Students choose education over skilled trade jobs

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Several career paths like automotive repair or factory work don’t require any college experience yet several students going into these fields have chosen to attend PSU in order to gain an advantage and open higher-level positions. “With a four-year degree in automotive technology, I’ll be more of a manager,” said Matthew Fangman, junior in automotive technology. Fangman says he is studying to be a manager for an automotive shop that works on diesel and heavy equipment. Most of the classes Fangman takes are based on theories instead of practical hands-on experience. “We learn about why stuff is done the way it is,” Fangman said. “This will help me explain to…

Graduation change sparks controversy

Madison Dennis | Editor-in-chief betta fish diseases Paige Testerman will graduate this December. She has been planning the events around her graduation date for some time. Testerman says she can’t understand why the university hasn’t been doing the same. When Testerman heard that Pittsburg State had changed the times for her graduation ceremony, she started changing plans right away. “I have a few nurses in my family who had to accommodate my schedule,” said Testerman, senior in accounting. “It was going to be bad.” On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Pitt State sent out a press release announcing that the winter commencement ceremony times had been pushed back due to a scheduling conflict with the Division II football…

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Big-time programs not strangers to the spotlight Garett Mccullough | Collegio Reporter Two teams that know a thing or two about playing in big games will square off in a national championship semifinal this Saturday. Pitt State has been to the semifinals six times and will attempt to secure a trip to the National Championship against a Delta State team that has been in this situation four times. Pitt may have the historical edge but Delta State was in the championship game last season and is a perennial contender.  Delta State is 11-2 with losses coming to Northwestern State (La.) and West Georgia and was ranked eighth in the final AFCA poll. Pitt State is 11-1,…

Student share tips for finals: ‘Don’t stress’

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Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter December means the semester is almost over and the start of finals week makes most students cringe. Students across campus have been spending hours this week and throughout the semester preparing for final exams. Four such students have been studying for three finals and offer study tips to fellow students. “I think flash cards would be a good idea,” said Keely Boston, senior in English. “Because when you write the answers out, the repetitions help you memorize it.” Boston has finals in care and prevention of athletic injuries, coaching softball and baseball and French grammar and composition. She says she has studied an hour every day this week, usually as Christmas…

Sweet revenge

Jason Spradling celebrates a touchdown with Zac Dickey against Washburn on Saturday, Nov. 26, in Carnie Smith Stadium. Photo by Hunter Peterson/Collegio

Victory behind them, Gorillas advance betta fish types to quarterfinals Garett Mccullough | Sports Editor History did not repeat itself this past weekend as the Washburn Ichabods fell to the Pittsburg State Gorillas 31-22. A different Gorilla squad lined up before running onto the field last Saturday. The usually boisterous Gorillas were calm, too calm for coach Tim Beck. The concerned Beck asked his senior quarterback if the team was all right. “He said, ‘Yeah, coach. After our team meeting last night … just trust me, we’re ready to go.’ And he was exactly right.” Beck did just that, but throughout first quarter it seemed that the locker room tranquility was, in fact, nerves. Their…

Lessons learned:

Pitt State re-evaluates policies Jay Benedict | Managing Editor Earlier this month a child abuse scandal rocked Penn State University and garnered the nation’s attention leading other universities, including Pittsburg State, to turn their eyes toward their own policies concerning crimes on their campuses. “When the Penn State scandal broke, President (Steve) Scott met with the President’s Council to determine what, if any, action PSU would take in response,” said Jamie Brooksher, PSU general council. A federal grand jury indictment and the firing of longtime football coach Joe Paterno has left Penn State seeking answers as to why no one on the staff reported the alleged misconduct of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. According to the jury…

Girls gone hunting

Girls gone hunting

Jay Benedict | Managing Editor types of betta fish A barrage of arrows, bullets and BB’s routinely fill the air each morning and evening during December. It’s hunting season. Most consider the month of December preparation time for Christmas, but for some female students at Pitt State, December is a time to kill because the month hosts several of Kansas’ wild game seasons. “I go whenever I can,” said Michelle Embry, sophomore in nursing. “It’s mostly on the weekends because of work and school, but I can’t wait until I have more free time for it.” As long as the appropriate licenses are acquired, hunters can pursue wild turkey, deer, fur-bearing animals such as beavers…

A family affair:

Karen Holland, senior in art education, and her son Mike Holland, sophomore in diesel and heavy equipment repair, look at the Spring 2012 class schedule in Hughes Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Students attend college with their families Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Some students look forward to going to college so they can get away from their families. Other students, like Mike Holland, attend college with their family. He and his mother, Karen Holland, both go to school at Pittsburg State. “It’s nice being able to ask her what classes to take and which teachers to take them from,” said Holland, sophomore in automotive technology. “She’s had some classes I’ll take and I can ask her questions.” He was a freshman in high school when his mother started taking college classes. At the time, her middle son was also attending Pittsburg State. Since they live in Pittsburg,…