Thanksgiving in Korea, in Pittsburg

|Audrey Dighans copy editor | Everyone knows about Thanksgiving: pumpkin pie, pilgrims, turkey, football. That about sums it up for the holiday usually associated with the U.S. and the U.S. only. There is, however, Korean Thanksgiving and its history extends much farther back in history than the 1600s. Nearly 50 students and guests attended Korean Thanksgiving on Saturday, Sept. 6, held at the United Methodist Campus Ministry. “We are here to celebrate our Thanksgiving, a traditional holiday for us where we come together and eat, much like American Thanksgiving,” said Euna Kim, junior in English and international student from Korea. “Usually our whole family gathers together, but since we are all so far away from…

The ‘financial guy’ tells it all

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | There is a pretty good chance most students have taken out some type of loan to attend Pitt State. There’s also a pretty good chance the same students have opened a credit card, made a car payment or paid rent. All those chances are ones Peter Bielagus says he is willing to take and he’s also willing to bet that most reading this article can sum up their financial knowledge in the same three words the average American can. “And those words would be: WTF,” Bielagus, the self-proclaimed “financial guy”, said during his presentation in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 4. While…

Under the moonlight

Students east and west celebrate Chinese festival | Audrey Dighans copy editor | The audience swelled to nearly 100 as it joined members of the Chinese Culture Club in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. “The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated each year in China when the moon is at its largest and fullest stage,” said Chao Zhang, senior in accounting, international student from China and one of the two hosts for the event. “The Moon Festival is celebrated each year on Aug. 15th of the lunar calendar.” The lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon and…

Willkommen in Deutschland

German International students host gathering | Audrey Dighans copy editor | While a late summer storm brewed outside, inside the lobby of Grubbs Hall a much more tempting storm of smells brewed during the International Gathering for German exchange students. Six International Gatherings are held each year at Pitt State, three a semester. The events consist of a presentation and a taste of the featured country’s cuisine, and the German international students did not disappoint. Although the evening started with about 100 people present, it quickly doubled to about 250 when it was time for the food to be served. Tables were lined with fresh fruit, cookies and three varieties of a chicken and rice…

Women in technology

Stephanie Henningsen, senior in desil and heavy equipment, learns about the braking system of a CAT dozer from Ethan Meier, graduate assistant, on Monday September 8.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Susan Martin says it is common for her to be the only female in a class. “If there are other women there’s only one or two,” said Martin, senior in construction management. The Kansas Technology Center, where Martin attends many of her classes, has had its fair share of the limelight over the past decade. With nearly $26 million worth of equipment and technology inside its walls, thousands of students from across the country flock to at least one of the building’s five departments, ready to learn and gain hands-on experience. Although the departments housed in the KTC may attract men easily, women too, call the KTC home. Just…

Lego Education Foundation brings event into classrooms

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | For PSU students, an 8:30 a.m. class assembly might be a bit too early in the morning for a required high level of enthusiasm, a visit and gift from Gus Gorilla and Lego creations to build. For the second graders of Meadowlark Elementary, however, it was the perfect time. All together, Meadowlark has about 60 second-graders, divided into three classes. The three classes have been working together since the first day of school on the Lego Education Brick-Building Event for Paint the Town Red. “This is the first year we’ve held this event,” said Ashlei Bockover, marketing coordinator for the Lego Education Foundation. “We wanted to do something that…

PSU competes in Red Bull soapbox race

Ian Youvan, junior in finance, Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, Aug 24.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pittsburg State students seem to have a healthy habit of getting the university’s name spread nationwide for a variety of reasons. The latest reason, including one RV, one soapbox in the shape of a gorilla and four friends, called Pittsburg State #SOKB (Straight Outta Kansas Baby) made a few heads turn at the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 24. “It was great to accomplish something so big,” said Ian Youvan, junior in finance and the team’s driver. Youvan’s teammates included Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay. #SOKB took fifth place out of the 40 teams…

Greeks praise, critique weekend conference

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Each year at about 5 a.m., 400 Pitt State students are up, dressed and loading onto charter buses, paid for by the university, on their way to the Fraternal Leadership Summit (FLS). This year the $60,000 annual conference on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, was no exception. Held in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas, Pitt State Greek students attended a weekend of seminars, speakers and various breakout sessions aimed at improving recruitment processes, philanthropy and leadership. “FLS is designed to bring the Greek community together,” said Steven Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “This is our sixth or seventh year of…

It’s a rush

Fall recruitment ends, begins for PSU Greeks | Audrey Dighans copy editor | Students who moved back early probably noticed members of Pitt State’s seven fraternities busy fixing up their houses for another school year. That’s because the first week of classes is also the first week of Fall rush and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon are all hoping to gain new recruits. While the frats were busy fall cleaning last week, PSU’s three sororities; Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta, were participating in multiple rush, or as it is more formally…

Mum’s the word

Construction works continues infront of gorilla village to build a elegant courtyard or something more?

Students speculate about project | Audrey Dighans | Of late, Pitt State seems to have become the construction industry’s favorite playground and Gorilla Village is no exception. Students on their way to the Kansas Technology Center or perhaps McPherson Hall will find it hard to miss the newest construction zone to the PSU campus. Located directly behind Carnie Smith Stadium, next to the entrance of Gorilla Village, cutting off the bike path and taking out a row of parking spaces is … a secret. “What’s taking place on the east side of the stadium is a very exciting project initiated by a donor,” said Steve Scott, university president. Scott says the university is working to…