Laura Bush coming to Pitt State

Laura Bush

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pittsburg State Women in Government Lecture Series announced that former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to speak on campus next semester. Bush will talk about education, literacy, volunteerism and other topics on Wednesday, April 22, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. “With the arrival of the new center of the arts we wanted its inaugural season to be outstanding,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of university development. Flannery says the lecture series contacted Bush’s staff with a proposal for her to speak at Pitt State and the people in charge of the Series were thrilled when Bush accepted. “She is joining a long line of…

$aving for Christmas

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | With Christmas fast approaching students are beginning to save. Erica Martens, senior in political science, says she saves some of her Christmas money from her student loans. “To me, it’s like my own Christmas club,” Martens said. She added another way she saves money is by not eating out as much. “I spent a great majority of money on Starbucks,” she said. With the money saved from her student loans and Starbucks deprivation, Martens says she plans to buy her four children Christmas presents and visit them back home in Iowa. “Each one of them wants something different,” Martens said. One of Martens’ sons has already gotten his Christmas present:…

Straddling studies and sleep

Seamus Hamilton, senior in communication, hits the books in preparation for finals at the Axe Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Students buckle down to study for finals | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Finals week is the most dreaded few days for many college students. It is the last challenge faced before a month of relaxation and “you can’t make me get up before noon” mornings. The key, however, is to survive dead week’s sleepless nights and finals week’s stress. Some students, however, aren’t too worried. “I’m not really preparing,” said Blake Smith, sophomore in information technoloy. “I don’t really have to study (for my math final). It comes easy to me.” Smith has two finals left: a paper for politics and a comprehensive math final. Both are on the same day and Smith says his…

Gorillas got game

Blake Bullinger and fiance Carly Stene show off her ring after their engagement on Oct.9.

Boyfriend’s proposal raises bar; goes viral | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Most girls dream about the day she gets proposed to, of her heart racing as her boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks to spend the rest of their lives together. She wants it to be romantic and special. She wants it to be meaningful to both of them. And of course she’d have to tell her family immediately. On Oct. 9, the bar for a proposal like this was raised high when Blake Bullinger presented Carly Stene, his girlfriend of two years, with a handmade jewelry armoire filled with little presents of her favorite things and, of course, the ring. “As soon…

Celebrating family, friends, food

International students in PSU are take their food in Thankgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

| Haley Riebel reporter | Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and food. Especially food. The holiday can be a time to reflect on what really matters in life and gives everyone a chance to make things right in the world. For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and catch them up on college life. “It honestly doesn’t really bother me when they ask, it’s kind of their way of showing they care,” said Megan Davis, freshman in biology. Davis says she believes Thanksgiving is also not just about the food. “To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and being thankful for the family you have…

Flu Q&A

Q: When will flu activity begin and when will it peak? A: Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Q: What should I do to prepare for this flu season? A: CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from…

Cold can’t kill celebration

Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchison, instructor of military science, salutes the flag during the National Anthem played at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov, 11. The program was moved from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater to the National Guard gym because of the extreme cold.

Veterans Day service celebrates peace | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | More than 100 veterans, families, students and sixth-graders from area middle schools, bundled in coats, scarves, boots and hats to keep away the chill from outside, packed into the National Guard Armory gym to celebrate the many men and women who have served their country at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The service was moved indoors from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater due to weather. “I was excited when I thought it was going to be out in the memorial, but it was still very nice today inside,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchinson, instructor of military science. “And the memorial is always there….

Senators query PSU official; grants ensemble $15,000

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) had a busy night Wednesday, Nov. 12, as the organization’s meeting was postponed until after the Presidential Q&A, in which all Senate members were required to attend. Questions? Questions? Sen. Elle Walker hosted this semester’s Presidential Q&A in which Steve Scott, university president, and a panel of 10 other university officials were available to the student body to answer questions. A combination of written-in questions, read by Walker, and in-attendance questions were asked of the panel. Q: Why is there no check-in system for guests in the residence halls? Answered by Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services Pitt State…

Scars aren’t skin-deep

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Pitt State’s International Justice Mission invited speakers from Rapha House and Blackbox International to speak on human trafficking Tuesday, Nov. 4, as part of Justice Week events. Nearly 100 students filed into Grubbs Hall to listen. From Rapha House, Angela Foster spoke about the sex trade in Cambodia. Foster spoke of Rapha House’s concerns regarding sex trafficking, a $35 billion industry that has trapped more than 29 million people of all races, gender and age. “In America, the issue is huge,” Foster said. “Seventy percent of victims know their traffickers. Even though we are a tier 1 country, according to the UN trafficking still happens. Young children are lured into…

Pledge against sexual assault

Grace Geiger, a freshman in accounting, and Taylor Mercier, a freshman in recreational therapy, and Dakota Dudash, an undeclared freshman, take a picture with a frame of The Pledge during the It's On Us event in Lindburg Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 30. It is held by SGA to raise the sexual assault awareness.

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The Student Government Association conducted the “It’s on us” campaign for sexual assault prevention on Thursday, Oct. 30. This is a national level campaign that was initiated by President Obama about two months ago to end sexual assaults on university campuses. “I think it is a wonderful initiative,” said Kamakshi Singh, graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. “I feel that victims of sexual assault need and deserve the support of the community.” SGA wanted to raise awareness on the burning issue of sexual assault in a way that would attract people to the cause. “When it came to organizing it, we just reached out to organizations and people we thought…