Religious groups call to students

James Weatherbie, a graduate student in Physical Eduation, attends the cookout at the Campus Chrisitans house on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

| Caitlin Martin reporter | Students may find that room 109 in Grubbs Hall is a bit musical on Thursday evenings as hundreds of students gather to sing and praise God together during meetings for Campus Christians. “When I first went, I instantly felt welcomed,” Kimberly Yohe, sophomore in therapeutic recreation, said. “I walked in by myself and was immediately greeted and invited to sit with people.” Hanna Wright also feels connected at the meetings. “It provides a community where students can come together and share life, help serve, and grow together in an environment that tends to all needs and walks of life,” Wright, senior in nursing, said. Though Pittsburg State University is not…

Obamacare & student jobs

Alexis Hobbs, freshman in technology, works on campus for Sodexo in Sub-Connection.

Work hours not affected, director says | Kylie Becker reporter | Student employees at Pitt State will no longer need to worry about hours being cut due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The Affordable Care Act, in all my years working in HR, is one of the most complicated and complex laws I’ve been involved in,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services. “When you read it, it sounds pretty simple, but yet you start to apply it, it becomes very complicated. It wasn’t written with higher education in mind at all.” Under the ACA guidelines, only full-time employees, those who work 30 or more hours per week or more than…

Custody battle spans continents

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Danielle Layman went to Israel with her four daughters for an extended family visit on Sept. 2. Little did she know that she might not get to leave for a long time. “I checked and verified with my lawyer before I left that there is nothing the biological father can do legally,” Layman, PSU alumna, said. “Since the adoption is final and valid and acknowledged by the State of Israel, there is absolutely nothing he can do legally. Now it turns out that the joke was on me.” Layman’s ex-husband, Shahar Abecassis, found out about their arrival through social media and went to the Regional Rabbinical Jewish Court in Ashdod claiming…

MBA director resigns following internal review

Michael Muoghalu

Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University accepted the resignation of Michael Muoghalu, former Master of Business Administration program director, on Friday, Sept. 19. Muoghalu has been on administrative leave since just after an internal review in May that involved the program’s finances. “We found some questionable financial procedures during that internal inquiry,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “We received the resignation and I don’t have any comment on it.” Shortly after the internal review, the university asked a third-party investigative agency to look further into the program’s financial procedures. “In this particular case, when you’re looking at a situation like this, you obviously want to be very careful…

Heckert-Wells renovation behind schedule

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Many students may not be aware of the delays in the renovation of Heckert-Wells Hall, but biology and chemistry students are still highly aware. Originally scheduled to be complete with students allowed back into the building on Aug. 29, Heckert-Wells is still zoned off with construction tape to students and staff. “It’s been inconvenient,” said Dixie Smith, associate professor of biology and chair of the department. “But we’ve all understood this is a complicated project and we are optimistic we will soon be back in a much more efficient and better building.” Smith and Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, both say the renovation should be complete with faculty…

Fighting cancer one nano at a time

Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry, researches, in a cell culture lab, nanoparticles that act as a vehicle for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to human cells to fight cancer, at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | The fight to eradicate cancer has taken a step forward with nanotechnology, which allows cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer cells only and leave healthy cells alone. The drugs are polymers that are packaged as nanoparticles with the cancer-fighting agents and an imaging agent so the nanoparticles will show up in an MRI. “We use imaging agents because once you inject it into a person’s body, you want to know where that nanomaterial is going,” said Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry. “Once we have the imaging agents, we can put the person in an MRI and see where the nanomaterials are.” Using organic chemistry, the researchers add chemicals together until…

Pike members report several cars vandalized

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Tires of six cars were slashed in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 14, with five of the cars located in the parking lot of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) house. The house hosted a date function the previous night, Saturday, Sept. 13, open only to members and their dates. “A few people were mad when we turned them away,” said Austin Barnett, sophomore in marketing and management. Dylan McCollar and Lacey Moss, two of the victims, discovered the vandalized cars Sunday morning at about 11:30 a.m. “Not all the cars in our lot were hit,” said McCollar, junior in nursing. “I feel like whoever did it knew they…

Regents OK Ph.D. program for nursing school

| Kelsea Renz editor in chief | Pittsburg State will soon be in the final stages of planning for offering its first doctoral degree. The degree program will offered by the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing and will be the first of its kind in rural Kansas. The Kansas Board of Regents met on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and approved Pitt State’s proposal to offer the program. “As rural healthcare strives to find providers, they’re turning more and more to nurse practitioners,” said Karl Kunkel, dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. “This will be something that not only raises the profile of the university, but also provides tremendous career opportunities for students in…

When no means NO

Walking around campus alone at night leads to great vulnerability for sexual assault.

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | A student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state says she was sexually assaulted and raped by three male students. The college responded by revealing her name to several students, thus subjecting her to harassment and threats. A student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence reported that she was assaulted in a fraternity. According to the campus newspaper, The Daily Kansan, the university repeatedly violated her wishes on how she wished to be contacted and planned a hearing for her and her alleged attacker even though she specifically requested not to. Also in Kansas, Washburn University in Topeka is on the list of colleges the federal…

37-0 run-out

Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…