International students celebrate graduation

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | International students graduating or finishing their exchange program this semester were given their special night on Thursday, April 16, at the Weede Athletic Complex. The international graduation dinner was attended by Steve Scott, university president, staff members of the International Programs and Services office and more than 100 international students. “This is a big day for all of you,” Scott said. “But it is also a big day for all of us because you remind us of the diversity you bring to our campus.” Students from India, Kazhakstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries all say they will miss Pitt State. “All of the faculty and students, and…

Students attend Out of the Jungle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 graduating seniors attended the bi-annual “Out of the Jungle” Senior Send-off on Tuesday, April 21. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations where they inform attending students about what PSU can offer them after graduation. Richard Potts, senior in sociology, says he learned Pittsburg State could assist him in staying in touch after he graduates in May. Stopping by the Alumni Center for the event, students were also able to obtain an official PSU Kansas or Missouri License plate and have the chance to win one of several prizes, from an iPad Mini to football tickets for the Rua Skybox for all…

Jazz concert offers rich history of PSU

| Tyler Koester reporter | Guests were greeted with African tribal music as they filed into the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 21, during the Jazz and PSU Retrospective concert. The event featured two PSU jazz ensembles and guest musicians. The musicians performed a selection of popular songs from a variety of jazz styles, all in time to a presentation of stories of Pitt State’s history. Todd Hastings and Robert Kehle, both professors of music, conducted the PSU ensembles. In between songs Karl Kunkel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, narrated a chronological history of PSU since the university’s inception in…

Pride week draws crowd

| Gretchen Burns reporter | High kicks, splits, turns, intricate footwork. The Dellinger Underground pulsated with music and lights as the fourth annual GSA Pride Week Drag show started on Wednesday night, April 15. The Drag Show is the middle event in a greater week-long event supported by the Pitt State Gay-Straight Alliance for its “Pride Week” to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Ila Phelps squealed as she sat waiting for the show to begin. “I’ve literally been waiting for this all week,” said Phelps, freshman in communication. The popular show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has brought more attention to the art of drag and has helped increase popularity and support. Five performers worked the stage to…

Rain or shine, Greeks have a blast

| Gretchen Burns reporter | This past week, rain wasn’t the only thing to flood the campus of PSU. Greek Week 2015 began with its annual kickoff last Friday, April 10, with an all-Greek photo in front of Russ Hall and viewing of banners in the Oval. Greek members were also able to earn points in advance for attending the Tunnel of Oppression, held last week in the Dellinger Underground. This year’s theme for Greek Week is “America.” “Rylie and I were up really late finishing our banner,” said Molly McVey, junior in art and member of Alpha Gamma Delta. “We wanted to do something that was going to really stand out and be different.”…

Gorilla Games brings in record number students

Brayden Land, student of Joplin high school, builds a construction during the Great Gorilla Games in the Weede on Tuesday, April 7.

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | On Tuesday April 7, high school students from the Four State Area flocked to Pittsburg State to participate in the Great Gorilla Games. The event took place throughout the day as students competed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-or STEM, for short- competitions at John Lance Arena. The event’s purpose was to promote STEM-oriented curricula, collaboration, teamwork and the practical application of STEM concepts to real world scenarios and problems. Mike Neden, associate professor of technology and workforce learning, said this year’s games were an improvement over the past years. “I feel like we’ve had a great response,” Neden said. “We’ve had a lot more students and a lot…

Parking or landscaping?

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Money is the root of all evil, as the saying goes. During Student Government Association (SGA)’s meeting on Wednesday, April 1, money was the route of the Senate’s debate. The university’s building trades and landscape maintenance department has proposed a project to landscape around Grubbs Hall. On behalf of the university master planning committee, Michael Haynes, campus affairs director for SGA, presented the project ideas and requested $14,175 from the campus capital improvement (CCI) fund, which currently sits at $22,000 and is allocated $10,000 annually from a non-PSU organization, to fund the project. “I would ask all of you to consider not whether or not you want the project…

New person Same Gus

Mascot trials a success | Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted tryouts for Gus, the school’s iconic Gorilla mascot, on Saturday, March 28. The tryouts were open to all students, current or incoming, interested in donning Gus’ attire for the upcoming school year. “Gus is a huge part of Pittsburg State,” said Marissa Poppe, assistant director for strategic partnerships and community outreach. “He’s kind of the face of the school, so we are looking for somebody who can fill that role and really represent the university well.” Poppe added the university is hoping to start a longer-reaching mascot program through these tryouts. “We are trying to get a really good mascot program,”…

Pitt Briefs

Holi rescheduled The Indian Student Association has rescheduled its annual Holi celebration for Saturday, April 4. The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bicknell Sports Complex. For more information, call 650-825-0941. International gathering Pittsburg State University’s International Gatherings will continue at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, with Malaysia in the Grubbs Hall lobby. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature a taste of Malaysian cuisine, made by PSU’s Malaysian students as well as a presentation on the country. For more information, call 235-4607. Poetry reading Sally Keith will read from her works at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center, as…

EMPOWER

Women – Social Work – Awareness: Students promote social issues | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Oval was the place to be Wednesday, March 25. Besides a Greek philanthropy, “Where It’s At Wednesday” by the Student Government Association, pedestrian traffic and a puppy, students in the Advanced Practice Three course occupied much of the campus hub to raise awareness and collect donations for a variety of life issues. “I am collecting craft items for Unlimited Hope,” said Lannatte Wood, senior in social work. “Unlimited Hope is a shelter for women and they want to start a craft group for those they are helping. There they can provide a fun activity and have another outlet…