Making a big difference

Raking leaves isn't always boring; Bri Seiler, freshman in elementary education, helps rescatter leaves by throwing a pile into the air during the Big Event on Saturday, April11.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Over 900 students fanned out through Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11, for the annual Big Event. This year’s Big Event, an annual community service projected sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), featured more than 100 job sites – from back yards to storefronts to highway cleanups. SGA’s official statement on Big Event is that after years of loyal support from the community, the least Pitt State students can do is to give back. Student volunteers complete simple tasks such as washing windows, raking leaves, weeding/planting flowerbeds and picking up litter. At the end of Big Event registration last month, 848 students had registered for this year’s Big Event. That…

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Glow Run forms available Registration forms for the Crawford County Relay for Life 5k Fun Glow Run are available in the Biology office, 223 Heckert-Wells Hall or by email at jackilynhuse@gus.pittstate.edu. The cost is $20 per person. Registration deadline to receive a T-shirt is April 17 and the event date is 10 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Carnie Smith Stadium.   Gorman inducted to NAS Scott Gorman, professor of health, human performance and recreation, was inducted into the North American Society (NAS) for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance at the national convention and expo of the Society of Health and Physical Educators Society (SHAPE America). NAS noted Gorman’s 75 presentations at state, district…

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Krimson Kultuur The student-run fair-trade store Krimson Kultuur will have a new product showcase and fashion show from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Products featured are handmade by artists from developing countries around the world. Krimson Kultuur is located at 508 N. Broadway. For more information call 235-4599. Apple Day schedule of events The first Apple Day pie-eating contest will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Gorilla Crossing. The annual dessert contest will be at noon Wednesday, March 4, in Overman Student Center and the annual Apple Day celebration will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Pitt State trip to Korea Applications for…

Big Event poised for success

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Every year on the second Saturday in April, hundreds of Gorillas volunteer for the BIG Event. This big outpouring of community service features Pitt State students helping Pittsburg and Frontenac residents with odd jobs such as raking leaves, cleaning gutters or giving an old fence a new coat of paint. This year’s BIG Event will be April 11. Last year more than 650 students registered for the event, performing odd jobs at 122 locations. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and a free T-shirt for their service. BIG Event is managed by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the previous BIG Event chair, Jake Letner, says last year’s event was…

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…

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Annual ‘Big Event’ this weekend

Big Event pancake feed

| Robin Siteneski reporter | Applebee’s cook took a break from the grill and got sticky with syrup during the first Big Event Pancake Feed on Saturday, March 1. For $4, students and residents were invited to all-you-can-eat pancakes and coffee. Three members of the Student Government Association (SGA) flipped pancakes to raise money for the Big Event, scheduled for April 14. Their efforts raised more than $350. Lynzee Flores, sophomore in Spanish and political science, says about 45 people attended. “We did very well on ticket sales,” she said. “It was a success and I hope SGA continues doing it because it’s such an easy way to raise money.” Flores added that Applebee’s provided…

SGA Big Event position vacated

J. Fred Fox | reporter SGA announced on Wednesday, Aug. 28, that it will hire a new director. It also considered a resolution on campus posters and addressed financial issues in this week’s meeting. Big event director appointment Rodney Kimlin was confirmed as new SGA treasurer, thus vacating the Big Event director position. Taylor Gravett, SGA president, said he plans to appoint a candidate for the position in time for next week’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Senators will then participate in a confirmation vote. Two-thirds of the votes must be in favor of the candidate for him or her to take office. During open forum, Sen. William Ravenstein suggested removing the Big Event director…

Big event just keeps getting bigger

Marcus Clem | copy editor A project that involves 900 students working at 100 job sites may seem big, but the Big Event also needs a student government officer to spend an entire year preparing for it. “It is a relief for sure,” said Elle Walker, SGA Big Event director. “The event went off very smoothly for the size of it all and I couldn’t be more happy about that.” The 2013 Big Event was actually a little bit smaller than the 2012 project, with about 30 fewer students participating, Walker says. Pre-event ceremonies She says she believes that this event’s new features, highlighted by a performance by the Shane Duling Band of Frontenac, made…

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SEK Symphony Concert The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall of McCray Hall. Their music will include “Mambo” from “West Side Story,” “Nimrod,” from “Enigma Variations,” and others. SAC film contest The Student Activities Council is hosting a short-film contest for PSU students. Those who enter will have their film shown at The Burg Film Festival. The winner will receive $100. Application forms and information are located in the Campus Activities Center. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the CAC office. Art competition planned The University Art Association will hold its annual Student Art Competition during the week…