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Pittsburg escapes damage Tornado warning comes with strong winds, heavy rain WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor Tornado sirens sounded in Pittsburg at about 9:15 p.m., Wednesday as a line of severe thunderstorms, gusty winds, and heavy rain swept through town. The National Weather Service declared a tornado warning in effect for Crawford and surrounding counties effective until 9:45 p.m. Doppler radar spotted a tornado in McCune, just 25 miles east of Pittsburg. The weather service reported straight-line winds in excess of 80 mph, heavy rain and frequent lightening. Pittsburg police reported no damages or injuries from Wednesday night’s storm. A University Police dispatcher could not verify any reports of damage or injuries because campus officers were still checking for damage at press time. Students in PSU residence halls were moved to basements soon after the sirens began.

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Students watch the storm pass from the Willard Hall front porch on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Employees in the Axe Library also urged patrons to move to the basement. Anemployee’s call to campus police requested help moving people to the basement. KKOW radio coverage reported the storm moving south of highway 69 at 55 mph, at 9:38 p.m.

The storm was reported moving toward the Kansas - Missouri state line. The weather service also said a flash flood warning was in effect in Crawford County until 4 a.m. The Jeff Allen concert on PSU’s campus was ended early because of the storms.

Donald Froster, junior in accounting, walks on the overflowing front porch of Willard Hall during the thunderstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Pitt State wraps up decade-long campaign MADISON DENNIS Editor-in-Chief

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Sodexo catered the 19th annual Pittsburg State University Foundation Presidents Society Dinner on Sept. 11 in Lindburg Plaza.

Sodexo workers continued to set up tables and chairs in Lindburg Plaza at noon, Saturday, Sept. 11, despite the previous thunderstorms, overcast skies, and puddles on the ground. However, the preparation for the event, a celebration of a 10-year, $120 million fundraising campaign continued throughout the afternoon underneath sunnier skies. At 6:30 p.m., guests arrived and began the evening with a reception. A toast was made to Pittsburg State University, and dinner was served at 7:15 p.m. Brad Hodson, vice president for university advancement, opened the evening with a brief history of the campaign. Pitt State embarked on “The Campaign for Pittsburg State University” in 2000. The goal of the campaign was to partner with alumni, friends, businesses, and donors to raise $120 million for developing the university. Hodson thanked those present for their generosity to the university and the students. He also mentioned that he was glad to end his time in America with this celebration, as he was taking a three-week trip to China and leaving within the next few days. He then introduced President Steve Scott. Scott spoke of the benefits that students had received from the donations. “After all, that’s all it’s really

Ten years and $120 million later members of the Presidents Society celebrate the completion of a 10-year campaign in Lindburg Plaza, Sept. 11. about, is the students,” Scott said. He mentioned that student scholarships had doubled and campus internationalization had increased, not to mention the tangible results of the fundraising. The Student Recreation Center, the Kansas National Guard Armory, the Bryant Student Health Center, the Jungletron, the Bicknell sports complex, and the expansion of Carnie Smith Stadium were all funded in part by money from this fundraiser. According to Scott,

this would not have been possible without the lofty goals set 10 years ago. “At the time, this was a very ambitious goal, $120 million,” said Scott. Over the span of 10 years, with the effort of faculty members and department programs, the $120 million goal was met. Gene Bicknell, chair of the Athletic Advisory Committee, was the chairman of the campaign. Bicknell has been involved in fundraising for the

university since the ‘70s. “This is a major accomplishment in the life of the university,” said Hodson. After dark, the recently cloudfree sky was filled with 15 minutes of fireworks, launched from the roof of Whitesitt. Students came out of residence halls and customers exited businesses across the street to watch the show. “Our success is proof that to succeed, you need to dream big,” said Hodson.






Mules to bring air attack

Recruitment strategy outdated This may be a plea to Coach Beck or an attempt to snap myself back to reality. Once again the boys of fall are off to a hot 2 and 0 start. Wins over average Division II opponents have the fans of the crimson and gold thinking Tim Beck is our messiah, but we must take a second and put our biased opinions to the side. Pitt State has some stiff competition coming in the following weeks. This game against Central Missouri will tell us a lot about what we should expect as the season progresses, but the game is not here yet. Therefore, we must take what we know to tell us what to expect this weekend and every Saturday this fall. I have split the MIAA into two theoretical divisions: the good teams and the bad teams. Right now, Pittsburg State is stuck on the bubble of these divisions. The facilities are state of the art, the coaching staff is now in place, and the tradition runs wild. So, what separates us from the Bearcats, Mules, Griffons, Ichabods and Mavericks? It’s simple to say but complicated to perfect, easy to see but difficult to swallow. They crush us in recruitment. I’m not saying the Gorillas don’t bring in talent, because we do (see Jon Thomas, Terrance Issac and Alex Kuhlman for examples). Those three will be responsible for at least four wins this year, and possibly one against a so-called good division team. These good division teams trump us in all aspects of recruitment, though. So, where do we fail and why have we fallen from perennial MIAA champions to a bubble team? Pitt State relies on the Kansas (especially SEK), and sporadic Oklahoma or Missouri recruits way too much. Only four players on the 112-man roster came straight to Pittsburg out of high school and are not from Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri. As for Central Missouri, they have 26 men on their roster that either went to a junior college in a different state than Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri or came straight out of high school from a different state than Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri. Washburn is the only Kansas team that was ranked higher than Pittsburg State in the pre-season polls and it doesn’t have a single player from Southeast Kansas, whereas the Gorillas’ roster is just littered with ball players from SEK. Without getting too much into Kansas HS football vs. Missouri HS football I will just simply say go look at NW Missouri State, Missouri Western and Central Missouri’s starting rosters. Then look at our record against those teams in the past two years. Since Germaine Race, we’ve been miserable against the MIAA opponents from Missouri, and in case you forgot, Race was a Warrensburg, Mo., product. Although you’ll never convince me that Kansas produces better football prospects than Missouri, I can tell you it doesn’t take a genius to prove that Texas, California and Florida do. To be able to compete against MIAA and top Division II opponents the Gorillas need to shift their emphasis in recruitment. Our university has one of the best technology schools in the country. Pittsburg is a small, blue-collar town, two hours from any high-rise building. The community feeds off of the football team and its success. It’s no coincidence that the biggest festival in Pittsburg, Little Balkans Day, falls on the Saturday of the first home football game. So, the new Tim Beck regime must play the community into our strengths. You’re not going to get every Division II prospect out of Texas, Louisiana or Alabama; there are just too many good schools and good programs down south. I can assure you that there are players who want to play at a facility like ours, who want to attend a school like ours, and want to be a part of a community like ours. We just have to find them. For Pitt State football to be able to find its way back into the MIAA’s good division, it’s going to take a shift in recruitment philosophy. It’s no surprise that the top five teams are starting to separate themselves from the Gorillas. They have found where the best players come from and they are showing it on the field. Pitt State will win a few games thanks to our studs, and they will win a few because on any given Saturday any team can win, but once this team runs into the good division we’ll see how far the beloved Gorillas have fallen in the country’s toughest Division II conference.

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Pittsburg State rushes to get points on the board against Central Missouri in last year’s football game. The Gorillas are looking for revenge in this week’s Family Day game on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Gorillas look for victory in MIAA opener, Family Day MICHAEL ADMIRE Sports Writer

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Pittsburg State pressures the Central Missouri’s offense in last year’s football game at Central Missouri. The Gorillas lost on the road 23-14.

Central Missouri rolls into Pittsburg this weekend with one MIAA win under its belt already after beating Emporia State in the MIAA Network’s debut. The Mules’ 31-13 win over the Hornets was impressive, but it may be the team’s one blemish on a record that has caught the eye of the rest of the conference. In week two, the Mules went to Normal, Ill., to test their luck against Division I FCS team Illinois State. Not only did they play well, they almost won. Central fell late to the Redbirds’ 55-54. Mules quarterback Eri Czerniewski threw for 493 yards and five touchdowns against the FCS team. With just over a minute left in the game, the Mules turned the ball over on downs and fell to the Redbirds.

Opening MIAA play against UCM will be no easy task for the Gorillas, who lost 23-14 in Warrensburg last season. This loss marked the first time under Chuck Broyles that Pitt State had dropped two conference games in a row. Fortunately for the Gorillas, Bobby Guillory, who scored two touchdowns for Central, graduated last May. But their almost 3,000-yard passer Czerniewski is back. Along with the talented signal caller returning, his favorite target from a year ago, Demarco Cosby, returns at tight end. This combination will put a lot of pressure on the Division II National Defensive Player of the Week Nate Dreiling. The redshirt freshman will try and duplicate his 16-tackle performance against Chadron State to slow down the run game and take the pressure off the secondary. The secondary has five interceptions on the season and could use a few against a high octane passing offense. Although Central Missouri comes into the Jungle with a lot of momentum and confidence after beating Pitt last year, the Gorillas can take some positives from the loss. Quarterback Jeff Smith had 15 completions for 204 yards and kept the ball 15 more times for 60 yards rushing. Zac Dickey is

see MULES page 3B

Wilson enters final year at PSU ALEX MOTT Sports Writer “The best way out is always through.” - Robert Frost This is the quote that motivates senior volleyball player Cassie Wilson. Wilson grew up in Pittsburg as an only child, and says she always knew that she would attend Pittsburg State University. Her family was a major influence in this decision, as many of them attended PSU. What she didn’t know is that she would be playing volleyball. She played on the C-team when she first started her volleyball career at the age of 12. “It was discouraging, but then I found out about Star Aquila,” said Wilson. She tried out for Star Aquila with one of her friends and made the team, which was coached by PSU head volFile photo leyball coach Ibraheem Suberu. Cassie Wilson steps back to serve “Coach Ib isn’t like any other after a point for the Gorillas in the coach,” said Wilson. She played front row with Star 2008 season.

Aquila for five years, but after signing with PSU, she found out that Suberu had different plans. He wanted her to be a defensive specialist. “I had to trust him,” said Wilson. “I don’t miss hitting. I love being a defensive specialist.” This love is apparent on the court. “She has a defensive mentality,” says freshman teammate Becca Pearson. “She is a great leader and makes you a better player.” Wilson’s interests aren’t limited to volleyball. In high school, she played basketball and softball. “Sports were always my thing,” said Wilson. “I love softball just as much as volleyball, but the opportunity never arose to play in college.” Wilson is also an animal enthusiast. She has seven pets, including two dogs, four cats and a chameleon named Archie. She has worked in education programs involving animals and at “Nature Reach” over the summers. Her duties consisted of feeding and taking care of animals including reptiles and raptors. This interest in animals

influenced her decision when deciding what she wanted to study. Wilson is majoring in biology with a minor in psychology and wants to do work involving animal behavior. Between volleyball and studying, Wilson says she does not have much time to get involved in other activities. “It is definitely harder than it was freshman year,” said Wilson. She credits her time management skills to her coach. “Other students don’t have the same force behind them as we do with Coach Ib,” said Wilson. After four years of dedication to the team, Wilson says she has found her place. “I feel so much more easy going,” said Wilson. She describes herself as a “relaxed player.” “Say my pass was not where it should have been,” said Wilson, “I just don’t get stressed out because it doesn’t mean it won’t be there next time.”

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Cross-country prepares for MSSU Stampede TYLER SMITH Sports writer The Pitt State cross-country team is slated to compete in the Missouri Southern State University Stampede, one of the biggest high school and college events in the Midwest. High schools from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas will be joining the Gorillas and the rest of the Division II schools competing in the meet. With about 30-35 teams consisting of almost 400 runners, the third-ranked Gorillas look to make a statement with

their first event of the year. Erin Beck, sophomore in nursing, will be competing in the 5-kilometer race, and says that she feels confident about her team’s chances this year. “I think that our team is stacked for Missouri Southern,” said Beck. “Our potential for this upcoming meet is just as good or better than last year.” The girls’ team failed to earn a spot in the NCCA championships last year and this will be their first step toward making the cut this time around. “This meet is a marker for the season,” Beck said. “It will give us a lot of input about our training. It will give

us a glimpse of the journey to come.” Catlin Laskowksi, senior in family and consumer sciences, is one of the many runners looking to improve her performance. “Catlin Laskowski came out of summer a ‘Speedy Gonzalez’,” said Beck. “She is determined, devoted, and she clearly puts in the most miles out of anyone on the team.” The men’s team, also ranked third in the MIAA, is looking to build on last year’s run, which ended with them placing 18th overall in the NCAA championships. The Missouri Southern Lions will be

the Gorillas’ most dangerous opponent this year. “Last year, we narrowly lost the MIAA conference championship by a mere six points to Missouri Southern State University,” said runner Charles Janssen, senior in history. “I expect that the season will go according to however our team as a collective whole shapes it.” Missouri Southern won the NCAA south Central Regional title and placed 11th at the NCAA National Championships.



September 16, 2010

Troops advance in Taliban stronghold KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan forces began advancing slowly Wednesday through the insurgentfilled district in southern Afghanistan that gave birth to the Taliban movement, treading ground where guerrilla fighters have operated freely for years, the British general in charge of NATO troops here said. Maj. Gen. Nick Carter said the latest push in Zhari district is part of a crucial strategy aimed at reducing violence in the provincial capital Kandahar by stemming the flow of fighters and weapons there and connecting civilians estranged from their government

Tea party celebration: O’Donnell wins Dela. It’s tea time in America. Conservative Christine O’Donnell is celebrating her stunning upset over Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, antiestablishment movement can O’Donnell claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns. And it influenced many others. In the fight for New Hampshire’s Republican Senate nomination, a second conservative insurgent trailed in vote counting that was still going on Wednesday. After lagging in early returns, former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte moved ahead of Ovide Lamontagne with a lead of roughly 1,100 votes, with results tallied from 87 percent of precincts. Ayotte was backed by establishment Republicans and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; Lamontagne, a former chairman of the state Board of Education, campaigned with the support

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arrives in New York for next week’s United Nations General Assembly, he should bring their sons with him. Sarah Shourd was released from an Iranian prison on Tuesday after Omani officials mediated a deal for a halfmillion-dollar bail to win her release. Shourd, her fiance Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal were detained along Iran’s border with Iraq in July 2009 and later accused of spying. The two men remain in a Tehran prison under indictment on espionagerelated charges.

Mothers hope hikers will be released soon NEW YORK — The mothers of two American hikers who have been detained in Iran for more than a year say they hope their sons will be released soon, now that the third hiker has been freed. Laura Fattal and Cindy Hickey told The Associated Press on Wednesday that when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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A wildfire burns in Loveland, Colo., Monday, Sept. 13. Firefighters worked Monday to control a wildfire that destroyed at least two homes in the northern Colorado foothills as authorities said the blaze and another one burned at least 166 homes.

LOVELAND, Colo. — Crews battling a wildfire in the northern Colorado foothills say the wind may not be as bad as originally predicted, and residents may soon be able to go home for good. Firefighters had expected sustained winds of up to 25 mph on Wednesday. A spokesman for the fire team says the latest forecast calls only for occasional strong gusts, and weaker winds overall. Authorities say residents may be allowed to return to their homes as early as Wednesday afternoon. Some were escorted to their property Tuesday to get clothing and medicine, but they were escorted out the same day. Investigators believe the fire was started by two residents burning leaves and other debris. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to file charges.

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Ace of Cakes star speaks Friday night Duff Goldman, star of the TV show “Ace of Cakes,� is slated to speak at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are free for students and are available at the Pittsburg State University ticket office. For more information call 235-4795.

Ganesh festival and vegetarian potluck The Indian Student Association will host a potluck Sunday, Sept 19, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Gorilla Lake shelter one. This event will serve as a student gathering on the occasion of Ganesh Festival, a 12-day festival celebrated in India and in major cities around the world. All students and faculty members are invited. There is no entry fee, but if attendees want to bring additional food or drinks, it will be ap-

Flag football league forming Intramural sports is organizing a flag football league. Deadline for entries is Sunday, Sept. 19. There will be a managers’ meeting Friday, Sept. 24, and games will start Monday, Sept. 27. For more information call the Intramural Sports Office at 240-6778 or intramu-

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The Office of Student Diversity, the Tilford Group, and Hispanics of Today are sponsoring award-winning Hispanic poet and speaker Jose B. Gonzalez. Gonzalez is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. Admission is free and is open to the public. For more information, call the Office of Student Diversity at 2354077 or

Jamie Brooksher, PSU’s general counsel, will offer a workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in Russ Hall, room 401 for PSU employees who enter contracts on behalf of PSU. Risk management, employment contracts, items of concern in contracts, and other topics are slated for discussion. For more information contact Jamie Brooksher at jbrooksh@

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Support group info meeting to be held Monday

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Spring abroad info session Friday International Programs and Services will hold an informational meeting on spending spring abroad at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in 201 Whitesitt Hall. For more information, contact Megan Corrigan at

Constitution Day lecture Paul Zagorski and Darren BotelloSamson are scheduled to lecture about contemporary debates in a constitutional context at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, in 103 Russ Hall. The lecture will be open to the public.

Organizations celebrate Hispanic heritage month KRISTIN JENNINGS Collegio reporter Student organization Hispanics of Today (H.O.T.) and the Office of Student Diversity have compiled a schedule of on-campus events for the next 30 days in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, including a visit from award-winning poet Jose B. Gonzalez. On Wednesday, Sept. 22, he is scheduled to give a presentation in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.

On Sept. 30, the diversity office plans to show the 2007 documentary “The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez,â€? about the killing of a young Texas man on his own property by U.S. Marines. H.O.T. also plans to sell an assortment of Hispanic food and drink at the Oval at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the Oval. Students can compete for prizes during rounds of loterĂ­a, a game similar to bingo, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Sunflower Room in the student center. H.O.T. also plans to hold “Trivia

Thursdays� with weekly prize drawings. The Paraguayan Student Association’s music majors, in conjunction with H.O.T., will hold a cultural event in the Governors Room on Friday, Oct. 8. Students from various Latin American nations plan to give short presentations about their countries. Since 1988, Americans have been observing National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The celebration begins in the middle of the month because it was around this date that many Latin American countries achieved their

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Over the age, over the influence Why some students, faculty choose not to drink SARAH POLAND Collegio Reporter Sweet 16 marks the day one can get a driver’s license, an 18th birthday opens the ability to vote and the day a person turns 21 is the day he or she can legally buy and drink alcohol. In college, drinking is a part of the social norm. Despite its popularity, some students and faculty at Pittsburg State University choose not to be a part of the

drinking scene. For students like Michelle Burton, senior in education, the decision not to drink was made partly because of the people who surround her. “Most of my friends don’t drink,” Burton said. “My parents never drank and it’s not a part of my lifestyle. I don’t want to be a part of that scene, so I don’t go to parties.” Although Burton chooses not to drink, she says she doesn’t have a problem with other people drinking, unless they are too drunk and start having a negative effect on other people. Like Burton, Josh Herder, junior in commercial graphics, does not have a problem with drinking. Instead, Herder does not like losing control over his actions. Herder also was not raised around alcohol. “My parents have never really been people who drank, so that is something

that I was never really exposed to growbecause of the way they have acted. ing up,” Herder said. Andrasko says the absence of alcohol Even though she has been pressured in her life doesn’t affect her ability to to drink before, Carly Andrasko, senior have fun. in elementary education has chosen “My friends are pretty crazy,” Annot to because drasko said. “We of her religious have movie nights beliefs. Andrasko and we do normal is a member of the stuff like driving ’m fearful that if I Church of Jesus around. You don’t Christ of Latter choose to drink, I don’t have to party to Day Saints, also have fun.” know if I could stop.” known as MorJulie Samuels, mons. professor in curric- Julie Samuels, Professor in ulum and instruc“With my curriculum and instruction tion, chooses not religion, we don’t drink or use tobacto drink because co or do anything she’s seen how that could hurt our bodies,” Andrasko alcohol has affected her family. Samuels said. “I have seen people who are really says that her grandparents and uncles on intoxicated and even if I didn’t choose both sides of her family, as well as her to drink because of my religion I would sister, were alcoholics. be careful of how much I would drink “I have learned that alcohol has a


tendency to run in families,” Samuels said. “I’m fearful that if I choose to drink, I don’t know if I could stop. I don’t know if I have that alcoholic tendency or not.” Samuels says that her sister and son have spoken about abstaining from alcohol. “She said, ‘Preston, you can go to parties and think you’re not going to drink, but there is always the pressure,’” Samuels said. “She asked him not to drink. Because of alcoholism, she has lost 10 years of her life.” Although alcohol has had a negative effect on her life, Samuels says she can’t tell anyone not to drink. “I think I’ve learned from being a parent and an educator that you can’t tell someone not to do something,” Samuels said. “Instead, you have to teach them about the decisions they make and how they will affect their lives.”

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Denver Safety Manager Ron Perea, left, speaks with City Council member Judy Montero at a meeting with Latino and African-American leaders in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 19, who are urging the city’s safety manager to fire two of the police officers caught on video roughing up residents. investigations. Three other officers were assigned to desk duty and also face internal investigations, Brown said.

The FBI has started a civil rights investigation, Brown said. The chief also said he planned to meet with several community groups later Wednesday.

J.J. Koch, Randolph’s attorney, said his client was fired because he had not completed his probationary period. Randolph is “considered an at-will employee and they don’t have the appeals rights that other officers have,” Koch said. “Right now, it’s simply a matter of waiting for the criminal process and waiting for the completion of the investigation and we’ll address issues as they come up.” Bauer did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press. Duetsch answered the phone at his home but hung up after confirming he was a police officer. Collins’ father and pastor did not immediately respond to phone messages left by the AP. Collins has an extensive criminal record that includes convictions on drug, weapons and drunk driving charges, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records. Five of his previous eight arrests were by Dallas police, including one in April on drug charges. Brown said he has dropped a resisting arrest charge against Collins. It wasn’t immediately clear if he will face other charges. The incident began around 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 5, when Randolph and Bauer saw Collins riding a motorcycle on a sidewalk. Police try to pulled him over, and the video shows Collins repeat-

edly allowing police to close in before he speeds away. On the video recording, one of the officers can be heard saying that he planned to “beat the (expletive)” out of Collins once they pulled him over. It is unclear from the video whether Collins voluntarily pulled over or was bumped by the squad car. But the video shows his motorcycle tipping over, and the officers jumping out and striking him. They quickly subdue and handcuff Collins, the video shows. Video from a second car arriving after Collins is handcuffed records the scene for several minutes. Then an officer walks toward the car, whistling. The camera then moves so Collins and the officers are no longer visible. Brown said an officer deliberately moved the camera and Randolph and Bauer ignored their boss’ order to not chase after Collins. Both officers were new to the department, and Brown said he wants to “review the pairing of young officers with each other.” Brown also said he has spoken with Collins’ father and pastor, whom he described as being initially apprehensive. “But once the conversation was complete, there was appreciation for the transparency and honesty,” Brown said.

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■ MULES from page 1B averaging 6.9 yards per carry and has found the end zone twice as the Gorilla quarterback. On the season, Dickey has completed 19 of 35 passes finding the end zone once and has also been intercepted once. It will be important for Dickey and the rest of the offense to hold on to the ball. Last year the Gorillas fumbled four times and lost the ball on two of those loose balls. Dickey has a high quarterback rating of 114.6 and will need to continue his efficiency against a talented Central defense. It was the big play that haunted Pitt last year as Central jumped out to their 23-0 lead in the first half. A big play or two could get the crowd into the game early. This year the Gorillas have relied on the big play to launch them into their first two victories. The longest play of the year so far was the long 84-yard punt return by wide receiver Jon Thomas at Central Oklahoma. Also, in that game Dickey slipped through the Bronchos’ defense and rumbled 47 yards for a rushing score. In just the first two games, nine players for Pitt have recorded carries, but Terrance Isaac leads the team with 43 attempts. His 206 yards rushing also leads the team, but Isaac has found the end zone only once. Pitt will need Isaac to break the goal line a couple of times this weekend to keep up with the high-scoring Mules, and will need to eliminate the mistakes and come up with big plays on offense to knock off the Mules on Family Day.

■ WILSON from page 1B This relaxed mind-set is essential for the fast-paced games. As one of the few seniors on the team and as a defensive specialist, Wilson is one of the biggest leaders on the team. “Practices can be really hard,” said Pearson, “and Cassie reaches out to each player.” “I want to be there for the girls on the team,” said Wilson. Although her volleyball career will end with the last match of the season, Wilson is still excited about her experience at Pitt State. “I was here at the right time. Things fell into place for me,” said Wilson. “It is still hard, but it is a major feeling of accomplishment and I will always look back and feel wonderfully about it.” The volleyball team will compete in its first home match at 8 p.m, Friday, Sept., 17.


Chiefs hold on for 21-14 win over Chargers KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Derrick Johnson is ready to credit this rain-soaked September victory to those brutally hot two-a-days in August. “We’re a physical team throughout training camp and it paid off tonight,” said Kansas City’s veteran linebacker. While Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster were grabbing the headlines with long touchdown plays for the Chiefs, Johnson was compiling a team-high 12 tackles in Monday night’s 21-14 victory over San Diego. Johnson’s jolting hit on Chargers rookie Ryan Mathews caused a fumble which led directly to one of Kansas City’s two offensive touchdowns of the game. Not bad for someone who struggled all last year to regain his starting job. “That’s what I’m trying to prove. Every game, I’m trying to play with a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “That’s not a negative chip. That’s a chip that keeps me on my toes at all times.” The Chargers, four-time defending AFC West champions, appeared ready to move in for a tie after Philip Rivers drove San Diego to a firstand-goal from the 4 with a little over 1 minute left. On the final series, Rivers’ first pass was incomplete, then Darren Sproles lost 2 yards on a stalled run. Another pass from Rivers sailed high. Then, with 39 seconds left, Rivers missed on fourth down, clinching the Chiefs’ first Monday night victory in a decade. On that final game-saving defensive play, Glenn Dorsey said the plan was to make Rivers throw from a spot he prefers to avoid. “We wanted to get a push in the middle to force him to make a spo-

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WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor When Luo Peng first came to Pittsburg three years ago, he had a lot to get used to. Everyday tasks like buying groceries or getting around town were challenges for him. “I think the first year was very hard for me because everything was new for me,” said Peng, senior in communication. Peng is one of more than 400 international students adapting to life at PSU. After coming from Chengdu, China, the country’s fourthlargest city, Peng says one of the biggest adjustments for him was getting used to a smaller town. “The difference between my hometown and here, everything was easy to get there,” said Peng. “Not like it is here.” Peng says this especially creates problems for international students because many do not own vehicles. Yoonkyeng Lee, sophomore in political science, says finding rides is a challenge she faces each day. Lee, like many other international students, uses the PACT buses to get around Pittsburg. She says it can be a hassle waiting for the bus schedule, or when she has a lot of groceries. “It’s so weird that you have to have a car to go anywhere,” Lee said. She says in her home country, South Korea, everything she

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A group of PSU Chinese students eat lunch they made on Saturday, Sept. 11. Cooking together is one way international students can help each other adjust to life in America. needed was within close walking distance. Lee has been in Pittsburg for one month, and says she is already trying to adjust to several cultural differences. Lee says at first she was confused when people said hello or smiled when passing her. “Saying ‘hi’ walking down the street is normal here,” Lee said. “It’s not normal in South

Korea. When someone opens the door for you in Korea, it’s not normal to say thank you.” “I’ll think, ‘he’s smiling at me, does he have a crush on me or something?’” Lee said. For students like Lee and Peng, who are still trying to settle into Pittsburg, the office of International Programs and Services offers several solutions. International students can be

paired with American students through the Pitt Pal program, or can be set up with a host family through the International Friends of Pittsburg group. There are also numerous international student groups and international student gatherings. While the gatherings bring international students together, Lee says she sees a social divide between American and interna-

tional students. “International students gather with international students, and Americans gather with Americans,” Lee said. “There’s a wall between us.” However, for students like Peng, making American friends was something that happened over time. “I have made some American friends and that’s because when

I first got here I lived in Nation Hall,” Peng said. “Living in the dorm makes it easier.” Dawei Chen, junior in accounting, says the biggest obstacle since he arrived in Pittsburg last month is communication. “While in China, I think my English is good, but then I came here,” Chen said. Lee and Peng agree that communicating in English has been the greatest challenge. “I don’t really have problems with talking to people,” Lee said. “But in class there’s a lot of hard vocabulary going on.” Peng says it is the other students he struggles most to communicate with. “When the classmates are talking to each other, I don’t know what they are talking about, they talk so fast,” Peng said. Peng says that although the communication is still difficult, after three years, it has gotten easier for him. Peng now uses his experience to help new international students. He says he encourages them to contact him if they need a ride. Lee says her transition is getting easier with the help of other Korean students. She says her biggest lesson came from her encounters walking down the sidewalk. “I have to smile,” Lee said.” I always keep that in mind so people don’t misunderstand me as a mad person.”

No problems so far ‘Most people try to use sob stories’ with smoking ban Parking employee doesn’t cut deals

MARY LOUISE HENDERSON Collegio Reporter Even though Kansas adopted a law prohibiting smoking within 10 feet of the entrance of any public building, including government buildings, stores, clubs and restaurants, people with lit cigarettes can still be seen just outside of doorways around campus. Jacob Gardener, freshman, says he has no problem keeping 10 feet away from entrances while he smokes. “Makes sense,” he said. “I’m not real proud of the habit anyway.” The law, called the Indoor Clean Air Act, was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Parkinson in March, but took effect on July 1. It prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places, businesses, taxis, limousines, restaurants, bars and within 10 feet from entrances and air intakes at such places. Yvonne Still, junior in business administration, says she had no problems with staying away from entryways to buildings but she does not approve of the state ordering businesses to comply with the no-smoking rules. “I respect people who don’t smoke,” she said. “I do not smoke inside at home but people know that people smoke at bars and if you have a problem with that you should stay home.” Still says that she has noticed fewer people using the patio at Starbucks where she works since they cannot smoke while they study and drink coffee. Brian Triplett, Sodexo Food Services employee, says he had no problem keeping a 10-foot distance from entryways, but that he does have a problem with the state telling business owners that they have no choice in the matter. “Business owners right here in town are losing money,” he said. “Establishments should be

BRENNA CHRISTIAN Collegio Reporter Almost everyone has seen them. They come in a little pink envelope that fits snuggly under your windshield wiper. But inside that dainty envelope hides a slip of paper that makes some students’ blood boil. It is another one of PSU’s well-known parking tickets. Jodi Heflin/Collegio

Lyle Morgan, PSU English professor, takes a cigarette break outside of Grubbs Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 31. able to decide for themselves if they want to allow smoking or not. I know people who used to go to the Breakd but when smoking was banned they quit going.” Tim Tomkins, sergeant of the Pittsburg Police Department, says that most smokers are aware of the new law and that the department will enforce it based on complaints of violations. “So far there have been no problems,” Tomkins said, “but that could change when colder weather arrives.” Tomkins says officers would not be out looking for violators, but that they would ask anyone smoking too close to the entrances of public buildings to move away. Mike McCracken, Pittsburg State University director of police, says that no one has filed a complaint in his office yet. “If it becomes necessary to take action on this policy, we have the tools in place,” McCracken said.

Part of the job Emily Westhoff, freshman in commercial design, has been verbally harassed, cussed at, yelled at, and even begged, but to her, this is just part of the job. Westhoff gives out parking tickets on campus. “I basically drive around and look for people who are either parked in the wrong spot or don’t have a permit or are parking horribly,” Westhoff said. “It just depends on the day.”

10-15 tickets Westhoff, who is one of four other ticket writers on campus, says she brings in quite a few tickets during her shift. “On good days during the summer I would give out around 20 tickets per day,” Westhoff said. “But now since I don’t work as many hours I would say I average about 10 or 15 tickets, it just depends on the time of day I am working.”

Bad reactions Although Westhoff says she is not afraid to write tickets, she does experience some uncomfortable moments. “It’s pretty awkward when classes get out,” Westhoff said. “You still need to do your job

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Freshman Emily Westhoff, a ticket writer with the Police and Parking Department, gets the information of the car to put on record at a parking lot on campus on Friday, Sept. 10. but at the same time you don’t want to give them a ticket right when they are leaving. It’s kind of a gray area.” According to the Parking and Traffic Rules on the PSU website, tickets can range from $10 in timed zones to $50 in handicap zones. Westhoff says it’s not unusual for offenders to try to talk their way out of tickets. “Most people try to use sob stories, but those just do not work with me,” Westhoff said. “They just ask me why and I just tell them.”

Charges are fair The PSU website says failure to pay a ticket by the 10th day will result in a $5 penalty. Westhoff said she thinks the parking and violation charges are fair. “I know if you park in the

Newman Center, their tickets are like $85 so compared to those, our tickets aren’t that bad,” Westhoff said. Currently there are over 7,000 students, faculty and staff at PSU, many of whom park on campus. This leaves a lot of cars for Westhoff to check. “During my shifts, I do the whole campus,” Westhoff said. “But if there is more than one of us out, we ask where they are or if they have been somewhere so we don’t visit the same spots.” Westhoff, who started working for the University Parking and Police in June, said even though some people get upset with her, it’s not all bad.

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Fuchs welcomes challenges in Honors College JEN RAINEY Collegio Reporter Craig Fuchs, formerly chair for the art and music departments, has relinquished those titles for the role of director of the Honors College. He was chosen from about five candidates. “I think I was ready for some challenges,” Fuchs said. “I’d been chair for the music department for eight years. This past year I was chair of music and art and I was a little burned out.” He says his new title will provide him with an opportunity to put his administrative abilities to use in another area of campus. “My experience as an administrator on this campus allows me to understand all of the various levels and processes it takes to get things done at the right moments,” he said. His job will include marketing the honors program and managing the selection process to determine which students will be allowed into the honors program. Fuchs says he will track the progress of these students to determine if they are completing the requirements to graduate as

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Craig Fuchs, director of the Honors College, meets with Honors College Association president Tieg Tullis, senior from Parsons, and secretary Holly Hrabik, junior from Olathe, on Sept. 9, to discuss preparations for the first official business meeting of the semester. members of the honors college. Fuchs says that he intends to push for new field trips or

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students find these trips. “I’m really excited about that, because we’re going to travel

every year,” Fuchs said. Fuchs says he wants to give students options, so he created four possible trips. He plans to allow the students to vote on where the official Honors College trip will be. The location of the first trip is scheduled to be announced Thursday, Sept. 16. Members of the Honor College are also working on providing students with prestigious scholarship opportunities, such as the Fulbright Scholarship. “We’re working to find national and international programs our students can apply to help them study abroad to expand past the boundaries of Pittsburg State University,” he said. What he misses most about his old job is the interaction he had with students in the music and arts departments, says Fuchs. However, he’s looking forward to meeting and interacting with a new group of students. “We’re all in education because we love working with students,” Fuchs said. “I’ve already had the opportunity to interact with a lot of them and I’m looking forward to meeting and interacting with the rest of them.”

Professors plan to start veterans’ writing group

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More than 100 people, including PSU students, faculty, and local residents, attend the International Gathering about Malaysia at United Methodist Campus Ministries on Friday, Sept. 10.

Veterans have stories they may not be able to share with loved ones, but two English professors at Pittsburg State University are offering veterans of all ages that chance. The Southeast Kansas Veterans Writing Group will hold its first meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, on PSU campus. Paul “Skip’ Morris and Chris Anderson, English professors, started the group for veterans young and old to talk about or creatively write their stories. Anderson says that this group will have informal workshops, tentatively every two weeks. “It’s really a service to veterans to give them a chance to express themselves and tell their stories that they may not be able to tell their families,” Anderson said. “We want this to be about the writing and not intended as therapy, but just getting together and sharing

similar stories.” The two got the idea from an e-mail telling about similar groups across the country and it was suggested one be started in Pittsburg. Morris, a Vietnam veteran, refers to writers like himself as “literary warriors.” The group is designed for veterans of all ages and no PSU affiliation is required. Although Anderson is not a veteran himself, he says that his father and uncles served in the military and this gives him a little connection to them and his students with military records. “It’s a good opportunity, as a teacher, for me to understand my students,” Anderson said. “It’s important for me to connect to their stories. Pittsburg has a lot of military students and this is a group for them to help connect with others that share similar stories.” Those interested in attending are urged to contact either Morris at, 235-4717, or Anderson at canders1@pittstate. edu, 235-6589.

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Millennial generation: pay attention to noise addiction A club I organize, the Blank Page, meets Thursday afternoons in the U-Club of the student center. Over the din of the students and the blasting music, we discuss our writing and literary techniques. The noise does not bother us, Bart though I’ve asked everyone if it’s too Klick loud, or if they’d like Copy to move. We stay put. Editor The meeting is, in my estimation, a success. As I leave, I see three students, side by side on the Mac stations doing homework on Angel, and another composing a wall of text to someone with an .edu extension in Gmail. The noise isn’t bothering them, either. That night, I study with a friend. She reads her textbook as ear buds spit private music at her. I’m restless and I don’t know why, yet. I ask her what she’s listening to. She snaps her gum, hands me one of the earbuds, and I find out that it’s an ancient Backstreet Boys song.

Within moments, I’m at ease again. I finish reading a novel for my African Literature class. Three chapters, five songs. I took notes the entire time. I’m addicted to noise. What’s more, I think I may actually be afraid of the quiet, and I don’t think I’m alone. Even now, as I write without music, the air conditioning and the lights are humming softly, filling the void where silence lurks. My immediate concern is my hearing. WebMD published a July 2009 article that says that ambient sounds can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. How do I know that the background noise to which I am addicted isn’t slowly deafening me? My fiancée flees from loud places where I’m able to study in peace. Is this a survival instinct? Does her brain know something about noise that mine just hasn’t learned? Beyond hearing loss, I know this must

be affecting me in other, subtle ways. As an English major, I’ll be working with a lot of older people. People who work in quiet offices, and who expect their co-workers and underlings to stay quiet. Wearing headphones isn’t an option — I don’t want my hearing to get any worse, and I can’t ignore my co-workers. Maybe learning to work in the quiet won’t be so bad. Maybe after one irritating day, I’ll be over the addiction, cold turkey, and I’ll fall in line with the people around. Or maybe it’ll be like trying to quit cigarettes – harrowing and hard. I don’t exactly have a choice either way. What’s worse, I wonder if the constant background noise isn’t lowering the quality of my work and my comprehension. A study in 2008 suggested that people can’t really multitask, but rather, can only switch rapidly between tasks. Usually, the ambient noises (often music) are like the lights for me — enabling me to work, but not the object of my focus. But especially with music, these noises often catch my

attention, even if only for a few moments, and that could be all it takes to pull me out of the complex thought processes that so much college work requires. College is absurdly competitive. Am I at a disadvantage because the sounds I need to work are blunting my effectiveness? Or do I have the edge because I’ve learned to work in noise pollution? If people can’t multitask, my need for noise is hurting me. You can test your own ability to multitask yourself, by the way. Imagine the taste of your favorite food, and simultaneously add 79 and 143 in your head. You’ll probably get through the arithmetic, but you won’t stay focused on the flavor. I contend that ambient noises compete with our attention in a similar manner. Even if I am wrong, learning to work in the quiet will make adjusting to older co-workers and bosses easier. And if I’m right, turning off the music will make you a little more effective at everything you do.

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Collegio Online readers write back In response to ‘The constitution is clear’ 9/2/10 I agree that Muslims have the right to build a community center near Ground Zero. It’s unfortunate that this has become such an issue. As a Christian, I believe that everyone should be free to practice their religion, whether I agree with their religious beliefs or not. Also, I think it’s important that we differentiate between our Muslim friends and the terrorists who committed the evil, unjustified, and inexcusable acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001, that took the lives of three thousand of our fellow Americans.

As far as the appropriateness of building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, some have pointed out that there are strip clubs and a sex shop near Ground Zero. It’s lamentable that while Muslims practicing their religion near the World Trade Center site are being criticized, what amounts to the commercial sexual exploitation of women near the same site is being given virtually a free pass. 9/10/10 @ 9:25 PM CST In response to ‘Pitt State master plan revisited’ 9/9/10 A performing arts and conference center should receive

high priority in the plan. When Carney Hall was extant it was a social/intellectual focal point of the campus. It hosted speakers such as Ramsey Clark, Bucky Fuller, Leonard Nimoy and even George Lincoln Rockwell. Various musical performances of all stripes were there. Theatrical productions were featured. Carney Hall was a college focal point. Even the Apple Day convocation was held there, complete with a streaker in the mid-’70s. The need for a new performing arts center should be emphasized. It is a shame it was not in the last “master plan.” 9/10/10 @ 6:44 AM CST

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September 16, 2010

SGA prepares for initial business Scantrons, smoking ban discussed WHITNEY SAPORITO Managing Editor The goal to create a campus wide smoking ban was introduced at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. SGA Vice President Thomas Gregory says he plans to form a smoking ban committee to work on creating a two-year plan that will eventually lead to a campuswide ban. “This comes up every year and I’m not going to be half-assing it this year like most senates in the past have done,” Gregory said. “This is a very hot button issue.” Gregory says more campuses are moving toward becoming smoke free. “Dr. Scott met with Brandon and I two days ago, this is something he’s very adamant about doing,” Gregory said. “He wants this campus to be smoke free and it’s only proper it comes from this organization.” Gregory encouraged senators to talk with students to find out

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Thomas Gregory, Student Government Association vice president, asks SGA members to get student opinions about programs that may be cut. how they feel about the possible ban. He said the issue would be discussed in greater length at next week’s meeting. Gregory also asked senators to find out students’ feelings on the Collegiate Readership Program, which provides free newspapers to PSU students. “Little does everyone know that that’s $16,000 that comes out of student fee dollars that pay for that,” Gregory said. He said knowing how students feel about the program is important for the upcoming fee council meeting. “Maybe the collegiate reader-

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ship program is one of those programs that we need to look at maybe re-evaluating whether or not it needs to be here or not,” Gregory said. He says that will also be discussed at next week’s meeting. SGA also welcomed 11 new members Wednesday night. The resolution to confirm the new senators was approved and pushed into second reading, which means the new senators will be confirmed and sworn in next Wednesday. Gregory says that Cheryl Hudspeth, candidate for the Kansas 2nd Congressional district, will speak and answer student questions at the upcoming meeting. SGA President Brandon Mills was absent from Wednesday’s meeting to attend a Board of Regents meeting in Topeka. Gregory said Mills is working to re-establish a judicial branch of SGA. The judicial branch handles issues such as violations of student conduct. In other news, SGA ordered 32,500 scantrons for the school year. Students are limited to two free scantrons per week. Jason Bilberry, Community Affairs Director, says SGA will hold its Senate retreat on Sept. 25. Bilberry says SGA members will meet by Pittsburg High School to clean a stretch of highway. He says they will also meet in the Overman Student Center later in the day to discuss what the different SGA committees have planned for the semester.

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Marching to their own beat The Pitt State Pride of the Plains marching band practices for weeks in preparation for the fall semester. Students arrive a week early and undergo strenuous practices and auditions. Over 180 students are participating in the fall 2010 season. The contemporary style marching band consists of marching band instruments, color guard, feature twirlers, and Crimson and Gold dancers. The band performs at all home games and select away games. It leads the Homecoming parade, the

Pittsburg Christmas parade, and is a fixture at many Pitt State and community events throughout the year. Band members are welcome even without a music major. All members of the band receive stipends for their participation. Significant scholarships are available on audition. So far, the marching band has performed several numbers at home games, including the theme song to Hawaii Five-0, “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, and “Monster” by Skillet.

Drum line started rehearsal dancing to the beat Monday, Sept. 13.

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Pride of the Plains Marching Band rehearses at the practice field Monday, Sept. 13.

Trombone section stands a halt during field formation practice Monday, Sept. 13.


September 16, 2010

Gorilla Village groovin’

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Jeff Allen band performs at University Lake on Wednesday, Sept 15.

Country singer performs at free lakeside concert SARAH POLAND Collegio reporter Folded up umbrellas were kept nearby in Gorilla Village as Pittsburg State University students and the community attended a concert by country singer Jeff Allen, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15. Despite the rain earlier in the day, and severe weather forecast for later in the night, the concert started as scheduled. Allen played songs from his current album, “Raised on Getting By,” and his new album that he said should be released in six months. Allen said he and his band arrived yesterday afternoon around three and immediately went to the 96.9 KCOW radio station to promote the show. The concert was sponsored by the Student Activities Council. Alexa Deghand, senior in communication and the SAC club entertainment chair, said the band was easy to work with. Deghand said the band sent SAC their rider, a list of everything the band will need to put on the show. “Some bands ask for food and things like that in their rider,” Deghand said. “Allen’s band just had what sound equipment they needed and some water. After we had those things together we just had to stay in contact with his agent.” Matt Jacobs, resident of Joplin, heard Allen on the radio and

decided to drive to Pittsburg for the concert. “We heard his song on the radio and we just decided to come over,” Jacobs said. For PSU student Brady Lowther, undecided freshman, the concert was a good chance to leave the dorms. “I have gotten out and done much in the last couple of weeks so I decided to come,” Lowther said. “I really like country music.” Nikki Stone, freshman in chemistry, said she saw an ad for the concert on Facebook. “I like country music and they sounded good so I came,” Stone said. PSU alumna Amanda Aikin said she attended the concert because Allen is her stepbrother and she hasn’t been able to see any of his concerts recently. “He usually performs more in the South,” Aikin said. “I haven’t seen one of his concerts since he was younger and before his CD came out. I’m really excited to be here and watch him.” Allen said they had called Chatters earlier in the afternoon and asked if they could come do an acoustic sit-in after the concert. He invited the audience to join him at the restaurant after the show was over. The concert ended early when Allen announced that he would not be doing the final number because of a nearing storm.

Jeff Allen Band performs to help people relax during a busy weekday at University Lake on Wednesday, Sept 15.

Living poetry: BARTHOLOMEW KLICK Copy editor A self-described lost student, David Huddle flunked out of college in 1963 and joined the Army shortly after. Huddle has gone on to publish novels, poetry collections and a number of short stories. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the 2007 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)/George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, and now teaches creative writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. He will visit PSU as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers series at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, in 109 Grubbs Hall, where he is scheduled to read selections from his work and talk to PSU students and faculty

about his career, which he says he attributes to his experiences in Vietnam. “I envisioned writing a lot in the Army,” Huddle said in an e-mail interview. “That didn’t happen.” He sold his first two short stories in 1971, both with the Vietnam conflict as a central theme. “They were accepted, in my opinion, more because of that subject matter than because of their literary merit,” Huddle said. “Because of those two publications, I was hired by the University of Vermont to teach creative writing. I owe my writing and teaching career to my experience in Vietnam.” This humility makes itself apparent in Huddle’s classes. “My only claim to being a teacher is in being a writer,” Huddle said. “I’ve learned how

to integrate my writing with my teaching so that they’re not conflicting activities. I write the same assignments my students write, and my writing receives workshop discussion along with everybody else’s.” Huddle says that his last two books of poetry, one of which is still in production, were written almost entirely by way of following the assignments he gives his students in classes. “Writing matters more to me than teaching,” Huddle said. “But then the fact that writing matters so much to me makes me a better writing teacher. I’m very close to retiring from teaching, but I’d have a hard time living with myself if I couldn’t write.” Huddle says writing is a key part of his spiritual alignment. “It’s a way of examining my life,” Huddle said. “When I’m able to write something

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worthwhile, it makes me feel terrific.” Huddle’s writing often invokes his Virginia upbringing, his family the frequent subjects of his poetry, and his literary fiction often focuses on life south of the Mason-Dixon line. His collection of linked short stories, “Only the Little Bone,” which Huddle says is a fictional version of his upbringing, depicts conflicts of power among community, industry and various family members. Huddle says he suggests this work when people wish to get acquainted with his work. If you bump into David Huddle while he’s writing, you won’t find him at a desk. He says he writes on sofas and in the quiet corners of hotel lobbies. “I don’t write well at desks,” Huddle said. “I’m perversely inclined to write in living rooms.”

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