Hard work for a blooming campus

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Across campus Cate Breneman and her team have been working hard to make sure PSU is in bloom for the spring season. “Our goal as a department is to always be looking for a way to improve on the beautiful campus that we already enjoy,” said Breneman, grounds and maintenance supervisor for the Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance. “We look for areas that can be improved, and look for opportunities to enhance the overall aesthetic of the university.” Breneman says she has a running list of priorities that she tries to tackle. While some of the projects are large and some small, the list often gets interrupted by other projects….

Students attend Out of the Jungle

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 100 graduating seniors attended the bi-annual “Out of the Jungle” Senior Send-off on Tuesday, April 21. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations where they inform attending students about what PSU can offer them after graduation. Richard Potts, senior in sociology, says he learned Pittsburg State could assist him in staying in touch after he graduates in May. Stopping by the Alumni Center for the event, students were also able to obtain an official PSU Kansas or Missouri License plate and have the chance to win one of several prizes, from an iPad Mini to football tickets for the Rua Skybox for all…

You can’t dance with us

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Student Government Association senator Marcus Clem is investigating claims that the Crimson and Gold Dance team tryouts were biased and based on looks, not talent. “These girls came to me as a member of student government and indicated to me that they felt the process of choosing members for their team was unfair,” Clem said. In the name of responsibility Clem says the situation is within SGA’s interest if the complaints brought to his attention turn out to be true. “We are partly responsible for regulating the Athletic Department’s funding,” Clem said. “As such, it is appropriate for us to step in and express our opinion on the situation should…

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…