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Women – Social Work – Awareness: Students promote social issues | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Oval was the place to be Wednesday, March 25. Besides a Greek philanthropy, “Where It’s At Wednesday” by the Student Government Association, pedestrian traffic and a puppy, students in the Advanced Practice Three course occupied much of the campus hub to raise awareness and collect donations for a variety of life issues. “I am collecting craft items for Unlimited Hope,” said Lannatte Wood, senior in social work. “Unlimited Hope is a shelter for women and they want to start a craft group for those they are helping. There they can provide a fun activity and have another outlet…

Pitt Briefs

SAC executive board openings Student Activities Council is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 executive board. Applications can be picked up in the Campus Activities Center office located in Hartman Hall room 203 and are due back by Friday, March 27. For more information, visit the SAC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/psusac?_rdr. T.A.G. The T.A.G. event reminds all to Thank a Gorilla. A variety of statues, buildings and other on-campus objects will be decorated with red bows and tags until Friday, March 27. The tags signify how much Pittsburg State benefits from the private giving from alumni and friends. Early enrollment Early enrollment for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 is this Sunday, March 29. Students are encouraged…

Disconnected is the price of being connected

| Val Vita reporter | A few days ago I saw a father and his two baby boys sharing an interesting scene. The kids were playing happily all around him, making noises, and trying to get his attention. The father, though, had his total attention focused on his iPhone. My curiosity got the best of me, so I got closer to see what the hell was so important in that phone. It was Candy Crush.    Often (more frequently than I would like) I see couples sitting in restaurants waiting for their food. Instead of talking to each other, each is checking Instagram. It’s not rare to see entire families checking their Facebook news feeds….

Apple Day No. 108

Old tradition, new digs | Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 300 students, faculty, staff and guests filled the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for the annual Apple Day Convocation on Thursday, March 5. This was the 108th Apple Day at Pittsburg State. “Apple Day is a tradition commemorating success,” said Randy Roberts, dean of library services and university archivist. “The success of the university, the success of the students.” The ceremony began with Jordan Schaper, Student Government Association president, welcoming the audience and introducing the day’s speakers, including keynote Andy Tompkins. “In many ways, he does not need an introduction,” said Steve Scott, university…

Pitt Briefs

Nickelodeon trivia contest Student Activities Council will host a Nickelodeon Trivia Contest at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Russ Hall. Students interested in participating must register in advance at the SAC office in Hartman Hall and must sign up as a team consisting of no more than four students. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and winning trivia teams. For more information, contact SAC. Bicknell Center grand opening Pittsburg State University invites student, staff, faculty and the public to the grand opening of The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The ceremony will feature performances by the PSU Choirs, SEK Symphony, PSU dance, PSU Theater and Gene…

Students prep for MCAT as much as possible

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kalee Woody has given up her social life to spend her free time studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam in June. The MCAT is a national standardized test designed to gauge medical school applicants’ knowledge of basic science concepts, as well as their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and writing. “I spend my weekend working and studying,” said Woody, senior in biology. “It’s extremely hard. I work 25 or more hours a week and then spend all day Sunday studying. It’s difficult to focus on everything I have to study for.” Jayden Bowen, junior in biology, says when he takes the exam in April it will be…

Women of Pittsburg

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although the night was chilly and the audience was sparse, Beverly Clarkson shared the story of Ella Buchanan, first director of the Pittsburg Public Library, to help observe Women’s History Month at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, March 4. After a large donation was made to the library, the librarians wanted to create a permanent art collection and showcase the talents of local artists. Buchanan, though originally a director at the library, later became one such artist featured at the library. Buchanan was hired by the city of Pittsburg to direct the library in 1901. She was the daughter of newspaper editor J.C. Buchanan of The Kansan. A socialist paper…

Speaker touches on leadership differences across generations

| Tyler Koester reporter | A dozen students were schooled in the importance of possessing leadership skills in these times by motivational speaker Corey Taylor in Yates Hall on Thursday, Feb. 19. Taylor spoke at Pitt State as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month. Taylor is a producer, speaker and author. One of the films he helped produce is The Wayman Tisdale Story, which tells the story of the late NBA player and jazz musician. He was awarded an Emmy Award and three Telly Awards for the film. Taylor has also directed federal grant-based programs and worked as a school board member. His other titles include the co-founder and president of Conquest…

‘Breakfast at Night’ at Gorilla Crossing

| Charles A. Ault reporter | For Jordan Riggs, the event’s main attraction was bacon. “The bacon was good, the eggs were delicious, the hash browns were great, the pancakes were pancakes, and pancakes are always good,” said Riggs, senior in music education. Riggs was just one of a number of hungry Gorillas to attend the “Breakfast at Night” dinner at Gorilla Crossing in the Overman Student Center on Friday, Feb. 20. The dinner began at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight, when students were treated to a free full “brinner,” door prizes and Nickelodeon trivia. The meal’s price of $0.00 was a big draw for many students, such as Jamellia Rothschild, sophomore in communication….

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…