One more conversation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | PSU Theater takes talking to a new level Pitt State Theater will present its first production in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, “Eurydice,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. “This play is aesthetically gorgeous; it’s just beautiful,” said Taylor Patterson-Elliot, senior in communication. Patterson-Elliot plays “Big Stone” in the play and is one of three stones. “We’re these not very nice, but not very smart, guardians of the underworld,” Patterson-Elliot said. “Eurydice,” pronounced ‘yer-rid-isi,’ is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus, who travels to the underworld to save his wife, Eurydice. This version of the tale is told from the perspective of Eurydice, who…

Sold out

Tickets to Laura Bush speech gone in 90 minutes | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Former First Lady Laura Bush will be visiting the Jungle on Wednesday, April 22. Tickets to see her went on sale for the general public at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, and sold out in 90 minutes. “We anticipated selling out very quickly by the overwhelming response we had to the announcement of her visit,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of University Development and member of Women in Government, the organization sponsoring Bush’s visit as part of its lecture series. Bush will speak on a variety of topics, including education, human rights and the importance of volunteerism. Since her White…

SGA takes action on full agenda

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It was a busy night for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday, Feb. 25, during the organization’s weekly meeting with more than 10 resolutions to read, discuss and vote on. Two new proposals for fee increases were submitted and advocated for; the first by Gerard Attoun on behalf of Student Publications and the second by Rita Girth on behalf of the Bryant Student Health Center. Student Publications asked for SGA to dip into the Fee Council Reserves for a one-time withdrawal of $5,000 to purchase camera lenses, computers and access to an online website template service to improve the PSU Collegio’s online newspaper. “I can confirm that it…

SGA considers fee hike for parking improvements

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Student Government Association (SGA) has so far voted to increase student fees by $11. During the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, a fourth fee proposal was also presented to the Senate, which could result in another $3 fee increase. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, yielded time to Steve Erwin at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the newest fee increase proposal: parking. “We have calculated that every fee dollar raised yields $11,500,” said Erwin, vice president of auxiliary services and SGA adviser. “We would like to increase parking fees from $33 to $36.” He said $2 would go toward maintenance and expansion while $1 would go toward the…

Slammin’ on the issues

Poetry slam brings ‘real talk’ to campus | Audrey Dighans copy editor | A poetic aura filled Whitesitt 103 for the Black Student Association’s and the Office of Student Diversity’s co-sponsored Poetry Slam on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in which roughly 30 students attended. Though the slam was held in honor of Black History Month, spoken-word artists Brandon Thornton and M’Vyonne Payne emphasized the night’s poems would focus on not only black history, but other issues as well. “Artists such as myself and M’Vyonne are big believers in energy,” said Thornton. “With that being said, ‘energy’ is not as strong when it is dispersed like it is in here so if you could all come up…

Senators push for Lifeline 911 at Higher Ed Day

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Several senators from Pittsburg State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) traveled to Topeka last Tuesday, Feb. 10, for Higher Education Day. PSU was one of seven universities to attend this year’s Higher Ed Day where student senators lobbied more than 100 state legislators for the creation of a “Lifeline 911 Law,” tax rebates on textbooks and a push for no further cuts to be made in higher education funding. “Higher Education Day is organized by the state schools’ student governments to lobby for things students care about,” said Michael Giffin, senior in chemistry and legislative affairs director for SGA. “Issues are selected at monthly Student Advisory Council meetings in…

Freedom of speech speaks back

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Though feedback has been mostly positive to Student Government Association’s (SGA) requirement that student representatives from campus groups attend at least three SGA meetings a semester, that was not the case during the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 11. Jake Yankovich, junior in finance and economics, was the first non-SGA student to speak up about the requirement. “It is a waste of our time to be here,” he said. “I think it is ridiculous to require us to be here. I’ve done allocations in the past and it is not that difficult of a process. We could be making a lot more use of our time if we weren’t required to…

PSU takes $709,000 hit n budget cuts

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | It’s happening again. Actually it’s already happened. Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday, Feb. 5, that he will be cutting $44.5 million from the state’s public schools and regent universities, Pitt State included. “The dramatic increase in state education funding that has occurred over the last four years is unsustainable,” said Brownback in an article in the Wichita Eagle. While the ink of Brownback’s signature dries, Pittsburg State will have to prepare to lose $709,000. However, Steve Scott, university president, says not to worry. “At this point, students and faculty should not feel the impact,” Scott said. “Even though we had hoped this cut would not materialize, we actually planned…

Scholarships for five, prizes for two

$2,500 to benefit students | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Michael Haynes, campus affairs director for the Student Government Association (SGA), caught the Senate’s attention during the organization’s meeting Wednesday, Feb. 4, when he proposed a resolution that would allow him as campus affairs director to disperse the Educational Opportunity Fund in the form of five scholarships for Pittsburg State students. “The Educational Opportunity Fund is funded by various sources and not at all by student fees,” Haynes said. “I also did not have to put my idea for the fund up as a resolution but I did not feel morally right about handing out $2,500 without consulting you guys (the Senate).” Haynes then explained…

Just keep swimming…across campus

| Audrey Dighans | Yellow tape, hard hats, drilling, sawing and hammering have become part of the day-to-day ambience at Pittsburg State University. The minor inconveniences have started to pay off with the opening of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the still on-time scheduled openings of the Robert W. Plaster Center this spring and the student center next fall. However, all this construction has overlooked a variety of much needed campus renovations and projects—Kelce College of Business, Whitesitt Hall and parking to name a few—which has led to many students asking “why this and not…(insert project here)?” Steve Scott, university president, has kept the campus and the community up to date on…