Overman to host student job fair

Event is best oppurtunity of year to meet employers | Gretchen Burns reporter | A college degree opens a lot of doors, but more than 90 companies are coming to Pittsburg State to catch students in advance. The spring Career Fair, held by the Office of Career Services, will feature everything from police departments to technical and graduate schools. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, on the second floor of Overman Student Center. “It will be very cozy for everyone there,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We are looking forward to the expansion of the Overman Student Center so that we will be able to…

Polar Plunge is frigid

| Gretchen Burns reporter | For Blake Aldhers jumping into the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 8, was a very cold decision. Aldhers, along with 186 other people, participated in the eighth annual Polar Plunge. The event benefits the Southeast Kansas Special Olympics. “I remember last year, one of the jumping groups dumped in a cooler of ice because it wasn’t cold enough,” Aldhers, junior in international business, said. “On the way to the pool this year, I saw it was snowing and I just thought, ‘Well, let’s hope we don’t get hypothermia or something.” John Lair, director of the Special Olympics New Hope Services program says he estimates that the event itself…

‘Game’ of leadership

| Robin Siteneski reporter | About 100 Pitt State students braved the slippery roads Saturday morning to learn how to be better leaders. They traded the comfort of their beds to participate in workshops and lectures on subjects such as resume building, advertising and intercultural communication. The attendance was smaller than expected, but students who were at the Basic Leadership Training say that waking up early was worth it. “I learned that effective communication is pretty much the key and that anybody can be a leader,” said Connor Goodman, junior in history, said. He participated in a breakout session – there were nine total – that asked students to build a gingerbread house without talking…

Hot food on a cold day

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although there was a small turnout to the Fiesta cook-off held in the Crimson Commons Lobby the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5, attendees agreed that the food was hot and tasty. “There was a lot of good food,” said Mark Hoffhines, senior in history and government education. “There was a lack of participation, but that’s because it’s cold and snowy outside, and a lot of people don’t want to leave their rooms.” Grace Fritz, the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) programming communications coordinator, says that the small attendance of nine people was due to other events going on at the same time that sapped attendance. Originally, the RHA had planned on…

Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

Russia’s Olympic-level effort, problems | Michael Baur sports editor | | Kelsea Renz managing editor | Whether you’re a fan or not, the winter Olympics are inescapable. The Olympics will become a part of everyone’s lives during the next two weeks, ending a four-year wait for fans and athletes all over the world. When the Olympic cauldron is lit, the world will turn to Sochi, Russia – a city famous as a ski destination in the winter and a tropical paradise in the summer, where the hopes and dreams of athletes will come down to a single jump in figure skating and one last shot as time expires in hockey. Safety, other controversy The Sochi…

What’s the rush?

Greeks recruit new brothers and sisters | Audrey Dighans copy editor | College is the time for trying new things and getting involved. For some students, the opportunity to join a sorority or fraternity offers them open door after open door. Formal vs. informal Recruitment week, or “rush” as it is more commonly called, generally takes place the first week or first two weeks of each semester. In the fall, sororities host formal recruitment the week before classes. “All three of our sororities at Pittsburg State are National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) members,” said Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities and Greek life adviser. “NPC sororities have rules and regulations when it comes to recruitment…

Pitt Bingo Extreme

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Reenacting the Jack/Rose scene from “Titanic,” sizzling on the ground like bacon and singing the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have one thing in common. Students performed these and more while playing Extreme Bingo in the Dellinger Underground on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The program was put on by the Residence Hall Assembly for students living in the residence halls. Roughly 20 students attended the event. “I thought it was a lot of fun, I got Fruit-by-the-Foot,” said Hailey Becker, sophomore in elementary education. “I think more programs like this would be fun.” Grace Fritz learned about the concept of Extreme Bingo during a regional housing conference from…

SGA supports food pantry

Robin Siteneski | reporter The Student Government Association (SGA) decided Wednesday to allocate $2,200 to help kick off the Gorilla Assistance Pantry. The on-campus organization will provide food for Pittsburg State students in need. The SGA money will be a one-time grant, to be used to buy the office supplies and equipment necessary for administration. All food will come from other sources. The group will be subject to new rules approved in the same meeting for every student organization. The main change is that on-campus organizations will now only receive from SGA the amount they can prove they spent with receipts. A fine on the difference between the receipts and what organizations planned to spend…

Good start for art

Juried Art Exhibit to visit PSU Gretchen Burns | reporter An art exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall is an exhibit created to bring a variety of perspectives and experiences related to the challenges and triumphs of multicultural diversity to the university. The exhibit, “Transforming Viewpoints,” was envisioned by gallery director Portico Bowman, who collaborated with the Office of Student Diversity to create the National Juried Exhibit. More than 20 artworks by 20 artists were selected by submissions from artists in the surrounding area expressing the theme of multicultural diversity. Juror Steve Liggett selected the artwork now on display. “I’ve judged shows before,” Liggett said, “but this was different because the theme…

Remembering ‘The Dream’

Vigil commemorates King’s life, work Audrey Dighans | copy editor “Only in the darkness can you see the stars” – Martin Luther King Jr. In the darkness of the U-club, students weren’t seeing stars, but candles during a candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The vigil was sponsored by Pitt State’s Black Student Association (BSA), with about 20 members and 10 additional students and staff in attendance. Choir music was played before the start of the event, reinventing the feeling of sitting in church awaiting one of Dr. King’s sermons. After a brief welcome by BSA President Kimberlee Fields, two members of BSA presented a slideshow detailing King’s childhood, struggles…