat is an issue, but I’ve always been in the minority. “I mean, if the Manhattan community, such as you said you’re from Johnson

Q&A: If elected to the U.S. Senate, Usha Reddi plans to handle it all County, is relatively conservative compared to Johnson County, but they elected me, you know, and I never played games. When I walk in a room, people know who I am. They know I’m a woman of color. They know I’m an immigrant. They know I’m probably a Hindu. At that time, I was also divorced. And they know I’m a teacher. So these things, and they elected me twice based on that. “And that’s in the city of Manhattan. And you can’t win without getting Republican votes. So I felt, what voters, why they voted was because it’s built on trust, and values, that they trust that I’m going to make my decisions, what’s on the best interest of the community. And I can take that to the federal level. So I thought, you know, if I don’t do it, I will probably regret it and think why shouldn’t l? Why didn’t I? So why not? Yeah. So I think I have a pretty good chance. We’ve been traveling all over the state and we’ll see what happens.” Interested in learning more about Usha Reddi’s work and her campaign? Check out the “Collegian Kultivate” podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

December 3, 2019 continue,” Harris wrote. Harris qualified for the Dec. 19 debate. There are 15 Democratic candidates in the race. Uninsured Americans may qualify to receive free HIV prevention drugs through a government program. Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary, said the plan is for the government to distribute drugs aimed at infection prevention.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contacted the Republican’s party biggest donor, Sheldon Adelson, to “gauge interest” in a potential run for Senate. Pompeo previously contacted Charles Koch during a visit to Kansas in October. According to the Wichita Eagle, Pompeo has more than enough donor support to fund a campaign.

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BALANCING BUDGETS comparing on-campus and off-campus living


It costs $2,600 per semester to live in a traditional double room in most of the on-campus dorms. In addition, the lowest priced meal plan is Any 14 at $2,140 per semester. To apply for residence halls, students pay a $230 contract fee. If students budget $30 to spend on meals on the weekend or throughout the week, they would spend around $450 in all per semester on additional costs.


Every year students must decide whether it is cheaper to live on or off campus. The graphic below uses a general budget to compare costs of living for on-campus housing and off-campus living. Although individual expenses vary, this graphic looks to answer the question: which option is cheaper? The below data was calculated using the Housing and Dining Services website, the City of Manhattan’s website and information from Off-Campus Housing Support. For the sake of identifying a general cost, certain parameters were established based on averages and medians. For example, the traditional double room model is the basis used to decide the cost of living in the dorm. There are options in the dorms, as well as in Jardine, Smurthwaite, Honors House and off-campus that are either cheaper or more expensive than what is calculated here. The amount spent on groceries and other expensive also vary from person to person.

what’s the cost? JARDINE

A four-bedroom furnished hybrid with a 10 month lease costs $585 per bedroom, per month. In addition, the lowest priced meal plan for Jardine residents is the Jardine 50 at $595 per semester. Residents are also required to pay a refundable deposit of $400 and a non-refundable application fee of $30. If students were to budget $35 per week for groceries and other meals, they would spend $700 per semester on outside costs.



If a student were to budget $400 for rent per month in a four bedroom house or apartment, plus $50 for utilities, they would spend $2,250 for five months — the approximate amount of time of a single semester. If the student does not have an off-campus meal plan, they would need to budget money for groceries and outside meals. If they budgeted $45 a week for food they would spend $900 every five months. Students would also need to account for gas and other expenses. Since gas costs fluctuate from person to person, $100 per month is a general budget to account for both gas and other expenses. A deposit of $400 would also need to be included.


Wefald Hall. Rooms in this dorm are more expensive, the cheapest running $3,775.

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