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Local, state news updates By Karen Sarita Ingram the collegian

New City Engineer announced for Manhattan Brian D. Johnson has been promoted to City Engineer for the City of Manhattan, according to a press release on Friday. Johnson will fill the vacancy left by former City Engineer, Robert. K. Ott, who was promoted to Director of Public Works in February. Johnson previously worked as the Principal Civil Engineer since October 2008. His new role as City Engineer will include planning, directing, managing and overseeing the operations, budget and personnel within the Engineering Department of Public Works. The Public Works Engineering Department tends to the city’s streets, storm drainage, traffic and more.

Eli Schooley K-Staters, A new SGA term starts this Thursday evening! As Jake and I come to the end of our term in office, I’d like to offer one final weekly update today, looking back at the past year and reporting on some of the progress we’ve been able to achieve along with the whole of Student Senate. We’ll start with our platform goals from our campaign over a year ago: first, we wanted to “empower relationships” by enabling more students to have professional mentorship opportunities. We’re thrilled to say that programs will begin soon in the Colleges of Human Ecology and Arts & Sciences, thanks to great leadership from Deans Buckwalter and Dorhout, in cooperation with SGA. Secondly, we wanted to “enhance mobility” on campus, so we installed mobile charging stations through work with Union Director Bill Smriga and iTac Director Rebecca Gould, added a “wifi error report link” to KSOL, and made major progress on an improved K-State app, which will continue after we’re gone. Thirdly, we’ve “enriched experience” by working with the Provost’s Office to form a TEVAL Revisions Task Force, which has begun evaluating ways in which our process can be improved. But our platform goals have been just the start; we’ve been able to improve things at K-State through a number of facilities-related projects as well. We’ve worked to enable free student parking (for up to 2.5 hours) south of the Rec Complex with the simple swipe of a Student ID. We’ve recommended improvements to the surrounding community through City University Fund, like paving the parking lot in City Park and making Denison Avenue west of campus safer. Of course, we’ve continued to work hard on the program design phase of the Student Union renovation, and are excited to report a number of functional and architectural improvements in the works. A number of other projects have been the focus of our attention this year too: earlier this semester, we partnered with SafeTrek, a mobile safety app, to allow K-State students, faculty, and staff to download the app for free. We’ve continued to advocate for a shift in campus smoking policy, and passed a resolution through Student Senate reflecting that sentiment; Faculty and Classified Senates are in the process of considering such a resolution as well. Finally, our Tuition Strategies Committee just wrapped up its work, and will soon be recommending to President Schulz a tuition and fee level for next academic year that we feel balances the competing priorities of affordability and university quality; we’ll keep our fingers crossed that our advocacy work early this semester to the Kansas Legislature will pay off with no further cuts to the K-State budget! Tomorrow’s K-State Today will feature an even more comprehensive list of SGA’s work over the past year — check it out. I hope we’ve served you well over the past year. It has been a pleasure, and an experience we won’t ever forget — thanks for following along and for the opportunity to serve over the past 12 months! Eli Schooley Student Body President

Sunset Zoo to celebrate Earth Day Sunset Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day with Party for the Planet, a family-friendly event next Saturday, April 19, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Entertainment will include animal encounter activities, a rock climbing wall, magician performances and more. Party for the Planet activities are included with the normal cost of admission.

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Parker Robb | the collegian Cyclists competing in the men’s category 1/2/3 USA Cycling Campus Criterium fly by Anderson Hall in their one mile circuit of the east side of the K-State campus Sunday afternoon. The KSU Cycling Club hosted the Wildcat Grand Prix over the weekend, hosting both USAC races and the North & South Central Collegiate Championship races on an 18-mile-lap road course beginning in Randolph Saturday, and on the criterium course around the K-State campus Sunday.

‘Breaking Bad’ star talks about disability By Jakki Forester the collegian


udience members filled the 600 seats in Forum Hall on Friday night to hear RJ Mitte, known for his role as Walter White Jr. or Flynn on AMC’s TV series, “Breaking Bad,” speak about his experiences with cerebral palsy. “He spoke about the concept of being honest and true to yourself,” Zachary Mason, senior in life sciences, said. “He was Walt Jr., and he stayed true to himself while in that role. It made me respect him even more. He is just such a genuine person.” Mitte opened the presentation by explaining that he was born with cerebral palsy and that it wasn’t a result of another traumatic event in his life. Cerebral palsy, according to the Mayo Clinic, is

“a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an injury to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.” Mitte said he was diagnosed at the age of three, and had to go through intense and regular treatments. While growing up, his feet had to be bent and cast every six months or so until he was 12 years old. “I learned to ‘trip’ into the bath tub,” Mitte said. “I knew that if I had to get another cast, I would be out of school for multiple days, which was really awesome.” Although his legs were in casts for much of his childhood, Mitte said he learned to grow and that he wanted to continue developing physically. He told a story about one of the exercises he did at home--folding towels. As trivial and simple as that might seem to someone who is able-bodied, he said it is a diffi-

cult task for those who lack proper muscle development. He said his mother would come and push over an entire stack of folded towels, as a way to challenge him. “I could have thrown my hands up in the air and said ‘I didn’t want to do this anymore,’” Mitte said. “But instead, I would refold all of the towels. I knew I wanted to be better and to be stronger. When it comes to a disability, you truly have to work for it if you want it bad enough. I worked to control my disability, because I wanted to get better.” Mitte said his sister, actress Lacianne Carriere, was actually the first to break into Hollywood, after being discovered at a waterpark. Lacianne has acted in Nickelodeon’s Victorious, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

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After hot start, Cats drop home series to Jayhawks By Spencer Low the collegian


n the wake of a dominating performance on Friday night over the Kansas Jayhawks, K-State head coach Brad Hill said that the win meant nothing if the team did not play well in the next two games and win the series. Hill’s warning proved true, as the Wildcats (18-13, 2-4 Big 12) lost the final two games against Kanas (21-11, 5-4 Big 12) on Saturday and Sunday. “More than anything else, losing at home hurts,” Hill said after Sunday’s loss. “Losing a series at home, that’s the one that hurts, it doesn’t matter who it is.” Friday’s game saw the Wildcats fire on all cylinders in a 10-0 win, as sophomore starter Levi MaVorhis tossed a three-hit shutout and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. The right hander struck out four and walked two to earn his fourth win of the season on the mound. The offense was equally brilliant, banging out ten hits and drawing eight walks. While only one batter had multiple hits, every player that started the game registered at least one hit. Freshman designated hitter Tanner DeVinny registered his first career home run in the bottom of the first to drive in three runs, while senior first baseman Shane Conlon hit his first dinger of the season - a solo shot in the fourth. Despite the hot start Friday, Kansas took an early lead in the first inning against K-State starter Jared Moore on Saturday, who turned in his second straight shaky performance. The senior lefty allowed five runs - four earned - over five innings, with five walks and just a single punch out. After striking for two runs in the first inning, the Jayhawks never looked back, winning the game 6-3 despite multiple opportunities for K-State to orchestrate a comeback. The Wildcat offense managed seven hits and seven walks, but went 0-3 with the bases loaded, including one opportunity in the eighth inning, and 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

George Walker | the collegian First baseman Shane Conlon catches the ball just after KU outfielder Joven Afenir touches first base during the K-State vs. KU game on Friday at the Tointon Family Stadium. Despite beating KU 10-0 in the first game of the series Friday, the Wildcats lost the series with subsequent losses of 6-3 and 2-1 at the hands of the Jayhawks.

Sunday’s rubber match featured two pitchers that came into the game with big numbers: K-State’s Nate Griep and Kansas’ Frank Duncan. A freshman, Griep entered the matchup with the fourth-lowest ERA in the Big 12 this season at 1.67, while Duncan was right behind him in fifth place with a 1.69 ERA. Griep struggled more than usual despite allowing just two runs over eight innings, giving up 10 hits and walking four while only registering one strikeout. On the flip side, Duncan continued his stellar

2014 campaign, tossing a complete game and keeping K-State hitters from getting anything going on the afternoon. “Credit where credit’s due,” Hill said on Duncan. “He’s proven that he is one of the best pitchers in the league this year. Great outing by him.” Despite a slew of base runners, Griep managed to hold Kansas at arm’s length for most of the game, and came out for the ninth inning to go for his second complete game of the year, but loaded the bases with no outs to prompt a pitching change


by Hill. Freshman Ethan Landon continued to be the go-to guy out of the bullpen, putting out the fire and escaping the inning with no runs. “We pitched well enough to win the series this weekend, we pitched well enough for a sweep,” senior catcher Blair DeBord said Sunday. “Obviously you saw the offensive output we had on Friday and we weren’t able to follow that up.” In the final game, K-State managed just one base runner in the final three innings, a walk drawn by senior center fielder Ross Kivett, who had driven in the team’s lone

run with a double in the fifth inning. The only other offensive highlight was DeVinny, who had a career-high three hits on the day. “You never want to lose a rivalry series, but you never want to lose any series,” Kivett said. “This is a gut check week, and I’m looking forward to how this team responds because I think they are going to respond correctly.” The Wildcats have two midweek games coming up, a home matchup against Wichita State on Tuesday, followed by a road game at Nebraska on Wednesday.


Conference losses mount over weekend Athletes post strong showings in pole vault, women’s heptathlon By John Zetmeir the collegian

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The K-State Wildcats faced another difficult weekend as they squared off against the No. 25 Texas Longhorns and the No. 16 Baylor Bears. The young Wildcat squad was simply outmatched, dropping both matches and falling to 8-10 on the season (2-4 Big 12). K-State fell short to Texas 7-0 on Saturday before falling to Baylor 5-1 on Sunday to wrap up the series. “Baylor is a very talented team and very well coached,” interim head coach Liz Ullathorne said Sunday. “I thought we put ourselves in some positions today, just didn’t play the big points as well as we could’ve and came up short.” Six spots on the Wildcats eight-woman roster are filled by freshmen. The lone senior on the squad, Petra Niedermayerova, has continued her strong play as the season progresses. With her victory over Baylor’s No. 34 ranked Kiah Generette, K-State’s all-time win leader notched her

The K-State track and field team split up into three groups for their weekend trip to California. In all three locations, the K-State Wildcats saw athletes put in some stellar performances. In San Francisco, Calif. at the Distance Carnival, all three Wildcats put in strong showings. Freshman Morgan

Wedekind finished with a time of 10:46.28 in the 3000 meter steeplechase which earned her a third place finish out of the 31 competitors. Redshirt freshman Mary Frances Donnelly finished fifth in the 1500 meter run and sixth in the 800 meter run. Junior Erika Schiller finished fifth amongst 32 athletes in the 10K. At the Sam Adams Multi held at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., junior Joslyn Barnes finished with a career day, finishing ninth

in the women’s heptathlon. Senior Erica Twiss continued her strong senior campaign, finishing sixth in the women’s heptathlon. Sophomore Reinis Kregers set personal bests in four events over the weekend, most notably finishing second in the decathlon. At the Stanford Invitational, K-State had eight top20 performances. Junior Tommy Brady cleared a height of 4.81 meters and earned a first place victory in the men’s pole vault event.


After impressive win against KU, rowers finish 6th in San Diego By Timothy Everson the collegian The K-State Women’s Rowing came into the San Diego Crew Classic with some impressive momentum after a stellar showing at last weekend’s Sunflower Showdown and the Longhorn Invitational earlier in March. The Wildcats, with the

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6, “TENNIS” George Walker | the collegian Junior Amina St. Hill returns the ball during the match against Baylor on Sunday at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.

reigning Big XII and Conference USA boats of weeks, were not able to find similar success on the west coast, however. K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 finished 2nd in their qualifying heat, which advanced them to the Crew Cup Final for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Wildcats then found themselves amongst a stacked

field in the final going up against the likes Canadian teams Victoria and British Columbia as well as Conference USA member Tulsa. In the final race for the 1V8 the Wildcats ended in 6th place. K-State, now fully entrenched in the championship season, sets its sight on SIRAs (Southern Collegiate Rowing Association) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on April 18th-19th.


Eliasson ties for 2nd at SMU Invitational By Austin Earl the collegian The K-State women’s golf team traveled to Dallas, Texas for the SMU Invitational over the weekend and finished tied for 10th place after the final round

of the tournament was canceled due to lightning. Fellow Big 12 competitor Baylor finished in first. The Bears finished 15-overpar, which was four strokes better than the runner-up LSU Tigers and 29 strokes better than the Wildcats’. K-State’s bright spot came with junior Olivia Eliasson tying

for second place individually. She was 2-over-par, five strokes behind the tournament champion. Senior Gianna Misenhelter was nine strokes behind Eliasson, and finished tied for 37th. Junior Carly Ragains was 14-over and freshman Katherine G. Coursol was 17-over and both finished outside of the top 50.

Team heads west for Cowboy Classic By Tate Steinlage the collegian The K-State men’s golf team returns to the desert for the second time in three weeks, this time to compete in the 2014 Wyoming Cowboy Classic. The event is scheduled for three rounds — two on Monday and

a final round on Tuesday — held at the par-70, 7,133-yard Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. “Talking Stick is an interesting desert style layout, despite being built on flat terrain,” head coach Tim Norris told K-State Sports. “Placement off the tee will be important as many holes do not require a driver.”

The Wildcats’ scoring lineup will consist of seniors Daniel Wood and David Klaudt, junior Kyle Weldon, and freshmen Seth Smith and Connor Knabe. K-State and Oklahoma will be the two Big 12 representatives at the event and will face off against one another as well as the 18 other schools in attendance at the two-day long tournament.



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MITTE | ‘All disabilities

can be overcome’ says TV star about cerebral palsy CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Lauren Kuykendall | the collegian People from all over Manhattan fly a rainbow flag to show the diversity of the LGBT community down Moro Street in Aggieville as part of the Little Apple Pride Parade and Celebration Saturday. The annual event is an attempt to raise acceptance of the community.

While waiting in the agent’s office for Lacianne, others asked Mitte’s parents whether he had ever considered entering the television or movie industry. Though Mitte had been in acting classes growing up, his parents said his disability had already caused a significant amount of rejection in his life and that they weren’t sure if the entertainment industry was the best choice for him. The agent helped Mitte get started with background jobs on TV shows. He worked behind the scenes on shows like “Hannah Montana,” “Weeds” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” It was about six months after those jobs that he auditioned for his role in “Breaking Bad.” “If it wasn’t for ‘Breaking Bad,’ I don’t think I would be in the business still,” Mitte said. The role of Walter White, Jr. was created specifically for someone with a disability, in remembrance of someone Gilligan had attended college with, Mitte said. He added that he didn’t have to add much to the character, because the show was written so well. Throughout his time in “Breaking Bad” and now ABC Family’s series, “Switched at Birth,” he has often been type-casted as an actor with a disability. Mitte said he would never accept a role that depicted people with disabilities inaccurately, saying that doing so would go against everything he

believes. “I liked how he persevered,” Hanna Hayden, senior at Manhattan High School and Manhattan resident, said. “He has taken his disability in stride. He found his niche and never let it stop him.” Hosted as a part of K-State For All, a week dedicated to promoting disability awareness, this event was sponsored by the Union Program Council, the K-State LGBT Resource Center and EmPower Cats. “I think he presented about (disability) in terms for people to relate to and understand, with a hint of humor,” Georgia Campbell, UPC forums co-chair and senior in family studies and human services, said. “It made me emotional to hear his story since I have a brother with cerebral palsy, as well. Although my brother’s challenges are more severe, it makes (his) achievements no less great. It was just really great to see someone with a disability breaking barriers and to bring 600 students together to hear his message.” One of the common themes in Mitte’s presentation was that he put his wants aside and focused on his needs, a primary one of which was getting stronger as a person. He told audience members that they have to truly work for what they want. “Everyone has challenges and everyone has disabilities,” Mitte said. “It’s about what you do to overcome them, because all disabilities can be overcome.”


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Lauren Kuykendall | the collegian Jason Lopez from Manhattan, KS, dances to the “Cupid Shuffle” during a break between performances at the Little Apple Pride Parade and Celebration Saturday in Aggieville Triangle Park.

By Jakki Forester the collegian The fifth annual Little Apple Pride Parade and Celebration was hosted by K-State's LGBT & Allies Saturday. The event brought out more than 300 students, community members,

K-State faculty and staff and people from the Manhattan, Fort Riley and Junction City areas to celebrate LGBT pride. Little Apple Pride Parade and Celebration parade started at First Congregational Church, 700 Poyntz Ave., and ended in Triangle Park later in the evening.

excited to travel again,” Ullthorne said. “Going down there and playing in a different environment is probably a good thing for us. A little bit of a change up, shake them up a little bit. Those matches again are going to be really tough but we definitely have a shot.”

Lauren Kuykendall | the collegian A young one shows his support for LGBT by with a rainbow flag adorned car during the Little Apple Pride Parade and Celebratio in Aggieville on Saturday. Everyone who attended the parade was given a little rainbow flag to show their support for the LGBT community.

The celebration began with performances by local drag queens Lilkim Chi, Vanity Monzter and Brihanna Jayde, drag king Sir Valentino and keynote speaker Stephanie Mott, executive director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project. The Pride Parade is co-sponsored annually by

different local organizations; the sponsor organizations also set up tables and networked with attendees at the event. The event is used to help members of the LGBT and allied communities show support for each other and come together to further equality for the community.

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