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…

Big event just keeps getting bigger

Marcus Clem | copy editor A project that involves 900 students working at 100 job sites may seem big, but the Big Event also needs a student government officer to spend an entire year preparing for it. “It is a relief for sure,” said Elle Walker, SGA Big Event director. “The event went off very smoothly for the size of it all and I couldn’t be more happy about that.” The 2013 Big Event was actually a little bit smaller than the 2012 project, with about 30 fewer students participating, Walker says. Pre-event ceremonies She says she believes that this event’s new features, highlighted by a performance by the Shane Duling Band of Frontenac, made…

PSU gets internationally cultured

Korean students draw crowd Tyler Breedlove | reporter As tensions brew on the peninsula, hundreds of people gathered in the Overman Student Center got to see that there’s much more to Korea than dramatic headlines. Korean Culture Day was held in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with traditional Korean food being served at the United Methodist Campus Ministry afterward. More than 350 people attended. The event began with a welcome by the president of the Korean Student Association (KSA), Kyongvin Jamie Lee, junior in international studies. Choong Lee, professor in management and marketing, then spoke as the KSA adviser. Lee says the first Korean Culture Day was in 2000….

Promoting oral tradition

J. Fred Fox | reporter Professional storytellers came to the Pittsburg Public Library and told ghost stories, joke stories, and life stories for Pittsburg’s first Storytelling Festival. “Storytelling can be for kids or senior citizens,” said Steve Otto, a Kansas City storyteller who is a member of the River and Prairie Story Weavers Guild. “This generation has been sucked into flashing screens. People need to rediscover this vital medium. The best images are created within a person’s mind; something nobody else can see.” Otto has been a full-time professional storyteller for 19 years. His favorite genre is ghost stories. Otto says he has a talent for suspense and the high anticipation he can build up,…

Festival of Color

Marcus Clem | copy editor where it is OK to walk up to people, smack them in the face, douse them with water and ruin everything they’re wearing. Marked by many returning students of Pittsburg State and residents of the city, the annual Holi festival of colors, a product of the Indian Students Association, happened Saturday, March 30. Just about all of the 300 people who were there over the course of the afternoon helped contribute to the party, which quickly became less a celebration of culture and more of a giant mess. That’s exactly what is supposed to happen, says Nelanko Selva Rajen. “When you mix cultural traditions and local traditions together, people forget…

Glowing Success

Audrey Tucker | reporter The SAC held a glow-in-the-dark concert to welcome the Epic Proportions Tour at Parrot Bey, located at 408 N. Locust, on the night of Wednesday, March 27. About 30 people attended. The lineup consisted of the band Lost in Atlantis, singer Gabe Kubanda and the band Halocene. Lost in Atlantis took the spotlight, covering their clothes in brightly colored tape. Glow sticks and glowing balls were passed out to those in attendance. Jessica Leone, SAC member and sophomore in business management, says that she has been looking forward to using Parrot Bey. “The band members were friendly and easy to work with,” she said. Members of Halocene complimented the acoustics of…

Humble beginnings

Whetzels, Albright recognized for contributions Jay Benedict | editor-in-chief As part of the Apple Day celebration, Pittsburg State honored three people with the Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award for their contributions to the university. Catherine Albright and Alan and Roberta Whetzel received the award at the Apple Day Convocation on March 7 in McCray Hall. “They were all so humble… so humble to be recognized,” said Johnna Schremmer, director of alumni and constituent relations. “We’re very glad to be able to recognize them. They wouldn’t ask for the recognition, but we’re very fortunate we can do it for them.” The Whetzels were honored for more than 60 years of involvement with PSU. Most recently,…