Warhol’s work stuns viewers

President Steve Scott and Robert Tyler unveil the Andy Warhol piece titled "Beethoven, II. 390" at the Bicknell Center on Wednesday Feb. 25.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | As the curtain dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 25, students, administration, faculty and Pittsburg residents crowded around the brightly colored print of Andy Warhol’s Ludwig Van Beethoven during the unveiling ceremony in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Cat Jepson says she was excited to be able to see the Warhol make its way to the PSU campus. “It’s awesome how fortunate we’ve been to get this piece in Pittsburg, Kan.,” said Jepson, senior in 2-D art. Graduate student Liping Xia performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 22 and Opus 53 before the opening as guests walked around the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby. Kicking it off Rhona McBain,…

Taking the Plunge

Jason Sleep and Emily Crawford jump into the frigid water for charity during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 14.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Kelsie Hendryx says she was surprised by the pool’s cold temperature when she submerged herself in the water during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Crimson Villas. “It was a little chilly,” said Hendryx, sophomore in elementary education. “I thought it was going to be a lot warmer because of the weather.” A plunger, Kirsten Farley, sophomore in psychology, agreed. “You hit the water and your body just tenses up,” she said. The Polar Bear Plunge is a community-wide fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. Those who “take the plunge” are required to raise $75 (per participant if plunging in a group) and as a reward…

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…

Snow day.. or not

Lynzee Florez, junior in communications and spanish, leads a tour in front of Russ Hall during the snowfall on Monday, Feb. 16.

| Gretchen Burn reporter | April Huninghake braved the snow on Monday morning and drove to school despite bad road conditions. “It was OK when I went to work this morning, but when I left work to come here, I had to clean off my car again,” said Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “The roads were scary to drive on.” Classrooms across the campus were either canceled or had few students attending because of the weather. Royce Parker received the call that early morning classes were canceled and the university wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. and she still attended her class for the day. “It was difficult getting to class,” said Parker,…

‘Fifty Shades’ lures some, repels others

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Traditionally, Friday the 13th is known for bad luck and with “Fifty Shades of Grey” opening in Pittsburg that same day, some students see it as a sign. Others don’t. Nikki Stone, senior in communication, says she is excited about the film and plans to see it this weekend. “I am super excited about the movie but I also read all the books,” she said. “I don’t think it will be as good as the books but I still have high hopes for good movie quality.” Cheyenne Yoakum-Moore, freshman undeclared, has a different perspective. “I won’t be seeing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ because it glorifies abusive relationships,” she said. Yoakum-Moore…

Crowd hears talk on bipolar

| Gretchen Burns reporter | “Call Me Crazy,” but more than 50 people came to hear Joshua Walker tell his life story at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Walking on stage to a mash-up of songs, all containing the word “crazy,” Walker asked the audience what they thought of when they heard the word. To emphasize his point, Walker showed a clip from the popular Netflix show “Orange is the New Black,” in which one character states: I’m not crazy, I’m unique. Walker says he wanted his performance, entitled “Call Me Crazy” to educate the audience on bipolar disorder and to share some personal experiences. Diagnosed with bipolar himself,…

Female gun owners numbers are rising

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Across the United States, the number of gun ownerships among women is increasing and Hannah Coward believes that it is because women are becoming more independent and taking greater control over their safety. “I personally think it is important for you to know how to properly use firearms as it is everyone’s right,” said Coward, junior in 2-dimensional art. “My boyfriend is attending school for law enforcement and was the first one to show me how to use a gun and their importance as a citizen.” According to the National Sporting Goods Association, women’s participation in shooting sports has erupted over the last decade, increasing by 51.5 percent for target…

Wings, sauce and fundraising?

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Buffalo Wild wings is allowing groups and organizations to raise money across the nation and Pittsburg State University organizations are beginning to take advantage of the offer. Ryan Mendoza said that there are two types of fundraising events that organizations can participate in: the Eat Wings, Raise Funds event and the Hometown Advantage event. “The Eat Wings, Raise Funds event is a one-day fundraiser where fliers are handed out before the event telling of the organization wanting to fundraise,” said Mendoza, assistant manager for Buffalo Wild Wings for the Pittsburg location. “Each person who mentions the flier will get 10 percent of their total donated to the organization. At the…

Love Monkey is prize for raffle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | A giant 4-foot stuffed monkey has been making the rounds on campus and it will become the prized possession of one lucky student. The stuffed monkey fundraiser has been dubbed “the Love Monkey Competition” and is part of the annual Gorillas in Your Midst raffle to raise funding for an annual conference. Kelsey Lueck said the reason for the chance tickets is that many times, items have been donated and the organization raffles them off as fundraisers. “Essentially, we get a lot of things donated to us and we decided to have a healthy competition for students and raise some money at the same time,” said Lueck, senior in psychology….

Lecture series brings topics together

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Linda & Lee Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts saw nine lectures on the topic “art and healing” for the art department’s annual Interdisciplinary Lecture series on Friday, Feb. 6. The series topic centered on the art exhibit by Maria Lupo, currently on display in the University Gallery of Porter Hall. Input and perspective of many Pitt State professors, employees as well as invited visual and performing artists, healthcare professions and more spent the day giving 30 minute lectures on how art and healing have been involved in their fields of study and work, Xiaolu Wu, professor of biology, was one of the presenters. Her…