‘Go make me a sandwich’

Students debate gender issues in Battle of the Sexes Audrey Dighans | copy editor Although the questions were serious, laughter rang out from participants and audience members alike during the Black Student Association’s (BSA) “Battle of the Sexes” debate on Thursday evening, Nov. 7, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the BSA and PSU Diversity Office. Nick McCoy, junior in public relations, says even though it was sponsored by BSA the event was intended to be about disagreements that pertain to men and women regardless of race or ethnicity, hence the involvement of the diversity office. “This isn’t so much about being black, white, Asian, etc.,” he said….

What to do if attacked

Kelsea Renz | managing editor Luke Robinson, 2010 PSU graduate, says self-defense is important to know as a precaution. Robinson taught a self-defense seminar on Thursday, Nov. 7. “I think people should know what to do if they are attacked,” Robinson said.  “If they came away from this knowing at least one new thing, they are better off than they were before.” Robinson went through a series of about 20 basic moves a person could use if attacked, each move depending on how the person gets attacked. “I teach simple moves because those are the ones that usually work the best,” he said. Many of the moves involved the attacker grabbing one or both of…

Food, fun, facts

Kazakh students share culture at International Gathering Kelsea Renz | managing editor Laughter echoed through Grubbs Hall as Kazakh students entertained and informed the crowd of students, faculty and residents at the International Gathering on Friday, Nov. 1. The final International Gathering of the semester showcased Kazakhstan, a relatively unknown country located in eastern Europe near Russia. “This was a fantastic opportunity for the PSU community and the Pittsburg community, because this is a chance for a cultural exchange,” said Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of international programs and services. The 10 Kazakh exchange students, with help from the Friends of Pittsburg, the International Office and the International Student Association provided Kazakh food, fun and facts…

World connections in dance

Casey Matlock | reporter In honor of Native American History month, the campus presented Dancing Eagles at the Crimson and Gold ballroom on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Dancing Eagles consists of Native American dances and traditional storytelling from Lisa and Michael Pahsetopah of Oklahoma. Lisa and Michael are both members of the Osage tribe and Michael worked as an actor and consultant for movies and television shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger.” “During filming, I would get asked what Native Americans say and how they act,” Michael said. “Back in the day, they rarely casted real Native Americans to play Indians and had to guess on a lot of things.” Dancing Eagles’ specialty dances included styles…

Alpha Sig. Wins Crown of Excellence

Audrey Dighans | copy editor The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha gathered in the Heritage Room of Overman Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the PSU chapter of Alpha Sigma winning the Crown of Excellence award for the second year in a row. “Winning two years in a row is pretty much unheard of,” said Jakey Dobbs, senior in communication and member of Alpha Sig. The award is the highest given within the Alpha Sigma sorority. It recognizes a chapter’s accomplishments in philanthropy, alumnae relations, campus involvement and academics. Dobbs says receiving the award is determined from each chapter’s end-of-the-year report, a report listing activities, philanthropic events, grades and other accomplishments. “There are…

Frenzy of talent

Kelsea Renz | Managing Editor Audrey Dighans | Copy Editor Fall Frenzy was a new, four-day event spree put on by Student Activities Council in place of Gorilla Stampede, to do something different and provide notoriety for SAC. “The acts were booked last year so the real work was doing a lot of promotion,” said Zach Wagner, SAC club entertainment chair and junior in construction management. The event featured different acts every night throughout the week, including comedy and singers. One performer fell ill and the performance had to be rescheduled. “We had to know which act performed when and make sure there was communication between the performers and the organization members,” Wagner said. The…

Choirs cross eras through songs

Casey Matlock | reporter University choirs rang in the fall season with their first concert of the year on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall. Susan Marchant, professor of music, directed the concert. Shu Zhang, non-degree seeking student from Shanghai, served as pianist. The evening was filled with pieces from various time periods and styles with Scottish, Latin and Broadway influences. The concert was free to students, parents and faculty. The first song of the evening was a Latin song “Te Deum” by Antonio Caldara and featured all of the choirs. The program contained translated lyrics for the audience to follow along. Emily Rausch, junior in biology, says she appreciated how…

Power of wind music in contrasts

Audry Dighans | copy editor The Pitt State Wind Ensemble was a showcase of elite musical talent put on at Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 8. “Everyone performing tonight had to audition to be in the ensemble,” said Jeff Chang, freshman in music education. “This is the elite group of musicians at PSU.” The concert was sponsored by the PSU Department of Music and the songs performed lived up to the event’s name, “Contrasts,” in several ways. Each piece featured different instruments and created distinct vibes directly contrasting with the piece performed before it. “They [the older pieces] have a different style about them,” said Jennifer Dey, sophomore in nursing. “The concert was about the…

Q&A: Pitt State Confessions

Marcus Clem | editor in chief Pitt State Confessions is a domain supported by Facebook where members of the Pittsburg State community may anonymously submit statements about anything they don’t feel comfortable posting under their own name. The anonymous administrator talked with The Collegio about the page’s following and how things go with it on a day-to-day basis. The page recently acquired a co-administrator to help handle its significant user traffic. Q: While the topic material for Pitt State Confessions can obviously be anything and everything, the bulk of the stuff you post from people is about sex. What’s your personal stake in that? How does your own sexual identity play into people’s dirty little…

Nobody wants to see that; just kidding

Audrey Dighans | copy editor Combining a theme about swimsuits and school spirit was a puzzle for student organizations at this year’s Spirit Art judging. The judging took place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, outside the Gorilla Crossing in Overman Student Center. The event is one of several Homecoming events to take place throughout the week. This year 26 organizations submitted puzzle pieces, all designed to the Homecoming theme: Swimsuit Edition. “We had 28 pieces to fill, so getting 26 was pretty good,” said Victoria Simoncic, Homecoming committee Spirit Art chair and senior in business management. Organizations submitted design ideas to Simoncic for approval before receiving their piece. After review and approval, any necessary…