PSU competes in Red Bull soapbox race

Ian Youvan, junior in finance, Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, Aug 24.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pittsburg State students seem to have a healthy habit of getting the university’s name spread nationwide for a variety of reasons. The latest reason, including one RV, one soapbox in the shape of a gorilla and four friends, called Pittsburg State #SOKB (Straight Outta Kansas Baby) made a few heads turn at the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 24. “It was great to accomplish something so big,” said Ian Youvan, junior in finance and the team’s driver. Youvan’s teammates included Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay. #SOKB took fifth place out of the 40 teams…

Campus copes with high temperatures

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

| Jay Benedict reporter | “I might as well be studying outside,” said Emma Tompkins. “At least there’s a breeze out there.” Tompkins, senior in therapeutic recreation, was studying on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center on Monday afternoon. The building’s cooling system had been offline more than 48 hours, bringing the inside temperature to 90 degrees. Sweat poured off Tompkins as she studied her notes. “Classes should be canceled when it feels like this,” Tompkins said. “It’s distracting and uncomfortable. We’ve got Canvas and email, professors should use them and let us work from home.” However, down the hall in the Human Performance Lab, exercise science majors kept at work, despite the…

Greeks praise, critique weekend conference

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Each year at about 5 a.m., 400 Pitt State students are up, dressed and loading onto charter buses, paid for by the university, on their way to the Fraternal Leadership Summit (FLS). This year the $60,000 annual conference on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, was no exception. Held in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas, Pitt State Greek students attended a weekend of seminars, speakers and various breakout sessions aimed at improving recruitment processes, philanthropy and leadership. “FLS is designed to bring the Greek community together,” said Steven Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “This is our sixth or seventh year of…

Hot Gorillas

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

How are Pitt State’s students and faculty coping with the heat? Find out in this week’s issue of the Collegio.

Renovations continue throughout the year

| Tyler Koester reporter | The summer of 2014 marked a time of much construction and activity on campus with five projects representing more than $60 million of work in progress, simultaneously. With summer break at a close and the beginning of fall classes, here is an update on campus construction projects. Indoor Track Stadium Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, says construction on this “much anticipated” building is in the final stages of completion. Installment of underground plumbing and metal paneling of the exterior south side of the building is under way. The stadium is expected to be complete next spring. Overman Student Center The student center is undergoing a variety of changes both…

Student gets help at new campus home

Residents push the screen aside in order to move in larger items to avoid busy stairwells on Saturday, August 16.

| Marcus Clem reporter | It was a circus out there. That’s at least what can be gathered if one follows the Saturday, Aug. 16, theme of getting into the residence halls for roughly 1,500 students. The theme was just to keep the whole idea of starting a new year, or maybe a new life, on-campus fun for both residents and the students who are charged with their care as resident assistants. “It helps some people relax a lot,” said Michelle Smith, junior in nursing, who is now living in the Crimson Commons residence hall and volunteered to help other on-campus students move in. That’s what Ashvin “Ash” Sahni, area coordinator, also has in mind,…

Mum’s the word

Construction works continues infront of gorilla village to build a elegant courtyard or something more?

Students speculate about project | Audrey Dighans | Of late, Pitt State seems to have become the construction industry’s favorite playground and Gorilla Village is no exception. Students on their way to the Kansas Technology Center or perhaps McPherson Hall will find it hard to miss the newest construction zone to the PSU campus. Located directly behind Carnie Smith Stadium, next to the entrance of Gorilla Village, cutting off the bike path and taking out a row of parking spaces is … a secret. “What’s taking place on the east side of the stadium is a very exciting project initiated by a donor,” said Steve Scott, university president. Scott says the university is working to…

Fort Scott college leader pushed out

Faculty president cites association vote of no confidence | Marcus Clem reporter | Fort Scott Community College has a longstanding partnership with Pittsburg State, but disagreements over talks last year to forge a merger between the two schools played a role in FSCC’s recent leadership change. On July 30, Clayton Tatro, FSCC president, reached an agreement with the college’s Board of Trustees to vacate his office. The agreement came shortly after Tatro received a vote of no confidence from the Fort Scott College Association of Professional Employees (FSCAPE), which represents the college’s faculty. Any specific incidents that provoked the change are being kept private and Tatro declined to comment for this story. Steve Scott, university…

President, KOAM news anchor respond to ALS challenge

Steve Scott, university president, took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday, August 19.

Steve Scott, university president, and KOAM News Anchor Tawnya Bach took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday, August 19.  

Bus service hits funding speed bump

By: Tyler Koester Students who are frequent riders of the PACT bus can expect minor route and schedule changes this year. This comes as a result of the Kansas Housing Services Corporation initiating cuts to the Community Services Block Grant that has been supporting the transportation service. Although 70 percent of state and federal funding is in effect to preserve existing services, the remaining 30 percent in matching funds is left in the breakdown lane. “Our actions result from a local match funding shortfall,” said Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director. “We planned for it and were successful in maintaining our state (20 percent) and federal (50 percent) funding. Because we cannot immediately generate the local…