SGA brainstorms ideas on what to do with $12,000

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The open forum portion of Student Government Association’s (SGA) meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, turned into a brainstorm session for ideas on how to spend the Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) fund. The fund currently holds $22,000 and is set up specifically for SGA for a variety of projects to benefit the campus and student body. To keep in line with the Senate’s constitution, at least $12,000 from the CCI fund must be spent by the end of the semester. With a reminder from Steve Erwin, associate vice president of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services and SGA adviser, that CCI funds should be used for a “permanent” installation of something, Senate…

Big Event poised for success

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Every year on the second Saturday in April, hundreds of Gorillas volunteer for the BIG Event. This big outpouring of community service features Pitt State students helping Pittsburg and Frontenac residents with odd jobs such as raking leaves, cleaning gutters or giving an old fence a new coat of paint. This year’s BIG Event will be April 11. Last year more than 650 students registered for the event, performing odd jobs at 122 locations. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and a free T-shirt for their service. BIG Event is managed by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the previous BIG Event chair, Jake Letner, says last year’s event was…

Increasing the odds

| Gretchen Burns writer | Students across campus have begun to think about scholarships that they could potentially receive for the next school year as the Feb. 1 scholarship application deadline draws near. Each department offers its own scholarships of various amounts through the school’s application system on GUS. Students fill out the general application, which is then sorted to his or her department by the GUS system. “Our students do not generally apply for specific scholarships, but are awarded scholarships based on them meeting the criteria with the information that they list on their scholarship application,” said Mimi Morrison, administrative specialist for the Kelce College of Business. “Students who meet the criteria for ACIS, ECON,…

Gorillas begin to ‘Breathe Easy’

| Charles A. Ault reporter | A common sight at Pitt State is gone: students and faculty smoking. Former “designated smoking areas” no longer exist on campus and signs that once covered doors with the message “no smoking within 10 feet of the building entrance” have been replaced with “Breathe Easy”, Pittsburg State is tobacco free.” Although the main focus of the campus’ new tobacco ban is smoking, the policy also includes smokeless tobacco as well as tobacco-free electronic vaporizers or “E-cigs.” Brittany Thomas says she has been instructed that all of “it” (smoking) has to be done off campus. “You can have it in your car but you can’t smoke in the parking lot…

Biknell Family Center for the Arts Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | What is included in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts? The theater and performance hall is equipped with all the sound and lighting technology to help make many upcoming performances a success. The rooms are also equipped with sound, lighting and video equipment. How will the center help students and the community? Our students and the Pittsburg community will receive the benefits of this facility in several ways. Existing groups will be able to provide better performances, new performing groups will be created and external performances will be attracted to the center. The facility promotes economic development as well and we project more people will come to visit Pittsburg….

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…