SGA OK’s funding for student center tables

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | A resolution to allocate $4,000 of Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) funds for new tables at the soon-to- be-constructed outdoor terrace at Overman Student Center met with some debate at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Sen. Larry Overman questioned the amount to be granted during the resolution’s debate. “$4,000 seems to be out of hand,” Overman said. “As it sits now, the student center won’t be paid off for another 29 years. I feel this money could be put to better use elsewhere.” But legislative affairs director Lindsay Ong and Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, explained to the Senate that the previous year’s SGA administration had made a…

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Midterms, homecoming and puppies

| Charles A. Ault reporter | | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | College can be stressful all the time, but when midterms and homecoming are in the same week the stress can become overwhelming. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Kim Leatherman, senior in social work, provided students with an opportunity to help them deal with the stress that has been mounting throughout the semester. “If we can handle stress now, we will be much better off in the future,” Leatherman said. “I want everyone to be able to just breathe, relax and not get burnout. I know what it’s like.” Leatherman contacted the local humane society to bring puppies for students to play with and provided a…

Don’t worry, be healthy

Health Fair prompts students to focus on well-being | Caitlin Martin reporter | The Oval was filled with information on health awareness on Tuesday, Oct. 7, during the PSU Health Fair. On-campus and off-campus health services were available with information, drawings and giveaways for faculty and students who dropped by. Nursing students like junior Nicholas Wubrdeman were available to check students’ blood pressure and blood glucose levels. “It’s free and there are some important vital signs that students might not normally think about checking unless somebody offers to check them,” Wubrdeman said. “It’s important to know if you have hypertension so that you can take preventive measures. With the blood glucose, some people don’t know…

New donated equipment

| Gretchen Burns reporter| More than 600 high school students crowded into the Kansas Technology Center (KTC) for the annual Open House on Friday, Oct. 3. Students were able to view the state-of-the-art center, learn about the programs and courses offered to Pitt State College of Technology students and ask questions about the KTC and the university to faculty and tour guides, such as Hunter Morrison. Morrison, graduate student in wood technology, stood by the entrance to the wood technology program armed with a guitar, made in the department, ready to answer all the questions fired at him by the visiting, potential future Gorillas. The Open House coordinated perfectly with a recent donation made to…

ROTC teams all place in regional military skills challenge

| Haley Riebel reporter | | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State’s ROTC cadets proved they are the best at strength, skills and cooperation by placing first and third out of 13 for the two men’s teams and second out of six for the women’s team at the Ranger Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4. The Bravo, or secondary team, took first over the Alpha team, even though the Alpha team was slated to do better. “Alpha team is more like a varsity team and Bravo is JV, typically, but this year the tables kind of turned,” said Tanner Quigley, junior in justice studies and Bravo team captain. “The Bravo team kind…

SGA allocates $5,500 for tables, Gorilla Radio

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | | Jon Botts guest writer | Call to order First order of business for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday night, Oct. 1, was the reading and passing of new resolutions to the SGA constitution. The most debated of these involved a change in handling senators whose grade point average falls below the current requirement of 2.50 cumulative. Jaci Gilchrist, vice president, was one of the members on the committee that wrote the resolution that would allow the Senate to call a closed-session meeting and vote on whether a senator will be allowed to retain his or her status should their grade point average fall below the requirement….

Gorilla behind the Steinway

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Imagine sitting on a sleek black bench, hot lights beating down, fingers aching to dance across ivory keys …and the man who once held, or currently holds, the most powerful position in the world today sitting only a few feet away, waiting for you to play. David Osborne, “the Pianist to the Presidents,” knows that feeling. He has played for presidents Reagan to Obama. In the past 15 years alone, Osborne, PSU alumnus, has played at the White House 45 times. Osborne received a master’s degree in music from Pitt State in 1983, after earning his bachelor’s from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. He was awarded Pittsburg State University’s Meritorious…

Preschool lab celebrates 50 years young

| Gretchen Burns, writer | Amber Tankersley, associate professor of family and consumer sciences (FCS) and director of the Family and Consumer Sciences Preschool, says her favorite part of working in the preschool’s Play Lab is the hands-on experience of working with children. Tankersley is one of many students and staff who attended the Play Lab’s 50th anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 25. “It has always been a teaching experience for students to work with children,” Tankersley said. To add to the celebration of the Play Lab “turning 50 years young,” a photo booth was set up by the FCS department with fun props for visitors to use in their photos. For Madison Saxton the event…

What is it for?

2 senators question need for online fee increase | Audrey Dighans copy editor | SGA Sens. Zachary Botkin and Larry Overman had many questions for Steve Erwin, SGA adviser and associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, regarding the much talked about online access fee increase. Increase necessary “The fee increase was larger than fee increases usually are,” Erwin said at the Wednesday night meeting of the Student Government Association. “But keep in mind there hadn’t been a fee increase for online courses in over a decade.” Overman, senior in environmental and safety management, read selected pieces from an article in last week’s edition of the Collegio covering the issue, asking Erwin what…