April showers campus with array of events
Carl J. Bachus | culture editor
Though the weather may not agree, spring is finally upon Pittsburg State.
With midterms done, PSU’s campus will be buzzing with exciting events for the month of April.
Kicking off the month is the Student Activities Council’s (SAC) Burg Film Festival at the Colonial Fox Theatre on Friday, April 5. The festival, which offers a $100 first prize, will feature student-created short films in the newly renovated theater in downtown Pittsburg.
“[PSU] used to do the festival a long time ago,” said Ashley Cross, sophomore in justice studies and SAC visual arts chair. “I want to bring back something to get the students more involved.”
SAC is also continuing its movie series with a Treat Night presenting the Oscar-winning James Bond film “Skyfall,” and hosting its monthly karaoke and open mic nights in the U-Club.
The U-Club will also feature a performance by John Rush, “The human iPod,” on Tuesday, April 16. Rush has opened for acts like Eve 6 and Matt Kearney, and performs with a loop machine, which makes him a true-to-form one-man band.
“People always ask me if this is prerecorded music,” Rush said on his website, “but it’s not. I think if you go hear live music, it should be live.”
Another group of musicians, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, will appear in McCray Hall on Friday, April 19, to conclude the 2012-2013 Solo & Chamber Music Series.
“That is going to be a special evening,” said Susan Marchant, professor of music and chair of the Solo & Chamber Music Board. “The second half of the show will be all flamenco music with a Spanish dancer and costume, so there’ll be a touch of multiculturalism that night as well.”
Porter Hall will showcase two exhibits this month: “Reunite,” featuring metal-smithing and sculpted jewelry by PSU alums Annie Pennington and Jillian Palone ending May 1, and “Ten Stories,” a gallery of work by graduating seniors of the Pitt State Department of Art beginning Tuesday, April 22.
Cynthia Allan, professor and chair of communication, is presenting “The History of Laundry,” an improvisational stage play, from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27.
“It’s more of a metaphorical show, and there’s no set dialogue or characters,” said Elle Walker, sophomore in communication and “Laundry” stage manager. “It’s all improvisational and it changes with every show.”
This is Allan’s third time putting on the show, and Walker explained that the premise is based around “how much laundry plays into society.”
Closing out the month is the second annual Gorilla Dash, presented by the PSU Army ROTC.
“It’s a 5K that’s a mud-run obstacle course, not unlike the Warrior Dash or Spartan Race,” said Stephen Cuff, senior in geography. “It’s an event that started last year to provide a fitness and wellness spring activity for students.”
The course will feature mud pits, balance beams, climbing walls and more.
All of these April events, with the exception of the Gorilla Dash, are free to PSU students with ID.
The Gorilla Dash prices vary by entry and are available at http://www.pittstate.edu/department/military/gorilla-dash.