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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…

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Active shooter training Steve Erwin and Mike McCracken, PSU’s co-emergency managers, will provide training responses to a hostile intruder. This one-hour session teaches what to do when confronted with an active shooter, describes the actions of law enforcement when responding to a report of an active shooter, the expectation of individuals when encountering responding law enforcement, indicators of potential workplace violence, and the campus’ efforts in threat assessment and behavioral intervention. The session will be 9-10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.   International Woman’s Day Go Us will celebrate International Women’s Day at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. This event will…

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Research bootcamp The Writing Center will hold a free workshop for students on how to find and recognize relevant information when writing a research paper from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Writing Center of the Axe Library. Amazing Race Residence Hall Assembly and Gorillas In Your Midst will be hosting the Amazing Race at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Lindburg Plaza. The race is open to all students and will be limited to 15 teams of two. Teams are requested to pre-register by March 8 by sending an email with team member names to Sara Liming at sliming@gus.pittstate.edu. Visit www.facebook.com/events/545074225526943/ for more information. Spring Career Day Spring Career Day is an event…

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Art to be auctioned The University Art Association will hold the annual Art Auction 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Artwork made by students and faculty will be auctioned. Those wishing to donate artwork must have it turned in by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, to 104 Porter Hall. Throwback Game Night The Residence Hall Assembly will be pairing with Jungle Nights and presenting a retro “Throwback Night” where students will be able to play games that they did as children. This event will be from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Student Rec Center. Open mic night Students are invited to showcase their talents at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 26, in the U-Club…