Summer jazz concert unites music lovers

| Valli Sridharan reporter | More than 50 people, musicians and audience members, gathered on Sunday, June 14, to celebrate the music they love. The annual summer jazz fun concert, in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall of McCray Hall, was scheduled to be held in the Oval but was moved indoors because of rain. The director said that the purpose of the concert was to bring people together for a fun evening. “We enjoy playing our songs very much,” said Robert Kehle, director. “So we wanted to present a collection that would have something for everyone today. And going by the reaction of the audience, I think they really enjoyed it.” Kehle has been…

PSU spends summer updating campus

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Construction signs and hard hats have been a familiar scene at Pitt State this past year and the university is still working to give the campus an updated look. “Summer is that time of year when we work hard to complete projects because that is when it is least disruptive to students and faculty,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect in the Office of Facilities Planning, in a university press release earlier this summer. The renovation of Nation Hall and Overman Student Center have been the two summer projects most publicized, but they are not alone. All together, Facilities Planning has eight projects totaling more than $19 million. These…

A class apart

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Taking courses over the summer gives some students a chance to catch up or get ahead and Pitt State helps students achieve just that by offering a variety of summer classes – online and in the classroom. “I know the class I am taking is a tough one,” said Vincent Kyser, graduate student in school counseling. Kyser, like many others, opted to enroll in a summer course as a way to ensure he would have a desired instructor. “I wanted to be taught by an instructor I knew and was comfortable with,” Kyser said. “So I am not too bothered that I have to study during summer.” Kyser added the…

Summer-Bummer?

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Temperatures are soaring and a lazy mood seems to have enveloped the Jungle. The number of students left in town has been reduced to a trickle, as evident of the grass re-growing where 7,000 students trampled across it since the sidewalk by Overman was zoned off all year. With so few Gorillas around, what is there going on to keep the few entertained? The answer: not much. “I have never seen Pitt look so dead,” said Nabin Shrestha, graduate student in mechanical engineering. “It is like everybody has gone, I have know idea how to kill time.” Mazhar Ladji, graduate student in business administration, decided to go on a float…

Furlough threat brought stress to all on campus

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Kansas Administrative Regulation defines a furlough as a mandatory leave without pay for a preset number of hours during each pay period covered by a furlough. On June 2, more than 280 Pittsburg State University employees and 250 student workers were notified that if the state-mandated furloughs were enforced, they would not be allowed to go to work or be paid. The furlough would have been enforced had state lawmakers and the governor not agreed to a funded budget plan. While lawmakers and the governor did not agree on the rest of the budget plan, they reached an agreement that the furlough would not be implemented. President Steve Scott…

Camps at PSU give knowledge

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Summer is the time for kids to go off to camp and Pittsburg State University expects at least 3,000 people to be on the campus throughout the summer. Corey Ipock, area coordinator of Crimson Commons, says the moving of people in and out of dorms is just like the regular school year, but much closer time-wise. “It’s like opening and closing over the entire summer,” Ipock said. “Our custodial staff cleans each room in between each camp to make sure they are ready for the next group. We also have to have keys ready for each group so they can move in and out as efficiently as possible.” Ipock added…

Former MBA director receives sentence

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | Former MBA director Michael Muoghalu was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Monday, June 8, after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, according to Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney. Muoghalu was also ordered to pay $148,430 in restitution to the university, which the university has yet to receive. Muoghalu admitted in his plea agreement that he committed these crimes while he oversaw the Nigerian graduate student exchange program at PSU. According to the press release from the Kansas District U.S. Attorney’s Office, Muoghalu and an unknown accomplice in Nigeria created fake documents that allowed certain Nigerian students to join the…

City, university hoping for local casino

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | The city of Pittsburg may get the first non-tribal casino in Kansas if the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board (KLGFRB) chooses Kansas Crossing over the other two proposed locations. The three locations in the running are Kansas Crossing at the intersection of highways 69 and 400; Castle Rock near Downstream Casino in Oklahoma; and the former Camptown Casino site on Highway 69 north of Frontenac. The KLGFRB will meet on Tuesday, June 23, to discuss the applicants and could announce its decision that day. “The KLGFRB will look at a number of criteria, including potential revenue, viability, ability of the local municipality to meet the infrastructure needs, etc.,”…

Not yet out of the woods

Sam Brownback

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods. Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July…

Honor lives on

| Kelsea Renz copy editor | Pittsburg area residents gathered to recognize and remember those veterans who gave their lives in war and those who lived on and to especially recognize the 44 Kansas veterans who received the Medal of Honor between the Civil War and the Korean War, on Monday, May 25, at the Pittsburg State University Memorial Day Service. The service was to honor those Medal of Honor recipients with a 16-square-foot granite tablet on the entrance wall of the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. “It is through their brave actions that were done in reckless endangerment to themselves that we are able to bear witness,” said Raymond Vail, commander of the Kansas American Legion….