Workshop helps internationals work in U.S.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Twenty-five international students attended the Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop Thursday, Jan. 22. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Services and covered the process of applying for OPT, the certification that allows international students to stay in the United States an additional 14 months after graduation to work at a job related to their degree. “Anything in the U.S. is considered cool in my home country,” said Yazeed Aldhwayan, international student in management and marketing from Saudi Arabia. “To have previous job experience is a valuable asset no matter what country you’re in, and for me being able to say that I have work…

Big Hero 6 plays in Grubbs, more to come

| Charles A. Ault reporter | A good movie and popcorn always makes for a good evening; make that movie the blockbuster Big Hero 6, add eggrolls and crab Rangoon and you’re in for a fantastic time. This was the experience during the Student Activities Council (SAC) Treat Night on Tuesday, Jan. 27. “We are showing it for part of the movie series for the visual arts committee in Student Activities Council,” said Lauren Geiger, sophomore in history and event coordinator. The lecture hall of Grubbs 109 was nearly packed to capacity. “I found out by the post on the international student page,” said Jane Li, freshman in business. Others saw SAC’s posters about the…

Now offering: Office 365

Free Microsoft lands in the Jungle | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Thanks to a partnership between Pittsburg State University and Microsoft, Pitt State employees and students now have the option of 15 free downloads of Microsoft’s new office suite, Office 365. “We are the very first school to offer this many free downloads,” said Angela Neria, chief information officer of Information Services. “There are other schools that are promoting this but they are charging students for it. Since we have a license for Microsoft products on campus we talked with Microsoft about promoting this program for free with our students by using student credentials.” Neria says that since student credentials, more commonly referred to…

Bras for a cause

| Haley Riebel reporter | As the holiday season rolls around, festive songs can be heard on nearly every radio station when hunting for that perfect present. While some can afford to spend large amounts of money on gifts, others cannot. To help combat this, donation boxes have been set up at Axe Library and the information desk in the student center to take gently used bras during Dead Week through Friday, Dec. 5. The fundraiser, sponsored by Margaret Bradford, Shelby Kuhns and Beverly Withers, began as a project for the sponsors’ women’s studies course. Bradford, Khuns and Withers will donate the bras to Safehouse Crisis Center (SCC) where victims of abuse or those in…

Beer Killer

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Letting beer drain out of a punctured beer can isn’t what most college students would think of fun. But for the students involved in the Sustainability Club, it’s a way for them to help the environment and recycle at the same time. Jim Triplett had been approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had. “He approached me at SEK Recycling while I was volunteering one day and told me that my environmental life science class several years ago was the reason that he was recycling today,” said Triplett, adviser…

Writing love on their arms

Group tries to help ease pain of depression | Charles A. Ault reporter | Annie Kratochvil stands in front of a lecture hall with a few dozen people witnessing as she tells her story of struggle with self-harm and suicide. Both issues are major focuses of a nationwide organization dedicated to spreading hope, help and love: To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). The organization, founded in 2006, specifically states in its mission “to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.” On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Pitt State chapter of TWLOHA held a “Night of Hope” devoted to sharing and supporting…

Overman Student Center Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Questions answered by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center Q: What will be included in the new student center? A: We are adding 31,000 square feet to the student center. There will be a brand new ballroom with a capacity of 650 that will also be divisible into three separate rooms for more meeting areas, more meeting rooms and spaces, three to be exact, and a brand new student activities complex. This complex will feature Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Council (CAC) all together. A new entrance on the south side of the building is being constructed and the Greek Office as well…

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Sharing tradition with students

| Haley Riebel reporter | In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Student Association (NASA) has sponsored a variety of events throughout the month to commemorate their nations and ancestors. To wrap up the month’s festivities, Nikki Stone, senior in communication and NASA president, set up a tribal panel to inform PSU students about a new take on Native American history. “I wanted the audience that is completely unfamiliar to have a more general knowledge of the workings within a tribe and what it’s like to be an active member,” Stone said. Although only a small amount, Stone is part Cherokee and she manages to keep in contact with the tribe, gaining…

Distinguished writer brings in crowd

About 75 students, faculty, staff and residents gathered in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 13, to hear excerpts from the works of Joy Harjo, the final guest writer of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. Harjo is a well-known Native American writer, nationally recognized as an outstanding poet, memoirist, teacher, singer, musician and is a member of the Muskoke/Creek Nation. Some of her numerous awards include the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award. Her most recent publication is “Crazy Brave,” published in 2012….