SGA considers tailgate changes

Marcus Clem | Collegio Writer At the weekly Student Government Association (SGA) meeting last night, Steve Erwin, SGA adviser, pledged for a greater law enforcement presence and warned of possible rules restricting alcohol consumption at tailgating events. Sydney Ward, SGA vice president, directed the meeting, which featured presentations from Jim Johnson, athletics director and Erwin. Erwin spoke about the altercations that took place during tailgating events at the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the parking lot of Carnie Smith Stadium. He discussed how law enforcement will increase ID checking, intoxication screening and overall presence to prevent a repeat of such disorder during the next home football game on Sept. 22. “If…

A new life for Lauren

Lauren Refrow (center) is visited by (from left) Brogan Hoover, graduate in psychology, Kylie Wilson and Melissa Archuleta in Omaha, Neb.

Val Vita | Managing Editor  
 An accident almost killed Lauren Renfrow seven months ago. Almost. This month, Renfrow, celebrated her 23rd birthday with friends and family at a hospital in Omaha, Neb. The most important celebration that day was that Renfrow is learning how to walk again. Renfrow, a marketing major at PSU, was visiting a friend in Spain on Jan. 7 when she fell from the fourth floor of a building. To this day, no one is quite sure what happened. She suffered a brain injury and was kept in an induced coma for seven weeks at a hospital in Spain until she returned to the United States for treatment. Melissa Archuleta was…

Students learn to effectively use textbooks

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Writer Some students aren’t sure how to effectively study, while others are unsure of how to get the most out of their textbooks. For these students and others, the First Year Program presents several workshops for students to learn how to succeed in classes and most effectively utilize their resources. “Ultimately, my goal is to prepare you for your lectures and hopefully help you prepare for you college courses and beyond,” said Ashley Conyers, student success counselor. Conyers presented Wednesday’s workshop, “Use Your Textbooks as a Success Tool: Reading Effectively for Academic Success.” Conyers focused on different methods that students could use to focus and remember information. Conyers touched upon different…

Honesty is the best policy

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief As a news outlet, we at the Collegio appreciate the culture of openness and accessibility that this campus offers. The vast majority of offices, administrators and instructors readily make themselves available to our reporters and photographers, sometimes at short notice. They understand that we are the primary news source for everything Pittsburg State. They also understand that we’re students first, who aside from taking classes, are fitting a job and learning experience into our schedule. This umbrella policy starts with PSU President Steve Scott. Scott has regularly given Collegio reporters appointments at his earliest convenience. His willingness to talk with students is appreciated and sets an example for all other PSU…

‘Exotic’ Experience

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Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter KC aerial show comes to PSU PSU’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series will begin this year’s schedule with the mid-air, acrobatic spectacle that is Quixotic. Quixotic is a multi-genre performance art ensemble based out of Kansas City. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Memorial Auditorium. Quixotic, founded by Anthony Magliano, is a group of performers from varied artistic backgrounds. Their event will consist of aerial acrobatics, film, music, fashion and visual effects. “I grew up a musician and learned early on its power to connect with people,” said Magliano, in a blurb from the troupe’s official site. “As I grew older, I extended…

SGA renews collegiate readership program

SGA Senators listen to individual inputs on Collegiate Readership Program.

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter After an hour-long discussion between senators of Pitt State’s Student Government Association, the members voted in favor of renewing the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program. Without the program, Pitt State would have gotten rid of the box dispensaries on campus that provide three different newspapers for students. Lara Ismert, SGA President, had some opening words for the organization before final votes were taken. “Regardless of how the voting goes, if it’s voted in or out, I won’t be disappointed either way,” Ismert said. During the discussion period for the bill, Senator Steve Chastain was the first to voice his opinion. “I like the program, I’ve used it since my freshman…

Are you ready for some football?

Marquise Cushon, freshman cornerback, is pumped after a great play by his teammates during the game against Northeastern State University Thursday night, Aug. 30th, at the Doc Wadely Stadium, Talaquah, Ok.

Ellie Stewart | Collegio Reporter This week marks the beginning of the seventh annual Paint the Town Red event, hosted by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. The event is designed to show community support for PSU in anticipation of the first home football game. “It gives the local community a chance to show support for the university,” said Devin Gorman, marketing and communications director for the Chamber of Commerce. “It’s so awesome to drive around town and see all the businesses decorated in crimson, gold and split faces. The community really cares for the university and it’s a great way to show our support.” This year, two new awards for decorating, one for community favorite…

Time to tailgate

Val Vita | Managing Editor The Gorillas don’t start playing until 6 p.m. on Saturday, but Michael Saldivar and Grant Currier are already prepared to be tailgating in the parking lot of Carnie Smith Stadium at 10 a.m. “The best part is staying at the parking lot,” said Currier, undeclared sophomore. Saldivar says they might not even get in the stadium, which he says won’t stop them from cheering, since everyone cheers in the parking lot. “We are bringing a lot of beer,” said Saldivar, sophomore in communications and Sigma Phi Epsilon integrant. “We usually go in a frat brother’s truck. During the game, even rivals frats high five, because it’s our football team.” Most…