Hornets outlast Gorillas’ effort

Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State men’s basketball team traveled to Emporia State University to face off against the Hornets as it continues its march toward the MIAA tournament. Although it led for much of the first half, Pitt State lost a close one, 88-82. The Gorillas couldn’t fend off the momentum swing that Emporia took in the second half, they allowed the Hornets to shoot 63 percent while also allowing five of seven three-pointers. The first half saw the Hornets lead for the first seven minutes before freshman Kaleb Porter made a three-point jumper to give the Gorillas a one-point lead. PSU controlled the rest of the first half with a healthy lead…

Tragedies hit home

Girls cry in front of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub where a fire killed over 230 people in Santa Maria, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities and investigators searched two other nightspots owned by a partner in the club that caught ablaze. Most of the dead were college students 18 to 21 years old, but they also included some minors. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

104 missed calls – mom Val Vita | Guest Writer RIO GRANDE DO SUL, Brazil – Brazil cried at the loss of 233 lives on the morning of Jan. 27. A fire in a crowded night club called Kiss, in the southern city of Santa Maria, was the biggest tragedy in the history of the state of Rio Grande do Sul and the second-worst fire tragedy in Brazilian history. There was only one way out of the club – and 90 percent of the bodies, police say, were found in the restrooms. Because of the lack of exit signals, and the thick smoke caused by the fire, people thought the restrooms were the way out….

Gettig back in the game

Senior forward JaVon McGee goes for the lay up against Northwestern Missouri State University on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Fully recovered McGee ready to lead Gorillas Michael Bauer | Sport Reporter So far, JaVon McGee is a different player as a forward compared to last year. A month into the season, the senior from Grandview High School in Kansas City, Mo., did not look like the same player who was the bread and butter of a Pittsburg State team that came agonizingly one game away from a surprise berth in the NCAA Division II basketball tournament. McGee wasn’t even supposed to play this season for the Gorillas because of a wrist injury. But that did not stop him from becoming the 22nd player in PSU history to score 1,000 career points, and he did so…