Air Force Band soars at PSU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Air Force Academy Band “The Falconaires” brought a wide variety of songs to a packed Linda & Lee Scott performance hall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 15. “We are always so pleased to be able to represent the United States Air Force all across the country, especially in towns like this,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Burditt. The concert opened with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner. The band, which represents the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, an upright bass, guitar and piano. Most of the band’s pieces were performed in a big-band…

One firm handshake and a bro-hug

2015-2016 Senate takes charge | Audrey Dighans copy editor | As outgoing vice president, Jaci Gilchrist called the Student Government Association (SGA) to order for the last time on Wednesday, April 15. Gilchrist asked for all graduating Senate members as well as outgoing cabinet members to stand and give a few words of advice to the new Senate. David Schlee Senator from the College of Education I have enjoyed my past two years in this organization. My advice is to try and find something in this organization that you are passionate about, that will be your driving force. I’ve spent the better part of a decade on this campus and I’m really going to miss…

Bystander behavior: To act or not to act

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Being a leader means standing up for justice, Mike Dilbeck told a group of 300 students Friday, April 10, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. “Each one of us has witnessed at least one act of injustice and walked away,” Dilbeck said. “What I seek to do with this revolution is to bring together the guilt and shame to create something very powerful.” Dilbeck, founder and president of the Response Ability Project, was invited as part of Greek Week celebrations on campus. The event was a collaboration of Gorillas in Your Midst in recognition of Love Your Body Month and Greek Week. Dilbeck talked about ‘response ability’ and…

Real Stories of Innocence

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Two speakers highlighted the problems and issues surrounding the death penalty system in a presentation entitled “Real Stories of Innocence.” The event was held last Thursday, April 9, at the Bicknell Center and was organized by Andrew Newberry, senior in social work. The speakers were Curtis McCarty, former death row inmate, and Cynthia Short, attorney at law specializing in death row cases. McCarty was arrested in 1982 and charged with murder. He served 21 years, 19 on death row, before being exonerated in 2007. With tears in his eyes, McCarty recounted the case that not only resulted in the loss of one of his dearest friends but one that falsified…

Violinist plays PSU

| Pan Liu reporter | Before his recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City this December, Andrej Kurti performed “Six Sonatas” by Eugène Ysaÿe as a solo violinist at McCray Hall on Saturday, April 11. Kurti was born in 1971 in Belgrade, Serbia, and studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow before finishing his graduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he received a doctorate degree in violin performance. With barely some short pauses, Kurti performed the entire Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Opus 27 by himself, which won him several rounds of applause from the audience. The sonatas were written in 1923. Each sonata was dedicated to one of Ysaÿe’s contemporary violinists, and…

‘Be the photographer’

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The flashing lights in the Kansas Technology Center on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, weren’t from lightning, but from cameras of more than 100 students and area photographers attending the annual “Perspectives of Photography” conference. The conference was organized by the Student Association of Photographers (SAPs) and the Department of Communication, with graduate student Tiffany Moore at the helm. “This is the second year I have been in charge of organizing this whole thing,” Moore, graduate student in communication, said. “Once upon a time, before I was a student here, this conference was a one-day seminar held at the KTC. Then it went away, then I came…

Meritorious Achievement Awards

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | This year’s Meritorious Achievement Award recipients sat down for a Q&A session on Friday, April 10, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. The recipients are alumni Kirby Brown, Edith Harvey, Philip Laurie and Miles Schnaer. The four answered questions about their memories of Pitt State, what impacted them most while in college and goals they have reached in their lives. Ron Womble, director of media relations for University Marketing and Communication, introduced the recipients to the audience. “It always amazes me the different ways in which our graduates go out into the world and the differences they make,” Womble said. The Meritorious Achievement Award is one of…

Senators debate resolution’s tricky wording

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | PSU’s Student Government Association (SGA) spent a large portion of its meeting on Wednesday, April 8, on the terminology of a resolution stating Pitt State’s opposition to Kansas Senate Bill 175. The resolution against Senate Bill 175 (SB 175) was proposed by Michael Giffin, legislative affairs director for SGA. If SB 175 is approved by the House and does in fact become law, Kansas Board of Regents higher education institutions, such as Pittsburg State, may have to condone discriminatory practices of religious student organizations. The Senate first saw Giffin’s resolution at its meeting last week. At Wednesday’s meeting, after having a week to read the resolution in detail, senators…

Tunnel of Oprression opens eyes of many

| Gretchen Burns reporter | “Whore.” “Spic.” “Slut.” “Homo.” These words and more were the ones that jumped out to participants of the Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression was held Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8, in the Dellinger Underground. Eight student organizations gathered to raise awareness of discrimination, injustice and oppression that exists in the world today, oppressions that have the potential of affecting college students and campuses. The tunnel’s first “room” was sponsored by Hispanics of Today (HOT). HOT members performed a skit based upon an occurrence in Webb City in which a Hispanic student was pulled aside by police at a gas station so that they could search her…

Trio brings crowd

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | More than 350 people came to hear the David Osborne Trio perform Tuesday night, April 7, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The trio consists of David Osborne, alum and “Pianist to the Presidents” on piano, Danny DeMorales, bassist and Paul Stubblefield, drummer. The trio has been together for more than 15 years. “There’s no place like home,” Osborne said. He added that he was elated to be back at PSU and that it’s different to come home to play for those he knows compared to playing at the Bellagio in Las Vegas or at the White House in D.C. “It meant more to me (to play here)…