Saving art, saving history University to commemorate Russ Hall fire 100 years ago

Tyler Koester Collegio Reporter As she works to restore two presidential busts, Rhona Shand is learning a bit of Pitt State history. “Art isn’t necessarily made for art’s sake,” says Shand, associate professor and chair of the university’s art department. “You sometimes make art to explore history and other disciplines.” Shand has been working on busts of Theodore Roosevelt, who was U.S. president when the university was established, and Woodrow Wilson, who was president when fire destroyed Russ Hall. She is among many faculty members who are taking part in keeping alive memory of the fire 100 years ago. In commemoration of the fire’s centennial, the busts, which have been stored away for years, will…

PSU embarks on polymer science initiative

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief It’s an initiative that’s been three years in the making and it’s now about to take full effect this fall. PSU’s Polymer Science Initiative will enroll its first students this year, offering a new bachelor’s degree program. Polymers are material built of large molecules that are composed of one or more types of structural building blocks which repeat many times along their structure. Petar Dvornic, Ph.D., chairman of Pittsburg State University’s Department of Chemistry, says that PSU’s new polymer chemistry initiative is an academic program that he hopes will create polymer chemists for high-value jobs in industry and research. PSU is also one of the few campuses in the country to offer…

2014 FIFA World Cup preview

Michael Bauer Editor-in-chief Every four years, the biggest stage in soccer occurs, bringing with it the pride and passion of all the countries that have qualified and ending a long wait for thousands of fans around the globe. The FIFA World Cup, rich with triumph and history, will reignite next week in the most successful nation in soccer history: Brazil. Thirty-two of the best teams will square off for the next month with only one goal in mind: to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The teams have been split into groups of eight. The best two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages beginning with the round of 16 and eventually…

4.8 % tuition hike

| Marcus Clem reporter | Students at Pittsburg State will see a tuition bill increase if the university’s state overseer gives the final nod later this year. Under the current proposal, tuition will rise by 4.8 percent, or $113 per semester for a full-time student. With the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents, the new tuition level for full-time students will be set at $2,468. The combination tuition and fee package for the 2013-2014 academic year was $2,953. The Regents are expected to rule on the proposal some time in June. Steve Scott, university president, asked for this increase in light of the decision this year by the Kansas State Assembly to keep overall…

Campus buzzing with building projects

| Trent Becker Reporter | More than $63 million in construction projects are under way on campus, making this one of the busiest building years in PSU history. Since the adoption of the master plan in 2011, construction crews have been quickly chipping away toward PSU’s future, casting million-dollar projects all across campus. So as summer session begins with fall around the corner, students may be wondering about the current state of each construction project. Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, is overseeing all major construction projects on campus, providing the latest developments into the university’s future. Center for the Arts The Center for the Arts, PSU’s largest investment at $33 million, has been a…

BAJA

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Michael Bauer Editor-in-Chief For the second time in school history, Pittsburg State University hosted the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition. The four-day event was from Thursday, May 22, through Sunday, May 25. It was the first time since 2011 that PSU hosted it. Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students from all over the country as well as the globe took part in the competition where they were tasked with designing and building an off-road vehicle that can survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. The static events took place at the Kansas Technology Center and the dynamic events took place…

‘It hit and left’

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30 seconds were enough to ruin 100 homes in Baxter Springs | Val Vita reporter | Do you live here?” “Not anymore,” said Stan Wyczynski, looking at his destroyed house after the tornado hit Baxter Springs on Sunday, April 27. When the sirens sounded at 5:45 p.m., he and his sister didn’t even have time to get in the basement. “I just put my sister in the closet and got in there, too,” said Wyczynski. “All the windows blew away, as well as the entire roof. We felt the wind coming down inside the house. It only lasted 10 seconds. It hit and left.” When the EF-2 tornado that raged for 30 seconds lifted, a…

Festival of Color

Students simultainiously throw colored powder during Holi on Saturday, April 19.

| Students celebrate end of winter with Indian festival | Val Vita guest writer | If you have noticed some people walking around campus with different colors in their hair and on their skin, you can tell where they were on the afternoon of Saturday, April 19. After endless days of cold, around 250 people gathered in the Gorilla Village to celebrate the beginning of spring (a few weeks later) in a festival with lots of color. Participants of Holi, the annual festival of colors, spent three hours throwing colored powders at each other and dancing to both American and Indian music. It all started at noon, when DJ’s Darryl Chism and Jason Escobar played…

850-strong

Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

Off the ballot?

Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…