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The office of the president paid for and hosted the first ever, “Mingle and Jingle,” a Christmas themed event that included an ugly Christmas sweater contest, the lighting of Wooster Bridge, and offered free hot cocoa and gingerbread men cookies, but also brought up questions of holiday diversity on campus. The event took place Monday on the deck of the Memorial Union. “I hope it will become an annual event,” said Allison Garrett, president. “Maybe over time we will add a little bit more, in terms of lighting, but I think it looks great, with that beautiful lit bridge.” Faculty who attended enjoyed the event. “I think this is pretty cool,” said David Cordle, provost. “We’ve got people here with absolutely beautiful stylish sweaters and lots of holiday cheer. It makes me wish I had picked up a holiday sweater.” Werner Golling, vice president of administration and finance, agreed with Cordle. “I think it’s great to have

Neodesha residents recovering from Airosol plant explosion A lex P rince s ta f f w r i t e r

The Kansas town of Neodesha witnessed a calamitous explosion at its Airosol factory 6:30 the morning of Tuesday Nov 22nd. Residents were without water for several days after the explosion as chemical runoff leaked into the water supply of nearby towns. “The chemicals went into the river and affected the water supply first only in Neodesha, then Independence and Coffeyville,” said Emily Thompson, freshman biology major. Thompson and Breanna Couch, freshman business adminstration major, are from the surrounding area. President Allison Garrett stands with Santa Claus on Monday at the Memorial Union deck to introduce the “I have heard there is a “Mingle and Jingle” event hosted by President Garrett. The event included a lighting ceremony on Wooster really strong odor, and the rivLake Bridge and an ugly sweater contest, with gingerbread snacks. John Reynolds | The Bulletin ers turned green from the chemical that exploded,” Couch said. “This contaminapeople together, students and received a $100 gift card to the about it.” some staff,” Golling said. “It Memorial Union Bookstore. Sophie Woltkamp, fresh- tion has traveled up the river looks like fun. “It was kinda cool (to win), man elementary education and is really taking a toll.” The explosion and resulting Carley Smith, winner of the actually,” Smith said. “My ugly sweater contest and senior mom made fun of me for wearhealth promotion major, ing this so now I can brag



Students unhappy, okay with ESU decorating for Christmas

have noticed decorations on editor-in-chief campus, and some students As students, faculty and were dissatisfied with the decstaff returned f r o m orations because they were Thanksgiving Break, they may Christmas in nature. “It’s pretty much just Christmas (decorations),” said Linsey Albee, sophomore Spanish major. “Other people don’t have their holiday represented. ESU should either have just winter decorations or put every single winter holiday up.” A l l i s o n Garrett, president, David Cordle, provost and We r n e r Golling, vice p re s i d e n t o f administration and finance said they didn’t know or weren’t sure A tree stands in the rotunda of the first floor of who was responPlumb Hall in celebration of the holiday season. sible for the Upon placement, the top of the tree was tied to a decorations. cord attached to the balcony of the second floor to Mark Runge, prevent the tree from falling. Alayne Webber | The director of uni-

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While there are no official safe spaces named on campus, there may be a need for them, especially after the election. “Definitely the recent election results (caused a need for safe spaces),” said Deanna Williams, director of diversity programs in the office of diversity, equity and inclusion. “The day after the election, I had students in and out of my office that just wanted to talk about the results of the election.” After the election, Williams said she worked with Jason Brooks, assistant dean of students for diversity, equity and inclusion, and Sally CrawfordFowler, director of the student wellness center and counseling services, to create a group counseling session for students. The event, named “Take Care Thursday” will take place at 4 p.m. today in the Greek Room in the Memorial Union.


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Poll of 100 people taken in the library, Memorial Union, Science Hall and Cremer Hall. Infographic By Kalliope Craft

“We’re looking to have this as a recurring event where we invite Sally (Crawford-Fowler) to come and we collaborate with counseling and student wellness,” Williams said. “We’re going to talk about what we can continue to do to

take care of ourselves when so many things that are going on in society are affecting us.” Williams has also started a safe zone training where stu-

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After OSU attack, students feel safe with concealed carry law

After the recent attack at Ohio State University, students at Emporia State feel safer on campus with the NO 13% concealed carry law. “I personally think that it YES 72% has the potential to benefit and or prevent any attacks on Emporia State and the student body,” said Wesley Snyder, junior marketing major. Poll of 100 people taken in the library, Memorial Union, Science Hall “That being said, I know a lot and Cremer Hall. Infographic By Kalliope Craft of people feel differently and

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it’s something that I think can be done and utilized and be beneficial, but as soon as something happens, you don’t know for sure.” Makenzie Scheckells, freshman psychology major, and Megan Sheckells, freshman English major, also felt as if they would feel safer with concealed carry on campus in the event of an attack. Concealed carry on campus has benefits and detriments, according to William Huth, senior history, physics

and earth science major, and Snyder. “I think that if everyone who has a concealed carry has a permit and they have gone through the training and the background checks then, it would be a benefit to the school,” Huth said. Autumn Sicard, sophomore art major, held an inbetween stance.

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Faculty Affairs discuss religious observance policy

Kevin Johnson, general counsel, discusses how too detailed policies are least beneficial when referring to Bill 16004 “Absences for Religious Observances” during the faculty affairs committee meeting on Tuesday in Roe R. Cross. There has yet to be a declaration on if a written policy will be made, and the matter had been postponed until next semester. Abigail Ponce | The Bulletin

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After having the bill on religious observance sent back to the Faculty Affairs Committee at the last Faculty Senate meeting, the committee took the time Tuesday to discuss the policy and legality of what they can and cannot have in it. “The First Amendment to the constitution says that ‘congress shall pass no laws infringing on the free exercise of religion or restricting or requiring

of one,’” said Kevin Johnson, general counsel. “It’s up to any individual to have whatever faith or practice they want and it can’t be held against them.” Johnson was brought into the meeting to inform the committee of cases and laws surrounding religious observance and although he didn’t find anything relating to academia, he used examples of accommodations and restrictions to religious observances that have been upheld in the court.

“With absence there have been cases where employees have been denied absences and when they took the absence anyway they were fired and the cases that were upheld is when there are excessive absences,” Johnson said. “In academics some classes may meet once a week, some may meet three times a week, some meet very scarcely...It depends on the class, the course requirements and the instructor’s willingness to work with the student outside of class time to complete assignments, projects and so forth.” When Dan Colson, assistant professor of English, modern language and journalism, asked if he would be able to deny a student request to take a religious observance because they are doing work in class that he would not allow the student to make up, Johnson replied by stating that he would prefer if Colson “bit the bullet” and allowed the student to do so. “I think it’s translating that into policy that’s getting us,” Colson said. “If we are always in favor of biting the bullet in the student’s favor, then we end up with a policy that essentially

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fire was severe, with black smoke reaching over 100 feet above the treeline, according to Thompson. Out of the massive explosion, only three workers were injured, two who rushed themselves to the Chanute hospital, and one who suffered burns severe enough to be airlifted to Wichita for treatment, according to Denise Jones, a rural Neodesha resident. “Explosions like that could take out the town and that’s what rescue workers were worried about,” Jones said. Over 150 emergency workers, made up of firemen, policemen and wildlife workers, were on the scene fighting the fire, which threatened to spread to two large


continued from page 1 “I’m iffy on that subject, because for situations like that when it is to defend against an attacker, I think it’s a great idea,” Sicard said. “But in general, I really don’t like the idea of having concealed carry on campus.” While the OSU attack was a knife attack, not an active shooter, the emergency procedures for an active shooter or security threat at ESU were released through the Hornet announcements on Monday. At both ESU and OSU, the guidelines are “Run Hide Fight,” according to the OSU Department of Safety and the ESU emergency resources websites. There is an emergency operations plan (EOP) manual that can be accessed by students and faculty online, according to Chris Hoover, public services executive II for Police and Safety.


continued from page 1 dents can learn to be a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. “A safe space is a place where students can go to just be them,” Williams said. “Whatever their identity is, they know they are supported and will not be judged for who they are. As the director for diversity, I thrive to create safe spaces for my students, such as my office and let them know that they can always come talk to me about anything...It’s just giving students the freedom to know that this is your space and my office is here for you.” Students have reported a need for safe spaces on campus, especially after the election.

To donate supplies to Neodesha contact the United Way helpline: 2-1-1 chemical tanks, according to Jones. “They were worried about the tanks exploding, and that would have taken the town out,” Jones said. Jones and her family drove the four miles from their home to their church which was made a designated evacuation site to help evacuees.

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“We were getting water and coffee and things like that made,” Jones said. Police were going door to door asking people to evacuate the town or find shelter. “People manned the armory 24/7, passing out water from Tuesday to Sunday.” Jones said. Surrounding towns and communities offered aid in the form of

does not allow any restrictions on the faculty’s part.” It was proposed that perhaps there be a policy in every syllabus that says if you need time off or other accommodations for religious observance, you must tell each faculty member no later than the first week of class or a day early in the semester. “There’s no instants on a policy or resolution,” Johnson said. “A policy would let students know what they have to do to get the accommodations and let the faculty know that it is an issue.” Along with having Johnson there to speak at the meeting, the committee looked at the policies of other universities but discussed them little since they were either too long or simply stated that it was okay to miss for a religious observance, according to Gregory Schneider, chair of the faculty affairs committee and professor of social sciences. The committee voted to table the discussion until next semester when they will continue to discuss and work on the policy along with future policies or issues brought up. water, either as water bottles delivered to residents or running water. “My dad is Fredonia’s (a nearby town) water plant manager and was on standby to help transport water,” Thompson said. “Altoona, a small town to the north, still had some water so some residents traveled there to shower at the local schools,” Jones said. For four days the town was without drinking water. On Sunday the town turned the water back on, though the residents were warned to boil it before use, according to Jones. “People are still leery about drinking the water in town.” As of yesterday, things seem to have returned to normal. Schools were back in session Monday, according to Jones.

Only 45% of murders committed from 2011-2014 were by knives or firearms.

“It’s a multi-hazards approach and included in that is violent attacks whether that be with a knife or a gun, so, that is part of the EOP,” said Hoover. The section in the EOP that recognizes violent attacks and the strategy for the campus community is on pages 32 through 34 of the document. “Try to remain calm,” the EOP states. “Get as far away from the violence as quickly as possible...If it appears that fleeing may place you in significant danger, consider sheltering in place...Close, lock and barricade doors when possible and do not answer the door, respond to voice commands, or leave unless or until you can verify that there is a law enforcement officer at the door... If running or sheltering in place cannot be accomplished because of close proximity to the Source: US Murders by Weapon Type FBI database Infographic By incident and/or suspect(s), try Kalliope Craft to remain calm...As a last resort, when there is no chance of es- your life.” a PDF file by searching “emercape, you may be forced to atThe full Emergency Op- gency operations plan” in the tempt negotiation or fight for erations Plan can be found as search bar on the ESU website.

Of those, only 16% of murder weapons were knives.

“My opinion of safe spaces before this election was that we don’t really need them, and all ideas need to be discussed,” said Murad Jaliov, senior English and political science major. “My opinion was that it was an intellectual space, not a safe space, but we have come to a point where one person oppresses the other, and there need to be some safe spaces there. Not all around campus, but at least some places where people with different ideas can feel safe.” Samantha Bellavia, senior psychology major, agreed. “I think that it is needed,” Bellavia said. “Not to pull politics into it, but I think that a lot of people are not feeling safe because they don’t know where to go and they don’t know if they

turn around if they’re going to be marginalized or discriminated against or even hurt because of their views or how they look. It provides a place for them to go.” Currently, ESU has not designated a safe space on campus. “It’s kind of up to the students to identify where their safe spaces are,” Williams said. “It could be a teacher, a friend, a staff member,or people I don’t even know. I just try to make sure my office is one. There is nothing we have that identifies people as a safe space.” Sarah Harrington, graduate student in library sciences, said safe spaces are a good thing and ESU should establish one. “I think it would be good to have one,” Harrington said. “I

feel like the community is fairly accepting but I think it would be a good thing to have one...I think they (ESU) should do one. This is a great community but there is always going to be a need for spaces where people can go in case they’re in trouble or just need some support.” Bellavia agreed. “I think as an institution, (ESU) should come up with safe spaces,” Bellavia said. “Have a safe space that has a gender neutral bathroom that’s not on the third floor of the union or half way across campus and advertise it. Advertise that it’s a safe place to go and share your thoughts or feelings instead of being worried about what people are going to think about you.”

Police Reports Reports from ESU Police and Safety

Nov. 23 Officer contacted skateboarder at 12th and Commercial and advised of campus policy. Officer stopped KS 457JWD at 200 E 12th. Verbal warning for littering at 12th and Merchant. Female student reported two male subjects handing out religious booklets in front of the Twin Towers Complex. Subjects left prior to officers’ arrival. WAW Library zone 155 Fire Trouble. Smoke detector above cross over in stacks. Mechanical error. Recurring error. Officer stopped KS 476FXU in 10 E 12th. Verbal warning for defective tail lights. Citation for driving without a current driver’s license. Passenger drove the vehicle home. Nov. 24 Officers responded to a report of a male subject found uninvited in a room in Morse Hall Complex. Officer notified Residential Life Complex Coordinator Kyla Smith of the situation. A ‘No Trespass’ order will be issued for the male subject. Officers served a ‘No Trespass’ order to Yifan Wang at 502 E 12th Apt. S-7 for all ESU Residential Halls. Nov. 25 Officer located a work truck reported stolen in Osage City at mm 129 on SB I-35. Officer stopped KS 80416 in 600 Rd 180. Alexander Babb was taken into custody for Obstruction Of Legal Process, Resisting Arrest, Transporting an Open Container, and Administrative Driving Under the Influence, and was transported to Lyon Co. jail. Nov. 26 Zak King reported a Burglary in the HPER building Room 121which occurred between 0830 and 1730 on 11/26/216. Report taken. Nov. 27 WAW Library zone 155 Fire Trouble. 4th floor. Mechanical error. Recurring error. Officer stopped KS 622GUX in 100 W 13th. Verbal warning for defective headlights. Officer stopped KS 422JSZ at 12th and Highland. Verbal warning for driving without headlights. Nov. 28 Officers received a report of a possible gas leak on the south side of Sector 8. No leak was detected. Officer responded to a report about a broken heater releasing steam in Morse Hall Room 102. Contacted Maintenance Dept. They advised the problem will be addressed tomorrow. Officer assisted Lyon Co. deputy with a car stop in 600 Constitution. Nov. 29 Cecely Jones requested welfare check for a male student at 1622 Center. He had been reported as possibly making comments in reference to harming himself. Officer was unable to make contact. Officers attempted to check welfare of a male student at 1622 Center. No contact was made. Officer responded to a report of a suspicious package in the vicinity of the southwest corner of WAW Library. Officer found the package was an empty box wrapped in holiday paper and had a bow. Officer determined it most likely fell from one of the Christmas Parade floats. Officer disposed of the package.

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My thoughts on the “Mingle and Jingle” affair As a sort of gift to students after a long Thanksgiving break, President Garrett came up with the idea of throwing a holiday party on Monday called “Mingle and Jingle.” Before my arrival to the Memorial Union Deck, I was tired and ready to go to sleep after a two hour workout session at the Student Rec Center. I could remember the day in which President Garrett had told The Bulletin about “Mingle and Jingle,” and it certainly sounded interesting enough, but I was not sure if I would be too up for this sort of event after working out.

I was wrong. The “Mingle and Jingle” actually had turned out to be somewhat bearable and entertaining. We (The Bulletin) were told by President Garrett that there would be an ugly sweater contest, but I am not too into sweaters, so I did not think this would be something that I would want to view. To my surprise, not only did I somewhat enjoy the ugly sweater contest, but I enjoyed the “Mingle and Jingle” in general. There was hot chocolate readily available to everyone in attendance that I just could not stop drinking

because there seemed to just be an impressively perfect blend of chocolate, sugar and warmth with every sip. And even though I did not try them myself, there were gingerbread man cookies that everyone around me kept saying were delicious. Speaking of those around me, while at the event, I thought that it was great how many ESU students and faculty and staff were in attendance. Of course, President Garrett was there leading most of the mingling, but other faculty were there as well such as, David Cordle, ESU provost, Jason Bosch, Director of the Memorial Union, Fred Karcher, Sodexo General Manager and many more. I enjoyed the idea of being able to interact and “mingle” with some of these faculty members without the pressures that normally come with meeting with them any other time about a controversial issue that often occurs on campus. One of the best aspects of the event was the lighting of Wooster Bridge, which turned out to be the icing on the cake of a surprisingly wondrous

event, but I had my reservations about the occasion as well. For starters, I felt that the ugly sweater contest was judged unfairly and this does not take away any of the hard work that any of the contestants put into their specific sweaters. All of the sweaters were great, but for future reference, I would not allow for the contest to be judged by the crowd because that easily allows for contestants to bring a huge group of their friends and have them cheer obnoxiously loud for them and that just does not sound fair for the person who puts a load of time into their sweater, but ends up losing just because a bunch of their friends did not show up to support them. Most importantly, the event seemed to have a lot of Christmas undertones to it that I thought might have turned a lot of other students away. Sure, there may be a lot of lights in some other holiday traditions celebrated in December, but I guarantee that everyone does not adore a large, white man in a red suit who calls himself Santa Claus nor do they use trees as a sort of symbol for their holiday. These are Christmas


symbols, and I actually do not think many people had an issue with the fact that “Mingle and Jingle” was sort of Christmas themed, but as I looked around in the crowd, I noticed something very important--most of the people in attendance there were white. Now, that is not to say that all white people celebrate Christmas, but it is certainly safe to assume that they do. How can we, as a university, revere and admire our minority and international students so much and then not point out how exclusive this event turned out to be? I think “Mingle and Jingle” went well. I always enjoy seeing President Garrett interacting with students and faculty outside of her office because even if she may be having a bad day, she at least makes you feel important and as if she cares deep down, and I believe she does. With that being said, an emphasis on inclusivity should be the primary focus next year with one of the most important questions being: How can we include the students who may not necessarily celebrate Christmas or any holiday during these times?

Library encourages students to name fourth floor S arah S poon editor-in-chief

The William Allen White Library has been working on remodeling the fourth floor this semester into a new study space for students. The librarians worked on creating names and sent out a poll for students to choose their favorite. Students can take the poll at or find it on the library website. The poll will close Friday. “We wanted this to be a participative process,” said Terri Summey, professor of university libraries and archives. “In a staff meeting we did some brainstorming with the entire staff for...some ideas for names. We took those ideas and did a survey monkey that we sent out. We wanted to see which ones rose to the top, which stood out and what students

could suggest. From those we took the top five...and that’s what is in our last poll to see which name ends up on top.” The possible names are “Hornet Hive,” “Hornet Hangout,” “Scholar’s Spot,” “Genius Floor” and “Hive Mind.” “Hornet Hive sounds good,” said Pekka Viiru, international student and information systems major. “It rhymes and some of the ones are kind of geeky, like ‘genius floor.’” Hive Mind is currently in the lead and the librarians and workers at the library have chosen to not vote in the poll. “We want students to feel like it’s their floor,” Summey said. “There’s lots of ways you can study, like individual booth things and there’s hopefully, something for everybody. That’s why we do these contests and have students help us come up with the name. We want students to see this as

their space to go up and study groups back there but they’re rooms. They’ll have to be quiet and use.” not going to be noisy study ones.” The floor was remodeled for students to use as study d in space. M ive “There was a desire from e H iv t the student body to have more H ne r o study space and I think that is H happening across the nation,” said Michelle Hammond, dean of university libraries and archives. “Students are really needing to get away from their dorm rooms and find space to concentrate. I think the fourth floor was created to meet that request.” The grand opening for the floor and unvelining of the t t name will happen Monday, ou po g S Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. an r r’s a H oo l “There’s a lot of really cool l t o e F h furniture up there and Honrn Sc us o i ors (College) has a piece of it H en G in the back,” Summey said. “We moved all of their furniture back there. There’s study Source: Infographic By Kalliope Craft rooms that could have some

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“No Shave November” hosted by Big Brothers and Big Sisters Paul Jacobson-Miller (left), assistant director of residential life and Alpha Kappa Lambda adviser and volunteer to have audience bid to chose a beard cut design, shows his finished product to the audience after a stylist shaves tiger stripes into his beard. A bid for $40 went to the design, which has to be worn for 24 hours by Miller. Miller (below) sits in a salon chair yesterday in Webb Hall while a Amy Hahn, Smart Style stylist, begins the design. Big Brothers, Big Sisters held the even for the second time to raise money for the program Abigail Ponce | The Bulletin

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The Bulletin | December 1, 2016

Should ESU be dreaming of a White Christmas? STAFF EDITORIAL

Not including Christmas, or the other “holidays” like Festivus from Seinfeld, there are other religious holidays that span across religions from Christianity all the way to Buddhism and Hinduism in December. So, why are we only celebrating one holiday on campus? As a university who has a large amount of international students, isn’t it required that Emporia State be inclusive to everyone? If that is the case, where are the decorations for the other holidays? In the Union, there’s garland, lights and snowflakes all through out the first floor. There’s even a christmas tree in the CSI lounge. Wooster Bridge has a wreath hung in the middle while there are strings of lights outlining the bridge

and the patio near the Union. In Plumb Hall there’s a giant Christmas tree and it’s all nicely decorated. However, the menorah and Kwanzaa decoration are miniscule in size. There are literally no representations of other winter holidays on campus. Even with President Garrett’s attempt to bring a sort of holiday cheer with the “Mingle and Jingle” had good intentions, but actions speak much louder than words. It was labeled as a Christmas party. President Garrett said she wanted it to be a welcome back for all students, not just for students who celebrated Christmas, but it was still a Christmas Party, with a wreath, a Santa Claus, an ugly Christmas sweater contest and gingerbread men. All of these things are very Christmas related.

How can you have a party to welcome back all students but then alienate them by picking one holiday, out of all the others, to celebrate? ESU is always adamant about being inclusive and being accepting of others no matter their sex, gender, race, status, age, religion ect. This is stated, crystal clear, on the school’s website in the Inclusivity Statement, where it says ESU “supports an inclusive learning environment where diversity and individual differences are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as a source of strength.” Well, what about the other holidays? If ESU is to understand, respect, appreciate and

recognize other people’s holidays, why are we only focusing on Christmas? This certainly needs to change. If Emporia State wants its students to grow as a community we need to recognize all the holidays of this month. Not just Christmas. If you believe this to be

A wage that’s worth it

H annah H aefele opinion writer

As college students, we have to start thinking about money and how we’re going to pay for things like bills and loans. Unless you’ve lucked out in the money department, it’s on you to pay for college. That cost is stressful for a student, working or not because even if you do work, it’s not nearly enough to pay for tuition. Older generations tend to call us “lazy,” but a minimum wage job is barely enough to get by, unless you can manage to work and go to school full-time. Even the university recommends a maximum of twenty hours of work per week for fulltime students.

Working twenty hours each week at minimum wage means that before taxes, a student’s weekly income would be $145. That adds up to $580 per month. That’s how much a semester worth of books costs alone. The problem with minimum wage is that it is not nearly enough to survive on. A college student’s first priority should be school, with a part time job as a way to earn some extra spending money and to fill some free time. That’s not to say that students should expect their parents to help with finances. Yes, that’s nice, but not required. For students looking to work, the jobs they are qualified for are almost always the jobs that pay minimum wage, or just above it. We can’t live off of this! The current minimum wage is too low to support anyone with expenses other than food. This minimum wage doesn’t even cover waiters and other tip staff. According to the Department of Labor, the minimum wage for tip staff starts at $2.13 per hour in Kansas. That is a server’s guaranteed pay, and while they can earn a

lot more with tips, the fact that they have to hustle for any more is ridiculous. Some days are slow in a restaurant and sometimes you just happen to get a bunch of people who don’t leave a tip. That’s not right. Whether you work for tips or not, working for such a small amount of money is extremely stressful. That time working takes away from time you could spend studying or hanging out with friends, all because the hours you work don’t result in enough money. As future workers, we need to know just how much our time is worth so that we know when to pass on a job for low pay. Our time is worth more than that. Negotiating is difficult, but we need to live. We can’t just accept what money employers are willing to pay us; we need to fight for a living wage. With email and social media, we can contact representatives and senators to send the message that the minimum wage needs to change. This is not just a college student problem; it’s an economic problem.

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a problem, or that you feel as if your holiday is not getting the inclusion that it deserves, you need to let President Allison Garrett know. You can email her at In the meantime, we all should be respectful of all the other holidays that fill December.

Nothing Saved

I an B ain opinion writer

Some of you returning from the break might notice some new pieces of furniture or electronics lining your room. You ask your roommate the obvious: “Black Friday?” The day after Thanksgiving in the United States has almost universally been accepted as the day for the best sales all year, being the first day for Christmas shopping and part of a long weekend, for many this comes as no surprise. Beyond sales what purpose does this “holiday” serve? None. Absolutely none. It’s purely for the benefit of stores, yet we act like these sales somehow benefit us. In what way? Because you got something you never would have bought “cheaper?” It is not a bargain to buy something you never would have bought, you are not saving money if you never would have spent that money otherwise. Of course, some people go out and buy things that their family actually requested for Christmas, there is no problem in that. However, according to Andrea Pizzolo of The Cougar, more and

more chains have begun making cheaper inferior products for specific sales on Black Friday to save cost, then switching back when the sales are over. You are not saving money, you are getting a lower quality product than you would have on any other day. Speaking of days, we are not even referring to a single day when we say Black Friday anymore. Many stores now start their sales on Thanksgiving itself, others ending them late into the Saturday after. This surely doesn’t benefits the employees being forced to work on these days rather than being with their families. What benefit is there to be had by feeling the need to go out shopping instead of, once again, being with your family? There is not a single benefit. At the end of Black Friday all we have is a bunch of stuff that we won’t even care about very soon. It will all break or be obsolete. We put such high value on material objects that we don’t realize that we could be happy right where we are. You can get a new flat screen TV, but does that match up to seeing your newly born nephew for the first time? You can buy a new furniture set, but does that stack up to eating with your great grandfather that might not see another Thanksgiving? You can get all the new things you want, but in the end it won’t match up to the memories of the people you love.

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La presidenta celebra un evento temático navideño J ose M edrano s pa n i s h t r a n s l at o r

La oficina de la presidenta pagó y organizó el primer, “Mingle and Jingle,” un evento temático de navidad que incluyó un concurso de suéter feo de navidad, la iluminación de Wooster Bridge y ofreció chocolate caliente gratis y galletas de jengibre, pero también trajo cuestiones de la diversidad de días festivos en campus.

El evento tuvo lugar el lunes en el Memorial Union. “Espero que se convierta en un evento anual,” dijo Allison Garrett, presidenta. “Tal vez con el tiempo vamos a añadir un poco más, en términos de iluminación, pero creo que se ve muy bien, con ese hermoso puente iluminado.” Los profesores que asistieron disfrutaron el evento. “Creo que esto es bastante cool,” dijo David Cordle, preboste. “Tenemos gente aquí

con suéteres absolutamente hermosos y elegantes y mucha alegría navideña. Me hace desear haber agarrado un suéter de los días festivos.” Werner Golling, vicepresidente de administración y finanzas, estuvo de acuerdo con Cordle. “Creo que es genial tener gente junta, estudiantes y personal,” dijo Golling. “Parece divertido.” Carley Smith, ganadora del concurso de suéter feo y estu-

Estudiantes esperan ser evaluados para el concurso de suéter feo de navidad para un premio de una tarjeta de regalo de $100 a la Memorial Union Bookstore, el lunes en el “Mingle and Jingle” en Wooster Lake. Carley Smith, estudiante de último año de promoción de salud, fue ganadora del concurso. John Reynolds | The Bulletin

diante de último año de promoción de salud, ganó tarjeta de regalo de $ 100 a la Memorial Union Bookstore. “Fue algo genial (ganar),” dijo Smith. “Mi mamá se burló de mí por usar esto (el suéter), así que ahora puedo presumir de él”. Sophie Woltkamp, estudiante de primer año de educación primaria, obtuvo el segundo lugar y ganó una tarjeta de regalo de $50. La mayoría de los estudiantes que fueron preguntados disfrutaron el evento, pero algunos estudiantes sintieron que su tema claramente “de navidad” excluía a los estudiantes de otras religiones. Ellos pidieron no ser identificados en el Bulletin. “Esto fue para dar una bienvenida de nuevo al campus para los estudiantes,” dijo Allison Garrett, presidente. “Ellos estaban en casa durante el día de acción de gracias, la mayoría de ellos, y esto fue sólo una manera de dar la bienvenida en la temporada navideña. Para un montón de gente, incluso si no son cristianos, esta es una temporada de días festivos para ellos. Creo que esta es una buena manera de dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes al campus.” Garrett sostuvo que el evento era para todos los estu-

diantes, independientemente de la religión. “Es un poco navideño, pero también, la mayoría de las religiones principales del mundo están celebrando días festivos en este momento y celebran las luces,” dijo Garrett. “Creo que para todos nuestros estudiantes, incluso si no son religiosos, simplemente disfrutando de las hermosas luces del campus, el cacao y las galletas es una oportunidad maravillosa.” Smith sintió que el evento no fue específicamente identificado como navidad, pero que pareció ser un evento de navidad. “Esto es divertido porque realmente no especifican si es navideño o no, así que siento que este evento todavía está bien,” dijo Smith. “Ya que es una iluminación, esto es más un evento de navidad, y Santa está aquí, pero podría ser para más días festivos también...Sin embargo, se trata de navidad.” Woltkamp, sin embargo, sintió que el evento era diverso. “(Este evento) definitivamente captura la iniciativa de diversidad de ESU,” dijo Woltkamp. “Si miras a tu alrededor ves que todo el mundo salió, y definitivamente vi mucha diversidad aquí.”

Estudiantes descontentos, ESU contentos decorando para navidad J ud H awley s pa n i s h t r a n s l at o r

Después del regreso de los estudiantes, miembros administrativos y profesores del descanso por el día de acción de gracias, tal vez han notado decoraciones en el campus, y algunos estudiantes se encuentran descontentos con las decoraciones porque se tratan de navidad. “Es como si solamente son de navidad (las decoraciones),” dijo Lindsey Albee, estudiante de español de segundo año. “Otras festividades no son representadas. ESU debería tener decoraciones de solo invierno o decoraciones de cada festividad de invierno.” Allison Garrett, presidenta, David Cordle, provost, y Werner Golling, vicepresidente de administración y finanzas dijeron que no sabían o que no estaban seguros quién fue responsable por las decoraciones. Mark Runge, director de in-

fraestructura universitaria, dijo que su grupo colocó las decoraciones en el campus. “El departamento de infraestructura es responsable por las decoraciones y sus locaciones,” dijo Runge. “Cuidamos y mantenemos estos objetos. Usualmente por menos que 50 dólares al año.” Por un lado cada departamento tiene sus propias decoraciones, mientras que ESU tiene ciertas decoraciones específicas que nuestro departamento coloca cada año,” dijo Runge. Dentro de estas son las luces nuevas y decoraciones en el puente de Wooster, la estrella sobre Plumb Hall, luces alrededores de Kellogg Drive y un árbol y guirnaldas en Plumb Hall. La mayoría de estas decoraciones fueron donadas y han estado en posesión de ESU por 15 años o más, según Runge. Adicionalmente, la mayoría de las decoraciones han sido alteradas para ser mejor para el

medioambiente. Estas son decoraciones temporales, no son de navidad,” dijo Runge. “Ya es notado oficialmente así… Como agencia estatal, no se nos permite promocionar religiones con referencias específicas, como un nacimiento. Tenemos cuidado a no ofender aquellos con o sin creencias religiosas.” Runge mantuvo que las decoraciones no fueron de navidad. “Las decoraciones son parte de las celebraciones que han estado pasando aquí por muchos años para actividades tanto seculares como religiosas,” dijo Runge. “Creo que la mayoría de la gente piensa que este tiempo es uno de extravagancia comercial para celebrar con familia y amigos. Mantendremos un enfoque secular con respecto a las decoraciones temporales.” Los estudiantes, sin embargo, tienden a no estar de acuerdo.

Emily MacKay, estudiante de segundo año de biología molecular y bioquímica, se sentía que las decoraciones representaban navidad y no veía decoraciones de otros festivales. “Creo que si van a tener decoraciones navideñas, tendrían que considerar otras religiones también, como hanukkah,” dijo MacKay. “Creo que tienen que proveer diversidad un poco más. Creo que tienen que tener otras decoraciones festivas, más que navidad. O si quieren decorar, no deberían decorar solo para navidad, sino de una manera neutral.” Evangeline Carney, estudiante de segundo año de sociología dijo que eran decoraciones navideñas también. “Son parecidas a la navidad, pero “no gritan navidad” (o sea no es tan obvio),” dijo Carney. “Es más sutil y son bonitas. Creo que está bien tener decoraciones si está abierto a tener decoraciones de

otras festividades que se estén celebrando.” Carney sintió que ESU debería proveer decoraciones de otras festividades también. “No están siguiendo (las iniciativas de diversidad) para nada, porque no hay diversidad si sólo se tiene una festividad,” dijo Albee. “Yo celebro navidad y por eso a mí me parece normal, pero yo lo lamento por otras personas para las cuales no sea el caso. (Podría hacerlos) sentirse excluidos y fuera de lugar.” Haydar Al-Ameen, estudiante graduado de bibliotecología e información, también dijo que las decoraciones eran navideñas, pero creyó que eran apropriadas. “A mí me gustan,” dijo AlAmeen. “Navidad es bueno. Navidad es la festividad principal. Está bien porque creo que navidad representa todas las festividades porque esta regresa a Jesucristo y cada religión adora a Jesucristo.”

Espacios seguros en Emporia State University S alma V illa s pa n i s h t r a n s l at o r

Aunque no hay espacios seguros oficiales nombrados en el campus, puede haber una necesidad para ellos, especialmente después de la elección. “Definitivamente los resultados recientes de la elección (provocaron la necesidad de espacios seguros),” dijo Deanna Williams, directora de programas de diversidad en la oficina de diversidad, equidad e inclusión. “El día después de la elección tuve estudiantes dentro y fuera de mi oficina que sólo querían hablar sobre los resultados de la elección.” Después de la elección, Williams dijo que trabajó con Jason Brooks, decano asistente de estudiantes para diversidad, equidad e inclusión, y Sally Crawford-Fowler, directora del centro de bienestar estudiantil y servicios de consejería, para crear una sesión de consejería grupal para estudiantes.

El evento, llamado “Take Care Thursday” tendrá lugar hoy a las 4 pm en el Greek Room del Memorial Union. “Estamos buscando que esto sea un evento recurrente en el que invitamos a Sally y colaboramos con el asesoramiento y el bienestar de los estudiantes,” dijo Williams. “Vamos a hablar de lo que podemos seguir haciendo para cuidar de nosotros mismos cuando tantas cosas que están sucediendo en la sociedad nos están afectando.” Williams también ha comenzado un entrenamiento de zona segura donde los estudiantes pueden aprender a ser un espacio seguro para la comunidad LGBTQIA+. “Un espacio seguro es un lugar donde los estudiantes pueden ir y ser ellos mismos,” dijo Williams. “Sea cual sea su identidad, que sepan que son apoyados y que no serán juzgados por quienes son. Como directora de la diversidad, creo que crearé espacios seguros para mis estudiantes,

como mi oficina, y les haré saber que siempre pueden venir hablar conmigo sobre cualquier cosa...Es darles a los estudiantes la libertad de saber que este es su espacio y que mi oficina está aquí para ellos. Los estudiantes han reportado la necesidad de espacios seguros en el campus, especialmente después de la elección. “Mi opinión sobre los espacios seguros antes de esta elección era que realmente no los necesitamos, y que todas las ideas deben ser discutidas,” dijo Murad Jaliov, estudiante de último año de ciencia política e inglés. “Mi opinión era que era un espacio intelectual, no un espacio seguro, pero hemos llegado a un punto en el que una persona oprime a la otra, y es necesario que hayan algunos espacios seguros allí. No en todo el campus, pero al menos en algunos lugares donde personas con ideas diferentes pueden sentirse seguros.” Samantha Bellavia, may-

or de psicología, estuvo de acuerdo. “Creo que es necesario,” dijo Bellavia. “No de tirar a la política, pero creo que mucha gente no se siente segura porque no saben a dónde ir o no saben si van a ser marginados o discriminados si se devuelven. O incluso lastimados debido a sus puntos de vista o cómo se ven. Esto ofrece un lugar donde pueden ir.” Actualmente, ESU no ha designado un espacio seguro en el campus. “Está en las manos de los estudiantes identificar dónde están sus espacios seguros,” dijo Williams. “Podría ser un maestro, un amigo, un miembro del personal o gente que ni siquiera conocen. Sólo trato de asegurarme de que mi oficina es una. No hay nada que tengamos que identifique a la gente como un espacio.” Sarah Harrington, estudiante gradnada de ciencia bibliotecaria, dijo que los espacios seguros son una buena cosa y

ESU debe establecer unos. “Creo que sería bueno tener uno”, dijo Harrington. “Siento que la comunidad está aceptando bastante, pero creo que sería bueno tener uno ... Creo que ellos (ESU) deberían hacer uno. Esta es una gran comunidad, pero siempre habrá una necesidad de espacios donde la gente pueda ir en caso de que estén en problemas o simplemente necesiten algún apoyo.” Bellavia estuvo de acuerdo. “Creo que como una institución, (ESU) debe llegar a espacios seguros,” acordó Bellavia. “Tengan un espacio seguro que tenga un cuarto de baño neutro de género que no esté en el tercer piso del Memorial Union o a medio camino a través del campus y que anuncien. Anuncien que es un lugar seguro para ir y compartir sus pensamientos o sentimientos en lugar de estar preocupados por lo que la gente va a pensar acerca de ti.”



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Essayist Cheryl Unruh speaks to NaNoWriMo participants R ayna K arst convergence editor

Cheryl Unruh, essayist and Emporia community member, spoke to participants of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) on Monday night in the William Allen White Library about what she has learned from her own participation. “The main thing I learned is how much I could accomplish when focused,” Unruh said. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel during November, according to the nanowrimo website. “I’m technically done with NaNo’s goal,” said Anda Miller, NaNoWriMo participant and Emporia community member. “It’s currently 55,573.” Unruh herself writes primarily essays and poetry,

Cheryl Unruh speaks at a National Novel Writing Month meeting on Monday in room 222 of the William Allen White Library and reads a few of the short stories she has been working on in the month of Nov. This was the last week to complete a novel with 50,000 words. Sarajo Mance | The Bulletin

important factors in writing. but decided that she wanted again,” Unruh said. Unruh learned by partici“If this is your goal, to to try something new. “This year I’m branch- pating in NaNoWriMo that be a writer, (writing) every ing out, I’m trying fiction consistency and habit are day is really helpful,” Unruh

said. Writers in the Emporia community and around the world encourage each other during NaNoWriMo, according to Unruh. “You’re never going to get more support than you do in November,” Unruh said. Finally, Unruh outlined the importance of setting specific goals and working towards those goals every day. “You can either dream really big, or you can set attainable goals,” Unruh said. After her speech, Unruh was prompted by audience members to read some of her own fictional short stories, including one titled “Man Falls into a Funeral.” “That was great, I really enjoyed that piece,” said Michelle Zumbrum, NaNoWriMo participant and Emporia community member.

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major, won second place and a $50 gift card. A majority of students enjoyed the event, but a few felt that its distinctly “Christmas” theme excluded students of other religions. They asked to not be identified

in The Bulletin. “This was to provide a welcome back to campus for the students,” said Allison Garrett, president. “They were home over Thanksgiving, most of them and this was just a way to welcome in the holiday season. For a lot of folks, even if they’re not Christian, this is a holiday season for them. I think this is a nice way to welcome stu-

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dents back to campus.” Garrett maintained that the event was for all students, regardless of religion. “It is a little bit Christmas-y, but also, most of the major world religions are celebrating holidays right now and celebrate lights,” Garrett said. “I think for all of our students, even if they’re not religious, just enjoying the beautiful lights on campus, cocoa and

cookies is a wonderful opportunity.” Smith felt that the event was not specifically identified as Christmas, but appeared to be a Christmas event. “This is fun because they don’t really specify if it’s Christmas or not, so I feel like this event is still okay,” Smith said. “Since it’s a lighting, this is more of a Christmas event,

and Santa is here, but it could be for more holidays too...It does come across as Christmas though.” Woltkamp, however, felt the event was diverse. “(This event) definitely captures ESU’s diversity initiative,” Woltkamp said. “If you look around and you see everyone came out, and I definitely saw a lot of diversity here.”




During the 2016 Annual Emporia Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, gingerbread men, holiday lights and seasons greetings lined the parade route. The parade was held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 on Commercial St. Emily Giffin | The Bulletin

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Reception wraps up ESU professor inducted into Mid-program review Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame E mily G iffin s ta f f w r i t e r

Pieces from Emporia State University Art students were on display in the Norman R. Eppink Gallery before the Mid-Program Review Reception. The event was held 3-4:30 p.m. yesterday in King Hall. “We put them up on the 19th and they will be taken down tomorrow,” said Cassity Calhoon, senior pre-art therapy major. “We had to choose a piece from a few different classes and then a few others that we liked to put into the show.” Art of all mediums was on display for students, staff and community members to peruse. “I have some pieces from 2D, 3D and basic drawing,” said Kaitlyn Spencer, sophomore art education major. “My favorite medium is ceramics, but I haven’t been able to take a class in it yet.” In glasswork, senior graphic design major Emily Hyde was able to put her own twist on a class assignment. “It’s called “monthly box” and the assignment was to design a toolbox so there’s

tampons, a knife, and a rose,” Hyde said. “You need a little love, which is the rose, and there’s also a little bit of anger during that time of the month.” Other students involved in the program included senior Jeffrey Bollman, who finds that his art reflects some aspect of his personality. “A lot of my stuff is really dark,” said Bollman, senior art major. “But I like to put my sense of humor and sarcasm in it. If I can make someone laugh, then I’m successful.” Calhoon finds that her art provides her more of an emotional connection as well. “I don’t try and focus on making my art as perfect as it can be. I try to see what kind of an emotional connection I can form between myself and the artwork and hopefully my audience as well,” Calhoon said. According to Calhoon, the piece which she has the most emotional connection with is one titled “Ascending: the hard goodbye.” “It’s about my father’s passing,” Calhoon said. “He was a steelworker and I felt like that was a way to pay homage to him.”

Social Sciences professor, researcher and historical performer, Joyce Thierer, reenacts an encounter with a journalist as Calamity Jane to her Kansas history class on Tuesday in Plumb Hall. Thierer was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame for the “Year of the Cowgirl” with four other women earlier this month. Abby Ponce | The Bulletin

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versity facilities, said his group placed the decorations. “University facilities is responsible for the decorations and locations,” said Runge. “We do maintenance and upkeep on these items. Usually(costs) less than $50 per year.” While each department may have their own decorations, there are specific ones the university facilities put up each year, according to Runge. Among these are the new lights and decorations on Wooster bridge, the star on top of Plumb Hall, lights around Kellogg Drive and a tree and garland in Plumb Hall. Most of these decorations were donated and have been in ESU’s possesion for 15 years or more, according to Runge. Additionally, most of the decorations have been refitted to be more ecofriendly.

“These are seasonal decorations, not Christmas decorations,” Runge said. “It is officially noted as such...As a state agency we are not permitted to promote any religion with specific references like a manger scene. We are careful not to offend those with or without religious beliefs.” Runge maintained that the decorations were not Christmas related in nature. “The seasonal decorations are part of the celebrations that have been ongoing for many years for secular and religious activities,” Runge said. “I believe most people now think of this time to be a commercial extravaganza to celebrate with friends and family. We will maintain a secular approach to seasonal decorations.” Students, however, tend to disagree. Emily MacKay, sophom o re b i o c h e m i s t r y a n d molecular biology major, felt the decorations represented Christmas and said she

didn’t see decorations for any other holidays. “I think if they’re going to have Christmas decorations they need to consider other re l i g i o n s a s w e l l , l i k e Hanukkah,” MacKay said. “I think they need to diversify it a little more. I think they need to have other holiday decorations put up, other than Christmas. Or if they want to decorate, not solely for Christmas, make it neutral.” Evangeline Carney, senior sociology major said they were Christmas decorations as well. “They’re Christmas-y, but they don’t scream ‘Christmas,’” Carney said. “It’s more subtle, but they’re pretty. I think it’s okay to have Christmas decorations as long as they’re open to having other decorations from other holidays that are celebrated.” Carney felt ESU should provide decorations for other holidays as well. “They’re not following up (on their diversity initiatives) at all, because it’s not diverse to just have one holiday,” Albee said. “I celebrate Christmas so it’s normal to me but I feel for other people who don’t. (It might make) them feel excluded, and out of place.” Haydar Al-Ameen, graduate student in school of library and information management, also said the decorations were for Christmas, but felt they were appropriate. “I like them,” Al-Ameen said. “Christmas is good. Christmas is the main holiday. It is okay because I believe Christmas represents all holidays, because it returns to Jesus Christ and all religions worship Jesus Christ.”

Morgan Willingham (top), assistant professor of photography, discusses Kolby Newton’s, junior photography major, sculpture “Openness” with him at the Mid-Program review yesterday. The sculpture was made primarily of wood and open on one side. Jeffrey Bollman (middle), senior glass forming major, examines Chloe Soetaert’s, senior graphic design major, “move” sculpture before the opening of the Mid-Program review yesterday. The sculpture was made of ceramic and appeared to be moving. Jeffrey Bollman (bottom), senior glass forming major, talks about his piece “Gobblet Cracken” with Willingham, at the Mid-Program Review Reception yesterday in the Norman Eppink Art Gallery. The reception is held at the end of each semester to allow the students to showcase their work. Dustin Bittle | The Bulletin



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ESU football season ends with 44-13 defeat by top-ranked Bearcats

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Junior wide receiver Louis Dailey hauls in a touchdown pass at the end of the first half during last Saturday’s Division II Playoff game in Maryville, Missouri. The touchdown would not be enough as Northwest Missouri State defeated the Hornets by a score of 44-13. Photo Courtesy Of ESU Photography

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Maryville-The Hornet football team entered last Saturday’s NCAA Division II Playoff game in Maryville, Missouri looking to avenge their only loss of the season, a 41-14 defeat to Northwest Missouri State back in early September. Rushing for a total of -30 yards and turning the ball over three times, the Hornets suffered a similar defeat as the #1 Bearcats charged into the Quarterfinal Round with a 44-13 victory. “We got beat by a better football team,” said ESU head football coach Garin Higgins in a post game interview. “We made some mistakes that you can’t make against a team like this and expect to win.”

A lost fumble put Emporia State in a hole early on, and by the end of the first quarter, the scoreboard read 17-0 in favor of the Bearcats. “They’re a heck of a football team,” said senior linebacker Kole Schankie. “They execute everything well and they just played hard all day. We fought hard too, but they came out on top.” Emporia State would get onto the scoreboard in the second quarter as redshirtsophomore quarterback Braxton Marstall found redshirt-sophomore receiver Justin Brown for a 12-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 17-6 with 12:28 remaining before halftime. The Hornets were unable to keep any positive momentum as the Bearcats would drive down the field

two more times in the quarter, extending the deficit to 31-6 on a long touchdown pass by Bearcat quarterback Randy Schmidt and a short scoring plunge by running back Kyle Zimmerman. “Northwest just made a lot more plays than us today,” said senior defensive lineman Eddie Vinson. “You can see that in the result.” One of the few highlights for the Hornets came in the closing moments of the first half as Marstall found junior receiver Louis Dailey with a 41-yard Hail Mary for a touchdown as the clock showed 0:00. Emporia State, who finished the season with an 11-2 record, would do little to shorten the 31-13 gap after halftime, eventually falling to Bearcats by a score of 44-13.

Although disappointed in the defeat, there were not many long faces on the Hornet sideline as both players and coaches were encouraged by the progress they made in the 2016 season. “For us to win 11 games straight in the MIAA? That’s nothing to hang our heads about,” Higgins said. “To lose five games in the last two years, four of them to the national champions, are you kidding me? I’m going to hold my head up high and I know these players are too.” Emporia State has gone 225 in the last two seasons and have advanced to the playoffs in three of the last four years. The Hornets and Bearcats are the first two MIAA teams to win playoff games in backto-back years since Pittsburg State did it in 2004 and 2005.


Hornet football leaves legacy for the future

As the clock ticked away Saturday against #1 Northwest Missouri State, I took a few minutes in the stands at Maryville, Missouri to think about the 2016 football season Emporia State had. This was a special season and one that will be remembered for years to come. The first game of the year saw the same two teams meet for ESU’s home opener. The Bearcats, the defending national champions and topranked team in the country, came out on top. Losing the first game of the year is never easy, so what the Hornets did in the remainder of the season was truly impressive.


together. Sports lovers or not, students at ESU were brought closer every gameday because of you. There was nothing better than spending Saturdays at Welch. The atmosphere and positive spirit around the town and campus were made possible because of your hard work. We’ll all miss the senior. We will miss Braxton Marstall finding Mitch Foote in the end zone for a touchdown. We will miss Eddie Vinson making a great tackle. We will miss the interceptions by J.P. Lohrentz and Kole Schankie. These players will never really be gone, though. Legacies live on and traditions can’t be broken. As the 2016 Hornets walked off the field for the last time on Saturday, there were tears and hugs. They knew it was over, and also that this was the last time they would be able to share a locker room with many of their teammates. Through it all however, there were smiles. After the mark they have left, how could they not?


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change the bracket, though. All they could do was accept the challenge and focus on the task at hand. The Hornets did. No matter the score, ESU football stood tough for eachother and continued to play their game. The players showed that they had intangible traits, which will carry them for years to come. The foundation has been set. The last couple of years have built a new football tradition here at Emporia State. Much credit is due to Coach Higgins and his staff and the countless time and work they put into this team. At the end of the day, the players that took the field every Saturday have given more than just a great season. They have created a legacy for the future. Emporia State football has been completely transformed in recent years. We are now a team that no one overlooks and everyone respects, not necessarily just because we win, but because of how we do it. Thank you ESU football for bringing this university


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The players and coaches didn’t let a single loss affect them. The Hornets took off on an 11-game winning streak, beating powerhouse programs like Pittsburg State on the road and Central Missouri at their place in double overtime. The thing that stuck out to me and several other fans I know was the heart of this team. These guys truly cared for eachother. They played alongside their teammates every possession like they were family, and I have no doubt their friendships contributed to what may be considered the best season in school history. The way the NCAA Division II Playoff bracket was structured forced the Hornets into a rematch with the undefeated Bearcats in just the second round. We’ll never know how far ESU could have gone had they been in a different region. Playing in such a tough conference, I don’t think it’s bold to say that the Hornets were capable of making it to the National Title game. They couldn’t





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The #2 Hornets led from start to finish in a 74-59 victory at #18 Drury in the championship game of the Drury Thanksgiving Classic in Springfield, Missouri last Saturday. Emporia State started with an early 14-2 lead in the first 4:55 of the game and would the lead 21-4 with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. Drury scored the first six points of the second quarter to come within ten points with 7:57 left in the half. The two teams battled back-and-forth until Kelly Moten, senior guard, hit a three at the buzzer to send Emporia State to the locker room with a 35-22 lead. Addie Lackey, junior guard, scored the first five points of the second half to increase the Hornet lead to 40-22 with 9:03 left in the third. Emporia State took their biggest lead of the night at 48-28 after Lackey scored on a fast break at the 4:20 mark. The Panthers outscored the Hornets 10-6 in the rest of the period to close the gap to 54-38 going into the fourth quarter. A three-point play by Megan Holloway, senior guard, gave Emporia State a 62-46 lead with 6:09 remaining. Drury then went on a 9-0 run to cut the gap to seven with 1:54 left. Kyrstie Miller, junior guard/forward, scored a layup on a fast break, bringing the score to 67-55 with 1:08 left. Emporia State would hit seven of their last ten free throws to seal the win. Statistics were provided by Emporia State. The Hornets (6-0) will host Lubbock Christian University this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball defeats Central Christian D errick D uncan sports writer

Emporia State built a 16-point lead and held on for a 73-66 victory over Central Christian College on Tuesday night in White Auditorium. The Hornets scored the first five points of the game and never trailed. A fast break dunk by Terrence Sardin, senior forward, increased their lead to 16-6 with 14:18 left in the first half. The Tigers would come within three to trail 25-22 with 6:47 left in the half. The Hornets then went on an 11-0 run to go back up by 14 points with 3:47 remaining before going into the break with a 38-27 lead. Garin Vandiver, junior forward, gave the Hornets their biggest lead, hitting a three-pointer which put them up 45-29 with 16:59 left in the game. Central Christian broke down the lead to come within 61-57 with 7:38 remaining. The Tigers trailed by three with 3:57 left before Brian Morton, junior guard, and Brandon Hall, sophomore guard, combined to score the final seven points for Emporia State in a 7-3 run to close the game. Jay Temaat, senior guard, led the Hornets with 15 points on five of nine shooting from behind the three-point arc. Tyler Jordan, senior guard, followed with 13 points, Hall added 12 and Vandiver put up an additional ten. Statistics were provided by Emporia State. Emporia State (3-5) will travel to Nebraska-Kearney for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Dec. 8 at the Health and Sports Center.

Full issue December 1, 2016  

Full issue of Emporia State University's The Bulletin from December 1, 2016