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  • 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…

  • Alexis Hobbs, freshman in technology, works on campus for Sodexo in Sub-Connection.

    Obamacare & student jobs

    Work hours not affected, director says | Kylie Becker reporter | Student employees at Pitt State will no longer need to worry about hours being cut due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The Affordable Care Act, in all my years working in HR, is one of the most complicated and complex laws I’ve been involved in,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services. “When you read it, it sounds pretty simple, but yet you start to apply it, it becomes very complicated. It wasn’t written with higher education in mind at all.” Under the ACA guidelines, only full-time employees, those who work 30 or more hours per week or more than…

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    MBA director resigns following internal review

    Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University accepted the resignation of Michael Muoghalu, former Master of Business Administration program director, on Friday, Sept. 19. Muoghalu has been on administrative leave since just after an internal review in May that involved the program’s finances. “We found some questionable financial procedures during that internal inquiry,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “We received the resignation and I don’t have any comment on it.” Shortly after the internal review, the university asked a third-party investigative agency to look further into the program’s financial procedures. “In this particular case, when you’re looking at a situation like this, you obviously want to be very careful…

  • 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…

Sports

Volleyball to close season

Dakota Smith | reporter The Pitt State volleyball team has been on a rough stretch, losing its last three matches. Pitt State went on the road to take on No. 11-ranked Washburn on Friday, Nov. 8. The Gorillas were defeated by the Ichabods in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-17. “The effort was there, we just had some letdowns in communication,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach. Freshman Madison Mosier led the Gorillas with 11 kills. She was the only Pitt State player with double-figure kills. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 33. Junior Sam Wyatt and freshman Ashlen Schwartz led the team in digs with 11 apiece. Pitt State was…

Women close out exhibition

Michael Bauer | sports editor Dakota Smith | reporter The PSU men’s basketball team closed out its exhibition week with a 75-54 loss to Kansas State on Friday, Nov. 1, in Manhattan. Junior Devon Branch was the leading scorer with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Junior Sam Pugh scored eight points. The Gorillas managed to keep on the Wildcats’ tail early in the game before KSU went on a 16-4 run to take a double-digit lead. The Gorillas never went away, but KSU finished the first half with a 38-22 lead. Pitt State used a 19-7 run in the second half to get within 13 before the Wildcats answered back with a 15-7 to take…

PSU records first shutout in 6 years

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Gorillas felt confident after their first offensive play during their fourth home game on Saturday, Nov. 2, against the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. After their second offensive play, they knew they were going to win … by a lot. PSU demolished NOSU 70-0 in its first defensive shutout since 2007. “It’s extremely hard to get shutouts, especially in this day in football,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We played a lot of people in the second half and for us to maintain that was a big deal.” Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja needed one play to get PSU on the board and it came with a 40-yard touchdown…

Campus Life

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…

Student center to include terrace

| Tyler Koester reporter | Many students are familiar with all of the construction currently in process on the PSU campus. Bypassing all the ruckus on the east side of the student center has become part of the day to day for anyone on main campus, but many may be surprised to learn that some of that ruckus is not only on renovating Overman on the east, but on adding a new outdoor terrace to the building on the west. The terrace will include outdoor furniture and tables for socializing, studying or simply enjoying a new view of the Oval. “I just want a place outside where I can socialize and maybe study in the…

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…