New eats

Pittsburg students excited about getting two new restaurants | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While some are excited for next week because Thanksgiving Break will start after classes on Tuesday, other students are excited for what happens on Monday, Nov. 24: the opening of Buffalo Wild Wings. “I love Buffalo Wild Wings and cannot wait for them to be open,” said Tyler Loseke, junior in wood technology. Loseke says his love for Buffalo Wild Wings goes back to his hometown in Nebraska. “My friends and I always went to Buffalo Wild Wings after school,” he said. “We called it ‘B-dubs,’ we were there all the time.” Loseke isn’t the only Gorilla excited about Buffalo Wild…

You are not alone

| Jeremiah Jones reporter | More than 100 students gathered at Memorial Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 13, to listen to Jamie Tworkowski talk about the story that started To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Tworkowski founded TWLOHA in 2006, a non-profit organization whose goal is to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury and other mental health issues as well as raising funds for treatment and providing resources to those in need of help. The Pitt State student organization TWLOHA sponsored the event and sold T-shirts before and after the presentation, with proceeds benefiting the national organization. Tworkowski focused on spreading the message “you are not alone,” during his presentation. He said…

Wrapping it up

­| Valli Sridharan reporter | Going against the adage not to judge a book by its cover, the Graphic Communications Education Association (GCEA) conference on Friday, Nov. 14, in the Kansas Technology Center, emphasized the opposite. “Imagine a Walmart with no packaging and labeling,” said Chris Huitt, associate professor in graphics and imaging technologies (GIT). “That is never going to happen.” In fact, Huitt said, packaging is a growing field because it is as important as the product itself. “Packaging makes the product,” he said. “If the packaging tells you less than the product, no one is ever going to buy it. Packaging has to be at least equal, if not more than the product.”…

On a perfect note

| Valli Sridharan reporter | It is not often that 150 people can sit quietly, paying undivided attention to a performance. But on Friday, Nov. 5, when the Choirs of Pittsburg State University presented the annual fall concert in McCray Hall, the audience appeared enchanted by the music. “I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the concert particularly because there were some stunning pyrotechnics in the voices and that pipe organ to boot. Very, very fun concert,” said Michael May, a Parsons resident. The choir performed 13 pieces and the audience seemed to enjoy all of them, from the first piece, “O Sacrum Convivium,” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, to the last, a Romantic…

C0te D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Nearly 200 students, staff and residents joined the International Office on Friday, Nov. 7, in the Grubbs Hall lobby for the third International Gathering of the semester. This gathering was the first to feature two countries: Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Burkina Faso. More than a dozen international students at Pitt State are from the two neighboring West African countries. “I would like to reiterate that Africa is not a country, it is a continent,” said Opeyemi (Opi) Olomola, international student in business from Nigeria. Opi, though not from either featured country, was the host of the evening’s presentations. He began with a short retelling of an African folktale…

Parlez-vous avec moi?

Conversation partners improve speech While the department of modern languages course requirements are undergoing renovations, one part of learning a foreign language at Pitt State has not changed: Conversation Partners. PSU students wishing to learn French or Spanish are quick to find out one of the course requirements is a weekly meeting with a native speaker outside of class. The assignment: talk. In French or Spanish. “There is no better way to learn than to actually speak it,” said Ely Travis, junior in music education. Travis meets with Tanguy Carrere once a week for half an hour on the third floor of Grubbs Hall. There, the two talk about each other’s day, week, weekend, likes,…

Journey to the center of a culture

| Valli Sridharan reporter | Augustine of Hippo believed that the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Keeping this spirit alive, a study abroad expo was organized on Wednesday, Nov. 12, giving students an opportunity to explore the various countries they could go to as a part of a study abroad program. “Attending the expo got me more excited to do the study abroad experience,” said Grace Geiger, freshman in accounting. “I talked to people who have already gone on study-abroad, and this got me more interested in it. I was thinking of Peru, but after talking to more people I am considering other countries since that…

Eat, pray, study abroad

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The chance to study abroad is a unique feature of college life that many students want to experience. Those who have experienced it say it often gives them a new insight about their own lives. “One thing I learned from my study-abroad trip is to not take anything for granted,” said Sarah Harmison, senior in nursing. Harmison spent her time studying abroad in Cusco, Peru. “The most special part was being able to help the people of Peru with their medical problems,” she said. “Even if the only thing we could do for them was give them ibuprofen for their headache, they still were so grateful. That was a pretty…

Fall sky wows audience

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | The room darkens and falls to a hush as Sagittarius, Orion, the Big Dipper and multiple other constellations and countless stars appear floating overhead, the fall night sky projected onto the domed ceiling. The projections were part of a show at the Kelce Planetarium about the fall night sky on Monday, Nov. 10, that hosted about 40 students. “(The sky) is kind of like a movie that keeps repeating over and over,” said David Kuehn, chair of the physics department, pointing out fall constellations such as Scorpius, Taurus, Orion and Delphinus and stars such as Polaris, Arcturus and Vega. In the fall night sky, Mars and Jupiter are also visible…

SGA discusses $15,000 grant for wind ensemble

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association on Wednesday night gave first-round approval to grant $15,000 to the PSU Wind Ensemble. The $15,000 would come out of a Fee Council reserve account, which currently holds more than $200,000. The money would help finance the Wind Ensemble’s trip to New York City, where the group has been granted the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Center. “The trip is estimated to cost a total of $90,000,” said Jaci Gilchrist, vice president. “It will cost roughly $1,688 per student and the students themselves will pay $300 of their own money toward the trip.” Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services…