Arab students react to unrest in the Middle East

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Yazeed Aldhwayan says there is a very simple reason why the recent film, “Innocence of Muslims,” created such an uproar in the Middle East. “The Prophet Muhammad is very sacred,” said Aldhwayan, sophomore in business management from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. “Making fun of him is not okay at all.” Protests and riots have caused disorder and death. American and other western flags have been burned with the kind of widespread fury provoked by insulting a religion. The cause seems simple: the short film “Innocence of Muslims,” was created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Eyptian-born Coptic Christian filmmaker residing in Los Angeles. The film, formatted as a trailer for a larger…

Internationals struggle with harassment

Collin Joy, junior in automotive technology, shares his stereotypes he gets being an international student.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Collin Joy says that coming to study in the United States was one of his dreams. He left his home country of India to study automotive engineering at Pitt State one year ago. Sadly, he says, during one night about four months after arriving here, he received a “shock treatment.” “I was walking to the rec center in September last year when all of the sudden, around six or seven guys … started yelling at me and calling me ‘Al-Qaeda’ and ‘terrorist,’” Joy said. He says what happened was such a shock that all he did was plug his earphones in and keep walking. “It was outrageous,” Joy said. “I…

On campus: bring your own gun?

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter When faced with a direct threat to life, some students say they can rely only on themselves and their weapons. They gathered on campus this week. The Gorillas for Concealed Carry on Campus, founded last year by club president Edwin Stremel, senior in automotive technology and student senator, invited six candidates for state offices to speak on the concealed-carry issue. Speakers addressed whether holders of state concealed-weapons permits should be allowed to carry on campus. The speakers mainly addressed the argument that concealed-carry license holders have a constitutional right to be armed. “The Second Amendment is an important right guaranteed in the Constitution,” said Jake LaTurner, Republican candidate for Kansas…

‘Rocky Horror’ still a hit after 39 years

The crowd at the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" participate in the "Time Warp" dance during the movie.

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Micah Black says her experience last Friday night at the showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was different from what she expected. “I’ve never been to it live,” said Black, junior in political science and French. “Oh gosh, it was so much fun. Everyone was throwing stuff. The toast was the best part.” “Rocky Horror” is shown annually at the Colonial Fox Theater. Those who attended could give a $5 donation, and buy a prop bag that they could use throughout the movie. The prop bags consisted of noisemakers, party hats, toast, a roll of toilet paper, birdseed, confetti and more, and, before the movie ran, viewers were shown when…

Wall of Oppression reaches out to students

The Wall of Oppression with statements of opression stands covered due to rain on Wed., September 26.

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Students passing through the Oval this week between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will notice a huge wall with chalk writing. The Wall of Oppression is sponsored by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) to promote equality on the PSU campus and help eliminate racial profiling and stereotyping. Zach Katzer says he got the idea for the wall while attending a residence hall national conference in Boulder, Colo. He says another school tried the idea, and was successful so he decided to bring the event to PSU. “RHA wanted to do the ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ last year, but it never worked out,” said Katzer, senior in manufacturing and RHA president. “But…

‘The tailgate was like a cemetery’

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State administration’s recent changes to the tailgate drinking policies went into full effect during the game on Saturday, Sept. 22. The new policy regarding alcohol consumption, brought about by an altercation in the parking lot during the Gorillas’ first home game on Sept. 8, requires tailgaters to cease all consumption of alcoholic beverages after the start of the game. “The atmosphere was a little more relaxed,” said Jarred Estrada, junior in justice studies. “You didn’t see too many people out there as early as they were at the previous tailgates. There was a noticeable police presence, but I don’t get uncomfortable around police, so it didn’t bother…

More than the game

Campus orgs. contribute to Family Day Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief This weekend, PSU will celebrate the annual Family Weekend. This year’s events begin Friday evening and continue across campus until the Gorilla football team kicks off against Lincoln. Family Weekend begins with Game Night at Axe Library on Friday. The event is sponsored by the International Programs and Services department, the Campus Activities Center (CAC), the Office of Student Diversity (OSD) and the library. It is an opportunity for students and their families to play board games and enjoy refreshments. Saturday is packed with events before the football game kicks off. The first is a free 5K fun-run/walk. It is sponsored by the Bryant Student…

Drinking prohibited after kickoff (WITH NEW VIDEO)

Val Vita | Managing Editor The fights during tailgating at the first home football game on Sept. 8 led the University administration at PSU to change their drinking policy permanently. From now on, nobody is allowed to drink in the parking lot after the game starts. WEB EXCLUSIVE: New video of the altercation on Sept. 8. Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, says the possession and consumption of alcohol shall cease no later than scheduled kickoff. “About 30 minutes in advance we’ll begin to make announcements reminding people about that,” Erwin said. “Nobody needs to leave, but they need to stop consumption at this time.” Since the Gorillas start playing…

An opportunity to learn manners

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Writer Mindy Cloninger, director of career services, says students need to know proper etiquette in professional interviews and settings, especially when it comes to dining. “We all have certain eating habits that are fine within the personal secluded environment of our home, like drinking from the cereal bowl,” Cloninger said. “But when you are participating in an interview, and are eating, students need to know what is appropriate and what isn’t.” Cloninger says that is why the career services department will host “More Than Manners,” an etiquette event for students. It will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at the Overman Student Center….

More incentive

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Writer The PSU volleyball team had extra motivation to win last Friday night’s game, says Becca Pearson: They were hosting their second annual international night. “Even though our game plan didn’t change going into this game, there was more of an incentive to win for our great fans and supporters,” said Pearson, senior in exercise science. Having an international night gave Yunxia (Bella) Li, and other international students the chance to learn something new and meet more people. “I really like that they have international nights,” said Li, junior in English education. “It’s exactly what we international students need.” Hejinjin (Jane) Yang says she agrees. “The international night was a good…