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  • Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

    850-strong

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

  • 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…

Sports

Climbing back to the top

Trent Johnson | reporter A return home for the Pittsburg State Gorilla women to John Lance Arena could not have come at a better time. The Gorillas were coming off their longest losing streak of the season, three games, all of which were away from home. The Gorilla women put to rest any doubt that they were still capable of knocking off the MIAA conference top dogs. Truman State was first up for the Gorillas. The Bulldogs came into John Lance Arena with a 16-3 record, 9-3 in MIAA play. A complete performance for the Gorillas on both ends of the floor led the way from the opening tipoff. Through the first 10 minutes of…

Community Cares

PSU broadcasters stream fundraiser live for leukemic student Garett McCullough | sports editor “Unique” might be a word to describe what St. Mary’s Colgan fifth grader and leukemia patient Payton Kannarr has been through over the past four months. Most people would consider any story of a battle against cancer to be tragic, but in this case, a community is coming together to help a young girl fighting for her life. One week after turning 11, Payton was diagnosed with leukemia. This is often news that is met with blank stares and silence as family members and friends search for comforting words. More often than not, those words just don’t exist. Instead, Colgan and the…

On the road again

Trent Johnson | sports reporter Gorillas stricken by Lady Blues The Lady Blues finished a three-game setback for women’s basketball last week. The Gorillas concluded a road trip on Saturday, Feb. 2, with their third straight loss, this time at the hands of Washburn University. The final score was 58-44. The Gorillas were beaten on rebounds by the Lady Blues, 39-25, and shot for just 30.4 percent from the field. The Gorillas held a 2-point lead with about 13 minutes left to go in the first half, but the Lady Blues held the Gorillas scoreless for the next seven and a-half minutes. Washburn finished the half on a 20-9 run to obtain a 28-19 lead…

Campus Life

In the jungle, the real jungle

International students from African countries, share their culture, customs | Robin Siteneski reporter | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 420 international students are enrolled at Pitt State this semester. Of that number, 30 celebrated their countries’ heritage at this year’s African Day, held Friday, April 11. About 150 students and residents attended the event celebrating the cultures of the African continent. Traditional food, dances, theater performances and a fashion show were showcased by PSU’s current international students who are from seven countries on the continent: Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Ivory Coast Even if Americans have never heard of this country, they’ve probably enjoyed the guilty pleasure of…

Auction helps Make-A-Wish Foudation

<h2> | Gretchen Burns reporter | </h2> Last Thursday night, April 10, saw 11 students being auctioned off in the U-Club of Overman Student Center for the Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. The event was a senior project put on by Erica Gutierrez, senior in social work, who wanted to do a fun fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students presented themselves on stage individually and were then auctioned off. If buyers wanted to have a “free” date, they could take their date to a dinner provided after the auction. Otherwise, buyers were required to take their dates on a “real” date elsewhere, where they would have to pay. “I searched for fundraising ideas online and saw a bachelor/bachelorette…

Student Pub cleans up at state conference

| Special press release | A four-peat? Hey now, that’s something worth putting in the yearbook. On Sunday, April 13, Pittsburg State’s Department of Student Publications made its annual trip to the state conference of the Kansas Collegiate Media, the authority on all student-journalist content for all Kansas postsecondary colleges and universities. Held in Wichita, the conference sponsors several education sessions for students on attending institutions and introduces them to important professional contacts at publications like The Wichita Eagle. Over the course of the conference, individual and overall awards are handed out. The most prestigious of these is the All Kansas Award, which Pittsburg State’s student yearbook, Kanza, and newspaper, The Collegio, are eligible for…

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…