Poetry in the storm

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Sally Keith’s poetry reading on Thursday, April 2, had a bit of an unexpected audience as many students sought refuge in the basement of Overman Student Center from the evening’s tornado warnings. “Things happen in poetry,” said Keith. “I have never had a tornado warning interruption but I thought the atmosphere was great.” Aside from the ominous black clouds and storm alert warnings going off on the audience’s cellular devices, Keith’s reading of her work “River House,” continued without any other unplanned hiccups. The evening started with Keith listing some of the influences of her poetry. “In this last piece, my mother was a major influence,” she said. “Also…

Owning pets in college: good or bad?

| Tyler Koester reporter | For some students owning a pet is a source of comfort during stressful times. For others, a pet is a way of filling the nostalgia gap after being used to living in a household with pets. In these cases, dogs really are “man’s best friend,” but owning a pet while maintaining a college career offers just as many disadvantages as advantages. Pets can be a cause of great financial weight. According to raisingspot.com, dogs can cost approximately $660 to $5,270 for the first year of ownership. These prices might be disconcerting to students working part time and going to school, which leads into another disadvantage of owning pets: finding the…

Elephants on parade through Porter Hall

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Ceramic elephants balance on their front feet in the University Gallery of Porter Hall and have attracted the attention of many students, faculty, and city residents. The elephants and other pieces in the University Gallery are part of the solo exhibition of artist Ariel Bowman in her show “A Magnificent Migration.” Bowman appeared at Pitt State on Thursday, April 2, to give a lecture to students about her work, which includes ceramics and drawings depicting bizarre sideshow acts, flying-trapeze artists, elephants, clowns and jugglers. “I grew up in Texas and I had a ridiculous amount of pets,” Bowman said. “I had everything from turkeys, ducks and chickens to horses, cats…

Students evaluate teacher evaluations

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Every semester it’s the same thing: No. 2 pencil, sheet with bubbles, professor not allowed in the classroom and a random student employee passing out teacher evaluations. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Dylan McCollar, academic affairs director for the Student Government Association (SGA), gave a report to the Senate about the importance of teacher evaluations and he came with Provost Lynette Olson’s responses to the Senate’s questions about evaluations. McCollar said teacher evaluations are important to the university, but students should realize that it takes about two years for a “bad” faculty member to be put on an improvement plan. “Olson said students also fail to take the evaluations as seriously…

Flannery appointed interim VP for university advancements

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kathleen Flannery was recently appointed to the position of interim vice president for the Office of University Advancement, along with the position of president and CEO of the PSU Foundation. Having previously been employed as the executive director of university advancement, Flannery says she is excited to have been chosen for her new roles and looks forward to what she will be able to help the PSU Foundation accomplish. “It’s only been a few weeks for me but I’ve really enjoyed it,” she said. “It’s been challenging for me so far, but it’s been a great opportunity for me.” Throughout her career at Pitt State, Flannery has worked in several…

Technology becoming issue in classrooms

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Scrolling through Facebook. Scrolling through text messages. Scrolling through Twitter. Across campus, professors are tired of students scrolling while they are teaching. Donald Baack, professor of management and marketing, does not allow the use of any technology in his classroom. He says his decision to “ban” technology is based upon a larger policy in his classroom: courtesy, which includes not being tardy, no excessive talking to peers, no passing notes or leaving class early. Baack added that his technology policy is based on studies conducted at Princeton and Harvard, which reveal students using laptops for note-taking purposes actually impairs learning. “Using a handwriting app on a laptop as an appeasement…

Correction to ‘Merger’

| Karl Kunkel | The lead article (“English, languages depts. merge”) in the January 29, 2015, Collegio included significant inaccuracies that will mislead students and could irritate various faculty.  I would like to correct these errors. 1) In the second paragraph, the clause “…the merger was suggested when there was a call for a change in the structure of academics for departments” makes no sense.  No such general “call” occurred. It is more accurate to state a merger between the Department of English and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures was explored as a result of the Fall 2013 program review decision to eliminate the bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and French. 2) Much of the…

Just keep swimming…across campus

| Audrey Dighans | Yellow tape, hard hats, drilling, sawing and hammering have become part of the day-to-day ambience at Pittsburg State University. The minor inconveniences have started to pay off with the opening of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the still on-time scheduled openings of the Robert W. Plaster Center this spring and the student center next fall. However, all this construction has overlooked a variety of much needed campus renovations and projects—Kelce College of Business, Whitesitt Hall and parking to name a few—which has led to many students asking “why this and not…(insert project here)?” Steve Scott, university president, has kept the campus and the community up to date on…

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…