Writer finds inspiration from Dickens

| Gretchen Burns reporter | About 75 people heard the first guest of the PSU English Department’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. In collaboration with the Student Fee Council, Pitt State’s English Department invites writers from the local, area, state and nation to read, discuss and present their writings and novels to the Pittsburg community. Thursday’s speaker was Thomas Fox Averill. Averill currently serves at the writer-in-residence at Washburn University in Topeka. He is also a professor of English at Washburn and teaches courses in creative writing, Kansas literature, folklore and film. Besides teaching and writing, Averill also helped to found the…

Covered in RED

Members of Alpha Gamma Delta decorate for Paint the Town Red week in support of Pitt State's football team.

Annual event promises to be fun for all ages | Gretchen Burns reporter | Paint the Town Red is celebrating its ninth year at Pitt State and it is just as full of events as ever. The celebration, sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, for this year lasts from Wednesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 6. The event is put on to acknowledge and celebrate the first home game for the PSU Gorillas. On campus, Paint the Town Red is all about the upcoming game and friendly competition it inspires between the university’s offices and departments. In the community, it is so much more….

Collegiate Readership Program hasn’t disappeared

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, professors and faculty will have a more difficult, and in some cases longer walk, to find The USA Today, The Joplin Glove and the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspapers this year. The papers are part of the Collegiate Readership Program, a program sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). To retrieve a copy of any paper within the program, students simply swipe their student ID card into the machine and take which copy they like. However, several of the distribution machines disappeared over the summer, leaving the question of whether the program still exists or has become extinct. Newspaper readers will be glad to know the program has not disappeared,…

Street art

Art Walk proves to be sucess | Gretchen Burns reporter | Several booths were set up last Friday, April 25, for the Pittsburg Art Walk, an attraction that brings local artists out to sell and showcase their talents. Photographers, caricaturists and other artists lined the streets, and work done by aspiring artists from local high schools was also displayed in various shop windows. Although the majority of the Art Walk comprised local artists, the Art Practices II: 3-D Visual Thinking class from Pitt State had an interactive display at the Markham Travel building. “It was fascinating,” said Ithaca Marlier, senior in art education. “Everyone had different ideas, but we came together like a family of…

Spring Fling

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The smells of funnel cakes, chicken, salsa and corn-on-the-cob wafted over the Lindburg Plaza on Wednesday night, April 23, during the annual Spring Fling. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), the PSU ROTC and Sodexo. Spring Fling is put on as an end of the year program for students. Food provided by Sodexo is paid for with existing student meal plans or those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for the food booths for the regular dinner fee. Several activities are provided by SAC, RHA and other campus organizations. “My favorite part of this was the shooting gallery, the bull riding,…

Auction helps Make-A-Wish Foudation

<h2> | Gretchen Burns reporter | </h2> Last Thursday night, April 10, saw 11 students being auctioned off in the U-Club of Overman Student Center for the Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. The event was a senior project put on by Erica Gutierrez, senior in social work, who wanted to do a fun fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students presented themselves on stage individually and were then auctioned off. If buyers wanted to have a “free” date, they could take their date to a dinner provided after the auction. Otherwise, buyers were required to take their dates on a “real” date elsewhere, where they would have to pay. “I searched for fundraising ideas online and saw a bachelor/bachelorette…

Recent article that bashes the Art Department is incorrect

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Recently, the Atlantic, a collegiate source, released a list of colleges and universities that were the biggest waste of money in the United States. An art degree from Pittsburg State University ranked at number 10. The information from the story was based on a report from the online service PayScale, that concludes high school graduates would make significantly more money over a lifetime if they chose to go straight to work rather than pursuing certain college majors. Rhona Shand and other veteran academic researchers on the PSU campus looked closer at the study and found several problems and inaccuracies. “It makes a sexy headline and plays into some common misconceptions,…

It’s my vagina!

‘Monologue’ tradition continues | Gretchen Burns reporter | | Gretchen Burns reporter | On Friday, March 28, 11 women will take the stage performing in “The Vagina Monologues” at Pittsburg’s Lincoln Center. The actresses, many of whom are Pitt State students, are led by alumna Megan Stoneberger, coordinator of the Southeast Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women (SEK NOW) and director. “Whenever I was a student at PSU, the Women’s Studies Club had a tradition of putting on ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” Stoneberger said. “For a few years it wasn’t put on and now we’re trying to bring it back.” The event is sponsored by the Pitt State Women’s Studies Club and SEK NOW,…

40 years of collaboration

Jazz festival brings students together | Gretchen Burns reporter | Pittsburg State Friday, March 7, was crowded with students for the 40th annual Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival. More than 66 high-school and middle-school bands loaded up and traveled to Pitt State for the event, which was started in 1974. Since then the festival has outgrown the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall and the adjoining performance hall. To accommodate all the participants, the bands and their music filled McCray Hall, several rooms of Overman Student Center and Memorial Auditorium. Starting at 8 a.m., the musicians played for a select panel of experienced educators and performers, known as clinicians. After each performance, the clinicians worked with…

Biology Department moving for summer renovations

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students who have classes in Heckert-Wells Hall may have noticed the building is being emptied. Professors throughout the Biology and Chemistry departments are emptying their laboratories and moving them across campus to various locations. Why? Because this summer the building will be undergoing a renovation. “This renovation of our ventilation system will bring our building to state-of-the-art conditions so it is a really good thing for us,” said Dixie Smith, chair of the Biology Department. Smith says the entire building will be vacated for the renovation project because contractors will be tearing out the ceilings, where most of the ductwork is located. Dust, noise and disturbance will be enough to…