Possible higher-ed cuts

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Kansas educators are nervously waiting as the state’s highest court of appeal decides how much money to provide to public schools. If more money is mandated, Pittsburg State’s funding could be in the lurch. The Kansas Supreme Court will nominally have the final say on the level of money that K-12 school districts should be allocated. What has so many on edge is the possibility that the court will rule for up to $500 million more in funding for K-12 education. The case, Gannon v. Kansas, is the third court battle between public school interests and the state government of the last 20 years. A district court last…

Biology Department moving for summer renovations

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students who have classes in Heckert-Wells Hall may have noticed the building is being emptied. Professors throughout the Biology and Chemistry departments are emptying their laboratories and moving them across campus to various locations. Why? Because this summer the building will be undergoing a renovation. “This renovation of our ventilation system will bring our building to state-of-the-art conditions so it is a really good thing for us,” said Dixie Smith, chair of the Biology Department. Smith says the entire building will be vacated for the renovation project because contractors will be tearing out the ceilings, where most of the ductwork is located. Dust, noise and disturbance will be enough to…

President Scott disappointed in SGA fee decision

| Robin Siteneski reporter | The Student Government Association slashed a $9 proposed increase in student fees for the Athletics Department to $1 at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Steve Scott, university president, learned of the news while watching the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team defeat Emporia State in John Lance Arena that night, 81-75. “Honestly, I was shocked by this outcome and disappointed as well,” he said. “Interestingly, I had just watched the Gorilla women play their hearts out to beat the No. 3 team in the nation. In other words, I had just seen our student athletes at their very best. “My first thought was that our student athletes deserve better. While…

Coming Soon

The dirt was turned at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday Feb 25.

Propane magnate gifts name to athletics center | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Construction is well under way on the massive expansion to the Weede Athletics Complex, but the ceremonial groundbreaking at John Lance Arena let the university thank those who are making it happen. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Pittsburg State’s future 300-meter indoor track, football practice field and athletics training complex was officially christened the Robert W. Plaster Center. Kendall Gammon, director of development for intercollegiate athletics, who is a former player for the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, emceed the groundbreaking. “It is hard to believe,” he said, “that in little over a year, the space…

Internationals face bar entry-policy

| Robin Siteneski reporter | On Jan. 23, Gustavo Brandalise went to 505 Bar with four friends, two Americans and two foreign students. He presented his Brazilian driver’s license to enter the bar as he had done before. The license, in Portuguese, shows his photo and his date of birth spelled in the format of day, month, year: 12/08/1991. On this night, however, his driver’s license wasn’t good enough: The doorman wouldn’t let the international students in with their forms of ID. They had to be driven home by the Americans to get their passports. “I understand their position,” says Brandalise, 22, exchange student in advertising. “The problem with them asking for an original passport…

President’s ‘balancing act’

Scott, Naccarato explain lobbying plans in town hall | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Steve Scott, Pittsburg State president, set out to speak plainly at a town-hall event he organized to discuss his goals as an ambassador to Kansas’ legislature. Stopping the cuts The town hall, on Friday, Feb. 14, in 109 Grubbs Hall, featured a certain tone of frustration that Scott has expressed in the past on the issue of higher-education funding. “We have had to answer the question, ‘Is there value in higher education? Does it gain (Kansas) anything?’ That’s a question we’re ready to answer, but it is devaluing to us,” he said. The administration’s goal is to divert the conversation…

Shelter shut

CHOICES set to close doors after cuts | Marcus Clem editor in chief | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The lone public shelter for indigent families in Pittsburg will no longer accept applications for residency and will shut down by the end of March, the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) announced in a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Creative Housing Opportunities – Innovative Childhood Education Services (CHOICES) shelter will close on March 31, after funding for shelter personnel runs out; current residents will be given time to find new housing. About half, or $400,000, of the grant the SEK-CAP depends on has been cut by the state. “We have no choice…

‘Miracle’ working its way to Pitt

Montana Repertory Theatre to present play | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pitt State’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) is at it again. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, PALS brings the Montana Repertory Theatre to Memorial Auditorium for a single performance of “The Miracle Worker.” The play chronicles the relationship between Helen Keller, blind and deaf since infancy, and her tutor, Anne Sullivan. “People are always surprised to see the use of multimedia in this show,” said Colton Hochhalter, company manager for the Montana Repertory Theatre. “The powerful images combined with the stellar performers make for awe-inspiring moments of story telling.” The Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in…

Affirmative: PSU classified employees to make employment transition

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | With a vote of 171 to 79, it’s official. Pittsburg State University will request that the Kansas Board of Regents transfer all employees of PSU currently labeled as “classified employees” to “University Support Staff” (USS) status. “I am very impressed with the dedication and amount of work that has been put into the process,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services. Sexton was one of the 27-member University Support Staff Study Group (USSSG) formed by Steve Scott, university president, to research and develop a proposal for the new system of employment. “This is an extremely historic moment for this university,” Scott said. “I feel good about…

Fall Classic at an end, at least in Kansas City

| Jay Benedict reporter | The rivalry continues, but on smaller stages. The Pittsburg State football rivalry with Northwest Missouri State will no longer be held at Arrowhead Stadium, one of NCAA Division II football’s biggest venues. The game has been played at Arrowhead, in Kansas City, Mo., for the past 12 years. In 2004, when Pitt State and Northwest were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, they attracted 26,695 fans, which is the largest attendance at a Division II regular season game. Senior linebacker Tyler Disney has played in three Fall Classic games. “It’s really cool being on the big stage with the nice field and facility. It’s just a really cool experience…