Christmas far away from home

Collin Joy, far left, freshman in automobile engineering, and Kojo Anain, middle right, senior in science technology, eat Christmas Eve Dinner at Butch and Leah Soo Hoo’s house in Pittsburg. Courtesy Photo

International students get taste of an American tradition Val Vita | Collegio Reporter Minh Bui was far away from home last Christmas. He and his family were separated by the Pacific Ocean. But Christmas wasn’t bad at all for Bui. Actually, he had a good time. Bui, freshman in finance, is from Nha Trang, a big city in Vietnam where there are no holidays at the end of the year. So, for the first time, Bui experienced a traditional Christmas. His Pitt Pal, Evan Wilson, invited him to spend the holidays with his family. “I thought it was a good idea because I knew that even the dining hall at PSU would be closed,” said…

Deadeye cashes in at Open Mic Night

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter The Student Activities Council hosted an open mic night last Tuesday in the Overman Student Center. The event included an array of performances including poetry, stand-up comedy and live music, all performed by PSU students. The student band Deadeye won the $100 grand prize. Members of the band include Megan McCoy, vocalist and bass player, and Jenna McCarty, vocalist and banjo player. Deadeye served as the final act of the night, performing two original songs. “We really enjoy playing music, so we’re always looking for ways to play for the most people,” said McCoy, junior in music performance. “It’s just really fun. There’s no point in writing music if…

A season of sadness?

Students suffering winter blues Ify Ossai | Collegio Reporter Jeremy Donahue, like some students, finds it hard to wake up in the winter months. Unlike other students, Donahue’s problem stems from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. “In the winter months it gets really hard to hang out with friends,” said Donahue, senior in plastics engineering technology. “You always don’t feel up to it which causes a lot of depression.” Sean Lauderdale, PSU psychology and counseling professor, says SAD isn’t taught as a mind issue but rather as a biological issue. “It can be traced back to our natural biological rhythm and the notion that…

Students, coaches debate student athlete stipend

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Every year colleges offer scholarships to student-athletes and in turn colleges rake in millions from sports. But do these student-athletes benefit enough from scholarships? In October of last year, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors tried to answer that question by allowing Division I schools to offer stipends of up to $2,000 a year. According to the board of directors, the stipends’ intended purpose would be to cover any remaining expenses that a partial scholarship doesn’t take care of. However, the proposal was met with an outcry from nearly 160 of Division I schools, whose presidents feared that these stipends would force schools to cut back on other needs,…

Employable and unemployable majors

Ify Ossai  | Collegio Reporter Alice John says she knows she is unlikely to get a job in her field, but she enjoys her major anyway. Love what you do “Literature is my heaven,” said John, freshman in literature. John says students who study literature don’t do it for the money or quick placement after graduation but for the beauty associated with the art. A sure thing On the other hand, Bilall Abdullah says he is more confident that he’ll find a job after graduating because there are more employers than there are graduates. “When you are a tech major, the sky is pretty much your limit in anything you want to do,” said Abdullah, senior…