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,…

PSU turns 110 years old

Gretchen Burns | managing editor Last week saw the 106th annual Apple Day Convocation ceremony in McCray Hall, to mark the end of Apple Week and its theme of leadership. Lara Ismert, SGA president, welcomed those assembled on Thursday, March 7. Randy Roberts, curator of special collections and university archivist, recited the story and history of Apple Day, recounting the fiery destruction of Pittsburg State’s Russ Hall and its rebuilding. “Leadership is not based on status, but on a person’s actions,” said Roberts. According to Roberts, the purpose of Apple Day is to remind PSU and the community of the beginnings of a university being dedicated to teaching. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Army National…

Fashion for Defense

Audrey Dighans | reporter Lights, camera, self-defense! Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) and Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigs) held the fifth annual Ali Kemp fashion show and women’s self-defense seminar last Sunday, March 5. The event raised $1,400 for the Ali Kemp Education foundation (T.A.K.E.) “That’s about a thousand dollars more than what we raised last year,” said Katie George, junior in graphic communications and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma. “It was a huge improvement.” The event is Sig Ep’s national philanthropy, started by Roger Kemp (Sig Ep alumn of the University of Central Missouri), Ali’s father, in 2005. Ali Kemp was beaten to death by a stranger in the pump room of a community…

Bringing the world to Pittsburg

Joud Bayeh | reporter International students will share a variety of cultural cuisine this week. The Food & Culture Fair, hosted by the International Programs and Services Office and the International Students Association, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Memorial Auditorium. Andy Gonzalez, graduate student in human resource development and president of the International Students Association, says it is the largest International Programs and Services event of the year. He says it is a special event because it gives international students a chance to do something for the community and to share their culture with them. “(It) is a way of thanking them for the warm welcome they have been given…

Illustrating Pitt

PSU hosts 90 children during annual Family Art Morning Gretchen Burns | managing editor Kinley Carty was able to take what she learned from her art education and apply it to real life when she taught children at the University Art Association’s Family Art Morning last Saturday. The UAA held its annual event in the classrooms of Porter Hall for the community youth. Sunghee Choi created the theme of locality for the event based on a current exhibit in the University Gallery of Porter Hall. “This semester, we got an exhibition, Collective Fusion II, that invited staff, faculty and friends of the PSU art department to display their works,” said Choi, art education professor. “So,…

SAI hosts cook-off for music camp

Carl J. Bachus | culture editor The corridors of McCray Hall filled with the smell of meat and spices during the Chili Cook-Off hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota on Monday. The music fraternity’s members prepared a selection of homemade chili recipes and all proceeds went to the funding of SAI Music Camp. “This is our first year that we’ve done the chili feed,” said Crystal Taylor, senior in music and communication. “We’re raising money for music camp, which is something that we’ve been doing for a while now.” Taylor, who won the cook-off with her recipe, entitled “Stuff,” said that the children will learn music through “touch, sound, dance and origami” and at the end…

Into the shallow green pool

The Frontenac Fire Department pours ice into the swimming pool before the Polar Bear Plunge.

Joud Bayeh | reporter rong will to help best describes the Polar Plunge 2013, organized by the Special Olympics of Kansas. The event was held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Crimson Villas swimming pool, with more than 100 contestants willing to jump into the frigid water. One of these plungers was Joseph Strong, senior in nursing, who has an autistic son who is an athlete in the Special Olympics. “I just came to have fun, not freeze too much and help the cause,” he said right before jumping wearing only a hospital gown. The nursing department raised over $ 1,200, says Strong. “I would like to thank the nursing department for the support,” he said….