Speaker: Practice black history every day

Shelly Coulter speaks to students in the Governors Room on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Black Student Association hosted the event for Black History Month. Photo by:Kaitlyn Doherty/Collegio

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Cierra Bailey, Black Student Association president, says she invited Shelly Coulter, executive director of the Kansas City Kansas Schools Foundation for Excellence, to give a motivational speech, because Coulter is Bailey’s mentor. “She motivated me, and my success on campus is because of her,” said Bailey, sophomore in business management. “She’s the reason why I’m where I am. Also, I thought it was important for students to see a successful, non-famous black person to give us hope and direction.” Coulter was invited to speak to young students, mainly African-Americans, about the importance of Black History Month. Coulter reiterated the idea of legacy, and people knowing their purpose and their history,…

‘Soul food’ theme brought to table for PSU students

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter   Hundreds of PSU students flooded Gibson Dining Hall Tuesday evening and they were treated to hearty helpings of “soul” food as a commemoration of Black History Month. The meal consisted of a grilled reuben sandwich, red bliss potatoes, savory baked chicken, Oregon blend vegetables and cheesecake dessert.  “We try to bring a different theme to the table whenever we can,” said Berna Bolte, Gibson Dining Hall supervisor. “For example, we had a Nigerian food theme last week. It’s all about switching up our menu in an interesting and tasteful way.” Thomas Durham says it was nice to see a big campus business contribute to Black History Month.  “Through having…

Local pizza place gets dash of pizzazz

Art students work on a mural on the north side of Wheat State Pizza in Pittsburg. Courtesy photo

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Wheat State is getting a facelift, thanks to some PSU art students. And Jack Shelton, owner of Wheat State, couldn’t be happier. “The mural was roughly 5 years old with fading paint,” Shelton said. “And I feel that a new updated mural would be better.” Melissa Henderson says that Shelton approached her last May to design and paint a new mural. “I’d never done a project that big,” said Henderson, senior in art education. “I thought it would be better for a group.” Henderson says that the process started when she approached the University Art Association at the beginning of last semester. Henderson says that they had to incorporate Midwest…

Laughs or LA, Comedy Night draws interest

Bartholomew Klick | Collegio Reporter One student in the audience at Memorial Hall for the SAC Comedy Night this Friday will receive a paid trip to Los Angeles, Calif., to watch a screening of the “Chelsea Lately” show. The show will feature Josh Wolf, a writer for “Chelsea Lately,” and Colin Jost, a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Dale Benedict says he is considering attending the show, even though he’s never gone to an SAC event before. “I saw they’d been on a decent comedy show,” said Benedict, sophomore in business management. “So I figure they must be funny.” Benedict says the reason he hasn’t attended an SAC event before is that none of them…

SGA/student disconnect

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer SGA elections are approaching soon and students will have more at stake than simply picking officeholders. President Scott recently announced a $46 million renovation/expansion plan for the campus that will be funded in large part, by student fees. However, students remain ambivalent toward the elections. Many, like Ryan Furnas, are largely unaware of who is in SGA or what they do for students. “I hear about SGA every now and again, usually when I’m on the PSU homepage,” said Furnas, junior in construction engineering. “All I know is that they give you free Scantrons.” Other students like Eric Hansen say that SGA does not do a good enough job…

Russian politics comes to PSU

Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter The news that Vladimir Putin will run for a third term as Russian president struck close to home with some PSU students like Inna Fomina. Fomina says she is against Putin running for a third term and she has noticed the turmoil that it is creating in her home country. “I was in Russia in 2011, and nobody cared too much for the elections because no one expected Putin to run for a third term,” said Fomina, senior in international studies. “But because he is running, I feel that it’s unfair, undemocratic, and the presidential elections are going to be stolen, just as the Duma (parliamentary elections) was stolen.” Paul…

Pecha Kucha:

Strengthens community Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Pecha-Kucha Pittsburg invited students, community members, professors and faculty members to create PowerPoint slides with pictures, to tell a personal story of their choice. The event was held in the student center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and the variety of students, faculty and residents in attendance relaxed while listening to random stories from presenters. Mark Johnson, professor in the College of Technology, says that Pecha-Kucha was created in 2003 by two Japanese architects: Klien and Dytham. Johnson says Pecha-Kucha means chitchat in Japanese. “Basically, whoever is presenting puts together 20 slides of pictures, and they have 20 seconds for each slide to tell a story,” Johnson said. “It’s…

SGA supports 24-hour Axe access

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Eugene Briski submitted a proposal to extend the Leonard H. Axe Library’s hours of operation at last night’s Student Government Association meeting. “I think its safe to say that there are many college students who are forced to operate on an inconvenient schedule,” said Briski, frshman in nursing. “it’s unrealistic to think that, after students get through other commitments during the day, they have sufficient time to dedicate to their schoolwork.” Briski presented survey data and a petition signed by 270 students in support of the change. Currently, the hours for Axe library are: Sun, 3-11 p.m.; Mon-Thu, 7:30 a.m-11 p.m.; Fri, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m….

Students use Leap Day as springboard

Leap Year

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Centuries ago, Leap Day (Feb. 29) was when women could do something out of the ordinary and propose to men. But some PSU students are using the Leap Year to challenge themselves to make a change in their lives and the lives of those in the community. Eugene Briski, freshman in nursing, says he is trying to change the hours for Axe Library because he feels the current hours are too limited. Briski says he proposed the idea to the Student Government Association last Wednesday. “I believe that the academic needs of students should always be a university’s top priority,” Briski said. “It is completely unrealistic to expect that a…

Panel tackles tough topics

SRamon Taylor, senior in history and international studies, gives his opinion during the Black History Month student panel put on by Student Diversity in the Alumni Center at noon Thursday, Feb. 9. Photo by:Kenzi Jordan/Collegio

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief The PSU Office of Student Diversity held a student panel last Friday and the first question posed to the six panel members was, “Why is victimization in African-American communities so prevalent, yet given less attention?” Rashid Bey says the media was to blame for the continuation of stereotypes. “We live in an era of technological development,” said Bey, sophomore in sociology and art. “Technology distances the parent/child relationship, and the media teaches the kids certain negative stereotypes.” The OSD held the student panel as part of the celebration of Black History Month. Deatrea Rose, director of student diversity programs, says the panel was given prompts to encourage discussion and create ideas…