November 2013

Volleyball Pizza

The concept is simple: volleyball and pizza! Join us Sunday, November 17, from noon-2pm at the Rec for some fun, non-competitive volleyball followed by pizza and merriment. If you plan on attending, please write your name on the yellow sign-up sheets in the lab. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest

The Manhattan Public Library is sponsoring an art and writing contest in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the theme “Live Together as Brothers and Sisters.” Prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded! The deadline to enter is 6pm on Sunday, January 12, 2014, and the entry requirements are as follows:

 Artwork Entry Requirements

  1. Original work 
  2. Two-dimensional
  3. Any medium
  4. No larger than 20” x 30”
  5. Judged for originality, creativity, artistic quality, content, and relevance to contest theme
  6. Completed and signed entry form attached to the back of artwork
  7. One art entry per person/group

Writing Entry Requirements

  1. Original work
  2. A letter, poem, memoir, or story of a personal experience, or other appropriate form
  3. No longer than 500 words
  4. Typed or legibly written
  5. Judged for originality, creativity, writing style, content, and relevance to contest theme
  6. Completed and signed entry form attached to the back of entry
  7. One writing entry per person/group

Final exams: 7 tips for studying and 6 ways to reduce stress

Just remember: the stress, sleeplessness, and brain drain of finals week shall too pass; but in the meantime, consider these study tips and stress reducers.

Study Tips (Adapted from the Huffington Post and US News)

  1. Study in chunks. It’s official: cramming is not the best way to study. According to the Dartmouth Academic Skills Center, you should study in 20-50 minute increments and take a 5 to 10 minute break between each session.
  2. Alternate study spots. The New York Times explained that, rather than sticking to one area, you should switch things up when studying for exams.
  3. Form a study group. They can motivate you to get started when it’s hard to motivate yourself, and explaining concepts out load to others can help you figure out what you understand and what you still need to go over.
  4. Get some exercise.Some suggest that just 20 minutes of cardio a day can help improve your memory. Also, taking a break in nature is more relaxing than a stroll in the city. There’s also the option of a dance break in your dorm room!
  5. Study differently for each class. If you try to study for your algebra exam the same way you study for your English exam, you might not do very well. Check out this guide to learn how to study for math exams, language exams, and more.
  6. Start with what you know and add to it. If you build on what you already know by slowly increasing the amount and difficulty of information you study, you can connect new information with familiar information and you won’t forget the basics.
  7. Make studying interesting. It’s harder to remember lists of “boring facts” than a story, so try to connect with what you’re studying. Using memory aids and making information more personal with make it much easier to learn.

Stress Reducers

  1. Puppies! Or kittens! Or other furry friends! There are few things more enjoyable than playing with a fuzzy animal, and after 15 minutes or so, you’ll be rejuvenated and ready to hit the books again.
  2. Exercise. Go for a run, attend a yoga class, or take a bike ride. It can make you feel like a new person (and remember to drink lots of water afterward to stay hydrated)!
  3. Bake a healthy treat. Baking can be a surprisingly soothing activity, so try making a healthy goodie and you’ll have something fast that will fuel your brain.
  4. Now talk it out. Don’t keep your anxiety bottled up inside! Chat with a friend or family member, tell them what’s stressing you out, and ask for advice if you want it. Verbalizing the things on your mind helps ease the worry and calm you down.
  5. Perform a simple act of kindness. Spend a couple hours volunteering or help your roommate unload groceries. Sometimes just doing something nice for another person is the best way to get yourself to stop obsessing about your own problems.
  6. Take a break from social media. Spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter when finals are approaching will likely only add to your stress levels. Turn off social media email notifications so you’re not tempted to log on and enjoy the freedom!

rugby players
Exclusive interview with 3 K-State women ruggers

Shortly after their last game of the season, I sat down with the three Pilots stars of the K-State Women’s Rugby team: Ellen Jensen, Jessica Sutton, and Rayvin White (in photo from left to right). Here’s what they had to say about playing the sport that is “football on crack.”

What got you interested in playing rugby?

Ellen: I was involved with athletics in high school, and Jess suggested I play rugby here. So I went to a practice and immediately fell in love with it.

Jess: I was looking to get involved the summer before I came to K-State, and I looked into playing rugby and lacrosse. I got in touch with the rugby girls and they invited me to come to a practice. I did, and I just kept coming back.

Rayvin: I went to the activities fair and looked at playing softball, but they kind of put me off and I found out that not everyone got to play. I also looked at swimming and longboarding. Rugby was the last one I went to and I just really liked it.

How often do you have games? What are they like?

Ellen: Games are on Saturdays, and we’ve had to travel up to 5 hours for a game! For me personally, to get ready for a game, I don’t talk to anyone beforehand. I put my headphones in and get in the zone. When we get onto the field, I try and scope out the other team. I figure out who their hookers [a specialist forward position] and props [another type of forward position] are to see what I’m up against in the scrums. Warmups go really fast and then the game starts. The first 20 minutes are super intense!

Jess: The Friday before a game we have a team dinner. Then on Saturday, we run a lap as a team and stretch together, then we break up into forwards and backs and do some last-minute preparations before the game starts.

Are you ever afraid of really getting hurt?

Ellen: YES. I’ve never broken a bone in my body before, so sometimes I hold myself back a little when I’m tackling so I don’t hurt myself. I just have to watch how hard I go.

Jess: Ummm…yes and no. Mostly no because very serious injuries happen very seldom in rugby. It’s more bumps and bruises. You just have to have the mindset that you’re going to get hit.

Rayvin: No. Well, at first I wasn’t, but for the last month it seems like every time I tackle someone, their knee hits my knee and my knee swells up!

How do you explain rugby to people who aren’t familiar with the sport?

Ellen: I just tell them they really have to watch it to see what it is. I didn’t even know what I was doing my first game! I had to learn to prepare myself for how hard they’re going to hit me.

Rayvin: It’s football on crack: no pads, no mouth guards, no timeouts, and no water breaks. Extreme football!

What’s the best part about playing rugby?

Jess: I think having an outlet for aggression. It’s a stress reliever for me. I really think I do better in my classes because of it!


How do you balance classes and homework with rugby and everything else you do?

Ellen: Rugby requires lots of time, but school is my top priority. I basically think of school as a 9-5 job: I get to campus at 9, even when I don’t have class, and I study and do homework in Hale between classes until 5 o’clock.

Jess: I have a very precise schedule. I work Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 6:40 to 10:00am, then I go to class. I have exactly 2 hours and 10 minutes between classes on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, so I do a lot of my homework then. I also make lots of to-do lists. I usually take a power nap before rugby practice in the evening, then wash, rinse, repeat!

Rayvin: I pretty much take it one day at a time.

So what do you want people to know about rugby?

Ellen: Rugby is a lot tougher than it looks, but it’s so worth it. My bond with my team is a completely different feeling than I’ve ever had before, and I love it!

Jess: It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, rugby is for everyone!

Rayvin: It’s a real sport. And it’s hard out here in dese skreetz.


Enrollment for Spring Term
(Freshman students)
November 18 – 22

Thanksgiving Break
November 25 – 29

Cultural Event Paper #2 DUE
December 6, 1:30pm

End of the Semester Survey Available
December 9

Last Day of Classes
End of Semester Survey DUE
December 13

Final Examinations
December 16 – 20

Residence Halls Close
December 21

Final Grades Posted
December 24

Residence Halls Open
January 19

Spring Term Begins
January 21

Cultural Events

Remember, the second Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due Friday, December 6, at 1:30pm. Check KSOL or the Cultural Events bulletin board in the lab for updates and changes to the list of events!

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History
Wednesday, November 13, 3:00pm / K-State Union Room 227

We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Friday, November 15
Bluemont Hall 016 / Go ANY TIME on any of these days to watch the film

Our Journeys: Dispelling the Myths of Women and Islam
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00pm / Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building

Community Cinema: The State of Arizona
Monday, December 2, 7:00pm / Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building