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…

Appeal? Denied.

Annual parking appeals committee decides final fate | Audrey Dighans copy editor | There will be a number of unhappy Pitt State students driving around campus after letters are sent out on whether their parking ticket appeals were accepted. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, during the annual Parking Appeals Committee meeting, only three of 46 appeals were accepted. “Our job here is to enforce the parking policy as it stands,” said Jaci Gilchrist, sophomore in political science and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA). “We aren’t here to change the policy, appeals asking for an exception to the rules don’t pass.” Gilchrist was one of six SGA members to be present on the appeals…

Let’s frost this

Students test their ‘cakery’ skills | Audrey Dighans copy editor | It got a bit messy in the Gorilla Crossing the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, as 11 teams frantically worked to decorate a 12-by-7-inch cake during Student Activity Council’s (SAC) first Halloween Cake Decorating Contest. “Each committee within SAC needs to do a contest-type of activity each semester,” said Lauren Geiger, sophomore in history. “As head of the visual arts committee, I thought we needed something fun, new and I was watching TV and a lot of shows have contests with food. The idea for cake decorating came through all of that.” Geiger’s committee worked with Sodexo to acquire the cakes, frosting and materials…

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…

SGA OK’s funding for student center tables

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | A resolution to allocate $4,000 of Campus Capital Improvement (CCI) funds for new tables at the soon-to- be-constructed outdoor terrace at Overman Student Center met with some debate at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Sen. Larry Overman questioned the amount to be granted during the resolution’s debate. “$4,000 seems to be out of hand,” Overman said. “As it sits now, the student center won’t be paid off for another 29 years. I feel this money could be put to better use elsewhere.” But legislative affairs director Lindsay Ong and Jaci Gilchrist, SGA vice president, explained to the Senate that the previous year’s SGA administration had made a…

And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

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…

SGA allocates $5,500 for tables, Gorilla Radio

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | | Jon Botts guest writer | Call to order First order of business for the Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday night, Oct. 1, was the reading and passing of new resolutions to the SGA constitution. The most debated of these involved a change in handling senators whose grade point average falls below the current requirement of 2.50 cumulative. Jaci Gilchrist, vice president, was one of the members on the committee that wrote the resolution that would allow the Senate to call a closed-session meeting and vote on whether a senator will be allowed to retain his or her status should their grade point average fall below the requirement….