Pitt State president: ‘Welcome back!’

| Steve Scott university president | By the time you read this, you will have probably already posted pictures to Instagram of your first-day outfit. You surely Snapchatted videos of yourself singing Taylor Swift while driving to campus. And I’m guessing there has already been a tweet or two about how awesome the Overman Student Center looks. And now, allow me to make it official by saying with great energy and excitement: Welcome back! The start of a new fall semester in #GorillaNation is a time of great emotion. We celebrate the return of those who were on summer break, while also welcoming those whose college days are just beginning. And whether you are a…

PSU is what YOU put into it

| Kyle Hostetler SGA President | Pittsburg State University scholars- I’m your Student Government Association President, Kyle Hostetler. I want to welcome to your home away from home, Gorillas! Thank you for choosing to attend Pittsburg State University for the Fall semester of 2015. It is a decision you will not regret as it is an institution with a more than accommodating faculty and some stellar students. Get to know some of your fellow Gorillas and make connections with any of the more than 7,400 fellow students. Look around on campus this year and you will see many advances of our facilities and progress all across our university. It truly is a great year to…

Out with the old In with the new

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | I came in as editor last semester overwhelmed with the responsibility of leading an entire staff and putting an award-winning publication together each week. But throughout the semester I gained confidence and skills that I could take to any job I may seek in the future. It has been a great honor to serve in this role, as a leader of the Collegio and of the student body. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an advocate for and bearer of information to the student body. As the semester is winding down, I’ve had a chance to look through all that the Collegio has been able to accomplish, not only…

Lambda Chi: not just one big party

Lambda Chi Alpha, Zeta chapter, of Pittsburg State University, has accomplished many things this year. This spring semester, Lambda Chi Alpha was able to donate 1,500 pounds of food to its philanthropy organization Feeding America. This will be added onto the chapter’s running total of 6,600 pounds donated last semester. The chapter is looking to reach the plus 10,000-pound goal this coming year with its annual philanthropy events “Watermelon Bust” and “Western Week and Wesley House.” The partnership with Wesley House has aided the chapter by allowing them opportunities to help the community. The chapter was also able to spread the word of sexual assault awareness through Oval time with the help of Alpha Gamma…

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…