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    It’s done! Overman Student Center open

    | Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Returning faculty, students and staff may feel they have entered an entirely new building this fall when they take their first steps into Overman Student Center. After a year of construction, detours, dust, noise and mud, Overman is open and back in business. The 68,000 square foot building is sure to awe all of Pitt State this year. From the new additions to the U-Club, to the spacious lounges, to fully-functioning and furnished meeting rooms and, of course, the 600-person-capacity ballroom. “Make yourself at home, it’s your building,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. The building’s new furniture was delivered on Monday, July 20. Construction crews…

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    Students praise decision on same-sex marriage

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | Mary Owens was one of many who celebrated the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriages across the country. The decision by the Supreme Court was both praised and criticized. Owens had to travel to Iowa, the state closest to Kansas that allowed same-sex marriage, last October to marry her spouse. “We had to find the nearest place that would marry us, which happened to be Iowa, because we lived in Kansas City, so it would only be like three hours,” said Owens, alumna of PSU. “Then we decided to get married at the zoo because we both love the zoo and it wasn’t church-related. We…

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    Not yet out of the woods

    | Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods. Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July…

  • Incoming fresman in biology, Bethany Brautman, recieves a free tee shirt at Pitt CARES in Whitesitt hall Monday, June 1st.

    Pitt C.A.R.E.S about its students

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 1,000 incoming freshman have signed up for Pitt C.A.R.E.S so far and the admissions office expects that number to reach about 1100 by the end of the program this year. Every year admissions hosts Pitt C.A.R.E.S. so that incoming freshmen can learn about what Pitt State has to offer them in the fall. “We’re trying to raise student awareness of resources on campus and organizations,” said Tony Fuentez, associate director of admission. “We feel it’s needed for students, so when they show up in August they’re not lost.” Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities, says that the Campus Activities Center was responsible for the club fair on…

  • The renovations on the second floor of the student center is progressing.

    Overman on schedule

    | Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | | Gretchen Burns reporter | It has been near a month since the last pencil on the last final was put down, but work on the Overman Student Center is still underway. Since students have left, the renovation progress on the exisiting 34,000 sq. ft. of Overman and the 34,000 sq. ft. addition has continued on schedule. Starting on the main floor of the center, the temporary wall by the information desk, where the bank and ticket office once were, has been removed. The new tile flooring that appeared last year in the Gorilla Crossing has finally extended all the way down to the point entrance and carpet has been…

Sports

Upset against ESU, 84-76

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla men had finally ended its seven-game losing streak with a 84-76 victory against the Emporia State Hornets at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. “It feels good. We’re still alive: a wins a win, and we’ll take it,” Bullard said. Bullard led the scoring, finishing with 24 points, while junior Devon Branch had 19. For PSU (8-17, 4-14 in MIAA), the victory, coupled with Missouri Western’s loss to Central Missouri keeps the Gorillas’ hopes of playing in next week’s MIAA tournament alive. Pitt State is second-to-last behind Missouri Western, but if PSU wins on Saturday, March 1, and Western losses to Southwest Baptist, Pitt…

Split conference opener

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla baseball team played a four-game weekend series against Fort Hays State from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Pitt State’s first game did not go its way. The Gorillas started with a lead 3-1 after a three-run homer by senior Tory Stoffregen. Those were the only pointss PSU would get in the game. Fort Hays put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth, taking the victory of 6-3. Senior Tyler Thompson took the loss for the Gorillas, pitching five innings and two outs, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. Next up, a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 22. Pitt trailed 2-0 after…

Track athletes compete at Nebraska Tune-up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Nebraska Tune-up Meet on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lincoln, Neb. It was the final preparation for the 2014 MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) indoor championships. In the men’s action, freshman Bo Farrow placed second in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished third in the discipline at 50-8.75, while junior Jeff Piepenbrink took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-9.5. Christian Sanderfer of Nebraska was first in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1.50. Craig Driver of Nebraska was ahead of Piepenbrink with…

Campus Life

Pitt State president: ‘Welcome back!’

| Steve Scott university president | By the time you read this, you will have probably already posted pictures to Instagram of your first-day outfit. You surely Snapchatted videos of yourself singing Taylor Swift while driving to campus. And I’m guessing there has already been a tweet or two about how awesome the Overman Student Center looks. And now, allow me to make it official by saying with great energy and excitement: Welcome back! The start of a new fall semester in #GorillaNation is a time of great emotion. We celebrate the return of those who were on summer break, while also welcoming those whose college days are just beginning. And whether you are a…

Student government plans for a year of action

Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief As with many students, the Student Government Association (SGA) is ready for the fresh start the beginning of the academic year tends to bring. Student body president Kyle Hostetler and vice president Rachel Herring will lead SGA into a variety of projects, topics and legislation. “Overall, our main goal is to create more student involvement and participation,” Hostetler, senior in graphic communications and marketing, said. “With more participation we will be able to ensure SGA is aligned with the student body; we’ll be pushing for issues that are relevant, not just what the Senate wants.” Hostetler says SGA strives to make campus policies sound, give student organizations support and fulfill its duties…

A new Nation

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | The last residence hall renovation at Pitt State is well underway this summer. Even with all the rain, the $4.3 million renovation of East Nation and Mitchell Halls is estimated to be three days ahead of schedule. Melissa Beisel, associate director of University Housing, says after the east side of Nation is renovated this summer, the residence hall will feature all new rooms, restrooms, a recreation room and laundry facilities. There will even be more student rooms in the building. “Previously, only 85 student rooms were available for use,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect for Facilities Planning. “The Nation ‘link lounges’ and additional spaces in Mitchell and Mitchell Annex are…

Pitt Briefs

Alum named CFO of the year A Pittsburg State graduate is among the top chief financial officers in the Kansas City area, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. Ryan Bevins, a 2003 graduate who double-majored in accounting and finance, was selected by The Journal as one of 10 CFOs of the Year in the KC region. Bevins is in his first year as CFO at Sioux Chief Manufacturing in Peculiar, Mo. Bevins is one of four CFOs honored in the category of for-profit industries with at least $100 million in annual revenue. He and his fellow honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 5 in Overland Park. Bevins previously served in…

It’s time for Africa

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The Pittsburg State African Student Association presented “Africa Culture Day” on Friday, April 24, in Grubbs Hall. More than 20 students attended the program where they had the opportunity to learn about Africa’s many countries; the cuisine, fashion, languages and regional dances. “It was nothing like other international gatherings I have been to,” said Nurila Suleimen, senior in law science. “They really made an effort to get the audience involved which was so cool!” Association members provided several African dishes for the attendees to try. The cuisine included a variety of fried chicken recipes, rice-based dishes and steamed vegetables. “The food was very unique,” said Mariah Hull, senior in sociology….

Dodging for a wish

| Charles A. Ault reporter | It takes $8,000 on average to grant a wish of a child with a chronic or terminal disease. With hopes of raising enough money to do just that, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, April 23, as part of the organization’s ongoing fundraiser to grant a child’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We are trying to gather some money and do positive things,” said Eric Brantley, senior in business management. “Hopefully, we get there and grant somebody’s wish by the end of the school year; that’s what’s most important to me.” Five teams competed in the tournament, which raised $150 from registration fees. L.A….

Symphony, choir perform works of Handel, Verdi and Dvorak

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The PSU Choirs and Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony performed works from Handel and Dvorak at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 26. Nikki Stone, senior in communication, says ending her college career with the concert was a perfect way to go out. “This music couldn’t have been better to end on,” she said. “It was such a challenge to sing some of the notes and it felt so good to be able to know that we truly mastered the two pieces. My favorite part was probably the pieces where we got really intense with the symphony and soloists. It’s such an awesome sound and I’m so…