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    Not yet out of the woods

    | Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods. Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July…

  • Incoming fresman in biology, Bethany Brautman, recieves a free tee shirt at Pitt CARES in Whitesitt hall Monday, June 1st.

    Pitt C.A.R.E.S about its students

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 1,000 incoming freshman have signed up for Pitt C.A.R.E.S so far and the admissions office expects that number to reach about 1100 by the end of the program this year. Every year admissions hosts Pitt C.A.R.E.S. so that incoming freshmen can learn about what Pitt State has to offer them in the fall. “We’re trying to raise student awareness of resources on campus and organizations,” said Tony Fuentez, associate director of admission. “We feel it’s needed for students, so when they show up in August they’re not lost.” Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities, says that the Campus Activities Center was responsible for the club fair on…

  • The renovations on the second floor of the student center is progressing.

    Overman on schedule

    | Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | | Gretchen Burns reporter | It has been near a month since the last pencil on the last final was put down, but work on the Overman Student Center is still underway. Since students have left, the renovation progress on the exisiting 34,000 sq. ft. of Overman and the 34,000 sq. ft. addition has continued on schedule. Starting on the main floor of the center, the temporary wall by the information desk, where the bank and ticket office once were, has been removed. The new tile flooring that appeared last year in the Gorilla Crossing has finally extended all the way down to the point entrance and carpet has been…

  • 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,…

Sports

Men win at ESU

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Emporia State University’s State Farm Relays on Saturday, April 5, in Emporia. The men won the event with 157 points and the women finished in sixth. On the men’s side, the Gorillas had four individual winners. Sophomore Garrett Appier won the shot put with a throw of 56-3. Junior Jeff Piepenbrink won the pole vault with clearance of 16-0.75. Freshman Bo Farrow won the discus with a throw of 168-2.5. Farrow also finished third in the shot put with a throw of 53-8.5. Junior Marquel Nickens won the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.61. Senior James…

21-21 overall

Softball sweep Missouri Southern | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State softball team swept their rival Missouri Southern in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 9. In game one, the Gorillas jumped to a 6-0 lead after the bottom of the second. Junior McKenzie Rynard got things started with a solo home run. Sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI single. Senior Brenna George had a two-RBI double and senior Tiffany Brown had a two-RBI single. Missouri Southern scored two in the top of the third to make the score 6-2. The Gorillas scored three in the bottom of the fourth. The first run came on an RBI single by Rynard and the…

Softball splits Lindenwood, 17-17 overall

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla softball team has lost five of its last seven games. On Friday, March 28, Pitt State faced Northwest Missouri State for a doubleheader in Maryville, Mo. The Gorillas trailed 9-0 after the first two innings of game one. PSU scored three runs in the fourth, one coming from a solo home run by junior McKenzie Rynard. The other runs were scored off of a two-RBI single by sophomore Jordan Bradshaw. The Gorillas added another run in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not catch up to the Bearcats, who won the game with a final score of 9-5. Game two also failed to go in favor of…

Campus Life

A new Nation

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | The last residence hall renovation at Pitt State is well underway this summer. Even with all the rain, the $4.3 million renovation of East Nation and Mitchell Halls is estimated to be three days ahead of schedule. Melissa Beisel, associate director of University Housing, says after the east side of Nation is renovated this summer, the residence hall will feature all new rooms, restrooms, a recreation room and laundry facilities. There will even be more student rooms in the building. “Previously, only 85 student rooms were available for use,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect for Facilities Planning. “The Nation ‘link lounges’ and additional spaces in Mitchell and Mitchell Annex are…

Pitt Briefs

Alum named CFO of the year A Pittsburg State graduate is among the top chief financial officers in the Kansas City area, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. Ryan Bevins, a 2003 graduate who double-majored in accounting and finance, was selected by The Journal as one of 10 CFOs of the Year in the KC region. Bevins is in his first year as CFO at Sioux Chief Manufacturing in Peculiar, Mo. Bevins is one of four CFOs honored in the category of for-profit industries with at least $100 million in annual revenue. He and his fellow honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 5 in Overland Park. Bevins previously served in…

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…