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Social media changes face of elections L uke B ohannon As Election Day grows closer, political lines are drawn, sides are taken and now, thanks to social media, showing support for a candidate has become as simple as liking a Facebook page or following a Twitter account. Michael Smith, professor of political science, said that when it comes to paying attention to political messages on social media, source credibility is paramount. But the

overall effect of social media is a positive one. “The immediate impact of Facebook, Twitter, etc. is probably a positive one because it’s a new way for people to connect with each other,” Smith said. “We have very low voter turnout, very low levels of interest outside the politically plugged in, and this may be a new hook for younger voters or wouldbe voters to communicate in a way they’re comfortable with.” But Paul Taylor, senior history and political science major, sees it differently.

“I’d say they’re (social networking sites) mostly negative because you have a lot of people who are uninformed,” Taylor said. Taylor referenced instances in the previous election where rumors about President Barack Obama’s religion and birthplace were spread through sites like Facebook without people checking to see if there was any factual truth to the claims. Gary Wyatt, professor of sociology and anthropology, said he felt the anonymity of the Internet is a nega-

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Illustrations by Ellen Weiss

Union renovation complete after five years

rial to the students and alumni who fought and died in World War I. Later, plaques were erected in The $19 million renovation of memory of students who had fought Memorial Union came to a close this in other wars, including the Spanishmonth, and the completion was cel- American War. The union is the 15th ebrated over the weekend. oldest student union building in the Dave Hendricks, director of MU, world, the eighth oldest in North said the project would have been America, and the first built west of impossible without students agreeing the Mississippi River. The original to an increase in fees, which paid for building was opened on Founder’s most of the renovation. Day in 1925. “I would like to thank the stu“We had students who made a dents, both past and present, who visionary decision to build a union trusted us enough to vote for an back in the 20s,” said Josh Kruger, increase in fees, most of them know- former ASG president. “We have stuing that they were paying for a build- dents who committed themselves to a ing that they themselves would not fee increase that was $125 a semester get to use as current students but at a time when tuition was (also) understood that it was an investincreasing. We need to ask ourselves, ment in Emporia State University,” ‘Will we be able to act as visionaries Hendricks said during the rededica- by the students who will come after tion ceremony on Saturday. “I hope us?’ So please, help me make that you are pleased with the final proda reality and be remembered as a uct.” visionary for (ESU).” Hendricks said the union was In 1999, the Board of Directors originally conceived as a memoH annah T homas

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ASG President Brooke Schmidt cuts the ribbon at the Memorial Union rededication ceremony Oct. 13. The $19 million renovation began in 2007 and ended this month. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin

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Rachel Brokaw, freshman elementary education major, prepares to donate blood for the Blood Drive last Tuesday in Webb Hall. A total of 84 viable units of blood from 105 donors were collected. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

The need for blood, especially the “universal type,” O negative, is on the rise, said Marah Carney, junior pre-med biology major and president of the Caduceus Society. The group held their annual Fall Blood Drive last Tuesday and Wednesday. “Last fall, we only gathered about 40-some units of blood, which isn’t a lot,” Carney said. “In the spring semester, however, we gathered closer to 80 units. So last fall, we didn’t do so hot.” The Caduceus Society is a pre-

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Candidates hash out state issues

Jeff Longbine, incumbent candidate for the 17th District, expresses his views on the death penalty during the debate last Tuesday evening in Webb Hall. Longbine said he is personally opposed to the death penalty. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

S teven E dwards Concealed carry laws, voter registration, the voter ID law, and the death penalty were just a few topics discussed at last Tuesday’s on campus

debate between candidates running for seats at the state level. The hourlong debate was sponsored by the university, the American Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters.

“I don’t like conceal and carry,” said Bill Ballard, Democratic candidate running to represent the 60th District. “I don’t want to be blown away in Aisle 14 in WalMart because I brushed up someone who is so paranoid they need to carry a gun around all the time.” Ballard is running against Don Hill, Republican candidate. Janet L. Lewis, Democrat, and Peggy L. Mast, Republican, are running to represent the 76th District. Lewis said she does not support the concealed carry law and that she is “concerned that people who are mentally ill may obtain a gun and cause harm to others.” “Guns are for law enforcement and hunting,” Lewis said. Jeff Longbine, incumbent Republican candidate, was set to debate with Susan Moran, Democrat, but Moran could not attend due to health issues. Longbine and Moran

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Jeremy Aber, instructor of physical sciences, discusses his job and his leisure time in his office. Aber moved his Neo-Geo arcade game into his office for storage as well as a break for both him and his students. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

S usan W elte Joining the Emporia State faculty full-time this semester, Jeremy Aber is the third member of his family to become an instructor in the earth science department. His mother and father have both been teaching at ESU for over 30 years. Aber’s father James, professor of physical sciences, said it is “no problem” having all three of them teaching at the university because they all

have “different courses, specialties and interests.” “It helps that I have some support,” Jeremy Aber said. “Not that the rest of the faculty aren’t supportive – they certainly are – but… it definitely is a little bit strange at times. Ten years ago I don’t know that I would have predicted (teaching with my parents), but it’s not a bad thing.” Aber, an Emporia native, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art



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Police Reports

Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Oct. 10 Officer contacted two busses in Lot 5 and advised them to move to Free Parking. Officer stopped a bicyclist in 1500 Morse. A verbal warning was given for stop sign violations at 15th and Wooster Driver and 15th and Morse Drive. Officer stopped KS 559CXG at 10 W 15th Ave. A verbal warning was given for a stop sign violation. Officer stopped KS 504DNK in 1800 Merchant St. A verbal warning was given for defective tail light. Officer took report of a noninjury accident involving KS 022EPK and KS 204DVJ in Sector 1. Officer stopped TX CJ7P837 in 1500 Market St. A verbal warning was given for a stop sign violation at 15th and Wooster Drive. Three female students requested to speak with an officer in reference to their missing roommate. Officer was able to determine the roommate’s location and no problem was found. Officer found a ‘For Rent’ sign along the curb in 1700 Center St. Officer recovered it and brought it in to ESU PD HQ. Oct. 11 Officer stopped KS 532CBP at 18th and Merchant Street. A verbal warning was given for driving without headlights at same location. Oct. 12 Officer stopped MO YF3N7 in 1300 Market St. Gave verbal warning for a one-way violation. Oct. 13 Officer stopped KS 240CWG in 100 W 12th Ave. A citation was issued for no proof of insurance and improper driving at 12th and Merchant Street. Officer stopped KS 906EKO in 100 W 12th Ave. Gave verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer assisted Lyon deputy with a car stop in 10 E 12th Ave. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop in 1200 Merchant St. Oct. 14 Officer stopped KS 247DVL in 10 E 12th Ave. Gave verbal warning for a one-way violation in 1300 Market St. Oct. 15 Officer stopped KS 160DBG in 1100 Market St. Gave verbal warning for defective headlight. Oct. 16 Female student reported the possible theft of a parking permit. Keely Neccabe requested to speak with an officer at 1415 Market St. Officer searched for a female student reported missing by her mother. The student returned to her residence. No problem was found. J.G. Hollowell reported his laptop missing from Morse Hall Complex. Officer stopped KS Veteran 97027 in 1000 State St. A citation was issued for failure to stop at a stop sign at 12th and State St. Oct. 17 Officer checked KS 897DVM parked improperly on the access road to Trusler Sports Complex. Operator and two male passengers were involved in a fraternity activity. Officer advised to move vehicle.

Oct. 18 Officer stopped KS 476FCY in 1300 block of Market Street. Gave a verbal warning for no turn signal at 15th and Highland Street. Officer stopped KS 219CZR in 1500 block of Merchant Street. Gave a verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer stopped KS 108CTG in Sector 4. Gave a verbal warning for one way violation Lot 9. Officer stopped KS 456DVU in Sector 6. A citation was issued for seatbelt violation. Officer stopped KS 298DVM at 300 W 12th Ave. Gave verbal warning for defective headlight. Officer stopped KS 834ALY at 200 E 12th Ave. A citation was issued for speeding at 100 east 12th Ave. Officer stopped KS 260CKB at 100 E 12th Ave. Gave a verbal warning for a one way violation at 1200 Market St. Officer stopped KS KC0LDT at 100 W 12th Ave. Gave a verbal warning for defective tail light. Officer stopped OK 961BHZ at 300 E 12th Ave. A citation was issued for speeding at 100 E 12th Ave. Officer stopped KS 299DBI at 300 E 12th Ave. A citation was issued for speeding in the 100 block of E 12th Ave. Oct. 19 Officers assisted EPD with an injury accident at 710 Anderson St. Officer assisted EPD with a family dispute at 64 Cherokee Lane. Officer checked on a suspicious person at Triplett Drive. Officer assisted EPD at 1200 Highland St. Oct. 20 Officer stopped KS 984BWX at 100 east 15th Ave. Gave a verbal warning for defective taillight. A citation was issued for no proof of insurance. Officer stopped KS 086DVK at 1200 Highland St. Gave a verbal warning for a stop sign violation at 12th and Mechanic St. Oct. 21 Officer provided lock out assistance for KS 929DVQ at 311 W 8th Ave. Oct. 22 Officer stopped TX BW5J441 at 6th and Constitution Street. Gave a verbal warning for a stop light violation at 6th and Merchant Street. Oct. 23 Robert Whitmore reported a damaged window at ESU Apt. Complex-1201 Triplett Drive. Ambulance responded to Visser Hall Room 129 for a student who had passed out. Student refused medical attention and was not transported. Officer stopped KS 572DVP at 1300 Merchant St. Gave a verbal warning for defective headlight. Officers investigated a report of a missing female student. Officers were out at 16 W 11th Ave. Apt. 2 for missing student follow up. CLASSIFIED Renting 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms $375 - $675 620-481-477 620-343-7464


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Project piques political interest S teven E dwards The American Democracy Project is a group dedicated to getting students more politically engaged. Rob Catlett, director of Emporia State’s chapter, professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Education, said students can get involved in local and national politics through the group’s eCitizenship program, where students can tweet political discourse in a polite, engaging environment. “I got involved in American Democracy Project from my economics course,” said Rashawn Herah, freshman economics major. “Catlett told us these political issues can affect me and my school.” Catlett said the ESU chapter has received a lot of attention because the political discussions they have through their eCitizenship program on Twitter are known for their atmosphere of politeness. “People have been really polite and courteous with each other,” said Jared Dale, junior economics major. “Nobody’s beliefs get attacked.” The program had four Twitter debate sessions over the last month. Dale said there were three separate

debates during each session – one with only ESU students, one with Northern Georgia University students and several other schools and one between all chapters of the American Democracy Project. Catlett said the American Democracy Project has no party affiliation, but the number of students who are registered to vote or are engaged political discussion is on the rise. “We have seen an increase in students registering to vote for the first time and students that are already registered,” Catlett said. “Even though they cannot vote, a lot of international students have gotten involved in politics through this program.” Herah said he sees more students becoming informed on national politics than local politics but more students are involved in local politics than he previously thought. Matthew Lewis, junior economics major, said he has personally noticed that more students tend to vote based on policy rather than party line. “As students learn more about these issues, they become more informed,” Lewis said. “More people are getting information online. There’s still a lot of word of mouth, but more

people get their information about politicians on the Internet.” The candidates running for Lyon County Clerk are incumbent Tammy Vopat and \Billy Garner, sophomore secondary social sciences education major and an Associated Student Government senator. The candidates running for Lyon County Treasurer are Sharon Gaede, who is currently the county motor vehicle supervisor and has worked in the treasurer’s office for 18 years, and Lisa Jones, a cash clerk for the treasurer’s office who has worked in the office for over 30 years. The candidates running for second district commissioner are Mike Dorcey and Dan Slater, who is currently County Controller. The candidates running for third district commissioner are incumbent Rollie Martin and Richard H. Kennison Jr. Vopat is a native of Emporia and has worked for Lyon County for 10 years, serving the last four years as County Clerk. “It’s encouraging to witness someone registering to vote for the first time and how excited and anxious they are to vote,” Vopat said. Local and national elections take place Nov. 6.

Faculty discuss meal plans, praise Russell tion and chair of the committee “Carol Russell, while serving as Faculty President for the 20092010 academic year, initiated a Kevin Rabas, president of taskforce charged with creating a Faculty Senate, associate profesplan for a tuition waiver program, sor of English and co-director of became a member of the tuition creative writing, said at the senassistance taskforce…and spent ate’s meeting last Tuesday that the many hours creating and finalizing Memorial Union Corporation the plan,” Steigner said, reading Board will be forced to raise the prices for the student meal plan by from the resolution. “Whereas, 4 percent, due to rising food prices largely because of (her) steadfast dedication and selfless efforts caused by the drought. and her leadership, the Tuition He also said that the commitAssistance Program is in place tee had voted “no” on instating today.” the Faculty of the Year Award, and President Michael Shonrock that Shonrock has been thinking spoke briefly at the meeting, thankabout providing a bus for students ing the faculty for helping students that would make stops at the college and other places in town, such and reminding them that it is all about “student learning outcomes.” as WalMart. The objection was “Can the Bods kicked off on brought forth that Emporia already Oct. 1, and we’ve had a lot of has a bus that students use, the scores so far,” said Stuart Sneath, L-Cat. The discussion was tabled vice president of Associated Student until more information could be Government and senior sociolbrought forth. ogy major, reporting for President The senate also voted to comBrooke Schmidt. “We’re working mend Carol Russell, professor with the bookstore getting disof early childhood development, counts. You bring a can and you for her work with the Tuition Assistance Program at their meeting get 5 percent off; it goes all the way last Tuesday. Her accomplishments up to five cans (for) 25 percent off. were stated in the resolution created We had a great year last year. ESU raised over 30,000 cans.” by the Faculty Affairs Committee, Gwen Alexander, interim and read by Tanja Steigner, associate professor of business and educa- provost and vice president for

Academic Affairs, spoke about a new policy concerning faculty attendance at student commencement ceremonies. If the faculty member teaches only on the graduate or undergraduate level, they will only be required to attend the ceremony for the graduating students on that level, rather than attending both. It was tabled until the next meeting. The next meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Preston Family Room in Memorial Union.

Plasma is the actual liquid in blood, and platelets are the substance health organization that aims to help which causes blood to clot. Whole people improve their health, Carney blood includes both of these and red and white blood cells, so by donating said. The group is made up of stuwhole blood, donors give all three. dents who are pre-pharmacy, preAshley Roberts, senior physinursing or current students studying nursing, optometry, veterinary health cal education major, said a friend “dragged” her to the blood drive, and dentistry. They have sponsored the blood drive on campus for about but she donated once before in high school. She said she thinks people six years. should donate, because “it’s a great Carney said that on Tuesday, cause.” they collected 84 viable units of Sadie Pile, sophomore elemenblood from 105 donors. tary education major, donated on One unit of blood is collected Tuesday and has donated nine times from each person who volunteers, before. Because she donated a gallon but Carney said there aren’t usuof blood altogether, the last time she ally enough volunteers to deal with donated she received her “Gallon the need for blood. People who are Card.” injured in accidents, disasters or are “In high school my dance teacher dealing with certain illnesses require actually needed to get blood, and so blood transfusions, which are proI donate, because it’s affected my life vided by donations.

personally,” Pile said. “A lot of people don’t donate because they’re afraid of needles or they’re afraid of passing out. They don’t realize that normal people don’t pass out.” Shae Rogers, freshman music major, has donated blood about four or five times. “I’ve been apprehensive because I’ve had some bad experiences (donating blood), but I still want to do it,” Rogers aid. “I know a lot of people who did their first time and felt sick and they won’t do it again, but it’ll get better the second or third time. They just need to persevere.” Rachel Harris, freshman nursing major, said she enjoys the feeling that she’s helping someone in need and encourages students to donate if they feel comfortable enough. The next blood drive at ESU will be held during the spring semester.

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Tanja Steigner speaks to the senate on behalf of Faculty Affairs Committee about restricted funds. Jordan Storrer/The Bulletin


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Granada celebrates anniversary, new director

S teve E dwards The Granada Theatre, located at 807 Commercial St., celebrated the 5th anniversary of its restoration, reopening and the announcement of its new director, Bryan Williams, with an informal “mingle” open to community members on Tuesday evening. The event featured a slideshow with pictures showing the renovations. Williams was hired as director in July. He was previously the director of the Granada Theater in Kansas City, Kan. “I was pretty familiar with the Granada from working at the Kansas City one for a few years,” Williams d said. “The difference is that the architecture of the Emporia Granada is so detailed compared to the other locations.” Jennell Tebbetts, who also works to coordinate events at the Granada, said Williams is a “breath of fresh air” and that they are lucky to have him in Emporia. “I think what Bryan brings to the table is a lot of experience in the exact category and situations that the Granada needs,” said Matt Kosinski, assistant director. “It’s nice that he is good at promotion.” A series of $5 concerts are coming up next month, and Williams said he wants to try to have 200 college students in attendance. “I would love to have people look at this like The Bottleneck in Lawrence,” Williams said. “We want to book the kind of bands people will still be talking about 20 years from now. I’ve worked at different theaters, and I ran a movie theater chain for few years, and now I’m working at a theater that I would’ve wanted to hang out at in college. It’s like I’m kind of living vicariously through college students.” Williams said the Granada will also have more stand-up comedy shows, starting with Mike Smith and his “Black & White Comedy Tour” on Dec. 14. “I encourage students and community members to suggest bands and acts to book and any other ideas for shows,” Williams said. At 7 p.m. Oct. 30, the Granada will have an 18-and-older showing of “Friday the 13th 3” in 3D. Williams said the movie will be shown in a live

Legacy from ...Page 1 from ESU in 2005, and completed his master’s degree in geography from Kansas State in 2007. He will also earn his Ph.D this December. Aber said he majored in art at first because ESU didn’t offer an undergraduate degree in geography, and art was “right up there with geography.” “I did that partly because I wanted to be involved in the glass blowing department here, although I’m not really using the glass blowing skills that often today,” Aber said. “When I was growing up we traveled a lot. We lived in Europe, and we lived in Canada once, so I always liked learning about the world and learning about different places – whether that be the physical stuff or cultural stuff, (such as) people and languages. That’s what drove me more to geography.” Aber said he had experience teaching at ESU before searching for full-time employment and was familiar with the community, so it was a good fit from that perspective.

Bryan Williams, the new director of the Granada Theatre, explains the “Friday the 13th 3” movie and the concept of the “haunted” Granada. The movie will be shown on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Cheyenne Broyles/The Bulletin

haunted house setting “similar to the haunted houses in the West Bottoms,” with people roaming around the theater and scaring viewers during the show. “We’re definitely going to make this Halloween event an annual thing,” Williams said. Williams said he is “pleased with the turnout for Bad Movie Night” and hopes to do more in the future. “It’s hilarious to see bad movies with current pop culture stuff edited in,” Kosinski said. Williams said the Granada will soon host a free format radio show

on KISS 103.1 every Sunday night. Tebbetts said she is looking forward to bringing in new and different music to Emporia because it won’t be Top 40 music. “It will allow us to play music that the other Emporia stations won’t play,” Kosinski said. “We’re going to bring more types of music in.” Kosinski said the radio is show is still in its infancy, but they are already generating ideas for future shows, such as playing “10 Christmas songs that don’t suck for the Christmas show.” The show premieres Oct. 28.

“My interest as a college professor tends to be more focused on teaching rather than research, which is part of Emporia State’s mission,” Aber said. One thing that helps relieve stress for Aber is a Neo-Geo arcade machine in his office that plays various video games. The games are on cartridges, so he said it’s kind of like having a “big arcade version of Nintendo.” “I had this in my office at K-State as well, partly because I don’t really have room for it at my apartment,” Aber said. “I have some other games at home, but it’s nice to play a game for 10 minutes. It’s something fun (and a lot) of students ask to play it. I really don’t get to play it that often.” Aber teaches Computer Mapping and Introduction to Earth Science (both the lecture and lab). He said he has an “open door policy,” so if students need assistance, he’s there. Because he resides in Manhattan, Aber’s office hours are limited, but Richard Landzettel, senior earth science major, said he is pretty quick to respond through emails.

“He helps cover all the classes that his father would normally teach that he can’t always cover and stuff. (Now), more of the computer classes can be offered without overloading Dr. (James) Aber,” Landzettel said. Jaime Carlos, senior earth science major, said Aber carries himself well and that he is charismatic and knowledgeable about the software they use in Computer Mapping. “He’s definitely an asset to the university,” Carlos said. Small class sizes are also something that Aber said he enjoys about the school. “When you really get into a lecture in a class, and you can tell students are engaged, it’s a lot of fun,” Aber said. “It’s just a lot easier to get to know students and sort of figure out what their needs are and actually know what their personalities are like.” Aber said he is currently in a temporary teaching position at the university, but has applied for a permanent position for next year and hopes to stay.

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ASG hears from TCS, approves RSOs L uke B ohannon Associated Student Government approved two reserve fund requests, recognized three new student organizations and approved a resolution at their meeting last Thursday. Technology and Computing Services spoke to the senate regarding the status of the new email system as well as cyber security. Cheryl O’Dell, information security officer, discussed her plans for October, which is Cyber Security Awareness month, including the “What Would You Do?” event that took place over the weekend. Mike Erickson, associate vice president of information technology, also spoke at the meeting and discussed the progress of the plans for providing consistent wireless coverage throughout campus. Erickson said that the Science Hall was almost completely covered and progress was made in Roosevelt Hall. The senate voted to approve a resolution in support of the Kansas Board of Regents Foresight 2020 plan. The 2020 plan, according to the resolution, is designed to promote greater harmonization between Kansas high schools and universities, as well as boosting retention and graduation rates. Three new organizations were approved by the senate, including the MBA Association, which was represented by its president, Ryan Fitz,

second year MBA student. According to Fitz, the group currently has around 25 active members, and anybody who is in the MBA program is eligible to be a member. The ESU Grappling Club was also approved during the meeting with a vote of 18-0-0. The group was represented by Corey Ellis, graduate student of business, and Dante Jones, senior recreation major. “There used to be a grappling club at Emporia State, but they lost their recognition,” Ellis said. “Now I’m just looking to reinstate them and make sure that it continues in the future.” Ellis said that the membership of the group fluctuates between as few as four and as many as 10. Jones said the group was already looking at community service by volunteering at Camp Alexander, as well as helping at local schools during the upcoming wrestling season. The ESU Chess Club was also approved by the senate by a vote of 18-0-0 and was represented by Kari Bowles, graduate student of English. The senate awarded its first “Senator of the Month” award to Josiah D’Albini, senior secondary education major, for the month of September. A bill for the recognition of the Active Artists Society was tabled due to lack of representation and will be voted on at the senate’s meeting at 5 p.m. tonight in the Senate Chamber.

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cussed. “I would like to see more money in the classroom, so the teachers can do what teachers do best, and that’s teach,” Longbine said. Ballard said he thinks Kansas needs to focus on education, so more people can get higher paying jobs. Lewis said the state needs to fund schools and that he wants more jobs for Kansas students. “Kansans value hard work, so we need to focus on education to put out good workers,” Lewis said. Longbine and Ballard said they have concerns about Brownback’s tax plan. Longbine said he voted against the plan four times. Ballard said he is “absolutely against” Brownback’s tax plan. “If elected, I will work with others to use proven methods to restore funding to our state,” Ballard said. “All Kansans should pay their share of taxes.” The last topic that was brought up during the debate was the future of alternative energy in Kansas. Ballard said he supports solar and wind energy. Hill said that Kansas “needs to reduce its carbon footprint.” Lewis said she supports wind energy in Kansas, but she “isn’t sure about biofuels.” “We need energy independence,” Longbine said. “We need to further research alternative energy. However, I am against putting wind farms in Flint Hills. We need to preserve the beauty of the Flint Hills.” Mast said she is opposed to alternative energy in Kansas. “I believe most alternative energy is expensive to produce and the cost is passed down to the consumer,” Mast said.

are running to represent the 17th District. Mast and Longbine both said they support the current concealed carry law but are opposed to any extensions on the bill. Mast said that she has a concealed carry license, but she does not carry. “I am for the current concealed carry law, but I am against extensions on the bill,” Longbine said. He also said he does not own a concealed carry license or a gun. Hill and Mast both said they supported the current legislation on voter registration and the voter ID law. “I am for the voter ID law,” Mast said. “We have to show it to get on an airplane. It’s reasonable we have to show it at the voting booth. I did support it in the past and I will support it again.” Ballard said that while he is not against voters being required to show an ID at a voting booth, he does not “believe in the current voter ID legislation.” Longbine and Lewis also said they weren’t opposed to showing an ID to vote. Longbine said he is personally opposed to the death penalty, but “68 percent (of voters) in my district are pro-death penalty. My job is to represent the people.” Ballard said he is against the death penalty, and the crime rates for states that have the death penalty compared to those that have abolished the death penalty are the same. Hill and Lewis both said they are opposed to the death penalty. Education and Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan were also dis-

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With the media storm surrounding the presidential election, one could forget that other elections are taking place in November. New state senate and house seats and local offices are all on the ballot for your voting consideration. If the only informed vote you make this season is for the presidency, you’re making a classic mistake. Brooke Schmidt, Associated Student Government president and senior Spanish major, stated that last year 633 students voted in the ASG elections. The vast majority of students did not participate. If this is indicative of our desire to involve ourselves in small and local election processes, then we are in for a big disappointment come November. Granted, many of us are

Feeling safe is a priority for everyone. For many, having a firearm is how they can feel entirely secure. I have never been able to sympathize with these people…until recently. I had my first experience with a Peeping Tom, and it was the scariest experience I’ve had in a while. After I called the police and freaked out with my roommate, I found it rather difficult to fall back asleep. For the first time, I wished I had a gun. I don’t like the idea of guns. They kill things, and that’s reason enough for me to avoid them. But the idea of being able to buy guaranteed protection? It sounded tempt-

understandably uninformed of the smaller elections. Publicity for these seats is dwarfed by presidential campaigns. The clout surrounding the local elections is weak by comparison when placed against the weighty rhetoric of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Domestic gas prices, energy independence, nation-wide unemployment rates and social inequity carry with them such heavy meanings that, by comparison, a town-centered 1 percent sales tax seems minuscule. But what we have to remember is that democracy is meant to be approached from the bottom-up. We, the constituency, are explicitly the government of the United States. We dictate policy through the election process. We have the

power to impose our will on congress. We often forget how much sway we really have. The election of a president is no light-hearted matter. We must focus our energy into making the right decision for ourselves, our families and our nation. But the responsibility must be transposed, as well, to our city officials and our school governments. These are the people that move our daily lives in particular directions. We see them every day in class or around town. Take it upon yourself to explore the candidates up for election. Their platforms and policies, though not as readily apparent as in the presidential race, are more than likely available for your perusal. Let’s take care of our school, our town and our state first. Cartoon by Ellen Weiss

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ing in a way it never had before. Gun control has been a hot topic recently, and I thought I had solidified my position – ban concealed weapons wherever, whenever. Now, not so much. My instincts say “mo’ guns, mo’ problems,” but a new thought has crossed my mind – there is no point in banning guns in most places because those who break the law are going to have their weapon despite its illegality. No matter your position on the topic, I hope that we all can agree that the steps it takes to purchase a gun should be better regulated. You have to get a license, registration and take a test to operate a vehicle. Yet

guns, which are equally as deadly as a vehicle, are given out like candy. Bad stuff. In any case, the New Me has formed a to-do list, which reads as follows: 1. Go to the Gun Den and get something. Pepper spray sounds good. 2. Ask my landlords if we could put bars on the windows. 3. Figure out how to stop having nightmares about people breaking into my apartment. Part of me wishes I didn’t have to have a terrifying experience to become more moderate on my views. If you have a chance to take the other path and have an intelligent conversation with someone, I highly recommend it.

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Voting Isn’t Everything As a future social studies teacher, I have it drilled into my head that we should not simply teach students history, but we ought to make them working citizens within this democracy. That concept, however, has seemingly fallen apart and has gathered dust. The idea that all of our democratic power rests solely in voting is absurd - we have multiple avenues with which to express our democratic responsibility. When someone is asked what it means to be a democratic citizen, their inevitable response is “to vote,” and it stops there. The concepts of attending town hall meetings, or keeping abreast of the news that happens in the world are never thought of or talked about in most

discussions. If we continue to only vote, then we completely reject what it means to be an actual citizen. By relying on voting as our main instrument of change, we make it easy for us to then blame the outcome of out vote for having no impact on the world around us. We believe that our vote is meaningless when the vote we cast does not return the desired result. The fact is, however, that in order to be considered citizens of this nation, there are more options open to us to change the situations we find ourselves in. We complain about the status of our city or state, and yet we never attend City Hall meetings or rarely do we drive to Topeka and

attend any of the assemblies there. Even something as simple as sitting in on an Associated Student Government meeting becomes burdensome. If we take the time to attend these meetings and speak out, our voices will be heard and small steps will eventually add up to large measures. One does not even have to vote negatively on a bill if we voice our opinion on the matter before it moves to the voting stage. We can use our power of nonviolent protest to stop measures we believe unconstitutional, even matters here on campus that many of us wish to reject. Voting may be important, but to only rely on that act means we neglect all the other powerful

S am M aurer Director of Debate at ESU When you ask a debate coach about the presidential debates, I suppose the question is obvious – who won? We love winning in this country, not just doing it, but also the concept. It simplifies things. We love it in our sports, our reality shows, our videogames, our work. Troublingly, we have started to love it in our politics as well. Think about the media’s treatment of campaign fundraising. It’s

instead of interested participants. In other words, we care too much about predicting a winner and not enough about who we want to be president. Presidential debates, then, are a big deal to us. If we learn to interpret presidential politics through the lens of the fan, the debates are the games. Only during the debates is that a true competition between the two platforms – a three-game series to determine a winner! But for all of the assumptive expectations that we have about presidential debates, they seem to disappoint. Candidates use vagaries and heart-felt meaningless statements like, “I support freedom,” to side-step important policy questions. Talking heads droll on and on about who won and lost the debate, but randomly select criteria for determining who won. Perhaps the gulf between the fantasy of presidential debates (as the zenith of political deliberation) and the reality (messy, Twitter-driven, randomly judged sound-byte Olympics with no discernible form of engagement)

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Guest Column: A Gamer’s Election not uncommon to see news media report on what each candidate made in donations last month. Why? As a voter, should I pick the candidate that can get the most money donated to them or the one that represents my interests? Why should I mediate my politics through which candidate can more likely win Florida? The combination of the 24-hour news cycle, widespread access to the Internet, social networks where political “news” is proliferated and increasingly sophisticated polling systems have left us inundated with information about the election. Every day there is a new poll of a key demographic. Reporters measure controversy and interest in statements made during presidential debates by the Tweetper-minute metric. It is a terrific thing that we have access to so much information. However, I do not think that we have quite figured-out what our role in this sea of data should be. I worry that a large portion of the American voting population has become fans of political campaigns


there is an important reminder for the American political (fan) base of each party: this is not a game. Despite the up-to-the-minute polling, Nate Silver and real-time Twitter monitors, this is not a presidential points contest where the electoral scoreboard dictates the winner. This is the future of our country. We cannot afford to continue to approach our own engagement in politics as fans and our parties as fashion statements. We cannot because it’s not working – debates pivot on simplistic turns-of-phrase like, “The 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back,” and, “Binders full of women,” instead of concrete, political proposals that are far less sexy. That we want so desperately to simplify politics to the red and blue teams does not pave-over its complexity. Until we learn to expect more from politicians and ourselves in the electoral process, we will not get any more than what the campaign and their debates have become – America’s oldest reality television show.

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Badminton is fun, Perfectly Normal, Natural Things competitive outlet Top 10 Bangable Presidents N ing L iu About 25 students, faculty and staff gathered for the annual fall badminton tournament last Tuesday in the Student Recreation Center. Chang Liu, senior information systems major, won first place in the coed division with her partner Zhiye Zhao, junior business major, and the women’s singles in the tournament. “Badminton has become one of the international games now, and it keeps me fit, though it is not popular in the U.S.,” Liu said. “Also, I took part in this tournament because I love to compete. Participating in a tournament like this can keep me playing and trying to bring myself up to another level.” Whitney Runer, assistant director of recreation services, said they have hosted the tournament each fall for several years. “We like to get ideas from students and staff, like things they would like to see, and that idea was one that the students expressed interested in,” Runer said. There were nine doubles teams and four women’s singles participants at this year’s tournament. “We went last year, and it was a lot of fun, so we decided to come up this year and (try) to win,” said Jordan Harbour, junior

psychology major. “We didn’t win last year. We got out the first round.” But Liu said that not as many people participated in the tournament as she expected. She said that events like the this should be held more often to get more people involved in them, which would be a good opportunity to meet new opponents and friends. Liu also said there could be more advertisement for events like this to get students informed and excited for similar upcoming activities. This year was second tournament for Justin Axman, senior biology major, and Joe Kornbrust, senior health promotion major, and they got the second place in the men’s doubles for the second year in a row. But despite the win, Axman said he was disappointed. “This is our last year since we are going to graduate. Two years is all we had,” Axman said. Kornbrust said this year’s tournament was more successful than the previous year. “There (were) more teams signed up, and the rules are more set out, more strict. But (it was) fun,” Kornbrust said. The winners of each division also received a T-shirt. There will be a table tennis tournament held in the spring, and dodgeball and soccer matches will be held once or twice a week.

K enzie T empleton If you’re like me, politics aren’t exactly a turn-on. But one thing is certain – our Commanders in Chief all have/ had at least one thing going for them in the bedroom: they are/ were the freaking leader of the Free World! Sure, a good portion of our nation’s presidents were not exactly “lookers,” but if nothing else, the fact they are or were the most powerful men in America at one point or another should score them some points in the desirability department. And let’s be honest with ourselves. Who wouldn’t shag a president of the United States if given the opportunity? Forgive me being so blunt, but hey, perhaps I’m simply lacking morals. Or maybe I’m just one of those good ‘ol fashioned gals who likes a man with power (I don’t mind women with power either, but this is America – the country where anyone can be the president as long as you have a general and two colonels between your legs). So as a seemingly heterosexual, hot-blooded, young female, I’ve scoured the history books in search of our nation’s most boner-worthy presidents in honor of the upcoming election. From their politics to their track records, these hunks of democracy each have one thing in common—they are all totally bangable. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Rachel Liu, senior information systems major, sends the birdie over the net at the badminton tournament last Tuesday at the Recreation Center. Liu’s team, Dragon Team, won the first round against the Flying Squirrels. Jordan Storrer/The Bulletin


Paranormal researchers to present findings at library A paranormal expose of the William Allen White Library, sponsored by Empowered Students for University Libraries and Archives (ESULA) and Hispanic American Leadership Organization, will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. The event will be put on by Ghost Tours of Kansas and the Kansas Paranormal Research Society, who present information based on the “recent paranormal investigation” done at the library, according to an Emporia State press release. The presenters will also demonstrate to attendees how to use ghost hunting equipment and share their personal experiences with the paranormal. The event is free of charge and available all community members.


Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

Oh, Teddy, you Rough Rider, you buster of trusts; you truly are the embodiment of every schoolgirl’s burgeoning sexual fantasy – a real American cowboy. I believe this quote sums it up perfectly: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” From a historical standpoint, I don’t know if we can safely conclude that Roosevelt did, indeed, speak softly given his political track record, but as for that big stick…that’s something we will have to leave to speculation. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

Freedom to Be Fit or Fat Our rights as Americans include freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom to eat whatever we want. O.K., maybe that last one isn’t directly in the constitution, but it’s definitely true. It’s no secret that over the past few decades the average weight of Americans has increased about 20 pounds since 1990, according to the Center for Disease Control. With this weight gain has come an increasing amount of obesityrelated issues such as heart disease and type two diabetes. While these problems are nothing new, what has become alarm-

What’s there to say about our 16th president’s lust-worthiness, other than the fact that he ended slavery and was one hell of a public speaker (i.e. the Gettysburg Address)? Oh, right. He was also born in a log cabin and was basically raised in the wilderness among bears and other vicious forest creatures… like vampires. So he undoubtedly also had what we might call an “amazing bod,” forged in the fires of hard, physical labor, like chopping down whole trees in one swing with an axe and slaying bloodsucking creatures of the night.

G reg F arris ing is the rate at which children are developing these same problems. The CDC stated that in 2003, about 3,700 children were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and while that figure may not seem too problematic, it has surely grown in the past decade. This goes beyond being bullied for being overweight and enters the stratosphere of serious health problems.

So, what are the causes? Children become obese for the same reasons that adults do – too much food and not enough activity. But, most often, children are not in control of their diet. They simply eat what they’re given. Parents have the responsibility of being a good role model and providing a healthy atmosphere for their children. It’s the responsibility of the parents to feed their children properly, not only for their immediate health, but also for developing good dietary habits. We often develop most habits, good and bad, during our youth. Diet is no different. It’s hard to blame the overweight 10-year-old when his mother is feeding him

Like any good president, Wilson ruled the Free World with his fair share of screw ups (like implementing a policy of racial segregation for federal employees), but, for the most part, he made up for it in what I would consider some pretty stellar legislation, including a law that prohibited child labor and another that limited railroad workers to an eight-hour workday. He also concocted the idea for the League of Nations after WWI to help prevent future World Wars and promote world peace. What a guy. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

Herby, you’ve made it to this list for one reason, and one reason only. Despite the fact that Hoover was somewhat of an economic bad luck charm (the Stock Market crashed less than eight months after he took office) he was still, according to the records I could find and the remnants of high school history lessons stored in the dark recesses of my mind, a humanitarian. When WWI began in 1914, he helped 120,000 Americans overseas return to the U.S. After the war, he organized shipments of food for millions of starving people in central Europe, including famine-stricken Soviet Russia in 1921. Criticized for aiding Bolshevism, Hoover argued that, “Twenty million people are starving. Whatever their politics, they shall be fed,” according to Few things get me going like bleeding heart compassion. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Roosevelt pulled America out of the depths of the Great Depression with his New Deal, and it was the fruits of his first “hundred days” in office that continue to serve as a model benchmark for how we rank our contemporary presidents. He gave us Social Security, heavier taxes for the wealthy, more control over banks and public utilities and a work relief program for the 13 million-some unemployed Americans when he took office. And even though the guy had polio (or Guillain-Barre syndrome, take your pick), he refused to be limited by his disability or to let it affect his charisma. Perseverance is sexy. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

Despite his views on nuclear deterrence and other questionable foreign policies, Ike did some other pretty great things for this country. As a native Kansan, I would be remiss to exclude Eisenhower from this list. He may not have been born here (he was, in fact, born in Texas), but he was raised here (Abilene, to be exact). When desegregation of schools began, Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock, Ark. to guarantee cooperation. He also established complete desegregation of the Armed Forces, and according to,

McDonald’s and TV dinners every day for years. Many parents just don’t understand how important it is, and until they do, I don’t see the childhood obesity problem turning around. Although I do think parents are the main culprit and have the best opportunity to turn things around, there are a few other factors worth noting. School lunches now give students options like pizza and burgers for lunch, and these are usually the first pick for most children. This goes back to parenting and educating children on proper nutrition so they can make better choices when given this freedom. Speaking of education, there is a lack of simple nutrition classes in

he wrote, “There must be no second class citizens in this country.” Endorsement of civil rights: the ultimate panty-dropper. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

I have nothing to say other than, “Oh baby.” James “Jimmy” Carter (1977-1981)

Jimmy was a champion of the environment. His expansion of the national park system included protection of more than 100 million acres of land in Alaska, thus saving countless baby seals and polar bears, no doubt. For the humans, he created the Department of Education, and to top it all off, he even helped foster harmony between our good friends Egypt and Israel during the Camp David Accords. Hot. William “Bill” Clinton (1993-2001)

I’m just going to come out at say it. Silver Fox. Can we really blame Monica for losing herself in those piercing, blue-green eyes? They’re hypnotic. End of story. Personally, I could care less about Clinton’s supposed infidelity, especially since Hilldog stuck by his side. That’s more telling than anything. But other than positively oozing sex, Clinton is arguably one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history. He achieved lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country’s history, dropping crime rates and reduced welfare rolls. And he also proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus. Barack Obama (2009-?)

Whether you love him or hate him, the fact remains that President Obama is the first African-American president in the history of the U.S. Let’s put politics aside for a moment and just relish in that fact because it’s a pretty damn big deal given our “great” nation’s history with blacks and other minorities. Obama broke the racial glass ceiling, and that’s something no one can ever take away from him. Plus, I’ll be honest with you – I love the gays. Any sitting president who declares their support for marriage equality has my vote…along with my inappropriate fantasies.

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elementary schools and throughout. This is often overlooked just as physical activity. Every individual in America eats food, yet nutrition is a rarity in most teaching plans. Finally, parents and schools both have to fight against advertising. It’s not hard to notice the ratio of fast food to fruit commercials. We are constantly bombarded with food and, typically, with the ones we should be consuming the least. There are a dozen other factors I could mention, but at the end of the day, it comes back to parents’ understanding while, yes, they have the freedom to eat. However they choose, they shouldn’t forget the old adage, “Monkey see, monkey do.”

news Alumni recognized for post-grad achievements

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L uke B ohannon Emporia State honored seven alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet last Thursday for their achievements following graduation. Three alumni were chosen for the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, and four were chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Howard West was one of three outstanding graduates who received the award at the banquet. He said that his education at ESU gave him the well-rounded background he needed to be successful in the business world and that he was excited when he found out he was being honored by the university. “I’ve been to international assignments. I’ve traveled the world,” West said. “I’ve been doing several things, and then to have an award like this, I believe it ranks up there…very high as far as an achievement.” West currently lives in Boston, Mass. and graduated from ESU in 2007 with a master’s degree in instructional design and technology. He is currently a technical support engineer and helps in training and development on aviation and public safety. Leah Childers, another alumna recognized at the ceremony, graduated in 2005 with her master’s in mathematics and is currently an

assistant professor at Pittsburg State University. Childers said that her experiences at ESU were vital to her success following graduation. “I learned how to teach here and had a great foundation which I use every day in the classroom,” Childers said. “There’s never a time when they teach you how to teach, so that education background makes me a better professor.” Childers also earned a doctorate in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 2010. While at ESU, Childers was active in Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, and was a 2003 Outstanding Senior. Cory Haag was the third outstanding recent graduate to be recognized. Haag is the director of Operations for Haag Management in Emporia. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in business management. In 2011, Haag oversaw the development of the Kellogg Plaza and Lofts near campus on Commercial Street and continues to work with businesses and groups in Emporia. “I think the most important thing as you get out there is not to be scared to really go out there and sell yourself,” Haag said. “When it comes to interviewing, really go interview and really try to go out and get a great job from the get-go.” Dale E. Cushinberry, Norma Lu Haffenstein, Dianne Welsh and Floyd Hoelting each received ESU’s highest honor, the Distinguished

John C. Rich (left) speaks with Cory Haag, one of the three outstanding recent graduates honored at the Alumni Dinner. Jordan Storrer/The Bulletin

Alumni Award. Hoelting is currently the executive director of the division of housing and food at the University of Texas and has had more than 40 years of experience in higher education. Hoelting said that his education at ESU prepared him in more ways than just academically. “There are things I learned just being here, and I always say that here (ESU) you get an education

Visiting Playwright Shares Experience

Penny Weiner, a playwright with 39 years of experience, talks to students about her experience Oct. 12th in Plumb Hall. While teaching, Weiner got the idea to make a play out of an E. E. Cummings poem, which led her to a graduate program for playwriting. Weiner was brought to Emporia State as part of the English department’s Visiting Writers Series. Cheyenne Broyles/The Bulletin

down on the ground, you get fundamentals and life and leadership and all those kinds of things,” Hoelting said. The recipients for each award are chosen in different ways. The outstanding graduates have to be 10 years or less away from their degree and are chosen by the deans and faculty of their school, whereas the distinguished alumni have a slightly

more exhaustive process. Distinguished alumni are nominated by a faculty member, administrator or another alumnus, and then their nomination is sent to a committee made up of members of the Alumni Board, representatives from each school, the Alumni Foundation, and the president. This committee then chooses, usually, between three and five alumni to receive the award.

Putting Petals to the Pavement

Bethany McCormick, sophomore nursing major, rides in the tricycle races Oct. 12 at the Wilson Park basketball courts. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

news New parking options Students strive to raise 30K for on the horizon St. Jude hospital

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in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Participating students are asked to bring 50 addresses to send pre-written Up ‘til Dawn, a student organiletters to family, friends, and coworkzation that raises funds for St. Jude ers. Children’s Hospital, has raised about There will be a best-dressed award, $3,000 toward their goal of acquirprizes such as bookstore gift cards ing $30,000 by the end of the school and a $200 Visa credit card, sportsyear, said Josh Woolhiser, rehab coun- themed activities and free food. ESU seling graduate student and sponsor- student hip-hop duo Gabe and Benny ship chair for the RSO. will also perform at the event. St. Jude is, according to the hosStudents can sign up individually, pital’s website, devoted to “find(ing) with a team of at least five people or cures for children with cancer and with an organization. other life-threatening diseases This is the group’s fifth year raisthrough research and treatment. ing funds for St. Jude, and in previous And no family ever pays St. Jude for years they have done a Zumba event, anything.” a garage sale and a Pizza Ranch funDanny Thomas, who had prayed draiser. to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron “It’s (Up ‘til Dawn) a worthy cause saint of hopeless causes to “help me because it brings students together on find my way in life,” opened the campus to unite to fight childhood hospital in 1962. In 2005, the hoscancer,” said Kayla Baker, senior nurspital completed a five-year, $1 billion ing major. renovation that more than doubled Tess Hobson, senior communicathe size of its original facility. tion major, said she thought Up ‘Til One of the events held this year Dawn was a worthwhile cause because to raise money was a small tug-of-war “there are children out there who tournament on Oct. 6. Eight people don’t necessarily get to experience the showed up to raise around $22, same the things we do because they Woolhiser said. get sick at such a young age.” The biggest event for the group Another upcoming event is is its annual letter sending party that “Manicures for the Cure,” the date for will be held from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 5 which is to be determined. A lex H osack

Construction workers work on the new parking lot located at the southeast corner of 13th Ave. and Market Street by King Hall. The new lot should be up and running within the next few weeks. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

N ing L iu Construction on the new parking lot located at the southeast corner of 13th Ave. and Market Street (by King Hall) began on Oct. 10, and the new lot should be up and running within the next few weeks. The area may be used by those with orange parking permits, and it will have the same amount of space as the current orange parking lot, located near the east side of the Memorial Union and Market Street, which will be switched to conference parking. “About three or four years ago, there was discussion when we started the Memorial Union project because the way the Memorial Union was configured, there will be more conferences in the Memorial Union,” said Mark Runge, director

Elections from ...Page 1 tive aspect of social media. “Most of what people post seems to be quite negative and seems to be hatchet job kinds of stuff, just people slinging mud,” Wyatt said. “They don’t really sign their name to it. I prefer the letter to the editor, where you state your case, and you put your name to it.” On the other hand, Wyatt also said he feels that social media is primarily a positive thing in that it provides another information outlet for younger, more technologically savvy

Union from ...Page 1 approved a plan to hire an architect, but the renovation was not started until 2007, due to issues with funding. In addition to student fees, a campaign was started to raise money from alumni and friends of ESU to pay for the renovation costs. “The vision and determination of university administration, students and alumni for the past four years has brought us to this point and this incredible building that surrounds

of university facilities, “and because of that, you have to have parking. So, the decision was made that the parking lot directly next to the union should become conference parking. If it’s not conference parking, it should be visitors’ parking.” The conference parking lot will have meters, which will be moved from the current visitor parking lot to the current orange parking lot. The current visitor parking lot will expand to a larger violet parking lot. Runge said that if more than 50 people come for a conference, they can still use the violet parking spaces. When there is a conference on campus, attendees will be given parking permits, and there will be a sign for instructions in the conference parking area. Kenji Bolden, senior music education major, said that it would be nice if there were more parking

spaces on the east side of campus. “I wish there were meters that allow you to use dimes, nickels, and quarters, so it would be easier to get rid of some of those smaller coins,” Bolden said. Bolden also said the fact that they had to limit some parking spots during the semester for students and faculty was unfortunate. “The parking thing is kind of difficult,” said Jase Hubert, junior business major. “It is a rush right before class to find a spot. It (the new lot) will make parking a lot smoother.” As for Randy Richards, senior music major, he said the new parking lot will make it easier for students and faculty trying to get to the Beach Hall and King Hall and that it would save a lot of time for people driving around and trying to find a parking space.

people. Social media hasn’t just affected the way that people get information regarding politics, it has also changed the very nature of campaigning itself. Smith said fundraising has been impacted by social networking as the days of mailing out donation requests have been replaced by simple “donate” links on candidates’ websites and requests for donations through Facebook or Twitter. Wyatt also said campaigning has changed dramatically with the widespread prevalence of social media. “You’re either in that world…

with smart websites and intelligent ways of presenting yourself through Twitter or Facebook, or I don’t think you have much of a chance,” Wyatt said. “I think that trend will continue well into the future. The days of just simply shaking hands, and campaign buttons and fliers and TV spots is gone.” As of press time on Wednesday, Obama’s official Facebook page has 31,359,559 likes, and his Twitter has 21, 308, 598 followers. Gov. Mitt Romney’s Facebook page has 10,707,362 likes and his official Twitter has 1,577,520 followers.

us,” said Randy Steiner, co-chair for the campaign. At the ceremony, President Michael Shonrock thanked the students and alumni for attending. “I began my humble career in student union and student activities,” Shonrock said. “And so, I know how important the living room of a university is to our faculty, staff and especially our students.” The Masonic Lodge of Emporia conducted a traditional dedication

ceremony. Part of the ceremony involved mixing three items in a bowl – grain, which represented the dependence of mankind on God; wine, a symbol of renewing and refreshing; and oil, a symbol of healing and peace. Associated Student Government presented two new plaques for the MU lobby commemorating the students and alumni who fought and died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Logan Rice, sophomore nursing major, explains the Up ‘til Dawn organization to Russell Cornelius, senior business administration major. Up ‘til Dawn set up a table in the union last week for students sign up for the letter sending party. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin

Students pack food for kids

Jing Hong, an exchange student from Beijing, China, packs food bags for elementary students from food insecure homes in the community at the Emporia Gazette office yesterday afternoon. ESU American Democracy Project students, ESU tennis team members and community members volunteered. They collected 739 bags of food and packed 280. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

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Hornets pound Bulldogs S hane J ackson Senior receiver Shjaun Richardson caught a pass from senior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode and raced down the field 81 yards to take an Emporia State lead against Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. on Saturday. This was the first lead in the game for the Hornets, coming with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter, pushing the score to 10-7. The Hornets didn’t look back as Richardson and Eckenrode hooked up 10 other times, and ESU ultimately won 52-26. “We saw that they were going to give us a lot of cover, so we knew where we were going to have to attack, and we took advantage of it,” Eckenrode, management information systems major, said. The Hornets executed perfectly as they racked up 616 total yards in offense, 340 of those coming through the air for Eckenrode in the first half. But the Hornets had to battle back from the start to maintain their perfect season. At Truman’s Homecoming game, the Bulldogs started with momentum as sophomore running back Garrett White ran in an 11-yard score to open up the game. “We have had to deal with adversity all year and battle back,” said Garin Higgins, head coach. “This is just the makeup of our

team.” To answer the Bulldogs’ opening statement, ESU responded with 10 straight points, the first three coming off a 43-yard field goal by the freshman kicker Eli Kuhns. Truman tied it up just before the end of the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal nailed by junior kicker Derek Koon. On the very first play of the second quarter, the Hornets had a miscue on special teams as they gave up a safety. Truman took a 12-10 lead with 14:55 to go in the second. From there, ESU scored 21 unanswered points before the end of the half. Two of the touchdowns came from the ground game as junior running back Dozie Iwuagwa ran in both for 16 yards combined. “The previous weeks we haven’t been running the ball as well, so we did extra drills, put an emphasis on running the ball,” Iwuagwa, sociology major, said. “I just went out there and did my job.” In between those rushing touchdowns, junior receiver Ray Ray Davis hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Eckenrode. The Hornets went into the half with a decisive 31-12 lead. The Hornets kept the foot on the pedal as senior running back Derwin Hall ran himself in for a score from the 1-yard line, coming off a huge interception by senior linebacker Ben Carlson. The Bulldogs came back with a score of their own as backup senior quarterback Taylor Breen ran in a

Sports Shorts Volleyball falls short in Turnpike Tussle In spite of double doubles from sophomore right side and setter Katie Deutschmann and junior hitter Paige Vanderpool, the Emporia State volleyball team fell short in the Turnpike Tussle against Washburn last Tuesday. The Lady Blues led for the majority of the first two sets, coming out on top 25-18 and 25-22, even though the Hornets had a 11-2 run in the second set. The Hornets picked up their

game in the third set, making it a close contest with 14 ties and nine lead changes. A kill by Vanderpool kept the Hornets alive, winning 25-23 and sending the game into a fourth set. Emporia fell in the fourth set 25-20, dropping them 16-8, 6-5 in the MIAA. On Oct. 30, fourth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney will visit White Auditorium for Dig Pink night.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we have earned the right to be where we are,” said Garin Higgins, head football coach. Those were Higgins’ comments after a 52-26 victory over Truman State that led the Hornets to an 8-0 record. They are ranked 15th in the nation. The Hornets will take on the Griffons of Missouri Western, currently ranked 12th in the nation with a 7-1 record, at 6 p.m. tonight

at Welch Stadium. This is the 35th contest between the two, the Griffons having won the last seven matchups, including last year’s 22-16 victory. The Griffons hold a 23-11 advantage all time in the series. “They are a very good football team,” said Tyler Eckenrode, senior quarterback and information systems major. “We are going to have to prepare and play the game of our lives.”

Football prepares for ‘game of our lives’

15-yard touchdown to pull within 19 points, 38-19. ESU answered right back on the very next drive as Eckenrode and Davis connected again, this time from a 38-yard dagger. The Hornets went into the fourth quarter with a 45-19 lead. Iwuagwa landed another score off a 15-yard scamper with 12:07 left to go. Before it was all said and done, the Bulldogs made one last dip in the scoreboard with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Breen to sophomore tight end Chico Orlando. Eckenrode stole the show with another viscious performance as he went 26-39 for 422 yards and three passing touchdowns. Richardson remained the go-to guy as he hauled in 11 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown. Iwuagwa made his mark as he ran in three scores coming off 14 carries. Defensively, the Hornets picked off the Bulldogs four times. Carlson hauled in one of those to set up a score and led the way with 17 tackles. Senior defensive back Derek Lohmann, who came into the year tied for most interceptions in a career at ESU, hauled in an interception mid way through the second quarter. The Hornets remain the only undefeated team in the MIAA, 8-0. “The biggest difference this year is our chemistry,” Eckenrode said. Pulling a defensive lineman at his waist, junior wide-receiver Ray Ray Da“A lot of us are seniors – we are just vis pushes forward at the homecoming game Oct. 13 against Lindenwood getting old, and we just want to go University. Will Austin/The Bulletin out with a bang.”

Overtime ends in tie for soccer C risty F lippin The soccer team took on Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo. on Sunday. Emporia State attempted two shots in the first half, compared to Missouri Southern’s eight. The Hornets found the lead at the 9:16 mark with a goal from freshman forward Emily Burris, her first goal as a Hornet. Missouri Southern tied the score, 1-1, with five minutes remaining in the first half. Missouri grabbed the lead in the 66th minute of the game, giving them a 2-1 advantage. ESU junior forward Tommi Bouknight also had a goal in the second half, forcing overtime. In overtime, neither team was able to put the ball in the net, ending the game on a tie. Missouri out-shot the Hornets 5-1 in overtime and 19-6 for the game. ESU junior goal keeper Melanie Nuessen made seven saves overall. “We gave it our all for a full 110 minutes and truly left it all out on the field,” said Sarah Thomas, sophomore health promotions major and defender for the Hornets. “We never let ourselves get down. Once we lost the ball, we were right there to win it back. I couldn’t have asked for more from my team – everyone stepped up, and I’m so proud of them.” Katie Wolfe, freshman elementary education major and defensive player, said it was “really hard” when the Hornets were down 2-1. “But we really came together as a team and were able to come back and tie it. It was the first time all season we have been able to come

Running out of room on the outside, sophomore midfielder Mallory Walden prepares to send the ball back to center field. The Hornets faced tough defense against Truman State Oct. 14, and lost 0-1. Will Austin/The Bulletin

back and tie a game up when we have gone down,” Wolfe said. “I was so proud of everyone for playing their hearts out for the entire 110 minutes and never giving up.” According to the ESU’s ath-

letics website, the Hornets’ next game is at 4 p.m. at home on Friday against Northeastern State. They also play at 2 p.m. Sunday at home against Central Oklahoma for their final regular season game.

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