Progress continues

Overman turns dirt on namesake’s expansion | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Many recent Pittsburg State construction projects started with a ceremonial groundbreaking, except these events mostly “broke ground” indoors on the John Lance Arena’s wooden gym floor. Finally, for the centerpiece student life destination on campus, the weather cooperated. On Wednesday, April 30, a groundbreaking was held outdoors on the planned construction site of the Jack H. Overman Student Center expansion. The radical renovation, scheduled to be finished in 12 to 14 months, will launch the building into the 21st century, university officials say. It first opened its doors in 1951 and saw additions in 1963 and 1995; interior renovations to the food…

‘It hit and left’

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30 seconds were enough to ruin 100 homes in Baxter Springs | Val Vita reporter | Do you live here?” “Not anymore,” said Stan Wyczynski, looking at his destroyed house after the tornado hit Baxter Springs on Sunday, April 27. When the sirens sounded at 5:45 p.m., he and his sister didn’t even have time to get in the basement. “I just put my sister in the closet and got in there, too,” said Wyczynski. “All the windows blew away, as well as the entire roof. We felt the wind coming down inside the house. It only lasted 10 seconds. It hit and left.” When the EF-2 tornado that raged for 30 seconds lifted, a…

Regents OK with some of panel’s ideas

Ferry sinking shocks Pitt State Korean community | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The Kansas Board of Regents’ proposed redo of a controversial social-media policy is being met with a lukewarm response from faculty and members of a work group that reviewed the policy. The regents’ governance committee has given preliminary support for new language that will keep the policy focused on university chief executives’ disciplinary power while seeking to affirm free speech and academic freedom protections. Mark Peterson, assistant professor of political science, says he’s taking the new language with a grain of salt. He takes particular issue with one part of the social media policy that restricts speech against “the best interest…

After party defeated, electees opt to leave SGA

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | At least four of the 12 students who were elected as part of the Letner/Hebrlee slate to serve in the Student Government Association for the 2014-2015 academic year have pledged not to take their seats. Viet Nguyen, Kiki Eigenmann and Jakey Dobbs have confirmed to The Collegio that they will not swear in as senators. Sydney Lemos has opted to officially resign. Some members of Letner/Hebrlee who have chosen to stay on say that they believe more of their colleagues will depart in the near future. However, no additional commitments to leave have been announced. Jaci Gilchrist, newly elected SGA vicepresident, says that the assembly’s policy allows for…

Festival of Color

Students simultainiously throw colored powder during Holi on Saturday, April 19.

| Students celebrate end of winter with Indian festival | Val Vita guest writer | If you have noticed some people walking around campus with different colors in their hair and on their skin, you can tell where they were on the afternoon of Saturday, April 19. After endless days of cold, around 250 people gathered in the Gorilla Village to celebrate the beginning of spring (a few weeks later) in a festival with lots of color. Participants of Holi, the annual festival of colors, spent three hours throwing colored powders at each other and dancing to both American and Indian music. It all started at noon, when DJ’s Darryl Chism and Jason Escobar played…

Cream of the crop

Students receive outstanding awards at banquet | Casey Matlock reporter | Kaitlyn Herder and Nicholas Popejoy have left quite a mark on Pittsburg State, and now that mark will be set in stone at the campus flagpole in front of Russ Hall. Herder and Popejoy, the Pittsburg State Class of 2014 Outstanding Seniors, were among many honorees at the Leadership and Awards Banquet on Monday, April 14, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. “It is something that I have worked for since I was a freshman,” said Herder, a double major in marketing and Spanish, “and it sounds cheesy, but I’ve always wanted my name by the flagpole.” Popejoy, an early/late childhood education major, says…

New SGA Senate sworn in

| Robin Siteneski reporter | As it is every time there is change, the new Student Government Association members will need some time to get used to their new jobs. That’s true even with the new leaders, as Jaci Gilchrist, who is now SGA vice president, inadvertently referred to Jordan Schaper, who is now SGA president, as “senator” several times during the assembly’s transition meeting on Wednesday, April 16. Schaper and Gilchrist’s bid to replace Taylor Gravett and Kiki Eigenmann, respectively, received 372 votes, or 59.6 percent; 252 votes, or 40.4 percent, were cast for Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee. Schaper commented on the controversial election process during his first day as SGA president. Before…

Portrait of sympathhy

High school alumni to create photo in memory of shooting victims | Marcus Clem editor in chief | When Hannah Skidmore heard that a man had entered a quiet community center in her neighborhood and opened fire on people at random, she couldn’t accept it. “I just gasped,” said Skidmore, sophomore in math education. “It just didn’t settle in until later that night. I was so upset and worried for our students and what they were going to go through.” Skidmore is organizing with Kenzie Botts and Natalie Gloor to gather with their fellow Blue Valley High School alumni at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the front columns of Russ Hall. With the help…

850-strong

Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

Social-media policy group recommends broad changes

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | A five-month old Kansas Board of Regents social-media policy is a risk to academic freedom, says a task force appointed by the regents to review the policy. The Collegio has obtained a 26-page document released by the work group of university officials that was circulated by Wichita State University’s public relations office on Tuesday, April 8. The document details what changes the work group would like to see made to a policy that covers staff and faculty use of social media and, in a way that prompted severe national controversy, allows university administrators to discipline social-media postings “contrary to the best interest” of their institutions. The policy is…