PSU rolls over fourth-ranked MWSU 34-14

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorillas know how to control the tide of a crucial game. This isn’t the first time they’ve done that with a blocked field goal that turned into a touchdown. In the 2011 national championship, the Gorillas blocked an early field goal while trailing by one and returned it for a touchdown to take the lead and not look back. Against Missouri Western on Saturday, Oct. 26, in St. Joseph, Mo., they did it again. With Pitt State ahead, 13-7, early in the third quarter the Griffons attempted to close the gap with a 52-yard field goal attempt. The Gorillas blocked the kick and junior strong safety…

Volkert and Macy win; Pitt State has strong team showing

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Adam Volkert and Jesscia Macy are MIAA cross-country champions. With this victory, both Volkert and Macy have earned All-MIAA honors. Volkert and Macy each won the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association individual cross-country championship title on Saturday, Oct. 26, by winning their races at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg. Macy entered the day with the league’s best 6K time. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 8 seconds; 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Twishanna Williams of Lincoln. Adam Volkert’s winning time was 24 minutes, 35 seconds; ten seconds ahead of second place finisher Laban Sialo of Central Missouri. As a team, however, the Gorilla women were unable…

6-1 PSU hits the road to face MWSU in crucial MIAA match up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Tim Beck and his team don’t need the reminders. Pittsburg State’s defense doesn’t have trouble remembering how many points they allowed against Missouri Western last year. The entire football team knows that last week’s loss to Northwest Missouri must not be allowed to be a blow to the rest of this season. This Saturday, the 6-1 Gorillas takes on the undefeated and No. 4 ranked Missouri Western Griffons in St. Joseph, Mo. They say they are not going to let the Fall Classic loss bother them. “Practice has been great this week,” Jeff Seybold Jr., sophomore running back, said. “We’re not thinking about the past. We’re looking good.” Defense…

Classic offensive frustration Gorillas fall to Bearcats amid several setbacks in second half

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It was a Fall Classic that lived up to its name, but it was not won in the way that most people thought. While the No. 2 ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats delivered the Pittsburg State Gorillas’ first loss of the season, 24-15, in the 12th annual meeting at Arrowhead Stadium for the two teams, it was the defense for both sides that stole the show. The game was played in front of 17,679 fans on a picturesque afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. Bolles saves Bearcats That came as a surprise for a game that was anticipated to be high-scoring, that also featured an unlikely hero for the Bearcats:…

Fiesta of culture

Zsalehin Mahubub exchange student in Chemestry, and Ramesh Narayanasamy exchange student in buisness management, carve a pumpkin for the first time together at the fall fest Oct. 15.

Audrey Dighans | copy editor The air was filled with smoke and the ground with pumpkin seeds as students gathered for the Pitt Fall Fiesta, an afternoon of roasting hotdogs, marshmallows and sharing American culture. This was the fifth year the Fiesta has been held at PSU and this year it was co-sponsored by Pitt Pals and the International Student Association (ISA). “It’s great having ISA this year,” said Brenda Hawkins, coordinator for Pitt Pals. “They’ve brought some new life to this event and have been a great help. They really took initiative with the photo booth.” ISA helped create and run a photo booth for students to take pictures with friends and Pitt Pals….

Closer to God, in the Oval

J. Fred Fox | reporter Millions of Muslims have journeyed to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the largest single gathering of people in the world, the Hajj. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, a voyage that all Muslims must undertake at least once in their life if they are able. The Saudi Student Association (SSA) celebrated this sacred event and the holiday Eid al-Adha with donuts and dates in the Campus Oval. SSA members put on traditional Arab garb, the usual practice for sacred Islamic occasions that the club observes. Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 15, this year to honor the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah (God)…

Danger ‘unknown’

Jian Hong, a research assistant at the Kansas Polymer Reserach Center, performs an experiment as part of his duties. The Center depends in part on federal grant money that was in danger of cuts if the federal government had remained shutdown.

Federal fiscal crisis leaves university on shaky ground Marcus Clem | editor in chief All politics aside, the path out of the dispute in the U.S. Congress was plain: Fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, a deal to do this finally came about with less than a day remaining before the government risked triggering a grave fiscal crisis. But, it’s not over. USA Today described this plan in an editorial published that day as “kicking the can down the road.” Before the end of February, the crisis may well be renewed in the teeth of an election year. If that happens, Pittsburg State is one of many public offices…

Gorillas survive Central Missouri scare

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Michael Bauer | Sports Editor It could have been really disastrous for Pittsburg State. With a clear lead in the third quarter, 28-14, the Gorillas had a chance to put the game out of reach when their drive carried them inside the Central Missouri Mules’ five-yard line. Then, running back Jeff Seybold Jr. fumbled the ball and Central Missouri recovered. “Every play is so important,” said Tim Beck, head coach, to Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “I know Jeff Seybold was down on himself after the fumble … but the bottom line is he saw the cut and was going to score … He took his eyes off the ball and it got tucked away.” The…

Undefeated Gorillas all business

Michael Bauer | Sports Editor For the Pitt State football team this season, every away game is being treated as business trip. This is not only because they have more away games than home games but also because the Gorillas will be spending the rest of October playing the toughest portion of their schedule away from Pittsburg. PSU’s destination this weekend: Warrensburg, Mo. against Central Missouri’s Mules. Red October? Meh It will be the first of three consecutive trips with Northwest Missouri State set for next weekend at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. as Missouri Western State awaits for the following week in St. Joseph, Mo. For some teams, this would be considered a…

Gorillas pass Division I midterm for Homecoming Despite late-game effort, Abilene Christian falls to Pitt State

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| Michael Bauer sports editor | Jeff Seybold Jr. has proven to be the perfect tool for Pittsburg State’s running game this season. Saturday’s victory over a NCAA Division I Football Champion Subdivision team, the Abilene Christian Wildcats, was just one example. 10,981 fans packed Carnie Smith Stadium for the third-largest home crowd in Pitt State history. Seybold the leader Seybold scored all of Pitt State’s touchdowns in the Gorillas’ win over the Wildcats, 28-20. The Gorillas’ defense ultimately contained ACU’s high-scoring offense, though Abiline Christian has had some difficulty lately as they have lost their past two games. Still, the game served as a noted achievement as Pittsburg State was victorious over the first…