Sold out

Tickets to Laura Bush speech gone in 90 minutes | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Former First Lady Laura Bush will be visiting the Jungle on Wednesday, April 22. Tickets to see her went on sale for the general public at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, and sold out in 90 minutes. “We anticipated selling out very quickly by the overwhelming response we had to the announcement of her visit,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of University Development and member of Women in Government, the organization sponsoring Bush’s visit as part of its lecture series. Bush will speak on a variety of topics, including education, human rights and the importance of volunteerism. Since her White…

Warhol’s work stuns viewers

President Steve Scott and Robert Tyler unveil the Andy Warhol piece titled "Beethoven, II. 390" at the Bicknell Center on Wednesday Feb. 25.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | As the curtain dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 25, students, administration, faculty and Pittsburg residents crowded around the brightly colored print of Andy Warhol’s Ludwig Van Beethoven during the unveiling ceremony in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Cat Jepson says she was excited to be able to see the Warhol make its way to the PSU campus. “It’s awesome how fortunate we’ve been to get this piece in Pittsburg, Kan.,” said Jepson, senior in 2-D art. Graduate student Liping Xia performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 22 and Opus 53 before the opening as guests walked around the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby. Kicking it off Rhona McBain,…

SGA takes action on full agenda

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It was a busy night for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday, Feb. 25, during the organization’s weekly meeting with more than 10 resolutions to read, discuss and vote on. Two new proposals for fee increases were submitted and advocated for; the first by Gerard Attoun on behalf of Student Publications and the second by Rita Girth on behalf of the Bryant Student Health Center. Student Publications asked for SGA to dip into the Fee Council Reserves for a one-time withdrawal of $5,000 to purchase camera lenses, computers and access to an online website template service to improve the PSU Collegio’s online newspaper. “I can confirm that it…

The power of $1

Currency swings hurting Pitt State’s international students | Kyleigh Becker reporter | The United States of America is gaining back her economic prowess. The dollar is once again rising in its purchasing power and is, since January, hovering around $1.14 against the euro—lower than it has been in years. While this is good for Wall Street, it may cause internationals some problems. Emilia Cardena says the exchange rate is something she keeps a close watch on. “I still receive money from my parents each month to cover my living costs,” Cardena, junior in music performance from Paraguay, said. “I know that next month I won’t be receiving much because it’s just so expensive to send…

Taking the Plunge

Jason Sleep and Emily Crawford jump into the frigid water for charity during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 14.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kelsie Hendryx says she was surprised by the pool’s cold temperature when she submerged herself in the water during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Crimson Villas. “It was a little chilly,” said Hendryx, sophomore in elementary education. “I thought it was going to be a lot warmer because of the weather.” A plunger, Kirsten Farley, sophomore in psychology, agreed. “You hit the water and your body just tenses up,” she said. The Polar Bear Plunge is a community-wide fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. Those who “take the plunge” are required to raise $75 (per participant if plunging in a group) and as a reward…

Senators push for Lifeline 911 at Higher Ed Day

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Several senators from Pittsburg State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) traveled to Topeka last Tuesday, Feb. 10, for Higher Education Day. PSU was one of seven universities to attend this year’s Higher Ed Day where student senators lobbied more than 100 state legislators for the creation of a “Lifeline 911 Law,” tax rebates on textbooks and a push for no further cuts to be made in higher education funding. “Higher Education Day is organized by the state schools’ student governments to lobby for things students care about,” said Michael Giffin, senior in chemistry and legislative affairs director for SGA. “Issues are selected at monthly Student Advisory Council meetings in…

Horrible act of violence

Muslim students react to Chapel Hill killings | Valli Sridharan reporter | Three students were killed at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 10. This would have led to a typical criminal investigation. What made this case stand out was the potential role religion may have played in taking the lives of these students: Yusor Mohammad Abu-salha, 21; her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Although it is not yet clear if this was a religious hate crime or just an argument over a parking space that got out of control, Muslim students at PSU say they feel agitated. “Being a Muslim is…

Snow day.. or not

Lynzee Florez, junior in communications and spanish, leads a tour in front of Russ Hall during the snowfall on Monday, Feb. 16.

| Gretchen Burn reporter | April Huninghake braved the snow on Monday morning and drove to school despite bad road conditions. “It was OK when I went to work this morning, but when I left work to come here, I had to clean off my car again,” said Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “The roads were scary to drive on.” Classrooms across the campus were either canceled or had few students attending because of the weather. Royce Parker received the call that early morning classes were canceled and the university wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. and she still attended her class for the day. “It was difficult getting to class,” said Parker,…

Club presidents react to new allocation process

Students representatives sign in during SGA to ask for allocation money on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

| Tyler Koester | Effective this semester, clubs and organizations across campus have had to accept a twist on the group allocations process. For any campus group to receive its piece of the $60,000 up for allocations this year, it must send a delegate to no fewer than three Student Government Association (SGA) meetings. This new requirement came about last semester when SGA’s former campus affairs director Elle Walker met with student organization presidents. At this meeting a suggestion was made to require that organizations begin attending SGA meetings. “The original idea presented to her (Walker) was to have student organizations attend every SGA meeting,” said Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer. “However, we did not feel…

Administrative changes.. again

| Kelsea Renz editor in chief | Pittsburg State University is seeing major changes in its administration. | Kathleen Flannery | Howard Smith, dean of the College of Education is the second administrator within two weeks to moving to Missouri Southern. He was named one of the four finalists for the academic affairs position at MSSU on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The Collegio was unable to reach Smith for comment. Before Smith, Brad Hodson, former vice president of advancement, resigned suddenly to accept the executive vice president position at Missouri Southern. “Timing is everything in anything,” said Kathleen Flannery, interim vice president of advancement. “Roles became available over there and we’ve got some wonderful people over…