Is nuclear energy safe enough?

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer The demand for energy has been increasing consistently, and it will only get greater. But natural energy resources such as coal, water and oil are rapidly being depleted and can no longer meet the demand, forcing nations to search for alternative energy resources. Nuclear energy gave hope for future energy production, but some incidents forced us to fundamentally rethink using it. Nuclear energy currently provides only 6 percent of the energy used. The debate about nuclear energy safety gained momentum in recent years, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. There have been other nuclear power plant accidents in the past. The Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986…

Past sculpts artist

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter David Marquez says sculpting has always been one of his passions. “I enjoy building things and making things with my hands,” Marquez said. Marquez, whose artwork has been on display in the University gallery for a few weeks, gave a lecture that wrapped up his “Vessels” exhibit on Monday, Sept. 24. Marquez says he grew up in a small town in Kentucky. He says he didn’t have much money and moved around the country with his mother. Going to college, Marquez says, was a big step for him. He attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, but he preferred the sculpture classes he had…

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…

‘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…

‘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…

Gorilla golfers headed in right direction

Brett Dowel, junior, strikes the ball on the eight hole on Monday, Sept. 10th at the Crestwood Country Club.

Garett McCoullough | Sports Editor The ninth-place tie at the Northeastern State Invitational may not be exactly where the PSU golf team wants to be, but for senior Fletcher Harder and the Gorillas, it is far ahead of where they were the last few seasons. Harder says he wasn’t necessarily pleased or displeased with the overall performance in the two-day tournament Sept. 24-25, but he does think that the team is taking the right steps as the mid-year break approaches. “I think we are closer to where we want to be as a team,” Harder said. That probably has something to do with the coaching change. PSU hired Todd Loveland to lead the golf team…

Redder than ever

Runners prepare for the whistle at the 5K run during the Paint the Town Red festivities on Thursday.

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Anyone passing through Pittsburg this week may have noticed a change in the scenery: for the seventh year in a row, several local businesses and residents decked out the town’s building in crimson and gold as part of Paint the Town Red. More than 70 entries, in three different categories, were judged this year. Division one was businesses with more than 15 employees, Division two was for entries with 8-15 employees, and Division three was for participants who have fewer than eight employees. “Having the local community decorate allows the people in town to be a part of the school,” said Steffanie Moore, senior in early childhood development. This year…

Bad weather hurts global food prices

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer Global food prices are increasing daily, leaving families around the world struggling to make ends meet. However, bad weather is making the problem worse. According to the World Bank’s Food Price Watch report released last month, food prices increased by 10 percent in July alone, mostly due to a major drought in the United States, and dry and hot summers in Eastern Europe. The dry summer in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan is adding further pressure on food prices, while below average rainfall in India is also a cause for concern. The United States’ Climate Prediction Center expects that the emergence of El Nino in the coming months is likely to…

Music Review: Dave Matthews Band – “Away From the World”

"Away From the World," Dave Matthews Band (RCA).

DMB’s fresh take on old sound Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Nearly four years after their last album was released, the Dave Matthews Band returns with their eighth studio offering. “Away From the World” boasts some of the bands most inventive tracks since their sophomore effort, “Crash.” The album is produced by Steve Lillywhite, and it is his first collaboration with the band since 1998. The album first two tracks, “Broken Things” and “Mercy,” wouldn’t sound out of place next to “Crash Into Me” or the big and brassy “Belly Belly Nice,” which has a nice fiddle solo by Boyd Tinsley. The midsection provides listeners with the one of the album’s best tracks, “Gaucho,”…

Does Syria demand U.S. military’s attention?

A soldier for the Free Syrian Army poses in Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria.

U.S. should step in, oust Syrian leaders Bethany Harris | Guest Columnist Syria is in the middle of a conflict within its own borders, and between its own people. The “emergency” government that was established in the 1960s has been in power ever since. In the last decade, there have been many uprisings in an attempt to voice anti-government views, and the majority of these protests have happened in the last year. The military government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has retained power by using violence. Freedomhouse.org, an independent organization committed to expanding freedom in the world, gives Syria its lowest ratings on political rights and civil liberties because of the one-party system and the…