Letter to the Editor

Fraternizing with our money Fraternal Leadership Summit, FLS, Greek Weekend, the answer to “Shark Night”, call it what you will but I call it a waste of money and an unnecessary burden on the financials of all PSU students. I recall when FLS was first created. It caused quite a debate. Was it really responsible to spend tens of thousands of dollars, at least $20,000 of which is student fees, to send 15-18% of the student body out of Pittsburg for the weekend of freshman move-in? At the time of the creation, I was a non-Greek student, but yet, I paid to send these Greek students to a “Leadership Programming” conference that was hosted on…

Take chance to be part of student politics

Staff Editorial Student government is important. As we begin a new academic year, we urge all Pittsburg State students, whether they’ve just begun their collegiate career or already imagine themselves in commencement robes, to keep this fact in mind. Few things concern all college students more than money, and this organization has the original responsibility for deciding how much each student pays for everything from parking to today’s constant pace of campus construction. Steve Scott as university president is reliably true to his responsibility to talk to students should the need arise, but SGA works with him regularly to emphasize all student concerns. SGA’s president, Jordan Schaper, represents Pitt State to the state government on…

My pride as a Pitt State international Alumni

| Alheli Aranda guest writer | As a graduating student, I am delighted to have the chance to speak about my experience here in Pittsburg. I am a music major with an emphasis in piano performance and I have a minor in international business. I have had a great four years full of growth, experiences and friends. Pittsburg has become home to me after I decided to start a new life away from my own culture. I came for the international environment, great facilities, meaningful connections and incredible mentors. The school focuses so much on its students that it made me feel as if this institution made sure I had all the tools to be…

Get involved with student government

| Jaci Gilchrist SGA Vice President | Student Government Association serves as the governing entity for all students at Pittsburg State. We are composed of senators representing each of the four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Technology. As a hybrid organization, student government acts as the middleman between the student body and the administration. Representing the interests of all students at both the state and local levels lies at the heart of SGA. Throughout the year, SGA continuously works to involve the student body. The campus is constantly growing and changing. We task ourselves with not only informing students of changes, but of gauging opinion and appropriately expressing it. Allocations are one of…

Governor sponsors delusion in Pittsburg

Staff Editorial Earlier this month, Gov. Sam Brownback visited Pittsburg High School as part of an event Awakening for Freedom. Held by the activist group called the Culture Shield Center, the event purported to be a seminar on Christian faith and how morals may guide policy. Brownback used the event to promote his re-election campaign. That’s to be expected, although event organizers had previously said it was meant to cover themes on religion and morality in government and would otherwise be apolitical. “My opponent [Rep. Paul Davis of Lawrence] is an Obama-style Democrat and I’m a Reagan-style Republican,” Brownback said as part of his remarks to attendees. That aside, most of the content offered during…

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…