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…

Internationals honored by university office

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Huizhu Chen will always remember the words, “Once a Gorilla, always a Gorilla,” as she learned to adopt some Pittsburg State traditions that had been completely unknown to her. “American football is an exciting thing. This was my first time to see how it is actually not played with your foot,” she said to attendees of the 2014 International Graduate Dinner who reacted with laughter. On Thursday, April 24, Chen, who is from China, received the International Office’s Undergraduate Honor Award at the dinner, held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Awoba Vanessa Hemos, who is from Côte d’Ivoire, received the Graduate Honor Award….

Leaders of leaders

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Perhaps the clearest path to one of the highest honors a student can earn begins with a childhood in the university’s backyard. Nick Popejoy, a major in early/late childhood education and this year’s Outstanding Senior man, says growing up in Arma made his choice of Pittsburg State for college a certainty. “I have loved Pitt State forever,” he said. “To have my career end on such a high note here means a lot. I was in shock to be recognized this way.” His elementary ties to campus drove the loyalty and involvement that Popejoy attributes as key reasons for his success. “When people talk about my time here,…

Progress continues

Overman turns dirt on namesake’s expansion | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Many recent Pittsburg State construction projects started with a ceremonial groundbreaking, except these events mostly “broke ground” indoors on the John Lance Arena’s wooden gym floor. Finally, for the centerpiece student life destination on campus, the weather cooperated. On Wednesday, April 30, a groundbreaking was held outdoors on the planned construction site of the Jack H. Overman Student Center expansion. The radical renovation, scheduled to be finished in 12 to 14 months, will launch the building into the 21st century, university officials say. It first opened its doors in 1951 and saw additions in 1963 and 1995; interior renovations to the food…

Regents OK with some of panel’s ideas

Ferry sinking shocks Pitt State Korean community | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The Kansas Board of Regents’ proposed redo of a controversial social-media policy is being met with a lukewarm response from faculty and members of a work group that reviewed the policy. The regents’ governance committee has given preliminary support for new language that will keep the policy focused on university chief executives’ disciplinary power while seeking to affirm free speech and academic freedom protections. Mark Peterson, assistant professor of political science, says he’s taking the new language with a grain of salt. He takes particular issue with one part of the social media policy that restricts speech against “the best interest…

After party defeated, electees opt to leave SGA

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | At least four of the 12 students who were elected as part of the Letner/Hebrlee slate to serve in the Student Government Association for the 2014-2015 academic year have pledged not to take their seats. Viet Nguyen, Kiki Eigenmann and Jakey Dobbs have confirmed to The Collegio that they will not swear in as senators. Sydney Lemos has opted to officially resign. Some members of Letner/Hebrlee who have chosen to stay on say that they believe more of their colleagues will depart in the near future. However, no additional commitments to leave have been announced. Jaci Gilchrist, newly elected SGA vicepresident, says that the assembly’s policy allows for…

Portrait of sympathhy

High school alumni to create photo in memory of shooting victims | Marcus Clem editor in chief | When Hannah Skidmore heard that a man had entered a quiet community center in her neighborhood and opened fire on people at random, she couldn’t accept it. “I just gasped,” said Skidmore, sophomore in math education. “It just didn’t settle in until later that night. I was so upset and worried for our students and what they were going to go through.” Skidmore is organizing with Kenzie Botts and Natalie Gloor to gather with their fellow Blue Valley High School alumni at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the front columns of Russ Hall. With the help…

Cosmologist

| Erika Hall reporter | On Monday, April 7, Felipe Menanteau, a research scientist, astrophysicist, cosmologist and professor of astronomy from the Harlow Shapley speakership of the American Astronomical Society, lead a lecture about the universe and astronomy.

Social-media policy group recommends broad changes

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | A five-month old Kansas Board of Regents social-media policy is a risk to academic freedom, says a task force appointed by the regents to review the policy. The Collegio has obtained a 26-page document released by the work group of university officials that was circulated by Wichita State University’s public relations office on Tuesday, April 8. The document details what changes the work group would like to see made to a policy that covers staff and faculty use of social media and, in a way that prompted severe national controversy, allows university administrators to discipline social-media postings “contrary to the best interest” of their institutions. The policy is…

Off the ballot?

Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…