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Flint Hills Breadbasket impacts community

The Flint Hills Breadbasket, established in 1982 to
minimize hunger and poverty and to provide food for those needing assistance
in the Manhattan community, has experienced many changes this year. These changes have ranged from an increase in donations and number of people helped to developing fundraising
events to better help the community.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket has strong ties with different organizations around K-State.

“K-State is a great help to the breadbasket,” said Maribeth Kieffer, executive director of the Flint Hills Breadbasket. “Different organizations at K-State are always involved like state employees, sororities and fraternities, the agriculture department and the leadership studies school. We could not provide all that we can and do here without K-State.”

Sharon Breiner, professor in the School of Leadership Studies, explained the impact the Flint Hills Breadbasket has on both the campus and the community. 

“The Flint Hills Breadbasket works to serve friends and neighbors of our campus and community with dignity and respect while working to minimize hunger and poverty,” Breiner said. “As a community we are very fortunate to have a place like this to provide residents with temporary and long-term assistance.”

The School of Leadership Studies recently held an annual canned food drive called “Cats For Cans.” Students collected cans, presented them to the breadbasket and assisted Breadbasket members by sorting the various items.  

“We hope to go again to sort [cans] later in the fall as they get more holiday donations,” Breiner said. 

Many students at K-State have volunteered their time and effort to give back to the community through the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

“I think the Breadbasket affects the community by helping out those in need, and it really makes the community aware of people in need of food — that it not only occurs in different countries, but it occurs in the United States as well. Even in small towns like Manhattan,” said Lexsie Newcomer, freshman in kinesiology.

Newcomer has volunteered with the Breadbasket on several occasions and described her experiences as beneficial.

“The people that work at the Breadbasket are very friendly and appreciative of all the help,” Newcomer said. “I think community members would love to help because at the end of the day you feel good knowing that people donated all that food and that you played a small part helping with that.”

According to the Flint Hills Breadbasket website, breadbasket.manhattanks.org, 24.7 percent of Riley County citizens live at
or below poverty level. This is something the organization has worked on improving in years past but is focusing on more than ever this year.

“So much has changed this year. We have been so busy with
activities,” Kieffer said.

Kieffer stated that the
Breadbasket has seen a major increase in the number of families helped this year, topping
22,000 people so far in 2012 in spite of having only three staff members; the organization had four staff members in prior years, and the number of those helped is on the
rise.

The Breadbasket fundraisers will also include new twists that the organization hopes will attract more donations to assist more citizens. Kieffer said the Junior League of the Flint Hills, a women’s organization dedicated to promoting voluntarism and leadership, will plan the Adopt-A-Family program, which provides gifts to needy families during the winter holidays, from now on.

Additionally, the annual
Thanksgiving Dinner that has been held at Manhattan High School in the past will be held at Old Chicago this year.

Events the Flint Hills Breadbasket hosted this year
include “Souper Bowl,” “Boy Scouts Scouting For Food,” “National Association
of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive,” “Take a Swing at Hunger Golf Tournament,” and the “Kaw Valley Rodeo” to name a few. All Breadbasket events are
aimed at raising non-perishable food items to feed those in need.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket has many upcoming events for the
fall and winter seasons. Kieffer described November and December as “our
busiest time of year.”

On Nov. 3, as the K-State Wildcats take on Oklahoma
State, volunteers of the Flint Hills Breadbasket will hold a “Cats for Cans” event at Bill Snyder Family Stadium to raise funds. This event has the potential
to make a great impact on the community.

“If everyone who attends gave $1, that would make 20
percent of our program costs for the year. Just one dollar would make a huge
difference,” Kieffer said. 

Other events taking place in the upcoming
months include the Manhattan Community Thanksgiving Dinner, “Mayor’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive,” “Mayor’s Spirit of the Holiday Lighted Parade” and Adopt-A-Family. 

Opportunities to volunteer at the Flint Hills Breadbasket
are always available and encouraged by the organization. The Breadbasket is especially thankful for volunteers who contribute time in the holiday months.

“We appreciate what everyone does for the Breadbasket,” Kieffer said. “The
people of Manhattan are so helpful. With the increase of those in need
doubling, we have to work as a team. As long as there is a
need for a Breadbasket, people will help those in need.”

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‘Speaking the Silences’ event vocalizes history’s lost tales

“Henrietta Lacks is not a human interest piece. Henrietta Lacks is a life. A life that matters,” said Sue Zschoche, associate professor of history, at the K-State Book Network’s event “Speaking the Silences: Women and Race in Kansas History.”

The event took place Monday in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. Zschoche, along with M.J. Morgan, assistant professor of history and Chapman Center Research Director, and Katie Goerl, graduate student in history, presented to a standing-room-only audience about the importance of history, both on the broad and individual levels.

“When people say they hate history, the problem is that they haven’t been shown everything,” Zschoche said. “History is everything, including the thoughts and actions of individuals.”

“Speaking the Silences” was planned and hosted by the K-State Book Network as the third and final event relating to the freshman reading selection, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The novel was supplied to all freshmen at the beginning of the year, with accompanying events held to enhance the understanding of the reading. The purpose of the presentation was to broaden the knowledge of stories like Lacks’ and localize them to Kansas.

“I think it helps to realize that things like this happen everywhere,” said Tara Coleman, co-director of the K-State Book Network. “Today was about the importance of investigating history.”

Morgan and the students in her class complete research projects relating to historical places and individuals in Kansas, particularly the history of towns that no longer exist. Morgan displayed some of her students’ findings during her presentation.

“We have this little window to the world,” Morgan said. “The projects that our undergraduates do give us insight that might have been lost.”

Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman living in Virginia in the 1940s. Her cells, which reproduced at an astounding rate, were cultivated for scientific research without her knowledge or consent. Those cells, termed HeLa cells, which are still in use today, are said to be immortal because they are still capable of self-replicating. Zschoche said that Lacks is immortal in a different way.

“Henrietta Lacks is immortal in the way that so many people in the world are immortal, in that she did the best should could to provide for her children so they could live to tell the tale,” Zschoche said.

Stories in history like Lacks’ are what Morgan finds most interesting.

“You can’t get these details by going through piles of secondary sources,” Morgan said. “You get them by talking to people.”

Morgan advises her students to travel and interview people in order to get the most informed account of historical events.

“What we’re doing is getting students to think historically. They get the information by going to places and interviewing,” Morgan said.

This is exactly what Goerl did for her research project, which she conducted as an undergraduate intern last semester with the Chapman Center for Rural Studies and presented at the event. Goerl did research on early 20th-century one-room schoolteachers and students, both by contacting interviews of students and by driving to Alma, Kan., to analyze letters written by former students and teachers. Her research brings stories to light that, like Lacks’, may have been otherwise forgotten.

“My project works against the idyllic image of the one-room schoolhouse,” Goerl said. “One-room schoolteachers were very literally on their own, with help from administrators being miles away.”

Goerl found that conditions for one-room schoolteachers in that time were very difficult. Female teachers had little power to defend against the bullying antics of their students, and their policies and conduct were regulated by both community and the school board. This perspective of one-room schoolteachers was often only held by the teachers themselves.

“The people who are left out of history are usually the ones powerless to have a voice,” Morgan said.

Students who attended the event found much to be gained from learning about the “everything” of history, rather than from traditional history taught in public schools, which emphasizes the history of wars and diplomacy.

“I thought the presentation was well put-together,” said Sam Hustak, freshman in biology. “I feel like we wouldn’t be where we are now without history and the analysis of history.”

Other students felt that history depended on who you were taught by.

“My teacher gave me all of that information,” said Shannon Thomas, freshman in elementary education. “I definitely think I was taught more than just about wars. I think it depends on who your teachers are.”

Morgan said that she loves to be the kind of teacher that does give the extra information.

“I love it. I love seeing the fruition at the end of a project,” Morgan said.

At the end of the presentation, it was the hopes of Morgan and Zschoche that students left with an appreciation of the lesser-told stories of history. Students seemed to gain exactly that.

“I think the study was cool,” said Kristin Palmer, freshman in elementary education, referring to Goerl’s research. “I liked the details of her presentation.”

The K-State Book Network also gave students in attendance information on how to give input on the book to be chosen for next year’s freshmen read. Students can go to k-state.edu/ksbn/2013.html to vote on a book for next year.

As far as this year’s presentation, Morgan left the audience with a message.

“We must be moral custodians of our past,” Morgan said.

New faces of K-State student body appointed

Last Saturday, the 2013 K-State Student Ambassadors were announced at halftime of K-State’s homecoming victory over Texas Tech. Jordan Priddle, junior in family studies and human services, and Tyler Johnson, junior in human resource management and marketing, were chosen to represent K-State’s student body to prospective students and alumni at events throughout the year. 

“Having two university ambassadors rather than a Homecoming King and Queen really helps us define our experience throughout the year,” said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life at K-State. “The best communicators of the K-State experience are current students.”

Priddle and Johnson will serve until their successors are chosen during next year’s homecoming elections.

“Basically, we’ll be traveling across Kansas attending events and interacting with alumni and students,” Johnson said. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to share my K-State story and help bring that feeling we have on campus to potential students.”

The ambassadors will be present at Just for Juniors recruitment events, alumni and student events in cities throughout Kansas, meetings of the Student Alumni Association and various ceremonies and banquets. At these events, the pair will deliver presentations about day-to-day student life on campus.

The ambassadors were selected through a process that included a written application and interviews in front of a student panel and a faculty panel, at which point the field was narrowed to three male and three female finalists who were voted on by students.

Priddle and Johnson take over for seniors Phillicia Thomas and Andrew Waldman, who oversaw a year in which K-State set enrollment records across several categories, including the largest freshman class in university history at over 3,800 students.

“I think K-State is going to thrive,” Priddle said.

She explained that the ambassadors’ sole focus isn’t necessarily on recruiting large numbers of students.

“We’re all looking towards better and better, and I don’t think numbers will always reflect that,” she said.

Priddle added that her priority is to represent K-State accurately and give prospective students a feel for how they fit into the picture in Manhattan, while Johnson said he wanted to communicate the positive aspects of K-State student life.

“We just want to continue what we’ve got going on, because K-State is incredible,” Johnson said. “The more people we’ve got wearing purple, the more people that are excited about K-State, the better.”

According to Bosco, K-State relies heavily on word of mouth to attract new students and maintain relationships with alumni, and he said that no one can accomplish that better than a satisfied student. 

“They’re well-trained, have a great deal of passion and the students voted on them,” Bosco said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.” 

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‘Paranormal Activity 4′ fails to inspire Halloween thrills at box office

“Paranormal Activity 4″ is a prime example of why movies should stop after the second or third installment. This series has gone on for too long; hopefully after this fourth venture someone will get the hint that these “scary” movies no longer scare anyone. 

I think everyone can agree that the first “Paranormal Activity” was a hit. I remember going to see it at its midnight premiere. The big guy next to me continuously attempted to hold my hand out of pure terror. Another person threw up outside the theatre after the movie, supposedly out of fright, but feel free to speculate.

After the first film, I could not sleep alone for a couple of nights, but I slept like a baby after “Paranormal Activity 4.” It is by far the least scary of the four movies and is also the least gripping. The plot does not tie the four movies together whatsoever. The audience is left confused and, more importantly, not scared. The scare factor should be the focus of this series. When trying to fit in a larger picture or plot, the audience is left feeling like there was no significant ending and no reason in the least bit to feel frightened.

The movie starts off by showing the last couple of minutes of “Paranormal Acitivty 3.” Once again, the “home video” technique is used. This time, the person behind the camera is a teenage girl named Alex (Kathryn Newton). Her curiosity behind filming everything is never explained, and much of the filming takes place through Alex Skyping her boyfriend Ben (Matt Shively). Other times, when she hears something happening, she uses her iPhone. Once again, paranoia leads Alex to put up cameras throughout her house. This leads to panic as she and her boyfriend watch unexplained things happen. Worst of all, no one seems to believe her.

If there was one thing that I liked about the movie, it was the unexpected amount of humor in it. Considering it was supposed to be scary, I was not impressed at how calm I was during the entire film. However, the playfulness of Alex and her boyfriend flirting was funny and made me like the two together. I also liked the two little boys in the film, Wyatt and Robbie. Although the relationship was one that was meant to frighten viewers, it personally made me laugh.

I would give this movie 1.5 out of 5 stars. I cannot give it 2 stars because I would not watch it again and was not scared by it — and I am the type of person who is easily frightened.

Kelly Iverson is a sophomore in journalism and mass communications. Please send comments to [email protected]

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Wildcats start season off with 20-point victory

With an entirely new coaching staff leading an experienced unit for K-State in its season opening exhibition against Washburn, the Wildcats flexed muscles new and old in their 81-61 victory over the Ichabods.

Just how many conclusions can be drawn from the performance is up for grabs, but the Wildcats quickly answered the question of whether the NCAA Division II No. 4 Ichabods could pull off an upset.

“Overall, you’re pleased,” head coach Bruce Weber said, “because you don’t know, in this first game, how the guys are going to react. I thought they came ready to play, and that’s your first challenge. I think the coaches did a good job of preparing them and understanding how good Washburn is; they’re good.”

After taking over the Wildcat program, Weber discussed building a team that could run and get up and down the floor. The Wildcats were able to take that approach and put together a performance of 19 assists and a 46-39 edge on rebounds.

The Wildcats built an early 22-2 advantage and showed off some of the offensive speed that came with Weber’s coaching reputation.

“Earlier, the radio guys asked, ‘Are you going to play that fast all the time?’” Weber said. “Well, we were shutting people down and got in transition, and that’s what you want to do. Now you got to make good decisions, and I thought, for the most part, we made pretty good decisions — made some shots and we made the extra pass.”

Sophomore forward Nino Williams came off the bench first and scored 14 points while adding nine rebounds.

Along with senior center Jordan Henriquez and freshman forward D.J. Johnson, the trio anchored the paint and kept a strong Washburn frontcourt in check for much of the game.

“Overall, Nino has been very active for us,” Weber said. “He gives us a different look. Then you’ve got your big guys. Jordan had pretty good numbers. D.J. Johnson just plays hard. I don’t think he knows what he’s doing but he plays hard and it’s positive.”

As the most experienced big man returning this season, it’ll be important for Henriquez to build off of his season debut.

The senior center fought tough on the boards pulling down nine on the night, and he said it felt good to get the season started.

“It felt good, just knowing it’s my last first game of the season,” Henriquez said. “So I just wanted to come out and leave it all out on the floor. Coach preaches to us about consistency, and that’s what it’s all about right now. Just continuing to play hard and play together.”

Weber said it’ll be important for the Wildcats to maintain their energy level but to remember who they are and what the focus is moving forward.

“We told them right before we went out; we had some bullet points and focus points, but I just said, ‘Play hard,’” Weber said. “If you’re a basketball player, be a basketball player. Play basketball and then have fun. Go and enjoy each other; have fun and play.”

The Wildcats will take on Emporia State on Sunday in their second exhibition with tipoff slated for 1:05 pm.

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Construction begun on new feed mill

One of K-State’s long-held goals is finally becoming a reality.
Construction on the new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center began in
May. Once completed, the center will serve as the new home for the feed science and management program. 

Chis Berg, junior in feed science management, is excited about the completion of the new feed mill. 

“The new feed mill will give students an opportunity to work in a feed mill that is updated and closer to what the industry has compared to the mill that we are using now,” Berg said. “This mill will better prepare us for future employers and make K-State students more marketable.”

Keith Behnke, emeritus professor of grain sciences and industry, is working on a blog about the construction’s progress. Along with the blog, there is a construction cam for those who want to watch the process as it happens or just check in periodically. The blog and construction cam can be found online at grains.k-state.edu. Behnke is excited about the opportunities that the new feed mill will open up to students and others in the K-State community.

“This will allow us to increase student employment at the feed mill,” Behnke said. “Hopefully we can allow a few older students the opportunity to experience management training and the shift foreman position while still going to school.”

The feed science program,
nearly 60 years old, has graduated more than 700 students since the industry
established the program at K-State, and several thousand domestic
and international feed industry professionals have participated in
educational short courses through the program. 

K-State’s current animal sciences mill will be torn down to make room for the new facility. The grain science program currently has an on-campus mill that has been remodeled throughout the years but needs to be replaced. The departments of grain sciences and industry and animal sciences and industry will share the new mill and use it for the teaching, research and
outreach needs of both departments as well as the College of Agriculture. 

“The new feed mill complex
is one of K-State’s top priorities,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz, a
ccording to an April K-State press release. “We are enthusiastic about the new facilities, which will benefit industry as well as students.”  

The mill project
arose when the Kruse family made a gift of $2 million to the university in honor of O.H. Kruse, who founded a grain and milling company in 1935. Kansas then committed to providing approximately half of the funding
required to build the $16 million facility, which includes a BioSafety level two teaching and research mill, referred to as the
Cargill Feed Safety Research Center. 

In this part of the
facility, researchers will be able to work safely with virulent pathogens like salmonella in feeds. Due to the pathogens, everything in this part of the facility has to be able to withstand 140-degree temperatures. Every time a pathogen is used in the
facility, it has to be heated for 24 hours to kill any still living pathogens, which makes this part of the building harder to construct. Every aspect 
has to be carefully selected in order to ensure that all parts can endure the extreme heat, including electrical machines,
lights, computers and other equipment.

“The facility will be jointly
managed and will provide research diets and supplements for all university
animal units, as well as a teaching platform for all students, particularly
those in feed science and management,” said Ken Odde, head of the animal sciences and industry department, in the press release.

According to Dirk Maier, department head of grain sciences and industry, the design team for the mill
worked with engineers and equipment vendors to identify specific machines that
would meet the needs of the university. The design team, made up of faculty and students from both departments, started working together more than two years ago.

“This
new feed mill will allow us to show international participants of our short
courses the technology advancements happening in the grain industry,” said 
Mark Fowler, International Grains Program associate director and outreach specialist. 

The
International Grains Program hosts short courses for a variety of topics such
as wheat and flour milling, grain handling and safety and milling safety and
management. Participants come from all
over the world to attend these courses and then take the information back to
assist their companies in moving forward.