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Students choose education over skilled trade jobs Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter Several career paths like automotive repair or factory work don’t require any college experience yet several students going into these fields have chosen to attend PSU in order to gain an advantage and open higher-level positions. “With a four-year degree in automotive technology, I’ll be more of a manager,” said Matthew Fangman, junior in automotive technology.

Fangman says he is studying to be a manager for an automotive shop that works on diesel and heavy equipment. Most of the classes Fangman takes are based on theories instead of practical hands-on experience. “We learn about why stuff is done the way it is,” Fangman said. “This will help me explain to employees later on why to fix something a certain way and to motivate them.” Fangman grew up on a farm in Seneca, and his uncle owns an automotive

Graduation change sparks controversy Madison Dennis Editor-in-chief Paige Testerman will graduate this December. She has been planning the events around her graduation date for some time. Testerman says she can’t understand why the university hasn’t been doing the same. When Testerman heard that Pittsburg State had changed the times for her graduation ceremony, she started changing plans right away. “I have a few nurses in my family who had to accommodate my schedule,” said Testerman, senior in accounting. “It was going to be bad.” On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Pitt State sent out a press release announcing that the winter commencement ceremony times had been pushed back due to a scheduling conflict with the Division II football championship, which is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Pitt State has a chance to compete in the championship game depending on its performance against Delta State this weekend. Originally, Pitt State planned to offer a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and another at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. “It was a forseeable issue,” Testerman said. “I didn’t think this was the best solution.” President Steve Scott says that after the announcement was made, the uproar that ensued made the administration realize they made the wrong decision. “We were trying to come to a resolution to what we saw as a pretty serious conflict,” Scott said. “I can tell you right now, I acknowledge that we missed it.” Although he says he realizes that the time change was not the correct decision, it was not one he entered into lightly. “We were pretty thoughtful about it,” Scott said. Scott said that he consulted his staff, December graduates, the faculty senate, the deans, KNEA, and the President’s Council before making this decision. “We said, ‘It seems to us what we need to do is to create some different times and allow people to go to the game and come back and graduate the next day,’” Scott said. “We really tried to understand what the concerns would be and the logic behind it. We didn’t see any red flags that would say, we gotta pull back.” Scott says that while he anticipated some concerns from students and their families with the announcement, “I don’t think we saw the passion that came from some of the responses.” The feedback to the scheduling changes was immediate and, in some cases, vehement. The Board of Regents received multiple phone calls, as did the President’s office. KOAM news traveled to campus to cover the story, and the Pittsburg State University Facebook page had over 50 comments regarding the scheduling changes. Alumni, relatives and students all weighed in on the issue. One Facebook user wrote “This is potentially the

most disappointing thing I have ever heard about a university I once respected. I am a graduate of the university and can’t believe this is being allowed. Unless Dr. Scott gets fired over this decision,

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shop. He says he was involved in automotive technology in high school. Fangman says Pittsburg State donated some cars to his high school to assist students who were learning how to fix them. All of these factors led him to attend PSU after graduating from high school. “I feel the automotive program does well at helping their students,” Fangman said. “Pittsburg State is well known around the country with a lot of the types of companies in this field.” Fangman says he has had two intern-

ships since coming to Pitt State. He interned with a company called Kiewit out of Dallas, Texas, last spring. Fangman says he spent the summer traveling the Midwest, going to various training dealerships for John Deere. Charles Neises says attending Pittsburg State has helped get his name out to various companies, something he couldn’t have done had he not gone to college. “Staff and faculty will help send your name to companies or take you to dif-

ferent conferences that have companies who are looking for people in this field,” said Neises, senior in manufacturing engineering technology. Neises says attending a university in his field has helped him develop connections with other engineers to learn and develop particle experiences. He says he has been able to take classes at Pittsburg State that he wouldn’t have been able to take at a trade school. These include

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BRING IT ON Delta State University -Delta State University was founded in 1924, when it was known as Delta State Teachers College. -Delta State has approximately 3,000 students enrolled.

-Delta State is home to a top-of-theline commercial aviation facility, the only one in Mississippi.

Pittsburg State University

-Pittsburg State University was founded in 1903, when it was known as Auxiliary Manual Training Normal School, and then became Kansas State Teachers College.

-Pitt State has approximately 7,500 students enrolled

-Pitt State is home to the Kansas Technology Center, a state-of-theart technology program in the largest academic building in Kansas.

Big-time programs not strangers to the spotlight Garett mccullough Collegio Reporter Two teams that know a thing or two about playing in big games will square off in a national championship semifinal this Saturday. Pitt State has been to the semifinals six times and will attempt to secure a trip to the National Championship against a Delta State team that has been in this situation four times. Pitt may have the historical edge but Delta State was in the

championship game last season and is a perennial contender. Delta State is 11-2 with losses coming to Northwestern State (La.) and West Georgia and was ranked eighth in the final AFCA poll. Pitt State is 11-1, its only loss coming at the hands of conference foe Washburn and was ranked seventh in the final poll. Pitt has gotten its revenge and proved that it is the true conference champion after beating both, Washburn and Northwest Missouri State in the playoffs. Both games were won in a dominant fashion by Pitt State. Washburn’s,

Dane Simoneau, a player of the year nominee, was shut down by the Pitt State defense, while Northwest never seemed to have a chance. Delta State handled its first opponent in round two of the playoffs. North Alabama hung with the Statesmen in the first half, but Delta dominated the second half for a 42-14 victory. The next game was closer and gave them some needed experience. Delta trailed 17-14 at half against North Green-

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Student share tips for finals: ‘Don’t stress’ Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter

December means the semester is almost over and the start of finals week makes most students cringe. Students across campus have been spending hours this week and throughout the semester preparing for final exams. Four such students have been studying for three finals and offer study tips to fellow students. “I think flash cards would be a good idea,” said Keely Boston, senior in English. “Because when you write the answers out, the repetitions help you memorize it.” Boston has finals in care and prevention of athletic injuries, coaching softball and baseball and French grammar and composition. She says she has studied an hour every day this week, usually as Christmas music plays and with a cola and popcorn. “I don’t know how the music helps other than maybe motivation to go home soon,” Boston said. “But the coke and popcorn give me energy to stay awake.” Joel Ybarra advises students not to stress out. He says to look over everything that was written down and to research and apply the information. Ybarra says he typically takes out his notes and reads them thoroughly. “Don’t stress,” said Ybarra, graduate student in communication. “And when you take your finals, just look over the questions and go through your mind all the different types of information you know about that question.”

Ybarra says he also studies with music playing in a warm room. He says the music helps him concentrate. Daniel Kilby says he also studies with music on occasion. However, he says he has to listen to classical music, or music with no lyrics. “The fact that there are no words to conflict with what I’m reading, but still allows me a tempo for what I’m reading helps,” said Kilby, senior in communication. “I also like complete silence, because it allows me to focus and drink in the words.” Kilby says his favorite place to study is the basement of Axe Library. Kilby says he has spent two-three hours per day in the basement studying for finals in microeconomics and research procedures. Kilby says he also has to type a paper and fill out several pages from the internship he’s had for the past nine months. He says reading the book is a key factor to passing finals. “It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how many people don’t read their chapters,” Kilby said. “I find that if you read the summary and key points it helps. If you understand that then you’re good, but if you can’t understand it then you need to go back and reread the chapter.” Ashlee Miller says she prefers studying in designated study areas like the study lounge in Willard Hall. “I think group study areas help me study because everyone around me is studying,” said Miller, junior in biology. “It also helps that there’s no clock in the study lounge because then I want to look at it.” Miller says she has finals in biology, physics and physics lab, and she spends two hours a day studying for her tests. Miller also studies with snacks because they help keep her energized. She reads her

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Pinar Onal and Jason White, graduate students in MBA, prepare for final exams at Axe Library on Monday, Dec. 5. textbook more than once, writes out the notes in class and then types her notes. When these tips don’t work, she advises students to seek assistance from their professors, or find a tutor before the last week of classes. “Having a tutor has greatly helped me this year,” Miller said.



December 8, 2011 personal freedom, harm tourism and alter foreign policy. “Their impact is huge and dominating,” said Tharwat al-Kharabawi, an Egyptian expert on Islamist movements. “For the poor who live in hardship, Salafis give them hope without necessarily providing alternative or practical solutions.”

Kan. governor invokes Feds: Couple claimed Eisenhower leadership model welfare, lived in $1.2M home WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback said President Dwight Eisenhower’s calm style was the Kansas definition of good leadership.Brownback praised Eisenhower, a Kansas native, on Tuesday during a symposium of community leaders in Wichita. The governor’s remarks came at the same time President Barack Obama was 165 miles away in Osawatomie speaking on economic inequality. Obama evoked the memory of President Theodore Roosevelt’s fight for fairness for the middle class. Brownback told the 300 people gathered in Wichita that Eisenhower’s “Midwestern calm” pulled people together. He also said America was built by immigrants and Kansas needed to be welcoming to immigrants within its communities. The governor said he hoped his legacy would be one of reconciliation.

NRC chief: Nuke industry must heed lesson of Japan WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan. Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said recent instances of human error and other problems have endangered workers and threatened safety at a handful of the 65 nuclear power plants in the United States. Workers at nuclear plants in Ohio and Nebraska were exposed to higher than expected radiation levels, Jaczko said, while three other plants were shut down for months because of safety concerns — the first time in more than a decade that several plants have been shut down at the same time. The Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska remain shut down, while the earthquake-damaged North Anna plant in Virginia reopened last month after being shut down for three months.

Hard-line Islamist gains surprise in Egypt vote

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle chiropractor and his wife live in a $1.2 million waterfront home and have spent the past eight years flying to Moscow, Paris, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. All the while, federal authorities say, the couple was collecting more than $100,000 in welfare. Now, the U.S. attorney’s office is suing David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova, accusing them of filing false claims and demanding that the couple pay back more than $135,000 in federal housing assistance since 2003. Prosecutors are also seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines. In gaining Section 8 housing assistance, Shimonova represented that she lived alone with her two children and that her household assets were less than $5,000. Silverstein received the monthly benefits of $1,272 as Shimonova’s purported landlord, the government said. Shimonova also received benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, as well as Social Security cash reserved for people who can’t work due to age or disability and whose assets fall below a certain threshold — $3,000 for a married couple or $2,000 for a single person, the complaint said.

State: Mom who shot kids, self denied food stamps SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A woman who police say shot her two kids and then killed herself during a standoff in a state welfare office has been identified as a former Ohio resident who moved to Texas this summer. Authorities on Tuesday identified the mother as Rachelle Grimmer. Grimmer’s 12-year-old daughter, Ramie, and 10-year-old son, Timothy, remained in critical condition Tuesday at a San Antonio hospital. State officials say Grimmer applied for food stamps in July but was denied because she didn’t turn in enough information. Authorities said Grimmer told negotiators about a litany of complaints against state and federal government agencies during the standoff at a Texas Department of Health and Human Services building.

Stocks close mixed after

CAIRO (AP) — With little political experience but a huge religious following, Egypt’s ultraconservative Salafi movement has pulled off the biggest surprise yet of Egypt’s first-round parliamentary elections by taking a quarter of the vote. The Salafis, who plan to use their newfound clout to push for Islamization of Egypt, are flush with cash and are using their control of satellite TV stations and mosques across the country to sell themselves not only as an alternative to the corrupt old regime, but as a purer alternative to other Islamist parties. Their newfound power has raised concerns at home and abroad that they’ll drag Egypt in a more fundamentalist direction that could limit

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In this undated photo provided by the King County Dept. of Assessments, the $1.2 million waterfront home where prosecutors say a Seattle chiropractor and his wife lived while claiming welfare assistance is seen.

euro bailout fund news Stocks are closing narrowly mixed after a report that a second European bailout fund was being considered set off a brief, late-day rally. Stocks rose late Tuesday following a report that European leaders might create another bailout fund in addition to the one that already exists. The market was stuck in neutral for most of the day. Earlier, Standard & Poor’s threatened to downgrade nations that use the euro. Indexes eventually drifted back toward where they started. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 52 points, or 0.4 percent, at 12,150. The S&P 500 closed up a point at 1,258. The Nasdaq fell 6, or 0.2 percent, to 2,649.Rising stocks and declining ones were evenly split on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was light at 3.7 billion shares.

Democratic president a chance to invoke a speech former President Theodore Roosevelt gave in 1910 in Osawatomie, promoting action by government for the disadvantaged.

Obama visit to Kan. amid skepticism about economy

In this Saturday, Nov. 26, file photo, Egyptians in a public bus are seen under a giant Arabic banner supporting Farid Ali, a Salafi candidate for the Parliamentary elections, in Cairo, Egypt.

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s visit to a small eastern Kansas town to deliver a major speech on the economy brought him into politically unfriendly territory where even some audience members questioned whether he’s done enough to create new jobs. Obama received a rousing welcome Tuesday from hundreds of people who crowded into the high school gymnasium in Osawatomie, about 50 miles south of Kansas City. But a Democrat hasn’t carried Kansas in a presidential election since 1964. The speech gave the

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One class, one final, one act Todd Miller Collegio writer Last weekend four communication students put on a show called “Theater Unleashed,” a set of four one-act plays. The show was the final for Cynthia Allan’s communication 544 stage direction class, and is a culminating project to showcase the skills they’ve learned during the semester. “The directors are responsible for the whole show,” said Allan, chair of the Department of Communication. “All the actors are a part of their final exam. Students helping other students helps them realize their vision.” Brett Baker, one of the directors, says that the show allowed them to grasp the entire process of directing. “We’re learning how to direct, build a set, go through the auditioning process, including call backs,” said Baker, senior in communication. “Everything that goes into a theater production.” Robert Wilson, one of the directors, says that the experience proved to be challenging. “I’ve never directed before,” said Wilson, senior in communication education. “It took me a while to get comfortable with taking charge. This experience has helped me to grow to be a leader.” None of the actors or actresses in the plays are in the class. Those students and the technicians are all volunteers who elected to use their time to help with the performances. “The directors were talking about it at ‘Madwoman,’” said Jesse Denton, senior in communication and one of the volunteer actresses. “I have to take the

class next year, so I figured I’d get involved and see what was incorporated.” Taylor Patterson says she also heard about the show from the directors during the production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” the play put on by the PSU Theater in October. “I thought it sounded fun, so I auditioned,” said Patterson, freshman in mathematics. “I enjoy acting.” Some of the actors like Ceyeli Corbett say that the one-acts came together much differently than the larger performances they’ve been in. “There was less time, so it was harder to get into character,” said Corbett, freshman in communication. “And you want to make it perfect for the director because their grade depends on it.” Jonathan Eastman says he has been helping with the one-act plays for two years now. Eastman says he volunteered to help with the technical side of the play, handling the sound. “I’m friends with a lot of the people involved,” said Eastman, senior in communication. “They asked for my help.” Eastman says he has a passion for taking care of the sound for the stage and would love to do it for a living. “I enjoy doing this. I enjoy theater,” Eastman said. “Helping with the one-act plays lets me use the skills I’ve learned in broadcasting.” Eastman says the one-act performances are easier to handle than larger performances. “It’s easier because of the size,” Eastman said. “Not the size of the show, but the size of the space. There’s less to worry about.” Allan says that this is the students’ first time

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Jim, Wanda, and Marsha, played by Ethan Caldwell, Laura Ismert and Jeanine Kunshek, perform “Wanda’s Visit” in Grubbs Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3. producing something for the public. “They’re putting their final out there in the public’s eye,” Allan said. “It’s very nerve-racking. It’d be like a mathematics major going out in the Oval and doing their math final on an overhead projector for everyone to see.”

Allan says the class is required for all theater emphasis and communication education students, but can be taken by anybody who meets the requirements. “It’s a very time-consuming class,” Allen said. “It can’t really be taken for fun.”

Event brings online gamers together, offline ADRIANA GARMACEA Collegio Reporter

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JT Paul, sophomore in graphic design, plays “Team Fortress 2” at the Kelce Hall for the Gorilla Gamers club on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Gorilla Gamers and Information Technology Student Association held their first “Team Fortress 2” LAN Party last Friday in the Hughes Hall computer lab. Participants were encouraged to bring their own keyboards and mouse, as well as their own headphones. Sixteen students competed at the event. William Holloway, junior in computer information systems who helped organize the event, says that the event was planned through the ITSA group in conjunction with Gorilla Gamers. J. D. Nickel says that the group started last semester and this was their first event. “The occasion is both a competition and a way to hang out with people that share our same interest,” said Nickel, senior in computer

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science. “Basically everybody shows up and then we switch teams and we are a little competitive among ourselves.’’ Nickel says some of the members usually play video games together at home or online and his favorite game is Counter Strike. Bailey Mayhew was one of two girls present at the event. “With this game, to me it’s more of a bonding experience,” said Mayhew, freshman in nursing. “I have five or six friends that I normally get together with to play and it is definitely a lot more fun to play it that way.” Mayhew says she liked the idea, especially since she doesn’t have many friends who play the game. Mayhew says this was her first time playing with the group but she already knew a couple of the members. John Book, president of ITSA, says that they wanted to have a final get together before

the semester ends. “We were trying to have a final event for the semester and with it being the weekend before dead week,” said Book, senior in computer science. “We were hoping students would want a break from studying and come to have fun.” Book says that everybody still enjoyed it even though it wasn’t as well attended as some other events. “This was more of a way to hang out,” Book said. “Even though there were winners and losers, the teams were constantly switching so that everyone could enjoy it.” Holloway says that ITSA does more than organize LAN parties. He says they also put together presentations over new technologies. For students interested in the club, the website is


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Wattage, temperatures fall PSU implements practical solutions to save energy Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter Sustainability is a word that has been buzzing around campus recently. Tom Amershek, Director of Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance, says the university has implemented a variety of measures to assist with the sustainability project.

Long-term goals “We have gotten engaged in this process both externally and internally to reduce the use of energy,” Amershek said. “This includes being able to monitor the use of gas, water and electricity on campus effectively.” PSU started the process by hiring Energy Solutions Professional, an independent energy service company to come up with ways to improve energy efficiency on campus. “This goes hand in hand with reducing carbon emissions locally and globally, which ties back to our sustainability goals,” Amershek said. A manager from this company met with the facilities master planning and president’s council committees to discuss ways to achieve sustainability. One change is in the university’s lighting system. Light bulbs in buildings across campus have been changed from 12-volt to 8-volt bulbs. Watt fixtures of 175-150 watt, metal halide were once used on campus. However, they have been replaced by 100 watt induction lighting in accordance with the new

energy conservation guidelines. “The university has increased lighting while decreasing energy costs through the use of new technology,” Amershek said.

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specific building is operating to the system.” Amershek says it’s taken a few weeks for some staff, faculty and students to adjust to the changes that have been made. He says one reason for this is that some students don’t dress appropriately for the temperature change before they go to class.

The temperatures in rooms across Dress for the weather campus have also been changed. The “We ask that students dress appropriately to sustainability committee approved a the area,” Amershek said. “If it’s cold outside, cooling temperature of no less than 74 it’s probably not best to wear a short skirt.” degrees in the summer and a heating he university has One thing that may help students come to temperature of no more than 70 degrees increased lighting while terms with the changes is that the money fundin the winter. Amershek says a list of ing the project hasn’t come out of their student standards was provided by the Ameridecreasing engery costs fees. Instead, the money saved on utilities can Society of Heating, Refrigeration through the use of new because of the project has allowed the project and Air Conditioning Engineers. The to pay for itself. higher standards of the heating and technology.” In addition, students have started acclimatcooling systems was chosen to be ing to the changes and don’t notice the differinstalled on campus. The amount of - Tom Amershek, Director of Building Trades ences as much. time it will take to get the entire campus and Landscape Maintenance “We’ve had fewer complaints in the past in line with these guidelines will be couple of weeks than originally,” Amershek decided by the President’s Council. said. “Any time you have change some people “The biggest problem right away is have a harder time adapting than others. The change is better for the heating and cooling system vs. the machinery used,” Amershek the university overall, though.” said. “Once we get that running we have a better idea of how a


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sion, I will never again donate a single dollar to PSU because of this… I hate to root against my old alma mater, but it would be a great lesson for the idiots in charge if they lose the game on Saturday.” However, not all responses were so polarized.

Delta trailed 17-14 at half against North Greenville, but Statesmen took over in the second half and won the game 28-23. Delta State is 14-5 in postseason play and the Gorillas are 22-15. History is on Delta’s side as they won the only prior meeting with the Gorillas, 44-31 in 2005. Pitt is also 1-3 against the Gulf South Conference in postseason play, which the Statesmen won this year. Both the Gorillas and the Statesmen are great in the semifinals historically, posting 4-1 and 5-2 records respectively. Those are all just numbers, though. Aside from Delta State being in the championship game last year, neither of these current teams have much to do with those statistics. What this game will come down to defense. Both teams have proven they can score quickly in the playoffs and both have proven they are not one-dimensional on offense. To continue with the similarities, it seems both teams’ defense tends to take a quarter to start playing. Pitt and Delta State have dominated on defense in the second half and each will get its share of stops. The winner of this game

principles of metal casting, heat treat and metal energy, and casting and design simulation. These are lab and lecture classes that dig deeper into the subject than one typically experiences at a trade school or when learning on their own. “You’re surrounded by castings every day and you don’t realize how they’re manufactured until you start learning the processes,” Neises said. “You get these experiences from these classes.” Neises says that being involved in the manufacturing program at Pittsburg State will help him become a process engineer, which means he will manage a crew of workers who lack the same education. “I’ll be assigned a specific job to follow from design to amplification,” Neises said. Neises says he will graduate in May and feels confident about the job outlook in his field. “I feel proud to graduate in this field and the job outlook looks a lot brighter than two years ago,” Neises said. “The economy has turned around and companies are starting to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States instead of sending them overseas.”

“I think it was a good call on Pitt State’s part because they had a difficult decision to make whether they kept the times the same or changed it,” said Katie Jones, graduate student in communication who is

graduating this semester.

Jones says she thought some of the feedback about the change was a little harsh. “I couldn’t believe people would write that stuff next to their name and photo,” Jones said. Scott says that he is grateful for the response the university got. “It was a great lesson for us, on the importance of these events,” Scott said. The day after announcing the change, Scott and his staff held multiple meetings to evaluate whether they had made the right decision. Eventually, they decided to revise their plan. They announced that they would restore the 1 p.m. graduation ceremony and keep the 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday ceremonies, giving students the chance to decide which ceremony they would attend. “That’s where we arrived, and we arrived there because we listened to concerns and responded to those concerns,” Scott said. “At the end of the day, we want to make our students happy, and the last few days we weren’t.” “I didn’t think it went along with the mission and values PSU has tried to instill in us,” Testerman said. “The revision was a step in the right direction. I’m ecstatic right now.”

will be the winner of the turnover battle and I include three-and-outs in this category because they are almost more demoralizing for an offense than a turnover. Stopping John Brown of Pitt and Statesmen quarterback Micah Davis will be the focus of the defenses. If Pitt’s defense can gather its intensity early instead of waiting a quarter and play like they did against Washburn and Northwest, then the Statesmen will have an extremely tough time scoring. The scheme against the Gorilla offense at one point this season was to stop the run and make Zac Dickey pass. He continuously reminds opponents that when he has to pass, they have to guard, well attempt to guard, John Brown, who may be the fastest player in Division II. This game could be one for the ages, but with the caliber of offenses in this game one team could get rolling and put up a ton of points. Expect the home-field advantage of the Jungle to play a factor as the Pitt State faithful are expected to be out in full-force for this game. Pitt is slightly favored in the game by 1.5 points so if the experts are right

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Tweeting teen’s rights infringed In November, Emma Sullivan, a high school senior from Shawnee Mission participated in a Youth in Government program that involved a speech from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Apparently unimpressed, as the governor spoke, she tweeted “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” Although Sullivan said she was “just joking with friends,” Brownback’s staff contacted the Youth in Government program, which contacted Sullivan’s school. Sullivan was verbally disciplined at school and told to send Brownback an apology letter. It is the opinion of the Collegio that Shawnee Mission East, as a public school, has no authority over students’ conduct outside of school, especially when it pertains to their right to free speech. Although the school is responsible for the safety and behavior of students during school hours, Sullivan’s actions were not disruptive, dangerous or illegal. Therefore, the school’s attempt to discipline her for expressing a political opinion is unconstitutional. If the school has policies against using social media during school hours, Sullivan is responsible for those actions. However, it is not within the school’s power to make Sullivan retract her statement. Sullivan’s principal, Karl Krawitz, suggested points for Sullivan to cover in her apology letter to Brownback. For Krawitz, an administrator at a public school, to suggest topics for a letter retracting a student’s opinion is a definite overreach of his duties. Krawitz should be encouraging Sullivan to back up her opinion and educate herself on her rights instead of attempting to censor her for the sake of public relations. That the governor’s office contacted Sullivan’s high school in the first place reflects poorly on the governor’s priorities and dedication to his responsibilities as a civil servant. Rather than being concerned about what one teenager tweeted about his speech, the governor should be considering how to connect better with the youth of the state and how to give them a chance to voice their specific concerns. As a highranking, public upholder of the rights of the people, Brownback had the opportunity to support Sullivan’s right to free speech. Instead, his office sent this message to the youth of the state: negative opinions are not appreciated or supported by this administration. There is hardly a less desirable message to send to any young people in the state, and especially ironic because of the governor’s involvement with the Youth in Government program. Regardless of the validity or politeness of the opinion, Sullivan, as an American citizen, has the right to say whatever she wants about the politicians of this country. As a man whose job it is to advocate for the people, Brownback should have set an example and responded with courtesy and support for Sullivan’s right to her opinion. The Collegio, as an organization that depends on the First Amendment to function, would like to extend its support for Sullivan and hopes that in the future such incidents will go without punishment for those involved.

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O holy sale The Christmas season kicked off with a bang on Black Friday. Or did it start on magenta Saturday? Was it Blue and Pink Friday? Camo Thursday? Green Tuesday? All the crazy color-coded Christmas specials (yes these are all real gimmicks put in place this year) make it easy to remember that Christmas is about the presents and stimulating the economy. Wait, that can’t be right. Yes, the commercialization of Christmas and the crazy schemes retailers use to lure customers make the true meaning of Christmas and the real dates of Christmas seem trivial compared to the moneysaving deals on Black Friday. The realization that the holidays have become less about family and more about making money simply sickens me. I absolutely hate it. The idea that Christmas starts on Thanksgiving is irrational and places importance on the days leading to Christmas instead of Christmas itself. Why have we turned a two-day holiday into a month-long affair? Why do we start the Christmas season, which is supposed to be about goodwill toward men, with a day that sees several fights, injuries and occasional deaths because people trample others to get to the items they want first? Every year it seems news regarding Black Friday starts with sales numbers and ends with a death toll or injury toll. Why? Why does it have to be like this? The simple answer: Retailers are so good at what they do that they have brainwashed the general public into believing that they can only afford the newest and greatest gifts by shopping on one day. Their advertising campaigns make political ads seem like public service announcements in terms of effectiveness. In a way, the retailers convince us that we have to shop the same day as millions of other people or we won’t get the toys our kids need or the gadgets our teens want or thousands of other gifts that we apparently have to have. I realized a couple weeks ago that the

Letter to the Editor The opinions expressed in these letters were written before Pitt State announced the second revision in the commencement schedule. It has recently been expressed in the news that Penn State has finally made the right decision of choosing the students and its foundation before its athletics program. Yet, not all universities have gotten the message. I am a student from another PSU, Pittsburg State University. Today Pitt State announced that we have a chance of making it to the NCAA Div. II championship game. The game falls on the same day as graduation so the administration decided to cancel the original commencement day (which has been posted for over a year) and move it to another time and date. Today is Dec. 6, less than two weeks before graduation. Pittsburg State University has blatantly disregarded the fact that graduating students have sent out

announcements, have bought plane tickets, gotten reservations at restaurants and invited family from overseas. All of which is now pointless, as it does not match the original commencement day. On top of this, Pitt State posted on its website a letter from the president and vice president, stating that they made the decisions based on the views and opinions of graduating students. I am a graduating student who will be affected by the time and date change and I was never asked or consulted on a possible change. It can be summed up in one simple sentence: Pittsburg State University has shown to academia and its students that a potential championship game is more important than a definite graduation. Thank you

PSU Senior, Class of 2011 “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our university and community, but it has the potential of making students choose between two significant events in their college careers.” This was part of the opening statement in an email sent to all graduating seniors for the Fall of 2011. In an effort to allow seniors and their families to “attend graduation and the potential national championship game” Pittsburg State University administration made an administrative decision to change the times of commencement for all colleges on campus. After searching the Internet, I discovered that in previous similar circumstances (Appalachian State University and Alabama State University) officials did change commencement time, but never by

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way parents treat their kids regarding what Christmas means is similar to the way lobbyists influence Congress. Kids are told that if they behave they will get the toys and things they want so they behave from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Congressmen are treated the same way by lobbyists. They are told that if they behave (i.e., do what the lobbyists want) then they will get the toy they desperately want (more money and a better chance at re-election). I think that is what sickens me most. I can draw a parallel between Christmas and Congress without reaching for straws. Now I don’t want to be thought of as a scrooge or a grinch who hates Christmas. I do like Christmas, or rather what Christmas is supposed to be. I like the idea of being kind to other people regardless of their background. I like the idea of sharing time with close family and friends during a hopefully stress-free twoday period. I like the idea that people are willing to give to others out of the kindness of their heart. However, I Illustration by Hunter Peterson don’t like that these ideas have been marginalized by the commercialization of Christmas nor do I like that the Christmas season lasts a month. I think the Christmas season should last a week and the ideas that it seeks to promote should be practiced year-round. That is what I want for Christmas.

more than a few hours, much less 23 hours. Though 11 days seems like it would be ample time for travelers to make accommodations, any relative flying in for graduation can expect to incur a charge if they need to change their flight. Families that planned on driving to Pittsburg may have to drive back Sunday evening in order to get to work Monday morning. They may not be able to come at all because of the change. People who do not have a regular nine-to-five job are now looking at work schedules that are already done, and some graduates are having to work with bosses to change work schedules as well. The term “university” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically: one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor’s degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master’s degrees and doctorates.” By changing the commencement times, Pittsburg State University delays acting on the actual definition of a university itself. Pittsburg State University gives the impression that athletics, at least football championships, are more important than individual scholastic achievement by not allowing students to choose which event they would rather attend. There are two home basketball games scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., but I suppose that we are allowed to choose between participating in commencement vs. supporting the basketball teams. Then again, we may all be graduat-

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pittstatebriefs Canvas to replace ANGEL course system Canvas will be the university’s new course management system to replace ANGEL, announced Brenda Frieden, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology Canvas will be implemented starting in June 2012 when the ANGEL contract expires. Some work on moving to Canvas starts this month. Training will start in the spring semester. The decision comes following campus demonstrations of various systems in the fall semester and surveys that showed that 75 percent of faculty, staff and students who attended the demonstrations said they preferred Canvas over the other systems being considered. A task force also worked in developing evaluation criteria, viewing vendor demonstrations and planning for campus demonstrations.

Poetry reading Thursday As part of the celebration of Kansas’ 150th year of statehood, 12 poets from around the state will be reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center. The reading is part of a 20-city reading tour that

commemorates the publication of “Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems,” which was organized by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Poets who will read include Laura Lee Washburn, Iris Wilkinson, Lorraine Achey, Roland Sodowsky, Stephen Meats, Daniele Cunningham, Olive L. Sullivan, Rick Nichols, Al Ortolani, Max Yoho, Melissa Fite, Allison Berry and Ronda Miller. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call Lori Martin at 235-7588 or

SIFE applications due Applications for SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, membership are due Friday, Jan. 20. To request an application, e-mail sife@pittstate. edu. SIFE has meetings at 5 p.m. Mondays in the Inaugural Room of the Overman Student Center. Requirements to join SIFE are a 2.5 GPA, $5 biannual dues, one active project a semester and participation in 50 percent of the regularly scheduled activities.

R.A. applications due Students interested in becoming a resident assistant are invited to attend informational meetings at 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Dellinger Underground and 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in the Crimson Commons. More information and applications are available at

ra-selection. Applications are due at midnight on Feb. 1. For more information, contact Jennifer Beneke at or 235-4577.

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The Campus Christians group is holding its Christmas service Thursday, Dec. 8, in 109 Grubbs Hall. Snacks will be served at 7:30 p.m. and worship will begin at 8 p.m.

All chemistry majors are invited to a Christmas party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in 119 Heckert-Wells Hall.

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Holiday concert Friday The Timmons Chapel Holiday Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Timmons Chapel. The concerts will feature a mix of holiday and classical music. Admission is free.

Art holiday party Thursday The University Art Association and the PSU Art Department are holding a holiday party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Porter Hall. There will be a potluck beginning at 5:30, an ugly sweater contest, a raffle and a Christmas themed movie starting at 7 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish for the potluck. Participants in the ugly sweater contest must sign in by 6 p.m.

The parking violation appeals committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Varsity Room of the Overman Student Center to hear and decide appeals of parking tickets. For more information, call the University Police at 235-4621.

Karaoke night Thursday Gorillas in Your Midst will be holding a karaoke night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the U-Club in the Overman Student Center. There will be free refreshments and giveaways.

Writing center open house The Writing Center will have its Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Writing Center in 111D Axe Library.

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‘Tis the season ADRIANA GARMACEA Collegio Reporter

PSU has several students who perform regularly, such as the punk band R.O.R, DJ Ian Yates and comedian Lucas Ervin. Playing in a band or performing solo regularly is not easy when attending college full time. But these student performers say they enjoy their work and they have no trouble keeping an eye on their school work. R.O.R members include lead vocalist Samuel Bruch, lead bass and backup vocalist John Anson, lead backup drums Matt Olson and lead guitar Dalton Gainer. Bruch says the band started during their freshman year in high school when he and his friend Chuck gathered a few people to start the group. “It was only me and John at the beginning,” said Bruch, sophomore in creative writing. “And now there’s five of us.” Bruch says their music is considered garage punk/rock and roll. “What we sound the most like would be bands like Wizzard and the Ramones,” Bruch said. “About 70 percent of the songs we play are written by us and the rest are usually covers.” Bruch says their last performance was in April. “We started up in La Cygne, Kan., so a lot of our first shows were in that area,” Bruch said. “Then we played approximately five shows in Crawford County, but our biggest show was in Kansas City.” Bruch says most of their music is available online. “We usually upload our songs to Myspace or our Facebook page,” said Anson, undeclared sophomore.

“We also have some videos on YouTube.” The group says it can be hard to find time to practice since they are all full-time students. “We are looking forward to have a good practice place next semester,” said Olson, freshman in chemistry. “Because it is hard to rehearse sometimes when you have neighbors.” Another performing student is DJ Ian Yates, who has held residency at the Jungle, a local bar across from campus. Yates says he started DJing on Fridays, which led to doing it on Wednesdays as well. “On Wednesday night parties I target electronic/ dubstep genre,” said Yates, senior in commercial art and graphic design. Yates says he was introduced to DJing while attending college with a fellow DJ friend who performed in Springfield, Mo. “The electronic music genre would be my strongest music influence, because it encompasses a sound that I’m really into right now,” Yates said. “I listen to a lot of different DJ’s and I would say that among my top influences right now would be Feed Me, D.veloped, Paper Diamond, Nero, Skrillex, and of course Deadmau5.” Yates says he has a track from a live performance on the Jungle’s sky deck that people can download online so that students can access the 14-minute track that mixes eight songs. Yates has been working with a production company that puts together an electronic music party once a month in Springfield called DUBFIXX. “It’s a great show that we are going to be bringing to Pittsburg in the later part of January,” Yates said. Comedian Luke Ervin is another student-performer who has done his act on campus. “Usually, when I prepare my routines, I put the

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chology, says that young people are more likely to avoid personal interaction when running into uncomfortable situations. “With as much time as people spend communicating through their phones back and forth today, younger individuals particularly will see text message breakups as appropriate since they’re conditioned to working out all other issues through their phones,” Brannock said. “It resembles the Dear John letters of my era, when someone wanted to cut off a relationship but didn’t want to do it in person. They would write a letter saying they no longer wanted to be with that person.” Cullin Silva says he encountered a situ-

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material together in a way that flows well,” said Ervin, junior in recreational therapy. “And the inspiration for the jokes I’ve used comes from several different places.” Ervin says he has gotten a great deal of inspiration from conversations with about five friends in particular. Ervin says these have led to some of his favorite moments on stage that people seem to enjoy. “One thing I’ve learned is that if I want to be

ation that required a text message breakup, not because communication with his girlfriend was typically done over the phone, but because she gradually developed a controlling and psychotic personality after about three months together. “Everything was fine at first,” said Silva, undeclared freshman. “However when she started spending more time at my apartment, re-arranging things, telling me that I couldn’t go out and spend time with my friends, and looking through my personal belongings, I grew more hostile. After I came home one night, I found my laptop in a different place than where I left it, and a scarf of hers that wasn’t there before. I didn’t even want to see her anymore and sent her a detailed text saying that she was warned before and now it’s over, I can’t be near someone like that.” Shanae Alberty says that text-message breakups are something that will continue to occur. Alberty says she has sent a text ending a relationship in the past and feels that there will always be motives to avoid personal interaction. “Everyone has their different reasons for breaking up with someone over a text message,” said Alberty, freshman in psychology. “I had sent a text saying that we’re now no more than friends because the guy was way too clingy and wouldn’t focus on his own life. Through the good and bad, relationships will always draw a variety problems. Text-message breakups are just one of them.”

funny, I have to let things come naturally and not force it,” Ervin said. Ervin says the experience is a bit nerve-racking, especially knowing he has probably met some of the people in the audience before. “But that first laugh is like the first hit in football that gets rid of the butterflies,” Ervin said. “I just hope they enjoy what I have to say.”

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December 8, 2011

Hanukkah and its history

Everyone knows of Christmas and gifts under the tree, but one Jewish family is celebrating this month without gifts. Danielle Layman, senior in international studies, celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 20-28 with her three children. Layman says that during Hanukkah, they light a Chanukiah, more commonly referred to as a menorah, or candelabrum, for eight days. “The Chanukiah has holders for nine candles,” Layman said. “On the evening of Hanukkah, we light the middle candle, which is called the servant, then light one candle each day after with only the servant candle.” Layman explains that the servant candle represents the Messiah, and it is called the servant to remind them that the Messiah is a servant of God. “During Hanukkah, we don’t have giftgiving, but we do eat lots of food made in oil and play lots of games,” Layman said. “One of the games we play is when we pretend to be a dreidel (a spinning top) by spinning around and the last one to fall over gets money, like a quarter.” Layman explains the history behind Hanukkah and the reason it is celebrated the way it is. “It all started when the Greeks ruled over the land and brought Hellenism, which worshipped beauty and athletics,” Layman

the first miracle and no one can deny it,” Layman said. “They then liberated the temple on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and rededicated the temple on that day.” The main purpose of the Chanukiah, Layman says, comes from that day when they had only one can of oil, enough for just one day, that wasn’t ruined. But that oil lasted for eight days. “This is why we put food in lots of oil during Hanukkah,” Layman said. “Our favorite is traditional fried donuts, but the closest thing we can get to them is from Yummy Buffet in the dessert aisle.” Layman says that there are many other Hannukah traditions, including where to place the Chanukiah and when to light it. “We light the candle at sundown every night and set it by the window for people who are passing to see it,” Layman said. “But we cannot touch it except to light the candles.” Another tradition the Layman family enjoys is singing the blessing as they light the candle and after. “We pretty much play every night until we pass out,” Layman said. Layman’s husband is not Jewish, so she still allows her children and herself to participate with his family in celebrating Christmas. “I respect them enough to celebrate Christmas with them, but I will not have a Christmas tree in my house,” Layman said.

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Katie Wright has seven people on her Christmas list. “I’m buying for my family obviously, and four close friends,” Wright, sophomore in communication and Spanish, said. “I usually buy presents for my parents and sister, and I make presents for my friends.” With Christmas drawing closer, students like Wright are starting to budget for Christmas presents and narrowing down whom to buy for. Wright says she starts budgeting after Thanksgiving and tries hard to keep it under $200. “I tend to splurge on my family, buying things from places like Urban Outfitters,” Wright said. “For my friends I make things like photo collages, blankets, scarves and paintings.” Wright says she already has her family done and shopped for. She says she tries to remember throughout the year what they like instead of acquiring a list from them. “One of the coolest presents I have gotten for someone was a toaster that pops up with a Mickey Mouse face on the toast,” Wright said. “I was able to get it online for a good price.” With only a week or so before heading home for winter break and with finals next week, students are facing the holiday crunch in both time and money. Rebekah Curtis, junior in communication, budgets similarly to Wright.

“I plan ahead and start setting aside money right after Thanksgiving and plan out who I am buying gifts for,” Curtis said. “I budget about $30 - $50 for my family and about $10 - $20 for my roommates,” Curtis said. “I ask them what they want and keep them in mind while shopping, but I think I am mainly going to be buying clothes this year.” Curtis, who works as a waitress at Chatters Bar and Grill, says she budgets her expenses. “I have bills set aside and I make sure my essentials are paid, and once that is done I then focus on wants and presents,” Curtis said. One of the most expensive gifts she bought, a Vera Bradley purse, is for her mom. “I’m pretty simple in what I buy,” Curtis said. “I usually try to do my shopping around this time, but I refuse to do it right after Thanksgiving or right before Christmas.” Emily Lednicky, a junior in sustainability, has a different way of budgeting. Collegio/ Srikanth Korlapati “I don’t really have an x amount of Emmaly Farr, freshman in business dollars to spend on people,” Lednicky said. management, says she’s saving “I usually just buy things whenever I have money for Christmas. the money.” Lednicky says she starts shopping “Last year I went to Joplin to shop, but around the first of December. The people I don’t usually ever buy any gifts from she is buying for this year are her parents, Wal-Mart,” Lednicky said. brother, maybe her sister in-law, and some The most expensive gift she bought, a smaller gifts for other people. $30 juicer, is for her dad. Lednicky says that lately, the only “I usually just go with the flow in shopshopping she has done has been at speping,” Lednicky said. cialty shops in Lawrence.

Students dreaming of a Green Christmas Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter Pitt State student are dreaming of a green Christmas this year - green as in cash. As the semester comes to a close, currently employed students are eager to put in extra hours and begin earning a big paycheck for their hard work. Noelle Kownslar says that working at Ron’s Supermarket, University Housing and being a full-time student has proven to be challenging. It’s less struggling at the end of the semester when homework tapers off and finals are the only real concern,” said Kownslar, junior in communication education. “As we get further into the holiday season, I’ve been able to work more hours than usual. I’ll be close to full-time by the time winter break comes along. I’ll be pretty busy in the deli, customers will be stocking up on produce for the season.” Other students like Jonathan Lang have to travel outside of Pittsburg for work. Lang is an Olathe Firestone employee and he says he looks forward to the extra hours he will get during winter break. “I’m probably going to be near 50 (hours a week) during the break,”

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Collegio/ William Ravenstein Danielle Layman stands with her daughters Amber, Ma’ayan and Deborah while holding the chanukiah, or menorah, which is used to hold candles during Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights.

said Lang, freshman in automotive technology. “I haven’t had too much trouble balancing school and my job this semester, but the increased activity at work over break will be pretty challenging to keep up with.” Denise Southard is a student who works at Bath and Body Works. “Working 15 to 20 hours a week this semester, working with customers and communicating with my boss has been difficult for me to balance school as well,” said Southard, freshman in elementary education. “We credit the holiday season as one of our most profitable and busiest times with customers coming in and buying gifts for the end of the year.” But some students say the holiday season is a difficult time to find employment. Lauren Rose, an employee at the Business Technical Institute on campus, says that despite her job experience she has been unable to find any off-campus jobs. “It’s been great working on campus,” said Rose, sophomore in elementary education. “I’d like to find somewhere I can work over break, though, since there’s no work on campus over break. Once this semester ends I’ll probably spend the beginning of my break job hunting and hope something will turn up.”

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Gingerbread Bash Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter Students from the recreation program design and leadership class put on the Gingerbread Bash last Tuesday to give residents of Via Christi Village a meaningful holiday experience. “Today went absolutely great,” said Madison Ford, senior in psychology. “Everyone did their part and put a great amount of effort into the event today and beforehand. I loved interacting with the residents here; they seemed to enjoy the activities we had.” Students engaged about 10 residents in a variety of activities like making gingerbread houses, creating gingerbread men, taking pictures, and they had a prize giveaway at the end. “I enjoyed making my ginger man,” said Rachel Witt, a resident at Via Christi. “All this is a big part of why I love Christmas. Today was a lot of fun.” The students were eager coming into the event and nearly 20 students participated. “Like every other event we’ve put together this year, there was a great amount of thinking and organizing behind the way we wanted the day to play out,” said Elyssa Fox, junior in recreation and therapeutics. “Through it all, I’d have to say sitting

there and talking with residents about anything and everything was the best part.” After the activities, a raffle was held so that each resident received a gift card, boutique product, clothing, or a cash prize that was donated by members of the class. “Everyone did an awesome job making sure they donated their prize in time for the event,” said Shela Webb, junior in recreation and therapeutics. “That was my favorite part of the entire day. After making different gingerbread crafts, the residents were rewarded with these awesome gifts.” Jason Huffman says that the students had been working on the event for a long time and were glad to see it come to fruition. “Seeing mutual smiles from the students and residents really showed that we did our job,” said Huffman, graduate student in sports leisure management. Janice Jewett, professor in the recreation program design and leadership class, says the Gingerbread Bash was one of the class’s most successful events this semester. “Team effort is what made this day possible,” Jewett said. “It’s the biggest strength we’ve had with putting together all our events this semester.”

Collegio/ William Ravenstein Via Christi Village assisted-living resident Margaret Buerge makes a gingerbread house with PSU students Stephanie Camp, junior in psychology, and Yvonne Gonzales, senior in theraputic recreation, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

What’s new with nails? NBA lockout leaves students up in arms Caitlin Taylor Collegio Reporter

Several female students are taking nail styles to a new level with large collections of polish and weekly nail changes. Lauren Brentlinger says she owns about 40 different nail polishes. “My boyfriend’s mom owns a hair salon, so I get nail polish for Christmas and my birthday,” said Brentlinger, sophomore in family and consumer education. In a world of designer purses, shoes and jeans, nail treatments have become the latest fashion accessories. Brentlinger says she started getting a collection of nail polish during her senior year of high school. No more simple solid colors - nails now come in neons, swirls, patterns, and textures. “Before I started getting a collection of my own polish, I used to go get my nails done professionally every week,” Brentlinger said. “I would pay eight dollars for a new color or design.” Brentlinger says she paints both her nails and toenails and she always has her toenails painted during volleyball season. “It’s a superstition I have,” Brentlinger said. “If I don’t have my toenails painted all the time, then I won’t be able to see the ball.” Brentlinger says that two of the styles of polish she likes to wear most often are the Crackle colors, which once applied, crackle as they dry, and the OPI brand, which she believes is the best because it lasts longer. “The coolest type of nail polish I like to wear is a glitter polish that has pink, red and gold all combined in it,” Brentlinger said. Katy Waitt is another student who paints her nails quite often, but mainly because of boredom. “I used to get my nails professionally done every other week when I was younger,” said Waitt, junior in mechanical engineering. “But now I usually paint them every few days.” Waitt says she also goes to Sally’s Beauty Salon and gets different nail accessories like style pens that let you draw on your nails. “One time I had Skrillex written on my nails for a techno concert in green and black,” said Waitt. Another style Waitt likes is called swirling that makes nails look glass-like. “I do my nails so often that usually my friends are


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Collegio/ Yuyang Xiao Lauren Brentlinger, sophomore in family consumer science education, uses polish to paint her nails at home in Pittsburg on Tuesday, Dec. 6 begging me to paint their nails all the time,” Waitt said. Waitt says she owns between 30-50 nail polishes that she has bought or received as presents. Channing Solon says she has her nails painted all the time, but mainly her toenails. “I paint my toenails probably every two weeks because they are a lot less upkeep,” said Solon, freshman in Spanish education. “Plus, if they look really bad, you can just throw some shoes on to cover them up.” Although Solon says she likes to stick to solid colors, around the holidays she makes them a little more unique. “During Halloween I like to alternate black and orange and during the summer I like to make my toes look like watermelon slices,” Solon said. Solon says she buys her own polish about once a month, and usually doesn’t receive them as gifts. “I usually get them if there is nothing to do and I’m at Wal-Mart,” Solon said.

said Joey Stinson, undeclared freshman. “There’s too much greed involved with the situation.”  The two sides finally reached an agreement Basketball fans recently suffered through the on Friday, but a variety of solutions had been five months that the National Basketball Assotossed around before the deal. The player’s ciation was locked out in 2011, and are eagerly union and franchise owners had failed seven looking toward the beginning of the season previous times to negotiate any deal. on Christmas Day. Many students depend on “It really is ridiculous when you see multiprofessional sports for entertainment and say the millionaires and billionaires unwilling to negotilockout has been frustrating. ate on any terms,” said Khalid Tirawi, senior in  The lockout marked the fourth time in NBA secondary education. history that such a “I was behind the situation has occurred. owners in this case. The lockout, caused by They kept on offering pay disagreements bedecent deals to the tween the owners and players, and in the end players, has shortened they had to deal with the NBA season. a lawsuit, no progress  “No games, at all.” players leaving, I’m The NBA staleabsolutely outraged with the situation!” - Devon Young mate not only caused said Devon Young, freshman in physical education frustration for fans, but was seen as a facfreshman in physitor in America’s slow cal education. “I now moving economy. rely on just college basketball for my entertain“There’s so much money that circulates ment this fall. They need to hurry up and get the season started.” throughout the NBA industry when you  Many NBA players became fed up with the consider how much they market,” said Jacob lockout and played for teams in other countries, Schmidt, undeclared freshman. “I’ve bought a further separating them from their homes and jersey before, that lies under apparel sales, and their fans. others like memorabilia, video games, ticket  “Like anyone else who becomes unemsales, and advertising add to the significance of ployed, they’ll go look to make money elsemoney business.” where,” Young said. “LeBron James, one The owners and players finally reached an of my favorite athletes of all time, is now in agreement to begin a 66-game season on ChristChina, back where he had played before.”  mas Day, which will allow teams to start train The lockout began in early July because ing camp and sign players beginning Dec. 9. of the discrepancies between salary caps and “I’m glad they finally found the point revenue sharing in the organization, and left many students wondering, “Why can’t the mem- they can agree on,” Tirawi said. “However, it definitely took longer than it should have. The bers just agree?” players are getting paid big money to do what “The recurring problem I see when updated they love. It’s a game.” on the lockout is that it’s all about the money,”

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Women stride through first indoor meet Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women’s track team started its year last Saturday at the indoor meet at Missouri Southern State University. The Gorillas started with a strong performance in the throwing events. Three-time All-American thrower Heidi Smith placed second in shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 11 inches. Smith finished first in the weight throw at 54 feet, 11 1/2 inches. “She’s always been one to show up with big numbers,” said coach Brian Mantooth. “There’s no doubt in my mind she’ll reach nationals this year. We just need her to keep up the consistency and stay healthy.” Shanise Rice had a successful performance in the high jump, placing second with a height of 5 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Ashley Baier followed in sixth place with a jump of 4 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Baier participated in the heptathlon during Saturday’s meet (running in seven different events). In the 400-meter dash, Baier finished eighth with a time of 1 minute, four seconds; she took fifth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 9.7seconds, and finished 10th in the long jump at 14 feet, 8 inches. “She’s really challenged herself as a freshman with the competition today,” said head coach Russ Jewett. “Her motivation to reach a higher level of performance has shown today, and that will make all of the difference in the season’s future.” The team fared well in the 60-meter dash as Rosalyn Nelson finished in second place with a time of 7.76 seconds. Jalexis Peterson followed in fifth place with a time of 8.03 and Baier’s fifth-place finish. Peterson cleared the most ground in the triple jump, finishing in first place with a jump of 38 feet, 1/4 inch. “I was thrilled with how today turned out,” Peterson said. “It was great to start the season with some big numbers. What I really want to do is just stay healthy and make more meets like today happen for me in the future.” Ashley Bowman finished eighth in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet. Bowman says that Saturday’s performance showed places that need work in addition to how far the team has come from last season. “I was seeing the same numbers today that took until the end of last season for me to see,” Bowman said. “That’s definitely a promising factor. I’m looking forward to where the rest of the season takes me.” The Pitt State women will continue their season Jan. 20 at the Central Missouri Invitational.

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Women improve to 9-0 Tyler Smith Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women’s basketball team improved to 9-0 (3-0 in MIAA) on the 2011-2012 season after defeating conference rival Northwest Missouri on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Maryville, Mo. The Gorillas won the game 84-63. The Gorillas’ defense was the key as they held the Bearcats to 38 percent shooting from the floor. Conley led the way, scoring 16 of her 22 points in the second half while hitting four shots from beyond the arc. Larissa Richards added 15 points while leading the team in rebounds with nine. Drew Roberts scored 13 points, Lauren Brown chipped in 11 points, and Lizzy Jeronimus added 10 points of her own. Pitt State kept its hot streak going as it hit 10 three-pointers in the game, shot 49 percent from the floor and shot 50 percent from beyond the threepoint line. It’s the third time the Gorillas have hit 10 or more threes this season. Pitt State committed only seven fouls the entire game, and only two were in the second half. The team also had 21 assists, three blocked shots and four steals. The defense was dominant against the Bearcats. Northwest didn’t score until the 15:26 mark. The offense helped pave the way for the victory. The one weakness in the game was the 16 turnovers Pitt State committed. However, Pitt State took total control of the game with five minutes left as the Bearcats scored only two points the rest of the way. The win comes after another pivotal MIAA victory against Truman State at Kirksville, Mo. Pitt State defeated Truman State 79-78, handing Truman its first loss while remaining undefeated themselves. Pitt State plays the final road game of a two game streak on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Southwest Baptist. File Photo

Alexa Bordewick goes to the basket during the match against central Oklahoma in John Lance Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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Senior Michelle Mitchell clears the bar in pole vault on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Pittsburg State University indoor track invitational in John Lance Arena. Mitchell took second place with a vault of 10 feet, 11 inches.

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Pittsburg State senior guard Eric Ray races past Avila guards during the game at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Gorilla men were victorious over the Avila Eagles 88-78.

Four days after Pitt State knocked Northwest Missouri State out of the football playoffs, the Bearcats knocked off the Gorillas, 73-70, in a basketball game that was never controlled by either team and needed overtime to decide the victor. Junior Bryston Williams stood out for the Bearcats when the game was on the line as he hit two free throws at the end of overtime to give the Bearcats a three-point lead with eight seconds left. Javon McGee attempted a three at the end of overtime, but he was off the mark and Northwest walked away victorious. The Gorillas had the edge for most of the first half and they led by seven at one point. However, Northwest went into the half up 30-28 after Williams hit four free throws to close out the half. Adrian Herrera led the Gorilla’s offense in the first half with nine points. He hit two shots from downtown and was fouled on a third one, making all three free throws. Andra Bailey added

seven points himself in the first half. Williams led the Bearcats the entire game, scoring nine points in the first half even though he came off the bench, and he finished with a game-high 22 points and a team-high four rebounds. Teammate DeShaun Cooper also came off the bench and scored 15 points. The bench was the key to the victory as the Bearcats bench outscored Pitt’s 46-35. The Bearcats built an 11-point lead in the second half on the shoulders of Cooper and Jake Reinders. The Gorillas cut the lead to one with a 7-0 run. The game was close until the very end and Eric Ray made sure the game would go to overtime. Ray scored nine points scored in the game, none bigger than the two he scored tying the game at the end of regulation. Bailey led the Gorillas with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his third doubledouble of the season. The Gorillas are 5-4 and eighth in the conference with another conference game coming up. Pitt State will travel to Bolivar, Mo., to face Southwest Baptist on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Pitt State men show even performance at season opener Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter The Pitt State men’s track team opened its season Saturday during the indoor track and field meet held at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. “We have a great group of new incoming freshmen along with a healthy group of returning men this year,” said head coach Russ Jewett. “I’m expecting to see a solid performance from the whole team this season.” The throwers came away with mixed results. Freshman thrower Luke Wilson had the best Gorilla performance in the weight toss despite fouling three times. Wilson finished third overall at 54-2; Blaze Heckert, 10, 43-3; Garrett Appier, 11, 41-8 3/4; and Garrett Cantrell, 12, 41-7 3/4 also placed. Appier had the only placing toss in the shot put, finishing ninth overall with 44-11 3/4. “I expected them to put on the performance that they did. We’ve got a really young group of guys here that have the potential,” said coach Brian Mantooth. “Wilson did really well. However, we need to work on his consistency in order to start avoiding fouls.” Junior Colbie Snyder did well in the pole vault, finishing in second place with a height of 15-1. Jeff Piepenbrink, 10, 13-7 1/4, and Nick Russo, 13, with 13-1 1/2. “Snyder has really jumped into the season

and shown his determination,” Jewett said. “As fifth-place finisher at conference last year, we’re expecting to see some big numbers out of him this season.” The Pitt State men also did well in the long jump and high jump with junior Antonio Dowdy finishing second at 23 feet, 2 inches in the long jump while Steven Mann finished 8th at 21-8. Keenan Soles finished second with a jump of 47 feet, 10 ½ inches in the triple jump while Steven Mann followed in eigth place at 44-10 1/4. Kiara Jones won both events, but he competes in jumping events as an unattached athlete because he has only a spring season left. “There’s still places we need to work on to develop stronger numbers in both events,” coach Matt Brown said. “With today being the opening of the season, it’s all about repetition and developing the strongest stride. We’re on the right path for a successful season.” Pitt State did not have a distance runner compete in the meet because of the recent conclusion of the cross country season. The Gorillas’ 4x400 meter relay team of Randy Mustain, Jason Crow, Jeff Piepenbrink and Ryan Ramler finished in first place with a time of 3 minutes, 28.7 seconds. “We kept our consistency all the way through,” Ramler said. “The expectations were laid out for us and we know we’re a strong group. We’re always working to become a stronger, healthier squad.”

Pitt State did not do as well in the hurdles. Ramler finished eighth out of 10 in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.83 seconds and Jeff Piepenbrink following in ninth with 8.89 seconds. Ramler was solid in all his events Saturday, in the 4x400 relay, the 60-meter hurdles, and he had the best time for a PSU runner in the 400-meter dash, placing sixth out of 21, with a time of 52.51 seconds. “He showed the effort today that he’s put into the off-season,” Jewett said. “We’ve worked with him mainly on pushing through the race with a strong kick. He kept a quick steady pace early on and then had a tremendous boost at the end.” Freshman Alan Hay represented Pitt State in the 800-meter run, finishing seventh out of 12 runners with a time of 2 minutes, 4.54 seconds. Jewett says that Saturday’s performance met his expectations. However, he has significantly elevated those expectations for the rest of the season. “Everyone here has potential,” Jewett said. “We all pay close attention to what can be done for improvement all around. We took a lot away from this meet and saw areas that we can work on, mainly consistency and confidence. Mastering those two factors will greatly benefit the team.” The Pitt State men will be back in action Jan. 20 during the Central Missouri Invitational in Warrensburg, Mo.

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Sophomore Joe Stephens attempts a high jump on Feb. 11 at the Pittsburg State University indoor track invitational in John Lance Arena. Stephens placed second with a jump of 6 feet, 6 and three quarters inches.


December 8, 2011

Gorillas foil Bearcats’ revenge game Garett McCullough Sports Editor The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats looked strong early in last Saturday’s game, but Pitt State came out on top, 41-16. James Franklin’s 20-yard touchdown and a Todd Adolf 22-yard field goal gave the Bearcats a 10-0 lead in a visibly dominant first quarter against the Gorillas. Between its three main backs, including quarterback Trevor Adams, the Bearcats rushed for 125 yards and a TD in the first quarter. The Gorillas’ run defense stiffened after that, allowing only 20 yards rushing for the rest of the game. Pitt State’s offense and defense fed off each other’s success for the next three quarters. The defense didn’t allow another score until the fourth, while the offense proved too explosive for Northwest. Sophomore John Brown once again sliced up the Bearcat secondary. “John Brown, wow! What an exciting young man,” said Northwest’s head coach Adam Dorrel. “I wish he was a

senior. He’s a good football player.” Brown tallied 174 yards on six catches and scored three touchdowns. The man tossing those passes also made huge contributions for PSU. Senior quarterback Zac Dickey exploded for 266 passing yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Dickey hit Brown for a 78-yard TD in the third quarter, which ignited the pair. They connected for a 48-yard TD later in the quarter and hooked up again in the fourth for a 15-yard TD. Dickey also led the team in rushing with 147 yards on 20 carries. Mandel Dixon found the end zone twice despite carrying the ball only three times for three yards. Jason Spradling was the most productive running back, gaining 77 yards on 16 carries. Sophomore Nate Dreiling, Jason Peete and Gus Toca led the defense with eight tackles. Dreiling also picked off an Adams pass while senior Elijah Olabode, reeled in an INT of his own. “We missed a couple gap assignments,” Dreiling said. “That’s what

it came down to, but the coaches did a pretty good job of making halftime adjustments. Any time you can hold an offense like that to 300 yards (297 yards), you’ve done something right.” Pitt seemed in control for the majority of this game and never loosened its grip as it moved on to the semifinals. Delta State won over North Greenville 28-23 and will face PSU in the Jungle on Saturday. Delta State began the season ranked No. 2 in the country and was the runner-up in last year’s national championship while Pitt State has had to fight its way to the top. “We were picked fifth in the conference and now we’re sitting in the top four in the nation,” Dickey said. “We didn’t expect to be picked higher, but that really lights a fire under us and we worked hard since last December to get things right.” Pitt State has used being underrated to its advantage since game one when it handily defeated a Missouri Western team that made the playoffs. This advantage has since diminished.

Collegio/ Srikanth Korlapati John Brown escapes from a Northwest Missouri player near the touch down line, during the NCAA quarter finals game on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Carnie Smith Stadium.

Long Beach State falls to No. 13 Kansas, 88-80 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson made the mistake of wanting Kansas forward Thomas Robinson to beat his team from the perimeter. “He certainly did that,” Monson said. Robinson hit his first eight shots of the game, scoring 18 points in the first half and 26 total while leading No. 13 Kansas to an 88-80 victory over the 49ers on Tuesday night. Long Beach State trailed by 19 midway through the first half before mounting a comeback. Led by a veteran core that won the Big West last season, the 49ers got it to within four with 44 seconds left, but they eventually ran out of time. T.J. Robinson had 19 points, and Ennis and Casper Ware each had 16 for the 49ers, who knocked off Pittsburgh on the road and also played then-No. 6 Louisville tough, and will visit fourth-ranked North Carolina on Saturday. “This is a group that isn’t going to lose Courtesy of AP confidence,” Monson said. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson drives to the basket Connor Teahan finished with a career-high 14 points for the Jayhawks (6-2). Withey finduring the first half of an NCAA college basketball game ished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while in Lawrence on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tyshawn Taylor — the Jayhawks’ starting point guard — came off the bench because of

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on consecutive possessions and Teahan knocked down his fourth 3-pointer, but Long Beach State showed off its veteran poise by keeping things from getting out of hand. Edis Dervisevic scored in the paint with 2:31 left in the half, trimming the lead to 41-32 and sending Kansas coach Bill Self tearing into his bench. The biggest problem was turnovers — the Jayhawks wound up with 22 of them, and it was everyone getting into the act. Nobody in the lineup had more than five, though four different players had at least four, and Long Beach managed to turn several of them into easy baskets. Just not enough of them in the closing minutes to pull out the win. “We played really well the first half, for the most part,” Self said. “The thing that’s most pitiful for us is the last 24 points they scored, 21 were off our turnovers. Our guards had zero assists and six turnovers the second half. It’s hard to look good when you don’t get shots. That was about as miserable of a performance the last 10 minutes as I’ve ever seen.”


December 8,2011

FAST FORWARD Holiday movies, awards season, and what to watch over break Carl Bachus Collegio Reporter Each year, there comes a time when audiences put away their drag racing movies and their sparkly vampire flicks and welcome in the most wonderful time of the year: awards season. Yes, moviegoers have seen their share of animated family films (“Puss in Boots,” “Happy Feet Two”), R-rated comedies (“The Change-Up,” “The Hangover Part II”) and said goodbye to the most successful franchise in film history (“Harry Potter”). Now, it’s time to take a peek at the movies that will be talked about in 2012 (and some filler in between). The holiday season will offer a mix of Oscar contenders (“Young Adult,” “The Iron Lady”, “War Horse”), event films (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) and crowd-pleasing fodder (“Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”) The season kicks off Dec. 9 with “New Year’s Eve”. Director Gary Marshall strings together a mesh of cliché romantic displays that share the common theme of New Years Eve. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Robert de Niro, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel and Lea Michele. Rated PG-13.

Dec. 16 brings two new films, “Young Adult” and “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows,” “Young Adult” is the story of Mavis, a fiction writer who travels back to her hometown to win back her high school sweetheart. Charlize Theron’s performance is drawing rave reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz. The cast also features Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen”) as Mavis, sweetheart and comedian Patton Oswalt as an unexpected friend. Rated R. “Game of Shadows” is a follow-up to the surprise 2009 hit. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson as they face their most diabolical foe yet: Holmes’ archenemy, Professor Moriarty. It is sure to make fans of the original happy, though author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would roll over in his grave. Rated PG-13. The week before Christmas brings moviegoers “The Adventures of Tintin,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol.” Tintin brings the classic Belgian comic to life with a brilliant use of motion-capture technology. The cast features familiar names like Daniel Craig, Jaime Bell and Andy Serkis. rated PG. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in a no-holds-barred

adaptation of Steig Larsson’s popular novels about a disgraced journalist and a wild card hacker who team up to solve a 50-year old murder. Rated R. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” sees Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt, on the run after he and his team are framed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin in Russia. The film also stars Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner. There may also be a trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” attached. Rated PG-13. Christmas Day features the release of two films, “The Iron Lady” and “War Horse.” “The Iron Lady” is an Oscar contender starring Meryl Streep as the first female British Prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. Streep has already won the best actress award from the New York Critics Circle for her portrayal of Thatcher. The film follows the prime minister from her life before she was a politician to the Falklands War in 1982. The film also stars Jim Broadbent and Anthony Head. Rated PG-13. “War Horse” is the second major release of the season for Director Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of the beloved children’s novel, which follows a young boy on a dangerous journey to retrieve his horse that had been sold to the military during

World War I. The cast features David Thewlis and Tom Hiddleston. Rated PG-13. Jan. 13 signals the end of the holiday movie premieres with the release of “Beauty and the Beast 3D” and “Contraband.” The overwhelming critical and financial success of Disney’s re-release of the 1994 hit, “The Lion King” in 3D, the Mouse House will re-release its classic film about a young reader who falls in love with a hideously cursed prince. During its initial release in 1991, “Beast” became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This is without a doubt a theater experience for everyone. The story is timeless, the music is great, and if “The Lion King” is any indication, the high-definition 3D conversion will be to die for. Rated G. “Contraband” is a remake of an Icelandic film. Mark Wahlberg plays a family man with a criminal past who returns to his life of crime to protect his brother-in-law. This is Mark at his best: kicking tail and taking names. The film does have that “we’ve seen this before” factor but that shouldn’t ruin the fun. The film also stars Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster. Rated R.

The good, the bad, the ugly

2011: Movies to miss, movies to catch, and movies that make you go ‘meh’ Todd Miller Collegio writer

Looking back at the movies I reviewed this semester, I’d say it’s been an average four months of movies. There were none that were amazing, but they weren’t bad either. Well, there were some that were close to bad. I didn’t want to say that any were awful but I remembered that I saw “Drive.” And I’m not surprised that I nearly forgot about it because that’s what it was: forgettable. I haven’t seen an equally bad combination of dull characters since then. “Immortals” came close, but it managed to keep my attention with some clear characters. “Drive,” though, was so boring that I never want to see it again. Speaking of boring, did I mention that I nearly fell asleep during “Real Steel?” OK, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but I did want to leave during the movie. When you break that movie down, it’s a good retelling of the “lost puppy” sort of story (young protagonist finds something guardians disapprove of, but he and it manage to make it worthwhile), but I can’t say I wanted to invest too much time in the “rock ‘em, sock ‘em robots” movie. I would’ve liked to see “Hugo” last week, but it wasn’t playing at the local theater. It seemed to have a similar “boy and a robot” concept, but looked more interesting than “Real Steel.” Moving right along with the “movies I wanted to get away from,” “Abduction” just about scared me away in the first half. Though the second part of the movie was good, it’s a terrible idea to make the first one and a half hours of a movie unwatchable. If I ever bought this movie (I won’t, of course), and watched it in my free time, I would probably skip the first half every time. There was just way too much “teenage angst” than I care to see. If drama isn’t working, there are action movies. I reviewed three this semester: “Conan the Barbarian,” “Columbiana” and “Immortals.” Looking back on them, I’d say they just kept getting worse. I remember liking Conan, despite the outright violence. I actually liked watching it. I can’t say “Immortals” was much worse than “Columbiana.” I did like “Columbiana” more than “Immortals,” but the difference isn’t

that great. Both had the same issues. Characters that hardly changed, little plot, action sequences for the sake of action sequences, and main characters who seemed overly skilled. “Immortals” is only worse because it gave away the movie’s climax in the first 10 minutes. “In Time” is more of a ‘heist’ movie than an action movie (as is “Tower Heist,” of course, but I’ll get to it in a moment). It’s also a good transition from bad to good films. As question-raising as “In Time” was, I’d still say it was a pretty decent movie. I appreciated that the writers made rules for that world and stuck to them, as unusual as they were. If you haven’t seen it, it’s something worth watching once, but don’t spend too much money on it. Maybe rent it. Despite some of these bad movies, the last four months did produce some good films. “Contagion” was pretty good, if a bit hard to follow. I said in that review that there were a lot of characters and plot lines to follow. But the overall result was a pretty interesting movie that was shown in a very nice way. Although, like “Abduction,” I did get tired of looking at the main character’s face. One later one definitely worth mentioning is “Tower Heist.” I just can’t get over how surprising the movie was. Can you blame me for being surprised, though? I saw Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy listed as the leads and expected the worst. However, both delivered serious roles in a great movie. My favorite this semester, though, has to be “50/50.” It knew when to be funny and it knew when to be dramatic, and never inappropriately mixed the two. It is a great movie about a serious issue and delivers its message clearly and meaningfully. I was able to connect with the main characters, and felt apprehension at their strife. Granted, it has a similar issue to “Abduction” in that it takes a while for the movie to hit its stride. But when it does, it really gets going and is worth waiting for. So I’d say that’s the best and worst of the movies I looked at this semester. “50/50” is certainly the best of the 10, while “Drive” can just park itself in a never-see list. Here’s hoping for more positive reviews in the spring.

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