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Women – Social Work – Awareness: Students promote social issues | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Oval was the place to be Wednesday, March 25. Besides a Greek philanthropy, “Where It’s At Wednesday” by the Student Government Association, pedestrian traffic and a puppy, students in the Advanced Practice Three course occupied much of the campus hub to raise awareness and collect donations for a variety of life issues. “I am collecting craft items for Unlimited Hope,” said Lannatte Wood, senior in social work. “Unlimited Hope is a shelter for women and they want to start a craft group for those they are helping. There they can provide a fun activity and have another outlet…

Sales-tax increase proposed

AJ Richardson, senior in exercise science, purchases a 24 pack of Budlight from Thirsty's Retail Liquor on Wednesday, March 24.

If you’re the legal drinking age, about to be or a tobacco user, you may want to consider saving your pennies for your next purchase. Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his plan to help balance the state budget on Thursday, March 12, during his State of the State address. Kansas currently has a projected budget shortfall of $648 million and part of Brownback’s plan would be to increase the sales tax on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. Kansas sales tax on alcohol currently sits at 8 percent, putting the state in a three-way tie for 23rd place on the Federation of Tax Administrator’s list of states with lowest alcohol tax. Its next-door neighbor, Missouri, is tied for…

Choir weaves its magic

| Audrey Dighans, copy editor | More than 200 people attended the Spring Concert, held Sunday, March 8, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Choirs from both Pittsburg State University and the community dressed in signature black attire, sang a variety of musical pieces to welcome the new season. Many in the audience said the concert was a real treat. “I loved listening to the choir,” said Jordon Oh, international student in mechanical engineering from South Korea. “They made me feel so relaxed and calm. I haven’t gone to many choir performances but I am certainly going to go to more in the future.” Susan Marchant, professor of music and choir director, says…

SGA passes final fee proposals

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association’s (SGA) weekly meeting on Wednesday night, March 11, started off with a report from the Axe Library, which will be extending its hours during Dead and Finals weeks this semester. “We will be open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday,” said Jorge Leon, learning outreach librarian. “We are still organizing programming for the extended hours, but we will have them.” Leon also says that the wireless printing service is due to be up and running when students return from spring break. Sen. Britnee Pond, who currently works as a student employee at Axe Library, added to Leon’s announcements that temporary employees will be hired to…

Apple Day No. 108

Old tradition, new digs | Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 300 students, faculty, staff and guests filled the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for the annual Apple Day Convocation on Thursday, March 5. This was the 108th Apple Day at Pittsburg State. “Apple Day is a tradition commemorating success,” said Randy Roberts, dean of library services and university archivist. “The success of the university, the success of the students.” The ceremony began with Jordan Schaper, Student Government Association president, welcoming the audience and introducing the day’s speakers, including keynote Andy Tompkins. “In many ways, he does not need an introduction,” said Steve Scott, university…

Student injured in fight at frat

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Police are investigating a fight that broke out at a party in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 1, at the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity house. “There was an altercation in which an individual was injured on Saturday night, possibly early Sunday morning, and transported to the hospital,” said Steve Erwin, vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “The situation is being conducted by the city of Pittsburg police. We are aware the alleged assailant was not injured and is not a PSU student.” The injured individual, whose family has asked to keep his name undisclosed at this time, is a Pitt State student. At some point…

Students to know where their $s go

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed vice president Jaci Gilchrist’s Fee Publication resolution during the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, March 4. The resolution will require SGA to publish and update all the information pertaining to student fees on a variety of media, such as display cases, social media, etc., every semester so that students have easy access to the figures. “It’s pretty impossible to find out where student fee dollars go right now,” Gilchrist said. “I think it should be easier for students to find this information. They should know where their money is going and this will also help us to gauge student opinion should we ever…

Speaker heralds new age in education

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | More than 50 faculty members and staff filled the Yates lecture hall on Friday, Feb. 27, for a presentation on Open Education Resources (OER) from Cable Green, director of global learning at Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables people to share their works, be it papers, photos or music, on their own terms by providing copyright licenses that can be modified for the creator’s needs. The CC license allows for works to be shared, used and built upon while protecting the rights of the original creator. “If you want to keep it for yourself, that’s OK,” said Green. “If you want to share it, this…

Apple – bananza!

Entrants of the Student Activities Counsel Apple Pie Eating Contest begin devouring their first apple pies on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Pictured right to left are Courtney Hensler, sophomore in psychology and counseling, D'Juan Thomas, senior in geography, Tyler Morris, senior in history and government, and Brayden Eller, sophomore in physical education.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The annual Apple Day celebrations kicked off this week at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, when the first clue for Student Activities Council’s (SAC) Apple Hunt was posted on the organization’s social media sites. The Apple Hunt this year will last until 4 p.m. today. SAC encourages all students to check the group’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for a clue to find an SAC apple, which are clearly labeled, and bring it to the Campus Activities Center to receive a prize of $20. Only one apple per student is allowed. SAC also kept the apples coming with the organization’s first ever pie-eating contest on Tuesday evening in the…

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…