Willkommen in Deutschland

German International students host gathering | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While a late summer storm brewed outside, inside the lobby of Grubbs Hall a much more tempting storm of smells brewed during the International Gathering for German exchange students. Six International Gatherings are held each year at Pitt State, three a semester. The events consist of a presentation and a taste of the featured country’s cuisine, and the German international students did not disappoint. Although the evening started with about 100 people present, it quickly doubled to about 250 when it was time for the food to be served. Tables were lined with fresh fruit, cookies and three varieties of a chicken and rice…

Hotel SGA: no vacancy

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Student government now has a full roster of senators after their approval and swearing-in at SGA’s meeting on Sept. 10. A group of 15 students were sworn in following the completion of the vacancy process: Calle Callaway, Michael Spiller, Kenna Bideau and Denna Thompson of the College of Arts and Sciences; Grace Geiger and Zachary Green of the Kelce College of Business; Riegen Anderson and Katherine Gray of the College of Education; Josh Bosley and Larry Overman of the College of Technology; and Hank Cloninger, Haley Northcutt, Maya Dandu, Justin Stone and Ryan Magee representing the university at large. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, said he will be filling vacancies…

Watermelon bust party

Go Fish

Black Student Association hosts game night | Brett Collier reporter | The Balkans Room in Overman Student Center was filled with laughter and the smell of chicken wings Thursday night, Aug. 28, during the Black Student Association (BSA) game night. Kimberlee Fields, senior in psychology and president of BSA, says it’s a group effort when planning events like game night. “Someone will come up with an idea and then we’ll all work together to make it happen,” Fields said. For game night the goal was to keep it laid back and as casual as possible. BSA works to encourage diversity on campus by hosting a variety of events on a range in topics throughout the…

Students, faculty adjust to room changes

| Tyler Koester reporter | It goes without saying that the first day of class, especially for freshmen, is filled with a lot of adjustments. One adjustment, however, that all students, new and returning, probably didn’t anticipate is the temporary switch of classes out of Heckert-Wells. This three-story building is under renovations to install a new HVAC system, and some classes and offices have been moved to other campus locations to accommodate the project. For the time being, chemistry offices have been moved to the second floor of Whitesitt Hall while the biology offices have been relocated to the second floor of Hartman Hall. A few chemistry researchers for PSU even have offices in the…

Balkans Day still entertains

| Daniel O’Rear reporter | Temperatures in the 90s didn’t stop residents and visitors from enjoying and tasting a variety of beers in the Beer Garden as part of the festivities of the 30th annual Little Balkans Days. The festival lasted from Friday, Aug. 29, to Sunday, Aug. 31, and celebrates the culture of the Balkan region, which for many Pittsburg residents is also a celebration of their heritage. In the early 1900s many immigrants from the Balkans traveled and settled in Southeast Kansas, creating a rich history for Pittsburg. The Labor Day weekend festival brings hundreds out to drink, eat, enjoy and celebrate the Balkan influence on Pittsburg. “I’m having a great time,” said…

Collegiate Readership Program hasn’t disappeared

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, professors and faculty will have a more difficult, and in some cases longer walk, to find The USA Today, The Joplin Glove and the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspapers this year. The papers are part of the Collegiate Readership Program, a program sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). To retrieve a copy of any paper within the program, students simply swipe their student ID card into the machine and take which copy they like. However, several of the distribution machines disappeared over the summer, leaving the question of whether the program still exists or has become extinct. Newspaper readers will be glad to know the program has not disappeared,…

Flat tires

Campus Christians run out of bikes | Val Vita reporter | If you have been looking for a way to make that old bike in your garage, the one you never ride, useful again, now is the chance. Don Smith, Campus Christians minister, currently has 52 people on his bike wait list. The list, which keeps getting longer every day, is something new for Smith. He says in his 32 years of renting out the bikes via Campus Christians, this is the first time the organization has ever run out of bikes before classes start. For students, especially internationals who rarely have cars to move around, the lack of bikes is more than an inconvenience….

It’s a rush

Fall recruitment ends, begins for PSU Greeks | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students who moved back early probably noticed members of Pitt State’s seven fraternities busy fixing up their houses for another school year. That’s because the first week of classes is also the first week of Fall rush and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon are all hoping to gain new recruits. While the frats were busy fall cleaning last week, PSU’s three sororities; Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta, were participating in multiple rush, or as it is more formally…

Campus clubs to meet, greet students at Activities Fair

| Casey Matlock reporter | Sandra Floras says the Activities Fair helped her with her major. “My favorite booth from last year was the education booth because it helped me to further my major by building connections and experiences,” said Floras, senior in education. The Student Activities Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Oval. Megan Smejdir, campus activities coordinator, says 60-70 organizations will showcase for potential club members. Free food, drinks and several activities will be provided. “My favorite booth from last year was Gorilla Radio because I had a couple of friends at the booth, and it was fun to meet new people, listen to music,…