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,…

Appetite for helping

| Tyler Koester reporter | The PSU chapter of the International Justice Mission raised $292.82 at the organization’s “Cookout for Freedom” event Thursday, Nov. 6, as part of the Justice Week activities. “The first step towards any advocacy is awareness,” said Alison Smith, senior in communication and president of International Justice Mission at PSU. “That’s something we really strive for throughout this whole week.” The cookout was a way for the organization to raise awareness of the 29 million people worldwide currently held in slavery. For a $5 donation, donors were offered free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages. “I think the food is just a way to gather people in and for people to…

Brown graces sports illustrated

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Former PSU wide receiver John Brown will grace this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated. Brown, who graduated from PSU in 2013, is shown leaping for the ball on the cover. The former PSU All-American scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s 31-14 win over the St. Louis Rams. He also had the game winning touchdown catch in Arizona’s 18-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers in week one on ESPN’s Monday Night Game. Brown has scored five touchdowns so far this season while recording 29 catches for 399 yards. The rookie wide receiver from Homestead, Fla., was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL…

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…

The road to self-empowerment

| Tyler Koester reporter | William Shakespeare once said: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” The English writer’s quote became the main theme for Chippewa-Cree Indian Carmen Davis’ speech Monday, Nov. 3, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom during the kick-off event for Native American Heritage Month. An audience of about 50 joined Davis and members of the Native American Student Association for the speech, in which Davis emphasized and acknowledged not only his history, but the history of Native American peoples. Bringing in some personal experiences, Davis talked about her childhood, growing up with an alcoholic father and her grandmother, who was forced to never speak her…

There’s more to Brazil than soccer

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 250 students gathered for the Brazilian Student Association’s Brazil Day on Wednesday night. According to Renan da Cunha, the group’s president, all 70 Brazilian students enrolled at PSU were involved with the event. Their goal, he said, was to break American stereotypes of the largest country in South America. “Most of the people already know about soccer, about Carnaval and we don’t want to talk about it,” da Cunha said. “We decided to show a new Brazil.” Other Brazilian students agreed. “We have more than that in Brazil,” said Ana Laura Ayers, sophomore in English. “Way more.” The focus of the evening was on food, folklore and the…