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Art to be auctioned off The University Art Association will hold its annual art auction 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Artwork made by students and faculty will be auctioned off. Those wishing to donate artwork must have it turned in by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, to 104 Porter Hall.   Registration due for Big Event Students and organizations are given the opportunity to register for the 2013 Big Event. The website to register on is https://go.pittstate.edu/bigevent. The deadline to register is Friday, March 15. The first 500 to register get a free T-shirt.   Pitt State Live Pi Kappa Alpha International fraternity will present Pitt State Live, a showcase of multiple campus organizations at…

Women of war

Marcus Clem | copy editor Kristina Willis was sure it was some kind of joke or incredible rumor. “Honestly, I thought it was a tabloid thing,” Willis, a senior cadet in the Pittsburg State Reserve Officer Training Corps, said. “I didn’t think much of it until I heard it on several credible news stations.” The news that women will now be permitted to serve in the military in any capacity that they qualify for was so unbelievable for a reason: The military is an entity of tradition, and does not adopt such fundamental change often, Willis says. Until the new policy change is fully implemented and in force in 2016, the military’s policy has been…

Poet ‘X’PLICIT’ kicks off Black History Month

Poet Brandon 'X'PLICIT interacts with the audience during his poetry session Feb. 4 in the U club

Joud Bayeh | reporter Black History Month at Pittsburg State opened in explicitly poetic fashion with the talents of spoken word artist Brandon Thorton. The Black Students Association (BSA) and the Office of Student Diversity invited Thorton, also known as X’PLICIT, to the University Club on Feb. 4. This is Thorton’s second performance at the university. He opened the schedule of Black History Month events last year. His act began with a rendition of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the theme song from the namesake Will Smith sitcom. Thorton moved to a deeper topic by reciting his own poems about social problems like poverty and racism. “Black people are the No. 1 consumer but the…

Heads vs. Feds

Marijuana legalization debate draws large crowd Nevin Jones | reporter Pitt State students gathered for “Heads vs. Feds,” a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Bob Stutman, a formal federal agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Steven Hager, former editor of High Times magazine, were the debaters. Stutman and Hager, known as “the ultimate odd couple,” come from different worlds. Hager is one of the most visible and active proponents of marijuana legalization and is known for founding California’s “Cannabis Cup” and the first national Hemp Tour. “When we started, one state had medical marijuana, California,” said Hager. “Now 18 states have medical…

Gaut this

Senior aims to win $50,000 Jessica Sewing | design chief Once the 30-second board goes out, 20 heads drop straight down: engines revving, handlebars vibrating, nerves building up. The gate falls and they’re off. “Once the gate drops, all of the stress and problems I had during the week are gone,” said Alec Gaut, senior in communication graphics. “Definitely one of the best stress relievers I’ve ever had.” Gaut started racing nearly 10 years ago when he was around 13. He says he’s been hooked ever since. “It’s something that I’ve loved since the beginning,” Gaut said. “I’ve built a family with the people I race with.” Gaut built this family by constantly traveling to…

Out of their world, into the jungle

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Joud Bayeh | Reporter Mayuri Muraly says she has experienced the best week of her life so far in the United States. “We had orientation for a whole week from the morning until after dinner. Every day we had a different schedule and programs assigned to us,” Muraly, sophomore in psychology, said. “We were split up in groups and taken around campus and spoiled with amazing food.” Muraly, from India, was one of 71 students from 18 countries in four continents who participated in International Orientation Week, held from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11 by the International Office. The office promoted interactive activities such as games, and dinners in churches throughout Pittsburg. International students were…

Uniting artists

Steve Ford's "Pipes Blocks and Red Rocks". Collective Fusion is an exhibition of Staff, Faculty and friends of the PSU Gallery is in the University Gallery at Porter Hall from January 22 to February 12.

Twenty-eight faculty and staff showcase talents Gretchen Burns | Managing Editor To an unknowing passerby, the new exhibit “Collective Fusion II” in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall would be just that, another art exhibit. To Dixie Smith, associate professor of biology, the exhibit is a great way for Pittsburg State friends to get to know each other better and in ways than across a meeting table. Collective Fusion II spotlights the artistic talents of 28 faculty, staff and friends of the PSU Gallery. It exhibits a tremendous range of media, from paintings to polymer clay. Smith submitted one acrylic painting to the exhibit and says she wished that she could have completed more,…

PSU catches the Flu

Nurse practitioner Claudine Rosiecki, of the NJ Associates in Medicine in Fair Lawn, N.J. administers a flu shot to Robin Strauss, of Glen Rock, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The Flu season has reached epidemic levels and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. Health officials have forecast a potentially bad flu season following last year's unusually mild one.(AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Thomas E. Franklin)

Students sick, no cause for alarm Marcus Clem | Copy Editor Jace Erwin got a questionable gift for the holidays: influenza. “I came down with flu toward the end of break,” Erwin, junior in biology, said. “I was out for about a week … Everything was sore and swollen, so I thought I had mononucleosis or staff infection.” Erwin got the flu shot, so his doctor gave him amoxicillin. “They said that the strain of flu I got wasn’t covered by the flu shot I received, but that it was still good that I got a flu shot because it might have been a lot worse.” Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in…

City invests $5 million in Pitt

Pittsburg invests $5 million dollars into the Weede expansion.

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Cheif On Tuesday night, the Pittsburg City commission voted unanimously to invest $5 million into the Weede expansion project. The city’s funding brings the total amount raised to $10 million. It accompanies $3 million PSU students voted to provide via student fees and roughly $2 million in private donations for the project. The plans call for the construction of an indoor football field, track, and facilities like meeting rooms and a new weight room. “We’re very appreciative of the city’s support for this project,” said Steve Scott, university president. “To get a 5-0 vote on a project this complex is just phenomenal.” The the 50-year commitment includes $1.5 million up-front from the…

Avoid being zombie food

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Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief