Tensions run high over cabinet appointments

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | There was a lot left unsaid and that was probably for the best during Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 29. Feelings ran high during SGA’s meeting in which Kyle Hostetler, president, and Rachel Herring, vice president, proposed their choices for cabinet members to the Senate. First up was Sen. Jackie Herring, nominee for academic affairs director. J. Herring served on the academic affairs committee during the 2014-2015 Senate. Though she is the president and vice president’s choice for the position, Herring’s qualifications were questioned by Sen. Michael Giffin. “I’m not so concerned as curious as to why Sen. J. Herring has been chosen,” Giffin said. “It…

Superheroes run 5k for charity

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Had they been wearing capes, participants in Saturday morning’s “Superhero 5k” would have had them flapping in the wind. A total of 22 runners participated in the 5k on Saturday, April 25, which started at the PSU Alumni Center and ended a little over an hour later at the same spot after all the runners had crossed the finish line. Though there were no capes involved, many say they still felt like heroes. Jordan Flauding, senior in social work, says she chose to host a 5k to benefit the March of Dimes for a personal reason. “My cousin gave birth to a child who died at 52 days old,”…

Out with the old In with the new

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | I came in as editor last semester overwhelmed with the responsibility of leading an entire staff and putting an award-winning publication together each week. But throughout the semester I gained confidence and skills that I could take to any job I may seek in the future. It has been a great honor to serve in this role, as a leader of the Collegio and of the student body. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an advocate for and bearer of information to the student body. As the semester is winding down, I’ve had a chance to look through all that the Collegio has been able to accomplish, not only…

How happy are you with housing?

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It may be spring but that isn’t the only season this time of year. Signing leases and housing contracts are on many students’ minds as it’s that “time of the year” to be thinking about next year. So, what are the options? University Housing Commonly referred to as “the dorms,” Pittsburg State University is equipped with seven halls that house 1,248 students annually. “On-campus living has been a big component of the college experience,” said Melissa Beisel, associate director of university housing. “Living in the dorms adds to, particularly first year students, experience. A variety of studies, including ones conducted by PSU, show that students who live in the…

Half of smokers violated ban, survey says

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Fifty-three percent of tobacco users who responded to an online survey said they have violated the campus’s tobacco ban since it was instituted on Jan. 1, according to the university-sponsored survey. “We know that it will take time to change the culture on campus,” said Michele Sexton, director of budget and human resource services, a member of the task force that wrote the university’s policy against smoking on campus. “We will continue to emphasize education about the policy and respect for it.” The follow-up survey, conducted from March 31 to April 9, again brought to light the university’s policy as the “soft” implementation stage of the policy nears its…

International students celebrate graduation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | International students graduating or finishing their exchange program this semester were given their special night on Thursday, April 16, at the Weede Athletic Complex. The international graduation dinner was attended by Steve Scott, university president, staff members of the International Programs and Services office and more than 100 international students. “This is a big day for all of you,” Scott said. “But it is also a big day for all of us because you remind us of the diversity you bring to our campus.” Students from India, Kazhakstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries all say they will miss Pitt State. “All of the faculty and students, and…

‘Feels like game day’

Steve Scott, university president speaks to the crowd during the ribbon cutting for the Robert W. Plaster Center on Tuesday, April 21.

Ribbon cutting draws in crowd | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 300 students, faculty, staff and residents joined the Pitt State Pep Squad, university President Steve Scott, the Gus mascot and more for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The ceremony was held Tuesday, April 22, on the steps of 154,000 square foot athletic and event center. “What a day to be a Gorilla,” said Kendall Gammon, director of development intercollegiate athletics. “Today is a day we have been anticipating for three years. We’ve overcome many hurdles to get here, but the most amazing part of this building is the vision for it created by the donors, university, city of Pittsburg,…

One firm handshake and a bro-hug

2015-2016 Senate takes charge | Audrey Dighans copy editor | As outgoing vice president, Jaci Gilchrist called the Student Government Association (SGA) to order for the last time on Wednesday, April 15. Gilchrist asked for all graduating Senate members as well as outgoing cabinet members to stand and give a few words of advice to the new Senate. David Schlee Senator from the College of Education I have enjoyed my past two years in this organization. My advice is to try and find something in this organization that you are passionate about, that will be your driving force. I’ve spent the better part of a decade on this campus and I’m really going to miss…

‘Be the photographer’

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The flashing lights in the Kansas Technology Center on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, weren’t from lightning, but from cameras of more than 100 students and area photographers attending the annual “Perspectives of Photography” conference. The conference was organized by the Student Association of Photographers (SAPs) and the Department of Communication, with graduate student Tiffany Moore at the helm. “This is the second year I have been in charge of organizing this whole thing,” Moore, graduate student in communication, said. “Once upon a time, before I was a student here, this conference was a one-day seminar held at the KTC. Then it went away, then I came…

Meritorious Achievement Awards

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | This year’s Meritorious Achievement Award recipients sat down for a Q&A session on Friday, April 10, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. The recipients are alumni Kirby Brown, Edith Harvey, Philip Laurie and Miles Schnaer. The four answered questions about their memories of Pitt State, what impacted them most while in college and goals they have reached in their lives. Ron Womble, director of media relations for University Marketing and Communication, introduced the recipients to the audience. “It always amazes me the different ways in which our graduates go out into the world and the differences they make,” Womble said. The Meritorious Achievement Award is one of…