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Fencing off in Bosco Plaza

Young, old alike invited to attend Manhattan Senior Prom By Karen Sarita Ingram the collegian

Parker Robb | the collegian Ethan Copeland, senior in microbiology, and Lucille Sadlon, sophomore in architecture, practice their fencing technique in Bosco Student Plaza Monday evening. With the temperature peaking at 79 degrees midday Monday, many students were out and about enjoying the warm, pleasant evening weather.

Team fishes for national rankings in collegiate bass competitions By Daniela Martinez-Serano

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Two K-State students represented the Wildcats in the 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn on April 4-6, placing in the top twenty. Sam Starr, junior in political science, and Alex Fulkerson, senior in wildlife and outdoor enterprise management, finished 13th in the event out of 200 competitors.

The pair helped move the K-State Fishing Team’s overall ranking to No. 10 in the nation. “It’s a tough competition, but the nice thing about is that all you need to win is one good bite,” Fulkerson said. The challenge behind Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash was the size of the body of water. Kentucky Lake stretches for more than 180 miles and covers approximately 160,300 acres in

Courtesy of Sam Starr Sam Starr, junior in political science, and Alex Fulkerson, senior in wildlife and outdoor enterprise management, finished 13th our of 200 competitors in the 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

western Kentucky and Tennessee. Competitors had to decide which section of the lake would have the most fish to gain an advantage in the competition. Starr and Fulkerson prepared for the competition by fishing at Milford Lake, located near Junction City, and doing research on the area where they would be fishing at Kentucky Lake. “We do a lot of research beforehand,” Starr said. “We use Navionics a lot. It is a mapping system and it shows depth contours and structure.”


Many people might believe their only chance to attend prom is in high school. However, for Manhattan senior citizens, the opportunity comes every year. Manhattan Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Senior Prom this Saturday. The event will feature a catered dinner by Friendship House of Wamego and dancing to live music performed by the Bobby Layne Orchestra. “A lot of the folks who come are very good dancers, and they’ll dance the night away,” said Ginny Pape, recreation coordinator for Manhattan Parks and Recreation. Senior Prom, which has been rocking the over-50 population of Manhattan since 2006, will be adding a new feature this year. In past events, the Prom King and Queen were nominated by dropping names into a box that were drawn at random to make the selection process fair. This year, they will be adding a Royal Court of Prom Princes and Princesses. This means more tiaras will be passed out and more people will be recognized at the event. Although the event is geared toward the senior community, Pape said they started a tradition a few years ago of inviting young people from Manhattan High School to attend, especially young men. This is because elderly men tend to pass away sooner than women, so there is a need to have more dance partners, Pape said. “It’s kind of hilarious, because the women can out-dance the (younger) men,” she said. Pape said they would like to have more young dance partners for the senior members of the community. “If someone asks you to dance, you must,” she said. “That’s the rule.” Senior Prom takes place Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance from the Parks and Recreation Office at 1101 Fremont St. For more information, call 785587-2757.

International students speak to how American food affects their weight By Jessica Shields the collegian Most K-state students are used to a menu that consists of lots of pizza and hamburgers. For some international students, however, adjusting to typical “American” cuisine, notorious for being fatty, was quite a shock. “Im losing weight right now,” Linjia Tang, sophomore in food science. “If I stay here and eat a lot of American food, my weight will get higher.” Tang share a worry of

many international students: gaining weight by eating American food. Additionally, she said that she thinks American food is greasy and not very diverse. “Almost all the food is like, ‘cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger, hot dog hot dog hot dog,’” Tang said. Tang said that women are concerned with their weight in her home country of China. “Skinny is beautiful because models are very, very slim right now,” Tang said. “They are kind of a guide for girls.” Emma Zhang, junior in

agricultural economics from China, said she and her friends used to weigh themselves every day when she lived in China. “When I came here, I was comparatively much more slim, but I was always telling myself that I have to eat less and lose more weight,” Zhang said. Zhang said that the way she is treated by Americans is different that her experience in China. “My friends in China were always telling ourselves to eat less, but here people are like, ‘Oh you are so slim, you should eat,’” Zhang said. Zhang said Americans

have a different opinion of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. She said that they like to eat a lot, but then work out. “Chinese people don’t like to work out, so we try to not eat instead,” Zhang said. Evelyne Chokkattu, junior in architecture from the United Arab Emirates, has the opposite problem. She said that the food she eats has not changed so much as her lifestyle. “In high school, I skipped breakfast ... and then had a big lunch and big dinner ... I ate a lot, but like I said it’s your lifestyle,” Chokkattu said. “I played a lot of sports then, so

moving here, I’m using to eating that amount of food. But I haven’t been able to get in that amount of sports.” Chokkattu said she doesn’t believe American food is the source of the issue. “I don’t want to blame it on the food. I’d say it’s also your lifestyle change,” Chokkattu said. Santiago Hernandez, first year student in an English Language program from Ecuador, said he believes a person’s willpower is at the heart of the issue. “You can choose your own food,” Hernandez said. “If you

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e Weekly Planner Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day recycling demonstrations Bosco Student Plaza, K-State Student Union 1 p.m. Baseball: K-State vs. CSU Bakersfield: Tointon Family Stadium 6:30 p.m. Mother of Trayvon Martin to Speak Ballroom, K-State Student Union 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23 State of the College of Agriculture Address Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building 3-4 p.m. Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that made History Room 127, Leadership Studies Building 5-6:30 p.m.

University Ensemble: K-State Orchestra McCain Auditorium 7:30 p.m. S.H.A.P.E. presents: Sex Ed Boot Camp’s Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique Forum Hall, K-State Student Union 9 p.m.

Second Annual Personhood and Dementia Conference K-State Alumni Center 9-11 a.m. Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Training Room 226 K-State Student Union 9-11 a.m. Personhood & Dementia K-State Alumni Center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

THE BLOTTER ARREST REPORTS Friday, April 19 Jeffrey Evan Jones, 800 block of Fremont Street, was booked for disorderly conduct and failure to abide by person directing traffic. Bond was listed a $750.

ficer, misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process and battery. Bond was listed at $1,000.

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Daryl William Young, Ogden, was booked for domestic battery. Bond was listed at $1,000.

Jacob Scott Schroeder, Moore Hall, was booked for battery against a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement of-

Robert Watson Meyer, 800 block of Mission Circle, was booked for domestic battery. Bond was listed at $1,000.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall – 7:30 p.m.

Enhance Interactions with Military-Affiliated Students Ballroom, K-State Student Union – 5 p.m. Guest and Faculty Artists: Robert Edwards, Piano; Karen Large, Flute; and Nora Lewis, Oboe All-Faiths Chapel 7:30 p.m. Univeristy Ensemble: In-A-Chord McCain Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

University Ensemble: K-State Singers McCain Auditorium 7:30 p.m

University Ensembles: Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir All-Faiths Chapel 3 p.m. Moscow Festival Ballet “Romeo and Juliet” McCain Auditorium 4 p.m.

UPC Film: “The Lego Movie” Forum Hall, K-State Student Union 7 p.m. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall – 7:30 p.m.

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Sporting KC rout Impact, sits atop eastern conference By Tate Steinlage the collegian he confetti cannons in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting Park had to be reloaded several times Saturday, and that meant only one thing: Sporting Kansas City were scoring goals. A lot of them. Sporting KC tallied three goals in the final 45 minutes to cruise past the Montreal Impact 4-0 in front of 20,306 fans who marked Sporting Park’s 40th-straight sellout. “I thought the second half was the best half we’ve played this year on both sides of the ball,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said following the match. “We deserved four goals based on the fact that we’ve been in and around the box in games, we just haven’t been clinical. We haven’t finished off our runs and tonight we did that and it proves when you do that, you score goals.” Forward Dom Dwyer led the scoring barrage with two goals in the final 16 minutes of the match. The Englishman’s first came in the 74th minute off an assist by fellow forward Jacob Peterson, and an excellent dummy run by defender Aurelien Collin to free up Dwyer in front of goal for the easy swipe. Dwyer’s second of the evening came just 12 minutes later. This time, the 23-year-old used his head to pound the ball past Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins after receiving a spot-on cross from forward Graham Zusi. The brace was Dwyer’s fourth goal in as many matches. “Obviously it was some performance tonight,” Dwyer said. “We are pleased with the clean sheet and a lot more goals than two weeks ago. It was a good result for us and obviously we are pleased. It gives us some momentum going into New England next week. We are feeling good right now and had fun tonight.” Montreal were forced to play catch up 31 minutes in when a long throw-in from Sporting KC defend-


Parker Robb | the collegian Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer heads the ball over San Jose defender Clarence Goodson to keep it inbounds in the second half of Sporting’s 1-0 win March 22 at Sporting Park. Dwyer scored two goals in Sporting’s 4-0 blasting of Montreal Impact Saturday, and leads the club with 4 goals in six MLS matches this season.

er Matt Besler resulted in an own goal. The fluke score was originally awarded to Collin, but was reversed minutes later to an Impact own goal. Collin would find justice on the attack 40 minutes later, though, when a loose ball inside the box landed at his left foot. Without hesitation, the defender curled in what

proved to be the goal that set off the big second half. “At the end of the game, all I want is to win,” Collin said after being asked if he was upset that he didn’t get credit for the opening goal. “I do a part (on the attack), but it’s not a big part. I scored another one to make things clear so that was

good.” With the victory, Sporting KC improves to 3-1-2 and are now tied with the Columbus Crew for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. The club will now look to a weekend road trip to Foxborough, Mass. to face a struggling New England Revolution side.

The Revolution currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 2-3-2 record. New England escaped with a draw this past weekend on the road against the Chicago Fire after goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth stopped a 91st-minute Fire penalty kick and rebound attempt.

Roadrunners speed past Wildcats 5-2 Monday Romero’s transfer By Spencer Low appeal denied by the collegian athletic department T h i n g s seemed to be going well for the K-State baseball team in their first of two games against Cal State Bakersfield as they jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning in Tointon Family Stadium last night. However, the lead was not destined to last. Despite its reputation for lethargic pace, the game of baseball has a tendency to change quickly, and that is exactly what happened as the Roadrunners (16-22, 8-7 WAC) scored five unanswered runs in three innings to win the game 5-2 over the Wildcats (2219, 4-8 Big 12). “It’s just funny how baseball works,” senior pitcher Jared Moore said after the game. “I think we’re all frustrated – coaches, players, everybody – we kind of see where we are right now. But the thing is just trying to stay optimistic through it and make sure that you’re still coming out every day and doing what you can do, which is your effort. You can’t always control what happens, but you just have to make sure that this doesn’t just sink in and eat at us, because obviously we’re not where we want to be right now.” The Wildcats started out playing well behind starter Landon Busch, who tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs - one


Taylor Alderman | the collegian Ross Kivett, senior infielder, watches his hit after striking the ball on Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium. Kivett had two runs on Friday evening, one of them his third home run of the year.

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game over. After Busch, freshman Jake Fromson allowed two runs – one earned – in an inning pitched and freshman Ethan Landon allowed another run in 1 2/3 innings before Moore stopped the bleeding with a scoreless ninth inning. “One swing of the bat, and all the sudden they have momentum, and that can happen, that’s baseball,” head coach Brad Hill said. “We didn’t really have good at bats until the seventh, eighth, and ninth, and then balls found gloves. We barreled balls up and balls found gloves and it was too late.” The K-State offense managed just seven hits on the night, led by senior first baseman Shane Conlon and junior center fielder Max Brown, who had two each. The team did manage to put plenty of men on base, however, drawing nine walks in the contest, led by senior second baseman Ross Kivett’s three. “We just didn’t have good swings,” Hill said of his batters struggles in driving in runs. “A lot of pop-ups. Their guy was throwing a breaking ball in there, and we start chasing out of the zone and a lot of lazy fly balls, and just no bat-speed type swings. Big hop ground balls and lazy fly balls aren’t going to produce a lot of offense.” The teams will meet again tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in Tointon Family Stadium for the second and last game of the series.

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WOMEN’S B-BALL After her initial transfer request was denied last week, freshman Leticia Romero’s formal appeal in front of the K-State appeals committee was denied last Wednesday, as first reported by the Manhattan Mercury. As stated by the committee, they don’t allow athletes to transfer except under the “most compelling of circumstances.”

Romero led the Wildcats in assists, points and steals last season, and has a choice to repeat her performance with the Wildcats next season. Romero could also still transfer to another program, but she still would have to sit out at least one season while not being able to accept any scholarship or aid. The freshman also has the choice to return to Spain, where she played at the amateur level, to pursue a professional basketball career. Another option would be to transfer to a junior college for a year, where she would be able to play immediately and accept all aid.

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Parking garage changes were implemented, timed poorly

Emily DeShazer the collegian If you park on campus, you were probably greeted with changes to the parking garage process without warning after spring break and no justification for the change except for “security reasons.” If any other business had decided to make drastic operational changes to a system that customers interact with every day, without communicating it effectively in advance, many customers would have likely taken their business elsewhere. Seeing that K-State Parking Services controls all of the parking on campus, when that effective communication didn’t happen, there’s no real threat of revolt from students who are already through a semester or year-long parking pass they’ve already paid for. Despite the fact that parking services did not have to fear customer loss, it does not excuse their lack of effective communication about the changes made to the system over break. When I pulled up to the Mid Campus entrance of the parking garage the Monday evening after spring break, I was left to finagle the new system on my own. There were no instructions, no one manning the booth and no sign saying it was closed. I held up the RFID card like I always did. When it repeatedly didn’t work, I tried taking a ticket. That didn’t work either. So I drove though campus and tried the other entrance. Thankfully, there was someone on the other side to help. They explained the RFID cards didn’t work anymore and I needed my parking pass to enter. Luckily, I had it hanging on my mirror. Baffled, I proceeded to struggle to unhook the beaded cable tie that had

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come with the pass to keep it in place hanging from my rear view mirror. Eventually, I was able to park and go about my night. Originally, I wasn’t upset. I’m a pretty laid-back person and try to give people the benefit of the doubt. However, as more time passed, I realize how unacceptable the lack of communication between parking services and the student body was. There was no sign that this change would happen that parking garage customers didn’t have to seek out on their own. An email from the Kansas State University Parking Services sent out on April 12, said, “We advertised this with K-State Today articles, shut-off notices through Facilities and an article in the Collegian.” The K-State Today email, where the service’s article was published on March 10, often isn’t

well. After using mine every day for three weeks, it is constantly fall off my mirror while I’m driving. I really don’t understand why this change was implemented in the middle of the semester, either. The email states it was for “security reasons,” but doesn’t go into detail. The old machines at the gate handled three things: scanning RFID cards, printing tickets and acting as a credit card machine. Since there wasn’t a statement made that the credit card function had been compromised, that potentially leaves either the ticket or RFID card function as the problem. My guess is that the “security problem” was that people were parking in the garage with their RFID cards, and then let friends borrow it while they weren’t using it, but I can’t prove that. If that’s

consistently read by most students, buried between dozens of other daily emails. The Collegian covered it in an article by Shelton Burch on March 25 when more information became available. I was also unable to find the “shut-off notices through Facilities” that the email mentions in any platforms frequented by students. A better way to handle the change would have been to email students instructions, in addition to clear and obvious signage at the facility as soon as the new system was implemented. There are currently “Scan Barcode” signs on the machines, but the labels provide little context to a new user. The new system has yet to be proved better than the previous one. The passes issued are made of very flexible plastic, hence the beaded cable to hold it on your mirror, and don’t keep their shape

the case, why would going to use the new barcode system clear this up? Friends can still share the pass. The customers of parking services and the garage pay a not-solittle fee to park in the facility, and if the change was going to largely affect how the services were used, and they had the means to notify the customers, there is no reason not to utilize the available notification resources. The handling of this change was inefficient as it was cumbersome. 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.

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Don’t forget to think about where you are now in the pursuit of happiness

Jena Sauber the collegian Until now, we’ve spent most of our lives preparing for what’s next. We go to kindergarten so we can be prepared for elementary school. We go to elementary school so we can advanced through junior and high school. Now, we are in college with the intent to graduate, become productive members of the professional world and achieve the “American dream” of a career, family and happiness. But, in that relentless pursuit of success and happiness, it’s important to critically consider what you are actually striving for and how you mark when you’ve got there. People can spend decades pursuing a theoretical situation of complete happiness; where everything in life has aligned perfectly – their job, their house, their income, their family, their social life, their stress level,

their possessions, the list could go on. To our junior high selves, maybe it was starting high school where everything would be easy and acne-free. To our high school selves, maybe it was starting college and getting away from our hometowns. As college students, maybe it is getting a job and starting a successful career in a new, exciting city. There always seems to be the next “When I _____, everything will be great” statement in life, and we hope and believe that when we accomplish the next “When” chapter, we will finally be completely happy. Always chasing the next best thing reminded me of the children’s book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” As a kid, I remember listening to the book as the “old lady” swallowed a fly, and then a spider to catch the fly and then a bird to catch the spider that swallowed the fly. She continued to swallow progressively larger animals until she swallowed a horse. And then she died, “of course.” Like the “old lady” did in the children’s story, it can be easy to start chasing the next best thing that we think will remedy all of our “problems,” whether it is a spider, a bird, a job, a spouse or something else. But, the old lady’s eagerness to

blindly push ahead made her miss what was in front of her; in her case, it was swallowing a fly, which is arguably undesirable, but much better than swallowing a horse and dying. People do let their goal obtainment affect the happiness in severe ways. A study conducted at Princeton University found that happiness peaks when people are in their mid-20s, and not again until their mid-to-late 60s – skipping most of the average person’s life. Youthful happiness and optimism wanes over time, the study said, as people realize some of their dreams aren’t

going to be fulfilled. Maybe they will never be able to afford that dream yacht they always wanted, or maybe they will never quit their 9-to-5 job and become a freelance artist like they’d always dreamed. That doesn’t stop people from relentless pursuing the “next big thing,” but spending so much time searching for the next “When I ...” level of happiness can be exhausting. By the time people approach 70 years old, they are better equipped to deal with regret or missed changes, the study said, and overall happiness improves. Perhaps this is

when people stop fighting for the next “When I ...” and take the time to reflect and enjoy life just as it is. Of course, setting goals in life is great; they are imperative for progress. But it can be problematic when goal obtainment becomes the sole focus in life and the only measurement of success and happiness. If we continuously think that we will be happy when “situation x, y or z” happens, we lose track of the ability to be happy in the moment with exactly what we have – nothing more, nothing less. So chase your dreams and goals, but remember to enjoy

what you have now. Don’t put off your happiness until you get “the job,” or move to “the city,” or meet “the special someone.” Don’t spending your life so intently waiting for something “better” that you miss the wonderful things you have now. 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.

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Street Talk Q: “What is the most useful class you have taken at K-State and why?”

Kellie Young junior, geology

“I would say the most useful class for me right now has been mineralogy, and I think it’s been my most important because I think I want to be a mine geologist, so it’s going to be really important for me to recognize minerals.”

Morgan Brown

Jacob Karst

Laura Vallo

freshman, architecture

freshman, environmental design

sophomore, landscape architecture

“Strength Training, because with a busy schedule you’re able to get fit without taking time out of your schedule.”

“History of Design Environment because it helps us apply what we’ve learned to the building around us in everyday life.”

“I would have to say my horticulture class, because it makes you more aware of the plants around you and knowing the different plants that grow in Kansas and their functions.”

Conner Bruns

sophomore, landscape architecture “Probably my natural systems class. It just makes you look at the landscape in a different way when you’re walking around and makes you a lot more observant of the fluvial geomorphology.”



Forensics team ranks 20th nationally after Arizona tournament By Kelsie Johnson the collegian K-State’s forensics team placed 20th at the American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament at Arizona State University from April 4-7. Eight students traveled to the tournament, representing K-State’s highly ranked forensics team. They competed against 525 students in 1,573 events. The team has placed in the top 20 for 21 of the last 22 years. “A lot of people think forensics is just forensic science where it’s dealing with dead bodies and solving crimes,” Darren Epping, instructor of communication studies and assistant director of forensics, said. “What we do is what’s described as competitive public speaking. It goes all the way back to old dead white guys, Aristotle and Socrates. Forensics means the study of proof, basically.” Epping was awarded the AFA-NIET’s Young Coach of the Year award, an award based on peer nominations and given to coaches just beginning their

careers. The award recognizes their prospective futures as well as their influence in past work. “Darren and I were originally in college at the same time. He was a competitor at Hastings College in Nebraska and I was down here and we had a pretty close relationship with their school,” Adam Mason, senior in theater and forensics team member, said. “I had gotten to know Darren as a competitor and as time went on, I found out that he was back here at K-State as the assistant director of forensics. Again, another conduit for me to say maybe it’s about time for me to go back into college, and get back on the team.” Mason said the team’s endless determination helps get them to nationals every year, but it also wouldn’t happen without the director of their coaching staff. Mason was a national quarterfinalist in informative speaking, advancing to the final 24 out of a pool of more than 130 competitors. According to Epping, there are only four other colleges, besides K-State, that have been to this tournament every year since it was created. “For me, this is an activity

Courtesy of Gabby Browne Members of the K-State Forensics team placed 20th out of 83 teams at the national competition in Temp, Ariz. in early April.

that a lot of people can get into and I wish more people would get into because it not only teaches you to be a fierce competitor, but it also lets you share in K-State’s success,” Mason said. “The majority of the student population isn’t going to be on the football team or the

Trayvon Martin’s mom to give speech meeting By Karen Sarita Ingram Flint Hills Regional Counthe collegian cil will be holding a public Mother of Trayvon Martin to discuss gun violence Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Student Governing Association are bringing a guest to K-State who aims to make students think about gun violence and how it impacts victims. Sybrina Fulton, mother of 17-year-old victim Trayvon Martin, will speak in the K-State Student Union Ballroom today at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Fulton has been lecturing at college campuses across the nation since losing her son two years ago. Martin’s death sparked outrage across the country and divided many on the issues of gun rights and racial issues.

Future of Flint Hills to be discussed at public

meeting to discuss goals and future projects for the Flint Hills region. The counsel will be discussing Flint Hills Frontiers, a project that covers 19 counties in K-State and Oklahoma, focusing on preservation and economic vitality of the Flint Hills region and tallgrass ecosystem. The meeting will take place on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sunset Zoo. It is free and open to the public.

New law seeks to protect senior citizens from fraud The Attorney General’s Office announced a new law signed by Gov. Sam Brownback last week that seeks to protect senior citizens of Kansas from fraud and financial abuse. Con artists who defraud an elderly person over the age of 70 will be charged with the crime of “mistreatment of an elderly person.” The crime carries stiffer punish-

ments, including longer prison sentences of up to 40 years.

The Graduate School announces final doctoral dissertations The final doctoral dissertation of Mary Richmond, “How Personality Types are Related to Adolescent’s Choosing Not to Smoke Cigarettes,” will be held April 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Justin Hall room 254. The final doctoral dissertation of Irakli Chakaberia, “Study of the Helicity Distributions of Production at the CMS Experiment,” will be held April 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Cardwell Hall room 42. The the final doctoral dissertation of Xiuqin Bai, “Robust Mixtures of Regression Models,” will be held May 2 at 1 p.m. in Willard Hall room 115. The final doctoral dissertation of Yixin Chen, “Statistical Inference for Varying Coefficient Models,” will be held May 5 at noon in Dickens Hall room 109.

FOOD | Concepts of self body image

differ person to person, culture to culture CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 from a prepaid meal plan than cooking at home. Time and accommodations play a part as well. A lack of a kitchen or utensils can hamper students’ ability to cook. “A kichen, equipment, a refrigerator ... those things are going to cost a lot of money,” Zhang said. Zhang takes more than the cost of food or appliances into consideration in the equation. “I can’t wear my dresses and my shorts ... so if I save money by eating in the dining center, in another way, I will waste money by spending on clothes,” Zhang said. Another potential problem many international students, and students without cars, face is getting to grocery stores from the K-State campus. “I think that’s the biggest thing, not having a grocery

store near by,” Chokkattu said.”It’s also like (how) the city’s laid out ... it’s not very walkable. You can’t really get around without a car.” Chokkattu said that not many international students have a U.S. driver’s license, because they do not have a car or anyone to teach them how to drive.

Cultural differences Concepts of self-image and the “ideal” body type vary from person to person and between cultures. “I’m international and personally I’m really comfortable with the way I look,” Chokkattu said. “I’ve been putting on weight, but the only thing that bothers me is not being fit anymore. For me, it’s not really about my image, but I know a lot of international students that complain about

their weight and are always trying new diets. I feel like they should be less concerned with their diet or eating habits and actually concerned about exercising. Because thats not the right way to lose weight.” Perceptions of “skinny” and “fat” differ between cultures, too. “My mom will say, ‘Oh, you got so fat!’ and she’ll be so happy,” Chokkattu said. “My sister will say, ‘No guy wants to grab you and feel bone.’” While Tang said that she thinks dining center options could help benefit all students, education is important, especially to help international students understand how calories add up in the new foods. “We don’t use calories in China to calculate food, but here you have to have a conception of calories,” Zhang said.

basketball team or the baseball team, but we open our doors to anybody who wants to give this a real effort.” Davis Mattek, senior in creative writing, also traveled with the team to nationals, and was a national quarterfinalist. Out of 151 students, Mattek was in the

top 12 in impromptu speaking. “Impromptu is basically an event where you have seven minutes total and you’re given two quotations to choose from,” Mattek said. “You’re expected to give a two-point speech about some ideology that the quotation communicates. This

was my last speech ever because I’m a senior, so I rapped in my speech which is not protocol.” Mattek said he credits some of the team’s success to assistant coach Brock Ingmire, graduate student in communication studies.

BASS | Sunrise fishing ‘magical,’

‘makes like seem so simple’ says Hetzel CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Both students are part of the K-State Fishing Team. The team travels all over the U.S. and competes with about 600 other colleges across the nation. Anyone can be a part of the team, but not everyone gets to travel; the team has four team qualifiers to see who gets to attend tournaments. Unlike some other universities that provide equipment to their students, K-State’s team is responsible for supplying their own boats and fishing equipment for competitions. The equip-

ment alone can weigh more than 200 pounds. “We hold a fundraiser tournament every spring at Milford Lake so we can afford to send teams,” Tyler Hetzel, sophomore in business and president of the K-State Fishing Team, said. K-State’s team has some advantages over other teams because they are from Kansas. “Everyone has their strengths. We are better in dirty water since we are from Kansas,” Starr said. “We went to a competition last year in a mountain lake

in Georgia, where you could see the bottom in 20-foot water. You just have to adapt.” The team’s next competition will be the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., May 21-23. “There is just something about being on the water at sunrise that makes life seem so simple,” Hetzel said. “It’s a magical thing to experience, and catching a few fish and doing something you have worked towards your whole life makes it that much better.”

Woman punctures man during row By Jon Parton the collegian Domestic dispute on Sixth Street A domestic dispute ended with a Manhattan man in the hospital Friday night. Riley County Police responded to a disturbance in the block of 400 N. Sixth Street between an unnamed 49-year-old woman and 51-year-old man. The man received a puncture wound during the dispute and was taken to Mercy Regional. He was later released the same evening. No arrests have been made, but an aggravated battery report was filed. Police are still inves-

tigating the matter.

Unlocked house on Vattier Street robbed Police are investigating a residential break-in that happened in the 1100 block of Vattier Street. RCPD received the report Saturday night. The victims reported someone stole a computer, TV and money totaling approximately $2,380 while they were away from home. According to a police report, the home was not locked at the time.

Alcohol citations within Aggieville vicinity Police issued a number of alcohol related citations

over the weekend. Cole Schreiner, 21, of Manhattan, was cited for carrying an open container in the 800 block of Laramie Street. Jonathan Danielsen, 21, of Manhattan, was given citations for disturbing the peace and playing host to alcohol consuming minors. Alan Bowles, 21, of New Braunfles, Texas, was cited for having an open container in the area of N. Manhattan Avenue and Laramie Street. Carl Monton, 21, of Junction City, was given a citation for carrying an open container in the area of 12th and Moro Street.

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