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Special Section on Pages 4-5 The students’ voice since 1901 • Vol. 112 • No. 18 • Thursday, February 14, 2013 • Check us out online

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Spring gala to raise funds for injured Chinese student L ariessa T homas thomas@esubulletin.com Chinese student Yali Huang, 23, recently awoke from a coma that resulted from an automobile accident last semester. Huang was struck by a car in November while crossing the street in 1500 block of Merchant Street near Butcher Education Center. “After three months of care, the hospital (Wesley Medical Center) is ready to discharge Yali but she needs extensive rehabilitation,” according to an article by The Emporia Gazette. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of business administration and general counsel for Emporia State, said Huang continues to need 24-hour care and that her road to recovery is long from over. Johnson also said that he visited her, and she

is responsive to some things, but she is only at the very beginning stages of recovery. The driver who hit Huang is Patricia Sutton, 72-year-old resident of Americus. Charges are expected to be brought against Sutton soon,

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Corky still fierce, despite phantom stinger M arilyn K earney kearney@esubulletin.com

Muyue Yang (left), senior nursing major, and Paige Ladenburger (right), senior nursing major, sit in a hammock on the lawn outside Plumb Hall Monday afternoon, enjoying the sunshine Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

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As Emporia State prepares to celebrate 150 years of “changing lives,” students and faculty begin to acknowledge the many who have come before them and strive still to make the university the best it can be. There is one figure who cannot be overlooked – Corky the Hornet. But Corky is a strange sort of hornet – he doesn’t actually have a stinger. And he hasn’t had one for many years, according to school records. Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni

the student union. He approved, and the rest is history. It was 1936 when Corky lost his stinger. “We decided that he couldn’t dance with his girl,” Edwards said, “or catch a football with all those appendages. So we amputated some of his legs (and his stinger).” The result was the more humanoid Corky known today, determined but still without a stinger. “It’s become more of a beelooking hornet,” Curtis said. “More like a character.” And yet, despite Corky’s lack of stinger, students recently adopted the “stingers up” sign, often spotted at sporting events as a means of support, unity and school spirit. Brooke Schmidt, president of Associated Student Government and senior Spanish major, witnessed the inception of the visual slogan. At last year’s Day Under the Dome, an annual event when students visit the state capitol to lobby about issues regarding higher education, students were asked by President Michael Shonrock what their symbol was. “Stingers up,” Schmidt said, was actually made up (From top to bottom) The original on the spot. Hornet c. 1930’s. Corky c. 1941. Corky “As the year went on, more c. 1978 to present.

“We decided that he couldn’t dance with his girl, or catch a football with all those appendages. So we amputated some of his legs.” – Paul Edwards

Relations, knows the story well. Curtis said before anyone attending ESU (then Kansas State Teacher’s College) was a hornet, they were first yellow jackets. The idea of the hornet only came about because the “yellow jacket” name was too long for use in the school newspaper (The Bulletin), and thus, it was shortened to “hornet.” With this new name came a contest to create a mascot, and in 1933, Paul Edwards, a student at the time, submitted his design for the first Corky, complete with insect arms and a stinger. Edwards didn’t win but patented his design and showed it to the manager of

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Police say alleged gunfire near campus last week posed no threat C harlie H eptas news@esubulletin.com Lucas Shenk, junior theater education major, was working on homework outside the William Allen White Library last Wednesday night, Feb. 6, when he heard gun shots south of campus. “I was sitting outside the library working on some homework when

I heard one shot and then a few seconds later about four or five more go off,” Shenk said. “It made me rather nervous because it sounded really close.” That evening at 7:15 p.m., the Emporia Police Department (EPD) dispatch center was notified of several shots fired in the 1100 block of Mechanic Street, according to a

press release from the EPD. Emporia police, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and Emporia State police arrived on the scene at 7:18 p.m. Authorities determined the incident was a domestic disturbance between Ricardo Castillo, 36, and his wife. Castillo allegedly fired the shots

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Advising professional to replace faculty in SAC next fall

K atie F ord ford@esubulletin.com Students can expect to see a new face in the Student Advising Center next fall. SAC is hiring a professional adviser in place of some current faculty advisers. The move won’t cost Emporia State a single penny, said Gwen Alexander, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “In fact, (it) will result in a savings because faculty are paid more than the SAC advisers.” Alexander said when a faculty member is reassigned to advise in SAC, the university pays adjuncts, or “overage payments,” to other faculty to teach the courses that would have otherwise been taught by those who advise in SAC. She also said hiring a professional adviser will give faculty members more time for teaching and that students will benefit because faculty will be able to teach more courses. Gavin Brown, junior forward, goes for a basket against a Lincoln Blue Ti“Students could talk to the profesger Feb. 7 at White Auditorium in Emporia. The Hornets won, 71-64, and sional advisor and get unbiased advice are 10-10 for their overall record. They will take on Lindenwood at 3:30 p.m. and information in all areas,” said Saturday at White Auditorium. For full sports coverage, visit The Bulletin’s website. Will Austin/The Bulletin

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Gwen Alexander, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Shelly Gehrke, director of the Student Advising Center, are among those who will assist in hiring a professional adviser to replace some faculty advisers in the SAC office. Alexander said the university plans to implement the advising change next fall. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin


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Briefs Prof. presenting ‘lifesaving’ literature As part of the creative writing program’s visiting writers series, Professor Amy Sage Webb will read from her recently pubished collection of short stories, “Save Your Own Life,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Preston Family Room in the Memorial Union. Copies of the book will be available for sale for $15 each, and a book-signing will follow the reading. Webb is co-director of creative writing and was named a Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor last spring. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University, a master’s in English from Kansas State and a master’s of fine arts in English from Arizona State.

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Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Feb. 6 Bill Saueressig reported a head injury to a staff member in the Twin Towers Complex Housekeeping Lounge. Victim was transported to Newman Regional Health by ambulance. Officer stopped KS 638FDR in 1800 Highland St. Citation issued for a seat belt violation. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a shots fired call in the vicinity of 1100 Mechanic St. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a disturbance call at 10th and Sylvan Street. Feb. 7 Officer contacted skateboarders at the 1400 Wooster Dr. and advised of campus policy. Feb. 8 Officer responded to a noninjury accident involving TX CT7D126 and KS 772DEU in Sector 2. Officer was dispatched to admit a male student into King Hall Room 13. Admit was denied. Student was intoxicated. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with an indecent exposure call at 105 W 12th Ave. Feb. 9 Officer stopped KS 863DVU at 12th and Mechanic Street. Verbal warning given for failure to stop at a stop light at 12th and Commercial Street. Feb. 10 Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a disorderly conduct call at Graham and Melrose Street. Officer stopped KS 645BQF in 200 E 15th Ave. Verbal warning given for a stop sign violation at 15th and Wooster Dr. Officers stopped KS 546AFJ in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning given for speeding in 100 E 12th Ave. Officers stopped KS State vehicle 12294 in 10 W 12th Ave. Verbal warning given for speeding in 10 E 12th Ave. Resident Assistant from Singular

Corky from ...Page 1 and more people started catching on to it and ASG made it something official for Emporia State,” Schmidt said. Despite the fact that Corky doesn’t have a stinger at all, Schmidt said she loves the “stingers up” symbol. “A lot of universities have their sign, and I don’t think we’ve had one before,” Schmidt said. “‘Stingers up’ is something that students, faculty, everyone on campus can do with one another.” But without a stinger, is Corky

Hall reported a physical confrontation between two male residents on first floor of Singular Hall. Handle by officers. Feb. 11 Shiloh Cole reported a bicycle accident in Sector 3. Officer transported Sara Matt to the Health Center. Officer stopped KS 598DBF at West 15th Ave. Citation issued for failing to stop at a stop sign at 15th and Wooster Dr. Officer stopped KS 644DFG at 18th and Morse Drive. Written warning given for a one-way violation at 15th and Morse Drive. Officer contacted operator of KS 098CBP at Kellogg Circle and advised to park properly. Officer issued a citation to KS 113DVU in 1200 Market St. for parking in a no parking zone. Officer stopped KS 864DVR at 18th and Merchant Street. Verbal warning given for defective brake light. Officer stopped KS RZO657 at 10 W 15th Ave. Citation issued for failing to stop at a stop sign at 15th and Wooster Drive and for no proof of insurance. Officers stopped KS 892DVL in 1400 Merchant St. Verbal warning given for defective tail light. Officer stopped KS Veteran 87AOC in 1100 Commercial St. Verbal warning given for defective tail light. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 1100 Sylvan St.

Kansas towns resurrect Main Street organization GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Representatives of 25 downtown development programs are working to resurrect the Kansas Main Street organization, which provided funds and training for downtown revitalization and small business development before it was shut down by the state last year. Directors of the programs met in Garden City last week to sign articles of incorporation and plan to meet again next week to finalize bylaws and relationships with other groups that have offered to help, The Garden City Telegram reported. The Kansas Department of Commerce abruptly shut down the program last September, citing a loss of federal funds and a department restructuring. Kansas Main Street provided member communities with technical guidance, training in fundraising and historic preservation and gave zero-interest matching loans of up to $20,000 to help small businesses. During last week’s meeting, eight directors from regional associations

of downtown development groups approved articles of incorporation. The eight directors will serve as the board of directors. “It was important that we came back,” said Garden City Downtown Vision Executive Director Beverly Schmitz Glass. “We’re trying to do this with absolutely no state monies. That way we don’t get surprised like we did in September. The thing that’s been most heartwarming is the people who stepped forward and saw the value of this program. This is a lot of times coming from communities who don’t have a Main Street program.” Local groups can’t join the National Main Street organization individually. They must work through a certified state organization to continue business district revitalization programs and expand to more communities and new membership levels, she said. “There’s a lot of work yet to be done, but we are excited to be moving forward when many thought we would just lock the doors and go home,” she said.

Glass will be president-elect of the group and Casey Woods, Emporia Main Street executive director, was chosen as secretary-treasurer. Woods said in news release that Kansas Main Street directors understand the importance of helping small businesses, entrepreneurial development and community growth. “With over $570 million in economic development activities generated in Main Street communities that range in size from Peabody to Overland Park, Kansas citizens are still demanding a program like Kansas Main Street to help put our economy on a positive trajectory,” he said. Network Kansas, the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, Kansas League of Municipalities, Flint Hills Technical College and National Main Street all have offered to help the 25 communities continuing their local programs. Glass said the new organization will allow communities larger than 50,000 to join Kansas Main Street, which will have at least two membership levels based on community size.

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said, will be to teach incoming students how to enroll in classes and manage degree planning, advising undecided major students and, after declaring a major and developing their degree plans, students will be transferred to departmental advisors.

The resolution endorsed by the LAS chairs will be brought before the Faculty Senate at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Preston Family Room in the Memorial Union. Alexander said current plans are to implement the changes in the fall.

Jacoda Barger, freshman psychology major, who agreed that the switch will be a positive one for students. Shelly Gehrke, director of SAC, said she felt the change was in the best interest of students and that it would be good to have “someone who’s not just a specialist, but good in all departments.” But the change isn’t sitting well with all ESU faculty, including some chairs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Several LAS chairs signed a resolution last week to request more discussion to find the best solution. “The resolution from the department chairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences does not make any statement about the merits of the actual decision to remove faculty advisers from the Student Advising Center,” said Brent Thomas, chair of biological sciences. “This particular resolution was more about process than the merits of the actual decision.” Thomas said some chairs feel there has not been enough discussion between administration, faculty and students as to what the best solution is. “At ESU, we have always viewed academic advising as a responsibility that is shared by students and faculty,” Feb. 12 Thomas said. “I think the goal of this Officer stopped KS 637DBF in resolution was to work through the 1500 Merchant St. Citation issued appropriate channels…to generate an for a one-way violation on Wooster opportunity for further discussion of Drive. these issues.” Officer stopped KS 957AEP in Alexander said the professional Kellogg Circle. Verbal warning given adviser would work full-time during for driving without headlights. each semester, as well as the summer Officers stopped KS 315FNF and winter breaks, and will assist with in 300 E 12th Ave. Verbal warning Hornet Connection and enrolling given for speeding in 100 E 12th international students. Ave. The role of the adviser, Alexander Officers stopped KS 449BJP at 105 W 12th Ave. Verbal warning given for speeding in 100 E 12th Ave. really a hornet at all? Danielle Schmale, senior information resource studies major, said “yes.” “Corky’s (missing) stinger just makes him more personalized, more humanized,” Schmale said. “I think he’s still a hornet.” Edwards, who still draws Corky to this day, agrees. “His stinger is in his attitude,” Edwards said. Corky may not have been with the school since inception, but it’s clear he and the sharp, powerful attitude he inspires are here to stay.

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Nothing to Rave About

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Picture this scenario – an alleged gunman is only one block from campus, and there’s virtually no immediate media coverage. The only information available is coming from random Facebook statuses of concerned students. It seems like the kind of situation that warrants the use of a text message alert system. Apparently not. As we all know by now, shots were allegedly fired last Wednesday night, Feb. 6, in the 1100 block of Mechanic Street near campus. No one was injured. The suspect was arrested. All’s well that ends well. The greater concern, in hindsight, is that Emporia State students were left in the dark for so long. Our phones were eerily silent during the ordeal. Rave, an opt-in emergency alert system provided by the university, was not activated at all. Why? Bulletin staffers sat in our office

speculating, like many students, about what had happened. Was the shooter still at large? Was this the beginning of a mass shooting? Despite our very best efforts, the answers simply weren’t coming. Perhaps that’s why no one was notified through Rave. Everyone was guessing and no one wanted to panic. Shootings are always confusing and never predictable. We now know that Rave was not activated because the alleged gunfire apparently wasn’t a big enough concern to warrant it. Even so, there should be procedures in place to quell the panic and hysteria associated with events like these, even if Rave isn’t “necessary.” Something as simple as a Buzz-In announcement could have helped worried – even panicked – students sleep a little easier last Wednesday night. It was inconsequential this time, but The Bulletin won’t rest so easy.

It is imperative that Information Technology and campus police review their reaction to this incident. Will they be ready when and if something like this happens again? Being tight lipped about these types of incidents, regardless how seemingly inconsequential, is not only irresponsible to the students at potential risk, it also makes wild speculation the norm. Even a statement as benign as “no information is known to authorities at this time” would shut down rampant conjecture at its source. We cannot afford to be caught off guard in emergency situations. We must use the tools we are given to ensure the safety of everyone at ESU. It is disappointing and disconcerting that our leadership is not addressing this scenario for what it represents, a dangerous situation amplified by the fog of miscommunication. It’s time to speak on it – better late than never.

If we, the proud students of Emporia State, are going to raise our pinky fingers in the air and shout, “Stingers up,” then Corky should have a stinger to hold high as well. University mascots run the gamut from fierce to loveable to just plain weird. From animals to vegetables to blobs, every mascot serves a purpose, such as bringing together a community and giving students an image to inspire them, to rally behind and to emulate in some fashion. Mascots inspire cheer songs, slogans, logos and catchy hand signals.

The Texas Tech mascot, Raider Red, carries a gun on each hip while hand signing the school slogan “Guns Up!” Texas-Austin flashes “hook’em horns,” a gesture meant to mimic the shape of the head of the Texas Longhorn Bevo. Recently, Emporia fans have raised their pinkies and proclaimed “stingers up,” but how can we do this when our beloved Corky hasn’t displayed his own stinger in over 50 years? In 1934, our mascot was born. The original incarnation was, admittedly, a bit scary. He had four legs, a gaping mouth and a giant protrud-

ing stinger. By 1960, the image of Corky had morphed into a close relative of our current image. He had only two legs, walked upright, wore clothes and had mysteriously lost his stinger. Today’s Corky is deceptively tame and an effective camouflage to the fierceness of having hornets as a mascot. Unlike bees, hornets don’t lose their stingers and die after an attack. They can sting multiple times and can even corral the entire nest to behave defensively as one unit. Corky is fun and loveable. The juxtaposition suits our school well. We are quiet but passionate.

When I read the headline of last Thursday’s issue of The Emporia Gazette, I was at first outraged to learn that three county officials decided to give themselves raises, as I am sure many others were. With time to reflect, however, my opinion has changed dramatically from outrage to understanding. The jobs that actually received pay increases – sheriff (Jeffrey A. Cope), clerk (Tammy Vopat) and register of deeds (Vicky Lopez) – are positions that I feel are necessary to have such pay raises, especially the position of sheriff.

Advising has been central to this university’s “changing lives since 1863.” Each year my department gets letters from retiring alumni who are looking back over their lives. They remember coming to college as uncertain freshmen and being taken under the arm of specific professors who are now gone. They were not certain of their field of study. We worked with them as they made career decisions because we were experienced in those fields. When some were uncertain they could succeed, we steered them through the best path of courses for them to build their intellectual skills and confidence. We pressed them into student societies. We cajoled them into attending and presenting at conferences. Oftentimes their letters come

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Stinger Envy

We don’t need Corky to be fierce and aggressive, but we do need him to be proud. He shouldn’t hide that stinger away as though it is something to be ashamed of. ESU is progressive, diverse and doesn’t shy away from the awkward realities of life. In celebration of our 150th anniversary, I encourage students, faculty, staff and alumni to show our pride in our mascot and help bring back Corky’s stinger. In lieu of signing a petition, I encourage readers to submit letters to the editor to bring back our stinger pride!

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No qualified person would accept the job of sheriff for a meager salary, regardless of the size of town, when held to the responsibilities that comes with the position. We can lie to ourselves and claim that everyone who runs for a position does not do so because of the pay, but rather, to increase the wellbeing of their town. The truth is that no one would accept a position that does not adequately compensate. I want an official that accurately meets all the requirements for the position, not a person who will accept a title simply because no one

else will stand up to the challenge. And while it may look terrible to raise salaries, it is a drastic improvement over what it could be. When learning about past Texas politics, I was amazed to find that members of the state congress would constantly ask for pay raises, but were denied by the public for years. Because of this, they turned and accepted jobs with major companies to make more money, tainting their voting patterns by allowing bills that would give their “bosses” a major competitive advantage. The aggression toward these

officials for giving themselves raises is ridiculous, and the idea that they are acting against the good of the community is equally absurd. For everything stated above, they gave themselves raises to increase the want of able-bodied people vying for these positions in the future, hoping to bring qualified members of the community forward. With these pay raises and a longer period of reflection on all actions by elected officials, we can look forward to an Emporia that has what it needs to succeed and continue its path of growth.

Letter to the Editor

with a check inside, targeted to continuing the scholarships and supporting the departmental activities that changed their lives. Such care-of-students is more common in small liberal arts colleges—rare in big public universities. But it is what has made Emporia State unique. And just as we benefit today from the good will that was generated by caring professors a generation ago, it is critical for today’s professors to be able to continue to mentor students for success in a rigorous program of which they can be proud. And someday, long after we are gone, they will retire and look back and be proud to support an institution that carries on this tradition. Professors teach, research and serve the academic community. Advising is part-and-parcel of

teaching, written into the faculty handbook as an academic faculty responsibility, and therefore not to be changed without faculty consultation. It is therefore distressing to see proposals to reduce advising to a task placed in the hands of computers and non-academic advisors. I have had many undergraduate students transfer from a large university such as KU and be surprised but pleased that at ESU they actually had an advisor who knew something about their field. They were accustomed to secretaries with a catalog or computer who clicked out the next set of available required classes. And in the last few years, they were merely handed their PIN and told to “go enroll yourself.” In both cases, this often cost them lost semesters because the computer

system did not tell them that a required next class was not being offered some semester. Nor did they get scheduling advice tailored to their performance in prior classes. Our recent consultant was clueless about ESU advising when he mentioned academic advising could be shunted to computer selfenrollment, leaving faculty social “advising” to just focus on a Friday afternoon tea with their advisee. Advising in most fields is intimately centered around helping unique students who are willing to study hard to achieve their degree. That is an academic task; it is no tea party. Some departments have a single degree program and few prerequisites. If they do not feed to a professional program, a hired advisor does minimal harm. But my department has 23 career

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paths and 13 faculty, each with specialty knowledge. Faculty involve their advisees in unique experiences. Many of my colleagues travel to schools we feed (so our pre-Vet program continues to align with veterinary school at KSU, etc.). And our graduates often keep in contact with us long after they have left. Their feeling that they are “our” students after they leave is based on many years of working together here, not on Friday chit-chat. If you wanted to sabotage ESU’s ability to change students’ lives, there is no better way than cutting out the heart of faculty-student advising and making it a mechanical process with generic advisors. John Richard Schrock is a Professor of Biology and Director of Biology Education at ESU

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Library facelift focuses on form, fucntion N ing L iu liu@esubulletin.com Renovations on the second floor of William Allen White Library began last Monday. The construction will focus mainly on the library’s lobby and the second floor. “It’s (the library) a helpful service on the campus,” said John Sheridan, dean of University Libraries and Archives. “This is a place for working as a team, working on group assignments.” The project will cost around $200,000, and Sheridan said it would be worth it for students because once it’s completed, the lobby will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a study space for students. A “dusk wall” will also be built in the lobby, which will make the outside visible to the lobby from both sides of library. “ They are looking at it as a study area and socializing area,” said Richard Jensen, physical plant utilities manager. “(There are) all kinds of different ways for students to use it.”

T hree years ago, the lobby underwent slight remodeling. After visiting some other universities’ libraries in Kansas, Sheridan said he realized that some of the libraries were open 24 hours a day, and Emporia State students were requesting longer hours for the library. T he reference desk on the first floor will be moved to the second floor and combined with the reception desk. All the desk functions will be centralized to the new second floor location. “We are doing a lot of work, like rebuilding the offices now, so we can relocate people until then,” Jensen said. The old librarian office, in the back of second floor next to the Writing Center, has been closed off and is currently under renovation. Sheridan said one change being made is the switch from cubicles to private offices. For now, students are coping with the construction. Natasha Phoenix, senior biology major, said it could become inconvenient, but she’s dealing with it as best as she can.

(From left to right) Hojeong Cha, junior biology major, Seonkyok Kim, senior business major, and Yeunkyung Kim, junior marketing major, study Wednesday afternoon on the second floor of the William Allen White Library. Renovations on the library are set to be finished by summer. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

“It doesn’t bother me right now,” she said. An exact date for the comple-

tion of the renovations has not been set yet, but Jensen said it will be no later than July 1. The

24-7 space in the lobby will be put into use during the fall 2013 semester.

Senator reminds Catholics share faith at statewide conference students to make difference T yler H all hall@esubulletin.com A lack of civic and political education, according to Former Florida Gov. and United States Sen. Bob Graham, is leading to fewer educated voters in the U.S. Graham spoke about civic reform in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union Monday night during this year’s Boertman Lecture Series. The Boertman series was created in honor of C. Stewart Boertman, a former social sciences professor who taught at Emporia State for 41 years. Michael Smith, professor of political science, has had what Graham referred to as a “telephone friendship” with the former senator for about a year now. Smith said he uses Graham’s 2008 novel, “America: The Owner’s Manual,” to teach his 100 level political science class and finds it

extremely useful to his curriculum. Natalie Stiles, freshman social sciences major, said she uses the book in her introduction to government class. She said what she would remember most from Graham’s talk is that “anyone can make a change – they just need to acquire the knowledge needed and know how to go about using that knowledge.” And that’s exactly what Graham said he wanted students to take away. “I want them to know that they can make a difference,” Graham said. “Whether it’s at a local or national level, anyone can make a difference if they seek and understand the skills necessary to do so.” Graham was the 38th governor for his home state of Florida from 1979 to 1987. He later served as a senator from 1987 to 2005. Altogether, he has over 25 years of experience in politics.

Bob Graham, retired U.S. senator and former Florida Governor, is an American politician and author. Graham spoke about civic reform in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union Monday night during this year’s Boertman Lecture Series. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

N ing L iu liu@esubulletin.com Emporia State students represented the Didde Catholic Campus Center at the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention in Wichita this weekend. This year, the conference was hosted by the Newman Center at Wichita State, and around 300 students, priests, guest speakers and faculty attended this year’s conference. “Catholic students from different colleges in Kansas get together these weekends to grow in their faith and get to find other people their age in college that want to grow in their faith as well,” said Caroline Trausch, sophomore biology major. “It helps students to get to know not only the other Catholic students here at our own organization, but it also helps us to get to know students from other colleges around Kansas dealing with the same issues.” During the conference, students participated in Mass, prayer, group talks, adoration, ice-breakers and a formal dance and dinner. Katelyn Real, sophomore psychology major, who attended the conference hosted by Benedictine College in Lawrence last year, said she was very excited to be able to attend again this year. For her, it was a great opportunity to meet people from other colleges. “You get to see other campuses that have a strong Catholic community just like you do,” Real said. “It’s

Caroline Trausch, sophomore biology major, talks about her experience over the weekend at Wichita State attending the Kansas Catholic College Convention. Emporia State will host next year’s annual conference. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin

really fun to be able to interact.” KCCSC is hosted by different universities each year, and ESU will host next year. The last time ESU hosted the conference was in 2007. The anticipated site for the next year’s conference is Topeka. “I (am) so excited because we are going to host it,” said Sanghoon Baek, senior business major. “(But) it’s kind of challenging because we don’t have as many (Catholic) people as other colleges. Hopefully, if we do things right, we can get more people

involved and make something happen next year.” Baek said that although he doesn’t consider himself a perfect Catholic, he has been trying to be a good Catholic through learning about the faith ever since he converted to the religion. “I am really excited to help host it next year, and, hopefully, we can bring some new speakers I haven’t seen before,” Real said. For more information about this year’s conference, go to Catholicshockers.com/kccsc.


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Supporters back Kansas constitutional change TOPEKA (AP) — Supporters said Wednesday that a proposed change in the Kansas Constitution regarding education is necessary to curb court rulings that infringe on the Legislature’s authority to appropriate money. The change would specify that only the Legislature has the authority to make decisions regarding financing of education in Kansas. The measure, if approved by two-thirds of both legislative chambers, would go on the August 2014 primary ballot. Legislators are considering the change in response to a recent Shawnee County District Court ruling ordering the state to increase school spending by at least $440 million. The state has asked the Kansas

Supreme Court to stay the Jan. 11 ruling and is seeking mediation with the plaintiffs’ attorneys to discuss a settlement. Supporters told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the judicial branch has the authority to decide whether legislative policies are constitutional. But they say the courts overstep their boundaries when they require increased state spending on education. Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams said legislators and the governor have the authority to set education policy and funding levels. While the American tradition of judicial review has been an accepted practice since 1803, courts cannot set policy but rather decide if a law is

constitutional. “The people of this state must have the authority to remind the judiciary that their power is also limited and that the Kansas Constitution gives authority for appropriation and policy development to the Legislature and the Legislature alone,” said Abrams, an Arkansas City Republican and former chairman of the State Board of Education.

bridge to educate American students and the area,” said Xiang Sun, president of CSA and senior music education major. Sun said that in China, the New Year is always celebrated with a gala. The gala has been televised for about 30 years so that everyone can take part in the festivities. The gala will feature different forms of entertainment, including a variety of song and dance numbers, traditional music played on traditional Chinese instruments and Western

instruments. If anyone would like to donate to Huang and her family, a fund has been set up at the Bank of America in Wichita. Checks can be made out to Bixiang Huang, Yali’s mother, and mailed to 120 N. Chelmsford Court, Wichita, KS 67230.

Chris Hoover, director of campus police, said a lot of thought goes into in the air outside their residence. No the decision to activate Rave or not, weapon or casings were found by the and the situation has to meet certain police. Castillo was taken to the Lyon guidelines for the system to be actiCounty jail and confined for vated. domestic battery and disorderly The decision is determined jointly conduct. by Police and Safety, Academic Shenk said he was glad to learn Affairs and Student Life in consultathe next day, Feb. 7, the alleged gun- tion with the university general counman had been apprehended. sel, according to the University Policy Despite the incident’s proximity Manual. to campus, ESU’s emergency alert But the Feb. 6 incident was “short system, Rave, was not activated. and quick,” Hoover said, and it Students can opt to receive “real-time “didn’t meet the criteria.” info about campus closures, extreme Hoover said the situation resolved weather, and other emergencies,” itself so quickly that there was no sent to their mobile devices via Rave, eminent danger to the campus or according to ESU’s website. students. He also said that report-

ing misinformation would have been worse for this situation. “If they (campus police) thought there was any, any potential threat to the campus community, of course they’d send out notifications,” said President Michael Shonrock in an interview with The Bulletin last Thursday afternoon. To sign up for RAVE system go to Emporia.edu/alerts.

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according to the Gazette. Huang’s father, Reijie, told Gazette reporters the hospital “is very nice,” but expenses are now more than $1 million. The Chinese Student Association (CSA) will host the Chinese Spring Festival Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Albert Taylor Hall, which will also serve as a fundraiser for Huang and is open free of charge to all students, faculty, alumni and community members. “We are having this gala as a

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Fitting the pieces together Schedule at a Glance

Assessment Day Friday, February 22, 2013 8-9:15 a.m. Keynote

Webb Hall

9:30-10:30 a.m. Liberal Arts & Sciences

Webb Hall

Libraries & Archives

Phi Delta Kappa Room

Non-Instructional Units

Blue Key Room

School of Business

EKSC Room

SLIM

Miller Room

Student Affairs

Preston Family Room

Teachers College

Greek Room

10:45-noon Plenary session

Webb Hall

12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch & Poster Session

KSTC Ballroom

1:45-2 p.m. Poster Participant Awards

KSTC Ballroom

As we move toward re-accreditation by the

Higher Learning Commission, every member of the Emporia State University family — students, staff and faculty — has an important role. Learn where you fit during the 2013 Assessment Day — Friday, February 22, 2013 in the Memorial Union. Dr. Andrew Lootens-White, HLC vice-president for accreditation relations, will explain HLC accreditation and assessment during his keynote and plenary session addresses. Each academic and support unit of the university will have time to meet in small groups to learn their roles in the HLC accreditation process. The day concludes with lunch and the traditional Assessment Day poster session followed by awards. Please bring your enthusiasm, your questions and your Hornet pride and join us for 2013 Assessment Day.


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