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

Sam Brownback

| 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…

Pitt C.A.R.E.S about its students

Incoming fresman in biology, Bethany Brautman, recieves a free tee shirt at Pitt CARES in Whitesitt hall Monday, June 1st.

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 1,000 incoming freshman have signed up for Pitt C.A.R.E.S so far and the admissions office expects that number to reach about 1100 by the end of the program this year. Every year admissions hosts Pitt C.A.R.E.S. so that incoming freshmen can learn about what Pitt State has to offer them in the fall. “We’re trying to raise student awareness of resources on campus and organizations,” said Tony Fuentez, associate director of admission. “We feel it’s needed for students, so when they show up in August they’re not lost.” Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities, says that the Campus Activities Center was responsible for the club fair on…

Overman on schedule

The renovations on the second floor of the student center is progressing.

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | | Gretchen Burns reporter | It has been near a month since the last pencil on the last final was put down, but work on the Overman Student Center is still underway. Since students have left, the renovation progress on the exisiting 34,000 sq. ft. of Overman and the 34,000 sq. ft. addition has continued on schedule. Starting on the main floor of the center, the temporary wall by the information desk, where the bank and ticket office once were, has been removed. The new tile flooring that appeared last year in the Gorilla Crossing has finally extended all the way down to the point entrance and carpet has been…

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…