Love the smell of bacon… in the evening

Pitt State theatre department provides breakfast for dinner Gretchen Burns | reporter The scents of bacon, eggs, waffles, breakfast burritos and pizza filled the PSU Studio Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. The second annual “Breakfast at 8” was held as an introduction for students who were interested in theater. Professors, staff members and students attended the event to learn about various theater classes offered throughout the year at PSU. Attendees met the theater faculty and this season’s production directors, other theater students and the officers of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society. They also learned more about PSU theater program traditions, like the Late Night Breakfast. Breezi Hancock says she…

'Cats' to perfrom in Pittsburg

Gretchen Burns | managing editor The Midwest Regional Ballet and American Opera Studio will present the opera “Cats” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Memorial Auditorium. The ballet, under the direction of Kaye Lewis, has been practicing for this event since January. “Cats” is based on T.S. Eliot’s book of poems “Old Possum’s book of Practical Cats,” and tells the stories of alley cats and all their personalities and how they relate to humans. The musical, which does not include any spoken dialogue, only singing, opened on stage in 1981. The score is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and has become one of…

iPads enter the art world

Gretchen Burns | managing editor There are 55 artworks displayed on the second floor gallery of Porter Hall, but to the unknown viewer, the gallery would seem empty. This semester began a new set of art techniques for students taking the Drawing III class. Although the class itself takes place in a room full of paint-splattered easels, life forms and still life setups, as well as a wide array of traditional art supplies, students use only an iPad. Janelle Kranker has become accustomed to using an iPad to create artwork, but she didn’t like using the new technology at first. “But I’m glad that I learned how to use it,” said Kranker, senior in art….

Pride Week’s drag show a huge hit

Gretchen Burns | mng editor Travis Eppinger is now one of several students who can claim to have attended a drag show and enjoyed it. “It was beautiful,” he said. “I was a little surprised, though. I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Eppinger, junior in commercial graphics. “It was amazing how much they looked like the opposite gender. If I wasn’t attending the show, I would have never known that they were drag queens and kings.” The drag show, part of Pride Week, was put on by the Gay Straight Alliance. Andrew O’Malley says he was glad to attend. “I think it was great,” said O’Malley, junior in psychology. “I think it’s great…

Carnival brings out food and fun

Gretchen Burns | copy editor The Dellinger Underground was filled with food and games on Tuesday, March 26. The liaison-resident assistants of the residence halls paired up with the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) and hosted the Grocery Carnival, giving away lots of food and prizes. Mercedes Brink says she enjoyed the fun atmosphere and the possibility of winning food and prizes. “I thought it was awesome as a whole. I got free food,” said Brink, junior in art education and psychology. “It was a great experience to meet new people for everyone.” Snack foods, pop and candy were immediate prizes for the students who participated in games such as mini golf, Plinko, a duck pond…

PSU turns 110 years old

Gretchen Burns | managing editor Last week saw the 106th annual Apple Day Convocation ceremony in McCray Hall, to mark the end of Apple Week and its theme of leadership. Lara Ismert, SGA president, welcomed those assembled on Thursday, March 7. Randy Roberts, curator of special collections and university archivist, recited the story and history of Apple Day, recounting the fiery destruction of Pittsburg State’s Russ Hall and its rebuilding. “Leadership is not based on status, but on a person’s actions,” said Roberts. According to Roberts, the purpose of Apple Day is to remind PSU and the community of the beginnings of a university being dedicated to teaching. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Army National…

Habemus papam

Catholics welcome first pontiff from the Americans Gretchen Burns | managing editor Wednesday saw several firsts in the history of the Catholic Church. As the College of Cardinals elected the 266th Pope, an Argentinian Cardinal by the name of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Pope Francis, 76, is the first Catholic supreme leader from the Jesuit Order, the first non-European in modern times and the first Pope from the American continents. The new Pope has chosen to take the papal name of Francis, after Francis of Assisi, a saint who renounced his family to serve the poor. He is the first Pope to take on the name of Francis. The name of Francis symbolizes “poverty, humility, simplicity…

Candidates debate Pitt’s job prospects

Gretchen Burns | managing editor Tuesday night saw the first of several debates for the candidates who are running for Pittsburg City commissioner. This one was all about jobs. Throughout the night, each candidate stressed that more jobs are needed in the city of Pittsburg. Dave Holloman said that employers need to be brought into Pittsburg so that the city could keep the students in southeast Kansas and help the area flourish. He said that the city of Pittsburg needs to use Pittsburg State University as an economic growth tool and should partner with PSU’s students and faculty to keep the talent the university generates in the city. Letha Bolinger said she believes that different…

Illustrating Pitt

PSU hosts 90 children during annual Family Art Morning Gretchen Burns | managing editor Kinley Carty was able to take what she learned from her art education and apply it to real life when she taught children at the University Art Association’s Family Art Morning last Saturday. The UAA held its annual event in the classrooms of Porter Hall for the community youth. Sunghee Choi created the theme of locality for the event based on a current exhibit in the University Gallery of Porter Hall. “This semester, we got an exhibition, Collective Fusion II, that invited staff, faculty and friends of the PSU art department to display their works,” said Choi, art education professor. “So,…

A big hat to fill

Wise decision for a misguided church Marcus Clem | copy editor Pope Benedict XVI is right to recognize that infirm octogenarians cannot lead the single-largest unified religious institution on planet Earth. Would that this degree of wisdom and ability to recognize reality permeate throughout the Catholic Church from which he is retiring. Some will say that because I’m not Catholic, and, in fact, not much of a Christian at all, I have no right to pronounce judgment on the tenure of a prelate. Naturally, I disagree, but more important, this is a distraction. Other than being a religious institution, the Catholic Church is a political and a social one, and that means it affects people…