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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…

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    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

Gearing Up

PSU looks to return to playoffs | Michael Bauer sports editor | It didn’t seem fair to the Gorillas. A 35-21 loss to the Missouri Southern Lions on the final day of the regular season kicked PSU out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs for a second consecutive year despite a 9-2 regular season record and finishing the season ranked 19th in the AFCA coaches poll. Emporia State, a team that PSU didn’t get to play, took advantage of the Gorilla loss and jumped ahead in the regional rankings to snatch a spot in the playoffs after going 9-1 in the regular season while PSU had to settle for the Mineral Water Bowl….

PSU names director of strength training

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Matt Nelson may have been lining up against PSU while playing for Northwest Missouri State on the football field just a few years ago. But now, he’ll be assisting Pittsburg State’s athletes in the coming school year. Pittsburg State has named Matt Nelson as the director of strength training and nutrition for the Gorillas. The graduate from NWMSU is transitioning from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He served as the Cardinals’ head strength and conditioning coach last year. Before that, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) school Northwest Missouri State. He also served strength and conditioning internships at Texas Christian University…

Rec center offers students chance to get fit

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief Being away from home, trying to meet new people and studying for tests and working. These are some of the stresses that students face on any given school year. But for those who are looking to alleviate some of that stress or just trying to get into shape and stay active, the PSU Student Recreation Center is there to help. Located on 2001 S. Rouse, the rec center is available to all current Pitt State students and faculty. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday during the school year and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. To get into the center, all…

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…