Spring Fling

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The smells of funnel cakes, chicken, salsa and corn-on-the-cob wafted over the Lindburg Plaza on Wednesday night, April 23, during the annual Spring Fling. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), the PSU ROTC and Sodexo. Spring Fling is put on as an end of the year program for students. Food provided by Sodexo is paid for with existing student meal plans or those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for the food booths for the regular dinner fee. Several activities are provided by SAC, RHA and other campus organizations. “My favorite part of this was the shooting gallery, the bull riding,…

Greek Week

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pitt State saw a lot of Disney and a lot of Greeks during the 2014 annual Greek Week celebrations. Beginning Friday, April 11, with a kick-off party and ending Thursday, April 17, with Airband, PSU’s 526 fraternity and sorority members participated in competitions, activities and philanthropies, spreading the message of what it means to be a Greek at Pittsburg State. “This is a time all the Greeks come together to participate in activities and show what we really do,” said Jayd Williams, sophomore in international business and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri-Sig). “There is so much to do; Airband, Big Event, an awards ceremony, a speaker presented by…

Poetry Slam

| Erika Hall reporter | Poems about empowerment, hope and strength were featured in the first poetry slam sponsored by Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) on Wednesday, April 16, in commemoration of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. About 25 people attended the event in the U-Club of Overman Student Center. Brooke Powell, Safehouse campus advocate, says that most victims of sexual assault don’t report the abuse because of fear, embarrassment or not wanting to label the perpetrator as a “rapist.” “It is a silent epidemic and just because a victim doesn’t report that this happened to them doesn’t mean that we won’t support them 100 percent,” she said. “We will support them and give them…

Broadcasting a bash for students

| Andrea Hucke reporter | Whether it’s your own birthday, a friend’s or a family member’s, everyone loves to celebrate the passing of another year with a party and PSU’s Gorilla Radio is doing just that with its annual Gorilla Radio Birthday Bash. The bash, which happened on Saturday, April 19, at Gorilla Village, was a festival consisting of musical acts, food, games and a talent show, held in honor of the organization’s seventh birthday. This year’s event was the first time attendees had the opportunity to show off their own skills and talents to members of the club. “We were really looking this time to put a different spin on the event and add…

In the jungle, the real jungle

International students from African countries, share their culture, customs | Robin Siteneski reporter | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 420 international students are enrolled at Pitt State this semester. Of that number, 30 celebrated their countries’ heritage at this year’s African Day, held Friday, April 11. About 150 students and residents attended the event celebrating the cultures of the African continent. Traditional food, dances, theater performances and a fashion show were showcased by PSU’s current international students who are from seven countries on the continent: Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Ivory Coast Even if Americans have never heard of this country, they’ve probably enjoyed the guilty pleasure of…

Auction helps Make-A-Wish Foudation

<h2> | Gretchen Burns reporter | </h2> Last Thursday night, April 10, saw 11 students being auctioned off in the U-Club of Overman Student Center for the Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. The event was a senior project put on by Erica Gutierrez, senior in social work, who wanted to do a fun fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students presented themselves on stage individually and were then auctioned off. If buyers wanted to have a “free” date, they could take their date to a dinner provided after the auction. Otherwise, buyers were required to take their dates on a “real” date elsewhere, where they would have to pay. “I searched for fundraising ideas online and saw a bachelor/bachelorette…

Special Olympics

Student Pub cleans up at state conference

| Special press release | A four-peat? Hey now, that’s something worth putting in the yearbook. On Sunday, April 13, Pittsburg State’s Department of Student Publications made its annual trip to the state conference of the Kansas Collegiate Media, the authority on all student-journalist content for all Kansas postsecondary colleges and universities. Held in Wichita, the conference sponsors several education sessions for students on attending institutions and introduces them to important professional contacts at publications like The Wichita Eagle. Over the course of the conference, individual and overall awards are handed out. The most prestigious of these is the All Kansas Award, which Pittsburg State’s student yearbook, Kanza, and newspaper, The Collegio, are eligible for…

Cosmologist

| Erika Hall reporter | On Monday, April 7, Felipe Menanteau, a research scientist, astrophysicist, cosmologist and professor of astronomy from the Harlow Shapley speakership of the American Astronomical Society, lead a lecture about the universe and astronomy.

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Annual ‘Big Event’ this weekend