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Faculty debate legality of administrator evaluation bill K enzie T empleton email@example.com The Faculty Senate bill regarding administrator evaluations, which was passed in February and sent to Emporia State President Michael Lane for approval, was the focus of an ethical and legal debate at the Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday in Visser Hall. “Legal counsel has advised us that a summary of the evaluation results should not be made available to the faculty without that evaluated administrator’s written consent,”
said Paul Luebbers, chair of campus governance for Faculty Senate. Recently, Tes Mehring, provost and vice president of academic affairs, allowed the results of her own evaluation to appear on Faculty Senate’s website. But Joella Merhof, president of Faculty Senate, said Tracy Greene, general counsel and records custodian for ESU, felt that the bill was in violation of Kansas employment law because it could potentially make public certain personnel records, which are confidential. Other senators argued that a proposed
amendment to the bill was not consistent with the Kansas Open Records Act, since some information in administrator evaluations are not considered personnel records and should hence be open to the public. An amendment was passed that stated, “The appointing administrator should provide the Faculty a summary of the review (excluding confidential personnel information as consistent with the Kansas Open Records Act), including a statement of actions taken as a result of the review.” The amended bill is up again for Lane’s
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Breaking the Mold
Past President of the Faculty Senate Carol Russel joins the debate regarding the administration evaluations Tuesday afternoon in Visser Hall. Jon Coffey/The Bulletin.
THE LAST IN A SERIES THAT EXPLORES THE CURRENT STATE OF ESU’S ARCHIVES
Junior physical education major Sarah Banta and junior elementary education major Tamera Ridenour work to free themselves from the Velcro Wall at the Nickelodeon Kick Back hosted by UAC Wednesday night in at the Student Recreation Center. Kellen Jenkins/The Bulletin.
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An artist’s rendering of the Anderson Library, 1220 C of E Dr. The drawing was based on photographs of the exterior and interior. Interior photos were provided by Media Relations. Illustration by Ellen Weiss/The Bulletin
K elsey R yan email@example.com This is the last part in a series that explores the current state of Emporia State’s archives as employees struggle with mold and inadequate housing for the documents. This final article will explore the history and possible future of Anderson Library. FOR SALE: an old, moldy building that held Emporia State’s archives. $250,000 already spent in renovations. Tuck-pointing needed. Leaky rock foundation. Water intrusion leads to mold. A bargain for the right buyer. No serious offer declined. That’s how a classified ad might read for
the historic Anderson Library, 1220 C of E Dr., which for the better part of the last decade has housed ESU’s archives. And while the archives are safe from mold and other threats for now, the fate of the Anderson Library is less certain. “There’s a lot of issues with the building,” said Mark Runge, director of university facilities. “We got to the point here a few years ago where we basically could not do what we needed to do to properly fix the building and at that point we requested to sell the building, receive permission from the legislature to sell the building.” The Kansas Legislature approved a bill
to put the building on the market in March 2007 and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed the bill a month later. Ray Hauke, vice president administration and fiscal affairs, said that because of the downturn in the housing and real estate market, there hasn’t really been much activity on it, except for a few potential buyers who have approached the university about the property. “People notice it, it stands out, it’s a historic site,” Hauke said. “We’ve been contacted, asked if we would be interested in selling it. As you might imagine, the bureaucracy to sell a state building is considerable… you always get into a kind of a chicken and egg
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Lane tours Oman, Jordan to build international ties C harlie H eptas firstname.lastname@example.org Emporia State President Michael Lane participated in the first ever Fulbright Program for Presidents and Chief Academic Officers recently when he and six other presidents and CAO’s took a trip to Oman and Jordan. “We went to give the participants an understanding of higher education in each of those countries and also give us an opportunity to identify some potential partners for international agreements,” Lane said. The trip was from March 23April 8. Lane spent six days in Oman during the beginning of the Emporia State President Michael Lane stands in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Coutesy photo
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The Union Activity Council’s Visual Arts and Variety Entertainment committees hosted a Nickelodeon Kick Back yesterday evening at the campus Recreation Center. Other campus groups helped sponsor the event including Sodexo, Kansas National Education Association, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Environmental Club. “It’s kind of an end-of-the-year blowout,” said Eden Tullis, junior English major. “We didn’t get to have Flintstock (an annual music event usually hosted by UAC) this year because we didn’t have the budget for it, so we’re having this big blow out.” Tullis said her favorite Nickelodeon show was “Doug.” The event had corn dogs, showings of “Hey Arnold!” and “Rugrats,” a Velcro wall and some participants were even slimed. As the participants filtered in, they were offered an opportunity to enter a drawing, but the winners were surprised by getting slimed. “It is the actual Nickelodeon slime – we got all the ingredients for it,” Tullis said. The event was chosen by UAC to bring inspire nostalgia and remind people of the ‘90s decade. Some of the members came dressed in costume like John Alvary, sophomore secondary education major, who was dressed as Quail Man, the superhero alias of the character Doug from T.V. show “Doug.” He chose the costume because “Doug” was his favorite Nickelodeon show. “The event gets back to the old school days when you were young and would wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey look, a cartoon.’ I think a lot of us have forgotten our inner child a little bit,” Alvary said. The co-sponsoring groups all had tables set up during the event. The Environmental Club offered turning in recyclable items for opportunities to win more prizes throughout the night. Due to concerns with the weather, the group had to move the event from the Morse Hall lawn, but this did not hinder any of the events. More than 75 students showed up for the event and many tried out the Velcro wall with varying degrees of success. The wall was not for Erin Ritter, sophomore recreation and sociology majors, who said her favorite Nickelodeon show was “Rugrats.” She thought that the wall was a cool idea but chose not do it herself.
Webb to be honored for service to ESU women Amy Sage Webb will receive the Ruth Schillinger award at a reception from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 22 at the Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland St. Two students nominated Webb for the award given to faculty members “for outstanding service to the women of Emporia State University.” Webb is a professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at ESU as well a published fiction writer and poet. In 2007, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, which recognizes work published in small presses. During her time at ESU, Webb has taught writing, literary editing and American literature, served as president of Faculty Senate and Phi Kappa Phi, chair of the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee, been a moderator of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and served as director of the ESU Center for Innovation.
Seniors celebrate entering Real World
Tomorrow is the last day to register for Senior Week next Monday through Friday. Anyone graduating in May or December 2011 can sign up on the first floor of Roosevelt Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or visit the Sauder Alumni Center. This year’s Senior Week is based on the MTV show “The Real World,” and the week’s events revolve around different locations the show has visited. On Monday, seniors can have “Breakfast in Paris” in front of Plumb Hall from 8-10 a.m. or in Butcher Hall in front of TCS on Wednesday at the same time. Emporia State Federal Credit Union will host a Hawaiian luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Memorial Union Ballroom. From 4-6 p.m., a Texan barbecue will be available in the Union Square and KISS 103.9 FM will provide music. From 9-11 p.m. on Thursday in Beer:30’s Red Room, seniors can spend “A Night in Hollywood.”
Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department April 14 Officer checked Trusler Sports Complex. Secured press box. Female student reported misplaced camera, most likely left in a state vehicle. Officer recovered property and returned to owner. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 900 E 12th. Officer stopped KS 550AFI in 200 W 12th. Verbal warning for failure to stop at a traffic light at 12th and Merchant. Officer provided escort for a female student from Science Hall to 1100 Congress. Lights A-6, BYN, D-39, D-42, E-54, FS-70, 66, GS, S9, and garage roof light at ESU Apt. are out. Building C lights are cycling off and on. April 15 Officer took a report for a criminal case. Officer assisted with a non-injury accident involving KS 650AUE and KS PWL592 at 8th and Mechanic. Contacted Emporia Police Dept. Case turned over to EPD. Officer attempted to secure Visser Hall Room 345. Contacted Greg Larson. He advised to leave room unlocked for the night. April 16 Officer provided escort for a female student from Science Hall to 1115 Congress. WAW Library zone 72 Fire Trouble. Smoke Detector Room 209. Mechanical error. Recurring problem Ambulance responded to North Twin Towers 6th floor for a possible alcohol overdose. Female student was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health. Memorial Student Union zone 79 first floor kitchen. Mechanical error. Officer responded to a report of a fight in front of Twin Towers Complex. Several subjects dispersed upon officer’s arrival. .Officer provided escort for female student from Science Hall to 1115 Congress. April 17 Officer assisted with traffic control on 15th and Merchant. Officer assisted with traffic control on 18th and Merchant Officer secured the Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms in HPER building. Joshua Blaisdell reported theft to an officer at ESU PD HQ. Door ‘T’ of Science Hall is not closing properly and needs to be adjusted Resident of ESU Apt.-1201 Triplett Dr. reported a male subject going through the dumpster between buildings ‘G’ and ‘H’. Subject left the area prior to the officers arrival. April 18 HPER zone 1 Burglary Computer Lab. Human error. Wires are exposed on the Blue Light Emergency Telephone at Wooster Dr. and Highland. Contacted Dennis Codington. Lori Boline reported criminal damage to vehicle in Lot 9. Case pending. Amber Boyce requested to speak with an officer in reference to an accident in Lot 3. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 400 E 13th.
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Wong uses humor to address dark topics L uke B ohannon firstname.lastname@example.org Kristina Wong performed her one-woman show, “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Tuesday night in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The show, presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, focused on the high incidence of anxiety, depression and mental illness in Asian-American women by using comedy and psychology. “It was a situation that everyone thought should be talked about, but nobody wanted to talk about it,” said Wong, explaining the inspiration behind her show during a question and answer session after the performance But Wong went beyond examining one population and spoke to larger themes like the lack of public resources for mental health services. According to her website, Wong was awarded the Creative Capital Award in Theater and a Creation Fund from the National Performance Network to create “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” She has also been a contributor to Playgirl Magazine and “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV,” among other publications. Yarn and knitting were used by Wong throughout her show. Before the act began, Wong sat in a nest of yarn and partially knitted items while knitting a piece herself. She would later explain how the yarn and knitting were metaphors for the themes presented in her show and that some of the unfinished pieces in the nest of yarn were actually sent to her by people and that each piece was repre-
Kristina Wong performs her one-woman show “Wong Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” Tuesday night in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The performance focused on the high rate of depression and suicide of Asian American women. Erica Cassella/The Bulletin.
sentative of a life disrupted by depression or psychological illness. Wong discussed how the suicide of Iris Chang affected both herself as a person and her show. Chang was an American journalist who wrote three books about the experiences of Asians and Chinese-Americans in history, including a book titled “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.” Wong’s show also included audience participation with a sing-along parody of “We Are the World” and audience members were put into different groups with titles like “normal” or “bipolar.” Wong also came into the
audience and spoke directly to attendees, bringing them into the act. “The show…was very humorous, while still focusing on the not-so-funny topic of suicide,” said Chelsea Hunter, sophomore psychology major. Over the course of her show, Wong highlighted many issues faced by individuals who deal with depression and mental illness today including lack of affordable or readily available psychological counseling. “It was a unique presentation,” said Leon Dubuis, senior psychology major. “(It was) inspirational and informative and a must see for anyone who gets the opportunity.”
WikiLeaks suspect transferred to Fort Leavenworth WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army private suspected of illegally passing U.S. government secrets to the WikiLeaks website was transferred Wednesday to an Army prison in Kansas from the Marine brig in Virginia where he has spent the past nine months. Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of having obtained the classified documents while serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, is awaiting a determination by the Army on whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
An Army spokesman at the Pentagon, Col. Tom Collins, said Manning arrived safely at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Wednesday afternoon. Over the coming five to seven days he will undergo an in-depth physical and behavioral assessment by Leavenworth staff, Collins said. Shortly after the Pentagon announced its decision to transfer Manning, the soldier’s lawyer, David Coombs, wrote on his blog that his client’s treatment at Quantico was substandard.
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email@example.com After 29 years at Emporia State, Myrna Cornett-DeVito, professor of communication and theater, decided to retire at the end of this semester. “I’m at the stage of life that I need to cut back a little bit,” Cornett-DeVito said. “It seems the right time to do that as I try to explore what else I might want to pursue.” But Cornett-DeVito is still passionate about communication. “I was drawn to communication because I saw it as the only solution to the problems we have in the world,” Cornett-DeVito said. “Through communication, we share and create meaning among us and we also influence each other.” Of all the communication classes Cornett-DeVito has taught, she said she has a special interest in intercultural communication. Cornett-DeVito has traveled to different countries to do intercultural research and has published much of her research in different professional journals. “In many situations, we have more similarities than we have in differences,” Cornett-DeVito said. “Often we assume that someone is very different from us because they are from another country or speak another language, and that can create unwillingness to reach out and get to
know someone.” Kenna Reeves, professor of communication and theater, worked with Cornett-DeVito to co-author an article on communication. “(She) is prolific in terms of her research and the discipline,” Reeves said. During her tenure at ESU, Cornett-DeVito has been very involved in working with her students. “She is one of the most student-related professionals that I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and students really respond to her style of teaching,” Reeves said. Heidi Hamilton, assistant professor of communication and theater, said Cornett-DeVito is supportive of the international student on campus and “she really takes a lot of time working with the students, making sure that they understand what she said and she understands their points of view to bridge any cultural differences.” Cornett-DeVito is the founding faculty adviser for the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and has been its co-adviser for nine years. In addition, she has been on many campus-wide committees including Faculty Senate, Research and Creativity and General Education Council. “(After retirement) I will continue on a selective basis certain activities that I’ve done, but then I will try to incorporate some new activities so I can grow in different ways,” Cornett-DeVito said.
Campus environmentalists not ‘hippy tree-huggers’ but advocate going green Members of the environmental club planted a redbud tree on the Morse lawn last night in honor of Green Week. The tree was donated by Davies Nursery, 1601 Prairie St. “Redbud is a good ornamental tree because it doesn’t grow too big and they do well with all the shade trees that grow around here,” said Aimee Denton, junior environmental biology major and vice president of the club. “It’s a symbolic gesture.” On Monday the club showed the documentary “Food, Inc.,” which explores the inner-workings of America’s food industry. Lacee Hanson, senior communications major and president of the club, said Tuesday’s trash dig yielded around 30 pounds of recyclables, collected from various locations around campus Aimee Dento, junior environmental biology major, Chris Dvorak, junior yesterday. Hanson said the trash dig had a “pretty good” turnout since recyclable items are generally lightweight. secondary English education major and Paul Mose, junior communi“It’s amazing how much good you can do just by doing small cation major, plant a red bud tree Wednesday evening on Mores Hall things like recycling. If you went through the average person’s Lawn. Kellen Jenkins/The Bulletin.
trash through the year who didn’t recycle, probably about a third of it would be recyclable if not more,” said Paul Mose, junior communications major and member of environmental club. “You don’t have to be a vegetarian to help out the environment.” The group will host a vegetarian potluck dinner from 5-7 p.m. tonight in Wilson Park. Denton said vegetarianism is one of the most environmentally conscious lifestyles a person can choose. “Resources are finite,” Mose said. “I think it’s easier for us to go to gas station and just fuel up our cars because you don’t really see the scarcity (of resources). Because of that, we have an obligation to make sure the earth keeps running – earth is good.” Friday is Earth Day and the club will celebrate by advocating alternative means of transportation. Members and those interested will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Hammond Park for a bike “If students are interested, hit us up on Facebook – we’re not scary, we’re not creepy environmentalists or weird hippy treehuggers,” Hanson said. “We’d love to hear new perspectives.”
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Promoting ESU on the Home Front STAFF EDITORIAL Emporia State President Michael Lane recently spent two weeks in the Middle East to learn about the higher education systems in Oman and Jordan. The President was also attempting to garner partnerships with universities in these countries. This is undoubtedly a good thing for ESU. Partnerships with foreign universities are an important part of what makes ESU a great school. They allow the academic community to include the viewpoints of people from other cultures and also expose the university community to a certain amount of diversity that otherwise would not be possible. This also was a chance for Lane to show those in charge of universities in Oman and Jordan what ESU is and why their students should consider studying in Emporia. However, there is something that could coincide with overseas recruitment. Ensuring partnerships with foreign universities is a great thing, but there are also these same opportunities to showcase ESU in Kansas and other states. This state has many community colleges and other two-year schools that have students who could come to ESU after earning a degree at these schools. There are programs set up at ESU wherein ESU students and employees travel to other schools to promote the university, but it would be an even stronger act of promotion to have Lane and others from the administration travel to these schools as well in an attempt to show all ESU has to offer.
Hundreds of high schools around the state hold college days for soon to be graduates so that those students know what educational opportunities are available to them after graduation. If a high school senior has the chance to meet with an administrator to discuss why ESU might be a good place for them, it could leave a lasting impact and let them know that ESU is different. Think how much it would make ESU stand out if those in positions of power were actively promoting the university in person to throngs of potential students. Not only would it set ESU apart from the other schools these students have to choose from, it would give the university a more personal appeal that would undoubtedly be more attractive to students than taking the risk of becoming just another enrollment number. There is no denying that Lane’s trip to the Middle East is a good thing. He should be commended for taking the opportunity given to him to showcase ESU in other countries. However, it would be just as amazing if this same diligence were to be put towards recruiting students from high schools and community colleges across the U.S. Sure, maybe the president does not have time to travel to every community college in the state, but any attempt to set ESU apart from other fouryear universities could help to curb falling enrollment numbers. An increase in enrollment numbers could only be a good thing for the university
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as a whole. By that line of logic, it is at least worth an earnest look from the ad-
Remembering Columbine Yesterday marked the twelfth anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School. It was not the first school shooting in the country and certainly not the last, but it captivated a nation unlike any other shooting before or since. In 1999, I was 10 years old. I remember returning to my parents’ house after school around 4 p.m. and my brothers were sitting in front of the T.V., watching the aftermath and carnage that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold unleashed on the Columbine community. Even then, as a kid who more or less had no idea what it meant for 13 people to be gunned down in cold blood, I still understood the gravity of the situation. It was a turning point in my life. Before this, I was sheltered (probably for good reason) from the violence and horrors that went on in the world. But this was real to me. It was tangible. My teacher explained to my class of bewildered elementary school children what had happened and most of us, I remember distinctly, ignored what she was saying. Like others my age, the shooting at Columbine accompanied my transition from childhood to adolescence, a constant reminder that life may not be the sunny, feel-good world my parents had graciously set up for me. I bring this up now, as I rapidly and somewhat unwillingly approach adulthood as a reminder to others like me. It is so easy for Americans, who are exposed to violence nearly 24 hours a day, from video games, action movies and the news, to become desensitized to the violence that surrounds us in an attempt to cope with it. As hard as it is, we must not allow desensitization to occur because ignoring it or forgetting it completely will not make it better. We must confront it, as we did when Columbine happened. We did not dwell on it, but we at least asked why. A heartbroken country collectively wondered why something like this would hap-
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Online Commenting E ric H emphill , firstname.lastname@example.org pen. What would make Harris and Klebold commit such an act? Sure, there were plenty of scapegoats pinned with the blame, but the fact was it happened, and there was no way to ignore it. The country today may be worse at dealing with tragedies than it was in 1999. But there is still time to change that. We, as a country, must not allow ourselves to be like the pre-Columbine version of myself—oblivious, uncaring and sheltered. The violence that occurs every day in this world must not be ignored. Accepting that it occurs is the first step towards changing it. America has moved on since Columbine. Hell, Columbine High School has tried to move on. But there is a distinct difference between moving on and forgetting. Moving on is a rebuilding process. It invokes the questions that need to be asked so that after a period of mourning, progress can be made. I urge you, whatever walk of life you are from and wherever you are going—continue to move on from the tragedies in your life and the lives of others, but never forget. Because if we forget, all hope is lost.
Emporian Rules of Love The other day I was talking to my long-time Emporia friend. I noticed this guy hadn’t ever hooked up with anyone around campus, and, being in a state in which my inhibitions were slightly lowered than they are ordinarily, I asked him about it. He responded delicately, saying that he just hadn’t met a girl here who would be worth ruining a relationship. He said that at this school, everyone seems to know everyone else’s business and he wouldn’t ever be able to have a short-term relationship without having to worry about the awkward intertwining of broken friendships and relationships that would be left in the wake of a break up. And it’s absolutely true. Word gets around fast. When someone in your group hooks up with someone else, everyone knows about it. Your campus friends become something that resembles a family tree, and incest seems rampant. Instead of there being seven degrees of separation between people, it seems like there’s only two or three. For a girl from a slightly larger city, discovering the Emporian Rules of Love has been quite the learning experience. But this doesn’t just apply to relationships. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to make enemies on a campus this size, you better make sure that you’re at a point in your schooling that you won’t be seeing this person all the time. What if you get in a situation that resembles the one I was in freshman year, and your new mortal enemy lives down the hall? These are considerations that you might have thought would be left in high school. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. This small community can teach us valuable lessons and encourage us to control ourselves. For example, the lack of anonymity around here is going
ministration to seize an opportunity to make ESU stand out in any way. This could be one of those ways.
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E llen W eiss , email@example.com to make us have to be responsible for our actions, good or bad. Rather, decisions will have direct consequences, and loose morals will not go without being judged. You also can’t go around being a butthole to everyone like you might be able to do in a larger city. There are too few people around here to be rude. You don’t necessarily have to be fake nice to everyone, but you can put the bare minimum effort into interacting pleasantly with others. And you know what? That’s a good life skill to have. Make sure to think twice before talking about someone behind their back, engaging in illicit activities with others, or just being plain rude. It may not be as fun, but it is definitely better for building good moral fiber. …Oh wait, college is supposed to teach us about debauchery. Nevermind.
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The Bulletin | April 21, 2011
THEATER DEPARTMENT TAKES ON SHAKESPEARE CLASSIC L uke B ohannan
firstname.lastname@example.org The first performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Emporia State will take place at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall. The play will run through next Saturday. “You’re always excited for opening night,” said Andrew Nickle, junior theater major. “It’s what you work for, what you work toward – that first night when you can finally get an audience and feel that energy always propels your performance.” Nickle plays Bottom, a member of the group of actors whose head is transformed into that of a donkey by the fairy Puck. Dress rehearsals will begin Sunday, but currently the performers are perfecting not only their lines, but also the action of the play. The cast consists of 21 actors and an extensive technical crew. Josh Taylor, junior theater major, has been with the theater department for three years and is the stage manager for this production. Taylor said the production has been going “pretty smoothly.” The play is the story of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors who are being manipulated by fairies in a forest. The play centers on the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. “We wanted to do a comedy and we wanted to do a play that would feature some women’s roles and this provided all of those,” said Jim Bartruff, director
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Theatre majors Dylan Lewis, senior, and Natalie King, sophomore, rehearse for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Monday night in the Fredrickson Theater. Jon Coffey/The Bulletin.
of theater, when asked what had led to the selection of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ over other works by Shakespeare. Bartruff also said that the production is on schedule and that the commitment of the students to the play has been very strong. Cast members for the production range from freshmen to seniors, but the age difference has not created any sort of divide in the cast. “It’s kind of cliché to say that everyone gets along really well, but everyone does get along really well and we’re all having a lot of fun,” Nickle said. While the original dialogue of the play will
go unchanged, Bartruff said that he is trying to make the play more accessible with a contemporary audience. “Of all Shakespeare’s plays, this one is perhaps most easily understood because the various plotlines are pretty straightforward and fairly clear,” Bartruff said. Bartruff said an effort has been made to provide a very clear distinction between life in the court and life in the forest during the play, as well as between the various groups of characters within those settings. He said the characters of the young lovers will be more contemporary, but they will speak the language of Shakespeare.
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email@example.com The Emporia State music department presented three opera performances last Friday and Saturday in Albert Taylor Hall with the help of the ESU Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra played alongside the singers on stage. “It’s nice to see they are on stage with the performers,” said Alysa Parson, senior music major. “The music definitely mirrored the emotion (of the performers).” The first opera performed was “Lost in Translation,” directed by Penelope Speedie, director of opera theater. “It’s about two women that both have affairs with the same man, but they can’t express themselves except with the phrases they put in the book, and the phrases don’t quite always mean what they want to say, but the emotion is behind it, so it’s a rather interesting concept,” Speedie said. Speedie also directed “The Fisher, the Fish and the Wife.” “This is premiere, dedicated to the students at ESU – the orchestra’s part was written specifically for this orchestra,” Speedie said. In this opera, a fisherman catches a magical fish, which will grant the fisherman seven wishes. Though the fisherman is content with his life, his wife has plenty of wishes. All of her wishes become true except when she wishes for the power of God. “It’s a remake of an old fairytale,” Speedie said. “I think it tells people that you may go searching for lots of things, but in the end it’s right there where you have it.” Takako Iyadomi, senior vocal performance major, played the wife. “It is a great experience to have an opportunity like this to perform,” Iyadomi said. The last opera was “Buzz & Bud,” directed by Jeremy Devine, senior music and theater major. The performance incorporated hip-hop.
“It’s about relationship and the chemistry between two individuals that can be so different but attracted to each other,” Devine said. “It is a crossover between musical theatre and opera (and uses) technical singing skills, but in the style of hip-hop.”
Members of the ESU Opera perform, “The Man, The Wife and The Fish,” Saturday night in Albert Taylor Hall. Megan Gartner/The Bulletin.
I’d never seen any of the previous “Scream” films before I went to see “Scream 4,” but after watching the fourth installment of this classic horror franchise, I definitely want to. “Scream 4” begins exactly 15 years after the events of the first film and follows heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Cambpell) as well as her younger cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts). The opening completely captures the spirit of the movie by showing teenage girls watching the scary movies and poking fun at the horror genre. However, along with this healthy dose of humor comes an equally healthy dose of murder. The cast of “Scream 4” is golden. From the cameos in the opening scene to the return of the previous actors from the franchise, every character is played perfectly, if just a little bit over the top. But then again, the whole point of this movie is to be a little over the top, so it works. The main aspect of the “Scream” franchise that sets it apart is the characters’ knowledge of the “Rules of Horror Movies.” “Scream 4” continues this tradition by introducing new rules of horror movies as well as certain rules of remakes and reboots while still staying true to the old rules. This film is a great homage to the slasher genre as well as an interesting addition to it. Certain scenes come off as seeming like straight up spoofs of other scary movies, but the film in its entirety is just like its predecessors – a tribute to the genre. The story is basic enough, yet still manages to stay mostly fresh. The mystery of the killer’s identity is well done in this film, offering a great deal of misdirection and subtlety in the clues given and the clues left out. While the writing might not have been Oscar-worthy, it was still entertaining. One thing that has to be discussed is the gore. There is a lot of blood spilled over the course of the movie, but unlike more recent films in the horror genre, “Scream 4” doesn’t overdo it, but rather keeps it tasteful. While I thoroughly enjoyed “Scream 4,” I have to say that I probably would have enjoyed it just as much if I’d watched it at home. So basically, if you’re a fan of the movies or just looking for a good slasher movie, go check this bad boy out. But if you’re just not dying to see it, you might be just as happy renting it when it comes out. My verdict – check it out.
By Ellen Weiss
Bulletin receives top collegiate honor for first time in eight years
The Bulletin | April 21, 2011
K enzie T empleton firstname.lastname@example.org For the first time since 2003, The Bulletin was named the All-Kansas college newspaper for four year public institutions. Seven members and adviser Max McCoy attended the annual Kansas Associated Collegiate Press on Sunday and Monday in Hutchinson, where the paper received the AllKansas award, the top award given by the KACP, Gold Overall for its website and 21 other individual awards. “I’m very proud of our staff this year,” said Kelsey Ryan, senior political science major and editor-in-chief of The Bulletin. “We’ve worked hard and I’m glad we’ve been recognized by KACP.” Ryan joined The Bulletin staff during the spring semester of her freshman year and has been the editor-in-chief for the past two years. She said that despite ESU’s lack of a journalism major, the paper’s quality comes from a diverse staff and supportive adviser. “Our staff comes from different backgrounds and majors, so each staff member brings a unique skill set that helps strengthen the paper,” Ryan said. “Having a strong advocate for adviser has also helped tremendously.” Max McCoy, assistant professor of journalism, has been The Bulletin’s adviser for the past four years and said the paper has improved consistently each year. “I’m very proud of all the staff, and The Bulletin leadership in particular,” McCoy said. “I’ve been lucky to have a number of talented people in key positions.” McCoy said that over the years, each staff has had their own strengths which were reflected in the different sections of the paper. “Looking at the judges’ comments in the overall competition, they stressed the variety of news, the solid coverage, the consistency between issue to issue and the willingness to tackle significant and in depth reporting, and I can only agree that those are the strengths of this year’s staff,” McCoy said. McCoy said the All-Kansas is a validation of the staff’s efforts throughout the year and that a new benchmark has been set for future staffs. Whereas other areas of the competition focus on single aspects of the paper, this award is given for overall excellence of the publication. “Journalism has taken a beating in the current economic climate,” McCoy said. “No one knows what’s going to happen to newspapers… but awards like this are particularly important for the future of journalism – it’s going to thrive in the universities.” According to the KACP’s competition results, The Bulletin staff received awards for the following categories: Editorial Writing •Eric Hemphill, 3rd place, “Brownback Already Turning His Back on Education” •Eric Hemphill, HM, “Ban Bombs, Not Books” Single Ad Design •Juhye Bak, 2nd place, “www.esubulletin.com” •Ellen Weiss, 3rd place, “Reporters and Columnists Wanted” Special Section •Kelsey Ryan, Kellen Jenkins & Shane Wilson, 2nd place, “NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Champions” Headline Writing •Kelsey Ryan, HM, “Yoga Mama Gets Bendy: ‘You’re as young as your spine is supple’ ” Infographics •Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Red Hot Chili Peppers” Sports Column •Brandon Schneeberger, HM, “The Beauty of the DII Athlete” Review Writing •Steven Stanek, 1st place, “Choo-Choo!” Series Writing •Kenzie Templeton, HM, “‘Pot’ Culture” Sports Photography •Kellen Jenkins, 1st place, “Hornets hang on for late win” •Kellen Jenkins, HM, “Women loose to Gorillas” Feature Photography •Kellen Jenkins, 3rd place, “A Look Through the Lens” •Megan Gartner, HM, “All in the Family” Illustration •Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Student use online dating to find <3” Columns •Eric Hemphill, 2nd place, “Kansas Arts in Trouble” •Eric Hemphill, HM, “Literary Censorship: The Comeback Kid?” •Kelsey Ryan, 3rd, “No News Not Always Good News” Cartoons •Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Brownback Already Turning His Back on Education” •Ellen Weiss, HM, “Ban Bombs, Not Books” Individual Online Newspaper •Kellen Jenkins, 2nd place
Emporia State President Michael Lane is presented with a signed copy of a book by Prof. Minwer Al-Meheid, dean of Institute of Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture. Coutesy photo
LANE... from page 1 trip, touring many of the higher education facilities in the country. Lane said that the Sultan of Oman intends to double the number of scholarships for students to study abroad from 200 to 400. Lane said one of the problems facing higher education in Oman and Jordan is the amount of students entering universities at the same time. This increases the need for students to get their education in other countries. The group sat down to panel discussions of various functions of higher education and the positives and negatives of the programs. They also met with the Ambassador of Oman to discuss the plans for the future of
The entrance to the Treasury at Petra in Jordan. Coutesy photo
international education between the countries. “One thing about both of the countries – neither country has oil, neither country has gas, so they are not what people think of, they have to rely much more heavily on entrepreneurship,” Lane said. After leaving Oman the group traveled to Jordan and Lane got to meet with the minister of higher education as well as tour five schools in the country. The University of Jordan is under changes as it is becoming a research university, which Lane hopes will attract ESU students. They plan to finish by 2015. There are currently no ESU students studying abroad in Oman or
MOLD... from page 1 thing because somebody says ‘Well, would you be interested in selling this?’ ‘Well, we’ve got to ask the legislature, we’ve got to do three independent appraisals, we’ve got to blah, blah, blah’… and the interest wanes.” Hauke said that the state is looking at buildings that could be sold and that the Anderson Library is one of those buildings. Kansas House Bill 2014 requires the Secretary of Administration to prepare a report to the legislature detailing a priority listing for sale of state land, but that provision is still under negotiation. Runge acknowledged the potential difficulty of finding a buyer since the building requires renovations and maintenance. “We’ve done some estimates there’s a considerable amount of money needed to stabilize the foundation and make it waterproof and there’s a lot of tuck-pointing – concrete or mortar is usually good for about 50-75 years and then it just starts deteriorating and tuck-pointing is redoing new mortar… hopefully someone that either can just live without the basement can come in and use it.” Runge estimates that the university spent $250,000 to fix the Anderson Library in the last six years, on things like the new heating system, roofs, gutters, pointing, maintaining and dehumidifiers.
“We checked the roofs first,” Runge said. “The upper roof is copper. We had a roofing contractor come in and take a look at it. We’re pretty much convinced we’re having problems around the tuck-pointing and windows, plus we have a rock foundation. Part of it is designed to catch the water from the walls.” The replacement value for the building as of fall 2010 was about $2.5 million while the conditional value, which can range from 0-100, was a 38. “Thirty-eight is into the area where you should knock the building down,” Runge said. “We don’t want to knock the building down, though.” In addition to the mold and water intrusion, mice were written about in emails that were given to The Bulletin in response to an Open Records request. In September 2010, Michelle Franklin, reading room supervisor, wrote that they had caught six mice that week. In October 2009, Franklin wrote to Heather Wade, university archivist: “We have visitors in the ceiling… running all over from where Shari’s desk used to be over through the old reading room… they are very active and quite unsettling…” In response, Wade wrote: “If they don’t drown in the rafter or die of mold poisoning, does that mean that we’ll be OK??? ;)”
Building recommendations In January 2007, Randy Silverman, the preservation librarian for the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, created a Preservation Planning Study for ESU’s Archives and Special Collections. Silverman’s recommendations for the Archives and Special Collections and the Anderson Library included: • Constructing a custom-designed, environmentally controlled, Archival Storage Vault. If the Archival Storage Vault were positioned next to the Anderson Library, this important historical structure could be renovated (repoint stone masonry; plaster and paint interior walls; provide adequate parking and handicapped access) and continue to serve as a reading room. •Install a fire suppression system and after-hours motion detection system in Anderson Library •Excavate around the base of the Anderson Library and add French drains to eliminate basement leaking •Repoint the Anderson Library’s stone masonry •Repair cracked plaster in the interior of the Anderson Library •Install a lightning rod system on Anderson Library • Improve building-level security precautions in William Allen White Library Special Collections and Anderson Library •Reduce the UV levels near exhibit case in Anderson Library with the use of window blinds
Jordan. Rachel Peterson, freshman secondary education major, said that as long as students are safe in the Middle East, the program would offer more positives than negatives. “The most frequent question I’ve been asked since I got home is ‘Did you ever feel in danger?’ and the generic answer is no, but the real answer is yes, once, but that’s because we were walking on this high cliff and I hate heights,” Lane said. He said he was never in any danger from any sort of conflict. According to the Office of International Education, there is currently one student from Oman studying on campus, but none from Jordan.
History of the library
Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate of Pittsburgh, constructed the building in honor of Col. John B. Anderson, who had mentored Carnegie at the Penn Central Railroad. Two years after Anderson’s death in 1899, Carnegie offered to erect a statue in honor of Anderson. But Anderson’s widow requested that Carnegie construct a building on the College of Emporia’s campus, where one library that contained 600 of Anderson’s books already stood. The grant from Carnegie was the first he made to an institution of higher learning in the country and the first for a Carnegie library to be built in Kansas. After the College of Emporia closed in 1974, the campus was purchased by The Way International, a “worldwide, nondenominational Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry headquartered in rural Ohio,” according to its website. The library was re-dedicated in 1986 and in 1987, it was placed on the national register for historic places. When The Way College closed, the Anderson Library was purchased by Earl Sauder and Joe Cannon and gifted to Emporia State in the 1990s. Initially, there was some debate about what to do with the building, but it was ultimately decided that it should hold archives under the Glennen administration around 1995, Hauke said. According to Emporia State’s website, some festivities for President Lane’s inauguration were held in the building in 2007.
The Bulletin | April 21, 2011
Food for Fines offers charitable alternative for book fees C harlie H eptas email@example.com The William Allen White Library will begin the annual Food for Fines program next Monday. Students will have the chance to pay off up to $30 of their over-due library book fees by bringing in food items, but this does not cover lost book fees or processing fees because those fines come from the library’s budget itself. “This is a way for the library and for ESU to give back to the community,” said Terri Summey, associate professor of the university libraries and archives.
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One food item equals $1 in fines and if the fee is above $30, the remaining fee has to be paid. They accept non-perishable food items only such as canned goods. The promotion runs through May 20. “Usually a student can come off pretty well from this, a lot of times you can get canned goods for under a dollar per item if you bring in 30 items for 33 cents apiece, you’re only spending $10 for a $30 fine,” Summey said. The donations go to the Salvation Army and are delivered by Summey herself. The program has generally collected around 1,000 items, Summey said, and she said that over
review and approval. Sheryl Lidzy, chair of faculty affairs, said Lane did not sign the recently passed intellectual property bill because the bill’s definition of intellectual property is not consistent with the Kansas Board of Regents’ definition, among other reasons. But three other bills passed unanimously along with one resolution at the meeting. The first bill modified the final examination policy in accordance with the recent changes to the academic calendar. The second outlines requirement for satisfactory academic progress for financial aid, good scholastic standing, scholastic probation, required withdrawal and re-admittance after withdrawal. A third bill passed “to bring current policies for students who need developmental courses in line with current practice.” Currently, all shared leave requests by ESU employees are processed by the Kansas State Shared Leave Committee. The senate passed a resolution, 13-7, that would re-establish a shared leave committee on campus. “The previous shared leave committee on campus had a lot of bias,” said Dwight Moore, chair of academic affairs for Faculty Senate. “There were apparently considerable biases in that committee both for some people and against other people. My understanding is the reason we don’t have a shared leave committee on campus is because of that bias.” But Giovanna Follo, senator and associate professor of sociology, said a shared leave committee needs to be established on campus. “The initial reason it was taken away was purely for convenience – they did not have enough of these cases here on campus,” Follo said. “But at the same time, when it goes to the state, these concepts are so broadly interpreted that the interpretation lacks.” The next Faculty Senate meeting is at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in Visser Hall 330.
1,000 was this year’s goal. The Salvation Army is an international organization dedicated to “doing the most good,” according to their website. Students do not need to have library fines to donate to the cause, and they are encouraged to drop food items off at the library. “This time of year (the Salvation Army) is starting to hurt a little bit in terms of how much food they have available. Any time (donations are) appreciated, but in May especially so,” Summey said. Summey said the idea came from other libraries that have the program, and she was
pleased with the success that WAW has had with the program. Dawn Sleezer, junior business management major and library employee, said the program is a great opportunity for students, and that now that the semester is drawing to a close, WAW encourages students to wait until the promotion begins to pay off their library fines. “You should see the amount of food we get back there – it’s ridiculous, and it’s very exciting, too, because all the students that can’t afford their fines just love bringing in all their extra Ramen noodles to get rid of them,” Sleezer said.
Kansas launches pharmacy tracking system TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas officials launched a new, electronic system Monday designed to better track the sale pharmaceuticals used in making methamphetamine. Attorney General Derek Schmidt and representatives of the Board of Pharmacy said the new system, the National Precursor Log Exchange, instantly records sales of nonprescription drugs containing pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth. It’s the latest tool in the state’s campaign to reduce the production and sale of meth. Participation in the system was enabled by legislation passed by lawmakers earlier this year. “Kansas has a serious methamphetamine problem,” Schmidt said. Kansas joins nearly a dozen states that operate the electronic tracking system, including Arkansas and Missouri. Much of the effort has focused on retail sales of pseudoephedrine. The decongestant is found in many cold and allergy medicines, but it’s also a key ingredient in meth. Kansas passed a law in 2005 limiting the quantity of such nonprescription remedies that people can buy at one time. The medicines are kept behind pharmacy counters, and buyers have to sign a special register. Schmidt said that law, passed before a similar federal law, has reduced the number of clandestine meth labs seized by law enforcement. He said the numbers have dropped from as high as 850 lab seizures annually in the late 1990s to between 120 and 150 presently. “We’re not just starting this conversation today,” Schmidt said, a former state senator who helped write the 2005 Kansas law. “This doesn’t change that law.”
The new system replaces the paper tracking where customers were required to sign a log at the counter when purchasing the drugs. There is no cost for pharmacies to join the system, the senator said, with the cost of the new software required being funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers. “We expect 100 percent participation,” said David Schoech, a Columbus pharmacist and member of the state board. He said pharmacies could opt out, but then would have to either stop selling the medications entirely or require a prescription from a physician. Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican and pharmacist, said the new system will block those who abused the paper system by going from location to location to purchase the products to avoid the 9 gram limits per month at each store. “It is the culmination of four years of work that will help track the sales of these methamphetamine precursor drugs,” she said. The senator said some states, including Kansas, are considering passing a law requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine products. Oregon and Mississippi recently passed such laws. Pharmacists and law enforcement will know if someone has already purchased their limit for the month in any of the participating states and instantly block the sale. The attorney general said the new system saves time for law enforcement that otherwise would have to go from pharmacy to pharmacy to gather the paper logs and enter the information in a database. The information will now be available instantly for routine checks and follow-up investigations.
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Ford leads on and off the court C hris D vorak email@example.com
It’s hard to have a good team without good leadership, and Senior Kirsten Ford provides that leadership for the Emporia State women’s tennis team both on and off the court. “She helps everybody,” said freshman and number one singles Nicole Jara. “She gives us confidence, always trying to help us out if we’re having a bad day, cheering us up. She is always solid. Even if she is down in her match, she is always cheering other people on, yelling across the courts, giving them confidence.” Off the court, Ford has had a wide array of leadership experiences on the team as well as representing ESU’s entire athletic program on a national level. Her list of accolades includes being the captain of the tennis team since her sophomore year and being on the ESU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) a registered student organization that represents ESU athletes. Ford has been president of SAAC for two years. “It’s been a growing experience,” Ford said. “I think I’ve matured and
learned a lot since my freshman year. It’s made me a better leader and hopefully a better teammate. Having those leadership positions has helped me work with different people and understand how certain people respond to different things so that I can help each of my teammates individually based off their needs.” Ford has also had the unique opportunity to be the first president of the ESU chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, a student-athlete academic honors society that was chartered last year. She is also the national SAAC representative for the MIAA conference. On the court this season Ford has been playing at number six singles and number three doubles and has contributed greatly to the team’s overall success this year. Entering this weekend’s MIAA tournament, she has a 7-1 record in singles as well as a 6-2 record in doubles. “(Ford) has really developed over the four years,” said Head Coach John Cayton. “She came in as number seven on the team and didn’t get a lot of playing action – mostly a doubles specialist, and she has gotten better every year.”
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Emporia State senior Kirsten Ford practices with a partner Wednesday afternoon at the Milton Courts. Ford has been captain of the tennis team since her sophomore year. Kellen Jenkins/The Bulletin
Winning conference and getting the team to regional competition are Ford’s goals for the rest of the season. After Ford graduates this year, she is looking to go on to graduate school, but the impact of her leadership on the team will remain. “We will keep a lot of the tradi-
tions going,” Cayton said “Everyone that comes here – including her and the other players and seniors that we have – made a really good impact on the team from what they’ve done for us, and their work ethic and the way they’ve played. It’s been good to have all these good players.”
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Emporia State senior Jake Hosey takes an easy out against Lincoln Saturday afternoon at Glennen Field. Kellen Jenkins/The Bulletin
The runs came early and often for the Emporia State Hornets on Sunday in their double header against the Blue Tigers of Lincoln University. ESU defeated Lincoln 14-3 in the first of two games and responded with a 15-3 victory in the second. The first game for ESU saw six runs in the third inning, opening up a 12-3 lead. “We knew we had to come out, put up some runs early,” said Centerfielder Dillon Hazlett. “It’s big to get runs early, that way you can just put a team away (in) beating them three games in a row.” First Baseman Travis Whipple would continue the onslaught for ESU with his lead off home run in the fourth inning. The Hornets added one more run to the score and won handily 14-3. In the second game of the double header, ESU found ways to score despite being out hit 7-1 through three innings. Aggressiveness in stealing bases kept the game knotted at three runs. “We want to be aggressive on the bases,” Whipple said. We want to put pressure on them, make them do stuff they’re not comfortable doing. Whenever you can get guys running and movement in the middle you open up gaps, open up holes.” A lead off home run by Joe Kornbrust followed by a home run by Rudy Weiser sparked what became a five run fourth inning for ESU, a run that cemented their lead for the game. “People laid back, and we needed a little spark,” said Head Coach Bob Fornelli of the back to back home runs. “At that time, they had seven hits, and we had one hit. Even though the score was three to three, we weren’t producing a whole lot, and I think that got everyone up.” Hazlett would follow up with a two run home run in the fifth, and Shortstop Andy Cotton’s three-run homerun in the eighth inning would effectively end the game by run rule as ESU held a 15-3 lead. The Hornets are now 33-4 overall and 29-4 in the MIAA. With the win, they clinch a spot in the upcoming MIAA tournament. ESU is currently ranked first in the conference and prepares for a four game series at second place Central Missouri this weekend. “We’ve been pretty good on the road so far,” Fornelli said. “But we have our toughest weekend of the year next week. It’s up to us to compete, do the little things. No matter what we do, as long as we compete and play the game the right way, we can go out of there with our heads up.”
An odd thing happens at sporting events and Emporia State is unfortunately not immune. It happens frequently at football and basketball games before slowly dying off into obscurity during the spring and summer sports seasons. Now personally, I’m not immune to this either. When watching my favorite team compete, I naturally want them to win. I cheer hard for them and for the most part, I’m usually upset when things don’t go my way. I look for someone, something, to blame. Usually, what happens in these situations, while looking for someone to blame, people begin to lose it. They start to ride the zebras. We’ve all seen this. The angry father rides the zebra at his five-year-old daughter’s soccer game. Students in unison, the random drunk and even responsible adults ride zebras, usually at basketball games. It’s constantly happening people, and frankly, it’s sick. Unfortunately, I, too, must own up for I have indeed ridden a zebra. To be honest though, it’s not the riding of the zebra that gets under my skin so much as how the person is riding it. Some people ride casually, some have trouble staying on (usually the drunks). Others are maniacal. Now these people are all riled up. They stand up on the zebra (can you imagine!), bring a whip and a whole host of words that will not be repeated and they really harass the poor thing. It’s comical to watch, yet after about the third person, it’s obnoxious. The point is that zebras need to be respected. They have a job to do, and we have no right trying to correct them. It’s like screaming at the construction worker because traffic is slow. It’s simply irrational. We have in our country, sane, respectable, wonderful people improperly riding zebras. There’s even a Facebook group titled “Kill the zebras.” (As if the decisions they make affect life and death). What is wrong with us? I mean, it’s okay to disagree with a zebra (they’re an often mistaken species). I find myself disagreeing with zebras often, but that doesn’t make me harass the poor thing. Ask yourself this question: is the disagreement really worth the harassment? Fact is, zebras are naturally an independent species and frankly glasses won’t help their eyesight anyways, so there’s no reason to tell them that while you’re riding them. They’ll go where they please. Never in my life have I seen a zebra change its mind because of the person riding it. Horses, now that’s different. Ostriches, too, are tough to corral, but that’s a different subject and quite off topic. Sadly, zebra-riding season is basically over. It happens here and there during the spring and summer, but it’s not really a huge problem. So when next fall rolls around, think twice before you hop on a zebra. Consider how that zebra feels with you on its back. And remember, there is a reason the zoos don’t let us ride the zebras.
SPORTS SHORTS Track gets seven in Wichita
Back in Black
Women prevail as men fall
Katie Mona led the way as the ESU women’s track team earned three provisionals at Wichita State this past weekend. Mona finished third in the 800m with a time of 2:13.86. Deja Jackson also earned provisionals in two events. She threw for 169-05 in the hammer throw and 147-05 in the discus in which she ranks 23rd and 15th in the nation, respectively. For the men, the 400m relay team struck again winning their event as Josh Schuler also earned a provisional in the 200m. Other provisionals for ESU included Andrew Etheridge in the 110m hurdles and Kevin Roulhac in the discus.
The Emporia State football team returned to live action this past Friday as they participated in the annual spring game. The game ended with the Black Defense team defeating the White Offense team 60-27. With a modified scoring system, the defense stole the show forcing four turnovers including a Michael Luthi touchdown off of a fumble recovery. Due to the modified scoring, the ESU defense was rewarded for stops on third downs as well as tackles for loss and turnovers to reach their 60 points. The football program also announced their 2011 season schedule this past week. The Hornets will kick things off at Fort Hays State on Sept. 1.
Although the men fell to Newman University on Saturday, the ESU women’s tennis team prevailed winning their match 7-2. The women were able to sweep the doubles competition and take four of the six singles victories. Matt Van Horn and Mitch Kibbe gave ESU an 8-0 victory yet lost in the doubles completion 2-1. Van Horn also won in the singles matches along with Andrew Shipp who came from behind. Despite the victories, ESU fell 6-3. The ESU tennis team will return to action in Kansas City, Mo., for the MIAA Championships this weekend.