Annual Trampoline-a-thon gives a face to the cause

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Every year one trampoline jumps onto campus for 72 straight hours. Phi Sigma Kappa’s (Phi Sig) annual “trampoline-a-thon” event may be the first of many 72-hour Greek philanthropy events to occur on campus throughout the year, but Michael Haynes says it’s a bit more “special” this year. “Trampoline-a-thon raises money for the Special Olympics,” Haynes, senior in physical education and vice president of Phi Sig, said. “This year we are happy to have Chevi Peters come jump with us for a while.” Peters is a local Special Olympics athlete who won three gold and one silver medals at this year’s World Special Olympics, held from July 21-Aug. 2,…

Greeks celebrate recruitment days

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Though it’s the beginning of the year, it’s already near the end of recruitment season for Pitt State Greeks, many of whom say this year’s recruitment was a great success. “About 120 women have joined sororities this semester,” said Meagan Smejdir, activities coordinator for Campus Activities and Greek Life adviser. “So far we have about 50 men who have joined.” Smejdir says recruitment is still ongoing for fraternities and she expects the official recruitment number to be much higher. “All of our chapters are working very hard and doing a great job with recruitment,” Smejdir said. Though recruitment is not entirely over for fraternities, it is for sororities. “Sorority recruitment…

‘Dream Machine’ incentivizes recycling

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | One big blue machine and Pitt State’s Student Government Association are trying to change the struggles of recycling in the Jungle to a dreamy experience. PSU is now the first university in the state of Kansas to house a PepsiCo Dream Machine, a vending-type collectible for plastic and aluminum materials. “It’s recycling, it’s an incentive, it’s a win-win-win,” said Barbra Circle, senior administrative assistant. “It’s also one of three machines in the entire state. The other two are not located on a university campus.” What is it? The PepsiCo Dream Machine is a recycling kiosk capable of taking in plastic and aluminum. “Once you’ve created your account, you…

Chatters to remain closed after fire

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| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The fire at Chatters on July 22 has left damage to the building that will keep the restaurant out of business for an unspecified amount of time. Ahmad Enayati, Chatters’ owner, said the fire started with a new fryer in the kitchen. “We weren’t even using it yet. We had put oil in it and they turned it on to just test and make sure it would come on and fire up,” Enayati said. “Unfortunately, when they turned them off, they turned one off, but the other one they didn’t turn off and they left it at 255 and that one caught on fire.” Despite not turning one…

U-Club soft opening a success

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Univeristy Club or “U-Club,” opened its doors to Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for a soft opening. Students, faculty and staff on campus had a chance to get a feel and taste of the renovated space and try the club’s two new dining options: Einstein Bros. Bagels and Wholly Habaneros. “We’ve been slammed a couple of times,” said Michaela Ingle, sophomore in elementary education and student employee for Sodexo, Pitt State’s food service provider, at Einstein’s. This is Ingle’s first year working with Sodexo. She is just one of more than 20 employees taken on by the company this past month to fill the various…

Internationals attend orientation

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Pitt State’s International Programs and Services, located on the ground floor of Whitesitt Hall, tends to bring in a lot of culture and language into the building. Monday, Aug. 10, was continued proof as the office began its annual “International Orientation” for all new international students attending PSU this fall. International Orientation is designed to help the new students from a variety of countries, prepare for life at PSU, whether it be learning the best routes around campus, where the best restaurants are and what kinds of student amenities they can find. “A group from the university presented some very important issues on health care and immigration to…

Fraternal Leadership Summit stays home

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Each year about 500-600 students, roughly 10 percent of the student body, all of them members of a fraternity or a sorority, attend the Fraternal Leadership Summit (FLS). Each year, PSU Greeks attend a full day of lectures, seminars and activities, starting at about 9 a.m. and lasting until midnight. And each year, FLS is a center of controversy, even among those who attend and run the event. “Things better than FLS: stepping on a Lego; the Patriots winning the Superbowl; D-Hall food,” said Matt Mestepey, junior in automotive technology. This year marked the second FLS for Mestepey, who says he was glad he did not have to…

PSU is tobacco free

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Pittsburg State is tobacco free, and although there are signs that its use has fallen, no means yet exist to actively restrict violations. The university has been promoting the “Breathe Easy” campaign since last January, and the “hard” implementation of the university’s tobacco policy officially took hold on July 1. July 1 also marked the date for an enforcement policy to be decided, but as of Wednesday, July 22, the university is sticking with a policy to discourage tobacco use rather than punish it. In late April, a campus-wide survey was conducted through the GUS system to evaluate the policy. “Our survey showed close to 70 percent of…

Student government plans for a year of action

Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief As with many students, the Student Government Association (SGA) is ready for the fresh start the beginning of the academic year tends to bring. Student body president Kyle Hostetler and vice president Rachel Herring will lead SGA into a variety of projects, topics and legislation. “Overall, our main goal is to create more student involvement and participation,” Hostetler, senior in graphic communications and marketing, said. “With more participation we will be able to ensure SGA is aligned with the student body; we’ll be pushing for issues that are relevant, not just what the Senate wants.” Hostetler says SGA strives to make campus policies sound, give student organizations support and fulfill its duties…

KTC summer programs keep growing

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | While much of PSU is under the spell of lazy summer days, there’s no time for that out at the Kansas Technology Center, where not one, but two kids camps are underway. Randy Winzer, professor of engineering technology, and his team of volunteers are busy teaching 25 students ages 9 through 15 how to build, design and program robots for “Adventures in Robotics.” “This is the fourteenth year for the program,” Winzer said. “It started as a way to get kids engaged during the summer with PSU and the department in a way that is both fun and educational.” The students are currently programing and building robotic cars…