SGA discusses flurry of bills

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | While the semester tends to “wind down” during dead and finals week, that was not the case for Student Government Association’s (SGA) final meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Dec. 3, as the Senate had more than 14 resolutions and bills to read, debate, table, adopt and pass or reject. With one of the largest in attendance Senates, the debates ranged from a minute to half an hour with the first order of the evening passing a funding request for the upcoming American Student Government Association conference in New Orleans, to which four Pitt State SGA members will attend. The conference is projected to cost $4,000 with transportation to…

Family: It’s a science

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Wednesday, Dec. 3, marked the first celebration of National Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Day at Pittsburg State University. The Pitt State FACS Department celebrated with cake, lemonade and candy in the lobby of the FACS building, and passing students were encouraged to join in and have some cake with the department’s head and professors. “Today was chosen to make this the National day because the founder of…family and consumer sciences was born today,” said Duane Whitbeck, professor of family and consumer sciences and chair of the department. “We will also be presenting a live stream through the national organization featuring a variety of experts in the field answering…

Quitting ain’t easy

Possible cutline: Faculty and students that smoke will have to start smoking off campus next semester as Pittsburg State University goes tobacco free.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new year, a fresh start and a smoke-free Pitt State campus. The university’s tobacco policy will begin its “soft implementation” at the start of the year, when the school’s smoking bins, currently labeled “I’m leaving,” will leave campus … forever. The university will be entirely tobacco-free, all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited. Although many non-smokers are excited to walk across the Oval without breathing a whiff of smoke, for students who do smoke, the change means a change in their lives. “Honestly, I am not bothered by it,” said Richard Trezza, junior in automotive technology. “I use an electronic…

#OAGAAG

Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla | Audrey Dighans copy editor | You hear it. You know it. You probably say it. “Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla” is one of the, if not the, slogan for Pittsburg State University. Students, faculty and staff across the campus have been quoted saying these six simple words. Whether it is said just to be said or taken true to heart, “Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla” is one aspect of Pitt State that many love. #OAGAAG “’Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla’ is much more than a tag line or a slogan,” said Steve Scott, university president. “It captures what it means to be a part of…

Shooting for America

| Tyler Koester reporter | Standing 6 feet, 4 inches, Adrian Fernandez, a shooting guard for the Pitt State basketball team, makes basket after basket and claps and cheers for his fellow teammates. While some athletes may crave the spotlight, Fernandez is no stranger to sportsmanship. In the spirit of international education week where a mutual understanding between countries is being promoted, Fernandez is a representation of the PSU international student body that proves that the American dream is within their grasp, too. Fernandez was born in Majadahonda, Spain, and has played basketball since age 3. “It runs in my family,” Fernandez said. “When I was a baby, my parents gave me a little ball…

A team of (big) brothers

| Charles A. Ault Reporter | Jake Bullard, junior in manufacturing engineering technology and guard for the Pitt State men’s basketball team is usually pretty busy, but never too busy to sit down with his Little Brother at a restaurant to talk about each other’s weeks. Bullard’s Little Brother recounts all the things going on in his life, all the things he has learned, what he and his friends are up to and anything else he wants his Big Brother to know. Bullard may not actually be the boy’s literal big brother, but he is a Big Brother through the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization dedicated to providing…

PSU choir sets the modd for holiday season

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The PSU choir marked the beginning of the holiday season with the holiday choir singing carols and songs from various cultures on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at McCray Hall. The choir usually presents a 90-minute performance with luncheon. Due to construction on the Overman Student Center, the choir’s performance was scheduled for McCray Hall, instead of the ballroom as in previous years. “We started hearing from people that they were disappointed that we had to cancel the luncheon,” said Susan Marchant, director of choral activities. “Then we came up with the idea to have a shorter version. Glad that everyone enjoyed the music and cookies.” The program lasted 20 minutes, with…

International students say farewell

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Graduating international students got their very own farewell from the university on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. This graduation dinner was for students who graduate in Fall 2014 or those who are in the last month of their student exchange program. “I am so excited to attend a graduation ceremony because I feel so special,” said Yolanda Huang, senior in English who received her Global Leadership Institute certificate during the dinner. “GLI program is so important for me because back home we don’t have anything like that,” she said. “In the United States, they provide a variety of programs to students who want to focus in…

New eats

Pittsburg students excited about getting two new restaurants | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While some are excited for next week because Thanksgiving Break will start after classes on Tuesday, other students are excited for what happens on Monday, Nov. 24: the opening of Buffalo Wild Wings. “I love Buffalo Wild Wings and cannot wait for them to be open,” said Tyler Loseke, junior in wood technology. Loseke says his love for Buffalo Wild Wings goes back to his hometown in Nebraska. “My friends and I always went to Buffalo Wild Wings after school,” he said. “We called it ‘B-dubs,’ we were there all the time.” Loseke isn’t the only Gorilla excited about Buffalo Wild…

You are not alone

| Jeremiah Jones reporter | More than 100 students gathered at Memorial Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 13, to listen to Jamie Tworkowski talk about the story that started To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Tworkowski founded TWLOHA in 2006, a non-profit organization whose goal is to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury and other mental health issues as well as raising funds for treatment and providing resources to those in need of help. The Pitt State student organization TWLOHA sponsored the event and sold T-shirts before and after the presentation, with proceeds benefiting the national organization. Tworkowski focused on spreading the message “you are not alone,” during his presentation. He said…