• Sophomore in Business Management Deja Snell, and Freshman in Biology Kezia Martin try to knock each other down at the Spring Fling Thursday, April 23rd outside of the dining hall.

    Spring in the air

    | Valli Sridharan reporter | More than 100 students flocked to the Lindburg Plaza on Thursday, April 23, for Student Activities Council’s annual “Spring Fling.” Inflatables, snacks, ice cream, T-shirts, free goodies and games were spread out over the plaza, free of charge, for students’ enjoyment. “It is really amazing to see how many people came out to Spring Fling,” said Ryan Urban, freshman in communication. “Most students had a great time and I saw a lot of smiles.” Student Activities Council is also undergoing a name change. The organization used Spring Fling as a way to bring awareness to the campus that it is now the Gorillas Activities Board (GAB) and it would like…

  • Steve Scott, university president speaks to the crowd during the ribbon cutting for the Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday, April 21.

    ‘Feels like game day’

    Ribbon cutting draws in crowd | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 300 students, faculty, staff and residents joined the Pitt State Pep Squad, university President Steve Scott, the Gus mascot and more for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The ceremony was held Tuesday, April 22, on the steps of 154,000 square foot athletic and event center. “What a day to be a Gorilla,” said Kendall Gammon, director of development intercollegiate athletics. “Today is a day we have been anticipating for three years. We’ve overcome many hurdles to get here, but the most amazing part of this building is the vision for it created by the donors, university, city of Pittsburg,…

  • Former First Lady, Laura Bush, gives a speech over women in government in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 22.

    Night of firsts

    “Walk on the beach every chance you get” | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Former first lady Laura Bush made a brief but momentous visit to Pittsburg State as part of the inaugural season for the Bicknell Center through the Women in Government Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 22, talking about such issues as education and reading. Mrs. Bush noted that former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday last June by jumping out of another airplane and former first lady Barbara Bush will celebrate her 90th birthday this June with a two-day party that will benefit the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She also noted that, even at 89, the elder Mrs….

  • 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…


Women picked second in MIAA polls, men sixth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women’s cross country team was picked second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason coaches poll. The PSU women received one first-place vote and 86 points in polling of the conference’s 11 head coaches. Last year’s MIAA conference champion, Southwest Baptist, was picked first, receiving just four more points than Pitt State. One point behind Pitt State is Missouri Southern, followed by Nebraska-Kearney. In fifth place sits Central Missouri with 63 points and in sixth is Northwest Missouri State at 51. Fort Hays State and Central Oklahoma took seventh and eighth with Lindenwood, Lincoln and Emporia State finishing up the list. PSU has five of…

Opener against NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Northeastern State’s football team has not enjoyed their time in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference. The River Hawks’ last winning season came in 2011. Then NSU joined the MIAA and, so far, they have gone a combined 6-15 in the last two seasons. Last year’s 2-9 record sparked a coaching change and now former Washburn offensive coordinator Rob Robinson takes over as the new head coach for the River Hawks. The Gorillas gave Northeastern State a warm welcome to the conference with a 41-20 blow out in 2012 in Tahlequah, Okla. and, for the third straight year, opens the season by facing the River Hawks Saturday, Sept….

Volleyball hosts scrimmage

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team held its annual scrimmage/Autograph Day at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Aug. 23. The scrimmage consisted of three matches with the Gorillas divided into Red and Blue sides. The blue team won the first two matches while the red took the final match. After the scrimmage, the volleyball players signed posters for their fans. “We still have a little ways to go,” said Jenny Mueller, head coach. “But I saw some really good things from different players. In the heat, it makes it a tougher game but we’ve been practicing in the heat every day and we’re hoping to make that a home court…

Campus Life

It’s time for Africa

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The Pittsburg State African Student Association presented “Africa Culture Day” on Friday, April 24, in Grubbs Hall. More than 20 students attended the program where they had the opportunity to learn about Africa’s many countries; the cuisine, fashion, languages and regional dances. “It was nothing like other international gatherings I have been to,” said Nurila Suleimen, senior in law science. “They really made an effort to get the audience involved which was so cool!” Association members provided several African dishes for the attendees to try. The cuisine included a variety of fried chicken recipes, rice-based dishes and steamed vegetables. “The food was very unique,” said Mariah Hull, senior in sociology….

Dodging for a wish

| Charles A. Ault reporter | It takes $8,000 on average to grant a wish of a child with a chronic or terminal disease. With hopes of raising enough money to do just that, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, April 23, as part of the organization’s ongoing fundraiser to grant a child’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We are trying to gather some money and do positive things,” said Eric Brantley, senior in business management. “Hopefully, we get there and grant somebody’s wish by the end of the school year; that’s what’s most important to me.” Five teams competed in the tournament, which raised $150 from registration fees. L.A….

Symphony, choir perform works of Handel, Verdi and Dvorak

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The PSU Choirs and Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony performed works from Handel and Dvorak at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 26. Nikki Stone, senior in communication, says ending her college career with the concert was a perfect way to go out. “This music couldn’t have been better to end on,” she said. “It was such a challenge to sing some of the notes and it felt so good to be able to know that we truly mastered the two pieces. My favorite part was probably the pieces where we got really intense with the symphony and soloists. It’s such an awesome sound and I’m so…

Pitt Briefs

SAC executive positions Student Activities Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s 2015-2016 executive board. Applications may be picked up in the Campus Activities Center in Hartman Hall room 203 and are due back by Friday, May 1. Interviews will be held on Sunday, May 3. For more information on the duties of each position, go to ww.facebook.com/PSUGAB?fref=ts. Applicants should sign up for an interview when returning the completed application. Axe Grind extends hours The Axe Grind will have extended hours during Dead and Finals weeks and is now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Dead Week Deals” will also take place at both Axe Grind and the Gorilla Crossing both weeks, featuring…

International students celebrate graduation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | International students graduating or finishing their exchange program this semester were given their special night on Thursday, April 16, at the Weede Athletic Complex. The international graduation dinner was attended by Steve Scott, university president, staff members of the International Programs and Services office and more than 100 international students. “This is a big day for all of you,” Scott said. “But it is also a big day for all of us because you remind us of the diversity you bring to our campus.” Students from India, Kazhakstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries all say they will miss Pitt State. “All of the faculty and students, and…

Students attend Out of the Jungle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 graduating seniors attended the bi-annual “Out of the Jungle” Senior Send-off on Tuesday, April 21. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations where they inform attending students about what PSU can offer them after graduation. Richard Potts, senior in sociology, says he learned Pittsburg State could assist him in staying in touch after he graduates in May. Stopping by the Alumni Center for the event, students were also able to obtain an official PSU Kansas or Missouri License plate and have the chance to win one of several prizes, from an iPad Mini to football tickets for the Rua Skybox for all…

Jazz concert offers rich history of PSU

| Tyler Koester reporter | Guests were greeted with African tribal music as they filed into the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 21, during the Jazz and PSU Retrospective concert. The event featured two PSU jazz ensembles and guest musicians. The musicians performed a selection of popular songs from a variety of jazz styles, all in time to a presentation of stories of Pitt State’s history. Todd Hastings and Robert Kehle, both professors of music, conducted the PSU ensembles. In between songs Karl Kunkel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, narrated a chronological history of PSU since the university’s inception in…