U-Club soft opening a success

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Univeristy Club or “U-Club,” opened its doors to Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for a soft opening. Students, faculty and staff on campus had a chance to get a feel and taste of the renovated space and try the club’s two new dining options: Einstein Bros. Bagels and Wholly Habaneros. “We’ve been slammed a couple of times,” said Michaela Ingle, sophomore in elementary education and student employee for Sodexo, Pitt State’s food service provider, at Einstein’s. This is Ingle’s first year working with Sodexo. She is just one of more than 20 employees taken on by the company this past month to fill the various…

Plaster Center built for sunny future

| Marcus Clem guest writer | More than enough juice for an average American household will come to Pittsburg State’s newest building from the world’s most abundant energy source. Good Energy Solutions Inc. of Lawrence installed 32 solar energy modules on the Robert W. Plaster Center in July. There are 28 panels on the building’s roof and four as part of a ground display. The ground display is linked to a kiosk that allows visitors to study energy production data, the university says. The panels are rated to provide 16,474 kilowatt hours (kWh) worth of electricity per year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average Kansas utility customer uses 11,112 kWh per year….

Pitt State president: ‘Welcome back!’

| Steve Scott university president | By the time you read this, you will have probably already posted pictures to Instagram of your first-day outfit. You surely Snapchatted videos of yourself singing Taylor Swift while driving to campus. And I’m guessing there has already been a tweet or two about how awesome the Overman Student Center looks. And now, allow me to make it official by saying with great energy and excitement: Welcome back! The start of a new fall semester in #GorillaNation is a time of great emotion. We celebrate the return of those who were on summer break, while also welcoming those whose college days are just beginning. And whether you are a…

Student government plans for a year of action

Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief As with many students, the Student Government Association (SGA) is ready for the fresh start the beginning of the academic year tends to bring. Student body president Kyle Hostetler and vice president Rachel Herring will lead SGA into a variety of projects, topics and legislation. “Overall, our main goal is to create more student involvement and participation,” Hostetler, senior in graphic communications and marketing, said. “With more participation we will be able to ensure SGA is aligned with the student body; we’ll be pushing for issues that are relevant, not just what the Senate wants.” Hostetler says SGA strives to make campus policies sound, give student organizations support and fulfill its duties…

A new Nation

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | The last residence hall renovation at Pitt State is well underway this summer. Even with all the rain, the $4.3 million renovation of East Nation and Mitchell Halls is estimated to be three days ahead of schedule. Melissa Beisel, associate director of University Housing, says after the east side of Nation is renovated this summer, the residence hall will feature all new rooms, restrooms, a recreation room and laundry facilities. There will even be more student rooms in the building. “Previously, only 85 student rooms were available for use,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect for Facilities Planning. “The Nation ‘link lounges’ and additional spaces in Mitchell and Mitchell Annex are…

Pitt Briefs

Alum named CFO of the year A Pittsburg State graduate is among the top chief financial officers in the Kansas City area, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. Ryan Bevins, a 2003 graduate who double-majored in accounting and finance, was selected by The Journal as one of 10 CFOs of the Year in the KC region. Bevins is in his first year as CFO at Sioux Chief Manufacturing in Peculiar, Mo. Bevins is one of four CFOs honored in the category of for-profit industries with at least $100 million in annual revenue. He and his fellow honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 5 in Overland Park. Bevins previously served in…

It’s time for Africa

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The Pittsburg State African Student Association presented “Africa Culture Day” on Friday, April 24, in Grubbs Hall. More than 20 students attended the program where they had the opportunity to learn about Africa’s many countries; the cuisine, fashion, languages and regional dances. “It was nothing like other international gatherings I have been to,” said Nurila Suleimen, senior in law science. “They really made an effort to get the audience involved which was so cool!” Association members provided several African dishes for the attendees to try. The cuisine included a variety of fried chicken recipes, rice-based dishes and steamed vegetables. “The food was very unique,” said Mariah Hull, senior in sociology….

Dodging for a wish

| Charles A. Ault reporter | It takes $8,000 on average to grant a wish of a child with a chronic or terminal disease. With hopes of raising enough money to do just that, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, April 23, as part of the organization’s ongoing fundraiser to grant a child’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We are trying to gather some money and do positive things,” said Eric Brantley, senior in business management. “Hopefully, we get there and grant somebody’s wish by the end of the school year; that’s what’s most important to me.” Five teams competed in the tournament, which raised $150 from registration fees. L.A….

Symphony, choir perform works of Handel, Verdi and Dvorak

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The PSU Choirs and Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony performed works from Handel and Dvorak at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 26. Nikki Stone, senior in communication, says ending her college career with the concert was a perfect way to go out. “This music couldn’t have been better to end on,” she said. “It was such a challenge to sing some of the notes and it felt so good to be able to know that we truly mastered the two pieces. My favorite part was probably the pieces where we got really intense with the symphony and soloists. It’s such an awesome sound and I’m so…

Pitt Briefs

SAC executive positions Student Activities Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s 2015-2016 executive board. Applications may be picked up in the Campus Activities Center in Hartman Hall room 203 and are due back by Friday, May 1. Interviews will be held on Sunday, May 3. For more information on the duties of each position, go to ww.facebook.com/PSUGAB?fref=ts. Applicants should sign up for an interview when returning the completed application. Axe Grind extends hours The Axe Grind will have extended hours during Dead and Finals weeks and is now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Dead Week Deals” will also take place at both Axe Grind and the Gorilla Crossing both weeks, featuring…