Cracking the whip

| Robert Clark Guest Writer | Today, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 the Campus Administration threatened me. They threatened to steal my bike and destroy my lock. In a strongly worded email to all students they threatened a growing population of cyclists on campus for improperly parking our bikes against railings, poles, etc. Instead of looking at the problem and trying to solve it in a way that would behoove everyone on campus, the administration determined that the best course of action was to crack the whip. But, if they simply looked at the problem for two seconds, they could’ve seen that simply moving bike racks from the KTC (there are at least five bike racks…

SGA President

| Jordan Schaper Guest Writer | Hello, Gorillas, I hope everything’s going well for you all as this year starts to pick up. It’s crazy to think we’re already a month into the semester! In the student government realm, we’re starting to find our stride as the last couple weeks have been extremely busy. We have filled all of our open positions, and all 15 new senators were briefed on their duties this past weekend at our retreat and are ready to dive right in. We are also actively trying to find solutions to the parking situation that seems to be a growing concern all across campus. The transportation work group, led by Sen. Bryce…

Racial injustice still reigns

| Staff Editorial | Over a month after the incident where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., the community and police officers are no closer to achieving peace. Most of us know at least a little about the situation: that Darren Wilson, the police officer, shot Brown, who was unarmed, supposedly in self-defense. We also know that Brown was African-American, making this case especially touchy. The racial disparity in Ferguson is immense, with more than two-thirds of the population being black. Yet the police force does not reflect the community in any way. Of the 53 members of the police force in Ferguson, only three are black. This misrepresentation of the community…

DId Facebook create a narcissistic generation?

| Val Vita guest writer | My dad always told my sister and me that we were part of a narcissist generation. I used to think that he was overreacting, but lately, I’m not so sure. If you rationally think about it, we are very narcissistic. And I would blame social media for that. Especially Mark Zuckerberg’s creation: Facebook. We are part of a generation that has the urge to post every single thing we do. Almost nothing is private anymore. I knew someone who said, “It’s not on Facebook, so it didn’t happen.” That was one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard – and one of the incentives that led me to…

Where were you that September day?

| Staff Editorial | With the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks upon us, we at the Collegio reflect back on those tragic events and look forward to what the future may bring because of it. Many of us at Pitt State remember when the towers fell. Most of us were in school at the time and our teachers stopped classes to turn on the news. We watched the clip of the first tower falling and were kept riveted as we watched the second get hit live. Some of us were in elementary school classrooms and hardly understood what was going on, while some did understand. Some people who might be older were in high…

Classes online fee increase

| Zachary Botkin Guest Writer | I was equal parts shocked and confounded when I learned of the university’s decision to double the fees associated with online classes. For many years, the college has levied an additional $18 fee from the students for every credit hour taken online. Unfortunately, this fee was recently changed to $36 – meaning that students enrolled in online courses would now have to pay as much as an additional $54 for each class. I did not feel that this increase reflected the best interests of the student body and, as a member of the SGA, I decided to investigate the individuals who invoked the increase, to learn the rationale behind…

SGA needs your ideas

| Jordan Schaper SGA President | Hello, Gorillas. I hope you’re as excited as I am as we kick off the school year. It has been a busy first couple of weeks here in Student Government, and we’re just getting started. As some of you may know, we have the Collegiate Readership Program in three locations now across campus: in Grubbs Hall, the Kelce College of Business, and the Kansas Technology Center where you can pick up free newspapers with your ID card. We have experienced a few bumps in the road early on, but we should have everything ironed out. Additionally this year, this opportunity will again be open to faculty members. We have…

We must all protect press freedom, everywhere

| Marcus Clem guest writer | A masked fighter for the “Islamic State” beheaded photojournalist James Foley in the desert of Iraq and Syria on Aug. 19. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, we learned how the same man proudly murdered another U.S. reporter, Steven Sotloff, in the same way. It seems incredible, horrifying and unforgivable, and it is. But it’s not entirely unfamiliar, nor is this kind of problem restricted to the Middle East. “I don’t know why you’re videotaping,” said Ralph Hudgens, insurance commissioner of North Carolina, at an Aug. 23 political rally to the journalist recording his speech. That journalist, Nydia Tisdale, ended up beaten, cuffed and charged with a felony after organizers ordered…

Letter to the editor

I am very disappointed by the errors and name-calling in the Collegio staff editorial of August 21 entitled “Governor Sponsors Delusion in Pittsburg.” The Awakening Freedom Tour is incorrectly called “Awakening for Freedom” by the Collegio. The event was not sponsored by Governor Brownback, but by Donna Lippoldt of Wichita, Kansas. Lippoldt is the founder of Culture Shield Network, not the “Cultural Shield Center.” Apparently The Collegio did not check these facts. The featured speaker, Neil Mammen, is neither a crackpot nor an idiot, but a brilliant and compelling young immigrant skilled in logic. Born to East Indian parents, he has degrees in Solid-State Physics and Computer and Electrical Engineering and among other accomplishments has…

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…