And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

Failure to hear cases raises hope

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Tyler Koester reporter | As the debate continues on the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) remains hopeful that, one day, this dream will become a reality. The justices of the Supreme Court assembled at their first private conference of the term on Monday, Sept. 29, where they were scheduled to consider seven appeals from decisions eliminating same-sex marriage bans – three from Virginia and one each from Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Court chose to deny the appeals of all of the same-sex marriage cases, therefore upholding the decisions of the lower courts that legalized same-sex marriage. “I think it’s good they didn’t hear the…

Laymans continue fight for custody

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Amber Layman’s semester abroad visiting family may last longer than her family anticipated. Layman has been forced to remain in Israel since Sept. 4, after her biological father, Shahar, claimed her mother, his ex-wife Danielle, kidnapped Amber from Israel in 2010 and has refused to let Shahar contact her. At the hearing in Israel on Thursday, Oct. 2, the rabbinical court extended the stop exit order until Dec. 1. The judges ruled that, since Amber is from Israel, they have authority over visitation rights with Shahar, though the American courts ruled that Shahar’s parental rights were stripped when Amber’s stepfather, Jeremy, adopted her. “They went for the legality of issuing…

University’s conservation specialist dies in accident

A university contract employee was killed in a one-car accident late Tuesday night on Highway 120, about 20 miles west of Lamar, Mo. Pronounced dead at the scene was Michael Breneman, 37. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Breneman’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck a driveway embankment, causing it to overturn and strike a utility pole. Michael Breneman worked as an energy conservation specialist with Energy Solutions Professionals and helped the university find ways to conserve energy. “The campus is saddened to hear of Michael’s death,” said President Steve Scott. “Michael was a dedicated professional who was making a real difference in our university’s sustainability efforts.” Scott said the…

PSU reveals names of probing agencies

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | After weeks of remaining tight-lipped, Pittsburg State University officials on Wednesday, Oct. 8, revealed the identities of the agencies involved in the ongoing investigation of former MBA director Michael Muoghalu. “We wanted to get to a point where we felt good about it as well,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “In this particular case, after reviewing everything, we decided we needed to just inform the external investigative agency that we need to be true to what we do with our open and transparent environment.” Originally the university asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter, but the bureau denied the request….

Jungle Royalty

Emily Mika and Brian Walker smile at the crowd after being crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King Wednesday, Oct. 8. at The Carnie Smith Stadium. Mika represented Alpha Sigma Alpha and Walker represented Lambda Chi Alpha.

Homecoming king, queen announced at convocation | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is good for newly crowned Homecoming King Brian Walker. “I don’t even know what’s going through my mind right now,” Walker, junior in plastics engineering technology, said. “I can’t thank Pitt State enough.” Walker and Emily Mika, senior in nursing, were crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8. “I was shocked,” Mika said. “Everyone here is the same, we go to school, we’ve got jobs, we’re all working hard to graduate, and here I am. It’s pretty unbelievable…

University says no to request for open records

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University has denied access to records involving the potential questionable financial procedures of former MBA program director Michael Muoghalu after the Collegio filed an open-records request with the university on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The Collegio asked for receipts for bills paid to the state agency investigating the matter if such receipts exist and for correspondence between university officials and the agency. Although the university had announced that an investigation of the MBA program’s finances is under way, it would not reveal the name of the agency doing the investigating. The Collegio’s request was denied for two reasons, the first being that receipts of the nature requested do not…

Returning home

Heckert-Wells long-awaited renovation complete | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The doors to Heckert-Wells Hall are finally open to students and staff once more. “About time,” said Ian Perron, senior in biology. Renovation on the building began last spring. The $4.3 million project was originally supposed to be complete on Aug. 29, but was delayed when the subcontractor Corvus left the project for unknown reasons. After a new subcontractor was hired to complete the job, pre-existing issues were discovered during routine fire marshal inspections, which had to be brought up to code. Despite the setbacks, Heckert-Wells is once again open. “I’m excited to see the changes,” said Makayla Womble, sophomore in biology. The changes Womble…

‘Potential threat’

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | While highly publicized cases in New York, Virginia and California seem far away to PSU students, sexual assault is an issue closer to home than some may think. More than 15 cases of sexual assault have been reported to authorities at the University of Kansas this month. Even closer to home, the Joplin Globe posted on its website that an 18-year-old student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., only 30 miles from PSU, has reported he or she was raped early Sunday morning, Sept. 28. “We should always be aware that sexual assault is a potential threat,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. In the Pittsburg…

To bike, or not to bike?

Students ride bikes around campus as a faster way of transportation to get from class to class on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.

Increased bicycle traffic warrants concern | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There has been some talk of Pitt State being anti-bicycle as of late. On Friday, Sept. 12, students received a Bulk-E informing them that bikes chained up and parked in places other than provided bike racks, such as railings, poles, etc., risk the chance of having their bikes removed and impounded by the university police. “It’s kind of been portrayed that we’re against bikes and don’t want them,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. “That’s not true.” McCracken says that the department has simply received complaints of bicycles being chained up in unwanted areas and officers are responding to the complaints. As of…