BOOM dominates elections

Lara Ismert hugs her opponent Kafui Alomenu after she is announced as SGA president. Results of the election were announced at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20, in Russ Hall. Photo by: Kenzi Jordan/Collegio

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief Sydney Ward was half a country away, but she still cried after the results of last week’s Student Government Association election were announced. Those results were announced Friday, April 20 in Russ Hall. Ward, Breaking Out of the Menagerie (BOOM) vice presidential candidate, and her running mate Lara Ismert defeated All Student Advocacy Party (ASAP) candidates, graduate students Kafui Alomenu and Edwin Stremel by 251 votes. It was one of the few contested elections in recent years, and also featured SGA’s first formal debate. BOOM’s victory didn’t dampen Alomenu’s spirit. “I’m passionate about this campus and am looking forward to being involved again in SGA next year,” Alomenu said. “Both parties…

Raising turnout, passing the gavel

Sydney Ward takes the box that holds the SGA vice president’s gavel from outgoing VP Austin Osborn during the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, April 25. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter The Spring 2012 semester brought new faces to the SGA presidency, and also marked a milestone in voting turnout for student government elections. The number of student votes in the elections this year exceeded 900, which is the largest vote percentage SGA has seen in more than a decade. Sen. Thomas Gregory, coordinator of the spring elections, says that he believes the recent tobacco-free campus referendum was a significant contributor to the record turnout. “When you put something that big out there, that comes straight from SGA, you inspire that collective action of the student body to become more aware of what is going on with the entire organization,” Gregory…

The Doctors are in: Gorilla Geeks hold clinic

Junior in Commercial Graphics, Tyler Posteric puts on a surgical mask and gloves before a computer checkup at the Computer Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Gorilla Geeks on Thursday, April 19. Photo by:Kaitlyn Doherty/Collegio

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Writer A free checkup was given to students in the Oval last week. Students could spin a wheel for prizes and munch on bags of popcorn, all while their computers were checked out by the Gorilla Geeks. According to Jeremy Butler, the event was designed to raise students’ awareness of safe Internet use. “Students could schedule an appointment for the Gorilla Geeks to run a snapshot of the health of the computer,” said Butler, senior in computer science. “They’d get a view at what the Internet specs of their computer looked like: space used by the Internet, all the downloads and everything.” Butler says that 22 students scheduled an appointment with…

PSU celebrates students’ degrees, memories

Val Vita | Collegio Reporter   For the first time in six years, Jordan White will not be playing tuba for the PSU band when football season opens in September. “I’ll be coaching a band in Seneca, Missouri, where I’ve got a job,” said White, graduate student in music. White is one of more than 1,000 students whose lives are about to change after graduation ceremonies in two weeks. “I’m definitely going to miss all the fun memories I had here,” White said. Out of the Jungle, an event designed to congratulate graduates, took place Tuesday, April 24, at the Wilkinson Alumni Center. The event is organized every semester by the Alumni and Constituent Relations office….

No longer just a coffee run

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Summer is rapidly approaching and will bring students a chance for warm weather, and time off from school. For some students, though, summer brings the opportunity to narrow their career choices through internships. Is She Torturing Me Ex Girl Stephanie Showers says she highly recommends students to consider interning, so they can learn about possible careers in their field of study. “Working in an internship gives you an idea of what you want to do,” said Showers, senior in construction engineering. “You can make mistakes on an internship that you couldn’t make in the workforce, or if you were employed with the company full time.” Showers says she interned in…

Finishing in four

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Marathon or sprint: students race toward graduation Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter For some students, like Amanda Hatfield, graduation is taking longer than they expected. Hatfield says she started taking classes at a community college before transferring to PSU. She says some of her credits didn’t transfer, forcing her to retake a number of classes. Another delay was caused when she switched her major from chiropractic to chemistry education. “Luckily, I’m only one semester, maybe a semester and a half behind,” said Hatfield, senior in chemistry education. Hatfield says she hopes to finish her professional semester next fall and graduate in December. “It actually has been somewhat helpful that I got a little behind,” Hatfield…

Grads discuss post pomp prospects

Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter As graduation draws near, seniors are beginning to consider where they will go and what they will do after leaving PSU. Kylie Breitenbach says she already has a job lined up. “Right now, I work for the Budweiser distributor, and my dream job is to work at Coors Light Distributor,” said Breitenbach, senior in psychology, marketing and management. “I got a call from them, and I will hopefully be working for them in sales and as account manager.” Breitenbach says she has considered graduate school, and she wants to take some classes and work. “I think I will probably take the summer and the first semester off, to get my…

Budget remains consistent:

Official expects good news for research center Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter From major reform updates to bill tracking, Shawn Naccarato informed roughly 30 students and faculty about PSU’s budget presentation to the Kansas Legislature. Naccarato, director of government and community relations, highlighted future benefits for PSU at the beginning of his presentation. Naccarato says the future for the new polymer research program looks promising. He says that with Gov. Sam Brownback’s support, the program is asking for $500,000, an amount that is unlikely to be attacked by legislators. “Because the governor proposed it, I think there is still a positive possibility for this program,” Naccarato said. “I don’t expect the proposition to go back…

Why you should care about SGA

Jay Benedict | Collegio Editor in Chief Student Government Association elections are now in full swing, and based on students’ attitudes expressed in recent articles in this publication, the overwhelming reaction is, “So what?” A contested election at Pittsburg State is somewhat of a rarity in recent years. This year the Breaking Out of the Menagerie (BOOM) party faces off against the All Student Advocacy Party (ASAP). The candidates from each party represent diverse communities and bring a wide breadth of experiences to the table. Both parties are running on platforms that will benefit the university in many ways. Students will likely cast their vote based on whose ideas they support, among a variety of…

Zombies come alive at Gorilla Village

Corey Jones, right, freshman in graphic deign, and Isabella Ononye, middle, sophomore in international studies, fight off a zombie during a game of zombie Nerf war in the Gorilla Village on Monday, April 9. Photo by:Alex Weatherbie/Collegio

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Last Monday, zombies rose from their graves. Metaphorically speaking, that is. The War Game and Role Playing Alliance and the Student Activities Council hosted a zombie Nerf war game from 4-7 p.m. in the Gorilla Village. “It’s a fun and competitive event you can play against, or with, your friends,” said Chris Goble, senior in education. Goble, president of the war game and role playing alliance, says members of the organization developed the game in the fall of 2010. He says they based the game on other systems of role-playing games, but they tweaked them to make the game their own. Goble says there are two sides in the game,…