Working through busy times

| Jordan Schaper SGA President | Hello, Gorillas! Finals are looming and we have a huge playoff game on Saturday, so it is officially the busy part of the semester – and busy is an understatement for what we’ve been doing in the Student Government Association (SGA) the past couple of weeks. We had our “It’s on Us” day on Oct. 30 and it was quite the success. The day centered on changing the culture of sexual violence on college campuses by aiming to eliminate the bystander effect and stepping in to stop a bad situation before it gets worse. We had two hopefuls who were running in the midterm election, gave out $500 in…

What are you thankful for?

| Val Vita | Each person has his or her own way to deal with pain. After something bad happens, some people dive into work. Others cannot stop eating and others prefer drinking. A few months ago, after I went through a breakup, I refused to dive into work, food or alcohol. Instead, I decided to handle my sadness with reading. I’ve always been critical of self-help books, but at the time, I must admit that it was one of these self-help books I read that helped me to get through what I was going through. Especially because one of the challenges proposed by the author was that, each day, regardless of how I was…

Lighting up no more

Staff Editorial Students and faculty will soon face a campus free of smoke when Pittsburg State enforces the tobacco ban in the spring. The university has been working toward this smoke ban since 2012 when students voted in favor of a referendum that would prohibit smoking on campus. Many students are excited about the future of clean air and less avoiding doorways where people congregate to smoke. I am particularly excited not to have to cover my face and seem rude every time I am around someone who is smoking. People with asthma and/or allergies are also grateful for not having to breathe around someone who is smoking. However, not everyone is excited about the…

More than boardrooms and legislation

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Instead of participating in normal Halloween festivities over the past weekend, I traveled with ten other students to the University of Kansas in Lawrence for the Kansas Regional Residential Housing Conference known as MACURH (the Midwest Association of College and University Residence Halls). The drive took only two hours and when I stepped out of the van I began my sixth housing conference experience. I immediately started meeting residents from other schools across the Midwest including Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Minnesota. There were even students from Canada present. While some people probably think a housing conference would be really boring and not worth attending, in actuality,…

Kansas is a red state after all

| Staff Editorial | It’s no surprise that Kansas Republican candidates swept through and claimed re-election. Kansas is a red state after all. When it comes to politics, it seems some students try to be informed about the world, some stand behind their opinions and some get up and vote. But for many, politics just means a lot of ads on TV. The candidates are just names we’re used to hearing on the radio. When it comes to legislation, the average student can’t tell you who wrote it, voted for it, against it or what it’s about. All too often college students seem to have the idea that their vote does not matter. Perhaps one…

Dead men tell no tales

Seek the truth, Speak the truth, Hear the truth, Protect the truth,Love the truth, Learn the truth, & defend the truth unto death – Jan Hus 1369-1415 | Kyleigh Becker reporter | The journalist’s job is to take the words of Hus and put them into everyday practice. Every article written or claim investigated needs to be the truth. A journalist’s job is not to tell what someone wants told, but to tell what needs to be told. There are times, however, when seeking and speaking the truth have had a terrible end. Journalists are jailed, beaten and murdered on a regular basis. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 370 journalists were murdered…

Inform yourself and vote

| Rachel Herring | The executive board, consisting of me, William Ibenthal as vice president, Tadd Lucian as treasurer, and Kiki Eigenmann as secretary, has been coordinating students to volunteer at events. Next week, we will be volunteering at an event hosting Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Rand Paul. The campaigns CRs are working on include Sam Brownback for governor, Pat Roberts for Senate, Lynn Jenkins for Congress, and Chuck Smith for state representative and many more at a local level. We believe in these candidates because they will do whatever they can to protect and defend our constitutional rights. These candidates will make sure the government is held accountable for its…

It’s a busy semester for SGA, campus

Hello, Gorillas, I hope everybody had a good and restful fall break. I know I sure did. But as we now enter the second half of what seems like a very fast semester, we just wanted to let you know what’s been going on and what we have coming up in the world of SGA. We have finished collecting our parking surveys and are working alongside administration to come up with some solutions. Your surveys showed overwhelmingly that you would be interested in us exploring a bus system that would go from the lots out by the softball fields to Kelce and everything in between. We will keep you updated on the progress of this…

Prince charming is not coming

| Val Vita | When I was a kid Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney classic. I thought the idea of falling into a deep sleep until a gorgeous prince woke me up with a kiss was quite wonderful. Those were the kinds of references I grew up with: Aurora sleeping and waiting for the prince to start living; Snow White, doing pretty much the same thing; the Little Mermaid, who even changed who she was to be with the man of her dreams and Cinderella, who just asked for a night off and a dress, but ended up in love with a prince who changed her life. When I got a little older, people…

Remembering Nikki Patrick

| Staff Ediotial | I met Nikki Patrick a month ago. She had called me the day before to schedule an interview for her daily profile, Patrick’s People, in The Morning Sun newspaper. On the day of the interview, a small and fragile woman slowly walked through the Overman Student Center, using a portable oxygen tank and wearing a kerchief on her head. I was expecting a reporter and a photographer, but Nikki arrived alone. She told me after the interview that she had even driven her own car there. During 20 minutes, Nikki asked me some questions about my life, but most of the time, she just let me speak. As a reporter, I…