Dashing through the mud

Becca Pearson, sr. in exercise science, Taylor Saia, sr. in biology, Nicole rockhold, sr. in biology, Leah Flynn, sr. in plastics engineering, and Brooke Fay, sr. in marketing, flip a tire during the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 27.

ROTC hots 70 participants in 2nd annual Gorilla Dash buy cialis online without prescription Joud Bayeh | reporter The Gorilla Battalion had many from the community turn out for its second annual muddy mess of a race. The Gorilla Dash, a 5k obstacle-riddled run promoted by the PSU Reserve Officer Training Corps, was held for the second year on Saturday, April 27, at the PSU Baja Course near the Student Recreation Center. About 70 people participated as PSU students, area high school students and people from the community struggled through a harder, muddier course compared to last year. “This year there are some differences because it is actually a 5K,” said Cadet Stephen Cuff, senior…

Prom celebrates gay pride, respect

Joud Bayeh | reporter The Gay Student Association (GSA) wrapped up Pride Week by celebrating its second annual Pride Prom last Friday, April 12, at the Parrot Bey. “This week was about celebrating LGBT and educating the student body and let them experience the culture of our community,” said Theo Hines, junior in illustration and Pride Week coordinator. With a Disney movies theme, the venue was decorated with Disney characters on the walls. The 40 or so people who attended were serenaded by a deejay who stirred up the crowd on the dance floor and they enjoyed free pizza and desserts. This event had several goals. One of them, according to Hines, was to include…

600 songs, one guy

Joud Bayeh | reporter John Rush, or “The Human iPod,” is a personification of multiple talents. He plays guitar, harmonica and can sing more than 600 songs from more than 200 bands. “I’ve always just had a good memory,” Rush said. “The guitar parts are all pretty easy to remember, because I hear the melody in my head, but the lyrics are the hard part. So, I picture them as a story and if I can see the story, I can sing the song.” Held by Student Activities Council (SAC), at the U-club in the Overman Student Center on Tuesday, April 16, the Human iPod made an impression on the crowd of about 30 people….

Outstanding awards given

Joud Bayeh | reporter The 2013 Outstanding Senior Awards were presented to Jessica Berberich and Austin Osborn at the 17th annual Leadership and Awards banquet on Wednesday night. These are given in recognition of excellence in a variety of collegiate endeavors and overall balance of academics involvement, leadership and service experiences. “I can’t really express how I’m feeling,” said Berberich, senior in English. “It’s a bitter and sweet experience, it is a huge honor to receive this award. I’ve been in this event in the past years and there were only six finalists so I thought this year it would be even harder to win.” This year, 15 women were chosen as finalists. Berberich plans…

Students recognized for contributions

Joud Bayeh | reporter As part of National Student Employment Week, this was the 24th year that PSU has recognized a student for superior job performance. PSU honored all of its student-employees on Monday, April 8, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center, and also announced three awards in two categories, on-campus and off-campus employment. Ashley Ferris, junior in construction management, was the winner for the on-campus job category. “It was a great surprise,” she said. She didn’t know there would be a real winner. “I thought that was just an event to honor all the employees, it was a surprise to everyone.” Nominated by the construction faculty, Ferris says they are…

Mental health – Not just for crazy people anymore

Joud Bayeh | reporter Paul Jones, a bipolar standup comedian, has transformed his problem into a way of life. Speaking to 450 people on Wednesday, April 3, at the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in Overman Student Center, Jones, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio, defines his show as “edutainment.” By talking about his own experience, Jones says he wants to teach about the barriers faced by bipolar and depressed people. These barriers remained a serious problem for him, even when he achieved financial security. “When I was 27, I was done making money, I didn’t have to work anymore,” Jones said. “But I was still sleeping underneath the bed, depressed.” Jones’s life began to improve 10…

All around the world

International students tour America on Spring Break Joud Bayeh | reporter During Spring Break, three Pittsburg State students from around the world spread throughout the eastern U.S., visiting as many places as they could on the money and time budget of an international college student. China’s Jilian Zhao wowed on tour of eastern seaboard Jialin Zhao, graduate student in human resources development, went to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C in a minivan with seven other people. Zhao had a tight schedule in order to be able to see all three cities in-depth during her break. “We went to MIT, Harvard and TD Garden when in Massachusetts, ” she said. “We watched the (Boston) Celtics…

London calling

Students bridge UK, US law Joud Bayeh | reporter One group of students had the opportunity to enjoy their Spring Break learning the due process of one of the cultural and political capitals of the world. Organized by Roy Janisch, professor of justice studies, the trip to London involved students in the Comparative Criminal Justice Systems class and few others from different classes and majors. Janisch says the objective of the trip was to let students explore the origins of the American criminal justice system. The students were able to experience the court system of England through criminal justice-specific activities, such as a session with a retired police chief. At the Old Bailey and other…

Insight into management

Joud Bayeh | reporter Leaders of business, education and non-profit entities came to the campus Wednesday to debate ways to face today’s highly competitive business environment. The setting was a symposium, “Challenges of Leadership & Management,” held by the MBA Association in Kelce Hall. Speakers included Steve Scott, university president, Ken Brock, president of Names and Numbers, Bill Pesch, president of Able Manufacturing, Rob O’Brian, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Gray, associate general counsel of Watco Companies. Gray also served as moderator. “The event aimed to give MBA (students) a valuable insight into management organization through the personal experience of four major regional leaders,” said Boubacar Barry, graduate student in…

Talk like a Korean

Joud Bayeh | reporter At Pittsburg State, Korean is no longer taught as a course, so the university’s resident native speakers are trying to make up the difference. The Korean Student Association (KSA) started the Korean Language Workshop on Monday, March 4, in 102 Grubbs. With this program, the KSA will offer free language lessons to any interested students. “I think it is a good opportunity to learn a foreign language,” said Yujin Kim, senior in computer science and one of the teaching volunteers. “I know there was a Korean class, two of them, but the teacher was a student who graduated and left PSU, unfortunately.” Sang Won Yun, junior in electronic engineering and treasurer…