PSU hopes to expand recycling program

Val Vita | Collegio Reporter A plastic water bottle takes about 200 years to decompose in a landfill. A soda can takes around 100 years. The PSU recycling program was installed to decrease the number of recyclable materials that end up in the trash and the program has some changes to implement next semester. Tonya Pentola, recycling program supervisor, says every building on campus has its own recycling bin for plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard. Pentola says Pitt State employees take the material collected in these bins to Southeast Kansas Recycling (SEK), the only recycling center in town. Pentola says the recycling program is run by the Physical Plant, and it has been around since…

Rob Warden:

Mike Faucett, freshman in history education, speaks with Rob Warden after his lecture. Photo by:Alex Weatherbie/Collegio

A man against wrongful convictions Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Rob Warden is an outspoken critic of the death penalty and he was invited to speak at PSU last week in conjunction with the upcoming play, “Dead Man Walking.” “If you’re asking about my opinion on wrongful convictions and the death penalty,” Warden said. “Then I am completely against it.” Warden spoke primarily on the phenomenon of false confessions, where someone confesses to a crime he or she did not commit. Warden spoke of stories dating back to the 1800s that had people confessing to crimes they did not commit because they were coerced by prosecutors or officers. Years later, evidence would be presented proving…

A lifetime fighting the death penalty

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Sister Helen Prejean has been speaking out against the death penalty for many years. Last Friday, she came to Pittsburg as part of the Performing Arts and Lecture Series at PSU and spoke in front of nearly 450 students, faculty and residents Prejean says the Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty in 1972 on the basis that no one court could fully determine which murders or crimes were the worst of the worst. “Each and every murder is the worst of the worst,” Prejean said. According to Prejean, the Supreme Court re-established the death penalty in 1976, but it also created specific criteria for using it. “If anybody kills a…

University administrators answer students’ questions

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter President Steve Scott held a question and answer session for students and faculty so he could address concerns regarding tuition fees, student organization involvement and campus renovations. Tim Spears voiced his concerns regarding the broadcasting department’s budget, the employment of videographers and office additions on the PSU campus. Chris Kelly, director of marketing and communications, answered the question, citing mass progression the university had made with its communication and the university’s desire to share its story. “Our website generated 3.2 million visits last year, we’ve seen an increase in 360 percent YouTube subscribers,” Kelly said. “When we went down to Alabama for the National Championship, we wanted to not only tell…