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  • Steve Scott, university president speaks to the crowd during the ribbon cutting for the Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday, April 21.

    ‘Feels like game day’

    Ribbon cutting draws in crowd | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 300 students, faculty, staff and residents joined the Pitt State Pep Squad, university President Steve Scott, the Gus mascot and more for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The ceremony was held Tuesday, April 22, on the steps of 154,000 square foot athletic and event center. “What a day to be a Gorilla,” said Kendall Gammon, director of development intercollegiate athletics. “Today is a day we have been anticipating for three years. We’ve overcome many hurdles to get here, but the most amazing part of this building is the vision for it created by the donors, university, city of Pittsburg,…

  • Former First Lady, Laura Bush, gives a speech over women in government in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 22.

    Night of firsts

    “Walk on the beach every chance you get” | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Former first lady Laura Bush made a brief but momentous visit to Pittsburg State as part of the inaugural season for the Bicknell Center through the Women in Government Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 22, talking about such issues as education and reading. Mrs. Bush noted that former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday last June by jumping out of another airplane and former first lady Barbara Bush will celebrate her 90th birthday this June with a two-day party that will benefit the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She also noted that, even at 89, the elder Mrs….

  • Kyle Hostetler, junior in graphic communications, and Rachel Herring, sophmore in Spanish and political science, pose for a photo with President Steve Scott after being annouced as the SGA President and Vice President for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Banana Party to lead SGA

    Hostetler, Herring new president and vp | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students, faculty and staff gathered at the foot of the marble staircase in Russ Hall at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 10, for the announcement of the new student body president, vice president and Senate members. Steve Scott, university president, began the announcement with congratulations to the Student Government Association for “a tremendous year.” “It has been a great year of moving things forward,” Scott said. “I want to congratulate all of SGA for a wonderful year, a great campaign season. You all did a great job, ran a high-level campaign and stuck to the issues.” And the winners are… Scott began by…

  • Raking leaves isn't always boring; Bri Seiler, freshman in elementary education, helps rescatter leaves by throwing a pile into the air during the Big Event on Saturday, April11.

    Making a big difference

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | Over 900 students fanned out through Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11, for the annual Big Event. This year’s Big Event, an annual community service projected sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), featured more than 100 job sites – from back yards to storefronts to highway cleanups. SGA’s official statement on Big Event is that after years of loyal support from the community, the least Pitt State students can do is to give back. Student volunteers complete simple tasks such as washing windows, raking leaves, weeding/planting flowerbeds and picking up litter. At the end of Big Event registration last month, 848 students had registered for this year’s Big Event. That…

  • Students attend the Holi Festival of Colors, hosted by the PSU Indian Student Association, on Saturday, April. 4.

    Not just another Holi-day

    Festival of color a cloud of success | Valli Sridharan reporter | Pitt State’s Holi celebration this year meant different things to different people. For some it was a religious celebration while for others it was a pool party with an Indian twist. “Trust me, after playing Holi, I can say that if we celebrate this all over the world, we will be much happier as a community,” said Zhuldyz Zhunussova, junior in political science.. Holi, the Indian spring festival, was organized by the Indian Students Association on Saturday, April 4, at the campus soccer field. Over a hundred members from the university and community spent the day throwing colored water and powder at each…

Sports

Women blow past HSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The 10th-ranked Pittsburg State women’s basketball team recovered from its first loss of the season by blowing out Henderson State 77-50 in Arkadelphia, Ark., on Monday, Dec. 1. Pitt State (8-1) outscored the Reddies 35-12 in the first half and spent the entire game in front. Senior Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas in scoring with 23 points (10 in the first half) while junior Kylie Gafford had 14 and senior Morgan Westhoff and freshman Elena Flott each scored nine a piece. The Reddies fell to 2-5 for the season. Aungelique Sledge put up 24 points for Henderson State while Annie Thomas had eight. Pitt State, still hurting after its…

Bogina qualifies for National Championships

| Michael Bauer sports editor | This week junior Austin Bogina will be competing in the 2014 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Louisville, Ky. Bogina, from Arma, is the lone PSU cross country runner to qualify as an individual for the national championships after placing 13th at the Central Regional on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Wayne, Neb. He finished the 10-kilometer race in 31:55.40. As a team, the Gorilla men finished sixth while the women were eighth. This will mark the first time Bogina has run at the national championships. Bogina, who won the 2010 Kansas cross country state championship for Arma-Northeast, will be the second consecutive PSU runner to compete at…

PSU decimates Newman

| Cameron Molina reporter | Playing in its first home game of the season at John Lance Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 2, against Newman University, the Pittsburg State Gorilla men’s basketball team got its first win over the Jets, 82-66. After winning the tipoff, Newman enforced its presence by pushing the pace. Reggie Baker of Newman found an opening on PSU’s baseline and started the Jets off with a back-door bucket. Junior guard Javis Flynn slowed down PSU’s offense and passed the ball to sophomore guard and Pittsburg’s leading scorer Josiah Gustafson. After a few intricate cuts and movements, Flynn found junior Lamine Dieng on right block, then Dieng muscled his way in for the…

Campus Life

International students celebrate graduation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | International students graduating or finishing their exchange program this semester were given their special night on Thursday, April 16, at the Weede Athletic Complex. The international graduation dinner was attended by Steve Scott, university president, staff members of the International Programs and Services office and more than 100 international students. “This is a big day for all of you,” Scott said. “But it is also a big day for all of us because you remind us of the diversity you bring to our campus.” Students from India, Kazhakstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries all say they will miss Pitt State. “All of the faculty and students, and…

Students attend Out of the Jungle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 graduating seniors attended the bi-annual “Out of the Jungle” Senior Send-off on Tuesday, April 21. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations where they inform attending students about what PSU can offer them after graduation. Richard Potts, senior in sociology, says he learned Pittsburg State could assist him in staying in touch after he graduates in May. Stopping by the Alumni Center for the event, students were also able to obtain an official PSU Kansas or Missouri License plate and have the chance to win one of several prizes, from an iPad Mini to football tickets for the Rua Skybox for all…

Jazz concert offers rich history of PSU

| Tyler Koester reporter | Guests were greeted with African tribal music as they filed into the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 21, during the Jazz and PSU Retrospective concert. The event featured two PSU jazz ensembles and guest musicians. The musicians performed a selection of popular songs from a variety of jazz styles, all in time to a presentation of stories of Pitt State’s history. Todd Hastings and Robert Kehle, both professors of music, conducted the PSU ensembles. In between songs Karl Kunkel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, narrated a chronological history of PSU since the university’s inception in…

Pride week draws crowd

| Gretchen Burns reporter | High kicks, splits, turns, intricate footwork. The Dellinger Underground pulsated with music and lights as the fourth annual GSA Pride Week Drag show started on Wednesday night, April 15. The Drag Show is the middle event in a greater week-long event supported by the Pitt State Gay-Straight Alliance for its “Pride Week” to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Ila Phelps squealed as she sat waiting for the show to begin. “I’ve literally been waiting for this all week,” said Phelps, freshman in communication. The popular show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has brought more attention to the art of drag and has helped increase popularity and support. Five performers worked the stage to…

Rain or shine, Greeks have a blast

| Gretchen Burns reporter | This past week, rain wasn’t the only thing to flood the campus of PSU. Greek Week 2015 began with its annual kickoff last Friday, April 10, with an all-Greek photo in front of Russ Hall and viewing of banners in the Oval. Greek members were also able to earn points in advance for attending the Tunnel of Oppression, held last week in the Dellinger Underground. This year’s theme for Greek Week is “America.” “Rylie and I were up really late finishing our banner,” said Molly McVey, junior in art and member of Alpha Gamma Delta. “We wanted to do something that was going to really stand out and be different.”…

Brayden Land, student of Joplin high school, builds a construction during the Great Gorilla Games in the Weede on Tuesday, April 7.

Gorilla Games brings in record number students

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | On Tuesday April 7, high school students from the Four State Area flocked to Pittsburg State to participate in the Great Gorilla Games. The event took place throughout the day as students competed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-or STEM, for short- competitions at John Lance Arena. The event’s purpose was to promote STEM-oriented curricula, collaboration, teamwork and the practical application of STEM concepts to real world scenarios and problems. Mike Neden, associate professor of technology and workforce learning, said this year’s games were an improvement over the past years. “I feel like we’ve had a great response,” Neden said. “We’ve had a lot more students and a lot…

Parking or landscaping?

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Money is the root of all evil, as the saying goes. During Student Government Association (SGA)’s meeting on Wednesday, April 1, money was the route of the Senate’s debate. The university’s building trades and landscape maintenance department has proposed a project to landscape around Grubbs Hall. On behalf of the university master planning committee, Michael Haynes, campus affairs director for SGA, presented the project ideas and requested $14,175 from the campus capital improvement (CCI) fund, which currently sits at $22,000 and is allocated $10,000 annually from a non-PSU organization, to fund the project. “I would ask all of you to consider not whether or not you want the project…