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  • Emily Mika and Brian Walker smile at the crowd after being crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King Wednesday, Oct. 8. at The Carnie Smith Stadium. Mika represented Alpha Sigma Alpha and Walker represented Lambda Chi Alpha.

    Jungle Royalty

    Homecoming king, queen announced at convocation | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is good for newly crowned Homecoming King Brian Walker. “I don’t even know what’s going through my mind right now,” Walker, junior in plastics engineering technology, said. “I can’t thank Pitt State enough.” Walker and Emily Mika, senior in nursing, were crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8. “I was shocked,” Mika said. “Everyone here is the same, we go to school, we’ve got jobs, we’re all working hard to graduate, and here I am. It’s pretty unbelievable…

  • Students ride bikes around campus as a faster way of transportation to get from class to class on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.

    To bike, or not to bike?

    Increased bicycle traffic warrants concern | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There has been some talk of Pitt State being anti-bicycle as of late. On Friday, Sept. 12, students received a Bulk-E informing them that bikes chained up and parked in places other than provided bike racks, such as railings, poles, etc., risk the chance of having their bikes removed and impounded by the university police. “It’s kind of been portrayed that we’re against bikes and don’t want them,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. “That’s not true.” McCracken says that the department has simply received complaints of bicycles being chained up in unwanted areas and officers are responding to the complaints. As of…

  • James Weatherbie, a graduate student in Physical Eduation, attends the cookout at the Campus Chrisitans house on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

    Religious groups call to students

    | Caitlin Martin reporter | Students may find that room 109 in Grubbs Hall is a bit musical on Thursday evenings as hundreds of students gather to sing and praise God together during meetings for Campus Christians. “When I first went, I instantly felt welcomed,” Kimberly Yohe, sophomore in therapeutic recreation, said. “I walked in by myself and was immediately greeted and invited to sit with people.” Hanna Wright also feels connected at the meetings. “It provides a community where students can come together and share life, help serve, and grow together in an environment that tends to all needs and walks of life,” Wright, senior in nursing, said. Though Pittsburg State University is not…

  • Alexis Hobbs, freshman in technology, works on campus for Sodexo in Sub-Connection.

    Obamacare & student jobs

    Work hours not affected, director says | Kylie Becker reporter | Student employees at Pitt State will no longer need to worry about hours being cut due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The Affordable Care Act, in all my years working in HR, is one of the most complicated and complex laws I’ve been involved in,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services. “When you read it, it sounds pretty simple, but yet you start to apply it, it becomes very complicated. It wasn’t written with higher education in mind at all.” Under the ACA guidelines, only full-time employees, those who work 30 or more hours per week or more than…

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    MBA director resigns following internal review

    Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University accepted the resignation of Michael Muoghalu, former Master of Business Administration program director, on Friday, Sept. 19. Muoghalu has been on administrative leave since just after an internal review in May that involved the program’s finances. “We found some questionable financial procedures during that internal inquiry,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “We received the resignation and I don’t have any comment on it.” Shortly after the internal review, the university asked a third-party investigative agency to look further into the program’s financial procedures. “In this particular case, when you’re looking at a situation like this, you obviously want to be very careful…

Sports

Sports Briefs

Mantooth named national assistant coach of the year PSU’s Brian Mantooth has been named the NCAA Division II men’s assistant coach of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award was announced on Wednesday, May 28. Mantooth, who is in his fifth year as a full-time coach at PSU, has helped the Gorilla throwers to a pair of All-America performances while guiding the track and field team to a fifth-place finish overall as a team at the 2014 national championship meet. Bo Farrow, freshman biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., placed third in the discus at nationals while Garrett Appier, sophomore physical education major from Paola, took fourth…

Golf program put on hold

Michael Bauer, sports editor The Pittsburg State golf program will be suspending operations for the 2014-15 school year. On Wednesday, May 7, athletic director Jim Johnson announced that the golf team will not be competing during next school year. During this time, university administrators will be teaming with an advisory board of former lettermen as well as local golf supporters in a comprehensive study and evaluation of the long-term viability of the program. “We discussed it with Dr. (Steve) Scott and with key people in town who are golf supporters,” Johnson said. “It felt like the best way to do this was to put everything on hold rather than to just fix a hole in…

Gorillas with three events at MSSU Invitational

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State track and field teams competed at the MSSU Bill Laptad Invitational on Friday, April 25. The invitational was the final tune-up before the MIAA Championships, which will begin Friday, May 2. The men’s team saw freshman Bo Farrow win discus with a throw of 171-7. Senior Cody Holland finished second with a throw of 165-9 and fellow senior Shane Lundquist finished fourth with a throw of 161-1. Farrow holds the top mark in the MIAA heading into the conference championships, while Lundquist sits third and Holland sits fourth. Junior Jeff Piepenbrink won the pole vault with a clearance of 16-10.75, which is the top mark in the…

Campus Life

And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

Celebrating family

| Caitlin Martin reporter | Families and Gorilla pride flooded the city of Pittsburg on Saturday, Sept. 27, for Pittsburg State University’s annual Family Day. Pitt State students’ families were invited to attend a variety of events. The first event of the day was the Bryant Student Health Center’s “Run For Your Life Fun Run/Walk,” which began at 8 a.m. at the health center. After the run, or after sleeping in, “Brunch with the President,” began at 10 a.m. in Russ Hall outside the President’s Office. Steve Scott, university president, greeted students, families, old, current and future Gorillas alike during the brunch. Out by Carnie Smith Stadium a carnival and game day GorillaFest activities began…

Visiting artist mixes media in pieces

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Porter Hall, room 103 was crowded to capacity on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 26, as students, faculty and residents gathered to listen to Colby Parsons talk about his artwork, which has been on display in the university gallery. An associate professor of ceramics at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, Parsons’ work has been exhibited in shows around the country and the world. His exhibit at Pitt State has been on display since August and includes his ceramic and new media works, featuring glazed stoneware and projected video loops. Portico Bowman, professor of art, says Parsons creates ceramic forms that mimic the everyday, common shapes and scenes of his…

Celebrating their culture

Hispanics add spice to diversity ‘salad’ | Gretchen Burns reporter | Hispanic Heritage Month has been going strong on the campus of Pittsburg State University, with various activities from homemade lunches to comedians to speakers and upcoming family weekend activities. But to Lynzee Flores, the month-long celebration isn’t near enough time to touch upon the major role that Hispanics have played in history. “Hispanic Heritage Month helps me reconnect to my heritage and get back to my roots,” said Flores, junior in Spanish and communication. “My family claims to be Hispanic but we don’t really practice it. This is a way I can go back to that and celebrate my ethnicity.” Flores flaunts her Hispanic…

Student center to include terrace

| Tyler Koester reporter | Many students are familiar with all of the construction currently in process on the PSU campus. Bypassing all the ruckus on the east side of the student center has become part of the day to day for anyone on main campus, but many may be surprised to learn that some of that ruckus is not only on renovating Overman on the east, but on adding a new outdoor terrace to the building on the west. The terrace will include outdoor furniture and tables for socializing, studying or simply enjoying a new view of the Oval. “I just want a place outside where I can socialize and maybe study in the…