Mesmerizing show

Students get charged up at annual hypnosis show | Caitlin Martin reporter | Fryendz Wallace spent his night on Wednesday playing the role of a member of the Laughter Police by the name of Officer Laughs-a-Lot. With a serious demeanor, he handed out tickets to members of Terry DaVolt’s audience who showed even a hint of laughter at the High Voltage Hypnosis Comedy Show in the Overman Student Center. The Student Activities Council hosted DaVolt’s self-proclaimed “energizing, electrifying, and amazing” show in the nearly full Crimson and Gold Ballroom. After coming out of the hypnosis, Wallace, freshman in psychology, said that he felt great. “It was just nice,” he said. The show began with DaVolt,…

Diversity social brings students of all backgrounds together

| Daniel O’Rear reporter | A large circle was formed in the Balkans Room on Tuesday, Aug. 26, of the Overman Center as new inductees of Hispanics of Today (HOT) memorized existing members’ names. HOT has several activities planned throughout the year to bring awareness and potentially attract even more members. Club secretary Emely Flores, senior in broadcasting, has been a member of HOT for three years. She says the club will be hard at preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month. “The middle of September is considered the start of Hispanic Heritage Month,” she said. “It goes to mid-October.” Flores was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Independence with her family in 2008. “It was…

What happens in Sin City should stay there

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” has a bad case of “The Matrix Syndrome.” The original “The Matrix” movie was well-reviewed by critics and audiences came out in droves to see the Wachowski Brothers’ dystopian futuristic flick. It even won Oscars. The film was praised for its original and interesting plot and the groundbreaking technical and special effects, in spite of Keanu Reeves’ bland, emotionless delivery in the lead role. It’s the movie that gave Hollywood bullet time. The team reassembled and churned out two sequels to “The Matrix,” but neither film approached the bar that the first had set. That’s partly because the concept and technology simply got…

Back to the Future

1994: A 20 Year Retrospective | Jay Benedict reporter | Two decades ago, the world was treated to one of the best years in entertainment ever. Most freshmen at PSU, however, were born after this wonderful year. So, here’s an education on what you missed and for us older students, prepare to bask in nostalgia. If you don’t remember it or are unaware of just how great it was, here is a retrospective of the entertainment industry in 1994. Film Film was the strongest that year and many of the releases have become classics. Some of the greatest examples of cinema include the likes of “ Forrest Gump,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Lion King.” It…

Campus protest to echo ‘Slut Walk’

| Marcus Clem editor in chief | Jessica Crabtree says she’s taking an idea that’s seen global success and applying her own twist to it. This may seem like conventional innovation, until one learns her inspiration: The Slut Walk. Crabtree is rebranding the international movement for her demonstration, the Strut Your Stuff event, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. It will follow a southern route around campus from the Oval. The concept is basically the same as a Slut Walk; a group of scantily clad people marching to protest the trope that a provocatively dressed person is inviting sexual aggression. “That idea is preposterous,” Crabtree said. “I should be able to stand somewhere naked…

Summer music preview

| Jay Benedict writer | Summer entertainment is known for its blockbuster movies, TV repeats and songs that encapsulate the spirit of the season. They’re songs that sound best while driving with the windows down, with the volume pumped up and belting them out shamelessly until you’re stuck at a stoplight and people start giving you looks. Last summer saw hits like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us.” Hits from established acts will be popular, but undoubtedly some newcomers will make a splash as well. Here’s a preview of albums that have been announced that might just contain the singles that will be overplayed on…

Street art

Art Walk proves to be sucess | Gretchen Burns reporter | Several booths were set up last Friday, April 25, for the Pittsburg Art Walk, an attraction that brings local artists out to sell and showcase their talents. Photographers, caricaturists and other artists lined the streets, and work done by aspiring artists from local high schools was also displayed in various shop windows. Although the majority of the Art Walk comprised local artists, the Art Practices II: 3-D Visual Thinking class from Pitt State had an interactive display at the Markham Travel building. “It was fascinating,” said Ithaca Marlier, senior in art education. “Everyone had different ideas, but we came together like a family of…

F.A.M.E. to host annual fashion show

| Kelsea Renz managing editor | Fans of fashion in Pittsburg need look no farther than down the street to find a fashion show of professional caliber. Pitt State’s Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs (F.A.M.E.), along with Wax: Beauty and Barbour Factory, will conduct a joint hair and fashion show at Parrot Bey at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26. “Dani contacted us around January and asked to pair up for the show,” said Alyssa Marsh, senior in fashion merchandising and F.A.M.E. president. “It will help to bring more people and makes the show longer.” Dani Pollard, owner of Wax, wanted to do her half of the show for publicity of her new salon and to bring…

Solid last production, plot ‘phones’ it in

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is the final production the Grubbs Studio Theater will hold. Strangely, its final show also features something the theater has never seen before. Local band Deadeye scored the play and performs the songs, as well as the sound effects, live. It adds something special to the experience. That’s a good thing because without this gimmick the play might have trouble standing on its own. At their cores, plays or any entertainment production seek to accomplish a goal. Plays are comedic for enjoyment, tragic and take the audience on a dramatic journey. They have a motive. Sometimes that motive is simply artistic and other times it’s to…

Final Curtain Call

| Andrea Hucke reporter | The simple act of answering a call isn’t usually a life-changing event. However, for the main character in tonight’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” picking up the phone does just that. Pittsburg State’s Department of Communication will be presenting the play at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, until Saturday, April 26, in the Grubbs Studio Theater. A final performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The play, a comedy, depicts modern society’s fascination with technology in a surrealistic and quirky way. “It’s all about technology and how we can get caught up in it so easily,” said Cynthia Allan, chair of the department and director…