Toy design show raises funds for Safehouse

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Co-hosted by the PSU art and construction departments, the second annual toy design show and not-for-profit sale will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 30, in the Oval. All profits will benefit the Safehouse Crisis Center. Portico Bowman, professor of art, is one of the driving forces behind the toy design class and the nonprofit sale. She says last year all the toys were sold by noon. “Everything we made this year has market potential,” Bowman said. “We couldn’t be at this level without the co-creation from both departments.” Norm Phillip, associate professor of construction, provides the 3-D printing of the toys for the class. “His…

Charity group tangled in controversy

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Hoffman was bothered when she found out that her hair donations to Locks of Love could be sold to another organization instead of used as a wig for a child as she intended. In a recent article published by the Huffington Post, a nonprofit investigator has claimed that Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes hairpieces for needy children with illnesses that lead to hair loss, produced only 317 hairpieces or wigs in 2011, but should have had enough hair to produce 2,080 hairpieces. “I understand that they can’t keep all the hair because the lengths are uneven or it’s dyed,” said Hoffman, “but if they are going…

Poet Laureate visits PSU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldber and Stephan Locke, photographer, presented a combined presentation of poetry and photography on Wednesday, Feb. 4, as part of the Distinguished Writers Series. Their collaborative work was entitled “Chasing Weather.” Aside from being a photographer, Locke is a professional storm chaser. His photos and videos have been featured on networks including NBC, CBS and CNN. Locke says he is particularly proud of a video he took of the Aurora Borealis in Kansas. “Anderson Cooper did a piece on my ‘Aurora in Kansas,’” Locke said. “It was fun to watch Cooper talk about my movie on CNN.” Mirriam-Goldberg is a professor at Goddard College…

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Dancing with Gorillas

| Casey Matlock reporter | Students learn some moves with Gus on Wednesday, April 23, Dancing With Gorillas event in the Student Recreation Center. The event was meant to spark social opportunities for students and help people of all dancing skill levels. “It is a great way to get out of your comfort zone if you are not a great dancer,” said Conner Paustian, senior in biology, “along with meeting students from different countries.”

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…