Homecoming is a Gorilla family reunion

| Steven A. Scott PSU President | As Homecoming week unfolds, it brings added energy and emotion to the campus. There’s no doubt it’s a special time of year, and to me, the campus has never looked more beautiful. Homecoming is a time of reflection and connecting to our past through some of the most important traditions we have, including the convocation, Yell Like Hell, the parade and, of course, the football game. This year we will add something new to our list of rich and enduring traditions. Just before the kickoff on Saturday (at 12:13 p.m. to be exact), we will reveal an amazing campus feature that will celebrate our passion for being Gorillas…

Avoiding the rape culture

| Taylor Cunningham | If you’ve been reading the headlines lately, you will know that we are facing an epidemic on college campuses across the country: sexual assault and the obvious mishandling of abuse cases. The neglect that many individuals have faced after reporting the crimes committed against them is disgusting; the effects can only be assumed to be devastating to survivors after the bravery of their voices. As institutions become increasingly complicit in the perpetuation of sexual assault on campuses, we must ask ourselves what ways we aid in the suffering of other human beings who have been victims of sexual assault. An honest, soul-searching question must be asked: Am I aiding in the…

Slavery all over again

| Staff Editorial | Everyone assumed the Supreme Court would take on at least one of the five cases appealed to them regarding same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court, with its ability to decide the constitutionality of prohibiting same-sex marriage for the entire country, chose instead to deny the cases. By doing this, same-sex marriage became legal in those states where the cases originated: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also will leave room for expansion to include another six states in those allowing same-sex marriage. However, the rest of the country is left to fight over the legalization of same-sex marriage on its own. Why did they basically run away? The situation is going…

You can help, too

| Ali Smith guest writer | We live in a culture where our society, more often than not, ignores, trivializes, normalizes or makes jokes about sexual assault, rape and violence in general. I see this every day on the news, in social media, and I hear it in the conversations around me. When the journalists and news anchors blamed Janay Palmer for being abused because “she chose to marry” Ray Rice, I saw the prevalence of victim blaming in our media. When 16-year-old Jada’s sexual assault was videotaped, published on the Internet, and eventually goes viral, I see how our society trivializes and jokes about the violence that happens to our friends, sisters and daughters….

SGA tackling several projects

| Jordan Schaper guest writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well with you all as we get closer to the halfway point of the semester. It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks in SGA as we’ve been trying to tackle a variety of issues. We are still looking for feedback on the parking situation via our transportation survey in the SGA office. We are actively searching for solutions that students can get behind and working with the administration to make those a reality. It’s only going to be available for a little bit longer, so make sure you have your voice heard. We will also be in the Oval the rest of…

Register to vote

Staff Editorial The 2014 Kansas general election is fast approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Many students may not know that, as students, we have the right to register to vote in the state we are going to school. The constitutional right is to register to vote wherever we consider home. This means that, regardless of how temporary our residency here may be, we are able to register to vote in Crawford County if we so choose. A lot of students may not realize just how important it is for us to be able to vote in Kansas. The government of Kansas has authority over our school as a public institution. Therefore, legislation can be enacted…

Letter to the Editor

Don’t blame the victim Dear Editor, I’m writing regarding the lead story on Sept. 18, “When no means NO.”  The photo used the cutline, “Walking around campus alone at night leads to great vulnerability for sexual assault.”  First, this is not a cutline. More importantly, this statement blames the victim. If a woman is walking alone and is assaulted, it is NOT her fault for walking alone, it is the assaulter’s fault for attacking her! A story covering how wrong assault, of any kind, is would be much more beneficial than printing something that gives perpetrators justification for their actions. I am so disappointed in the Collegio.   Jennifer Bristow, MSW, LCSW Graduate student in…

Cracking the whip

| Robert Clark Guest Writer | Today, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 the Campus Administration threatened me. They threatened to steal my bike and destroy my lock. In a strongly worded email to all students they threatened a growing population of cyclists on campus for improperly parking our bikes against railings, poles, etc. Instead of looking at the problem and trying to solve it in a way that would behoove everyone on campus, the administration determined that the best course of action was to crack the whip. But, if they simply looked at the problem for two seconds, they could’ve seen that simply moving bike racks from the KTC (there are at least five bike racks…

SGA President

| Jordan Schaper Guest Writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well for you all as this year starts to pick up. It’s crazy to think we’re already a month into the semester! In the student government realm, we’re starting to find our stride as the last couple weeks have been extremely busy. We have filled all of our open positions, and all 15 new senators were briefed on their duties this past weekend at our retreat and are ready to dive right in. We are also actively trying to find solutions to the parking situation that seems to be a growing concern all across campus. The transportation work group, led by Sen. Bryce…

Racial injustice still reigns

| Staff Editorial | Over a month after the incident where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., the community and police officers are no closer to achieving peace. Most of us know at least a little about the situation: that Darren Wilson, the police officer, shot Brown, who was unarmed, supposedly in self-defense. We also know that Brown was African-American, making this case especially touchy. The racial disparity in Ferguson is immense, with more than two-thirds of the population being black. Yet the police force does not reflect the community in any way. Of the 53 members of the police force in Ferguson, only three are black. This misrepresentation of the community…