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…

Meyer named Student Employee of the Year

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Megan Meyer, senior in graphic communications, is the 2015 Pittsburg State University Student Employee of the Year. Meyer was granted the award on Monday, April 13, in recognition of her work with the Technology and Workforce Learning department. Those on the decision panel say it was a close selection process, as many of the 26 nominees this year were excellent candidates, such as Emily Mika of Campus Recreation and Austin Parker of the Registrar’s Office, who tied for second runner-up and Kavita Sharma of the Kelce College of Business who was first runner-up. “It’s impossible to overstate the important role that hundreds of student employees play on our campus,”…

Banana Party to lead SGA

Kyle Hostetler, junior in graphic communications, and Rachel Herring, sophmore in Spanish and political science, pose for a photo with President Steve Scott after being annouced as the SGA President and Vice President for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Hostetler, Herring new president and vp | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students, faculty and staff gathered at the foot of the marble staircase in Russ Hall at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 10, for the announcement of the new student body president, vice president and Senate members. Steve Scott, university president, began the announcement with congratulations to the Student Government Association for “a tremendous year.” “It has been a great year of moving things forward,” Scott said. “I want to congratulate all of SGA for a wonderful year, a great campaign season. You all did a great job, ran a high-level campaign and stuck to the issues.” And the winners are… Scott began by…

Senators debate resolution’s tricky wording

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | PSU’s Student Government Association (SGA) spent a large portion of its meeting on Wednesday, April 8, on the terminology of a resolution stating Pitt State’s opposition to Kansas Senate Bill 175. The resolution against Senate Bill 175 (SB 175) was proposed by Michael Giffin, legislative affairs director for SGA. If SB 175 is approved by the House and does in fact become law, Kansas Board of Regents higher education institutions, such as Pittsburg State, may have to condone discriminatory practices of religious student organizations. The Senate first saw Giffin’s resolution at its meeting last week. At Wednesday’s meeting, after having a week to read the resolution in detail, senators…

Students express concern over discrimination laws

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | When Gov. Sam Brownback repealed former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order that protected state employees from harassment and discrimination for sexual orientation or gender equality, Pittsburg State University was quick to be reassured by Steve Scott, university president, that nothing would be changing in the Jungle when it came to the university’s stance against discrimination of any nature. However, not too far away from Kansas, Indiana is in the firing zone for a newly signed SB 536, or the “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” “Over the past week this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation,” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…

Parking or landscaping?

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Money is the root of all evil, as the saying goes. During Student Government Association (SGA)’s meeting on Wednesday, April 1, money was the route of the Senate’s debate. The university’s building trades and landscape maintenance department has proposed a project to landscape around Grubbs Hall. On behalf of the university master planning committee, Michael Haynes, campus affairs director for SGA, presented the project ideas and requested $14,175 from the campus capital improvement (CCI) fund, which currently sits at $22,000 and is allocated $10,000 annually from a non-PSU organization, to fund the project. “I would ask all of you to consider not whether or not you want the project…

Department makeover

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Buildings are not the only part of campus under construction at Pitt State. PSU’s various departments and programs are also undergoing some renovations, changing courses, adding new ones and restructuring how degrees are offered. Out at the Kansas Technology Center, the Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) Department is expanding its graphic communications degree with the addition of a new emphasis area: packaging. “This is great,” said Barry Wilson, chair of GIT. “If you look at the industry, packaging is the fastest growing area.” Wilson says department members take time each year to reach out to industry relations to find out what they are currently looking for. “This way we…

Kansas legislature looks to freeze tuition

Signs from both the banana party and gorilla league can be seen throughout campus.

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Pittsburg State University’s tuition rates may soon be frozen where they are for the next two fiscal years, that is if a proposal drafted by the State Senate late Wednesday, April 1, is passed. With a projected budget shortfall of more than $600 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Gov. Sam Brownback has pushed to keep higher education funding relatively flat. The proposal to freeze tuition, which evolved from budget talks between the Senate and the House, is one such measure legislators are hoping will achieve Brownback’s goal. A budget negotiation meeting to discuss a proposed $15.5 billion spending plan for the state, ended with three senators and…