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approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had.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….

Great Gorilla Smoke-out

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pitt State campus may have been less smoky Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20. That’s because Gorillas in Your Midst (GIYM) is in action to help people stop the use of tobacco products during the organization’s Great Gorilla Smoke-out. J.T. Knoll, programing coordinator for campus activities and GIYM adviser, says the Great Gorilla Smoke-out coincides with the national Great American Smoke-out as a way to provide people with a day, or two, to focus on stopping smoking and the use of other tobacco products. “We are working with the tobacco-free campus initiative using “Breathe Easy” as our theme,” Knoll said. “Beginning January first, the soft implementation of…

World Cup: part 2

International students sponsor soccer tourny | Haley Riebel reporter | The Pitt State Recreation Center was crowded Saturday, Nov. 15, as students gathered to escape the wind and cold and enjoy a day of the world’s most popular sport: soccer. The tournament, originally scheduled to be played outside, was moved indoors because of weather. Nine teams competed, seven in the men’s division and two in the women’s. The teams were divided by nationality and represented Brazil, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay and the continent of Africa. Six players and two subs were allowed per team participating in the double-elimination tournament and trophies were awarded to the top teams. Though many of the athletes participating in the…

SGA discusses allocations for student organizations

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) will vote on approving $27,500 for fall 2014 allocations during the organization’s meeting on Dec. 3. More than $37,000 was requested by Pitt State’s various student clubs and organizations for this semester’s allocations period. Treasurer Austin Bailey said that many groups who applied for allocation funds received close to the regular amount requested and less money was allocated overall for this semester because several organizations failed to meet allocation requirements. The Senate will also vote on whether to grant $71,555 to the Educational Opportunity Fund from student fee dollars during the meeting on Dec. 3. The Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial support for tutors,…