Campus alcohol policy: show or tell?

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Carl Bachus | Collegio Reporter At the beginning of every year, many incoming students experiencing their first taste of freedom are met with a stern warning from the local and campus police departments. But tradition suggests that the increased police presence is just for show. Mike McCracken, director of the university police and parking department, is adamant that the campus police and the Pittsburg local law enforcement are very proactive in the enforcement of state and local laws pertaining to alcohol. “Besides deploying extra officers during certain events such as Opening Weekend,” said McCracken, “we have taken a ‘zero tolerance’ stance regarding alcohol violations that occur within the residence halls and in other areas on…

The Jungle: ‘out of control’

The broken "Split Face" window at The Jungle.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Kris Bogan frequently goes to The Jungle, a bar right across from campus. He says he has noticed that the atmosphere has changed since the bar started allowing people under the age of 21 to enter on Wednesday nights. “It’s definitely getting out of control,” said Bogan, senior in psychology. “Last Wednesday (Aug. 22) was insane. It was so packed that the sky deck was actually shaking.” A week earlier, on Aug. 15, Natalia Schneider says she came out of The Jungle with her leg bleeding. “I was inside the bar, just talking to my friends, when I heard a burst,” said Schneider, junior in biology. “Everybody looked to the…

Money walks, paper talks

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief Last night’s Student Government Association meeting was supposed to feature the decisive vote on whether to continue the Collegiate Readership Program. Instead, it featured passionate speeches from both sides that caused the group to postpone it for another week. “We appreciate the speakers that came and spoke in favor of the program,” said Steve Chastain, senior in construction management. “It made SGA realize that we need to wait and talk to more students before deciding on this issue.” Justifying the cut The vote could have cancelled SGA’s contract with USA Today, which provides students with the USA Today, the Joplin Globe and the Morning Sun at five distribution points on campus…

Downloading a new way of life

A student logs onto Facebook from a campus computer on Monday, August 27th.

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter International students are common at Pitt State and, more often than not, they travel, work, eat and study together. They speak a language foreign to most other students and American students often don’t understand their lifestyle. However, their understanding of our lifestyle is impressive. PSU and the American way of life have had a profound effect on the lives of students like Shuaibin Guo, who is from Henan University of Science and Technology in Luoyang, China. “I think it has been hard for me to adapt to the environment here,” said Guo, graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. “I was surprised by the devotion to football. Chinese people do not…

Parking pass changed for financial reasons

The new adhesive Pittsburg State University parking permits.

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter The new parking passes had most returning students wondering about the sudden change in style. Mike McCracken, director of university police and parking services, says that the new sticker was a good option to replace the old hanging placard. He says that the sticker is more economic, meaning it costs less to produce. Another driving force that resulted in the change was the safety issue that the placards caused. McCracken says that there were complaints about the obstruction of the driver’s view from the old parking pass. The old parking passes stated that they should be removed while driving, but he says most students did not do so. McCracken says…

Tobacco’s hazy future

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Last spring, the Student Government Association asked students to vote on making the campus tobacco-free. A majority of the students who voted said they wanted to make the campus tobacco-free, but making this a reality will not happen immediately. “Although the tobacco-free campus was on the SGA ballot, the final act is not up to the SGA,” said Sydney Ward, vice president of SGA. “We got it started, now we’ve recommended it to the president’s office.” SGA’s involvement could include creating a tobacco-free committee that would help President Steve Scott, and a possible university task force, make various decisions. Scott says he considers a tobacco-free campus to be a high…

President Scott: ‘It’s really up to us’

PSU President Steve Scott

Val Vita | Managing Editor “Times are interesting, difficult and challenging.” With this sentence, university President Steve Scott started his annual speech at the opening meeting for faculty and staff on Aug. 16. In a good-humored address, Scott talked about the past year’s accomplishments and what he expects in the year ahead. New faculty and staff were introduced at the same event. The first thing Scott mentioned about last year was the progress toward funding construction of a center for the arts. He said the project will cost about $30 million and PSU has already raised $29 million. Scott also talked about athletics, which have a unique status here at PSU. “We had a pretty…

New faculty, staff members

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Freshmen aren’t the only new faces at PSU this year; several new faculty and staff have joined the Gorilla family, too. Some faculty members, like Juliana Hughes, are becoming full-time faculty. Hughes was added in January as the Teacher Licensing Officer for the College of Education, with an advising component. “The administration, staff and faculty have been abundantly helpful and welcoming in my position,” Hughes said. “It is an honor to be part of such an amazing university.” Hughes says that her co-workers and students make her job better. She says that students are excited about the programs and activities they belong to and that makes it easy to help…

SGA involvement provides students a voice

Val Vita | Managing Editor Lara Ismert says she feels that many PSU students aren’t satisfied with changes around campus. “And even those who don’t have an opinion about it are affected by the decisions, like the tuition increase, for example,” said Ismert, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). “If something is affecting you, I believe you should be able to voice your opinion about it.” Ismert says many students think that going to college only means getting a degree. “But It’s also important to make an impact on campus,” Ismert said. “That way, your college experience will be much more rewarding.” Participating in SGA, Ismert says, is one way to get involved with…

PITT Pals: Adjusting to life in the USA

Ashley Savage, graduate student in history and Huali Yu, senior in marketing, make a caramel apple magnet during the Craft Night, sponsored by PITT Pals in International Office on Friday, Sept. 30.

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter The PSU Pitt Pals program enters its eighth semester with high hopes for another successful cultural experience. Brenda Hawkins says that the Pitt Pals experience is a two-way street, and benefits both parties involved. “It gives the American students not just the experience to serve,” said Hawkins, administrative specialist of international programs and services. “It also allows them a chance to have a cultural exchange with someone not from here.” According to Hawkins, it gives students the opportunity to see their own culture through someone else’s eyes. “Interacting with international students allows local students to expand their global thinking and their ability to learn about another culture.” From the international…