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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Flood pilot project seeks to protect citizens
Oscar Wilde adaptation displays novel, verbal humor
By Leah Hill the collegian With more than $1 billion worth of property located in Manhattan’s floodplain, a pilot project has been formulated to prepare for future floods. The Big Blue River is the largest tributary of the Kansas River, and flows for approximately 359 miles through Nebraska and Kansas. It intersects with the Kansas River east of Manhattan. It discharges into Tuttle Creek Lake, northeast
By Shelton Burch the collegian The stage at Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall was set to look reminiscent of Victorian times as the K-State Theater program put on a play adaption of Oscar Wilde’s book “The Importance Of Being Earnest” Thursday night. In the program, the play is referred to as being a “verbal opera.” “This play is all about talking,” the program read. “Each character loves talking, and cannot wait for his or her turn to say something very lively and very stylish.” Charlotte MacFarland, associate professor of theater, directed the play that takes place in the late 1800’s. She said the performers trained for the dialogue with seven weeks of rehearsals, one of which included a week learning how to perform the English dialect. According to MacFarland, “The Importance Of Being Earnest” differs from Shakespeare, which she said she’s passionate about, in that it has a lighter tone. “This is lighter, and it’s very vocal and satirical,” MacFarland said. “It’s a really hard play.” Abbey Lindholm, first year in veterinary medicine, said she thought the vocal training paid off. “The actors did an amazing job with their accents,” Lindholm said. Lindholm said she didn’t have any previous knowledge of the plot and wasn’t sure what exactly to expect, but she thought the actors did well by combining physical humor and verbal humor. “I’m very impressed with their acting,” Lindholm said. Blake Cordell, freshman in theater performance, said he was most impressed by the way the actors were able to stay true to the nature of the story, while adding their own element to it and involving the audience. “They’re able to deliver it in a way that made it very relevant, even though the text is outdated,” Cordell said. Victorian era piano music played at various significant points of the play, such as the ending of the first half, the beginning of the second and the final moments. The music, which MacFarland said was by Mozart, added to the atmosphere. MacFarland said research for the play took her three to four months, with an additional three months of conceptualizing and planning things such as blocking. After that, the performers were brought in and it was all put together. “I was really proud of them,” MacFarland said.
of Manhattan. The Big Blue River basin covers most of northern Kansas, including Manhattan. A public open house held last Wednesday to discuss the pilot program. The multi-year Big Blue River Pilot Project would develop flood forecast inundation mapping on the Big Blue River to help determine what areas are at risk for flooding, develop future condition flood inundation, establish floodplain management plans and implement other measures to keep people safe. Tuttle Creek Lake is a
Parker Robb | the collegian The Big Blue River snakes away into the distance from the Tuttle Creek dam en route to its rendezvous with the Kansas River on the southeast side of Manhattan. Over $1 billion worth of property lies in the floodplain below Tuttle Creek Lake.
major structural component that helps regulate water discharge. Tuttle Creek Dam is an integral part of the floodplain management system today.
“There are obviously some structural components in (the Big Blue River) basin,” Robert Ott, director of public works for the city of Manhattan, said.
Anita Westervelt | FEMA Only an interior wall remains standing after a June 11, 2008 EF4 tornado ripped through this hilltop housing development in Manhattan, effectively destroying 45 homes and leaving another 142 with major and minor damage
By Kati Hess the collegian
t’s springtime, which means tornado season is here. Living in Tornado Alley means being prepared and knowing what to do if a tornado were to touch down. Two tornadoes have hit the Manhattan area in the last 50 years: one in 1966 and another one in 2008. The more recent one in June of 2008 was an EF4, which is just one category away from the strongest tornado rating. The tornado caused more than $20 million in damages to the university alone, and destroyed more than 45 homes
in Manhattan. There were no injuries or deaths reported. Jeremy Goodwin, chief meteorologist at WIBW, said the fact that there were zero injures and deaths led him to believe that Manhattan residents did a good job of paying attention and taking cover. Residents on and off campus were given warning before the twister hit, which gave them time to follow safety procedures and make sure they were in the safest area possible.
K-State Alerts One way students and faculty were alerted about the tornado was
through the K-State Alerts system. The alert system has been in place for the last five years, along with the Rave system and Alertus beacons. These systems do not just deal with weather safety and alerts, but also with potentially dangerous situations, such as a gunman on campus. The Alertus beacons have a flashing light surrounding a scrolling message with an alert alarm. Students and faculty can sign up on k-state.edu/safety/alerts/ to receive emergency alerts through text messages, automated telephone calls, emails and social media, or they can choose to receive just text messages or emails.
Get underground, away from glass When a tornado watch or warning is issued for those on campus or in a residential hall, the procedure is to go to the lowest floor in the central part of the building and as far away as possible from glass. According to Steve Broccolo, emergency management coordinator for K-State, places to avoid during a watch or warning include
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SPORTS FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Eastbound to take on Mountaineers By Spencer Low the collegian
fter splitting their midweek series against Cal State Bakersfield, the K-State baseball team will travel east to Morgantown, W.Va. for a conference series against the West Virginia Mountaineers (21-16, 4-7 Big 12). K-State (23-19, 4-8 Big 12) has failed to live up to high expectations this season after last season’s conference championship, starting off the regular season with a 1-7 mark and Big 12 play with a 2-7 mark. The team was able to rebound from their rough start at the beginning of George Walker | the collegian Junior infielder Carter Yagi positions the bat for a bunt during the game against Baylor on Friday at the Tointon Family Stadium. K-State won the series this weekend 2-1.
the season, and are hoping to do the same in conference play after winning their series last weekend against Baylor. “We’ve had a sense of urgency for a while,” head coach Brad Hill said after the team’s win on Tuesday night. “We get it and then we lose it, and we just haven’t been able to have a consistent approach. You’re basically down to 17 games, 16 in conference, that’s big. We’ve got to be ready to go, its not going to be easy.” Senior Ross Kivett, now back at second base where he played for his first three seasons as a Wildcat before a move to center field for part of this season, is at the helm of the offense again this year.
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Return to Big 12 Championship brings hope of no last place finish By Austin Earl the collegian The K-State women’s golf team will head to Austin, Texas to compete in the Big 12 Championship tournament. The tournament will be played at the UT Golf Course from April 2527.
Oklahoma State won their eighth Big 12 Championship last season, while K-State finished last in the tournament. The Wildcats have never won the Big 12 Championship. Their highest finish was in 2009, when they placed fourth. K-State’s scoring lineup will consist of senior Gianna Misenhelter, juniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains, and freshmen Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Madison Talley. They will be playing with TCU and Texas Tech.
Wildcats ace Mountaineers, advance to second round of championships By John Zetmeir the collegian Carrying over momentum from their win last Saturday against Kansas, the Wildcats continued their strong play in the first round of the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. The No. 7 seed Wildcats swept No. 10 seed West Virginia 4-0 in a quick morning on the courts. K-State is now 4-0 all-time against the Mountaineers. “I think we’re peaking at the right time right now,” K-State interim head coach Liz Ullathorne said. “The last time we played West Virginia, it was a 4-3 match. So for us to come out and get on and off the courts really fast, it was kind of a domination there. There weren’t really any matches close, so I think everyone is really confident.” Next up for the Wildcats will be No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. The Wildcats fell to Oklahoma State 5-2 back in March during the regular season. Despite the loss, Ullathorne said she feels confident in her bunch moving into the second round. “We played (Oklahoma State) tough in conference; they’re a very very talented team, but I am very excited about that opportunity,” Ullathorne said. “We have a legitimate shot if we keep playing the way we’ve been playing these last couple of matches. With that amount of fight and intensity we could cause an upset.” The match is set for 3 p.m. today.
George Walker | the collegian Senior Petra Niedermayerova serves the ball during a match against Kansas at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Saturday. This was Niedermayerova’s last career home match, of which K-State won 6-1.
All eyes on Big 12 Championship By Tate Steinlage the collegian The K-State men’s golf team is set for their second trip to Texas this season to compete in the 2014 Big 12 Championship. The event will run Friday through Sunday at the par-72, 5,021-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The Wildcats are the ninth seed in the tournament and will be paired alongside the seventh and eighth seeds TCU and Kansas, respectively. “At this point in the season, trust will be the most important facet of the game and our players must focus on each shot and then let the last one go,” head coach Tim Norris told K-State Sports. “On a demanding course like Whispering Pines and with the strong competition in the Big 12, there is no time for self-evaluation or negative self-talk during the round.” It will be the final Big 12 Championship for Norris, who is set to retire after the season. His scorecard will include seniors Daniel Wood, David Klaudt and Alex Carney; junior Kyle Weldon; and freshman Seth Smith. All but Smith have experience playing at the Big 12 Championship. The team will look to improve upon last year’s fifth place finish at the event, and take home their first team title in 2013-14.
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Free Speech Zone is not such a free zone By Jacob Valdez the collegian In 2002, Pat Bosco was quoted by The Collegian as saying, “The whole campus here, historically, has been a free speech zone. Period. End of story. Good night.” However, as our policies show, this is not the case. The mere existence of Bosco Student Plaza as a specifically designated “free speech zone” contradicts his statement. Since this is a public university, funded by tax dollars, the school has no right to curtail our First Amendment rights by telling us where we can and cannot say what we want, when we want to. Our campus has been given a “red” free speech code rating by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a group that advocates for the First Amendment rights of students across the nation. They issue campuses ratings of either green, yellow or red, green being the freest and red being the most restricted. “A ‘red light’ institution has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech,” FIRE’s website said. “A ‘clear’ restriction is one that unambiguously infringes on what is or should be protected expression. In other words, the threat to free speech at a red light institution is obvious on the face of the policy and does not depend on how the policy is applied.” In particular, a few policies stick out. According to the policy outlining the use of K-State grounds and buildings on K-State’s website, if a student group wants to host an event on campus, “A Facilities Request for Use of University Buildings and Grounds form (Attachment 200) shall be completed and submitted to the Assistant Vice President for Facilities at least ONE WEEK in
advance of the requested activity.” That may not seem too restrictive at first, but think about it. If you want to host a protest because of an relevant, recent issue, you better know you want to do it a week beforehand. That is to say, it is virtually impossible to coordinate your event in real-time. And even then, the university can deny your request. That doesn’t sound very free. Even worse, according to our Student Groups On-Campus Event Policy, “(E)vents that are scheduled by registered student organizations which may be controversial in nature or include involvement from high profile public figures will also be expected to adhere to the following policy ... The necessity of a full-time police officer shall be determined by the facilities representative at the Pre-Planning Meeting. Should full-time officers be required for the event, they will be expected to monitor inside and outside the event as deemed necessary by the Campus Police Representative at the Pre-Planning Meeting. Additional officers may be required for an event based on past history of the group and/or event and anticipated turnout of people. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for the costs incurred from hiring campus police, unless determined otherwise at the Pre-Planning Meeting.” The wording of this policy is left intentionally vague with no clear distinction of what is and what is not controversial. For example, I’m personally offended by the pro-life crosses that get stuck in the grass around the campus from time to time, and see it as controversial. I know there are others who agree with me. But, we’re in a conservative state that holds conservative values. That is not to say, however, that I would rather have the university not allow them to express themselves freely. If the university decides that
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they don’t agree with your event and would rather have it not happen, they can label it as controversial in nature and then, BAM. You’re required to pay for a police presence. I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t afford that. And if you go through with said event and police show up to provide security and you’re unable to pay, then hello account holds. Get ready for delays in enrollment, graduation and things of that sort. These are only two in a slew
of various policies and regulations impeding free speech on our great campus that contribute to our fire red rating. When presented with these and other policies, a student wanting to host an event may write the idea off completely before even trying to get it set up. The fact that this is possible at a public university is a travesty. This, if any other, is the place for voices that go against the grain. College is about expanding your knowledge base
and opening yourself up to new ways of thinking, not restrictions on these things because they may be offensive to some people. 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.
Jacob Valdez is a sophomore in mass communications. Please send comments to opinion@ kstatecollegian.com.
Mobile app Yik Yak will run its course, should be taken with several grains of salt
Mike Stanton the collegian Over the past few weeks, yet another social media network has taken K-State and other college campuses by storm. I was hanging out with a few friends when I first heard of Yik Yak, an app that’s essentially an anonymous, localized version of Twitter. Users can post 200-character messages that are seen by other people in their vicinity. I decided to download it and see what all the hype was about. I wasn’t disappointed; it seemed like a fun way to send good-natured jabs at folks in Manhattan, mostly K-Staters. For those unfamiliar with the app, a little more background info is in order. Yik Yak uses your phone’s GPS to display posts from people in your town. There are no profiles, usernames, or passwords, and users can upvote or downvote “yaks,” or the individual messages, they like or dislike. With the exception of a little pin on a map that shows where a post is
sent from – an option that can be turned off – it’s completely anonymous for better or worse, according to a blog post by “The Yak” on their website. “People ask us all the time why we felt the need to make Yik Yak anonymous, and the answer is quite simple,” said the post. “It gives people a blank slate to work from, effectively removing all preconceptions about them. Anonymity levels the playing field. You can be the quietest person on campus and the most popular poster on Yik Yak. The only thing you are judged on is the content that you have created, nothing else. Anonymity is a beautiful thing.” The pros and cons of Yik Yak go hand in hand. Users can speak their mind, and I mean really speak their mind, without consequence. As a staunch supporter of free speech and the First Amendment, I value this ability. However, like any privilege, it can be abused, and there’s no doubt that Yik Yak frequently is. The app really started to take off in Manhattan during the week after I downloaded it. As word spread, more and more people started using it, and posts gradually devolved from the tongue-in-cheek humor I first encountered to something far more vulgar and offensive. If you use the app, you know exactly what I mean.
If you don’t, suffice it to say that some very mean-spirited individuals got ahold of it and started to post their darkest and most depraved thoughts. This is no exaggeration – things got really nasty. There were even times that names of individuals and specific greek chapters were brought into the mix. As unfortunate as this is, it’s the nature of the beast. Anonymity attracts as many vile characters as well-intentioned users, and no amount of rules or regulations can combat that. The “Rules & Info” section on the app encourages a sense of community, saying that, “herds of yaks
are strongest when they work together and watch each other’s backs.” A simple set of six rules discourages bullying and specifically targeting other yakkers and cluttering feeds with useless or offensive yaks. However, given the anonymity, the only way these rules are enforced is through downvotes or when a yak is reported. If your yaks are downvoted or reported too many times, you can be warned or suspended. The most important takeaway from the “Rules & Info” page is that, “yaks should not join a herd until they are mature enough.” This applies both to posting content and reacting
to it. By downloading the app and participating, you’re opening yourself up to seeing stuff that will probably offend you. That’s just the way it is. Whether you deem it worthwhile to sift through the junk in order to enjoy the decent content is your prerogative, but having a thick skin is extremely important. Like most viral apps (remember Flappy Bird?), chances are great that Yik Yak will run its course and fizzle out sooner rather than later. Until then, see it for what it is: an anonymous forum where people will post absolutely anything, with or without
your approval. Whether it’s constructive or offensive, true or false, the posts will be there. The choice is yours: be offended and allow them to negatively impact your life, or take them with a grain of salt and move on. 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.
Mike Stanton is a sophomore in mass communications. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian. com.
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EDGE FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Latest ‘Saga’ collection continues series’ success Saga Vol. 3 ★★★★★ Comic review by Parker Wilhelm Even comic books are not exempt from the digital age we’re living in. Services like comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle allow comic readers to take the latest and greatest titles with them on their laptops and smartphones. There is only so much room in a home for physical books anymore, so any series’ addition must be from something special. The latest collection of the science fiction, fantasy series “Saga” is one such addition, one that I’m proud to have on my shelf while other series, including my beloved “Spider-Man” comics, fall to the wayside of digital-only reading. Despite only being the third collection of Brian K. Vaughan’s tale, “Saga” continues to develop its story at an exponential rate. Following the star-crossed (to a literal extent sometimes) Alana and Marko, two soldiers on opposite
sides of a galaxy-wide conflict who run away to elope, “Saga’s” title is apt. Every chapter ramps up the tension as bounty hunters, jilted lovers, in-laws, journalists and governments alike look to find Alana and Marko. Some are even looking to put them and their infant daughter, Hazel, down permanently. Vaughan’s writing balances vulgarity and sweetness excellently, with dialogue so clear you swear you hear it in your ears – whether it is a foulmouthed Alana juggling motherhood while on the run or the high spirits of teenaged Izabel, an actual spirit, who serves as Hazel’s impromptu nanny. If the ghost babysitter threw you off, don’t panic. “Saga” takes science fiction and high fantasy and sets the blender to liquefy until you can’t tell the two apart. But, it is far more imaginative than confusing. Readers should catch up on the previous two volumes to learn the ways of magic, spirits, technology, space travel and the two warring societies in “Saga” before reading the latest installment.
“Saga: Vol. 3” pays off by spending more time getting to know the characters. This is not just limited to Marko, Alana and Hazel, but also includes their pursuers, rather than just throwing out more crazy details about the universe. Another big draw to “Saga: Vol. 3” is the art. Fiona Staples continues to bring her best work crafting worlds and characters of pure fancy, while still preserving enough human elements to make it relatable. Expressive faces, color scenery and strong painted strokes make the art intimate, loose and a treat for the eyes. The character designs, from Marko and Alana’s bearing horns and wings inspired by various creatures in the animal kingdom, to oddities such as Lying Cat, a massive, hairless, naked cat with a gold collar and the ability to detect the truth, all feel like original concepts put to page. Each new creature and location Staples creates is worth the price of admission into “Saga” alone, and “Saga: Vol. 3” more than continues that trend. It is hard to talk about the
strengths of the third volume of this series without tossing credit to the first two books, but the final conflict in “Saga: Vol. 3” resolves in an ending that is satisfying enough to call an ending, even if the series is anything but finished. That said, since the series is taking a short break, this may have been an intentional move. My recommendation of this comic is not just to people already reading “Saga” and could use a conclusion that feels like the first act, but also for newcomers as this is the best time to catch up. While this defeats my previous argument that “Saga” is so good that it belongs on your bookshelf, go ahead and download the first chapter for free on comiXology. That was all it took for me to fall in love with this series. “Saga: Vol. 3” is more of what makes this wild and raw series so charming. Its continued development of characters and plot gets better and better with each chapter, but its ending is just satisfying enough that the long wait between collections is going to be worth it. It’s also a
good time for newcomers to jump on board, and I urge them to dive into this story of love, parenthood, magic, spaceships and mystical lie detector cats. Parker Wilhelm is a senior in mass communications. Please send all comments to edge@ kstatecollegian.com.
FLOOD | Big Blue River basin flood threats creates need for programs CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 system, which helps protect downtown Manhattan, Ott said. There is approximately 29,000 feet of levee that protects more than 10,000 residents and 1,600 acres of land. The levee was finished in 1963. The City of Manhattan and Army Corp of Engineers have further studied the levee since the 1993 flood. According to the city commission agenda from January, “The City and the Corps of Engineers became very concerned that the levee may not provide the designed level of protection.” A technical advisory group will help generate ideas for implementation to help increase safety for all Manhattan residents from flood threats. The advisory group will work with a public action group to help minimize flood risks. Ideas
mentioned included identifying evacuation routes for residential and commercial areas and raising the levee. The levee currently meets FEMA standards, which according to the Water and Science Technology Board, “provides reasonable assurance that the levee will provide protection from a 100-year flood.” A 100-year flood is a water elevation that has a 1-in-100 chance of being exceeded in a year, according to FEMA. Flood insurance is typically required for homes with federally backed mortgages. Judy Parks, retiree in the Dix’s Addition subdivision of northern Manhattan, is not required currently to have flood insurance. After the pilot project is implemented, her home will be considered part of the floodplain. Parks wanted to know how her flood insurance was going to
be affected since zoning influences the premiums homeowners pay. For many families with a fixed income, it’s important to know how much to budget for insurance. She said this will affect students, military personnel and university employees. Linda Morse, chair of the Manhattan Area Planning Board, said the project is a positive step. Some of Manhattan’s short-term population, such as students and military, may not think of potential issues like sewer backup or replacing the driveway after flooding, she said.
History of flooding In Manhattan’s history, the largest magnitude flood on record occurred in 1844. Other years with significant floods include 1903, 1951 and, most recently, 1993.
“In ‘93, they didn’t have very good predictive analysis ... who should evacuate next, who’s going to get what,” Ott said. The aspect of research and education will be important in the process. There are plans to develop a website similar to the Wildcat Creek Watershed Council’s website. The website includes on-site data collection that gauges stream levels, which can be helpful for flood inundation mapping. This helps citizens understand the flood and its impacts in real time. The current website’s purpose is to actively update the affected flood areas in an effort to better prepare people for a flood situation. Ott said the mapping element of the project will forecast flood levels for families, be of assistance when the waters rise,
and better answer the question of how much water will flood certain areas and how quickly to evacuate people. Groups participating in the program include the Department of Water Resources, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, FEMA, City of Manhattan officials and state floodplain managers from Riley and Pottawatomie counties.
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