Preparing for problems

School stands ready for flu | Tyler Koester reporter | The popular phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may not be enough to keep Pitt State students free of the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control declared a flu epidemic a few weeks ago and the Bryant Student Health Center at PSU is acting in accordance. “We’re happy to see any students who are ill or concerned about the flu,” said Carrie Farrington, nurse practitioner at the health center. “We can do influenza testing to confirm the presence of the virus and we can also help differentiate between the influenza illness and other respiratory illnesses.” Although it is important for…

Pitt Briefs

Basketball refs needed The Pittsburg State Office of Intramural Sports will hold the Pre-Holiday Basketball tournament from Monday, Dec. 2, to Thursday, Dec. 5. Students interested in working as referees may apply on Gorillas4Hire. By Friday, Nov. 15, applications, resumes and cover letters must be turned in to the Welcome Center Desk in the Student Recreation Center on 2001 S. Rouse. There will be training sessions the following week. Specific times for games are not yet available, but they will generally be scheduled in the evening. For more information, call the Intramural Office at 235-4955. 2014 Homecoming Committee The deadline to join the 2014 homecoming committee has been extended to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15….

PSU catches the Flu

Nurse practitioner Claudine Rosiecki, of the NJ Associates in Medicine in Fair Lawn, N.J. administers a flu shot to Robin Strauss, of Glen Rock, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The Flu season has reached epidemic levels and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. Health officials have forecast a potentially bad flu season following last year's unusually mild one.(AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Thomas E. Franklin)

Students sick, no cause for alarm Marcus Clem | Copy Editor Jace Erwin got a questionable gift for the holidays: influenza. “I came down with flu toward the end of break,” Erwin, junior in biology, said. “I was out for about a week … Everything was sore and swollen, so I thought I had mononucleosis or staff infection.” Erwin got the flu shot, so his doctor gave him amoxicillin. “They said that the strain of flu I got wasn’t covered by the flu shot I received, but that it was still good that I got a flu shot because it might have been a lot worse.” Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in…