SGA aims for new direction

| Marcus Clem reporter | Students can be active about causes or ideas, but in the end, about 40 of them serve as the voice for all their peers to the people in power over Pittsburg State. The senators, president and vice president of the Student Government Association are elected every April. Cabinet officers and judicial board members, appointed by the president with the Senate’s consent, help run and regulate the assembly. Its last election did not pass without incident. “It didn’t get a whole lot of attention until the very end, when everything went haywire,” said Sen. Ashton Halda, junior in accounting. “It was kind of silly and ridiculous.” Two parties of candidates, Letner/Hebrlee…

89.9 FM relies on public support

| Marcus Clem reporter | For decades, KRPS 89.9 FM has served as the home of “Your World in Concert,” but these days, that world is a bit smaller, and more self-sufficient. The home of NPR for the Four-States Area, as well as the extended jazz, classical and blues slates of music that the station offers, is based in Pittsburg State’s Shirk Hall. It’s a professionally oriented and staffed radio station, and students can’t be counted as a reliable target audience, says Missi Kelly, KRPS general manager. “Typically, students discover NPR over their college career,” Kelly said. Sydney Ward, graduate student intern, says that student awareness can be a challenge. “They think of (the station)…

Studying how to study

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter One of the biggest challenges facing freshmen, and all students, is how to properly study and prepare for tests and papers. The Academic Success Workshop Series offers tips and tricks to help students tackle their academics. Sponsored by the Student Success Center in 113 Axe Library, the workshops start in late August and cover anything the academically concerned student could need. Each session builds off the last as the semester progresses, but each is specific enough to stand on its own merits. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up this fall according to Student Success Counselor Ashley Wadell Build Your Personal Strategy for a Great Semester Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday,…

Seniors offer words of wisdom

By: Trent Becker For incoming freshmen, starting college can be daunting, leading many to fall victim to the age-old college “problems.” So to avoid the mistakes of a college amateur, why not look to seniors for guidance? Seniors, because they’ve been there, can offer tips on everything from academic success to help with campus life. One thing is certain, however: This might be the best college advice you get thus far. According to Hayley Flippo, senior in communication, being involved in campus organizations has provided his best college memories. “Each organization has provided so many fun, exciting and embarrassing memories that I will always treasure,” Flippo said. “Get involved in some of the 150-plus organizations…

CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Saturday, Aug. 16 • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you…

Bus service hits funding speed bump

By: Tyler Koester Students who are frequent riders of the PACT bus can expect minor route and schedule changes this year. This comes as a result of the Kansas Housing Services Corporation initiating cuts to the Community Services Block Grant that has been supporting the transportation service. Although 70 percent of state and federal funding is in effect to preserve existing services, the remaining 30 percent in matching funds is left in the breakdown lane. “Our actions result from a local match funding shortfall,” said Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director. “We planned for it and were successful in maintaining our state (20 percent) and federal (50 percent) funding. Because we cannot immediately generate the local…

Giving the gift of art

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter PSU recently received a unique donation from a longtime friend of the university. Norma Monahan Reals bequeathed 31 pieces of art to Pitt State as part of her and her late husband William’s final estate plans. The artwork had previously hung throughout the couple’s home in Wichita. The value of the collection has been appraised at $150,000. “The collection of art was a lifetime passion of my parents. My mother wanted to have this collection donated and displayed it its entirety, in public, in exactly the same way that she arranged it in her living room for all to enjoy and appreciate,” said William Reals Jr. The pieces were on display…

Heckert-Wells project nears completion Mostly internal upgrades under way

| Marcus Clem reporter | To help improve clean air circulation into its laboratories, Pittsburg State turned over Heckert-Wells Hall to Barstow Construction for the summer and part of the fall semester. Lindell Haverstic, architect for facilities planning, says the project to replace ductwork, HVAC systems and laboratory ventilation hoods is set to be done by the end of August. The $4 million project has the primary goal of boosting campus sustainability with systems that react to environmental and lab conditions and improve energy efficiency. “The renovation of our ventilation system will bring our building to state-of-the-art conditions, so it is a really good thing for us,” said Dixie Smith, professor and chair of biology,…

Rec center offers students chance to get fit

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief Being away from home, trying to meet new people and studying for tests and working. These are some of the stresses that students face on any given school year. But for those who are looking to alleviate some of that stress or just trying to get into shape and stay active, the PSU Student Recreation Center is there to help. Located on 2001 S. Rouse, the rec center is available to all current Pitt State students and faculty. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday during the school year and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. To get into the center, all…

Local 4th of July Spectaculars

by: Trent Becker Full schedules of Independence Day celebrations are slated to sparkle the sky in Pittsburg and the surrounding communities, offering countless festivities spanning across the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Thursday, July 3 Pittsburg: Starting at 6 p.m., the city of Pittsburg will begin its full schedule of festivities with a free night of family fun. In addition to the opening of “Kiddieland,” children’s games start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Furthermore, Pittsburg will have a bounce house from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. followed by a movie showing, “Angels in the Outfield,” starting at 9 p.m. by the band dome area. Hepler: If you’re in the mood for a…