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Olson named vice president and provost of academic affairs University presidents to Topeka: ‘No more cuts’ MADISON DENNIS Collegio Editor-in-Chief
After a nationwide search for highly qualiﬁed candidates, president Steve Scott announced Wednesday that Lynette Olson would step into the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs. Olson, who has worked at Pitt State since 1996 and was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2009, has served as the interim provost
since July of 2009. Olson was chosen from several candidates, among whom were directors, professors, founders and deans. “Certainly it was a strong ﬁnalist pool, there’s no doubt Olson about that,” Scott said. “That speaks to several things, one of which is the quality and respect this
institution has earned.” Scott also hailed the work of the university search committee and Stephen Meats, who led the effort. Olson’s previous job experience and familiarity with the Pitt State way of life played a sizable role in the selection. She oversaw one of the biggest and most complex colleges on campus, and had served in the interim position for eight months before she was ofﬁcially chosen. “That was kind of a learning period, and although no matter what job you’re
in, you continue to learn and grow and expand your knowledge, it’s never been my desire to get a position and just lock in,” Olson said. Olson says her prior practice for the position has well prepared her for what’s to come. A beneﬁcial aspect of already being a ﬁgure on campus is the valuable relationships she’s made. “I already have relationships with
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Back to school
Non-traditional student Belinda Ghumm, senior in English creative writing and history, sits in Stephen Teller’s World Masterpieces class on Wednesday, March 24, in Grubbs Hall.
Non-traditional students give education another try JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter The third time’s a charm, or at least that’s what they say. So far, it has proved to be true for Tera Turner, junior in early/ late childhood, who’s going back to college for a third time. She started taking college classes her senior year of high school in 2003, but later dropped out of college in 2005. “Technically, I dropped out twice,” Turner said. “The ﬁrst time was between
fall 2005 and summer 2006, then again from spring 2007 to summer 2008.” Like Turner, there are students who drop out of college every year. Many have managed to return at a later time, thus classifying them as non-traditional students. According to The College Grants Database Web site, there are more than 6 million students in colleges and universities who ﬁt the proﬁle of a non-traditional student. Non-traditional students are typically classiﬁed as those who are over the age of 24 and working on an under-
graduate degree, former college students who have returned after an extended break, students who have gone into the workforce or military before enrolling in college and those who are parents. A common reason for dropping out of school and returning later is money. “I was raised by a single mom who didn’t know how to help me ﬁll out my FAFSA, so I didn’t get the information I needed,” Lena Trahan, freshman in political science, said. “One semester in, I didn’t get school paid for and I thought
I had to pay off my debt before I could go back.” The government has played a part in assisting non-traditional students by providing various forms of ﬁnancial aid. Collegescholarships.org lists nine scholarships speciﬁcally for non-traditional students. Additionally, non-traditional students are eligible for Pell Grants, the Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan and Student PLUS loan.
Have you ever heard of a grass widow? Did you know that there are more than 200 sequels to L.F. Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”? How about that the S in the word “island” is a mistake made in the 15th century? Stephen J. Teller, professor of English, is a veritable fountain of such trivia, and he is in the ﬁnal year of his phased retirement from PSU. He says he is leaving because of his age. “I’m 70 years old,” Teller said. “I’ve been teaching at PSU since it was still called KSCP. ” He’s known around the English Department for his impressive memory. “He remembers the most unbelievable facts,” said Kathleen Nichols, professor of English. “He can remember what year ﬁlms came out in, who starred in them,
Stephen Teller lectures in his World Masterpieces class on Wednesday, March 24, in Grubbs Hall. and can quote lines from them.” Nichols says Teller is the only teacher who’s been on campus longer than she has.
“Some students are intimidated by him,” said Nichols, “but if they have him for a while, they ﬁnd out he’s a pussycat.”
PSU President Steve Scott and KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said university presidents have told state legislators “no more cuts.” Scott and Little sat down for a roundtable discussion with six local media members and gave brief opening statements before ﬁelding questions. For the ﬁscal year 2010, the state of Kansas allotted $753 million for higher education. The minimum state funding required to receive stimulus money is set at $747 million, the 2006 spending level. Little said that additional cuts in state funding could jeopardize stimulus funds, which have not been used to address budget cuts so far and instead have been used to fund maintenance projects, for example. Scott said that cuts in funding and possible tuition increases could make students more dependent on ﬁnancial aid than previous students. “We’re concerned about the level of debts students take with them,” Scott said. PSU experienced a $5.1 million budget gap for FY 2010 and made up $1.5 million of that gap through additional tuition revenue and $1.2 million through reduced salary and wage budgets, affecting 28 positions. Fall 2009 enrollment set a record high, with 7,277 students. Students are taking on a larger ﬁnancial responsibility for university life, they said. In FY 2001, student tuition revenue accounted for 26 percent of total PSU funding and this number increased to 45 percent by 2010. Little said that student athletics at KU generates more income than state funding. Kansas faces a projected $467 million budget shortfall for July, the beginning of a new ﬁscal year. Scott said that he’s worried about the possible next level of budget cuts and his concerns are that additional cuts will have a deep impact on the quality of education offered at PSU. “We cut operating expenses by about $1 million,” Scott said. “We’ve managed our way through the year successfully.” Scott said that continuing budget cuts affect educational quality through increased class sizes, the hiring of fewer professors with doctorates and leaving vacated positions open, and making do with current equipment in a rapidly evolving world more dependent on state-of-the-art technology. He cited the example of a canceled new library catalog system costing $500,000. Existing vendors could remove their support and the university
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Love’s labor not lost on students BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Collegio Reporter
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Students say he has a reputation for being a tough professor. “It wasn’t an easy class,” said Alex Radcliff, senior in English, “But it wasn’t impossible, either. The reading list was extensive, and wasn’t just Western stuff, either. We read a lot of works by Eastern and African authors.” Kathleen DeGrave, university professor of English, says that Teller has expanded the subjects he teaches. “He’s transformed mythology from what people thought of it as into a multicultural, international view on the world,” said DeGrave. “When I was a student, the ‘world’ in World Masterpieces meant Europe.” One of Teller’s favorite subjects is L. F. Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” series, and he can cite out loud the entire bibliographic history of the series, with years and the names of authors. He
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New arms treaty ready for signing MOSCOW — A senior Kremlin official says the United States and Russia have reached an agreement on “all documents” necessary to sign a new nuclear arms treaty. The Kremlin source spoke Wednesday by telephone to The Associated Press but would not elaborate. President Barack Obama has briefed top lawmakers in Washington on the negotiations but so far U.S. officials have only said the final language is close. Czech officials announced earlier Wednesday that Prague will host the signing of the new U.S.-Russian treaty to reduce long-range nuclear weapons that would replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
Google deals in doubt amid spat with Beijing BEIJING — China issued a blistering public attack against Google on Wednesday and appeared to quietly begin getting businesses to abandon the U.S. Internet giant after it moved its controversial Chinese search engine offshore. The critical remarks in a high-profile Communist Party newspaper coupled with souring business deals underscored Beijing’s determination to settle scores with Google Inc. after a public two-month dispute over stringent Chinese censorship policies. By challenging the often tetchy government, Google appears to have violated an unspoken rule of doing business in
China, especially in the Internet industry whose control Beijing sees as crucial to maintaining its authoritarian rule.
U.S. seeks to clarify Israeli building plan WASHINGTON — The White House says it’s seeking “clarification” on Israel’s plans to build 20 new apartments in east Jerusalem. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor says the White House continues to believe that Israeli building in Jerusalem is destructive to the Mideast peace process. He says the U.S. is urging both the Israelis and Palestinians to refrain from acts that could undermine trust as the Obama administration looks to jump-start the stalled peace process.
American wins prize in math OSLO — An American professor at the University of Texas, Austin, has won the 6 million kroner ($1 million) Abel Prize for mathematics. The prize jury praises John Tate as “a prime architect” of number theory, a branch of mathematics that has played a key role in the development of modern computers. The annual Abel Prize was created by the Norwegian government in 2003 and is awarded to candidates who have contributed to the mathematical sciences. The winner is selected by an international committee of five mathematicians.
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An Indian band member laughs as he adjusts his hat during a parade to mark the birthday of the Hindu God Lord Rama, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 24. Lord Rama is one of the most popular of the many Hindu gods in northern India.
New-home sales hit low in Feb. WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes fell unexpectedly to their lowest point on record in February, in part because stormy winter weather kept buyers away. The results pointed to the housing
A bouquet of flowers is placed on the Google logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing Wednesday, March 24. Google's attempted detour around China's Internet censorship rules was met with countermeasures Tuesday by the communist government, which blocked people on the mainland from seeing search results dealing with such forbidden topics as the pro-democracy movement.
industry’s struggle to rebound from the worst slump in decades. Sales fell 2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 308,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The news follows a report Tuesday that sales of existing homes fell for a third straight month in February, to the lowest level since July. The results “provide yet more evidence that the housing market is heading for a double-dip in both activity and prices, if it isn’t there already,” wrote Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics.
State Affairs Committee rewrites a 3-year-old gambling law. The 5-4 vote sends it to the Senate for debate. The 2007 law authorizes slots. But track owners say their percentage of the revenues, capped at 40 percent, is too low to make them profitable. The bill allows the tracks to keep up to 58 percent of the revenue. The measure would allow slots at Camptown Greyhound Park, north of Pittsburg, and the Woodlands dog and horse tracks in Kansas City, Kan. Both are closed, along with Wichita Greyhound Park.
Kan. senators consider rewrite of gambling law
Rep. follows apology for outburst with ad
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a bill designed to bring slot machines to racetracks in two communities. The measure approved Wednesday by the Federal and
WASHINGTON — Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who apologized to a fellow House member for shouting “baby killer” during debate on the health care bill, is now running a campaign ad vowing to continue speaking out against abortion.
“You know what, I am never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn,” the Texas Republican, flanked by his wife, says in Neugebauer the 80-second video posted on his campaign Web site. Neugebauer, during the oftenraucous debate leading up to passage of the health care overhaul bill Sunday night, yelled out “baby killer” while anti-abortion Democrat Bart Stupak of Michigan was speaking. Just hours before the vote, Stupak reached an agreement with the White House under which President Barack Obama would issue an executive order confirming that the legislation would not allow federal funding of abortion. With that, Stupak and other antiabortion Democrats voted for the bill, sealing its passage. Neugebauer apologized, saying he was attacking the agreement reached with the White House and not Stupak personally.
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■ OLSON from page 1 people established on campus,” Olson said. “That would be looked at as an asset.” The title of vice president and provost of academic affairs does not immediately convey the responsibility of the position, Olson says. However, students can be assured that she is, at some level, involved in every aspect of curriculum, along with dozens of other academic responsibilities that fall to her office. “It’s broad in terms of all academic programs,” Scott said. “The library, admissions, registrar, financial assistance, international programs–it’s a very large part of the institution.” Olson can simplify all that the office does. “The easiest way to understand it is anything that has to do with academics is going to be facilitated and administrated through this office,” Olson said. “Students, most of the time, know their chairs and advisers, but the farther you get removed from the students, the less they know about the position ... it’s not just academic affairs. There’s a lot more to it than that.” Olson says she is looking forward to beginning her work as the official
provost, rather than holding the position as interim. As interim, there are limits to what can be done because of time constraints. “There are initiatives or issues that, when you’re interim, it’s not wise to take on because they might be multiyear types of things,” Olson said. According to Olson, it’s mostly about making sure business as usual is done and keeping the office running while the university looks for a replacement and the interim is not guaranteed the position. Olson has jumped right into the thick of the issues, with short-term projects dealing with recent budget cuts and the construction of a senior leadership team needing immediate attention. Over the coming weeks, the long-term projects and goals will be evident, Scott said. However, initially, Olson will be primarily occupied with settling into the position and handling continuing issues. At the moment, she is concerned with department transparency. “I never wanted to be an administrator that was insulated from the students,” Olson said.
Lynette Olson answers question from some members of the Student Government Association as to what she would do as the official academic affairs vice president in the Governors Room on Friday, Feb. 19. Olson was named provost and vice president of academic affairs Wednesday, March 24.
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may have to resort to an older system. “It would be a very difficult situation,” Scott said. He said reduced state spending means reduced state revenue and Little said faculty members conduct research that brings in external funding. Budget cuts affecting education have a cyclical effect, in that potential state university students may choose to go elsewhere for their education and their future careers. “We do not have the facilities to educate the number of engineers needed in the state,” Little said. According to a university public relations “Fast Facts” sheet, each student at PSU spends more than $10,300 a year in the community. These dollars are spent on food, lodging, gasoline and personal entertainment. The annual economic impact, factoring in faculty, staff and visitors, amounts to $190 million. Scott said that he testified before the Legislature Monday morning and submitted a 50-page response to the state audit report issued last fall. He provided an update on the university’s progress and said the university would follow up on pending legislation this fall.
According to a USA Today article, President Obama’s education plan will give focus toward college. The White House has proposed an increase of $4 billion in federal education funds at the secondary education level. This would increase states’ competition for grant money and aid high schools in better preparing students for colleges and universities. The economy has also motivated students to return. “I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my life, career-wise,” Chelsey Fuller, junior in communication, said. “After seeing how jobs are starting to get scarce, though, I decided I should go back to better myself.” Some students have found the transition back to college life challenging. Some students, like Turner, are working two jobs, taking care of a family and taking a 14-hour course load. “I always feel stressed … for example, my day today started at 6 a.m. and I won’t even step in the door at home until after 11 p.m.,” Turner said. Still, students like Trahan, believe that having to live in the real world and then return to school teaches management skills. She said the obstacles she faced her first time in college were a little easier once she had a few more tools. Either way, many students feel an education is a beneficial tool to success and urge other students to stay in school. “You, or your parents, are forking over big bucks for you to have a successful future,” Turner said. “There is always time to drink or go out. While there’s always time for retaking classes, too, why do it if you don’t have to? I had one of the worst attendance rates, so I know how it is, but looking back now I would do so much differently.”
calls the collection of Oz books written after Baum’s death the Oz Apocrypha, and has written numerous articles examining them. He also collects magazines, and says he has read every issue of Mad Magazine since its inception. An entire drawer of his desk is dedicated to his collection of Mad magazines, and other magazines droop from the tops of his bookshelves, shifting only when he inspects one or when gravity sends one to the floor. He also frequents the theater, and collects programs from the plays he attends. He even keeps a spreadsheet, cataloging where and when he attended a play. He has a total of 613 programs from plays and operas, 140 of which were in Pittsburg and 153 in London. “Anytime a Shakespearian play shows, he goes,” said DeGrave. “It keeps Shakespeare fresh for him, and for the students.” Teller attends productions by other playwrights as well. In fact, because his wife, Nikki Pat-
rick, reviews plays for the Pittsburg Morning Sun, he often gets to attend the final dress rehearsals of local productions. DeGrave says Teller quotes Shakespeare word for word, and that he has a vast assortment of jokes that he memorized, and tells at appropriate times. “I think he has an eidetic (photographic) memory,” said DeGrave. This is a charge Teller denies. “I just have a trivial mind,” said Teller. “My memory collects odd things. When I’m in a play, I have just as much trouble memorizing my lines as anyone else.” Teller says that it was his great desire to be an actor, and that being a teacher lets him assume a new role every class. The way he says it, one might think he has failed in this aspiration. He hasn’t. He recently played Gonzalo in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and appeared in PSU’s recent production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In case you can’t tell, Teller is
an avid fan of Shakespeare. “He goes to wicked lengths to spread this love (of Shakespeare) to his students,” said Grace Riebel, graduate student in English. “He gets on tables to act out the parts. He varies his voice level a lot, too. When the characters whisper, he whispers. When the characters shout, he wakes up the whole class by shouting, too. He’s definitely into what he teaches.” Teller says his interest in Shakespeare started when he saw a 1950s film adaptation of “Julius Caesar,” and it grew when he read the play in high school. “I came to fall in love with Shakespeare,” Teller said. “He was the greatest.” Teller currently teaches a world mythology class, as well as a class on Shakespeare. After he retires, these classes will be picked up by Paul McCallum and Lyle Morgan, respectively. Oh, and by the way, a grass widow is a 16th-century term to describe a woman divorced or separated from her husband.
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Dramatic speaker and Martin Luther King Jr. expert Barry Scott talks about courage and leadership. His speech was held in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center on March 23.
Life, teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. an inspiration, speaker says JUSTIN YOUNG Collegio Reporter arry Scott doesn’t mind admitting to an obsession with Martin Luther King Jr. “My father was an educator, and I remember he brought home a 15mm projector and he showed the “I have a dream speech” by Dr. King. That’s when I became obsessed,” Scott said. An authority on the life and works of the civil rights leader, Scott addressed a group of about 20 on Tuesday in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. The speech was sponsored by the Leadership Institute and the Campus Activities Center. Scott wrote and starred in “Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here” as a tribute to King and to teach students about one of America’s most violent and inspiring times. He is widely known for his success as an actor, writer, producer and motivational speaker. He has starred in “I’ll Fly Away” and “In
the Heat of the Night.” The speaker touched on King’s life as an example of leadership. “Not what you expected, is it?” he asked the audience at various points in his speech. Scott balanced the presentation between a focus on some events of King’s life and how everyone has opportunities to be leaders every day. He told a story of how as a 16-year-old, he faced one of his first incidents of racism. “I remember I was going on a date. I wore this pink shirt with the collar that came up above my ears and with ruffles that went from my shoulders down to my navel and I was driving this really nice car. I was looking pretty good.” He says he was pulled over by a white policeman and said he had a gun shoved to his head. “The cop asked me if I was a thief and said if I wasn’t, I would be some day. I remember he let me go and I drove home and told my father. He took me down to the police station to report it and I remember that they just laughed and I had to see the embarrassment on my father’s face. I never
forgot that.” where I need to know what you think and how you Scott focused the rest of the time on how leader- feel.” ship can be applied to every facet of life. He used a riddle to pull in the crowd. He deHe asked the question, “What if I told you that scribed three candles burning bright, one representthe gift you have isn’t ing the past, one really for you, but for the present, and one you to use on others? the future. Which Would you buy into candle, he asked the that? Here’s another leader must know how much audience, burns the question for you: How brightest? emphasis to put on the past, powerful a leader can “You see it’s not you be if you knew, important which how much emphasis to put on felt, believed in your candle is brightest,” the present, and how much purpose?” he answered. “It’s He then asked the perspective. emphasis to put on the future.” about audience to dismiss A leader must know the lecture format and how much emphasis - Barry Scott, turned the time into an to put on the past, Public Speaker open forum in which how much emphasis he called on people for to put on the present, their opinions. and how much em“See, this is where I excel,” Scott said, “because phasis to put on the future,” he said. “Remember, I am good at what I do. But this, this is the part with authority comes great responsibility.”
Shadows accentuate artist’s sense of space APRIL RICHLING Staff Writer
Marianne Evans-Lombe (foreground) demonstrated her performance art with “Glossary,” a series of body drawings in many forms and media. Evans-Lombe will perform this work in the second floor gallery of Porter Hall at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26.
When local artist Marianne Evans-Lombe first received her degree in fine art from Pittsburg State University, her main focus was to create work that did not simply hang flat against a wall. As a two-dimensional artist, she first implemented 2-D by suspending drawings from the ceiling. This way the drawings interact more with the space. Light permeates the paper, lending a different feel to the work. By giving the drawing the freedom of movement it has hanging from the ceiling, as well as the ability to show light and shadows in a way that a wall hanging could not – Evans-Lombe lends a sense of life to the work. Evans-Lombe had long desired to bring her work off the walls via highly conceptual performance art. Being trained as a two-dimensional artist, she found herself unsure of how to approach performance art. It was not until she left her job as a bookbinder in Iowa, which was another attempt to bring her work off of the walls, and returned to Pittsburg that she finally found the support and encouragement she needed to approach performance art. In the summer of 2006, Evans-Lombe enrolled in a papermaking class at PSU. She mentioned her interest in performance to her instructor, Portico Bowman, associate art professor, who provided her with a workspace, as well as an audience. Bowman encouraged Evans-
Lombe to create a performance piece every week and perform for the class each Friday. Although Evans-Lombe was excited about the opportunity to finally give her art a go, as Thursday approached, she found herself frustrated. She had a series of gestural drawings and many ideas, but no idea how she might implement them. It wasn’t until her oldest daughter, who was only 10 at the time, took a look at what her mother had drawn out, and pointed out what soon seemed obvious. Her daughter simply imitated the movements illustrated by the bodies in the drawing, stringing them together cohesively to form a dance. Evans-Lombe successfully performed each week for her class in the second floor gallery of Porter Hall. Each performance contained a series of drawings, which Evans-Lombe refers to as body drawings. Her movements and shadows echoed and interacted with the drawings. Evans-Lombe’s fascination with the silhouette and movement of the human form continues to influence her work. She recently performed a piece she titled “Origin of Painting,” which was inspired by a Greek legend she came across that states, “The first artist was a woman, and the first painting was a silhouette.” According to the legend, the woman traced the shadow of her departing lover. Evans-Lombe collaborated with local musician Holly Reed, who wrote and performed a song based on the legend,
while Evans-Lombe performed. Evans-Lombe cast her shadow on a stone wall, while a viewer traced her silhouette, followed by another viewer who would cast their own shadow next to hers to have it traced, forming a line of shadows, hands touching, down the wall. She performed this piece at a local arts event in Arcadia, followed by a performance at the Maple Commons gallery in Columbus. She also plans to perform this at Pittsburg’s Art Walk on Friday, April 16. Her current piece, titled “Glossary,” is the final piece in her series of body drawings. For “Glossary,” Evans-Lombe will perform with her husband, Walt Delp, who has been in many of her performances before. Local DJ Venu Carney will provide musical accompaniment. The performance is comprised of many drawings, including a drawing on the floor, suspended other drawings, as well as the drawings created by the interaction of a pair of branches held by Evans-Lombe and Delp. The shadows and movements of the performers and their branches, the presence of the suspended drawings and the drawing on the floor make good use of the space, as well as provide constant interaction for the eyes of the viewer. Coming back to where she first began as a performance artist, Evans-Lombe will perform “Glossary” in the second floor gallery of Porter Hall at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26.
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Passionate politicians can bring violent ends to great debates n the balmy afternoon of May 22, 1856, South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks strolled onto the Senate floor, addressed fervent abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner, and proceeded to beat the Massachusetts native mercilessly about the head with his gold-tipped cane. Sumner fell to the ground and lodged himself under a large writing desk, which Brooks eventually ripped from the bolts that had secured it to the floor. Sumner, disoriented and awash in his own blood, hobbled up an aisle and eventually slumped again to the ground, passing out cold. Brooks continued to beat the senator until the gutta-percha wood of his cane had long broken into pieces. Though certainly more cutthroat than the attacks we see volleying about the House and Senate meetings of today, public reaction to Brooks’ “outburst” was very much like what we came to know six months ago after Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” during a presidential address. And why not? At the time of Sumner’s assault, Congress was debating a gamechanging shift in the government’s role in the ostensibly private affairs of American citizens, for the sake of “common good,” for equality, morality and justice. Two days before his attack, Sumner spoke out against the Kansas-Nebraska Act in a famous speech entitled “The Crime Against Kansas,” in which he insulted another senator and co-author of the Act (which would have helped to bring slavery to new U.S. territories) named Andrew Butler. Butler happened to be a relative of Brooks, and the slight was just enough to send the South Carolina congressman and slavery supporter over the edge. Response to the incident shows us that some things never change. While many northerners saw Brooks’ actions as unacceptable, many southerners supported Brooks as a patriot and hero. Over 40
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John L. Magee created the above lithograph in 1856. The image was run as a political cartoon in newspapers alongside commentary on Preston Brooks’ attack on Charles Sumner. new canes, including a similarly goldtipped stick purchased for Brooks by the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, were sent to the congressman from southern states. One cane arrived with the inscription: “Hit him again!” Meanwhile, it would take Sumner a little less than four years to recover from the assault; he was said to suffer from migraines, nightmares and panic attacks for the rest of his life. What strikes me as so familiar about REBECCA the repercussions of BAUMAN Brooks’ attack is how it was commented Staff upon in the media Writer of the day. William Cullen Bryant of the New York Post wrote that southerners “cannot tolerate free speech anywhere, and would stifle it in Washington with the bludgeon and the Bowie-knife, as they are now trying to stifle it in Kansas by massacre, rapine, and murder.” He compared Brooks and likeminded southerners to slave “masters” beating their servants for speaking out of turn. Many agreed, presenting Brooks’ actions as evidence of the barbaric nature of slave-supporting southerners. However, Brooks’ skewering in the press apparently made him only all the more likable in the eyes of his constituents. Though he eventually resigned his seat in the House, remarking that he “meant no disrespect to the Senate of the United States,” he was shortly re-elected by a starstruck community of South Carolinians and made his way back to the Capitol. Similarly, Wilson, who received a formal rebuke by the House of Represen-
tatives for shouting at Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress so many months ago, came to meet a highlight of his political career, receiving a staggering upsurge in general election campaign donations in the weeks following his outburst. He is now a much sought-after (and well-paid) speaker at Tea Party rallies. Six months after Wilson’s censure, Minority Leader John Boehner told the press that Democrat and health-care reform advocate Rep. Steve Driehaus “may be a dead man” and would likely be murdered by angry Catholics for supporting the bill. Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer shouted “Baby killer!” as Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak spoke on the subject of a ban on federal funding for abortions during this weekend’s health-care debate. Numerous phone numbers and e-mail addresses belonging to Democrat senators and House representatives have since been leaked to the public, and many Democrats are reporting death threats made not only on themselves but also on their families. And so the venom spread from the Capitol. This Saturday, before a round of health-care debate, African Americans Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, were reportedly inundated with cries of “the N-word,” while Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, also African American, and others were spat on by protesters. Democrats of all shapes and sizes, including House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were met with shouts of: “You communists! You socialists! You hate America!” Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman from Massachusetts, was repeatedly called “faggot” while, from a distance, Republican lawmakers cheered on and applauded the efforts of the protesters. This, Frank
later told the Associated Press, was “very disturbing.” Of course, it couldn’t have been known just what was going on in these massive crowds, just what these Republicans seemed to be supporting. Nor could it be said that such historical legislation could ever realistically go without comment from the public. After all, it was not so long ago that the marches of the civil rights movement and the protests against the Vietnam war bore far more dramatic and sometimes tragic results. But some things are worth fighting for, right? Politics is a blood sport. Yes, I understand that this is the way it is, but is it also the way it has to be? What battles do you win by shouting at the president or your fellow senators and representatives while they address Congress? What do you accomplish? It speaks to some of our political leaders’ tacit approval of disrespect for “the others.” And it accomplishes what we see now: American citizens threatening the lives of their senators, spitting on state representatives, using words like “faggot” to make a point about … about … About what? All I’ve come to know is how difficult it is to outgrow the beast of personal contempt and rage. Almost 150 years after the Civil War, we’ve hyperindustrialized warfare, acknowledged the great crime of slavery, given women their right to vote … and yet the halls of Congress still echo with the meanness of playground taunts. So, too, as citizens do our voices join in the torment, for reasons perhaps not so different from those held by schoolyard bullies. We remain, like children, in the grip of deep insecurity and staggering, ultimately dangerous ignorance.
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Trudging forward: MONICA HART Collegio Reporter The Bataan Memorial Death March honors a remarkable group of World War II heroes who had to march for days through scorching heat in the backcountry of the Philippines. Thousands died in this march and those who survived faced Japanese prisoner camps. Today, few of those heroes are living, but their memory is still honored by ROTC organizations around the country, and PSU is one of them. “Originally, I wasn’t going to do it, but some of my friends talked me into it, and then eventually I thought it would just be cool to see if I could do it or not,” freshman Stephen Cuff said. Cuff says he had no idea what he was getting into. “It was deﬁnitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And what those guys went through, we only did about a third of what they did.” A team of six cadets and two instructors drove to Las Cruces, N.M., during spring break and registered for the 26-mile heavy division march. This meant they had to wear all of their ACUs, boots and a 35-pound ruck sack. In their division, there were 29 ROTC schools across the nation who participated. During the march, 25 percent won’t see the ﬁnish line. Cuff says an individual has to have more than physical endurance to ﬁnish the march. “After a while, all that drives you is motivation and adrenaline, and halfway through it was like you just wanted to get to the next point, so after a while you really just wanted to ﬁnish,” he said. One of the instructors, Capt. George Johnson, says there were a variety of people who participated. “There are different divisions, light and heavy. Some people compete with just running shoes. Other people had boots and packs. There was a range of teams, from grade school kids to people
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from the 75 Ranger Regiment competing.” Johnson says some who were injured still participated too. “There were quite a few folks who were in the wounded warrior program as well,” he said. “Combat veterans who have lost limbs and suffered grievous injuries on deployment. It’s pretty humbling. You see somebody motoring along with one leg and that is incredible, incredible perseverance.” When the 26-mile march started at 8 a.m. Sunday, the team crossed the ﬁnish line eight hours and 10 minutes later. They marched through dust, hills and loose sand with no rest besides the few water stations. “Whether you walk it, run it, whether you are in great shape or bad shape you will hit that wall where you are tired and only mental perseverance will push you through. I don’t think anyone goes out there and it doesn’t smoke them,” Johnson said. “For most folks that go out there, it is an important life experience. It gets you to look inside you and see what’s really there.” While six cadets went on the march, ﬁve of them were competing together as a team. The other cadet chose to go solo and tough out the terrain on his own. “It was the worst experience of my life and the hardest thing I have ever done,” Brenden Matthews, sophomore cadet, said. “It was fun if you liked testing your physical endurance to the max.” Despite the hardships of the march, Matthews says participating in the march was awesome. “It was a very difﬁcult challenge, but I’d say it was worth it at the end to shake the hands of the survivors of the Bataan Death March,” he said. Both Cuff and Matthews say they would take the trip again next year if the ROTC program offers it. Jim Quist/Collegio “It’s a pretty neat event and it was my ﬁrst Pittsburg State University ROTC cadets participated in the annual 26.2 mile Bataan Death time going out there,” Johnson said. “I imagine March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico during Spring Break, a march that takes the size of our contingent will only be bigger place entirely in sand. next year.”
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BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Collegio Reporter A group of 10 PSU students recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where they spent a week touring, teaching English and helping rebuild a stone wall. The group traveled with Patricia Magee, social work instructor, students from a state university in Georgia, as well as a professional social worker, a PSU graduate student and two others. Magee says the trip started out rough, because everything that could go wrong with the airline did go wrong. “We left Friday at 6, and didn’t get there until 5 p.m. Sunday,” Magee said.
“We were supposed to arrive Saturday.” The airline sent the group to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then to New York, where the group missed a connecting ﬂight. From New York, however, they went straight to the Dominican Republic, and ﬁnally made contact with Orphanage Outreach, the organization hosting the trip. The ﬁrst several days of the weeklong trip were spent touring. Hannah Hunsinger, sophomore in nursing, says she was appalled by the conditions of a hospital she toured in Monte Criste. “I have these images in my head that won’t go away of the patients,” Hunsinger said. “[They] looked almost prisonerlike, and so sickly and unhappy.” Hunsinger says patients at this hospital must provide their own linens, food and even medicine. It didn’t take a nursing major to spot the differences between a U.S. hospital
and a Dominican hospital. Magee says the hypodermic needles at the hospital are disposed like regular garbage, and not discarded in sharp containers the way they are in U.S. hospitals. “I felt like I had stepped back into the early 1900s,” Mary Zeigler, student in the PSU Educational Leadership Graduate Program, said. “The labor and maternity ward was a large, open room with several beds and a thin mattress. That was it.” Zeigler says her background in social work and education made her notice the problems with the school the group taught English at. The school was located in the town of Jaibon. “Students went to school for only four hours a day,” Zeigler said. “And when all is said and done, they average about two-and-a-half hours of instruction a day.” She described the classrooms as virtually barren, and says students at the
tiny school have only one notebook. She says teachers need only a high school diploma, and that the administrators only had some college education. “In one 6th grade class, there was a 16-year-old boy with a classroom of 11 to 12-year-olds,” Zeigler said. “School would cancel on what appeared to be a whim, and there were no real mechanisms in place to identify and help students with special needs.” Magee says the program is still under development, and that she is coordinating with Orphanage Outreach to improve the way social workers are used in the program. The group spent the ﬁnal part of its trip teaching English and helping rebuild a stone wall the community needed. Despite the brevity of the trip and the difﬁculties with the airline, Magee says their work was a success. “They got to see what Third World countries don’t have,” Magee said.
Choir travels to Ireland to perform JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter During spring break, several students spent St. Patrick’s Day the old Irish way … literally. Various members of the university choir, as well as others who simply wished to go, traveled to Galway, Kilkenny and Dublin, Ireland, March 13-21. The group was in Ireland as a Tour Choir – they sang in various cathedrals with other groups. Choral director Susan Marchant led the group. Getting there was a little hectic, though, according to some of the travelers. It took them nine to 10 hours by air and another three hours by bus to reach Ireland. A few people lost their luggage and one student, David Staton, junior in graphic technology, even had his shoes tested in the airport. “We decided it’s because they stink so bad that they could be considered a biological weapon,” Heather Hopkins,
junior in English literature and Staton’s ﬁancé, said. Group members say they would deﬁnitely go on the trip again and were excited about their experience. Among the activities the group took part in was a reception at the National University of Ireland in Galway. They ate pizza and spent time with the native college students. They also performed a lunchtime recital Friday, March 19, at the Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. They were even on the international news. However, it was still all about the singing. “My favorite part was performing for the Archbishop of Ireland on the last night,” Whitney Kraft, freshman in commercial graphics, said. “He was originally at the cathedral to read a letter from the Pope, but ended up staying for our mini concert after. He even shook our director’s hand.” Students said there were a few notable differences between Ireland
The Pittsburg Choral practices at a rehearsal in the Christ Church Cathedral in Ireland during their Spring Break trip. and the United States. For instance, the toilets ﬂushed strangely, loudly and had
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and people drove on the opposite side of the road. “Some of the cabs would just pull onto the sidewalks and pick people up too,” Kraft said. The group raised money for the trip earlier in the year by hosting various fundraisers. They worked basketball game concessions, had a game night, conducted silent auctions, held an annual madrigal dinner and sold a Christmas CD the choir recorded. Any money they didn’t raise, each person paid for from their own pockets. “With the help of grants and fundraising, the cost didn’t end up being too bad, especially when you consider the cost of traveling alone,” Hopkins said. Funding aside, Hopkins, says the trip was incredible. “We visited many different locations, including the Rock of Cashel,” Hopkins said. “There we had the opportunity to sing in a rooﬂess cathedral. That was an unforgettable experience, especially when you consider it was raining!”
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SGA approves student fees of $322 with us. Our student fee is less than Emporia (State) and less than Hays. We’ve got to move up to stay competitive.” Thomas Gregory, legislative affairs director, said before evaluation with other universities takes place, SGA has to focus on another subject at hand. “We can sit here and compare all the numbers from other schools, but the ﬁrst thing we need to look at is the fact that this is the only fee that came in with a deﬁcit,” Gregory said. “This isn’t even going to make up for it. If we just let that continue and let it build up, it’ll create more problems down the road. Before we look at other schools and compare our ability levels, we need to look at the fact that we have a department that’s actually deﬁcit spending, and we see how that’s actually worked with our federal government.” The resolution passed with three no votes and three abstentions.
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The Student Recreation Center proposed a $5 increase, bringing the total student fee to $36 each semester. Vince Daino, campus recreation director, said the money would go toward equipment, as well as different areas of the recreation center. “A majority of the increase would go to the capital fund because we have about $200,000 in equipment,” Daino said. “The (equipment) is used quite a bit, so we need to start preparing for the life cycle of the equipment to end, so we need to replace it as fast as we can. Some of that money will be used for the core area upstairs.” A fee increase of $3 was proposed for parking. The last time an increase was proposed for this purpose was in 2005. There was no discussion on the increase and the resolution passed. The Student Health Fee had an increase of $2, for a total of $86 per semester. Sen. Ryan Woodruff was the only person who commented on the issue and explained that the need was for health-center employees. “One thing they talked about was a 1 percent increase in wages,” Woodruff said. “That’s basically it.” The resolution passed. The board of governors for the Overman Student Center and Student Activities Fee Council asked for no increase in fees. Ananda Jayawardhana, associate professor in mathematics, spoke to SGA members and urged them to talk to legislators about higher-education funding.
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The Student Government Association approved setting student fees for next year at $322, an increase of $20. Six resolutions were presented on fee proposals during Wednesday night’s meeting and one of the steepest increases was by the Athletic Fee Council. The Athletic Fee Council proposed a $10 increase, giving athletics a total of $121. Sen. Austin Osborn elaborated on the issue because he sat on the council’s meetings. Osborn said that scholarships take a large portion of the fee, and an increase is necessary. “For the ﬁrst time ever, athletics is looking at a deﬁcit going in, and basically the only thing student fee money goes to is athletic scholarships,” Osborn said. “With tuition increases, scholarship money has to go up in order to pay for athletes to come play
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Contrasting cuisine Students view other cultures’ food differently the U.S., she’s been eating a diet of hamburgers, fries and pizza. “It’s very convenient,” Bae said. “At ﬁrst, I gained weight a lot, but not after I got used to it. In Korea, I cannot get french fries every day.” Bae says the common hamburger found in the states is different for her because dog is more common in Korea. Taiwanese student Ivy Chen, sophomore in English, says that rice, cooked vegetables and noodles are staples in her home country. She says it was the amount of sweet foods in the U.S. that surprised her. “I found out it’s a habit for Americans to have dessert after a meal,” Chen said. “It’s totally different from the customs of my country. We only eat cake on special occasions.” Fun Fan Wu, who is studying English at PSU, says she ﬁnds salads and sandwiches with raw vegetables to be strange. “We like our vegetables cooked,” she said. Gerges has tried octopus, dog, which he says is over-hyped and fatty, and a number of other foods in Korea. “Pig intestines sundae,” Gerges said. “Which I actually really liked, covered in hot pepper paste.” Although he tried foods he ended up not liking, Gerges says he wouldn’t have missed out on the opportunity to try new foods. “I can’t say I enjoyed every bite,” he said. “But I loved eating new things and [having] new experiences.”
BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Collegio Reporter Students traveling abroad, whether from another country to the U.S. or vice versa, must prepare for the various aspects of culture shock, in particular, the different cuisine between nations. Sometimes, this can be good, such as traveling to a country that grows fruit the U.S. normally imports. For instance, PSU students who recently returned from a charity trip to the Dominican Republic say they found the fresh pineapple amazing. Hannah Hunsinger, who went on the trip, says the pineapple was a nice change from their typical meal there: rice, beans and chicken. She tried a different type of meat too. “I also tried goat and actually found it to be really good,” Hunsinger, sophomore in nursing, said. Other times, the different food is an unpleasant surprise. Alexander Gerges, majoring in history and international studies, has traveled to Korea and sampled a number of the culture’s dishes. “I have a motto,” Gerges said. “I’ll try anything once. So, I tried silkworm pupae. [It was] disgusting and horrible.” However, Korean student Elly Bae, senior in physics and chemistry, says she likes her native country’s silkworm pupae. It’s food in the U.S. that threw her for a loop. She says she’s used to a diet of ﬁsh or vegetable soup and rice. In
Sugar crash Kansas proposes soda tax to curb obesity JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Taxes, taxes, taxes. That’s been the issue in the federal and Kansas state law systems the past few weeks, regarding whether to raise taxes on soda, or not. State legislatures have proposed a tax increase on soda by .4 percent per teaspoon of sugar in non-diet sodas, sports drinks and sugared beverages, according to kansascitymetro.com. Legislatures at the national level believe the tax increase will help pay for the expansion of health insurance coverage to all Americans. Kansas legislators agree with the plan, while adding the idea that it would provide aid economically. Various students and faculty at Pittsburg State University think the tax increase is a good idea too. “I think it’s great. We deﬁnitely need to raise some taxes in Kansas right now,” Laura Washburn, associate professor in English, said. Washburn believes soda is terrible for people in almost every way. She thinks the tax increase has real potential to help cut health costs related to obesity, as well as to help raise funds for essential state services. According to Jason Eberhart Phillips, state health ofﬁcer, soft drinks have no nutritional value beyond calories and people don’t get ﬁlled up on them like they do with healthy drinks. He also says about 3,700 Kansans die each year from obesity. Obesity, which causes chronic health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, costs Kansans more than $650 million a year. The obesity rate has doubled since 1992 and includes 28 percent of adults, according to Craig Gunther of the Kansas State Nurses Association. One in four students in grade nine through 12 is overweight or nearly overweight. Some high schools have already removed sugar-ﬁlled drinks from their vending machines. “I’m in favor of the tax increase,” Rose Watts, senior in sociology and English, said. “I’m all for raising taxes on things that kill you.” They also say the tax increase will help eliminate the $467 million budget deﬁcit by raising nearly $40 million. The Senate Tax Committee held a meeting last Wednesday to
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discuss Senate Bill 567 to increase the tax. According to kansascity.com, many soda company employees who opposed the tax increase also made a statement. During the meeting, hundreds of upset soft drink bottlers, distributors, convenience store and restaurant owners surrounded the state House to take a stand against the tax, causing some bottling plants to shut down for the day. Two buses full of Pepsi employees showed up on location, as well as employees from Coca-Cola and 7-Up. All of them were there to protest the tax increase. Restaurant owners who oppose the bill have argued that raising the tax will cause them to increase the price of drinks on their menu or cut costs in other areas. Still, some students say they won’t stop buying soda pop even if the tax increase does go into effect. “I’d still buy it,” Tracey Fienen, sophomore in marketing, said. “It’s not that big of an increase on something as delicious as Dr Pepper.” Photo illustration by Natalia Rex
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Mock interviews provide vital advantages in job search MONICA HART Collegio Reporter Students majoring in all types of education were sitting in rows of chairs at the John Lance Arena for Teacher Interview Day Tuesday, waiting for their ofﬁcial interviews that could kick start them into their future careers. In one interview booth, Chris Swartz, senior in technology education, greets potential employer Jeff Eberhart, principal at Galena High School, with a ﬁrm handshake. Then the interview began. “You want a person in this line of business who gives ample opportunities to the students, so that they in turn can be successful,” Eberhart said, giving Swartz advice about becoming a teacher. Representatives from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma conducted interviews to ﬁnd that one person who stood
out from the crowd. “The more you prepare (for interviews) the more marketable you will be,” David Hogard, assistant director of Career Services, said. To help students prepare, Career Services offers practice interviews. “Many students have participated in the mock interview service which we provide all year through,” Hogard said. “And I’m sure if you ask them if it helped prepare for the real thing, I’m sure 99 percent would have said certainly. They were less nervous and more conﬁdent.” With Career Services holding around half a dozen career fairs throughout the year for various majors, some classes require students to complete a mock interview. Gil Cooper, instructor in communication, says it’s mandatory
in one of his classes. “They are required when I teach the Advanced Speech class because students need to learn good interview skills in order to move forward with their career,” he said. “Another reason we (professors) do this is because how people present themselves is vital and you need to acquire the necessary positives.” Brandi Unruh, senior in English education, felt ready for the interviews she had to face on Teacher Interview Day. “It teaches you to expect the unexpected,” Unruh said. “I think I felt more prepared coming here having been to a mock interview. I wasn’t as nervous as I would have been had I not been through this process before. It would have been more nerve-racking.” This week, graduate student Samantha Chiappetti will complete 24 mock interviews
with students in various majors. However, Career Services can have up to 40 interviews a week if it’s busy. As Chiappetti sits down and conducts a mock interview with Miranda Jones, junior in communication, she goes over the do’s and don’ts of interviewing. “The most important thing you should remember during an interview is keep eye contact and smile,” she said. “It makes the interview more comfortable and the employer will take you more seriously.” She also said students should watch their um’s. “A lot of people don’t realize that they do this, but it’s distracting and it seems like you’re struggling with a question,” Chiappetti said. “And no ‘What’s up dude?’ stuff either, as that could be considered too casual.” Career Services, located
Senior in automotive tech Kent Henry gets interviewed by Dorothy Wampler from State Farm Insurance on Wednesday, March 24. in Horace Mann, offers many pamphlets that explain exactly what a student should wear, how to act and other types of business etiquette. The pamphlets also include what could be said in an interview session and give tips on exactly how to deliver what the employer wants to hear. Chiappetti says the mock interview service can always help a student. “It doesn’t hurt to do it,” she
said. “I remember one student who graduated some time ago, but he took many mock interviews and he ended up getting an internship at Seaworld. He thought it helped him tremendously by releasing nerves.” Career Services offers more than just mock interviews. There are also resume reviews, biweekly letters, credential services and more to help students enter the work force.
‘I love it here’ New equal opportunity director enthusiastic about position RACHELE PEREZ Collegio Reporter
Jamie Jones knew she didn’t want a job that would be the same day-in and day-out. She says that is why she enjoys being the new Director of Equal Opportunity and Afﬁrmative Action. “I was looking for a job that included all of the components from my background, rather than just picking one thing,” she said. “I wanted a career where I was going to be doing different things all the time, which this is deﬁnitely the position for that.” Jones started her position on March 1. Jamie Brooksher was the former Director of EOAA until she became the university’s general counsel last October.
Jones, a Garden City native, graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism. “I’m not sure how I got started in journalism. I was always big into communications and writing,” she said. “And going to law school, I knew after my ﬁrst semester I didn’t want to be a lawyer in the traditional sense.” The law school she attended was Washburn University. She graduated with her juris doctorate degree in 2008. After completing the degree, Jones packed her belongings and moved to New York City. “I had visited a lot and really loved it,” she said. “I didn’t know anyone, a place to live or a promised job.” After a month of job searching, Jones
was hired. She worked in property development. Jones says her experience in New York City was wonderful. “It was fabulous, I loved it,” she said. She says a favorite part of life in the Big Apple was the diversity. “There are a lot of different types of people, a lot of different types of food and different things to do,” she said. “There is always something going on.” After working in New York City, Jones moved back to Garden City. There, she practiced employment law at Ward Loyd Law Ofﬁces as an associate attorney. Since she’s been hired as the equal opportunity director, Jones says she has learned a lot. “I’ve been thrown into a lot of things
already,” she said. “Everything is kind of a new experience. I love it here and I love the people.” As director of equal opportunity and afﬁrmative action, Jones monitors all of PSU’s policies as far as complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She will also help the search committees on campus and facilitate their search process. Jones will train the committees and then if there are any questions throughout the process, she can answer them. She will assist any student, faculty or staff member who comes in with a disability they need accommodation for. Jones also handles any grievances people have on campus concerning faculty or staff. Jones says she doesn’t have any plans
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President Steve Scott has announced the selection of Angela Neria as the new chief information ofﬁcer for the university. She is currently the chief information ofﬁcer for the Joplin, Mo., School District. Starting April 29, she will lead PSU’s Information Services Department and manage the university’s information technology. She will serve on the President’s Council and will be expected to provide strategic leadership in determining the university’s information technology needs.
Performance art Marianne Evans-Lombe and Walt Delp will present the performance art piece “Glossary” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the second ﬂoor gallery in Porter Hall. “Glossary” is the most recent work in Evans-Lombe series of “Body Drawings.” For more information, go to www. pittstate.edu/art/sbowman/ImPact/.
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Food and culture fair The International Student Association and the International Programs and Services Ofﬁce is sponsoring this year’s Food and Culture Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Memorial Auditorium. Fifteen international organizations will present their food and culture to the local community. There is a $1 entrance fee. For more information, email Vidhi Kundalia at vidhi_kundalia@ yahoo.co.in or call 704-5303.
Kite fly The Ofﬁce of Alumni & Constituent Relations is holding a kite-ﬂying event for alumni, friends and family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the PSU band practice ﬁeld on the corner of Homer and Ford streets. The event is free to the public. Children must be super-
Kansas ﬁction writer Amy Sage Webb will read from her work next week as part of PSU’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Webb’s reading will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Balkans Room at the Overman Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Webb’s writing focuses on working-class characters. Her writing draws from the wide variety of jobs she’s held and the places she’s lived. A reception will be held after the reading in the Heritage Room.
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Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, will hold a clothing drive during the month of March. The clothing collected will be donated to area schools. The clothing does not need to be new. All sizes are needed in both male and female sizes. The organization needs children’s sizes, as well as junior and plus-size clothing. New packages of socks and
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Research colloquium The PSU 2010 Research Colloquium competition will be held from 1 p.m.4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 20-22, in 316 Hughes Hall. The competition, hosted by the PSU Graduate School, showcases research projects that students have participated in or conducted. There are cash prizes for ﬁrst, second and third place. The colloquium is open to any PSU student working on a research project, which includes scholarly projects, theses and creative work. Registration deadline is Monday, March 29. For more information, e-mail B.B. Stotts, director of continuing and graduate studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-4181.
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Karaoke night Gorillas in Your Midst will hold its monthly karaoke night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, in the U-Club. The group will give away $50 in Wal-Mart gift cards, T-shirts and Wheat State pizza gift certiﬁcates. Free refreshments will be served. For more information, call 235-4062.
Dropped class deadline nears The ﬁnal day for dropping a course unless the student withdraws from the university for the 2010 spring semester is Friday, April 9.
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Not quite out of the Woods JAKE FABER Collegio Reporter
After following the controversy surrounding Tiger Woods for the past couple months, I have learned two important things. No. 1: Tiger Woods has got game, and I’m not talking about his golf swing. Following his car “accident” in late November of last year, everything ranging from Tiger’s text messages from other women to his latest return to professional golf at Augusta National has been analyzed more than Michael Jackson’s autopsy results. Tiger has won four Masters Championships, three U.S. Open Championships and has been named the PGA Player of the Year 10 times. Unless all of his sexual escapades have affected how he swings his golf club, no pun intended, I frankly don’t want to hear about it. No. 2: I now know that I think more about Tiger’s love life than I do my own, and that is sad. I mean, come on. I can’t even find a date for a Friday night and Tiger Woods’ sexual conquests are being marched around like it’s the St. Patrick’s Day parade. It just isn’t fair. But, in all seriousness, just because the man is a god in the golf world does not mean that such a huge deal needs to be made about his “indiscretions.” Tiger Woods is a golf icon, which means that he gets paid to win tournaments and make putts, not be the poster boy for the perfect marriage. Tiger’s recent decision to return to professional golf at Augusta National not only meant walking back into the national golf spotlight, but it also allowed reporters to barrage him with questions Woods posed no restrictions on. The questions from ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi ranged from how well Tiger felt about the course at Augusta to how he was going to rekindle his relationship with Swedish model Elin Nordegren. This brings up my next question: Why would Tiger cheat on his wife? I mean, look at her. Although I have tried not to judge Tiger on his personal life, I have to question him here. Out of the seven or so alleged mistresses, I would rate some of the girls with a four or five, meaning some of them were very unattractive. This means when you are one of the biggest superstars in the golf world, and you are married to a model, you probably should not be sexting your waitress from the Olive Garden. Although I try to focus on sports players’ careers more than their personal lives, it is pretty hard to ignore when they are flaunted in the national media. Because of this, Tiger’s golf statistics are more important to me than the number of women he cheated with. Not to say I agree with Tiger’s actions at all, but he should be judged only by the golf community on what he set out to do in his life – and that is to play golf. Everyone goes through rough times in their life, and hopefully the only tramping that Tiger will be doing in the future is up and down the greens on the golf course.
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Gorillas place three in top 20 CHRIS YORK Collegio Reporter The PSU golf team teed off its season last Tuesday at the Drury Invitational at Rivercut golf course in Springfield, Mo. The Gorillas battled tough and came home with a fourth-place finish with a team score of 618, only nine strokes away from the winner Fort Hays State who posted a 609. Pitt got off to a good start in the two-day, 36-hole competition as four Gorillas finished Day 1 in the top 20. Sophomore Eammon Krusich set the pace for the Gorillas as he finished Monday with a 75 at the par 72 course, good enough to end the day tied for fifth. Junior Brad Yeubanks was hot on Krusich’s heels as he overcame a 40 on the front nine to finish strong in the back nine with a solid 36 to give him a 76 on the first day to tie for ninth. Senior Bo Merrill began the day shooting a 40 as well on the front half before putting up a 38 in the backstretch to end Day 1 tied for 11.
Sophomore Fletcher Harder scored a respectable 79 for the first round to head into Tuesday tied for 15th. Unfortunately, Krusich could not keep the magic going the next day as an up-and-down day gave him an 80 for Day 2 to bring his total to 153 and a 14th-place finish. There were some bright spots for Pitt as Harder came ready to play on Day 2 as he posted a 75 to improve his overall finish and moved from 15th to tie for 12th. Merrill also stepped up, posting a 75 for him as well to end the tournament at a team low 153. His score fell only six strokes off the winner Andrew Funk of Drury, who shot a 147 for the invitational. Merrill was the lone Gorilla to crack the top 10 as he finished in a two-way tie for 10th. The good start is a good sign for the Gorillas as they look to continue the trend Monday and Tuesday, March 29 and 30, when they head to St. Joseph, Mo., to participate in the Missouri Western Invitational at Moila Country Club.
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Self: Freshman Henry ready for NBA LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self believes freshman star Xavier Henry is ready to compete in the NBA if he decides to declare for the draft. “There’s no question in my mind that he is definitely equipped and ready to be paid,” Self said Tuesday. “No question. Now, the question to the family is, ‘Is he ready to play and impact the NBA game?’ “I personally think he can do that. But that’s something they need to decide as a group.” The 6-6 guard averaged 13.4 points for the Jayhawks, who were ousted in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Self also said he expected junior center Cole Aldrich to decide
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in about a week whether he will enter the NBA draft or remain for his senior season. Henry and his older brother, C.J. Henry, signed with Kansas last year after opting out of a commitment to Memphis. Self said it would be a family decision whether Xavier Henry stays or leaves. “I’ll meet with X and see what he and his family want me to do,” Self said. “I’ll do whatever they want me to do, but that will be a family decision. There is no timetable I have whatsoever on them getting together and making a decision. I don’t think a decision has been made yet. I think there’s probably a way in which they’re leaning. But we’ll wait and see what happens.
“With Xavier, we knew there would be a great chance he would be one-and-done. I’ll support whatever direction they go.” Self said he visited with Aldrich on Monday. The 6-11 center averaged a shade less than a double-double and set the school record for blocked shots in a season. “To me, with Cole, it doesn’t have much to do with where people have him projected (in the draft). We know he’s going to get drafted pretty high,” Self said. “It’s what would be best for his family. It could be best for his family for Cole to come back. But I’ve said this all along, I’m not encouraging that at all. I think it’s something he has to feel totally comfortable with.”
The Gorilla softball team’s record goes back to .500 after dropping two games last Saturday in the weather-shortened MIAA Crossover. Pitt (11-11-1) had a difficult time getting the offense going all day against two tough opponents in Emporia State and Central Missouri. The Gorillas’ first action was against Emporia State, which jumped on the board quickly and never looked back. The Hornets put up two runs in the first inning and added two more to end the third to take a 4-0 lead going to the top of the fourth. Junior Haley Deaton singled up the middle to lead off for Pitt. Freshman Kelsey Loncarich pinch ran for Deaton and moved to second as senior Jessica Jones received a free pass after getting hit by a pitch. The runners were held as the next batter, senior Erin Destefano, lined out to centerfield. Freshman Kreslee Ketcham drove in the lone run for the Gorillas as she reached base on a fielding error while Loncarich scored. The next two PSU hitters flew out to end the fourth. The Pitt rally woke up the Hornets, who put up six runs in the home half of the fourth to end any hopes of a comeback for the Gorillas. Pitt failed to produce anything in the fifth and the game was called with a 10-1 final score. Senior pitcher Melissa Slayden got the start for PSU and went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Pitt was held to three hits as a team with senior Cassie Martin (1-3), sophomore Amanda DeCastro (1-3) and Deaton (1-2) as the only batters
with a hit. The Gorillas fared better in the second game, but still came up short in a 3-2 loss to Central Missouri. The game remained locked in a 0-0 tie when Central Missouri scored in the top half of the third when UCM’s Ashlea Bengston led off the inning with a home run. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth when UCM used a sacrifice fly to give them a 2-0 cushion. Another sac fly in the top of the seventh inning gave the Jennies a little more breathing room going into the last three outs of the game at 3-0. A quiet offense finally woke up in the seventh for the Gorillas as Deaton led the inning with a walk. Jones provided some fireworks as she planted one over the fence to put the Gorillas within striking distance 2-3. The Jennies were able to regain composure and put the game away as the team retired the next three Pitt batters to end the game. Sophomore Hilary Erbert went the distance for Pitt on the mound going seven innings. Erbert surrendered seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts and zero walks. The offense stalled again as Pitt produced only four hits for the game. Jones led the way offensively going 1-2 at the plate with two RBIs on the big homer late in the game. Senior Lindsay Birchfield went 1-2, as did Martin. DeCastro was the only other Gorilla to get a hit for the game. The Gorillas look to resurrect their offense this weekend as the team hits the road to begin conference play. Pitt heads to Omaha to take on Nebraska-Omaha at noon Friday. The Gorillas pack up and move on to Maryville, Mo., to take on Northwest Missouri at noon Saturday.
March Sports Schedule 3/26: Softball at Nebraska-Omaha - DH (Omaha, Neb.), Noon 3/26: Baseball at Truman - DH (Kirksville, Mo.), 1 p.m. 3/27: Softball at NW Missouri State - DH (Maryville, Mo.), Noon 3/27: Baseball at Truman - DH (Kirksville, Mo.), Noon 3/27: Track & Field Wendy’s Open (Prentice Gudgen Track), 1 p.m. 3/29-30: Golf at Missouri Western Invitational (St. Joseph, Mo.) 3/29: Softball vs. Newman - DH (PSU Softball Complex), 2 p.m. 3/30: Football Spring Drills Begin (Carnie Smith Stadium), 7 a.m. 3/31: Baseball vs. Missouri Southern - DH (Al Ortolani Field), 3 p.m.
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