Multitasking in a digital age

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Sky Carter, senior in electrical engineering, says she multitasks as much as she can. “I do it every second possible,” she said. “Especially during projects of particular length.” While she says she isn’t on Facebook while working, she does use her computer for research, music or tutorials. “It’s really positive for me,” she said. “If I have Jackie Chan playing in the background, I can focus. If I don’t, then I can’t concentrate.” Her tech-toys include a phone, two laptops and an Xbox to use while studying so she can watch a movie, program robotics and draw in CAD. “If it’s a big group project or a long night at…

Spring in the air

Sophomore in Business Management Deja Snell, and Freshman in Biology Kezia Martin try to knock each other down at the Spring Fling Thursday, April 23rd outside of the dining hall.

| Valli Sridharan reporter | More than 100 students flocked to the Lindburg Plaza on Thursday, April 23, for Student Activities Council’s annual “Spring Fling.” Inflatables, snacks, ice cream, T-shirts, free goodies and games were spread out over the plaza, free of charge, for students’ enjoyment. “It is really amazing to see how many people came out to Spring Fling,” said Ryan Urban, freshman in communication. “Most students had a great time and I saw a lot of smiles.” Student Activities Council is also undergoing a name change. The organization used Spring Fling as a way to bring awareness to the campus that it is now the Gorillas Activities Board (GAB) and it would like…

How happy are you with housing?

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It may be spring but that isn’t the only season this time of year. Signing leases and housing contracts are on many students’ minds as it’s that “time of the year” to be thinking about next year. So, what are the options? University Housing Commonly referred to as “the dorms,” Pittsburg State University is equipped with seven halls that house 1,248 students annually. “On-campus living has been a big component of the college experience,” said Melissa Beisel, associate director of university housing. “Living in the dorms adds to, particularly first year students, experience. A variety of studies, including ones conducted by PSU, show that students who live in the…

Gorilla Activities Board to replace SAC

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Returning students next fall will be unable to find the Student Activities Center (SAC). The same organization will still be on campus for students, but under a new name, the Gorilla Activities Board, or GAB. SAC, now GAB, is the Pittsburg State University student programming board that puts on many events for students throughout the year, like lectures, comedy shows, concerts, special events, performing arts, movies and musical arts. “We are looking into the name change of the Gorilla Activities Board, because GAB plans to use a name that is easy to remember and impossible to forget,” said Brianna O’Neill, senior in print and digital media management. “We want to…

‘Feels like game day’

Steve Scott, university president speaks to the crowd during the ribbon cutting for the Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday, April 21.

Ribbon cutting draws in crowd | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 300 students, faculty, staff and residents joined the Pitt State Pep Squad, university President Steve Scott, the Gus mascot and more for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The ceremony was held Tuesday, April 22, on the steps of 154,000 square foot athletic and event center. “What a day to be a Gorilla,” said Kendall Gammon, director of development intercollegiate athletics. “Today is a day we have been anticipating for three years. We’ve overcome many hurdles to get here, but the most amazing part of this building is the vision for it created by the donors, university, city of Pittsburg,…

You can’t dance with us

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Student Government Association senator Marcus Clem is investigating claims that the Crimson and Gold Dance team tryouts were biased and based on looks, not talent. “These girls came to me as a member of student government and indicated to me that they felt the process of choosing members for their team was unfair,” Clem said. In the name of responsibility Clem says the situation is within SGA’s interest if the complaints brought to his attention turn out to be true. “We are partly responsible for regulating the Athletic Department’s funding,” Clem said. “As such, it is appropriate for us to step in and express our opinion on the situation should…

Night of firsts

Former First Lady, Laura Bush, gives a speech over women in government in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 22.

“Walk on the beach every chance you get” | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Former first lady Laura Bush made a brief but momentous visit to Pittsburg State as part of the inaugural season for the Bicknell Center through the Women in Government Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 22, talking about such issues as education and reading. Mrs. Bush noted that former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday last June by jumping out of another airplane and former first lady Barbara Bush will celebrate her 90th birthday this June with a two-day party that will benefit the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She also noted that, even at 89, the elder Mrs….

Meyer named Student Employee of the Year

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Megan Meyer, senior in graphic communications, is the 2015 Pittsburg State University Student Employee of the Year. Meyer was granted the award on Monday, April 13, in recognition of her work with the Technology and Workforce Learning department. Those on the decision panel say it was a close selection process, as many of the 26 nominees this year were excellent candidates, such as Emily Mika of Campus Recreation and Austin Parker of the Registrar’s Office, who tied for second runner-up and Kavita Sharma of the Kelce College of Business who was first runner-up. “It’s impossible to overstate the important role that hundreds of student employees play on our campus,”…

Banana Party to lead SGA

Kyle Hostetler, junior in graphic communications, and Rachel Herring, sophmore in Spanish and political science, pose for a photo with President Steve Scott after being annouced as the SGA President and Vice President for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Hostetler, Herring new president and vp | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students, faculty and staff gathered at the foot of the marble staircase in Russ Hall at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 10, for the announcement of the new student body president, vice president and Senate members. Steve Scott, university president, began the announcement with congratulations to the Student Government Association for “a tremendous year.” “It has been a great year of moving things forward,” Scott said. “I want to congratulate all of SGA for a wonderful year, a great campaign season. You all did a great job, ran a high-level campaign and stuck to the issues.” And the winners are… Scott began by…

Regents president to retire

| Kelsea Renz editor in chief | Andy Tompkins, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, publicly announced his retirement at the Board meeting on Wednesday, April 15, after holding the positions for five years. “The Board simply could not feel more positive about the job Dr. Tompkins has done,” said Kenny Wilk, Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, in a press release from the Board. “We are so grateful for his dedicated service to this Board and to the State of Kansas.” When Tompkins was first approached about the position in early 2010, he wrote in a letter that he has held mainly leadership roles in education and feels that such…