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  • Blake Bullinger and fiance Carly Stene show off her ring after their engagement on Oct.9.

    Gorillas got game

    Boyfriend’s proposal raises bar; goes viral | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Most girls dream about the day she gets proposed to, of her heart racing as her boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks to spend the rest of their lives together. She wants it to be romantic and special. She wants it to be meaningful to both of them. And of course she’d have to tell her family immediately. On Oct. 9, the bar for a proposal like this was raised high when Blake Bullinger presented Carly Stene, his girlfriend of two years, with a handmade jewelry armoire filled with little presents of her favorite things and, of course, the ring. “As soon…

  • International students in PSU are take their food in Thankgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

    Celebrating family, friends, food

    | Haley Riebel reporter | Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and food. Especially food. The holiday can be a time to reflect on what really matters in life and gives everyone a chance to make things right in the world. For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and catch them up on college life. “It honestly doesn’t really bother me when they ask, it’s kind of their way of showing they care,” said Megan Davis, freshman in biology. Davis says she believes Thanksgiving is also not just about the food. “To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and being thankful for the family you have…

  • Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchison, instructor of military science, salutes the flag during the National Anthem played at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov, 11. The program was moved from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater to the National Guard gym because of the extreme cold.

    Cold can’t kill celebration

    Veterans Day service celebrates peace | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | More than 100 veterans, families, students and sixth-graders from area middle schools, bundled in coats, scarves, boots and hats to keep away the chill from outside, packed into the National Guard Armory gym to celebrate the many men and women who have served their country at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The service was moved indoors from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater due to weather. “I was excited when I thought it was going to be out in the memorial, but it was still very nice today inside,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchinson, instructor of military science. “And the memorial is always there….

  • Grace Geiger, a freshman in accounting, and Taylor Mercier, a freshman in recreational therapy, and Dakota Dudash, an undeclared freshman, take a picture with a frame of The Pledge during the It's On Us event in Lindburg Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 30. It is held by SGA to raise the sexual assault awareness.

    Pledge against sexual assault

    | Valli Sridharan reporter | The Student Government Association conducted the “It’s on us” campaign for sexual assault prevention on Thursday, Oct. 30. This is a national level campaign that was initiated by President Obama about two months ago to end sexual assaults on university campuses. “I think it is a wonderful initiative,” said Kamakshi Singh, graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. “I feel that victims of sexual assault need and deserve the support of the community.” SGA wanted to raise awareness on the burning issue of sexual assault in a way that would attract people to the cause. “When it came to organizing it, we just reached out to organizations and people we thought…

  • Alex Wary, a senior in exercise science, passes the flame to Amber Davish, a senior in therapeutic recreation, for representing the hope for the people caught in human trafficking during Dinner and Candlelight Vigil event in Justice Week in the Oval on Wednesday, November, 5. It is held by IJM to raise the awareness of Human Trafficking.

    SURVIVOR TO CHAMPION

    Holocaust experience leads to human-rights activism | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Whitesitt room 103 was filled past capacity on Thursday, Oct. 30, when more than 100 people gathered to listen to activist Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor and champion of civil, women’s and human rights. “I don’t always have a standing-room only audience,” said Epstein. “I must have something neat to talk about.” Epstein’s lecture was part of the Women’s Studies Lecture Series. “Originally we planned on only bringing one speaker to campus a year,” said Laura Washburn, professor in English. However, after the initial success, she knew the series had to host another speaker. “While in the process of searching, Ferguson happened,” Washburn…

Sports

Routed out

Gorillas share MIAA title | Michael Bauer sports editor | With the conference championship and a spot in the playoffs on the line, the Pittsburg State Gorillas needed a win against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos Saturday, Nov. 15, to close out the regular season in Edmond, Okla. That need was met. The Pitt State football team (10-1) claimed a share of the MIAA conference title by blowing out Central Oklahoma (8-3), 41-14 on Saturday, allowing the team to advance to the NCAA Division II national playoffs. With the win, Pitt State will share the conference title with Northwest Missouri State. Both teams finished with the same record. “We want them to enjoy it,” said Tim…

Volleyball ends season with loss

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | A four-game road trip ended with a loss for the Pitt State volleyball team to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Edmond, Okla. The Gorillas, who were already on a three-game losing skid going into the match lost in four sets, 3-1. The Bronchos took the first set, 25-15, before Pittsburg State came back to win the second set, 28-26. Central Oklahoma won the final two sets, 25-18 and 25-16 to end the Gorillas’ season at 10-20 overall and 7-15 in the MIAA. Pittsburg State found itself down early in set one, 9-3. The team scraped and battled back as it narrowed the margin…

Women’s basketball start’s strong

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | It has been chilly outside, but the PSU women’s basketball team traveled to an area with even lower temperatures as the team began its season at the Radisson Hotel’s Roseville Classic in St. Paul, Minn. Pitt State’s first game of the tournament was against the 10th-ranked Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears. “We are a ranked team as well,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played them (Concordia) in our second game last year in California. So we were somewhat familiar with them. They are a huge team, though.” PSU started its assault by giving the ball to junior forward Kylie Gafford, who quickly put up a jump shot. Gafford…

Campus Life

Sharing tradition with students

| Haley Riebel reporter | In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Student Association (NASA) has sponsored a variety of events throughout the month to commemorate their nations and ancestors. To wrap up the month’s festivities, Nikki Stone, senior in communication and NASA president, set up a tribal panel to inform PSU students about a new take on Native American history. “I wanted the audience that is completely unfamiliar to have a more general knowledge of the workings within a tribe and what it’s like to be an active member,” Stone said. Although only a small amount, Stone is part Cherokee and she manages to keep in contact with the tribe, gaining…

Distinguished writer brings in crowd

About 75 students, faculty, staff and residents gathered in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 13, to hear excerpts from the works of Joy Harjo, the final guest writer of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. Harjo is a well-known Native American writer, nationally recognized as an outstanding poet, memoirist, teacher, singer, musician and is a member of the Muskoke/Creek Nation. Some of her numerous awards include the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award. Her most recent publication is “Crazy Brave,” published in 2012….

Great Gorilla Smoke-out

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pitt State campus may have been less smoky Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20. That’s because Gorillas in Your Midst (GIYM) is in action to help people stop the use of tobacco products during the organization’s Great Gorilla Smoke-out. J.T. Knoll, programing coordinator for campus activities and GIYM adviser, says the Great Gorilla Smoke-out coincides with the national Great American Smoke-out as a way to provide people with a day, or two, to focus on stopping smoking and the use of other tobacco products. “We are working with the tobacco-free campus initiative using “Breathe Easy” as our theme,” Knoll said. “Beginning January first, the soft implementation of…

World Cup: part 2

International students sponsor soccer tourny | Haley Riebel reporter | The Pitt State Recreation Center was crowded Saturday, Nov. 15, as students gathered to escape the wind and cold and enjoy a day of the world’s most popular sport: soccer. The tournament, originally scheduled to be played outside, was moved indoors because of weather. Nine teams competed, seven in the men’s division and two in the women’s. The teams were divided by nationality and represented Brazil, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay and the continent of Africa. Six players and two subs were allowed per team participating in the double-elimination tournament and trophies were awarded to the top teams. Though many of the athletes participating in the…

SGA discusses allocations for student organizations

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) will vote on approving $27,500 for fall 2014 allocations during the organization’s meeting on Dec. 3. More than $37,000 was requested by Pitt State’s various student clubs and organizations for this semester’s allocations period. Treasurer Austin Bailey said that many groups who applied for allocation funds received close to the regular amount requested and less money was allocated overall for this semester because several organizations failed to meet allocation requirements. The Senate will also vote on whether to grant $71,555 to the Educational Opportunity Fund from student fee dollars during the meeting on Dec. 3. The Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial support for tutors,…

Appetite for helping

| Tyler Koester reporter | The PSU chapter of the International Justice Mission raised $292.82 at the organization’s “Cookout for Freedom” event Thursday, Nov. 6, as part of the Justice Week activities. “The first step towards any advocacy is awareness,” said Alison Smith, senior in communication and president of International Justice Mission at PSU. “That’s something we really strive for throughout this whole week.” The cookout was a way for the organization to raise awareness of the 29 million people worldwide currently held in slavery. For a $5 donation, donors were offered free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages. “I think the food is just a way to gather people in and for people to…

Brown graces sports illustrated

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Former PSU wide receiver John Brown will grace this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. Brown, who graduated from PSU in 2013, is shown leaping for the ball on the cover. The former PSU All-American scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s 31-14 win over the St. Louis Rams. He also had the game winning touchdown catch in Arizona’s 18-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers in week one on ESPN’s Monday Night Game. Brown has scored five touchdowns so far this season while recording 29 catches for 399 yards. The rookie wide receiver from Homestead, Fla., was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL…