Welcome to the Gorilla family

It’s my pleasure to be among the first to welcome you to Pittsburg State University. The start of the fall semester is a time of new beginnings, familiar friendships and endless possibilities. Our faculty and staff share in your excitement at what lies ahead and are here to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you are a new student or a returning senior, you’ll notice a lot of changes taking place at your university. Pittsburg State is abuzz with activity and in the process of completing several major additions and renovations to campus facilities. We’ve renovated more than 89 rooms in Nation Hall and completely updated the heating and air conditioning system in Heckert…

Is nuclear energy safe enough?

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer The demand for energy has been increasing consistently, and it will only get greater. But natural energy resources such as coal, water and oil are rapidly being depleted and can no longer meet the demand, forcing nations to search for alternative energy resources. Nuclear energy gave hope for future energy production, but some incidents forced us to fundamentally rethink using it. Nuclear energy currently provides only 6 percent of the energy used. The debate about nuclear energy safety gained momentum in recent years, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. There have been other nuclear power plant accidents in the past. The Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986…

Windy City site of latest teachers’ union battle

A young girl holds up a sign in support of striking Chicago school teachers during a rally Saturday, Sept. 15, in Chicago.

Teachers strike for right reasons Luis Aranda | Guest Writer The Chicago teachers union had been on strike for more than a week, displacing 350,000 Chicago public school students from their classrooms. The strike has brought the third largest school district in the country to a halt, sending teachers to the picket lines, forcing administrators to scramble to staff alternative programs for students and forcing parents to make accommodations for their children. The teachers have every right to strike because the actions, and inactions, of the Chicago public schools administration and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I am a native Chicagoan; I was born and raised in the city’s south side. I am not a product…

Mulsim protests target U.S. embassies

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer From Morocco to Malaysia, from Tunis to Khartoum, anti-American protests have erupted and mainly target U.S. embassies. The protesters claim the main reason for their actions is the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” which was created in America. This film denigrated the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic community perceived the film to be blasphemous. However, the severity of the protests and attacks indicates that the motives go far beyond the film. If the reason is that the film was made by an American, then why is it necessary to attack the embassies of Britain and Germany? The protests initially started in Egypt, where an angry mob gathered in front of…

A war over words

Voting on Wednesday Sep. 5 will decide if we keep The Morning Sun, The Joplin Globe, and USA Today free for students at PSU.

Program needs more publicity Steve Chastain | Guest Columnist The Collegiate Readership Program is a great program that I believe the Student Government Association should keep. I am a member of SGA and I have been fighting for this program to stay on campus. The empty boxes around campus need to be filled with newspapers. Most students don’t know that the papers are free. Maybe we as a student government have failed our students, because I have never seen a sign that said free to students. We may have been told, but you don’t remember everything you are told when you are coming in as a freshman. We had a visitor come last Wednesday and…

Students wrap up summer abroad

Hangin’ 10 in Spain Jacobi Spresser | Guest Columnist My last week of classes went by quickly. It was harder than I thought it would be to say goodbye to my classmates and teachers who had become good friends with whom I had spent the last six weeks learning and growing. It’s these kinds of situations when I am thankful for Facebook because, no matter where the world takes us, I know we will be able to keep in touch. The university, Univesidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), was really good to me. If I needed anything they were quick to respond, patient and helpful. The staff was fun and I related to them not…

Fresh wave of territorial dispute in Asia

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Columnist Territorial disputes with its neighbors have been a thorn on the side of China. While the nation is emerging as a superpower, it is losing its neighbors’ trust because of age-old border disputes. These squabbles are not only creating a space for other superpowers such as the United States to play a strategic role in the region, but are also forcing the neighbors to strengthen their military. China’s economy is also doing well so far compared to the rest of the world. China is developing in every aspect and clearly emerging as an economic power not only in the region but in the world. Still, it is unable to diplomatically…