‘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…

Making a big difference

Raking leaves isn't always boring; Bri Seiler, freshman in elementary education, helps rescatter leaves by throwing a pile into the air during the Big Event on Saturday, April11.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Over 900 students fanned out through Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11, for the annual Big Event. This year’s Big Event, an annual community service projected sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), featured more than 100 job sites – from back yards to storefronts to highway cleanups. SGA’s official statement on Big Event is that after years of loyal support from the community, the least Pitt State students can do is to give back. Student volunteers complete simple tasks such as washing windows, raking leaves, weeding/planting flowerbeds and picking up litter. At the end of Big Event registration last month, 848 students had registered for this year’s Big Event. That…

Little study helper or big health risk?

| Pan Liu reporter | As students get into the end of the semester, with quizzes and tests and projects due, some turn to Adderall as a way to focus and power through the many things that need to get done. “It keeps me up, keeps me focused. You don’t get tired,” said a freshman in business. “It helps me study better for my classes. It helps you win the test.” This student says he began using Adderall as a study help his first semester, even though he’s never been prescribed the drug. It helps him handle the heavy schoolwork load, he says and asked that his name not be used. Adderall is used to…

Students express concern over discrimination laws

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | When Gov. Sam Brownback repealed former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order that protected state employees from harassment and discrimination for sexual orientation or gender equality, Pittsburg State University was quick to be reassured by Steve Scott, university president, that nothing would be changing in the Jungle when it came to the university’s stance against discrimination of any nature. However, not too far away from Kansas, Indiana is in the firing zone for a newly signed SB 536, or the “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” “Over the past week this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation,” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…

Not just another Holi-day

Students attend the Holi Festival of Colors, hosted by the PSU Indian Student Association, on Saturday, April. 4.

Festival of color a cloud of success | Valli Sridharan reporter | Pitt State’s Holi celebration this year meant different things to different people. For some it was a religious celebration while for others it was a pool party with an Indian twist. “Trust me, after playing Holi, I can say that if we celebrate this all over the world, we will be much happier as a community,” said Zhuldyz Zhunussova, junior in political science.. Holi, the Indian spring festival, was organized by the Indian Students Association on Saturday, April 4, at the campus soccer field. Over a hundred members from the university and community spent the day throwing colored water and powder at each…