Stomp drums it’s way into Pittsburg

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts thrummed with the beats of the renowned musical group STOMP on Monday, April 13. Catherine Jepson was one of the lucky students to obtain a ticket for the sold-out performance. “It was amazing,” Jepson, senior in 3-D art, said. “It was really amazing that such a well-known production was here in Pittsburg, we are fortunate. I have always wanted to see STOMP and I am glad I had the chance to.” STOMP recently celebrated its 21st anniversary in the United States. Kris Lee, STOMP performer, spoke to the Collegio about her experience performing with the group. “I’ve only been in the company for…

Real Stories of Innocence

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Two speakers highlighted the problems and issues surrounding the death penalty system in a presentation entitled “Real Stories of Innocence.” The event was held last Thursday, April 9, at the Bicknell Center and was organized by Andrew Newberry, senior in social work. The speakers were Curtis McCarty, former death row inmate, and Cynthia Short, attorney at law specializing in death row cases. McCarty was arrested in 1982 and charged with murder. He served 21 years, 19 on death row, before being exonerated in 2007. With tears in his eyes, McCarty recounted the case that not only resulted in the loss of one of his dearest friends but one that falsified…

Pride week draws crowd

| Gretchen Burns reporter | High kicks, splits, turns, intricate footwork. The Dellinger Underground pulsated with music and lights as the fourth annual GSA Pride Week Drag show started on Wednesday night, April 15. The Drag Show is the middle event in a greater week-long event supported by the Pitt State Gay-Straight Alliance for its “Pride Week” to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Ila Phelps squealed as she sat waiting for the show to begin. “I’ve literally been waiting for this all week,” said Phelps, freshman in communication. The popular show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has brought more attention to the art of drag and has helped increase popularity and support. Five performers worked the stage to…

Making a big difference

Raking leaves isn't always boring; Bri Seiler, freshman in elementary education, helps rescatter leaves by throwing a pile into the air during the Big Event on Saturday, April11.

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Over 900 students fanned out through Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11, for the annual Big Event. This year’s Big Event, an annual community service projected sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), featured more than 100 job sites – from back yards to storefronts to highway cleanups. SGA’s official statement on Big Event is that after years of loyal support from the community, the least Pitt State students can do is to give back. Student volunteers complete simple tasks such as washing windows, raking leaves, weeding/planting flowerbeds and picking up litter. At the end of Big Event registration last month, 848 students had registered for this year’s Big Event. That…

Rain or shine, Greeks have a blast

| Gretchen Burns reporter | This past week, rain wasn’t the only thing to flood the campus of PSU. Greek Week 2015 began with its annual kickoff last Friday, April 10, with an all-Greek photo in front of Russ Hall and viewing of banners in the Oval. Greek members were also able to earn points in advance for attending the Tunnel of Oppression, held last week in the Dellinger Underground. This year’s theme for Greek Week is “America.” “Rylie and I were up really late finishing our banner,” said Molly McVey, junior in art and member of Alpha Gamma Delta. “We wanted to do something that was going to really stand out and be different.”…

Improv for a fellow gorilla

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Audiences can expect to be entertained for a good cause when they attend a “Whose Time is it Anyway” performance at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11, in the Grubbs PSU Theater. “Whose Time is it Anyway? An Improv Comedy Revue!” is a show where the students make up most of the material and action onstage as it’s happening. Just like the TV show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, each scene is based on the audience’s suggestions and the actors have to think on the spot to create a plot or joke. The show also has a mix of different individual comedy performances, ranging from songs to poetry. The performance is…

Tunnel of Oprression opens eyes of many

| Gretchen Burns reporter | “Whore.” “Spic.” “Slut.” “Homo.” These words and more were the ones that jumped out to participants of the Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression was held Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8, in the Dellinger Underground. Eight student organizations gathered to raise awareness of discrimination, injustice and oppression that exists in the world today, oppressions that have the potential of affecting college students and campuses. The tunnel’s first “room” was sponsored by Hispanics of Today (HOT). HOT members performed a skit based upon an occurrence in Webb City in which a Hispanic student was pulled aside by police at a gas station so that they could search her…

Elephants on parade through Porter Hall

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Ceramic elephants balance on their front feet in the University Gallery of Porter Hall and have attracted the attention of many students, faculty, and city residents. The elephants and other pieces in the University Gallery are part of the solo exhibition of artist Ariel Bowman in her show “A Magnificent Migration.” Bowman appeared at Pitt State on Thursday, April 2, to give a lecture to students about her work, which includes ceramics and drawings depicting bizarre sideshow acts, flying-trapeze artists, elephants, clowns and jugglers. “I grew up in Texas and I had a ridiculous amount of pets,” Bowman said. “I had everything from turkeys, ducks and chickens to horses, cats…

Sheltering the world through disaster

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students in Pittsburg State University’s School of Construction are putting their technical knowledge to use by creating a storm shelter that they will take to competition later in April. The 2015 competition, hosted by John Brown University and sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, challenges teams to design and build a prototype of a disaster shelter for rapid development and set-up that would be appropriate for response to an earthquake disaster in Pakistan, similar to the 2005 earthquake in Balakot, Pakistan. Though the teams have been working on this project for most of the semester, the actual judging part will take place April 23-25 in Siloam Spring, Ark. The two teams that…

Graphics, Gadgets, and Games Galore

| Gretchen Burns reporter | ore than 200 people attended the second annual G3 Expo (Graphics, Gadgets and Games Exposition” at the Kansas Technology Center on Saturday, March 28. “I think the expo is great,” said April Huninghake, senior in commercial art and graphic communications. “It offers an opportunity for students to attend sessions related to their education, meet people/companies within the industry, and especially for students thinking about coming to Pitt State, they get to see the labs, technology and some of the professors within the GIT department.” Steve Scott, university president, opened the G3 Expo with a confession of his own use of technology. “Why in the world would the university president want…