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…

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…