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Critics of revised social media policy speak out on its eﬀects have strong opinions about the policy. Nick Jenkins, senior in open option, said he disagreed with the board’s position. “You should be allowed to have any opinion you want,” Jenkins said. “I think it’s just him (Guth) expressing his opinion on something.” Ritchie Inns, sophomore in history, said that although employees may be subject to the policy when it comes to work-related content, they should not have their personal freedom of speech restricted. “I think it’s nobody’s business what you do at home,” Inns said. “If you did it on campus during faculty hours on a faculty network and they have a policy in place, then you violated that policy. When you’re at home, that’s your own business.” Task force In response to the concerns expressed about the policy, the regents organized a 13-person task force made up of university faculty and administrators from across the state to examine the policy and offer suggestions for revision. Julia Keen, associate professor in architectural engineering and construction science and president of the Faculty Senate, was one of the people chosen to serve on the task force. Keen said that the group was in agreement that changes to the policy needed to be made. “I would say that, universally, we thought there was a problem with this current social media policy,” Keen said. “That was a uniform thought,
By Jon Parton the collegian University of Kansas professor David Guth was suspended from his job last year after he tweeted, “#NavyYardShooting Blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” following the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting. Now, the controversy of the Kansas Board of Regents’ role in the issue, and how it will affect Kansas institutions, continues to broil. Last year, the Kansas Board of Regents created a new policy that gave state universities the ability to discipline or even fire faculty and staff for any statements made over social media, regardless of tenure. The policy has a chilling effect on speech, said Philip Nel, professor in English. “It creates a climate in which people are worried about speaking up,” Nel said. “That’s the issue here. People don’t want to talk about it for fear of losing their jobs.” Nel’s fear was expressed by several graduate teaching assistant who were unwilling to speak on the record for fear of repercussions. At this time, tenured professors have been the most vocal about their disapproval of the policy. In addition to professors at K-State and Kansas speaking out against the policy, claiming that it limits freedom of speech, students also
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‘How to correct it?’ I think there was discussion and I think there was some debate, but I think we were in a common direction.” The task force presented their recommendations to the board’s Governance Committee April 16 in Topeka. Among the group’s chief concerns was limiting the right to free speech. Board member Fred Logan said he did not think the policy did that. “I don’t agree this restricts expression,” Logan said, according to the Kansas City Star. The changes recommended to the policy by the task force included the removal of punitive language and recognizing when an employee is making a personal statement rather than a professional one. The task force recommendations were approved by both K-State and University of Kansas Faculty Senates. Keen said, as it stands, the policy could limit professors from bringing up controversial topics or ideas in order to generate discussion. “Our intent is to question,” Keen said. “When we think about our classes and teaching a class, sometimes we are intentionally putting out there questions that are going to provoke thinking.” Keen said many instructors are concerned about the policy’s ability to influence what they are able to comfortably teach in the classroom. “If I were using social media as a platform for my class and I wanted to say something that was going to get the conversation going, is somebody
going to take what I said in social media out of the context of that class?” Keen said. “All of the sudden, I’ve done something that would potentially be detrimental.” According to Wichita public radio KMUW, the regents decided that the social media policy still stands, but will incorporate wording to protect First Amendment rights and academic freedom. Nel said the revised policy contradicts itself, because it includes language about recognizing First Amendment rights while still allowing universities to terminate faculty and staff for issuing statements, “contrary to the best interests of the university.” “The problem is that it is not well defined,” Nel said. “You could still be fired for something you say as a private citizen. It doesn’t seem like they’ve really listened to the work group.” Nel said the policy is unusual because of the punitive language used. Other state’s social media policies are presented as guidelines, according to the findings of the task force. “We knew from the start that the work group wasn’t being taken seriously,” Nel said. “They (the board) were condescending.” The Kansas Board of Regents’ Governance Committee is currently taking comments on the revisions from the public through this Friday. They can be contacted through their website at kansasregents.org or by calling 785-296-3421.
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Five Fort Riley soldiers to become citizens, celebrate right to vote Fort Riley is holding a special ceremony in recognition of five soldiers taking the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens. The Naturalization Ceremony will take place today at 9:45 a.m. and is in conjunction with their celebration of Law Day on Thursday. Law Day is held nationwide each year on May 1 to celebrate the importance of law, equality and justice. According to the American Bar Association, this year’s central theme is voting rights and how the right to vote is crucial to democracy in the U.S. Only U.S. citizens are permitted to vote in federal elections. The five Fort Riley soldiers becoming citizens in the special ceremony celebrating Law Day are: 1st Lt. Sonny M. Saleutogi, 97th Military Police Battalion Spc. Hamder J. Meran Castillo, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Pfc. Toninio Coby, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Pfc. Santos F. Iglesias, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Spc. Seymour Harry Seymour, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 1st Infantry Division.
K-State dance students to hold senior concert
New phase of exhibit to be unveiled at Sunset Zoo fundraiser event
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Graduating seniors from the dance program will be putting on their senior concert on May 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Forum Hall. The concert will include jazz, ballet and modern dance performed and choreographed by students Meredith Dodd, Mica Bengtson, Karissa Spohn and Victoria Menear. The event is free and open to the public.
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Sunset Zoo will be unveiling Phase II of the new gibbons exhibit at its annual Wine in the Wild fundraiser event in June. The new expansion will include an outdoor exhibit yard and a viewing plaza for guests to view the small primates. Phase II was a $100,000 project funded entirely by private donations to the zoo. Phase I of the exhibit opened in April 2012. The exhibit will be unveiled at the VIP reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on June 7. General admission opens at 7 p.m. For people unable to attend Wine in the Wild, there will also be a dedication ceremony for the general public to attend the next day, June 8, at 1 p.m. Gibbons are small, tree-dwelling apes native to southeast Asia. Their population is in decline, mostly due to habitat loss, and several species of gibbon are considered endangered. The gibbons at Sunset Zoo are lar, or white-handed, gibbons. Wine in the Wild is one of Sunset Zoo’s annual fundraiser campaigns. This year’s event will include various types of wine from Nespor’s Wine and Spirits, hors d’oeuvres from Hy-Vee, live music by local band Muzizi and more. VIP tickets may be bought in advance for $80 and general admission for $45 in advance. If tickets remain the day of the event, they will be available at $100 for VIP or $55 for general admission. Proceeds are used for various programs and projects at the zoo. Questions may be directed to the Sunset Zoo at 785-587-2737.
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Films that tug at heart strings and incredible insight to the race conversation.
Jakki Forester the collegian Of the wide variety of movie genres we have to select from, the category of “tearjerker” is often overlooked and dominated by adaptations of Nicholas Sparks books or story lines that end with the lead animal passing away. Other tearjerker movies that live up to their genre namesake include Disney Pixar movies, like “Up” and “Toy Story 3.” While many films do the job of making viewers cry, they are not included in the following list of tearjerkers. This list is centered around films that can cause a flood of tears, while also passing on important life lessons. If you haven’t seen these seven movies then you should really consider checking them out; if you have, they may be worth revisiting.
1. ‘American History X’
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Originally released in 1998, this movie is still a classic more than a decade later. It follows the lives of Derek Vinyard, a reforming neo-Nazi skinhead, and Danny Vinyard, Derek’s younger brother who was initiated into a neo-Nazi gang while Derek was serving time in prison. As the movie progresses, lessons are learned about race dynamics and the power struggles in contemporary American society. The last 10 minutes make all the vulgarity and violence in the movie worth watching. This movie might have been before its time when it was originally released, but it still tugs at viewers’ heart strings today. As the movie continues, people get invested in the characters and how their lives went terribly wrong. Although the conversation about race is coming from a perspective of neo-Nazi rather than a person of color, this movie brings unique
“Crash” follows the lives of different Los Angeles residents as they face issues of race, loss and redemption. This movie brings together diverse and different ethnic backgrounds, and glimpses at the discrimination each faces. While some discrimination shown is blatant physical violence, verbal discrimination, microaggressions and racially driven crimes are also highlighted throughout the feature-length film. While many issues of race are covered throughout the film as the lead characters’ plot lines are all intertwined, the conclusion makes audience members question everything. “Crash” provides insight into different types of discrimination against different groups of people, while finding yourself crying at the end. It’s a moving film.
3. ‘Gran Torino’ Released in 2008, “Gran Torino” follows Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (played by Clint Eastwood), as he copes with a Hmong family moving in next door. Kowalski starts off being incredibly hateful towards his new neighbors, but eventually learns to enjoy their company through an almost-robbery experience they shared. By the end of the movie, Kowalski defends and supports the Hmongs by taking his own life to protect the lives of others. This movie can make a lot of people tear up. It brings a unique perspective to the discussions surrounding race by bringing in a white/Hmong dynamic rather than a black/white one. It is beautiful and inspirational to find love and support in those you would least expect, and it’s because of this that “Gran Torino” emotionally moves so many people.
4. ‘Milk’ A biographical film about the first openly gay politician voted into office by citizens, “Milk” shows and chronicles the life of Harvey Milk. Through threats, suicides, discrimination and his eventual murder, Milk was able to find
love and hope in people who were unable to find it in themselves. As the movie continues, viewers are able to see into the life of what it was like to be openly gay before, essentially, anyone else. Even if people don’t support, understand or get the LGBT movement, this movie is worth watching. While it has its faults, it shows the strength of a community who still faces some of the same struggles today. This movie could bring anyone to tears, as the crafting of the film, casting of characters, writing and creation of this was incredibly well done.
5. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Released in November 2013, the “Dallas Buyers Club” shows the historical context of how hard AIDS hit America and the stigma surrounding it. Though there still is no functional cure for AIDS, the “Dallas Buyers Club” shows the transformation of real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff. The film picks up in 1986 when Woodruff (played by Matthew McConaughey) was diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. As Woodruff seeks medical treatment (legally and illegally), he finds allies in unlikely places and through unlikely people. As this movie is based on actual events, it has the potential to bring many audience members to tears. The end is difficult to experience, as viewers get invested in the characters, the roles they play and the subjective good they bring to others. This film conquered the AIDS conversation in a way that isn’t often seen in mainstream Hollywood films. Whether or not you know a lot about the historical context of AIDS in the U.S., you can enjoy the gripping tale this movie has to tell.
6. ‘I Am Sam’ This movie conquers the conversation about developmental disabilities. The story follows Sean Penn’s character Sam Dawson, who lives with a mental developmental disability that leads others to question whether or not he can properly take care of his child. As the movie moves forward, he is able to teach a thing or two to his ex-wife, his daughter and his
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7. ‘Pay It Forward’ The 2000 film “Pay It Forward” follows the actions of Trevor McKinney, played by Haley Joel Osment. When given an assignment to change the world for the better in his social studio’s class, McKinney is determined to do so by helping those around him. Though McKinney is only about 11 years old, he grasps the impact his actions could have on others. However, as he maneuvers his way through trying to find people to help, his positive actions cause an unfortunate ending. This movie can make just about anyone cry. As McKin-
ney’s actions bring positivity into other’s lives, he is met with hate from another student. When the community gathers at the end to celebrate McKinney, movie watchers can’t help but feel sad and distraught. It’s an emotionally-driven classic film that just about anyone can relate to. It rudely reminds us that sometimes, no matter how much good we think we are doing in the world, our actions can be met with anger or hatred. As summer approaches and there is more time to watch television or movies, these seven tearjerkers would be more than worth the watch. They will move you and provide insight that will cause your heart to ache. So be ready to get emotionally invested as you ride a roller coaster of feelings. Jakki Forester is a junior in journalism and American ethnic studies. Please send all comments to edge@kstatecollegian. com.
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Sterling Penalty: American sports no place for racism
Emilio Rivera the collegian In one of his first actions as the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver brought the hammer down upon the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling. The released portions of tape that damned Sterling were a part of an hour-long recording of a conversation that Sterling had with his mistress, V. Stiviano. In the recording, Sterling made it clear to Stiviano that he didn’t want her to be seen with any black friends, including Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp whose pictures with Stiviano reportedly started the conflict.
The recording was reportedly recorded and released by Stiviano – although she publicly declined releasing the video via her legal team. During a press conference on Monday, Silver banned Sterling from his Clippers organization for life, while at the same time, fining the billionaire real estate tycoon $2.5 million for his racist comments highlighted by TMZ over the weekend. Sterling will no longer be allowed in or around the Clippers facilities, can no longer be involved in any business decisions made for the Clippers or on players, and can no longer be involved in the NBA Board of Governors or any other league activity. The $2.5 million, the highest allowed fine under the NBA bylaws, will go toward anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts around the league and country, a fitting use of the money stemming from racist comments. This punishment effectively means that although Sterling owns the team, he can’t have anything to
do with them. The NBA is trying to force Sterling’s hand into selling the team, which hasn’t even been hinted to by Sterling himself. A part of the reaction from the league stems from other legal trouble that Sterling has been a part of in his 33 years as owner of the Clippers. He has been in legal trouble stemming from housing discrimination cases, including being sued for not allowing, or making it difficult for, non-whites or people with children to obtain his properties, spending millions to keep the cases out of court. Sterling was even sued in early 2009 by his former general manager, and Hall of Fame Los Angeles Laker forward, Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination. Baylor served under Sterling for 22 years. In another wrinkle to the story, even with his appalling history against other races, Sterling was supposed to receive his second lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP this week. But, in the end, what does this
ruling do? First, and most importantly in the eyes of Silver, it strips ownership power and money away from a known racist. This will also certainly bring in rules banning racial slurs by players and personnel on and off the court. The NFL has just implemented a rule that, starting next season, penalizes players for using slurs on the field. Silver’s punishment makes a resounding statement to the American public. Look for athletes, coaches and commissioners alike to rally behind the ruling and implement rules to make this stick. It will probably continue to make a statement for years to come in America. Unfortunately, this ruling needs to be broadened for all sports in every country, not just America. Though people justifiably think that this is a huge deal in America, it still fails in comparison to what athletes face throughout the world. Just on Sunday, an all-toocommon occurrence happened on
the soccer pitch when a Villarreal CF fan threw a banana at Barcelona’s Dani Alves, a Brazilian native. However, this is hardly the first time for such instance. In 2010, fans of the Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow made a sign saying “Thanks West Brom” with a banana painted on it after the club traded Nigerian Peter Odemwingie. Racism in sports outside America can be severe, and impacts players to an extent that is unimaginable. American teams do not have to broadcast before games that it will not allow any racist actions. Can you imagine what it does to the athletes in those countries? While Silver’s punishment sets a standard for American sports as it begins to weed out racism in the industry, a lot still needs to be done to curve racism in sports throughout the world. Emilio Rivera is a freshman in pre-journalism. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klein makes smart move to Canada so he can prove next-level quarterback skills
John Zetmeir the collegian Collin Klein won a lot of football games during his college career. In fact, he will always be considered one of the all-time greats to sport a K-State Wildcat jersey. After staying off the football field for over a year, Klein will now take his talents across the northern border to join the Montreal Alouettes.
Evert Nelson | the collegian Then-senior quarterback Collin Klein holds up the Big 12 trophy after the Wildcats’ defeated the Longhorns 42-24 for the conference title at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
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The former Heisman trophy finalist inked a two-year deal with the Alouettes, becoming the second big-name American to sign with the Montreal franchise. Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has also signed with the Alouettes. Notable quarterbacks who proved their worth in the Canadian Football League include Warren Moon, Doug Flutie and Joe Theismann. With that precedent, if Klein hopes to still play in the NFL, the Canadian Football League was a step in the right direction. Klein went 21-5 during his two full years as a starter for the Wildcats, which included leading K-State to their first Big 12 title in 10 years. Despite gutting out many wins and doing whatever it took, teams were reluctant to take a chance on the
quarterback who was labeled to have an awkward throwing motion. The Houston Texans gave Klein a shot, but he did not make it out of rookie camp. There are some elements in the Canadian Football League that Klein will have to adapt to. The first one being the number of downs. In college football and the NFL there are a total of four downs; in the Canadian Football League, however, there are only three. The significance of this is that there are really only two downs for the offense to convert for a fresh set of downs. That means there is more of an emphasis on throwing the ball, something that NFL general managers questioned that Klein could do. With less time between plays, a larger field and less downs, this could be Klein’s
chance to show NFL teams that he can handle an up-tempo offense as well as showing his ability to be more than a running quarterback. This appears to be a glorified tryout for Klein, who refused to switch positions, to show that he has what it takes to play on Sundays in his home country. That isn’t saying that Klein won’t give it all he has on a day-to-day basis. If there is one thing I learned during my year and a half of covering Klein, it is that he will give 110 percent whether he is wearing a Loveland, K-State or Alouette jersey. John Zetmeir is a junior in mass communications. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Creating, sticking to a budget: the process, the payoff
Andy Rao the collegian During your years as a college student, you will inevitably be faced with numerous challenges that you may not have ever faced in your life before. Stressors regarding your academics, health, social life and the idea of life after college can often pile up, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. The biggest stressor, however, may just be financial disarray. After all, if you can’t pay your bills, you likely may not even be able to stay in school in the first place. In order to avoid this mess, you must come up with a strict budget and follow it. You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before. We all know how important it is to come up with a system for your monetary situation, but how exactly is this done? By following these simple steps, not only will you improve your current financial situation, but you will also be able to set future goals for long-term financial success.
1. Gather information and be aware of inflows and outflows I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they have no idea when or how much they get paid, when their bills are due or how much money they need to have available to pay those bills. Cash flow, which is basically how your money goes in and out of your possession, is extremely important because timing is important. Things like credit cards can give you
more flexibility when it comes to cash flow, but eventually bills have to paid and you have to have money on hand to do that. The first step of budgeting is understanding your current situation. If you don’t know it already, find out how much you get paid and how often, and find out when your regular expenses are incurred. This includes things like rent, groceries, bills for school, etc.
2. Make an itemized list of fixed and variable expenses In order to really understand where your money goes and how to better allocate it, you have to have a good understanding of your required expenses and your arbitrary expenses. Rent, groceries and other bills are usually required expenses, while things like entertainment, eating out and alcohol are arbitrary, meaning not required. Once you have created that list, you can start to compare how much money you spend on items that you have deemed that you need versus items that you have deemed unnecessary or luxury.
3. Prioritize After you have created your itemized list of expenses, you can start to see how your money is allocated in regards to how much inflow, or income, you have. This will help you understand what is important to you. For example, if you are spending more than half of your money on rent and your living condition is only moderately important to you, you may want to consider reallocating a portion of your money elsewhere. Create budgeted allocations for yourself for things that you regularly spend money on and, ideally, create an allocation for saving as well. If you cannot save, make sure that at least all of your expenses are covered. Creating target amounts for
Planning a monthly budget can help students keep track of budget goals and expenses. It is important to take all expenses, including necessities and luxuries, into consideration when planning a budget.
all of your expenses will give you a range for each expense that you regularly incur.
4. Follow up and compare actual versus budgeted expenses There is no point in creating a budget if you don’t track and compare what you’ve budgeted versus what you’ve actually spent. In order for your budget to be effective in improving your
spending habits, you must periodically update your accounts. Each itemized expense will have its own allocation, and as you spend money, you will drain the amount available for each expense. This will give you a visual on how much you have spent and how much you have left to spend on each individual type of expense. At the end of the month, you will be able to gauge how successful you were. Did you spend
within your budget, or did you overspend? Successful budgeting takes discipline, follow through and sometimes, sacrificing wants to make sure that you can cover your needs. Making it a habit, however, could be the best thing you do for yourself in the long run. Andy Rao is a senior in finance. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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