Polar Plunge is frigid

| Gretchen Burns reporter | For Blake Aldhers jumping into the Crimson Villas swimming pool on Saturday, Feb. 8, was a very cold decision. Aldhers, along with 186 other people, participated in the eighth annual Polar Plunge. The event benefits the Southeast Kansas Special Olympics. “I remember last year, one of the jumping groups dumped in a cooler of ice because it wasn’t cold enough,” Aldhers, junior in international business, said. “On the way to the pool this year, I saw it was snowing and I just thought, ‘Well, let’s hope we don’t get hypothermia or something.” John Lair, director of the Special Olympics New Hope Services program says he estimates that the event itself…

Into the shallow green pool

The Frontenac Fire Department pours ice into the swimming pool before the Polar Bear Plunge.

Joud Bayeh | reporter rong will to help best describes the Polar Plunge 2013, organized by the Special Olympics of Kansas. The event was held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Crimson Villas swimming pool, with more than 100 contestants willing to jump into the frigid water. One of these plungers was Joseph Strong, senior in nursing, who has an autistic son who is an athlete in the Special Olympics. “I just came to have fun, not freeze too much and help the cause,” he said right before jumping wearing only a hospital gown. The nursing department raised over $ 1,200, says Strong. “I would like to thank the nursing department for the support,” he said….

Taking the plunge

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Taking the plunge Jessica Sewing | design chief Hundreds of people will plunge into frigid water this Saturday for the 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Last year’s plunge included Frontenac Fire and Rescue, the PSU nursing department and an array of other groups; all together 155 dove feet first into the water to raise money for the Special Olympics. “I’ve volunteered for other Special Olympic charities before; this one beats them all,” said Elle Walker, sophomore in communication. “I think it shows Pitt State students in a good light when they come out and support events like these.” The atmosphere of the event is also what draws a number of people, not to mention the…

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Donors and administrators break ground on Center of the Arts Jay Benedict | editor in chief If all goes according to plan, the incoming class of 2014 will be the first students in nearly 40 years to use a large performance hall at Pittsburg State. Construction began weeks ago on Pitt State’s Center for the Arts, but ground was officially broken Friday, Feb. 1. Weather permitting and complication-free, the complex should be completed by Aug. 1, 2014. Lance Garrett, project manager with Crossland Construction, which is the general contractor for the center, says everything is on schedule and it hopes to have the structure fully enclosed by Thanksgiving 2013. Garrett has experience with large projects….