Thanksgiving on alternative diets

Thanksgiving

Ali Clark | Collegio writer Most students, when asked about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes mention turkey and stuffing, but for students like Shawnee Viets, these foods hardly cross their mind. Viets was diagnosed with celiac disease, an allergic reaction to gluten, when she was only 18 months old. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, among other things. It is also used as a flavoring or thickening agent. The symptoms of celiac disease are varied and the reactions they cause range from very minor to very severe. Viets ended up having a severe reaction. “I started getting really, really thin and so my arms were super thin but then my stomach started to…

Q & A with Tom Gregory

Senator talks about proposed campus smoking ban Q: What is the motivation behind the proposed smoking ban? A: At Student Government Association, we were getting more people, an influx of people every year commenting about smoking on campus or getting emails about it saying, ‘Hey, this is a problem.’ Our motivation behind it is definitely a health motivation as well as a “green” motivation, but more than anything I think is a traditional motivation. This university is built on and enriched in tradition, and every so often a generation of students has a chance to make its own tradition. This is one that we can not only make happen, but can be proud of for…

Students coming out find support

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter http://Bestbettafish.com/ Holden Kraus was 21 when he first came out about being bisexual. He was having a conversation about life with a friend when the subject came up. Kraus is one of several students who have disclosed their homosexuality. “I’ve known since puberty that I wasn’t completely straight, because I noticed both guys and girls as ‘hotties,’” said Kraus, graduate student in math. “My roommate was bisexual as well and it made it easier for me to find the courage to be who I truly am.” Kraus says that although coming out about his sexuality has been mostly positive, he did receive various reactions from his family. “When I told…

When I was your age…

Faculty talk about their college days Ali Clark | Collegio writer Joey Pogue remembers how one of his favorite professors would chain smoke in class and line up the cigarette butts on his desk. “We all smelled like smoke, and smoke in the halls,” said Pogue, associate professor in communication. Pogue attended undergraduate school in the late 1960s when the Vietnam War was dominating headlines. Smoking was allowed in colleges at that time and it wasn’t a big deal to anyone, which would horrify some students and faculty today. Things were different then, as PSU teachers can attest. No cell phones, no computers, no attendance policies, and the smoking. College life has changed radically in the…

Checks and balances:

Brian Peery, sustainabilty co-ordinator speaks to SGA members on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Governor's room of the Overman Student Center. Photo by : Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

SGA gets down to business Jay Benedict | Managing Editor PSU’s Student Government Association held a historic vote last night by approving and swearing in the first members of the group’s first judicial board. Two more justices and a Chief justice were approved in addition to Brynn Blair and Audrey Gilbreath who were approved last week. Kaitlyn Herder, sophomore in marketing, was voted in 33-0, and Michael Giffin, freshman in chemistry and physics, approved 32-1. Scott Swaggert, junior in business management and construction management, was inducted as Chief justice by a vote of 31-0. “A constitution is a sacred document,” Giffin said. “I view SGA’s constitution as highly as I view our country’s.” In a particularly…

‘We’re a consumer society’: Author, producer offers economic insights

John DeGraaf

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter America’s social and economic ills are rooted mainly in its health-care system, says author and economic expert John de Graaf. “Right now, Americans spend about 47 percent of the entire health-care budget of the world,” de Graaf told about 15 students on Tuesday in Grubbs Hall. “Yet we are 5 percent of the world’s population. We have the most expensive health care and the worst health.” De Graaf comes from Seattle, Wash., and he has written books and produced movies about the U.S. economy. His most recent work is a documentary titled “What’s the Economy for Anyway,” which was later published as a book. These works explain the wide variety…

Fashion, food and fireworks:

Nishjeet Mann, a member of the Indian Student Association, carries lights symbolizing enlightenment during the Diwali Festival of Lights in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center on Sunday, Nov. 6. Photo by: Yuyang Xiao/Collegio

Indian students online trading academy cost celebrate Diwali ADRIANA GARMACEA | Collegio Reporter Diwali, the festival of lights, is a rich cultural celebration in India and the Indian Student Association hosts its own celebration at PSU, giving students a taste of the various cultural aspects of their native country. “It is nice to show our culture and wear all our traditional clothes,” said Navneet Kaur, president of ISA. “Even though I wear it normally, it feels good to wear it in front of people from other countries and represent ours.” Kaur says people in India show their happiness by lighting earthen “diyas” (lamps), decorating their houses, lighting firecrackers and inviting friends and family to their…

Sidewalk cracks and black cats:

Bad Luck

Students share personal superstitions trading academy Jay Benedict | Managing Editor Musician Stevie Wonder sang, “When you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way.” Many students at Pittsburg State don’t heed his warning, and as Nov. 11, 2011, or 11/11/11, draws closer, more are taking the chance to get a lucky wish in. Students like Nick Born regularly make a wish when the clock strikes 11:11 because it is considered a lucky time.   “I make a wish every time I see that it’s 11:11,” said Born, senior in psychology. “It gives me a good feeling in the pit of my stomach even if it might not always come true.”…

One is the loneliest number:

Some students sole representatives of their nations Ali Clark | Collegio Reporter Being a student at a university in a foreign country is tough, but imagine you are the only person from your country at that university. That scenario may seem unlikely but it is the case for 16 students this year at PSU. Most international students have someone to share their experiences with, whether it’s with someone from their university who came with them, or someone from their country that they met at school. Sunny Srijan, the only student from Nepal, says he never thought he would be the only student from his country. “I was thinking there would be someone else because there…

Healthy as a horse

Derek Pearson, senior in psychology education, speaks with officers from the Topeka Police Department about employment opportunites after graduation during the career fair in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the Overman Student Center on Thursday, November 3. Photo by:Jim Quist/Collegio

Students find health careers stable at career expo online trading academy instructors Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Rising unemployment rates had students feeling uneasy about their pending graduation, unsure of when they would find a job and what job it will be. “I am definitely nervous to graduate,” said Jessica Berberich, junior in English education and communication education. “When I came into college, my relatives and friends told me the job prospects for educators would get better in four years, but it’s only gotten worse. Budget cuts for school have become appalling.” Berberich says she knew education may not be the most financially promising career, but she has always wanted to be an educator. “I…