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Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

Off the ballot?

Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…

No more 5 a.m.

VJ Puccini, freshman in mathematics, speaks with his advisor Dr. Flood about sorting out his schedule for the Fall of 2014 a few days before enrollment time.

New enrollment system based on earned credit | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Every semester it’s the same. Plan schedule, check. Meet with adviser, check. Wake up at 5 a.m., check and fingers crossed, spots are still available for next semester’s classes. While much of the enrollment process will remain the same, graduate, senior and junior students can say goodbye to setting the alarm. Enrollment for summer and fall 2014 will begin at noon Sunday, April 6. “We have always been needing a better system,” said Heather Eckstein, director of student success programs. “This new system is something that needed to be done.” Last November the GUS system was unable to handle the heavy traffic…

Race begins

Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

Spring Fever

Gage Becker, freshman in mathematics, finds cheaper ways to spend his spring break by lounging around at the park.

Traveling cost-savings methods | Erika Hall reporter | Students are gearing up for spring break with some planning to hit the road, some planning to hit the beach and some planning to stay home. One thing the vacation does make many students wary of is money, or lack thereof. Jacqueline Kelley, senior in communication, says she has been saving since this summer for her trip. “I’m going to Panama City Beach with my friends for seven days,” she said. “I saved like a couple thousand bucks but I obviously don’t need all of that. I’ll probably spend like $300.” Zane Clayton and Patrick Lynn are also going to Panama City Beach and predict the amount…

Let them eat apples

Gus takes some time to pass out apples during the Commemoration of Apple Day last year.

University celebrates annual Apple Day It’s Apple Day at Pittsburg State, or Apple Week for students who participate in the various fruit-themed activities across campus, from eating apple pie to honoring 20-year-old apple trees. One of Pitt State’s oldest traditions ripened well this year. Where is that apple?! Because of the snow day on Monday, March 3, the annual Apple Day Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Center (CAC), was delayed to Tuesday, March 4, ending on Thursday, March 6. Each day of the scavenger hunt, five plastic apples were placed in various locations throughout campus. Clues to an apple’s whereabouts were posted on the SAC Facebook page. Students who…

Coming Soon

The dirt was turned at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday Feb 25.

Propane magnate gifts name to athletics center | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Construction is well under way on the massive expansion to the Weede Athletics Complex, but the ceremonial groundbreaking at John Lance Arena let the university thank those who are making it happen. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Pittsburg State’s future 300-meter indoor track, football practice field and athletics training complex was officially christened the Robert W. Plaster Center. Kendall Gammon, director of development for intercollegiate athletics, who is a former player for the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, emceed the groundbreaking. “It is hard to believe,” he said, “that in little over a year, the space…

Scottish love

Macy Gerkin, freshman in vocal music, takes her turn as a server refilling water during the Madrical Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Choir raises money for trip abroad | Casey Matlock reporter | PSU choral ensemble members came together in the Crimson and Gold ballroom to mix Scotland and love together during the PSU Madrigal Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 16. The ensemble performed Scottish folk music with contemporary American love songs. Austin Stapleton, sophomore in music education, says he appreciated the members of the community coming out to support the arts and help raise funds for the choir’s trip to Scotland. “I think that it is a good way for the community to come out and support us, especially when we are making these international trips,” he said. “These kinds of events show that they are interested…

Love on a budget

Makayla Womble, freshman in nursing, shops for Valentine's Day gifts while trying not to break the bank

Money a concern for students on romantic holiday | Erika Hall reporter | For Seamus Hamilton, Valentine’s Day is a do-it-yourself affair. This year, he says, he will cook dinner for his girlfriend on the traditional day of romance and it will be a cheap but intimate alternative to what is becoming a more expensive holiday. “You have to feed them, you have to get them a gift, and then you have to show them you care,” said Hamilton, junior in communication. “So I’m taking care of the feeding and showing I care by cooking a meal.” Gone are the days when a credit card and candy sufficed to express romance on Valentine’s Day. Dinner…

Snow-pocalypse?

Pitt State students participate in a snowball fight during their snow day on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Milder storm than expected cancels class | Robin Siteneski reporter | After months of what is set to be one of the coldest winters in years, it’s no surprise that Pittsburg got prepared for a pretty icy Tuesday. Pittsburg State canceled classes on Feb. 4 and delayed them until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, but the forecast of between four and eight inches of snow was not reached. Just last week, Atlanta staged a real-life version of “The Walking Dead” as people abandoned their cars on a frozen interstate. It was to be expected, after that city was broadly criticized for lack of preparation, that a storm in Pittsburg would fuel fear. At about 10…