Brownback’s plan for disaster

Whitney Saporito Managing Editor In his State of the State speech last month, newly elected Governor Sam Brownback expressed his support for public education in Kansas. “The budget I am submitting to this Legislature for its consideration will provide school districts with more overall state funding,” Brownback said. It seemed Brownback was on the right track, as no one would argue that education is not important. Then he proposed his budget, which came as a slap in the face to school districts across the state and made his commitment to funding K-12 public education seem more like lip service. Although Brownback’s policy director, Landon Fulmer, reported an increase in education spending by $129.3 million, as…

Distracted walking

Frowned upon or illegal? Alex Mott Collegio reporter In Manhattan, N.Y., Senator Carl Kruger is on a mission to stop distracted walking. Kruger says he wants pedestrians should be able to incur fines for crossing the street while texting, talking on the phone, surfing the next, or switching songs on an Ipod. Although Kruger’s legislation only requires that residents of cities with a population larger than 1 million people, it is possible that other states or counties may catch on to the idea of prohibiting the act of distracted walking. In Arkansas, a state senator is pushing for similar legislation as Kruger. The Arkansas law, however, would only prohibit the use of headphones while crossing…

Budget cuts to public radio, broadcasting

  Bartholomew Klick Copy Editor Deep cuts proposed for the Kansas state budget might cease funding for Kansas Public Broadcasting. This would remove $117,000 from KRPS FM Radio’s budget next year. This is close to 18 percent of the station’s total funding. Missi Kelly, general manager of KRPS, declined to comment on what changes the funding cut, which would take effect on July 1 if it passes, would have on the station. Kelly cited a possible federal funding cut, which would remove almost 20 percent of the station’s funding, as the reason she could not make predictions. “To the people who don’t take advantage of it, it just looks like a dollar sign and a…

Classroom controversy

  Budget proposal has public education drawbacks, advantages Madison Dennis Editor-in-chief When Katie Draper, freshman in elementary education, recalls her last year of high school, she remembers one thing clearly: budgets. Draper was on a student spending committee, formed in her high school after more budget cuts had been made to her district. Their specific purpose was to help faculty find ways to cut down on classroom costs. “Our committee came in to existence because the district didn’t want to let go of any of the teachers after some statewide budget cuts,” Draper said. “So, we helped teachers in the district find ways to save money and helped decide what students could live without.” It…

Proposed budget hits below belt

Sarah Poland Collegio Reporter For many students, taking classes full time while working a full time job is not an option. So to pay for college without having a substantial income, Pittsburg State University students have to turn to scholarships, grants and student loans. Every year, students tighten their belts to pay for tuition, but as President Barack Obama turns in his yearly budget, some students may have to do even more to come up with the money for an education. President Obama submitted his budget proposal for 2012 on February 14. The budget includes plans for funding for education, innovation and infrastructure. According to the National Office of Management and Budget, the new budget…

Swede sweep

  Gorillas go 2-0 against Bethany College Jake Faber Sports Editor In his first time stepping up to the plate in a Pitt State Gorillas uniform, true freshman Derek Hackney had more than enough reasons to be nervous. But with the score knotted up at 6-6 after a two-run homer by Chase Barnes in the bottom of the seventh, the true freshman represented the winning run. Brian Dean followed him up with a sacrifice ground out, putting Hackney in scoring position. Jason Graves was walked to put runners at first and second, with Evan Thomas to pinch hit. On his first at bat of the season, Thomas tracked the pitch and singled up the middle,…

Stopped short

  Garett McCullough Sports Writer The Pittsburg State University’s men’s basketball team (13-11) went into their game last night against the No. 18 Fort Hays State Tigers in a “win and in” situation to clinch a post-season berth, but they would not get it.  The Gorillas fell to the Tigers by a final score of 70 to 63, and it was the final home game of the season for Muff’s squad. But, even with the loss, the Gorillas will have another chance to clinch a post-season slot once again this weekend on the road at University of Nebraska Omaha. Last night’s game also served as senior night for the Gorillas, with the lone senior Andy…

Start your engines

  Gorillas rev up for conference championships Tyler Smith Collegio Reporter The PSU track and field team had a full schedule this past weekend with the Nebraska Tune-Up and the MSSU Radio Shack Invitational, and four athletes qualifying for nationals with provisional marks. Senior Gretchen Clark cleared 5-feet, 8.75 inches in the high jump competition, placing second and securing her spot at nationals this. “She did not miss until 5-foot, 10 inches,” high-jump coach Matt Brown said. “Her first attempt was real close, and I’ve been telling her all season that I thought she was a 5-10 jumper.” Clark, who spends her time on the ground as a student teacher, is quickly becoming one of…

Playing for ‘Coach T’: Emotional Gorillas beat Hays

Michael Admire Sports Reporter A lot has been on the minds of the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team lately. When tragedy struck the team last week, it responded with an upset win over 25th-ranked Emporia State in the final seconds. On Saturday their emotions wore them down and so did the 16th-ranked Lady Blues of Washburn. This Friday, both men’s and women’s teams will travel together, to graduate assistant Tisharria Huggins’ funeral. From there a trip to the University of Nebraska-Omaha will signal the end of their regular season. “There’s no coaching manual on what to do,” said head coach Lane Lord after last night’s victory against Fort Hays State. “I know there’s one thing,…

Video games validated

2005 strategy game gets a Grammy Bart Klick Copy Editor As a film buff, I am, of course, excited about the Oscars, but as a longtime video-gamer, I’m far more interested in what happened at last week’s Grammy award ceremony. It passed under a lot of the more important media radars, but Christopher Tin won a Grammy (one of the music world’s most prestigious awards, and comparable to an Oscar) for his choral and instrumental piece, “Baba Yetu.” This piece, as it happens, was composed specifically to be the opening theme song for the 2005 best selling strategy game, Civilization IV, and the 2011 Grammy awards mark the first time in history that the award has…