Cream of the crop

Students receive outstanding awards at banquet | Casey Matlock reporter | Kaitlyn Herder and Nicholas Popejoy have left quite a mark on Pittsburg State, and now that mark will be set in stone at the campus flagpole in front of Russ Hall. Herder and Popejoy, the Pittsburg State Class of 2014 Outstanding Seniors, were among many honorees at the Leadership and Awards Banquet on Monday, April 14, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. “It is something that I have worked for since I was a freshman,” said Herder, a double major in marketing and Spanish, “and it sounds cheesy, but I’ve always wanted my name by the flagpole.” Popejoy, an early/late childhood education major, says…

New SGA Senate sworn in

| Robin Siteneski reporter | As it is every time there is change, the new Student Government Association members will need some time to get used to their new jobs. That’s true even with the new leaders, as Jaci Gilchrist, who is now SGA vice president, inadvertently referred to Jordan Schaper, who is now SGA president, as “senator” several times during the assembly’s transition meeting on Wednesday, April 16. Schaper and Gilchrist’s bid to replace Taylor Gravett and Kiki Eigenmann, respectively, received 372 votes, or 59.6 percent; 252 votes, or 40.4 percent, were cast for Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee. Schaper commented on the controversial election process during his first day as SGA president. Before…

Portrait of sympathhy

High school alumni to create photo in memory of shooting victims | Marcus Clem editor in chief | When Hannah Skidmore heard that a man had entered a quiet community center in her neighborhood and opened fire on people at random, she couldn’t accept it. “I just gasped,” said Skidmore, sophomore in math education. “It just didn’t settle in until later that night. I was so upset and worried for our students and what they were going to go through.” Skidmore is organizing with Kenzie Botts and Natalie Gloor to gather with their fellow Blue Valley High School alumni at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the front columns of Russ Hall. With the help…

850-strong

Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

Social-media policy group recommends broad changes

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | A five-month old Kansas Board of Regents social-media policy is a risk to academic freedom, says a task force appointed by the regents to review the policy. The Collegio has obtained a 26-page document released by the work group of university officials that was circulated by Wichita State University’s public relations office on Tuesday, April 8. The document details what changes the work group would like to see made to a policy that covers staff and faculty use of social media and, in a way that prompted severe national controversy, allows university administrators to discipline social-media postings “contrary to the best interest” of their institutions. The policy is…

Honoring student employees

| Kelsea Renz managing editor | Out of more than 7,000 students at Pitt State, two were honored as the types of employees most employers want to have. At a ceremony held Friday, April 4, Tyler Dietzschold and Ashley Stein were recognized as the Student Employees of the Year. Stein, junior in accounting, was the first to be announced, earning the title of off-campus Student Employee of the Year. “President Scott read parts of the paperwork we had filled out, and when he started reading I thought it sounded familiar,” Stein said. “Then he kept reading it, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s mine.’ I was in total shock.” Stein knew what her…

Off the ballot?

Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…

SGA president fires 4 election judges

2 dismissed election-board members say action motivated by politics | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Pittsburg State’s Student Government Association is embroiled in controversy after Taylor Gravett, SGA president, sacked several of the assembly’s student election monitors after they voted to disqualify the Letner/Hebrlee party from this year’s ballot. On the morning of Friday, April 4, Gravett informed Sen. Lindsay Ong, SGA co-chair of elections, that she had been removed from her position. Also removed were Joshua Packard, SGA public relations director; Sen. James Saltat, Ong’s co-chair; and Sen. Audrey Gilbreath. Gravett then announced that Kiki Eigenmann, SGA vice president, would assume a new role as chair of the elections board. Gravett and Eigenmann…

Seniors are first at Pitt State to enter national competition

| Kelsea Renz managing editor | For the first time Pitt State has a group of students involved in the World Vision/John Brown University Disaster Shelter Design Competition, to be held April 25, 26 and 27. Seniors Austin Leake and Cody Frieden took on leadership of the group as their senior project for construction engineering. “I was originally attracted to the disaster shelter project because I have gone on multiple mission trips around the world and it could potentially be used,” Frieden said. “Austin and I have had classes together and grown close, and when he said he was thinking about it I was definitely in.” The pair decided to take on the challenge after…

Some unpaid internships may violate labor laws

| Robin Siteneski reporter | As Natalie Portman danced her way toward an Oscar in the 2010 production of “Black Swan,” another dark plot was unfolding in the backlot. Two of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ interns for that production sued the company. They were unpaid and their example was followed by many college students across the nation who felt their work deserved compensation. A federal district court in Manhattan ruled that Fox violated federal and state minimum-wage laws during the production. Other entertainment and media companies such as Condé Nast, publisher of magazines such as The New Yorker, Vogue and GQ; Hearst Corporation, owner of over 300 publications including Harper’s Bazaar and 29 television stations; and…