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k-state orientation & enrollment GUIDE VOL. 119



Key enrollment terms students should know


A student’s review on this year’s common read


Inexpensive, fun activities students should check out

Hannah Hunsinger | the collegian Willie Wildcat spells K-S-U after performing touchdown push-ups at the K-State versus UMass game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 14, 2013.




Welcome to the K-State family! If this is your first time at K-State, welcome. If you are returning, we are glad you are back. Summer orientation and enrollment is an exciting time, and we look forward to having you as a member of the K-State family on campus in August. We know that transitioning into college can sometimes be confusing, stressful or overwhelming. The

good news is there are so many resources and people at K-State ready to help make your transition to life at university as smooth as possible. This Orientation and Enrollment Guide is full of tips from current students, information about resources and opportunities for incoming students and other information designed to help you. “The Collegian,” the indepen-

Reagan Kays Welcome, new Wildcats! I still vividly remember when I was standing in your shoes on my own orientation day. I was so excited to be enrolling as a student at K-State, as I’m sure you are now. We’re thrilled to add you to our family of over 24,000 students, 5,000 staff and faculty, and countless alumni. There’s really no place like the Little Apple, as you’ll soon come to know. I’ll be serving as your student body president this year, with Cody Kennedy alongside me as vice president. As your elected representatives, our priority is serving you. With that in mind, we want to hear any input you have; suggestions, questions, comments or concerns. Follow us on Twitter @KStateSBP_SBVP to keep tabs on what we’re doing in office, and feel free to send us an email anytime. We also spend a great deal of time in our office (809 K-State Student Union) so stop by and see us! Now, I know all the information being thrown at you today is a little overwhelming, but I want to mention just a few of the great programs the Student Governing Association brings to campus. The Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and offers state-of-the-art fitness and recreation equipment. The Union Program Council brings in high profile enter-

dent voice of K-State, has a long history here. The first student publication, the “Students’ Herald,” was published in 1896. Through the years, it has undergone name changes, updated the technology and received many awards. We launched our website,, in 1994. Today, we publish a newspaper each weekday during the school year, and once a week during the

tainment acts like Aziz Ansari, Bill Nye, and Seth Meyers, so keep an eye out for who they land next. If you’re ever feeling a little under the weather, head to our own comprehensive, affordable Lafene Health Center (1105 Sunset Ave). For more ideas to keep yourself busy, create your profile on our new student organization management platform OrgSync to see how you can get involved. Some of my favorite memories over the past few years have come from getting involved and exploring the community. If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this message, it’s to jump at every opportunity you see. Join a club, go greek, study abroad, volunteer – it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re doing something! It’s tempting to sleep in or hang out at home, but you’ll look back on your college experience much more fondly if you use your time constructively. Last, but certainly not least, I encourage you to explore your new hometown. Manhattan has a unique and vibrant culture, with something to offer everyone. Grab a bite to eat in Aggieville at top-notch restaurants like So Long Saloon, Coco Bolos, Taco Lucha, Kite’s – I could go on all day. Trek up Manhattan Hill to check out the giant “MANHATTAN” letters, soak up some sun at Pillsbury Crossing, or take in a sunset over the Konza Prairie. And, of course, go wild for the ‘Cats with us in the stands of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum – it’s shaping up to be quite a year for K-State sports. That’s all for now. Once again, welcome to Manhappiness. Don’t forget to let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. Go Cats,

summer, as well as maintain our website and social media. You will have many great opportunities over your next four, five or more years at K-State. With hundreds of student organizations, intramural and university athletics, unique classes and thousands of other opportunities, we encourage you to invest your time and energy in things that you enjoy and that

Frank Tracz Welcome to the “K-State Family!” I congratulate you on making a great decision to begin or continue your education at K-State. As director of bands and professor of music, I have been teaching here for the past 22 years and have found a tremendous home for me and my family. We are “purple” to the core! You will find yourself in the midst of a community that cares – cares about you and your future and about all around us. We are committed to your future and want you to do all you can to help us help you gain as much as possible from this coming Wildcat experience. This time will be filled with great times, tremendous growth and many challenges to mold you as a person and prepare you for a very successful life and career. The “K-State Way” is one that you will cherish and take with you every where you go – once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat! There are great teachers, fantastic facilities, wonderful experiences and a city called “Manhattan” that is both unique and very wel-

Reagan Kays Student Body President Cody Kennedy Student Body Vice President

Ben Hopper Mark Twain said it best when he said, “Don’t let your studies get in the way of your education.” Yes ... you are coming to K-State to study and learn. Your degree and the knowledge that you will receive in the classroom from our outstanding faculty is the main reason for you being here. But at K-State, you will get more than a solid classroom experience. When you leave, you will have a well-rounded education. There is more to learn than what is in your books; the entire campus is your learning laboratory. The best way to get the best bang for your tuition buck is to get involved outside of the classroom. By getting involved in your living organization, a student organization like the Union Program Council, or an honorary for your major, you will be able to hone your leadership skills. You will work as a team, developing communication and organizational skills. You may get to travel, host famous speakers, facilitate debates, coordinate an expo, plan a benefit concert or more. Regardless of what you do, you will make some amazing friendships that will last a life time. Recently, K-State was named “Generous U,” a high honor in the student philanthropy competition. We take a lot of pride in giving back and helping others, especially members of our K-State family and greater campus

will help you grow as a person. Try not to stress too much, make a good effort to go to class and make lots of memories. Go Cats, Emily DeShazer Collegian editor-in-chief Jena Sauber Collegian managing editor

coming. The people are the strength of this university. You will be greeted with a smile, have discussions in coffee shops and someone will say “good morning” to you as you walk to class. The opportunities here are endless and it is your responsibility to take advantage of everything you possibly can. There is much more to this experience than just going to class (although that is a pretty important task). Get involved with one or more of the hundreds of groups, clubs, etc. that are offered here. Stretch your boundaries and get out of that comfort zone you have been in. The world is a wide open and very exciting place just waiting for you to get involved. You are running with good people that give back and pay forward every day. You are now one of “us” and I strongly encourage you to challenge yourself to become a better person every day. Meet new friends, create strong bonds for the future and enjoy the ride each and every day on this campus. I wish you a smooth transition, challenging classes, tremendous personal growth and good grades! If you don’t know the words to the fight song or how to do the “Wabash Cannonball” please stop by Memorial Field at 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday this fall. I and almost 400 of my closest marching band friends would be glad to teach you the way of the Wildcat! Thanks for being at K-State, make the most of your experience and GO CATS! Frank Tracz Director of bands

community. Philanthropic causes like K-State Proud, as well as philanthropy events hosted by our greek and student organizations, raise thousands of dollars annually. K-Staters serve our community as well. Groups like HandsOn Kansas State and greek organizations plan community service events, logging hours upon hours serving others. And that service is not just limited to our campus community. Our students volunteer around the world. After you donate and volunteer, you will have some free time. What could one do with that free time? One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear a student or community member say, “There’s nothing to do in Manhattan.” Au contraire. UPC plans more than 160 events annually, ranging from famous celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy and comedian Aziz Ansari, to weekly films, cultural events, art exhibits, live music and dinner theaters. They even host a safe, substance-free event every Friday night. There are great things to do in our community, too. Downtown, Third Street, the Manhattan Arts Center, the Wareham and Aggieville concerts and events ... there is always something fun to do. Community events like the Country Stampede, Purple Power Play on Poyntz, Little Apple New Year’s Eve and the annual St. Paddy’s Day celebration are just a few of the major attractions to our gem of a community. Part of the collegiate experience is to experience campus life. Getting involved will only add value to your diploma. The skills honed and friendships gained are just a small part of the experience. So, welcome to the K-State Family. I look forward to seeing you in and out of the classroom! Ben Hopper Director of Greek Affairs

Parker Robb | the collegian K-State students go crazy as “Sandstorm” resonates throughout Bramlage Coliseum in the second half of K-State’s 85-82 overtime upset victory over No. 7 Kansas in part two of the Sunflower Showdown Feb. 10, 2014. K-State athletic events are where many students let their colors of K-State pride fly.



How to make the most of K-State’s orientation and enrollment experience Orientation and enrollment is going to be a long day for you incoming freshmen and transfer students. In order to make sure your first big K-State event doesn’t fall short of expectations, here are some things to make sure you do today.

Put your Wildcat ID, eID somewhere easily accessible Trust me when I say you’re going to need these two pieces of K-State identification often

throughout the day. When you do, it’s awkward and stressful to be standing in the middle of booth traffic flow, digging around in your purple knapsack trying to find that one sheet of paper you scribbled it on at the beginning of the day. While some students are able to memorize their information immediately, most won’t. So put your Wildcat ID and eID somewhere you can easily access, like your hand or smartphone.

Actively engage You’re going to be meeting a lot of people today, and all of them want to talk to you. Most individuals who work the booths at orientation and enrollment signed up to do so because they love K-State, and they want to make sure you love it, too. So don’t be shy, and don’t use whoever came with you as a shield. If you see a booth that piques your interest, walk up and start a conversation. Ask the booth worker about

what they’re representing, about their K-State experience or really anything you want to know. Take notes of what they share with you. They’re happy to help you in any way they can. Who knows, you might be in the same organization or class with them some day – so you might want to jot down their name, too.

Sign up for everything Speaking of booths, sign up for whatever you can or are interested in. A lot of the booths will have email signups so they can send you more information, which never hurts. Others, however, will have sign ups unique to incoming freshmen or transfer students at orientation and enrollment. A few noteworthy ones are Wildcats Forever, the McCain Performance Series and K-State’s Royal Purple yearbook. Wildcats Forever is an Alumni Association organization that connects students to its alumni resources, as well as various membership benefits that include discounts, events and contests and a cool T-shirt. It’s only $20 for a year-round membership, and is well worth it for your first year here. As indicated on its website, McCain Auditorium is K-State’s “cultural center for the live performing arts.” I’d have to agree, as the McCain Performance Series alone has brought hundreds of amazing and entertaining performances during my college career that I wish I had gone to. For instance, in the 201314 season, the series brought in the Blue Man Group, Price Is Right Live! Stage Show,

the Broadway musical and two-time Tony award recipient “American Idiot,” as well as the Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” just to name a few. Student tickets are often discounted, affording you unique opportunities while at K-State. One last sign up is reserving your K-State’s Royal Purple yearbook. You may not realize it now, but years from now, you’ll be looking back on your 2015 edition of K-State’s oldest publication with your loved ones and feel that same connection to your alma mater as you did that first day of classes freshmen year. During orientation and enrollment alone, the publication will be offering a “reserve now, pay later” deal for incoming freshmen and transfer students that won’t be available any other time. The 2015 Royal Purple is $47.95 plus tax, but with this orientation and enrollment special, you won’t pay that until your first university tuition billing statement. I’ve been told by several freshmen this is actually less expensive than their high school yearbooks.

Tour your future home At some point during your day, you should really jump on one of those campus tours. The guides have a tour tailored to first-year students that includes major campus hubs, interesting facts and history, as well as a walkthrough of the residence halls. While you might not know which hall you’ll be living in yet, you’ll be more than welcome to check out each one to get a feel for where you’ll be spending a lot of your first year.

Another spot I would suggest touring is the building your intended major occupies (i.e. Kedzie Hall for journalism and mass communications or Waters Hall for political science). This will give you a sense of where your core classes will be, as well as if the program is right for you. You’ll be spending upwards of four years in that building for classes, meetings or work, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

Take a photo with Willie While you may see Willie the Wildcat frequently during your four years here, rarely will you have an opportunity to be close enough for a photo. So take advantage now and get a couple snapshots of you and everyone’s favorite Wildcat. It is something you will brag about for semesters to come. If nothing else, I recommend making sure to check these five things off of your orientation and enrollment todo list. Do so, and you’ll have a successful, fun and substantially less stressful day. Erin Poppe is a graduate student in public administration. She has been through orientation and enrollment as an incoming, out-of-state freshman, as well as a coordinator for Collegian Media Group’s orientation and enrollment booth for two summers. Poppe noticed incoming students sharing consistent behaviors and actions that potentially hindered their orientation and enrollment experiences. Please send comments to

Parker Robb | the collegian Alyssa Belford, freshman in biochemistry, gets some afternoon studying done while hanging out on the façade of Hale Library on April 14.


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Learn the ropes, history of K-State traditions before semester starts In 1863, Kansas State Agricultural College, which eventually became K-State, was founded in Manhattan. Since then, thousands of students have participated in, as well as created, traditions that run in our shared purple blood. “My favorite K-State memory is going up to Manhattan Hill with my friends,” Megan Midkiff, junior in chemical engineering, said. Some memorable K-State traditions include taking a trip up Manhattan Hill, which is a left off Juliette Avenue onto Bluemont Scenic Drive. This is a popular location for couples and friends to hike, picnic or relax. It is a great location to view the city of Manhattan from above. Another well known tradition is stopping by Call Hall. For some K-Staters, Call Hall has become famous for delicious ice cream, as well as quality dairy and meat products. This is one of the places to get some of the most renowned ice cream in the state of Kansas. “I used to go into Kramer Dining Center at dinner and check to make sure there was

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One hundred pieces of advice from K-State students The K-State campus is home to thousands of students with unique backgrounds and experiences. While college isn’t the same for any two people, most students pick up a few pieces of advice or tips during their time at K-State. Here is what advice dozens of K-State students have for incoming students. 1. College goes by really fast, even if you don’t think it is going to. 2. Laundry really isn’t that scary. 3. When the Nestle Toll House Break-Apart Cookie package says, “Don’t Put in the Microwave,” they aren’t kidding. Don’t do it. 4. When you have a chance to do something fun, do it. Always do it. 5. Get over any preconceived notions about Ramen Noodles. It is delicious and you will eat it. Lots of it.

22. Join greek life. Seriously. 23. Don’t go home every weekend. 24. Make friends with people who are different than you.

44. Even though you don’t have to go to class, you still need to make an effort. At least 90 percent of the time.

25. Don’t try to climb the ladder in your dorm room really late at night. You can and will hurt yourself.

45. Go to Pillsbury Crossing at least once. Wear flip flops and shorts, and take a picnic lunch.

26. Always have extra socks. You will lose them in washing machines, and you will never get them back.

46. Dorm room closets are tiny. Only bring the clothes you know you’ll wear. Share clothes, too.

27. Pet mice are not good to have.

47. Take a class just because it is fun.

28. Fish are not good dorm room pets. They don’t do anything.

48. Start networking when you get here. Don’t wait until your senior year.

29. Invest in a pair of waterproof shoes and an umbrella.

8. Start looking for internships now. Don’t wait until it’s actually time to need one.

31. Live on campus for at least a year. 32. Chose a major that makes you happy, not what someone else wants you to do. 33. Go potluck with a roommate.

9. You will make friends, even if you don’t know anyone right now.

12. On-campus jobs make great student jobs. They are flexible, and you don’t have to travel far.

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13. Be smart about being stupid.

34. “Definitely explore your options ... go to everything you can possibly go to.”

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14. Don’t be nervous or worried about what strangers think about you.

17. Take chances.

35. Watch people pour your drinks if you go out. 36. Stay in Manhattan for at least one summer while you are in college. 37. Get to know your professors.

18. Sometimes, go to bed before midnight.

20. Get as many A’s as you can your first year. Rallying at the end isn’t fun.

39. Go to a women’s basketball game; they are free. 40. When you hear “booms” during the day or at night and it isn’t raining, it’s probably Fort Riley practice bombing. It’s okay. It means your safe.

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21. “Study hard and love what you study.”

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49. “Don’t be afraid if you have no idea what you’re doing.” 50. Remember your online presence. Don’t put anything online you wouldn’t want your grandma to see.

68. Don’t take notes on your computer if you get distracted easily. Tumblr and Pinterest are not good ways to spend class when you could actually learn something.

71. You can’t text and drive here. It’s like, a $168 ticket. 72. people.



73. Bad attitudes are toxic. Put yourself in positive situations. 74. At least look in to every opportunity that interests you at all.

54. Don’t feel the need to get a pet in your dorm room. It never works out. 55. Don’t worry if your roommate doesn’t like you. They probably don’t like anyone. 56. Don’t do anything that makes you lie to the most important people in your lives. 57. Don’t feel pressured to hang out with your high school friends. 58. Pick a major. Don’t stay open option past your freshman year. Make a decision. 60. Find a mentor.

41. It’s really easy to get pulled over on Manhattan, Anderson and Bluemont Avenues around campus. Drive especially careful around there. 42. Make friends on your dorm floor.

61. You need to wear flip flops in the shower. Always. 62. Find the Willy Wok line in the Derby Dining Center. It’s delicious and kind of hidden. 63. Use your resident assistant in the dorms. They know things, and they are there to help you. 64. Don’t get too worked up. You’ll eventually know where buildings are, how to use K-State Online and where to get the best Wi-Fi connection.

85. If you were super involved in high school, being super involved in college is different. There are more opportunities, and there are more things pulling you in

different directions. It’s best to limit yourself, especially at first. 86. It’s okay to quit things if they aren’t “your thing.” There is no reason to force yourself to spend time or money doing something you hate. 87. Go to Tuttle Creek State Lake or Pottowatomie State Lake (everything is free there). Go camping, hiking, swimming or stretch out in your hammock. 88. Learn the Wabash Cannonball and other sport cheers. 89. Eat at the good local places around town including outside Aggieville. 90. It’s okay to say “no” to things if you don’t want to do them, or to quit things you don’t like anymore. 91. Don’t be afraid to get a tutor if you are struggling in a class.

51. It may seem a little uncomfortable now, but K-State will feel like your real home very quickly.

38. Eat Call Hall ice cream at least once every semester.

19. Take advantage of the 100-level classes.

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67. Become tolerant of people and things that are different than you.

70. Stay aware of the world outside of campus.

53. Long-distance relationships are really hard. Dating at all freshman year isn’t really a good idea.

11. Avoid scheduling classes before 9:30 a.m. if you can help it.

16. Participate in an intramural sport.

66. Don’t leave your clothes unattended in the laundry room.

92. If you are sick, go to the doctor. Don’t just “tough it out,” because it will never get better.

52. Don’t listen to the negative people.

10. Keep applying for scholarships each spring. There are year-round scholarship too.

15. Living with someone you don’t know, or even someone you do know, is hard. Be nice to your roommates.

65. Go to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on campus. It’s free, and they have some cool stuff.

69. On the other hand, it’s hard to take notes by hand in class when a lot of professors talk really quickly. Take your laptop, if you can.

30. Lock your dorm room door when you should. You know when you should.

6. Find something you are passionate about and go after it. Who cares what it is. 7. Buy student athletic tickets when you can. They get a lot more expensive after you graduate.

43. Make friends in your classes so you can study for tests together and get notes if you miss class.

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75. “Be very optimistic and open minded.”

93. Take advantage of what Hale Library has to offer. They have books and cameras and programs and everyone is really nice and will help you out. 94. You need to check your K-State email at least once a day, if not more. If you don’t want to use your K-State email, have that address forwarded to another one you will check often.

97. Study or travel abroad, even if it’s for a week. Go somewhere and experience a country different than America. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. 98. Push yourself to try new things in the first semester, especially. 99. Explore other cultures and traditions. Do as much as you can to learn about the world outside Manhattan or Kansas.

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76. Don’t forget to take care of your mental health, too. Don’t get too stressed out. 77. Don’t wear your letterman’s jacket or high school class ring. Don’t even bring them with you. 78. Take lots of pictures. 79. It’s okay to skip class occasionally, like when the weather is really, really nice or you just turned in your 30page final paper. 80. When emailing your professors, be professional. Tell them who you are and what class you are in. 81. Use Career and Employment Services, even if you aren’t looking for a “real job” yet. They can help you find part-time jobs, help you with your resume or help you practice for an interview.

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95. “Don’t take morning studio.”

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96. Pizza Shuttle pizza is great. Do the “shuttle drop” before you eat it, though.

82. Consider biking places instead of driving everywhere. 83. Everyone in high school probably told you college was really hard. There are difficult classes, but there is also a lot of hype about how hard it actually is. 84. If you had a 4.0 grade point average in high school, it’s okay to get a B or two, or three in college. College is a balancing act, and sometimes

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KSBN common read essential for strong first-year experience As students sit through K-State Orientation and Enrollment presentations, the discussion of the all-university common read will undoubtedly come up. While some students might not enjoy always reading, K-State offers activities, speakers, events and exhibits all focused around its annual common read, making it highly beneficial for all incoming first-year students to read. This year’s book is “The Ghost Map” by Steven Johnson. When I went through Orientation and Enrollment, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco highly encouraged all students to read that year’s common read, which was “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. I wasn’t too sure about that. As summer ended and I started by first day of classes, I learned that I really should read the common read. I continued to put it off until it was a week before I had a book-related assignment in a class. I’d been warned that I actually had to read the book; it was critical for my grades. Now, from experience, I would highly recommend all incoming first-year students to participate in the Common Read Program. Throughout the year, there will be events involving themes, concepts or things related to the book. These events allow students to create a deeper understanding of life lessons and concepts from the book. This year, the K-State Book Network, facilitated as a part of K-State First, will be bringing in the author Steven Johnson. It will be more beneficial if you know what the author is talking about when he refers to his work during the presentation. Other common read oriented activities will be held throughout the year, meant to continue to build strong community connectedness with first year students through themes and concepts from “The Ghost Map.” The common book is chosen by a large and wellversed committee because it are well-written, has strong themes that are beneficial for students, and are great pieces of literature. Expect great things from this year’s common read. As I have progressed through my time at K-State, I have read every year’s common read book. I read them during the summer, and I would highly recommend students to do the same. So read this common read book, “The Ghost Map.” It’s solid advice. The books chosen have strong writing and themes and will play heavily into your first year. Plus, your transition to K-State will be a lot smoother if you’re not scrambling to read it later. Jakki Forester is a junior in journalism and American ethnic studies. She decided to read the common read her freshman year, and has enjoyed the program ever since. Please send comments to


Common read ‘Ghost Map’ both delights, disgusts I have read Steven Johnson’s “The Ghost Map” twice: once for an independent research project during my senior year of high school, and then again after the K-State Book Network announced it as its common read selection. Though the book is particularly aimed at epidemiological enthusiasts, Johnson tells a fantastic story: one that paramount events in modern epidemiological science turned mystery narrative. The story centers—quite literally—around the Broad Street pump in Golden Square, which was one the poorest, filthiest, most overcrowded places in England in the mid 19th century. The tale of the Broad Street pump cautions that rapid expansion comes at a price. At the end of August 1854, a Cholera epidemic tore through Golden Square and the history books. Within the first 24 hours, over seventy residents were dead, and the disease spread rapidly through the rest of the neighborhood. What makes the story a compelling mystery is not the appearance of the outbreak itself (which is given away if not in the title itself, then within the first chapter), but how John Snow, a local physician also famous for the invention of an inhaler to dispense regulated doses of chloroform, eventually convinced local public health officials that the Broad Street public water pump was responsible for the infection. Some readers might recoil at the sheer mention of mathematics, but its inclusion plays a crucial role, as Snow could not have identified the epicenter of the outbreak without use of the mathematical formulas Johnson details in the text.

Johnson does not go into the gritty details of exactly how Snow used math in his epidemiological pursuits, but provides enough information that readers can pursue additional information about Snow’s formulas if they desire. One of the most impressive facets of the book is how well Johnson integrates scientific fact with historical narrative, often going above and beyond the time-sensitive facts based around the 1854 outbreak to explain other pertinent details such as the history of the London sewer system, the installation and upgrade of modern toilets, and the trials and tribulations associated with unchecked urban expansion and a sore lack of central planning. Though I frequently found myself skimming over the historical details because I was so eager to find out what would happen next with Snow or any of his various ailing neighbors, I was glad for their inclusion: not only did they provide helpful contextual information about the mystery of the outbreak, but I found myself learning things I didn’t expect to from a book about a disease epidemic (for example, I now know about five different 19th-century slang words for various kinds of poop). While we’re at it, a particularly noteworthy characteristic of this book is that parts of it are downright revolting. The entirety of the first chapter is dedicated to a detailed depiction of London’s sewer and waste-removal systems, which is equal parts fascinating and stomach-turning. However, if you can get past the revolting details of the early chapters (Johnson spares us no details in describing the early stag-

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es of a Cholera infection, either), then you will be treated to a diamond in the rough: a fascinating historical mystery wrapped in scientific non-fiction wrapped in a whole lot of synonyms for the word “poop.” Even if medically-accurate depictions of nasty illnesses aren’t really your thing, you might want to think about sucking it up and giving this book a try over the summer anyway: As the KSBN selection for next year, some in-

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structors may make it required reading. It is best to have it read before your big summer trip to Cabo, though—this isn’t one I’d want to be reading by the poolside with a fruity umbrella drink…especially if any of its ingredients came from a public faucet. Iris LoCoco is senior in fine arts. LoCoco enjoys reading so much that she read “The Ghost Map” twice. Please send comments to edge@kstatecollegian. com.

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Parker Robb | the collegian Ethan Copeland, senior in microbiology, and Lucille Sadlon, sophomore in architecture, practice their fencing technique in Bosco Plaza April 21.

K-State is home to more than 475 student organizations and clubs. The K-State Student Union is often populated with booths from different organizations. During the fall semester, there is a fall activities carnival that helps inform new and returning students alike about some of the campus organizations and how students can get involved. From day one, students have the opportunity to become involved in campus life. Lauren Hower, senior in early childhood education, said the reason why there are so many Wildcats involved on campus is because of K-State’s positive atmosphere.

“You’re accepted and embraced for who you are,” Hower said. "I think students may be willing to take more risks here, because they feel that sense of community and support from all of the students and staff." During the course of her college career, Hower has sustained leadership positions within different organizations including her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, Early Childhood Student Association, College of Human Ecology College Council and serving as a College of Human Ecology ambassador. “I never realized that the opportunities I got to take advantage of in college would ac-

tually lead to more opportunities after I graduated college,” Hower said. “The people you meet and the networks you create by being involved on campus are completely invaluable and will impact you far beyond your college years.” Chance Berndt, senior in marketing, said he has had a similar experience like Hower's. Last fall, Berndt was nominated by students and faculty to be the official 2013-2014 K-State student ambassador along with Ava Clark, sophomore in industrial engineering. As K-State ambassadors both Berndt and Clark had the opportunity to travel around the nation and represent the entire K-State community. Ber-

ndt said his love for K-State is what motivates him to become involved in campus. “I wanted to find a way to give back to the university I love so much,” Berndt said. "I’ve also tried to find roles that lead me to growth, both in my professional and personal lives." Since his freshman year, Berndt has been involved in various organizations within K-State. Along with being a K-State Ambassador, Berndt has been a Wildcat Warmup counselor, been a part of the Soaring with Eagles advisory board, Student Alumni Board and been involved in the Student Government Association, Chimes Junior Honorary and

Theta Xi fraternity. Berndt is also a Lead 212 Peer Instructor and is confident that his leadership minor has had a major impact in his campus involvement. “I don’t know the type of person I would be today if I would not have had the constant positive influence of the School of Leadership Studies,” Berndt said. “Having a leadership class has always been a welcome oasis in the middle of a busy semester. My views are

always tested, and I am challenged on who I am, and what I want to be, and how I’ll get to be that person.” Katie VanDever, freshmen in communication studies, also credits her leadership studies minor in helping her get involved in campus. “The leadership minor helps me, because I am learning about the theory behind leadership, and it helps me connect with other leaders in campus,” VanDever said. This summer VanDever will have an opportunity to become a Wildcat- Warm Up counselor. “I am looking forward to seeing new students experience the K-State family for the first time," VanDeever said. “They are going to get a glimpse of what being a Wildcat is all about, and I am very excited.” No matter what class rank you are, Berndt believes that there will always be a strong constant campus involvement from students. “With more than 475 clubs and organizations at K-State, there’s always some sort of club or organization that will grab you, and lead you to want to do more with it,” Berndt said. “At a larger university like ours, I believe people are constantly looking for reasons to continue to differentiate themselves from the crowd, and involvement is a way of doing that.” Daniela Martinez-Serrano is a sophomore in journalism. In her almost two years at K-State, she has taken an active role on campus including serving as a Journalism and Mass Communications ambassadors, member of the Wildcat Watch and Wildcat 91.9 crews and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.Send comments to



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What to Wear: Incoming Student Edition

For the incoming freshmen or transfer student, coming to K-State may seem overwhelming. Depending on how far you have traveled to come to Manhattan, the first trip to your residence hall or new home, and knowing what to bring with you, may seem like a lot to think about.


“I moved in and my roommate had already furnished two-thirds of the room with the exact same stuff I had just gotten at Walmart.” JULIE BOYER JUNIOR IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

“I had no clue what I needed,” Kevin McKernan, freshman in economics, said. “I just had my mom give me ideas, and my brother, who is a junior at K-State, tell me that everything mom said was wrong.” If you visit any local home goods store or shop online, lists of things to buy for school start to pop up the closer to August it gets. This can make it more difficult to decide what to actually bring and what to leave at home. One of the most reliable sources is K-State’s online list of what to bring to college. A helpful thing about this list is that it has cumulative ideas of what older students brought or forgot to bring. On the K-State homepage, search for “What to bring to college” and click on the first link to see “What to bring to college? K-State orientation leaders have tips for new students” by Beth Bohn. “I gave my brother the list of stuff I needed and a list of the stuff I wish I never brought,” Matt McKernan, junior in industrial engineering, said. “He is definitely better-off than I was.” One important thing to do before moving to Manhattan is getting in touch with your future roommate or roommates. Residence Hall rooms can get overcrowded quite fast. You don’t want to both bring large items like futons or microwaves. “When I came from Texas, I bought everything and brought it with me freshman year,” Julie Boyer, junior in hospitality management, said. “I moved in and my roommate had already furnished two thirds of the room with the exact same stuff I had just gotten at Walmart.” One helpful suggestion includes remembering to put money in your Cat Cash account. In the residence halls, the only way to pay for laundry is with a Wildcat ID card. Remember laundry detergent and dry sheets, as it isn’t offered in the residence halls. Photos and decorations aren’t necessary, but can make your room feel more like home. A great way to keep in touch with other floor residents is to buy a small whiteboard to attach to the outside of the door, so others can leave notes. Helpful things that might not occur to incoming students include a robe for when you have to walk to the showers, a collapsible laundry basket and desk supplies like lamps, staplers and paper clips. Don’t forget an extra long twin sheet set and a basket to bring toiletries to and from the bathroom. Most importantly, don’t over pack if you can help it. Living in a packed room is worse than only having only one winter jacket and one bathing suit. It can be a scary experience moving away to college, but if you can relax, bring what you have and purchase things you realize you need upon moving in, it can make the whole process run much more smoothly. Kelsie Johnson is a junior in mass communications. She has successfully packed for, and lived in, the K-State residence halls and enjoyed the experience. Please send comments to


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1. Invest in a waterproof jacket and rain boots because it will rain, and walking to class in the rain is very unpleasant, especially if you have to sit through class with a wet T-shirt or soaked pant legs. 2. A robe and shower flip-flops are essential for residence hall living. A robe will help keep you covered to and from the community restrooms, and flip-flops protect your feet from the public bathroom floors and showers. Don’t shower without them. 3. A light jacket is essential, even in the 100 degree temperatures of August. It will get cool, especially at night, and you may not have had time to go home and pick up more clothes. 4. Walking and its respective footwear becomes very important in college, because you have to walk to and from class every day. A good pair of every day shoes, comfortable flip-flops and a variety of socks are great to have. 5. K-State wear is essential. From casual T-shirts to preppy polos, an array of K-State clothing is a great way to use your closet space. They are appropriate for class, game day, weekends and everything in between. 6. Just because you are going to college to learn doesn’t mean you don’t need some night life clothes. Bring pieces that can mix and match with other staples to stretch them further. 7. Smart accessories like a scarf and day-time bag can help make your small residence hall room closet go further. A bright, solid colored scarf is versitile, and a small bag can help you carry things to football games or to Manhattan Hill on the weekends. 8. Many events call for “K-State business” clothing. This means your best purple duds! For men, a purple button down and tie work great. Ladies have a bit more freedom, including purple slacks, or a purple jacket with black slacks. Just remember, lots of purple!



K-State, Manhattan host to several wallet-friendly, student-friendly activities The K-State campus and Manhattan area are host to some great places that emphasize each community’s uniqueness. Since it’s a new environment for many people, it’s nice to know about some of the free or low cost activities you can do that won’t break the bank.

Enjoy the outdoors This has multiple layers to it. K-State is a fairly condensed campus, geographically speaking, but there are still many on-campus locations that offer nice scenery. While many people spend incredible amounts of time in a classroom, at home or at Hale Library, it’s good to get outside. So, take your homework, textbook or a group of friends and get outside. Soaking up some Vitamin D from the sun will make you feel better about life in general. There are also many hiking and biking trails around town that are perfect for you if you enjoy outdoor recreational activities. These are great to take advantage of as Manhattan continues to grow. Some of the best nature to be in seen around here are on these trails. Linear Park Trail is a walking and biking trail that winds around Manhattan. For a complete map and list of access points, visit the City of Manhattan website. One of the most wellknown aspects of Manhattan is the Flint Hills region. There is the 2.8 mile Nature Trail that all people can utilize from sunrise to sunset, making it a great opportunity for people to get outside. The Flint Hills walking trails are beautiful and worth checking out at least once while you have time here.

some places in this business district are nationally-known chain restaurants, there many are locally owned, uniquely-themed restaurants and bars that you’ll only find in Manhattan. Aggieville isn’t the only place to find unique restaurants and bars, however. West Loop, historic downtown, and Poyntz Business District all offer local places you can eat or grab drinks.

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See a show

As you may know, Aggieville is caddy-corner from campus and offers a wide variety of both restaurants and bars within a reasonable walking distance. While

Whether it’s a play, musical, concert or some other kind of production, there are plenty of stage-entertainment opportunities in Manhattan and on campus.

Parker Robb | the collegian Members of Quixotic perform acrobatics and choreographed dances to live music and surreal visual effects during their performance February 7, at McCain Auditorium. Quixotic, based out of Kansas City, combines dance, acrobatics, visual effects, live and recorded music, and fashion into one surreal and hypnotic experience.

On campus, it can be incredibly beneficial to see a student production in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall or the Purple Masque Theatre in Old Stadium. Student productions will also sometimes set up shop in McCain Auditorium. The student productions here are one of a kind; the level of talent and excellence will completely blow your mind. McCain performances are another option. The McCain Performance Series brings in many different types of well-known shows, bands, performers and acts from all over the world. McCain offers students discounts for tickets.

There are also plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of live music in Manhattan – anything from rap to alternative rock and from country to show tunes. Seeing live music in Manhattan is something everyone should experience.

Enjoy yourself While you are here to get an education, remember to enjoy yourself and your time here. Coursework, campus involvement and having a job can be stressful, and time management may not always seem to work so it’s important to take time for yourself. There are plenty of opportunities to help you reduce

the stress and anxiety from transitioning from home to college can cause. College can be a stressful experience. So, take a step back and enjoy some time at Manhattan Hill. It is free to visit and a great location to see Manhattan from a different angle. The wide open sky will help when you just need to breathe. Manhattan Hill is located on the east side of town and features white MANHATTAN letters. Head east on Anderson Avenue and turn left on Juliette Avenue. Follow the hill up and turn right on Bluemont Drive until you get to Bluemont Scenic Overlook.

While college is about getting an education, making connections, being prepared, getting experience and meeting people, don’t forget to enjoy the time you have here. Find something that you enjoy doing so you can share with the new friends you make- at little to no cost to you! Jakki Forester is a junior in American ethnic studies and journalism. She has lived in Manhattan for almost three years, and is The Collegian specialist in finding awesome and hidden attractions. Please send comments to

Students have number of free, reduced high-quality services at their fingertips K-State offers many free or reduced services to help students stay safe, happy and healthy that incoming freshmen and transfer students may be unaware of. Here are 11 free or reduced cost services available to all K-State students.

10 cost $15 per hour, and appointments after the 10th cost $25 per hour. Counseling Services is located in the English and Counseling Services building west of Hale Library and behind Seaton Hall. For more information, visit

1. Career and Employment Services

4. Information Technology Assistance Center

Career and Employment Services, located in Holtz Hall, helps students prepare for employment and life during or after their college. CES offers many free services including mock interviews, job listings both on and off campus, career fairs, resume and curriculum vitae reviews, and professional workshops. They can help you find jobs or internships and help you prepare for those opportunities, both while you are in college and as you prepare for graduation. For more information, visit

2. Chest E. Peters Recreation Complex

The Information Technology Assistance Center offers both free and paid services to students including the IT Help Desk and the Media Development Center, both located on the second floor of Hale Library. The MDC offers high-end equipment such as cameras, camcorders and projectors that can be checked out for free, as well as video and photo editing software, website design software and more. ITAC also offers lowcost repairs for desktop computers, tablets, laptops and accessories and can provide repairs under a Dell or Apple Mac warranty. The

ITAC office is housed in 214 Hale Library. The Adaptive Technology Lab, located in the MDC, supports students with disabilities. For more information, visit

5. K-State Writing Center The K-State Writing Center aids students with their writing needs and welcomes students from all degree backgrounds at any stage of the writing process. Students writing for a class or personal pleasure can bring their papers, essays, theses or dissertations into the Writing Center for oneon-one peer review sessions. The Writing Center is located on the main level of the English and Counseling Services building, located west of Hale Library. For more information, visit k-state. edu/english/writingcenter.

6. Lafene Health Center Lafene Health Center provides discounted medi-

cal services for all students. These services include a general medical clinic, allergy shots and immunizations, health promotion, laboratory tests, nutrition counseling, a pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, a sports medicine clinic and a women’s clinic. Many of these services are available for free or at reduced cost, even for those without health insurance. Lafene Health Center is located at 1105 Sunset Ave. For more information, visit

7. Academic Assistance Center K-State offers free tutoring services through the Academic Assistance Center in Leasure Hall. Students who need help with math or English can attend walkin sessions at the third floor Lafene Annex. Students may also submit a request for a tutor in a specific class or subject other than math or science; the application process takes about a week. Leasure Hall Tutoring is lo-

cated in 201 Leasure Hall on the west side of the Quad. For more information, visit

8. LGBT Resource Center Students who are LGBT, allies or are looking to learn more about the LGBT community can find information, resources and educational assistance at the LGBT Resource Center. The resource center can also refer students to information about the LGBT inclusive student organizations on campus. The LGBT Resource Center is located in 207 A/B Holton Hall, which is across the street from Bluemont Hall. For more information, visit

9. Powercat Financial Counseling All K-State students can take advantage of Powercat Financial Counseling services. Powercat Financial can help K-Staters with student loans, credit, budgeting, creating a college finan-

The Recreation Complex offers free access to exercise equipment for all K-State students. The Rec’s facilities include indoor and outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, weights, and aerobic and cardio equipment. The Rec is funded by student privilege fees and is located on Denison Avenue, north of Jardine Apartments. Free two hour student parking is available for students without a parking pass. For more information, visit

10. Student Legal Services K-State students can utilize Student Legal Services at no cost. Sarah Barr, the current student legal services lawyer, can provide any legal information for students. The attorney can litigate issues dealing with landlords and tenants, consumer problems such as sales and service contracts, small claims court appeals or removals, misdemeanors when jail time is unlikely, or uncontested divorces if neither party has children or property. All cases are subject to a variety of issues of consideration before the case is accepted for litigation. Student Legal Services is located in the Office of Student Activities and Services on the first floor of the K-State Student Union, off of the courtyard. For more information, visit

11. Women’s Center The K-State Women’s Center works to promote a safe, equitable work and learning environment for women and all people through advocacy, presentations, academic classes, training and referral. The center also aims to prevent sexually violent crimes and assists students who have survived rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment. The K-State Women’s Center is located in 206 Holton Hall, across the street from Bluemont Hall. For more information, visit womenscenter.

3. Counseling Services K-State’s Counseling Services program offers a wide range of services to K-State students and is staffed by certified professionals. The services provided include drug and alcohol intervention, stress management, homelessness issues, career decision-making, interpersonal relationships, eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. All information and records shared in counseling sessions are strictly confidential, and the first four appointments at Counseling Services are free to students. Appointments five through

cial plan, and transitioning from college into the workforce. Powercat Financial Counseling is located in the Office of Student Activities and Services on the first floor of the K-State Student Union off of the courtyard. For more information, visit

Taylor Alderman | the collegian Ronald Wilkins, freshman in pre-psychology, sets up to kick the ball during an intramural soccer game at the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex on April 26. The Rec offers free access to exercise equipment to all full-time K-State students.

Jakki Forester is a junior in American ethnic studies and journalism. She is The Collegian specialist in finding resources and student help, and often writes about the challenges and successes of the various campus organizations. Please send comments to