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New year, new shootings, what now? 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  We are only weeks into the new year, yet, there have been 44 mass shootings within this time span. With 73 deaths and 100+ injured, what is going to be done? On New Year’s Day alone, there were six shootings, resulting in four deaths and 29 people …

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Jamie Thayer named new Title IX Coordinator at PSU 

Bella Mezzacapo reporter   A job posting was made on Jan. 19, 2022, to fill the position of Title IX Coordinator here at Pittsburg State University. Finally, in November of 2022, the position has been filled.  Jamie Thayer, former Title IX Investigator at the University of Arkansas and seven-year probation and …

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“Gus Explores Southeast Kansas” earns tourism honor 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist   What started as a project for art students turned into a coloring book with a purpose. The purpose is to teach guests as well as local children about Southeast Kansas. However, the students also learned about the area in the process.  “One of our courses coming out …

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Burnout: what is it and what do I do about it? 

Bella Mezzacapo reporter  At this point in the semester before our two upcoming breaks, a lot of us can likely say that we are feeling a little tired, lazy, down in the dumps, and just over it all. These feelings can be described as one word and phenomenon: burnout.  Burnout …

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Chivalry is dead, and that’s okay 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  Chivalry: the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, to be chivalrous is to be very polite, honest, and kind, especially by men toward women. In today’s day and age, we commonly hear the words “chivalry is dead,” but …

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PSU celebrates Homecoming Week 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  Students gathered at Carnie Smith Stadium to celebrate the beginning of Homecoming Week. The Homecoming Committee provided attendees with live music by the band ‘Quite Frankly’, inflatables, yard games, and free food from PSU Alumni.   The Homecoming Kickoff event was held on the first day of Homecoming …

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FOMO is real and we all experience it 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  The fear of missing out (FOMO), is a unique term introduced in 2004. The term describes a feeling of apprehension that one is either not in the know or missing out on information, events, experiences, or life in general. We all experience FOMO, whether we know it …

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Body positivity is toxic, here’s why 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  What is “body positivity?” Body positivity is the assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and pop culture view ideal size, shape, and appearance. This seems inherently good and, well, positive, right? One would assume so, but here’s what …

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Voting’s importance is conditional 

Bella Mezzacapo photojournalist  Voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be protected, promoted, and practiced. Casting your vote is important in some instances. You can make yourself heard, and you can sometimes create great change. However, voting is not always important.  Why do I think …

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