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  • President Steve Scott and Robert Tyler unveil the Andy Warhol piece titled "Beethoven, II. 390" at the Bicknell Center on Wednesday Feb. 25.

    Warhol’s work stuns viewers

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | As the curtain dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 25, students, administration, faculty and Pittsburg residents crowded around the brightly colored print of Andy Warhol’s Ludwig Van Beethoven during the unveiling ceremony in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Cat Jepson says she was excited to be able to see the Warhol make its way to the PSU campus. “It’s awesome how fortunate we’ve been to get this piece in Pittsburg, Kan.,” said Jepson, senior in 2-D art. Graduate student Liping Xia performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 22 and Opus 53 before the opening as guests walked around the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby. Kicking it off Rhona McBain,…

  • Jason Sleep and Emily Crawford jump into the frigid water for charity during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 14.

    Taking the Plunge

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | Kelsie Hendryx says she was surprised by the pool’s cold temperature when she submerged herself in the water during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Crimson Villas. “It was a little chilly,” said Hendryx, sophomore in elementary education. “I thought it was going to be a lot warmer because of the weather.” A plunger, Kirsten Farley, sophomore in psychology, agreed. “You hit the water and your body just tenses up,” she said. The Polar Bear Plunge is a community-wide fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. Those who “take the plunge” are required to raise $75 (per participant if plunging in a group) and as a reward…

  • Lynzee Florez, junior in communications and spanish, leads a tour in front of Russ Hall during the snowfall on Monday, Feb. 16.

    Snow day.. or not

    | Gretchen Burn reporter | April Huninghake braved the snow on Monday morning and drove to school despite bad road conditions. “It was OK when I went to work this morning, but when I left work to come here, I had to clean off my car again,” said Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “The roads were scary to drive on.” Classrooms across the campus were either canceled or had few students attending because of the weather. Royce Parker received the call that early morning classes were canceled and the university wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. and she still attended her class for the day. “It was difficult getting to class,” said Parker,…

  • Students representatives sign in during SGA to ask for allocation money on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

    Club presidents react to new allocation process

    | Tyler Koester | Effective this semester, clubs and organizations across campus have had to accept a twist on the group allocations process. For any campus group to receive its piece of the $60,000 up for allocations this year, it must send a delegate to no fewer than three Student Government Association (SGA) meetings. This new requirement came about last semester when SGA’s former campus affairs director Elle Walker met with student organization presidents. At this meeting a suggestion was made to require that organizations begin attending SGA meetings. “The original idea presented to her (Walker) was to have student organizations attend every SGA meeting,” said Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer. “However, we did not feel…

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    Casino coming to Pittsburg?

    | Charles A. Ault reporter | The Kansas Legislature passed a bill in 2014 that provided for construction of a casino in Southeast Kansas. Potential developers had until Jan. 30, 2015, to create and submit a bid to the state in order for the project to become a reality. Four companies stepped forward, with two bids requesting a license for a casino in Crawford County. Frontenac Development LLC has applied to build a casino at the former Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac while Kansas Crossing Casino LLC, a division of Equity Ventures, has proposed building one in Pittsburg at the junction of highways 69 and 400, land recently annexed by the city. “It’s an opportunity…

Sports

Track finishes strong at OBU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s track team walked away with four first-place victories when they and the women’s team competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb.14, in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Bryce Starks placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 and junior Andre Sanders took first in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.01. In the pole vault, senior Jeff Piepenbrink took first, clearing 16-2.75 and sophomore Bo Farrow won the shot put with his 54-8.25 toss. All four performances exceeded NCAA DII national provisional qualification standards. Freshman Alex Conn also placed in his event. Conn finished the mile race with a time of 4:23.43 behind…

Gorillas sweep NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Pittsburg State used a series of three-point plays in the second half of its game against Northeastern State on Wednesday, Feb. 18, to go from a one-point lead to a 16-point advantage in the Gorillas’ 87-73 win over the RiverHawks. Sophomore Josiah Gustafson led the Gorillas in scoring with 25 points and was 8-12 from the field. Junior Trey Starks had 18 points from 5-8 shooting while freshman Dakota Jones had 11 from 4-8 on shooting and sophomore Trevor Gregory had 10 points. “We don’t lose anything when we sub (Trey) in,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “Trey’s done a lot of good things but he’s not the only…

Softbal jups to 3-1

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pitt State softball team took on the Arkansas-Monticello Classic by storm. In the team’s opening game against the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato on Thursday, Feb. 12, the Gorillas dominated from first pitch to final inning. Pitt State brought in its first run of the season in the second inning when senior Devon McCreath drilled the ball straight into center field, bringing senior McKenzie Rynard home. The runs continued in the third inning with a three-run homer by sophomore Kylie Guthier, bringing the Gorillas to an early 4-0 lead. The Mavericks were unable to keep pace with the Gorillas, and lost to Pitt State 0-8. There was not bad luck…

Campus Life

Speaker touches on leadership differences across generations

| Tyler Koester reporter | A dozen students were schooled in the importance of possessing leadership skills in these times by motivational speaker Corey Taylor in Yates Hall on Thursday, Feb. 19. Taylor spoke at Pitt State as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month. Taylor is a producer, speaker and author. One of the films he helped produce is The Wayman Tisdale Story, which tells the story of the late NBA player and jazz musician. He was awarded an Emmy Award and three Telly Awards for the film. Taylor has also directed federal grant-based programs and worked as a school board member. His other titles include the co-founder and president of Conquest…

‘Breakfast at Night’ at Gorilla Crossing

| Charles A. Ault reporter | For Jordan Riggs, the event’s main attraction was bacon. “The bacon was good, the eggs were delicious, the hash browns were great, the pancakes were pancakes, and pancakes are always good,” said Riggs, senior in music education. Riggs was just one of a number of hungry Gorillas to attend the “Breakfast at Night” dinner at Gorilla Crossing in the Overman Student Center on Friday, Feb. 20. The dinner began at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight, when students were treated to a free full “brinner,” door prizes and Nickelodeon trivia. The meal’s price of $0.00 was a big draw for many students, such as Jamellia Rothschild, sophomore in communication….

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…

Slammin’ on the issues

Poetry slam brings ‘real talk’ to campus | Audrey Dighans copy editor | A poetic aura filled Whitesitt 103 for the Black Student Association’s and the Office of Student Diversity’s co-sponsored Poetry Slam on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in which roughly 30 students attended. Though the slam was held in honor of Black History Month, spoken-word artists Brandon Thornton and M’Vyonne Payne emphasized the night’s poems would focus on not only black history, but other issues as well. “Artists such as myself and M’Vyonne are big believers in energy,” said Thornton. “With that being said, ‘energy’ is not as strong when it is dispersed like it is in here so if you could all come up…

Wings, sauce and fundraising?

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Buffalo Wild wings is allowing groups and organizations to raise money across the nation and Pittsburg State University organizations are beginning to take advantage of the offer. Ryan Mendoza said that there are two types of fundraising events that organizations can participate in: the Eat Wings, Raise Funds event and the Hometown Advantage event. “The Eat Wings, Raise Funds event is a one-day fundraiser where fliers are handed out before the event telling of the organization wanting to fundraise,” said Mendoza, assistant manager for Buffalo Wild Wings for the Pittsburg location. “Each person who mentions the flier will get 10 percent of their total donated to the organization. At the…

Love Monkey is prize for raffle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | A giant 4-foot stuffed monkey has been making the rounds on campus and it will become the prized possession of one lucky student. The stuffed monkey fundraiser has been dubbed “the Love Monkey Competition” and is part of the annual Gorillas in Your Midst raffle to raise funding for an annual conference. Kelsey Lueck said the reason for the chance tickets is that many times, items have been donated and the organization raffles them off as fundraisers. “Essentially, we get a lot of things donated to us and we decided to have a healthy competition for students and raise some money at the same time,” said Lueck, senior in psychology….

Valentine’s Day Events

Brass O’Grams The PSU Student Brass Quintet or “Horns of Harmony” will offer its musical talents for Valentine’s Day by performing a love song for the sender’s Valentine in their office, classroom or off-campus location, as well as delivering a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. A Brass O’Gram will cost $15 for on-campus delivery and $20 for off-campus. A group performance after 5 p.m. is available for any off-campus delivery for $100. Money raised by the quintet will help pay for the PSU Wind Ensemble’s trip to New York City to perform at the Lincoln Center. For more information and to set up delivery/payment options, email ajbeau@gus.pittstate.edu Valentine’s Day Fundraiser The Pitt State chapter of Gamma…