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  • Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry, researches, in a cell culture lab, nanoparticles that act as a vehicle for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to human cells to fight cancer, at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

    Fighting cancer one nano at a time

    | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | The fight to eradicate cancer has taken a step forward with nanotechnology, which allows cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer cells only and leave healthy cells alone. The drugs are polymers that are packaged as nanoparticles with the cancer-fighting agents and an imaging agent so the nanoparticles will show up in an MRI. “We use imaging agents because once you inject it into a person’s body, you want to know where that nanomaterial is going,” said Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry. “Once we have the imaging agents, we can put the person in an MRI and see where the nanomaterials are.” Using organic chemistry, the researchers add chemicals together until…

  • Walking around campus alone at night leads to great vulnerability for sexual assault.

    When no means NO

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | A student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state says she was sexually assaulted and raped by three male students. The college responded by revealing her name to several students, thus subjecting her to harassment and threats. A student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence reported that she was assaulted in a fraternity. According to the campus newspaper, The Daily Kansan, the university repeatedly violated her wishes on how she wished to be contacted and planned a hearing for her and her alleged attacker even though she specifically requested not to. Also in Kansas, Washburn University in Topeka is on the list of colleges the federal…

  • Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

    37-0 run-out

    | Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

  • Stephanie Henningsen, senior in desil and heavy equipment, learns about the braking system of a CAT dozer from Ethan Meier, graduate assistant, on Monday September 8.

    Women in technology

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Susan Martin says it is common for her to be the only female in a class. “If there are other women there’s only one or two,” said Martin, senior in construction management. The Kansas Technology Center, where Martin attends many of her classes, has had its fair share of the limelight over the past decade. With nearly $26 million worth of equipment and technology inside its walls, thousands of students from across the country flock to at least one of the building’s five departments, ready to learn and gain hands-on experience. Although the departments housed in the KTC may attract men easily, women too, call the KTC home. Just…

  • Janice Jewett, associate professor, and Robert Clark, a senior in phychology and political science, teach the dance appriciation class how to do the tango.

    Dance minor takes off

    Students, faculty respond to need with new program | Gretchen Burns reporter | A new minor has danced its way to the Pittsburg State campus and although in early stages, it is beginning to take off. Students now have the option to minor in dance whether for themselves or for a future career choice. Janice Jewett, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation department (HHPR), teaches many of the new dance minor classes. “The main reason for this minor was to create opportunities for students who were interested in owning or managing their own dance studio,” she said. “We asked ourselves what could we offer through our department to fit this need.” Taylor Brumbaugh…

Sports

Upset against ESU, 84-76

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla men had finally ended its seven-game losing streak with a 84-76 victory against the Emporia State Hornets at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. “It feels good. We’re still alive: a wins a win, and we’ll take it,” Bullard said. Bullard led the scoring, finishing with 24 points, while junior Devon Branch had 19. For PSU (8-17, 4-14 in MIAA), the victory, coupled with Missouri Western’s loss to Central Missouri keeps the Gorillas’ hopes of playing in next week’s MIAA tournament alive. Pitt State is second-to-last behind Missouri Western, but if PSU wins on Saturday, March 1, and Western losses to Southwest Baptist, Pitt…

Split conference opener

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla baseball team played a four-game weekend series against Fort Hays State from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Pitt State’s first game did not go its way. The Gorillas started with a lead 3-1 after a three-run homer by senior Tory Stoffregen. Those were the only pointss PSU would get in the game. Fort Hays put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth, taking the victory of 6-3. Senior Tyler Thompson took the loss for the Gorillas, pitching five innings and two outs, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. Next up, a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 22. Pitt trailed 2-0 after…

Track athletes compete at Nebraska Tune-up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Nebraska Tune-up Meet on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lincoln, Neb. It was the final preparation for the 2014 MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) indoor championships. In the men’s action, freshman Bo Farrow placed second in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished third in the discipline at 50-8.75, while junior Jeff Piepenbrink took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-9.5. Christian Sanderfer of Nebraska was first in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1.50. Craig Driver of Nebraska was ahead of Piepenbrink with…

Campus Life

Restorative justice

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Madie Kirch reporter | Imagine a court proceeding in which the criminal is faced with what he or she had done and what he or she could do to fix it. The victim is given a chance to explain what he or she needs from the criminal to heal. The criminal is able to give the victim what he or she needs and the two parties gain an understanding for each other. Students were given the opportunity to learn about such a system, called restorative justice, and apply it to situations such as Ferguson, Mo., at a presentation by Thea Nietfeld and Joanne Katz on Thursday, Sept. 11. “The…

Casino night hits jackpot

| Tyler Koester reporter | It was a “full house,” so to speak, at Jungle Nights’ Casino Royale on Friday, Sept. 12, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Poker, blackjack, craps pinwheels and a smorgasbord of snacks, including strawberry daiquiri “mock-tails,” all added up for an evening of free entertainment. “I personally had a lot of fun meeting new people and playing blackjack for a few hours,” said Ryan Urban, freshman in communication. “It was a really fun night.” Urban and fellow students had the chance to win $400 in prizes. The event was the first Jungle Night to be hosted by the Student Activities Council (SAC). “I think this year…

Willkommen in Deutschland

German International students host gathering | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While a late summer storm brewed outside, inside the lobby of Grubbs Hall a much more tempting storm of smells brewed during the International Gathering for German exchange students. Six International Gatherings are held each year at Pitt State, three a semester. The events consist of a presentation and a taste of the featured country’s cuisine, and the German international students did not disappoint. Although the evening started with about 100 people present, it quickly doubled to about 250 when it was time for the food to be served. Tables were lined with fresh fruit, cookies and three varieties of a chicken and rice…

Hotel SGA: no vacancy

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student government now has a full roster of senators after their approval and swearing-in at SGA’s meeting on Sept. 10. A group of 15 students were sworn in following the completion of the vacancy process: Calle Callaway, Michael Spiller, Kenna Bideau and Denna Thompson of the College of Arts and Sciences; Grace Geiger and Zachary Green of the Kelce College of Business; Riegen Anderson and Katherine Gray of the College of Education; Josh Bosley and Larry Overman of the College of Technology; and Hank Cloninger, Haley Northcutt, Maya Dandu, Justin Stone and Ryan Magee representing the university at large. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, said he will be filling vacancies…

Go Fish

Black Student Association hosts game night | Brett Collier reporter | The Balkans Room in Overman Student Center was filled with laughter and the smell of chicken wings Thursday night, Aug. 28, during the Black Student Association (BSA) game night. Kimberlee Fields, senior in psychology and president of BSA, says it’s a group effort when planning events like game night. “Someone will come up with an idea and then we’ll all work together to make it happen,” Fields said. For game night the goal was to keep it laid back and as casual as possible. BSA works to encourage diversity on campus by hosting a variety of events on a range in topics throughout the…