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  • 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…

  • Janice Jewett, associate professor, and Robert Clark, a senior in phychology and political science, teach the dance appriciation class how to do the tango.

    Dance minor takes off

    Students, faculty respond to need with new program | Gretchen Burns reporter | A new minor has danced its way to the Pittsburg State campus and although in early stages, it is beginning to take off. Students now have the option to minor in dance whether for themselves or for a future career choice. Janice Jewett, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation department (HHPR), teaches many of the new dance minor classes. “The main reason for this minor was to create opportunities for students who were interested in owning or managing their own dance studio,” she said. “We asked ourselves what could we offer through our department to fit this need.” Taylor Brumbaugh…

  • Lego Education Foundation brings event into classrooms

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | For PSU students, an 8:30 a.m. class assembly might be a bit too early in the morning for a required high level of enthusiasm, a visit and gift from Gus Gorilla and Lego creations to build. For the second graders of Meadowlark Elementary, however, it was the perfect time. All together, Meadowlark has about 60 second-graders, divided into three classes. The three classes have been working together since the first day of school on the Lego Education Brick-Building Event for Paint the Town Red. “This is the first year we’ve held this event,” said Ashlei Bockover, marketing coordinator for the Lego Education Foundation. “We wanted to do something that…

  • Members of Alpha Gamma Delta decorate for Paint the Town Red week in support of Pitt State's football team.

    Covered in RED

    Annual event promises to be fun for all ages | Gretchen Burns reporter | Paint the Town Red is celebrating its ninth year at Pitt State and it is just as full of events as ever. The celebration, sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, for this year lasts from Wednesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 6. The event is put on to acknowledge and celebrate the first home game for the PSU Gorillas. On campus, Paint the Town Red is all about the upcoming game and friendly competition it inspires between the university’s offices and departments. In the community, it is so much more….

Sports

World Cup Watch Students gather for world’s top sporting event

Michael Bauer editor-in-chief The world’s premier sporting event has been uniting people in supporting their countrymen. From Germany to Japan to even Pittsburg, fans have held mass gatherings to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Students from Pittsburg State have chimed in, hosting their own watch parties and it’s not only international students, either. On Monday, June 16, PSU students assembled at Varsity’s Sports Bar in Frontenac to watch the United States take on Ghana in its opening match. “My son told me today that they were going to bring in 30 of his friends to watch it,” said Mike Knaup, owner of Varsity’s Sports Bar. Varsity’s is no stranger to hosting watch parties from…

Jeronimus gets athlete of the year honors

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Lizzy Jeronimus was named the recipient of the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award for the 2013-14 school year. The annual award goes to the top male and female athlete of the year in the conference. To be nominated for the award, an athlete is judged in four areas: athletic accomplishments from the current season, career academic accomplishments, campus and community service and career athletic and service achievements. The other recipient of the award was Northwest Missouri State’s quarterback Trevor Adams who helped the Bearcats to the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship with an undefeated record. The award was given on Thursday, June 5, in Kansas City, Mo., at the Public…

2014 FIFA World Cup preview

Michael Bauer Editor-in-chief Every four years, the biggest stage in soccer occurs, bringing with it the pride and passion of all the countries that have qualified and ending a long wait for thousands of fans around the globe. The FIFA World Cup, rich with triumph and history, will reignite next week in the most successful nation in soccer history: Brazil. Thirty-two of the best teams will square off for the next month with only one goal in mind: to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The teams have been split into groups of eight. The best two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages beginning with the round of 16 and eventually…

Campus Life

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…

Students, faculty adjust to room changes

| Tyler Koester reporter | It goes without saying that the first day of class, especially for freshmen, is filled with a lot of adjustments. One adjustment, however, that all students, new and returning, probably didn’t anticipate is the temporary switch of classes out of Heckert-Wells. This three-story building is under renovations to install a new HVAC system, and some classes and offices have been moved to other campus locations to accommodate the project. For the time being, chemistry offices have been moved to the second floor of Whitesitt Hall while the biology offices have been relocated to the second floor of Hartman Hall. A few chemistry researchers for PSU even have offices in the…

Balkans Day still entertains

| Daniel O’Rear reporter | Temperatures in the 90s didn’t stop residents and visitors from enjoying and tasting a variety of beers in the Beer Garden as part of the festivities of the 30th annual Little Balkans Days. The festival lasted from Friday, Aug. 29, to Sunday, Aug. 31, and celebrates the culture of the Balkan region, which for many Pittsburg residents is also a celebration of their heritage. In the early 1900s many immigrants from the Balkans traveled and settled in Southeast Kansas, creating a rich history for Pittsburg. The Labor Day weekend festival brings hundreds out to drink, eat, enjoy and celebrate the Balkan influence on Pittsburg. “I’m having a great time,” said…

Collegiate Readership Program hasn’t disappeared

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, professors and faculty will have a more difficult, and in some cases longer walk, to find The USA Today, The Joplin Glove and the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspapers this year. The papers are part of the Collegiate Readership Program, a program sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). To retrieve a copy of any paper within the program, students simply swipe their student ID card into the machine and take which copy they like. However, several of the distribution machines disappeared over the summer, leaving the question of whether the program still exists or has become extinct. Newspaper readers will be glad to know the program has not disappeared,…