Sales-tax increase proposed

AJ Richardson, senior in exercise science, purchases a 24 pack of Budlight from Thirsty's Retail Liquor on Wednesday, March 24.

If you’re the legal drinking age, about to be or a tobacco user, you may want to consider saving your pennies for your next purchase. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his plan to help balance the state budget on Thursday, March 12, during his State of the State address. Kansas currently has a projected budget shortfall of $648 million and part of Brownback’s plan would be to increase the sales tax on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. Kansas sales tax on alcohol currently sits at 8 percent, putting the state in a three-way tie for 23rd place on the Federation of Tax Administrator’s list of states with lowest alcohol tax. Its next-door neighbor, Missouri, is tied for…

MIAA Tournament: Men Capture title

The Pittsburg State men's basketball team poses for photos after they won the MIAA Championship against Missouri Southern at The Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday, Mar. 8th.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | T ough defense, a strong team effort and the explosiveness of junior Trey Starks was the combination to the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team beating Missouri Southern 91-65 on Sunday, March 8, in Kansas City, Mo., for the school’s first ever MIAA Conference Tournament. Playing at Municipal Auditorium, the fifth-seeded Gorillas became the lowest seed to win the MIAA Tournament and posted the widest championship margin in history. Pitt State (20-11) scored 24 points off of turnovers and Starks scored a game-high of 24 points, garnering the tournament’s Outstanding Player award. This was Starks’ 11th appearance for the Gorillas. “I didn’t see myself being here (at the start of…

Yearbook Pictures

McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am - 7pm

Say Cheese! Yearbook Pictures are next week. McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am – 7pm. 2015 Kanza.

Apple – bananza!

Entrants of the Student Activities Counsel Apple Pie Eating Contest begin devouring their first apple pies on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Pictured right to left are Courtney Hensler, sophomore in psychology and counseling, D'Juan Thomas, senior in geography, Tyler Morris, senior in history and government, and Brayden Eller, sophomore in physical education.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The annual Apple Day celebrations kicked off this week at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, when the first clue for Student Activities Council’s (SAC) Apple Hunt was posted on the organization’s social media sites. The Apple Hunt this year will last until 4 p.m. today. SAC encourages all students to check the group’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for a clue to find an SAC apple, which are clearly labeled, and bring it to the Campus Activities Center to receive a prize of $20. Only one apple per student is allowed. SAC also kept the apples coming with the organization’s first ever pie-eating contest on Tuesday evening in the…

Warhol’s work stuns viewers

President Steve Scott and Robert Tyler unveil the Andy Warhol piece titled "Beethoven, II. 390" at the Bicknell Center on Wednesday Feb. 25.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | As the curtain dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 25, students, administration, faculty and Pittsburg residents crowded around the brightly colored print of Andy Warhol’s Ludwig Van Beethoven during the unveiling ceremony in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Cat Jepson says she was excited to be able to see the Warhol make its way to the PSU campus. “It’s awesome how fortunate we’ve been to get this piece in Pittsburg, Kan.,” said Jepson, senior in 2-D art. Graduate student Liping Xia performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 22 and Opus 53 before the opening as guests walked around the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby. Kicking it off Rhona McBain,…

Taking the Plunge

Jason Sleep and Emily Crawford jump into the frigid water for charity during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 14.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kelsie Hendryx says she was surprised by the pool’s cold temperature when she submerged herself in the water during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Crimson Villas. “It was a little chilly,” said Hendryx, sophomore in elementary education. “I thought it was going to be a lot warmer because of the weather.” A plunger, Kirsten Farley, sophomore in psychology, agreed. “You hit the water and your body just tenses up,” she said. The Polar Bear Plunge is a community-wide fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. Those who “take the plunge” are required to raise $75 (per participant if plunging in a group) and as a reward…

Snow day.. or not

Lynzee Florez, junior in communications and spanish, leads a tour in front of Russ Hall during the snowfall on Monday, Feb. 16.

| Gretchen Burn reporter | April Huninghake braved the snow on Monday morning and drove to school despite bad road conditions. “It was OK when I went to work this morning, but when I left work to come here, I had to clean off my car again,” said Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “The roads were scary to drive on.” Classrooms across the campus were either canceled or had few students attending because of the weather. Royce Parker received the call that early morning classes were canceled and the university wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. and she still attended her class for the day. “It was difficult getting to class,” said Parker,…

Club presidents react to new allocation process

Students representatives sign in during SGA to ask for allocation money on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

| Tyler Koester | Effective this semester, clubs and organizations across campus have had to accept a twist on the group allocations process. For any campus group to receive its piece of the $60,000 up for allocations this year, it must send a delegate to no fewer than three Student Government Association (SGA) meetings. This new requirement came about last semester when SGA’s former campus affairs director Elle Walker met with student organization presidents. At this meeting a suggestion was made to require that organizations begin attending SGA meetings. “The original idea presented to her (Walker) was to have student organizations attend every SGA meeting,” said Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer. “However, we did not feel…

Casino coming to Pittsburg?

Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Kansas Legislature passed a bill in 2014 that provided for construction of a casino in Southeast Kansas. Potential developers had until Jan. 30, 2015, to create and submit a bid to the state in order for the project to become a reality. Four companies stepped forward, with two bids requesting a license for a casino in Crawford County. Frontenac Development LLC has applied to build a casino at the former Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac while Kansas Crossing Casino LLC, a division of Equity Ventures, has proposed building one in Pittsburg at the junction of highways 69 and 400, land recently annexed by the city. “It’s an opportunity…

Jeronimus breaks record in 81-58 win over Bearcats

,Lizzy Jeronimus getting to the free throw line with ease. Pitt State defeated Central Oklahoma, with the final score being 85-55 Thurdsay, Jan. 29.

| Cameron Molina reporter | Senior guard Lizzy Jeronimus finally eclipsed the longstanding record set by alumna Leslie Dudley for the most points in PSU women’s basketball. The record now sits at 2,048. Immediately preceding Jeronimus’ record-breaking shot, head coach Lane Lord called a timeout and embraced Jeronimus, a kind gesture that reverberated throughout the Gorilla nation. Aside from Jeronimus’ history-making shot, 10 minutes into the game junior Cathy Brugman (11 points, five rebounds) hit a 2-point jump shot to put Pitt State up 17-7. The double-digit lead was whittled down only once when Southwest Baptist’s Mackenzie Skupa (7 points) hit a pull-up jumper to narrow the lead to seven. PSU continued to press on…