Early enrollment to start

Early enrollment for the 2012 fall and summer semesters will begin on Monday, April 9, for students currently enrolled at PSU. According to Debbie Greve, university registrar, students can continue to enroll through the first day of class. Greve says that students should schedule an appointment with their advisers and be prepared with a list of classes that fit their schedule based on their degree plan. The Schedule of Classes is available on the PSU homepage at www.pittstate.edu. Click on “Current Students” and then “Schedule of Classes.” Following is the enrollment schedule: Monday, April 9: Gradu ate students and seniors with 90 hours of credit. Tuesday, April 10: Juniors (60 hours) Wednesday, April 11: Sophomores…

Students apply skills to real-world research

Saurabh Soni, graduate student in chemistry, expands his research on the cloning of four genes in one polycistronic vector by working in the lab in Heckert-Wells on Monday, March 26. Photo by:Kenzi Jordan/Collegio

strong>Ify Ossai | Collegio Writer Saurabh Soni is trying to figure out why different proteins react differently to changes in temperatures. That may sound esoteric, but the answer may bring insight to the behavior of oncogenes, the genes that cause cancer. “We have certain questions which are still unanswerable to us,” said Soni, senior in biochemistry. “How are they are stable? How they are different from other proteins that are going to stay stable in an extremely high temperature? These are a few questions that are still unanswerable to some scientists.” Soni is one of many Pittsburg State University students taking advantage of research opportunities on campus that most people don’t know about. After all,…

Event offers convenient commencement

From right, Megan Stani, senior in nursing, and Ashley Mance, senior in political science, complete the degree requirements for Grad Finale on Wednesday, March 28, in Overman Student Center. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Students scheduled to graduate in May were given a one-stop shop opportunity Wednesday, March 28, when the Degree Checking Office hosted Grad Finale. “This event occurs twice a year, once during the spring semester and once during the fall/winter semester,” said Danielle Walsh, sophomore in accounting, who works for Degree Checking Office. “It’s for students who are graduating to get everything they need in one location.” The event took place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and had several on-campus departments and off-campus businesses available for graduating students to meet with. Chris Fite, senior in history, says he enjoyed attending the event and offered simplicity to his life. “Having all…

Students split on marijuana debate

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter The debate over the possible legalization of marijuana seems like the parable of an unstoppable force and an immovable object. However, many recent events have tipped the scales in favor of those who support legalization. Kansas has two bills in circulation in the House and the Senate, HB 2330 and SB 354, that call for “the legal use of cannabis for certain debilitating medical conditions;” “providing for the registration and functions of compassion centers;” and “authorizing the issuance of identification cards.” Many students like Michael Piori are strong supporters of the bills because of the benefits they would provide. “The benefits are overwhelming. When you look at the statistics…

Group offers spring break safety tips

Chelsea Hoyer, sophomore in computer information systems, climbs the rock wall during the SAC safe spring break on Tuesday, March 13. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

JESSICA SEWING | Collegio Reporter The campus peer health group, Gorillas in Your Midst, has been in the Oval giving students information on how to have a safe spring break while still having a good time. Goril- las in Your Midst has posted signs all around campus educat- ing students on different safety practices; both safe driving and safe drinking. Matt Brooks says most students are caught up in plan- ning trips or planning how they will spend their vacation, and in all the excitement students seem to overlook the risks associated with traveling, partying, or the decisions that have to be made on any normal day. “We simply want this week to be a…

Student fee referendum passes

Peter Kipp talks about how allocations are figured up during the meeting on Wednesday, March 14, in the Overman Student Center. Photo by:Hunter Peterson/Collegio

ZACH WAGNER | Collegio Reporter Peter Kipp, SGA treasurer, announced Wednesday that $28,760.13 was allocated to nearly 90 campus organizations for spring 2012 allocations. The organizations asked for a total of $73,799.82. “Overall, we’ve been very thorough with allocations this semester,” said Kipp, senior in accounting. “There was only one organi- zation that was not able to receive money for allocation due to a missing part to their presentation.” SGA also announced the results of the referendum on the proposed student fee increases. Almost 13 percent of the student body voted on the referendum, which is considerably more participation than seen in past years. A total of 602 students voted yes, and 221 voted no….

Alumnus donates $5 million

JAY BENEDICT | Editor-in-chief Pitt State graduates leave campus with their education and a wealth of experiences from their time here. Those memories drive some alumni to give back to PSU, in a big way. The most recent example is H. Lee Scott, class of 1971, who donated $5 million to the university last Thursday morning via the Walton Family Charitable Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. “I’m very proud of my brother,” said President Steve Scott. “He could have sent it anywhere, but he directed it here.” The donation has been earmarked for the Fine and Performing Arts Center building project. Those funds, combined with the $7 mil- lion endorsed by students…

Kansas legislature debates new liquor law

JEN RAINEY | Collegio Reporter The Kansas legislature is debating a bill that would allow gas stations and grocery stores to sell 5.0 percent beer and hard liquor. The bill has divided many people in the State and some PSU students have taken notice. Ian Perron says it would be a good thing if the bill is passed. “I feel that the bill to allow 5 percent beer in stores is right and just,” said Perron, senior in biology. “I come from a town that has always been allowed to sell, so it was actu- ally kind of strange to see it wasn’t here.” Still, Doug Jorgensen, director of the Kansas Department of Revenue, Alcoholic…

Students asked for input

Pittsburg State University student center Photo by:Hunter Peterson/Collegio

Voting open for fee increase Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief The polling is open for students to have their say in Pitt State’s proposal to use $24 million in student fess over the next 20 years to finance three major construction projects. “We usually deal with small fee increases in turn each year, but something of this nature is different,” said Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “We want to allow each individual student to have their say.” Of the $24 million, $14 million is dedicated to the renovation and addition to the Overman Student Center. The remaining $10 million being asked of students is an estimate based on the amount…

Kansas Legislature debates allowing firearms on campus

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter On the agenda at Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus’ latest meeting was the current Kansas House Bill 2353. If the bill were to be passed, anyone who has obtained a legal conceal and carry permit would be allowed to carry concealed firearms into any Kansas public building. This would include PSU’s campus as well. The Kansas Board of Regents released a statement opposing this measure. In the letter, Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie listed five reasons for the opposition, including the fact that HB-2353 would allow concealed weapons in dorms, laboratories, stadiums, museums and any campus building. Members of Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus say the only way to…