Silence hides violence

Student’s benefit concert raises awareness of abuse Kelsea Renz | managing editor Vandi Johnson says domestic violence is a problem close to her heart. “I have a family member who experienced domestic violence,” Johnson said. “The issue is out of control.” Johnson, senior in social work, organized a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Twisters Bar, to promote awareness of domestic violence and to raise donations for the Pittsburg Crisis Resource Center.  Johnson organized the concert as a final project for her Advanced Social Work Practice II class. “We had to raise awareness for a social issue in the community,” Johnson said. The event, dubbed “Silence Hides Violence,” featured four local bands that played for…

Strategic plan under construction

Officials launch 10-year plan at arts center Audrey Dighans | copy editor Yellow tape, extension cords, heavy machinery and the never-ending nails-on-a-chalkboard-like screech of a saw in the background. This is the PSU Center for the Arts. About 70 people were bused from McPherson Nursing Hall to the nearby construction site of the Center for the university’s new 10-year Strategic Planning Launch on Tuesday, Nov. 19. “I didn’t realize, Brad, that so many people had an interest in strategic planning,” said Steve Scott, university president. Standing on the dusty concrete stage minutes before Scott, Brad Hodson, vice president of University advancement, welcomed the audience to the center and thanked them for attending the launch. “The…

‘Go make me a sandwich’

Students debate gender issues in Battle of the Sexes Audrey Dighans | copy editor Although the questions were serious, laughter rang out from participants and audience members alike during the Black Student Association’s (BSA) “Battle of the Sexes” debate on Thursday evening, Nov. 7, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the BSA and PSU Diversity Office. Nick McCoy, junior in public relations, says even though it was sponsored by BSA the event was intended to be about disagreements that pertain to men and women regardless of race or ethnicity, hence the involvement of the diversity office. “This isn’t so much about being black, white, Asian, etc.,” he said….

What to do if attacked

Kelsea Renz | managing editor Luke Robinson, 2010 PSU graduate, says self-defense is important to know as a precaution. Robinson taught a self-defense seminar on Thursday, Nov. 7. “I think people should know what to do if they are attacked,” Robinson said.  “If they came away from this knowing at least one new thing, they are better off than they were before.” Robinson went through a series of about 20 basic moves a person could use if attacked, each move depending on how the person gets attacked. “I teach simple moves because those are the ones that usually work the best,” he said. Many of the moves involved the attacker grabbing one or both of…

Food, fun, facts

Kazakh students share culture at International Gathering Kelsea Renz | managing editor Laughter echoed through Grubbs Hall as Kazakh students entertained and informed the crowd of students, faculty and residents at the International Gathering on Friday, Nov. 1. The final International Gathering of the semester showcased Kazakhstan, a relatively unknown country located in eastern Europe near Russia. “This was a fantastic opportunity for the PSU community and the Pittsburg community, because this is a chance for a cultural exchange,” said Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of international programs and services. The 10 Kazakh exchange students, with help from the Friends of Pittsburg, the International Office and the International Student Association provided Kazakh food, fun and facts…

World connections in dance

Casey Matlock | reporter In honor of Native American History month, the campus presented Dancing Eagles at the Crimson and Gold ballroom on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Dancing Eagles consists of Native American dances and traditional storytelling from Lisa and Michael Pahsetopah of Oklahoma. Lisa and Michael are both members of the Osage tribe and Michael worked as an actor and consultant for movies and television shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger.” “During filming, I would get asked what Native Americans say and how they act,” Michael said. “Back in the day, they rarely casted real Native Americans to play Indians and had to guess on a lot of things.” Dancing Eagles’ specialty dances included styles…

Alpha Sig. Wins Crown of Excellence

Audrey Dighans | copy editor The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha gathered in the Heritage Room of Overman Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the PSU chapter of Alpha Sigma winning the Crown of Excellence award for the second year in a row. “Winning two years in a row is pretty much unheard of,” said Jakey Dobbs, senior in communication and member of Alpha Sig. The award is the highest given within the Alpha Sigma sorority. It recognizes a chapter’s accomplishments in philanthropy, alumnae relations, campus involvement and academics. Dobbs says receiving the award is determined from each chapter’s end-of-the-year report, a report listing activities, philanthropic events, grades and other accomplishments. “There are…

Frenzy of talent

Kelsea Renz | Managing Editor Audrey Dighans | Copy Editor Fall Frenzy was a new, four-day event spree put on by Student Activities Council in place of Gorilla Stampede, to do something different and provide notoriety for SAC. “The acts were booked last year so the real work was doing a lot of promotion,” said Zach Wagner, SAC club entertainment chair and junior in construction management. The event featured different acts every night throughout the week, including comedy and singers. One performer fell ill and the performance had to be rescheduled. “We had to know which act performed when and make sure there was communication between the performers and the organization members,” Wagner said. The…

Choirs cross eras through songs

Casey Matlock | reporter University choirs rang in the fall season with their first concert of the year on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall. Susan Marchant, professor of music, directed the concert. Shu Zhang, non-degree seeking student from Shanghai, served as pianist. The evening was filled with pieces from various time periods and styles with Scottish, Latin and Broadway influences. The concert was free to students, parents and faculty. The first song of the evening was a Latin song “Te Deum” by Antonio Caldara and featured all of the choirs. The program contained translated lyrics for the audience to follow along. Emily Rausch, junior in biology, says she appreciated how…