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…

PSU is thinking enrollment

Think Enrollment

| Kyleigh Becker reporter | Early eenrollment victories and woes Students have recently had to add advisement and selecting classes to their schedules to prepare for early enrollment, which began Sunday, March 29, and lasted until Wednesday, April 1, so they could hopefully avoid potential problems. Though Pittsburg State has used the system allowing students to enroll based on how many credits they have for several semesters without much trouble, some students still take precaution to ensure they get the classes they need. AJ Thurman, senior in computer information systems and Spanish, says he was able to get into all of his classes when he enrolled at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the earliest time an…

Illusionist wows crowd over and over

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Levitation, sleights of hand and swords through boxes with a human inside was only part of what Reza’s audience witnessed during the illusionist’s performance at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts last night, Wednesday, March 25. One of Reza’s assistants was the lucky human being to be speared in the box. This was one of the assistant’s first performances and though the audience saw her enter the box and saw the long, pointed spears enter that same box, the assistant managed to disappear. Once the spears were removed, she successfully reappeared to the audience’s delight. Giving credit where its due, Reza began his career as an illusionist at the…

Mystery in religion

A student sets up an informational display on the Shroud of Turin. Speaker Russ Breault talked about the subject at the Bicknell Center on Sunday, March22.

Speaker brings mystery of Shroud of Turin to campus | Gretchen Burns reporter | A world of mystery was the center of Russ Breault’s presentation on Monday, March 23, in Grubbs Hall. “The world is full of mysteries from the pyramids to Stonehenge to crop circles,” Breault said. “There is a mystery in the Italian city of Turin. The cathedral of St. John the Baptist houses a mysterious cloth with a mysterious image.” This cloth is known as “The Shroud of Turin,” the cloth believed to have covered the body of Jesus Christ when he was laid in the tomb. The shroud bears the image of a crucified man and has undergone hundreds of thousands…

Students being warned against extortion scam

Students who checked their Gus mail over spring break received a Bulk-E warning from the Pittsburg Police Department after the department received several calls from individuals targeted in an over-the-phone extortion scam. The victims reported phone calls from unknown individuals claiming to be Pittsburg Police officers. Victims were told they had outstanding warrants and would be arrested if they did not send money to the fraudulent callers. Extortion is defined as a crime in which a person or persons forces the victim to do something against his or her will, generally to give up money or property, by threat of violence, property damage, damage to the victim’s reputation or extreme financial hardship. Extortion involves the…

Jazz concert hits all right notes

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The 41st annual PSU Jazz Festival, held Friday, March 6, in the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, drew high school jazz bands from across the state and region for events and performances that led up to the final performance of the evening. High school students crowded the upper balcony and left little seating to spare while PSU students, faculty and Pittsburg residents sat in the lower floor sections while they all enjoyed the music together. The PSU Jazz Ensemble opened the evening performance with a jazz arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” followed by three other pieces, featuring solos by various students. When Sam Ortiz stood and played his solo on the tenor…

Charity group tangled in controversy

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Megan Hoffman was bothered when she found out that her hair donations to Locks of Love could be sold to another organization instead of used as a wig for a child as she intended. In a recent article published by the Huffington Post, a nonprofit investigator has claimed that Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes hairpieces for needy children with illnesses that lead to hair loss, produced only 317 hairpieces or wigs in 2011, but should have had enough hair to produce 2,080 hairpieces. “I understand that they can’t keep all the hair because the lengths are uneven or it’s dyed,” said Hoffman, “but if they are going…