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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

Volleyball to close season

Dakota Smith | reporter The Pitt State volleyball team has been on a rough stretch, losing its last three matches. Pitt State went on the road to take on No. 11-ranked Washburn on Friday, Nov. 8. The Gorillas were defeated by the Ichabods in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-17. “The effort was there, we just had some letdowns in communication,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach. Freshman Madison Mosier led the Gorillas with 11 kills. She was the only Pitt State player with double-figure kills. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 33. Junior Sam Wyatt and freshman Ashlen Schwartz led the team in digs with 11 apiece. Pitt State was…

Women close out exhibition

Michael Bauer | sports editor Dakota Smith | reporter The PSU men’s basketball team closed out its exhibition week with a 75-54 loss to Kansas State on Friday, Nov. 1, in Manhattan. Junior Devon Branch was the leading scorer with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Junior Sam Pugh scored eight points. The Gorillas managed to keep on the Wildcats’ tail early in the game before KSU went on a 16-4 run to take a double-digit lead. The Gorillas never went away, but KSU finished the first half with a 38-22 lead. Pitt State used a 19-7 run in the second half to get within 13 before the Wildcats answered back with a 15-7 to take…

PSU records first shutout in 6 years

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Gorillas felt confident after their first offensive play during their fourth home game on Saturday, Nov. 2, against the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. After their second offensive play, they knew they were going to win … by a lot. PSU demolished NOSU 70-0 in its first defensive shutout since 2007. “It’s extremely hard to get shutouts, especially in this day in football,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We played a lot of people in the second half and for us to maintain that was a big deal.” Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja needed one play to get PSU on the board and it came with a 40-yard touchdown…

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….