Not-so-challenging ‘Challenge’

Cadets complete despite shutdown Kelsea Renz | mng editor The recent government shutdown forced the cancellation of the Ranger Challenge, intended to be Saturday, Oct. 26. But the event was held anyway in a modified form that cadets say caused confusion and stress. “Everyone was pretty upset because it wasn’t really a competition,” said Shannon Ahlstedt, junior in marketing. “It was done at home and we had to rely on the integrity of all the other schools.” The cadets competed in three events – PT test, land navigation and patrol written test, and a 10-mile ruck march – although they had trained for months in other events that they did not get to do. “It…

Pitt ROTC preps for combat

PSU cadets take fire at their enemies during a paintball batte at Camp Clark, Nevada, Missour.

Marcus Clem | Collegio Writer In pitch black darkness on the night of Sept. 15, a senior cadet, known as an MS4, dressed in Middle Eastern attire, tossed a glow-stick in the air. The glow-stick acted as the only illumination for the surrounding area as he called out a simulated explosion. Supervising cadets then informed all in the surrounding area that they were dead at the hands of a suicide bomber that they incorrectly prevented from approaching their position. Unfortunately for the Pittsburg State Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, this was only the start of a simulated assault by the senior class. Black-shirted MS4s, playing the role of the Opposing Force (OpFor), poured out…