Making a big difference

Raking leaves isn't always boring; Bri Seiler, freshman in elementary education, helps rescatter leaves by throwing a pile into the air during the Big Event on Saturday, April11.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Over 900 students fanned out through Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11, for the annual Big Event. This year’s Big Event, an annual community service projected sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), featured more than 100 job sites – from back yards to storefronts to highway cleanups. SGA’s official statement on Big Event is that after years of loyal support from the community, the least Pitt State students can do is to give back. Student volunteers complete simple tasks such as washing windows, raking leaves, weeding/planting flowerbeds and picking up litter. At the end of Big Event registration last month, 848 students had registered for this year’s Big Event. That…

Little study helper or big health risk?

| Pan Liu reporter | As students get into the end of the semester, with quizzes and tests and projects due, some turn to Adderall as a way to focus and power through the many things that need to get done. “It keeps me up, keeps me focused. You don’t get tired,” said a freshman in business. “It helps me study better for my classes. It helps you win the test.” This student says he began using Adderall as a study help his first semester, even though he’s never been prescribed the drug. It helps him handle the heavy schoolwork load, he says and asked that his name not be used. Adderall is used to…

Students express concern over discrimination laws

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | When Gov. Sam Brownback repealed former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order that protected state employees from harassment and discrimination for sexual orientation or gender equality, Pittsburg State University was quick to be reassured by Steve Scott, university president, that nothing would be changing in the Jungle when it came to the university’s stance against discrimination of any nature. However, not too far away from Kansas, Indiana is in the firing zone for a newly signed SB 536, or the “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” “Over the past week this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation,” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…

Not just another Holi-day

Students attend the Holi Festival of Colors, hosted by the PSU Indian Student Association, on Saturday, April. 4.

Festival of color a cloud of success | Valli Sridharan reporter | Pitt State’s Holi celebration this year meant different things to different people. For some it was a religious celebration while for others it was a pool party with an Indian twist. “Trust me, after playing Holi, I can say that if we celebrate this all over the world, we will be much happier as a community,” said Zhuldyz Zhunussova, junior in political science.. Holi, the Indian spring festival, was organized by the Indian Students Association on Saturday, April 4, at the campus soccer field. Over a hundred members from the university and community spent the day throwing colored water and powder at each…

PSU is thinking enrollment

Think Enrollment

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Early eenrollment victories and woes Students have recently had to add advisement and selecting classes to their schedules to prepare for early enrollment, which began Sunday, March 29, and lasted until Wednesday, April 1, so they could hopefully avoid potential problems. Though Pittsburg State has used the system allowing students to enroll based on how many credits they have for several semesters without much trouble, some students still take precaution to ensure they get the classes they need. AJ Thurman, senior in computer information systems and Spanish, says he was able to get into all of his classes when he enrolled at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the earliest time an…

Kansas legislature looks to freeze tuition

Signs from both the banana party and gorilla league can be seen throughout campus.

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University’s tuition rates may soon be frozen where they are for the next two fiscal years, that is if a proposal drafted by the State Senate late Wednesday, April 1, is passed. With a projected budget shortfall of more than $600 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Gov. Sam Brownback has pushed to keep higher education funding relatively flat. The proposal to freeze tuition, which evolved from budget talks between the Senate and the House, is one such measure legislators are hoping will achieve Brownback’s goal. A budget negotiation meeting to discuss a proposed $15.5 billion spending plan for the state, ended with three senators and…

‘I’ll treat this like a warrior’

Robert McField

Football player continues fight with cancer | Michael Bauer Sports editor | Robert McField knew something wasn’t right. It was a January morning and the junior tight end from St. Louis, Mo., noticed that he didn’t have any feeling in his right arm. After going to Via Christi hospital in Pittsburg, McField went to the emergency room in Joplin, Mo., fearing that it could be horrible. It was then that the nightmare truly began: He was diagnosed with cancer. “I cried immediately after the diagnosis,” McField, who majors in recreation, said. “I don’t think I’ve cried so hard in my life. They told me in Joplin and when they walked in with five doctors and…

Mystery in religion

A student sets up an informational display on the Shroud of Turin. Speaker Russ Breault talked about the subject at the Bicknell Center on Sunday, March22.

Speaker brings mystery of Shroud of Turin to campus | Gretchen Burns reporter | A world of mystery was the center of Russ Breault’s presentation on Monday, March 23, in Grubbs Hall. “The world is full of mysteries from the pyramids to Stonehenge to crop circles,” Breault said. “There is a mystery in the Italian city of Turin. The cathedral of St. John the Baptist houses a mysterious cloth with a mysterious image.” This cloth is known as “The Shroud of Turin,” the cloth believed to have covered the body of Jesus Christ when he was laid in the tomb. The shroud bears the image of a crucified man and has undergone hundreds of thousands…

Students being warned against extortion scam

Students who checked their Gus mail over spring break received a Bulk-E warning from the Pittsburg Police Department after the department received several calls from individuals targeted in an over-the-phone extortion scam. The victims reported phone calls from unknown individuals claiming to be Pittsburg Police officers. Victims were told they had outstanding warrants and would be arrested if they did not send money to the fraudulent callers. Extortion is defined as a crime in which a person or persons forces the victim to do something against his or her will, generally to give up money or property, by threat of violence, property damage, damage to the victim’s reputation or extreme financial hardship. Extortion involves the…

Sales-tax increase proposed

AJ Richardson, senior in exercise science, purchases a 24 pack of Budlight from Thirsty's Retail Liquor on Wednesday, March 24.

If you’re the legal drinking age, about to be or a tobacco user, you may want to consider saving your pennies for your next purchase. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his plan to help balance the state budget on Thursday, March 12, during his State of the State address. Kansas currently has a projected budget shortfall of $648 million and part of Brownback’s plan would be to increase the sales tax on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. Kansas sales tax on alcohol currently sits at 8 percent, putting the state in a three-way tie for 23rd place on the Federation of Tax Administrator’s list of states with lowest alcohol tax. Its next-door neighbor, Missouri, is tied for…