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  • James Weatherbie, a graduate student in Physical Eduation, attends the cookout at the Campus Chrisitans house on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

    Religious groups call to students

    | Caitlin Martin reporter | Students may find that room 109 in Grubbs Hall is a bit musical on Thursday evenings as hundreds of students gather to sing and praise God together during meetings for Campus Christians. “When I first went, I instantly felt welcomed,” Kimberly Yohe, sophomore in therapeutic recreation, said. “I walked in by myself and was immediately greeted and invited to sit with people.” Hanna Wright also feels connected at the meetings. “It provides a community where students can come together and share life, help serve, and grow together in an environment that tends to all needs and walks of life,” Wright, senior in nursing, said. Though Pittsburg State University is not…

  • Alexis Hobbs, freshman in technology, works on campus for Sodexo in Sub-Connection.

    Obamacare & student jobs

    Work hours not affected, director says | Kylie Becker reporter | Student employees at Pitt State will no longer need to worry about hours being cut due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The Affordable Care Act, in all my years working in HR, is one of the most complicated and complex laws I’ve been involved in,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services. “When you read it, it sounds pretty simple, but yet you start to apply it, it becomes very complicated. It wasn’t written with higher education in mind at all.” Under the ACA guidelines, only full-time employees, those who work 30 or more hours per week or more than…

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    MBA director resigns following internal review

    Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University accepted the resignation of Michael Muoghalu, former Master of Business Administration program director, on Friday, Sept. 19. Muoghalu has been on administrative leave since just after an internal review in May that involved the program’s finances. “We found some questionable financial procedures during that internal inquiry,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “We received the resignation and I don’t have any comment on it.” Shortly after the internal review, the university asked a third-party investigative agency to look further into the program’s financial procedures. “In this particular case, when you’re looking at a situation like this, you obviously want to be very careful…

  • 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…

  • 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…

Sports

Gearing Up

PSU looks to return to playoffs | Michael Bauer sports editor | It didn’t seem fair to the Gorillas. A 35-21 loss to the Missouri Southern Lions on the final day of the regular season kicked PSU out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs for a second consecutive year despite a 9-2 regular season record and finishing the season ranked 19th in the AFCA coaches poll. Emporia State, a team that PSU didn’t get to play, took advantage of the Gorilla loss and jumped ahead in the regional rankings to snatch a spot in the playoffs after going 9-1 in the regular season while PSU had to settle for the Mineral Water Bowl….

PSU names director of strength training

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Matt Nelson may have been lining up against PSU while playing for Northwest Missouri State on the football field just a few years ago. But now, he’ll be assisting Pittsburg State’s athletes in the coming school year. Pittsburg State has named Matt Nelson as the director of strength training and nutrition for the Gorillas. The graduate from NWMSU is transitioning from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He served as the Cardinals’ head strength and conditioning coach last year. Before that, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) school Northwest Missouri State. He also served strength and conditioning internships at Texas Christian University…

Rec center offers students chance to get fit

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief Being away from home, trying to meet new people and studying for tests and working. These are some of the stresses that students face on any given school year. But for those who are looking to alleviate some of that stress or just trying to get into shape and stay active, the PSU Student Recreation Center is there to help. Located on 2001 S. Rouse, the rec center is available to all current Pitt State students and faculty. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday during the school year and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. To get into the center, all…

Campus Life

Celebrating their culture

Hispanics add spice to diversity ‘salad’ | Gretchen Burns reporter | Hispanic Heritage Month has been going strong on the campus of Pittsburg State University, with various activities from homemade lunches to comedians to speakers and upcoming family weekend activities. But to Lynzee Flores, the month-long celebration isn’t near enough time to touch upon the major role that Hispanics have played in history. “Hispanic Heritage Month helps me reconnect to my heritage and get back to my roots,” said Flores, junior in Spanish and communication. “My family claims to be Hispanic but we don’t really practice it. This is a way I can go back to that and celebrate my ethnicity.” Flores flaunts her Hispanic…

Student center to include terrace

| Tyler Koester reporter | Many students are familiar with all of the construction currently in process on the PSU campus. Bypassing all the ruckus on the east side of the student center has become part of the day to day for anyone on main campus, but many may be surprised to learn that some of that ruckus is not only on renovating Overman on the east, but on adding a new outdoor terrace to the building on the west. The terrace will include outdoor furniture and tables for socializing, studying or simply enjoying a new view of the Oval. “I just want a place outside where I can socialize and maybe study in the…

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…