Heckert-Wells renovation behind schedule

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Many students may not be aware of the delays in the renovation of Heckert-Wells Hall, but biology and chemistry students are still highly aware. Originally scheduled to be complete with students allowed back into the building on Aug. 29, Heckert-Wells is still zoned off with construction tape to students and staff. “It’s been inconvenient,” said Dixie Smith, associate professor of biology and chair of the department. “But we’ve all understood this is a complicated project and we are optimistic we will soon be back in a much more efficient and better building.” Smith and Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, both say the renovation should be complete with faculty…

Fighting cancer one nano at a time

Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry, researches, in a cell culture lab, nanoparticles that act as a vehicle for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to human cells to fight cancer, at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | The fight to eradicate cancer has taken a step forward with nanotechnology, which allows cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer cells only and leave healthy cells alone. The drugs are polymers that are packaged as nanoparticles with the cancer-fighting agents and an imaging agent so the nanoparticles will show up in an MRI. “We use imaging agents because once you inject it into a person’s body, you want to know where that nanomaterial is going,” said Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry. “Once we have the imaging agents, we can put the person in an MRI and see where the nanomaterials are.” Using organic chemistry, the researchers add chemicals together until…

Pike members report several cars vandalized

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Tires of six cars were slashed in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 14, with five of the cars located in the parking lot of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) house. The house hosted a date function the previous night, Saturday, Sept. 13, open only to members and their dates. “A few people were mad when we turned them away,” said Austin Barnett, sophomore in marketing and management. Dylan McCollar and Lacey Moss, two of the victims, discovered the vandalized cars Sunday morning at about 11:30 a.m. “Not all the cars in our lot were hit,” said McCollar, junior in nursing. “I feel like whoever did it knew they…

Regents OK Ph.D. program for nursing school

| Kelsea Renz editor in chief | Pittsburg State will soon be in the final stages of planning for offering its first doctoral degree. The degree program will offered by the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing and will be the first of its kind in rural Kansas. The Kansas Board of Regents met on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and approved Pitt State’s proposal to offer the program. “As rural healthcare strives to find providers, they’re turning more and more to nurse practitioners,” said Karl Kunkel, dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. “This will be something that not only raises the profile of the university, but also provides tremendous career opportunities for students in…

When no means NO

Walking around campus alone at night leads to great vulnerability for sexual assault.

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | A student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state says she was sexually assaulted and raped by three male students. The college responded by revealing her name to several students, thus subjecting her to harassment and threats. A student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence reported that she was assaulted in a fraternity. According to the campus newspaper, The Daily Kansan, the university repeatedly violated her wishes on how she wished to be contacted and planned a hearing for her and her alleged attacker even though she specifically requested not to. Also in Kansas, Washburn University in Topeka is on the list of colleges the federal…

37-0 run-out

Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

Campus mourns death

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Everyone who knew Julie Hisey knew of the bond she shared with her family and how much she invested in them. “Her daughters would stop by frequently between classes just to catch up,” said Debbie Greve, registrar. “It was all about family for her, always. We got to learn a great deal and got very involved in her family through her. We all continue to speak of how difficult this must be for them.” Hisey, administrative assistant to the registrar, died from leukemia Thursday, Sept. 4, at the age of 46, after being diagnosed only three weeks before. “Since it happened so quickly, we just haven’t come to grips that…

Fake jobs: Students get false opportunities through system and Gus mail

| Val Vita guest writer | A student majoring in international business found what she thought was the perfect job for her. The position was described as “international business assistant” and the pay was $200 for 10 hours of work a week. The job was posted in May on the Gorillas 4 Hire webpage, the PSU system that allows students to search for opportunities. “I was really happy, it was everything I wanted in a summer job,” said the student, who preferred not to be identified. “I sent my resume in the same day.” Her excitement didn’t last long. The employer explained he would need help with errands, because he was constantly out of town. “As…

Partnership brings casino to area

| Brett Collier reporter | The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat could soon be coming to Southeast Kansas. Phil Ruffin, owner of the vacant Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac, has partnered with the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to bring a casino to the area, where Camptown sits now. Camptown Park has sat vacant for nearly 20 years, after being open for only six months in 1995. The park closed down and filed for bankruptcy in 1996. If approved by the Kansas State Lottery Commission, the park could be set on the fast track to being rebuilt and transformed into a casino, but an exact opening date has yet to be determined. Ruffin,…

Women in technology

Stephanie Henningsen, senior in desil and heavy equipment, learns about the braking system of a CAT dozer from Ethan Meier, graduate assistant, on Monday September 8.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Susan Martin says it is common for her to be the only female in a class. “If there are other women there’s only one or two,” said Martin, senior in construction management. The Kansas Technology Center, where Martin attends many of her classes, has had its fair share of the limelight over the past decade. With nearly $26 million worth of equipment and technology inside its walls, thousands of students from across the country flock to at least one of the building’s five departments, ready to learn and gain hands-on experience. Although the departments housed in the KTC may attract men easily, women too, call the KTC home. Just…