Preparing for problems

School stands ready for flu | Tyler Koester reporter | The popular phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may not be enough to keep Pitt State students free of the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control declared a flu epidemic a few weeks ago and the Bryant Student Health Center at PSU is acting in accordance. “We’re happy to see any students who are ill or concerned about the flu,” said Carrie Farrington, nurse practitioner at the health center. “We can do influenza testing to confirm the presence of the virus and we can also help differentiate between the influenza illness and other respiratory illnesses.” Although it is important for…

Free college? Obama’s new initiative

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | During the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, President Barack Obama proposed a plan to Congress to provide free community college education across the country, which would benefit 9 million students and save the average full-time student $3,800 per year. Obama’s plan proposes the federal government will cover three-fourths of tuition costs while the state covers the rest. “Forty percent of college students attend a community college,” Obama said during the address. “Those with an associate’s degree earn roughly 25 percent more than those who didn’t attend college.” Both non-traditional and high school graduates would be eligible to take advantage of Obama’s plan, with the stipulation…

World unites against terrorism

Paris

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | The Paris terrorist attacks reverberated way beyond France’s borders, says Leo Asselin, PSU graduate student in business administration. “I would qualify this as our personal 9/11,” said Asselin, from France. “It wasn’t only an attack toward French people, but it was an attack to France itself. That’s why I say this. Beyond the deaths, the symbol of free press was attacked.” Seventeen people were killed in the Paris area by four al Qaeda-linked suspects. The attacks began Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the office of Charlie Hebdo satire magazine and ended Friday, Jan. 9, at a printing factory outside of Paris. Cherif and Said Kouachi are the alleged gunmen of the…

Low gas prices putting money in students’ pockets

Students can fill up their tanks with more confidence knowing that gas prices are lower.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Peabody, sophomore in psychology, is saving money right now for the future, thanks to low gasoline prices. “I’m not spending my saved money on anything because I can’t spare to lose that money,” she said. “I will be keeping it for future college or personal expenses.” Due to the United State’s increased oil production and lower world demand, gas prices have plummeted from close to $4 a gallon last year to under $2 this year. Crude oil in the U.S. is currently selling under $44 a barrel. “I drive home most weekends and I’ve had to stop before because I didn’t have enough to pay for gasoline,” said Valerie…

Laura Bush coming to Pitt State

Laura Bush

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pittsburg State Women in Government Lecture Series announced that former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to speak on campus next semester. Bush will talk about education, literacy, volunteerism and other topics on Wednesday, April 22, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. “With the arrival of the new center of the arts we wanted its inaugural season to be outstanding,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of university development. Flannery says the lecture series contacted Bush’s staff with a proposal for her to speak at Pitt State and the people in charge of the Series were thrilled when Bush accepted. “She is joining a long line of…

$aving for Christmas

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | With Christmas fast approaching students are beginning to save. Erica Martens, senior in political science, says she saves some of her Christmas money from her student loans. “To me, it’s like my own Christmas club,” Martens said. She added another way she saves money is by not eating out as much. “I spent a great majority of money on Starbucks,” she said. With the money saved from her student loans and Starbucks deprivation, Martens says she plans to buy her four children Christmas presents and visit them back home in Iowa. “Each one of them wants something different,” Martens said. One of Martens’ sons has already gotten his Christmas present:…

Straddling studies and sleep

Seamus Hamilton, senior in communication, hits the books in preparation for finals at the Axe Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Students buckle down to study for finals | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Finals week is the most dreaded few days for many college students. It is the last challenge faced before a month of relaxation and “you can’t make me get up before noon” mornings. The key, however, is to survive dead week’s sleepless nights and finals week’s stress. Some students, however, aren’t too worried. “I’m not really preparing,” said Blake Smith, sophomore in information technoloy. “I don’t really have to study (for my math final). It comes easy to me.” Smith has two finals left: a paper for politics and a comprehensive math final. Both are on the same day and Smith says his…

Gorillas got game

Blake Bullinger and fiance Carly Stene show off her ring after their engagement on Oct.9.

Boyfriend’s proposal raises bar; goes viral | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Most girls dream about the day she gets proposed to, of her heart racing as her boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks to spend the rest of their lives together. She wants it to be romantic and special. She wants it to be meaningful to both of them. And of course she’d have to tell her family immediately. On Oct. 9, the bar for a proposal like this was raised high when Blake Bullinger presented Carly Stene, his girlfriend of two years, with a handmade jewelry armoire filled with little presents of her favorite things and, of course, the ring. “As soon…

Celebrating family, friends, food

International students in PSU are take their food in Thankgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

| Haley Riebel reporter | Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and food. Especially food. The holiday can be a time to reflect on what really matters in life and gives everyone a chance to make things right in the world. For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and catch them up on college life. “It honestly doesn’t really bother me when they ask, it’s kind of their way of showing they care,” said Megan Davis, freshman in biology. Davis says she believes Thanksgiving is also not just about the food. “To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and being thankful for the family you have…

Flu Q&A

Q: When will flu activity begin and when will it peak? A: Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Q: What should I do to prepare for this flu season? A: CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from…