Facebook depression

Possible link between Internet addiction and depression Luke Pryor Collegio Reporter WThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released studies about the effects of social media on mental health, potentially linking Facebook and other social media sites with depression in some teens. The term “Facebook depression” was coined in the studies led by Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a pediatrician and lead author of recent AAP social media guidelines, saying in the study that it is a condition that could affect teens who obsess over the site who are also predisposed to mental health issues. David Hurford, professor and chair of the PSU Psychology Department, reviewed the studies and said that many of them were over social…

Student presents Egypt to the PSU community

Adriana Perez Collegio Reporter The last event out of the International Office this year was titled “Egypt’s Gathering.” Like similar events, it had food and a cultural presentation. Unlike the others, a single student prepared the traditional Egyptian meals and spoke to the audience. Mashael Almowallad is currently the only student from Egypt at Pittsburg State University; she is part of the Intensive English Program and plans to study medical technology later in the fall. “Events like this make me even prouder to be an Egyptian,” Almowallad said. “I am happy to do a presentation about this magnificent country.” Almowallad, with the help of her sister, started preparing the food a day before the event…

PSU grad student cracks 151-year-old cipher

Encoded Civil War documents found to be love letters Ali Clark Collegio Reporter Bill Hoyt, PSU faculty member, alumnus, and current graduate student, recently decoded letters that were written in the 1860s. He was working on his thesis when he came across the letters. Hoyt, who was studying John Brown Jr., the oldest son of John Brown the abolitionist, came across encoded letters that were written between John Brown Jr. and his wife in the 1860s, when Brown was stationed in Missouri with the army. The letters were posted on the Kansas Historical Society’s website. The society had obtained the letters in 2009 and they were scanned and put online for the public, although they…

Padded problem

Adult-style bikini top for kids stirs controversy Bartholomew Klick Copy Editor Aubrey Poindexter learned about the swimwear in her women’s studies class, and says this prompted her to post about it on Facebook. “Perverted?” she asked her friends via Facebook. “Or a great marketing ploy to the tween market?” Several PSU students replied to the post, mostly saying that the swimwear was perverted. “Teen Mom (a television series) is gonna have a lot more applicants,” wrote Jordan Milliken, a psychology student who studied substance abuse counseling at PSU. Abercrombie & Fitch, an “apparel and lifestyle brand” that landed itself on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of worst companies, sold a cologne that inadvertently lowered the sperm…

Students observe Gay Pride Week

Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter Members of the Pitt State Gay-Straight Alliance (PSGSA) have been working to spread unity on campus this week by hosting the Second Annual Gay Pride Rally, and hosting activities on campus all week. “The entire week is about finding acceptance, being proud of oneself, and educating those who have questions,” said Randi Tucker, non-degree seeking student. The Gay Pride Week was kicked off Monday with an opening rally, featuring three guest speakers. The speakers included Steven Urie of the Spirit of Christ Metropolitan Community Church; Thomas Witt, chair of the Kansas Equality Coalition and Raye Ann Tucker, local activist. Wednesday, James Dean of the Sonoma State University in California, spoke in…

Taking a drag with Pitt State Gay-Straight Alliance

Luke Pryor Collegio Reporter Men wearing pink dresses, matching make-up, knee high boots and wigs, women with facial hair, wearing baggy shorts and bandanas lip sync to music from Shaggy and Justin Bieber. For many, it’s not a common sight, but that was the scene at the Pitt State Gay Straight Alliance’s drag show, one of the organization’s events for Gay Pride Week, on Wednesday night, April 6. Despite the novelty of the occasion, the crowd seemed to be enjoying itself, clapping and cheering loudly. Holden Kraus, president of the PSGSA, says this was only one of the intentions the organization had in mind when planning the event. “Tonight is all about acceptance, showing that…

Sacrificing spring break

PSU students teach in Dominican Republic Adrianna Perez Collegio Reporter Ten PSU students, part of a group of 14 people, traveled to the Dominican Republic during spring break to teach English and to educate children about personal health and hygiene. “It was a great opportunity,” said Jessica Williams, junior in social work and Spanish. “All the people are so friendly and the little kids would run down the street just to give us high fives and would be yelling Americanos! Americanos!” Stephanie Jepson, senior in Spanish and psychology, said that “being able to travel to the Dominican Republic was a blessing.” Jepson says that working at the school was hectic but that the students made…

Scout’s honor

Lyle Morgan II in profile Whitney Saporito Managing Editor Heather Hopkins, senior in English, recalls the day in her Shakespeare class as if it were yesterday. Her professor was sitting on a desk talking to the class about the character Bottom the Weaver from “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream,” when the next minute she remembers him laid back on the desk, hand on his stomach, laughing hysterically. “Then all of a sudden he sits up and asks the class straight faced, ‘What’s a malapropism?’” Hopkins said. Hopkins says it was impossible to get bored in that class, and that the professor’s energy was contagious. This enthusiastic man is Lyle Morgan II, who has been a…

SGA approves fees

Whitney Saporito Managing Editor Students will see an increase of $25 in student fees for next year. The proposed increases were approved by mvembers of the Student Government Association on Wednesday night. The increases include a $9 increase for athletics, $6 for the Student Recreation Center, $5 for the Bryant Student Health Center, $2 for the Student Activity fee council, $2 for the Overman Student Center, and $1 for the Equal Opportunity Fund. Most increases passed by a unanimous vote, with the exception of the athletics fee. Senators Lara Ismert and Jeanine Kunshek voted no on the increase. Members also voted to pass Senator Kerra Tener’s resolution calling for SGA to support a co-curricular transcript….

Pair of poets

Teachers read for writer series Luke Pryor Collegio Reporter As part of the PSU Distinguished Visiting Writer series, as well as in honor of Women’s History Month, the English department hosted readings from Laura Lee Washburn, professor of English and director of the creative writing program at PSU, and her longtime friend and colleague Jeanne E. Clark on Thursday, March 31. Clark’s first book, Ohio Blue Tips, won the Akron Poetry Prize in 1997. However, the reading primarily featured work from her most recent book, “Gorilla’s Orchard.” Washburn, who has also published two books: “This Good Warm Place”, which was released in a 10th anniversary expanded edition in 2008, and “Watching the Contortionists”, winner of…