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  • Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

    Off the ballot?

    SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…

  • VJ Puccini, freshman in mathematics, speaks with his advisor Dr. Flood about sorting out his schedule for the Fall of 2014 a few days before enrollment time.

    No more 5 a.m.

    New enrollment system based on earned credit | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Every semester it’s the same. Plan schedule, check. Meet with adviser, check. Wake up at 5 a.m., check and fingers crossed, spots are still available for next semester’s classes. While much of the enrollment process will remain the same, graduate, senior and junior students can say goodbye to setting the alarm. Enrollment for summer and fall 2014 will begin at noon Sunday, April 6. “We have always been needing a better system,” said Heather Eckstein, director of student success programs. “This new system is something that needed to be done.” Last November the GUS system was unable to handle the heavy traffic…

  • Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

    Race begins

    Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

  • Gage Becker, freshman in mathematics, finds cheaper ways to spend his spring break by lounging around at the park.

    Spring Fever

    Traveling cost-savings methods | Erika Hall reporter | Students are gearing up for spring break with some planning to hit the road, some planning to hit the beach and some planning to stay home. One thing the vacation does make many students wary of is money, or lack thereof. Jacqueline Kelley, senior in communication, says she has been saving since this summer for her trip. “I’m going to Panama City Beach with my friends for seven days,” she said. “I saved like a couple thousand bucks but I obviously don’t need all of that. I’ll probably spend like $300.” Zane Clayton and Patrick Lynn are also going to Panama City Beach and predict the amount…

  • Gus takes some time to pass out apples during the Commemoration of Apple Day last year.

    Let them eat apples

    University celebrates annual Apple Day It’s Apple Day at Pittsburg State, or Apple Week for students who participate in the various fruit-themed activities across campus, from eating apple pie to honoring 20-year-old apple trees. One of Pitt State’s oldest traditions ripened well this year. Where is that apple?! Because of the snow day on Monday, March 3, the annual Apple Day Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Center (CAC), was delayed to Tuesday, March 4, ending on Thursday, March 6. Each day of the scavenger hunt, five plastic apples were placed in various locations throughout campus. Clues to an apple’s whereabouts were posted on the SAC Facebook page. Students who…

Sports

Back in the swing

Garett McCullough | sports editor With winter weather still tormenting the Pittsburg area, Pittsburg State golfers found themselves heading south to open their season. First, the Gorillas were in Garden City for the Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OSPU) Invitational from Monday, March 11, to Tuesday, March 12, before playing in the Midwestern State University Invitational in Wichita Falls, Texas, from Monday, March 18, to Tuesday, March 19. The Gorillas started their season with a fourth-place finish, out of the seven teams at the OPSU Invitational. During the fall season, the Gorillas consistently improved their day-two play and kept that up in the OPSU Invitational. They hit a round of 305 on the second day after…

Throwers kick-start outdoor season

Michael Bauer | reporter The Pittsburg State track and field outdoor season got under way on March 14 at the Emporia State Spring Twilight Meet. The Gorillas brought only their throwers since the runners had just finished the indoor portion of the season a week earlier. “It was a partial team competition,” said head coach Russ Jewett. “We could’ve taken our whole team, but decided not to since the indoor season just ended and the entire indoor-outdoor com bined season can be hard for the people who run around the track.” Jewett said the opportunity gave the throwers a chance to open their season a bit early. Larissa Richards had a terrific start to her…

Weather not a factor for softball team

Gorillas reel off six straight wins Tyler Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State softball team pushed its winning streak to six games with a sweep of the Drury University Panthers on Wednesday, March 13, and with its two wins in the MSSU Border Battle the previous weekend. In the Border Battle, the Gorillas faced Upper Iowa, winning by a score of 8-1, while defeating the Missouri Western Griffons, 2-1. “[It was a] pretty good fight, we competed,” said head coach Elizabeth Economon. “What was really nice was, we competed for two whole games. So that was one of those things where we’re really working towards complete games.” Economon says that she believes her team is…

Campus Life

Cosmologist

| Erika Hall reporter | On Monday, April 7, Felipe Menanteau, a research scientist, astrophysicist, cosmologist and professor of astronomy from the Harlow Shapley speakership of the American Astronomical Society, lead a lecture about the universe and astronomy.

It’s B I G

Annual ‘Big Event’ this weekend

1,000 Reasons

Love you! Photo booth captures love of body, self | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Throughout the year anyone who visits Pitt State quickly learns the Oval is always busy, be it campus commuters, bake sales, 72-hour teeter-totterers or more recently, photo-booth goers. Kendra Beye, senior in social work, set up the “Love Your Body” photo booth in the Oval on Wednesday, April 9, as part of her senior project. “The photo booth was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and the way the media portrays men and women in television, ads and movies leading to body dissatisfaction,” Beye said. As April is Love Your Body Month, Beye says the photo…

Recent article that bashes the Art Department is incorrect

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Recently, the Atlantic, a collegiate source, released a list of colleges and universities that were the biggest waste of money in the United States. An art degree from Pittsburg State University ranked at number 10. The information from the story was based on a report from the online service PayScale, that concludes high school graduates would make significantly more money over a lifetime if they chose to go straight to work rather than pursuing certain college majors. Rhona Shand and other veteran academic researchers on the PSU campus looked closer at the study and found several problems and inaccuracies. “It makes a sexy headline and plays into some common misconceptions,…

G3 Expo: success

More than 100 people attended the first “Graphic, Gadgets and Games Exposition” or “G3 Expo” held at the Kansas Technology Center (KTC) on Saturday, March 29. “We feel that it went really well,” said Akram Taghavi-Burris, assistant professor in graphics and imaging technologies and supervisor of the G3 Expo. “The speakers were awesome, the exhibitors were informative and everyone seemed to have a great time.” Megan Meyer, junior in graphic communications and committee chair of G3, says she and many members of Gamma Epsilon Tau (GET), Pitt State’s Graphics Honors Society, were very excited to have more than 100 attendees. “To be honest it wasn’t too much of a challenge running the event,” Meyer said….

Singing in Scotland

Choir students travel abroad for biennial trip | Robin Siteneski reporter | The crimson and gold colors of Pittsburg State University traveled a long way during spring break. A group of about 40 students made its way somewhere that would make Gus proud. The University Choir carried the school’s colors and voices to Scotland. The group, formed by members of all Pitt State’s choirs, sang in six cities in historical sites. They even spread their voices where kings and queens once lived. The great hall at the 17th-century Stirling Castle was the location of one of the performances. “It was really exactly what you’d picture,” Laura Holthus, junior in graphic communications, said. “A castle like…

Senators add changes to SGA’s constitution

| Robin Siteneski reporter | The Student Government Association proposed four changes to its constitution at its meeting on Wednesday, March 12. The first proposal relates to SGA’s cabinet members’ pay next year. Under its terms, these roles will become comparable to other on-campus positions; that is, they will earn the Kansas minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, as a stipend. No cabinet member will be able to receive more than 20 hours’ worth of pay per week. Currently, some cabinet members work 20 hours a week, others anywhere from seven to 15. Currently, Rodney Kimlin, SGA treasurer, is making more per hour than Taylor Gravett, SGA president, although Kimlin actually works fewer hours per…