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  • Students simultainiously throw colored powder during Holi on Saturday, April 19.

    Festival of Color

    | Students celebrate end of winter with Indian festival | Val Vita guest writer | If you have noticed some people walking around campus with different colors in their hair and on their skin, you can tell where they were on the afternoon of Saturday, April 19. After endless days of cold, around 250 people gathered in the Gorilla Village to celebrate the beginning of spring (a few weeks later) in a festival with lots of color. Participants of Holi, the annual festival of colors, spent three hours throwing colored powders at each other and dancing to both American and Indian music. It all started at noon, when DJ’s Darryl Chism and Jason Escobar played…

  • Taci Spiller, junior in nursing, Haley Mona, freshman in pyschology, and Madi Webb, freshman in engineering technology, take a fun-filled break from volunteering for the Big Event on Saturday, April 12.

    850-strong

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Leaves fell all over Pittsburg, but not from trees – from gutters being cleaned by some of the 800 volunteers participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 12. “Our final count for this year’s Big Event is 850 volunteers and 133 job sites,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director of the Big Event. The number of volunteers increased from last year by 150. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers were each assigned a job site based on which campus organization they registered for Big Event through. Larger groups, such as fraternities and sororities, were given several job sites to tackle. Members split into subgroups, sending about five…

  • Larry Overman, senior in ***, stands outside the oval urging people to vote for Gorilla Alliance on Wednesday, April 9.

    Off the ballot?

    SGA election tumult drawing to a close; stuents still have say | Marcus Clem editor in chief | SGA’s last meeting of the semester in Russ Hall on Wednesday, April 9, was characterized by emotion, animosity and perhaps even forgiveness. There was still plenty of anger to go around, as three members – Joshua Packard, Sen. Mike Berry and Rodney Kimlin – resigned in protest. Alyssa Marsh, Sen. Lindsay Ong and Sen. Bryce Schuetz talked at length about the culture of personal attacks and animosity that has plagued the assembly in internal discussions on social media in the last week. Each speech won applause from most of the people in the room, though, as they…

  • VJ Puccini, freshman in mathematics, speaks with his advisor Dr. Flood about sorting out his schedule for the Fall of 2014 a few days before enrollment time.

    No more 5 a.m.

    New enrollment system based on earned credit | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Every semester it’s the same. Plan schedule, check. Meet with adviser, check. Wake up at 5 a.m., check and fingers crossed, spots are still available for next semester’s classes. While much of the enrollment process will remain the same, graduate, senior and junior students can say goodbye to setting the alarm. Enrollment for summer and fall 2014 will begin at noon Sunday, April 6. “We have always been needing a better system,” said Heather Eckstein, director of student success programs. “This new system is something that needed to be done.” Last November the GUS system was unable to handle the heavy traffic…

  • Left, Jake Letner, junior in history, talks with Taylor Gravett, junior in political science, about his campaign for presidency election for SGA.

    Race begins

    Gorilla Alliance adopts campus populism | Marcus Clem editor in chief | The signs are up, the money and time is invested, and Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist are ready to see if they can win the confidence of Pittsburg State’s student body. Schaper, junior in politicial science, and Gilchrist, sophomore in political science, are already an established presence in student government. They freely admit their addiction to the day-to-day details of running a public office. “I would say I am a politics junkie,” Gilchrist said. “But that’s not the reason I’m getting into this … although I do watch a lot of C-SPAN. “I just find what most people find to be boring and…

Sports

PSU track and field competes at OBU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15. Freshman Connor Stark took first place in the 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 55.91 seconds. He edged out Texas A&M-Commerce’s Fredrick Kipsang by one second. Junior Jordan Peters placed second in the 600-yard run, clocking in at 1:22.58. Allen Jywayne of Oklahoma Baptist was first in the 600 meters in a time of 1:22.57. The distance medley relay also placed second in 10:49.86. Junior Ryan Ramler finished in a time of 8.59 in 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Bryce Starks finished seventh in the 60 meters in 6.91. Senior Steven Mann…

Gorillas start the season strong

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team got its season off to a good start, going 4-2 in the Arkansas-Monticello Classic on Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, in Bentonville, Ark. PSU played two games each day, the first against Upper Iowa University. The Gorillas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Senior Brenna George scored on a throwing error and junior McKenzie Rynard had an RBI double. The Gorillas then added three more runs in the second and three on a three-run homer by Brown. She had six RBIs for the game. Sophomore Kylie Harpst pitched a complete game, allowing five earned runs and struck…

Basketball splits on road

Gorilla women win ninth straight, 63-46 Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women extended their winning streak to nine with a 63-46 victory over Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Sophomore Cathy Brugman led the scoring with 13 points while junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 12, as did junior Antqunita Reed. “We told the girls before the game that we were going to play everybody, but we wanted to go in and out and I think we wore them out,” said Lane Lord, head coach in his post-game interview with KKOW 860 AM. “We just did a good job with the pressure.” PSU shot 25 of 57 on field goals…

Campus Life

Spring Fling

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The smells of funnel cakes, chicken, salsa and corn-on-the-cob wafted over the Lindburg Plaza on Wednesday night, April 23, during the annual Spring Fling. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), the PSU ROTC and Sodexo. Spring Fling is put on as an end of the year program for students. Food provided by Sodexo is paid for with existing student meal plans or those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for the food booths for the regular dinner fee. Several activities are provided by SAC, RHA and other campus organizations. “My favorite part of this was the shooting gallery, the bull riding,…

Greek Week

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pitt State saw a lot of Disney and a lot of Greeks during the 2014 annual Greek Week celebrations. Beginning Friday, April 11, with a kick-off party and ending Thursday, April 17, with Airband, PSU’s 526 fraternity and sorority members participated in competitions, activities and philanthropies, spreading the message of what it means to be a Greek at Pittsburg State. “This is a time all the Greeks come together to participate in activities and show what we really do,” said Jayd Williams, sophomore in international business and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri-Sig). “There is so much to do; Airband, Big Event, an awards ceremony, a speaker presented by…

Poetry Slam

| Erika Hall reporter | Poems about empowerment, hope and strength were featured in the first poetry slam sponsored by Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) on Wednesday, April 16, in commemoration of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. About 25 people attended the event in the U-Club of Overman Student Center. Brooke Powell, Safehouse campus advocate, says that most victims of sexual assault don’t report the abuse because of fear, embarrassment or not wanting to label the perpetrator as a “rapist.” “It is a silent epidemic and just because a victim doesn’t report that this happened to them doesn’t mean that we won’t support them 100 percent,” she said. “We will support them and give them…

Broadcasting a bash for students

| Andrea Hucke reporter | Whether it’s your own birthday, a friend’s or a family member’s, everyone loves to celebrate the passing of another year with a party and PSU’s Gorilla Radio is doing just that with its annual Gorilla Radio Birthday Bash. The bash, which happened on Saturday, April 19, at Gorilla Village, was a festival consisting of musical acts, food, games and a talent show, held in honor of the organization’s seventh birthday. This year’s event was the first time attendees had the opportunity to show off their own skills and talents to members of the club. “We were really looking this time to put a different spin on the event and add…

In the jungle, the real jungle

International students from African countries, share their culture, customs | Robin Siteneski reporter | | Audrey Dighans copy editor | About 420 international students are enrolled at Pitt State this semester. Of that number, 30 celebrated their countries’ heritage at this year’s African Day, held Friday, April 11. About 150 students and residents attended the event celebrating the cultures of the African continent. Traditional food, dances, theater performances and a fashion show were showcased by PSU’s current international students who are from seven countries on the continent: Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Ivory Coast Even if Americans have never heard of this country, they’ve probably enjoyed the guilty pleasure of…

Auction helps Make-A-Wish Foudation

<h2> | Gretchen Burns reporter | </h2> Last Thursday night, April 10, saw 11 students being auctioned off in the U-Club of Overman Student Center for the Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. The event was a senior project put on by Erica Gutierrez, senior in social work, who wanted to do a fun fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students presented themselves on stage individually and were then auctioned off. If buyers wanted to have a “free” date, they could take their date to a dinner provided after the auction. Otherwise, buyers were required to take their dates on a “real” date elsewhere, where they would have to pay. “I searched for fundraising ideas online and saw a bachelor/bachelorette…