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…

No more 5 a.m.

VJ Puccini, freshman in mathematics, speaks with his advisor Dr. Flood about sorting out his schedule for the Fall of 2014 a few days before enrollment time.

New enrollment system based on earned credit | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Every semester it’s the same. Plan schedule, check. Meet with adviser, check. Wake up at 5 a.m., check and fingers crossed, spots are still available for next semester’s classes. While much of the enrollment process will remain the same, graduate, senior and junior students can say goodbye to setting the alarm. Enrollment for summer and fall 2014 will begin at noon Sunday, April 6. “We have always been needing a better system,” said Heather Eckstein, director of student success programs. “This new system is something that needed to be done.” Last November the GUS system was unable to handle the heavy traffic…

Race begins

Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

Spring Fever

Gage Becker, freshman in mathematics, finds cheaper ways to spend his spring break by lounging around at the park.

Traveling cost-savings methods | Erika Hall reporter | Students are gearing up for spring break with some planning to hit the road, some planning to hit the beach and some planning to stay home. One thing the vacation does make many students wary of is money, or lack thereof. Jacqueline Kelley, senior in communication, says she has been saving since this summer for her trip. “I’m going to Panama City Beach with my friends for seven days,” she said. “I saved like a couple thousand bucks but I obviously don’t need all of that. I’ll probably spend like $300.” Zane Clayton and Patrick Lynn are also going to Panama City Beach and predict the amount…