Creativity trumps limited options

When picking out an outfit to wear to an interview, your options are sometimes limited, especially if you are tight on money. The Career Closet is a resource you can use. It provides free business attire, but it is limited by what donors are willing to give away. That sometimes forces creativity. In this picture, I chose a tie that I liked first, and went from there. If you choose a patterned tie, it is safest to go with a solid-colored shirt. Because there is green in the tie as an accent color, I used a green shirt. I didn’t want to use a prominent color from the tie as the color of the shirt,…

‘Gunman shoots blanks’

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | With more drama than action and tired clichés abounding, “The Gunman” played itself out to be well executed, but mediocre. Directed by Pierre Morel, “The Gunman” stars Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Jasmine Trinca. The film has some decent action scenes and well-composed cinematography, but the plot and script (co-written by Penn) bring it down. Coming from the director of “Taken,” it’s not surprising that there are similarities: The “should-probably-be-retired” mercenary (Penn) falls in love with a pretty girl (Trinca), oblivious to his profession. He then disappears and reappears in her life after she’s moved on, and they fall in love again. In the film, Jim Terrier (Penn)…

Illusionist wows crowd over and over

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Levitation, sleights of hand and swords through boxes with a human inside was only part of what Reza’s audience witnessed during the illusionist’s performance at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts last night, Wednesday, March 25. One of Reza’s assistants was the lucky human being to be speared in the box. This was one of the assistant’s first performances and though the audience saw her enter the box and saw the long, pointed spears enter that same box, the assistant managed to disappear. Once the spears were removed, she successfully reappeared to the audience’s delight. Giving credit where its due, Reza began his career as an illusionist at the…

Look of the Week

Closet offers versatile wardrobe This experience was my first in the Career Closet and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I work in a retail store with a laid-back dress code but I still like to keep it professional-looking. I was searching for the perfect business-casual outfit. I was nervous that I wouldn’t find a skirt of appropriate length to accommodate my height, but to my surprise I found one almost immediately. It wasn’t long before I had an armful of options to try and several different looks put together. I knew I wanted to create a higher waistline so I set out for a top that would easily tuck into the skirt. I decided…

Choir weaves its magic

| Audrey Dighans, copy editor | More than 200 people attended the Spring Concert, held Sunday, March 8, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Choirs from both Pittsburg State University and the community dressed in signature black attire, sang a variety of musical pieces to welcome the new season. Many in the audience said the concert was a real treat. “I loved listening to the choir,” said Jordon Oh, international student in mechanical engineering from South Korea. “They made me feel so relaxed and calm. I haven’t gone to many choir performances but I am certainly going to go to more in the future.” Susan Marchant, professor of music and choir director, says…

Jazz concert hits all right notes

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The 41st annual PSU Jazz Festival, held Friday, March 6, in the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, drew high school jazz bands from across the state and region for events and performances that led up to the final performance of the evening. High school students crowded the upper balcony and left little seating to spare while PSU students, faculty and Pittsburg residents sat in the lower floor sections while they all enjoyed the music together. The PSU Jazz Ensemble opened the evening performance with a jazz arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” followed by three other pieces, featuring solos by various students. When Sam Ortiz stood and played his solo on the tenor…

Bringing cultures together

Maria Del Mar Masi, a student in the IEP Program, dances along to a traditional dance during the Culture Fair on Saturday March 7.

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The smells of Paraguayan empanadas, meat pies and bubble tea, a tea with milk and tapioca balls, filled the basement of Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, March 7, when PSU’s International Student Association (ISA) hosted the International Food and Culture Fair. “The basement of Memorial Auditorium…is a small place,” said Igor Gorn, president of ISA and sophomore in English language and literature, “but it’s not small today.” The students offered a variety of dishes from a variety of the countries they represent. “It’s a good blend,” said Jordyn Bollinger, junior in English literature. “The way that they set it up is nice. You get to pick and choose so you’re…

Look of the Week

Taking advantage of resources My inspiration for my design is how I envision fashion in the corporate world. Although I know it is professional for a woman to wear a nice skirt suit with a crisp white blouse and a black or brown heel, I feel that that wardrobe is too constricting. So I went with an outfit that was still appropriate for the workplace, but edgier, versatile and provided me with a little style. I chose a pair of sandy brown slacks with a flared leg and coupled it with an orange, tan and navy blue button-down sweater top. The reason I chose this look was because it works well for the winter and…

Just do your thing

Club presidents speak about pros, cons of their clubs | Tyler Koester reporter | Birds of a feather flock together. This common saying can be especially easy to see on a college campus, as many young birds are living far away from their nests for the first time and have to migrate into a new flock, or two. The binding aspect of these new flocks? Interests. While some may not see the adventure in joining the Pitt State Live Action Role Playing (LARP) club, where members chase each other with foam swords and dress up in a variety of medieval to gladiator gear, others can’t wait to join. Those who go LARP-ing, on the same…

Vulcans don’t cry

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Leonard Nimoy passed away last Friday, Feb. 27, at the age of 83. Nimoy, best known for being “Spock” in the original Star Trek series, also acted in various TV shows and movies including the Mission Impossible series, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Fringe.” Leonard Hudson, professor of communication, says he grew up watching Star Trek reruns and his mother was a “Trekkie.” “There’s a rumor that I was named after Leonard Nimoy,” he said. “I watched it from an early age, all the movies, too, even the bad ones. Spock was always my favorite.” Star Trek wasn’t the only thing Hudson watched Nimoy in, however. “I also saw…