Chicken soup for the cross-cultural soul

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Bafa bafa. Gi na no na no. Gibberish? No, this is what a group students actually said in the cross cultural simulation, Bafa Bafa, held on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Grubbs Hall. This annual event, organized by Harriet Bachner, associate professor of psychology and counseling, and her co-leader, Grant Moss, tries to help students understand the difficulties of being in a different culture. “Dr. Bachner and I believe strongly that this experience teaches students about feelings that one has about their own culture and other cultures, particularly when one has to attempt to understand the other while in it,” said Moss, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and…

Look of the week

Having a little fun I never thought I’d pursue a fashion career. However, as I learned more about myself, I felt that fashion was something I was very much interested in and had a sense of creativity for. Not only do I feel I’m great in this field, but I have been complimented on my fashion skills and sense. That is why I’ve decided to pursue a career in fashion merchandising. My goal is to own my own boutique with my sister, who is studying fashion design. We would like to come out with a clothing line for working single women who are serious about work and enjoy single life. These would include outfits from…

Lorelei Enseble enchants audience

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The angelic voices of the Lorelei Ensemble filled McCray Hall Friday, Nov. 14. The ensemble, founded by director Beth Willer in 2007, is based in Boston and composed of nine women. Each of the women hails from a different state and along with participating in the ensemble, are actively involved in their solo careers. The Lorelei Ensemble sung poems from the ancient writings of Tacitus to verses of Emily Dickenson, tuned to American folk songs. The concert was also arranged to mimic a Catholic mass, with a section serving as the Curare, one as the Gloria, one the Credo, and so on. With the exception of the American folk…

If you’ve got it, flaunt it

| Valli Sridharan reporter | More than 100 students cheered for their peers as six teams participated in “Gorillas Got Talent” on Tuesday, Nov.18, in Weede Stadium. The annual event raises money for the Make A Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with terminal illness. “The performances were outstanding and this is a great way to raise money,” said Jacob Stevenson, senior in education. The six participating teams that performed were softball, baseball, volleyball, women’s track and football. The athletes practiced for several hours to create their dances and many say they were motivated to show their talent for a good cause. “Showing that the track team does have a presence at…

Look of the Week

A good fit  I’ve always had a love for creating and exploring this thing we call earth. I have explored many avenues throughout my college career and am very happy where I am ending up. I’m a professional wedding photograper based in Wichita, spending most of my time on that. I love life and can’t wait for the crazy adventures I’ll have. So I was supposed to create an outfit for an interview and, seeing that none of the clothes in the Career Closet fit me, I just made do with the patterns that I enjoyed most. I was going for more of a casual interview look, which can be seemingly difficult to pull off….

Mind games

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The International Gathering was not the only gathering of the night Friday, Nov. 7, in Grubbs Hall. While many learned about African countries, some passed through the lobby crowd to Grubbs 107 for the Student Activities Council (SAC) Quizbowl. “Quizbowl is a competitive academic exercise with questions covering all sorts of topics from pop culture, history, science, math, sports, anything, where teams ‘buzz-in’ to try and score points,” said Meagan Smejdir, programming coordinator for campus activities. “SAC has hosted several Quizbowls in the past, it’s always a fun event to participate in and watch. It’s impressive to see what people know.” This semester’s Quizbowl featured a total of nine…

Flapjackin’

| Haley Riebel reporter | Up in the air Footballs weren’t the only objects flying through the air on Saturday, Nov. 8. While Pitt State took on Central Missouri, a second crowd gathered outside the stadium to watch 9-year-old Amanda Shore flip pancakes. The pancakes were doled out by Shore and other employees of Chris Cakes, a family owned company in Kansas City. Shore is a descendant of the owners and one of the company’s youngest employees. Chris Cakes was started by Christiansen 45 years ago in Pocahontas, Iowa, with the goal of providing a lot of pancakes in a short amount of time. This is done with a specially designed batter dispenser and grill…

Spice it up

Look of the Week As a fashion merchandising major, picking out an appropriate outfit for an interview from the PSU career closet was more of a hobby for me than an assignment. I did not know what to expect, but was so surprised to see the variety of clothes that are offered to students in the career closet. I brought a friend of mine to dress, rather than dressing myself because I have always loved to help other people pick out outfits for special occasions. Being a senior about to step out into the real world, it is very important to know what an “appropriate” outfit for an interview would consist of. The outfit I…

Chunkin’ Punkins

| Haley Riebel reporter | At the end of every Halloween season there seems to be more than enough candy around, but the once intricately carved jack-o-lanterns start to rot and it’s time for them to go. For those whoforgot to Pinterest a way to make their pumpkins last longer, the rotting ball of moldy mush usually gets thrown out. But Sara Pope had a different idea. PKD Pumpkin Chunkin Pope, senior in social work, decided to organize “Punkin’ Chunkin,’” an a fundraiser in which she raised awareness of polycystic fidney disease while allowing people to dispose of unwanted Halloween leftovers in a more splattering way. About 20 residents and students joined in Pittsburg’s first…

A Night of Lights

Students celebrate India’s Diwali | Charles A. Ault reporter | A little bit of India came to Pittsburg State on Saturday, Nov. 1, when the Indian Student Association held its annual celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. “Those who aren’t able to go to India have an opportunity to be exposed to the culture and to celebrate our friends and family from around the world,” said Lynette Olson, provost. “I’m so pleased to be here.” Diwali is often regarded as one of the largest and most celebrated holidays in India. “I miss Diwali in India,” said Pranami Mendpara, international student. “This is my fourth semester away from home, and it is so nice being…