Fall Career Fair

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 50 companies and organizations will be on the lookout for soon-to-be graduates at the annual Fall Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 23. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Representatives from companies and organizations will be available to talk to any student who attends about job openings, the future of the industry and students’ own careers. Possible interns are also on the radar. Due to limited space, this year’s career fair has been split into two segments. A first round of companies will be available to students on Thursday and a second round will come…

Cleaning drive to help Safehouse

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Students for Violence Prevention organization is working with the Safehouse Center in Pittsburg to “clean up” with a cleaning supply drive throughout October. Safehouse Center is a secured and safe location where women and children who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence may go to escape. Many of the individuals who arrive at the center in need of help often arrive with the barest of necessities. Items such as cleaning supplies are often forgotten. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) is hoping to stock some of the shelves of the Safehouse Center with cleaning supplies. SVP is asking all campus organizations…

Tricks or treats?

Bailee Deviney, a freshman in nursing, and Lisa Zhuang from Chia, a junior in Finance, carve a pumpkin on the pumpkin carving contest during the Pitt Pal pumpkin carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Halloween holds many options for students | Gretchen Burns reporter | While many students at PSU have already planned what they will do for Halloween, freshmen often experience the holiday away from home and choose to attend parties. Not Ashley McAllister, though. She decided she doesn’t want to party. She wants to go trick-or-treating. “I’m dressing up as either Mario or Luigi and my best friend is going as the other while we trick-or-treat around Pittsburg,” said McAllister, freshman in nursing. “I’m not planning on going to any parties that might occur.” Sarah Lueck has also decided she will skip the parties this year. “I’m going to hang out with my sister,” said Lueck, freshman…

Exhibit portrays pattern, texture

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The new art exhibit displayed in Porter Hall, home of PSU’s Art Department, showcases the work of David Ingram, visiting artist, and features a mixture of his work centered on ceramics and woodwork. “The way that he used both of the mediums is just a beautiful explanation of what can be done,” said Rhona Shand, art department chair and gallery director. “He’s incredibly expressive in how he explores texture, pattern and line in the medium.” Ingram’s pieces include large ceramic vessels incorporated with line work, patterns and textures. Various woods are molded and placed together in other pieces to create an abundance of patterns working toward expressing a narrative of…

New donated equipment

| Gretchen Burns reporter| More than 600 high school students crowded into the Kansas Technology Center (KTC) for the annual Open House on Friday, Oct. 3. Students were able to view the state-of-the-art center, learn about the programs and courses offered to Pitt State College of Technology students and ask questions about the KTC and the university to faculty and tour guides, such as Hunter Morrison. Morrison, graduate student in wood technology, stood by the entrance to the wood technology program armed with a guitar, made in the department, ready to answer all the questions fired at him by the visiting, potential future Gorillas. The Open House coordinated perfectly with a recent donation made to…

And then there were 12

| Kelsea Renz editor-in-chief | | Charles A. Ault reporter | The competition for homecoming king and queen narrowed as the top 12 candidates, six men and six women, were selected from 36 candidates on Monday, Oct. 6. The men chosen are Connor Callahan representing Alpha Gamma Delta; Brian Walker, for Lambda Chi Alpha; TJ Wiebe for Phi Sigma Kappa; Ryan Matney, representing Gorillas in Your Midst; D’Juan Thomas, for Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Zack Minor, representing Campus Christians. The women are Shannon Ahlstedt, representing ENACTUS; Emily Mika, for Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jaci Gilchrist, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon; Megan Peabody, representing Residence Hall Assembly; Jaecy Hebrlee, representing Pi Kappa Alpha; and Emma Huskey, representing Newman…

Symphony dazzles student audience

| Gretchen Burns reporter | While sitting in the woodwind section before the performance, Elysium Travis tuned her flute for the third year in a row. Travis, junior in music education, was one of many musicians performing in the Southeast Kansas Symphony (SEK Symphony) on Thursday, Sept. 25. The performance was the first of the symphony’s season. For this year and the two before, Travis says playing in the symphony is amazing. “Not only do you get to play some of the oldest music written and experience history, but you also get to play a lot of modern-composed music,” Travis, who is also principal flutist, said. During the event John Ross, director, introduced new board…

Preschool lab celebrates 50 years young

| Gretchen Burns, writer | Amber Tankersley, associate professor of family and consumer sciences (FCS) and director of the Family and Consumer Sciences Preschool, says her favorite part of working in the preschool’s Play Lab is the hands-on experience of working with children. Tankersley is one of many students and staff who attended the Play Lab’s 50th anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 25. “It has always been a teaching experience for students to work with children,” Tankersley said. To add to the celebration of the Play Lab “turning 50 years young,” a photo booth was set up by the FCS department with fun props for visitors to use in their photos. For Madison Saxton the event…

Visiting artist mixes media in pieces

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Porter Hall, room 103 was crowded to capacity on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 26, as students, faculty and residents gathered to listen to Colby Parsons talk about his artwork, which has been on display in the university gallery. An associate professor of ceramics at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, Parsons’ work has been exhibited in shows around the country and the world. His exhibit at Pitt State has been on display since August and includes his ceramic and new media works, featuring glazed stoneware and projected video loops. Portico Bowman, professor of art, says Parsons creates ceramic forms that mimic the everyday, common shapes and scenes of his…

Raucos audience in sync with ‘Rocky Horror’

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Katie Morgan learned what it meant to jump to the left and then step to the right on Friday night at the annual showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Colonial Fox Theatre, Friday, Sept. 19. Morgan, junior in political science, says she was a “virgin” to the show. She had never seen the film or witnessed a live showing at which, she discovered, dedicated fans are not shy and often dress up as their favorite characters, dance along to the music and even yell profanities at the screen. “I was really confused at the beginning,” Morgan said. “But I really liked it. It was a good movie…