CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Saturday, Aug. 16 • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you…

Fun things to do to cure back-to-school blues

By: Tyler Koester You’ve just finished your homework for the day and you have nothing else going on. Perhaps you just got out of class and you have the day off from work. What do you do now? Both Joplin and Pittsburg provide plenty of amusing and mind-stimulating attractions that appeal to a variety of people, some of which are described here. 1. Crawford County Historical Museum This museum’s web page boasts it has “one of the largest collections of artifacts, historical displays and educational material in Southeast Kansas.” The museum is the perfect fix for any history addict, containing exhibits of the old mining camps and operations of Crawford County, the Pittsburg Coalfield, a…

Student loan debt takes political stage

| Marcus Clem reporter | American student debtors owe a lot of money, and addressing their ability to pay is steadily gaining national attention. There are several ideas on the table to help with what Forbes charts as the nation’s $1.08 trillion owed by college students. Nearly 12 percent of that amount is tied to accounts that are 90 days past due or in default. “Since the recession began in 2007-‘08, this has been a challenge for our graduates and our students who leave school without graduating, as well,” said Tammy Higgins, Pittsburg State director of student financial assistance. Higgins says that a key problem with student debt nationwide is debtors’ confidence that they will…

PSU announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Pittsburg State has announced the 2014 induction class of the intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Nine members consisting of former athletes will be inducted during the ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 25. The 2014 class is composed of six men and three women. This year’s group includes four-time All-America performer Megan (Corby) Haas, who competed in track and field as well as volleyball from 1991-95; All-America pitcher Daryl Cronk, a member of the baseball team’s 1999 MIAA title; All-America quarterback Brian Hutchins from the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship squad and a runner-up finish in 1992; All-America quarterback Neal Philpot, who compiled a school record 41 victories while…

MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance

Michael Bauer, sports editor Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well. According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188…

PSU commemorates 100 years since Russ Hall fire

Michael Bauer, editor-in-chief In the early morning hours of June 30, 1914, the Pittsburg community gathered and saw in horror what remained of Russ Hall. The Main, as the building was known then, had been struck by lightning in the middle of the night and it wasn’t long before the rest of the building went up in flames. But through perseverance and rebuilding, Russ Hall still stands and 100 years later, the community and the university gathered to honor those who helped restore PSU’s iconic complex. On Monday, June 30, the Russ Hall Fire Centennial Commemoration was held outside the front doors. “Our university has experienced many dramatic moments in the last century,” said Lynette…

World Cup Watch Students gather for world’s top sporting event

Michael Bauer editor-in-chief The world’s premier sporting event has been uniting people in supporting their countrymen. From Germany to Japan to even Pittsburg, fans have held mass gatherings to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Students from Pittsburg State have chimed in, hosting their own watch parties and it’s not only international students, either. On Monday, June 16, PSU students assembled at Varsity’s Sports Bar in Frontenac to watch the United States take on Ghana in its opening match. “My son told me today that they were going to bring in 30 of his friends to watch it,” said Mike Knaup, owner of Varsity’s Sports Bar. Varsity’s is no stranger to hosting watch parties from…

Saving art, saving history University to commemorate Russ Hall fire 100 years ago

Tyler Koester Collegio Reporter As she works to restore two presidential busts, Rhona Shand is learning a bit of Pitt State history. “Art isn’t necessarily made for art’s sake,” says Shand, associate professor and chair of the university’s art department. “You sometimes make art to explore history and other disciplines.” Shand has been working on busts of Theodore Roosevelt, who was U.S. president when the university was established, and Woodrow Wilson, who was president when fire destroyed Russ Hall. She is among many faculty members who are taking part in keeping alive memory of the fire 100 years ago. In commemoration of the fire’s centennial, the busts, which have been stored away for years, will…

PSU embarks on polymer science initiative

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief It’s an initiative that’s been three years in the making and it’s now about to take full effect this fall. PSU’s Polymer Science Initiative will enroll its first students this year, offering a new bachelor’s degree program. Polymers are material built of large molecules that are composed of one or more types of structural building blocks which repeat many times along their structure. Petar Dvornic, Ph.D., chairman of Pittsburg State University’s Department of Chemistry, says that PSU’s new polymer chemistry initiative is an academic program that he hopes will create polymer chemists for high-value jobs in industry and research. PSU is also one of the few campuses in the country to offer…

2014 FIFA World Cup preview

Michael Bauer Editor-in-chief Every four years, the biggest stage in soccer occurs, bringing with it the pride and passion of all the countries that have qualified and ending a long wait for thousands of fans around the globe. The FIFA World Cup, rich with triumph and history, will reignite next week in the most successful nation in soccer history: Brazil. Thirty-two of the best teams will square off for the next month with only one goal in mind: to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The teams have been split into groups of eight. The best two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages beginning with the round of 16 and eventually…