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  • CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

    Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Saturday, Aug. 16 • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you…

  • Fun things to do to cure back-to-school blues

    By: Tyler Koester You’ve just finished your homework for the day and you have nothing else going on. Perhaps you just got out of class and you have the day off from work. What do you do now? Both Joplin and Pittsburg provide plenty of amusing and mind-stimulating attractions that appeal to a variety of people, some of which are described here. 1. Crawford County Historical Museum This museum’s web page boasts it has “one of the largest collections of artifacts, historical displays and educational material in Southeast Kansas.” The museum is the perfect fix for any history addict, containing exhibits of the old mining camps and operations of Crawford County, the Pittsburg Coalfield, a…

  • Student loan debt takes political stage

    | Marcus Clem reporter | American student debtors owe a lot of money, and addressing their ability to pay is steadily gaining national attention. There are several ideas on the table to help with what Forbes charts as the nation’s $1.08 trillion owed by college students. Nearly 12 percent of that amount is tied to accounts that are 90 days past due or in default. “Since the recession began in 2007-‘08, this has been a challenge for our graduates and our students who leave school without graduating, as well,” said Tammy Higgins, Pittsburg State director of student financial assistance. Higgins says that a key problem with student debt nationwide is debtors’ confidence that they will…

  • PSU announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

    Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Pittsburg State has announced the 2014 induction class of the intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Nine members consisting of former athletes will be inducted during the ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 25. The 2014 class is composed of six men and three women. This year’s group includes four-time All-America performer Megan (Corby) Haas, who competed in track and field as well as volleyball from 1991-95; All-America pitcher Daryl Cronk, a member of the baseball team’s 1999 MIAA title; All-America quarterback Brian Hutchins from the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship squad and a runner-up finish in 1992; All-America quarterback Neal Philpot, who compiled a school record 41 victories while…

  • MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance

    Michael Bauer, sports editor Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well. According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188…

Sports

Another split for Gorillas’ baseball team

Gorillas split their third-straight series Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State University baseball team split its third straight two-game series against the Drury University Panthers on Tuesday, March 12. Each game ended without much drama as the Panthers took game one 8-0, and the Gorillas took game two 13-3. Redshirt-junior right-hander Kevin Sweeney held the Gorillas scoreless through five innings in the first game, earning the win. The game wasn’t all about pitching for the Panthers, though, with their offense putting up runs in three separate innings, including the first. Junior shortstop Caleb Cole doubled in a pair of runs after a throwing error by the Gorillas’ left fielder Troy Stoffrengen allowed the…

‘Roller-coaster’ season for women’s team

Tyler Smith | reporter The women’s basketball team’s season was quite a roller-coaster ride. The year was fraught with extreme highs and lows: They went from being the team ranked No. 3 in the nation heading into the season to losing in the first round of the MIAA tournament. With such high expectations, players such as sophomore standout forward Lizzy Jeronimus say that they haven’t really accepted the fact that there will no longer be basketball after their first-round exit against Missouri Western. “I don’t think it’s hit us yet,” Jeronimus said. “I don’t think we realize that we’re not going to come to practice tomorrow.” Among the many stories from this year, one of…

Program continues to move forward

Michael Bauer | reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas may have been unable to duplicate last year’s run to the MIAA Tournament championship, but they still managed to finish with an 18-10 record, fewer losses than the previous season, in the highly competitive MIAA. The Gorillas fell to the second seeded Central Missouri Mules, 69-63, in the quarterfinals to end their season. The Mules went on to win the championship. Head coach Kevin Muff says he was still pleased with the overall season, which included injuries to key players such as last year’s leading scorer, Javon McGee. “We had a good year,” Muff said. “If you look at the final record it was 18-10, which was…

Campus Life

89.9 FM relies on public support

| Marcus Clem reporter | For decades, KRPS 89.9 FM has served as the home of “Your World in Concert,” but these days, that world is a bit smaller, and more self-sufficient. The home of NPR for the Four-States Area, as well as the extended jazz, classical and blues slates of music that the station offers, is based in Pittsburg State’s Shirk Hall. It’s a professionally oriented and staffed radio station, and students can’t be counted as a reliable target audience, says Missi Kelly, KRPS general manager. “Typically, students discover NPR over their college career,” Kelly said. Sydney Ward, graduate student intern, says that student awareness can be a challenge. “They think of (the station)…

Studying how to study

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter One of the biggest challenges facing freshmen, and all students, is how to properly study and prepare for tests and papers. The Academic Success Workshop Series offers tips and tricks to help students tackle their academics. Sponsored by the Student Success Center in 113 Axe Library, the workshops start in late August and cover anything the academically concerned student could need. Each session builds off the last as the semester progresses, but each is specific enough to stand on its own merits. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up this fall according to Student Success Counselor Ashley Wadell Build Your Personal Strategy for a Great Semester Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday,…

Seniors offer words of wisdom

By: Trent Becker For incoming freshmen, starting college can be daunting, leading many to fall victim to the age-old college “problems.” So to avoid the mistakes of a college amateur, why not look to seniors for guidance? Seniors, because they’ve been there, can offer tips on everything from academic success to help with campus life. One thing is certain, however: This might be the best college advice you get thus far. According to Hayley Flippo, senior in communication, being involved in campus organizations has provided his best college memories. “Each organization has provided so many fun, exciting and embarrassing memories that I will always treasure,” Flippo said. “Get involved in some of the 150-plus organizations…

CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Saturday, Aug. 16 • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you…

Giving the gift of art

Jay Benedict Collegio reporter PSU recently received a unique donation from a longtime friend of the university. Norma Monahan Reals bequeathed 31 pieces of art to Pitt State as part of her and her late husband William’s final estate plans. The artwork had previously hung throughout the couple’s home in Wichita. The value of the collection has been appraised at $150,000. “The collection of art was a lifetime passion of my parents. My mother wanted to have this collection donated and displayed it its entirety, in public, in exactly the same way that she arranged it in her living room for all to enjoy and appreciate,” said William Reals Jr. The pieces were on display…

Far from the noisy crowd 10 ideal places to study on campus

By: Tyler Koester Some students agree that studying while being surrounded by the same old tiresome white walls can make one stir-crazy. For those students, as well as new students who haven’t gotten acquainted with the campus yet, here are 10 recommendations for places to study on campus. Leonard H. Axe Library Location: Near Grubbs Hall and Yates Hall and Planetarium Hours: Noon to midnight Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Just by observing the number of students going in and out through its doors, it’s apparent that Leonard H. Axe Library is a popular and resourceful study attraction for…

Local 4th of July Spectaculars

by: Trent Becker Full schedules of Independence Day celebrations are slated to sparkle the sky in Pittsburg and the surrounding communities, offering countless festivities spanning across the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Thursday, July 3 Pittsburg: Starting at 6 p.m., the city of Pittsburg will begin its full schedule of festivities with a free night of family fun. In addition to the opening of “Kiddieland,” children’s games start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Furthermore, Pittsburg will have a bounce house from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. followed by a movie showing, “Angels in the Outfield,” starting at 9 p.m. by the band dome area. Hepler: If you’re in the mood for a…