Greek week

Three sororities, six fraternities face off in annual competition | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Disney may not know it yet, but its newest feature-length film will be Pitt State’s Airband competition on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Weede. “Everyone is really looking forward to it; it’s sort of the finale of Greek Week,” said Abby Carson, sophomore in nursing, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and Greek Week committee member. During the event, six fraternities and three sororities houses at PSU will perform a sketch combined of different Disney films and songs. Participants may lip-sync along with the words but may not make any noise during the performance, including vocal or with…

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…

850-strong

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.

| 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…

do or die Disney

Students compete in themed trivia night | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Mathmatical Meerkats, Swagvengers, The Great Stone Dragons and Twerkules were just four of the 27 teams competing in Student Activities Council’s (SAC)’s Disney Trivia night on Tuesday, April 8. “We were very successful with our Harry Potter Trivia night last year that we knew we needed to repeat the event,” said Catherine Geiger, sophomore in biology and student event coordinator for the trivia night. “We wanted to choose something we figured students would know a lot about and would really like and who doesn’t love Disney?” Starting at 6 p.m. teams of two to four players entered the Crimson & Gold Ballroom, many…

It’s B I G

Annual ‘Big Event’ this weekend

1,000 Reasons

Love you! Photo booth captures love of body, self | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Throughout the year anyone who visits Pitt State quickly learns the Oval is always busy, be it campus commuters, bake sales, 72-hour teeter-totterers or more recently, photo-booth goers. Kendra Beye, senior in social work, set up the “Love Your Body” photo booth in the Oval on Wednesday, April 9, as part of her senior project. “The photo booth was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and the way the media portrays men and women in television, ads and movies leading to body dissatisfaction,” Beye said. As April is Love Your Body Month, Beye says the photo…

G3 Expo: success

More than 100 people attended the first “Graphic, Gadgets and Games Exposition” or “G3 Expo” held at the Kansas Technology Center (KTC) on Saturday, March 29. “We feel that it went really well,” said Akram Taghavi-Burris, assistant professor in graphics and imaging technologies and supervisor of the G3 Expo. “The speakers were awesome, the exhibitors were informative and everyone seemed to have a great time.” Megan Meyer, junior in graphic communications and committee chair of G3, says she and many members of Gamma Epsilon Tau (GET), Pitt State’s Graphics Honors Society, were very excited to have more than 100 attendees. “To be honest it wasn’t too much of a challenge running the event,” Meyer said….

No more 5 a.m.

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.

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…

Graphics, gadgets, games

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The Kansas Technology Center will be the site of Pitt State’s first “G3 Expo” on Saturday, March 29. “This is going to be a full day of fun all about graphics, gadgets and games,” said Akram Taghavi-Burris, assistant professor in graphics and imaging technologies and supervisor of the G3 Exposition, or “G3 Expo” for short. About 10-12 speakers, from a variety of areas including web, gaming, branding, video editing and other business professionals, are scheduled to present during the event. “We’re going to have all sorts of things going on,” said Megan Meyer, junior in graphic communications and committee chair of the G3 Expo. The event will include video-game…

Smoke alarms to ring, permanently

Tobacco policy blowing onto campus | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, walking across campus will become a little less smoky. Pitt State’s Tobacco Policy Task Force will begin implementing a new “Tobacco Free” policy starting next spring. “This is a ‘soft’ implementation,” said Jim Triplett, professor in biology and co-chair of the task force. “That means we will be preparing the campus for the ‘hard’ implementation that will start July 1, 2015. We won’t be banning tobacco products yet, but we will be alerting students that pretty soon those cigarette bins they stand next to and smoke at will be gone.” The “soft” implementation of the policy will last for…