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…

Great Gorilla Smoke-out

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Pitt State campus may have been less smoky Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20. That’s because Gorillas in Your Midst (GIYM) is in action to help people stop the use of tobacco products during the organization’s Great Gorilla Smoke-out. J.T. Knoll, programing coordinator for campus activities and GIYM adviser, says the Great Gorilla Smoke-out coincides with the national Great American Smoke-out as a way to provide people with a day, or two, to focus on stopping smoking and the use of other tobacco products. “We are working with the tobacco-free campus initiative using “Breathe Easy” as our theme,” Knoll said. “Beginning January first, the soft implementation of…

SGA discusses allocations for student organizations

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Student Government Association (SGA) will vote on approving $27,500 for fall 2014 allocations during the organization’s meeting on Dec. 3. More than $37,000 was requested by Pitt State’s various student clubs and organizations for this semester’s allocations period. Treasurer Austin Bailey said that many groups who applied for allocation funds received close to the regular amount requested and less money was allocated overall for this semester because several organizations failed to meet allocation requirements. The Senate will also vote on whether to grant $71,555 to the Educational Opportunity Fund from student fee dollars during the meeting on Dec. 3. The Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial support for tutors,…

Mind games

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The International Gathering was not the only gathering of the night Friday, Nov. 7, in Grubbs Hall. While many learned about African countries, some passed through the lobby crowd to Grubbs 107 for the Student Activities Council (SAC) Quizbowl. “Quizbowl is a competitive academic exercise with questions covering all sorts of topics from pop culture, history, science, math, sports, anything, where teams ‘buzz-in’ to try and score points,” said Meagan Smejdir, programming coordinator for campus activities. “SAC has hosted several Quizbowls in the past, it’s always a fun event to participate in and watch. It’s impressive to see what people know.” This semester’s Quizbowl featured a total of nine…

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,…

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…

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”…

SGA debates several issues

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Game two of the World Series may be on, but student senators of the Student Government Association had to turn off the TV’s and turn on the decorum during their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Senators spent most of the meeting debating the legality of adopting Bill 14-01, which would require a two-thirds vote before issues can be lobbied for at Higher Education Day in the state Capitol. When the bill was initially read, a roll call resulted in 14 yes votes, 12 no votes and one abstention. However, later in the meeting it was brought to SGA’s attention that two-thirds of the Senate did not pass the bill,…

This is our house

Women in Construction build playhouse for fundraiser | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There is usually a lot to see at each home football game’s Gorilla Fest, but this Saturday, Oct. 25, students should be on the lookout for one thing in particular: the PSU Women in Construction’s playhouse. “We built the playhouse to raise funds so that our chapter of Women in Construction (WIC) will be able to go to some of the regional and national conferences for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC),” said Susan Martin, senior in construction management and president of WIC. The playhouse was on display during the Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 11, where WIC members sold…