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  • Possible cutline: Faculty and students that smoke will have to start smoking off campus next semester as Pittsburg State University goes tobacco free.

    Quitting ain’t easy

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new year, a fresh start and a smoke-free Pitt State campus. The university’s tobacco policy will begin its “soft implementation” at the start of the year, when the school’s smoking bins, currently labeled “I’m leaving,” will leave campus … forever. The university will be entirely tobacco-free, all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited. Although many non-smokers are excited to walk across the Oval without breathing a whiff of smoke, for students who do smoke, the change means a change in their lives. “Honestly, I am not bothered by it,” said Richard Trezza, junior in automotive technology. “I use an electronic…

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    Laura Bush coming to Pitt State

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pittsburg State Women in Government Lecture Series announced that former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to speak on campus next semester. Bush will talk about education, literacy, volunteerism and other topics on Wednesday, April 22, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. “With the arrival of the new center of the arts we wanted its inaugural season to be outstanding,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of university development. Flannery says the lecture series contacted Bush’s staff with a proposal for her to speak at Pitt State and the people in charge of the Series were thrilled when Bush accepted. “She is joining a long line of…

  • Seamus Hamilton, senior in communication, hits the books in preparation for finals at the Axe Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

    Straddling studies and sleep

    Students buckle down to study for finals | Kyleigh Becker reporter | Finals week is the most dreaded few days for many college students. It is the last challenge faced before a month of relaxation and “you can’t make me get up before noon” mornings. The key, however, is to survive dead week’s sleepless nights and finals week’s stress. Some students, however, aren’t too worried. “I’m not really preparing,” said Blake Smith, sophomore in information technoloy. “I don’t really have to study (for my math final). It comes easy to me.” Smith has two finals left: a paper for politics and a comprehensive math final. Both are on the same day and Smith says his…

  • Blake Bullinger and fiance Carly Stene show off her ring after their engagement on Oct.9.

    Gorillas got game

    Boyfriend’s proposal raises bar; goes viral | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Most girls dream about the day she gets proposed to, of her heart racing as her boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks to spend the rest of their lives together. She wants it to be romantic and special. She wants it to be meaningful to both of them. And of course she’d have to tell her family immediately. On Oct. 9, the bar for a proposal like this was raised high when Blake Bullinger presented Carly Stene, his girlfriend of two years, with a handmade jewelry armoire filled with little presents of her favorite things and, of course, the ring. “As soon…

  • International students in PSU are take their food in Thankgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

    Celebrating family, friends, food

    | Haley Riebel reporter | Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and food. Especially food. The holiday can be a time to reflect on what really matters in life and gives everyone a chance to make things right in the world. For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and catch them up on college life. “It honestly doesn’t really bother me when they ask, it’s kind of their way of showing they care,” said Megan Davis, freshman in biology. Davis says she believes Thanksgiving is also not just about the food. “To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and being thankful for the family you have…

Sports

Men end losing streak with a win over Northeastern State

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Gorillas can now breathe a sigh of relief. After dropping four straight, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team got its first win since Jan. 11 with a 73-63 victory over the Northeastern State Riverhawks. The win came on the last of a three-consecutive home game stand at John Lance Arena. With both teams entering the night with a 1-4 record in their previous five games, the Gorillas (7-10, 3-7) came out with a win while the Riverhawks’ losing skid was extended to four. “This is a good team. They’ve been sort of like us, being in a funk,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “One team was going to…

Dominating the court

Women win third straight game | Michael Bauer sports editor | In the last two weeks the Northeastern State Riverhawks have pulled off upsets over number two-ranked Emporia State and Fort Hays State. The Gorillas, on the other hand, weren’t about to be the next victims. Playing at John Lance Arena, the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team wrapped up its third-straight home game with a victory, 68-53, improving itsrecord to 14-6 and 6-3 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 21 points to lead the Gorillas while sophomore Cathy Brugman finished with 14 points. “Coach put a lot of trust in me,” Brugman said. “We’re just playing well as a…

PSU track competes at MSSU invitational

Michael Bauer | sports editor It didn’t take junior Jeff Piepenbrink long to post the top mark in pole vault for NCAA Division II and it didn’t take freshman Heather Glenn long to qualify for the national indoor track and field championship in women’s pole vault, either. Competing at the Missouri Southern State Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11, the Pittsburg State track and field teams sent a few individuals to Joplin, Mo. Piepenbrink cleared 17 feet, 1.5 inches to finish first and break the Pitt State indoor record in the discipline. The mark also broke PSU assistant coach Kyle Rutledge’s facility record at the MSSU invitational. He finished ahead of MSSU’s Michael Juergens, who cleared…

Campus Life

Bras for a cause

| Haley Riebel reporter | As the holiday season rolls around, festive songs can be heard on nearly every radio station when hunting for that perfect present. While some can afford to spend large amounts of money on gifts, others cannot. To help combat this, donation boxes have been set up at Axe Library and the information desk in the student center to take gently used bras during Dead Week through Friday, Dec. 5. The fundraiser, sponsored by Margaret Bradford, Shelby Kuhns and Beverly Withers, began as a project for the sponsors’ women’s studies course. Bradford, Khuns and Withers will donate the bras to Safehouse Crisis Center (SCC) where victims of abuse or those in…

Beer Killer

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Letting beer drain out of a punctured beer can isn’t what most college students would think of fun. But for the students involved in the Sustainability Club, it’s a way for them to help the environment and recycle at the same time. Jim Triplett had been approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had. “He approached me at SEK Recycling while I was volunteering one day and told me that my environmental life science class several years ago was the reason that he was recycling today,” said Triplett, adviser…

Writing love on their arms

Group tries to help ease pain of depression | Charles A. Ault reporter | Annie Kratochvil stands in front of a lecture hall with a few dozen people witnessing as she tells her story of struggle with self-harm and suicide. Both issues are major focuses of a nationwide organization dedicated to spreading hope, help and love: To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). The organization, founded in 2006, specifically states in its mission “to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.” On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Pitt State chapter of TWLOHA held a “Night of Hope” devoted to sharing and supporting…

Overman Student Center Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Questions answered by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center Q: What will be included in the new student center? A: We are adding 31,000 square feet to the student center. There will be a brand new ballroom with a capacity of 650 that will also be divisible into three separate rooms for more meeting areas, more meeting rooms and spaces, three to be exact, and a brand new student activities complex. This complex will feature Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Council (CAC) all together. A new entrance on the south side of the building is being constructed and the Greek Office as well…

Sharing tradition with students

| Haley Riebel reporter | In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Student Association (NASA) has sponsored a variety of events throughout the month to commemorate their nations and ancestors. To wrap up the month’s festivities, Nikki Stone, senior in communication and NASA president, set up a tribal panel to inform PSU students about a new take on Native American history. “I wanted the audience that is completely unfamiliar to have a more general knowledge of the workings within a tribe and what it’s like to be an active member,” Stone said. Although only a small amount, Stone is part Cherokee and she manages to keep in contact with the tribe, gaining…

Distinguished writer brings in crowd

About 75 students, faculty, staff and residents gathered in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 13, to hear excerpts from the works of Joy Harjo, the final guest writer of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. Harjo is a well-known Native American writer, nationally recognized as an outstanding poet, memoirist, teacher, singer, musician and is a member of the Muskoke/Creek Nation. Some of her numerous awards include the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award. Her most recent publication is “Crazy Brave,” published in 2012….