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…