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…

Mud for fun, good cause

| Gretchen Burns reporter | While whipping her mud-caked feet off on the grass, Mallory Flowers surveyed the courts and smiled during the Sigma Sigma Sigma Mud Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Arma. Flowers, sophomore in biology and member of Tri Sigma, was one of more than 75 people who made the drive from Pittsburg and dove into the mud to support the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, Tri Sigma’s national philanthropy. “I think this is great,” Flowers said. “There are a lot more people than we expected here.” The tournament was part of the sorority’s philanthropy goal and was led by Kaylee Wiggins, who says she came up with the idea while in…

Celebrating their culture

Hispanics add spice to diversity ‘salad’ | Gretchen Burns reporter | Hispanic Heritage Month has been going strong on the campus of Pittsburg State University, with various activities from homemade lunches to comedians to speakers and upcoming family weekend activities. But to Lynzee Flores, the month-long celebration isn’t near enough time to touch upon the major role that Hispanics have played in history. “Hispanic Heritage Month helps me reconnect to my heritage and get back to my roots,” said Flores, junior in Spanish and communication. “My family claims to be Hispanic but we don’t really practice it. This is a way I can go back to that and celebrate my ethnicity.” Flores flaunts her Hispanic…

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…