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…

Self-expression in art

‘We Love Diversity’ brings art and diversity in focus | Gretchen Burns reporter | A co-project between Pittsburg State’s destination for art and the Office of Student Diversity sponsored a convention for creation this week. On Feb. 11, students gathered in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall to celebrate the “We Love Diversity” event. The night began with performances by Alyssa Marsh, who sang opera; Theo Hines’ recitation of the poem “The Darker Side of the Rainbow;” and by Emely Flores’ performance of the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World. Hines says he wasn’t quite sure what the event would entail, but was pleasantly surprised at how it was executed. “I’m aware…

Overman to host student job fair

Event is best oppurtunity of year to meet employers | Gretchen Burns reporter | A college degree opens a lot of doors, but more than 90 companies are coming to Pittsburg State to catch students in advance. The spring Career Fair, held by the Office of Career Services, will feature everything from police departments to technical and graduate schools. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, on the second floor of Overman Student Center. “It will be very cozy for everyone there,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We are looking forward to the expansion of the Overman Student Center so that we will be able to…

Polar Plunge is frigid

| Gretchen Burns reporter | For Blake Aldhers jumping into the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 8, was a very cold decision. Aldhers, along with 186 other people, participated in the eighth annual Polar Plunge. The event benefits the Southeast Kansas Special Olympics. “I remember last year, one of the jumping groups dumped in a cooler of ice because it wasn’t cold enough,” Aldhers, junior in international business, said. “On the way to the pool this year, I saw it was snowing and I just thought, ‘Well, let’s hope we don’t get hypothermia or something.” John Lair, director of the Special Olympics New Hope Services program says he estimates that the event itself…

Students learn the ropes of gallery setup

Gretchen Burns | reporter At the beginning of the fall semester, Catherine Jepson, Liz Pace and Jenna Spencer entered Porter Hall enrolled in separate independent study courses, with their topics varying from sculpture to printmaking to paper art. The three women were students of Portico Bowman, university gallery director, who suggested they all meet to critique each others’ work, converse, problem solve, observe and encourage each other in their projects. “It was Portico’s idea to have us all meet periodically through the semester,” said Spencer, junior in art. “It was her idea to have us put these works in our own show the semester after.” Spencer created a life size sculpture series of dancers made…

‘Working the surface’

Gretchen Burns | reporter Visitors to the University Gallery of Porter Hall will see the ceramic work of Frank Pishkur in an exhibit titled “Working the Surface,” which will be on display until Thursday, Jan. 23. Pishkur is an associate professor at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., and has been a visiting professor of ceramics at Kyung Hee University in Suwon, South Korea, for three semesters. He was also a visiting artist at Louisiana College in Pineville, La. His work evokes the personality expressed with the reduction of the portrait through a series of patterns and value. Pishkur is grounded in his technique of self-imposed limitation with his use of celadon glazes for…