Chatters to remain closed after fire

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| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The fire at Chatters on July 22 has left damage to the building that will keep the restaurant out of business for an unspecified amount of time. Ahmad Enayati, Chatters’ owner, said the fire started with a new fryer in the kitchen. “We weren’t even using it yet. We had put oil in it and they turned it on to just test and make sure it would come on and fire up,” Enayati said. “Unfortunately, when they turned them off, they turned one off, but the other one they didn’t turn off and they left it at 255 and that one caught on fire.” Despite not turning one…

It’s done! Overman Student Center open

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| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Returning faculty, students and staff may feel they have entered an entirely new building this fall when they take their first steps into Overman Student Center. After a year of construction, detours, dust, noise and mud, Overman is open and back in business. The 68,000 square foot building is sure to awe all of Pitt State this year. From the new additions to the U-Club, to the spacious lounges, to fully-functioning and furnished meeting rooms and, of course, the 600-person-capacity ballroom. “Make yourself at home, it’s your building,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. The building’s new furniture was delivered on Monday, July 20. Construction crews…

Let the games begin

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | Pittsburg will soon be home to a destination casino after the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission accepted on Thursday, July 2, the Kansas Crossing casino proposal recommended by the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board (KLGFRB). “Now that the state has made its decision, the city of Pittsburg will work closely with the Kansas Crossing representatives to develop the project,” said Blake Benson, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce president. “Pittsburg Planning and Zoning has already begun considering site plans for the facility and that will continue over the next several weeks.” Kansas Crossing, located at the intersection of highways 69 and 400, was one of the final three location…

Modest tuition increase still riles some students

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | Tuition is expected to increase by as much as 3.6 percent for the 2015-2016 school year at the six Kansas Regents universities. The Kansas Board of Regents did, however, manage to enforce a cap at 3.6 percent including fees. For Pitt State, this means that tuition and fees for a full-time in-state students will be $3,134 per semester, a $109 increase from the 2014-2015 school year. “While the tuition increase was less than increases we’ve seen in the most recent past, I recognize it still puts additional financial pressures on our students and their families,” said Steve Scott, university president. Though the increase is relatively small compared to years…

Students praise decision on same-sex marriage

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| Gretchen Burns reporter | Mary Owens was one of many who celebrated the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriages across the country. The decision by the Supreme Court was both praised and criticized. Owens had to travel to Iowa, the state closest to Kansas that allowed same-sex marriage, last October to marry her spouse. “We had to find the nearest place that would marry us, which happened to be Iowa, because we lived in Kansas City, so it would only be like three hours,” said Owens, alumna of PSU. “Then we decided to get married at the zoo because we both love the zoo and it wasn’t church-related. We…

Former MBA director receives sentence

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | Former MBA director Michael Muoghalu was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Monday, June 8, after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, according to Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney. Muoghalu was also ordered to pay $148,430 in restitution to the university, which the university has yet to receive. Muoghalu admitted in his plea agreement that he committed these crimes while he oversaw the Nigerian graduate student exchange program at PSU. According to the press release from the Kansas District U.S. Attorney’s Office, Muoghalu and an unknown accomplice in Nigeria created fake documents that allowed certain Nigerian students to join the…

City, university hoping for local casino

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | The city of Pittsburg may get the first non-tribal casino in Kansas if the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board (KLGFRB) chooses Kansas Crossing over the other two proposed locations. The three locations in the running are Kansas Crossing at the intersection of highways 69 and 400; Castle Rock near Downstream Casino in Oklahoma; and the former Camptown Casino site on Highway 69 north of Frontenac. The KLGFRB will meet on Tuesday, June 23, to discuss the applicants and could announce its decision that day. “The KLGFRB will look at a number of criteria, including potential revenue, viability, ability of the local municipality to meet the infrastructure needs, etc.,”…

Not yet out of the woods

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| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods. Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July…

PSU prepares for possible furloughs

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University is preparing for the possibility of having to enforce state furloughs if the Kansas legislature is unable to agree on a tax plan by midnight on Saturday, June 6. A furlough is a mandatory leave without pay for a preset number of hours. Steve Scott, university president, said in a university press release that the university is looking for guidance from the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Administration. “Our intentions are to craft a plan that provides as high a level of support as possible given the limitations the state has placed upon us,” Scott said in the press release. The possibility of…

Erwin new v.p. for student life

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University announced a title change in the university’s leadership on Wednesday, May 27. Steve Erwin, who has served as the university’s associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services for more than a decade, will now assume the role of vice president for student life. With the title change, Erwin will report directly to Steve Scott, university president, on issues and operations within the university’s Student Life Division. “The vice president for student life will serve as the senior position on campus focusing on the needs of students,” Erwin said. “While that was really the core of my previous role, having these functions as a division with…