Art for a change

Lecture series brings environmental issues close to home Gretchen Burns | reporter The 2013 Interdisciplinary Lecture series came to a close Friday, Sept. 27. The series, sponsored by the Art Department, chose the theme of environmentally friendly this year and was centered on artist Vaughn Wascovich’s pinhole photographs of Tar Creek in Oklahoma. On Thursday, Sept. 26., Darren Botello-Samson, professor of histo ry, philosophy and social sciences, gave a lecture on the laws surrounding environmental regulation of superfund sites, such as Tar Creek. He was followed by a speech from Wascovich about his work. Wascovich says his work attempts to understand and demonstrate the local populations close to the land and in spite of the…

R.A’s advise cure for homesickness

Gretchen Burns | reporter Shannon Jesberg, junior in social work and resident assistant (R.A.), knows that for most freshmen living on campus it will be their first time away from home and homesickness is likely to happen. R.A.’s like Jesberg are trained to take care of their residents who become too homesick. “When a resident comes to me and is homesick, it usually just helps to let them talk about their life at home,” Jesberg said. “It’s really important for me to be someone to listen to them and let them talk as much as they want to. It helps to listen because it helps build our relationship and make them feel comfortable talking to…

Bigger deal than thought

Gretchen Burns | reporter Paint the Town Red is one of the biggest events involving the community and Pittsburg State University.  The annual event is sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. This year will be its eighth year. Offices across campus and businesses across town compete for a variety of rewards during the event, which usually begins on a Thursday and continues through Saturday. The Office of Career Services has competed for the last four years, winning the trophy twice. “We usually wait until the night before the judging before we put up our decorations,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We like…

Game show inspires residence hall event

Gretchen Burns | reporter Friday night saw students participating in games that aren’t normally seen around the campus of Pittsburg State. The Residence Hall Assembly presented the program Minute to Win It, based on the popular television game show, on the lawn of the Crimson Commons Apartments. Roughly 30 residents attended the event, which was part of the “Banana Bash” opening week activities. Haley Reynolds, freshman in math, went to the Grocery Carnival program and says she believes that the events were a great way for new residents to meet new people. “I like meeting new people in a social gathering,” Reynolds said. “I’ve enjoyed all of the events that have been put on. These…

Grocery Carnival brings prizes, crowds

Gretchen Burns | reporter Tuesday night was filled with carnival music, putt-putt, a cake walk, prizes, food and new greetings. The Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) held Grocery Carnival, the second program of a planned six for the Banana Bash in the opening weeks of school. More than 160 residents and non-traditional students showed up to partake in the festivities. Kelly Hentzen says she believes that the event was a lot of fun and that she was glad that it was presented to students. “There was a lot to do. They had a good array of prizes,” said Hentzen, sophomore in history. “I liked how you could enter the raffle more than once. It flowed pretty…

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…