New exhibit shows variety

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The room was filled past capacity during visiting artist Teresa Harris’ discussion on her exhibit, currently on display in the Harry Krug gallery of Porter Hall. Harris has appeared in more than 40 national shows and has pieces residing in corporate collections across the country. As she began to describe her pieces during her lecture on Friday, Jan. 23, Harris said all of her pieces have three things in common. ““I always have language in my pieces, whether it’s text, transferred letters or written, there is always some sort of type,” she said. “My pieces are containers: books, reliquaries, houses with windows or envelopes, and all of my pieces are…

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The U.S. Supreme Court decided it will hear cases of whether or not same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “Even if it is passed, we still have to keep up the hope it won’t be taken back in a month,” said Mary Owens, senior in psychology. She adds the LGBTQ community has never felt secure on issues like this. The Supreme Court has had petitions from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan, which have so far gone against an ever-growing national trend of acceptance. Reviewing the history Earlier this month, Florida became the 36th state, along with the nation’s capital, to allow same-sex marriage. Though the Supreme Court originally…

English, languages depts. merge

| Gretchen Burns reporter | As of Jan. 12 the Pittsburg State University English and Modern Languages departments have merged to create one department instead of two. The new department will be titled English and Modern Languages. According to Karl Kunkel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the merger was suggested when there was a call for a change in the structure of academics for departments. “We only had four faculty in the modern languages department last year right after the former chair retired,” Kunkel said. When the modern languages master’s program was phased out in the fall of 2013, both departments began to envision a new comprehensive degree program with English and…

Increasing the odds

| Gretchen Burns writer | Students across campus have begun to think about scholarships that they could potentially receive for the next school year as the Feb. 1 scholarship application deadline draws near. Each department offers its own scholarships of various amounts through the school’s application system on GUS. Students fill out the general application, which is then sorted to his or her department by the GUS system. “Our students do not generally apply for specific scholarships, but are awarded scholarships based on them meeting the criteria with the information that they list on their scholarship application,” said Mimi Morrison, administrative specialist for the Kelce College of Business. “Students who meet the criteria for ACIS, ECON,…

Biknell Family Center for the Arts Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | What is included in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts? The theater and performance hall is equipped with all the sound and lighting technology to help make many upcoming performances a success. The rooms are also equipped with sound, lighting and video equipment. How will the center help students and the community? Our students and the Pittsburg community will receive the benefits of this facility in several ways. Existing groups will be able to provide better performances, new performing groups will be created and external performances will be attracted to the center. The facility promotes economic development as well and we project more people will come to visit Pittsburg….

Low gas prices putting money in students’ pockets

Students can fill up their tanks with more confidence knowing that gas prices are lower.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Peabody, sophomore in psychology, is saving money right now for the future, thanks to low gasoline prices. “I’m not spending my saved money on anything because I can’t spare to lose that money,” she said. “I will be keeping it for future college or personal expenses.” Due to the United State’s increased oil production and lower world demand, gas prices have plummeted from close to $4 a gallon last year to under $2 this year. Crude oil in the U.S. is currently selling under $44 a barrel. “I drive home most weekends and I’ve had to stop before because I didn’t have enough to pay for gasoline,” said Valerie…

Students get a taste of real art world

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Thirteen students presented their final projects for the Senior Art Seminar class in the first ever Senior Art Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the second floor gallery of Porter Hall. The fair was designed to give students the experience of showcasing their work and allowed them to sell their pieces. “This has been set up like a mock art fair so we can get experience for what it’s like to go to a conference or actual art fair,” said Catherine Jepson, senior in 3-D art. “I’m OK with this. I’ve done art shows with my dad. It’s nice to have art that I’ve completed recently for sale. It makes…

Faculty exhibit moving to bigger home

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The University Gallery of Porter Hall walls are being graced for the last time with the artwork of the faculty in the Biannual Department of Art Faculty Exhibit. The next time the exhibit will be held, the artwork will be featured in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Fine Arts. “It will be very exciting to have shows in the new center,” said Marjorie Schick, professor of art. “The gallery here is beautiful, but I look forward to seeing everything in the new gallery.” The exhibition’s purpose is to celebrate the Department of Art faculty at Pittsburg State University as professional, working artists. The exhibit recognizes many of the…

Beer Killer

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Letting beer drain out of a punctured beer can isn’t what most college students would think of fun. But for the students involved in the Sustainability Club, it’s a way for them to help the environment and recycle at the same time. Jim Triplett had been approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had. “He approached me at SEK Recycling while I was volunteering one day and told me that my environmental life science class several years ago was the reason that he was recycling today,” said Triplett, adviser…

Overman Student Center Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Questions answered by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center Q: What will be included in the new student center? A: We are adding 31,000 square feet to the student center. There will be a brand new ballroom with a capacity of 650 that will also be divisible into three separate rooms for more meeting areas, more meeting rooms and spaces, three to be exact, and a brand new student activities complex. This complex will feature Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Council (CAC) all together. A new entrance on the south side of the building is being constructed and the Greek Office as well…