Casino coming to Pittsburg?

Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Kansas Legislature passed a bill in 2014 that provided for construction of a casino in Southeast Kansas. Potential developers had until Jan. 30, 2015, to create and submit a bid to the state in order for the project to become a reality. Four companies stepped forward, with two bids requesting a license for a casino in Crawford County. Frontenac Development LLC has applied to build a casino at the former Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac while Kansas Crossing Casino LLC, a division of Equity Ventures, has proposed building one in Pittsburg at the junction of highways 69 and 400, land recently annexed by the city. “It’s an opportunity…

PSU takes $709,000 hit n budget cuts

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It’s happening again. Actually it’s already happened. Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday, Feb. 5, that he will be cutting $44.5 million from the state’s public schools and regent universities, Pitt State included. “The dramatic increase in state education funding that has occurred over the last four years is unsustainable,” said Brownback in an article in the Wichita Eagle. While the ink of Brownback’s signature dries, Pittsburg State will have to prepare to lose $709,000. However, Steve Scott, university president, says not to worry. “At this point, students and faculty should not feel the impact,” Scott said. “Even though we had hoped this cut would not materialize, we actually planned…

Jeronimus breaks record in 81-58 win over Bearcats

,Lizzy Jeronimus getting to the free throw line with ease. Pitt State defeated Central Oklahoma, with the final score being 85-55 Thurdsay, Jan. 29.

| Cameron Molina reporter | Senior guard Lizzy Jeronimus finally eclipsed the longstanding record set by alumna Leslie Dudley for the most points in PSU women’s basketball. The record now sits at 2,048. Immediately preceding Jeronimus’ record-breaking shot, head coach Lane Lord called a timeout and embraced Jeronimus, a kind gesture that reverberated throughout the Gorilla nation. Aside from Jeronimus’ history-making shot, 10 minutes into the game junior Cathy Brugman (11 points, five rebounds) hit a 2-point jump shot to put Pitt State up 17-7. The double-digit lead was whittled down only once when Southwest Baptist’s Mackenzie Skupa (7 points) hit a pull-up jumper to narrow the lead to seven. PSU continued to press on…

“Blessing in a curse’

Student with brain tumor maintains positive outlook | Valli Sridharan reporter| Larissa Hardin has finally found answers to a difficult question, “What is wrong with me?” A few years ago, she suffered one of her worst tetanys, an involuntary contraction of muscles all over her body. “I remember during my sophomore year in high school I went into tetany,” said Hardin, senior in psychology. “The same thing happened in my junior year and I was told that my potassium levels were so low that my heart could have stopped. I was told it was not normal for kids my age.” So began a long search to understand the exact nature of her problem. Hardin went…

Spring convocation gives many an inside look

The Spring Convocation hold in the Arts Center on Thursday, Jan 29.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 400 staff, faculty and even a few students, filled the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 29, for the first-ever Spring Convocation ceremony. The crowd was welcomed by Chris Kelly, associate vice president of university marketing and communication, as he explained how the arts center is “changing every day” as the state-of-the-art technology is being installed throughout the building. Kelly welcomed Joe Firman, Bicknell Center director, on stage for a “talk-show” interview and update on Bicknell Center activities. “We’re unpacking all of the equipment,” Firman said, sitting on the show’s “set,” complete with lounge chairs and…

Students learn lesson for insurance

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Sunday night, Feb. 1, the Nation Hall fire alarms went off. After the all-clear was given for residents to go back inside, they quickly discovered the hall’s resident assistants working to clean up water damage from a burst pipe in the basement. Water from the pipe flooded one room and caused the linoleum flooring in much of the area to need replacing. The burst pipe released hot water and the steam triggered the fire alarms, ensuring all residents were outside away from potential danger until the cause of the emergency could be determined. Melissa Beisel, associate director of university housing, says the water damage to the flooring resulted in one…

Walking into the future

Kuralay Kussainova, graduate student in human resources, joins the student center tour led by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center, during the construction in Overman Student Center on Thursday, Jan. 29. The construction will be finishsed in June, and the student center will be reopened in the Fall semester 2015.

An inside view of the student center | Audrey Dighans copy editor | We’ve seen the construction and we’ve definitely heard it, so what exactly is going on inside Overman Student Center? For starters, the Crimson & Gold Ballroom is only recognizable by the floor, which, though covered in dust, is still there. The room itself, however, has been divided by the framework for walls that will form a complex of meeting rooms. “We’ve cleaned up the lines of the building a lot,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. “There aren’t any twisting hallways, it’s easy to navigate up here. “It used to be that I’d tell students working at the Information Desk…

Commerce no longer students’ ‘go-to’ bank

Ada Zhang and Celia Xie, juniors in accounting, look at the closing sign in Commerce Bank in the Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Like many once familiar sights in the student center, Commerce Bank will soon disappear for good. Commerce Bank announced on Friday, Jan. 23, that it and the university had reached a mutual agreement to end the banking function of the PSU student ID card or Gorilla Card on May 30. The on-campus location for Commerce will also be closed and walled off by the end of business Friday, Feb. 6. “I think it’s a big deal,” said Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “The metaphor I like to use is you had an infection in one of your fingers and the doctor decided to…

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The U.S. Supreme Court decided it will hear cases of whether or not same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “Even if it is passed, we still have to keep up the hope it won’t be taken back in a month,” said Mary Owens, senior in psychology. She adds the LGBTQ community has never felt secure on issues like this. The Supreme Court has had petitions from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan, which have so far gone against an ever-growing national trend of acceptance. Reviewing the history Earlier this month, Florida became the 36th state, along with the nation’s capital, to allow same-sex marriage. Though the Supreme Court originally…

#Ignorethehate

Pittsburg State University students stand outside the campus oval with signs discouraging students to interact with _____, who comes to campus several times a year to protest against homosexuals, and sexually active college students.

Students lead protest against traveling preacher | Pan Liu reporter | Students of the university’s social work program staged a protest called “Ignore The Hate” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Oval. Participants formed a circle around the Oval holding signs with “walk on by” or “ignore the hate.” It was designed to keep a crowd from forming around Matt Bourgault, a preacher from the Consuming Fire Campus Ministry, who usually comes to Pitt State for two days twice a year. “We were expecting him to show up later in the spring once it got warm,” said Andrew Newberry, senior in social work and founder of the student protest. “We didn’t account it was going…