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…

Race begins

Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

Turn IT UP

Gorilla Radio seeks to expand recent growth | Marcus Clem editor in chief | A rapidly growing group of students are using a recent windfall to broadcast Gorilla Radio’s evolution. The club’s members, all volunteers, are trying to figure out what to do with the more than $400 they just raised through this year’s radio-thon, a 24-hour pledge session. “That’s more than we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Seamus Hamilton, Gorilla Radio president. “When I arrived, we had maybe $12 in our treasury.” The money is used mostly for equipment and maintenance, because the station is free to play any music that its members happen to own, though efforts are still made to promote…

Student government: Prep for election season

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Pittsburg State’s assembly of student leaders is preparing for its annual election. Polls will be open from Monday, April 7, to Thursday, April 10. Student Government Association (SGA) Sen. Lindsay Ong, who, along with Sen. James Saltat, is in charge of the elections process. Ong says that a more politicized assembly than before characterizes this year’s election. “When I started out, SGA was a little bit calmer and more relaxed,” Ong, senior in premedical biology, said. She added that passions and viewpoints within the SGA community can sometimes fuel heated debates. “Today, it’s a really good place for opinionated students to come and represent their peers,” Ong said….

Try Obamacare, Sodexo says

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | The proper care and feeding of college students is a duty Sodexo employees know well, but their own benefits are undergoing some changes. Sodexo announced in January that it would be redefining which employees are full time and what benefits people who are no longer full time will be entitled to. The changes, the company says, are in response to new rules put in place by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known commonly as “Obamacare,” passed in 2010. Sodexo’s reforms reclassify full-time employees as those who work an average of 30-plus hours per week over a 13-week quarter. Previously, employees who worked that much per week…

Candlelight vigil honors young victim

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | The evening had dipped below freezing after sundown and a howling wind made it feel that much colder. The grouping of candles placed in honor of a murdered 10-year-old girl fought the elements, and mostly stayed lit. So did the spirits of the eight people who stood by through the 20-minute ceremony in Pittsburg State’s campus Oval to pay respects to the memory of Hailey Owens. “I was very surprised that people showed up,” said Austin Stapleton, event organizer and sophomore in music education. Stapleton, a member of the Canterbury Club, an organization sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on 306 W. Euclid in Pittsburg, decided to follow…

Possible higher-ed cuts

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Kansas educators are nervously waiting as the state’s highest court of appeal decides how much money to provide to public schools. If more money is mandated, Pittsburg State’s funding could be in the lurch. The Kansas Supreme Court will nominally have the final say on the level of money that K-12 school districts should be allocated. What has so many on edge is the possibility that the court will rule for up to $500 million more in funding for K-12 education. The case, Gannon v. Kansas, is the third court battle between public school interests and the state government of the last 20 years. A district court last…