SGA discusses stopping sex-assault

| Marcus Clem guest writer | About 800 colleges and universities joined a conference call with representatives from the White House earlier this week, and Pitt State SGA was part of it. The call is part of an ongoing national effort to raise awareness of college campus sexual assault and to pressure institutions to be more proactive about protecting students. Elle Walker, SGA campus affairs director, said that she is working on a project inspired by a viral video called “Demand a Plan” on the issue of gun control. “Demand a Plan” involved several actors, politicians, musicians and other celebrities who spoke on their campaign to enact some kind of reform following a national outbreak…

Online fee increase angers some students

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 10 percent of all credit hours completed at Pitt State are from online courses, says Pawan Kahol, dean of graduate and continuing studies. Kahol was one member of the committee that met last spring and decided to increase the electronic access fee for online courses from $18 to $36, on top of tuition. “We just had to increase the fee to keep the quality of online courses up,” he said. Fee increases are presented and decided upon in one of two ways: the first going through a committee and voted on by Student Government Association (SGA), the second skipping SGA and presenting straight to the President’s Council. The…

Thanksgiving in Korea, in Pittsburg

|Audrey Dighans copy editor | Everyone knows about Thanksgiving: pumpkin pie, pilgrims, turkey, football. That about sums it up for the holiday usually associated with the U.S. and the U.S. only. There is, however, Korean Thanksgiving and its history extends much farther back in history than the 1600s. Nearly 50 students and guests attended Korean Thanksgiving on Saturday, Sept. 6, held at the United Methodist Campus Ministry. “We are here to celebrate our Thanksgiving, a traditional holiday for us where we come together and eat, much like American Thanksgiving,” said Euna Kim, junior in English and international student from Korea. “Usually our whole family gathers together, but since we are all so far away from…

Meet the Firms Day

Finance students network with businesses | Tyler Koester reporter | The 11th annual Meet the Firms career day was held at the Wilkinson Alumni Center on Monday, Sept. 8. The fair is largely catered to business and finance majors, providing an opportunity to network with various companies from the Four-State Area. About 100 students attended the event, with company attendance holding steady. “We’ve been pretty consistent regarding the number of employers and organizations attending this event,” said David Hogard, assistant director for employer relations. “But we tend to get a dozen or so who are repeats.” Companies that were represented at the career fair included Koch Industries and Mariner Consulting. Mariner was one of the…

The ‘financial guy’ tells it all

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | There is a pretty good chance most students have taken out some type of loan to attend Pitt State. There’s also a pretty good chance the same students have opened a credit card, made a car payment or paid rent. All those chances are ones Peter Bielagus says he is willing to take and he’s also willing to bet that most reading this article can sum up their financial knowledge in the same three words the average American can. “And those words would be: WTF,” Bielagus, the self-proclaimed “financial guy”, said during his presentation in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 4. While…

Under the moonlight

Students east and west celebrate Chinese festival | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The audience swelled to nearly 100 as it joined members of the Chinese Culture Club in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. “The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated each year in China when the moon is at its largest and fullest stage,” said Chao Zhang, senior in accounting, international student from China and one of the two hosts for the event. “The Moon Festival is celebrated each year on Aug. 15th of the lunar calendar.” The lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon and…

Slice of home: Students personalize dorm rooms

| Caitlin Martin reporter | Walking into Thomas Myers’ dorm room, it is easy to ignore the industrial feel that comes with living on a college campus. “I have a carpet,” Myers, senior in biology, said. “I have two different countries’ flags, I have my own fridge, a lamp, I have mats in my bathroom, I have posters about field biology and ornithology and I have a rack for my books.” Myers has the decor for a dorm room all right, but the trend of decorating dorms is not simply for aesthetic taste. Students tend to make their dorms reflect their personalities and where they come from. When in an unfamiliar place, such as college…

Student clubs bring in new members at fair

| Michael Bauer sports editor | There was plenty to show off for campus organizations at this year’s Student Activities Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Oval. Almost 50 of the school’s organizations manned booths to show students how they can get involved at Pitt State. The clubs ranged from Gorilla Radio to ROTC, from Student Government Association to Panhellenic. Each club had a different booth set up, and every organization had a different way of getting students’ attention. Gorillas in Your Midst offered a wheel that students spun to win a prize, ranging from water bottles to thermoses to T-shirts. ROTC advertised its Gorilla Warfare T-shirts for this week’s PSU home football opener…

SGA pumps up oversight, campus improvement plans

| Marcus Clem reporter | The appointed board of SGA members who have the power to review the organization’s actions will have greater ability to act if the Senate gives final approval to new rules for the board next week. Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, said during the meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Judicial Board rarely acts. New members will be appointed at a future date to the five-seat board. Gilchrist says it would be good to give them a more active role in SGA overall. If adopted, the new rules will allow anyone who has a right to speak during SGA’s meetings to call the legality of any SGA action into question and…

Movie night entertains local families

| Daniel O’Rear reporter | Although the idea behind the event was to sit and watch a movie, children started running around Brandenburg Field as early as 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. Why? For the first of two annual Family Movie Nights. The movie nights are sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association and take place on the Jumbotron of Carnie Smith Stadium. For this year’s first event, the association chose Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. “The association picks a recently released PG film for family nights,” said Megan Swafford, assistant director of the alumni association and organizer of the event. Swafford says PG-rated films are a must to help create a family friendly atmosphere,…