Department of art’s visiting speaker discusses photography convergence

Katherine Mickle, a nationally acclaimed photographer, gave a speech, titled “Explorations,” on Thursday in Willard Hall as part of the Visiting Artist series hosted by the department of art. Mickle is well known for her provocative photos as well as her collaboration with science students.

The Visiting Artist series invites artists from around the country to speak with art students about their work and the work of the students themselves.

Mickle is currently an associate professor of art at Slippery Rock University, and talked about her various art projects from graduate school as well as her trips with geology students.

“I’m here to learn, so whenever I get a chance to hear other people I wouldn’t normally, I go,” said Jolynn Reigeluth, graduate student in printmaking.

In the lecture, Mickle shared various photos of her artwork that incorporated art mediums such as photos, text and 3-D design. In most of her photos, Mickle tackled particularly tough or taboo subjects, such as domestic violence.

“It’s such a multi-faceted topic,” Mickle said. “It’s important to discuss it so it becomes less taboo and we can talk about it.”

Her unusual photography was not what students were expecting. Many of Mickle’s photos contained hidden text within that gave the photos a darker meaning.

In one 3-D construction, Mickle used transparency sheets with words and pictures printed on them to make a house that represented the theme of sexual abuse.

“It was interesting to see all the stuff she put with her photos,” said Sarika Brinkman, junior in art. “They made you think about the topic in ways you normally wouldn’t.”

In addition to her own artwork, Mickle shared photos and drawings by students who went on a summer geology trip to the Grand Canyon.

“When people think of the collaboration, they ask ‘Why collaborate with science students?’” Mickle said. “They think of the differences, but they’re really the same. You try out different hypotheses and techniques and then look at the results.”

Mickle first joined the trip when co-worker Patrick Burkhart asked her to help his students draw scenes from the Grand Canyon and the Badlands. Soon enough, Mickle invited other art students to join the group, to gain more experience and to travel.

Mickle said that geology and art fit together well, as some geologists cannot draw and have to hire artists to draw their landscapes.

On the trip, students were expected to help each other and learn valuable survival skills since the group camped out for each trip. 

There was also no cell reception, which was a shock for some students, she said. At the end, the group hosted an exhibition that showcased the various photos and drawings by all the students, even the geology majors.

“It’s interesting looking at the field notes of geology students compared to art students,” Mickle said. “The art students drew connections to their artwork while geology students drew graphs.”

Some students were encouraged to attend the lecture for class credit while others came because of an interest in photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography since my photography class in high school,” said Mollie Bieber, sophomore in art. “I always liked how you can frame your perspective and show people who you see.” 

Bill that would allow guns on campus not passed by Kansas Senate

In Kansas, concealed carry laws prohibit people from bringing any firearm or weapon into a public building, which includes every building on K-State’s campus. 

Recently, a bill was presented before the Kansas Senate that contained a proposal forbidding “no firearms allowed” signs on public buildings unless there is some kind of visible security. If the bill would have passed, the security in place would have monitored and prohibited every potential weapon entering the building; however, the bill the Senate did not pass it.

“Those legally licensed by the state should have the option to carry for self-defense,” said Robert Auten, state director of Kansas Students for Concealed Carry and assistant registrar at K-State.

Auten believes that a sign will not stop an attacker. 

“There is no sign, that I am aware of, that has stopped illegal firearm usage,” Auten said. 

As an example, Auten stated that in Aurora, Colo. there was a “no firearms allowed” sign posted at the movie theater where an attacker illegally used firearms in the July shooting.  

Students for Concealed Carry is a new student organization at K-State that helps educate students and faculty about concealed carry laws and weapons and educates students about gun myths. 

“Usually people already have their mind made up,” said Andrew Seufert, president of the club and senior in parks management and conservation. “There’s usually no middle ground.”

They are trying to change laws on a state level, not campus policies. The state of Kansas determines who can carry a legal firearm and the attorney general determines gun-free locations and where signs are posted, such as entries to campus buildings.

Some students believe that there is no need for students to carry weapons with the K-State Police Department around. 

“There is no reason for students to be allowed to carry guns to classes,” said Taylor Applegate, sophomore in management information systems. “Campus already has their own police force to handle any activity that happens, and I don’t feel as though students should try to take a situation into their own hands.”

Students may also feel concerned for their safety if firearms were allowed on campus. 

“I would not feel as safe,” said Craighton Carey, senior in Spanish and kinesiology, adding “I know that many others would feel very unsafe too.”

Applegate agreed.

“Knowing that there were loaded guns around me on campus without being able to see them would bother me extremely and put me on edge,” Applegate said.

Although the state of Kansas has not shown any inclination toward giving people with concealed carry licenses the ability to carry on college campuses, other states have done so.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, “Five states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses.  These states are Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin.”


Women’s self-defense class, concert held in honor of slain K-State student

Ten years ago, K-State student Ali
Kemp lost her life in a brutal attack at a swimming pool in Johnson
County. Last night, over 150 women came
together to participate in a philanthropic event named in her honor, featuring a self-defense class and a concert.

The K-State chapter of Pi Beta
Phi, in partnership with The Ali Kemp Education Foundation, or T.A.K.E., held its
annual Ali Kemp Bandstand event at the Peters Recreation Complex. The event began with the
self-defense class at 4 p.m., and then moved downtown for a free concert featuring music
by the Jared Daniels Band at the Wareham Opera House.

“We can make that difference in
our society,” said Roger Kemp, father of the late K-State student, to the crowd
of women seated throughout a basketball court at the Rec. “You can start
putting an end to this senseless violence that is going on in our society. You can’t allow it.” 

Kemp encouraged women’s empowerment and the need for women to be prepared if a threatening situation should arise, before turning over the floor to the
program’s instructors.

Megan Spradlin, junior in public
health and nutrition and vice president of philanthropy at Pi Beta Phi, said
that this year’s event was estimated to bring in roughly $3,500, which would go
directly towards T.A.K.E, the non-profit organization formed by Kemp
and Jill and Bob Leiker, who have been leading the self-defense courses since their

“The self-defense class,
especially for women in college, is just very practical,” Spradlin said. “It is
also close to us because Ali Kemp was a Pi Phi, so it means a lot to put on an
event in her name.”

The Leikers, both high-ranking black belts in various disciplines, met Kemp soon
after his daughter’s death and have been instructing the T.A.K.E defense courses
since soon after that first meeting. The group has seen the growth of their classes from an original class of
just 12 members in the basement of the Johnson County Parks and
Recreation Center to a nationwide, touring class that has enabled an estimated
48,000 women to fight back and defend themselves against violence and sexual

Jill Leiker spoke after Kemp, and then took the women through an exercise meant to emphasize the importance of
identifying an attacker. 

“Bob just left the room,” she
said. “I want you to describe him for me. How tall is he, what does he look like?” 

Women responded by belting out descriptions of the 6-foot-1-inch, 240-pound Bob Leiker.

“It is important to be aware, not
only of if a situation arises, but of who the perpetrator is,” Jill Leiker said.

Soon after, her husband came back
into the gym and addressed the women further before the class got underway.

“Scumbags,” he said, before a
number of the women responded with “No!”

Many of the women had taken the
course before and were prepared for the drill. When Leiker said the word the women were prompted to reply with a loud
and aggressive “No!”

Following Bob Leiker’s remarks, the women spent the next hour learning basic maneuvers for escaping and
negating potential threats. Among these were a three-punch combination, grip-breaking techniques and knees to the
groin, all accompanied by vocally alarming anyone within earshot. 

“Eyes, nose, throat, groin,”
Leiker said. “Hit like you’re possessed, hit them hard somewhere soft,
whatever’s available, and escape.”

Molly Rapphold, sophomore in
communication sciences and disorders who attended the event for the first time, was pleased with the experience.

“It was really helpful,” Rapphold
said. “They teach you how to react in several situations. I think it is a great event and idea,
especially being from the Kansas City area and knowing of Ali’s killing and an
incident at Target where a girl got kidnapped. You hear about these things happening all the time, even in generally
safe areas, so it is important to know what to do.”

At 6:30 p.m., everyone relocated to the Wareham, located on Poyntz Avenue, for the free concert and the evening’s festivities. The women were joined by many male counterparts
as they crowded into the concert hall. The Jared Daniels Band played a
mixture of original songs and covers of popular songs by various artists. Mr. Goodcents subs were served, along with
bottled water and Red Bull, and at one point a couple was involved in an eye-catching
display of country-swing dancing as “Wagon Wheel” emitted from the

Matt Webb, freshman in
mathematics, was on hand to show support for his female collegues.

“I’m kind of an old-fashioned
guy,” he said. “So you know, I’m protective of women, but there isn’t always
someone there, and they need to protect themselves. So I think this is great. Safety is something
you should almost be able to take for granted, even though you can’t nowadays,
and this event addresses that.”

More information about the
T.A.K.E foundation can be found at




The Blotter: Sept. 28

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Travis Edward Enders, of Junction City, was booked for probation violation. Bond was set at $2,500.

Chelsi Langley Pike, of the 200 block of North Ninth Street, was booked for failure to appear. Bond was set at $600.

Malcolm Theodore Wooten, of Manhattan, was booked for unlawful possession of hallucinogenic drugs and use or possession of paraphernalia to introduce into the human body. Bond was set at $3,500

Gina Maria Jones, of the 2400 block of Buttonwood Drive, was booked for failure to appear. Bond was set at $6,000.

Bobbie Jean Roberson, of Ogden, was booked for failure to appear. Bond was set at $300.

Donna Marie Helmholtz, of Leonardville, Kan., was booked for failure to appear. Bond was set at $199.

Angela Marie Doyon, of Fort Riley, was booked for driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license. Bond was set at $750.

Michael Patrick Brady, of Sycamore, Ill., was booked for failure to appear. Bond was set at $1,500.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Christopher Scott Grabow, of Omaha, Neb., was booked for driving under the influence. Bond was set at $750.

Compiled by Katie Goerl