Welcome to the Gorilla family

It’s my pleasure to be among the first to welcome you to Pittsburg State University. The start of the fall semester is a time of new beginnings, familiar friendships and endless possibilities. Our faculty and staff share in your excitement at what lies ahead and are here to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you are a new student or a returning senior, you’ll notice a lot of changes taking place at your university. Pittsburg State is abuzz with activity and in the process of completing several major additions and renovations to campus facilities. We’ve renovated more than 89 rooms in Nation Hall and completely updated the heating and air conditioning system in Heckert…

Brazil’s World Cup: an $11 billion trap

Val Vita Here in my country, if you were to ask 10 little boys what they want to be when they grow up, it’s very possible that eight of them will tell you the same thing: soccer player. I’m not overreacting when I say that soccer in Brazil is like a religion. People here go crazy because of it – maybe even more than Americans go crazy for football. In Brazil, all the boys want to be Neymar. This year, as we all know, we are experiencing the delight (or the curse, depending on whom you ask) of hosting the FIFA World Cup. It’s interesting to be here on vacation and have the opportunity to…

“X-Men” sequel an emotional roller-coaster

Casey Matlock “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer, brings in stars from the old and newer X-Men films for a battle of time-linear proportions. The film is picturesque of an apocalypse that takes place in the present day. The future looks bleak, and it is up to present-day Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, and his rag-tag team of mutant cohorts to resolve the problems of the past. The older version of Professor X explained to Wolverine how he’s going to have Kitty, played by Ellen Page, send Wolverine’s consciousness back to the past and into his younger body and that time will continue to pass normally in the present day, even…

‘No animal should be left behind’

| Erica Wilson guest writer | Pets can make the best companions, so it makes sense that sometimes college students feel the need to get a pet. The downside to owning a pet in college is that when students graduate or go home for the summer, they are often unable to take a pet with them. Pets establish strong bonds with their owners. No animal deserves to have that bond broken. The excuses for abandoning an animal can range anywhere from the choice of a landlord who does not allow pets, to claims that animals require more time and money than a student can provide. College students should think long and hard about their animals’…

New edition

Another page turned | Marcus Clem editor in chief | They say time flies when you’re having fun, but that’s not really true; time flies when you’re too busy to notice it. Though I’ve certainly had some fun along the way. This issue will be my last as editor of The Collegio. I would like to think that I’ve managed to leave the newspaper better than I found it, though at most I’ve been a channel for a Pittsburg State community. I envy my successor, but even more, the editors who will be here in the years to come. More and more people will join Pitt State’s ranks and I know the newspaper will get…

Campus Chit-Chat

| Erika Hall reporter | People see in pictures, think in pictures and describe those pictures with words. So, why not tell stories in pictures? Thats describes Pecha Kucha, which is Japanese for “chit-chat.” Pecha Kucha was devised so that people can share their stories in pictures and do so in 20 slides at 20 seconds a slide or for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds. Pecha Kucha is a popular global event that showcases the art of the fast-paced visual presentations on any topic of the presenters’ choosing. Students from Girard Middle School, Pittsburg High, PSU, as well as PSU faculty and staff, presented stories in room S102 on Friday, April 25,…

Earth Day features foolish green-energy stonewall

| Staff Editorial | In the wake of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, Kansas faces becoming polluted by undue influence from special-interest lobbyists in the state legislature. Model legislation has been introduced in Oklahoma, with similar measures on the way in our state and in many others, to curtail the expansion of renewable energy and restrict residents’ rights. Solar lowers costs The big issue here is the practice known as net metering, when a resident who has a solar cell on his or her roof decides to dispense with excess energy by selling it to the local utility. In so doing, he or she gets a nice incentive to go green, and the power…

‘I will always love SGA’

| Taylor Gravett | Wow! What an incredible year it has been. It doesn’t seem possible that it has already been a year since I took office as Student Government Association president, and it’s time to swear in someone new. This entire experience has taught me so much about myself and my abilities, as well as those around me. Being able to carry the message of every single student to local leaders in Pittsburg, state leaders in Topeka, and national representatives in Washington, D.C., has truly been an honor. Throughout the course of the year, many people have asked me what my story was. My story is like that of so many other students at…

Food for thought for SGA

| Staff Editorial | The reactions among the crowd gathered to hear the winner of this year’s Student Government Association election told it all: Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist’s relief and satisfaction, contrasted with Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s resolution to press on amid an air of disappointment. We offer congratulations to Schaper and Gilchrist, but now it is time to get to work, and problems face SGA that go beyond the vision offered by either of the party platforms. Election culture Schaper has pledged to do what he can to heal the scars that this nasty campaign has left behind, but The Collegio has spoken to sources within SGA who indicate that what has…

‘Scheming group’ backing Letner/Hebrlee

| Elle Walker guest writer | As a former senator, Big Event director and presidential candidate for the Student Government Association, it has been disheartening for me to watch this year’s SGA elections process unfold. To me, student government was the cream of the crop when it came to campus organizations. They were a body of students who wanted to serve this campus and leave it a better place than when they arrived. However, if this past year has taught me anything, it’s that reality is never really that pristine. Taylor Gravett, SGA president, Kiki Eigenmann, vice president, and Tadd Lucian, legislative affairs director, have broken SGA’s rules constantly throughout their term, eventually leading to…