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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

Freshman Hannah DeVries, left, and senior Kaley Temaat, work to pass University of Arkansas runner junior Codie Fritchie Saturuday, Sept. 15, during the Southern Stampede held at MSSU.

Race toward the top

Michael Bauer | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State cross country teams recovered from a disappointing showing at the Roy Girak Invitational with a strong performance at the Jackling Invitational on Saturday, Oct 6. The women’s team finishe cheap cialis online d second while the men finished third at the meet in Rolla, Mo. The women’s team was led by Bridgette McCormick, who finished eighth with a time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds in the 5-kilometer race. Hannah Devries was not far behind, clocking in at 18:23, good enough for 10th place. “It was a lot better than the week before,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “We kind of stunk it up a little bit up…

Freshman Devon Young, 701, places 19th in the Southern Stampede with a time of 25:53.30 Saturday, Sept. 15.

Ready to make his mark

Michael Bauer| Sports Reporter He is only a redshirt freshman now, but the competition at the Rio Olympics in 2016 might want to take notice of Devon Young. He may be younger than most of the team, but he still has everyone looking up to h cheap lasix online im. After all, he does have the repertoire of a champion, including being among the best runners in Missouri during high school. Prodigy? Young is an underclassman who has worked his way to becoming the No. 1 runner on the Pittsburg State men’s cross country team this season, though it did not come easy. His transition to the collegiate level led to a number of changes…

Pittsburg State University running back Jason Spradling cuts to evade University of Central Missouri defenders during the Oct. 6, 2012 game. Spradling rushed for a total of 134 yards over 18 carries for the 30-21 Gorilla win.

Gorillas win close one, prepare for big one

Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas had their first highly contested football game of the season last Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium, but they walked away with a victory over the University of Central Missouri Mules, 30-21. In that game, the Gorillas faced a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time all season when the Mules took a 21-17 lead. PSU played well in the face of adversity, though, scoring the game’s final 13 points to come away with the victory. We turn now to this week’s contest, which both teams have had circled on their calendars since the schedule was released. The Gorillas will meet with longtime MIAA rivals Northwest Missouri State…

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…