What is it for?

2 senators question need for online fee increase | Audrey Dighans copy editor | SGA Sens. Zachary Botkin and Larry Overman had many questions for Steve Erwin, SGA adviser and associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, regarding the much talked about online access fee increase. Increase necessary “The fee increase was larger than fee increases usually are,” Erwin said at the Wednesday night meeting of the Student Government Association. “But keep in mind there hadn’t been a fee increase for online courses in over a decade.” Overman, senior in environmental and safety management, read selected pieces from an article in last week’s edition of the Collegio covering the issue, asking Erwin what…

Mixing it up

Goodbye Jazzman’s, Ultimate Baja; hello, Einstein, Habaneros | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Regular visitors to the University Club or “U-Club” have probably been missing their favorite Ultimate Baja dish or specialty coffee drink from Jazzman’s Café due to the construction work on Overman Student Center all semester. And they will continue to miss those delicacies … forever. When the U-Club is reopened, neither Baja nor Jazzman’s will be there to greet the Pitt State community. Both establishments are to be replaced; Baja by Wholly Habaneros and Jazzman’s by Einstein Bros. Bagels. “I’m really excited about Einstein,” said Marissa Ibarra, senior in biology. “I love them, but I’m sad Baja is leaving, they were really…

Laugh out loud

2nd annual Comedy Week delights audiences | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Francisco Ramos offers a humorous take on a serious issue: “We should make the test to become a U.S. citizen a game show; you lose, you go back,” said Ramos during his set on the first night of Comedy Week, Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Ramos bantered about the differences in the cultures of the U.S. and Venezuela, his birth country. “I love it when people come and ask me stupid questions,” Ramos said. “They’ll be like, ‘Hey, do you have electricity over there?’ and I’ll be like, ‘I don’t come from the past, asshole! Of course we have…

Online fee increase angers some students

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 10 percent of all credit hours completed at Pitt State are from online courses, says Pawan Kahol, dean of graduate and continuing studies. Kahol was one member of the committee that met last spring and decided to increase the electronic access fee for online courses from $18 to $36, on top of tuition. “We just had to increase the fee to keep the quality of online courses up,” he said. Fee increases are presented and decided upon in one of two ways: the first going through a committee and voted on by Student Government Association (SGA), the second skipping SGA and presenting straight to the President’s Council. The…

Heckert-Wells renovation behind schedule

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Many students may not be aware of the delays in the renovation of Heckert-Wells Hall, but biology and chemistry students are still highly aware. Originally scheduled to be complete with students allowed back into the building on Aug. 29, Heckert-Wells is still zoned off with construction tape to students and staff. “It’s been inconvenient,” said Dixie Smith, associate professor of biology and chair of the department. “But we’ve all understood this is a complicated project and we are optimistic we will soon be back in a much more efficient and better building.” Smith and Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, both say the renovation should be complete with faculty…

Pike members report several cars vandalized

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Tires of six cars were slashed in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 14, with five of the cars located in the parking lot of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) house. The house hosted a date function the previous night, Saturday, Sept. 13, open only to members and their dates. “A few people were mad when we turned them away,” said Austin Barnett, sophomore in marketing and management. Dylan McCollar and Lacey Moss, two of the victims, discovered the vandalized cars Sunday morning at about 11:30 a.m. “Not all the cars in our lot were hit,” said McCollar, junior in nursing. “I feel like whoever did it knew they…

Thanksgiving in Korea, in Pittsburg

|Audrey Dighans copy editor | Everyone knows about Thanksgiving: pumpkin pie, pilgrims, turkey, football. That about sums it up for the holiday usually associated with the U.S. and the U.S. only. There is, however, Korean Thanksgiving and its history extends much farther back in history than the 1600s. Nearly 50 students and guests attended Korean Thanksgiving on Saturday, Sept. 6, held at the United Methodist Campus Ministry. “We are here to celebrate our Thanksgiving, a traditional holiday for us where we come together and eat, much like American Thanksgiving,” said Euna Kim, junior in English and international student from Korea. “Usually our whole family gathers together, but since we are all so far away from…

The ‘financial guy’ tells it all

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | There is a pretty good chance most students have taken out some type of loan to attend Pitt State. There’s also a pretty good chance the same students have opened a credit card, made a car payment or paid rent. All those chances are ones Peter Bielagus says he is willing to take and he’s also willing to bet that most reading this article can sum up their financial knowledge in the same three words the average American can. “And those words would be: WTF,” Bielagus, the self-proclaimed “financial guy”, said during his presentation in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 4. While…

Under the moonlight

Students east and west celebrate Chinese festival | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The audience swelled to nearly 100 as it joined members of the Chinese Culture Club in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. “The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated each year in China when the moon is at its largest and fullest stage,” said Chao Zhang, senior in accounting, international student from China and one of the two hosts for the event. “The Moon Festival is celebrated each year on Aug. 15th of the lunar calendar.” The lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon and…

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…