Prince charming is not coming

| Val Vita | When I was a kid Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney classic. I thought the idea of falling into a deep sleep until a gorgeous prince woke me up with a kiss was quite wonderful. Those were the kinds of references I grew up with: Aurora sleeping and waiting for the prince to start living; Snow White, doing pretty much the same thing; the Little Mermaid, who even changed who she was to be with the man of her dreams and Cinderella, who just asked for a night off and a dress, but ended up in love with a prince who changed her life. When I got a little older, people…

DId Facebook create a narcissistic generation?

| Val Vita guest writer | My dad always told my sister and me that we were part of a narcissist generation. I used to think that he was overreacting, but lately, I’m not so sure. If you rationally think about it, we are very narcissistic. And I would blame social media for that. Especially Mark Zuckerberg’s creation: Facebook. We are part of a generation that has the urge to post every single thing we do. Almost nothing is private anymore. I knew someone who said, “It’s not on Facebook, so it didn’t happen.” That was one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard – and one of the incentives that led me to…

Fake jobs: Students get false opportunities through system and Gus mail

| Val Vita guest writer | A student majoring in international business found what she thought was the perfect job for her. The position was described as “international business assistant” and the pay was $200 for 10 hours of work a week. The job was posted in May on the Gorillas 4 Hire webpage, the PSU system that allows students to search for opportunities. “I was really happy, it was everything I wanted in a summer job,” said the student, who preferred not to be identified. “I sent my resume in the same day.” Her excitement didn’t last long. The employer explained he would need help with errands, because he was constantly out of town. “As…

Flat tires

Campus Christians run out of bikes | Val Vita reporter | If you have been looking for a way to make that old bike in your garage, the one you never ride, useful again, now is the chance. Don Smith, Campus Christians minister, currently has 52 people on his bike wait list. The list, which keeps getting longer every day, is something new for Smith. He says in his 32 years of renting out the bikes via Campus Christians, this is the first time the organization has ever run out of bikes before classes start. For students, especially internationals who rarely have cars to move around, the lack of bikes is more than an inconvenience….

‘It hit and left’

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30 seconds were enough to ruin 100 homes in Baxter Springs | Val Vita reporter | Do you live here?” “Not anymore,” said Stan Wyczynski, looking at his destroyed house after the tornado hit Baxter Springs on Sunday, April 27. When the sirens sounded at 5:45 p.m., he and his sister didn’t even have time to get in the basement. “I just put my sister in the closet and got in there, too,” said Wyczynski. “All the windows blew away, as well as the entire roof. We felt the wind coming down inside the house. It only lasted 10 seconds. It hit and left.” When the EF-2 tornado that raged for 30 seconds lifted, a…

Festival of Color

Students simultainiously throw colored powder during Holi on Saturday, April 19.

| Students celebrate end of winter with Indian festival | Val Vita guest writer | If you have noticed some people walking around campus with different colors in their hair and on their skin, you can tell where they were on the afternoon of Saturday, April 19. After endless days of cold, around 250 people gathered in the Gorilla Village to celebrate the beginning of spring (a few weeks later) in a festival with lots of color. Participants of Holi, the annual festival of colors, spent three hours throwing colored powders at each other and dancing to both American and Indian music. It all started at noon, when DJ’s Darryl Chism and Jason Escobar played…

Brown wows NFL

Star wide receiver performs well at Combine | Val Vita reporter | Four years ago, John Brown felt he had lost everything. Now, he’s got a serious shot at pro-football fame. On the night when Brown’s older brother, James, was shot three times outside a Miami nightclub, in July 2010, Brown’s cell phone was dead. “And I left it dead,” said Brown, 23, who played as a wide receiver for the Pittsburg State Gorillas until 2013. “When I turned it on, there were a lot of voice mails and text messages. I called my mom and cried, but I didn’t believe. I just believed when I saw him.” Brown went back to Homestead, Fla., right…

Debate of Valentine’s Day

Val-entine’s Day Val Vita Many know the scene from the movie “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” where, with a bat in her hands and lots of anger in her heart, Jennifer Garner violently destroys a piñata. Before I came to the United States, I used to think Valentine’s Day was a beautiful holiday enjoyed by all Americans, and that parties with the “I Hate Valentine’s Day” theme were only a movie thing. Here I am, for the second year, spending the most beautiful holiday of the year – at least in this humble foreigner’s opinion – surrounded by people who just cannot stand it. Every time I say out loud that Valentine’s Day is coming, someone…

Tragedies hit home

Girls cry in front of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub where a fire killed over 230 people in Santa Maria, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities and investigators searched two other nightspots owned by a partner in the club that caught ablaze. Most of the dead were college students 18 to 21 years old, but they also included some minors. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

104 missed calls – mom Val Vita | Guest Writer RIO GRANDE DO SUL, Brazil – Brazil cried at the loss of 233 lives on the morning of Jan. 27. A fire in a crowded night club called Kiss, in the southern city of Santa Maria, was the biggest tragedy in the history of the state of Rio Grande do Sul and the second-worst fire tragedy in Brazilian history. There was only one way out of the club – and 90 percent of the bodies, police say, were found in the restrooms. Because of the lack of exit signals, and the thick smoke caused by the fire, people thought the restrooms were the way out….

People of Pittsburg: K.O. Noonoo

K. O. Noonoo, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday, Dec.4th 2012.

‘Doing what I’m supposed to do’ Val Vita | Managing Editor In 1997, K. O. Noonoo was studying for an accounting exam. He was already tired because of the amount of work he brought home every day from the office. His wife, Anna, uk viagra online asked him a question that night that changed his life forever. “She asked me if in 10 years I could see myself happy doing this,” Noonoo said. “That forced me to look down. And that was the beginning of the turn.” After that, he decided to become a pastor, and today he is a reverend at the first Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Pine St., in Pittsburg. However, he says…