Local 4th of July Spectaculars

by: Trent Becker Full schedules of Independence Day celebrations are slated to sparkle the sky in Pittsburg and the surrounding communities, offering countless festivities spanning across the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Thursday, July 3 Pittsburg: Starting at 6 p.m., the city of Pittsburg will begin its full schedule of festivities with a free night of family fun. In addition to the opening of “Kiddieland,” children’s games start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Furthermore, Pittsburg will have a bounce house from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. followed by a movie showing, “Angels in the Outfield,” starting at 9 p.m. by the band dome area. Hepler: If you’re in the mood for a…

Landscape Maintenance: Feature Profile

Landscape Maintenance: Feature Profile Ask students about the campus landscape and their responses can range from “beautiful” to “spirited.” But it doesn’t there. Dylan Ireland, junior in political science from Overland Park, describes the campus as “enjoyable.” “Well, not right now with the construction and everything. But usually it is nice.” Pedro Oviedo, sophomore in music, agrees that construction is hurting the campus’ natural appearance. “I feel kind of sad when I saw the trees being cut up for this new building (Overman Student Center expansion) and everything,” he said. The person ultimately responsible for keeping the campus looking good, even in times of heavy construction, is Cate Breneman, the university’s landscape architect. Breneman says…

Regents OK $6 increase in athletic fee

| Marcus Clem reporter | On Wednesday, June 18, the Kansas Board of Regents announced that full-time students of Pittsburg State will pay $162 more in tuition and $49 more in student fees per semester for the 2014-2015 year. That leaves the university’s new tuition and fee package at $3,164. Tuition increased 4.8 percent relative to last year, and fees increased 8.2 percent. The fee increase is mostly in line with votes taken by the Student Government Association during the spring 2014 semester as part of the assembly’s annual recommendations on fees. But the athletics fee increase, which primarily provides athletic scholarships and has seen a steady rise in recent years to allow those scholarships…

New arts center to honor Gene Bicknell

Michael Bauer, editor-in-chief For nearly six years, the identity of the leading donor of the new performing arts center at PSU remained a mystery. That all changed on Friday, June 20, when the university unveiled the long-awaited name of the complex, which is to be christened the Bicknell Family Center for the Performing Arts. The building will honor the lead donor, Gene Bicknell, and his wife, Rita, along with the rest of their family. The announcement was made at a public ceremony inside the building, which is currently under construction. “It may come as a surprise to some that he chose to lead a project for the arts, but not to those who know him…

PSU men, women place top 10 at nationals

Michael Bauer, sports editor For the first time in history, both the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in the top-10 team standings at the NCAA Division II outdoor National. The Gorilla men scored 36 point to finish fifth overall while the Pittsburg State women put up 25 points to take ninth place. It was the second-best finish at the NCAA Division II outdoor meet in school history for both teams. “I was really proud of both teams,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “We took a bigger squad to nationals than in the past. You feel more like a team when you have more people going.” The meet took place in…

Season ends with split against UCM

Breaks MIAA Team HR Records | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team saw its season come to an end after a split against the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, April 26, in Warrensburg, Mo. Before taking on the Jennies, the team first faced the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist in a doubleheader on Friday, April 25, in Bolivar, Mo. The Gorillas got a good start in game one when junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit a solo home run in the top of the first. The Bearcats responded in the bottom half of the inning scoring twice, to take a 2-1 lead. In the third inning PSU tied the game with an RBI single…

Hunt begins

| Robin Siteneski reporter | About three months ago Marissa Ibarra, senior in biology, started a quest familiar to all Pittsburg State students: the search for a place to live for next year. Finding a place to live takes effort, and Ibarra says she knew this. She wanted to reduce her rent – she currently pays $320 a month plus up to $100 in utilities – and live somewhere with a patio so that she could be outside and so that one of her roommates could have a pet. “A lot of places went really fast,” she said. “Finally we decided to go look at every place we can and put an application everywhere the…

Election-year games harm higher ed

State assembly, governor remain uncommitted to students | Staff Editorial | At his State of the State address in Topeka earlier this month, Gov. Sam Brownback managed to find a few words of reassurance for Pittsburg State students. That is to say, lip service. If Kansans take the governor at his word – a questionable choice on the issue of higher education – the legislature will in effect treat a gunshot with a Band-Aid. Brownback says he wants to increase higher education funding by about half of the $44 million that was cut last year. Those cuts isolated Kansas. It was only one of five states to cut university funding at all, and the cuts’…

Gorillas pass Division I midterm for Homecoming Despite late-game effort, Abilene Christian falls to Pitt State

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| Michael Bauer sports editor | Jeff Seybold Jr. has proven to be the perfect tool for Pittsburg State’s running game this season. Saturday’s victory over a NCAA Division I Football Champion Subdivision team, the Abilene Christian Wildcats, was just one example. 10,981 fans packed Carnie Smith Stadium for the third-largest home crowd in Pitt State history. Seybold the leader Seybold scored all of Pitt State’s touchdowns in the Gorillas’ win over the Wildcats, 28-20. The Gorillas’ defense ultimately contained ACU’s high-scoring offense, though Abiline Christian has had some difficulty lately as they have lost their past two games. Still, the game served as a noted achievement as Pittsburg State was victorious over the first…

[Insert porn joke here]

Logan Qualls | writer A young man with few cares and fewer worries, Don Jon appears to be the ultimate bachelor. The modern-day Don Juan, Jon has no trouble seducing women and bringing them home for a one-night stand. In addition to his undeniable charm and dashing good looks, Jon also has an uncontrollable obsession with watching pornography. Jon, in his effort to lose himself, relies on pornography for satisfaction. The film does a great job of showing this addictive side to pornography, depicting the incessant urge to watch porn or think about watching porn. His chances of ever having intimacy with a woman have been shattered by the allure of porn compounded by his…