Furlough threat brought stress to all on campus

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Kansas Administrative Regulation defines a furlough as a mandatory leave without pay for a preset number of hours during each pay period covered by a furlough. On June 2, more than 280 Pittsburg State University employees and 250 student workers were notified that if the state-mandated furloughs were enforced, they would not be allowed to go to work or be paid. The furlough would have been enforced had state lawmakers and the governor not agreed to a funded budget plan. While lawmakers and the governor did not agree on the rest of the budget plan, they reached an agreement that the furlough would not be implemented. President Steve Scott…

Camps at PSU give knowledge

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Summer is the time for kids to go off to camp and Pittsburg State University expects at least 3,000 people to be on the campus throughout the summer. Corey Ipock, area coordinator of Crimson Commons, says the moving of people in and out of dorms is just like the regular school year, but much closer time-wise. “It’s like opening and closing over the entire summer,” Ipock said. “Our custodial staff cleans each room in between each camp to make sure they are ready for the next group. We also have to have keys ready for each group so they can move in and out as efficiently as possible.” Ipock added…

Goodbye Pittsburg, hello world

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Learning can be a fun experience, as some students are finding out during their summer study-abroad trips to such places as Eastern Europe, Ecuador and Italy. Lauren Hughes, assistant in the international programs office, says that 50-60 Pittsburg State students are partaking in study-abroad programs all over the world during the summer. “We have a wide variety of faculty-led study-abroad programs this summer, including Guatemala, Prague and the Czech Republic,” Hughes said. “The Honors College is taking a short study-abroad trip to Eastern Europe and touring the major cities there.” Hughes says that other students may opt not to attend a faculty-led study-abroad program in favor of traveling on their…

Overman on schedule

The renovations on the second floor of the student center is progressing.

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | | Gretchen Burns reporter | It has been near a month since the last pencil on the last final was put down, but work on the Overman Student Center is still underway. Since students have left, the renovation progress on the exisiting 34,000 sq. ft. of Overman and the 34,000 sq. ft. addition has continued on schedule. Starting on the main floor of the center, the temporary wall by the information desk, where the bank and ticket office once were, has been removed. The new tile flooring that appeared last year in the Gorilla Crossing has finally extended all the way down to the point entrance and carpet has been…

Chemistry, biology, physics . . . Oh my!

High-school students tour departments and compete | Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 high-school students toured the sciences taught at Pittsburg State University and participated in events in the annual Science Day last Thursday. The chemistry, biology and physics departments teamed to create stations where the students could learn, compete and test their knowledge on all the sciences. Even while helping, Brittany Mundy said she enjoyed getting to meet students who could be potential Gorillas. “I think Science Day is a great way to show recognition to exemplary high-school students in chemistry, physics and biology and make students excited about science,” said Mundy, freshman in chemistry. “The chemistry department has given me a lot…

Symphony, choir perform works of Handel, Verdi and Dvorak

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The PSU Choirs and Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony performed works from Handel and Dvorak at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 26. Nikki Stone, senior in communication, says ending her college career with the concert was a perfect way to go out. “This music couldn’t have been better to end on,” she said. “It was such a challenge to sing some of the notes and it felt so good to be able to know that we truly mastered the two pieces. My favorite part was probably the pieces where we got really intense with the symphony and soloists. It’s such an awesome sound and I’m so…

Gorilla Activities Board to replace SAC

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Returning students next fall will be unable to find the Student Activities Center (SAC). The same organization will still be on campus for students, but under a new name, the Gorilla Activities Board, or GAB. SAC, now GAB, is the Pittsburg State University student programming board that puts on many events for students throughout the year, like lectures, comedy shows, concerts, special events, performing arts, movies and musical arts. “We are looking into the name change of the Gorilla Activities Board, because GAB plans to use a name that is easy to remember and impossible to forget,” said Brianna O’Neill, senior in print and digital media management. “We want to…

Hard work for a blooming campus

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Across campus Cate Breneman and her team have been working hard to make sure PSU is in bloom for the spring season. “Our goal as a department is to always be looking for a way to improve on the beautiful campus that we already enjoy,” said Breneman, grounds and maintenance supervisor for the Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance. “We look for areas that can be improved, and look for opportunities to enhance the overall aesthetic of the university.” Breneman says she has a running list of priorities that she tries to tackle. While some of the projects are large and some small, the list often gets interrupted by other projects….

Students attend Out of the Jungle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 graduating seniors attended the bi-annual “Out of the Jungle” Senior Send-off on Tuesday, April 21. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations where they inform attending students about what PSU can offer them after graduation. Richard Potts, senior in sociology, says he learned Pittsburg State could assist him in staying in touch after he graduates in May. Stopping by the Alumni Center for the event, students were also able to obtain an official PSU Kansas or Missouri License plate and have the chance to win one of several prizes, from an iPad Mini to football tickets for the Rua Skybox for all…

You can’t dance with us

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Student Government Association senator Marcus Clem is investigating claims that the Crimson and Gold Dance team tryouts were biased and based on looks, not talent. “These girls came to me as a member of student government and indicated to me that they felt the process of choosing members for their team was unfair,” Clem said. In the name of responsibility Clem says the situation is within SGA’s interest if the complaints brought to his attention turn out to be true. “We are partly responsible for regulating the Athletic Department’s funding,” Clem said. “As such, it is appropriate for us to step in and express our opinion on the situation should…