Students to know where their $s go

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed vice president Jaci Gilchrist’s Fee Publication resolution during the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, March 4. The resolution will require SGA to publish and update all the information pertaining to student fees on a variety of media, such as display cases, social media, etc., every semester so that students have easy access to the figures. “It’s pretty impossible to find out where student fee dollars go right now,” Gilchrist said. “I think it should be easier for students to find this information. They should know where their money is going and this will also help us to gauge student opinion should we ever…

Beneath the mask

Larissa Hardin continues to fight the battle | Valli Sridharan reporter | While most students are feverishly cramming for midterms and making final preparations for their spring break trips, Larissa Hardin is traveling across the country, physically and mentally preparing herself for a brain surgery she thought, until a month ago, she couldn’t afford. Hardin was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the pineal gland a few months ago, after several years of suffering intense health problems. While living with the tumor and its effects has been a battle in itself, Hardin had to find ways to raise money before Feb. 11 for a surgery to remove the tumor. “When I realized we raised enough…

Karaoke continues in the Underground

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Courtney Hensler conquered her fears on Thursday, Feb. 26. “I was extremely nervous,” said Hensler, sophomore in psychology and counseling. “I decided it was time to overcome my stage fright.” She did just that by walking onto the stage in the Dellinger Underground to sing “You Found Me” by The Fray, as part of Gorillas in Your Midst (GIYM) Karaoke Night. J.T. Knoll, prevention and wellness coordinator and adviser to GIYM, says his organization has been putting on karaoke nights once a month for the past decade. These events are usually held in the U-Club but have moved to the Dellinger Underground while the student center is under construction….

Cultural simulation

| Charles A. Ault reporter | “Pa Ja-Ta Ja-Ta Ja!” says one person to another while holding up a green card with numbers on it. The second person responds by pulling her elbows back and holding up another card while saying, “Ge Me-Ca Me.” After a moment of hesitation the first student touches her chin to her chest and then the two exchange cards. All this happens in Alpha room. In Beta room, students stand in close circles discussing fathers, brothers and uncles while flipping cards and writing numbers or letters on other pieces of paper, then exchanging them. These two rooms, these two groups, were each apart of the “BaFa’ BaFa’ Cross Cultural Simulation,”…

Year of the Goat

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 200 students and residents filled the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 20, to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2015 marks the year of the goat. “The New Year is the most important event in China,” said Ya Ping Liu, professor of mathematics and adviser to the Chinese Culture Club (CCC). “It’s a time for family reunions, but they cannot go home.” Liu added he wants events like this to foster a sense of community and support for the students and begin a dialogue between them. Feng Chen, president of the CCC, says she wants people to leave the Gala of the Goat with…

KSA celebrates Korean New Year

| Michael Bauer sports editor | James Weatherbie still isn’t quite sure if he knows the entire rules to Yuk Nori. But by now, he and the rest of the participants probably have a good grasp of them. As part of the celebration of the Korean Lunar New Year on Saturday, Feb. 21, the Korean Students Association (KSA) introduced students Yuk Nori, a traditional Korean game played during the lunar festival, as well as other aspects of their culture pertaining to the Korean New Year. “It was a little bit strange but it was fun,” said Weatherbie, graduate in HHPR. “It’s different than anything we have here in America.” This game involves volunteers acting as…

Tango! At the Art Center

| Charles A. Ault reporter | “Tango” took over the lobby of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 14. The event, sponsored by the music department, featured performances by the Pitt State Strings, Cuarteto Tanguero, The Midwest Regional Ballet Co., Hyerim Jeon on cello, Jose Ortega, singing tenor, and Luiz Martins on guitar. All performers played tangos in keeping with the theme. “The event sold out two weeks before the day of,” said John Ross, associate professor of music. “The students came up with another group of tickets that also sold out and then we found a third group of tickets and those sold out immediately.” The event was also unusual…

Laugh & Love

| Valli Sridharan reporter | In less than an hour, a Kansan mother, Slovenian father and a 20-year-old from Brazil became a family, and this was just one of several new families made Sunday, Feb. 15, during the International Friends of Pittsburg’s host family day. “The idea is that the host family can help students become more familiar with American culture,” said Morgan McCune, cataloguing librarian for Axe. “Celebrating a holiday, having family dinner, going shopping are some healthy experiences to connect with local folks. I have helped my students with language difficulties, bank procedures and all.” While the main goal is to get students comfortably situated in the United States, the volunteer families also…

SGA considers fee hike for parking improvements

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Student Government Association (SGA) has so far voted to increase student fees by $11. During the organization’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, a fourth fee proposal was also presented to the Senate, which could result in another $3 fee increase. Jordan Schaper, SGA president, yielded time to Steve Erwin at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the newest fee increase proposal: parking. “We have calculated that every fee dollar raised yields $11,500,” said Erwin, vice president of auxiliary services and SGA adviser. “We would like to increase parking fees from $33 to $36.” He said $2 would go toward maintenance and expansion while $1 would go toward the…

AXE Library future projects Q&A

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | A discussion session concerning the future of Axe Library was held in which possible near-future remodeling projects were proposed and heard. The Collegio sat down with Randy Roberts, dean of library services, to discuss what the future holds for Pitt State’s library. What occurred during last week’s discussion? We are currently undergoing a process with the administration to investigate the library’s future; what it should look like, what services are offered, what resources can we make available, etc. We have been working with a consulting firm out of Lawrence: Clark and Huesemann. It is important to Axe and to the campus administration that there be student input on any…