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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

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Bittersweet weekend

Tyler Smith | reporter Track team shines in Lincoln, drops the ball in Joplin The Pitt State track and field team sent some of its athletes to compete at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., for a Division I meet on Saturday while the rest of the team found itself in Joplin, Mo., for the Lion Invitational held at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center. In Lincoln, senior Emily Ballock placed a provisional qualifying mark of 2 minutes, 14.11 seconds in the women’s 800 meters while senior Adam Volkert ran for a sixth place spot in the men’s 5,000-meter race with a time of 14 minutes and 51.62 seconds. For the men’s 800-meter…

Junior, Jesse Watt a Excercise Science major, works out after class in Mac Fitness.

Students hit the gym

Michael Bauer | sports reporter The fitness business that is in some ways Pittsburg State’s unofficial athletic training center is attracting more student athletes. Originally located on Ninth Street, the Mac Fitness Center moved to 11th and Walnut Street last year. That is where the complex and 24-hour gym now stands. Mica Dalton, manager, says the center relocated to expand, benefiting athletes and other members. “The main goal of our Mac Fitness Center is to work with athletes and teach them how to use their basic fundamentals and agilities,” Dalton said. “So, we were able to get this indoor facility.” Of the 193 members, roughly 130 of them are students. That is just individuals; students…

Football signs 30 freshmen, seven transfers

The Pittsburg State football team didn’t live up to its No. 1 preseason ranking this past year, but the 2013 recruiting class is proof that the coaches intend to march back to the top in the near future. Wednesday, Feb. 6, also known across sports nation as the national signing day for college football, saw PSU grab 30 high school players along with seven transfers, with some of the top recruits coming right out of a few conference rivals’ backyards. The coaching stayed close to home for the most signees, as most Division II colleges do, but also managed to reel in a few long distance recruits, including two recruits from Albuquerque, N.M. It’s well…

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…