Students reflect on early lessons

| Gretchen Burns editor in chief | Jocelyn Donegan says new students should be just like she was, unafraid to explore the Pitt State community. “Whether it’s going out to events, or hanging out with friends, or trying different classes they didn’t think they would try, it’s a fun experience,” said Donegan, sophomore in communication and business management. “Don’t get stuck in your room because you’re too nervous to go out and try something. “Football games and other sporting events are obviously things to go to because they are so much fun, but things sponsored by different clubs and organizations are usually free, or relatively cheap and a lot of fun.” Cheyenne Yoakum-Moore says that…

How students balance their books

| Gretchen Burns reporter | With students preparing for the start of school, many are thinking about the cost of textbooks and how much those numbers will set them back. However, there are options available to students who may need to lessen the strain on their wallets. According to Fawn Chesnutt, Barnes & Noble bookstore manager, students who rent their textbooks instead of buying them can save up to 80 percent, depending on the edition. “If it’s a used book of a certain edition, the rental price is a lot lower than a new edition that was bought would be,” Chesnutt said. “We rent far more books than we sell because people are interested in…

PSU is tobacco free

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Pittsburg State is tobacco free, and although there are signs that its use has fallen, no means yet exist to actively restrict violations. The university has been promoting the “Breathe Easy” campaign since last January, and the “hard” implementation of the university’s tobacco policy officially took hold on July 1. July 1 also marked the date for an enforcement policy to be decided, but as of Wednesday, July 22, the university is sticking with a policy to discourage tobacco use rather than punish it. In late April, a campus-wide survey was conducted through the GUS system to evaluate the policy. “Our survey showed close to 70 percent of…

KTC summer programs keep growing

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | While much of PSU is under the spell of lazy summer days, there’s no time for that out at the Kansas Technology Center, where not one, but two kids camps are underway. Randy Winzer, professor of engineering technology, and his team of volunteers are busy teaching 25 students ages 9 through 15 how to build, design and program robots for “Adventures in Robotics.” “This is the fourteenth year for the program,” Winzer said. “It started as a way to get kids engaged during the summer with PSU and the department in a way that is both fun and educational.” The students are currently programing and building robotic cars…

$330,000 granted to research park

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Kansas Polymer Research Center may not be well known to most Pitt State students, but that’s about to change thanks to a $330,000 grant the center just received to lay the groundwork for development and expansion. Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) is located next to the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex. Scientists at the center conduct research on plastics and other materials to create new polymers and inventions. “A polymer is a synthetic that can be anything from paint, to plastic, to foam,” said Andrew Myers, executive director of KPRC. “The chairs here in the lobby are actually built from synthetic fibers and a polymer foam we created…

New year brings good times for all

| Gretchen Burns reporter | When the semester begins in August, the first two weeks will be filled with activities that help students hang out with old friends and help new students find some friends of their own. The events, together known as OFF2PSU, are free to all students and allow students to connect to the campus. The two-week-long series begins with Welcome Back Late Night at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in the new Robert W. Plaster Center and will include food, inflatables, games and music. Starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, the Student Success Programs, Career Services, Admission and the Campus Activities Center will host a two-hour pool party at the…

Nation renewal almost done

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Students will arrive in August at a Nation renovated. Work on Nation Hall over the summer has nearly completed the second phase of the renovation that began earlier this year. The work largely mirrors the first phase that the university completed last year, replacing or refreshing the structure’s entire interior. Windows, doors, walls and flooring have been replaced. Rooms have been rearranged to include features such as lighting changes, new air conditioning systems, and a unisex bathroom on each floor. A new laundry area is also being added on the lower floor. President Dagen Worthington of the Residence Hall Assembly, also a resident assistant in Nation Hall, said the…

Axe library may update again

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | While the construction work in front of the Axe library isn’t for the building, Axe may soon have some yellow tape of its own. “During the past year we have conducted an extensive evaluation of services and spaces in Axe,” said Randy Roberts, dean of library services. “The university also engaged the services of an architectural firm to shape the outcomes of the evaluation and input from various meetings to create a concept for future remodeling.” Though no significant remodeling work has or will be done during summer 2015, the library is already preparing for summer 2016, when remodeling work is scheduled to begin. “It will be a…

Koreans cross country over summer

| Marcus Clem guest writer | On the trip of a lifetime, two Korean Pittsburg State students have relied on gritty determination, a couple of bicycles, a few helping hands along the way and not much else. Team KyeongSangNamZa, named for participants Sangnam Ha and Kyeongsang Elon Jeon, set out on May 17 from San Francisco on a route across the United States, with the goal of reaching New York City. Both are seniors in aerospace engineering, with Jeon also majoring in mechanical engineering. The mission, supported by the Korean Student Association (KSA) is to visit as many important landmarks and major U.S. cities along the route as possible, taking every opportunity to talk with…

Students reflect on U.S. travels

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, New York City, Florida, Texas. These are just some of the vacation spots many students, faculty and staff, along with millions of other Americans, will have visited this summer. For many, these are household vacation destination names. But for some Gorillas, these national sights are an international experience. Havila Madugula is one such student whose visit to Niagara Falls this summer was a trip within a trip. Madugula is an international student from India, studying for her master’s in electrical engineering. On top of deciding to travel outside of her country for school, she hasn’t limited her American experience to The Jungle….