Nation renewal almost done

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Students will arrive in August at a Nation renovated. Work on Nation Hall over the summer has nearly completed the second phase of the renovation that began earlier this year. The work largely mirrors the first phase that the university completed last year, replacing or refreshing the structure’s entire interior. Windows, doors, walls and flooring have been replaced. Rooms have been rearranged to include features such as lighting changes, new air conditioning systems, and a unisex bathroom on each floor. A new laundry area is also being added on the lower floor. President Dagen Worthington of the Residence Hall Assembly, also a resident assistant in Nation Hall, said the…

Koreans cross country over summer

| Marcus Clem guest writer | On the trip of a lifetime, two Korean Pittsburg State students have relied on gritty determination, a couple of bicycles, a few helping hands along the way and not much else. Team KyeongSangNamZa, named for participants Sangnam Ha and Kyeongsang Elon Jeon, set out on May 17 from San Francisco on a route across the United States, with the goal of reaching New York City. Both are seniors in aerospace engineering, with Jeon also majoring in mechanical engineering. The mission, supported by the Korean Student Association (KSA) is to visit as many important landmarks and major U.S. cities along the route as possible, taking every opportunity to talk with…

Pitt State unveils classic stage productions

| Marcus Clem guest writer | A slate of three iconic shows of the live stage theater will highlight the upcoming season at Pittsburg State’s Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The Best of Broadway series, which university leaders said will become a regular feature of Pitt State’s performing arts season, will begin on Nov. 22 with “Mamma Mia,” followed by “Million Dollar Quartet” on Feb. 6, before “Beauty and the Beast” arrives on March 22. “Mamma Mia,” priced at $40, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” priced at $35, will each be performed twice at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast,” priced at $55, will be performed only once, at 7:30 p.m. The…

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…