Distinguished writer brings in crowd

About 75 students, faculty, staff and residents gathered in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 13, to hear excerpts from the works of Joy Harjo, the final guest writer of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. Harjo is a well-known Native American writer, nationally recognized as an outstanding poet, memoirist, teacher, singer, musician and is a member of the Muskoke/Creek Nation. Some of her numerous awards include the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award. Her most recent publication is “Crazy Brave,” published in 2012….

More than boardrooms and legislation

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Instead of participating in normal Halloween festivities over the past weekend, I traveled with ten other students to the University of Kansas in Lawrence for the Kansas Regional Residential Housing Conference known as MACURH (the Midwest Association of College and University Residence Halls). The drive took only two hours and when I stepped out of the van I began my sixth housing conference experience. I immediately started meeting residents from other schools across the Midwest including Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Minnesota. There were even students from Canada present. While some people probably think a housing conference would be really boring and not worth attending, in actuality,…

Majors Fair, major deal

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Crimson & Gold Ballroom had the university on display on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Freshmen and some upperclassmen, majors declared or not, had the opportunity to look at all of Pitt State’s available majors during the Majors Fair, held from noon to 2:30 p.m. For Toni Zibert, the fair was a great way to look at other opportunities. “I’m going to change my major to English, because that’s what I want to do more,” said Zibert, freshman in graphic communication. “It’s nice to be here and talk to the English department and see what is offered.” The fair was a combined effort of the Office of Career Services and the…

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…