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…

New Ambassadors learn the ropes

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Next year, students will be leading tours across the campus of Pittsburg State University to prospective students and some of them can’t wait to share her story. “Deciding on a college is not an easy task. However, after almost two semesters at PSU, I’ve realized that I made the right decision,” said Elaine Price, freshman in biology. “Therefore, I wanted to be able to share my story with prospective students and aid them in their decision.” The newly selected student ambassadors have been training for their own tours and learning the ropes of the job. When the students began their interviews, they filled out applications that listed their honors, activities,…

Band brings crowd to feet

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts was vibrating with the rhythm of drums, guitars and a piano the night of Wednesday, April 1. “The Well Reds,” an alternative-rock quartet from Atlanta, Ga., performed for a crowd of about 30. The band describes its music as “thoughtful, consciously aware pop music with tight vocal harmonies, diverse instrumentation and a melodic sensibility that allows a new listener to feel familiar from the start.” The Well Reds consists of Jeremy Ezell, vocals, piano and guitar, Sean Crawford, vocals, lead guitar, keyboard, programming and production, Rex Crawford, bass and back-up vocals, and Torin Degnats, drums. For its performance, The Well Reds used a…

Fashion for a cause

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) sorority held the seventh annual Ali Kemp Fashion Show and Women’s Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, March 28. This year, the two Greek organizations raised $2,120 for the Ali Kemp Education Foundation known as T.A.K.E. The fashion show/self-defense seminar is Sig Ep’s national philanthropy. T.A.K.E. was started by Roger Kemp, Sig Ep alumnus of the University of Central Missouri and father of Ali Kemp, in 2005, in memory of his daughter. Ali Kemp was beaten to death by a stranger in the pump room of a community pool where she was working in June of 2002. Her killer, Benjamin…

Candidates debates bring up new ideas

| Gretchen Burns reporter | PSU’s Student Government Association’s “The Great Debate” was a great success according to many who attended and heard the ideas and opinions of four of five candidates for Pittsburg city commissioner on Thursday, March 26, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Students first Though the event was largely advertised as just an event for the city commissioner race, SGA’s own presidential candidates also had a debate at 6 p.m. before the city debate at 7 p.m. The student debate was attended by about 30 students, slim compared to the near 100 attendees of the city commissioner debate, but a likable outcome. “The whole event went pretty well,” said…