Getting your daily value at the D-hall

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter There are at least five different food options available at Gibson Dining Hall: it’s no wonder students find it hard to choose what to eat. The real test is making the right choice. The fear of gaining the dreaded “freshman 15” has students facing the challenge of picking healthy food from the mix of tempting choices. Linda Timme, Crawford County nutritionist, says students should look at eating in the dining hall as if they were eating at a restaurant: it’s about making smart and educated choices. Timme’s first advice is to avoid fried foods. She recommends that students look for options that are baked, grilled, broiled or roasted, like the…

Students’ tricks for relaxing finals week

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Finals week is usually a hectic time for college students. Final projects and papers are due and quality work is expected from students who are winding down from the semester. However, there are also students who don’t view finals as something to worry about. Ben Horton is confident enough in his academic ability that he has brushed off finals week worries. “I pretty much have my finals down,” said Horton, freshman in biology. “I have such high grades in all my classes that I don’t have to worry about them.” Horton says he relies heavily on rote memorization to study and stressed that gaining the ability to manage time…

Internationals reflect on year

Jessica Sewing | Collegio reporter The school year is winding down and students are longing for summer. But for many international students, the end of the school year means leaving the United States to travel back home. A total of 469 students from 37 countries, ranging from Bangladesh to Venezuela, have shared their culture and customs with PSU students this year. For some international students, like Hana Park, Pittsburg wasn’t exactly what she expected. Park says she initially thought she was going to be studying in Pittsburgh, Pa. “I actually thought I was going to Pittsburgh University in Pennsylvania because I didn’t’ really know that there was a Pittsburg in Kansas,” said Park, senior in…

Rock the Vote combines politics, party

Band members of Zero2panic, Cody Johnson, guitar and vocals, Turner Wood, bass, Forest Swetsun, trumpet, PSU alumnus Jeff Schmidt, drums and PSU alumnus Neva Rowland, saxophone, perform at the Rock the Vote event held Friday, April 27 in the oval. Photo by: Kaitlyn Doherty/Collegio

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter About 150 people spent Friday, April 27, listening to speakers and rocking out to local bands in support of voter registration. Rock the Vote, headed by Tina Parker, took place from noon to 9 p.m. It consisted of speakers and three bands: Clean Slate, Deadeye and Zero 2 Panic. “I think we had an amazing turnout,” said Parker, senior in social work. “It’s really a lot better than expected and more people came out than I thought.” Parker says she started planning the event in October, and she chose to organize and lead the event for a class project in her Advanced Social Work Practicum II class. Parker says she…

Hope for Alison and Lauren

Lauren Renfrow

Tragedy abroad hits home Val Vita | Collegio Reporter   Melissa Archuleta says she talked to her roommate, Lauren Renfrow, one day before Renfrow arrived in Spain in early January. “I was asking what she and her friend would do in Spain,” said Archuleta, senior in management. “And we said we would Skype.” On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 7, Archuleta’s iPhone buzzed. It was a message from the girl Renfrow went to visit in Spain, and it said that Renfrow had fallen from the fourth floor of a building. “I just couldn’t believe that,” Archuleta said. “I didn’t know what to think. And there was nothing I could do from here; it was really…

Overcoming obstacles

Kristina Willis jumps from the hurdle during the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 28. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

The Pittsburg State University ROTC senior class hosted the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 28, at the PSU Baja Course. The event consisted of a 5-kilometer obstacle course with obstacles strewn throughout the trek. Entrants competed as pairs or in teams of five to seven. Each category had three divisions: male, female and co-ed. During the race, teams encountered hurdles, rope bridges, wall-jumps, tire flips, mud pits and even had to pull a Humvee. Kole Giles says ROTC hopes to make it an annual event because of its success. Around 90 people who weren’t cadets participated, and they donated $500 to Wesley House of Pittsburg. “We wanted to create a capstone event to set our…

ROTC cadets discover their future paths

Christopher Powers takes notes during a JFTX in Fort Riley on April 12. Photos by Hunter Peterson

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter For many students, graduation is the time to search for a job. For Eric Harden, graduation means finding out where he will be stationed in the Army. Harden is one of 18 ROTC members who will be graduating and leaving for duty. “I’m ready to go start my career and be out of school,” said Harden, senior in general studies. Harden says he will be stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., from May 23 until October. While there, Harden will be training in a field artillery officer course. He will be transferred to Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., in October, where he will attend airborne and ranger school for…

Great season ends in disappointment

Amelia Mallatt | Sports Writer The Pittsburg State softball team lost 7-2 to Fort Hays State in the opening round of the 2012 MIAA Tournament, and it lost 11-5 to Northwest Missouri in the first elimination round. The two games were held on Thursday, April 26, in Overland Park. PSU ended its season with a 29-28 record and had seven players earn all-MIAA Honors. The Fort Hays Tigers started off strong with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and three runs on four hits in the third inning, giving them a 4-0 lead over the Gorillas. PSU scored its first run with help from Cheslyn Mitchell, who reached on a base…

Twelve retirees honored by PSU

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter For James Harris, professor in accounting and computer information systems, May not only marks the end of the semester, but also the end of his career. Harris is one of 12 unclassified faculty and staff members who have retired, or will retire by the end of this school year. These retirees were honored at an Unclassified Staff and Faculty Association Retirement Dinner on Thursday, April 26. “I think it’s nice they provide dinner to people retiring who have been here a number of years,” Harris said. Harris has been a professor at Pittsburg State University for 33 years. He says having worked with a variety of students, faculty and administration…

Part of PSU for 40 years

Val Vita | Collegio Reporter Russell Jones, chairman of the music department, is a fan of rock and country music. “I have an open-minded attitude,” Jones said. “I listen to a variety of music. Obviously, I like a good jazz and great classic music. But there’s so much great stuff out there. I don’t think you would hear that from other musicians.” Jones is one of the PSU employees who will receive an award for 40 years of service. He will receive the PSU Service Pin during the Service Award Ceremony May 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The ceremony will be in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom and will honor employees who have…