Singing in Scotland

Choir students travel abroad for biennial trip | Robin Siteneski reporter | The crimson and gold colors of Pittsburg State University traveled a long way during spring break. A group of about 40 students made its way somewhere that would make Gus proud. The University Choir carried the school’s colors and voices to Scotland. The group, formed by members of all Pitt State’s choirs, sang in six cities in historical sites. They even spread their voices where kings and queens once lived. The great hall at the 17th-century Stirling Castle was the location of one of the performances. “It was really exactly what you’d picture,” Laura Holthus, junior in graphic communications, said. “A castle like…

Senators add changes to SGA’s constitution

| Robin Siteneski reporter | The Student Government Association proposed four changes to its constitution at its meeting on Wednesday, March 12. The first proposal relates to SGA’s cabinet members’ pay next year. Under its terms, these roles will become comparable to other on-campus positions; that is, they will earn the Kansas minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, as a stipend. No cabinet member will be able to receive more than 20 hours’ worth of pay per week. Currently, some cabinet members work 20 hours a week, others anywhere from seven to 15. Currently, Rodney Kimlin, SGA treasurer, is making more per hour than Taylor Gravett, SGA president, although Kimlin actually works fewer hours per…

Global cuisines

| Robin Siteneski reporter | Memorial Auditorium in downtown Pittsburg was transformed into a global village on Saturday, March 8, for the International Food and Culture Fair. More than 500 people enjoyed food, music and dance performances from 15 countries. The event was sponsored by the International Student Association. Yazeed Aldhwayan, international student from Saudi Arabia and president of the group, says the fair is a chance to broaden Pittsburg’s view of the world. “In a small town like Pittsburg, this gives them a chance to visit the world without leaving home,” he said. Entrance to the event was $1 and attendees could purchase food from 50 cents to $1.50, depending on the amount. At…

Symphony Orchestra to host international talent

| Andrea Hucke reporter | If there’s one thing that Raúl Munguía wants the community to know about tonight’s performance of the Southeast Kansas Symphony, it’s this: don’t expect it to be boring. The SEK Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. The concert is composed of five pieces that will take the audience through a range of emotions as well as composers. Tonight’s performance will feature two guest artists as well. Ney Fialkow, associate professor of music at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will play the piano while Marcos Machado, chamber musician and music professor at the University of Southern Mississippi,…

40 years of collaboration

Jazz festival brings students together | Gretchen Burns reporter | Pittsburg State Friday, March 7, was crowded with students for the 40th annual Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival. More than 66 high-school and middle-school bands loaded up and traveled to Pitt State for the event, which was started in 1974. Since then the festival has outgrown the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall and the adjoining performance hall. To accommodate all the participants, the bands and their music filled McCray Hall, several rooms of Overman Student Center and Memorial Auditorium. Starting at 8 a.m., the musicians played for a select panel of experienced educators and performers, known as clinicians. After each performance, the clinicians worked with…

Love & Basketball

Nerves run through former PSU basketball player Courtney Ingram as he proposes to his girlfriend Y’Cedria Devers at the senior recognitions after the basketball game against Washburn on Saturday, March 4. The announcer called Devers to the center of the court as her soon-to-be fiancé approached her with the question “Will you marry me?” She said yes. The proposal was posted on YouTube and made it on the local news that evening.

Eye-opening tunnel

| Gretchen Burns reporter | One wouldn’t expect to see words like “fag,” “retarded,” “rapist,” “coon,” “wetback”, “chink,” or “jungle bunny” on a college campus, but that’s exactly what happened as students, faculty and community members entered the Tunnel of Oppression on Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, in the East and West Kansas Rooms of Overman Student Center. The Tunnel of Oppression, sponsored by multiple student organizations, was an interactive experience where students entered a sequence of rooms designed to create awareness of different types of oppression and its effects within society and the campus community. “I think the tunnel was a fantastic event to put on,” said Mary Butler, junior in psychology…