Cuts hit home

Homeless Shelter

Family emergency shelter faces losing funding | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Across the country federal funding cuts are affecting organizations from the East to the West coasts, with no possibility of hopping over Southeast Kansas. Creative Housing Opportunities – Innovative Childhood Education Services (CHOICES), the local family emergency shelter operated by SEK Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), will be one such organization to lose funding. “SEK-CAP is one of eight agencies in operation in the state of Kansas,” said Becky Gray, director of research, planning and grant development. “In our state, funding is managed by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which then allocates the money to each of the agencies.” CHOICES is able to serve…

True gentleman’s welcome

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sigma Alpha Epsilon colony draws mixed Greek reactions |Marcus Clem editor in chief | Leaders of Pittsburg State’s Greek community might seem likely to celebrate a new fraternity colony, but some of them are also a bit cautious. Come on in…? Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) was announced as Pitt State’s prospective seventh fraternity chapter on Jan. 23. Joshua Packard, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, who recently stepped down as Interfraternity Council (IFC) president, and Bryce Schuetz, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and IFC vice president of internal affairs, are not completely confident in the colony. “Here’s the thing,” said Packard, senior in graphic communications. “This colony can be a good thing if it is done in…

Like?

A faculty member (Mark Peterson, assistant professor of political science) helps illustrate the pressures university employees may feel when using social media, after recent action by the Kansas Board of Regents. Photo illustration.

Regents’ social-media policy prompts controversy Marcus Clem | editor in chief Kansas’ governing body for higher education has decided to review a policy that has been subject to extended criticism nationwide since its passage in December. Walked back, sort of The Kansas Board of Regents passed the policy with the goal of giving state university chief executives, including Steve Scott, Pittsburg State’s president, powers over employee social media use. Of concern was the policy’s new power to punish or fire university employees who use social media in ways the executives find harmful. As national criticism mounted, the Regents recommended on Dec. 31 the creation of a workgroup to review the policy and suggest any changes…

Deadly disease

Tyler Egvert, senior in biology and spanish, draws a vaccine.

Meningitis a concern for universities Marcus Clem | editor in chief Young, healthy adults, including college students, generally have few health concerns to fear. One example of a contagious disease that does keep university and public health officials on their toes is bacterial meningitis. “It is definitely (a disease) where infected people should get on aggressive treatment with high-powered antibiotics,” said Carrie Farrington, nurse practitioner at Bryant Student Health Center. Pittsburg’s outbreak Ten years ago, in fall 2003, a meningitis emergency struck Pittsburg State just as students were departing for winter break. University officials and health professionals held emergency sessions on combating the disease that can have a mortality rate, without proper treatment, of as…

Dishing it out, or not

SGA handles allocations with caution Marcus Clem | editor in chief Read the freaking manual. In essence, that is the message that Rodney Kimlin, Student Government Association (SGA) treasurer and graduate student in communication, wants student clubs to take away from this semester’s allocations experience. The way Kimlin sees it – with the support of a solid majority of SGA’s senators – the various 50 percent deductions suffered by student clubs were a slap on the wrist. These organizations, which did not properly submit explanatory appendices to justify their requests for funds, could have been deprived entirely. “The handbook explains everything,” Kimlin said. “The appendices take some time, but those are needed so I can…

$10 an hour?

Gage Stewart, sophomore in electric engineering and technology, works for Sodexo in the Gibson Dining Hall serving students chicken burritos bowls during dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Minimum-wage increase idea triggers national debate Marcus Clem | editor in chief Since the modern minimum wage was launched in 1978, controversy trails any effort to increase it, as many say it overburdens employers and disrupts the economy. Jaci Gilchrist says she believes those worries are alarmist, and that inflation has created a need for another increase. “The argument that this will make prices skyrocket is invalid,” said Gilchrist, sophomore in political science. “Prices will only go as high as consumers are willing to allow them to. “Either way, there is a huge gap between what the average family makes and what the average family needs to be making to support themselves. Any step in…

Too much for Gus

John Botts, freshman in financing, wakes up at 5:00 for his turn to enroll in classes for Spring 2014.

Students experience pre-enrollment delays Kelsea Renz | managing editor Early enrollment for the Spring 2014 semester led to problems with the server and delays from over-submitting pages. The GUS system, which handles online enrollment, was unable to keep up with the heavy traffic and frequent page refreshes and crashed or froze on some people. “I wasn’t able to get in three of my hours because it kept crashing,” said Heather Schmidt, sophomore in elementary education. “I tried three different times to get through the system and didn’t get in one of my classes.” Tim Pearson, assistant director of Information Services, sent students two emails on Tuesday explaining that the GUS system was experiencing over 45,000…

Black robes on the road

Kansas Supreme Court visited campus to listen to four different cases in McRae Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Kansas Supreme Court holds session on campus Marcus Clem | editor in chief In 150 years as the court of last resort for the state, the Kansas Supreme Court has never been in session outside Topeka. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss wanted to change that, and he picked Pittsburg as one of the places to do it. “We want to do this so the people can see who we are, what we do and how we do it,” Nuss said. “We wanted to come out and show people how their tax dollars are being spent.” Draw nigh On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the court’s seven justices convened in McCray Music Hall’s Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall. Nuss…

Only two survive

Anthony Rosen, a sophomore in Automotive Technology plays the role of a zombie while reaching out for his running prey, participants in the 2013 Zombie Run on Saturday, Oct. 26. PSU's Public Relations and Advertising Club held this fundraising 5k at the Wilderness Park, located near Frontenac, KS.

Friesen, Wilson beat the walking dead Jay Benedict | reporter It’s a dark and cloudy morning. The leaves are damp underfoot and soften your footsteps, but they also soften those of your pursuers. The bite of the cool autumn air heightens your senses, but your anxiety too. There’s a steep drop to the left, but the right holds the unknown. It’s a dense tangle of trees and underbrush. A bird gleefully flits to a branch nearby and draws your attention just long enough for a zombie to rush out from where you had just been looking. In seconds it’s over and your day is done. This sounds like the set up for any zombie flick,…

Volkert and Macy win; Pitt State has strong team showing

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Adam Volkert and Jesscia Macy are MIAA cross-country champions. With this victory, both Volkert and Macy have earned All-MIAA honors. Volkert and Macy each won the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association individual cross-country championship title on Saturday, Oct. 26, by winning their races at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg. Macy entered the day with the league’s best 6K time. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 8 seconds; 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Twishanna Williams of Lincoln. Adam Volkert’s winning time was 24 minutes, 35 seconds; ten seconds ahead of second place finisher Laban Sialo of Central Missouri. As a team, however, the Gorilla women were unable…