Power of wind music in contrasts

Audry Dighans | copy editor The Pitt State Wind Ensemble was a showcase of elite musical talent put on at Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 8. “Everyone performing tonight had to audition to be in the ensemble,” said Jeff Chang, freshman in music education. “This is the elite group of musicians at PSU.” The concert was sponsored by the PSU Department of Music and the songs performed lived up to the event’s name, “Contrasts,” in several ways. Each piece featured different instruments and created distinct vibes directly contrasting with the piece performed before it. “They [the older pieces] have a different style about them,” said Jennifer Dey, sophomore in nursing. “The concert was about the…

Q&A: Pitt State Confessions

Marcus Clem | editor in chief Pitt State Confessions is a domain supported by Facebook where members of the Pittsburg State community may anonymously submit statements about anything they don’t feel comfortable posting under their own name. The anonymous administrator talked with The Collegio about the page’s following and how things go with it on a day-to-day basis. The page recently acquired a co-administrator to help handle its significant user traffic. Q: While the topic material for Pitt State Confessions can obviously be anything and everything, the bulk of the stuff you post from people is about sex. What’s your personal stake in that? How does your own sexual identity play into people’s dirty little…

Nobody wants to see that; just kidding

Audrey Dighans | copy editor Combining a theme about swimsuits and school spirit was a puzzle for student organizations at this year’s Spirit Art judging. The judging took place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, outside the Gorilla Crossing in Overman Student Center. The event is one of several Homecoming events to take place throughout the week. This year 26 organizations submitted puzzle pieces, all designed to the Homecoming theme: Swimsuit Edition. “We had 28 pieces to fill, so getting 26 was pretty good,” said Victoria Simoncic, Homecoming committee Spirit Art chair and senior in business management. Organizations submitted design ideas to Simoncic for approval before receiving their piece. After review and approval, any necessary…

R.A’s advise cure for homesickness

Gretchen Burns | reporter Shannon Jesberg, junior in social work and resident assistant (R.A.), knows that for most freshmen living on campus it will be their first time away from home and homesickness is likely to happen. R.A.’s like Jesberg are trained to take care of their residents who become too homesick. “When a resident comes to me and is homesick, it usually just helps to let them talk about their life at home,” Jesberg said. “It’s really important for me to be someone to listen to them and let them talk as much as they want to. It helps to listen because it helps build our relationship and make them feel comfortable talking to…

‘Telling stories and connecting with people’

Casey Matolock | reporter Poet Katie Wirsing provided her lifelong experiences and thoughts on love, sexuality and fondness of Jell-o wrestling to the U-club stage in the Overman Student Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24. “I love telling stories and connecting with people,” Wirsing said. “I hope that from my experiences and poetry that I can help people.” Wirsing is notable for being a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Championship team and opening act for The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Her work has been featured on radio stations such as British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and National Public Radio (NPR). “Before a show, I like to feel out a room to determine whether…

A night of excited expectations

Oboist performs at McCray Hall Logan Qualls | reporter The Solo and Chamber Music Series delighted audiences again on Friday, Sept. 20, with a performance by Scott Bell, oboist. “In my time here, we haven’t had an SCMS concert that featured an oboist,” said Sheilah Prill, junior in music education. “We’ve had various string, percussion, horn and ensemble performances before, so I’m really excited for something new.” The series works to maintain a tradition of bringing a balance of contemporary and classical music performances to the Pitt State campus with each musician it features. “This is my seventh time going to an SCMS concert; the musicians have always been overwhelmingly wonderful,” said Noey Deleon, sophomore…