PSU spends summer updating campus

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Construction signs and hard hats have been a familiar scene at Pitt State this past year and the university is still working to give the campus an updated look. “Summer is that time of year when we work hard to complete projects because that is when it is least disruptive to students and faculty,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect in the Office of Facilities Planning, in a university press release earlier this summer. The renovation of Nation Hall and Overman Student Center have been the two summer projects most publicized, but they are not alone. All together, Facilities Planning has eight projects totaling more than $19 million. These…

Not yet out of the woods

Sam Brownback

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Although the state Legislature managed to pass a budget in time to avert furloughs that Pitt State and other government agencies were forced to enact, legislators say the budget bill fails to address the causes of Kansas’ financial troubles and many fear the state is not yet out of the woods. Kansas’ plan to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, starts with raising $411 million. Sales tax will be increased from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent and a new tax has been levied on cigarettes: 50 cents per pack. E-cigarettes are also included, with a 20-cent tax per milliliter starting in July…

A new Nation

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | The last residence hall renovation at Pitt State is well underway this summer. Even with all the rain, the $4.3 million renovation of East Nation and Mitchell Halls is estimated to be three days ahead of schedule. Melissa Beisel, associate director of University Housing, says after the east side of Nation is renovated this summer, the residence hall will feature all new rooms, restrooms, a recreation room and laundry facilities. There will even be more student rooms in the building. “Previously, only 85 student rooms were available for use,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect for Facilities Planning. “The Nation ‘link lounges’ and additional spaces in Mitchell and Mitchell Annex are…

PSU prepares for possible furloughs

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University is preparing for the possibility of having to enforce state furloughs if the Kansas legislature is unable to agree on a tax plan by midnight on Saturday, June 6. A furlough is a mandatory leave without pay for a preset number of hours. Steve Scott, university president, said in a university press release that the university is looking for guidance from the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Administration. “Our intentions are to craft a plan that provides as high a level of support as possible given the limitations the state has placed upon us,” Scott said in the press release. The possibility of…

Erwin new v.p. for student life

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University announced a title change in the university’s leadership on Wednesday, May 27. Steve Erwin, who has served as the university’s associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services for more than a decade, will now assume the role of vice president for student life. With the title change, Erwin will report directly to Steve Scott, university president, on issues and operations within the university’s Student Life Division. “The vice president for student life will serve as the senior position on campus focusing on the needs of students,” Erwin said. “While that was really the core of my previous role, having these functions as a division with…

Overman on schedule

The renovations on the second floor of the student center is progressing.

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | | Gretchen Burns reporter | It has been near a month since the last pencil on the last final was put down, but work on the Overman Student Center is still underway. Since students have left, the renovation progress on the exisiting 34,000 sq. ft. of Overman and the 34,000 sq. ft. addition has continued on schedule. Starting on the main floor of the center, the temporary wall by the information desk, where the bank and ticket office once were, has been removed. The new tile flooring that appeared last year in the Gorilla Crossing has finally extended all the way down to the point entrance and carpet has been…

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…