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  • Student loan debt takes political stage

    | Marcus Clem reporter | American student debtors owe a lot of money, and addressing their ability to pay is steadily gaining national attention. There are several ideas on the table to help with what Forbes charts as the nation’s $1.08 trillion owed by college students. Nearly 12 percent of that amount is tied to accounts that are 90 days past due or in default. “Since the recession began in 2007-‘08, this has been a challenge for our graduates and our students who leave school without graduating, as well,” said Tammy Higgins, Pittsburg State director of student financial assistance. Higgins says that a key problem with student debt nationwide is debtors’ confidence that they will…

  • PSU announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

    Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Pittsburg State has announced the 2014 induction class of the intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Nine members consisting of former athletes will be inducted during the ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 25. The 2014 class is composed of six men and three women. This year’s group includes four-time All-America performer Megan (Corby) Haas, who competed in track and field as well as volleyball from 1991-95; All-America pitcher Daryl Cronk, a member of the baseball team’s 1999 MIAA title; All-America quarterback Brian Hutchins from the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship squad and a runner-up finish in 1992; All-America quarterback Neal Philpot, who compiled a school record 41 victories while…

  • MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance

    Michael Bauer, sports editor Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well. According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188…

  • PSU commemorates 100 years since Russ Hall fire

    Michael Bauer, editor-in-chief In the early morning hours of June 30, 1914, the Pittsburg community gathered and saw in horror what remained of Russ Hall. The Main, as the building was known then, had been struck by lightning in the middle of the night and it wasn’t long before the rest of the building went up in flames. But through perseverance and rebuilding, Russ Hall still stands and 100 years later, the community and the university gathered to honor those who helped restore PSU’s iconic complex. On Monday, June 30, the Russ Hall Fire Centennial Commemoration was held outside the front doors. “Our university has experienced many dramatic moments in the last century,” said Lynette…

  • World Cup Watch Students gather for world’s top sporting event

    Michael Bauer editor-in-chief The world’s premier sporting event has been uniting people in supporting their countrymen. From Germany to Japan to even Pittsburg, fans have held mass gatherings to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Students from Pittsburg State have chimed in, hosting their own watch parties and it’s not only international students, either. On Monday, June 16, PSU students assembled at Varsity’s Sports Bar in Frontenac to watch the United States take on Ghana in its opening match. “My son told me today that they were going to bring in 30 of his friends to watch it,” said Mike Knaup, owner of Varsity’s Sports Bar. Varsity’s is no stranger to hosting watch parties from…

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Party on, with a little less beer

New tailgate policies predicted to not harm event’s culture Audrey Dighans | copy editor With the fall’s first football game fast approaching, Pittsburg State is also getting ready for another beloved tradition: The Carney Smith Stadium tailgate party. Tailgating rules at Pitt State underwent some changes in response to a fight that broke out during the Sept. 8, 2012, game vs. the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The fight provoked university administrators to ban the consumption of alcohol after kickoff for all future tailgates. Ball in air, booze on ground With this new policy in place, about 30 minutes before kickoff, designated officials will begin to make announcements to remind those at the tailgate that…

Volleyball hosts scrimmage at Pittsburg High

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pittsburg State volleyball team held its annual scrimmage at Pittsburg High School on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Megan Mallatt Activity Center. The scrimmage did not feature an official game or add to statistics, but every player on the team saw time on the court in front of more than 100 people in the stands. After the scrimmage, team members signed autographs for fans. “Wonderful fans,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach. “It was packed, looking up (at the stands) and they were very much into it. It was almost as if it was a live-match situation instead of a scrimmage.” Suberu says he was pleased with what he saw…

Sophomore quarterback Darrack Harger sidesteps junior linebacker Tyler Disney while looking up-field during the 2013 spring football game

Scrimmage week at Pittt State

Offense scores 22 points in scrimmage Michael Bauer | sports editor In one of the Pittsburg State football team’s scrimmages, the White team managed to put up 22 points over the Red team on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Carnie Smith Stadium. Unlike previous scrimmages, Saturday’s game changed things up with some new rules by keeping the scores but not changing positions. White remained as offense and Red defense throughout the game. Another added rule made it impossible to tackle the quarterbacks unless they were carrying the ball. “We had a period of high and live in the beginning of the two-minute deal and then the rest was basically live, except for the quarterbacks,” said Tim…

Campus Life

Local 4th of July Spectaculars

by: Trent Becker Full schedules of Independence Day celebrations are slated to sparkle the sky in Pittsburg and the surrounding communities, offering countless festivities spanning across the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Thursday, July 3 Pittsburg: Starting at 6 p.m., the city of Pittsburg will begin its full schedule of festivities with a free night of family fun. In addition to the opening of “Kiddieland,” children’s games start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Furthermore, Pittsburg will have a bounce house from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. followed by a movie showing, “Angels in the Outfield,” starting at 9 p.m. by the band dome area. Hepler: If you’re in the mood for a…

Rain doesn’t dampen Memorial Day ceremony

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Rain could not keep Chester Nez from participating in the annual Memorial Day program at Pittsburg State on Monday, May 26. The celebration, which usually takes place at the PSU amphitheater, was moved to the Kansas Army National Guard training center right next door after a torrential rainstorm nearly caused the event to be canceled. The Frontenac American Legion Post 43 and the Pritchett Trust sponsored the event and about 80 people were believed to have attended. “We were amazed by the amount of people who still showed up in the rain because they wanted to hear the story of Father Kapaun and of (Navajo code talker) Chester Nez,” said Don Morey,…

Campus buzzing with building projects

| Trent Becker Reporter | More than $63 million in construction projects are under way on campus, making this one of the busiest building years in PSU history. Since the adoption of the master plan in 2011, construction crews have been quickly chipping away toward PSU’s future, casting million-dollar projects all across campus. So as summer session begins with fall around the corner, students may be wondering about the current state of each construction project. Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, is overseeing all major construction projects on campus, providing the latest developments into the university’s future. Center for the Arts The Center for the Arts, PSU’s largest investment at $33 million, has been a…

Leaders of leaders

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Perhaps the clearest path to one of the highest honors a student can earn begins with a childhood in the university’s backyard. Nick Popejoy, a major in early/late childhood education and this year’s Outstanding Senior man, says growing up in Arma made his choice of Pittsburg State for college a certainty. “I have loved Pitt State forever,” he said. “To have my career end on such a high note here means a lot. I was in shock to be recognized this way.” His elementary ties to campus drove the loyalty and involvement that Popejoy attributes as key reasons for his success. “When people talk about my time here,…

Battle hand-off

Lambert rotated out of university after three years | Kelsea Renz managing editor | In the wake of the loss of former faculty member Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Robertson, Pitt State ROTC cadets prepare to lose another member of the ROTC teaching staff (cadre). Lt. Col. Christopher Lambert will relinquish his post as professor of military science at the end of May. The Army is rotating him to Fort Belvoir, Va., and bringing Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchison to the position. “They want to bring in a fresh set of eyes as often as possible and give other officers at my level a chance to experience this kind of challenge,” Lambert said. “It’s time to turn…

Spring Fling

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The smells of funnel cakes, chicken, salsa and corn-on-the-cob wafted over the Lindburg Plaza on Wednesday night, April 23, during the annual Spring Fling. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), the PSU ROTC and Sodexo. Spring Fling is put on as an end of the year program for students. Food provided by Sodexo is paid for with existing student meal plans or those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for the food booths for the regular dinner fee. Several activities are provided by SAC, RHA and other campus organizations. “My favorite part of this was the shooting gallery, the bull riding,…