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University needs discussed in forums WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor Classroom capacity, parking and sustainability were some of the main concerns discussed in the master plan forums, Wednesday Sept. 29. Steve Clark and Dennis Strait, architects from Gould Evans, took student and faculty suggestions at the two forums, one at 10 a.m. in the Governors Room
and another at 3:30 p.m. in 107 Grubbs Hall. Clark says work on the updated master plan is still in the early stages. “The purpose of the forums is that we’re here for any proposals for the master plan,” Clark said. One of the main concerns expressed at the 10 a.m. forum was the distance from the Kansas Technology Center to the other side of campus.
Strait said one of the proposed solutions to that issue was staggering class times to allow students traveling from the KTC more time to make it to class. He said another concern associated with the distance from the KTC to campus is limited parking. Quintin Murray, junior in construction management, said parking is the most important issue to him.
“You spend most of your time looking for a parking spot,” Murray said. Bob Kehle, university professor in music, also expressed concerns about parking, specifically around McCray. Kehle said that the limited parking in the southwest corner of campus has had an impact on the turnout at recitals held at McCray. “We have patrons not coming
to recitals because of no parking,” Kehle said. Clark showed a chart of classroom capacity, which suggested that campus classrooms are not being used in the most efficient way. Clark said he has heard suggestions for more large classrooms on campus, however, but that according to his research,
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In high demand Nursing department looks ahead to bright future
Losing momentum Volleyball team starts strong, unable to ﬁnish (pg. 1B)
MARY LOUISE HENDERSON Collegio Reporter A shortage of nurses combined with new fields constantly opening for nurses are promising a bright future for nursing students, according to Cheryl Giefer, professor of nursing. “As technology advances, so do the opportunities in nursing,” Giefer said. “There are three job openings for every one graduate from our master’s program.” Giefer says that there is an increased demand for Instructor Sandy McChristy helps nursing student Kate Thornburg nurse practitioners read a syringe during clinicals in critical and intensive care, as well Tuesday, Sept. 28. as in new areas, like enterostomal therapy (a combination of wound and ostomy care), forensic nursing and genetic nursing. The department celebrated its 10-year unconditional reaccreditation for its BSN and MSN degree programs in a ceremony on Sept. 17. Mary Pomatto, department chair, says that national standards are high and constantly rising. Despite this, she says PSU’s nursing department impressed the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education evaluation team, which met with students, members of the program’s advisory board and representatives of the hospitals where students receive clinical experience. “These people were completely wowed by our students,” Pomatto said. “They felt they represented well the future of nursing.” Pomatto says that accreditation standards have changed at least three times in the five years she has chaired the department.
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Jennifer Garrett, junior, practices giving intramuscular injection on a dummy during clinicals on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Speech turns into To smoke or unexpected debate not to smoke WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor What was expected to be a speech from State Rep. Julie Menghini turned into a political debate between her and candidate Jeff Locke at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. The exchange between the two politicians caused SGA Vice President Thomas Gregory to bang his gavel. “This is an only student government event and only senators are allowed to ask questions,” Gregory said. Locke, Republican candidate for the 2nd Kansas Congressional District, was again allowed to question Menghini, Democrat from the 3rd District, when SGA campus affairs director Carson Felt yielded the floor to Locke later in the speech. “You say we’ve got to promote education so we can then provide business with the kind of people they need, what is your answer, though, to the declining population issue?”
State Rep. Julie Menghini guest speaks at the Student Government Association meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Andrew Dodson/ Collegio
Locke asked. Menghini said the problem is partly globalization. “Business people are always going to go where they can get the best bottom line,” Menghini said, using past Pittsburg business Superior Industries as an example. “Some of
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CAITLIN TAYLOR Collegio Reporter Members of SGA are in the planning stages of making PSU a smoke-free campus. “I think it would give students a nice lesson of civic responsibility,” said Thomas Gregory, vice president of the student government association. “I really want to see this through.” Gregory says he took on this project for practical experience, and that his goal is to have this policy in effect by the time he graduates. According to an SGA administrative assistant, no legislation has yet been drafted, but the organization’s goal is to pursue and pass the ban within two to three years. For now, they are gauging student opinions about a smoke-free
campus. Spencer Ratzloff, sophomore in political science, says that if PSU became smoke-free, it would be a big inconvenience and that students could lose valuable study time because they would have to leave campus just to take a cigarette break. “I would keep smoking, but it would become a huge hassle on campus,” said Ratzloff. Kathryn Newdigger, sophomore in communication, says she is a non-smoker and that she would probably support a campus-wide smoking ban. “I don’t enjoy walking into massive amounts of smoke when I’m walking through campus,” said Newdigger. “If I wanted that, I
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JAKE FABER Sports Editor
MIAA hampers student learning The good folks over at the MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletics Association have left me with a lot of free time and I don’t know what to do with myself. Along with being the sports editor at the Collegio, I’m a part of the CAPS-13 Sports Broadcast Team. For those of you who don’t know, we are the ones who put together the production that re-airs on channel 13 the week after the Gorillas’ games. We also provide the feed that goes up on the JungleTron. The recent decision by the MIAA to introduce a television network, highlighting one conference game each week on Cox Cable’s channel 22, was a good thing. Don’t get me wrong; I love the fact that the Gorillas are getting more press coverage and are being put into the conference spotlight in a way that simple campus coverage can’t match. But I don’t like that our crew isn’t allowed to air it just because the MIAA wants to have the broadcasting rights. I mean, come on, is the conference worried that our production is going to surpass theirs? I fully understand the reasons for copyrighting their coverage of the game. And I don’t want to paint the picture that the MIAA is made up of a bunch of cruel old men, wringing their hands together and getting their jollies from stopping college kids from producing sports television. But feel free to get that image in your head. This might not seem like a big deal to everyone else, and you might just look at this as me being able to have a few days off of work. But trust me, there is nothing I would rather be doing than broadcasting. Some people have fishing, others might enjoy kicking back with a nice book, but if I’m not sitting in a press box every Saturday I don’t know what I’d do with myself, and I’m not sure what made me that way. Maybe my parents let me watch too much ESPN as a kid or possibly my mom had a one-night stand with Brent Musberger. Who am I to know? But the fact of the matter is that the MIAA is stopping me from pursuing my dream as a sports broadcaster. The realistic impact that the television network has on our broadcast schedule is small, but is definitely a problem. The games that the MIAA covers are not allowed to be rebroadcast on CAPS-13, so we were not able to travel to St. Joseph for the game against Missouri Western. And our conference is essentially kicking us out of our own stadium on homecoming against Washburn. Ordinarily this wouldn’t bother me, but this is a college class that we are voluntarily involved in. We are spending our free time on the weekend to create a broadcast that people around Pittsburg can watch if they aren’t able to make it to the games. We’re students trying to gain experience about how to produce a serious sports broadcast. By swooping in and not allowing us to do what we came to college to do, they are almost discouraging us. Like I said, although it may just seem like an extra couple days off of work for our crew, we were here first. CAPS has been covering the sports events at Pitt for much longer than the young MIAA TV network has. So, at the risk of sounding arrogant, “MIAA TV, we’ve been doing this since before you born.”
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The volleyball team huddles around head coach Ibraheem Suberu as he gives his talk at home volleyball game in John Lance Arena on Friday, Sept. 24. The Gorillas lost to Northwest Missouri State, 3-2.
Volleyball team ‘unable to ﬁnish’ ALEX MOTT Sports Writer
Sophomore Brooke Fay tries to score against Northwest Missouri in John Lance Arena on Friday, Sept. 24.
Pittsburg State’s volleyball team had a rough week, adding three losses to its record. All games were hard-fought, including five sets, but the Gorillas just couldn’t pull through. The team fell Wednesday to Missouri Western (22-25, 26-24, 26-28, 25-19, 1614), Friday to Northwest Missouri State (25-23,21-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-6) and Saturday to Truman (25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 11-15). Head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu says he was frustrated by the team’s inability to finish a match. “For any team that has been in three matches and dropped all three, then there is definitely an issue,” Suberu said. Playing three matches in a row, each with five sets, is both physically and mentally exhausting. Senior volleyball player Cassie Wilson says that the strong starts
and weak finishes were the most frustrating part. “You put so much effort into winning those two games,” Wilson said, “and then we aren’t able to finish. That is more of a letdown than losing 0-3.” Suberu says the losses are not the result of physical inability, but of lack of mental toughness. “Individual and physical skills are one thing, but the biggest part of any competition is the mental focus,” Suberu said. “The mental toughness side, their ability to play fast in the mind, some players have it and some players are still developing it.” Wilson agrees that the mental part of the game is important. “The mental part in volleyball is a lot harder than the physical part,” Wilson said. “Everyone is a good athlete, so physically, everyone is pretty toe to toe, usually the smart players are the ones who win the game.” During the games, there is only so much
Gorillas fall to Griffons MICHAEL ADMIRE Sports Writer Last Saturday, Sept. 25, Missouri Western hosted a game against their conference foe, the Pittsburg State Gorillas, who rolled in after a bye week hoping to get their second straight win on the Griffons home turf. Missouri Western quarterbacks’ three passing touchdowns and 363 yards spoiled the Gorillas’ MIAA TV debut. The Gorillas had almost three players rush for 100 yards Saturday night, at Spratt Stadium, led by quarterback Zac Dickey, who ran for 126 of the 358 yards the Gorillas racked up on the ground. The Missouri Western Griffons, ranked eighth in the AFCA coaches’ poll, started the first quarter with an eight-play 71-yard. Pitt State broke the shut-out early in the second quarter when Zac Dickey’s 41-yard run marked the first of three rushing touchdowns for the Gorilla offense. The missed extra point left the Griffons up 7-6. With less than five minutes to go in the half, Pitt State took its first lead of the game with a 27-yard run by Terrance Isaac. The advantage lasted just over two minutes when Drew
Leah Flynn spikes the ball against Northwest Missouri State on Friday, Sept. 24, in John Lance Arena. that Suberu and his coaching staff can do to help the team. “We remind the team members to keep
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Young guns Underclassmen runners place at Jamboree TYLER SMITH Sports Writer
Photo courtesy Jason Brown
Quarterback Zac Dickey runs a play at Missouri Western. The Gorillas lost on the road 20-37. Newhart connected with Andrew Mead for the first of two touchdowns by the senior wide receiver. Missouri Western led 21-18 at the half. That lead continued to grow as the Griffons added the second of Meads’ touchdowns and a 20-yard touchdown run by Michael Hill. With only 30 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter, Terrance Isaac ran a 30-yard
touchdown, which cut the lead to 34-25. Isaac’s touchdown would end the Gorillas’ scoring that night, and the Griffons capped off their scoring when Thomas Hodges punched one in from a single yard out, allowing Missouri Western to keep their perfect season alive with a 4225 victory.
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The men’s cross-country team earned an eighth-place finish at the 74th Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. Sophomore Adam Volkert led the Pitt State men’s team with a 22nd overall spot in the nation’s longest run meet. Other notables for the meet were junior Brice Irving, who finished 41st, redshirt freshman Brennan Hampton, who finished 42nd, junior Ben Loats, who finished 49th, and sophomore Tyler Polshak, who finished 64th. Coach Russ Jewett says he is pleased to see team members who raced poorly last week bouncing back strong. “Brice Irving is a case in point,” Jewett said. “Ben Loats faded last week, but he did much better. It was good for Brennan Hampton to get a race under his belt. Adam Volkert raced well up front. He followed the race plan well and competed hard at the points in
the race when he was fatigued.” The women’s team had a much better showing, finishing in third place overall among the 14 competing schools and finishing with 142 points to earn a spot behind the OSU Cowboys and several other Division I colleges such as K-State and TCU. Once again, senior Caitlin Laskowski ran the best for the women’s team, placing 24th overall. Seniors Brittney Graff and Jennifer Butler placed 28th and 33rd respectively. “It was a great performance,” says senior team captain Brittney Graff. We snagged first out of the Division II teams, which was one of our goals for the season.” Brittney and her teammates met their goals and are setting their sights on bigger goals. “Another goal was for all of us to finish with a gap of 40 seconds or less between our first and fourth finishers. We met all of our goals for the day but plan to continue to strive to improve. There is still work to be done.”
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Kansas treasurer’s race among several heated state elections TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The biggest issue facing State Treasurer Dennis McKinney in trying to keep his job might be that he’s a Democrat in Republican-leaning Kansas, running in what is supposed to be a great year for the GOP. In the past, state treasurers have been a good bet for re-election, regardless of party. An incumbent treasurer hasn’t lost since 1972, when Republican Walter Peery was defeated in the primary. But McKinney is making his first run for statewide office. He’s been treasurer only since January 2009, after his appointment by thenDemocratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. “Under normal circumstances‚ which means barring some sort of scandal‚ the incumbent treasurer is usually considered a lock,” said Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist. “That’s not the case this year.” McKinney, a 50-year-old farmer from Greensburg, served in the Kansas House for 16 years. He was its minority leader when Sebelius appointed him treasurer. Estes is Sedgwick County’s treasurer, having been elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, unopposed both times. Before that, he was a computer project and quality control manager for several companies, including Lear-
jet Inc. and Koch Industries. The state treasurer keeps Kansas government’s books, manages its funds and serves on the board of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS. That last duty led Estes to raise the pension fund’s longterm financial Rep. Gabrielle problems Giffords as an issue last week. KPERS valued its assets at $11.8 billion at the start of this year, about 64 percent of what it would need to cover its obligations to some 260,000 current and future retirees, leaving a gap of nearly $7.7 billion. Meanwhile, the most visible operations of the treasurer’s office are Kansas Learning Quest, a state-sponsored college-savings program for families, and another program that helps people find unclaimed property. Several opposing party members criticized McKinney’s appearance in the ad, creating a several week-long
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ad feud which resulted in mudslinging from both parties. A similar event arose in Arizona last week. Republican Jesse Kelly was still basking in the glow of his victory in an Arizona congressional primary last week when the Democratic congresswoman he’s trying to unseat released a scathing TV ad branding him “a risk” who would gamble away people’s retirement savings. After the last fiscal year ended June 30, McKinney reported that he’d left $65,000 of his annual budget unspent, or about 1.6 percent. His office also returned a record $14.6 million of unclaimed property. McKinney also has the endorsement of the Kansas Farm Bureau. “I have a lot of bipartisan support,” McKinney said. As a legislator, McKinney opposed abortion and supported construction of a proposed coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Estes picked up Jenkins’ endorsement last week. Jenkins said his business background will prompt him to focus on making the state treasurer’s office more efficient. “I don’t know that there’s a particular issue in terms of things that have gone wrong,” Estes said. “It’s more of, how do we focus on delivering?”
ASHLEY BAILEY Collegio Reporter Zach Sachs, president of College Republicans, says he wants college students to get involved in politics, even if they’re not for the GOP. “Our goals are basically to get students involved for our future,” said Sachs, junior in political science. “It’s not our parents or grandparents that are going to help elect officials. This is our future and we need to be informed and know what is going on.” Sachs says that with 7,000 people enrolled at PSU, local students have a means to sway elections. Michelle Hucke, founder and former president of the College Republicans, says that she wants college students to become more informed on what each party is about, so that they can make informed party decisions. “I started the group because I felt it was an important time in our nation for politics during the fall 2008 McCain Obama election,” Hucke said. “I felt like college campuses were pretty liberal. I wanted a conservative movement to be productive and informative for the campus.”
Kansas gov. backs fellow Democrat in AG’s race
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson endorsed fellow Democrat and incumbent Steve Six in the attorney general’s race on Wednesday, touting his record as a lawyer and district court judge. Six was appointed attorney general in January 2008 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney general Steve Six is seeking a full four-year term. His Republican challenger in the Nov. 2 general election is Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt. The GOP nominee is touting an
endorsement from Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, and he’s also received the backing of former GOP Gov. Bill Graves. Schmidt brushed aside Parkinson’s endorsement of Six. “It’s clear that the opposition is using poll tested, consultant-generated buzzword talking points from their high-priced East Coast campaign consultants. But Kansans aren’t buying that,” Schmidt said in a telephone interview from Independence. Parkinson endorsed Schmidt’s bid for the Senate in 2000 when he was thenKansas Republican Party chairman. Parkinson switched parties to become Sebelius’ running mate in 2006. The governor says Kansas needs an attorney general who serves all residents and not a career politician. Schmidt has been in the Senate since 2001. Six, who was a district court judge in Douglas County before becoming
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■ DEBATE from page 1 those jobs went to Arkansas and some of those jobs went to Mexico.” Locke also asked Menghini about the proposed Kansas Jobs and Prosperity Act. “That would eliminate or cut in half cigarette tax and the alcohol tax,” Locke said. “It’s a flat sales tax that eliminates income tax, corporate income tax, 32 other taxes and does it over a three year period.” Menghini said the act also taxes new car and home sales. “It pretty much would devastate our auto industry in the Wyandotte County area and put a stop to any new home construction, “Menghini said. “The problem with any plan like that is there’s winners and losers and we have to weigh how hard it is on the losers.” Locke challenged Menghini on the potential outcome of the act. “I don’t agree that we would have those added taxes,” Locke said. “We pay those business taxes already, all embedded costs of businesses end up on the customers’ plate no matter what.” Sen. Lara Ismert asked Menghini how she felt about a campus smoking ban. Menghini did not specify on her feelings on a proposed ban, but she did say
attorney general, said he’s worked hard to restore integrity to the office and serve all Kansans. “I’ve never found as my time as a judge or during my time as attorney general that there really is a Republican or Democratic way to enforce the law,” Six said. “We’ve tried to be independent and make the best decisions for the state.” Schmidt, who also serves as a city prosecutor in Independence, said he had more than political experience, citing time spent in the late 1990s in the consumer protection office of Attorney General Carla Stovall. “I don’t make a big deal about it. No candidate should hold themselves out to be something they’re not. They should shoot straight with voters. There’s no Jack McCoy in this race,” Schmidt said, referring to the fictional New York City district attorney in the television drama “Law & Order.”
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North Korea to beef up nuclear arms NEW YORK — North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear weapons stockpile in order to deter a U.S. and South Korean military buildup in the region. Speaking to the United Nations Wednesday, North Korea’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Kil Yon said Pyongyang is, however, ready to join nuclear nonproliferation efforts in its capacity as a nuclear weapon state. North Korea’s nuclear program is of intense concern because of worries the country is building an arsenal of atomic weapons. Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009, drawing international condemnation and U.N. sanctions.
City of Lawrence to own fertilizer plant LAWRENCE, Kan. — After more than five years of discussion, the city of Lawrence will become official owner of the former Farmland Industries fertilizer
plant. City Manager David Corliss told The Lawrence Journal-World that ownership of the site in east Lawrence will transfer to the city on Wednesday. The 467-acre site has been in a bankruptcy trust since Farmland declared bankruptcy in 2002. The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday agreed to seek proposals from companies interested in demolishing most of the structures on the site. The city has said that it plans to convert the property into a business park. The city will receive $8.5 million in trust fund money to clean up soil and groundwater contamination left from when Farmland operated a nitrogen fertilizer plant.
Palestinians dig in ahead of meeting RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians dug in ahead of a crucial meeting Thursday with Washington’s Mideast envoy, saying they can’t be expected to continue peace talks unless Israel reverses a decision to lift restrictions on West Bank settlement construc-
tion. Neither side seems to want the month-old talks to collapse, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are publicly at an impasse, with a Monday deadline looming. President Barack Obama’s emissary, George Mitchell, is making a secretive last-minute attempt to rescue the negotiations. He was to travel to Abbas’ West Bank headquarters Thursday, after meeting with Israeli leaders on Wednesday. Mitchell said after talks with Netanyahu that he is undaunted by what he described as “bumps in the road,” but offered no glimpse of a possible compromise.
NYC developer: No plans to move mosque NEW YORK — The developer behind a proposal to build an Islamic center near ground zero said that the experience has been an “eye-opener” about misperceptions surrounding his faith, but that he is the one ultimately calling the shots on the project and has no plans to move it.
Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Sharif El-Gamal reiterated his stance that the opposition to the Park51 project was unexpected. “It’s been an eye-opener to see how my country, the United States, is using my religion, Islam,” he said. “It’s been a humbling moment and it’s been a very sad moment for me personally.” The proposed community center and mosque would be two blocks from ground zero. The location has upset some relatives of Sept. 11 victims and led to angry demands that it be moved.
Hufﬁngton pledges free bus rides to rally NEW YORK — Website publisher Arianna Huffington has a ticket to ride, one for everybody who wants to get to Washington from New York for the rally scheduled by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert next month. Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, Huffington told Stewart that anyone who arrives at her office in lower Manhattan on Oct. 30 can hitch a free ride on one of her buses.
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Stephen Colbert, left, and Jon Stewart, on TV’s “Night of too many stars.” Both late night hosts will hold rallies in Washington, D.C., next month. She said her “promise” is to have as many buses as people to fill them. An information sign-up list is on the website for The Huffington Post. Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” and a competing “March to Keep Fear Alive” led by his fellow TV host, Colbert, will take place on the National Mall.
pittstatebriefs Bolivia study abroad An information session for students interested in studying abroad in Bolivia is slated for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in 201 Whitesitt Hall. For more information, call International Programs and Services at 235-4221 or go to 118 Whitesitt Hall.
Brass quintet to perform Sunday The brass quintet Synergy is scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in Memorial Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20 depending on seat location. Call 231-7827 or go to www. MemorialAuditorium.com for more information or to buy a ticket.
Memorial lecture Thursday The 13th annual Gene DeGruson memorial lecture is planned for 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Special Collections Room of the Axe Library. Both the lecture and reception planned afterward are free and open to the public.
Photo exhibit to open Wednesday A photography exhibit by Michelle Rodgers from Alexandria, Va., will be on display from Oct. 6 to Dec. 6 in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call S. Portico Bowman at 2354305 or email@example.com.
Dominican Republic study abroad Students interested in studying abroad in the Dominican Republic during spring break are invited to attend information sessions planned for 10 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 30, and 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in the Sunflower Room of the Overman Student Center. Those interested but unable to attend may e-mail Patty Magee at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to 324 Russ Hall for more information.
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Disc golf tournament The Blu Frog Energy disc golf tournament is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Shelter 3 in the Lamar City Park. All proceeds go the Lamar Little League. For more information call Gordon Godfrey at 417-214-2378 or godfreyg@ sbcglobal.net.
Fun run Saturday
Gorillas in Your Midst plans to hold a karaoke night from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the U-Club of the Overman Student Center. There will be giveaways and free refreshments.
Our Lady of Lourdes youth group will hold a 5K fun run and one-mile walk. Starting time is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the SMC Fieldhouse. Entry is $20 and a T-shirt is included. Registration forms can be found at www. ourladypittsburg.org.
Study-abroad photos due Thursday The deadline to turn in photos for the National Gorillagraphic Photo Contest is today, Thursday, Sept. 30. To enter, send three photos to studyabroad@pittstate. edu.
Heritage Month ﬁlm Thursday “The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez” is slated to show at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 30, in the U-Club theater in the Overman Student Center. The film is showing as a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, call the Office of Student Diversity at 235-4077 or email@example.com.
Free jazz concert Tuesday The Pittsburg State University jazz concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the ballroom of the Overman Student Center. Free admittance.
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■ NURSING from page 1
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“This is a real A-team effort for that kind of outcome to be achieved in this kind of environment,” Pomatto said during the ceremony. Lacey Wilbert, junior in nursing and a self-described stay-at-home mom, says she decided to go into nursing after her personal experiences with nurses inspired her. “I am a mom first, but I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” Wilbert said. “I want to pay it forward.” Wilbert says she has not decided which area she will pursue after her clinicals, time when student nurses ply their trade in hospitals. “I am just going to do my clinical experience and leave my mind open,” she said. She says the four-year program offered at PSU gives students a better opportunity to get a position in management than the two-year program offered at other schools. “Our program has a phenomenal staff,” she said. “You can see their passion for nursing.”
■ SMOKE from page 1 would have my own cigarette.” Smoking is a controversial activity on many campuses. In 2005, 18 colleges nationwide became smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. In 2010, 394 colleges have a smoke-free campus. Mark Arbuckle, associate professor communication, says he likes the idea of non-smoking buildings, but he has no problem with designated smoking areas. “It’s legal,” said Arbuckle, “as long as the designated smoking areas are reasonable, it doesn’t bother me.” Arbuckle says he wouldn’t feel strongly against the policy, but that he does have sympathy for the smokers whom this would directly affect. “During my night classes, which are about three hours long, whenever we take a break, some of my students use that time to go smoke a cigarette,” said Arbuckle. “If this policy comes into effect, they would have to drive off campus just to have a cigarette and could be late coming back to class.” Universities that have adopted this policy are trying to enforce it with fines ranging from $100 to $500. Many people, including professors who smoke, have issues with these policies. Arbuckle said that cigarettes are a legal substance. As long as people stay in the designated smoking areas, it is not a large problem.
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Xiao Luo, junior in international business, plays the Chinese traditional instrument Guzheng during the Chinese Moon Festival party in Whitesitt Hall on Friday, Sept. 24.
■ FORUMS from page 1 PSU actually needs more small classrooms. He said that large classrooms are being used for small classes, leaving empty seats. Tim Flood, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department, disagreed with Clark about the lack of space. Flood said that additional classroom space is needed in Yates Hall, and that he has also noticed a need for modifications in classrooms that can handle student laptop use. Rick Lindskog, director of the university testing center, asked Clark and Strait to consider relocating the center to an unused location in Whitesitt Hall, which was previously used for the university counseling. “We have a lot of people tracking in and out of our office and that’s their first impression of Pitt State,” Lindskog said. Other suggestions for the master plan included making buildings more accessible for handicapped students. Clark said sustainability is also being considered in the new master plan. Clark said suggestions gathered at Wednesday’s forums will be considered and forums will be held twice more before the plan is complete.
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■ VOLLEYBALL from page 1B doing what they’re doing well and point out what they maybe don’t see,” Suberu said. “The speed of the game is so fast, sometimes the feedback doesn’t relate back immediately to performances.” Suberu says that he has to rely on the team leaders like Wilson to help communicate on the court. But Wilson says that everyone on the court is a leader. “The six people on the court have to come together as a team in the middle and put our arms around each other,” Wilson said. “That is our refocusing time. We have to focus on what went wrong and problem-solve in that huddle.” Suberu and Wilson both say that they are confident that the team will be able to refocus and make the improvements needed to fix their team’s recurring problems. “This team’s focus is very high right now,” Suberu said. “They are very good at understanding, accepting and wanting to make the changes that we need for us to get back on track.” “The only thing that we can do is show up at practice every day and work on things that we’re not doing during the games,” Wilson said. The team’s goals are to make continuous improvements and to execute the skills that they have been practicing so that they can finish and win a match. Suberu says he is confident in the team’s ability to get out of its slump, and to put more wins on its record. “We have every confidence that we will get it right,” Suberu said. “Just because we haven’t done it yet doesn’t mean we won’t get it. We are very excited for this weekend’s tournament.” The Pitt State Gorillas will participate in the MSSU tournament this weekend in Joplin, Mo. The Gorillas will play at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, against Texas Women’s and at 4:30 p.m. against West Texas A&M. The team will then play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, against Arkansas-Fort Smith and at 5:30 p.m. against Southwest Oklahoma.
■ FOOTBALL from page 1B This marks the fourth time Missouri Western has beaten Pitt State in the last five meetings. Missouri Western will be on the road next week at Northwest Missouri State as the two AFCA top 10 teams face off on MIAA TV. The Gorillas, however bring their show back to the confines of Carnie Smith Stadium, in this Saturday’s Miners Bowl against Missouri Southern. Pitt State will continue to look for defensive performances from leaders Nate Dreiling and Alex Kuhlman, who had 17 and 13 tackles, respectively, against Missouri Western. Sophomore and St. Mary’s Colgan graduate Chas Smith has continued his great play, racking up 14 tackles and a forced fumble in Saturday’s contest. Hard-hitting linebacker Johnny Row dropped seven tackles and got in on the passing game with a breakup. On the offensive side of the ball, Dickey led the team with 11 rushing attempts, followed by Briceton Wilson with 10 attempts and 93 yards rushing. Dickey and situational quarterback Tyler Lawrence completed 18 passes to eight different receivers, including Derek Fisher who snagged five receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Gorillas will look to build on the impressive plays by the offensive line. They allowed only one sack on 37 drop backs and opened up seams for four different rushers, who combined for 365 yards on only 31 attempts. Pittsburg State will have the opportunity to beat the Missouri Southern Lions for the 18th straight time this Saturday. The Gorillas have not lost at home against the Lions since 1983.
3 touchdown passes give Chiefs 31-10 win KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP), Matt Cassel’s three touchdown passes included a trick play that caught San Francisco completely flat-footed and the surprising Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten Sunday with a 31-10 rout of the hapless, winless 49ers. After starting 0-4 a year ago and winning only 10 games the previous three seasons combined, the Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time since 2003. The offense of the 49ers (0-3), which rolled up 417 yards Monday night against New Orleans, managed only a field goal until the final play from scrimmage. Cassel was 16 for 27 for 250 yards. He connected with Dexter McCluster on a 31-yard run-andcatch and fired a perfect 45-yard strike to a wide-open Dwayne Bowe off a fake end-around. Rookie tight end Tony Moeaki put Kansas City on top 24-3 late in the third with a great falling down, one-handed catch of Cassel’s 18-yard toss. It’s the second time in three games San Francisco has been dominated, and is sure to cause unrest in the Bay Area where many expected the 49ers to contend. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, who have become the center of a running back controversy among Chiefs fans, helped K.C. rush for 207 yards. Charles, whose breakaway speed has made him a fan favorite, had 97 yards on 12 carries while Jones had 95 on 19, including a 3-yard scoring run that made it 31-3 with 3:27 left on the bright, sunny afternoon. The 49ers wound up with 251 total yards, and that included 53 yards on their final two plays. They did not allow the Saints even one sack six days earlier. But the Chiefs’ rejuvenated defense under first-year coordinator Romeo Crennel harried Alex Smith all day and held Frank Gore to just 43 yards on 15 carries. Gore did have 102 yards on nine catches. In three games, the Chiefs have allowed only 14 secondhalf points. Kansas City coach Todd
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Forget Facebook International students bring new angle to social networking BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Collegio Reporter For students from the United States, Facebook is often synonymous with social networking. Worldwide, Facebook has 60 million active accounts, so it’s no surprise to see its familiar white and blue logo on screens all over campus. But a significant number of PSU students aren’t from the United States, and to them, Facebook is often a quaint, foreign oddity. Divya Nalluruanandaraju, graduate student in international business, says she uses both Facebook and Orkut, a social networking site popular in India. Orkut commands a little less than 1 percent of the social networking market, compared to Facebook’s 11 percent, but Nalluruanandaraju says she’s far more active on Orkut than Facebook, despite problems she says she’s found in its security. “Compared to Orkut, Facebook is safe,” Nalluruanandaraju said. “You have to have all of the privacy settings right, or anyone can scrap you.” (Scrapping on Orkut is similar to writing on a Facebook user’s wall.) Nalluruanandaraju says that, aside from a few features, the programs have basically become alike. “One thing that is different is that you can see who has visited your profile,” Nalluruanandaraju said. Orkut shows both the number of visitors and the profiles of people who have visited another profile. Nalluruanandaraju has more than 500 photos on her Orkut account, which the
site can display as a slide show. But Orkut is far from Facebook’s only competitor. South Korean students like Sungho Kim, senior in communication, are more familiar with Cyworld, which has 20 million active accounts worldwide. Kim says that inherent differences between South Korean and U.S. culture make Cyworld and Facebook as different as light and dark. “Facebook is focused on open contact,” Kim said. “Cyworld is focused on having closed relationships with your friends.” Kim says that Cyworld more easily allows users to restrict profile information to certain social groups, primarily to help preserve users’ reputations. “If you’re in my second friend group, there are files you can not see,” Kim said. “There’s a focus on small group community, and social reputation is more important. If a professor in Korea sees you’ve posted weird pictures of yourself on Cyworld, he might ask if you’ve gone nuts. But you can restrict the information so that this doesn’t happen.” Kim says that critical differences between Facebook and Cyworld are disappearing because of commercialism, and says that he feels this is an overall loss. “How can a corporation advertise to these closed groups?” Kim said. “So now information can be seen by everyone. Now I am not safe.” Chinese students like Xiao Luo, junior in international business, use yet another program: QQ, a major social networking site in Asia that has 300 million users worldwide.
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Above and right, Shen Fei, graduate exchange student in international business, uses www.qq.com, a social networking site famous in China. QQ has java-script games, and one of the more popular ones pits users against one another to get the best parking space. It also has a chat application, much like MSN Messenger, which Luo says she uses all the time, even if her friends back home don’t know it. “I use stealth a lot,” Luo said, referring to a setting that makes her invisible while online. “I have too many friends, and I am afraid it will disturb my work.” Luo says that QQ has a lot of advantages over Facebook, including accounts that can easily store and share files as large as 1 gigabyte. According to Luo,
Facebook and MSN Messenger aren’t very well-known in China. “In China, you are more likely to use Renren (another of Facebook’s competitors),” Luo said, “but we use QQ for talking or blogging.” Luo says that even though QQ pushes to sell e-products, such as attractive avatars for its chat program and items in its games, she uses it only to keep in touch with family and friends back home. “I’m talking to my mom now,” Luo said. “I like to talk to my grandparents, too, but they can never remember their QQ account numbers.”
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No loitering JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter University Police outside of Carnie Smith Stadium at home football games aren’t just for show, especially to tailgaters who have brought alcohol. Mike McCracken, director of University Police, says officers have to monitor alcohol use at the games. Drinking is allowed, but McCracken says it can complicate a tailgate party. “Usually it’s not a problem unless it’s a later game,” he said. “That’s when it seems to be worse, because people arrive early and wanting to drink. Then we run into things like minors in possession.” There have even been cases of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor and an offense that can land one in jail. The policies handed out to tailgaters state that alcohol may be consumed only while tailgating, within the rules of the tailgating alcohol policy. This means that 12-ounce cans of beer are the only acceptable adult beverage, and that it must be served with food and nonalcoholic beverages. Drinking games are not allowed while tailgating and beer bongs and other devices are also not permitted. No one is allowed to drink beer in the Gorilla Village or in the stadium, unless they are in the skybox. Concerns about alcohol are not entirely moral: Members of
the Crawford County Emergency Medical Service are on the scene before each game. “Alcohol dehydrates the body, so between the heat and the alcohol, when there are people out all day, we sometimes have to deal with that,” McCracken said. Tailgaters are encouraged to attend the game and may be asked to leave if they don’t. “By the second half of the game, people are usually either going to the game or they’re not. So that’s when we make the decision to go out and clear the lot,” McCracken said. “We do this so that we don’t just have a big party in the parking lot,” said McCracken. McCracken says the only change made in tailgating policies from last year is minor: RV’s and other vehicles that are too large for one parking space are now required to park between McPherson Hall and the Weede gymnasium. In the event that tailgaters fail to comply with the rules, McCracken says there are a number of actions campus police can take. “The first thing we can do is remove the person from the property and not let them come back in,” McCracken said. “If it’s a criminal violation, we can write them a citation. There are officers in the parking lot during the game and we bring other officers outside if the crowd gets too large to handle.”
Students like Blake Womack, senior in communication, are finding creative ways to save money in a hard economy. Womack says students are finding it difficult to save because they are making a transition into their own independence by buying their own supplies. “The traditional student is in a transition to independence by paying for their own things,” Womack said. “It makes it harder when you are throwing away the little bit of money you actually have.” Womack says he looks at saving money as a way to channel his creativity, and that the possibilities are endless. “Natty Light (light beer) becomes a large part of your vocabulary,” Womack said. “Also, not eating out is huge and getting food that will last. And when you do go out to eat, make sure you know splurging is not allowed. You have to keep a close eye on what you spend.” Womack is not the only PSU
student looking to save their hard Along with students, some earned money. Anna Riddle, faculty members are also trying junior in nursing, found a way to to save and budget their money. budget her shopping money. Laura Washburn, professor of “I only shop if I have the English, says she learned how to money to buy what I want and ac- use credit cards from experience. tually need,” Riddle said. “Also, I “When I was in graduate always try to buy things on sale or school I had credit card debt,” with a reWashally good burn said. deal.” “I would Riddle use the tudents should focus on says savcard to ing spare buying only necessities. They pay for change everydon’t need to spend all their is a great thing.” money on beer.” way for If students to - Anna Riddle, junior in nursing students save their must money. have “A good way to save is saving credit cards, Washburn says, they spare change or opening a savings need to make sure to pay it off account,” Riddle said. “College every month because interest rates students are out on their own for can be unreasonable. the first time and they usually “I now make sure to pay mine start spending their money on off every month, I don’t pay interunimportant stuff.” est,” Washburn said. “That is the Riddle says that the “unimbiggest thing I do to save money.” portant stuff” is usually beer. Washburn says students find it “Students should focus on hard to save their money because buying only necessities,” Riddle of the pressures advertising puts said. “The don’t need to spend all on them to buy unnecessary their money on beer.” things.
Strength and character in forms APRIL RICHLING Collegio Reporter Most of us find that, within time, we become bored with the places and things that we take the most comfort in. This is the focus of Kevin Hughes’ current exhibit, “Icons and the Divine Circle,” at University Gallery in Porter Hall. Hughes, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Missouri State University, in a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 28, spoke mostly of recurring forms and themes employed in his work, as well as their evolution in meaning and appearance over his career as an artist. The house is seen in many of his pieces, and was the form he spoke of most. “When you are entirely at ease and comfortable with what you’re doing, something is wrong,” Hughes said. “It’s time
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American icon adds an entertaining quirkiness to the individual pieces as well as to the exhibit overall. The viewer may also notice some of the forms employed allude to sexuality, a theme that is becoming more common in Hughes’ current work. During the lecture, he demonstrated one of the points he makes in his works by showing a plethora of sexualized advertisements that one could find in almost any magazine, and went on to explain how society feels a strong need to halt the inevitable penetration of sexuality into young minds. This is what he describes as the “sexual schizophrenia of America.” Kevin Hughes’ exhibit, “Icons and the Divine Circle,” can be viewed through Oct. 20 in the University Gallery of Porter Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Ka’aihue’s two HRs lead Royals past Twins 10-1 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kila Ka’aihue hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 10-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night. The Twins have dropped a season-high five straight since clinching the AL Central title on Sept. 21. Ka’aihue hit a three-run homer in the first off Nick Blackburn (10-11), then led off the second with his seventh home run of the season. It was his first career multihomer game. He almost had a third one in the seventh, sending a drive off the right-field bullpen fence for his first big league triple. Sean O’Sullivan (4-6) held the Twins to one run on five hits and six walks in six-plus innings. Blackburn gave up eight runs on eight hits and two
walks in 4 1-3 innings. He also walked home Mike Aviles, who led off the fifth with a triple for his third hit. The Twins have allowed 46 runs in the five-game skid, the most in any five-game stretch since they gave up 52 June 14-18, 2003. Ka’aihue also scored four runs, matching David DeJesus for the Royals’ season high. Notes: Kansas City beat the Twins 10-8 Monday night giving the Royals a doubledigit total in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 8-9, 2006 at Boston. Twins DH Jim Thome returned to Minnesota to receive treatment on his back. Royals OF Mitch Maier (sore left knee) and INF Wilson Betemit (bruised shin) missed their third straight games. Royals rookie reliever RHP Blake Wood retired all six batters he faced, striking out the final four.
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Swin Cash of USA, second right, is guarded by Lauren Jackson, right, and U.S. Tina Charles, left, looks on during their World Basketball Championship round of 16 match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 29.
U.S. routs Canada at basketball worlds OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, (AP), Lindsay Whalen and the rest of the second unit again sparked the United States to victory. Whalen scored 16 points and Angel McCoughtry added 11 to lead the U.S. to an 87-46 rout of Canada on Monday night in the second round of the women’s basketball world championship. The Americans will face Belarus on Tuesday. “We’re able to come in and analyze what’s going on and see what’s happening on the court,” Whalen said. “We can bring energy, intensity, and see what’s working and try to play hard.” For the second straight game the U.S. got off to a slow start. Canada jumped to an 11-5 lead, and coach Geno Auriemma turned to his bench. The second unit got four straight turnovers on the way to a 12-0 run. The U.S. forced 32 turnovers for the game. On one play, McCoughtry
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stole the ball from Kaela Chapdelaine, made a move to the basket causing the Canadian guard to fall, and then scored an easy hoop. Janelle Bekkering finally ended the spurt with a 3-pointer to make it 17-14. Bekkering is a fifth-year senior at Gonzaga. Her Canadian teammate Natalie Achonwa is a freshman at Notre Dame. Bekkering’s basket didn’t stem the tide for long. The U.S. held Canada without a basket for the next 7 minutes and went on a 16-3 run to make it 33-17. Charles had five points during the burst, including a three-point play on a drive from the foul line. By the time the half ended, the U.S. led 47-25. Bekkering and Kim Smith scored eight points to lead Canada (1-3). “We knew we’re all basketball players in the end of the day,” Courtnay Pilypaitis said. “You don’t think about who’s who and
who you’re guarding.” While Sylvia Fowles had another quiet game scoring just two points, she did answer any lingering questions about the health of her left knee. “She’s healthy and feels good,” Auriemma said. “She’s not experienced any issues or problems. I think she’s got to get into the flow of the game. She hasn’t played in a long time. She’s such a presence out there. She makes our team incredibly different with her out there. Hopefully she’ll stay healthy and little by little we’ll get her more involved with what we’re doing. Canada (1-3) couldn’t get closer than 20 in the second half. The Canadians will play Greece on Tuesday. Auriemma wasn’t thrilled with his team’s play at times in the second half. On one possession the Americans had a 2-on-1 break and McCoughtry threw a pass off the rim. Another play really drew his ire. Charles driving the mid-
dle and trying to shoot over two Canadians. When the shot missed the U.S. coach looked at his former star at UConn and said, “Are you out of your mind?” Despite sharing a border, Canada and the U.S. don’t play each other very often. They last met in the 2007 FIBA Americas qualifier, with the U.S. winning by 48 points. The U.S. had won five of the six meetings, with Canada’s lone victory at the worlds in 1975. “I think we really struggled with the speed of the Americans,” Canada coach Allison McNeill said. “Every turnover we paid for it and we had a lot of them. Love to do it more often. We’d love to play them all the time so we can get better.” Canada advanced to the second round by beating China in the opening pool play. After a 12-year absence from the worlds, the Canadians returned four years ago to the tournament and placed 10th in Brazil.
September 30, 2010
The state of politics Hatred of government not based on reality
s the TV coverage of a protest focused on another sign proclaiming “Obama = Socialism,” I suddenly realized one terrible implication of being a university professor: I work for the government, which some characterize as socialism. OK, I’ll get over that, but the protest saddened me for two other reasons. First, disagreements should be expressed in civil terms, without name-calling. Second, while notions of limited government resonate strongly in our psyche, Americans should recognize services that government provides. For my first piece of evidence, I offer Pittsburg State University, which is primarily funded by the state government. During the last fiscal year, 55 percent of funding for PSU came from state government funds, with the remaining 45 percent paid for by tuition (see www.pittstate.edu/ office/president/budget/). To help pay tuition, some students receive government scholarships or Pell Grants, raising the level of government funding for their education well above 55 percent. Our lives at PSU are just the beginning of government “intrusion” into our lives. I shave each morning with water brought to me through pipes provided by government, and carried away to a secondary sewage treatment plant. I then walk my dog in Lakeside Park (provided by government) where I exchange greeting with a police officer and lawn mower (both provided by government). My bacon and eggs are inspected by USDA. I drive to school on roads provided by government, and I see an Iraq War vet in a wheelchair, cared for by the Veterans Administration, and
Students should stay engaged with issues
who may benefit from the G.I. Bill. That evening I call my mother, who receives Social Security and Medicare. I do not recount this “story” to assert that no government should be cut; I absolutely support certain cuts. But unless we recognize benefits we do receive, honest debate is impossible and name-calling prevails. I have been offended by name-calling, so in an effort to enhance civility, I make the following suggestions to all sides: 1. Be factual. We suffer when deprived of a reality-based debate. For example, whether one supported or opposed the Iraq War, I hope all acknowledge that Americans deserved a debate based on the reality that there were no weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. 2. Know history. History can inform recent claims that job growth requires maintaining tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. President Clinton enacted what was described as “the biggest tax increase in history” in 1993, with income taxes raised on the richest 2 percent. Under President Bush Jr. large tax cuts very generous to the wealthy were passed. The results? According to the Wall Street Journal, 23 million jobs were created during the Clinton years, compared to 3 million jobs under Bush (http://blogs.wsj.com/ economics/2009/01/09/bush-onjobs-the-worst-track-record-onrecord/). 3. Be honest. Some candidates claim to favor a balanced budget and tax cuts. The federal government’s deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 budget was $1.4 trillion, out of a total budget of $3.5 trillion, and it will be similar this year. Unless one is prepared to make huge cuts in the three larg-
est spending programs (Defense, Social Security and Medicare), the budget will not be balanced, and tax cuts will worsen that deficit. Those who claim otherwise are not being honest. I have been impressed this semester that very few of my students are polarized the way the media characterize citizens. The majority are uneasy (perfectly reasonable) and anxious to learn facts that will help them evaluate an intense campaign. Perhaps the most effective way to ensure that candidates engage in honest debate – and a defense against the name-calling – is for all of us to be informed. Mark Peterson, assistant professor in political science
ollege students, though unaware of their influence, can make a HUGE impact in an election. Their lack of involvement is understandable, whether it stems from indifference or from a lack of knowing where to start. I would like to offer the thought that in these critical times, however, both of these reasons are unacceptable. Indifference is a luxury that we simply cannot afford. Decisions that are being made today will be part of the fabric of our country when our generation takes charge. It is much harder to undo a bad governmental decision than it is to take the time and energy to make sure it is done correctly the first time. As to the problem of not knowing where to begin, it is as simple as changing their voter
registration to the area that they are going to school. Then it is as big as actually running for a position. In between these two there are many ways to volunteer with a local campaign. Many professors probably see that college students do not want to voice their opinion in class. Well, of course not, if the professor is the exact opposite of you as far as politics and the way that the country is run. Students may be hesitant to voice their views, no matter how different, out of a fear of grade bias. It would be important to remember that we are Americans, with all the rights that this entails – including and expressly the freedom of speech, before we are college students. Students have a view on what they want to see this country do. Yes, there are those students who do not care what goes on in the country. I would say that most students have no clue what is go-
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Hundreds of supporters cheer Vice President Joe Biden at a Moving America Forward rally at Penn State University on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
thisweek’squestion “No, because it would limit (people’s freedom) on campus. If you can smoke outside of a business, what’s the difference?” Jon Heistand, senior in biology
“Yes, because it doesn’t help the people who have allergies like myself to walk through the Oval and have to hold your breath or run by them in order to get to class without coughing and wheezing.” Lauren Arthur, sophomore in history education
Zach Sachs ing on in the country, but if they were informed about the issues in a setting where they were given the facts and not treated like kids who should not be involved in this stuff, then their opinions on political ideas would most likely come out better in class. What is going on in the country today directly affects how our lives are going to play out. A great example of this is the big deficit that our country is incurring right now. Our parents and grandparents’ generation are incurring debt that has to be paid off and we are the ones who are going to be signing the check. I am not an expert on political ideology, but I do know that one vote could sway an election in the local and state races. Let us take the Pittsburg District 3 state representative race. This political race involves Pittsburg State University. The state representative race in district 3 has a total voter registration of 11,421 voters as of Sept. 27, 2010. The reason that I state this is that the college in and of itself has a population of 7,131, as of Sept. 23, 2010. We, as the students of Pitt State, could sway the elections in this district if we would register and vote in this area. It doesn’t matter what side you are on in the political scheme of things, as long as you can get out there and show that this is your country and that it works for we the people. College students need to show the rest of the community that they do take notice of what is going on, and that they can stand up for both their beliefs, and what they think the community should be doing. Zach Sachs, junior in political science
Do you think smoking should be banned on campus? “Most deﬁnitely. It’s not healthy. Second-hand smoke is more deadly than regular smoke and I don’t like smelling everyone else’s smoke.”
“I don’t think so because I don’t mind it as long as it’s not in an enclosed space. But outside I don’t have to worry about being around it.“
Danae Carter, freshman in music
Nevin P. Jones, sophomore in English education
“I don’t think so. I don’t smoke, but most people I know do smoke. A ban would make a lot of people angry since they would have to go out of their way just to have a cigarette.”
“Yes, because it makes me smell bad when I’m walking to class.” Ashley Fann, undecided sophomore
Zach Reagan, freshman in chemistry
Collegio Online readers write back In response to “Journalism funding cuts raise concerns” 9/23/10 Cutting funding for public school journalism appears to be “belt tightening” but it could appear to be another way to limit free expression. Time marches on and journalism must change with it. Indeed, print journalism in schools has had its place but that segment of education must modernize. Creating student journalistic websites would help in modernization. The Collegio has accomplished this through its electronic editions. Cutting funding because there is a supposed “low” in the journalistic job market may be another ploy to cut freedom of expression. Secondary-school journalists in the past
have fought these battles, gaining opinion freedoms. These have been improved and brought down by the courts. The Hazelwood case and others brought attention to secondary-school journalism freedoms. A hard look should be made at this present decision to note if secondary-student journalism freedom of expression is an issue. If public-school students don’t get a good taste of a progressive journalistic experience we are cheating them out of becoming productive, responsibly critical American citizens in the future. 9/23/10 @ 10:36 AM CST When print media was the prime source of information, accuracy and accountability were standards held by the journalist whose printed
byline name was generally his own. Now, with multimedia and the Internet, undocumented, unaccountable information can fill cyberspace, authored by cyber names whose agenda may not be accurate. So what if they are wrong? They may lose a little credibility but they do not lose their livelihood. The loss of journalism training and expectations will eventually have a negative impact at many local levels when important coverage is needed for checks and balances. Unfortunately, old media business practices have prevailed too long and many have failed to adapt with the times. The loss of readers, revenue and journalists is now impacting the high school curriculum. Maybe journalism needs to evolve into a sport. 9/26/10 @ 4:06 PM CST
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September 30, 2010
Checks and balances:
SGA establishes judiciary committee
WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor President Brandon Mills introduced plans to form a judiciary committee at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Mills said the committee is written in the SGA constitution, but has been inactive for years. “Judicial branch is set up to be a check of Senate,” Mills said. “There are five positions, four justices and one chief justice.” Mills said current SGA senators would have to resign from their positions to join the committee. Mills said the committee members would serve until graduation and intervene if SGA does something unconstitutional. He said the delay in establishing the committee has been his struggle to find a faculty adviser. Mills said President Steve Scott will officially appoint the adviser, who will be PSU equal opportunity director Jamie Jones. Treasurer Eric Jones said sign up sheets for campus group allocations will be available in the SGA office next Monday. Legislative affairs director Marcus Nelson said SGA will hold voter registration rallies in the Oval from 9:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, next week. “We’re going to be hitting voter registration pretty hard,” Nelson said. Jason Bilberry, community affairs director, said the board of governors committee discussed the future of the student center at its first meeting Friday, Sept. 24. “They’re starting to work on potential updates and expansions for the building,” Bilberry said. “They’re actually going to bring in the latest drawings for us to look at next month.” Bilberry also said that Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson will be in Pittsburg next Monday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. appearing at the weekly Chamber of Commerce
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Brandon Mills speaks about an upcoming event during the weekly SGA meeting on Wednesday, Sep. 29.
Senators Ivan Hunnicutt and Emily Klaver listen to Vice President Thomas Gregory during the weekly Student Government Association meeting.
coffee at the Wilkinson Alumni Center. He said the cost is $9 to attend and those senators attending have to register beforehand. Billberry proposed a new resolution, to buy a pass to future chamber coffee events. The money has to be allocated through a resolution because the cost is over $50, he said.
Thomas Gregory, vice president, said the resolution will not be voted on until next week because of computer problems at Wednesday night’s meeting. Gregory also said he and Mills are in discussion with Gorilla Radio to do a weekly address. Faculty adviser Steve Erwin reminded students about the importance of signing up for emergency
text alerts through the PSU website. Erwin said PSU uses the service sparingly and has only sent out one emergency alert in the three years it has had the program, which was when the campus closed early for bad weather. Mills urged senators to attend the Crimson Commons dedication Saturday where he will be speaking.
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September 30, 2010
Behind the scenes
The Weede swimming pool is located in the center of the Weede and is accessable for free to all Pittsburg State Students. The only way to get to the pool is by going through the locker rooms. Rickrdo Hajczylewicz, senior in justice studies, swims laps in the Weede swimming pool.
Swimming Pool Weede Gymnasium
The Weede swimming pool is open for free use to students. The pool is only open during certain hours, depending on lifeguard availability. The pool is equipped with lanes, an open shallow end, an open deep end, and both low and high diving boards. In addition, kickboards and floating devices are available for patron use. The pool is closed during varsity athletic events and on weekends. The hours are 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Janette Mauk observes an old bayonet in the Special Collections Archive in the basement of Axe Library. There are many historical exhibits open for students to enjoy in the special collections room.
Special Collections Axe Library
Many artifacts are stored in the Special Collections in Axe Library.
Although the Pittsburg State University campus is carefully maintained to be attractive, some out-of-the-way areas are just as fascinating as the more familiar ones. The Special Collections and Archives Department in the lower level of Axe Library collects materials pertaining to Kansas and PSU, such as the collection of E. HaldemanJulius, a Girard publisher, which contains his private library, correspondence and publishing records. The collection also features the J.A. Wayland collection, which consists of historical items pertaining to the Socialist movement in early American history, and the collection of Dr. Eva Jessye, a Coffeyville native and a choral director, which contains music, manuscripts and materials relating to African-American history.
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The campus is heated through a boiler system, which distributes steam at temperatures of almost 300 degrees Fahrenheit through pipes that run through underground tunnels to every building on the main campus. The system is operated via a computer in the Physical Plant. Since the pipes get so hot, workers must be cautious and avoid traveling the tunnels alone. In addition, electric wires and Internet cables are connected through these tunnels.
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A crowd gathers around to listen to the band Head Change play in Joplin, Mo, Saturday, Sept. 25.
Rockin’ the fourstates JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Several local bands have sprouted from the red dirt genre of music they play. Their music is not limited to red dirt, however, with selfdescribed rock, alternative, and indie sounds filling out the lineup. “I would consider our band alternative/hard rock”, said Cody Murdock, guitarist for the band Plan B. Plan B hails from Columbus, a small town about 20 miles south of Pittsburg. Besides Murdock, band members include Jared Lloyd on vocals, Justin Hurd on drums and James January on bass. The band has had its current members for about eight months now. However, in that short amount of time, they’ve already managed to make themselves well-known. Fans can hear their music often just by turning on the radio. They agree that being persistent is what helped them gain spots on the radio. “It takes a hundred calls and out of 99 you’ll get nothing, but that one will get you far,” said January. “You have to keep pushing. Some will let you down and some won’t.” The band members have a wide variety of musical influences including Bob Seeger, Ozzy Osbourne, Dimebag Darryl, as well as a variety of metal bands. The guys say it’s the variety of their influences that assist them in bringing out their own style of music. “I’m influenced by all different kinds of music,” said Lloyd. “Vocally, I would say I’m more influenced by Lance Daily and probably Chris Cornell. They’re amazing vocalists and no one can touch them. I just try to do my best.” Currently, they’re working on completing a full-length album, which will feature between 12 and 14 songs. The guys say that when writing a song, they do it as a team. One person throws out ideas and the rest feed off of that. While they have a variety of songs, they most often use their music as a way to stand up for the way they feel life should be, and can be, instead of the way it often is. “If you really listen to our lyrics, that’s what we try to say,” said Murdock. “We’re here for a good time and we don’t agree with everything that goes on in this world, but we know the world can be a better place than it is.”
All of the members stay busy with school, family and work, but this doesn’t keep them away from their music. They usually play gigs three out of four weekends a month, and although they’re busy with their personal lives, they say it’s the music that guides them. “Music runs our lives,” said Hurd. “It explains life and I think that’s what music’s for.” Plan B often performs at local bars and Wally Wetbone Productions. Through the lounges. company, Edwards says the members do their “Our shows are going to be loud,” said own booking. They also periodically coordiJanuary. “Fans can expect that we’ll give it our nate music festivals featuring a variety of local all and do everything we can to make it a good bands. The largest of these festivals was at the time for our fans.” Eastport Pitt, near Columbus. They invited Another band from Columbus is Pit 42, bands from all across the four-state area to whose members include Blaine Edwards on perform and brought in hundreds of fans. vocals, Logan Glasgow on drums and Will Pit 42’s Upcoming shows include a HalBlessant on bass. loween party on Pit 42 features Oct. 28, at Round two Pittsburg Top skating rink State University in Columbus and students, both on at Up In Flames guitar: Cody Morin Webb City, Mo, ris, sophomore in Nov. 6. Pit 42 also automotive techperformed at the nology, and Ethan Gorilla Village Blessant, sopholast semester for more in biology. the Gorilla Radio The members of Birthday Bash. Pit 42 say that Another band who one of their main performed at that influences is the event was Head band Clutch. Change, from Jop“I listen to a lin, Mo. lot of blues music, “It was differas well as music ent, that’s what I from The Black like,” said Brian Keys and Clutch,” Little, drummer for said Morris. Head Change. “We The band play at a lot of the plays all original same smoky bars. songs, and says It’s nice to come this benefits them out and play at a Joe Rhatigan, lead singer of the band Head because no one nice campus. It was Change, performs their song “Blood Sucker” has anything to during the day and compare them to, in Joplin, Mo, on Saturday, Sept. 25. nobody was drunk. other than their It was more about previous show. the music. I really liked it.” “We put a lot of time in our music and Other members of Head Change include when people give a lot of feedback and enjoy Joseph Rhatigan on vocals, Derek Rhatigan on our music it makes us feel really good,” said guitar and Matt Vance on bass. Head Change Glasgow. formed in February. 2009 when all members The band has its own music company called had connections with a mutual friend, who also
Matt Vance, bass, closes the concert with an ending solo Saturday, Sept 25. Photos by Jodi Helﬁn
aided in naming the band and their first album. Band members say their name explains what they’ve been through in life and illustrates their ability to bounce back from drug addictions and other previous habits. “I’m clean now, that’s the reason we’re here talking today,” said Little. “The idea of ‘Head Change’ is kind of a no junk, no soul theme. It fits, because that’s where we had all been.” D. Rhatigan says that having gone through these experiences is what has made the band members who they are today. They say this is also the source for the music they write. “I prefer to play originals, because we really get into it and the audience can feel it,” said J. Rhatigan. The writing process for Head Change is much like the other bands, as all members have a say in what is written and the way it is written. The members say each of them brings his own inspiration and ideas to the songs. “One of our powerhouse moments is that Joe’s lyrics always seem to fit what the song is about,” said Little. “Although even if someone kicks off the idea it seems like everyone has a say in it. It’s not Joe’s song, or Derek’s song, or Brian’s song, it evolves. It’s not one of those things where an ego takes over.” All of the members of the band have lives outside of their music. However, J. Rhatigan and Little agree that what help them balance everything are the women in their lives. J. Rhatigan is married and has a child and Little has two kids and a girlfriend. “If you’re going to be with someone, you have to have a woman in your life that can put up with that way of life,” said J. Rhatigan. “You have to have a woman who can support you all the way through or it’s worthless to have anybody in your life.” This way of life not only requires a certain type of woman, but a certain type of person to keep up with the demands of life onstage. “We’re trying to make a scene instead of fitting into the scene,” said Edwards.
Students talk sex with comedian Daniel Packard JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter
Live Group Therapist Daniel Packard explains about relationships and sex to students in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
About 120 students were talking about sex last night in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Student Activities Council hosted a group sex therapy session at 7 p.m., conducted by comedian Daniel Packard. Packard discussed topics such as fear and vulnerability, both before and during a relationship. He also spoke of situations in his own life. “I was the original wedding crasher,” said Packard during his presentation. “Although I was at a lesbian wedding once, which made it more difficult.” Packard is classified by East Coast Entertainment as a socio-comedian. He added comic relief to a subject that is typically controversial. “I liked his style,” said Rob Clark, freshman in biology. “He used comedy to diffuse the seriousness of some of his stuff.” Packard performs across the world including Europe, Latin America, Dubai, as well as the United States. He has a radio show in Vancouver, Canada, as well. During his presentation, he had audience members text in polls, questions and comments. He did so by giving a number to text to that would send the answers straight to his computer and in turn, to the projection screen. Among the topics
he had the women text was a reason they rejected a guy in the past. Answers that were texted back included “too much facial hair,” “bald,” “weird,” “bad teeth” and even “small penis.” Nichole Brown, senior in human factors psychology, said she found the presentation to be more humorous than educational. “I was expecting it to be funny, but I was kind of expecting more of a sociological aspect to it, as opposed to just stereotyping and making jokes,” said Brown. “I liked his use of technology. I thought it was an interesting way to use texting during a presentation.” He had female audience members text whether or not they thought guys liked the thrill of a chase. seventy percent said yes. He then had men text in whether they liked girls to help with the process of the chase. The majority of the men who answered “yes.” His point was that it’s easier for a woman to ask a man on a date than it is for a man to ask a woman, because the man will generally say yes. He also encouraged women to be more confident and proactive, and talked about how awesome it is that women can make life. He says that’s what gives women all the power in male-female relationships. Jonna Fearmonti, junior in communication, was in charge of putting this
Students laugh at the Live Group Sex Therapy sponsored by the Student Activities Council. event together. She says that she and other Student Activities Council members booked Packard to address issues many people have a hard time discussing. “We wanted to make it easier to talk about this topic, so there’s not such a shadow over men and women being able to talk about sex and relationships in general,” said Fearmonti. “It seems like
no matter what age you are, no one’s able to really talk about that.” She says she feels that with the presentation also being comedic, it ends up entertaining and fun, as well as informative. The student activities members had a dating doctor speak last spring semester and try to bring in a similar speaker each semester.