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…

People of Pittsburg: Vonnie Corsini

Vonnie Corsini of the Colonial Fox Theater.

The woman who wants to save the Fox Theatre Val Vita | Managing Editor Vonnie Corsini was a flight attendant living in New York when she fell in love with the pilot, Gene. “It was true love,” Corsini said. “I would have gone anywhere with him.” Gene, at that time, had already served in Vietnam and wanted to spend more time with his family, who lived in Pittsburg. That was what brought the couple to Kansas more than 30 years ago. And Corsini, who was born in Texas, fell in love again – this time with Pittsburg. Corsini enrolled at Pitt State and got a degree in education. After that, she worked on her master’s….

Internationals struggle with harassment

Collin Joy, junior in automotive technology, shares his stereotypes he gets being an international student.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Collin Joy says that coming to study in the United States was one of his dreams. He left his home country of India to study automotive engineering at Pitt State one year ago. Sadly, he says, during one night about four months after arriving here, he received a “shock treatment.” “I was walking to the rec center in September last year when all of the sudden, around six or seven guys … started yelling at me and calling me ‘Al-Qaeda’ and ‘terrorist,’” Joy said. He says what happened was such a shock that all he did was plug his earphones in and keep walking. “It was outrageous,” Joy said. “I…

People of Pittsburg: Bobby “Bobby G” Gardullo

Bobby G finishes off one of his regular's drinks with a nice slice of lemon, Sept. 24th 2012.

The bartending firefighter Val Vita | Managing Editor Bobby Gardullo is known as “Bobby G, the bartender” or “Firefighter Bob.” Gardullo is the owner of JST Bobby G’s, a bar at 108 Sixth St., which opened in May. He runs the place at night, after he finishes his shift as captain of the Pittsburg Fire Department. “I have been a bartender for 31 years,” Gardullo said. “It was my dream to open my own bar. I wanted to do it before I turned 50, and I’m 49.” He says his brother-in-law, John Kutz, owns the building, which used to be a hookah lounge, and offered him the opportunity to build the bar there. Gardullo decided…

Drinking prohibited after kickoff (WITH NEW VIDEO)

Val Vita | Managing Editor The fights during tailgating at the first home football game on Sept. 8 led the University administration at PSU to change their drinking policy permanently. From now on, nobody is allowed to drink in the parking lot after the game starts. WEB EXCLUSIVE: New video of the altercation on Sept. 8. Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, says the possession and consumption of alcohol shall cease no later than scheduled kickoff. “About 30 minutes in advance we’ll begin to make announcements reminding people about that,” Erwin said. “Nobody needs to leave, but they need to stop consumption at this time.” Since the Gorillas start playing…

People of Pittsburg: Manuel Pavon

Manuel Pavon, owner and cook of Yoselin restaurant and store.

“I’ll sleep when I die” Val Vita | Managing Editor The recipes Manuel Pavon and his family cook are the same as those his mom used to make in Mexico, which are the same as those his grandma cooked. The traditional Mexican foods handed down for generations arrived in Pittsburg and are found at the Pavon business, Yoselin, a restaurant and minimart. “I have known these recipes since I was 6 years old,” Pavon said. “My mom explained to me how to do it.” Pavon, who runs Yoselin with his wife, Maria, says he works so much that sleeping became rare. He says Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when the bars around the store get busy,…

People of Pittsburg: Joe & Emma Pecnik

Goat, mmaaaan’s best friend Val Vita | Managing Editor Joseph Pecnik was reading a local newspaper in April when he noticed an ad about a woman who was selling goats for $30. That was the day he bought Emma, a nine-month-old Spanish mountain goat. Pecnik, who adopted her as a pet, gives her food, love and attention, as if she were a dog. Emma can be seen in front of Pecnik’s house on Joplin Street (between Fourth and Fifth streets), and she can be spotted nightly around town when he takes her on walks. “Goats can make better pets than a dog,” Pecnik said. “A lot of people ask me why do I have a…