Gorillas crossing borders:

PSU students recount overseas experiences Stephanie Rogers | Collegio Reporter Two sophomores, Krisanna Graham, in elementary education, and Abbie Smith, in accounting, recently returned from their study abroad experience from Italy to Greece, coming back with plenty of reasons to return in the future. “I already want to go back. A group of us went to see the Trevi fountain at night,” Graham said, recalling her visit to Rome, Italy. “It had pretty architecture and I really liked that it symbolizes love.” She says the trip gave her the opportunity to tour cities and also allowed her to learn and experience Italian culture on her own. Graham and Smith spent their last three days on…

A sag story:

From harmless trend to outlaw fashion Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter A fashion trend where pants sag below the waist has become a legal issue that can get people kicked off airplanes, fined or even jailed. Pine Lawn, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., outlawed the style, fining people who show too much underwear up to $100. And for the parents of minors caught with their pants down, the penalty can be up to $500 or 90 days in jail. Some Florida towns have similar laws, and the city council in Collinsville, Ill., is debating whether to follow suit. Solomon Watkins, running back for the PSU football team and junior in recreation, says that such…

Legal love:

Students give mixed reactions to same-sex marriage legalization Madison Dennis | Editor-in-Chief When Bobby Hale, nontraditional student in business, heard about New York legalizing same-sex marriage, he was thrilled. “I was very proud to be a gay person in that moment,” Hale said. New York lawmakers voted Friday, June 24, to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and largest state to do so, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Dani Drake, a sophomore in biology, had a markedly different reaction to the law. “I was very surprised and definitely taken aback,” Drake said. “It didn’t pass two years ago in a Democratic majority, so I was shocked that it passed with a Republican-controlled…

Sharpening the Axe

Bunnell’s vision for a better library Bartholomew Klick | Copy Editor David Bunnell has a vision for the Axe Library that goes beyond archival sciences and vast collections of books. One change he’s hoping to make would reopen the Axe Grind, the coffee shop on the first floor, whose abandoned counters still sit near the study tables. Bunnell, dean of library services, says he doesn’t want to duplicate services found across the road at the Overman Student Center, but this won’t stop him from finding something to do with the space. “We want something unique that you can’t get anywhere else,” Bunnell said. He stressed that none of his ideas for renovating the library or…

Battle of Lincoln Park

Mock battle rocks Pittsburg Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Pittsburg State University’s National Guard presented a mock battle at Lincoln Park at noon Saturday, July 3, for Pittsburg’s annual Independence Day celebration. Standing in 90-degree weather, Pittsburg residents lined the area set aside for the battle, a showdown between a group of National Guard soldiers and a smaller group of “bad guys.” Once the battle was over, children and adults flooded the pretend battlefield to collect the remnants of artillery shells to take as souvenirs. Staff Sgt. D.J. Perry, recruiting officer at Pittsburg State University, has been helping coordinate these mock battles for 10 years now. “We try to do the battle every year,” Perry…