Dance minor takes off

Janice Jewett, associate professor, and Robert Clark, a senior in phychology and political science, teach the dance appriciation class how to do the tango.

Students, faculty respond to need with new program | Gretchen Burns reporter | A new minor has danced its way to the Pittsburg State campus and although in early stages, it is beginning to take off. Students now have the option to minor in dance whether for themselves or for a future career choice. Janice Jewett, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation department (HHPR), teaches many of the new dance minor classes. “The main reason for this minor was to create opportunities for students who were interested in owning or managing their own dance studio,” she said. “We asked ourselves what could we offer through our department to fit this need.” Taylor Brumbaugh…

Students have variety of opportunities to join

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, Pitt State has clubs that want you to join them. With more than 150 student clubs and organizations, each offers a variety of opportunities from networking to having fun in all areas of study and interest. One such group is the Climbing Club, open to students with a love of heights and who are a bit on the adventurous side. “We climb mainly because it is a physical and mental challenge,” said Bailey Jones, sophomore in justice studies. “ I have not found a bigger sense of accomplishment in anything I have done. Getting to the top of a hard route is amazing.” Climbing Club meets at the Pittsburg…

Clothesline in the Oval

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Anyone who hangs his or her laundry out to dry is always thankful for a little wind to get the job done. Members of the Women’s Studies Club felt a similar satisfaction on the breezy afternoon of Wednesday, March 12, as T-shirts flapped in the wind at the Oval, drawing attention to the club’s clothesline project. Phrases such as “I’m not a piece of meat” and “Make love not rape” were written on the shirts in an effort to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence against women. About 14 shirts were strung on a clothesline across the sidewalk from the Oval to Whitesitt Hall. Alyssa Marsh, senior…

Hot food on a cold day

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although there was a small turnout to the Fiesta cook-off held in the Crimson Commons Lobby the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5, attendees agreed that the food was hot and tasty. “There was a lot of good food,” said Mark Hoffhines, senior in history and government education. “There was a lack of participation, but that’s because it’s cold and snowy outside, and a lot of people don’t want to leave their rooms.” Grace Fritz, the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) programming communications coordinator, says that the small attendance of nine people was due to other events going on at the same time that sapped attendance. Originally, the RHA had planned on…

Pitt Bingo Extreme

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Reenacting the Jack/Rose scene from “Titanic,” sizzling on the ground like bacon and singing the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have one thing in common. Students performed these and more while playing Extreme Bingo in the Dellinger Underground on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The program was put on by the Residence Hall Assembly for students living in the residence halls. Roughly 20 students attended the event. “I thought it was a lot of fun, I got Fruit-by-the-Foot,” said Hailey Becker, sophomore in elementary education. “I think more programs like this would be fun.” Grace Fritz learned about the concept of Extreme Bingo during a regional housing conference from…

Good start for art

Juried Art Exhibit to visit PSU Gretchen Burns | reporter An art exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall is an exhibit created to bring a variety of perspectives and experiences related to the challenges and triumphs of multicultural diversity to the university. The exhibit, “Transforming Viewpoints,” was envisioned by gallery director Portico Bowman, who collaborated with the Office of Student Diversity to create the National Juried Exhibit. More than 20 artworks by 20 artists were selected by submissions from artists in the surrounding area expressing the theme of multicultural diversity. Juror Steve Liggett selected the artwork now on display. “I’ve judged shows before,” Liggett said, “but this was different because the theme…

Lost in the shuffle

Classes rate fun 101 Kelsea Renz | managing editor Gretchen Burns | reporter With students enrolling in classes for the spring semester, a few interesting classes get lost in the shuffle among all the offered courses at PSU. The Department of Art always has students signed up for painting and drawing courses, but other students elect to participate in the ceramics class. Ryan Jackson, senior in Spanish, says he chose to take the ceramics class as a filler for his class schedule and ended up enjoying the work he created. “I enjoyed just playing around with the clay since I have not done so in over 10 years,” Jackson said. “It gives you a stress…

Art for a change

Lecture series brings environmental issues close to home Gretchen Burns | reporter The 2013 Interdisciplinary Lecture series came to a close Friday, Sept. 27. The series, sponsored by the Art Department, chose the theme of environmentally friendly this year and was centered on artist Vaughn Wascovich’s pinhole photographs of Tar Creek in Oklahoma. On Thursday, Sept. 26., Darren Botello-Samson, professor of histo ry, philosophy and social sciences, gave a lecture on the laws surrounding environmental regulation of superfund sites, such as Tar Creek. He was followed by a speech from Wascovich about his work. Wascovich says his work attempts to understand and demonstrate the local populations close to the land and in spite of the…

R.A’s advise cure for homesickness

Gretchen Burns | reporter Shannon Jesberg, junior in social work and resident assistant (R.A.), knows that for most freshmen living on campus it will be their first time away from home and homesickness is likely to happen. R.A.’s like Jesberg are trained to take care of their residents who become too homesick. “When a resident comes to me and is homesick, it usually just helps to let them talk about their life at home,” Jesberg said. “It’s really important for me to be someone to listen to them and let them talk as much as they want to. It helps to listen because it helps build our relationship and make them feel comfortable talking to…

Bigger deal than thought

Gretchen Burns | reporter Paint the Town Red is one of the biggest events involving the community and Pittsburg State University.  The annual event is sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. This year will be its eighth year. Offices across campus and businesses across town compete for a variety of rewards during the event, which usually begins on a Thursday and continues through Saturday. The Office of Career Services has competed for the last four years, winning the trophy twice. “We usually wait until the night before the judging before we put up our decorations,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We like…