Former MBA program director pleads guilty

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Michael Muoghalu, former PSU MBA program director, pleaded guilty on Monday, March 2, to wire fraud and money laundering, both counts of which he was indicted on Dec. 9, 2014. Muoghalu was charged with defrauding PSU out of $148,430 between about August 2006 and January 2014. As part of his plea agreement, “the parties agree that the amount of restitution owed by (Muoghalu) to PSU is $148,430.” “We’re gratified that the U.S. Attorney agreed that Mr. Muoghalu should pay Pittsburg State the $148,430 in restitution,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president of university marketing and communication. “I would also say that we’re appreciative of the efforts of the FBI, the…

Speaker heralds new age in education

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 50 faculty members and staff filled the Yates lecture hall on Friday, Feb. 27, for a presentation on Open Education Resources (OER) from Cable Green, director of global learning at Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables people to share their works, be it papers, photos or music, on their own terms by providing copyright licenses that can be modified for the creator’s needs. The CC license allows for works to be shared, used and built upon while protecting the rights of the original creator. “If you want to keep it for yourself, that’s OK,” said Green. “If you want to share it, this…

8 more days

Students plan for spring break | Gretchen burns reporter | Ashten Hall is traveling to another state this spring break but not to celebrate the week off school. Instead, she will go home to spend time with her family, whom she hasn’t seen in weeks. “My dad, sister and I are going on a vacation for a couple of days and then I’m going to Kansas City to visit my stepsister with my mom,” said Hall, sophomore in biology. “I want to spend time with my family since I don’t get to go home very often.” Many students across campus are counting down the days until break, when books are laid down and necessities packed…

Apple – bananza!

Entrants of the Student Activities Counsel Apple Pie Eating Contest begin devouring their first apple pies on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Pictured right to left are Courtney Hensler, sophomore in psychology and counseling, D'Juan Thomas, senior in geography, Tyler Morris, senior in history and government, and Brayden Eller, sophomore in physical education.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The annual Apple Day celebrations kicked off this week at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, when the first clue for Student Activities Council’s (SAC) Apple Hunt was posted on the organization’s social media sites. The Apple Hunt this year will last until 4 p.m. today. SAC encourages all students to check the group’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for a clue to find an SAC apple, which are clearly labeled, and bring it to the Campus Activities Center to receive a prize of $20. Only one apple per student is allowed. SAC also kept the apples coming with the organization’s first ever pie-eating contest on Tuesday evening in the…

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…