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By now, most people have probably heard of the Zika virus as the Aedes mosquito-borne disease is the new buzzword in countless media and even in classrooms.

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It was an explosive weekend for Pitt State’s track and field teams, a weekend that saw several outstanding performances for what has already proven to be a highly capable team.

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Thanks to a new class “Food Science and Preparation Techniques” in the department of family and consumer sciences, The Collegio in partnership with the class is proud to present the first of many recipes in an effort to satisfy hungry Gorillas, bananas on the side.

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The recent establishment of the Retention Performance Management (RPM) program draws attention not only to PSU’s retention rates, but also toward retention rates of higher education programs all across the nation. 

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Fee increases were on the minds of the members of the Student Government Association (SGA) when they gathered at the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Sports

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Sunday, Feb. 7, was the final game for the Gorillas in the Southeastern Oklahoma Classic. The Gorillas took on the Oklahoma Christian Eagles in Durant, Okla., for their second and final game of the day.  A strong performance by Emmie Robertson earned the Gorillas their fifth win of the season.

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Saturday, Feb. 6, marked the second and final regular season meeting between the Gorillas and Emporia State Hornets. The Gorillas dropped the first meeting between the two in December, at home. The Gorillas looked to beat the No. 16-ranked Hornets in Emporia.

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A quick start was not enough to keep the Gorillas on top of the Emporia State Hornets, who rallied late in the first half and went on to dominate the second on their way to a 78-66 victory.

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After winning the first two games on opening day, with scores of 6-4 and 4-3, the Pittsburg State baseball team dropped the next two games on Sunday, Feb. 7, with 13-16 and 9-12, splitting the series at home against Sioux Falls.

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Jan. 30 marked the second and final regular season meeting between the Pittsburg State Gorillas and the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State. A late rally from the Gorillas in the third quarter ultimately sparked the Gorillas to win the game and pick up their sixth consecutive win and their …

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An intense and gritty game yielded sweet victory for Pitt State’s men’s basketball team as they avenged an earlier loss to the Washburn Ichabods, never giving up the lead on the road to an 82-71 victory.

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Originally from Kansas City, Garrett Appier showed interest in sports from an early age. In his youth, Appier moved to Paola, Kan. While in high school, he played football and was on the track and field team. Half of the year was spent training for shot put and the other half was spent in fo…

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Despite more than a month off, the Pitt State track teams had no trouble dominating the competition at the University of Central Missouri Invitational on Friday, Jan. 22, with six gold-medal finishes for both the women’s and the men’s teams.

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Jan. 23 was the final stop on the short two game road trip when the Gorillas met with the Blue Tigers of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Miss. The first half for the Gorillas held bigger leads, while the Blue Tigers rallied in the second half to pull the game within single digits. Ulti…

Culture

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Making a film adaptation of a book can be difficult. Making a film adaptation of a book that was based on a centuries old classic story can be harder still. However, there are some films that meet every expectation and make a thematically-centered and intimate experience.

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The Orlando Consort performed a collection of pieces organized according to Shakespeare’s timeline of British monarchs on Friday, Feb. 5. The group was paying tribute to the playwright by bringing  early English history to life.

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Root Coffeehouse was packed with students who came to enjoy coffee, company and live music performed by fellow PSU music major Christina Metzger on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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The U-Club of Overman Student Center buzzed with excitement as the crowd of at least 50 students and faculty waited for the national slam poetry champion, George Masao Yamazawa Jr., to appear on stage. Catching the audience off guard, however, the champion went up to almost every person in t…

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The Spirit Squad traveled to Orlando, FL, for the national competition hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), which was held from Friday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 17. The UCA national competition is held every year and the PSU Spirit Squad is known for returning to Pittsburg…

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Despite the chilly temperatures, more than 100 students, faculty, staff and their families flocked to the Robert W. Plaster Center on Friday, Jan. 15, for Family Movie Night.

Opinion

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“You guys must be gluttons for punishment,” he said as we exited the office, following a contentious meeting about abortion and contraceptive coverage between six concerned women, one state senator and yours truly.

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According to The United States Department of Education, high school graduation rates are at an all time high of 82 percent. Most would be inclined to automatically assume this is a good thing. However these numbers do not accurately depict the mastery of the high school education.

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Where to begin with my day at the state capitol. I’ll start by saying I am thankful to attend and glad that I thought of sending a reporter to tag along with SGA. I never planned to be that reporter, as editor in chief my plate tends to be full. But I ended up going with nine other PSU stude…

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I have never been a fan of PETA, the animal-rights organization, and recent news has deepened my hatred for them. Not only have they slandered the world that Future Farmers of America (FFA) organizations have cherished and worked for decades, they have slandered 4-H and county fairs.

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It is hard to discuss guns without hearing the old cliché that ‘guns do not kill people, people kill people’. This is true. A gun by itself never hurt anybody, but what is often ignored is that a gun is far more likely to kill its owner than anyone else.

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Whenever I introduce myself as a Korean to foreigners who know nothing about Korea, the first thing they ask me is whether I am from South or North Korea. It has always been that way that I bet a lot of South Koreans have now grown numb to both the question and the reaction that ensues when …

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The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan met on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Seoul for the sixth trilateral summit. This was the first summit talks held in more than three years. As the tension over territorial disputes and Japan’s parliament passage of changes to pacifist World War II constitution…

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Free speech is an idea everyone says they support-it is ingrained in what we think makes us Americans. But more and more people, especially those attending universities, demonstrate that they only want free speech as long as the speaker agrees with them. They are more than willing to censor …