Gingerbread Bash

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Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Students from the recreation program design and leadership class put on the Gingerbread Bash last Tuesday to give residents of Via Christi Village a meaningful holiday experience. “Today went absolutely great,” said Madison Ford, senior in psychology. “Everyone did their part and put a great amount of effort into the event today and beforehand. I loved interacting with the residents here; they seemed to enjoy the activities we had.” Students engaged about 10 residents in a variety of activities like making gingerbread houses, creating gingerbread men, taking pictures, and they had a prize giveaway at the end. “I enjoyed making my ginger man,” said Rachel Witt, a resident at Via…

What’s new with nails?

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Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Several female students are taking nail styles to a new level with large collections of polish and weekly nail changes. Lauren Brentlinger says she owns about 40 different nail polishes. “My boyfriend’s mom owns a hair salon, so I get nail polish for Christmas and my birthday,” said Brentlinger, sophomore in family and consumer education. In a world of designer purses, shoes and jeans, nail treatments have become the latest fashion accessories. Brentlinger says she started getting a collection of nail polish during her senior year of high school. No more simple solid colors – nails now come in neons, swirls, patterns, and textures. “Before I started getting a collection…

NBA lockout leaves students up in arms 

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter woodworking bench plans   Basketball fans recently suffered through the five months that the National Basketball Association was locked out in 2011, and are eagerly looking toward the beginning of the season on Christmas Day. Many students depend on professional sports for entertainment and say the lockout has been frustrating.  The lockout marked the fourth time in NBA history that such a situation has occurred. The lockout, caused by pay disagreements between the owners and players, has shortened the NBA season.  “No games, players leaving, I’m absolutely outraged with the situation!” said Devon Young, freshman in physical education. “I now rely on just college basketball for my entertainment this fall….

Hanukkah and its history

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Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter woodworking projects for kids Everyone knows of Christmas and gifts under the tree, but one Jewish family is celebrating this month without gifts. Danielle Layman, senior in international studies, celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 20-28 with her three children. Layman says that during Hanukkah, they light a Chanukiah, more commonly referred to as a menorah, or candelabrum, for eight days. “The Chanukiah has holders for nine candles,” Layman said. “On the evening of Hanukkah, we light the middle candle, which is called the servant, then light one candle each day after with only the servant candle.” Layman explains that the servant candle represents the Messiah, and it is called the servant to remind…

We wish you a thrifty Christmas

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Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Katie Wright has seven people on her Christmas list. “I’m buying for my family obviously, and four close friends,” Wright, sophomore in communication and Spanish, said. “I usually buy presents for my parents and sister, and I make presents for my friends.” With Christmas drawing closer, students like Wright are starting to budget for Christmas presents and narrowing down whom to buy for. Wright says she starts budgeting after Thanksgiving and tries hard to keep it under $200. “I tend to splurge on my family, buying things from places like Urban Outfitters,” Wright said. “For my friends I make things like photo collages, blankets, scarves and paintings.” Wright says she…

Students dreaming of a Green Christmas

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter wood projects for kids Pitt State student are dreaming of a green Christmas this year – green as in cash. As the semester comes to a close, currently employed students are eager to put in extra hours and begin earning a big paycheck for their hard work. Noelle Kownslar says that working at Ron’s Supermarket, University Housing and being a full-time student has proven to be challenging. It’s less struggling at the end of the semester when homework tapers off and finals are the only real concern,” said Kownslar, junior in communication education. “As we get further into the holiday season, I’ve been able to work more hours than usual. I’ll…

‘Tis the season

Student performers see gig increase with holiday season easy wood projects ADRIANA GARMACEA | Collegio Reporter PSU has several students who perform regularly, such as the punk band R.O.R, DJ Ian Yates and comedian Lucas Ervin. Playing in a band or performing solo regularly is not easy when attending college full time. But these student performers say they enjoy their work and they have no trouble keeping an eye on their school work. R.O.R members include lead vocalist Samuel Bruch, lead bass and backup vocalist John Anson, lead backup drums Matt Olson and lead guitar Dalton Gainer. Bruch says the band started during their freshman year in high school when he and his friend Chuck…

Lose my number

students weigh in on digital breakups Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Many college students see cell phones as a key to a successful relationship. However, they have also led to text message breakups. Jacob Godsey says that he was devastated after receiving a text message from a girl he had been dating for a year that said she was breaking up with him. “I was struggling to maintain a long-distance relationship,” said Godsey, junior in wood technology. “I got a text on my drive home saying that it wasn’t working out and we should see other people. I couldn’t believe my eyes and tried to contact her but she wouldn’t answer. It’s extremely cowardly. You…

Wattage, temperatures fall

PSU implements practical solutions to save energy Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Sustainability is a word that has been buzzing around campus recently. Tom Amershek, Director of Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance, says the university has implemented a variety of measures to assist with the sustainability project. Long-term goals “We have gotten engaged in this process both externally and internally to reduce the use of energy,” Amershek said. “This includes being able to monitor the use of gas, water and electricity on campus effectively.” PSU started the process by hiring Energy Solutions Professional, an independent energy service company to come up with ways to improve energy efficiency on campus. “This goes hand in hand with reducing…

One class, one final, one act

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Todd Miller | Collegio writer Last weekend four communication students put on a show called “Theater Unleashed,” a set of four one-act plays. The show was the final for Cynthia Allan’s communication 544 stage direction class, and is a culminating project to showcase the skills they’ve learned during the semester. “The directors are responsible for the whole show,” said Allan, chair of the Department of Communication. “All the actors are a part of their final exam. Students helping other students helps them realize their vision.” Brett Baker, one of the directors, says that the show allowed them to grasp the entire process of directing. “We’re learning how to direct, build a set, go through the auditioning…