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  • Taylor Thomas was a junior in mechanical engineering.

    Students vigil lights Oval

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Sunday night’s candlelight vigil for Taylor Thomas weighed heavily on those who gathered in the Oval. More than 40 friends and family came together in memory of Thomas, former Pitt State junior in mechanical engineering, who passed away on Oct. 9, at the hospital due to injuries from a gunshot wound received during a robbery in his home. Taylor Dornez Smith, Darius Euell Rainey, Corbin Joseph Spragg and Bryan Levi Bridges, all of Pittsburg, have been charged in the case. Ariel Everett, junior in psychology and a friend of Thomas, organized the vigil to share his legacy. “I want Taylor to be remembered for how he lived, not how he died,”…

  • Bailee Deviney, a freshman in nursing, and Lisa Zhuang from Chia, a junior in Finance, carve a pumpkin on the pumpkin carving contest during the Pitt Pal pumpkin carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

    Tricks or treats?

    Halloween holds many options for students | Gretchen Burns reporter | While many students at PSU have already planned what they will do for Halloween, freshmen often experience the holiday away from home and choose to attend parties. Not Ashley McAllister, though. She decided she doesn’t want to party. She wants to go trick-or-treating. “I’m dressing up as either Mario or Luigi and my best friend is going as the other while we trick-or-treat around Pittsburg,” said McAllister, freshman in nursing. “I’m not planning on going to any parties that might occur.” Sarah Lueck has also decided she will skip the parties this year. “I’m going to hang out with my sister,” said Lueck, freshman…

  • 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…

Sports

Love & Basketball

Nerves run through former PSU basketball player Courtney Ingram as he proposes to his girlfriend Y’Cedria Devers at the senior recognitions after the basketball game against Washburn on Saturday, March 4. The announcer called Devers to the center of the court as her soon-to-be fiancé approached her with the question “Will you marry me?” She said yes. The proposal was posted on YouTube and made it on the local news that evening.

Overtime loss ends men’s season

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State men’s basketball team knew it needed a victory to have a shot at making this week’s MIAA basketball tournament. PSU fought for its season, but in the end it wasn’t enough as Washburn ended the Gorillas’ season with a 92-90 overtime victory, on senior day, at John Lance Arena on Saturday, March. 1. A victory against the Ichabods was not only coveted, but needed, along with a victory of the Southwest Baptist Bearcats against Missouri Western Griffons. SBU kept up its end of the bargin with a win, but with PSU’s defeat, none of it mattered. Pitt State trailed by 76-69 late in regulation before junior…

3-game winning streak

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team won all three of its games at home this weekend, making its record 9-4 overall. The tournament the Gorillas were supposed to play at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was canceled, but that did not keep the Gorillas off the field. Pitt State played three games at home against other teams from the tournament. The first game was against Wayne State (Neb.) on Feb 28. Pitt State took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by freshman Nicole Nease and an RBI double by junior McKenzie Rynard. Wayne State tied the game in the second. Pitt State took the lead in…

Campus Life

Appeal? Denied.

Annual parking appeals committee decides final fate | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There will be a number of unhappy Pitt State students driving around campus after letters are sent out on whether their parking ticket appeals were accepted. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, during the annual Parking Appeals Committee meeting, only three of 46 appeals were accepted. “Our job here is to enforce the parking policy as it stands,” said Jaci Gilchrist, sophomore in political science and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA). “We aren’t here to change the policy, appeals asking for an exception to the rules don’t pass.” Gilchrist was one of six SGA members to be present on the appeals…

Let’s frost this

Students test their ‘cakery’ skills | Audrey Dighans copy editor | It got a bit messy in the Gorilla Crossing the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, as 11 teams frantically worked to decorate a 12-by-7-inch cake during Student Activity Council’s (SAC) first Halloween Cake Decorating Contest. “Each committee within SAC needs to do a contest-type of activity each semester,” said Lauren Geiger, sophomore in history. “As head of the visual arts committee, I thought we needed something fun, new and I was watching TV and a lot of shows have contests with food. The idea for cake decorating came through all of that.” Geiger’s committee worked with Sodexo to acquire the cakes, frosting and materials…

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…