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Christina Engelken, sophomore in criminology, meets Fred the Prepardness Dog, mascot of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Michael McNulty, director of Homeland Security Operations for the Bureau of Community Health Systems, in Bosco Plaza on Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, 2014. (Hannah Hunsinger | The Collegian)

Pet Preparedness focuses on keeping pets safe during disaster

Manhattan Good Neighbors, a student program that focuses on fostering development with neighborhoods surrounding the K-State campus, held Pet Preparedness yesterday, in accordance with National Preparedness Month. The event aimed at encouraging pet owners to ensure they are prepared in times of disaster and was hosted as part of America’s PreparAthon!, a program that gives communities and organizations the opportunity to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussion and exercises.

According to the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of American households, about 82.5 millions homes, own pets, making them an integral part of the family.

The event was attended by representatives from state and local governments, the private sector and the Veterinary Health Center at K-State.

“(During disasters) people are displaced from their home as well as pets, and it’s very emotionally trying for people, so having their pets there is comforting and takes down some of the anxiety,” said Dr. Susan Nelson, veterinarian at the center, which offers primary care for pets in the community and surrounding areas. “Sometimes it’s the only thing they have that’s a semblance of their home life besides their family members.”

Laurie Harrison, emergency management coordinator for the Riley County Emergency Management Agency, said the agency had focused a lot on emergency preparedness for people but there had been a lack of focus on pets.

“This event allows us to bring that (pet preparedness) to the forefront and to help people prepare for their pet in case of a disaster or emergency,” Harrison said.

Harrison said in her experience as a first responder, people are reluctant to leave their homes if they do not have a place for their pets to stay in.

“In an ice storm we had in 2007, we had people without electricity who were cold but would not leave their homes because they had an animal and they had nowhere for that animal to go,” Harrison said.

She said with the amount of time people spend with their pets, it was important to educate people on the importance of forward thinking when it comes to taking care of pets and preparing for emergency situations.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s disaster preparedness program uses Fred, their German shepherd mascot to illustrate how pet owners can ensure that they are adequately prepared to care for pets in times of disaster.

“We demonstrate the purple backpack that he’s wearing and the stuff that’s in there – extra food, water, toys, first aid kit and flashlight to show people how to prepare a disaster kit,” said Michael McNulty, director of homeland security operations at the Kansas department of Health and Environment, who also handles Fred the Preparedness dog.

Nelson said it was important for students and the people in the Manhattan community to be aware of the needs of their pets. She said using all the resources available and staying prepared would make dealing with the impact of any potential disaster easier.

Lynda Bachelor, project coordinator for HandsOn K-State, said Pet Preparedness aimed to educate people about the necessity of being prepared to take care of their pets during natural and man-made disasters.

“Katrina and Sandy, those two hurricanes brought to how pets are a very close part of people’s personal well-being and health,” she said. “When you’re in danger and they’re a part of you, how do you take care of them as well.”

Putting money into your debit account allows you to withdraw your fund as well as make purchases with the card. (Photo Illustration | Mason Swenson)

The ins and outs of banking accounts

College, it’s the land of financially unsound parties and impulse buying – right?

Wrong. College is not always a time for recklessly spending. People can just as easily set up bank accounts with a variety of saving methods.

If this sounds like a good idea to you (and it should), the first thing you need to do is decide what kind of account you want.

Let’s start with the basics of a savings account. Depending on which bank you belong to and your set up, you can deposit and withdraw money at your own leisure and it gains ever-so-slight interest. However, the interest rates may take a while to add up.

“The reason savings accounts have such low interest rates is because they’re so low risk,” Matthew Myers, sophomore in business and finance, said. “The general rule is the greater risk, the (greater) possible return.”

Because of this slow accumulation, savings accounts can be helpful for people with short-term savings goals or for emergency situations. The money is liquid, or readily available, making it different than things like precious metals or stocks that you would have to sell in order to obtain the money. Savings accounts are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for a maximum of $250,000 per person per bank, according to an FDIC online brochure.

Then, there are checking accounts, which work in similar way. You put money into your account and make withdrawals by using checks or a debit card, according to the Wells Fargo bank website. These cards are widely accepted, so they can be very convenient. The downside to a checking account is that it does not gain interest. Although, like a savings account, all checking accounts are insured by the FDIC for up to $250,000.

“My mom set me up a savings account when I was little kid,” Karter Krokstrom, freshman in engineering, said. “They had this program where they would pay you a dollar every time you grew an inch.”

The process of opening a savings or checking account is fairly simple. First, you need to fill out either a material or online application at your bank of choice. According to the Wells Fargo Bank website, you need to have a driver license or another form of I.D., your social security number, and possibly your physical or email address in order to submit an application. According to “How to Open a Bank Account and What You’ll Need” by Nerd Wallet blogger John Gower, you also must be at least 18-years-old to open a bank account in your name.

After completing the application process, you’ll usually be given the option to make an opening deposit. Some banks require a certain minimum and some do not.

Certain banks also offer online banking, a convenient way to manage your money. If you choose this, you’ll need to create an online username and password. Make sure you are the only one who has access to this information; try not to write it down, as this information can lead to regrettable consequences if it falls into the wrong hands.

Once you’ve gotten everything set up, it’s important to always know the balance of your accounts so you don’t spend more than you have. Several banks have overdraft fees that can cost you dearly and leave you more broke than you are now. Kendell Lolley, junior in horticulture, recalled a time her account was overdrawn and she paid the price.

“I thought my (paycheck) came through and I overdrafted over $200 … (my employer) didn’t put my check in on time,” Lolley said.

Most banks, in addition to online banking, have mobile phone apps that allow for continuous access to their bank accounts so people can track personal spending and manage their accounts.

Once you master the ins and outs of setting up a bank account, you can march fearlessly into the world of personal finance prepared.

(Sahil Arora | The Collegian)

Identity crisis in the Ville

You know you’re in the Aggieville when even the restaurants have multiple TVs, all featuring sports. Upon entering the Dancing Ganesha, located at 712 N. Manhattan Ave., I thought I accidentally walked into another nondescript bar found in the area. Aside from the tables in the front, the Indian restaurant features a large bar in the back.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the necessity of serving alcohol in a bar district. However, if the food stands so well on its own, it’s a shame to think it might not take precedence over the liquor. It came as a shock to me just how satisfying their offerings are.

I visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon, a time when the normal Aggieville crowd is at home nursing hangovers from the night before. The restaurant offers separate lunch and dinner menus, each one with a diverse selection.

The interior of the restaurant features contemporary decor. Dim lighting contributes to the ambiance, though I did find it a little disconcerting as I was seated at the bar. I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from an Indian restaurant in Aggieville – besides a quick trip to the restroom immediately after the meal. Plus, I know how terrible most bar food is. Would I be served the equivalent here?

For those who have never had Indian cuisine, a lot of dishes make use of thick sauces made from yogurt or cream. Staple foods include vegetarian options and the use of curries, a combination of spices sometimes used to bring spicy heat to a meal.

A true test of any Indian restaurant is chicken tikka masala. The dish, a staple of any Indian restaurant, can be made in a number of different ways. I found their version to be Americanized, mild yet pleasant with a number of spices that accent the flavor rather than overpower it.

Two slices of naan, a crispy yet chewy flatbread, are served with meals. Although the naan was satisfying on its own, it was perfect when dipped in sauce. My only complaint is the small portions of naan served with a meal. I found myself wanting a lot more naan and less of the basmati long-grain rice.

The other dish sampled was the shrimp mango curry. Large prawns and slices of onions filled the bowl, swimming in a thick, sweet and spicy sauce. The concoction was phenomenal. The obvious sweetness of the mango was contained by the mild heat of the curry. A couple seconds after the tongue tasted the mango, the aftertaste consisted of spicy goodness that combined with the lingering sugary sauce.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the quality of their mango pudding. Generous pieces of mango are submerged in a light, uncongealed sweet pudding, leading to a natural sweetness that wasn’t overpowering. The prices are fairly reasonable as well. For a lunch for two, the bill came to just a little more than $22.

I highly recommend the Dancing Ganesha. If you have ever been there and never tried the food, you’re only cheating yourself out of a great experience.

Jon Parton is a junior in mass communications.

For 25 years the Entomology Department has been fighting termites. This week they started placing bait traps outside of the building. The traps work by luring the termites into taking the poison back into their hive. (Alex Shaw | The Collegian)

Entomology department evicts termite tenants

For more than 25 years, Waters Hall has been plagued by termites. However, John Ruberson, professor and department head of entomology, said he is hopeful that the infestation has been taken care of.

“We’re hoping they are gone, but we can’t be absolute,” Ruberson said.

Termites are tricky to detect and get rid of because of how they bury themselves, which makes them hard to reach, according to Ruberson.

For two years, Waters Hall has been using new technology called bait stations donated by Dow AgroSciences. The bait stations are located outside of the building and contain a growth regulating chemical that kills the termites by making them grow and molt incorrectly. Ruberson said termites carry the chemical with them to feed the queen, who will eventually not be able to lay eggs due to the chemical, as well as the immature termites. The bait station can take six months to a year for results to be evident.

There were many factors that contributed to the need for the bait stations. Though using insecticides would kill some of the termites, it would also kill the numerous insect populations the department wants to keep alive and study. Plus, with the labs in the basement of Waters Hall being renovated, it was important to kill and prevent the infestations.

“The tricky part is keeping (the termites) out,” Ruberson said.

Ruberson said keeping the bait stations around will help prevent future infestations. The department will know if the termites are actually gone in another year by studying the bait stations.

Fans in the overflowing student section cheer during the Wildcats' 20-14 loss to Auburn Thursday evening in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

Letter from Auburn’s athletic director

Dear Editor,

I wanted to thank K-State Athletic Director John Currie, K-State’s spirited student body and its first-class fans for making our recent trip to Manhattan a memorable one.

We like to boast that we have the best game day experience in the nation in the Southeastern Conference, but the environment at K-State is as good as I have ever seen. In the days since our trip to Manhattan, many of our fans have told me it was the best they have ever been treated on a road trip. Considering how many road games some of our fans attend, that is saying a lot.

The hospitality was outstanding. I can understand the courteousness prior to the game, but the way we were treated after the game was such a pleasant surprise. You are all first class.

You should also be proud of your beautiful campus and its outstanding athletic facilities. The football facilities are especially impressive, and our fans enjoyed seeing them.

Thank you again for the hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed a hard-fought game and a wonderful environment. In years to come, we will have forgotten the score, but we will always remember how well we were treated.

We wish you the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.

Best regards,

Jay Jacobs
Director of Athletics
Auburn University