$16 million renovation to start in spring

J. Fred Fox As the walls of the new Fine and Performing Arts Center are going up on Ford Street, construction on another building project on campus is about to begin. Expansion and remodeling The Overman Student Center is set for a 30,000 square-foot addition. Some of the existing space will be remodeled. “We had three important features we wanted to include in the project,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. “(These include) centrally locating student activities offices, adding a whole new ballroom with other meeting-room additions and adding more lounge space to the main floor and lower level.” The main floor of the addition will consist of a storefront-style space for Student…

Different type of camping

ROTC

Kelsea Renz | reporter BANG, BANG, BANG! ROTC cadets cried out through the silent woods as they launched a simulated attack on an enemy camp during a field training exercise on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo. “This training is used to simulate real combat situations that can happen on deployment,” said James Hayward, senior in justice studies. Over the weekend the cadets completed exercises such as land navigation and situational training exercises lanes while staying outdoors in a tactical training base. The first exercise, land navigation, started once the cadets arrived at the base and set up camp. “Land navigation is used in missions to find where…

‘He was the best person’

Student dies in Mo. highway accident Kelsea Renz | reporter Kaylene Wray says she doesn’t remember the accident that seriously injured her and killed her close friend, Nicholas Chase. “We were headed to the house of Caleb (Neely)’s parents,” said Wray, former student in early childhood development. “It’s kind of a messed-up situation, but it was just an accident; nothing really you can do about it now.” She says that she is still devastated by Chase’s death. “He was the best person. He cared about everyone so much, even more than himself,” she said in a telephone interview from Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Chase, 22, a senior in automotive technology, died in the…

Poster Police

Campus Bulletins

SGA addressing restrictions on campus bulletins Marcus Clem | editor in chief Scattered throughout the buildings on campus are several public bulletin boards full of announcements of coming events, cars for sale, apartments to share and other messages important to students. But these spaces are not for just anyone to post anything. As a matter of fact, any message on the public boards that does not win preapproval from the Student Government Association (SGA), in accordance with university policy, will likely be taken down. Think out of box SGA’s enforcement of this policy has generated some criticism, most recently in its new requirement in August that a blank 2-by-3-inch space be reserved on all posters…

Gorillas make Riverhawks turn red

Pittsburg State University junior wide receiver, Gavin Lutman

Michael Bauer | sports editor Any question marks that the Pittsburg State Gorillas had concerning their rushing game were silenced in their opening game of the season. With leading rushers from last year Briceton Wilson and Jason Spradling gone and senior Solomon Watkins lost for the rest of the season with a torn-ACL, the Gorillas’ performance during their rushing game was put in question. Sophomore running back Jeff Seybold Jr. and the rest of the rushing unit gave the perfect response in helping the Gorillas to 362 total yards rushing in a 45-6 rout of the Northeastern State Riverhawks at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7. “I felt pretty good,” Seybold said. “Tried to…

Drop it like it’s not

Students reflect on why they drop courses shortly after classes begin Kelsey Renz | reporter In his first week of college, Zach Wiltz got a parking ticket, was beaten up after a frat party, and missed the first day of class. For him, that was enough. “I was already behind and, instead of just dropping this one class, the combination of everything that went wrong made me want to leave,” said Wiltz, an undeclared freshman. Wiltz is only one of 176 students who withdrew from Pitt State within the first week. However, he is unique in that he decided to come back, and on the same day he withdrew. “It was really awkward because I…

$1 Million donation

Dr. Steven Scott, President of Pittsburg State University, presents a life time membership to the recreational center at Pitt State to Dr. Fay Bradley, the donator of one million dollars, during the revealing of the new name for the nursing program on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Nursing to be renamed in honor of donor’s mother Kelsey Renz | reporter The Pittsburg State University School of Nursing, now the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, announced a $1 million gift from Dr. Fay Bradley at a ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 3. The department, elevated to the rank of school in May in tribute to the growth of the program, was renamed in honor of Bradley’s mother, Irene. Irene Ransom Bradley was born in 1906 and raised in Texas. In 1919 she moved to Independence. She married Henry Bradley and they raised six children together. Bradley says his mother believed in the power of education and health, despite having never finished high school and devoting…

‘Lets get this done already’

Cars drive through one of the no-passing zones on Highway 69 between Fort Scott and Pittsburg

Highway expansion coming to fruition Casey Matlock | reporter An expansion project for U.S. Highway 69 is under way for Southeast Kansas. The four-lane highway currently transitions to two lanes immediately south of Fort Scott. Historical need The two-lane portion of the road is known to clog with traffic during days when large groups of students are arriving from or departing for academic vacations. The road has been historically recognized as a vital corridor for the area that has seen instances of danger and other problems. Deadly wrecks on U.S. 69 are referenced as having occurred with some frequency in the book Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years, published by the university…

Bigger deal than thought

Gretchen Burns | reporter Paint the Town Red is one of the biggest events involving the community and Pittsburg State University.  The annual event is sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. This year will be its eighth year. Offices across campus and businesses across town compete for a variety of rewards during the event, which usually begins on a Thursday and continues through Saturday. The Office of Career Services has competed for the last four years, winning the trophy twice. “We usually wait until the night before the judging before we put up our decorations,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We like…

Fort Scott partial merger details lost in jungle

Jay Benedict | reporter Last week’s open forums left members of both Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) and Pittsburg State with a lot of questions. The ‘increased partnership’ is starting to become clearer, but there are still plenty of questions left unanswered. FSCC President Clayton Tatro and PSU President Steve Scott asked the attendees of the open forums, held in Pittsburg and Fort Scott, to describe how they envisioned the relationship progressing while offering some general ideas. Those ideas included PSU acting as the sole employer across both campuses and taking responsibility for facilities and maintenance, while also gaining access to FSCC students and programs that can benefit the university. One example came from Detrea…