SURVIVOR TO CHAMPION

Alex Wary, a senior in exercise science, passes the flame to Amber Davish, a senior in therapeutic recreation, for representing the hope for the people caught in human trafficking during Dinner and Candlelight Vigil event in Justice Week in the Oval on Wednesday, November, 5. It is held by IJM to raise the awareness of Human Trafficking.

Holocaust experience leads to human-rights activism | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Whitesitt room 103 was filled past capacity on Thursday, Oct. 30, when more than 100 people gathered to listen to activist Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor and champion of civil, women’s and human rights. “I don’t always have a standing-room only audience,” said Epstein. “I must have something neat to talk about.” Epstein’s lecture was part of the Women’s Studies Lecture Series. “Originally we planned on only bringing one speaker to campus a year,” said Laura Washburn, professor in English. However, after the initial success, she knew the series had to host another speaker. “While in the process of searching, Ferguson happened,” Washburn…

Field of nightmares

| Tyler Koester reporter | When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth … or at the Undead Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. The series, held Thursday, Oct. 30, featured many of Pitt State’s philosophy and social science professors speaking on their fields of study and the relationship between those fields and zombies. Humans vs. zombies Jeremey Wolfe, professor of social work, started the evening’s lecture with a look at human and zombie relations. Wolfe discussed socioeconomic statuses as they would pertain to life if a zombie epidemic ever occurs. His lecture placed a heavy emphasis on the impacts to the lower class. “Bring out the vulnerable and protect them first,”…

The R’s have it in Kansas

Alex Wary, a senior in exercise science, passes the flame to Amber Davish, a senior in therapeutic recreation, for representing the hope for the people caught in human trafficking during Dinner and Candlelight Vigil event in Justice Week in the Oval on Wednesday, November, 5. It is held by IJM to raise the awareness of Human Trafficking.

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Jeremiah Jones reporter | The Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate and, more important to students, the state. With the results of the Kansas general elections, held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Sam Brownback will remain governor over Democrat Paul Davis, Pat Roberts will hold his Senate seat against independent Greg Orman, Lynn Jenkins will continue to act as U.S. representative of District 2 over Democrat Margie Wakefield, and Chuck Smith ousted Democrat Julie Menghini as the District 3 representative to the Kansas House. “My thoughts when I saw the results were that the voters have spoken,” said Taylor Gravett, senior in political science and president of Campus…

Regents approve cutting-edge master’s degree

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State has been first in many endeavors, from sports to academic competitions to adding unusual or new programs. The university will claim another first when it implements the newly approved master’s of polymer chemistry degree program. The program is the final major step of the Polymer Research Initiative, started in 2012 to help Pitt grow in the polymer research field. “A group of us had envisioned a collaboration, a liaison, between the chemistry department, the plastics engineering technology program and the Kansas Polymer Research Center,” said Karl Kunkel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “So we created this initiative that links these three programs on campus to…

Students vigil lights Oval

Taylor Thomas was a junior in mechanical engineering.

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Sunday night’s candlelight vigil for Taylor Thomas weighed heavily on those who gathered in the Oval. More than 40 friends and family came together in memory of Thomas, former Pitt State junior in mechanical engineering, who passed away on Oct. 9, at the hospital due to injuries from a gunshot wound received during a robbery in his home. Taylor Dornez Smith, Darius Euell Rainey, Corbin Joseph Spragg and Bryan Levi Bridges, all of Pittsburg, have been charged in the case. Ariel Everett, junior in psychology and a friend of Thomas, organized the vigil to share his legacy. “I want Taylor to be remembered for how he lived, not how he died,”…

Tricks or treats?

Bailee Deviney, a freshman in nursing, and Lisa Zhuang from Chia, a junior in Finance, carve a pumpkin on the pumpkin carving contest during the Pitt Pal pumpkin carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Halloween holds many options for students | Gretchen Burns reporter | While many students at PSU have already planned what they will do for Halloween, freshmen often experience the holiday away from home and choose to attend parties. Not Ashley McAllister, though. She decided she doesn’t want to party. She wants to go trick-or-treating. “I’m dressing up as either Mario or Luigi and my best friend is going as the other while we trick-or-treat around Pittsburg,” said McAllister, freshman in nursing. “I’m not planning on going to any parties that might occur.” Sarah Lueck has also decided she will skip the parties this year. “I’m going to hang out with my sister,” said Lueck, freshman…

Food for less

Students set to open on-campus food pantry for students | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Students will soon have an on-campus food pantry available for those who may be struggling financially. The Gorilla Assistance Pantry is scheduled to open Thursday, Oct. 30, at 310 Whitesitt Hall. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. Elle Walker, senior in communication and creator of the pantry, says she hopes that students will feel comfortable going there. “We’re hoping that it can help students out of hard times, but that it doesn’t become … a consistent way of getting food,” she said. The Gorilla Assistance Pantry will run on an honor system – students…

And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

Failure to hear cases raises hope

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Tyler Koester reporter | As the debate continues on the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) remains hopeful that, one day, this dream will become a reality. The justices of the Supreme Court assembled at their first private conference of the term on Monday, Sept. 29, where they were scheduled to consider seven appeals from decisions eliminating same-sex marriage bans – three from Virginia and one each from Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Court chose to deny the appeals of all of the same-sex marriage cases, therefore upholding the decisions of the lower courts that legalized same-sex marriage. “I think it’s good they didn’t hear the…

Laymans continue fight for custody

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Amber Layman’s semester abroad visiting family may last longer than her family anticipated. Layman has been forced to remain in Israel since Sept. 4, after her biological father, Shahar, claimed her mother, his ex-wife Danielle, kidnapped Amber from Israel in 2010 and has refused to let Shahar contact her. At the hearing in Israel on Thursday, Oct. 2, the rabbinical court extended the stop exit order until Dec. 1. The judges ruled that, since Amber is from Israel, they have authority over visitation rights with Shahar, though the American courts ruled that Shahar’s parental rights were stripped when Amber’s stepfather, Jeremy, adopted her. “They went for the legality of issuing…