‘I’ll treat this like a warrior’

Robert McField

Football player continues fight with cancer | Michael Bauer Sports editor | Robert McField knew something wasn’t right. It was a January morning and the junior tight end from St. Louis, Mo., noticed that he didn’t have any feeling in his right arm. After going to Via Christi hospital in Pittsburg, McField went to the emergency room in Joplin, Mo., fearing that it could be horrible. It was then that the nightmare truly began: He was diagnosed with cancer. “I cried immediately after the diagnosis,” McField, who majors in recreation, said. “I don’t think I’ve cried so hard in my life. They told me in Joplin and when they walked in with five doctors and…

Mystery in religion

A student sets up an informational display on the Shroud of Turin. Speaker Russ Breault talked about the subject at the Bicknell Center on Sunday, March22.

Speaker brings mystery of Shroud of Turin to campus | Gretchen Burns reporter | A world of mystery was the center of Russ Breault’s presentation on Monday, March 23, in Grubbs Hall. “The world is full of mysteries from the pyramids to Stonehenge to crop circles,” Breault said. “There is a mystery in the Italian city of Turin. The cathedral of St. John the Baptist houses a mysterious cloth with a mysterious image.” This cloth is known as “The Shroud of Turin,” the cloth believed to have covered the body of Jesus Christ when he was laid in the tomb. The shroud bears the image of a crucified man and has undergone hundreds of thousands…

Students being warned against extortion scam

Students who checked their Gus mail over spring break received a Bulk-E warning from the Pittsburg Police Department after the department received several calls from individuals targeted in an over-the-phone extortion scam. The victims reported phone calls from unknown individuals claiming to be Pittsburg Police officers. Victims were told they had outstanding warrants and would be arrested if they did not send money to the fraudulent callers. Extortion is defined as a crime in which a person or persons forces the victim to do something against his or her will, generally to give up money or property, by threat of violence, property damage, damage to the victim’s reputation or extreme financial hardship. Extortion involves the…

Sales-tax increase proposed

AJ Richardson, senior in exercise science, purchases a 24 pack of Budlight from Thirsty's Retail Liquor on Wednesday, March 24.

If you’re the legal drinking age, about to be or a tobacco user, you may want to consider saving your pennies for your next purchase. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his plan to help balance the state budget on Thursday, March 12, during his State of the State address. Kansas currently has a projected budget shortfall of $648 million and part of Brownback’s plan would be to increase the sales tax on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. Kansas sales tax on alcohol currently sits at 8 percent, putting the state in a three-way tie for 23rd place on the Federation of Tax Administrator’s list of states with lowest alcohol tax. Its next-door neighbor, Missouri, is tied for…

Bringing cultures together

Maria Del Mar Masi, a student in the IEP Program, dances along to a traditional dance during the Culture Fair on Saturday March 7.

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The smells of Paraguayan empanadas, meat pies and bubble tea, a tea with milk and tapioca balls, filled the basement of Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, March 7, when PSU’s International Student Association (ISA) hosted the International Food and Culture Fair. “The basement of Memorial Auditorium…is a small place,” said Igor Gorn, president of ISA and sophomore in English language and literature, “but it’s not small today.” The students offered a variety of dishes from a variety of the countries they represent. “It’s a good blend,” said Jordyn Bollinger, junior in English literature. “The way that they set it up is nice. You get to pick and choose so you’re…

Student injured in fight at frat

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Police are investigating a fight that broke out at a party in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 1, at the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity house. “There was an altercation in which an individual was injured on Saturday night, possibly early Sunday morning, and transported to the hospital,” said Steve Erwin, vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “The situation is being conducted by the city of Pittsburg police. We are aware the alleged assailant was not injured and is not a PSU student.” The injured individual, whose family has asked to keep his name undisclosed at this time, is a Pitt State student. At some point…

Students react to OU fraternity’s racist chant

| Charles A. Ault reporter | “You can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me, there will never be a n***** in SAE” A bus full of members of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity were recorded singing this racist chant on Saturday, March 7. The video quickly spread across the Internet and came to the attention of OU’s president and the national chapter of SAE. By Monday the university and the national chapter had severed all ties to Oklahoma’s SAE. By Tuesday two students featured in the video were expelled. The national chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon issued a statement on its website reading,…

ESU tops Pitt State again, 67-53

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Give credit to the Emporia State Hornets. They have Pitt State’s number. Playing against the No. 2-seeded Hornets for the third time this season, the No. 3 Gorilla women’s basketball team could not avenge its previous losses, as the team fell 67-53 in the semi-final of the MIAA Tournament on Saturday, March 7, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. “They’re a good basketball team,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “They’re well-coached and their kids came out and performed well. I was proud of our effort. We’ve got a great group of players. Tonight was tough because they played so well defensively and we struggled to score.” Trying to…

MIAA Tournament: Men Capture title

The Pittsburg State men's basketball team poses for photos after they won the MIAA Championship against Missouri Southern at The Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday, Mar. 8th.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | T ough defense, a strong team effort and the explosiveness of junior Trey Starks was the combination to the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team beating Missouri Southern 91-65 on Sunday, March 8, in Kansas City, Mo., for the school’s first ever MIAA Conference Tournament. Playing at Municipal Auditorium, the fifth-seeded Gorillas became the lowest seed to win the MIAA Tournament and posted the widest championship margin in history. Pitt State (20-11) scored 24 points off of turnovers and Starks scored a game-high of 24 points, garnering the tournament’s Outstanding Player award. This was Starks’ 11th appearance for the Gorillas. “I didn’t see myself being here (at the start of…

Yearbook Pictures

McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am - 7pm

Say Cheese! Yearbook Pictures are next week. McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am – 7pm. 2015 Kanza.