Flawless performances

| Charles A. Ault reporter| Spotlights graced the Pittsburg sky the evening of Thursday, March 12, for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Grand Opening. The Southeast Kansas Symphony, PSU choirs and Pitt State Dance joined building-namesake Gene Bicknell for the celebration. “It was a real joy to be with the local people here at Pitt State and the community,” Bicknell said. “It’s always fun to get up and perform with people who you like to be around.” Though the performance came together quickly as student performers found themselves in rehearsal during midterms, the night seemed to go off without a glitch. “There’s a whole lot of people that worked all week long to…

Music in the air

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Dongho Lee performed a six-piece recital on the Fisk Opus 106 Organ in McCray Hall on Tuesday, March 24. “This is a beautiful, beautiful campus, I really appreciate that Dr. Marchant invited me here,” Lee said. Lee opened the night with a three-movement “Concerto in A Minor,” originally written for two violins and transcribed to organ by Johann Sebastian Bach. “I think it worked well, they said it was difficult to make it sound more full for an organ because the range of the violins was small so I think it showed through in having the different solo parts played back and forth,” said Christina Metzger, sophomore in music….

Organization leaders helping women in need

| Tyler Koester reporter | Women are significantly more economically disadvantaged than men. In a year’s time a woman with a bachelor’s degree will make $19,000 less than a man with the same degree. Women make up two-thirds of minimum wage earners. These statistics and more were some of Megan Stoneberger-Johnson’s opening remarks for her presentation entitled “Women and Poverty: Look for the Helpers,” on Wednesday, March 25. The presentation featured a panel of speakers all affiliated with organizations that work to improve the quality of life of poverty-stricken women in the community. Panel members included Johnson, Pastor Marcee Binder of Wesley House, Rebecca Brubaker of Safehouse Crisis Center and Cheryl Mayo of Mother to…

SGA passes final fee proposals

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association’s (SGA) weekly meeting on Wednesday night, March 11, started off with a report from the Axe Library, which will be extending its hours during Dead and Finals weeks this semester. “We will be open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday,” said Jorge Leon, learning outreach librarian. “We are still organizing programming for the extended hours, but we will have them.” Leon also says that the wireless printing service is due to be up and running when students return from spring break. Sen. Britnee Pond, who currently works as a student employee at Axe Library, added to Leon’s announcements that temporary employees will be hired to…

Campus responds to password change policy

| Tyler Koester reporter | Hackers, beware, it’s time for greater password security at Pitt State. The Office of Information Services (OIS) is requiring faculty and students to change their PSU password by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, as part of its implementation of the PSU Unified Password. The PSU Unified Password is a process that will automatically share a user’s newly created password across different platforms on the university’s website, such as Canvas and GUS. The implementation of this process was put into effect to help reduce the number of passwords students and faculty members have to remember. Students such as Jacob Rowley, sophomore in mathematics, say they support the new system. “Sure, it’s…

Zumba for women’s history month

| Charles A. Ault reporter | A dozen women, students and staff alike, made it to the Oval on Tuesday, March 10, for an hour of free Zumba, sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity. “This is just kind of to get women out together celebrating enjoying Zumba and exercise and the nice weather,” said Maria Thompson, assistant director at the student diversity office who was in charge of organizing the event. “I picked Zumba because I’ve done Zumba before, it’s very uplifting so I thought it was a great way to get women together and have fun.” The dancing was led by Sylvia Bevilacqua, an instructor at Z-Fit, here in Pittsburg. “I think (Zumba)…

‘The surgery was successful’

PSU senior in final stretch of battle with brain tumor | Valli Sridharan reporter | The Hardin family finally heard what they have been anxiously waiting to hear for several months: “The surgery was successful.” Larissa Hardin, senior in psychology, has been battling a tumor in her pineal gland in her brain for the last several months. She had to fight against several stressful symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and vision obstruction, among others. She also had to face a financial challenge, having to organize several fundraising events to pay for her surgery. “Larissa has been so strong throughout this,” said Joan Hardin, Larissa’s mother. “She got involved in all the fundraisers and maintained a…

Adjuncts vs. tenures: different responsibilities

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Adjunct professors are an integral part of any college or university. Most students have been in a class or two that have been taught by one. With more than 100 adjuncts spread across Pittsburg State, they’re a slowly growing presence. The College of Arts and Sciences has 46 adjuncts, the College of Business has 12 and the College of Education has 25. Within the College of Technology, there are 18 adjuncts, which it just around 4 percent of the college’s total faculty. “The number has been fairly consistent throughout the years,” said Bruce Dallman, dean of the college of technology. “We’re seeing a slight uptick now because PSU’s continuing to…

Students praise IEP program

Adults, whose brains have passed the developing stage, have a hard time learning a new language. Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) are challenging their brains to keep developing as they try to master the English language –the language of the globalized world. Many of them say it ain’t easy. “When I came to America, I couldn’t talk to anyone because I didn’t know the language,” said Abdullah Talal, IEP student from Saudi Arabia. “My sister had to help me out. I had to make out what others were saying by looking at their expressions. But now I am able to communicate reasonably well.” Talal says it is important to go beyond classroom teaching;…

Students to know where their $s go

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed vice president Jaci Gilchrist’s Fee Publication resolution during the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, March 4. The resolution will require SGA to publish and update all the information pertaining to student fees on a variety of media, such as display cases, social media, etc., every semester so that students have easy access to the figures. “It’s pretty impossible to find out where student fee dollars go right now,” Gilchrist said. “I think it should be easier for students to find this information. They should know where their money is going and this will also help us to gauge student opinion should we ever…