SGA president fires 4 election judges

2 dismissed election-board members say action motivated by politics | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Pittsburg State’s Student Government Association is embroiled in controversy after Taylor Gravett, SGA president, sacked several of the assembly’s student election monitors after they voted to disqualify the Letner/Hebrlee party from this year’s ballot. On the morning of Friday, April 4, Gravett informed Sen. Lindsay Ong, SGA co-chair of elections, that she had been removed from her position. Also removed were Joshua Packard, SGA public relations director; Sen. James Saltat, Ong’s co-chair; and Sen. Audrey Gilbreath. Gravett then announced that Kiki Eigenmann, SGA vice president, would assume a new role as chair of the elections board. Gravett and Eigenmann…

Seniors are first at Pitt State to enter national competition

| Kelsea Renz managing editor | For the first time Pitt State has a group of students involved in the World Vision/John Brown University Disaster Shelter Design Competition, to be held April 25, 26 and 27. Seniors Austin Leake and Cody Frieden took on leadership of the group as their senior project for construction engineering. “I was originally attracted to the disaster shelter project because I have gone on multiple mission trips around the world and it could potentially be used,” Frieden said. “Austin and I have had classes together and grown close, and when he said he was thinking about it I was definitely in.” The pair decided to take on the challenge after…

Some unpaid internships may violate labor laws

| Robin Siteneski reporter | As Natalie Portman danced her way toward an Oscar in the 2010 production of “Black Swan,” another dark plot was unfolding in the backlot. Two of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ interns for that production sued the company. They were unpaid and their example was followed by many college students across the nation who felt their work deserved compensation. A federal district court in Manhattan ruled that Fox violated federal and state minimum-wage laws during the production. Other entertainment and media companies such as Condé Nast, publisher of magazines such as The New Yorker, Vogue and GQ; Hearst Corporation, owner of over 300 publications including Harper’s Bazaar and 29 television stations; and…

No more 5 a.m.

VJ Puccini, freshman in mathematics, speaks with his advisor Dr. Flood about sorting out his schedule for the Fall of 2014 a few days before enrollment time.

New enrollment system based on earned credit | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Every semester it’s the same. Plan schedule, check. Meet with adviser, check. Wake up at 5 a.m., check and fingers crossed, spots are still available for next semester’s classes. While much of the enrollment process will remain the same, graduate, senior and junior students can say goodbye to setting the alarm. Enrollment for summer and fall 2014 will begin at noon Sunday, April 6. “We have always been needing a better system,” said Heather Eckstein, director of student success programs. “This new system is something that needed to be done.” Last November the GUS system was unable to handle the heavy traffic…

Buses, bikes may be parking solution

| Robin Siteneski reporter | Scott and a panel of university coordinators answered the Student Government Association’s questions Wednesday evening at Grubbs Hall. He suggested that the solution might not necessarily be more parking lots. Scott said there are talks with city administration on building new bike routes. Pitt State is also considering designating parking spots for carpools and hybrid vehicles. Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services, said the university will continue negotiations with the SEK-CAP bus service to provide free shuttles to students from less-used parking lots to university buildings. Erwin added the company has enough buses and drivers for the service, and the next steep would be to…

Race begins

Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

Clothesline in the Oval

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Anyone who hangs his or her laundry out to dry is always thankful for a little wind to get the job done. Members of the Women’s Studies Club felt a similar satisfaction on the breezy afternoon of Wednesday, March 12, as T-shirts flapped in the wind at the Oval, drawing attention to the club’s clothesline project. Phrases such as “I’m not a piece of meat” and “Make love not rape” were written on the shirts in an effort to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence against women. About 14 shirts were strung on a clothesline across the sidewalk from the Oval to Whitesitt Hall. Alyssa Marsh, senior…

Annual campaign kicks off first Friday breakfast

| Kelsea Renz managing editor | Pitt State and Pittsburg area businesses celebrated their 29th year of official partnership at the Community Campaign kick-off breakfast on Friday, March 7. The partnership, formally known as Partners in Progress, was started in 1985 as a way to directly recognize the relationship between the university and the Pittsburg area that has been manifest for more than 100 years. “In 1914 Russ Hall burned down and the community raised $100,000 to help rebuild,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s fitting that it’s been 100 years since that happened. “We’re still strengthening that relationship. It was strong back then, and the…

Spring Fever

Gage Becker, freshman in mathematics, finds cheaper ways to spend his spring break by lounging around at the park.

Traveling cost-savings methods | Erika Hall reporter | Students are gearing up for spring break with some planning to hit the road, some planning to hit the beach and some planning to stay home. One thing the vacation does make many students wary of is money, or lack thereof. Jacqueline Kelley, senior in communication, says she has been saving since this summer for her trip. “I’m going to Panama City Beach with my friends for seven days,” she said. “I saved like a couple thousand bucks but I obviously don’t need all of that. I’ll probably spend like $300.” Zane Clayton and Patrick Lynn are also going to Panama City Beach and predict the amount…

Testing the market

Five Pittsburg State students compete in stock competition | Kelsea Renz managing editor | Five Pittsburg State business students placed fourth in the local part of an annual global competition, in which they assumed the roles of research analysts to value a publicly traded company. The competition, the CFA Institute Research Challenge, is a contest between schools that tests each team’s ability to value a stock and write a report about its results. “A lot of it was just understanding the background of the company,” said Victoria McKinnon, senior in accounting and finance. “We were trying to incorporate what we saw in growth values and change that into a numerical value to understand what the…