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To toke or not to toke: JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Students’ views are varying on whether medical marijuana should be legalized. Jessica Criser, a non-traditional student in nursing, and Alana White, junior in political science, support legalization; whereas, Joel Ybarra,
senior in communication education, is against legalization. Other students like Ross Stone, senior in theater, and Danny Penn, senior in history, are fairly neutral on the matter. “I was raised to believe marijuana wasn’t something to do,” Penn said. “However, not being in the amount of pain that people who it is prescribed
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to are. I can’t say for sure whether I would use it or not if I were in their situation.” At a time when Kansas lawmakers voted to ban K2, a synthetic form of marijuana, a bill has been introduced to legalize medical marijuana. “If we want to accept change as Obama suggests, we need to look past
our prejudices and examine our options for the most beneficial solution,” White said. Kansas State Rep. Gail Finney, who proposed the bill, hopes that at the very least this bill will raise awareness. “Something like this takes people
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Pittsburg State University grounds crew clear the ice and snow off Lindburg Plaza, on Monday, Feb. 1, to help students safely get to class.
Adverse weather conditions make for messy maintenance CANESE JARBOE Collegio Reporter With the snowiest winter seen in years, there have been a lot of surprises for the Pittsburg State University administration and faculty. Between costs and labor, the university is pulled taut while students are put at a disadvantage because of limited parking in bad weather. The PSU Physical Plant employs nearly 118 people and the campus extends about 500 acres. For the past several years, it has taken more than half a million dollars to pay for materials used on a daily basis. Wanda Endicott, director of cus-
Grounds crew clean the snow off the campus streets on Saturday, Feb. 3. todial and general services, says the department keeps campus safety as its No. 1 priority. “We’ve had some overtime of
course. We check the weather and keep tabs on impending storms,” Endicott said. “The crew has come in at 4 a.m. when they usually come in at 7 a.m.
Playing the house New casino proposal will allow more gaming in Kan.
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dog track owners currently pay 40 percent of their profits to the state, making it difficult to stay open. With the new proposal,
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JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Pittsburg State University students, like Matt Ross, junior in technology education, believe that allowing gaming in Kansas would be beneficial to its residents. “Many Southeast Kansans travel to Oklahoma casinos for entertainment,” Ross said. “The revenue benefits would help our state climb out of debt and help our local economy.” A proposal has been announced to allow a lower percentage of revenues to go to the state from casinos. Horse and
We want to keep students safe and they put in a lot of work to keep the campus running smoothly. Even though it costs a lot, it’s something that has to be done.” Jessica Kubler, undeclared freshman, says that parking during winter weather is an issue that needs to be addressed. “Parking isn’t that great when it’s nice out, so it’s just awful whenever it snows,” Kubler said. “I normally leave my house 15 minutes before class, but when the weather is bad, I have to leave 45 minutes early just to find a decent parking spot.” Kubler says getting a parking space at school can be difficult when there are more students driving to school and snow taking up space. “When it’s cold out, nobody wants to walk and everyone is trying for the closest spots,” Kubler said. “Not only that, but the snow gets piled in parking spots ... which makes it even harder.”
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Striking the ideal balance between providing for college students and allowing them appropriate freedom is a tricky job. This is especially the case with nutrition. College life gives students the responsibility to make their own choices in regards to what they eat. However, for students who are on a meal plan, their options are somewhat limited to what is served in the cafeteria. “I think the university does a good job of having healthy food available in the dining hall,” Cody Frieden, sophomore in construction engineering technology, said. “I think it is the students’ responsibility to make healthy decisions when faced with healthy and not-so-healthy food choices.” Sodexo provides a sizable salad bar and vegetarian options for most meals. This is often coupled with hot entrees that, while popular, often lack nutritional merit. However, does the
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Official: Taliban using civilians as shields MARJAH, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters are increasingly using civilians as human shields in the assault on the southern town of Marjah, an Afghan official said as military squads resumed painstaking house-to-house searches in the Taliban stronghold. About 15,000 NATO and Afghan troops are taking part in the offensive around Marjah, which has an estimated 80,000 inhabitants and was the largest town in southern Helmand province under Taliban control. NATO hopes to rush in aid and public services as soon as the town is secured to try to win the loyalty of the population. With the assault in its fifth day, insurgents are firing at Afghan troops from inside or next to compounds where women and children appear to have been ordered to stand on a roof or in a window, said Gen. Mohiudin Ghori, the brigade commander for Afghan troops in Marjah.
French offer plan for rebuilding Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — President Nicolas Sarkozy is bringing a French plan to rebuild Haiti with him on Wednesday’s visit to the Caribbean country, a trip officials hope will usher in a new era between France and its former colony. Some Haitians are welcoming France’s new interest in their earthquakeshattered nation as a counterbalance to the United States, which has sent troops there three times in the past 16 years. But Sarkozy’s visit, the first ever by a
French president to what was its richest colony, is also reviving bitter memories of the crippling costs of Haiti’s 1804 independence. A third of the population was killed in an uprising against exceptionally brutal slavery, an international embargo was imposed to prevent slave revolts elsewhere and 90 million pieces of gold were demanded by Paris from the world’s first black republic. The debt hobbled Haiti,it seemed for life.
Astronauts take in views of Earth CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In a highly anticipated grand finale to their mission, astronauts opened the shutters on the International Space Station’s new observation deck Wednesday and were humbled by “absolutely spectacular” views of Earth from inside the elaborate atrium of windows. The $27 million lookout opened each of its seven eyes one window at a time as the crews of the station and shuttle Endeavour carried out their third and final spacewalk. It was the moment everyone had been waiting for: The round central window — the largest ever flown in space — was the first exposed as astronauts inside cranked open the shutter as they sailed 220 miles above the South Pacific. “As expected, the view through window seven is absolutely spectacular,” space station commander Jeffrey Williams said. “When we have the others around it open, it will give us a view of the entire globe. Absolutely incredible.”
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Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, a portion of the International Space Station is featured in this image provided by NASA and photographed by a crew member on the International Space Station while space shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the station Monday, Feb. 15.
Shooting survivor recalls panic, fear HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Seconds after faculty members forced their colleague Amy Bishop out of the cramped conference room where police said she opened fire, the survivors huddled together and braced for what they feared would come next. All that stood between them and the disgruntled professor — now charged with killing three University of Alabama in Huntsville faculty members and wounding three others — was a locked door and a table they used to barricade it shut. One of the survivors said he expected Bishop to shoot her way through their meager defenses at any moment. “I didn’t think I’d come out of the room alive,” said Joseph Ng, an associate professor who was one of 12 people at the meeting when the shooting broke out Friday. “I don’t think any of us thought we’d come out alive.” Bishop, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, was arrested and charged with capital murder and attempted murder.
GOP sees gain in health-care summit In this photo taken Friday, Feb 12, Amy Bishop is taken into custody by Huntsville, Ala., police in connection with fatal shootings on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus.
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Obama and the Democrats are certain to highlight a crucial element of their health care plan — extending coverage to more than 30 million Americans — at the one-of-a-kind event. By comparison, a Republican plan would only help 3 million more. But during a time of ballooning deficits, the GOP figures reining in rising medical costs — not coverage — could resonate with voters in an election year. The Democratic health overhaul plan is estimated at some $1 trillion over 10 years, and Republicans will contrast their financial approach with that of the Democrats. So even on Obama’s turf, the GOP thinks it can score a few political points.
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■ MARIJUANA from page 1 “Something like this takes people stepping out and standing up for Kansas and encouraging everyone to continue working toward legalizing it,” Finney said. According to medicalmarijuana.procon.org, marijuana is a combination of particles from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is made up of dried flowers, stems and seeds from the plant. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Ofﬁce (GAO), medical marijuana can aid in Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia, AIDS, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, migraines, multiple sclerosis, nausea, pain, spasticity and wasting syndrome. “I have lived in Oregon where medical marijuana has been legal
for many years,” Criser said. “It was a well-regulated treatment option and a very private medical option discussed between a patient and their physician. If it were legal in Kansas, I can’t imagine anyone really noticing that the law went into effect because it is such a personal choice.” In a poll taken by two Ph.D.s and an M.D., marijuana was believed to be one of the least addictive drugs, compared to other drugs, which included alcohol and nicotine. Currently about 54.4 percent of physicians are in favor of medical marijuana. “As someone who has had a chronic illness, I can sympathize with people who smoke it to help ease their pain. Sometimes
it’s the only thing to make them feel better,” Finney, who has had lupus, said. According to medicalmarijuna.procon.org, non-supporters, such as U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, argue that there isn’t enough scientific research to prove marijuana has any health benefits. It also states other non-supporters like John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, believe smoking marijuana damages the brain, heart, lungs and immune system. However, marijuana doesn’t have to be smoked. It can be used in butter and cooking oil, tonics or vaporized. Already, pharmaceutical drugs like Sativex are on the market. Sativex is a drug that contains chemicals taken directly
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responsibility to eat well necessarily fall to the university? “My sense is that it is a shared responsibility. One, the provider needs to offer some healthier options and, two, the consumer needs to be selective and be mindful of portions,” Todd Wixson, general manager of Gibson Dining Hall, said. Unfortunately, national trends indicate that more and more students are becoming incapable of forgoing the fatty foods and opting for a salad. A recent government study reports that while 14 percent of students are obese before their freshman year, 17 percent are obese by the end of their freshman year. “I would say most people probably just eat what they think would taste the best,” Frieden said. The argument could be made that both healthy and wide-appealing option recipes do exist, but the reality is that many of these recipes are expensive and unrealistic for a mass-produced meal. “The university has standards in place that Sodexo abides by that provide for healthy options,” Wixson said. “For instance, for breakfast service we must provide two whole-grain cereals, fresh juice, yogurt and whole fresh fruit.” It may seem like these items would be quick to go, especially among those who are motivated to stick to a healthy diet. However, that isn’t always the case. “Although these items are available, they are, sadly, the least used,” Wixson said. The increased availability of junk food plus the low cost means that college students are following the national patterns regarding weight gain. Coming up with their own wholesome meals can be time-consuming and more expensive, and many students aren’t willing to put in the effort, relying instead upon fast food or whatever is on the menu in Gibson Dining Hall. “There is healthy food available in the dining hall,” Peter Kipp, sophomore in accounting, said. “The vegetables and salad bar they offer prove nutritious and when they offer their pasta selection, I enjoy it. Students may not think that it is the highest quality that God’s Earth can provide, but the option is there if they desire to eat healthy.” The Pitt State Web site offers Sodexo’s menus and nutrition information for many of the food options. They also have a feedback section where customers or students can voice their opinions on what is being served. “My hope is, of course, that a student takes one piece of pizza, a small salad, and a piece of fresh fruit instead of four pieces of pizza for lunch,” Wixson said.
the percentage to 22 percent, Phil Rufﬁn Sr., owner of the Greyhound Park in Frontenac, will be able to reopen. Instead of paying $225 million to the state, the owner would only have to pay $100 million. The privilege fee the gaming zone is required to pay would be lowered from $25 million to $11 million, which would aid the zone in finding a potential developer. The bill would lower the investment casinos in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone of Crawford and Cherokee counties are required to pay. All of these factors will play a part in bringing casinos, as well as dog and horse tracks, to Southeast
from the marijuana plant, medicalmarijuana.com said. Students like Ybarra are against the bill. “I don’t think it should be passed because then we would be saying that marijuana is an OK thing to do and that it would make you look cool,” Ybarra said. “I understand most people die from other forms of abuse rather than marijuana use, but it still doesn’t give Kansas the right to promote the use of marijuana.” Finney said the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is one of her biggest supporters, along with the Marijuana Policy Project. NORML founder Keith Stroup, performed a group study that showed 80 percent of Ameri-
cans favored medical marijuana. “This is an election year and I think most legislators are worried about not being reelected if they support a bill like this,” Finney said. “I think a lot of voters are in support of it, though. They just need to contact their legislators and representatives and let them know they’ll support this.” Finney says she’s more sympathetic than most legislators and she doesn’t want to see anyone suffer by being arrested or fined for making themselves feel better. Several people in these situations who are grateful and supportive of what she’s doing have already contacted her. She also believes this bill will help the economy by creating business opportunities. Already, there are 14 states
where medical marijuana is legal. These include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Including Kansas, there are 13 states with pending legislation on the issue. “There are a lot of prejudices that the American people hold about the marijuana plant,” White said. “I think Kansas being part of the Bible belt may be too conservative to accept ideas of alternative medicine just yet. Especially medical cannabis since government propaganda has convinced us it’s a negative drug and downplays all the positive effects this controversial plant can provide.”
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Kansas – thus creating revenue in Kansas instead of the people of Kansas spending money in other states. “If somebody wants to gamble, then they’re going to go somewhere else to do it,” Michelle Kimple, senior in multimedia, said. “They might as well do it in their own state.” The bill would allow one casino to open in each of the four areas of Kansas. It will also allow a dog track to open in three areas in Kansas including Wichita, Kansas City and Southeast Kansas. “It would be nice to have something new and exciting to do in our area and at the same time will help the state’s budget ﬁasco,” Ross said.
Bailie Hatfield, freshman in nursing, disagrees when it comes to commuting on campus. “I haven’t had many problems,” Hatfield said. “I did notice that snow got piled up in a few parking spots behind the stadium, but it’s close to normal for me.” Daniel Hix, undeclared freshman, shared an anecdote about his issues with the wintry parking lots. “I literally once had to park on a mountain of snow,” Hix said. “Someone could slip and fall or get hurt, but it was either that or parking a mile away.” Brittany Laird, freshman in nursing, had her own story too. “I actually got stuck in the parking lot,” Laird said. “It was way too icy, my tires wouldn’t get any traction and there was no way that I could get out without help.” Laird says she wants to see the conditions of the parking lots change in the future. “In the coming weeks, I would really like to see some improvement in the parking lots if it’s going to keep snowing the way that it has,” she said. “The situation just makes it difficult on students who commute to campus.”
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Bingo: not just your granny’s game anymore
PSU class offers new perspective on Middle East BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Collegio Reporter
Students mark off their bingo numbers as they get called during Grocery Bingo in the U-Club on Wednesday, Feb. 17. MADISON DENNIS Collegio Editor-in-Chief Pitt State students got both a blast from the past and a glimpse of the future on Wednesday night at the Student Activities Council’s Grocery Bingo. A glimpse of the future when they realized that bingo was fun, and a blast from the past when everyone giggled as ‘O 69’ was called. According to Maria Baker, freshman in elementary education, SAC prepared for the event almost 15 weeks in advance. “We had to plan what day it would be on last semester,” Baker said. Their planning paid off – the event was well populated, which was evident by the crowded tables and sofas. The event began with a full house, and only got more crowded as it progressed. Soon, students were perched on the computer counters and sitting in the corner sofas. “It’s a fun way to kill an evening and you get free food,” Jacub Bruning, freshman
in commercial graphics management, said. “I got a bingo twice. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.” SAC allotted about $200 from its budget to purchase the groceries to give away. “We just look for common items that you’d see in a dorm room,” SAC member Diane Brack, freshman in wood technology, said. This statement rang true. As students collected their prizes, they accumulated items like Ramen Noodles, Dr Pepper, cookies, chips, and peanut butter and jelly ingredients. The SAC made sure to keep the event suspenseful, allowing two winners per bingo card. They mixed the game up to avoid monotony by including “Black-out Bingo,” which requires a completely marked out card, and “Four-corners,” which requires only the four corner squares of the card to be marked out. Every time the second “Bingo!” was called, there was a collective groan from students who fell short of a win.
“I thought I wasn’t going to get a win there for a while,” Curtis Thurman, freshman in commercial graphics, said. “I got lucky at the end.” Unfortunately, not everyone went home with a prize. There were many students who never had the right combination of letters and numbers to merit a bag of groceries. However, most still enjoyed the evening, and some even managed to see the bright side of things. “Maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t win anything, since I gave up junk food for Lent,” Sallena Samuel, freshman in political science, said. By the end of the night, SAC had given away an entire stage full of bags of groceries, and several students had been lucky enough to double up on wins. A few students broke into their winnings and munched on the way out. “I think everyone really likes it,” Baker said.
Amid piles of schoolwork and a hailstorm of domestic news, students may have missed the Feb. 16 capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a close associate of Osama bin Laden and, allegedly, the Afghan Taliban’s top military leader. A new class at PSU called U.S. Involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan offers the knowledge students need to put news such as this into perspective. Stephen Harmon, associate professor in history, who teaches the class, says students who take his class will have a better appreciation for, and the ability to interpret news, from the Middle East. For example, news agencies are touting Baradar’s capture as a major blow against the Taliban, but Harmon says this may not be the case. “If it’s really who they say it is, then it’s a blow to the Afghan Taliban,” Harmon said. “But there’s a real good chance that this guy’s not as important in the organization as they claim he is. When Musharraf was the president of Pakistan, there were several guys captured who were all described as the No. 3 man in Al-Qaeda. Clearly, they weren’t all the No. 3 man.” While Harmon says educating students into informed citizens is important, it is far from the only goal of his class. About a third of the students enrolled in the class are in ROTC, and Harmon also says that several of his students have already been to Iraq or Afghanistan. “I designed this course partly because this has been where my interests have been leading me, and partly
because it would be useful in preparing our cadets,” Harmon said. “Cultural and political background helps their knowledge of the country and improves their decision-making abilities.” George Johnson, a graduate student enrolled in the class and an instructor in the military science department, agrees. “I think any officer has that moment where he finds out he’s going to Afghanistan and goes out to Barnes and Noble and starts reading,” Johnson said. “But it helps when you have somebody who is a subject-matter expert like Dr. Harmon who can help focus it a little more.” Johnson, who was deployed to the Middle East three times, says classes like this do offer helpful information. “Anything that you can learn about an area is beneficial,” Johnson said. “Its culture, what makes it tick, even basic demographic information can be helpful.” Harmon says that some of our nation’s difficulties in the Middle East have been caused by ill education. He says many young men who were going to Iraq believed they were enacting revenge for the 9/11 bombings, when in reality, Al-Qaeda had probably never shared their attack plans with anyone, let alone the leader of Iraq. “If we’d had a clearer understanding of what was going on, we’d have been less heavy-handed with the population,” Harmon said. “Teenagers went to Iraq thinking the Iraqi people were somehow responsible for 9/11. We’re in this for a long haul. We need to not make enemies faster than we eliminate them, and we need careful planning and cultural sensitivity.”
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promotes advocacy, awareness, networking MANDY TOEPFER Copy Editor For one day, 25 senior nursing students set aside their busy schedules, their PowerPoints and their study guides to attend Day at the Legislature in Topeka to learn about the role of politics in their profession. About 900 nursing students and 300 nursing faculty members, registered nurses and health professionals from around the state of Kansas, attended the event last Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center to listen to speakers, visit exhibits and vendors and hear about current bills. Participants also had the opportunity to tour the Capitol. Although there were a variety of speakers, Paul Herford says the presenters should have put more enthusiasm into their sessions, instead of focusing solely on the legislative part of their topic. “They could have brought it more to our level. They were preaching,” Herford, senior in nursing, said. “I understand that we’re college-age students, but we’re college nursing students, not college government (students).” Judy Coltharp, nursing instructor, says that two bill topics caught students’ attention. One was the Clean Air bill, which would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars, 80 percent of hotel
rooms, taxis, limousines, any enclosed employment area and in home day cares. The other, if enacted, would make it a misdemeanor to text while driving. Although Herford wasn’t impressed with the speakers, he says he realized nursing isn’t just about physically taking care of the patients. “I think if I did have one positive experience it would be that in the general scope of nursing we can’t limit ourselves to just clinicals, theory and technique,” he said. “You have to be an advocate for patients, and if there’s going to be a health-care bill that will benefit your future patients, you need to be an advocate for them now.” This is exactly what Coltharp wanted students to gain from the experience. “Just more of an awareness of, the importance of, being in the nursing profession and you can make a difference,” she said. Alexandra Alcox says she was surprised by how much politics interplayed with nursing. “It was a very political day,” Alcox, senior in nursing and a Kansas State Nurses Association membership chair, said. “It kind of opened our eyes to like, ‘Wow, there’s politics in nursing that nurses aren’t very active in,’ but it played a major role for us.” This year marked the 34th year the
KSNA has held the event. The PSU Nursing Department has attended the event for more than 10 years. Coltharp requires her Leadership in Nursing students to either attend Day at the Legislature or help with the high school career day at the nursing building, teaching students skills, such as how to measure blood pressure. She says by participating in one of the two events, students can see a different type of leadership role. “It’s two really different avenues, they’re really in one aspect being taught or increasing their knowledge base in one area, and yet, teaching high school students in another,” she said. Alcox says she has no problem with mandatory attendance. In fact, she would like junior nursing students to participate in Day at the Legislature as well, if their schedule permits. “I think that it should be required and students should partake in these so that we can see the whole health-care system, instead of just one aspect of it,” she said. Because students are going to be working with these nursing professionals soon, Alcox says the event provided the perfect environment to network. “We have to work with each other, so why not get to know each other now? Make those friendships, make them blossom,” she said. “When we become
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Long-sought success can mean risking sense of self, belonging could – no, I SHOULD be attending my lecture classes more often. It’s just that big-arse room in Yates Hall is so hot, and there are so many people and there’s just so much … science … and math … and mathy-science. When I’m there, my legs bounce and jimmy under the table, vibrate the desktop. The person sitting next to me notices that her pen is trembling away from her notebook. I start to sweat. My ears get hot. I get scared. I get mad. I have to get the heck out of here before I start screaming and stripping. Was I always this nervous? Well, yeah. I thought I’d gotten over it; I thought we were done with the classroom panic attacks. But then came senior year, and all of the sudden, I’m flailing and kicking and biting and spitting like I did way back in the first grade when it took four nurses to hold me down so my pediatrician could draw some blood from my fingertip. It’s not so much about general anxiety
anymore; the stakes are higher now, because if I pass these classes, then I’m outta here. And if I’m outta here … everything changes. For five years, I’ve heard so many soon-to-be-graduates confess their uncertainties about moving on and away from the relatively small arena that is Pittsburg. So many of my comrades are from small Kansas and Missouri towns, and those who’ve spent a decent chunk of their lives on a campus of only several thousand come to understand REBECCA themselves as part of a BAUMAN definite group, as having a role, as having Staff purpose. Writer If life is a pie chart, the smaller the town and the fewer the people means the more substance and space one’s life is given. Less competition, more recognition. All is familiar and, with time, mastered. We are, indeed, big fish in a small pond. And it’s a great comfort; the trappings of bigness soothe even the shiest and the quietest and the least intrusive of persons. When you’re the big fish, what’s to fear? And who? And why? But when we move away from this
environment – this relatively small town And who the heck am I in New York, and this relatively small school and this or LA, or Chicago, or Seattle? Do people relatively small pond – even know I exist? we risk giving up our If I fall in the street big fish status. Which amid a throng of can be a terrifying other citizens, can f life is a pie chart, they hear my cursprospect. I’ve lived in rural ing? the smaller the areas and I’ve lived in So you can see, town and the fewer large cities. I’ve lived perhaps, my issue North and I’ve lived with these lecture the people means South. I’ve lived in classes. This is just the more substance nice suburban houses the beginning, I and squatted in abanthink. This is what and space one’s doned urban buildings. it’s like to know For a long time, I got you’re just another life is given. Less used to being without face in the crowd, a competition, more status – a wanderer. part of the blur. This, But now that I’ve here, is about sitting recognition. All is been at PSU for five down, shutting up, familiar and, with years, I’ve submitted and memorizing to the vulnerability Kepler’s Laws of time, mastered.” that comes with roots. Planetary Motion. I have something to The universe is give up if and when I so big. leave this school, and it ain’t just access And when I start to hyperventilate, that to a Braum’s franchise: I have to give up a girl whose pen I almost grounded begins sense of weightiness, a sense of identity. to scootch her chair away from mine. To Pittsburg, I am the columnist. I am And she sees that I am unpredictable. I the stray-dog advocate. I am the intensely am the spaz. I am the nutjob. pensive feminist. I am the co-creator of Good, I think. This is progress. This, at Barnburner Tropical Sno. least, is something.
thisweek’squestion Which campus buildings would you like to see renovated? “Trout and Tanner, because I had to stay there one night as a freshman and it was like staying in a dungeon. Dellinger and Nation are so much bigger and nicer.” Kyle Renner, sophomore in biology
“I think Whitesitt. It’s one of the oldest buildings on campus and the bottom floor looks really cruddy. And I know for international students it’s one of the first buildings they see, since that’s where the international education program is centered.” Caleb Hyes, junior in computer science and Spanish
“I’d say Grubbs, because when you go upstairs it seems like it’s not as new-looking as some of the other buildings. Maybe they could just update some of the desks that seem to be kind of small.” Chealsey Moore, freshman in nursing
“I think Kelce. It’s a pretty popular place for business and many other students. It’s just an older building that does not have much cosmetic appeal. I really think it just needs a facelift.” Evan Townsend, senior in recreation and leisure
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Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser brings out the bold and the cold
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Frontenac firefighters jumped into the Crimson Villas’ freezing pool during this year’s Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The Polar Bear Plunge promotes and helps to support the Crawford County Special Olympics team. This year’s event raised about $15,000. (Right) Lindsay Nance, junior in chemistry, participated in this year’s charity event. Team ‘B-Day’ tested out the waters at this year’s Polar Bear Plunge. The pool’s temperature at one point was measured at 34 degrees.
More than 100 people turned out for this year’s event. Several PSU students and members of the Pittsburg community braved the waters for what would be the largest Polar Bear Plunge to date.
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Off to a hot start: PSU beats Newman 8-7 in season opener CHRIS YORK Sports Editor PSU started off the 2010 baseball season in an exciting fashion with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Newman in Wichita on Tuesday. Despite a frigid 33-degree temperature, the Gorillas heated things up when they opened up an early 2-0 lead in the first
inning. Pitt was able to open up an early lead with patience at the plate as they drew three of the game’s six walks in the first inning to put Newman in quite a pickle. Unfortunately for the Gorillas, they could only muster two runs while stranding two on base to end the first inning. Junior Alex Schell got the start for PSU on the bump and kept the Newman batters from
accumulating much offense. The Pitt defense played sturdy behind Schell giving him three scoreless innings to help protect the lead. Newman got on the board in the fourth inning with back-to-back hits to tighten up the game at 2-1. Pitt added to their lead in the sixth as Taylor Sibala and leftfielder Jason Graves each batted in runs to extend the lead 4-1. Newman came to life in the
sixth and seventh innings as they tacked on three runs in each inning to take their first lead of the game 4-7. The Gorillas rallied in the eighth inning, capitalizing on two errors and timely hitting as they were able to get three runs in the eighth to tie the score at seven a piece. Junior Brady Scott came in for relief, and a relief he was indeed. Scott worked 2 2/3 inning of shut down pitching as he put
away all eight batters he faced. Sibala had the hot hand all day for Pitt and was able to drive in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. The defense played stout to finish out the game as Newman went one, two, three to end the game 8-7. Sibala led the way for the Gorillas offensively, going 4-6 from the plate with one run and two RBIs. Junior Jeremy Graves also
had a decent day going 2-5 with one RBI. Schell went six innings, allowing only five hits and three earned runs with two strikeouts. Scott went perfect through his innings striking out three on no hits and no walks. The Gorillas hope to get its home opener in this weekend as they are scheduled to face Wayne State in a four-game series at Al Ortolani Field this Saturday and Sunday.
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Mary Jo Swan, Roslynn Nelson and Josie McCracken compete in the women’s 55-meter dash during the Pitt State Indoor Invitational in the John Lance Arena on Friday, Feb. 12. CHRIS YORK Sports Editor No record is safe with this year’s indoor track and field squad as two more records were broken this last week at the Pitt State Invitational. Junior Kiara Jones set a new John Lance Arena record with his effort in the triple jump. Jones jump of 51-1.75 foot bested the 19-year-old
record of 50-2 foot. Jones also placed second in the long jump with a 22-11.75 foot finish. On the women’s side, junior sprinter Rosalyn Nelson won the 55-meter in 7.10 time that set a new best by one tenth of a second. Both the men and women had fine showings in their first home meet of the season. Senior Jeremy Jackson took first
in the 55m hurdles in 7.39 and also had a third place showing in the 55m with a time of 6.43. Senior Brian Allen is already a national qualifier, but hasn’t slowed down as he won the weight toss with his season’s best throw of 63-4.75. If that was not enough, Allen also won the shot put with a 56-5.25 toss. Senior Gavin Wuthrich was hot on Allen’s heels in the shot put as he finished third with
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would hold until halftime. The Gorillas went into the locker room trailing by 10. The lead could have been out of reach, but the Gorillas put pressure on the Hornets’ The Pitt State men’s basketball team leading scorer, Matt Boswell, who had 12 in had its hands full last night when it took on the first half. Senior guard Spencer Magana the Hornets of Emporia State University. led the Gorillas at the The Gorillas’ conferhalf dropping eight ence play continued to points, followed closely struggle as they fell to by Rodney Grace, who the Hornets by a score contributed seven. of 65-42. The Gorillas got The Gorillas shot off to a good start in just 31.9 percent from the second half as CJ the field compared Masters drained a shot to 52 percent for the from behind the arch to Hornets. ESU’s Lamar cut the deficit to seven. Wilbern led all scorers Turnovers and a few with 16 points, folmissed shots proved lowed by Matt Boswell, costly for the Gorillas as who finished with 13, the Hornets jumped out and Jerimiah Box, who to a 17-point lead with contributed 12. about 10 minutes left Emporia State held in the game. Magana a slight advantage with cooled off and was held a 7-10 MIAA record, scoreless in the second compared to the Gorilhalf, which gave Grace las’ conference record an opportunity to step of 2-15. up and end the game Tip-off was set for with 14 points and three 7:30 after the women’s rebounds. team upset victory, and With the loss, the the crowd of 3,044 fans Andrew Dodson/Collegio was hoping to see the Junior forward Clarence Masters Gorillas’ conference Gorillas build up motries to stay away from the Em- record took another hard mentum as the season poria State Hornets on Wednes- hit, but the they will be in action this Saturday winds down. day, Feb. 17. in Topeka to take on the The first half started out pretty evenly until 9:59 to go in the half, Ichabods of Washburn University. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. when ESU got out to a big lead, which they
a throw of 55-6.5 foot, a season best for him as well. The Gorillas placed two in the top three in pole vault as junior Ethan Hobbs won the event at 15-11, followed by freshman Colbie Snyder who placed third with a 15-3 foot jump. The 4x400 claimed victory with a 3:32.96 time to round out the top finishers for the PSU men. With all the records being broken,
junior Gretchen Clark stole the show as she won the high jump at 5-6.5 foot in her debut as a Gorilla. With the first place finish, Clark earned herself a provisional qualifying mark that currently stands as the fourth best in DII. Junior Michelle Mitchell kept up the winning ways as she won the pole vault event at
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Gorillas get payback against Hornets RYAN CHANDLER Collegio Reporter The Gorillas were looking to even the score with the Hornets Wednesday after losing a hard-fought game in Emporia 78-76 on Jan. 6. The game started off with Pittsburg State trying to pound the ball inside. They succeeded in doing so by getting to the foul line early. Both teams were in a bit of foul trouble early in the game with both teams going into the bonus. “We did a good job of attacking the basket and getting them into foul trouble, and the only way we could really score is by getting to the line and we did a good job of making free throws,” head coach Lane Lord said. The Gorillas, wearing pink uniforms to show their support for breast-cancer research, kept pounding the ball inside and playing hard defense on the Hornets and forcing turnovers. PSU took advantage of these turnovers, making the fast break points for a 6-0 run close to the end of the half. But the Hornets battled back to get the half within two points. The rebounding was relatively even, with both teams crashing the boards hard to prevent second-chance points. Senior Nicole McCombs led the way for the Gorillas on the rebounds in the first half, bringing down everything that came her way underneath the basket. Early in the second half, the Gorillas clung to a two-point lead with a game plan little different from the first half, getting the Hornets to commit
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Laura Glenn shoots over a Hornet defender in John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
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pittstatebriefs Homecoming committee accepting applications Interested in being a part of the 2010 Homecoming Committee? Applications are available at the Campus Activities Center in the Overman Student Center or online. The committee meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the student center. Completed applications are to be turned in no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. For more information, e-mail Adam Brown at email@example.com or call (785) 534-2675.
Pancake fundraiser The PSU Formula SAE team will be hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. Cost per person is $5. To purchase a ticket, e-mail Tim Good at tgood@gus. pittstate.edu. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Free tax services available Pitt State students involved in SIFE, Beta Alpha Psi and the Department of Accounting will be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Students and low-income households ($38,000 or less) are qualified to receive free tax services in 105 Kelce. Assistance is available for the following forms: Form 1040 EZ, Form 1040 A, Form 1040-V, Schedule 1-3 & EIC, Form 1040, Form 1040-ES, Schedule A, B, EIC & R, Form 2441 and Form 8812. Times for assistance are: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 18, 21
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Dance club meeting The newly formed PSU Dance Club will have its first meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Prairie Room of the Overman Student Center. The club will cover a variety of dance styles. All students are welcome to join. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIFE value cards on sale
SIFE will be selling its value cards now through Friday, Feb. 19. Cards cost $5, but are worth more than $100 in savings. Value cards can be used for Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Hardee’s, Wheat State, Subway and more. To purchase a card, contact any SIFE member, stop by 102 Kelce or call 235-4599. Card payments can be made with cash or checks payable to ‘PSU SIFE.’
As a fundraising event to sponsor a child from Africa, International Student Association is hosting a night market at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Oval. Night markets are streets filled with booths selling food, household items, clothes and games. For more information, e-mail Vidhi Kundalia at email@example.com.
Weede pool closed Because of a mechanical problem, the pool at the Weede building will be closed until further notice.
First Provost/VPAA interview
The first of four interviews for the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs position will be this Friday, Feb. 19. The candidate will be Lynette J. Olson. A summary of Olson’s credentials will be posted on GUS under Internal PSU Documents.
From 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the U-Club, Gorillas in Your Midst will sponsor a karaoke night. There will be a number of giveaways, including T-shirts and Wheat State pizza and Wal-Mart gift cards. For more information, call J.T. Knoll at 2354062.
Board game night From 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, the International Programs and Services Office is hosting a game night at the United Methodist Campus Ministry, 201 E. Williams. Participants will have a chance to play board games, card games and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided. For more information, e-mail Cathy Lee Arcuino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter writing party To help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Up ‘til Dawn will be sponsoring a letter writing party at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Attendees should bring at least 35 addresses to send the letters. Those who send 50 letters will be eligible for a drawing to win a Nintendo Wii.
Vegetarian potluck From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in 107 Yates Hall, PSU’s Veggie-Rillas will be holding a vegetarian potluck. Attendees are required to bring a vegetarian dish to share. All students and staff are welcome to come. For more information, e-mail Jessica Criser at email@example.com.
Conductor to take a new teaching role Music professor Stella Hastings is stepping down as the conductor for the Southeast Kansas Symphony to begin a full-time professorship at PSU in the area of voice and vocal performance. She will begin her new position this summer after her final performance with the symphony, which will be April 18. Selim Giray, associate professor of music in violin and viola, will take Hastings spot and become the new Southeast Kansas Symphony conductor. Giray has been a member of the symphony for years, and has even guest conducted in the past.
Pitt State Apps new and improved for easier document upload, editing Recently, Google has unveiled some new features for Google docs and thus Pitt State Apps. Some of these features are pretty exciting. These new features include but are not limited to uploading any file to docs in Pitt State Apps, a new way to view the files that you have already uploaded to docs in Pitt State Apps, and co-editor presence in Presentations. Apps used to limit you to only uploading text files, presentation files, etc. You were not allowed to upload any music or other large files. Not anymore. Now you are allowed to
upload almost anything. As long as this file does not exceed the 1 gigabyte file size limitation, everything is fine. For example, you could use this to keep a portfolio of some of your works, and you can access this portfolio from any computer that has Internet access. Pitt State Apps now has the ability to view your uploaded docs in thumbnail view. A snapshot of your doc will be taken and displayed if you select this option. This will make it much easier to pick out some of the docs in your collection. However, a thumbnail will not be generated for all file types, only the most common ones (all of the normal Pitt State Apps and other files such as PDF’s and Photos). Along with this the search, spelling correction have been
combined so that if you happen to misspell a word while searching for a doc you are less likely to come up with zero results. No more need to worry about changing over corrections that someone has already made in a shared presentation. With the new Co-editor presence in Presentations it will be easier than ever to tell when, where and what someone else is editing in a presentation you are working on. It used to only tell you that someone else was working on this presentation. Now it will do not only that, but also show you what slide they are on and what item on that slide they are working on. That way you don’t end up working over each other. If you have questions about this or any other technology questions, contact Gorilla Geeks at 620-235-4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bannister aims for full season SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Brian Bannister considers his up-anddown 2009 season to be incomplete. He opened 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his first four starts, then went 1-3 with an 8.20 ERA in his next five starts. Bannister improved to 3-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 starts from June 9 - Aug. 12, but then lost his final five decisions. He didn’t pitch due to shoulder fatigue after a Sept. 2 start at Oakland, when
he lasted just 1 1-3 innings. “I was battling some stuff,” Bannister said Tuesday after throwing off a mound at the Royals volunteer minicamp. “I really just didn’t get a chance to finish the season. That’s what I was most disappointed about because I really felt like I pitched well about two-thirds of the year, and I wasn’t able to complete it.” Bannister had a 9.29 ERA in his final six starts. “I was still battling, but the
numbers I was putting up that month were unacceptable,” he said. “I was disappointed. It wasn’t fair to the guys. I was giving up almost a run an inning that entire month. My stuff didn’t have good late movement. It wasn’t electric. It was definitely the right decision to shut me down.” Bannister’s shoulder problems began on May 13 when he left a start at Oakland in the sixth inning with stiffness in his right
shoulder. Still, he took his next turn. “I kind of strained the back of my shoulder and was trying to pitch through it, and it wasn’t recovering in time,” he said. “It kept getting worse and worse. It was frustrating more than anything to me.” Bannister, who turns 29 on Feb. 28, spent the offseason working with trainers to strengthen the shoulder. He has thrown off a mound five times without
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11-9.75 foot. Freshman Jalexis Peterson continues to shine as the youngster, earning a first place finish with a jump of 36-11.75 foot. Like the men, the women shot put participants did not disappoint as sophomore Heidi Smith took first at 44-2 and sophomore Larissa Richards following Smith in third place with a 42-11 mark. Red shirt freshman Marissa Quillon won the 800m in 2:31.24 and sophomore Megan Stahl placed second in the 400m at 1:03.39. Stahl would get a first place finish in the 4x400 relay as the Gorillas took the race at a time of 4:19.16. As the end of the indoor season draws to a close, the Gorillas look poised to make noise in the indoor championships. Pitt will use this weekend to prepare for the championships as some will head to the Nebraska Tune-Up meet in Lincoln, while the rest will travel to the UCM classic this weekend.
five early fouls. The Gorillas went on a 13-2 run aided by those early fouls and their ability to get the basket for high-quality shots. “Yeah, that was our game plan,” Lord said. “We wanted to attack the rack and make sure we touched the post or either get there by the pass or by the drive. We did a great job of executing that game plan.” The Hornets didn’t fold after letting Pitt go for a quick run. The foul situation quickly switched sides, with McCombs picking up her fourth foul 10 minutes into the half. The Hornets caught fire from behind the arch, hitting threes to get even with the Gorillas with five minutes to play. With that, McCombs checked into the game to bring back the presence down low. The game tied at 53 and sophomore Amanda Orloske hit a go-ahead three-pointer to give the Gorillas the lead late in the game. Defense was a huge factor throughout. With McCombs fouling out of the game with two minutes to go, the Gorillas heightened the defense on the guards. “I really think the key to the game was defensively our point guards containing Cassondra Boston for the night, forcing her to turn the ball over a little bit,” said Lord. PSU used its abilities at the free-throw line at the end of the game with senior Maya Onikute hitting key free throws under a minute to go. That secured the win 71-67 over the 10th-ranked Hornets. The Gorillas are back in action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Nebraska-Omaha on senior night at John Lance Arena.
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Tech students first to test thermal analysis machine Students in the manufacturing/metal casting program are forging a path for the United States by testing a thermal analysis machine that has never before been used in the country. The casting lab, led by engineering technology professor Russ Rosmait, recently received the Thermaltest 5,000 thermal analysis unit from Foseco Metallurgical, which is a company based in Brussels, Belgium. The machine uses advanced technology to perform a computer analysis of molten metal and reports the element composition of the metal to the operator. The Thermaltest 5,000 has been used exclusively in Europe for the past several years. Rosmait was quoted as saying on the Pitt State Web site that the composition of the metal is important because metals with poor traits can lead to problems in manufacturing and production. As part of the class, students are expected to compare the Thermaltest with an older
model that is already available in the U.S. and submit a paper of their research to be published with the American Foundry Society. The machine is only being lent to PSU by Foseco and will be returned to the company by the end of the month. Although the students have used the machine only for a short while, Rosmait was quoted as saying on the Web site that he is happy that Foseco allowed PSU’s manufacturing program to test the machine before it was marketed in the U.S. Steffen Voigt, German exchange student from the Technical University of Freiberg, is studying the machine specifically for his master’s thesis. “To be able to evaluate metal before it solidifies, that’s really amazing,” Voigt was quoted as saying on the Pitt State Web site. “It’s cheaper and saves a lot of time to be able to identify properties that early in the process.”
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More than 550 students looking to make connections and find internship and job opportunities made their move as they visited with more than 70 employers at the annual Spring Career Day event last Thursday. Jacob McClure, undeclared freshman, says he was surprised by the number of businesses present at the event. “There were a lot of prospective employers ready to hire Pittsburg State students because of the great programs that we have here,” McClure said. The Office of Career Services organized the job fair and employers representing nearly all of PSU’s academic departments were present including business, technology, health and arts and science. Advertised as “Show Me the Green,” the theme not only referenced environmental sus-
The Student Government Association discussed that it might stop ordering Scantrons for the rest of the semester during Wednesday night’s meeting. During open forum, Bryan McCoy, academic affairs director, said Scantrons, a piece of machine-legible paper that is used for testing, is expensive and SGA’s supply is running low. “Scantrons are the biggest use that we have for student fee dollars,” McCoy said. “I think it’s around $4,000. We are already in the situation where we’re going to be out of (Scantrons) by March. It started out as a way to bring students into the SGA office, and it does work, but outside of that, it’s turned into … I don’t want to call it a waste of money, but it’s a lot of money that we are spending for a marginal benefit.” McCoy added that students are showing a negative stance toward the limited number of Scantrons, and said SGA needs to decide whether to put more money in that budget or cancel ordering for the remainder of the year. “People are starting to have a bad attitude
about it,” McCoy said. “I’ve noticed a number of people who have come in, especially last week when we didn’t have green half-sheet (Scantrons), only full green. That’s my fault – I didn’t get them ordered in time. People have had a bad attitude about it. Basically why I’m bringing this up is that we could make a motion to take money out of our carry-over budget, which I’m no longer in favor of because that’s way too much money to be spent.” McCoy wanted feedback from senators on what SGA should do about the situation. Sen. Brandon Mills asked if McCoy wanted to cut the program for good, but McCoy said no. “We are not going to cut it,” McCoy said. “I don’t think we should add anymore money into it because we’re already spending a ton of money anyway. If we run out of money, there is no more Scantrons for the rest of the semester. Do we want to run out of money or keep putting money into it? … It’s basically out of control.” Sen. Jack Frederick said students come into the SGA office many times a week and hoard Scantrons to save a trip on testing days. “I’ve overheard a few students say that they come in every day and they have a
stockpile of them at home,” Frederick said. “I’m not saying there’s a good way to stop that, but we got to figure out a way to. Three people that come in three or four times a week and take (Scantrons) home so they don’t have to come by on test days doesn’t make much sense to me because they’re wasting their time four days a week coming by.” McCoy said the expense of keeping the Scantrons going until the end of the semester would reach nearly $1,000. The forum ended and the discussion will continue during a later meeting. Besides discussing Scantrons, SGA talked about the provost search. The provost search committee is looking at candidates for a permanent provost and vice president of academic affairs placement, with Lynette Olson as the first candidate to be interviewed. Olson, who is already sitting as the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, will speak with SGA at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Overman Student Center for a reception. SGA will have its next meeting next week at 7 p.m. in the Overman Student Center. Students are invited to voice their concerns during student opinion time.
tainability, but also the financial advantage to students looking for jobs and internships. This year businesses were asked to explain how they help the environment and the answers extended from company-wide recycling to adherence to LEED criteria. In spirit of the theme, slideshows were shown in favor of saving paper and snacks were served on paper products instead of plastic. Companies were also asked to leave cardboard boxes and any other recyclable materials behind. Mindy Cloninger, director of Career Services, says the campus already has a sustainability plan, but PSU wanted to extent the cause to the students and whom they work for. “With our own commitment toward becoming a more sustainable campus, we thought it was important to help our students get connected with companies that share those values,” Cloninger was quoted as saying on the Pitt State Web site.
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Kan. Senate passes bill toughening seat belt law TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to prevent dozens of fatalities on Kansas’ roads by strengthening the seat belt law won the approval Tuesday of the state Senate, and a separate measure to ban texting while driving cleared one of its committees. The seat belt bill, which passed 26-14, would require any adult in a vehicle to buckle up and doubles the fine they would face for violating the law to $60, starting June 30. Senators’ approval sent the measure to the House, which has been skeptical of such proposals in the past. Kansas’ current seat belt law applies to adults only when they are in a vehicle’s front seat, and a police officer must stop a vehicle for another reason, such a speeding, before ticketing someone for not wearing a seat belt. The bill would permit officers to stop a vehicle only for a seat belt violation. “It’s about safety,” said Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed a bill that would make it a traffic infraction to text while driving, which could lead to a fine. A second offense could lead to a six-month jail sentence. The anti-texting bill covers pagers, cell phones, laptop computers, personal digital assistants and text messaging devices. The proposed ban has exceptions for checking the weather or traffic updates or for making an emergency call to report criminal activity or a traffic hazard. Gov. Mark Parkinson’ office estimates that the seat belt bill would save an estimated 25 lives a year in Kansas. No estimates were available for the potential effect of a ban on texting while driving. Nineteen other states have banned texting for all drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The same group says 30 states have “primary” seat belt laws,
allowing law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle if someone hasn’t buckled up. During the Judiciary Committee’s discussion, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, questioned whether a texting ban can be effectively enforced. Opponents of the seat belt bill argued that it represents a greater level of intrusion into people’s daily lives — which many Kansans resent. “It’s just another whittling away of a little bit of our freedom,” said Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, who voted against it. Such sentiments have kept a tougher seat belt law from winning House approval in past years. House Transportation Committee Chairman Gary Hayzlett, a Lakin Republican, opposes changing the current law. “It doesn’t have the support in the House that it has in the Senate, but you never know — from year to year, things change,” Hayzlett said. Kansas law requires any adult riding in the front seat and child passengers aged 8 years through 14 to wear seat belts. Most younger children are required to ride in special booster seats. In recent years, the federal government has promised Kansas extra highway dollars if it strengthens its seat belt law. The Department of Transportation expects to receive an additional $11 million this year if the bill passes. But Umbarger said the extra money would be only “frosting on the cake,” not the main reason for passing the bill. Parkinson, who supports strengthening the law, said there was a bigger incentive in avoiding traffic deaths and the costs associated with property damage, health care costs and lost productivity from accidents. “If we can save lives and lower costs, it makes sense that we should take action,” he said in a statement.
Tut’s ills shouldn’t kill fascination, historians say CHICAGO (AP) — It turns out Egypt’s beloved boy-king wasn’t so golden after all — or much of a wild and crazy guy, for that matter. But will research showing King Tut was actually a hobbled, weak teen with a cleft palate and club foot kill enthusiasm for a mummy that has fascinated the world for nearly a century? Not likely, historians say, even though the revelations hardly fit the popular culture depiction of a robust, exotically handsome young pharaoh, or a dancing “how’d-you-get-so-funky” phenom a la Steve Martin. The comedian parodied Tut on “Saturday Night Live” during a blockbuster King Tut traveling exhibit in the late 1970s, which packed U.S. museums and spawned a mini-industry in Tut tchotchkes. “This is one sick kid,” Egyptologist Emily Teeter, assistant curator at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, said after learning of the research. It shows that, based on DNA tests and CT scans, Tut had a genetic bone disease and malaria, which combined with a severe broken leg could have been what killed him about 3,300 years ago at age 19. The results appear in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. They further dispel the more romantic and popular theories about what did him in, like being murdered by a sneaky palace foe. The findings stem from the most rigorous research yet on a mummy that has fascinated the world ever since his largely intact, treasure-filled tomb was found nearly 90 years ago. But historians say the new evidence will likely only intensify public interest in King Tutankhamun because it brings the boy ruler down to Earth. “It makes him all the more human and all the more fascinating,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan.
Mummies from foreground to background, King Tut’s mother, grandmother, and Akhenaten “Tut’s father”, in rear background, are displayed during a press conference by the head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to announce DNA results meant to reveal the parentage of Egypt’s famed King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb .17. The more realistic picture, fleshed out by testing Tut’s mummy and those of his family, has its own mystique. Beneath the golden splendor in which they lived, ancient Egypt’s royals were as vulnerable as the lowliest peasant: Three other mummies besides Tut’s showed repeated malaria infections. Moreover, their tradition of incestuous marriages only worsened their maladies. The new research led by Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, bolstered previous theories that Tut’s father was likely the Pharaoh Akhenaten. It also brought a new discovery: Tut’s mother was Akhenaten’s sister. That would explain some of Tut’s ailments, including the bone disease that runs in families and
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8 jailed American missionaries leave Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight American missionaries were freed from a Haitian jail and left for Miami Wednesday, nearly three weeks after being charged with kidnapping for trying to take 33 children out of the quake-stricken country. Reporters watched as the U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane carrying the group took off from the tarmac. Officials from the U.S. Embassy and State Department, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, confirmed that the Americans were on the plane. The group’s rapid departure from Haiti began earlier Wednesday when Judge Bernard SaintVil said eight of the 10 jailed missionaries were free to leave without bail after parents of the children testified they voluntarily handed their children over to the missionaries. “The parents of the kids made statements proving that they can be released,” he said, adding that he still wanted to question the group’s leader and her nanny. Hours later, just after dusk, the bedraggled and sweaty-looking group walked out of the Haitian
jail escorted by U.S. diplomats. They waited until they were safely inside a white van before flashing smiles and giving a thumbs up to reporters. The missionaries, most from two Baptist churches in Idaho, are accused of trying to take 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 29 without proper documents. Their detentions came just as aid officials were urging a halt to short-cut adoptions in the wake of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. The missionaries say they were on a humanitarian mission to rescue child quake victims by taking them to a hastily prepared orphanage in the Dominican Republic and have denied accusations of trafficking. Group leader Laura Silsby originally said they were taking only orphaned and abandoned children, but reporters found that several of the children were handed over to the group by their parents, who said they hoped the Baptists would give them a better life. Saint-Vil said he still wants to question Silsby and nanny Charisa Coulter about their visit
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Paul Thompson, 43, of Twin Falls, Idaho, third from left, and other unidentified American missionaries charged with child kidnapping, wait at the tarmac of the international airport in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Eight of the 10 U.S. missionaries arrested were released nearly three weeks after they were caught trying to take a group of children out of the quake-stricken country.
Democrat launches uphill bid for governor TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic legislator launched his campaign Wednesday for Kansas governor by attacking the presumed Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, as a Washington insider. State Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, highlighted his experiences as a small business owner during a Topeka rally. He suggested Brownback, a 15year veteran of Congress, would bring partisan gridlock from Washington to the state capital. Holland also indicated he’s willing to support raising taxes to help eliminate a state budget shortfall and protect education funding and important programs. He said he would consider eliminating tax exemptions or repealing past business tax breaks but opposes Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson’s plan to raise the state’s
sales tax from 5.3 percent to 6.3 percent. Holland has neither the statewide name recognition nor the campaign cash of Brownback. But prominent Democrats view Holland as a tough campaigner because of his past victories over Republican incumbents. “There is plenty enough time in this campaign to let Kansans know who I am, hear my plans for the state, understand they have a real choice for the governor,” Holland said, speaking to about 80 supporters across from a Topeka elementary school. “Sam Brownback has been part and parcel of the Washington establishment.” Brownback’s campaign declined to respond directly to Holland’s criticism. But the Kansas Republican Party described Holland as a liberal and questioned how long he’ll remain in the race.
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