Greeks praise, critique weekend conference

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Each year at about 5 a.m., 400 Pitt State students are up, dressed and loading onto charter buses, paid for by the university, on their way to the Fraternal Leadership Summit (FLS). This year the $60,000 annual conference on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, was no exception. Held in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas, Pitt State Greek students attended a weekend of seminars, speakers and various breakout sessions aimed at improving recruitment processes, philanthropy and leadership. “FLS is designed to bring the Greek community together,” said Steven Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “This is our sixth or seventh year of…

Hot Gorillas

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

How are Pitt State’s students and faculty coping with the heat? Find out in this week’s issue of the Collegio.

Student gets help at new campus home

Residents push the screen aside in order to move in larger items to avoid busy stairwells on Saturday, August 16.

| Marcus Clem reporter | It was a circus out there. That’s at least what can be gathered if one follows the Saturday, Aug. 16, theme of getting into the residence halls for roughly 1,500 students. The theme was just to keep the whole idea of starting a new year, or maybe a new life, on-campus fun for both residents and the students who are charged with their care as resident assistants. “It helps some people relax a lot,” said Michelle Smith, junior in nursing, who is now living in the Crimson Commons residence hall and volunteered to help other on-campus students move in. That’s what Ashvin “Ash” Sahni, area coordinator, also has in mind,…

Mum’s the word

Construction works continues infront of gorilla village to build a elegant courtyard or something more?

Students speculate about project | Audrey Dighans | Of late, Pitt State seems to have become the construction industry’s favorite playground and Gorilla Village is no exception. Students on their way to the Kansas Technology Center or perhaps McPherson Hall will find it hard to miss the newest construction zone to the PSU campus. Located directly behind Carnie Smith Stadium, next to the entrance of Gorilla Village, cutting off the bike path and taking out a row of parking spaces is … a secret. “What’s taking place on the east side of the stadium is a very exciting project initiated by a donor,” said Steve Scott, university president. Scott says the university is working to…

President, KOAM news anchor respond to ALS challenge

Steve Scott, university president, took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday, August 19.

Steve Scott, university president, and KOAM News Anchor Tawnya Bach took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday, August 19.  

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…