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  • Ada Zhang and Celia Xie, juniors in accounting, look at the closing sign in Commerce Bank in the Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Commerce no longer students’ ‘go-to’ bank

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Like many once familiar sights in the student center, Commerce Bank will soon disappear for good. Commerce Bank announced on Friday, Jan. 23, that it and the university had reached a mutual agreement to end the banking function of the PSU student ID card or Gorilla Card on May 30. The on-campus location for Commerce will also be closed and walled off by the end of business Friday, Feb. 6. “I think it’s a big deal,” said Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “The metaphor I like to use is you had an infection in one of your fingers and the doctor decided to…

  • Pittsburg State University students stand outside the campus oval with signs discouraging students to interact with _____, who comes to campus several times a year to protest against homosexuals, and sexually active college students.

    #Ignorethehate

    Students lead protest against traveling preacher | Pan Liu reporter | Students of the university’s social work program staged a protest called “Ignore The Hate” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Oval. Participants formed a circle around the Oval holding signs with “walk on by” or “ignore the hate.” It was designed to keep a crowd from forming around Matt Bourgault, a preacher from the Consuming Fire Campus Ministry, who usually comes to Pitt State for two days twice a year. “We were expecting him to show up later in the spring once it got warm,” said Andrew Newberry, senior in social work and founder of the student protest. “We didn’t account it was going…

  • Paris

    World unites against terrorism

    | Kyleigh Becker reporter | The Paris terrorist attacks reverberated way beyond France’s borders, says Leo Asselin, PSU graduate student in business administration. “I would qualify this as our personal 9/11,” said Asselin, from France. “It wasn’t only an attack toward French people, but it was an attack to France itself. That’s why I say this. Beyond the deaths, the symbol of free press was attacked.” Seventeen people were killed in the Paris area by four al Qaeda-linked suspects. The attacks began Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the office of Charlie Hebdo satire magazine and ended Friday, Jan. 9, at a printing factory outside of Paris. Cherif and Said Kouachi are the alleged gunmen of the…

  • Students can fill up their tanks with more confidence knowing that gas prices are lower.

    Low gas prices putting money in students’ pockets

    | Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Peabody, sophomore in psychology, is saving money right now for the future, thanks to low gasoline prices. “I’m not spending my saved money on anything because I can’t spare to lose that money,” she said. “I will be keeping it for future college or personal expenses.” Due to the United State’s increased oil production and lower world demand, gas prices have plummeted from close to $4 a gallon last year to under $2 this year. Crude oil in the U.S. is currently selling under $44 a barrel. “I drive home most weekends and I’ve had to stop before because I didn’t have enough to pay for gasoline,” said Valerie…

  • Possible cutline: Faculty and students that smoke will have to start smoking off campus next semester as Pittsburg State University goes tobacco free.

    Quitting ain’t easy

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new year, a fresh start and a smoke-free Pitt State campus. The university’s tobacco policy will begin its “soft implementation” at the start of the year, when the school’s smoking bins, currently labeled “I’m leaving,” will leave campus … forever. The university will be entirely tobacco-free, all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited. Although many non-smokers are excited to walk across the Oval without breathing a whiff of smoke, for students who do smoke, the change means a change in their lives. “Honestly, I am not bothered by it,” said Richard Trezza, junior in automotive technology. “I use an electronic…

Sports

Volleyball falls to UCM

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Though the Pittsburg State volleyball team bounced back from two heavy loses, it wasn’t enough to overcome the 21st-ranked Central Missouri Jennies as the Gorillas lost 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at John Lance Arena. Losing the first set 25-13 and then the second, 25-12, the Gorillas recovered with a 25-21 win in the third to avoid a sweep and survived the fourth set, 25-23 before losing the fifth, 16-14. The Gorillas out-blocked the Jennies 15 to 4. Sophomore Madi Mosier was the PSU leader in blocks with seven total, (three solo, four assisted). Senior Paula Okrutna had six blocks (four solo, two assited) and freshman Ary Crittleton added…

Streak broken

Gorillas snap NWMSU’s 21-game winning stretch | Michael Bauer sports editor | By the time Pittsburg State scored its fourth touchdown in the first half, the Gorillas were well on their way to erasing two years of frustration against the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Maryville, Mo. Two consecutive on-side kick-offs recovered by the Gorillas helped PSU (6-1) to a 28-0 second quarter lead and a final score of 35-17, ending NWMSU’s 21-game winning streak and creating a two-way tie for first place in the MIAA standings. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “They’re a great football team. There…

MIAA Division 2 players of the week

Frazell earns accolades for football | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior field-goal kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6. Frazell, from Iola, booted three field goals to help the Gorillas to a 23-13 win over the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Frazell kicked field goals of 25, 25 and 34 yards in the game. His first kick gave the Gorillas a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. Frazell was the only player to get on to the scoreboard in the second half from either team with his 25-yard kick in the third quarter and a 34-yarder in…

Campus Life

Workshop helps internationals work in U.S.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Twenty-five international students attended the Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop Thursday, Jan. 22. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Services and covered the process of applying for OPT, the certification that allows international students to stay in the United States an additional 14 months after graduation to work at a job related to their degree. “Anything in the U.S. is considered cool in my home country,” said Yazeed Aldhwayan, international student in management and marketing from Saudi Arabia. “To have previous job experience is a valuable asset no matter what country you’re in, and for me being able to say that I have work…

Big Hero 6 plays in Grubbs, more to come

| Charles A. Ault reporter | A good movie and popcorn always makes for a good evening; make that movie the blockbuster Big Hero 6, add eggrolls and crab Rangoon and you’re in for a fantastic time. This was the experience during the Student Activities Council (SAC) Treat Night on Tuesday, Jan. 27. “We are showing it for part of the movie series for the visual arts committee in Student Activities Council,” said Lauren Geiger, sophomore in history and event coordinator. The lecture hall of Grubbs 109 was nearly packed to capacity. “I found out by the post on the international student page,” said Jane Li, freshman in business. Others saw SAC’s posters about the…

Now offering: Office 365

Free Microsoft lands in the Jungle | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Thanks to a partnership between Pittsburg State University and Microsoft, Pitt State employees and students now have the option of 15 free downloads of Microsoft’s new office suite, Office 365. “We are the very first school to offer this many free downloads,” said Angela Neria, chief information officer of Information Services. “There are other schools that are promoting this but they are charging students for it. Since we have a license for Microsoft products on campus we talked with Microsoft about promoting this program for free with our students by using student credentials.” Neria says that since student credentials, more commonly referred to…

Bras for a cause

| Haley Riebel reporter | As the holiday season rolls around, festive songs can be heard on nearly every radio station when hunting for that perfect present. While some can afford to spend large amounts of money on gifts, others cannot. To help combat this, donation boxes have been set up at Axe Library and the information desk in the student center to take gently used bras during Dead Week through Friday, Dec. 5. The fundraiser, sponsored by Margaret Bradford, Shelby Kuhns and Beverly Withers, began as a project for the sponsors’ women’s studies course. Bradford, Khuns and Withers will donate the bras to Safehouse Crisis Center (SCC) where victims of abuse or those in…

Beer Killer

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Letting beer drain out of a punctured beer can isn’t what most college students would think of fun. But for the students involved in the Sustainability Club, it’s a way for them to help the environment and recycle at the same time. Jim Triplett had been approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had. “He approached me at SEK Recycling while I was volunteering one day and told me that my environmental life science class several years ago was the reason that he was recycling today,” said Triplett, adviser…

Writing love on their arms

Group tries to help ease pain of depression | Charles A. Ault reporter | Annie Kratochvil stands in front of a lecture hall with a few dozen people witnessing as she tells her story of struggle with self-harm and suicide. Both issues are major focuses of a nationwide organization dedicated to spreading hope, help and love: To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). The organization, founded in 2006, specifically states in its mission “to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.” On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Pitt State chapter of TWLOHA held a “Night of Hope” devoted to sharing and supporting…

Overman Student Center Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Questions answered by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center Q: What will be included in the new student center? A: We are adding 31,000 square feet to the student center. There will be a brand new ballroom with a capacity of 650 that will also be divisible into three separate rooms for more meeting areas, more meeting rooms and spaces, three to be exact, and a brand new student activities complex. This complex will feature Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Council (CAC) all together. A new entrance on the south side of the building is being constructed and the Greek Office as well…