- Look of the Week
Before you go in for an interview, you need to prepare.
Whether the interview is for a construction company or a fast food restaurant, you need to walk in with confidence. One way to show confidence without saying a word is through your outfit, and trust me, the moment you walk in, your outfit is the first thing the interviewer will look at.
Professional. Appropriate. Classic. These three words are helpful when choosing an outfit from the Career Closet, which is located on the second level of Horace Mann.
In the Career Closet, I found an outfit that really spoke to me.
The ankle length skirt is business professional, of course, but it is the color that stood out. I often find it is hard to still be ‘fashionable’ while dressing for work and that is why this skirt, being an army green color, was perfect to show. You always want to wear darker colors to an interview, and the darker green followed that rule, while also allowing me to show a current fashion trend.
For my shirt, I wanted something that was durable. You don’t want to wear a shirt for an hour and the next thing you know the material is wrinkled. Wrinkles make you look unorganized. This silky cream shirt is something that you can wear for the day and not worry about whether or not you need to carry an iron around with you. Plus as you can see, it is loose fitting and my shoulders are covered, which in the workplace, is necessary. As for the short sleeves, you could always bring a cardigan with you incase the weather happens to change, which is a constant occurrence in Kansas.
As a fashion merchandising student, I recommend that students consider taking Professor Cook’s Professional and Social Skills class.
In this class, I have learned what to wear to an interview, how to answer certain questions, and everything in between.
A second recommendation I have is to seriously check out the Career Closet. It has options for men and women and allows you to shop for free. With clothes being donated left and right, there is always a new outfit waiting to be put together.
The Look of the Week is brought to you by the partnership between the Office of Career Services, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising program, and the Collegio.
Hannah Kips is a junior in
- Rough month for gamers
| Jay Benedict reporter |
There’s been a lot of controversy in the video game press lately. Neither of the issues is new, but both will hit the mainstream media again soon.
First there was Gamergate, which was a battle between feminists asking questions and juvenile idiots sending death threats to said feminists. Now, the first trailer for the upcoming title “Hatred” sent waves across the industry, surprisingly because of its senseless violence.
Gamergate became the Twitter hashtag for conversations about a female game developer. She was part of the creative team behind a game that was a choose-your-own-adventure about depression rather than a “typical” video game.
This woman was in a relationship with one of the other developers. After breaking up, the spurned lover released some details saying the woman was having an affair with a writer for the popular gaming journalism site Kotaku.
No one questioned the validity of the ex’s claims. Kotaku’s response was more than vague and it spawned industry-wide conversation about the roles women play in games, as developers and as reviewers taking “favors” for good reviews.
What that women did with her personal life is her business, and her ex should have been chastised for sharing personal details. Instead, it has been validated by the worst demographic of the stereotypical gamer: the socially awkward, lives-in-his-parents’-basement, so-terrified-of-the-opposite-sex-it-manifests-as-hate group.
So, the gaming public finds itself at a crossroads – one where it should rightly question whether marketing money affects reviews and if women are given fair treatment. There are talented women in the industry in all facets of development, and women are decreasingly sexualized in games, at least from the Western developers. Some Japanese developers have no shame. “Dead or Alive” recently offered bikini packs for its female characters as downloadable content.
The portrayal of women in games is worth discussing, as is their place in creating those games. It’s better, but there is still room for improvement. “Halo” is one of the most revered and profitable franchises in gaming. The social media officer for the franchise is a woman. She has awesome tweets and knows her stuff. She comes across as one who is passionate about her job.
All of this brings us to “Hatred,” which is the next FOX News controversy waiting to happen. Look it up on YouTube, if you have the stomach. Here’s the gist: A man in a black trenchcoat spurts his manifesto about hating the human race and wanting to die while he’s loading weapons into his pockets. He says he wants to put as many people in the grave before he meets his own demise.
It’s the first trailer for the first game from an upstart studio in Poland, but it’s emotive. The only goal is mass slaughter. Innocents plead for their lives before the player pulls the trigger.
In an interview with Polygon, the CEO of “Hatred’s” developer, Destructive Creations, said that the game is just about rage. So, while killing things is the norm in games, this game is just expressing rage through death, punishing others for living. It’s the Colombine killers’ wet dream.
If the studio wants to make people think, this isn’t the right way. That feat was done a couple years ago by the studio Yager, in one of the most underplayed games ever: “Spec Ops: The Line.”
The Spec Ops franchise used to be a more stealth variant of the Battlefield, Call of Duty and Medal of Honor franchises. Instead of being a mindless aim-and-shoot clone, Yager took it a different direction and made it plot-centric.
The game began normally with a group of special-forces soldiers sent into a hostile environment, but evolves into an examination of the effects of war. Slowly, the main character and his comrades question their motives and actions. The player sees a city falling apart regardless of what happens and the characters’ psyches deteriorate.
At one point, there’s an option to use burn the enemy with white mortars, or to shoot through. Either way, the player is forced to walk through and view the carnage afterward.
I’m guessing that Gamergate won’t matter soon. “Hatred” won’t matter soon. These subjects will gain national attention, again, and then be dismissed for something else.
There won’t be any lasting effect on the industry. Just like when Call of Duty’s “Modern Warfare 2’s” mission, “No Russian” asked players to play the part of an undercover agent whose terrorist cell decided to shoot up an airport full innocents, controversy passed with nothing changing.
That being said, ignore Gamergate and “Hatred.” Go see “Gone Girl” and “Fury” and play “Borderlands: The Presequel.”
- Grand finale
Theatre group ends Memorial Auditorium run
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
The curtain will go up at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, for the opening of “You Can’t Take it With You,” the final play the Pitt State Theater will perform at Memorial Auditorium.
“The title of the play is great for a last show somewhere,” said Cynthia Allen, professor and chair of communication and the director of the play. “This is such a classic American comedy, it may be set in the 1930s but it really just hits home every time the audience sees it.”
Set in 1936 New York City at the home of Martin Vanderhof, “You Can’t Take it With You” is written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. It debuted on Dec. 15, 1936, at the Booth Theatre in New York City.
“The fact that it is in revival on Broadway was another reason I chose this play,” Allen said. “This play is so famous, so funny, it just keeps on going and going.”
“You Can’t Take it With You” takes place entirely in the Vanderhof’s house, where Grandpa Vanderhof is the patriarch of the family. His daughter Penelope “Penny” Sycamore and her husband, Paul, live there with their two daughters, Essie and Alice. Essie’s husband, Ed Carmichael, also lives with the family. The house is frequently visited by Paul’s assistant, Mr. Di Pinna, who used to be the family’s iceman, the maid Rheba and her boyfriend Donald, who performs odd jobs for the Sycamores.
Although the play never leaves the living room, audiences should not be fooled; this is no “normal” family. With Grandpa’s snakes, Paul and Di Pinna’s fireworks, Ed’s xylophone and Essie’s dreams of being a ballerina, there are a lot of hobbies, knickknacks, explosions, crooked photos and general commotion going on here.
“This play is just so versatile,” said Hayley Higgins, undeclared freshman. “ My character Alice is just in the middle of the giant, crazy, loving family. The play is lighthearted with a lot going on and with so many characters . . . it’s just downright funny.”
Fellow cast members agree.
“You can’t not laugh during this play,” said Taylor Elliot, junior in communication.
Elliot plays Penny, a loving mother who dreams of being a play write, but suffers from a bit of writer’s block.
“Alice is the one family member who has a grip on what we see as the more realistic world,” Higgins said. “She has a real, high-class job on Wall Street and though she loves her family and their ever-growing list of hobbies, she sometimes just wants them to be more normal.”
Alice’s eccentric family causes a lot of the laughs, but its dinner with Tony Kirby’s (Alice’s boyfriend) family that really pushes the plot.
“My character’s parents are rich and very much traditional,” said Jeremiah Jones, sophomore in marketing, who plays Tony. “He falls in love with his co-worker Alice and when he meets her family he loves how accepting they are of each other, how unique the family is. He just wants to be apart of it.”
Jones says his favorite scene of the play is when Mr. Kirby and Tony argue over Tony’s relationship with Alice, and Grandpa Vanderhof steps in on Tony’s side.
“This is a scene where my character fully realizes the aspects of his life and he wants to do what he wants to do, not what is expected of him per-say,” Jones said. “It’s such a great scene, the audience can really connect with it because the theme in the scene, the themes in the whole play, really hit home with how people feel about their own families and family-boyfriend/girlfriend relationship dynamics.”
“You Can’t Take It With You” will run Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 8 p.m. all nights. Tickets are free to PSU students with ID and may be purchased at the PSU Ticket Office located in the Weede or at Memorial Auditorium the night of the show.
- Exhibit portrays pattern, texture
| Gretchen Burns reporter |
The new art exhibit displayed in Porter Hall, home of PSU’s Art Department, showcases the work of David Ingram, visiting artist, and features a mixture of his work centered on ceramics and woodwork.
“The way that he used both of the mediums is just a beautiful explanation of what can be done,” said Rhona Shand, art department chair and gallery director. “He’s incredibly expressive in how he explores texture, pattern and line in the medium.”
Ingram’s pieces include large ceramic vessels incorporated with line work, patterns and textures. Various woods are molded and placed together in other pieces to create an abundance of patterns working toward expressing a narrative of culture and play. It is hard to miss the amount of intricate details and creativity of style, especially when taking into account the amount of time spent by Ingram in creating each work.
“Ceramic seems to take a longer time, because the material has to go through the different stages of drying and firing,” Ingram said. “There are things to do at each stage, and you have to pay close attention to the moisture or you will lose it. For instance, the one called “scribble” was covered in plastic for over a year while I waited for time and inspiration to finish it. During that time I would periodically unwrap it and spray with water inside and out.”
Ingram received a master’s in fine arts from Southern Illinois University and his K-12 teaching certification from Pittsburg State University. He works as an art educator at Erie High School in Erie, where he still finds time to work on his own creations outside of teaching.
“I have to just keep at it,” Ingram said. “There’s no big secret. I give up other things which I deem of lesser importance. I always try to put my job and my students at the top of my priorities.”
Ingram spoke about his exhibit on Monday, Oct. 6, in Porter where he discussed the importance of the creative process in bringing his physical pieces to life
“I always start with a doodle,” Ingram said. “Some would call it a “thumbnail sketch,” then I usually let the ideas percolate and bounce around in my head for a few weeks or months while tending to another project. Then as the idea matures, I will begin to work. Nothing ever turns out like the original conception appeared in my mind.”
Shand says she is pleased that Ingram sent the plaster forms for his pieces along with the exhibit because she thinks it is a great way for admirers of his work to fully appreciate how he creates his pieces.
“He sent us links to YouTube videos that don’t necessarily show his work and process, but how artists of a similar variety do this,” Shand said. “The sense of how he makes these pieces is a really cool process and I’m very glad that we can show it to viewers.”
Ingram says he is honored to be able to exhibit in the University Gallery.
“I have to give credit to the PSU art faculty for giving me encouragement and for their patience with me through this process,” he said.
Shand has recently taken over the position of gallery director and says she plans to teach students how to run a gallery, including the business ends behind it.
“By students learning how to work with a gallery, they will learn the process behind this. It’s not just hanging artwork, this is a business,” Shand said. “ This is an important component of being a professional artist.”
- Colors perfect for fall
When I walked into the Career Closet I knew I wanted to do a men’s wear look.
As I scanned the room filled with pants, jackets, colors and styles, I gravitated toward a hunter green pair of pants. For some reason the color stood out for me, especially with the cooler seasons; it’s a great fall color.
I knew I wanted to do a color-blocked look as well, so I went in search of a blazer.
I found a black polyester two-buttoned blazer and knew instantly that’s what I wanted. I paired it with the pants and an eggshell-colored buttoned shirt. My look was complete.
This look is a bit understated, but it sends the message that the wearer knows how to clean up.
As a fashion merchandising student, I’ve learned the fashion industry is mainly women centric but we men need style, too, right? It’s great to show that even men can be stylish and debonair when applying for a job.
It is my mantra, as I’m sure it is many other people’s, to “dress for success” or, in my terms, dress like you deserve to be there. Too many times I see people go into interviews not looking their best and all I can wonder is if they truly need or want the job.
The Career Closet is such a great place for college students who face a money crunch. The closet has a full assortment of women’s clothing and accessories as well as men’s, all free. They are there to help you look your best, feel your best and be your best while you search for that job.
If you aren’t familiar with the Career Closet or the services they offer, just go over to the second floor of Horace Mann and take a look at all the wonderful clothing. Remember that the closet is growing as well, so check back if you’ve already been there.
The Look of the Week is brought to you by a partnership of Career Services, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising and The Collegio.
Abraham Lovell is a junior in fashion merchandising.
- Playing in the jungle
Annual Gorilla Games a success
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
Despite the unanticipated October chill and a delay in the stadium lights being turned on, nearly 200 students gathered at field 3 of the PSU baseball fields for Homecoming Week’s annual Gorilla Games competition on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
“We have 29 organizations competing this year,” said Ashley Mestepey, MBA student and member of the Homecoming Committee. “I’ve been on the committee for several years now, it’s a lot of fun being involved and watching everyone compete and have fun.”
Each organization was represented by a co-ed team of six to seven students competing in 10 activities held at five stations.
Stations were run by Homecoming Committee members who explained the rules and names of each station’s activities while Gorilla Games chair Briana O’Neill circled the field making necessary repairs to activities and keeping supplies stocked.
The two activities at Mestepey’s station were “Spear Throw” and “Spider Web.”
“In Spear Throw three members of the team have six pool noodles to try and throw through a hoop. Each hoop is a different color and depending on which colored hoop they make it through they will get one to three seconds deducted from their time,” Mestepey said. “Then they have to maneuver through the Spider Web, and each time a team member touches a string a second is added to their time.”
Station runners recorded times, points and deductions on scoring sheets, which were tallied at the end of the event.
“This all goes towards winning SWEEPS points, which determine the overall winners of Homecoming,” said Mary Mercer, programming coordinator for Campus Activities Center (CAC) and adviser to the Homecoming Committee.
For Madi Holcomb, winning Homecoming was just a perk. The real reason for her participation was the chance to compete and have fun.
“I love to do crazy games like this,” Holcomb, junior in psychology, said. “I’m an enthusiastic person, I love meeting people at events like this and making memories.”
Holcomb says the event she most looked forward to was the box maze at station two, where boxes had been taped together to form a maze. Contestants had a stilt-walking activity to complete first and then had to crawl through the maze as fast as possible.
“It looks a bit easy because you can see the whole maze, but it looks like a lot of fun,” she said.
The 2014 Gorilla Games were the first for Mercer, who says she was a bit nervous with the high expectations that surround Homecoming.
“This is my largest event with CAC so far, but the amount of prep work and effort put into tonight’s event was incredible,” Mercer said. “I think the committee has done a great job getting tonight ready.”
Holcomb was more than pleased with the outcome.
“It’s great that PSU does this,” she said. “The school I went to before Pitt didn’t have any of these involvement type activities. The fact Pitt does just makes it such a better place.”
While Holcomb and her Residential Hall Assembly teammates prepared for their first station and anticipated the maze, Renan Sousa and the International Student Association team were just finishing up.
Sousa, international student from Brazil in mechanical engineering, says his favorite activity was “Making it Rain.”
“For this activity we had to place the baseball bat on the ground standing up, our forehead on the bat and spin around five times,” Sousa said. “Then you had to take the bat and try to hit a water balloon.”
The water balloons were attached to a rope suspended between two ladders, placing the balloons at about shoulder-height. A successful hit also meant a slight shower for competitors.
“This was a great activity for me,” Sousa said. “We don’t have anything like this in Brazil. Gorilla Games is a great time to meet people, have fun and it is adding to my experience here in America immensely.”
The winning organization of Homecoming will be announced at the Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 11.
- Symphony dazzles student audience
| Gretchen Burns reporter |
While sitting in the woodwind section before the performance, Elysium Travis tuned her flute for the third year in a row.
Travis, junior in music education, was one of many musicians performing in the Southeast Kansas Symphony (SEK Symphony) on Thursday, Sept. 25. The performance was the first of the symphony’s season.
For this year and the two before, Travis says playing in the symphony is amazing.
“Not only do you get to play some of the oldest music written and experience history, but you also get to play a lot of modern-composed music,” Travis, who is also principal flutist, said.
During the event John Ross, director, introduced new board members and three soloists were showcased.
Junle Le, graduate student, on piano; Jung Hee Lee, alumna, soprano vocalist; and Justin Crossman, senior in music, on trumpet, all graced the stage.
“Junle Le was so emotionally invested into the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 that you could feel Beethoven come to life,” Travis said. “Justin Crossman brought a different flavor with the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. I enjoyed his piece because not everyone knows about Alexander Arutunian.”
Travis added that Lee’s rendition of Mozart’s “Nel Grave Tormento” was beautiful.
“Mozart wrote that piece when he was 5 years old,” Travis said. “It’s beautiful.”
“The piece has two different characters: a woman tormented by love and a woman in joyful bliss. Lee really brought out these two sides of love, aside from her already breathtaking soprano, this was an amazing talent.”
Noey De Leon, junior in music education and music performance, plays the French horn in the symphony and says he thought the event was a great opportunity for music students.
“I think it is such a great opportunity for students to get to work with the faculty of the music department so we get that example and precedent of what you are to do in a professional orchestral setting,” De Leon said. “I get to see firsthand how the conductor conducts the ensemble and addresses the many different issues of the group, both big and small. This is experience I can set to many different stages of my career.”
Students performing were not the only ones who enjoyed the event. Selena Gomez, sophomore in nursing, attended the event as part of her Music Appreciation course.
“This is my first symphony,” she said.
Gomez added that she was glad she attended and she enjoyed the music.
Haley Gilmore was also impressed.
“I’ve been to the Kansas City Symphony and that was a great experience,” Gilmore, sophomore in communication, said. “This was really good, too, I’m glad I came.”
Travis says that the entire performance was a great way to showcase the music department and the symphony.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the support of the community as well as the support from President (Steve) Scott and other PSU administrators.” Travis said. “It’s great when you can have so many people come together who all love and support the arts.”
Those who missed Thursday’s performance will have the chance to see the SEK Symphony again on Friday, Nov. 21, when the symphony pairs with the PSU Opera. The two musical organizations will perform opera pieces together.
- Look of the Week
‘Colorful but professional’
As I was looking through the Career Services Clothes Closet, I wanted to pick an outfit that was colorful yet subtle, that made the individual look professional but fashionable. I wanted it to have color that would pop to make the individual stand out, but would also look professional.
I chose to wear a red pencil shirt with a black and white patterned peplum silk blouse. When I was picking out this outfit, I was looking more for an everyday office look rather than an interview style.
The pencil skirt was knee length and the top was covering the shoulders but wasn’t quite T-shirt length on the sleeves. I think this outfit looks professional because the skirt wasn’t too short and the top was appropriate and fashionable.
I have had experience in picking out outfits for individuals in the past through my work in retail. Customers would often approach the employees and ask us to dress them in anything we thought would work for the event they needed the outfit for. I am a fashion merchandising major and am hoping to one day become a buyer for a company or become a wedding planner, so I understand the importance of looking professional in the field.
I think every student at Pittsburg State should utilize the Career Closet because it is a resource we have here on campus that could help students tremendously. It has clothing that could work for all shapes and sizes and would be professional enough to wear to a job interview. I think in any field, how you dress is important.
When going in for an interview, the prospective employer looks at how the individual is carrying him or herself and is going to judge his or her first impression by what the individual is wearing.
Each of the looks featured in this article are available in the Career Clothes Closet, on the second floor of Horace Mann. All clothing in the Career Clothes Closet is free to students.
The Look of the Week is brought to you by the partnership between the Office of Career Services, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising program, and the Collegio.
Haley Kanak is a junior fashion merchandising major
- An ending and new beginnings
An exciting season for TV
| Jay Benedict reporter |
So, initially, this was supposed to be all about the new comedies that are premiering this fall and anything that was missed or passed over last week. Then, something huge happened.
Nickelodeon announced that its severely underrated and under-watched animated series “Avatar: The Legend of Korra” is done.
The third season’s finale aired about a month ago and the network has decided to start the final season immediately. It will be available on Nick.com starting Friday, Oct. 3.
“The Legend of Korra” is a sequel series to the successful and critically acclaimed “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
The original series is fully available and a must-watch on Netflix. It even sponsored a big-budget blockbuster film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which, it should be noted, you should not base your opinion of the series on.
“The Legend of Korra” status as an animated series screams “this is for kids,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just the relationship dynamics the show tackles alone give it more depth than most series are ever able to achieve.
“The Legend of Korra” addresses romantic, formerly romantic, sibling, parent-child, mentor-student and friendship dynamics. Beyond that, themes concerning religion, international relations, political corruption, terrorism, social class divisions and pragmatism vs. idealism are all present. However, all of this is presented with easy-to-follow plotlines and emotionally charged dialogue.
“The Legend of Korra” deserves as much appreciation for its technical aspects as it does its plot. The animation is polished and smooth. The scenery and character animation are top-notch, but it really excels in the fight sequences. The manipulation of elements combined with the martial arts make it a tall order and the animators rise to the challenge.
The bottom line here is that this animated series is complex both in story and technicality. Nickelodeon is killing it too soon.
Aside from that bombshell there are more shows premiering this fall that hope to achieve what “Avatar” has.
One of the more interesting shows available on network TV is ABC’s “Black-ish.” The premise sounds offensive: An upper-middle class black family struggles to stay in touch with its heritage in spite of its success…and there are jokes about fried chicken.
However, the show pulls off its goal of the main plot line and brings up interesting points about race in America.
Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 2, “A to Z” premieres on NBC. Think of it as a gender reversal of “Dharma and Greg.” It’s the series that hopeless romantics have been waiting for since the letdown of “How I Met Your Mother.” Coincidentally, the grounded, logical female star is HIMYM’s mother Cristin Milioti. She’s endearing for days and her co-star, “Madmen’s” Ben Feldman is too. The series even features a HIMYM-style voiceover from Katey Sagal.
ABC is also upping its diversity with “Cristela.”
Comedienne Cristela Alonzo plays the title character. She’s a law student whose career ambitions clash with those of her working-class Mexican-American family. It premieres Oct. 10 and looks promising if you give it some time to develop.
A few other premieres warranting looks are CBS’s “Stalker” and “The McCarthys,” ABC’s “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” and Fox’s “Mulaney.”
Amazon is even throwing its hat into the streaming scripted series market with “Transparent.”
It stars the great Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) who is transitioning from family patriarch to matriarch after a lifetime of living uncomfortably. Regardless of your views on the transgender community, this show is worth a look simply because of how great Tambor can be and the fact that it’s never been done before in a series. It’s currently available to stream on Amazon.
- On the Hunt
As I was digging through all the clothes in the Career Services Career Closet, I pulled an outfit that was fit for a business professional interview. I wanted something that looked as close to a suit as possible, so I chose a black blazer and black slacks. Then I added a little color with a modest pink undershirt.
Solid colors were my main focus for this look because you want something that lets the interviewer know you are serious about the job. Lots of designs can be distracting (save the cute patterned clothes for when you get hired). I also decided on this outfit because it is about to get chilly outside and the outfit is best suited for the season.
I had a little bit of help from a friend designing this outfit because interview wear is not my strong point and business wear is not an area of fashion that I want to pursue. I am looking more into the sportswear industry. I have not gone on too many interviews and I am not following trends of business professional at this point in my life.
But graduation is right around the corner and it will be time for me to go on the big job hunt. The career closet can help college students like me. A lot of options are available for job interviews. How you dress is important, no matter what career you are pursuing or how casual the dress code is at the job.
Each of the looks featured in this article is available in the Career Clothes Closet, on the second floor of Horace Mann. All the clothes in the Career Clothes Closet are free to students.
The Look of the Week is brought to you by the partnership between the Office of Career Services, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising program, and The Collegio.