What’s the rush?

Greeks recruit new brothers and sisters | Audrey Dighans copy editor | College is the time for trying new things and getting involved. For some students, the opportunity to join a sorority or fraternity offers them open door after open door. Formal vs. informal Recruitment week, or “rush” as it is more commonly called, generally takes place the first week or first two weeks of each semester. In the fall, sororities host formal recruitment the week before classes. “All three of our sororities at Pittsburg State are National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) members,” said Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities and Greek life adviser. “NPC sororities have rules and regulations when it comes to recruitment…

Pitt Bingo Extreme

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Reenacting the Jack/Rose scene from “Titanic,” sizzling on the ground like bacon and singing the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have one thing in common. Students performed these and more while playing Extreme Bingo in the Dellinger Underground on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The program was put on by the Residence Hall Assembly for students living in the residence halls. Roughly 20 students attended the event. “I thought it was a lot of fun, I got Fruit-by-the-Foot,” said Hailey Becker, sophomore in elementary education. “I think more programs like this would be fun.” Grace Fritz learned about the concept of Extreme Bingo during a regional housing conference from…

SGA supports food pantry

Robin Siteneski | reporter The Student Government Association (SGA) decided Wednesday to allocate $2,200 to help kick off the Gorilla Assistance Pantry. The on-campus organization will provide food for Pittsburg State students in need. The SGA money will be a one-time grant, to be used to buy the office supplies and equipment necessary for administration. All food will come from other sources. The group will be subject to new rules approved in the same meeting for every student organization. The main change is that on-campus organizations will now only receive from SGA the amount they can prove they spent with receipts. A fine on the difference between the receipts and what organizations planned to spend…

Good start for art

Juried Art Exhibit to visit PSU Gretchen Burns | reporter An art exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall is an exhibit created to bring a variety of perspectives and experiences related to the challenges and triumphs of multicultural diversity to the university. The exhibit, “Transforming Viewpoints,” was envisioned by gallery director Portico Bowman, who collaborated with the Office of Student Diversity to create the National Juried Exhibit. More than 20 artworks by 20 artists were selected by submissions from artists in the surrounding area expressing the theme of multicultural diversity. Juror Steve Liggett selected the artwork now on display. “I’ve judged shows before,” Liggett said, “but this was different because the theme…

Remembering ‘The Dream’

Vigil commemorates King’s life, work Audrey Dighans | copy editor “Only in the darkness can you see the stars” – Martin Luther King Jr. In the darkness of the U-club, students weren’t seeing stars, but candles during a candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The vigil was sponsored by Pitt State’s Black Student Association (BSA), with about 20 members and 10 additional students and staff in attendance. Choir music was played before the start of the event, reinventing the feeling of sitting in church awaiting one of Dr. King’s sermons. After a brief welcome by BSA President Kimberlee Fields, two members of BSA presented a slideshow detailing King’s childhood, struggles…

New, familiar faces

Two new faculty appointments for PSU Andrea Hucke | reporter Performing Arts Center director Over the past year, many students have witnessed the gradual progress of the Performing Arts Center springing up from a once-empty field and tennis-court complex. However visible the construction, the invisible, behind-the-scenes work of obtaining faculty and staff for the new building has proven to be of crucial importance for operations once complete. One position of importance is director for the Center of the Arts ,and a candidate has finally been selected. Joseph Firman will officially begin his duties as director on Feb. 3. Firman, currently the special projects coordinator at South Dakota State University, will bring with him years of…