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…

Spring convocation gives many an inside look

The Spring Convocation hold in the Arts Center on Thursday, Jan 29.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 400 staff, faculty and even a few students, filled the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 29, for the first-ever Spring Convocation ceremony. The crowd was welcomed by Chris Kelly, associate vice president of university marketing and communication, as he explained how the arts center is “changing every day” as the state-of-the-art technology is being installed throughout the building. Kelly welcomed Joe Firman, Bicknell Center director, on stage for a “talk-show” interview and update on Bicknell Center activities. “We’re unpacking all of the equipment,” Firman said, sitting on the show’s “set,” complete with lounge chairs and…

Walking into the future

Kuralay Kussainova, graduate student in human resources, joins the student center tour led by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center, during the construction in Overman Student Center on Thursday, Jan. 29. The construction will be finishsed in June, and the student center will be reopened in the Fall semester 2015.

An inside view of the student center | Audrey Dighans copy editor | We’ve seen the construction and we’ve definitely heard it, so what exactly is going on inside Overman Student Center? For starters, the Crimson & Gold Ballroom is only recognizable by the floor, which, though covered in dust, is still there. The room itself, however, has been divided by the framework for walls that will form a complex of meeting rooms. “We’ve cleaned up the lines of the building a lot,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. “There aren’t any twisting hallways, it’s easy to navigate up here. “It used to be that I’d tell students working at the Information Desk…

Commerce no longer students’ ‘go-to’ bank

Ada Zhang and Celia Xie, juniors in accounting, look at the closing sign in Commerce Bank in the Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Like many once familiar sights in the student center, Commerce Bank will soon disappear for good. Commerce Bank announced on Friday, Jan. 23, that it and the university had reached a mutual agreement to end the banking function of the PSU student ID card or Gorilla Card on May 30. The on-campus location for Commerce will also be closed and walled off by the end of business Friday, Feb. 6. “I think it’s a big deal,” said Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “The metaphor I like to use is you had an infection in one of your fingers and the doctor decided to…

#Ignorethehate

Pittsburg State University students stand outside the campus oval with signs discouraging students to interact with _____, who comes to campus several times a year to protest against homosexuals, and sexually active college students.

Students lead protest against traveling preacher | Pan Liu reporter | Students of the university’s social work program staged a protest called “Ignore The Hate” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Oval. Participants formed a circle around the Oval holding signs with “walk on by” or “ignore the hate.” It was designed to keep a crowd from forming around Matt Bourgault, a preacher from the Consuming Fire Campus Ministry, who usually comes to Pitt State for two days twice a year. “We were expecting him to show up later in the spring once it got warm,” said Andrew Newberry, senior in social work and founder of the student protest. “We didn’t account it was going…

World unites against terrorism

Paris

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | The Paris terrorist attacks reverberated way beyond France’s borders, says Leo Asselin, PSU graduate student in business administration. “I would qualify this as our personal 9/11,” said Asselin, from France. “It wasn’t only an attack toward French people, but it was an attack to France itself. That’s why I say this. Beyond the deaths, the symbol of free press was attacked.” Seventeen people were killed in the Paris area by four al Qaeda-linked suspects. The attacks began Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the office of Charlie Hebdo satire magazine and ended Friday, Jan. 9, at a printing factory outside of Paris. Cherif and Said Kouachi are the alleged gunmen of the…

Low gas prices putting money in students’ pockets

Students can fill up their tanks with more confidence knowing that gas prices are lower.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Peabody, sophomore in psychology, is saving money right now for the future, thanks to low gasoline prices. “I’m not spending my saved money on anything because I can’t spare to lose that money,” she said. “I will be keeping it for future college or personal expenses.” Due to the United State’s increased oil production and lower world demand, gas prices have plummeted from close to $4 a gallon last year to under $2 this year. Crude oil in the U.S. is currently selling under $44 a barrel. “I drive home most weekends and I’ve had to stop before because I didn’t have enough to pay for gasoline,” said Valerie…

Quitting ain’t easy

Possible cutline: Faculty and students that smoke will have to start smoking off campus next semester as Pittsburg State University goes tobacco free.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new year, a fresh start and a smoke-free Pitt State campus. The university’s tobacco policy will begin its “soft implementation” at the start of the year, when the school’s smoking bins, currently labeled “I’m leaving,” will leave campus … forever. The university will be entirely tobacco-free, all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited. Although many non-smokers are excited to walk across the Oval without breathing a whiff of smoke, for students who do smoke, the change means a change in their lives. “Honestly, I am not bothered by it,” said Richard Trezza, junior in automotive technology. “I use an electronic…

Laura Bush coming to Pitt State

Laura Bush

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pittsburg State Women in Government Lecture Series announced that former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to speak on campus next semester. Bush will talk about education, literacy, volunteerism and other topics on Wednesday, April 22, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. “With the arrival of the new center of the arts we wanted its inaugural season to be outstanding,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of university development. Flannery says the lecture series contacted Bush’s staff with a proposal for her to speak at Pitt State and the people in charge of the Series were thrilled when Bush accepted. “She is joining a long line of…