Collegiate Readership Program hasn’t disappeared

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, professors and faculty will have a more difficult, and in some cases longer walk, to find The USA Today, The Joplin Glove and the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspapers this year. The papers are part of the Collegiate Readership Program, a program sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). To retrieve a copy of any paper within the program, students simply swipe their student ID card into the machine and take which copy they like. However, several of the distribution machines disappeared over the summer, leaving the question of whether the program still exists or has become extinct. Newspaper readers will be glad to know the program has not disappeared,…

Flat tires

Campus Christians run out of bikes | Val Vita reporter | If you have been looking for a way to make that old bike in your garage, the one you never ride, useful again, now is the chance. Don Smith, Campus Christians minister, currently has 52 people on his bike wait list. The list, which keeps getting longer every day, is something new for Smith. He says in his 32 years of renting out the bikes via Campus Christians, this is the first time the organization has ever run out of bikes before classes start. For students, especially internationals who rarely have cars to move around, the lack of bikes is more than an inconvenience….

It’s a rush

Fall recruitment ends, begins for PSU Greeks | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students who moved back early probably noticed members of Pitt State’s seven fraternities busy fixing up their houses for another school year. That’s because the first week of classes is also the first week of Fall rush and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon are all hoping to gain new recruits. While the frats were busy fall cleaning last week, PSU’s three sororities; Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta, were participating in multiple rush, or as it is more formally…

Campus clubs to meet, greet students at Activities Fair

| Casey Matlock reporter | Sandra Floras says the Activities Fair helped her with her major. “My favorite booth from last year was the education booth because it helped me to further my major by building connections and experiences,” said Floras, senior in education. The Student Activities Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Oval. Megan Smejdir, campus activities coordinator, says 60-70 organizations will showcase for potential club members. Free food, drinks and several activities will be provided. “My favorite booth from last year was Gorilla Radio because I had a couple of friends at the booth, and it was fun to meet new people, listen to music,…

Students interact with local businesses at Community Fair

| Caitlin Martin reporter | Walking through the Oval midday on Wednesday, Aug. 20, students saw tents and tables, heard music playing and smelled free food as local businesses, churches and volunteer groups had the opportunity to meet students at the annual Community Fair. “I think it’s helpful,” said Marce Woods, sophomore in physical education. “[I like] receiving free stuff.” The event is put on by the Campus Activities Center with the organization’s assistant director, Eva Sager, spearheading the coordination of businesses and booths. “We really feel that it is important for our students to be aware of what is available in the community, whether it is businesses, church groups or service organizations,” Sager said….

89.9 FM relies on public support

| Marcus Clem reporter | For decades, KRPS 89.9 FM has served as the home of “Your World in Concert,” but these days, that world is a bit smaller, and more self-sufficient. The home of NPR for the Four-States Area, as well as the extended jazz, classical and blues slates of music that the station offers, is based in Pittsburg State’s Shirk Hall. It’s a professionally oriented and staffed radio station, and students can’t be counted as a reliable target audience, says Missi Kelly, KRPS general manager. “Typically, students discover NPR over their college career,” Kelly said. Sydney Ward, graduate student intern, says that student awareness can be a challenge. “They think of (the station)…

Studying how to study

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter One of the biggest challenges facing freshmen, and all students, is how to properly study and prepare for tests and papers. The Academic Success Workshop Series offers tips and tricks to help students tackle their academics. Sponsored by the Student Success Center in 113 Axe Library, the workshops start in late August and cover anything the academically concerned student could need. Each session builds off the last as the semester progresses, but each is specific enough to stand on its own merits. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up this fall according to Student Success Counselor Ashley Wadell Build Your Personal Strategy for a Great Semester Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday,…

Seniors offer words of wisdom

By: Trent Becker For incoming freshmen, starting college can be daunting, leading many to fall victim to the age-old college “problems.” So to avoid the mistakes of a college amateur, why not look to seniors for guidance? Seniors, because they’ve been there, can offer tips on everything from academic success to help with campus life. One thing is certain, however: This might be the best college advice you get thus far. According to Hayley Flippo, senior in communication, being involved in campus organizations has provided his best college memories. “Each organization has provided so many fun, exciting and embarrassing memories that I will always treasure,” Flippo said. “Get involved in some of the 150-plus organizations…

CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Saturday, Aug. 16 • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you…

Giving the gift of art

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter PSU recently received a unique donation from a longtime friend of the university. Norma Monahan Reals bequeathed 31 pieces of art to Pitt State as part of her and her late husband William’s final estate plans. The artwork had previously hung throughout the couple’s home in Wichita. The value of the collection has been appraised at $150,000. “The collection of art was a lifetime passion of my parents. My mother wanted to have this collection donated and displayed it its entirety, in public, in exactly the same way that she arranged it in her living room for all to enjoy and appreciate,” said William Reals Jr. The pieces were on display…