Down to earth

Pittsburg State University prepared for the 41st Earth Day by hosting several events throughout the week. They were put on by the University Sustainability Committee and multiple student organizations. On Saturday, April 16, students and Pittsburg residents biked 12 miles to Nature Reserve and back. National Residence Hall Honorary also sponsored a highway cleanup at the junction of Highways 69 and 400. On Monday, April 18, Student Government Association sponsored a “Go for the Green” game show in Jazzman’s Café. On Tuesday, Residence Hall Assembly challenged students to tell the difference between tap, bottled and filtered water. Winners of the challenge were entered in a prize drawing. On Thursday, April 21, area high school students…

Smoking ban efforts delayed by SGA

Caitlin TaylorCollegio Reporter Student government has delayed the legislation to ban smoking from campus, and will not continue discussions about it until the fall semester.Thomas Gregory, vice president of SGA, says that the legislation has been put on hold so that the organization can revamp its strategy of getting students’ opinions and for pushing the legislation through.“We realized that it is a lot bigger of a campaign than we thought,” Gregory said. Gregory says the smoking ban committee has decided to broaden its efforts, and to involve more people and organizations on campus, and to get supporters among campus administrators, from the health center and from all of the university’s colleges. “When I took on…

Striving for self-sufficiency

Whitney Saporito Managing editor KRPS listeners responded to proposed cuts to public radio by helping the station to exceed its goal in the spring fundraising campaign, April 6 through April 16. Missi Kelly, general manager at Pittsburg State University’s KRPS, says an extra push on the final day of the campaign took the station $11,000 over its goal of $77,537. Kelly says the extra incentive came from an anonymous donor who promised to match donations two for one. “That resulted in our best day ever,” Kelly said of Saturday, when the station raised $36,128 in four hours, bringing its total to $88,769. With proposed federal and state budget cuts totaling 40 percent of KRPS’s budget,…

Braving the cold

Brown, Gorillas fall in chilly double-header Garett McCullough Sports Writer It was another cold evening when the Gorillas hosted a double-header against Missouri Southern’s softball team Wednesday, but even the frigid wind couldn’t ice the pitchers for either team. Pitt State was 9-28 overall and 2-11 in the conference heading into the matchup, while the Lions had posted a few more wins with a 23-17 overall record and a 6-5 conference record. The records would not be a good indicator as both games were hard fought by each team. Pitt State dropped both games, the first by a score of 1-0 and the second 5-1. The first game went a full eight innings before the…

Softball struggles: not a cause for concern

Jake FaberCollegio Reporter When the Pittsburg State athletics department announced the hiring of Annette Hunt-Shepherd late last June, the Gorillas’ softball team became a giant mound of Play-Doh, metaphorically speaking. Like Play-Doh, a talented roster is useless unless someone has the capable hands that are able mold it into something that can be used to. Fast forward about 10 months and the Gorillas are struggling. With only two conference wins so far this season and a 9-25 overall record, this year may look like a failure in the eyes of a fan. But the thing that their record doesn’t show is that Annette Hunt-Shepherd, who in her first year at a Division II college, has…

Continuing the winning ways

Tyler Smith Sports Writer The Pitt State men’s outdoor track and field team earned four individual event wins in the third annual Gorilla Classic on Saturday, April 16. Ethan Hobbs won the pole vault competition after clearing 15 feet, 7 inches. Hobbs earned a provisional qualifying mark to nationals with the victory. “I qualified for nationals my very first outdoor meet,” Hobbs said. “I haven’t had all the stress of trying to clear the bar to get in, so I’ve just been able to focus on winning.” Cody Holland won the shot put title with a throw of 49-2.5 while Ethan Silovsky turned in a personal-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of nine…

Stuck in the rough:

Gorillas finish 9th at MIAA Championships Tyler Smith Sports Writer The PSU golf team finished ninth in the 2011 MIAA Championships on Monday, April 18. The Gorillas were led by freshman Brett Dowell, who shot identical rounds of 78 at Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. His total score of 156 put him in a tie for the 16th overall spot heading into Tuesday’s meet. “After the first day I was pretty happy with my performance,” Dowell said. “I had a few high numbers on a few holes, but other than those I played well.”Dowell says that the team just needs to be more consistent. “We just need to play better overall in…

In the money

Tax refunds and the students who spend them Stephanie Rogers Collegio Reporter This year, students are receiving anywhere from $60 to $2,000 from their tax refund. “I’m saving my refund for my first few weeks of summer because I’m going to L.A. to work for Toyota,” said Dan Rundquist, senior in psychology. “I’ll use it there to pay for stuff before I get my first paycheck.” For other students, the refund will go to more mundane costs. “I got back $382 from federal and $74 from the state,” said Aaron Rexwinkle, junior in mechanical engineering. “I didn’t qualify for the education credits because of my scholarships and grants. That money will be going to bills…

Jones, Osborn to lead SGA

Whitney Saporito Managing Editor Collegio Reporter Students selected Eric Jones and Austin Osborn to lead the Student Government Association as president and vice president in the 2011-2012 school year. The results were announced by President Steve Scott on Monday, April 18, at noon on the marble staircase in Russ Hall. The two were sworn in at the SGA meeting on Wednesday night. “I’m relieved,” Jones said of his victory. “I’m really happy I’m going to be able to serve the campus. I think quite a few people knew me and knew my message.” Both Jones and Osborn have experience in SGA, with Jones serving as treasurer for the last two years and Osborn as a…

Spring is in the air (pollen, too)

Adriana perez Collegio Reporter According to Carrie Farrington, nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center, an allergy is a reaction that occurs when the immune system recognizes a foreign or abnormal substance in the body, and then reacts to it. Farrington says there aren’t many ways to prevent allergies, but that you can avoid exposures that could trigger a reaction. For example, if you are allergic to pollen, you might try to limit your time outdoors and keep windows shut. But since avoiding allergens can be so difficult, most of the time the best you can do is to treat a reaction after it occurs, Farrington says. Recognizing symptoms early is important, according to Farrington,…