Gorillas got game

Blake Bullinger and fiance Carly Stene show off her ring after their engagement on Oct.9.

Boyfriend’s proposal raises bar; goes viral | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | Most girls dream about the day she gets proposed to, of her heart racing as her boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks to spend the rest of their lives together. She wants it to be romantic and special. She wants it to be meaningful to both of them. And of course she’d have to tell her family immediately. On Oct. 9, the bar for a proposal like this was raised high when Blake Bullinger presented Carly Stene, his girlfriend of two years, with a handmade jewelry armoire filled with little presents of her favorite things and, of course, the ring. “As soon…

Celebrating family, friends, food

International students in PSU are take their food in Thankgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

| Haley Riebel reporter | Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and food. Especially food. The holiday can be a time to reflect on what really matters in life and gives everyone a chance to make things right in the world. For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family and catch them up on college life. “It honestly doesn’t really bother me when they ask, it’s kind of their way of showing they care,” said Megan Davis, freshman in biology. Davis says she believes Thanksgiving is also not just about the food. “To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and being thankful for the family you have…

Cold can’t kill celebration

Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchison, instructor of military science, salutes the flag during the National Anthem played at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov, 11. The program was moved from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater to the National Guard gym because of the extreme cold.

Veterans Day service celebrates peace | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | More than 100 veterans, families, students and sixth-graders from area middle schools, bundled in coats, scarves, boots and hats to keep away the chill from outside, packed into the National Guard Armory gym to celebrate the many men and women who have served their country at the Veterans Day service on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The service was moved indoors from the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater due to weather. “I was excited when I thought it was going to be out in the memorial, but it was still very nice today inside,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchinson, instructor of military science. “And the memorial is always there….

Pledge against sexual assault

Grace Geiger, a freshman in accounting, and Taylor Mercier, a freshman in recreational therapy, and Dakota Dudash, an undeclared freshman, take a picture with a frame of The Pledge during the It's On Us event in Lindburg Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 30. It is held by SGA to raise the sexual assault awareness.

| Valli Sridharan reporter | The Student Government Association conducted the “It’s on us” campaign for sexual assault prevention on Thursday, Oct. 30. This is a national level campaign that was initiated by President Obama about two months ago to end sexual assaults on university campuses. “I think it is a wonderful initiative,” said Kamakshi Singh, graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. “I feel that victims of sexual assault need and deserve the support of the community.” SGA wanted to raise awareness on the burning issue of sexual assault in a way that would attract people to the cause. “When it came to organizing it, we just reached out to organizations and people we thought…

SURVIVOR TO CHAMPION

Alex Wary, a senior in exercise science, passes the flame to Amber Davish, a senior in therapeutic recreation, for representing the hope for the people caught in human trafficking during Dinner and Candlelight Vigil event in Justice Week in the Oval on Wednesday, November, 5. It is held by IJM to raise the awareness of Human Trafficking.

Holocaust experience leads to human-rights activism | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Whitesitt room 103 was filled past capacity on Thursday, Oct. 30, when more than 100 people gathered to listen to activist Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor and champion of civil, women’s and human rights. “I don’t always have a standing-room only audience,” said Epstein. “I must have something neat to talk about.” Epstein’s lecture was part of the Women’s Studies Lecture Series. “Originally we planned on only bringing one speaker to campus a year,” said Laura Washburn, professor in English. However, after the initial success, she knew the series had to host another speaker. “While in the process of searching, Ferguson happened,” Washburn…

Students vigil lights Oval

Taylor Thomas was a junior in mechanical engineering.

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Sunday night’s candlelight vigil for Taylor Thomas weighed heavily on those who gathered in the Oval. More than 40 friends and family came together in memory of Thomas, former Pitt State junior in mechanical engineering, who passed away on Oct. 9, at the hospital due to injuries from a gunshot wound received during a robbery in his home. Taylor Dornez Smith, Darius Euell Rainey, Corbin Joseph Spragg and Bryan Levi Bridges, all of Pittsburg, have been charged in the case. Ariel Everett, junior in psychology and a friend of Thomas, organized the vigil to share his legacy. “I want Taylor to be remembered for how he lived, not how he died,”…

Tricks or treats?

Bailee Deviney, a freshman in nursing, and Lisa Zhuang from Chia, a junior in Finance, carve a pumpkin on the pumpkin carving contest during the Pitt Pal pumpkin carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Halloween holds many options for students | Gretchen Burns reporter | While many students at PSU have already planned what they will do for Halloween, freshmen often experience the holiday away from home and choose to attend parties. Not Ashley McAllister, though. She decided she doesn’t want to party. She wants to go trick-or-treating. “I’m dressing up as either Mario or Luigi and my best friend is going as the other while we trick-or-treat around Pittsburg,” said McAllister, freshman in nursing. “I’m not planning on going to any parties that might occur.” Sarah Lueck has also decided she will skip the parties this year. “I’m going to hang out with my sister,” said Lueck, freshman…

Jungle Royalty

Emily Mika and Brian Walker smile at the crowd after being crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King Wednesday, Oct. 8. at The Carnie Smith Stadium. Mika represented Alpha Sigma Alpha and Walker represented Lambda Chi Alpha.

Homecoming king, queen announced at convocation | Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is good for newly crowned Homecoming King Brian Walker. “I don’t even know what’s going through my mind right now,” Walker, junior in plastics engineering technology, said. “I can’t thank Pitt State enough.” Walker and Emily Mika, senior in nursing, were crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8. “I was shocked,” Mika said. “Everyone here is the same, we go to school, we’ve got jobs, we’re all working hard to graduate, and here I am. It’s pretty unbelievable…

To bike, or not to bike?

Students ride bikes around campus as a faster way of transportation to get from class to class on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.

Increased bicycle traffic warrants concern | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There has been some talk of Pitt State being anti-bicycle as of late. On Friday, Sept. 12, students received a Bulk-E informing them that bikes chained up and parked in places other than provided bike racks, such as railings, poles, etc., risk the chance of having their bikes removed and impounded by the university police. “It’s kind of been portrayed that we’re against bikes and don’t want them,” said Mike McCracken, director of university police. “That’s not true.” McCracken says that the department has simply received complaints of bicycles being chained up in unwanted areas and officers are responding to the complaints. As of…

Religious groups call to students

James Weatherbie, a graduate student in Physical Eduation, attends the cookout at the Campus Chrisitans house on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

| Caitlin Martin reporter | Students may find that room 109 in Grubbs Hall is a bit musical on Thursday evenings as hundreds of students gather to sing and praise God together during meetings for Campus Christians. “When I first went, I instantly felt welcomed,” Kimberly Yohe, sophomore in therapeutic recreation, said. “I walked in by myself and was immediately greeted and invited to sit with people.” Hanna Wright also feels connected at the meetings. “It provides a community where students can come together and share life, help serve, and grow together in an environment that tends to all needs and walks of life,” Wright, senior in nursing, said. Though Pittsburg State University is not…