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…

Homecoming is a Gorilla family reunion

| Steven A. Scott PSU President | As Homecoming week unfolds, it brings added energy and emotion to the campus. There’s no doubt it’s a special time of year, and to me, the campus has never looked more beautiful. Homecoming is a time of reflection and connecting to our past through some of the most important traditions we have, including the convocation, Yell Like Hell, the parade and, of course, the football game. This year we will add something new to our list of rich and enduring traditions. Just before the kickoff on Saturday (at 12:13 p.m. to be exact), we will reveal an amazing campus feature that will celebrate our passion for being Gorillas…

Avoiding the rape culture

| Taylor Cunningham | If you’ve been reading the headlines lately, you will know that we are facing an epidemic on college campuses across the country: sexual assault and the obvious mishandling of abuse cases. The neglect that many individuals have faced after reporting the crimes committed against them is disgusting; the effects can only be assumed to be devastating to survivors after the bravery of their voices. As institutions become increasingly complicit in the perpetuation of sexual assault on campuses, we must ask ourselves what ways we aid in the suffering of other human beings who have been victims of sexual assault. An honest, soul-searching question must be asked: Am I aiding in the…

Slavery all over again

| Staff Editorial | Everyone assumed the Supreme Court would take on at least one of the five cases appealed to them regarding same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court, with its ability to decide the constitutionality of prohibiting same-sex marriage for the entire country, chose instead to deny the cases. By doing this, same-sex marriage became legal in those states where the cases originated: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also will leave room for expansion to include another six states in those allowing same-sex marriage. However, the rest of the country is left to fight over the legalization of same-sex marriage on its own. Why did they basically run away? The situation is going…

You can help, too

| Ali Smith guest writer | We live in a culture where our society, more often than not, ignores, trivializes, normalizes or makes jokes about sexual assault, rape and violence in general. I see this every day on the news, in social media, and I hear it in the conversations around me. When the journalists and news anchors blamed Janay Palmer for being abused because “she chose to marry” Ray Rice, I saw the prevalence of victim blaming in our media. When 16-year-old Jada’s sexual assault was videotaped, published on the Internet, and eventually goes viral, I see how our society trivializes and jokes about the violence that happens to our friends, sisters and daughters….

SGA tackling several projects

| Jordan Schaper guest writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well with you all as we get closer to the halfway point of the semester. It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks in SGA as we’ve been trying to tackle a variety of issues. We are still looking for feedback on the parking situation via our transportation survey in the SGA office. We are actively searching for solutions that students can get behind and working with the administration to make those a reality. It’s only going to be available for a little bit longer, so make sure you have your voice heard. We will also be in the Oval the rest of…

Register to vote

Staff Editorial The 2014 Kansas general election is fast approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Many students may not know that, as students, we have the right to register to vote in the state we are going to school. The constitutional right is to register to vote wherever we consider home. This means that, regardless of how temporary our residency here may be, we are able to register to vote in Crawford County if we so choose. A lot of students may not realize just how important it is for us to be able to vote in Kansas. The government of Kansas has authority over our school as a public institution. Therefore, legislation can be enacted…