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  • 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…

  • Think Enrollment

    PSU is thinking enrollment

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Early eenrollment victories and woes Students have recently had to add advisement and selecting classes to their schedules to prepare for early enrollment, which began Sunday, March 29, and lasted until Wednesday, April 1, so they could hopefully avoid potential problems. Though Pittsburg State has used the system allowing students to enroll based on how many credits they have for several semesters without much trouble, some students still take precaution to ensure they get the classes they need. AJ Thurman, senior in computer information systems and Spanish, says he was able to get into all of his classes when he enrolled at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the earliest time an…

  • Signs from both the banana party and gorilla league can be seen throughout campus.

    Kansas legislature looks to freeze tuition

    | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University’s tuition rates may soon be frozen where they are for the next two fiscal years, that is if a proposal drafted by the State Senate late Wednesday, April 1, is passed. With a projected budget shortfall of more than $600 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Gov. Sam Brownback has pushed to keep higher education funding relatively flat. The proposal to freeze tuition, which evolved from budget talks between the Senate and the House, is one such measure legislators are hoping will achieve Brownback’s goal. A budget negotiation meeting to discuss a proposed $15.5 billion spending plan for the state, ended with three senators and…

Sports

Miners Bowl win

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla football team showed the Missouri Southern State Lions just how much last year’s loss felt by blowing out the Lions, 41-10 at Fred G. Hughes Stadium in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 1. The seventh-ranked Gorillas (8-1) scored 41 unanswered points after an early 3-0 deficit to avenge last year’s 35-21 loss to the Lions (4-5) in the Miners Bowl Series. MSSU entered the game with the leading rushing unit in the MIAA and was seventh in the nation in rushing yards, averaging 306 yards per game. But the PSU defense held MSSU to only 81 yards on the ground. “Their fullbacks are great runners,”…

Hall named player of the week

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Junior linebacker Colby Hall has been named as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made on Monday, Oct. 20. Hall made his second career start on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Gorillas’ 35-17 win over the No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. Filling in for injured linebacker senior Tyler Disney, the native of Lamar, Mo., made a career-high 18 tackles (two solo) in the game and the Gorillas limited the defending national champions to only 17 points and 328 total yards. The Bearcats entered the game averaging an MIAA best 40.7 points and 458.7 total yards. Hall forced a fumble in the third quarter…

Football faces UNK, first time in nine years

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It’s been nine years since the Pittsburg State Gorillas have faced the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. The last time the two teams faced, the Gorillas sent the Lopers packing with a 49-20 win in the first-round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Fast forward to 2014 and things have changed a little bit. Nebraska-Kearney has since joined the MIAA conference, switching allegiance in 2012 and has since found life difficult. The Lopers have compiled an 8-21 record since 2012. The Lopers will enter the jungle for this Saturday’s 2 p.m. kickoff with a 2-5 record this year, coming in with a two-game winning streak, striking Northeastern State, 34-7 and Lindenwood 31-13….

Campus Life

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…

New person Same Gus

Mascot trials a success | Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted tryouts for Gus, the school’s iconic Gorilla mascot, on Saturday, March 28. The tryouts were open to all students, current or incoming, interested in donning Gus’ attire for the upcoming school year. “Gus is a huge part of Pittsburg State,” said Marissa Poppe, assistant director for strategic partnerships and community outreach. “He’s kind of the face of the school, so we are looking for somebody who can fill that role and really represent the university well.” Poppe added the university is hoping to start a longer-reaching mascot program through these tryouts. “We are trying to get a really good mascot program,”…

Pitt Briefs

Holi rescheduled The Indian Student Association has rescheduled its annual Holi celebration for Saturday, April 4. The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bicknell Sports Complex. For more information, call 650-825-0941. International gathering Pittsburg State University’s International Gatherings will continue at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, with Malaysia in the Grubbs Hall lobby. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature a taste of Malaysian cuisine, made by PSU’s Malaysian students as well as a presentation on the country. For more information, call 235-4607. Poetry reading Sally Keith will read from her works at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center, as…

EMPOWER

Women – Social Work – Awareness: Students promote social issues | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Oval was the place to be Wednesday, March 25. Besides a Greek philanthropy, “Where It’s At Wednesday” by the Student Government Association, pedestrian traffic and a puppy, students in the Advanced Practice Three course occupied much of the campus hub to raise awareness and collect donations for a variety of life issues. “I am collecting craft items for Unlimited Hope,” said Lannatte Wood, senior in social work. “Unlimited Hope is a shelter for women and they want to start a craft group for those they are helping. There they can provide a fun activity and have another outlet…