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    Chatters to remain closed after fire

    | Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The fire at Chatters on July 22 has left damage to the building that will keep the restaurant out of business for an unspecified amount of time. Ahmad Enayati, Chatters’ owner, said the fire started with a new fryer in the kitchen. “We weren’t even using it yet. We had put oil in it and they turned it on to just test and make sure it would come on and fire up,” Enayati said. “Unfortunately, when they turned them off, they turned one off, but the other one they didn’t turn off and they left it at 255 and that one caught on fire.” Despite not turning one…

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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…

Sports

Track teams compete at home

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The seventh annual David Suenram Gorilla Track and Field tournament took place Saturday, April 11. The PSU men’s team topped the podium in seven events, starting with freshman Alex Conn in the 1500-meter race. Conn ran a 3:53.38. Senior Talon Thompson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:33.61 and sophomore Brian Wright came in fourth. Senior Marquel Nickens captured the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.14. Senior Jeff Piepenbrink won pole vault with a 16-08.00 clearance and senior Marquise Cushon captured gold in the triple jump with a 49-09.25 mark. The Gorillas also swept the top three spots in the javelin competition….

Baseball splits against Northwest Missouri

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted a four-game series against Northwest Missouri between Friday, March 27, and Sunday, March 29, ending with two wins for each team. The series opened Friday with the Bearcats scoring one run in the top of the first and another in the third off a wild pitch. A sacrifice infield fly took another runner around home in the sixth. Four runs in the eighth brought the Bearcats to a 7-0 lead over the Gorillas. PSU got on the board in the bottom of the eighth off an RBI by junior Sam Falcon and had another run batted in by senior Nathan Arnold in the ninth to…

Softball continues

| Cameron Molina reporter | On Tuesday, April 7, the PSU softball team took to the mound against the Newman University Jets. Last time these clubs clashed, PSU split. This time around, though, PSU was greedy. Freshman pitcher and recently awarded MIAA/Astro Turf Pitcher of the Week, Emmie Robertson, manned a siege early on against the 10-27 Jets. Robertson and company did not allow any runs through the first two innings. But during the top of the third, freshman utility player Breanna Pingry lofted a pitch down the infield line for a home run to earn Newman its first lead of the game, 1-0. A stifling Gorilla defense stood its ground for another inning until…

Campus Life

U-Club soft opening a success

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Univeristy Club or “U-Club,” opened its doors to Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for a soft opening. Students, faculty and staff on campus had a chance to get a feel and taste of the renovated space and try the club’s two new dining options: Einstein Bros. Bagels and Wholly Habaneros. “We’ve been slammed a couple of times,” said Michaela Ingle, sophomore in elementary education and student employee for Sodexo, Pitt State’s food service provider, at Einstein’s. This is Ingle’s first year working with Sodexo. She is just one of more than 20 employees taken on by the company this past month to fill the various…

Plaster Center built for sunny future

| Marcus Clem guest writer | More than enough juice for an average American household will come to Pittsburg State’s newest building from the world’s most abundant energy source. Good Energy Solutions Inc. of Lawrence installed 32 solar energy modules on the Robert W. Plaster Center in July. There are 28 panels on the building’s roof and four as part of a ground display. The ground display is linked to a kiosk that allows visitors to study energy production data, the university says. The panels are rated to provide 16,474 kilowatt hours (kWh) worth of electricity per year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average Kansas utility customer uses 11,112 kWh per year….

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….