Need something to do? Join the club

Casey Matlock Organizations around campus showed new students what they had to offer at this year’s Student Activities Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Oval. About 50 of the school’s organizations manned booths to show students how they can get involved on campus. The clubs ranged from Gay-Straight Alliance to diversity organizations such as Black Students Association (BSA), Hispanics of Today (HOT) and the Native American Students Association (NASA). “The greatest way to get to know people on campus is to get involved,” read a press release advertising the event from Student Activities Council. Kristina Adams says that the event presents a unique opportunity to publicize the Student Government Association. “It feels great to…

Poet professor shares his wealth of words

Casey Matlock | reporter Stephen Meats didn’t decide what to read from his book “Dark Dove Descending” until a few minutes before his fiction reading on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. “I wanted to offer a wide variety and started with the title poem to help the audience understand the theme of the book,” Meats, professor of English said, “and along with that provide something conventional, surrealist and in between.” The next pieces read were a poem called “Night Sounds,” which Meats says was inspired by his love of birds, and “The Baseball Mitt,” which Meats said he read to appeal to the athletes in the audience. “I thought…

Senator: SGA violated constitution

J. Fred Fox | reporter A senator of the Student Government Association accused the governmental body of violating its constitution by improperly filling vacancies in the organization’s membership. You’re doing it wrong Sen. Mike Berry, senior in automotive technology, said on Wednesday night that the process of filling the vacancies in SGA’s body of members was not done as required by SGA’s constitution. He claimed that there was an absence of a resolution appointing the members of the Senate Vacancy Committee. He added that all members of such a committee would have voting rights when nominating candidates for SGA. Audrey Gilbreath, SGA campus affairs director and senior in mathematics, said that this year’s vacancy process…

Listen to my voice

Jacob Lusker, freshman in criminal justice, acts the part of the Pittsburg State University "Snake" mascot while hypnotized by Tom DeLuca in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Hypnotism show gets laughs off (and on) stage Audrey Dighans | copy editor Once again students crowded the spiral staircase of Overman Student center in a line stretching from the doors of the Crimson and Gold Ballroom to outside the building. Tom DeLuca, hypnotist, returned to PSU for two laugh-out-loud shows. “I go every year to this,” said Kyle Clingan, senior in computer information systems. “It’s that good.” Tyler Loseke, sophomore in wood technology, was also among those students who attended last year’s show in which he was a volunteer. “I don’t know yet if I’ll volunteer this year,” Loseke said. “I’m still deciding.” When the doors opened, the crowd rushed into the ballroom for…

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Yulia Senkiv

Russian teacher joins Modern Languages faculty Marcus Clem | editor in chief From southeastern Siberia to Pittsburg, Kan., is something of a transition, but Yulia Senkiv says she’s fitting in well. That’s even though the town is not at all what the Fulbright Program selectee expected. Pittsburg a surprise “I thought it would just be a small town where nothing ever happened,” she said with a look of surprise. “I saw that the population is so small, and it was in the middle of America … I did not expect to find people from all over the world.” That cultural diversity, Senkiv says, may prove to be a key professional resource. Senkiv is a linguist…

Spring is in the air

Melding new, old attractions At 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Gibson Dining Hall shut its doors and moved operations outside for an evening of food, games and fun: Spring Fling. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC) and co-sponsored by Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), Black Student Association (BSA) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Spring Fling is held annually. This year, organizers worked hard to bring several new attractions as well as old-time favorites to the event. “The caricature (artist) had a line of at least 10 people for over three hours,” said Kassandra Turner, SAC committee chair and junior in commercial graphics. As it is such a large scale and popular event, the work…

600 songs, one guy

Joud Bayeh | reporter John Rush, or “The Human iPod,” is a personification of multiple talents. He plays guitar, harmonica and can sing more than 600 songs from more than 200 bands. “I’ve always just had a good memory,” Rush said. “The guitar parts are all pretty easy to remember, because I hear the melody in my head, but the lyrics are the hard part. So, I picture them as a story and if I can see the story, I can sing the song.” Held by Student Activities Council (SAC), at the U-club in the Overman Student Center on Tuesday, April 16, the Human iPod made an impression on the crowd of about 30 people….

Showing-off science

Students gather in Overman to present research findings Audrey Tucker | reporter The 2013 Research Colloquium was held Monday, April 15, in the Overman Student Center. Ten judges evaluated student oral presentations and projects outlined on posters. These students have been working on their projects for several months. Most of the students say they will be continuing research and plan to present their findings at other events in the future. The Graduate and Continuing Studies program sponsored the event. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 24, during the Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet. Will Dixon and Dustin Newman, both seniors in electronics engineering technology, presented a poster entitled, “Bluetooth Enabled Home Power…

Biking nowhere for a cause

J.Fred Fox Members of Campus Christians spent all day riding bikes in the Oval on Wednesday, April 17, except they didn’t go anywhere. The riders, who each had a bike with a pedestal attached, lifting the driving back tire off the ground and holding the bike in place, were pedaling for a cause. That cause is the third annual Tour de Hope, sponsored by Campus Christians. The riders were in the Oval to hold a fundraiser for Jordanian and Syrian refugees. The contest prizes consist of a $200 prize for teams that pay a $50 entry fee, or a $50 prize for individual entrants who pay a $5 entry fee. Teams will bike for 55…

Kanza, Collegio win top honors

56 awards at state conference For the third year in a row, the Kanza, Pittsburg State University’s student yearbook, was given the All-Kansas and the Gold awards by the Kansas Collegiate Media, formerly the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press. The All-Kansas Award is the highest award given to a college publication in the state. The Collegio, PSU’s student newspaper, also for the third year in a row, won the Silver Medalist award. Kanza editor for 2012 was Kimber Lane and managing editor was Bethany Wolverton; Collegio editor for the contest period was Jay Benedict and managing editors were Val Vita in the fall 2012 semester and Getchen Burns in the spring 2013 semester. “Our goal this…