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…

Students have variety of opportunities to join

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, Pitt State has clubs that want you to join them. With more than 150 student clubs and organizations, each offers a variety of opportunities from networking to having fun in all areas of study and interest. One such group is the Climbing Club, open to students with a love of heights and who are a bit on the adventurous side. “We climb mainly because it is a physical and mental challenge,” said Bailey Jones, sophomore in justice studies. “ I have not found a bigger sense of accomplishment in anything I have done. Getting to the top of a hard route is amazing.” Climbing Club meets at the Pittsburg…

Clothesline in the Oval

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Anyone who hangs his or her laundry out to dry is always thankful for a little wind to get the job done. Members of the Women’s Studies Club felt a similar satisfaction on the breezy afternoon of Wednesday, March 12, as T-shirts flapped in the wind at the Oval, drawing attention to the club’s clothesline project. Phrases such as “I’m not a piece of meat” and “Make love not rape” were written on the shirts in an effort to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence against women. About 14 shirts were strung on a clothesline across the sidewalk from the Oval to Whitesitt Hall. Alyssa Marsh, senior…

Hot food on a cold day

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although there was a small turnout to the Fiesta cook-off held in the Crimson Commons Lobby the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5, attendees agreed that the food was hot and tasty. “There was a lot of good food,” said Mark Hoffhines, senior in history and government education. “There was a lack of participation, but that’s because it’s cold and snowy outside, and a lot of people don’t want to leave their rooms.” Grace Fritz, the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) programming communications coordinator, says that the small attendance of nine people was due to other events going on at the same time that sapped attendance. Originally, the RHA had planned on…

Pitt Bingo Extreme

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Reenacting the Jack/Rose scene from “Titanic,” sizzling on the ground like bacon and singing the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have one thing in common. Students performed these and more while playing Extreme Bingo in the Dellinger Underground on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The program was put on by the Residence Hall Assembly for students living in the residence halls. Roughly 20 students attended the event. “I thought it was a lot of fun, I got Fruit-by-the-Foot,” said Hailey Becker, sophomore in elementary education. “I think more programs like this would be fun.” Grace Fritz learned about the concept of Extreme Bingo during a regional housing conference from…

Good start for art

Juried Art Exhibit to visit PSU Gretchen Burns | reporter An art exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall is an exhibit created to bring a variety of perspectives and experiences related to the challenges and triumphs of multicultural diversity to the university. The exhibit, “Transforming Viewpoints,” was envisioned by gallery director Portico Bowman, who collaborated with the Office of Student Diversity to create the National Juried Exhibit. More than 20 artworks by 20 artists were selected by submissions from artists in the surrounding area expressing the theme of multicultural diversity. Juror Steve Liggett selected the artwork now on display. “I’ve judged shows before,” Liggett said, “but this was different because the theme…