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    Say Cheese! Yearbook Pictures are next week. McCray Lobby March 10, 11, 12. 10am – 7pm. 2015 Kanza.

  • Entrants of the Student Activities Counsel Apple Pie Eating Contest begin devouring their first apple pies on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Pictured right to left are Courtney Hensler, sophomore in psychology and counseling, D'Juan Thomas, senior in geography, Tyler Morris, senior in history and government, and Brayden Eller, sophomore in physical education.

    Apple – bananza!

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The annual Apple Day celebrations kicked off this week at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, when the first clue for Student Activities Council’s (SAC) Apple Hunt was posted on the organization’s social media sites. The Apple Hunt this year will last until 4 p.m. today. SAC encourages all students to check the group’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for a clue to find an SAC apple, which are clearly labeled, and bring it to the Campus Activities Center to receive a prize of $20. Only one apple per student is allowed. SAC also kept the apples coming with the organization’s first ever pie-eating contest on Tuesday evening in the…

  • President Steve Scott and Robert Tyler unveil the Andy Warhol piece titled "Beethoven, II. 390" at the Bicknell Center on Wednesday Feb. 25.

    Warhol’s work stuns viewers

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | As the curtain dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 25, students, administration, faculty and Pittsburg residents crowded around the brightly colored print of Andy Warhol’s Ludwig Van Beethoven during the unveiling ceremony in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Cat Jepson says she was excited to be able to see the Warhol make its way to the PSU campus. “It’s awesome how fortunate we’ve been to get this piece in Pittsburg, Kan.,” said Jepson, senior in 2-D art. Graduate student Liping Xia performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 22 and Opus 53 before the opening as guests walked around the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby. Kicking it off Rhona McBain,…

  • Jason Sleep and Emily Crawford jump into the frigid water for charity during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 14.

    Taking the Plunge

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | Kelsie Hendryx says she was surprised by the pool’s cold temperature when she submerged herself in the water during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Crimson Villas. “It was a little chilly,” said Hendryx, sophomore in elementary education. “I thought it was going to be a lot warmer because of the weather.” A plunger, Kirsten Farley, sophomore in psychology, agreed. “You hit the water and your body just tenses up,” she said. The Polar Bear Plunge is a community-wide fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. Those who “take the plunge” are required to raise $75 (per participant if plunging in a group) and as a reward…

  • Lynzee Florez, junior in communications and spanish, leads a tour in front of Russ Hall during the snowfall on Monday, Feb. 16.

    Snow day.. or not

    | Gretchen Burn reporter | April Huninghake braved the snow on Monday morning and drove to school despite bad road conditions. “It was OK when I went to work this morning, but when I left work to come here, I had to clean off my car again,” said Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “The roads were scary to drive on.” Classrooms across the campus were either canceled or had few students attending because of the weather. Royce Parker received the call that early morning classes were canceled and the university wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. and she still attended her class for the day. “It was difficult getting to class,” said Parker,…

Sports

Cross Country’s final tune-up

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pitt State cross country teams competed at the Fort Hays State Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12, in their final tuneup before the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference meet scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. Running without No. 1 runner senior Jessica Macy, the Gorilla women finished five points behind Division II powerhouse Adams State, finishing second out of 17 schools competing. “We held out Jessica Macy because we felt that it wasn’t in her best interest to race her before the end of the season,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “It’s just a shame to lose to Adams State in a close race.” Senior Casey Epps finished the race…

PSU Golf competes at UCM

Michael Bauer | Sports editor Competing at the University of Central Missouri Heart of America Invitational, the Pittsburg State golf team finished No. 19 out of the 20 teams competing in Warrensburg, Mo. The meet was held from Monday, Oct. 7, to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Gorillas finished with a score of 931 with rounds of 310, 309 and 312 over a tournament of 54 holes. The Gorillas were led by Gable LaForge who placed No. 39 as an individual. LaForge posted a score of 226 after rounds of 75, 76 and 75. Jordan Dunham finished No. 76 overall with rounds of 77, 78 and 79 to finish with a score of 234. Zach Fate…

Numbers favor volleyball in Joplin

Dakota Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State volleyball team finished a great weekend at the Missouri Southern Tournament on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, going 3-0. The Gorillas are currently 9-10 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play. The week did not start off well for Pitt State when it took on Northwest Missouri State at home on Oct. 10. Pitt State lost the match 0-3 by scores of 25-18,25-20,25-20. Sophomore Crystal Whitten had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. She was the only Gorilla with double figure kills. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 29 and senior Jordan Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 15. The Gorillas…

Campus Life

Students prep for MCAT as much as possible

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kalee Woody has given up her social life to spend her free time studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam in June. The MCAT is a national standardized test designed to gauge medical school applicants’ knowledge of basic science concepts, as well as their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and writing. “I spend my weekend working and studying,” said Woody, senior in biology. “It’s extremely hard. I work 25 or more hours a week and then spend all day Sunday studying. It’s difficult to focus on everything I have to study for.” Jayden Bowen, junior in biology, says when he takes the exam in April it will be…

Women of Pittsburg

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although the night was chilly and the audience was sparse, Beverly Clarkson shared the story of Ella Buchanan, first director of the Pittsburg Public Library, to help observe Women’s History Month at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, March 4. After a large donation was made to the library, the librarians wanted to create a permanent art collection and showcase the talents of local artists. Buchanan, though originally a director at the library, later became one such artist featured at the library. Buchanan was hired by the city of Pittsburg to direct the library in 1901. She was the daughter of newspaper editor J.C. Buchanan of The Kansan. A socialist paper…

Speaker touches on leadership differences across generations

| Tyler Koester reporter | A dozen students were schooled in the importance of possessing leadership skills in these times by motivational speaker Corey Taylor in Yates Hall on Thursday, Feb. 19. Taylor spoke at Pitt State as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month. Taylor is a producer, speaker and author. One of the films he helped produce is The Wayman Tisdale Story, which tells the story of the late NBA player and jazz musician. He was awarded an Emmy Award and three Telly Awards for the film. Taylor has also directed federal grant-based programs and worked as a school board member. His other titles include the co-founder and president of Conquest…

‘Breakfast at Night’ at Gorilla Crossing

| Charles A. Ault reporter | For Jordan Riggs, the event’s main attraction was bacon. “The bacon was good, the eggs were delicious, the hash browns were great, the pancakes were pancakes, and pancakes are always good,” said Riggs, senior in music education. Riggs was just one of a number of hungry Gorillas to attend the “Breakfast at Night” dinner at Gorilla Crossing in the Overman Student Center on Friday, Feb. 20. The dinner began at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight, when students were treated to a free full “brinner,” door prizes and Nickelodeon trivia. The meal’s price of $0.00 was a big draw for many students, such as Jamellia Rothschild, sophomore in communication….

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…

Slammin’ on the issues

Poetry slam brings ‘real talk’ to campus | Audrey Dighans copy editor | A poetic aura filled Whitesitt 103 for the Black Student Association’s and the Office of Student Diversity’s co-sponsored Poetry Slam on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in which roughly 30 students attended. Though the slam was held in honor of Black History Month, spoken-word artists Brandon Thornton and M’Vyonne Payne emphasized the night’s poems would focus on not only black history, but other issues as well. “Artists such as myself and M’Vyonne are big believers in energy,” said Thornton. “With that being said, ‘energy’ is not as strong when it is dispersed like it is in here so if you could all come up…

Wings, sauce and fundraising?

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Buffalo Wild wings is allowing groups and organizations to raise money across the nation and Pittsburg State University organizations are beginning to take advantage of the offer. Ryan Mendoza said that there are two types of fundraising events that organizations can participate in: the Eat Wings, Raise Funds event and the Hometown Advantage event. “The Eat Wings, Raise Funds event is a one-day fundraiser where fliers are handed out before the event telling of the organization wanting to fundraise,” said Mendoza, assistant manager for Buffalo Wild Wings for the Pittsburg location. “Each person who mentions the flier will get 10 percent of their total donated to the organization. At the…