New Perspective on Past Event

| Andrea Hucke reporter | Anyone, from first-time camera users to aspiring photographers to experienced professionals, in search of an opportunity to learn more about the field needed to look no further than Pittsburg State University’s Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition. The two-day event, which began at 1 p.m. Friday and ended at 9 p.m. Saturday, welcomed more than 100 participants and volunteers to PSU’s Kansas Technology Center. The seminar consisted of 13 presenters who are all established photographers in their fields, five workshops, a photo competition, door prizes and an awards banquet Saturday night. “The event began as a typical four-speaker, one day, lecture-based seminar that the Student Association of Photographers…

Great Gorilla Games

| Andrea Hucke reporter | Last Friday morning, April 4, Pittsburg State University’s Kansas Technology Center and John Lance Arena were teeming with high school students from the Four- State Area, who were participating in the university’s Great Gorilla Games. The event, which took place throughout the day, consisted of 48 STEM-based and technology-related competitions, demonstrations and exhibits. Mike Neden, associate professor of technology and workforce learning, says this year’s games were an expansion upon a similar pre-existing competition that the college has hosted for the past two years. “The whole thing started a couple years ago when some high school teachers suggested that there be a competition here,” Neden said. “Previously they organized everything…

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…

Planetarian club

Students unite for planet earth | Erika Hall reporter | Students of all political and religious persuasions are finding a common ground in the Planetarian club. “We just really try to emphasize that Republican, Democrat, Christian, Muslim, atheist, we all live on the planet, and it’s something that we should all take care of not because our political parties say so but because it’s the right thing to do,” said Taylor Cunningham, junior in integrated studies. The Planetarian club is an on-campus eco-friendly, non-politically affiliated group that is focused on sustainability and resource management. The Planetarians were formed a few years ago by Julie Adkins. After Adkins graduated, club enrollment and activity fizzled until last…

A taste of Saudi Arabia

| Andrea Hucke reporter | Pitt State is home to a plethora of diverse cultural events and activities, with more than 400 international students bringing these events to life for all Gorillas to enjoy. That being said one such annual event, Saudi Day, hosted by PSU’s Saudi Student Association (SSA), is taking place at 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, in 107 Grubbs Hall. The event, which is happening with the help of nine Saudi students, will highlight several areas of Saudi Arabian culture, including traditional food, dance, economy and everyday life through a presentation and live performance. “Our goal is to introduce our beautiful and unique country to the people who have little information about…

Smoke alarms to ring, permanently

Tobacco policy blowing onto campus | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, walking across campus will become a little less smoky. Pitt State’s Tobacco Policy Task Force will begin implementing a new “Tobacco Free” policy starting next spring. “This is a ‘soft’ implementation,” said Jim Triplett, professor in biology and co-chair of the task force. “That means we will be preparing the campus for the ‘hard’ implementation that will start July 1, 2015. We won’t be banning tobacco products yet, but we will be alerting students that pretty soon those cigarette bins they stand next to and smoke at will be gone.” The “soft” implementation of the policy will last for…

Learning the job… maybe

| Casey Matlock reporter | Students searching for a career in education have an opportunity to meet with employers Thursday as the Teacher Interview Day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weede Auditorium. School districts come from several states for the event. “Fifty-six are from Kansas, 10 from Missouri and three from Oklahoma, and there will be about 117 tables with scheduled interviews,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “Last year we had 63 school districts and this year we have 69, so I am happy to see that go up.” Students and alumni in search of teaching jobs are invited to sign up for interviews, but must do so through…

The emus have it

Students awed by writer’s imagery | Audrey Dighans copy editor | “I never could have thought up that much detail about an emu that just appeared at my house one day,” said Anna Guigli, freshman in marketing. “Sage-Webb’s use of imagery was amazing.” Guigli was one of about 50 students and staff members to attend the Distinguished Writers Series on Thursday, March 6, in the Balkans Room of Overman Student Center. Guest writer Amy Sage-Webb read two of her works from her book “Save Your Own Life.” The event was co-sponsored by the Creative Writing and Women’s Studies departments. Webb was invited to speak in honor of Women’s History Month. “This is a little fun…

Road to war

ROTC cadets attend spring FTX | Kelsea Renz managing editor | The night was cold and clear. Wildlife crept through the underbrush, making the smallest whisper of their presence. A small breeze rustled the leaves in the woods surrounding the concrete bunker where the enemy forces were hiding. Cadets surrounded the bunker, some teams securing the perimeter while some teams slunk through the trees behind the small building to attack. Out of the silence, shots rang out, the slap of paint on trees echoing throughout the area. “Contact! Bound forward!” After the paintballs stopped flying and enemy and cadets alike had “died”, the cadets stood victorious, knowing they had completed their objective. This battle, one…

Too many guys, too many fees, some senators say

| Robin Siteneski reporter | The Student Government Association decided to reject a $2 parking fee increase at its meeting on March 5. The parking fee vote of 11 ayes and 16 nays defeated the resolution without much debate. The assembly also started to discuss changes to its constitution. Major proposals include a change to the way members are voted out of office, and potentially a decrease in the number of senators to 36, from 50. SGA almost did not vote on anything because they were two members short of a quorum when the meeting began. The exact number of missing people required later showed up; Taylor Gravett, SGA president, noted that people 15 minutes…