SGA discusses stopping sex-assault

| Marcus Clem guest writer | About 800 colleges and universities joined a conference call with representatives from the White House earlier this week, and Pitt State SGA was part of it. The call is part of an ongoing national effort to raise awareness of college campus sexual assault and to pressure institutions to be more proactive about protecting students. Elle Walker, SGA campus affairs director, said that she is working on a project inspired by a viral video called “Demand a Plan” on the issue of gun control. “Demand a Plan” involved several actors, politicians, musicians and other celebrities who spoke on their campaign to enact some kind of reform following a national outbreak…

Hotel SGA: no vacancy

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student government now has a full roster of senators after their approval and swearing-in at SGA’s meeting on Sept. 10. A group of 15 students were sworn in following the completion of the vacancy process: Calle Callaway, Michael Spiller, Kenna Bideau and Denna Thompson of the College of Arts and Sciences; Grace Geiger and Zachary Green of the Kelce College of Business; Riegen Anderson and Katherine Gray of the College of Education; Josh Bosley and Larry Overman of the College of Technology; and Hank Cloninger, Haley Northcutt, Maya Dandu, Justin Stone and Ryan Magee representing the university at large. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, said he will be filling vacancies…

SGA pumps up oversight, campus improvement plans

| Marcus Clem reporter | The appointed board of SGA members who have the power to review the organization’s actions will have greater ability to act if the Senate gives final approval to new rules for the board next week. Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, said during the meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Judicial Board rarely acts. New members will be appointed at a future date to the five-seat board. Gilchrist says it would be good to give them a more active role in SGA overall. If adopted, the new rules will allow anyone who has a right to speak during SGA’s meetings to call the legality of any SGA action into question and…

We must all protect press freedom, everywhere

| Marcus Clem guest writer | A masked fighter for the “Islamic State” beheaded photojournalist James Foley in the desert of Iraq and Syria on Aug. 19. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, we learned how the same man proudly murdered another U.S. reporter, Steven Sotloff, in the same way. It seems incredible, horrifying and unforgivable, and it is. But it’s not entirely unfamiliar, nor is this kind of problem restricted to the Middle East. “I don’t know why you’re videotaping,” said Ralph Hudgens, insurance commissioner of North Carolina, at an Aug. 23 political rally to the journalist recording his speech. That journalist, Nydia Tisdale, ended up beaten, cuffed and charged with a felony after organizers ordered…

SGA talks money

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student clubs that want SGA to pay their costs may soon be bound to the Senate’s mission to go paperless. Austin Bailey, SGA treasurer, said at the meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27, that a grace period will exist for the fall semester. By spring 2015, all organizations will be required to scan in their receipts for email or for delivery on a USB device. “This will reduce paper waste,” Bailey said. “Sometimes I’ve found receipts that are still in the office [after] all summer.” The Senate adopted Bailey’s resolution on the idea unanimously and will vote on final passage next week. Clubs may fill out their expense information by…

SGA’s start features learning curve

| Marcus Clem reporter | Following spring elections there are a lot of new faces in the Student Government Association as shown at the body’s first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Basic questions like where this Senate will meet and what committee roles each senator will hold are yet to be determined. Senate members addressed recent changes to the Collegiate Readership Program, an issue that SGA has spent a great deal of time on in the past. Only three newspaper bins remain active on campus. They are located in Grubbs Hall, the Kelce School of Business and the Kansas Technology Center. About $21,000 remains in a fund provided by previous student fees to…

Deadly explosion

1 killed, 1 injured in Pittsburg | Marcus Clem reporter | Two employees of Jake’s Fireworks suffered severe burns after an explosion outside the company’s old building in Pittsburg on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 12. One of the employees, Kenny L. Clark, 28, died shortly after the medevac helicopter carrying him from the scene made an emergency landing at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Howard O. Harper, 42, was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., and remains in critical condition. No one else was injured. The incident happened at 689 U.S. 69 Highway, which Jake’s Fireworks moved from last year to a new location at Pittsburg’s Northeast Industrial Park near the intersection of…

Student gets help at new campus home

Residents push the screen aside in order to move in larger items to avoid busy stairwells on Saturday, August 16.

| Marcus Clem reporter | It was a circus out there. That’s at least what can be gathered if one follows the Saturday, Aug. 16, theme of getting into the residence halls for roughly 1,500 students. The theme was just to keep the whole idea of starting a new year, or maybe a new life, on-campus fun for both residents and the students who are charged with their care as resident assistants. “It helps some people relax a lot,” said Michelle Smith, junior in nursing, who is now living in the Crimson Commons residence hall and volunteered to help other on-campus students move in. That’s what Ashvin “Ash” Sahni, area coordinator, also has in mind,…

Fort Scott college leader pushed out

Faculty president cites association vote of no confidence | Marcus Clem reporter | Fort Scott Community College has a longstanding partnership with Pittsburg State, but disagreements over talks last year to forge a merger between the two schools played a role in FSCC’s recent leadership change. On July 30, Clayton Tatro, FSCC president, reached an agreement with the college’s Board of Trustees to vacate his office. The agreement came shortly after Tatro received a vote of no confidence from the Fort Scott College Association of Professional Employees (FSCAPE), which represents the college’s faculty. Any specific incidents that provoked the change are being kept private and Tatro declined to comment for this story. Steve Scott, university…

Campus protest to echo ‘Slut Walk’

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Jessica Crabtree says she’s taking an idea that’s seen global success and applying her own twist to it. This may seem like conventional innovation, until one learns her inspiration: The Slut Walk. Crabtree is rebranding the international movement for her demonstration, the Strut Your Stuff event, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. It will follow a southern route around campus from the Oval. The concept is basically the same as a Slut Walk; a group of scantily clad people marching to protest the trope that a provocatively dressed person is inviting sexual aggression. “That idea is preposterous,” Crabtree said. “I should be able to stand somewhere naked…