Club turning a new page

| Gretchen Burns reporter | A handful of students are reading for fun across the campus of Pittsburg State University, and not just their textbooks. The PSU Book Club only has seven members so far, but they meet every month to choose a new genre and book and discuss the previous month’s selection. Matt Turner and a friend began discussing how much they loved books and, with the help of the PSU out-reach librarian, began to set up the basics of the club. “We encourage everyone to give their viewpoint of what they thought of the book,” said Turner, sophomore in psychology. “We discuss among the members what book we’re going to do.” Currently, the…

Go big or go home

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although no one showed up to the Go Big or Go Home bowling night at Holiday Lanes on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Big Brothers Big Sisters have planned another event to raise funding for the organization. The event was going to be a student-based Bowl for Kids Sake, with the theme of Go Big or Go Home. “The plan was to hold the student bowl before the February 14th PSU men’s basketball game against Fort Hays,” said Megan Corrigan, senior in sustainability and America Corps VISTA volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, “which many of our Bigs and Littles will attend. “But things were finalized late and we didn’t get…

Students learn lesson for insurance

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Sunday night, Feb. 1, the Nation Hall fire alarms went off. After the all-clear was given for residents to go back inside, they quickly discovered the hall’s resident assistants working to clean up water damage from a burst pipe in the basement. Water from the pipe flooded one room and caused the linoleum flooring in much of the area to need replacing. The burst pipe released hot water and the steam triggered the fire alarms, ensuring all residents were outside away from potential danger until the cause of the emergency could be determined. Melissa Beisel, associate director of university housing, says the water damage to the flooring resulted in one…

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…