Wildcats fall to Cowboys on homecoming weekend

Neither the Wildcats nor the Cowboys looked like teams who have recently put up more than 40 points per game. The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the half, but Oklahoma State got up and never relinquished its lead, ultimately winning 24-14.

First quarter

In the first quarter, the offensive performances of both K-State and Oklahoma State effectively squelched all expectations for a shootout. At the end of the period, the scoreboard looked the same as it did at the beginning of the game: 0-0. K-State punter Ryan Doerr saw lots of action, booting the ball three times in the opening quarter. The Wildcats had 33 yards of offense and a single first down in those initial 15 minutes. Conversely, the Cowboys got 159 yards of offense in the same time span.

Neither team took advantage of its opportunities. One would think that among 159 yards, Oklahoma State would run into a field goal or touchdown somewhere, but no. The Wildcats recovered a fumble by the Cowboys, but proceeded to commit a penalty, go three-and-out and punt.

Among this offensive inefficiency, the play of one particular defender stood out for K-State. Freshman safety Ty Zimmerman had eight tackles, including two for losses, and seemed to have the number of Kendall Hunter, the Cowboys’ heralded running back. Hunter finished with 143 yards on 28 carries, and Zimmerman totaled 12 tackles.

Second quarter

The second quarter began much the same way as the first. K-State punted some more, but Hunter fumbled to give the Wildcats the ball on K-State’s 38-yard line. This time, K-State converted. Ten plays, 62 yards and five minutes later, the Wildcats were in the end zone.

Seniors were the big names on K-State’s first scoring drive. Running back Daniel Thomas hit his stride, and moved into sixth place on the K-State all-time rushing yards, though later in the game he would run into fifth place. Quarterback Carson Coffman connected with wide receiver Aubrey Quarles three times to set up the touchdown run by running back William Powell.

However, the Cowboys could not be stopped forever. The K-State defense kept them from scoring on their possession after the Wildcats’ first touchdown, but on the one after that, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden connected for a 40-yard completion to wide receiver Isaiah Anderson. From then, it was only a matter of time before the Cowboys scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Harrison.

That is how K-State – who lost 47-42 last week – and Oklahoma State – who lost 51-41 last week – came to end the first half of the game in a 7-7 tie.


Third quarter

In the third quarter, Oklahoma State put more points on the board, despite its penalties, which would be a plague the entire game. By the time the game ended, the referees had penalized the Cowboys 10 times for 100 yards.

K-State chewed up six minutes of clock in its first drive but came away with nothing. Three penalties by Oklahoma State – roughing the passer, 12 men on the field and a blatant personal foul – helped the Wildcats into the red zone, but not only could they not convert, they missed a 24-yard field goal.

Oklahoma State responded to the Wildcats’ incompetence by driving for its second touchdown of the game. Aided by passes to the sideline, which got largely pain-free yardage for several of the Cowboys’ receivers, Oklahoma State had five plays of more than 10 yards on its way to scoring.

After K-State went three-and-out yet, the Cowboys drove down the field again and scored. This time the blazing dandelion-yellow cleats of Cowboys’ kicker Dan Bailey put the points on the board, and Oklahoma State led 17-7 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

On the Wildcat’s ensuing drive, the Cowboys helped them out by being offsides on third down. Then K-State helped itself with a 17-yard catch by senior wide receiver Chris Harper. On the subsequent play, the third quarter ended, sending the Wildcats to the opposite end of the field.

Fourth quarter

K-State began the fourth quarter with an interception. However, the Cowboys could not capitalize; they went three-and-out.

Thomas jump-started the Wildcats’ next drive by bursting through holes for rushes of eight yards, five yards and 11 yards. But after a five-yard run by Powell, Thomas threw out of the Wildcat formation to Quarles, who tipped the ball, and it was intercepted. Again, the Wildcats got a break; the Cowboys went three-and-out, unable to turn the turnover into points.

As the saying goes, however, the third time is the charm. The Wildcats began their subsequent drive on their own 1-yard line, and after they earned a first down, Coffman threw a third interception. This one was returned for a touchdown, putting the Cowboys up 23-7 and putting the game out of the reach of the Wildcats with 7:06 remaining in the game.

However, Oklahoma State apparently could not resist a few jibes and got penalized for what appeared to be an intentional helmet-to-helmet hit (the defender led with his head and had his arms nearly at his sides) as well as a facemask, helping the Wildcats keep their drive alive. That drive culminated in a 1-yard run by Daniel Thomas, putting the score at 24-14 Oklahoma State.

It would not be enough for the Wildcats, who fell to 5-3 with the loss and dodged bowl eligibility for a second consecutive week. K-State next faces Texas at home on Saturday.   

Women’s golf team to play in Texas for final tournament of fall season

In its final fall competition, the women’s golf team looks to have one of its toughest tests yet. In the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, K-State will be in a field of 14 teams, the majority of which are ranked in the top 70 in the country.

Four other Big 12 teams will accompany the Wildcats: Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M. Colorado, Notre Dame and Tulane could be considered favorites, as they are ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

The tournament takes place at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course, and there the women will play in their second three-day tournament of the season.

Competing for K-State will be freshman Gianna Misenhelter, juniors Paige Osterloo and Ami Storey, sophomore Whitney Pyle and senior Elise Houtz.

Misenhelter has the lowest stroke average on the team, 75.45 through 11 rounds of competition. She has placed in the top 20 in each of her first four collegiate events. Pyle has the second lowest stroke average  on the team and brought home the highest finish on the team this season: second place at the Chip-N-Club Invitational.

Storey and Osterloo have combined for eight top-20 finishes throughout the season. Houtz will be playing in her first event this fall, though she has played in 27 others during her career at K-State.

The team begins play on Sunday and continues on Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.

Student crew preps to collect recyclables at Saturday’s event

This Saturday, K-State plans to compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge for recycling.

The event is put on by the EPA for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their home football games. K-State is one of 87 schools that have registered to compete in the challenge, and each school participates during one home game in October.

The challenge coincides with K-State’s All-University Homecoming game against Oklahoma State on Saturday. All students and fans are encouraged to participate by depositing plastic bottles and aluminum cans in blue bags that will be provided and leaving these bags on the ground upon entering the game. The bags will then be collected for counting and recycling. The targeted areas of focus are the parking lots and other tailgating areas, as well as the stadium.

The Game Day recycling crew will lead the effort. Zack Pistora, president of Students for Environmental Action and senior in political science, is one of the co-founders of the program.

“Game Day Recycling started in 2008 with leadership from SEA and the student director of sustainability for SGA approaching KSU Facilities and KSU Athletics about recycling at the tailgating areas and inside the stadium at the home football games,” Pistora said. “We distribute blue bags to tailgaters to recycle their plastic, aluminum and glass beverage containers and then pick up the same recycling materials inside the stadium after the game.”

Students are also invited to volunteer by promoting recycling during tailgating, collecting stadium recyclables after the game and sorting them on Sunday.

“People can participate anytime at the Game Day Challenge for recycling,” Pistora said. “It starts by being aware, responsible and actively engaged in recycling at each person’s respective tailgate and seating section in the game. The way we look at it, each of the 50,000-plus fans that attend the home games helping recycle for themselves and their neighbors is much more effective than a 50 person crew picking up everyone’s leftovers.”

Pistora said fans can receive blue bags at the game and place the recycling in those or in recycling bins around and in the stadium.

He said people can also volunteer after the game to help pick up the stadium recycling. This will begin at 4:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of the event challenge, a winner will be declared based upon recycling per capita game attendance. The school that reduces the most waste by recycling in respect to the amount of fans that showed up to the game will win the challenge.

However, the competition isn’t everything.

“Just the pride of doing good as far as the environmental and educational gains from recycling at the football game and bragging rights among other universities are what concerns me,” Pistora said.

Funds between education, military unbalanced

When I see all the fancy arms and impressive Army airplanes, I imagine those must be very expensive, but I don’t understand why so much is spent in the Department of Defense when there are people who don’t go to college because they can’t afford it.

The Census Bureau’s estimation of educational attainment in 2009 for Americans was that less than three out of 10 persons older than 25 had a bachelor’s degree or higher. That is one concern President Barack Obama demonstrated July 29 at the National Urban League Centennial Conference when he said, “The unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college … eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade.”

This makes education a necessity, not a luxury, for every country’s economic development. According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing, the national average for one year of in-state tuition at a four-year college was $7,020 in 2009.

I want to focus on a solution. According to the U.S. Government Printing Office’s website, the Department of Defense spent $688.04 billion of its projected expenses in 2010. I think a good way to get more people to finish their bachelor’s degrees without worrying about how they will afford the college tuition bill, is if the department spends less of those expenses. They should also give a small percentage directly to universities, so instead of raising tuition fees every year they can lower them.

I won’t go so far and make people angry by suggesting America will lose its sovereignty. People might ask, “Why would we want education without a nation?” I would argue that reducing 25 percent of the total expenses for 2010 would provide one year of free education to more than 24.5 million students. This would more than double the U.S. Department of Education’s projected enrollment in college for fall 2010, which is currently 19.1 million students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

But maybe we don’t want so many educated people.

It’s true that financial aid exists for students, but is it enough? Do you know anyone who would like to go to college but can’t afford it?

I want to be more realistic, because I know the government will never do that to the Department of Defense. Here’s another possibility: According to the office’s website, the department’s expenses are projected to go up by $30.75 billion in 2011. I propose the government takes half of that amount, $15.38 billion, and gives it to the universities. Taking into account the national average tuition of $7,020, this money would help about 2.2 million students go to college for free.

Or you can make everyone pay less. If the $15.38 billion was divided among the 19.1 million currently enrolled students in the U.S., tuition would decrease by $805 per student, bringing the national average down to $6,215 per student. I don’t think college should be totally free because people don’t appreciate the things that are given to them for free, but I really think we should make college affordable to everyone who wants to study.

The current policy put the military first, then education. I think both are important, which is why they should be balanced. Why should a poorer family send its only child to the Army so he or she can get the tuition assistance needed to go to college?

Also at the centennial conference, Obama said, “America went from No. 1 to 12th in college completion rates for young adults. Used to be No. 1, now we’re No. 12 … I want us to be back at No. 1 instead of No. 12.”

This is my opinion of what he can start doing to achieve this goal.

My most sincere respect and admiration go to all the soldiers who work every day to protect the U.S., which the world admires.

Education should be inexpensive and within the means of everyone. The government should be there for every citizen who wants the opportunity. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”  

Roberto Santana Villarreal Meraz is a junior in political science.

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Cannon supports Fair Tax, rethinking policies

Ken Cannon, the Reform Party’s gubernatorial candidate, said he decided to run for governor after a friend in the legislature told him this year would be good for a candidate not in the two major political parties. Cannon said he thinks he is the best candidate for the job because of his hard work.

“Frankly, I would have been satisfied running for whatever party; I want to be sitting in that governor’s seat,” Cannon said.

Cannon’s Reform Party platform consists of three different issues: recruiting the right people, rethinking government and making sure government is the right size.

Recruiting the right people means that Cannon is willing to cross party lines to build the right leadership team for the state. When asked about the people he wants in his leadership team, he said he would focus on that later.

“That is something my team will sit down and study so we can bring in the right people,” Cannon said. “I’m not going to recruit just from the Democratic or Republican pool. I am going to recruit from all parties and get the best people.”

Rethinking government policies is Cannon’s next platform, and he has multiple suggestions on the issue.

Whether it is teaching educators how to write grants, retooling the airplane industry to build wind generators or using Kansas farm products in school lunches, Cannon has many different ideas to improve the state.

Changing the state’s tax code to the Fair Tax system is also on Cannon’s agenda, and he said Kansas should lead the way. The Fair Tax is a consumption tax that taxes purchases instead of income.

“If my wife and I buy a recreational vehicle, I should be paying taxes on the vehicle,” Cannon said. “The Fair Tax shuts down all loopholes. Kansas should blaze a trail so all other states can follow and the federal government can follow.”

Another major issue for Cannon is making sure government is the right size. One of his ideas to reduce the government’s size is to get rid of some townships in various counties. Cannon also said he wants government to place less restrictions on businesses.

“I just think small businesses have too many regulations and it becomes too much red tape people have to jump through,” Cannon said. “Most people in the U.S. don’t want to be dictated to, I would put together a team of mayors who could tell us what could be cut.”

Even though Cannon favors smaller size in government, he is opposed to Sam Brownback’s plan to freeze state spending as a way to decrease the deficit.

“You’ll be in world of hurt if you’re standing still and everybody is moving ahead; you might as well be moving backwards,” he said.

Cannon is originally from Goff, Kan., and said he has spent 36 years in education working as a school administrator, college professor, teacher and basketball coach.

He said in this campaign, he has been struggling to get more chances to appear with the other candidates.

“I believe Kansas voters deserve to have more debates so Kansans can know more about their candidates. There has been one debate with all four candidates, which is not nearly enough and an insult to voters and the state of Kansas,” Cannon said.

The candidate said he thought the media was trying to narrow the coverage of the gubernatorial candidates down to the two main ones.

“I did not know this ‘til I ran for governor, but the media controls too much,” Cannon said. “We struggle to get our name out in Kansas City. For the Hutch debates, we weren’t even invited.”

The candidate has made the news recently in connection to an incident where he allegedly made threatening comments to a man who mentioned his son’s suicide. Cannon said the reports were completely false.

“I’ve been in education 36 years with no issues, several things have popped up and one already went away,” he said. “I’ve never had legal issues with anyone, and I make a run for governor and these things start popping up. How dirty can politics get? It really aggravates me that somebody decided to tarnish my reputation.”

Cannon declined to make specific comments about the incident because of advice from his lawyer.

Show to introduce audience to Indian classical dance style

Manhattan citizens and students will have an opportunity to experience the element of fire before trick-or-treating this Sunday. The Society for the Appreciation of Bharatiya Heritage and Arts is hosting “Natya: Dance of the Divine,” a performance to showcase one of the major styles of classical Indian dance.

Anand Ramani, president of the society and graduate student in industrial engineering, said there are five major forms of classical Indian dance. Each represent an element, like water, air and earth. This performance will showcase Bharatanatyam, which represents the element of fire.

Ramani said Bharatanatyam is a sort of acronym taken from the words Bhava, Raga and Tala, which mean expression, music and dance, respectively. This style of dance originated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Jhinook Mukherjee Sinha is scheduled to fly in from India to demonstrate this dance for K-Staters. Sinha has studied and performed Bharatanatyam for years in India. This will be her second time performing in America, Ramani said.

“It’s a good intro to Indian dance,” he said.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union on Sunday. Halloween treats will be provided by the group. The time is set from 1:30 to 3 p.m. so as not to interfere with anyone’s evening plans for Halloween. Ramani said anyone interested in attending should not worry if they must come in their Halloween costumes because “the dancer will be in costume, too.”

More information is available on the group’s website at k-state.edu/sabha or by e-mailing [email protected]