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Faculty challenge presidents’ salary hikes R ocky R obinson The Faculty Senate passed a resolution, 25-0, Tuesday afternoon challenging the recent pay raise for Kansas Board of Regents university presidents. Last month KBOR approved salary raises for the heads of its six universities while also making sizeable adjustments for three presidents, according to the resolution. “The feeling is… that even if these market adjustments were in line with what university presidents are making, in Kansas, right now, this is a spectacularly bad time to be doing this,” said Max McCoy, sena-

tor, assistant professor of journalism and adviser to The Bulletin. “The Resolution is not saying, nor is it intended to say, that these presidents aren’t worth the money. It is just saying an adjustment of this magnitude is ill-advised during this economic climate.” All university presidents received a 1.8 percent cost of living increase for the coming year. But the presidents of Fort Hays State, Kansas State, and Pittsburg State each received raises ranging from 12.2-14.7 percent, including a $50,000 salary boost for Kirk Schulz, K-State president, according to the resolution. The resolution also states that

such large increases are “well above a reasonable cost of living adjustment, regardless of whether it is supported by private or public monies.” “I think this reflects the consensus of the faculty that there is concern over presidential salaries,” McCoy said. “Particularly in times of economic hardship, this sends a message to the average Kansan that perhaps they could not or would not accept.” A motion was passed unanimously to send the resolution to each individual member of KBOR. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of business administration and education and president of Faculty Senate, also The Faculty Senate votes on the resolution indicting the presidential pay raises.

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Hughes pushes for stronger community C harlie H eptas Academic focus and community relations were the focal points of Karla Hughes’, Emporia State’s third presidential candidate, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky, open forum address Monday afternoon. Hughes was on campus to answer questions from students, faculty and community members. “One of the hallmarks of my career has been blending scholarship – teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level – and what I call outreach or community connections,” Hughes said. “There are a number of things that I have done in my career that show strong definite ties with the community.” Hughes spoke of her ties to Kansas frequently, as she grew up in Merriam and graduated from Kansas State with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. The day before the forum, she said she stopped in the Flint Hills just to get her “Flint Hills fix.” Hughes said that she was an advocate of shared governance because it allows for shared responsibility. She also said that she supported having active discussions

Karla Hughes shares her visions for furthering relationships between the campus and community during the open forum Monday in Webb Hall. Hughes was the third presidential candidate to visit ESU. Jon Coffey/The Bulletin

between Faculty Senate and the provosts. Town and gown relationships were a focus of Hughes address. She said that the college must collaborate more with local businesses. Hughes also said that the job of the president was to recognize good ideas and push them for-

Frat. date auction helps fight domestic violence B rooke S chultz In order to “develop men of character,” the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity is stepping up to support their philanthropy. On Monday the group will host their third annual date auction to help raise money for SOS, a local battered women’s shelter. “100 percent of the proceeds that we raise from this auction is going to SOS, and this all falls under our national philanthropy, which is “These Hands Don’t Hurt,” said Luke Drury, junior political science major. Three years ago AKL began the tradition of an annual date auction. Drury said that at the time they just wanted to try something fresh and new and get people involved on campus. Last year the event was so big that there almost was not enough room at their house. This year the group decided to move the event to a larger space and have been encouraging students on campus and people in the community to attend and support the cause.

Before the main event, the fraternity hosted a table in the union. At the table the group took donations for SOS, handed out wristbands and had a board on which Drury said students could paint their handprints. The handprints symbolized a pledge that those hands would not be used for domestic violence. Drury explained that because “These Hands Don’t Hurt” is AKL’s national philanthropy, SOS was chosen because they deal directly with domestic violence in Emporia. “All the money’s going to a good cause,” Drury said. Doors for the date auction will open at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Hall. Admission to the event is free, but the audience will have the chance to bid on each candidate after they perform a talent. Additional information about the event can be found on flyers posted around campus as well as by contacting Drury. Tyler Swalley, junior business education major, participated in the auction last year and decided to do it once again this year by

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ward. “Our limitation is only what we think we can do,” Hughes said. Hughes said she is interested in the presidential position at ESU because Emporia is the “right kind of town.” She said the town wants to have a good relationship with the university, and that the univer-

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International Education Week aims to break barriers S usan W elte Students and faculty celebrated International Education Week at Emporia State with a variety of activities on campus this week. Hosted by the Office of International Education, the event has been celebrated worldwide in over 100 countries since 2001. According to, the event “aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange.” “ I think a lot of times in classrooms there’s kind of an invisible wall in between people of different cultures being able to approach each other so hopefully (this week) can break the barriers and let them know each other,” said Kelli Brooks, graduate assistant of programming for OIE and graduate psychology student. On Monday, the OIE showed a movie called “The God of Cookery,” a 1996 Chinese film about a chef trying to redeem himself as another chef takes over his role as “God of Cookery.” This was also the third film to be shown for the Food Film Festival. “ What we were trying to do with this collaboration was to combine International

Education week with our general education food theme,” said Deborah Gerish, associate professor of social sciences. “This was the initiative of the general education faculty and the Office of International Education.” Tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Science Hall room 72, a potluck dinner will kick off the finale of the Food Film Festival. At 7 p.m., they will play another cultural film, “What’s Cooking?” “ One of the most interesting parts of going to a different country and seeing a different culture is looking at what food means in that new culture,” Gerish said. “It’s really informative.” Yusuke Suita, an international student from Tokyo, Japan, and senior biology and molecular biochemistry major, said that ESU has helped him establish how to think from other cultural perspectives. “I am a scientist so I have gotten to know the culture through different ways of creative thinking,” Suita said. “It has broadened my knowledge.” In Heath Recital Hall at 7 p.m. tonight there will be a World Concert, which will feature different students from other countries performing music.

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Veteran Pride on Full Display

Patriot Guard Riders participate in the annual Veterans Day parade through downtown Emporia on motorcycles last Friday morning. The pride of Emporia was on full display along the Commercial Street. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin


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Area churches to host Thanksgiving worship Several area congregations will be sharing a special community Thanksgiving worship service and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the West Campus of Emporia Presbyterian Church, located at 1702 West 15th Ave. The worship service will begin the evening and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Lyon County Restricted emergency Fund. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome.It will be a potluck dinner and those attending are encouraged to bring dishes for the meal. The participating churches are First Congregational Church, Emporia Presbyterian Church, New Life Christian Church, Hope Community Church, First Friends Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and Grace united Methodist Church. For more information contact Emporia Presbyterian Church at 620-342-0375.

Police Reports Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Nov. 11 Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call at 6th and Mechanic St. Officer closed the trunk on KS 742DVJ north of Plumb Hall. Steve Stone reported a suspicious subject inside the Memorial Student Union. Officer made no contact. Nov. 12 Officer stopped TX CC4X139 in 1100 Merchant block. Citation issued for speeding and expired registration in 100 E 12 block. Officer assisted KS 336CHT in 1800 Highland block. Vehicle was moved to free parking. Officer provided escort for male subject from 1800 Highland to 1042 Chapel Ridge. Nov. 13 Officer stopped MS DBV961 in 1300 Highland block. Verbal warning issued for a one-way violation in Sector 5. Citation for expired license and tags. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 1000 E 12th block. Power House Operator reported temperatures in Butcher Education Center Rooms 112 and 113 were reading high. Officers found no problems in either room. Temperature in Room 111 was high. Officers raised windows to allow the room to cool off. Nov. 14 Instructor reported a female student fainted at Visser Hall Room 327. Officer escorted subject to Student Health Center. Female student requested to speak with an officer at ESU PD HQ in reference to a personal matter. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with non-injury accident in 200 W 12th block. Nov. 15 Officer stopped KS 388BJQ in 1400 Merchant block. Verbal warning was issued for a one-way violation at same location. A female student requested to speak with an officer in Sector 1. Subject reported her vehicle missing. Officer provided escort from Sector 1 to Sector 3. Subject had forgotten where she had parked her vehicle. Emporia Police Dept. requested assistance with a parking problem at 1217 Neosho St. KS 631DNQ was moved so it did not block a driveway. Resident of ESU Apt. A-11 reported a strange smell in their apartment. Officer could not identify odor.

Email outlines reaction to alleged Sandusky attack STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A day after the former Penn State assistant football coach who is charged with sexual abuse of boys declared his innocence in a television interview, an email surfaced from a key witness against him, saying he stopped an alleged attack in the team’s showers. Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who a grand jury report said saw Jerry Sandusky allegedly sodomizing a boy in the locker room, said he stopped the act and went to police. That added confusion to the already emotionally raw situation that has enveloped Penn State University and resulted in the firing of coach Joe Paterno, the ousting of president Graham Spanier and charges of perjury against the athletic director and a former senior vice president.

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Mosaic promotes diversity B rooke S chultz

Leadership and diversity are the focus of the Mosaic program at ESU. The program is now accepting applications for this year’s retreat. “Mosaic is a leadership and diversity retreat,” said Mary Shively, director of leadership at the Center for Student Involvement. After its start last year, the program has made the switch from Colors of ESU to now being known as Mosaic. Shively explained that the retreat consists of 50 students, five faculty members who serve as group leaders and five previous participants who will be peer leaders this year. “It’s a hands-on experience for students and we facilitate a large group,” Shively said. One of the returning participants is Anthony Cuffe, junior rehabilitation services major. Cuffe attended the retreat last year with his

leadership class, and while he did not have much knowledge of what would be taking place, he said he enjoyed the experience. “I guess what we realized is that not everyone is raised the same, not everyone comes from the same background,” Cuffe said. “What I learned from the retreat was we could embrace that. We could embrace other people for their thoughts and for their outlooks on life.” This year Cuffe said he will return as a group leader, an opportunity he said he is very excited about. “I think it’ll be pretty valuable for myself and for the fact that I get to help others be more aware of different diverse issues and multicultural issues,” Cuffe said. The retreat will be held at Camp Wood on Dec. 3 and 4, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will have the opportunity to stay the night at the camp and take part in various activities and exercises.

PUSHES... from page 1 sity has to keep students engaged to keep them in town on weekends. Hughes also spoke of her experiences in higher education, trying to relate her answers to her real world experience. However, she declined to answer what she could bring to ESU that other candidates may not be able to. Hughes said that the infrastructure at the university was an important part to drawing in students, but that there were many ways to keep them here. “When we have a candidate like Dr. Hughes that obviously has academics first, that obviously makes a difference to us,” said Rob Catlett, assistant professor of Economics.

Shively said that some of the main discussions within the retreat will include talking about privilege, socioeconomic issues and building community. The participants will have the chance to work both within the large group and individual smaller groups. “It’s an opportunity for them to really think about the issues that we’re talking about but then also maybe challenge their thought process or challenge how they view the world,” Shively said. “We hope to be so that they are more open and maybe broaden their horizons when they’re there.” The program is open to any student who would like to participate. Applications are now being accepted through Nov. 21 and can be picked up in the CSI office. Shively said that the first 50 students who sign up will be eligible to attend the retreat. In addition to the application there is a $20 fee and scholarships are available.

“When one of the students asked what we do to keep students here … her first response to that was about academics, and that’s refreshing.” Hughes echoed the opinion of previous candidate Todd Diacon by saying that the university could not be all things to all people and needed to advocate its strengths better. John Shrock, professor of biology, said that all of the candidates have been strong and that Hughes gave strong academic answers in the forum. The final candidate will be on campus for a tour and open forum next Monday. It was announced at the Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday that the Kansas Board of Regents will be on campus to announce ESU’s next president at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9 in Albert Taylor Hall.

BREAK... from page 1 “The goal is to help students get a different cultural view than they have seen before,” Brooks said. “They can find a different way to view music.” At 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Recreation Center, there will be contra dancing, which is a type of dancing that originated in Ireland and incorporates oldfashioned square and line dancing. “We hope through personal things, like dancing, people will be able to interact and learn,” Brooks said. There will be a table set up in the Memorial Union in front of the bookstore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow for those interested in studying abroad. The table has been set up since Monday with information and displays from various countries and will feature the Chinese and Japanese cultures tomorrow.

Graduate psychology major Kelli Brooks, sophomore business management major Midori Mukushi, and sophomore digital audio recording major Juri Tokuda introduce the history of Japan on Monday. International Education Week will continue through 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin


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Filmmaker shares story of perseverance K haili S carbrough


When Joe White, a filmmaker from Topeka, was given a second chance at life, he did not squander it. Instead, he used his story and experiences to develop a program to help prevent others from making his same mistakes. In September 2006, White jumped from a moving vehicle in a stunt attempt gone wrong. He suffered traumatic brain injuries, paralysis on his right side and was in a coma for several weeks. Now, White has recovered, and he used his love of film to create a documentary called “Joe White: My Story” which is intended to

influence better decision making and illustrating the enormity of obstacles that he overcame. Last night White presented the film in Webb Lecture Hall. “I think his presentation is very important and very life changing,” said April Huddleston, instructor of health, physical education and recreation. Huddleston said that because White is from Topeka, his story will hit close to home for most students and shows that similar tragedies can happen to them. “He’s changed for the better, and he’d be the first to tell you that,” Huddleston said. White has given presentations to schools across Kansas in hopes that his story will

help prevent other students from making tragic decisions. “We talked about prevention and maybe his message will help students be more responsible,” said Donna Drake, coordinator of the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program. White’s presentation was sponsored by ADAP, Greek life, GAMMA and the department of HPER, all of which donated money to bring White to Emporia. “Hopefully it had a positive effect with students going home for the winter break and seeing their friends they haven’t seen in a while,” Huddleston said. “It will make students think about what they are doing before they get behind the

wheel and their decisions while drinking.” But Huddleston said she is not naïve, and that she knows some students will still drink and make bad decisions. “I’m hoping it will cut the number down,” Huddleston said. “The more we can affect the better.” Drake said she felt the same way, and she thought White affected some of the students, but some will look at it as just a story. “I’d rather do prevention then not,” Drake said. “We’re hoping to teach students to be responsible when they are under the influence. For more information on White, visit his Facebook page or email him at

ESU falls in regional “Battle of the Brains” T ianhai J iang The two Emporia State teams competing for a spot in the World Finals “Battle of the Brains” competition over the weekend were not successful. The regional competition was held in ESU’s campus on Saturday. “These are the best computer science students in the country,” said Chuck Pheatt, coach of the ESU teams and professor of computer science. “These are kids from MIT, Stanford, the best and brightest kids. So this is a very, very, very difficult competition, it isn’t like you just show up and you’ll get a prize. You are competing against the best computer scientists in the country.” ESU competed against 218 teams from 69 schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan for a spot as one of the 100 teams to take part in the IBM-Sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Warsaw, Poland this spring. Each team can have no more

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than three students. They use one computer together to solve 10 complex, real-world problems under a five hour deadline. One or more of the top teams from the region that solve the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a spot in the World Finals, in which the World Champion team will be awarded $12,000. Pheatt has been part of the regional competition for 14 years, and ESU has never had a team make it to the finals. “Last year we had a team that completed three problems, which was great,” Pheatt said. “It’s tremendous, because the problems are extremely difficult.” This time, ESU Team A solved three problems, ranking 97th on the NCNA regional list. “It was pretty hard,” said Andrew Wayman, senior physics major and member of Team A. “We got pretty frustrated on a couple of the questions, but I think we did really well. We were able to solve three of the 10, but we were really close on the fourth one.” The Antisocial Network from the University of Wisconsin is the top team in the region. They solved all 10 problems.

“The top teams, some of them practice for a year before the competition, so they practice problems, work together as a team, work on strategies for how to win the competition,” Pheatt said. “Our teams come here on Saturday and have fun. I’m glad they come.”

The ACM-ICPC, sponsored by IBM since 1997, attracts almost 25,000 contestants each year in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents, according to its website. The competition is the equiva-

lent of completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon. “It’s a lot of fun,” Wayman said. “Any time you can try to solve problems and build your problem solving skills, it makes you more marketable to employers.”

The Intellectual Property Bill was also brought up during the meeting. The bill, which aims to “foster the creation and dissemination of knowledge and to define the individual and

institutional rights associated with and the distribution of benefits that may be derived from the creation of intellectual property,” was left on the table until a new president is

appointed by KBOR. “We thought it was best if we would just leave it on the table until a new president is elected,” Marvin Harrell, professor of mathematics

said. “It could keep president Flentje from acting on it and potentially rejecting it while allowing the senators and the departments to look at it more carefully.”

Junior computer science major, Jeremiah J. McMullen, junior computer science major, Ryan Worcester, and senior physics major Andrew Wayman, participate in the “Battle of the Brains” IT competition on Saturday. They discussed and attempted to solve complex, real-world problems within a five hour deadline. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

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Faculty Senate at its Best On Tuesday, the Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution that challenges the recent decision by the Kansas Board of Regents to approve pay raises for the presidents of the six regents universities. They are even considering sending the resolution to the other regents universities to see if they would like to follow suit. The Bulletin is thoroughly pleased with the senate’s actions, not because they are “complaining,” but because they are organizing and officiating a well thought out response. This is exactly what Faculty Senate is for – to voice the concerns of people who might not ordinarily be heard. It took chutzpah for the Faculty Senate to stand up to KBOR. The Board of Regents is relatively powerful in its decision-making abilities, and probably doesn’t need everyone’s approval to move forward with its choices. This makes the senate’s initiative all the more impressive – they are speaking up against an injustice to the educational system. In addition to having the courage to oppose such an influential institution, The Bulletin would also like commend Faculty Senate on the way in which their argument was worded. In addition to being impressively eloquent and professional, it was brief and to the point. This lends to their argument. They don’t need a laundry list of explanations for their disapproval because the reasons are implicit.

They even bring up a couple points that we had not thought of. For example, it states that the increases are unreasonable “whether it is supported by private or public monies.” While we, as students, have been outraged by the idea that the money may have come from tuition, we agree with the senate that these raises are wrong, despite their funding sources. The senate also composed this response in a timely fashion. They have given KBOR a generous buffer to cancel or alter the raises before they are enacted next January. The Bulletin certainly hopes that the powers that be will realize the upset they have caused amongst the people of Kansas, and repeal the action before it is too late. For many members of The Bulletin, this is the first instance we have heard of people standing up to KBOR. The majority of us have instead heard most people mumbling under their breath about the injustice of it all. This should not be so. The Bulletin has done all it can by writing staff editorials disapproving of these actions, and the Faculty Senate is doing all it can by passing the resolution. If you, too, disagree with what the Board of Regents has done, we beg that you do all in your power to join us in voicing your opinion and convince KBOR to repeal this ridiculous action.

Hughes Less Than Inspiring I attended the third and penultimate forum for our latest presidential candidate, Karla Hughes of Morehead State University, and I have to say, I’m noticing some definite patterns in these forums. For example, all of the candidates thus far have talked about their Kansas or small town roots, and they have talked about their experiences. The candidates give the best responses they can with their limited knowledge of the nuts and bolts of Emporia. And the candidates have talked about community – a lot. Hughes was no exception. In fact, she suggested that many of our problems could be fixed by a more cooperative relationship with the Emporia community. This idea came up while discussing how to recruit minority students, how to increase enrollment and increase student retention, and what she would do during the first 30 days on the job. And while I agree that the relationship between the school and the rest of the town could be greatly improved, I found that her ideas were rather generic. When she did get specific, her answers were almost strange. For example, she discussed care packages for students that could be made from products from local stores. Care packages? I appreciate the idea, but it definitely underwhelmed me. The rest of Hughes’ responses were vague. Besides talking about community, I recall her saying repeatedly that she had experience. She gave examples of her experience, but I wanted to know more about her than that. I wanted to get a rounder impression of her expertise, but I feel like I got a list with only two words – community and experience. There’s no way I’m the only one left unsatisfied. When a Bulletin reporter asked a reasonable question about why she would be a good candidate for our school, Hughes gave a quick and dismissive, “I can’t answer that,” type of response. I don’t know if it’s because he looked like a student or what, but I was slightly taken aback by the sudden disappearance of her sweet-as-

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E llen W eiss sugar demeanor. When asked about the poor enrollment and what she would do to fix the problem, she finally got my attention with her response. Ironically enough, she used the same phrase that Diacon used, one that I had a problem with last week. “We can’t be all things to all people,” she said. I can’t help but feel let down when candidates deliver these statements that are a hybrid of realism and pessimism. Please don’t get me wrong – she didn’t put me off. She knew what she was talking about and was confident in her responses. She was happy and relatable, and I also liked the references to professional literature and other books she has read. It let me know that she had an interest in her work that went beyond the 9 to 5. I just left feeling uninspired. As per usual, I encourage all students to read her CV, research her and watch the video of the forum online at, and form your own opinion.

Own Your Politics If there is one place where the discussion of politics is taboo, it is at a bar. But this doesn’t prevent anyone with a clue to pipe up when C-Span flashes the latest GOP polls. One might remark about how studious, frugal Mitt Romney seems and make light of his Mormon faith. Or one might spout a few lines on Herman Cain’s jolly demeanor and his ability to split the black American vote with Obama when the time comes. No matter the time and place, people feel that GOP debates are the best indication of a person’s prospective political prowess. It means very little. These debates, as well as the Democratic debates in previous election years, are a series of anecdotes on the state of America – where it is going and what each candidate plans to do to make it better. It invests the hopes and dreams of American citizens into a televised and semi-choreographed dance with inflated commercial breaks. Its entertainment – flash without substance. Perfect for bar room banter. Who these candidates are is impossible to determine from a debate as politicians lie often, and they lie well. Some will suggest that, despite their apparent shortcomings, debates are the best way to gauge a candidate, and perhaps they’re right. If one’s election criterion is based solely on a candidate’s ability to navigate questions or their skill at turn-of-phrase, then sure, it is probably the best way to determine viability. But what debates cannot accurately depict is the ability for a candidate to write, propose and pass legislation. Debates do not invent policy makers. They only catch them in contradiction. The chronic obsession with federal policy making has galvanized the populace around the election of a president. Granted, the president holds more power than any other elected official. They have the capability of ending the world with a swift nuclear first-strike and can veto legislation, subsequently stalling its progress. We tend to forget the government that exists in our very own town. Lyon County, the City of Emporia and Emporia State University are each governing bodies, the policies of which most directly and dramatically affect us every day. These are the level of government that we can see with our own eyes. I believe that the Republican presidential debates are another

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M att C ook game show in which our highest personal values – strength, courage, compassion, honesty – are thrust onto a handful of men and women. And though we might invest a similar faith in local government figures, it is to us directly that they must answer on the weekends, between classes or around town. The immediacy and power of our potential backlash against local misconduct is the understanding that keeps us relevant as voters and students. All the while, we are in awe of the ongoing contest for a new national king-figure. By all means, watch the debates and vote if you feel like it, but watch them as an Emporia State student and as an individual with particular needs – not as a spectator. Evaluate their qualifications in a similar manner that you would anyone interviewing for a job. See beyond the fluff and pomp, the misdirection and the character attacks. Investigate their political past. This information is at your disposal. And, in a time when Emporia State is also seeking a president, apply the same skepticism and curiosity to anyone who could affect your future. We are the ones who must keep our leaders accountable, and it starts by owning our politics.

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Nitty Gritty plays benefit for EAC

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“J. Edgar” shines as unrelenting masterpiece The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Pete Anderson perform Monday night at the Granada. The concert was a fundraiser benefiting the Emporia Arts Council. Chris Franklin/The Bulletin

S imone C osper Folks in cowboy hats and snakeskin boots lined Emporia’s Commercial Street to attend a sold out concert for the rocka-billy artists of the nationally acclaimed Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Granada Theatre on Monday. “We had to turn away several people today that wanted to buy tickets,” said Jessica Buchholz, executive director of the Granada. Approximately 800 people attended the event that sold for $25 a ticket. “I had to buy my tickets early because of how great the

performers are,” said Tyler Smith, freshman elementary education major. “The crowd and the cost was worth it in the end – the band was amazing.” The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band consists of Jeff Hanna on guitar and vocals; Jimmie Fadden on drums, harmonica and vocals; Bob Carpenter on bass, accordion, keyboard and vocals; and John McEuen on banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. But the concert was not just held for entertainment. Proceeds benefited the Emporia Arts Council. “We decided to make it so because the governor eliminated a lot of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission,” said Melissa

Windsor, executive director of the Emporia Arts Council. Windsor said a local family well acquainted with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band convinced the group to perform in Emporia. “A lot of contributors from businesses around town made the concert possible,” Windsor said. “We are thrilled that Emporia businesses are making a difference.” Scott Rothe, local Emporian, said that because of budget cuts, the community must contribute to funding for the local arts. “Budget cuts are a shame and the Emporia Arts Council does a fine job at what they do,” Rothe said. “Without arts, there is a gap, a hole that needs to be

filled.” T he Emporia Arts Council provides many services for the community. “We believe, as the Emporia Arts Council, that we benefit the entire community as a whole,” Windsor said. “We benefit businesses from an economic standpoint by contributing to the quality of life. A lot of people look at the arts as part of the package that a community has to offer.” Buchholz said that art contributes to culture and is seen and interpreted by a variety of people. The Granada will show the film “Polar Express” at 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $5.

AUCTION... from page 1 performing a dance with a group of his brothers. “It’s for a good cause,” Swalley said. “It’s not every day you get to go out and be a dork and make a fool of yourself for charity, so I don’t mind.” Swalley said that AKL encourages full participation from its members so everyone will be involved either with the auction, as ushers, collecting money, or running the table. “It’s a fun experience. You spend extra time practicing with your brothers and it all goes to a good cause,” Swalley said. This year Drury said that the group has set a goal to raise $1,000. Already, with the help of local business’ donations and their table in the union, AKL has raised around $400. “(We’re) just trying to make sure everybody knows that we’re standing against domestic violence and we want others to make that stand with us,” Drury said.

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Students cross language barrier in opera showcase M egan N olan Opera that spans the world and the ages was performed Tuesday night by students in the music department. Penelope Speedie, associate professor of music, directed the scenes. She said that this showcase was a warm-up for the spring show and an opportunity for the newer singers to try their hand at opera. The performance included scenes from the shows Rigoletteo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Seril, Eugene Onegin, and abridged scenes from The Yeomen of the Guard. While the names may seem

unfamiliar to those with less opera exposure, their composers should be easily recognized. They include Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Arthur Sullivan. The operas come from time periods ranging from 1756-1901. “Everyone sings in this show, even freshman who have never sang before they got here... this is just the ‘practice show’ before our full opera in the spring,” Speedie said. Jamarious Wicker, sophomore theater major, said he was glad for the opportunity to help with the choreography portion of the opera. “I was a stage manager last

year,” Wicker said. “I just wanted to get a different point of view than just working back stage.” Due to the language barrier inherent in opera, the students had to invest time outside of the classroom learning the lyrics while focusing more on the musical aspect while in classes. The language barrier was also a hindrance for some of the audience members. “It was a good show but it was hard to understand without subtitles or something there to help you understand what was going on,” said Samuel Schmidgall, freshman English major. Speedie tried to clear up as much of the confusion as she could by explaining what each of

the scenes was about before the students came out to perform them. “They (the students) have been working on these scenes since the beginning of September and have come a long way since then,” Spedie said, “but the only way to actually know how it will feel in the spring is to throw them up there now and see how they perform.” Even though the title of the spring opera has not yet not revealed, Speedie said she is very excited to begin working on it. The music department will host a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Albert Taylor Hall. General admission is $5 and tickets are $4 for students and seniors.

“J. Edgar,” much like the man it’s based upon, is shadowy, enigmatic and infinitely fascinating. The collaboration of Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio led to the creation of a film that is truly a masterpiece in almost every way. Shifting between the personal and public lives of J. Edgar Hoover, Eastwood has created a unique portrait of an individual who was once regarded as one of the most powerful men in America. Hoover was the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, during which he transformed the woefully underpowered agency into an efficient crimefighting organization. But the film shows us much more than just Hoover’s public life and career. We are given a view into a fairly sensationalized version of Hoover’s personal life, focusing primarily on his relationships with his long-time secretary and confidant Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) and his closest companion Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). One other relationship highlighted in the film is that between Hoover and his domineering mother, Annie Hoover (Judi Dench). Hoover’s relationship with each of these people is defined very quickly through subtle cues, brilliant acting and perfect direction. Eastwood must be applauded for balancing Hoover’s very well documented public life and his somewhat murky private life, including the prevalent rumors of Hoover’s homosexuality. All of these aspects are explored through incredibly powerful scenes that showcase the true acting abilities of the cast. While DiCaprio is the main character and does a truly masterful job, Armie Hammer’s portrayal of Tolson is a somewhat downplayed but undeniably powerful one. Hammer is possibly best remembered for his dual role of the Vinkelvoss twins in “The Social Network,” and he surpassed himself in every way in this film. From a young agent in the FBI to an old man suffering from the aftereffects of a stroke, Tolson’s character presents a plethora of challenges for an actor, and Hammer not only overcomes these challenges, but thrives, out-shining DiCaprio in many scenes. Any great film needs an outstanding cast, a visionary director and an inspired writer. “J. Edgar” definitely has all three, with Dustin Lance Black as the author behind the script. Black’s most prevalent work before this was “Milk” in 2008. Black, rather than trying to guess at what these people may have been like, has presented the film in a manner which allows for the accepted public image of these individuals to be presented. The majority of the film is told through the ingenious device of Hoover dictating his memoir to several young agents as they write it over the course of several years. While this does lead to a somewhat distorted timeline, jumping between past and present, it never becomes tedious and actually allows for added drama. There’s a lot that can be said about this film. “J. Edgar” is one of the best, if not the best film of 2011.

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National Guard veterans ride in the annual Veterans Day parade tractors last Friday morning through downtown Emporia. There are 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35 in the United States. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin Child Advocacy Center members ride in the parade through downtown Emporia. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

A National Guard veteran rides in the annual Veterans Day parade on a tractor Friday morning. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

A parade goer gets a “low five” from a patriotic chicken during the parade. Veterans Day was founded in Emporia. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

Volleyball loses Turnpike Tussle The volleyball team hosted the fourth ranked Washburn Ichabods on Saturday at the White Auditorium downtown, losing 3-1. The Ichabods jumped out to an early two games to none lead. But the Hornets stormed back, winning the third set 25-18. The Ichabods won the fourth set with a score of 33-35. The Hornets record now stands at 21-10 overall with a 13-5 record in MIAA conference play. Courtney Haring led the way for ESU with 14 kills. Paige Vanderpool had a strong performance with a double-double, ending the game with 12 kills and 15 digs to go along with four blocks. The Hornets now wait to see if they can receive an at-large bid into the NCAA South Central Regional. The selections will be announced Sunday evening at 9 p.m. on Left: Sophomore right side hitter Morgan Buckner hits the ball over the net Saturday night at White Auditorium. The Hornets lost to Washburn 3-1. Chris Franklin/The Bulletin

Gunman wounded by police in UC Berkeley shooting BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A man with a gun was shot by police Tuesday inside the business school at the University of California, Berkeley, after hundreds of students and anti-Wall Street activists descended on the campus for a day of protests. The shooting occurred at the Haas School of Business on the east side of campus, less than a half-mile away from the protest site. Ute Frey, a spokeswoman for the university, said officials did not yet know whether the suspect was part of the Occupy Cal movement.


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Club looks to increase environmental awareness S usan W elte The environmental club is looking for students with a passion for all things eco-friendly. The group plans to increase campus knowledge about going green and is aiming to be more involved in more community service projects through several new initiatives. They want people to be aware of their presence on campus in order to make ESU more sustainable, said Karie Nicholson, club treasurer and junior accounting major. “ We want students to be aware of the impact they can make on the environment,” said Holly Glynn, club president and secretary and junior elementary education major. Glynn said the club is centered on a positive cause and members have diverse majors and interests, but all have an appreciation for the environment as a whole. Their meetings provide a way to learn more about the environment.

“Environmental club is not a bunch of vegetarian hippies,” said Brea Morrison, senior psychology major. “We have a wide variety of interests. It’s different experiences, like camping in 20 degree weather. It’s not just about one thing. You’re always learning something.” One way the club plans to increase awareness is through a project to restore the greenhouses next to the art annexes. Ideally, the greenhouses would be available as an indoor community garden. They are also working on receiving a grant to help provide a windmill for the greenhouses. “It gets really expensive to power (the greenhouses),” Glynn said. “It gets really cold in the winter and the greenhouses need to stay warm, so the windmill would come in to heat (the greenhouses).” The club has also teamed up with Alpha Kappa Lambda in order to collect “Coins for Christmas.” There will be a table set up tomorrow in the Memorial Union from 11 a.m.2 p.m. to collect money for

Children’s Mercy Hospital. “ We wanted to help do a fundraiser,” Morrison said. “We are going to give the money to teens at Children’s Mercy because they kind of get neglected over Christmas.” At 10:30 a.m. this Saturday the club will be visiting the Catty Shack at 1018 Commercial St. to assist in cleaning the cages and to play with the cats. “ The Catty Shack used to have a person there on Mondays and Wednesdays, but now it’s closed except by appointment,” Morrison said. “The cats haven’t been getting as much attention because people usually go to clean and then leave. The cats are going to be so excited to see us.” Not only does the club want to increase awareness, but they also want to make it easier to become economically friendly. They have helped implement new recycling bins on campus instead of the standard prototype and hope to travel to elementary schools in the area sharing different ways to recycle and how to recycle.

Senior psychology major Breanna Morrison, vice president of the Environmental Club, collects change for children. The Environmental Club collected money from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

Topeka mayor opposes domestic partner registry TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka’s mayor said creating a domestic partner registry for the city would be “the wrong road to go down,” because he believes it would be another step toward legalizing gay marriage. Mayor Bill Bunten made his comments Tuesday during the Topeka City Council’s first reading of a proposal to establish the registry, which would allow unmarried adult couples to register their relationships with

the city to gain easier access to benefits such as health insurance and hospital visitation rights, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “I’m afraid I’m too old for this,” Bunten said. “What I see happening all throughout this city and across this country is a minimizing of the need for a man and a woman to have a family. You don’t have to do that anymore. It’s accepted, and I think that’s the wrong road to go down.”

The registry would give couples documented proof of their relationship, which is required by some private businesses that extend benefits to their employees’ domestic partners, said councilman Andrew Gray, who is sponsoring the proposal. Companies would not be required to offer benefits to domestic partners and the registry would not grant the rights or benefits of marriage to the couples, he said.

And it isn’t intended to destroy or minimize traditional marriages, Gray said. The registry will benefit more heterosexual couples than it will lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples, said Jason Chaika, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition’s political action committee. It defines a domestic partnership as a relationship between two unrelated, unmarried, cohabitating people,

regardless of gender, who are in an interdependent relationship. “This is not about gay marriage or eroding marriage in any way,” he said. “This is about offering benefits. This is about facilitating businesses to move to this city.” But Bunten said he thinks the registry would give positive recognition to same-sex couples. He also said he doesn’t understand why the registry would make a difference.

Elderly woman hit by spray at protest: I’m ‘tough’ SEATTLE (AP) — An 84-year-old woman in Seattle has quickly become a face of the national Occupy Wall Street movement after she was hit with pepper spray during a march. A Tuesday night photo of Dorli Rainey with the chemical irritant and liquid used to treat it dripping from her chin went viral soon afterward, becoming one of the most striking images from the protests that have taken place in cities across the globe. “It’s a gruesome picture, I’m really not that bad looking,” Rainey said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. The photograph shows Rainey, wearing a scarf and jacket, being helped by two people. One man is cradling her head in his arms as they walk away from the area.


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Despite inexperience, women dominate hawks C helsie S laughter The women’s basketball team won their second home game of the season against the Hawks of Rockhurst University Tuesday night at the White Auditorium downtown. Emporia State beat the Hawks 71-50. “We went out and played hard,” said freshman forward Merissa Quick, who lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds. “We are improving every game and that is really important for us.” The Hornets started out the game with lock down defense and fought every shot Rockhurst took. Both teams looked to push the ball quickly up the court as the Hornets succeeded at a faster pace. Early in the game, Emporia pounded the ball inside to their freshmen post players, Quick and Sarah Wood. The guards looked to drive but were also successful with the three point shots. The Hornets had the lead over the Hawks at halftime with a score of 31-23. “You are going to see a lot of improvement from us – our goal

is to win every game we play,” said junior guard Joeclyn Cummings. “We may not be winning as pretty as we can, but I think if we can learn while we win, that will help us a lot in the end. We pride ourselves on toughness and defensive rebounding. One goal is to hold our opponents to as few points as possible.” Starting the second half, the Hornets came out with intensity. When there was a loose ball on the court, Emporia dived to the floor to retrieve it. Driving the ball in was key for Emporia as they continuously attacked the Hawks’ defense. Although the Hornets came out on top, Jory Collns, head coach, said he was not pleased with the team’s 32.8 shooting percentage. “So far this year we have not been able to get the ball in the goal,” Collins said. “I feel like we are getting good shots, shots in the lane and paint, but we just have not finished yet. I don’t know if we are just young and not able to finish plays or what. I hope that changes soon.” Collins said the team has a lot of talent and potential, but they are inexperienced.

Sophomore guard Haley Parker attempts to evade a Rockhurst defender during Tuesday night’s game at White Auditorium. The Hornets beat the Hawks 71-50. Armando Pinon/The Bulletin

“We just need to get better while we are winning,” Collins said.

The Hornets will have a 10 day break before they travel to

Pensacola, Fla. on Nov. 25 to play in the UWF Thanksgiving Classic.

New tenure begins Hornet men sting Falcons for men’s basketball in home opener B randon S chneeberger schneeberger For the last 10 years, the Emporia State men’s basketball team has been led by former head coach David Moe. This year begins the new tenure of head coach Shaun Vandiver, who took over last year when Moe stepped down. “Head coaching jobs aren’t easy to come by,” Vandiver said. “I know everyone says you wait until something even better comes along, but nothing’s ever promised… I thought this was a great situation. I tell everyone it’s a privilege and honor to run any program, no matter what level. The opportunity came, and I had to take it.” Vandiver’s days as a player were nothing short of admirable. A Bolingbrook, Ill. native, Vadiver played at Hutchinson Community College after high school. During his time there, Vandiver led his team to the 1988 national championship before transferring to the University of Colorado, where he was a twotime, first team All Big-Eight player. Vandiver is currently ranked third all-time at Colorado in scoring and rebounding. After his days at Colorado, Vandiver was selected 25th overall in the 1991 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. His professional career includes nine years of playing in both Spain and Italy. “He’s just seen a different side of the game that a lot of us have never seen,” said junior guard Taylor Euler. “He’s played at the highest level of basketball. He

knows every kind of angle, any situation… if we have a question, he knows the answer, VANDIVER and that just really helps a team with 11 new guys.” After playing in Europe, Vandiver began his coaching career, spending much of his time as an assistant coach at the Division I level. His most recent position was as assistant coach for Boise State University. “He’s the captain,” said Derrell Conner, new recruit from Nevada. “He’s the leader. He’s been at every level, so he’s pretty much got our attention, for the players who want to go to the next level and things like that. He’s been there, and he knows what goes on. He leads us and lets us know what it takes to get to that level.” This year the Hornets are ranked eighth in the MIAA’s preseason media poll and ninth in the coach’s poll. Despite the rankings, Vandiver is hopeful looking into this season. “The greatest thing is people never remember those preseason rankings at the end of the year,” Vandiver said. “My goal is to always get out and compete to play at a level that the community, the university, and this program can be proud of… I just take it one day at a time and try to be the hardest playing team in the league.”

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Hornets fall to Northwest Missouri in final game

The football team traveled to Maryville, Mo. to play against the 11thranked Northwest Missouri Bearcats on Saturday. The Hornets lost 62-21, ending their three game winning streak. Their record now stands at 5-6 overall and 3-6 in MIAA overall. In this tough game, the Hornets racked up over 380 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers on defense. Junior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode ended the game with 282 yards passing and a touchdown. This put him in second place all time in a single season with 2,580 passing yards, and third place overall with 4,289 yards for his career.

C helsie S laughter Coming off of a loss against Wichita State, the men’s basketball team faced the Falcons of Friends University Tuesday night at the White Auditorium for this season’s home opener. In previous years, the Hornets have won 14 straight home openers, two of which were against the Falcons. Despite a slow start, Emporia State won the game 85-67. “I just want to keep playing harder,” said Shaun Vandiver, head coach. “We can play harder.” Although the Hornets were off to a sluggish start, junior forward Justin Ikhide contributed many points in the paint and ended the game with a career high 20 points. “We need to do a better job collectively as a team,” Ikhide said. “We lacked matching their effort in the beginning. We are still trying to get a feel for each other and get cohesiveness and team chemistry down.” Junior guard Taylor Euler and Andrew Bucholtz, freshman guard, also lead the team in the first half with 10 points each. At the half, the Hornets lead 35-24. “We just need to continue to get stronger and tougher,” Euler said. “Next time when we have a lead we need to execute better. We showed really great teamwork, (but) we need to just pass up the good shots for the great shots.” As the second half was underway, the Hornets used penetration to find the open shooters on the offensive end. But Emporia seemed a little slow in getting back on the defensive end. With a little over nine minutes left on the clock, the game turned into a three-point contest. Emporia made a three point shot,

Freshman forward Justin Ikhide jumps for a layup at Tuesday night’s game at White Auditorium. The Hornets won 85-67 against Friends University. Armando Pinon/The Bulletin

and Friends answered with one of their own, a rivalry that continued for about six possessions. Still, ESU came out on top. “You feel good to win a game, but at the end of the day, fundamentally, we did not totally get better at what we needed to,” Vandiver said. “We have to be ready to seize

the moment, pass up a good shot for a great shot…work the ball around and break the defense down. We need to share the ball and not be greedy, because at the end of the day, it is all about being unselfish.” The hornets will take on Missouri State at 7 p.m. this Saturday in Springfield, Mo.

No. 12 Kansas falls 75-65 to No. 2 Kentucky NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for his family soon after a loss, Tyshawn Taylor tried to keep things in perspective for this young Kansas team. Tied at halftime, No. 2 Kentucky ran off 11 straight points in 3 1/2 minutes early in the second half to beat the 12th-ranked Jayhawks 75-65 on Tuesday night. “It’s only two games in,” the senior guard from just over the river in New Jersey said philosophically.

“It sucks to lose like this, especially when you’re right there and you feel you can win the game. It’s a learning experience. We’re just going to build. We’ve still got a tough schedule.” Kansas was set to arrive home early Wednesday morning then leave for Maui two days later. Their first opponent there is Georgetown, and later matchups could include Duke, Memphis, Michigan and UCLA.

“It probably won’t get tougher than the No. 2 team in the country,” Taylor said. “We competed. We played good defense at times. We just didn’t really take care of the ball how we wanted to and how we practiced.” Taylor scored 22 points to lead the Jayhawks (1-1), going 15 for 17 at the line but just 3 of 13 from the field. Thomas Robinson added 11 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 3:31 to go.

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