Good people doing bad things: ‘Fargo’ is a must-see

| Jay Benedict writer | “Your problem is, you’ve spent your whole life thinking there are rules…there aren’t.” Thus begins one of the most fantastic short monologues in recent television history. Billy Bob Thorton brings chaos to a small Minnesota town and a bunch of tragically funny characters get caught up in the mix. This is the recipe that FX has implemented in its new and wonderful dark comedy/drama. It borrows pieces of its blueprint from the Coen brothers’ 1996 film by the same name, but the series is neither a sequel or prequel; it’s more of spiritual re-imagination. The original “Fargo” won more than 60 awards, including two Oscars, so taking a page from…

Gorilla Dash

Students, community compete to raise thousans foor Sgt. Robertson Memorial Scholarship fund | Kelsea Renz managing editor | Shin-deep mud, high winds, and intense heat were just the minor challenges that participants faced at the third annual Gorilla Dash, held Saturday, April 12. The race, a tough mudder similar to the Warrior Dash, was held to raise funds for the Sgt. Robertson Memorial Scholarship, named for former ROTC instrucotr Sgt. Forrest Robertson, who was killed in action in early November. “This was something Sgt. Rob was passionate about,” said John Fatkin, senior in history. “I wanted him to be able to look down and be proud to see us doing something that he was really…

Greek week

Three sororities, six fraternities face off in annual competition | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Disney may not know it yet, but its newest feature-length film will be Pitt State’s Airband competition on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Weede. “Everyone is really looking forward to it; it’s sort of the finale of Greek Week,” said Abby Carson, sophomore in nursing, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and Greek Week committee member. During the event, six fraternities and three sororities houses at PSU will perform a sketch combined of different Disney films and songs. Participants may lip-sync along with the words but may not make any noise during the performance, including vocal or with…

Damn. This was good…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier does not disappoint | Ceejay Bachus reporter | Captain America is a hard nut to crack. In this film’s predecessor, “The First Avenger,” Marvel had a hard time trying to pin down the character and how he should be portrayed. This unearths an obvious snag in the idea of taking a man from the 1940s and placing him in the modern day among spies, angry monsters and an alien invasion. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is juggling a lot of plates. It’s the most direct successor to “The Avengers,” the narrative predecessor to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and is tasked with creating characters and storylines that have developed over the…

do or die Disney

Students compete in themed trivia night | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Mathmatical Meerkats, Swagvengers, The Great Stone Dragons and Twerkules were just four of the 27 teams competing in Student Activities Council’s (SAC)’s Disney Trivia night on Tuesday, April 8. “We were very successful with our Harry Potter Trivia night last year that we knew we needed to repeat the event,” said Catherine Geiger, sophomore in biology and student event coordinator for the trivia night. “We wanted to choose something we figured students would know a lot about and would really like and who doesn’t love Disney?” Starting at 6 p.m. teams of two to four players entered the Crimson & Gold Ballroom, many…

Nine season sitcom ends its ‘legendary’ run

| Jay Benedict writer | Spoiler alert! Reader beware. It took nine years and 208 episodes, but Ted Mosby finally finished telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. The finale was presented as two episodes with Ted finally meeting the mother near the end of the first half-hour. “How I Met Your Mother” (HIMYM) has been CBS’s Monday night sitcom powerhouse for almost a decade. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and the writers took full advantage of the time given to them before finally uniting Ted and the mother, a little more literally than expected though. The series has followed Ted through his various relationships, their development and ultimate conclusion….

Farm to table

| Erika Hall reporter | To hear three Pittsburg farmer’s market customers tell it, “farm fresh” is something you can actually taste. “The difference between a farmers-market tomato and a store-bought tomato is like the difference between a tomato and cardboard,” says Trent Kling, PSU assistant professor of communication, who also owns an orchard and is now on his first term on the board of directors for the local farmers market. Kling says the difference is that it is grown with an eye toward the end consumer in mind, rather than just grown with an eye toward mass production, and he says the prices are highly comparable. “There are some things that are at a…

Korean Culture Day

| Robin Siteneski reporter | Anyone who has had a Korean classmate may have noticed him or her handing out papers using both hands. This is because distributing school papers is an important task in Korea and using one hand is considered disrespectful. The differences between American and Korean cultures are significantly, and PSU students will have a chance to learn about these differences during the annual Korean Culture Day at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The event will take place in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom in Overman Student Center and will cost $5. Performances such as that of the Samulnori, a traditional Korean musical performance, and a fan dance will be featured. Korean…

Graphics, gadgets, games

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Kansas Technology Center will be the site of Pitt State’s first “G3 Expo” on Saturday, March 29. “This is going to be a full day of fun all about graphics, gadgets and games,” said Akram Taghavi-Burris, assistant professor in graphics and imaging technologies and supervisor of the G3 Exposition, or “G3 Expo” for short. About 10-12 speakers, from a variety of areas including web, gaming, branding, video editing and other business professionals, are scheduled to present during the event. “We’re going to have all sorts of things going on,” said Megan Meyer, junior in graphic communications and committee chair of the G3 Expo. The event will include video-game…

It’s my vagina!

‘Monologue’ tradition continues | Gretchen Burns reporter | | Gretchen Burns reporter | On Friday, March 28, 11 women will take the stage performing in “The Vagina Monologues” at Pittsburg’s Lincoln Center. The actresses, many of whom are Pitt State students, are led by alumna Megan Stoneberger, coordinator of the Southeast Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women (SEK NOW) and director. “Whenever I was a student at PSU, the Women’s Studies Club had a tradition of putting on ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” Stoneberger said. “For a few years it wasn’t put on and now we’re trying to bring it back.” The event is sponsored by the Pitt State Women’s Studies Club and SEK NOW,…