Destroying art is more than vandalism

| Staff Editorial | We at the Collegio believe that any freedom is worth protecting, and this includes the freedom of expression. Art, in any fashion, is a form of expression and communication. The SEK Art Fest’s football statues scattered throughout downtown Pittsburg are local artists’ contribution to the area. It is their chance to express themselves by displaying their artistic sense and creativity to the community. The vandalism and damage of those statues on several separate occasions since they were placed is a direct violation of the artists’ right to express themselves, not to mention it’s illegal. Many statues have been irreparably damaged, including two on Aug. 31. The Pittsburg police are working in…

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…

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…

Earth Day features foolish green-energy stonewall

| Staff Editorial | In the wake of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, Kansas faces becoming polluted by undue influence from special-interest lobbyists in the state legislature. Model legislation has been introduced in Oklahoma, with similar measures on the way in our state and in many others, to curtail the expansion of renewable energy and restrict residents’ rights. Solar lowers costs The big issue here is the practice known as net metering, when a resident who has a solar cell on his or her roof decides to dispense with excess energy by selling it to the local utility. In so doing, he or she gets a nice incentive to go green, and the power…

Food for thought for SGA

| Staff Editorial | The reactions among the crowd gathered to hear the winner of this year’s Student Government Association election told it all: Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist’s relief and satisfaction, contrasted with Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s resolution to press on amid an air of disappointment. We offer congratulations to Schaper and Gilchrist, but now it is time to get to work, and problems face SGA that go beyond the vision offered by either of the party platforms. Election culture Schaper has pledged to do what he can to heal the scars that this nasty campaign has left behind, but The Collegio has spoken to sources within SGA who indicate that what has…

It’s SGA’s mess to fix

Staff Editorial On Monday, April 7, Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, apparently couldn’t stand to watch it anymore, and that’s partly understandable. Stepping in to this year’s entirely disrupted student government campaign, he sat Gorilla Alliance down with previously disqualified Letner/Hebrlee and dictated terms. As we’ve said before, SGA elections, which remain open until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, are an important chance for students to choose their leadership. Key word there: students. The circumstances of the vote on the part of SGA’s election board to disqualify Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s party remain grounds for energetic debate. However, students took that vote – students who are mostly elected…

Opportunity

Staff Editorial John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House Representatives, is spitting mad. This time, he says, his opponents nationwide have gone too far. To hear him tell it, it’s as if they’ve violated the sanctity of federal law. “States have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing people up for food stamps,” Boehner said in a press conference on March 13. “And so I would hope the House would try to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing.” Wait a minute, food stamps? Of course, Boehner is so fundamentally tone-deaf as to describe a helping hand to the poor as “fraud,” but as things stand, he can’t do a thing about it….

SGA deals with fee-increase brouhaha

| Staff Editorial | All levels of politics get more active when an election looms, and the Student Government Association is no different as we approach its April ballot. This time of year, SGA also has to pass through its annual schedule of recommendations to the President’s Council and Steve Scott, Pittsburg State’s president, for student fee adjustments. This is the most consequential slate of decisions the body will make. These fees, along with tuition, have seen a steady rise in recent years. For its part, SGA has made a concerted effort to control that increase, and its leadership should be commended for trying to look out for students’ wallets in a time when the…

Gay Valentine’s Day

Same-sex marriage ruling welcome sign of future Staff Editorial In this season of love, it’s about time that the government got out of regulating it. Legalized same-sex marriage in Kansas is on the horizon after a federal judge recently decided that marriage ought to be left to the judgment of the people who want to get married, mystifying logic indeed. Bigots and nitwits nationwide reacted with panic at the ruling on Jan. 14 that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. “Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong,” said Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, in an interview with the local News on 6 channel. On Feb. 11, Kern’s contemporaries in…

Regents endanger rights on social media

Staff Editorial The state’s governing body of higher education has used one professor’s words to justify action that is an ill-advised overreach, at best. Why did they do this? The move to adopt a policy that allows Kansas Board of Regents universities to regulate their employees’ expression on social media came after David Guth, associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas (KU), posted a controversial message on Twitter in September 2013. Guth might have been a little extreme, but the Regents are completely out of line. With the appointment of officials on Jan. 17 from Pittsburg State and its five sister institutions, steps have been taken toward what we hope will be a…