Free as a bird

Meagan Duffee, falconer and graduate student in Taxidermy and Wildlife photography, takes Autumn, her Red-tailed hawk to hunt on Shawnee Trails Conservation Area located in Missouri on Sunday, Sep. 23.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Some people are lucky to find their passion early in life. Meagan Duffee was 10 when she discovered she had a passion for birds. Duffee was at a birthday party in Dallas, Texas, her hometown, when she saw a man buy viagra online give a falconry demonstration. “And I thought, ‘Hey, that’s really cool,’” Duffee said. A lot of kids were impressed that day, but only one of them probably took the subject seriously. Today, Duffee is 26 and she studies, works and hunts with birds. Duffee says she spent most of her life in Texas, though the reason she came to Pittsburg was the university, because it has a…

Underneath the veil

Azhar Sigh, graduate student in English, is showing the different clothes to Helena Viana, exchange student in Biology, on Friday, Nov. 16.

Val Vita | Managing Editor They walk quietly around campus and wear veils that may leave only their eyes visible. Most students know little about their culture, making it even harder to learn who they are. Who are they? They are the 70 or generic viagra price so Saudi Arabian women studying at Pittsburg State. “Yes, they (PSU community) still look at us, but not in a sarcastic way,” said Mashael Abu-shail, freshman in medical technology. “They look at us with eyes full of questions.” Abu-shail says she usually gives students the green light to question her. And that was the goal of the Saudi Ladies Night, on Nov. 16, at Parrot Bey: answer as…

People of Pittsburg: Hillary Houston

Houston helps adults with developmental disabilities.

‘Extremely’ good heart Val Vita | Managing Editor Hillary Houston works more than 60 hours a week — helping other people. Houston, who was born in Greenville, Mo., came to Pittsburg in 1997 to study psychology at Pitt State. viagra for sale “I chose psychology so I could save the world. You know how it is,” Houston said. “I like people, but I really didn’t want do go to nursing or another medical thing.” After graduation, she says she realized how hard it was to find a job in the area, so she decided to get her master’s. “Psychology gave me the knowledge of people while the MBA gave me the idea of how to…

PSU Gorillas 2012 season – What went wrong?

John Brown, wide receiver for the Gorillas, drops a pass during the game agasint Missouri Western on Oct. 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium at the homecoming game. The Gorillas lost 63 to 14.

The bigger they are… Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorilla football team concluded its season last Saturday in Joplin, Mo., with a victory against the Missouri Southern State Lions. The Gorillas finished buy viagra online their season with a solid 7-3 record. Although 7-3 is a respectable record, especially when playing in arguably the toughest conference at the Division II level, many people had higher expectations when the season started. After the Gorillas hoisted the National Championship trophy in Florence, Ala., last year, many in Gorilla nation had their eyes set on a repeat performance. “Our expectations were high,” said Gus Toca, senior defensive end. “We had a lot of leaders back…

Postmortem teaching tools

Students senior in biology, Jessica Black, on left, Emily Ballock, Brad Aubin, Dani Stevenson and Autumn Gabehart, on right, dissect a human cadaver during Human Anatomy and Dissection class at Heckert Wells on Wednesday, November 7th 2012.

Class learns from cadavers Val Vita | Managing Editor Emily Ballock was a little hesitant the first time she saw a cadaver in class. Brad Aubin didn’t know what to feel. Autumn Gabehart thought it was very unusual. The three stu viagra no prescription dents are part of the Human Anatomy and Dissection class, conducted by Steven Ford, professor in biology. The class meets three times a week and gives students a knowledge of anatomy before they go to medical school, says Ford. Aubin, senior in biology, says the class is basically broken up into four sections: the study of the lower limbs, the upper limbs, the abdominal cavity and the head and neck. He…

People of Pittsburg: Betty Ferris of Harry’s Cafe

‘I am a people person’ Val Vita | Managing Editor Harry’s Cafe (412 North Broadway) is a busy place. “It was always like this,” said the owner, Betty Ferris. “We have a good place here.” Ferris is 72, but she is quite different cialis online from many 72-year-olds; she doesn’t stay home much. She takes only two days off during the week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Although those aren’t exactly days off because Ferris gave this interview on a Tuesday morning at the cafe while talking to customers, hugging them and helping solve all kinds of problems. She says it is occasionally possible to take vacations. Two weeks ago, she went to Bermuda, but she didn’t…

People of Pittsburg: John Knapp

John Knepp, the caretaker, and Austin Spragg work at the Mt. Olive Cemetery to keep it looking clean.

‘We take care of them, they take care of us’ Val Vita | Managing Editor John Knapp has been burying people for 23 years. However, the caretaker of Mount Olive Cemetery on Quincy Street says he doesn’t want to be buried when he die buy viagra s. “I want to be cremated,” said Knapp, who is 58. Since 1989, Knapp has taken care of the graves, funerals and maintenance of the cemetery, located near the parking lot of Carnie Smith Stadium. “I do everything that needs to be done,” Knapp said. He says his job as caretaker involves more than just taking care of the cemetery. “It can be stressful,” he said. “Dealing with the…

Jungle welcomes new royalty

2012 King and Queen Ryan Robinson, and Alyssa Marsh embrace to congradulate each other Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Marsh sings, then becomes queen Alyssa Marsh sang the national anthem on the stage of the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at the beginning of Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 17. A few minutes later, she was cal viagra pills led up on stage again, this time, to be crowned as the 2012 homecoming queen. “I am completely overwhelmed, happy and shocked,” said Marsh, junior in fashion merchandising with a minor in opera. “I had no idea so many people knew about me.” Marsh is 20 years old and she was born in Overland Park, where her parents still live. She is an only child. Marsh is part of the Pitt State…

People of Pittsburg: Kelly Tippie

Kelly Tippe, owner of Broadway Productions.

'It's scary and bloody, and it's all OK' Val Vita | Managing Editor If you haven’t decided on a Halloween costume yet, Kelly Tippie can help. Tippie has run Broadway Productions since last year, and now is her busiest time of the year. Despite the Halloween rush, she finds time to search for the perfect costume for every client. You can almost get lost inside Broadway Productions, 216 S. Broadway. The store has unending shelves of clothes, masks, wigs and other accessories. Most of them were already there when Tippie bought the store, she says. Others came from a place called Roy’s, in Joplin, when it went out of business. Tippie lives in Joplin, but…

Pittsburg style

Wyatt Smith, freshman in music education, performs the song "Oppan Gangnam Style" during half time at the game against University of Central Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Gorilla Village.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Every once in a while, a song becomes a smashing success overnight and seems to be played ubiquitously. It doesn’t matter if you love it or hate it, you are going to hear it sometime. The 2012 viral hit “Gangnam Style” is in Korean. Even though you probably don’t have the ability to sing all the lyrics, you have probably already caught yourself singing the only English part of the song: “Eeeeeeh, sexy lady.” You know you have already heard the hit “Gangnam Style;” you may be one of the 410 million viewers who have seen the clip on YouTube, which is performed by Psy, a Korean singer. The song…