Playing in the jungle

Annual Gorilla Games a success | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Despite the unanticipated October chill and a delay in the stadium lights being turned on, nearly 200 students gathered at field 3 of the PSU baseball fields for Homecoming Week’s annual Gorilla Games competition on Tuesday, Oct. 7. “We have 29 organizations competing this year,” said Ashley Mestepey, MBA student and member of the Homecoming Committee. “I’ve been on the committee for several years now, it’s a lot of fun being involved and watching everyone compete and have fun.” Each organization was represented by a co-ed team of six to seven students competing in 10 activities held at five stations. Stations were run by…

SGA OK’s funding for student center tables

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | A resolution to allocate $4,000 of Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) funds for new tables at the soon-to- be-constructed outdoor terrace at Overman Student Center met with some debate at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Sen. Larry Overman questioned the amount to be granted during the resolution’s debate. “$4,000 seems to be out of hand,” Overman said. “As it sits now, the student center won’t be paid off for another 29 years. I feel this money could be put to better use elsewhere.” But legislative affairs director Lindsay Ong and Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, explained to the Senate that the previous year’s SGA administration had made a…

And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

Jungle Royalty

Emily Mika and Brian Walker smile at the crowd after being crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King Wednesday, Oct. 8. at The Carnie Smith Stadium. Mika represented Alpha Sigma Alpha and Walker represented Lambda Chi Alpha.

Homecoming king, queen announced at convocation | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is good for newly crowned Homecoming King Brian Walker. “I don’t even know what’s going through my mind right now,” Walker, junior in plastics engineering technology, said. “I can’t thank Pitt State enough.” Walker and Emily Mika, senior in nursing, were crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8. “I was shocked,” Mika said. “Everyone here is the same, we go to school, we’ve got jobs, we’re all working hard to graduate, and here I am. It’s pretty unbelievable…

SGA allocates $5,500 for tables, Gorilla Radio

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | | Jon Botts guest writer | Call to order First order of business for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday night, Oct. 1, was the reading and passing of new resolutions to the SGA constitution. The most debated of these involved a change in handling senators whose grade point average falls below the current requirement of 2.50 cumulative. Jaci Gilchrist, vice president, was one of the members on the committee that wrote the resolution that would allow the Senate to call a closed-session meeting and vote on whether a senator will be allowed to retain his or her status should their grade point average fall below the requirement….

Returning home

Heckert-Wells long-awaited renovation complete | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The doors to Heckert-Wells Hall are finally open to students and staff once more. “About time,” said Ian Perron, senior in biology. Renovation on the building began last spring. The $4.3 million project was originally supposed to be complete on Aug. 29, but was delayed when the subcontractor Corvus left the project for unknown reasons. After a new subcontractor was hired to complete the job, pre-existing issues were discovered during routine fire marshal inspections, which had to be brought up to code. Despite the setbacks, Heckert-Wells is once again open. “I’m excited to see the changes,” said Makayla Womble, sophomore in biology. The changes Womble…

‘Potential threat’

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | While highly publicized cases in New York, Virginia and California seem far away to PSU students, sexual assault is an issue closer to home than some may think. More than 15 cases of sexual assault have been reported to authorities at the University of Kansas this month. Even closer to home, the Joplin Globe posted on its website that an 18-year-old student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., only 30 miles from PSU, has reported he or she was raped early Sunday morning, Sept. 28. “We should always be aware that sexual assault is a potential threat,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. In the Pittsburg…

To bike, or not to bike?

Students ride bikes around campus as a faster way of transportation to get from class to class on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.

Increased bicycle traffic warrants concern | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There has been some talk of Pitt State being anti-bicycle as of late. On Friday, Sept. 12, students received a Bulk-E informing them that bikes chained up and parked in places other than provided bike racks, such as railings, poles, etc., risk the chance of having their bikes removed and impounded by the university police. “It’s kind of been portrayed that we’re against bikes and don’t want them,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. “That’s not true.” McCracken says that the department has simply received complaints of bicycles being chained up in unwanted areas and officers are responding to the complaints. As of…

What is it for?

2 senators question need for online fee increase | Audrey Dighans copy editor | SGA Sens. Zachary Botkin and Larry Overman had many questions for Steve Erwin, SGA adviser and associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, regarding the much talked about online access fee increase. Increase necessary “The fee increase was larger than fee increases usually are,” Erwin said at the Wednesday night meeting of the Student Government Association. “But keep in mind there hadn’t been a fee increase for online courses in over a decade.” Overman, senior in environmental and safety management, read selected pieces from an article in last week’s edition of the Collegio covering the issue, asking Erwin what…

Mixing it up

Goodbye Jazzman’s, Ultimate Baja; hello, Einstein, Habaneros | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Regular visitors to the University Club or “U-Club” have probably been missing their favorite Ultimate Baja dish or specialty coffee drink from Jazzman’s Café due to the construction work on Overman Student Center all semester. And they will continue to miss those delicacies … forever. When the U-Club is reopened, neither Baja nor Jazzman’s will be there to greet the Pitt State community. Both establishments are to be replaced; Baja by Wholly Habaneros and Jazzman’s by Einstein Bros. Bagels. “I’m really excited about Einstein,” said Marissa Ibarra, senior in biology. “I love them, but I’m sad Baja is leaving, they were really…