Tensions run high over cabinet appointments

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | There was a lot left unsaid and that was probably for the best during Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 29. Feelings ran high during SGA’s meeting in which Kyle Hostetler, president, and Rachel Herring, vice president, proposed their choices for cabinet members to the Senate. First up was Sen. Jackie Herring, nominee for academic affairs director. J. Herring served on the academic affairs committee during the 2014-2015 Senate. Though she is the president and vice president’s choice for the position, Herring’s qualifications were questioned by Sen. Michael Giffin. “I’m not so concerned as curious as to why Sen. J. Herring has been chosen,” Giffin said. “It…

Superheroes run 5k for charity

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Had they been wearing capes, participants in Saturday morning’s “Superhero 5k” would have had them flapping in the wind. A total of 22 runners participated in the 5k on Saturday, April 25, which started at the PSU Alumni Center and ended a little over an hour later at the same spot after all the runners had crossed the finish line. Though there were no capes involved, many say they still felt like heroes. Jordan Flauding, senior in social work, says she chose to host a 5k to benefit the March of Dimes for a personal reason. “My cousin gave birth to a child who died at 52 days old,”…

Chemistry, biology, physics . . . Oh my!

High-school students tour departments and compete | Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 high-school students toured the sciences taught at Pittsburg State University and participated in events in the annual Science Day last Thursday. The chemistry, biology and physics departments teamed to create stations where the students could learn, compete and test their knowledge on all the sciences. Even while helping, Brittany Mundy said she enjoyed getting to meet students who could be potential Gorillas. “I think Science Day is a great way to show recognition to exemplary high-school students in chemistry, physics and biology and make students excited about science,” said Mundy, freshman in chemistry. “The chemistry department has given me a lot…

Students get last-minute help at Writing Center

| Valli Sridharan reporter | It is again that time of the year when students have to submit many assignments and reports. And this means a lot of writing. For some students it isn’t much of a problem to write long essays, but for the rest, a little bit of assistance can go a long way. And that’s where the Writing Center in the Axe Library steps in. “We offer help for all kinds of writing for all stages of the writing process,” said Lynn Caldwell, assistant director of the Writing Center. “Some students come to us at the beginning stage while others, just to put the right punctuations and that sort of thing.” And…

‘Because’ is a reason to end rape culture

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Emotions ran high during Monday night’s second annual Poetry Slam Against Violence on April 21. More than 30 students and residents attended the Students for Violence Prevention’s event, held in the Dellinger Underground. The poetry slam was organized to bring awareness to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Poetry Month. Caitlin Martin, freshman in psychology, read her poem entitled “Because.” Martin’s poem discussed the reasons she attempts to end rape culture. Up next came Kelsey Lueck, senior in psychology, with her poem “It’s No Problem At All.” Other poems that evening discussed survival stories of sexual assault. Due to the intimate and personal nature of the poems,…

Vamos a bailar!

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Tango, cha-cha and of course salsa were the dances students and faculty learned and danced during the Spanish Club’s “Salsa y Salsa” night. The event was held at the Student Recreation Center and featured dancing, dance instruction and salsa and chips. “We were kind of just wanting to bring the Spanish culture out into the PSU campus,” said Lynzee Flores, junior in Spanish and communication and president of the Pitt State Spanish Club. “We know some of the clubs, international students and organizations do a really good job of presenting their food and their culture so we wanted to do that with Spanish culture.” Flores added this was not…

How well do you know your civics?

| Charles A. Ault reporter | People today are often uninformed on current issues as well as important events in the history of the United States. At least, that’s what a lot of studies show. “I think it’s important the people know what’s going on in today’s world and a lot of people are misinformed,” said Emily Polak, sophomore in biology. “I for one am pretty ignorant on this subject but I am in U.S. politics right now and it has definitely helped my knowledge of what is going on in today’s government.” Citizens of a democracy have the right to elect their government officials, and students are often expected to be one of the…

Hard work for a blooming campus

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Across campus Cate Breneman and her team have been working hard to make sure PSU is in bloom for the spring season. “Our goal as a department is to always be looking for a way to improve on the beautiful campus that we already enjoy,” said Breneman, grounds and maintenance supervisor for the Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance. “We look for areas that can be improved, and look for opportunities to enhance the overall aesthetic of the university.” Breneman says she has a running list of priorities that she tries to tackle. While some of the projects are large and some small, the list often gets interrupted by other projects….

Half of smokers violated ban, survey says

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Fifty-three percent of tobacco users who responded to an online survey said they have violated the campus’s tobacco ban since it was instituted on Jan. 1, according to the university-sponsored survey. “We know that it will take time to change the culture on campus,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services, a member of the task force that wrote the university’s policy against smoking on campus. “We will continue to emphasize education about the policy and respect for it.” The follow-up survey, conducted from March 31 to April 9, again brought to light the university’s policy as the “soft” implementation stage of the policy nears its…

International students celebrate graduation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | International students graduating or finishing their exchange program this semester were given their special night on Thursday, April 16, at the Weede Athletic Complex. The international graduation dinner was attended by Steve Scott, university president, staff members of the International Programs and Services office and more than 100 international students. “This is a big day for all of you,” Scott said. “But it is also a big day for all of us because you remind us of the diversity you bring to our campus.” Students from India, Kazhakstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries all say they will miss Pitt State. “All of the faculty and students, and…