Students have variety of opportunities to join

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, Pitt State has clubs that want you to join them. With more than 150 student clubs and organizations, each offers a variety of opportunities from networking to having fun in all areas of study and interest. One such group is the Climbing Club, open to students with a love of heights and who are a bit on the adventurous side. “We climb mainly because it is a physical and mental challenge,” said Bailey Jones, sophomore in justice studies. “ I have not found a bigger sense of accomplishment in anything I have done. Getting to the top of a hard route is amazing.” Climbing Club meets at the Pittsburg…

PSU competes in Red Bull soapbox race

Ian Youvan, junior in finance, Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, Aug 24.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pittsburg State students seem to have a healthy habit of getting the university’s name spread nationwide for a variety of reasons. The latest reason, including one RV, one soapbox in the shape of a gorilla and four friends, called Pittsburg State #SOKB (Straight Outta Kansas Baby) made a few heads turn at the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 24. “It was great to accomplish something so big,” said Ian Youvan, junior in finance and the team’s driver. Youvan’s teammates included Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay. #SOKB took fifth place out of the 40 teams…

Campus copes with high temperatures

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

| Jay Benedict reporter | “I might as well be studying outside,” said Emma Tompkins. “At least there’s a breeze out there.” Tompkins, senior in therapeutic recreation, was studying on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center on Monday afternoon. The building’s cooling system had been offline more than 48 hours, bringing the inside temperature to 90 degrees. Sweat poured off Tompkins as she studied her notes. “Classes should be canceled when it feels like this,” Tompkins said. “It’s distracting and uncomfortable. We’ve got Canvas and email, professors should use them and let us work from home.” However, down the hall in the Human Performance Lab, exercise science majors kept at work, despite the…

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…