Suberu to retire after 15 years

Michael Bauer | Sports Editor After 15 years of coaching and rebuilding the program to conference prominence, head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu has announced his retirement. The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 21, just two days after the Gorilla’s season came to an end with a 16-16 overall record. Suberu said in a Pittsburg State Athletics press release that his decision to retire was a part of his desire to spend more time with his family in his native country, Nigeria. Suberu took over the program in 1999, and began the process of reversing volleyball’s consistently disappointing history. Prior to his arrival, the Gorillas had an all-time win percentage of only 35 percent. His inaugural…

PSU ‘Gives a Damn’

Kelsea Renz | managing editor Students had the opportunity to ask questions about important issues on the state, local and university levels to a state representative, Pittsburg’s mayor and the student body president at SGA’s Give a Damn, Bring a Can, on Tuesday, Nov. 19.    “This is the first year we’ve done a more laid-back question-and-answer session,” said Tadd Lucian, SGA legislative affairs director. “And because it happened so close to Thanksgiving, we tied it in with a food drive contest.” Lucian, who organized the event, set a food drive goal of 100 cans and earned 215 “The organization that raised the most cans, with 95, was Gorillas for Concealed Carry,” Lucian said.  “Their…

Loss of professor leaves a ‘gap in the program’

Jay Benedict | reporter Linda Bitner spent 20 years as a hairdresser before fulfilling her lifelong dream of getting her nursing degree from Pittsburg State and she remained at PSU after, helping others achieve that same feat. “We’re all in shock today,” said Steve Scott, university president. “Linda was a tremendous role model and mentor for her students, but more than that, she was a wonderful person. She had a special kindness about her that we will miss greatly.” Bitner was born in 1948 and graduated from PSU with a B.S. in nursing in 1996. She continued here and received her master’s in 1999. She also began teaching at PSU in the same year. In…

Untamable

Lions shock Gorillas for historic win Michael Bauer | sports editor As the final seconds ticked away, all the Pitt State football players could do was watch. With Missouri Southern fans shouting, “We beat Pitt!” what seemed to be a result unheard of became a painful reality with the Gorillas’ 35-21 upset loss on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Carnie Smith Stadium. Not only did PSU lose to MSSU for the first time since 1993, but the team’s playoff hopes went down the drain as well. Instead, PSU will settle for an invitation to the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 7. Before kickoff, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players, including three-time…

$10 an hour?

Gage Stewart, sophomore in electric engineering and technology, works for Sodexo in the Gibson Dining Hall serving students chicken burritos bowls during dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Minimum-wage increase idea triggers national debate Marcus Clem | editor in chief Since the modern minimum wage was launched in 1978, controversy trails any effort to increase it, as many say it overburdens employers and disrupts the economy. Jaci Gilchrist says she believes those worries are alarmist, and that inflation has created a need for another increase. “The argument that this will make prices skyrocket is invalid,” said Gilchrist, sophomore in political science. “Prices will only go as high as consumers are willing to allow them to. “Either way, there is a huge gap between what the average family makes and what the average family needs to be making to support themselves. Any step in…

Untamable Lions shock Gorillas for historic win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | After 20 years of watching the Gorillas celebrate win after win over them, the Missouri Southern State Lions ended the losing skid by shocking PSU, 35-21, in the regular season final. This is their first Miner’s Bowl victory since 1993. In obtaining it, the Lions possibly put a nail in PSU’s hopes to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Playing on a windy afternoon at Carnie Smith Stadium, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players prior to kick-off. Afterwards, many of the players were left heartbroken as the Gorillas spent the entire day playing catch-up, but could not get a break. “It’s tough, but you have to give Missouri…

Honoring the fallen

ROTC holds Veterans Day observance Marcus Clem | editor in chief A helmet, dogtags, boots and rifle stood as a memorial to the sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Robertson and 29 others who were honored at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. On Monday, Nov. 11, Robertson, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday, Nov. 3, was honored with an engraved paver stone at the amphitheater, located at 2001 S. Rouse. The paver ceremony served as part of the university’s broader Veterans Day celebration. Lt. Col. Christopher Lambert says that Robertson would have been upbeat about the honor. “I don’t think he would have wanted there to be as much fuss (on his behalf),”…

Final answer?

Students compete in annual quiz bowl Casey Matlock | reporter Students came together to put their noggins to the test at this year’s Quiz Bowl on Friday, Nov. 8, in Overman Student Center. The tournament took place from 6 p.m. to midnight and was presented by the Student Activities Council (SAC). There were six teams of four team members each who competed to move on to the sectional tournament. Teams came from dorm floors, classrooms, Greek houses and student clubs to compete. Each selected names, including “Ginyu Force,” “The Five Sided Box,” “Cyborg,” “Supreme Thunder,” “PanHellenic Council,” and “History Club.”   Team eligibility stated there could be one graduate member per team, each member had…

Heart of Pitts’ new rules

Downtown overlay ordinance adjusts business regulation Marcus Clem | editor in chief Leah and Dennis Posterick, roastmasters of Signet Coffee, can have their tables and chairs on the sidewalk now. As of Tuesday, Nov. 12, the shop, located at 206 S. Broadway, is one of many in the downtown area of Pittsburg that will now be permitted to place promotional and façade items on public land. The change took effect after a vote during the Pittsburg City Commission’s meeting that evening. The Postericks expressed their desire to provide tables and chairs for customers on the sidewalk during the petition session of the commission’s meeting. “We were surprised that, when we wanted to open a business,…

Too much for Gus

John Botts, freshman in financing, wakes up at 5:00 for his turn to enroll in classes for Spring 2014.

Students experience pre-enrollment delays Kelsea Renz | managing editor Early enrollment for the Spring 2014 semester led to problems with the server and delays from over-submitting pages. The GUS system, which handles online enrollment, was unable to keep up with the heavy traffic and frequent page refreshes and crashed or froze on some people. “I wasn’t able to get in three of my hours because it kept crashing,” said Heather Schmidt, sophomore in elementary education. “I tried three different times to get through the system and didn’t get in one of my classes.” Tim Pearson, assistant director of Information Services, sent students two emails on Tuesday explaining that the GUS system was experiencing over 45,000…