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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Volume 95, No. 5




Journalism funding cuts raise concerns BRENNA CHRISTIAN Collegio Reporter A recent decision by the Kansas State department of Education has received poor responses from PSU students and faculty. The depatment plans to cut funding for high school journalism courses because, it says, journalism may not be a viable profession in the future, accord-

Students offer ideas on campus master plan ASHLEY BAILEY Collegio Reporter Athenae Cascone never thought being in a wheelchair would make PSU a difficult place for her to get around. Cascone, freshman in criminal justice, was on crutches for the first few weeks of school, but then was put into a wheelchair after a bicycle accident. She has only a few more weeks left in the wheelchair, but says that PSU should renovate for more wheelchair accessibility. “I didn’t realize how hard this campus was to get around for a handicapped person until I had to do it,” Cascone said. “If they could renovate the restrooms or put in doors on the buildings that can be automatically opened, it would be easier.” Not only does Cascone say that the buildings need work, but also the streets and sidewalks. “There are large holes and cracks in the sidewalks and streets on campus. I’ve gotten my wheelchair caught many a times and had to have help getting out,” she said. The master plan for PSU involves large-scale construction issues, but many PSU students have smallerscale projects in mind. The university is in the early stages of revising its 10-year master plan and has scheduled two public sessions to discuss the plan on Wednesday, Sept. 29, one at 10 a.m. in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center and the other at 3:30 p.m. in 107 Grubbs Hall. Students are invited. Autumn Hare, junior in marketing, wants to see more student recreational additions. “I want a recreational place that we can do things like playing pool or a putt-putt course,” Hare said. “Instead of just sitting around or on

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ing to the Topeka Capital Journal. The decision was approved by the state school board. One of the reasons for the cut in vocational dollars is some believe print journalism is a dying field, and that the funding could be used in better ways. James Smith, junior in commercial graphics, says journalism will always be a career path, even without newspapers. Cutting

funding from the high school programs, he said, would be a mistake. “I think that newspaper is the only real way to teach journalism or page layout in an effective way,” Smith said. “Getting rid of the newspaper program would cut back on graphic design and journalism significantly.” The plan, which goes into effect in the May 2012-13

school year, means that schools will have to provide their own funding if they want to continue journalism programs like school newspapers. According to The Topeka Journal, smaller schools will have a difficult time continuing the programs. “I think the paper gives students a sense of power that they are creating something that people read,” Smith said. “Print

Shopping around Students explore potential clubs (pg. 2B)

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Families make their way into Carnie Smith Stadium on the Family Day weekend.

Stand’s relocation causes confusion WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor

Loan defaults on the rise for students JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter

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Andrew Shaw, sophomore in electronic engineering, gets a free hot dog from Campus Christian member Jossey Martin, sophomore in history education, in the Kelce parking lot on Friday, Sept. 17. a problem with the location in the past, and that this is the first year that the Campus Christians have been approached by the university about the location. “We fed hot dogs on the first

Woes on wheels Bikers, pedestrians share sidewalk (pg. 6)

Hot dog hubbub For many students at Pittsburg State University, Friday night hot dogs have become a tradition, but when the weekly hot dog stand was not in front of Russ Hall on the second Friday of the semester, some students were left wondering where it had gone. “They told us that we had too many people right beside such a busy street,” said Matt Lamb, senior in geography, who helped operate the stand. “They were worried that many people crossing the street would be a problem.” Lamb says he and the Campus Christians have been handing out the free hot dogs for five years. He says they had originally set up the table where the Bryant Student Health Center is now located. Once construction on the health center began, they moved their handout to the front lawn of Russ Hall. Lamb says there had not been

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MADISON DENNIS Editor-in-Chief

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may be dying, or as they say ‘dead,’ but until they find something that is as popular to replace it with, then it isn’t worth it.” The new model for distributing money is aimed at targeting “high-demand, high-skill and high-wage fields,” and the department wishes to maximize the use of the vocational dollars coming

Families fly PSU colors Saturday, Sept. 18, was one of the busiest days of the year for Pittsburg State. The bustle was magnified by the added volume of families and the 90-degree heat. The annual Family Day brought hordes of relatives and friends to the community and campus as the university offered family-friendly events. Hotels were full, and some families began booking in May. For more Restaurants were images from packed to capacity Pitt State’s and operating on Family Day a reservation-only system. see pg. 4 Beginning at 12:30 p.m., President Steve Scott and his wife, Cathy, hosted students and their families in front of Russ Hall. Free food and drink brought several hundred people to the front of the university while families continued to arrive all day. “My family got here at eleven, and it seemed really crowded even by then,” said Amelia Hopkins, undeclared freshman. Hopkins’ mother, stepfather, and sister had planned this weekend several months in advance. “My mom heard at Pitt CARES to get a hotel room ahead of time,” said Hopkins. GorillaFest officially began at 1 p.m. in Gorilla Village, but the parking lot was full long before this. By noon, the rows of parked cars were crowded with grills, tents, drinks and fans. “It’s kind of a family tradition for us now,” said Brian Wagonner, junior in business. Wagonner’s older brother also attended Pittsburg State, and his family has been attending Family Day for five consecutive years. The Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations provided activities for younger family members, including an inflated bounce house, free PSU tattoos, hair painting, and kids’ games.

Friday night and the campus police came and asked if we had everything cleared,” Lamb said. Lamb says when the group tried

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According to university officials, the 2007 default rate for student loans has increased from 5 percent to 5.7 percent, reflecting the hard economic times that new graduates must face. Tammy Higgins, director of student financial assistance, says that one of the most common reasons students give for defaulting on their loans is that they do not know their options. Students are required to take an exit-counseling exam before graduating or leaving school, but some fall short of keeping in touch with their lending companies. “We want to make sure students are staying in touch

with their lender and know who those lenders are,” Higgins said. “Right now that’s a confusing part for a lot of students, because with the transition to a 100 percent direct lending program, the government is buying out some loan companies, such as Sally Mae.” Higgins says that when this occurs, it’s called a put loan. For example, if a student has taken out a loan through a private company and then the government buys that loan, it’s expected that the company will eventually buy it back. However, this doesn’t always happen, and it can cause confusion for students, and lead to loan defaults. Higgins says the government and lending

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Family Day Fumble Pitt State falls to Central Missouri (pg. 1B)

Speaker in the house Hudspeth speaks at SGA meeting (pg. 5B)


JAKE FABER Sports Editor

Lock your kennels Let’s bring Vick to KC During what seemed to be a routine game between the Eagles and the Packers two weekends ago, something happened that literally made Fantasy Football owners all over the country jump off their couches and dash to their computers. After Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion, and it was clear that backup Michael Vick was tabbed to make his first start since the winter of 2006, fantasy owners everywhere picked Vick off of the waiver wire. And one man who can take a page out of these couch potatoes’ books is Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. The reason Vick was one of the hottest tickets on Fantasy Football waiver wires this past week is that he is a starting-caliber quarterback. On a separate note: The Chiefs are in trouble. Maybe not in the win/loss column, but if Haley’s crew has any intention of reaching the playoffs this year, something is going to have to be done about the quarterback. Let’s face it, a 2-0 record to start the season doesn’t seem to mean as much when your team’s pocket passer has been floundering like a fish out of water every time he steps onto the field. Matt Cassel has thrown for only one touchdown in his first two outings, getting picked off twice, and he has averaged a little more than 120 passing yards per game. And sure, if the Chiefs were 0-2 right now, Cassel’s horrendous performance probably would have slipped under the radar as usual. But they aren’t, and it didn’t. And as much as I love petting the soft fur of a new puppy, I still have to put it out there. Let’s bring the Vick to KC. I don’t care if Todd Haley and Charlie Weis have to stand outside of Vick’s house with the rest of the PETA protesters. I want to see Vick in a Kansas City uniform. I mean, let’s face the facts: Kansas City would be the perfect place for Michael Vick to come, because he’s already been aquainted with some of the finer accommodations that we have to offer — namely Leavenworth. Jokes aside, this is a completely serious proposal. Think how good the Chiefs would be this year if we had a solid quarterback. Our special teams are most likely going to be one of the best in the league with Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas returning punts and kickoffs, and the defense has basically won the first two games for us. And with Tony Moeaki and Dwayne Bowe’s talents as wideout growing as the year goes on, this season looks promising. But with Vick’s elusiveness in the pocket on our side, the playoffs would be a certainty. For a team to win its first two games with a quarterback that had only 68 passing yards in his Monday Night Football debut is spectacular, but for the wrong reasons. So here it is, my bold but simple strategy for victory this season: Get Vick. Instead of writing your local congressman, write your local football coach. Send Haley a formal letter requesting that Kansas City make a play for Michael Vick before the trade deadline hits, and maybe the Chiefs will make their first playoff run since the 2006 season. And if your conscience keeps you from getting to the mailbox, send a separate check to the Pittsburg Humane Society.



Gorillas get Mule-kicked 37-20 JAKE FABER Sports Editor The sign on the front of the ticket booth’s window read, “Standing Room Only” and that was all that was available last Saturday at the start of the Gorillas’ first MIAA contest of the season. But after winning their first two games, the Gorillas and head coach Tim Beck fell at home 37-20 on Saturday to the University of Central Missouri in front of the capacity crowd. “That’s the number-one thing I talked to our team about; a loss hurts,” Beck said in the post-game press conference. “If it didn’t mean so much to you it wouldn’t hurt so bad. But what we can’t do is let this drag on till Tuesday. We’ve got to come back tomorrow, and fix our mistakes.” The Mules’ senior quarterback Eric Czerniweski led the way through the air, compiling 356 passing yards and three scores. Senior tight end DeMarco Cosby had one reception for a touchdown and Jamorris Warren racked up 140 yards receiving, and snagged two balls in the endzone, making him the leader in overall scores. On the Gorillas’ side of the ball, Zac Dickey played his first full game as a starter, connecting with his wideouts for 196 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were big shifts in momentum during the game. Although he missed most of the second half because of an injury, Terrance Isaac busted through the UCM line with 88 yards on the ground and 14 carries early in the game. “We had kind of kept (Isaac) out of practice most of last week, but he’s not back up to one hundred percent,” Beck said after the game. “I think we thought he was ready going into the game, but I don’t think he was.” The Gorillas started out strong, striking first when Dickey floated a pass right into the hands of tight end Bristan Kelly at the corner of the end zone, putting the Gorillas up 7-0. Following the touchdown, freshman kicker Jake Craig and the Gorilla special teams recovered a surprise onside kick, which reserve back Briceton Wilson says provided a huge shift in momentum, which Pitt wasn’t able to capitalize on. “It was real big, because the mental part plays a big role in any football game,” Wilson told the media after the game. “We got that onside kick, but we just shot ourselves in the foot.” The Mules put points on the board after a 27-yard field goal from redshirt freshman Aaron Jamieson sailed through

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Pittsburg State’s Jake Catloth is tackled by Central Missouri’s defense at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Gorillas lost 37 to 20. the uprights, cutting UCM’s deficit to four. Although Czerniewski had averaged over 400 passing yards per game during his first three games, the Gorillas’ secondary really showed up in the first quarter, holding the standout quarterback to only 38 yards, most of which was due to Czerniewski’s inability to find his wideouts, and completing only 11 of 22 passes before the half. There were countless times that UCM’s tight end Cosby and wideout Warren ran seemingly perfect routes, and Czerniewski couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm and find them. With about nine minutes left to play in the first half, Pitt got into trouble as two consecutive three and outs led to a quick drive up the field by Czerniewski and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Warren near the sidelines, giving the Mules their first lead of the game at 10-7. On the following series, the Gorillas repeatedly tried to run the ball up the middle and were stopped by Cody Scribner and the rest of the Mules’ defensive line. Some of the Gorillas’ rushing plans were

Pittsburg State cornerback Kendall Davis tackles a Central Missouri player at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Volleyball team defeats Athletic Mavs; falls to Jennies director ALEX MOTT Sports Writer

The Pitt State volleyball team split its first home series of the season after picking up a win against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and falling to Central Missouri on Saturday. The Gorillas started with a 25-18 win in their first set, while compiling a hitting percentage of .237, and kept it rolling with a close 25-21 victory in the following set. Their momentum slowed in the third set when the Mavericks were able to pull a 25-19 win, stopping head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu and the Gorillas from claiming their first home victory of the season. But the young Gorilla squad was not slowed for long as it came back with a hardfought 25-23 victory, giving it a win in its first home match of the season. “The team members were very on their game,” Suberu said. “When the game was close, we did a very good job closing.” Lauren Brentlinger, an incoming freshman hitter, says the team is improving from earlier in the year. “It was the best game that we’ve had so far this season,” Brentlinger said. “It was a welldeserved win and our communication really helped us.” Brentlinger led the team with three blocks in the match, while senior Cassie Wilson led the team defensively with 24 digs.

takes reins MICHAEL ADMIRE Sports Writer

“That game wasn’t a true reflection of our team,” Brentlinger said. ‘We are still young and it showed against the experienced Central Missouri team.” The inexperience shows in the stats. The Gorillas were outblocked 4-1 and had a hitting percentage of .124 while the Jennies had .362. The day before the fall to Central Missouri, the Gorillas had

Former MIAA commissioner Jim Johnson joined Pittsburg State on Sept. 7 as the new athletic director. Formerly Central Missouri’s associate athletics director for development and director of athletics at Texas A&M-Commerce, Johnson left his position with the MIAA behind for the opportunity to be back on a college campus. Johnson says that he finds Saturday pre-game festivities exciting, and that he wants to be a part of Division II football on a college campus. “There’s no better place to do that than here at Pitt State,” said Johnson Johnson comes to PSU as the 10th athletic director in the uniJohnson versity’s long existence. Johnson accepted the position after a committee anchored by former Kansas City Chiefs long snapper and Pitt State great Kendall Gammon opened a search after athletics director and head football coach Chuck Broyles’ retirement. After three years as the leader of the MIAA, Johnson has been in charge of eight championship games per year and he still serves on the Division II Men’s Basketball Committee. Johnson says that seeing teams win championships year in and year out was another motivating factor for his return to the campus scene. “The commissioner is a managing position, and there you can’t personally win a championship or personally impact the lives of student athletes,” said Johnson. Since the MIAA was without a leader, it quickly had to

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Pitt State’s Molly Bergkamp spikes the ball in the first home volleyball game in John Lance Arena on Friday, Sept. 17. The Gorillas beat Nebraska-Omaha 3-1. “Those digs give us opportunities for points,” Suberu said. “Cassie Wilson was a big key player for us.” Two Gorillas, senior Molly Bergkamp and redshirt freshman Becca Pearson, earned doubledoubles during the first matchup of the weekend, but the team’s overall success didn’t carry over into the next day. Pitt State fell in a quick three sets to the Central Missouri Jennies on Saturday night.



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Town officials charged with misuse of funds LOS ANGELES — The scandal-plagued city of Bell mismanaged more than $50 million in bond money, levied illegal taxes and paid exorbitant salaries to its leaders, according to a state audit released Wednesday. The audit was released a day after eight current and former officials of the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb were arrested for misappropriation of public funds and other charges. The audit said disgraced former city manager Robert Rizzo had total control of city funds and used some of the money to inflate his salary and pay off personal loans. Rizzo was making nearly $800,000 a year when he resigned earlier this year. The figure was almost twice as much as President Barack Obama is paid. Rizzo was arrested along Mayor Oscar Hernandez; former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia; Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo; council members George Mirabal and Luis Artiga and former council members Victor Bello and George Cole.

Violence in Jerusalem clouds peace efforts JERUSALEM — Crowds of Palestinian youths violently rampaged in east Jerusalem Wednesday following the shooting death of a local man, clouding fragile peace efforts even as the Palestinian president signaled he may back away from threats to quit negotiations if Israel resumes West Bank settlement construction. At one point, Israeli riot police stormed the hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary — the most explosive site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the place where the last Palestinian uprising began almost exactly 10 years ago. That uprising — which killed thousands of

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An Israeli police officer walks past a car set on fire by Palestinian rioters during clashes outside Jerusalem’s Old City, Wednesday, Sept. 22. Violence erupted after a 32-year-old Palestinian laborer was killed by a private security guard watching Jewish families in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem. people over some five years of violence — erupted after a failed U.S.-led peace effort at Camp David. Wednesday’s outburst comes less than a month after the sides resumed peace negotiations, at a tense moment when those talks are already facing possible collapse over Israel’s plans to end its 10-month slowdown of construction in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank.

Coffeyville college suspends president COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — The Coffeyville Community College Board of Trustees is offering no explanation for suspending the school’s president. Don Woodburn has been the president of the southeast Kansas school since August 2004, and his contract runs until June 30, 2011. Trustees had voted without comment in May against extending Woodburn’s contract for another year. The Independence Daily Reporter said trustees made the decision to suspend him Monday. The 3-2 vote came after the board went into executive session to discuss what they said would be non-

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“The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez” is scheduled to show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the U-Club theater in the Overman Student Center. The showing is part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, call the Office of Student Diversity at 235-4077 or

Study abroad financial meeting International Programs and Services plans to meet on the affordability of studying abroad. The meeting is slated for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in 201 Whitesitt Hall. For more information, e-mail Megan Corrigan at mcorriga@pittstate. edu.

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Diversity group schedules game night The office of Student Diversity and the International Student Association plan to hold a game night at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in 316 Hughes Hall. There will be games, refreshments, music, and prize drawings. For more information,

PSU’s General Counsel plans to offer a workshop for PSU employees on FERPA law and customer service, aimed at employees who deal with requests from parents and others for student information. The workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in 316 Hughes Hall and again at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in Room 409 Russ Hall. E-mail Jamie Brooksher at for more information.

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■ VOLLEYBALL from page 1B out-blocked UNO 6-5 and their defense was strong as well, out-digging the Mavericks 86-65. Suberu says he was disappointed with the inconsistent play. “We weren’t able to execute well,” Suberu said. “Our passing broke down at the wrong time and put a lot of pressure on the hitters.” Even with that pressure, sophomore hitter Brooke Fay led the team with nine kills with Brentlinger right behind with eight. “When our passing is off, it is hard for our offense to be successful,” Suberu said.

Suberu credits Friday night’s success to the “focus on fundamental skills” and plans to focus on adding consistency to the team’s execution. “In training sessions, we ask players to execute specific roles in specific situations so that they are prepared for the games,” Suberu said. The team plays next at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in St. Joseph, Mo., against Missouri Western. The Gorillas will face off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, against Northwest Missouri and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, against Truman at home.

hampered by a recurring shoulder injury to Isaac, who sat out most of the second half. The Mules were able to light up the scoreboard again with another 26-yard field goal by Jamieson with 21 seconds left to go in the first half. The Gorillas decided to run the ball once and let the clock wind down, taking a 13-7 deficit into the locker room. The third quarter was silent until halfway through, when Czerniewski found his favorite target, Cosby, in the end zone by firing a short pass across the middle of the field, giving the Mules a 13-point lead. Trying to ignite a comeback for his team, Gorilla reserve back Wilson led a hard-fought drive down field, which was helped by a first down scramble by Dickey, who was pushed out of bounds at

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the four yard line. Wilson burst into the end zone on the following play, making the score 23-14 in favor of the Mules. “You saw how explosive he can be as a back, but he is someone that we need to work on and try to get into the mix some more,” Beck said. “He’s a handful, he’s about 225 pounds and he’s not just a straight ahead runner, he’s somewhat elusive.” But with powerful runners like Wilson behind Isaac, Beck is optimistic about the rest of the season. “We’ve got a lot of things we can do offensively,” Beck said. “We’ve just got to pick and choose what we do and find out what our niche is.” Three minutes later, the Gorilla defense had a momentary lapse when a drive upfield by Czerniewski ended in another short

program. “What excites me about Pittsburg State is that it is the model of Division II,” Johnson said, “We can take the Division II positioning platform, we can take the community engagement initiative, the game environment initiative, and other things we have going on in Division II and we are the place that can bring that to life.” Johnson says that he wants to promote the Division II initiatives, and to improve the impact that Gorilla athletics have on everyone involved.

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companies have been trying to work out a better transition. “Unfortunately, it hasn’t been 100 percent smooth yet,” Higgins said. “Students need to know who is holding their loans and what their options are as far as repayment.” Evelyn Woodrum, administrative specialist, says another reason students are defaulting is because they consolidate their loans and then miss a payment. “One missed loan during consolidation can throw a student into default,” Woodrum said. “Students can’t miss a loan payment when they go into consolidation.” Woodrum says that after students consolidate their loans, they lose their sixmonth grace period where they don’t have to begin making payments. Woodrum says that because some students consolidate their loans while still in college, they’re unable to qualify for the six-month grace period once they leave their institution. Once students default on their payments, they’re unable to receive any type of federal funding. However, Higgins says the financial aid department on campus attempts to contact students who are delinquent on loan payments and who are heading into default. “We do what’s called a default management program,” Higgins said. “We try to give students a variety of information so they are better educated about their options.” Alternative loans (loans funded through private lending companies) are an option for students. However, people under the age of 25 are typically required to have someone endorse the loan and go through credit checks. Another option that’s being provided between July 1 of this year and June 30 of next year is consolidation of the FELP (Family Educational Loan Program) loan and direct loans together. Higgins says the only problem with this is that the loans can only be consolidated once. “Bankruptcy is not an option,” Woodrum said. “If a person defaults, their wages can be garnished and their income tax refunds can be taken.” Both Higgins and Woodrum say they stress to students and former students that there is no way to get out of repaying financial assistance. “A lot of students think that they can walk away and not make these repayments,” Higgins said. “(Lenders are) going to find former students who aren’t paying and they’re going to start taking things away from them. Don’t let it get to that point.”

to get permission to use the location with PSU they were not given permission. He says the following week they met with Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, and decided to move the hot dog stand to Cleveland Avenue, in front of the Kelce, Gladys A. School of Business. The hot dog stand is known for serving students who have been out at either the fraternities or the bars along Broadway and Lamb says he thinks that also played into PSU’s concern about the location. “They also didn’t like having intoxicated students on the lawn of the university,” Lamb said. Erwin says the crowd on campus was not the problem, but more the size of the crowd. “As we looked at the situation it really became a safety concern,” Erwin said. “Opening weekend, we had a high presence of law enforcement in that area and they observed a large crowd.” Erwin says he met with the

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Melissa Schmidt, freshman in biology and a member of Campus Christians, stands in a hotdog suit off of Broadway across from Wheat State Pizza. group to choose an appropriate place for the hot dog stand. “We didn’t feel like the front lawn of Russ Hall was an appropriate place to set up,”

Erwin said. “They’d never really sought or been granted permission to be there.” Lamb says the first night at the old location the group

served over 700 hot dogs; however the new location has changed that. “In the past few weeks it’s dropped off dramatically,”

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■ FAMILY from page 1 “That was really good for my younger sister,” said Hopkins, whose sister participated in several of the children’s events. “She’s eight, so having some fun things to do besides watching a football game really helped.” Music was provided at Gorilla Village by Duke Manson, a regional artist who has made appearances on TV and radio because of his unique approach to music, and his 46-inch height. Despite the heat, tailgating lasted until the second half of the football game. Some families never even entered the stadium. “I went to go get tickets

Wednesday and they were selling standing-room only, so we decided to just hang out here for the game,” said Alex Kenner, a sophomore in biology, who tailgated at Gorilla Village. The Pride of the Plains marching band performed during halftime. The Crimson and Gold dancers performed alongside the band. The university also introduced the 2010 Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame members at half time. J.W. Emerson, a previous football player, Ronald Moore, a previous football player, Ben Peterson, a previous football player, Tommy Riggs, a late PSU Athletics staff member, Fran

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“I’m not a performing arts person myself, but I like those types of things, and so do other people,” Davis said. Elida Hernandez, freshman in nursing, wants a food court closer to the new dorms. “All the students that live over there have to walk all the way to the cafeteria. It’s just a pain,” Hernandez said. Jodi Lowe, a junior in nursing, says finding buildings is hard. She says she often isn’t sure if she’s at the right building, because the names are only on one side. “I think the campus needs more signs with maps on them periodically placed,” Lowe said.


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benches between classes, we could go and have fun doing stuff like that.” Steven Mellnick, senior in political science and psychology, says improvements should be made to make the campus look more unified. “Take the post-modernistic look on the front of the student center with all the glass and make it match the rest of the buildings. It’s grotesque,” Mellnick said. “Did you ever notice how that building does not go with the rest of them on campus?” Aryonne Davis, freshman in creative writing, says she’s rooting for the proposed new fine arts building.

Wachter, a previous basketball player, and Walter White, a previous track and field athlete, were all inducted into the Hall of Fame. The PSU Honorary Family was also announced during halftime. The Michael and Nancy Ford family of Iola were selected. The Fords were nominated by their daughter Madison, a junior in biology. After the football game, many families stayed overnight in Pittsburg. “I was so glad to have a chance to bring my family around and show them where I’m living and what I’m doing,” said Hopkins. “They were glad to see how much I love it here.”

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Lamb said. “People have said they have trouble finding us.” Mitch Grant, senior in general studies, says he makes a habit of visiting the stand most Fridays. “I was confused on where it was,” Grant said. “I had to actually find out where it went.” Although it did cost Grant a night of free food, he says the new location makes sense to him. Lamb says many students like Grant, are starting to learn where the stand is located. Ashly Farmer, junior in political science, says the addition of The Jungle, a new bar, also could have increased the number of people at the stand. “There would be so many people around it by the street, I can see why they would be concerned,” Farmer said. Lamb says the purpose of the hot dog stand is to make the Campus Christians more visible on campus. “It’s an outreach, we like to feed hot dogs as a way to get out,” Lamb said.

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September 23, 2010

Family funday

Children eat during the Family Day Gorilla Fest at the Gorilla Village before the football game on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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■ FUNDING from page 1 from the Career and Technical Education fund, according to the Journal. Smith, who worked on his high school newspaper for four years, says that being on the paper taught him a variety of skills outside of writing. “It helped me learn the programs I needed to succeed with my future job,“ Smith said. “The paper also taught me how to work as a team and be a leader.” During his time on the school paper, the Hawk’s Eye, Smith wrote, assisted with layout and design, and served as both assistant editor and editor-in-chief. Instead of giving up on the industry, Smith says the board should just alter the program to comply with a changing society. “Schools could alter their programs by growing with technology, such as implementing a digital section of the paper with a blog or a website,” Smith said. “But a blog or website shouldn’t replace a paper.” Mark Arbuckle, PSU associate professor in communication, who teaches several journalism courses, says that before the state decides to cut funding for the programs, it should have a modern understanding of journalism. “Journalism used to just mean being a newspaper or magazine writer,” Arbuckle said. “Before we start making these types of decisions they need to understand what they are talking about. I find it hard to believe that people are no

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Pittsburg High School senior journalism students Megan Farnsworth and Emma Bailey work on a page layout in class on Tuesday, Sept. 21. longer going to want information in the near future.” Arbuckle, who has three years of experience as a reporter at both a daily and weekly paper in Warrensburg, Mo., says that journalism is a profession that will never go away. “It is the only profession the government took the time to mention in the Bill of Rights,” Arbuckle said. “Traditional print newspapers are kind of shrinking, but when thinking back to Sept. 11, and

the desperate hunger for news, it highlighted for me how important journalism is in any form.” Arbuckle also says he disagrees with the board’s decision to eliminate funding for journalism courses, based on the idea that it will not be a viable profession in the future. “There is going to be demand, and of course there are going to be jobs,” Arbuckle said. “It’s just evolving and I understand people are tightening their

belts, but they need to make sure they are doing it in the right places.” Arbuckle says regardless of the long hours, he still finds the profession to be very rewarding. “It might sound kind of corny, but it’s almost a noble profession that you inform the public,” Arbuckle said. “There is a fundamental importance for the government and the need for information.” Megan Free, senior in physical education, says she could not have imagined high school without the journalism programs. “For students that think they want to pursue a career later in life in journalism they get their start at the high school level,” Free said. “It allows many to show their uniqueness and creativity and express themselves with their writing.” Free, who worked on the yearbook in high school, says that even though some think the print industry is dead, she thinks it won’t disappear. “People look forward to having that hard copy,” Free said. “Technology will not always reach to everyone. Our elder generation more likely will read print than anything else. Not everyone is going to be modern.” Free was editor of Pittsburg High School’s yearbook, and says she took pride in the position. “Because I was editor, I came away with leadership skills,” Free said. “I also

learned time management skills, working with deadlines, teamwork and creativity.” Mike Gullett, PSU associate profession in communication, spent 22 years working on newspapers, both as a reporter and a photographer. “It’s a big mistake to take away funding on the basis of print being dead,” Gullett said. “Print’s not dead. Print will never be dead.” Gullett, who teaches photojournalism courses, says he cannot picture a society that uses only computer screens. “I just don’t like to read on the computer, it’s not the same,” Gullett said. “We as humans need something tangible to hold and look at. A computer cannot replace that.” Gullett has worked for The Joplin Globe, The Ottawa Herald and the Parsons Sun, and says the industry has changed since he was on a staff. “They need to train students, at least,” Gullet said. “The process of printing is different, the theory of design is different. Students have to be specialized in all areas.” Layout, design, photography, writing, ethics and the web are some of the skills students need to be familiar with when going into the journalism field, Gullett says. “The industry is just changing, it’s not dying,” Gullett said. “They are making such a huge mistake.”

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Leadership by example Runners’ work ethic noticed TYLER SMITH Sports Writer As Caitlin Laskowski raced toward the end of the Gorillas’ sixth-place finish this past weekend at the Missouri Southern Stampede, one thing was clear: All of those miles she put in over the summer have paid off. “Caitlin definitely came back the most prepared and ready to attack this final season,” said Brittney Graff, captain of the girls’ cross country team. “She logged the most mileage over the summer and continues daily to run more than the rest of us.” Coming from a strong 2009 season in which she saw each of the returning runners earn All-MIAA honors and take third place at the conference meet, Laskowski says she is excited about the upcoming meets. “Ever since we were freshmen we have just bonded well and we never have any problems,” she said. Laskowski, who is entering her final year in the program, will be looking to improve on her results last season after finishing 76th overall in the NCAA Division II Championships. “When you’ve run your best and you’ve given everything you

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got, it shows your hard work and determination,” Laskowski said. Although not the top racer on the team, Laskowski has earned the respect of her teammates, including team captain, Graff. “Caitlin has definitely progressed greatly since freshman year,” Graff said. “She’s always been a good runner, but now she’s a stand-out and on top of the team. Because she’s fun, she does the coach’s program to a ‘T’.” As well as earning the respect of her older teammates, sophomore Erin Beck says that Laskowski serves as a role model. “Caitlin came out of this summer a speedy Gonzalez,” Beck said. “She is determined, devoted, and she clearly put in the most miles out of anyone on the team.” Laskowski follows a strict training regimen that involves running every day. “Most of us run twice a day, we get up high in the mileage,” Laskowski said. “It’s definitely time consuming. It’s like a job to us.” Often competing against hundreds of opponents at a time, the senior runner doesn’t seem too nervous about performing well against so many people. “I guess some people get more nervous before a race starts,” she said. “I get a little nervous before a race, but I try to never let it affect my performance.” Laskowski says that much of the growth she has experienced over her four years is due to her teammates. “If someone does something outstanding or anything, we’re all

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Caitlin Laskowski, senior, paces herself during last year’s PSU alumni run. just so supportive of each other,” Laskowski said. Positivity seems to be the main word her teammates use when describing Laskowski. “She works so hard every day and is just so positive that it’s hard not to look up to her,” said Jenna Mellen, physical education major. Although Laskowski has found success on the track, Graff says that this is due to her work ethic in other areas as well. “She’s an all around good person,” Graff said. “She spends hours doing her homework and definitely gives one hundred percent to everything she does.” With only one meet down and a scheduled event at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree, Laskowski has plenty of opportunities to make a name for herself this year. “I’m captain of the team,” says Graff. “But I always tell her that she’s co-captain.”

This summer Pitt State quietly made a huge hire. Not only did it steal the commissioner away from the MIAA, but it also hired someone who will stir the pot and bring Pitt athletics alive. When Jim Johnson was announced as the successor to Chuck Broyles, the athletics director, it was a tad bit of a surprise. Many hires made at this university are from within, so when Pitt went outside and pulled in Johnson it definitely caught some people’s attention. His resume is impressive. Besides serving as the MIAA commissioner from 2007 until early this month, he has been involved with Division II. While holding the director of athletics position at Texas A&M-Commerce he was a part of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and he even had a five-year stint in the Division II front office as membership coordinator and Division II governance liaison. His work with the Division II front office is what has me excited. If you were in your seat at the end of halftime during the G-TV Update, Johnson said there are a lot of “initiatives” that Division II is pushing in all sports, and Pitt is a place to bring those initiatives to life. If you ever listen to ESPN radio, you’ll hear Scott Van Pelt talk about schools that are brand names. You have businesses like Nike, Coke and Google that are all brand names. When you hear those names, a logo and product automatically come to mind.

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It’s the same with schools like USC, Texas and Florida. When you hear these schools’ names, a product and logo come to mind. In Division II, Pitt State is a brand name. The split face is the most recognizable logo in Division II and, as I mentioned in last week’s column, we have all the facilities and resources we need to take our brand name to the next level. When Johnson was at Texas A&M-Commerce MICHAEL he led the charge on a new network as well as ADMIRE radio brought a new look to its Sports athletics website. This Writer year, you also might have noticed the launch of the MIAA Network. Once a week, there is a game on the new network (Pitt State is featured twice) and this all happened under the eye of Johnson while he was commissioner. The possibilities are endless with new leadership at the helm, but Pittsburg State must build off the brand and find the potential within. To do Johnson justice, I have to point out that his goal is to reach through all sports, not just football. Yes, football is the money-maker, but the other sports help build the brand. Heck, with the help of Johnson, golf may actually be a relevant sport. We may even see the Weede fill up to watch our winter sports. Our website and radio programs could be revamped to something that has a, wait for it, entertainment value. Johnson has a tough task and changes won’t happen tomorrow. It’s a process. After talking to Johnson last week, he stressed making relationships, then making plans, then putting those plans into action. Bring on the forward movement to make Pitt State the brand name it can be and sit back and watch the Johnson Effect.

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SARAH POLAND Collegio Reporter Josh Sandage doesn’t go home very often, because home for him is in Forest Grove, Ore., a 21-hour drive from Pittsburg. Sandage, freshman in wood technology, says he came to Pittsburg State University because of the program for his major. “I like the wood program here,” Sandage said “It’s very hands on, which is what I enjoy doing.” Sandage says that while there are disadvantages to being so far away from home, there are also advantages. “If I want something from home it takes three or four days to get here from Oregon,” Sandage said. “I miss my friends back home, but I am completely free from my parents and I get to meet new people.” Sandage says his outgoing roommate made adjusting to PSU easier because he introduced him to a lot of new people. “Everyone’s very friendly out here,” Sandage said. “I’m not a very social person, so friendly is wonderful.” Andrew Hill, freshman in nursing, is from San Diego, Calif. Hill says that he also came to PSU because of his major, and that he looked at Kansas schools because he wanted something different. “I was looking for a change,” Hill said. “Some-

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Jake Lampe from Osceola, Iowa, shows the distance from his hometown to Pittsburg. thing outside California, away from the family and everything. Kansas seemed like a perfect fit and (PSU) was a smaller school where I would get the attention I need.”

Hill says getting used to PSU has been somewhat challenging. Even though he is so far away from home and doesn’t get to see his family and pets, Hill says the adjustment to PSU still never made him

homesick. Hill and Sandage agree that one of their favorite things about PSU so far has been the people. “Everyone is really friendly and very trusting, which is like the polar opposite of California,” Hill said. But because of the difficulty of getting home, he says, his next scheduled trip to California is during Christmas break. Sandage’s next trip home is during fall break. “I’m going home for all the breaks,” Sandage said. “But that’s it. No fun weekend visits home.” To make the trip home easier, Sandage and Hill say they use technology to pass the time. Hill says all he takes on the plane is an iPod and a pillow. Sandage says he brings along his computer. “(The trip home) is broken up into two parts, one being three hours and the other being around an hour and a half depending on where the connection is,” Sandage said. “The shorter one I usually watch a movie or TV show or something, but the long one is great to sleep on.” Both over 1,500 miles away from home, Sandage and Hill say they are having to adjust to life in the Midwest and the college scene while being away from their family, but that they are looking ahead to life at PSU. “I’m looking forward to completing my education and keeping the friends I have right now,” Hill said.

Campus organization develops lasting relationships CAITLIN TAYLOR Collegio Reporter Natural Ties, a student organization that strives to develop friendships between the disabled and non-disabled, has so far accumulated about 30 members. Kristen Humphrey, assistant professor of social sciences and the group’s sponsor, says that Natural Ties was started at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1988. Pittsburg State University adopted this program in the spring of 2009. “Each week we hang out with people with disabilities. We chill. Just hang out,” Haley Doolittle, undeclared sophomore and member of Natural Ties, said. “We aren’t a forced thing. We are more laid back and just try to have fun.” Humphrey says Natural Ties’ goal is to create lasting friendships between developmental disabilities and PSU

students. The organization tries to pair two college students, one close to graduation and one further away from graduation with a disabled person. This is so that if one student graduates, the other can still carry on the friendship. The organization began with one student at KU who befriended an autistic man named J.T. Turnbell. Seeing the impact that the friendship had on both of them, Turnbell decided to nurture friendships for others with disabilities. “Having seen what worked at KU and seeing the results, I loved to bring that here,” Humphrey said. Doolittle says she is hoping to conduct a field trip to KU for Natural Ties members at PSU to learn from KU’s program. Doolittle says their program is well established and more structured, and that she hopes to bring that to PSU. “My vision for it would be that KU

would mentor this group along, and further down the road this group will be able to mentor other area community colleges,” Humphrey said. Doolittle, a member of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, says she hopes to empower students to implement Natural Ties within their organizations. None of this can happen without money. “My number one goal this semester is to get us money,” Tina Parker, Natural Ties’ co-president, said. “The more money we have, the more fun things we can do, the more people, and so on.” During an organizational meeting, members brainstormed about raising money, and may even institute a $5 membership due. Parker and Doolittle say they are recruiting and taking initiative to help their organization grow, and are hoping that by doing this Natural Ties will stick around and have a big impact on the community.

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SGA invites political candidates to speak at meetings WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor The Student Government Association heard from Democrat Cheryl Hudspeth and swore in 11 new members Wednesday night. Hudspeth, candidate for the Kansas 2nd Congressional District, urged students to register to vote. “If you’re not (registered), you can go online and with your driver’s license you can get registered to vote,” Hudspeth said. Hudspeth also addressed SGA members’ concerns about higher education and jobs in Kansas. SGA members agreed that higher education was the most important issue for them this election season. “We need to do everything we can to get people in this country the best possible education,” Hudspeth said. Hudspeth said she feels the best way to create jobs in Kansas is through green technology. “It’s got to be a national incentive, because private sector won’t do it on their own,” Hudspeth said. Marcus Nelson, director of legislative affairs, said Julie Menghini, D, state representative for the 3rd district, will be speaking at the next SGA meeting

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New members of the Student Government Association get sworn in by Vice President Thomas Gregory during the SGA meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Manmohan Deep Singh, a chemistry graduate student, serves Indian food to PSU students during a Ganesh Chaturthi potluck event. The Indian Student Association gathered more than 60 students for the religious occasion at University Lake on Sunday, Sept 19.

Sept. 29. Gregory proposed the idea of a SGA vice president Thomas campus-wide smoking ban. The Gregory said guest speakers do issue was to be discussed at last not necessarily reflect the politinight’s meeting. cal opinions of “There’s the group. not a whole lot To hear a recording of the going on with “Just because SGA meeting, log onto we bring a it right now,” speaker like that Gregory said. “I to our organizagot an intertion, that is not est on several an endorsement,” Gregory said. people who want to be on the President Brandon Mills said committee and we will start invitations were sent out to canworking on that immediately.” didates of both parties. However, Mills asked senators to attend only Democrats had responded. the grand opening of the Crimson At the Sept. 15 SGA meeting, Commons on Oct. 2.

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‘Taking off as students, landing as friends’ Aviation course offered through KTC JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Nervously, I climbed behind the steering column of a Cessna 172 airplane last Friday morning. As I slid the headphones onto my ears and listened to instructions on what the knobs, buttons, pedals and other instruments controlled, I had one thought rolling through my head: Was take-off going to be scary? I, along with photo editor Aaron Anders, was taking flying lessons from Thom Richards, who has been teaching aviation classes through Pittsburg State University for 30 years. “Currently, I have about twelve students,” Richards said. “I’ve had about ten to twelve students every year since I started teaching at Pitt.” Richards teaches two private courses, private pilot ground school and private pilot flight. He also teaches instrument rating ground school on Tuesday nights at 6:30. The private pilot lessons are given at the Lamar, Mo., airport near his home. Students must log at least 40 hours of pilot-in-control time, have a medical file on hand and pass a knowledge test before earning their private pilot’s license. Richards says the national average of pilots-in-control time before earning a license is 65 hours. For Stephanie Jepson, junior in Spanish and psychology, the aviation courses were what helped her decide on Pittsburg

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Tom Richards, a professor in the Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, gives a lecture in the private pilot class in Kansas Technology Center on Tuesday, Sept. 21. State. “The reason I came to Pittsburg State was because I could take my ground school and get my license as course credit,” Jepson said. “It’s a great opportunity and Thom Richards is amazing.” Jepson says she suggests that even if students aren’t planning on getting a pilot’s license, they should still take the instrumental rating ground school as an elective. While PSU doesn’t have a degree program for students to earn a commercial license for aviation, Richards says many students come to get their private license and then transfer their credits to Kansas State University in Salina, where they can earn

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Aviation instructor Tom Richards, who has been teaching flying classes at Pittsburg State for over 30 years, uses his Cessna 172 to teach students to fly at the Lamar Municipal Airport. a commercial pilot’s license. “My dad and I are planning on building a plane together when I finish college,” Jepson said. “I’m not the first person in my family to get a pilot’s license, but my dad keeps me motivated by telling me I’ll be the first female in my family to get one.” Jepson says she’s mostly nervous about flying solo. “Actually, flying in general makes me kind of nervous, but that’s how I felt when I was getting my first driver’s license,” she said. According to Richards, nervousness and fear are typical

of students during their first pilot experience. He says this is why his teaching style includes very few details in the beginning. He begins teaching students by the use of pictures, then moves onto what each instrument is and what it does during the second and third hours of flight training. “The first time I piloted a plane was an incredible experience,” said Joshua Fanning, junior in art education. “I got to feel fear and exhilaration as we took off on a gusty day on quite a bumpy ride.” Fanning says that once they were above 6,000 feet everything

Bikes vs. bipeds: Students disagree on effects of bicycles around campus SARAH POLAND Collegio Reporter Some students say that foot traffic mixed with bicycle traffic have made getting to class downright dangerous. Students like Kristan Herrera, freshman in elementary education and Spanish, who walk to class, say they feel threatened by those who ride bikes around campus. Herrera says some bikers don’t pay attention. “They run over you because they just ride,” Herrera said. “When they’re in the rain (they ride by) and splash you.” Bike rider Daniel Youngers, freshman in plastics engineering, says that most bikers around campus aren’t trying to be cruel to those walking. “If you’re out to terrorize someone, yea, you’re going to splash them,” Youngers said. “If you’re courteous you won’t do that.” Jessica Greaves, freshman in psychology, says she doesn’t like not knowing where the bike riders are going. “They don’t use hand signals so they sometimes turn right in front of you and cut you off,” Greaves said. Zach Katzer, sophomore in manufacturing, agrees with Greaves and says that he doesn’t like how bikers don’t obey the law.

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Students passing through the Oval on campus, whether on foot or using a bicycle, have difficulties sharing the sidewalks Wednesday, Sept. 22. “(Bikers) don’t follow laws they’re supposed to,” Katzer said. “They run stop signs and they don’t signal. When they’re on the sidewalk, they’re not a vehicle. When they’re on the road, they are.” Youngers agrees with Katzer, and says that bikers aren’t required to follow those laws while on the sidewalk, which includes most of the Pittsburg State University campus.

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“(Bikers) don’t have to signal when you’re on the sidewalk,” Youngers said. “You’re just like a pedestrian and they don’t have to signal.” Brad Phillips, freshman in education, says he doesn’t use the hand signals because he doesn’t know them. He also says that bigger sidewalks would help solve the problem of congestion, but that he tries to be courteous to those who choose to walk.

“I respect people and don’t run over them,” Phillips said. “A lot of the time that means I have to go into the grass.” Clayton Argyle says while on his bike, he tries to go with the flow of traffic whenever he can. Argyle also says he doesn’t use hand signals because the turns are too tight to signal. Youngers says he doesn’t think all of the blame for the congestion between classes should be placed on bikers. “I bike to the technology center a lot,” Youngers said. “There is a lot of traffic on the bike path and some people walk in the lane for bikes. They can be in the wrong, too.” Justin Lytle, junior in information systems, says the congestion is not bikers’ or walkers’ faults. “There’s not a problem with sidewalks,” Lytle said. “There’s just a lot of people on campus between classes.” Brandon Davis, undeclared freshman, says bigger sidewalks would help solve the problem but that walkers need to keep in mind that bikers aren’t out to get them. “We should all just share the road,” Davis said. “If the sidewalks were bigger maybe no one would be offended. When I get on my bike it’s not like I’m saying, ‘Who am I going to hit today?’”

seemed calm. “When you fly above the clouds and see it from the top, it really is breathtaking,” Fanning said. He’s already flown a total of six hours, and he’s aiming to have 40 or more hours logged by Christmas. If he accomplishes that, he will be able to take his check ride and receive his license at the beginning of the year. “I’ve always had a dream of flying,” Fanning said. “It probably comes from all of my grandmother’s stories about my late grandfather flying over their house on his way home and wav-

ing his wings.” Richards says he still learns something every time he goes up in a plane. He also says flying is an easy way to make lifelong friends, and that one of the nicest things he remembers from teaching aviation involves a student he taught about seven or eight years ago. “He made me a sign that said, ‘taking off as students, landing as friends,’ and I loved it,” said Richards. “I’ve made so many friends over the years doing this kind of thing. Everyone ends up as friends. It’s a friendly relationship. It’s got to be.”

Bikers tout fiscal, physical advantages MARY HENDERSON Collegio Reporter Students like Cougar Von Feldt and Jeremy Laymen who ride motorcycles to their classes say that the better gas mileage and parking are worth the often-mentioned risk associated with their preferred mode of transportation. Feldt, freshman in business administration, rides a 2006 Honda VTX 1300. “I ride for fun,” Feldt said. “I get around forty-five miles to the gallon. I ride about four thousand miles a year.” Laymen, junior in communication, says that his 2002 Honda Night Hawk motorcycle will be his primary mode of transportation until at least November. “It is a pretty good old bike,” Laymen said. “I drove two hours down to Tulsa to find it. Paid $3,000 for it but it is supposed to be the most mechanically sound bike they have built in twenty years.” Laymen started riding again last spring. He says it was fun but he realized that there was more danger involved in motorcycling than in driving a car. “I do not wear a helmet,” Laymen said. “I figure when it is my time, it is my time.” Laymen says that he had a friend who was recently and seriously injured in a motorcycle-car collision. “As a photojournalist I have pictures of some bad accidents,” Laymen said. “It is not so much motorcycles but other drivers. My

friend was hit by a 17-year-old girl driving with a cell phone.” Laymen says that his motorcycle has saved him more than half the gas money he was spending when he drove his truck to school, and that the motorcycle gives him other advantages as well. “Most of my classes are in Grubbs,” he said. “I can park much closer to my classes and if I have a lot to haul, I just throw the bags on.” Laymen says that people who’d like to try out motorcycling don’t need to spend a lot of money to get started. “If you want spend $500 on an old beater you can save on gas and get the parking advantage,” Laymen said. Motorcycles with engines over a certain size must be registered, tagged, and insured and the operator must have a motorcycle license, but insurance is less expensive for drivers with experience and some companies grant discounts to riders who have successfully completed a motorcycle safety course. Haley Huffman, junior in chemistry, is new to motorcycles and rides a Honda Night Hawk with a custom paint job. “My boyfriend and his family all have Harleys,” Huffman said. “I just bought my motorcycle last spring and I had never ridden before.” She says that motorcycles save both time and money. “You do not have to hunt for parking spaces,” Huffman said.

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Journalism is more than newspapers A case against cutting high school journalism funding

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The recent decision by the Kansas State Department of Education to cut funding for high school journalism programs is shortsighted and based on misguided assumptions. Kansas public high schools will still be free to offer journalism classes and publish student newspapers, but they will have to do so with fewer state dollars. Starting in May 2012, journalism programs will no longer receive money from the state’s Career and Technical Education fund, which provides supplemental money to journalism and other programs. Aaron Anders/Collegio Kristy Dekat, a journalism teacher and member of the Pittsburg High School journalism teacher Emily Smith asks how many students want to go to the executive board for the Kansas Scholastic Press Associanational high school journalism conference and if they could raise funds for traveling expenses. tion, estimated the potential loss to be millions of dollars statewide. What is the rationale for this policy change? shrinking with each new generation of media consumers. “media and society” classes and making them mandatory A state study of the labor market showed little potential They have been since television news began making its for all students. for future job growth in journalism. In simplest terms, presence felt in the 1960s. But journalism — reporters Rather than declaring journalism a “dying” field, we the state board of education views journalism as a dying collecting, interpreting and clearly presenting information should acknowledge its central role in our past, present career field. — is more in demand than ever before. and future, and commit to improving journalism educaGranted, journalism is going Just as 19th-century blacksmiths tion. There are many good reasons “the press” is the only through a rapid, and sometimes profession/institution specifically guaranteed protection in and wagon-wheel makers evolved awkward, transition from traditioninto 20th-century auto workers and our country’s founding documents. al print forms to an unknown fuThere are also practical reasons, unrelated to news mechanics, “newspaper” reporters ture in the digital information age. production, for promoting journalism education in our are becoming multi-media journalAnd during tough economic times high schools. The basic skills of journalism are interviewists. Cable and satellite television, Associate it is logical that the state should be ing sources and gathering information, critically analyzing websites, message boards and professor in looking to maximize efficiency. bloggers are all changing the media and interpreting information, and clearly organizing and The state should always be presenting information in a written or spoken form. These landscape. But at the end of the communication frugal when spending tax dollars, skills translate to a nearly endless list of other academic day, reporters doing journalism in bad times and in good. The state and professional fields. provide the news and information school board is trying to do this Funding decisions can be difficult. This is especially that drive all of these media outlets. by cutting its investment in programs it views as having true when those decisions involve spending tax dollars The most troubling aspect of the cut is that it dimindiminishing future returns. However, by targeting high during tough economic times. The Kansas State Departishes the importance of journalism in high school educaschool journalism, policy makers are overlooking broader ment of Education and the state school board, no doubt, tion. News is indispensible for democracy. This cannot be implications. have the best interests of Kansas’ citizens at heart. Howemphasized enough. Journalism is evolving and being redefined. Some say ever, the state cuts to journalism funding are based on a Our form of government is premised on having an init’s a revolution. But journalism is most certainly not a formed and educated electorate. Thus, we have free public narrow and outdated understanding of journalism. dying field. Cuts can be measured whereas benefits are not always schools and guaranteed freedom of the press. One could In fact, evidence to the contrary is all around us. make a compelling argument not only for not cutting fund- easily quantifiable. Funding cuts to high school journalism Traditional hard copy newspapers and magazines are education could, ultimately, cost far more than they save. ing, but also for expanding high school journalism and

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thisweek’squestion How often do you read newspapers? Do you take advantage of the free bins on campus?

“Probably once or twice a month. I like to read the actual papers, and when I do read the paper I get them from the free boxes on campus.” Cody Coovert, sophomore in political science

Editorials and columns do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Collegio as a whole.

“Two times a week. I like reading the paper, not on the Internet. I like to read the free papers on campus.” Jacub Bruning, sophomore in graphic communication management


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Outdated Thinking As avid readers of your free weekly newspaper, we have a few concerns we’d like to raise in response to Michael Admire’s recent article, in which he criticizes Pitt State recruiting as “outdated.” First we would like to mention that the use of SEK players is not a problem. How is PSU going to use the community to its advantage, as you suggest, without tapping into local talent — which you refer to as “litter” on our roster? You were quick to compliment Central for having players from junior colleges outside of Oklahoma, Kansas or its home state. However, it doesn’t take much more than a map of the United States to tell that Iowa, Nebraska and even Kentucky are just as close to UCM as Oklahoma. What sense does it make to compare their recruiting base to PSU’s? On top of that, why are you praising the ability to recruit outside of Kansas’ junior colleges when this state has three of the top 10 ranked juco teams in America —more than any other state in the country? We know it isn’t easy for Gorilla fans like you to be patient after so many great seasons

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but just two years ago, a team containing a lot of local talent and “outdated recruiting strategies” went 11-2, with the only losses coming from the defending national champions. We find it hard to believe that recruiting went south so fast after so many great seasons with the same coaching staff. It seems that lack of recruited talent isn’t the problem, but rather a lack of consistency and cohesion as a unit that only comes with time and the support of Gorilla Nation. The football team has seen a lot of changes in the last two years with a new head coach, and new offensive and defensive coordinators. With that much change at the top, the transition will not be seamless. The community must be patient and realize that the Gorilla football it knows and loves will be back in due time. In closing, we urge you not to be so quick to call out a leader after two games (2-0) at the helm, but rather stand behind Coach Beck (Messiah, as you like to call him) and this young team and let time tell us the truth. Go Gorillas! Eammon Krusich Zach Compton

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“A couple times a week, at least three or four times. I like to read the newspaper online, but if I see a paper around I snag it and read it.“

“I read the paper once a week from the paper itself, which I sometimes get from the free bins on campus.”


Sarah Hack, sophomore in nursing Kristen Espinosa, senior in biology

Do you think genetically modified food is safe to eat? “About everyday when I get up. I get the paper at my house in the morning. I don’t really get the newspapers from the bins on campus.”

“Pretty much once a day, and I like to read it off the actual paper. I almost always read the newspapers from the free bins on campus.”

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Aced Celebrity chef speaks at PSU MARY LOUISE HENDERSON Collegio Reporter

Duff Goldman laughs at one of his own stories during his lecture at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 17. Duff Goldman signs autographs for fans at Memorial Auditorium after his presentation.

Duff Goldman, star of The Ace of Cakes, kept his audience entertained and roaring with laughter during his appearance for the Campus Activities Council’s performing arts and lectures series on Friday, Sept. 17. Even people who had never seen Duff’s TV show say they enjoyed his presentation. “I never watch the show myself, but my daughter and her boyfriend watch all the time,” said Cheryl Brooks. “I thought he was wonderful. Doesn’t seem Hollywood at all.” Goldman immediately connected himself to the audience. “My grandmother lived in Wichita,” Goldman said. “My mother was born there, and I was born in Detroit.” Goldman said when he broke the news that he wanted to attend culinary school to his parents, both of whom are college instructors, they were not happy. “You are going to be a dish washer for the rest of your life,” he says his father said. Goldman opened the floor to questions and answers. “I loved it,” said Stacey Atkins. I don’t think there was a dull moment.”

Goldman signed copies of his new book “Ace of Cakes” immediately following his lecture. Several people waited in line for his autograph including Michelle Casey of Frontenac. “Fabulous! I enjoyed seeing him in real life,” said Casey. “I just wish we could have seen a cake.” Audience members got a chance to ask the reality TV star one-on-one questions while he was onstage.

Q.“What is your favorite flavor of cake?”


. “Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip.”

We fired mortars from a cannon. They were the kind you have to drive across the state line to buy. The cake was a little gray but we ate it anyway.”

Q. “Did you ever have a cake that fell apart?”


. “Yes, all cake shops have cakes that fall apart,” he said. “Cakes want to do nothing more than get you sued.” He went on to explain how one very large cake in the shape of a castle had been dropped and everyone worked to start the cake over and have it ready in two hours. It was in place with fifteen minutes to spare.

Q. “What was Q. “What was your first cake on film?”


. “The Sugar Rush cake was baked as a Celebration Cake on the Food Network. After the show they took the cake to Chesapeake Bay and had a real Fourth of July Party, which was filmed.

your favorite cake?”


. “My personal favorite was R2D2, because of all the team-work that went into it,” he said. “All my employees are also my friends. They are all artists, not bakers.” Duff Goldman uses his hands to express himself on stage at Memorial Auditorium. Photos by Tiffany Moore

Film doesn’t live up to its name: ‘Easy A’ gets a C BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Copy Editor Nothing in “Easy A” begs to be seen on the big screen, in case you’re wondering what to spend eight bucks on this weekend. The plot follows Olive (Emma Stone), a teenage girl stuck in a modernday version of “The Scarlet Letter.” Her life starts to unravel shortly after she lies about losing her virginity. Word quickly spreads that Olive is a slut - and among the unpopular students, word spreads that she’ll claim to have slept with anyone for the right price. This is one of the movie’s redeeming qualities: The main character has dug her own grave, and the story of how she gets out is amusing. The other is that some of the characters are very well thought-out. For instance, the school counselor Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow) is a refreshingly deep villain, though this is more by merit of the actress than the script. Other characters, unfortunately, aren’t believable, particularly in their settings. Olive’s parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson) have a very handsoff approach to child rearing, and have apparently never punished Olive for anything. Yet somehow, their daughter is perfect. She gets good grades, she’s

chaste, she handles most of her problems (except, oddly, the plot’s main issue) like an adult, and she’s incredibly charming. This is a plastic, Hollywood teenager trapped in a script calling for a far more literary character. And while director Will Gluck made some good decisions throughout the film, the high school setting is missing the zero-tolerance element that has been so emphasized of late. When Olive’s outré behavior finally gets the attention of school officials, the principal (Malcolm McDowell) doesn’t really do anything. He plays the character as stern, but the script calls for him to take Olive’s smart-alecky dialogue without any sort of reprimand. Keep in mind that this is a teenager who’s shown up to school, day after day, in damaged lingerie with a blazingred ‘A’ sewed to the chest. When she interrupts a basketball game to (falsely) announce that she’ll be stripping on a live webcast, the school officials still do nothing to her. This webcast serves as the in-movie explanation for the constant voice-over narration, and it is also the tool Olive uses to solve the plot’s main problem. But there is no explanation for how she directs traffic to this live webcast, which takes place at the same time as a school basketball game. Logically, a lot

‘Easy A,’ 2010 of the students and faculty she wants to reach with the webcast won’t be near their computers. And yet, the final montage shows most of the community watching her

video and learning the truth. This leads to a feel-good ending where Olive gets her dream man and the plot’s problem is neatly solved. While this works well in the confines of this genre’s convention, it

also feels incredibly contrived. A bolder, more literary ending would have lent the film far more power, and would have bolstered the movie’s grade up to its namesake.


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