Recital in the rough

Hastings, York bring Colonial Fox, PSU Department of Music together to entertainment Logan Qualls | reporter Despite the chill from the cold outside, the Colonial Fox’s backstage was soon warmed by the wonderful voice of Stella Hastings accompanied by the brilliant Barbara York on piano during the Backstage Series, Recital in the Rough on Friday, Nov. 15. The third installment of the series is the first collaboration between the Colonial Fox and PSU Department of Music. The night began with an original piece from Barbara York and ended with featured selections from the musical “Colette.” Next, the duo performed a series of religious chants interspersed with cabaret-esque tunes. An interesting matching, as it required Hastings…

Movie, game inspire themed party

Audrey Dighans | copy editor It wasn’t raining, the guests, for the most part, all knew each other and the weapons were far from lethal during Sigma Tau Delta’s “Clue” party on Friday, Nov. 15. The event was held at the home of Jamie McDaniel, assistant professor in English and adviser to Sigma Tau Delta, PSU’s Honors Society, for an authentic appeal to the game. “We all, including Dr. McDaniel, have a great love for ‘Clue,’” said Lori Dyer, graduate student in English and president of Sigma Tau Delta. “If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest watching it.” Dyer added that Sigma Tau and the English club always hold an end-of-the-semester party. “During…

Second water polo tournament makes a splash

Steven Gomez jr. | reporter Kelsea Renz | managing editor A fairly new sport offered in the Intramural Sports League at Pittsburg State, inner-tube water polo, kicked off its second annual tournament on Monday, Nov. 11, in the Weede Athletic Complex. Three teams competed in this year’s tournament: Sigma Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities. Inner-tube water polo is part of the intramural competition, which organizations may compete in for points. “Our house tries to do as many sports as possible because you get points just for being there,” said William Ibenthal, sophomore in finance and member of Lambda Chi. “That’s how we have won the intramurals the last several years.” The…

Lost in the shuffle

Classes rate fun 101 Kelsea Renz | managing editor Gretchen Burns | reporter With students enrolling in classes for the spring semester, a few interesting classes get lost in the shuffle among all the offered courses at PSU. The Department of Art always has students signed up for painting and drawing courses, but other students elect to participate in the ceramics class. Ryan Jackson, senior in Spanish, says he chose to take the ceramics class as a filler for his class schedule and ended up enjoying the work he created. “I enjoyed just playing around with the clay since I have not done so in over 10 years,” Jackson said. “It gives you a stress…

‘Thor’ improves upon predecessor

Logan Qualls | Reporter As far as sequels go, “Thor: The Dark World” improves upon its predecessor in every way. The first “Thor,” as well as the events of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has set in place some interesting dynamics between certain Asgardians, and the sequel does a fantastic job of exploring and expanding on those relationships.   Eons ago, Odin’s father, Bor, battled the forces of the Dark Elves, led by Malekith, (Christopher Eccleston; TV series “Doctor Who,” “28 Days Later”) to stop them from unleashing a weapon called the Aether that would destroy the universe. After vanquishing his foes, or so he thought, Bor ordered the Aether to be locked away in a stone…

‘Good girl, Roselle’

Blind 9/11 survivor tells eye-opening tale Audrey Dighans | copy editor Students and Pittsburg residents were left in silence during the retelling of Michael Hingson and his guide dog Roselle’s escape from Tower II of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attack. His presentation at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 1, was sponsored by the PSU Performing Arts and Lecture Series and featured Hingson and his current guide dog, Africa. Hingson, blind since birth, started the evening by describing what led to his blindness. “The doctors told my parents to send me away,” Hingson said. “They said I would only mess up the family and create a bad environment for my brother. My parents…

‘Enders Game’ satisfies but barely

Logan Qualls | reporter “Ender’s Game” offers audiences an exciting adventure with chaotic battles, impressive and imaginative technologies and conflicts of human morality. Held together by a tense plot and strong performance from the film’s protagonist, the film offers something for everyone, even those who have not read the book of the same title, by Orson Scott Card. In 2086, Earth is attacked by aliens called formics. The ensuing battle claims many lives until Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley; “Iron Man 3,” “Shutter Island”) drives the formics away by sacrificing himself in order to destroy a formic ship. Years later, military leaders realized that children were better at learning and integrating complex information, quickly recognizing patterns…

The festival of lights

Indian students share the celebration of Diwali with Pittsburg Kelsea Renz | managing editor Against a backdrop of colorful, sparkling saris, accompanied by classical and contemporary Indian music, the Indian exchange students showed their talents and heritage on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center during their celebration of Diwali. Every movement is deliberate, each flick of the wrist or tap of the foot full of meaning passed down through generations to convey beauty and worship to the gods and Mother Earth. This is a taste of India. This is the Festival of Lights. This is Diwali. The festival is a celebration of the return of the Hindi god…

Musical rawr-ing success

Kelsea Renz | managing editor Over the years Pitt State Theater has taken audiences to 1940’s France and the wild jungles of India, but this month they went back in time – 65 million years to be exact. The PSU production of “The Dinosaur Musical” ran Thursday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 26. The play, written by Tony Award nominated composer Robert Reale, followed former Dino singing sensation Carlotta and her daughter, Mindy, who to a volcanic café that houses a resistance movement dedicated to stopping Prince Quincy and his army of tyrannosauruses from taking over the world. “This had a named cast of 13 and we had five additional chorus members,” Cooper said, “It…

Game Room

The off-the-beaten-path Rec Room offers fun and friends Jay Benedict | reporter Venture into the basement of the Overman Student Center, past Jazzman’s, and beyond the Mini-Theater, and you’ll find the place where everybody knows your name. The Overman Recreation Room is a bit off the beaten path, but there is a dedicated group of regulars who are always ready for a game of ping pong or pool. “I come here at least three or four times a week, maybe five. So pretty much every day,” said Josh Velazquez, freshman in computer information. “I just like to shoot pool. Normally, I’m by myself but if somebody here wants to play, I’ll play with them.” The…