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    ‘I’ll treat this like a warrior’

    Football player continues fight with cancer | Michael Bauer Sports editor | Robert McField knew something wasn’t right. It was a January morning and the junior tight end from St. Louis, Mo., noticed that he didn’t have any feeling in his right arm. After going to Via Christi hospital in Pittsburg, McField went to the emergency room in Joplin, Mo., fearing that it could be horrible. It was then that the nightmare truly began: He was diagnosed with cancer. “I cried immediately after the diagnosis,” McField, who majors in recreation, said. “I don’t think I’ve cried so hard in my life. They told me in Joplin and when they walked in with five doctors and…

  • A student sets up an informational display on the Shroud of Turin. Speaker Russ Breault talked about the subject at the Bicknell Center on Sunday, March22.

    Mystery in religion

    Speaker brings mystery of Shroud of Turin to campus | Gretchen Burns reporter | A world of mystery was the center of Russ Breault’s presentation on Monday, March 23, in Grubbs Hall. “The world is full of mysteries from the pyramids to Stonehenge to crop circles,” Breault said. “There is a mystery in the Italian city of Turin. The cathedral of St. John the Baptist houses a mysterious cloth with a mysterious image.” This cloth is known as “The Shroud of Turin,” the cloth believed to have covered the body of Jesus Christ when he was laid in the tomb. The shroud bears the image of a crucified man and has undergone hundreds of thousands…

  • AJ Richardson, senior in exercise science, purchases a 24 pack of Budlight from Thirsty's Retail Liquor on Wednesday, March 24.

    Sales-tax increase proposed

    If you’re the legal drinking age, about to be or a tobacco user, you may want to consider saving your pennies for your next purchase. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his plan to help balance the state budget on Thursday, March 12, during his State of the State address. Kansas currently has a projected budget shortfall of $648 million and part of Brownback’s plan would be to increase the sales tax on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. Kansas sales tax on alcohol currently sits at 8 percent, putting the state in a three-way tie for 23rd place on the Federation of Tax Administrator’s list of states with lowest alcohol tax. Its next-door neighbor, Missouri, is tied for…

  • The Pittsburg State men's basketball team poses for photos after they won the MIAA Championship against Missouri Southern at The Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday, Mar. 8th.

    MIAA Tournament: Men Capture title

    | Michael Bauer sports editor | T ough defense, a strong team effort and the explosiveness of junior Trey Starks was the combination to the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team beating Missouri Southern 91-65 on Sunday, March 8, in Kansas City, Mo., for the school’s first ever MIAA Conference Tournament. Playing at Municipal Auditorium, the fifth-seeded Gorillas became the lowest seed to win the MIAA Tournament and posted the widest championship margin in history. Pitt State (20-11) scored 24 points off of turnovers and Starks scored a game-high of 24 points, garnering the tournament’s Outstanding Player award. This was Starks’ 11th appearance for the Gorillas. “I didn’t see myself being here (at the start of…

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    Yearbook Pictures

    Say Cheese! Yearbook Pictures are next week. McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am – 7pm. 2015 Kanza.

Sports

3-game winning streak

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team won all three of its games at home this weekend, making its record 9-4 overall. The tournament the Gorillas were supposed to play at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was canceled, but that did not keep the Gorillas off the field. Pitt State played three games at home against other teams from the tournament. The first game was against Wayne State (Neb.) on Feb 28. Pitt State took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by freshman Nicole Nease and an RBI double by junior McKenzie Rynard. Wayne State tied the game in the second. Pitt State took the lead in…

Gorilla men win MIAA title; women fourth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | One and a-half points. That’s all that separated the Pittsburg State men’s track team from second place at the conference indoor track and field title as the Gorillas claimed the championship on Sunday, March 2. The Gorillas outdid the Lions of Missouri Southern State at the MIAA championship in Joplin, Mo. PSU finished with 130.5 total points over MSSU’s 129. It was the Gorillas first indoor league title in 19 years and the program’s third MIAA indoor title overall. The title ended a six-year run by Central Missouri University as the Mules took fourth with 77.2 points. It all started with senior Adam Volkert, who won the mile run…

Dramatic Finish

baseball record 5-6 | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State baseball team split a four-game series against Emporia State at home Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28. The series began with a double-header on Thursday, going down to the wire. Spencer Booe singled home a run in the second inning. The Hornets evened the game up in the fifth and remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when junior Cody Ball stepped up to the plate. Ball drove the first pitch out of the park for a walk-off home run to give the Gorillas a 2-1 victory. Pitt State got a great pitching performance from senior Tyler Thompson, who pitched a complete game giving…

Campus Life

EMPOWER

Women – Social Work – Awareness: Students promote social issues | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Oval was the place to be Wednesday, March 25. Besides a Greek philanthropy, “Where It’s At Wednesday” by the Student Government Association, pedestrian traffic and a puppy, students in the Advanced Practice Three course occupied much of the campus hub to raise awareness and collect donations for a variety of life issues. “I am collecting craft items for Unlimited Hope,” said Lannatte Wood, senior in social work. “Unlimited Hope is a shelter for women and they want to start a craft group for those they are helping. There they can provide a fun activity and have another outlet…

Pitt Briefs

SAC executive board openings Student Activities Council is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 executive board. Applications can be picked up in the Campus Activities Center office located in Hartman Hall room 203 and are due back by Friday, March 27. For more information, visit the SAC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/psusac?_rdr. T.A.G. The T.A.G. event reminds all to Thank a Gorilla. A variety of statues, buildings and other on-campus objects will be decorated with red bows and tags until Friday, March 27. The tags signify how much Pittsburg State benefits from the private giving from alumni and friends. Early enrollment Early enrollment for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 is this Sunday, March 29. Students are encouraged…

Disconnected is the price of being connected

| Val Vita reporter | A few days ago I saw a father and his two baby boys sharing an interesting scene. The kids were playing happily all around him, making noises, and trying to get his attention. The father, though, had his total attention focused on his iPhone. My curiosity got the best of me, so I got closer to see what the hell was so important in that phone. It was Candy Crush.    Often (more frequently than I would like) I see couples sitting in restaurants waiting for their food. Instead of talking to each other, each is checking Instagram. It’s not rare to see entire families checking their Facebook news feeds….

Apple Day No. 108

Old tradition, new digs | Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 300 students, faculty, staff and guests filled the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for the annual Apple Day Convocation on Thursday, March 5. This was the 108th Apple Day at Pittsburg State. “Apple Day is a tradition commemorating success,” said Randy Roberts, dean of library services and university archivist. “The success of the university, the success of the students.” The ceremony began with Jordan Schaper, Student Government Association president, welcoming the audience and introducing the day’s speakers, including keynote Andy Tompkins. “In many ways, he does not need an introduction,” said Steve Scott, university…

Pitt Briefs

Nickelodeon trivia contest Student Activities Council will host a Nickelodeon Trivia Contest at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Russ Hall. Students interested in participating must register in advance at the SAC office in Hartman Hall and must sign up as a team consisting of no more than four students. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and winning trivia teams. For more information, contact SAC. Bicknell Center grand opening Pittsburg State University invites student, staff, faculty and the public to the grand opening of The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The ceremony will feature performances by the PSU Choirs, SEK Symphony, PSU dance, PSU Theater and Gene…

Students prep for MCAT as much as possible

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kalee Woody has given up her social life to spend her free time studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam in June. The MCAT is a national standardized test designed to gauge medical school applicants’ knowledge of basic science concepts, as well as their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and writing. “I spend my weekend working and studying,” said Woody, senior in biology. “It’s extremely hard. I work 25 or more hours a week and then spend all day Sunday studying. It’s difficult to focus on everything I have to study for.” Jayden Bowen, junior in biology, says when he takes the exam in April it will be…

Women of Pittsburg

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although the night was chilly and the audience was sparse, Beverly Clarkson shared the story of Ella Buchanan, first director of the Pittsburg Public Library, to help observe Women’s History Month at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, March 4. After a large donation was made to the library, the librarians wanted to create a permanent art collection and showcase the talents of local artists. Buchanan, though originally a director at the library, later became one such artist featured at the library. Buchanan was hired by the city of Pittsburg to direct the library in 1901. She was the daughter of newspaper editor J.C. Buchanan of The Kansan. A socialist paper…