Poetry reading celebrates Valentine’s Day, diversity

Brandon Xplicit, the featured poet from St. Louis, Mo., prepares to take the stage during Spoken Word: A Night of Poetry, put on by the Office of Student Diversity, Monday, Feb. 13, at the University Club. Photo by:William Ravenstein/Collegio

Ross Schartel | Collegio Reporter Posters promoting “Spoken Word: A Night of Poetry” heralded it as a celebration of Valentine’s Day. But the 18 or so students who attended the event Tuesday in the U-Club of Overman Student Center came just to hear poems. “We wanted to come out to support and celebrate our fellow students and see some poetry in motion,” said Cierra Bailey, sophomore in business management. “We wanted to hear others’ views on issues in today’s society.” The evening was coordinated by the Office of Student Diversity and the Tilford Group, composed of volunteers who work to promote multiculturalism at Pitt State. The night began with an open-mic performance from Rashid Bey,…

Postcards from Brazil

International students Gabriel Veronne, left, economics major, Jorge Rorque, with guitar, political science major, Allesandra Lima, center,major in commercial graphics and Natalia Schneider, biology major, perform a song in their native language, Portuguese. Photo by:Kaitlyn Doherty/Collegio

Students tell of their country at gathering Val Vita | Collegio Reporter Fernando Valcazara is surprised by the misconceptions Americans have of Brazil, so he was glad to help his fellow Brazilian students to correct that. “Usually they don’t know exactly where is Brazil,” said Valcazara, an exchange student majoring in commercial graphics. “Second, people are always confused about the language we speak. They think we speak Spanish or Brazilian, but we speak Portuguese.” But mostly, he’s worried that Americans think he lives in an undeveloped country. “They think we live in the jungle,” said Valcazara, who is from Sorocaba, a city with a population of about 600,000. Valcazara was one of 14 Brazilian students…

Polymer Research Center welcomes new face

Jin Song

Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Jin Song was recently hired as the research director at the Kansas Polymer Research Center and he wants to make the center the best in the world. Song, who has a Ph.D. in polymer engineering, had to go through a rigorous and expensive screening process to secure the position he now holds. He says the steps included several interviews by the committee at the research center and making a presentation to persuade them. “In 2007, KPRC was awarded the ‘Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award,’” Song said. “And my goal is to achieve a similar milestone in the near future, making again our PSU community proud of the Polymer Center’s achievement.”…

Conceal, carry and coffee

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter write my essay The National Gun Victims Action Council recently launched a nationwide protest against Starbucks because the chain of coffee shops allows patrons to carry concealed weapons in their stores. But members of Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus held their own protest Tuesday, Feb. 14, in support of the local Starbucks. The Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus urged gun owners to join in support of Starbucks. Mike Berry says that the protests by the National Gun Victims Action Council are an attempt to force their ways onto the company. “What they are trying to do is bully Starbucks into changing their policies, even though most businesses have…

Komen controversy

Planned Parenthood supporter Peg Paulson of Carmel, Ind., left, and opponent Heather Pruett of Indianapolis argue during a rally at the Indiana Statehouse. The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, halted, then reinstated, its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2012 - creating a bitter rift linked to the abortion debate between two iconic organizations. Photo by: AP

Can pro-life support pro-choice? Kayla Thompson | Guest Columnist Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the global leader of the breast-cancer movement, has invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. The foundation’s website states that the network of breast-cancer survivors and activists are “working together to saves lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.” Unfortunately, a conflict with another politically influential organization has brought the foundation some controversy. Controversy Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, addresses the hot topic in his recent article, “Top Susan G. Komen Official Resigned Over Planned Parenthood Cave-In.” The controversy derives from the decision of the…

Cate Breneman: PSU’s new green thumb

Cate Breneman is Pittburg State’s new landscape architect. Breneman: “This job is artsy and hits both ends of the spectrum.” Photo by:Chris Medved

Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Cate Breneman has always wanted to live in a town like Pittsburg and she finally got the chance to do so when she was hired as Pittsburg State University’s new landscape architect on Jan. 30. “I just saw the listing online and applied,” Breneman said. “I have wanted to move to a rural environment and I fell in love with the town and PSU.” Breneman graduated from Colorado State University in 2003 with a degree in landscape architecture and was working as a landscape designer in Topeka. Breneman says that her job is a combination between a technical side, like the number of structures being built or added, and a…

SGA offers course credit

Ross Schartel | Collegio Reporter Recently, the Student Government Association revived a course for its members that will allow those who participate to receive one hour of course credit for involvement per semester. “The credit is to encourage prospective students to participate in SGA,” said Austin Osborn, junior in biology and vice president of SGA. SGA isn’t the only organization that offers such a credit, but most of the others only offer it to certain members. The Student Ambassadors and Gorillas in Your Midst offer credit only to senior members while the Presidential Managing Program offers credit only to members who stick to the program’s criteria during their entire time at PSU. SGA adviser Steve…

PSU to sponsor civility workshop

Hazing, bullying and harassment among topics Ali Clark | Collegio Reporter The departments of Equal Opportunity and Human Resources at Pittsburg State University are sponsoring a presentation by Larry Rute, partner and co-founder of Associates in Dispute Resolution, to raise awareness about college bullying. “It’s more of a workshop on disruptive behaviors and incivility,” said Cindy Johnson, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action. “We want to bring awareness to all the different types of behaviors, and make t hem aware that there are avenues on campus for people to help address those issues.” Increasing awareness Johnson says that bullying has many forms and students should be aware of this in order to realize what…

SGA looks ahead

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Writer The Student Government Association covered a lot of business during its weekly meeting, including community service events, proposed measures for the elections in April, and updating suggestion boxes. SGA discussed its 10th annual Big Event, which will take place on Saturday, April 14. The Big Event gives PSU students the opportunity to show gratitude to the local community for the support they give the university. Volunteers do small outdoor chores for citizens in need. In 2010, over 500 volunteers lent a hand to the massive community service project. SGA also discussed the upcoming Relay for Life that will be held in Pittsburg on April 20. Relay for Life is an…

Shanise Rice leaps into national qualifications

Amelia Mallatt | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women’s indoor track and field team walked away from the OCU Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11, with two personal-bests and a national qualifying mark to go with several top three finishes. Hilary Dickey and Bridgette McCormick each set personal best times on the track. Dickey ran her first sub-minute 400-meter run with a 59.64 second time, good enough for second place. Despite the great time, Dickey was still three seconds behind the leader. McCormick took second place in the mile run with a time of 5 minutes, 16.06 seconds. McCormick wasn’t the only Gorilla finishing in the top five of the mile run. Casey Epps and Amanda…