SGA brainstorms ideas on what to do with $12,000

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The open forum portion of Student Government Association’s (SGA) meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, turned into a brainstorm session for ideas on how to spend the Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) fund. The fund currently holds $22,000 and is set up specifically for SGA for a variety of projects to benefit the campus and student body. To keep in line with the Senate’s constitution, at least $12,000 from the CCI fund must be spent by the end of the semester. With a reminder from Steve Erwin, associate vice president of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services and SGA adviser, that CCI funds should be used for a “permanent” installation of something, Senate…

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…

SGA discusses flurry of bills

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | While the semester tends to “wind down” during dead and finals week, that was not the case for Student Government Association’s (SGA) final meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Dec. 3, as the Senate had more than 14 resolutions and bills to read, debate, table, adopt and pass or reject. With one of the largest in attendance Senates, the debates ranged from a minute to half an hour with the first order of the evening passing a funding request for the upcoming American Student Government Association conference in New Orleans, to which four Pitt State SGA members will attend. The conference is projected to cost $4,000 with transportation to…

Family: It’s a science

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Wednesday, Dec. 3, marked the first celebration of National Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Day at Pittsburg State University. The Pitt State FACS Department celebrated with cake, lemonade and candy in the lobby of the FACS building, and passing students were encouraged to join in and have some cake with the department’s head and professors. “Today was chosen to make this the National day because the founder of…family and consumer sciences was born today,” said Duane Whitbeck, professor of family and consumer sciences and chair of the department. “We will also be presenting a live stream through the national organization featuring a variety of experts in the field answering…

Quitting ain’t easy

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

| 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…

#OAGAAG

Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla | Audrey Dighans copy editor | You hear it. You know it. You probably say it. “Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla” is one of the, if not the, slogan for Pittsburg State University. Students, faculty and staff across the campus have been quoted saying these six simple words. Whether it is said just to be said or taken true to heart, “Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla” is one aspect of Pitt State that many love. #OAGAAG “’Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla’ is much more than a tag line or a slogan,” said Steve Scott, university president. “It captures what it means to be a part of…

New eats

Pittsburg students excited about getting two new restaurants | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While some are excited for next week because Thanksgiving Break will start after classes on Tuesday, other students are excited for what happens on Monday, Nov. 24: the opening of Buffalo Wild Wings. “I love Buffalo Wild Wings and cannot wait for them to be open,” said Tyler Loseke, junior in wood technology. Loseke says his love for Buffalo Wild Wings goes back to his hometown in Nebraska. “My friends and I always went to Buffalo Wild Wings after school,” he said. “We called it ‘B-dubs,’ we were there all the time.” Loseke isn’t the only Gorilla excited about Buffalo Wild…

Great Gorilla Smoke-out

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pitt State campus may have been less smoky Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20. That’s because Gorillas in Your Midst (GIYM) is in action to help people stop the use of tobacco products during the organization’s Great Gorilla Smoke-out. J.T. Knoll, programing coordinator for campus activities and GIYM adviser, says the Great Gorilla Smoke-out coincides with the national Great American Smoke-out as a way to provide people with a day, or two, to focus on stopping smoking and the use of other tobacco products. “We are working with the tobacco-free campus initiative using “Breathe Easy” as our theme,” Knoll said. “Beginning January first, the soft implementation of…

SGA discusses allocations for student organizations

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) will vote on approving $27,500 for fall 2014 allocations during the organization’s meeting on Dec. 3. More than $37,000 was requested by Pitt State’s various student clubs and organizations for this semester’s allocations period. Treasurer Austin Bailey said that many groups who applied for allocation funds received close to the regular amount requested and less money was allocated overall for this semester because several organizations failed to meet allocation requirements. The Senate will also vote on whether to grant $71,555 to the Educational Opportunity Fund from student fee dollars during the meeting on Dec. 3. The Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial support for tutors,…

Mind games

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The International Gathering was not the only gathering of the night Friday, Nov. 7, in Grubbs Hall. While many learned about African countries, some passed through the lobby crowd to Grubbs 107 for the Student Activities Council (SAC) Quizbowl. “Quizbowl is a competitive academic exercise with questions covering all sorts of topics from pop culture, history, science, math, sports, anything, where teams ‘buzz-in’ to try and score points,” said Meagan Smejdir, programming coordinator for campus activities. “SAC has hosted several Quizbowls in the past, it’s always a fun event to participate in and watch. It’s impressive to see what people know.” This semester’s Quizbowl featured a total of nine…