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  • Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry, researches, in a cell culture lab, nanoparticles that act as a vehicle for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to human cells to fight cancer, at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

    Fighting cancer one nano at a time

    | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | The fight to eradicate cancer has taken a step forward with nanotechnology, which allows cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer cells only and leave healthy cells alone. The drugs are polymers that are packaged as nanoparticles with the cancer-fighting agents and an imaging agent so the nanoparticles will show up in an MRI. “We use imaging agents because once you inject it into a person’s body, you want to know where that nanomaterial is going,” said Santimukul Santra, assistant professor of chemistry. “Once we have the imaging agents, we can put the person in an MRI and see where the nanomaterials are.” Using organic chemistry, the researchers add chemicals together until…

  • Regents OK Ph.D. program for nursing school

    | Kelsea Renz editor in chief | Pittsburg State will soon be in the final stages of planning for offering its first doctoral degree. The degree program will offered by the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing and will be the first of its kind in rural Kansas. The Kansas Board of Regents met on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and approved Pitt State’s proposal to offer the program. “As rural healthcare strives to find providers, they’re turning more and more to nurse practitioners,” said Karl Kunkel, dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. “This will be something that not only raises the profile of the university, but also provides tremendous career opportunities for students in…

  • Walking around campus alone at night leads to great vulnerability for sexual assault.

    When no means NO

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | A student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state says she was sexually assaulted and raped by three male students. The college responded by revealing her name to several students, thus subjecting her to harassment and threats. A student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence reported that she was assaulted in a fraternity. According to the campus newspaper, The Daily Kansan, the university repeatedly violated her wishes on how she wished to be contacted and planned a hearing for her and her alleged attacker even though she specifically requested not to. Also in Kansas, Washburn University in Topeka is on the list of colleges the federal…

  • Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

    37-0 run-out

    | Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

  • Stephanie Henningsen, senior in desil and heavy equipment, learns about the braking system of a CAT dozer from Ethan Meier, graduate assistant, on Monday September 8.

    Women in technology

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Susan Martin says it is common for her to be the only female in a class. “If there are other women there’s only one or two,” said Martin, senior in construction management. The Kansas Technology Center, where Martin attends many of her classes, has had its fair share of the limelight over the past decade. With nearly $26 million worth of equipment and technology inside its walls, thousands of students from across the country flock to at least one of the building’s five departments, ready to learn and gain hands-on experience. Although the departments housed in the KTC may attract men easily, women too, call the KTC home. Just…

Sports

Shelburn shuts out Jets for series sweep

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State Gorilla softball team swept the Newman University Jets to claim a winning season on Wednesday, March 6. In the first game, the Gorillas held off a Newman rally to win, 7-5, before trouncing the Jets, 11-0, in the second game. The one, two and three-hole hitters for the Gorillas accounted for most of the scoring in the first game. Junior center fielder Brenna George, freshman shortstop Jordan Bradshaw and sophomore left fielder Cheslyn Mitchell hit 1-2-3 for the Gorillas, respectively. They accounted for five of the seven RBI’s and four of the seven runs. It was senior catcher/first baseman Kreslee Ketcham who got everything started for the…

Gorillas split with rival Lions

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State University Gorillas split the first two games of the Sonic Trophy Series against the Missouri Southern State University Lions on Wednesday, March 6. The Gorillas lost the seven-inning game, 4-1, but took the nine-inning game, 5-2. Despite scoring one run in the top of the first inning in game one, the Gorillas were unable to sustain any offense, and were shut out through the remaining six innings. This was largely because the Gorillas stranded 11 runners on-base. Junior right fielder Cody Ball was credited with seven of those hits, but he was one of four Gorillas with a hit in the first game. Senior left-handed pitcher Matt…

Road to the show

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team is just three wins from being crowned champions of the MIAA, which will earn them an NCAA tournament berth. Getting to the championship game looks to be more difficult than the actual game. In the first game, the Gorillas will face the No. 2 seed University of Central Missouri Mules, who beat the Gorillas, 70-63, on Jan. 12. If the Gorillas make it past the Mules and all else goes according to plan, the Gorillas will face the Ichabods of Washburn. The Ichabods also defeated the Gorillas in the regular season, 67-51, on Feb. 2. However, both of those losses were on-the-road games for…

Campus Life

Restorative justice

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Madie Kirch reporter | Imagine a court proceeding in which the criminal is faced with what he or she had done and what he or she could do to fix it. The victim is given a chance to explain what he or she needs from the criminal to heal. The criminal is able to give the victim what he or she needs and the two parties gain an understanding for each other. Students were given the opportunity to learn about such a system, called restorative justice, and apply it to situations such as Ferguson, Mo., at a presentation by Thea Nietfeld and Joanne Katz on Thursday, Sept. 11. “The…

Casino night hits jackpot

| Tyler Koester reporter | It was a “full house,” so to speak, at Jungle Nights’ Casino Royale on Friday, Sept. 12, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Poker, blackjack, craps pinwheels and a smorgasbord of snacks, including strawberry daiquiri “mock-tails,” all added up for an evening of free entertainment. “I personally had a lot of fun meeting new people and playing blackjack for a few hours,” said Ryan Urban, freshman in communication. “It was a really fun night.” Urban and fellow students had the chance to win $400 in prizes. The event was the first Jungle Night to be hosted by the Student Activities Council (SAC). “I think this year…

Willkommen in Deutschland

German International students host gathering | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While a late summer storm brewed outside, inside the lobby of Grubbs Hall a much more tempting storm of smells brewed during the International Gathering for German exchange students. Six International Gatherings are held each year at Pitt State, three a semester. The events consist of a presentation and a taste of the featured country’s cuisine, and the German international students did not disappoint. Although the evening started with about 100 people present, it quickly doubled to about 250 when it was time for the food to be served. Tables were lined with fresh fruit, cookies and three varieties of a chicken and rice…

Hotel SGA: no vacancy

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student government now has a full roster of senators after their approval and swearing-in at SGA’s meeting on Sept. 10. A group of 15 students were sworn in following the completion of the vacancy process: Calle Callaway, Michael Spiller, Kenna Bideau and Denna Thompson of the College of Arts and Sciences; Grace Geiger and Zachary Green of the Kelce College of Business; Riegen Anderson and Katherine Gray of the College of Education; Josh Bosley and Larry Overman of the College of Technology; and Hank Cloninger, Haley Northcutt, Maya Dandu, Justin Stone and Ryan Magee representing the university at large. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, said he will be filling vacancies…

Go Fish

Black Student Association hosts game night | Brett Collier reporter | The Balkans Room in Overman Student Center was filled with laughter and the smell of chicken wings Thursday night, Aug. 28, during the Black Student Association (BSA) game night. Kimberlee Fields, senior in psychology and president of BSA, says it’s a group effort when planning events like game night. “Someone will come up with an idea and then we’ll all work together to make it happen,” Fields said. For game night the goal was to keep it laid back and as casual as possible. BSA works to encourage diversity on campus by hosting a variety of events on a range in topics throughout the…