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Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter Some PSU students will be helping rebuild Joplin and gain national exposure Oct. 19-26. That’s when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a show on the ABC television network, will be filming students and other area residents in Joplin, Mo. They will be building houses that were torn down after the May 22 tornado. “Helping Joplin is something I’m very adamant about,” said Michael Halsey, senior in construction management. “I went to Joplin the night of the tornado and assisted in the search and rescue for the next 10 days. I had friends and relatives affected directly by the tornado, so there was no other option for me other than helping in any way possible.”

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Logistics of labor There are four areas of the project: safety, staging and logistics of the construction material, equipment operators and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). “I will act as an active COBRA team member,” Halsey said. “I’ll be working hand in hand with project managers, builders and tradesmen and women in order to assist in any way possible to help with the completion of the homes.”

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Students ‘occupy’ Pittsburg Carl Bachus Collegio Reporter About 15 students and Pittsburg residents met at Russ Hall on Wednesday afternoon to begin their first march in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement spreading throughout the country. Occupy (Wall Street), a social movement protesting corruption and financial inequality, has inspired similar protests in over 70 cities and is making its way to Pittsburg. The group ended its march at the Bank of America building on Broadway. Their first meeting on Monday night was held to plan ways to protest. The meeting was also streamed live on the Internet through Facebook, a popular tactic that the Occupy movement uses to spread its message. “We created a Facebook group,” said Larry Fleury, senior in English and cofounder of Occupy Pitt, “within 24 hours, we had hundreds of people liking it.” According to Fleury, the Facebook group has more than 250 members and counting. The speakers ranged from debt-phobic students to people in the community who have found themselves unemployed. The open forum format also invited the members to share ideas on affiliation, fundraising and their first protest. “We have some interesting ideas to differentiate ourselves from the other ‘Occupy’ cities,” said Wynn Shepard, Occupy Pitt’s other co-founder. Suggestions regarding public relations took up much of the discussion, due to the portrayal of the “Occupants” as “anarchists” and “hippies looking for handouts” in the media. “We want to bring attention to what’s happening on Wall Street right now,” said Fleury. The Occupy Wall Street protest, originally conceived by Canadian activist company Adbusters, has garnered a vast amount of media attention due to reports of police brutality, comparisons to the Tea Party movement, a large number of detractors and supporters. In response, similar Occupy protests have been created in Los Angeles, Denver, Wichita, Kansas City, and even London all bearing the same phrase: “We are the 99%.” Prospective members can find Occupy Pitt on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @occupypittsburg.

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Callie Wheeler, newly appointed Homecoming Queen, is crowned by 2010's queen Jessica Berberich during the Convocation at the Carnie Smith Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 12. See Homecoming Tab page 2.

Second generation speaks Caitlin Taylor Collegio Reporter Joyce Hess is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and shared her mother’s story at the 14th annual Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture in the Axe Library Monday, Oct. 10. Hess is also a representative for the second generation of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Hess began by describing how her mother was a young girl of 12, living in Poland when Germany invaded in 1939. “They marched into town and ordered all the Jews to wear a yellow star on the front and back of their clothing,” Hess said. “Then they were all kept in their houses, with the little food they had, which lasted about two weeks.” Hess says that her mother and family were taken to a ghetto where they were often killed if they weren’t forced to perform

labor. Many of those killed were either too old or too young to work. “My mother and 38 others were not picked for labor one day and were able to survive by hiding under a nailed-down piece of wood behind one of the sheds,” Hess said. Hess’ mother and family were sent to labor camps in June 1943, where their personal items were taken and their heads shaved. “It was hard for my mother because they had to take turns putting bodies in the oven,” Hess said. “But they were also able to find peace with it since they were able to sing and pray because the guards were too disgusted to come near it.” Hess says they moved her mother and family to a concentration camp called “Stutthof” when the Russians drew closer to the camp. Her mother became a maid for the commandant. One of her duties

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14th annual Gene DeGruson Memorial lecturer speaks at Axe Library on Monday, Oct 10.

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House passes Colombia free-trade agreement WASHINGTON (AP) The House has approved a free-trade agreement with Colombia, a strong ally that is seeking to establish a viable democracy after years of drug-related violence and insurgencies. The vote Wednesday to approve the trade accord was to be followed immediately by votes on free-trade agreements with South Korea and Panama. The Senate was to vote on all three trade deals later Wednesday. Almost all Colombian goods already enter the U.S. duty-free, but Colombia imposes duties averaging about 14 percent on American manufactured goods. The Obama administration says the agreement will boost U.S. exports, about $12 billion last year, by about $1 billion a year. Opposition to the Colombia agreement came mainly from Democrats arguing that, despite recent progress, Colombian labor organizers still face suppression and violence.

Texan freed by DNA test after 25 years exonerated

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas appeals court on Wednesday formally exonerated a former grocery store clerk who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife’s 1986 beating death, reaffirming a judge’s decision to set him free last week based on DNA testing that linked her killing to another man. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared Michael Morton innocent of killing his wife, Christine, and made him eligible to receive $80,000 from the state for each year of confinement, or about $2 million total. Morton, 57, was convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence and sentenced to life in prison. He maintained over the years that his wife and their 3-year-old son were fine when he left for work at an Austin Safeway the day she was killed, and that an intruder must have Michael Morrison attacked her.

Next moves uncertain on Obama jobs bill

DA says he may file some Topeka domestic cases TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A district attorney in Kansas said Wednesday that his office will review all misdemeanor domestic violence cases forwarded to him by the Topeka police and determine on a case-bycase basis which ones merit pressing charges. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, who had announced last month that he would no longer pursue such cases, said in a statement Wednesday that he now has “sole authority” over them after the city of Topeka voted to repeal a local domestic violence ordinance. “We will do so with less staff, less resources, and severe constraints on our ability to effectively seek justice,” Taylor said. “But we will do so willingly to preserve the public safety of all the citizens of Shawnee County.” That comes a day after the mayor and council of Kansas’ capital city repealed Topeka’s ordinance against domestic violence, a dramatic turn in their attempt to force the county to back away from its earlier decision. Advocates for victims of domestic violence had decried those moves as ones that would hurt public safety and put people who were already scared at greater risk. Taylor said in September that his decision to stop prosecuting misdemeanors committed inside Topeka was because of budget cuts. He contends that the county commission forced his hand by reducing the budget by 10 percent for 2012, when his office is swamped by felony cases. City leaders argue that Topeka can’t afford to replicate county services for domestic abuse victims or rent jail space from the county for suspects.

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Women end sex strike in remote Colombian town BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) The women of the Colombian town of Barbacoas have declared their sex strike over. It is not clear how many women took part, and compliance is impossible to prove. But the women of the remote southwestern town say their demand for a road was met. They announced June 22 that they would deny their partners sex until authorities began paving a 35-mile (57-kilometer) road linking the town of 35,000 people with the provincial capital of Pasto. Army engineers began work Tuesday. The paved road will cut travel time by at least six hours. Barbacoas Mayor Jose Arnulfo Preciado tells The Associated Press he’ll happily submit to a polygraph to prove the protest was honored. He says his wife slept in a separate room during the strike.

Naming of Bulger tipster worries FBI observers BOSTON (AP) A Boston newspaper’s naming of a tipster who led the FBI to a notorious gangster is raising concerns about her safety and whether it will discourage others from speaking up. The Boston Globe reported over the weekend former Miss Iceland Anna Bjornsdottir (bay-ORNZ’-dah-teer) tipped off the FBI to the whereabouts of James “Whitey” Bulger (BUL’-jur) and his girlfriend in Santa Monica, Calif. The FBI said Wednesday it didn’t respond to the Globe’s requests for comment because that would’ve confirmed or denied the identity of a tipster. Globe editors say they thought it was important to write about how Bulger was caught in part to rebut conspiracy theories. The newspaper says it learned the tipster’s identity by talking to Bulger’s neighbors. The tipster was friends with Bulger’s girlfriend. Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders. He has pleaded not guilty. James “Whitney” Bulger

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Students form street racing campus club Ali Clark Colleigo Reporter

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Students who love their cars have a home – or at least a garage – in Gorilla Street Kings, a new student organization. Travis Allen, president of the - Jordan Brooks, sophomore in nursing Gorilla Street Kings, says he came up members “more affiliated with with the organization as a way to gather students with a special a drag car or get them more afinterest in cars. The name came filiated with their own car.” Andy Phillips, freshman in from the idea that your car is the king of the street. Allen says diesel and heavy equipment, and Joshua Short, junior in colthere really wasn’t a group on lision repair, in addition to Alcampus just about cars though there was a Pitt State drag team len, Jordan Brookes, and Erica Brookes, are the five students a few years ago. who form the core of the group “I decided to put something and got it started. together so we could socialize “I guess we’re the fantastic more and just something to get five or something,” Allen said. people interested in car culture The Street Kings also go on again,” said Allen, freshman in “cruise nights” together, usuautomotive technology. ally after their meetings. They Allen says he knew a few “cruise” down Broadway in people who helped him get the their cars, revving their engines group started. at lights, and just have fun with Jordan Brookes, sophomore it. Jordan Brookes says that in nursing, and Erica Brookes, they have to be careful when junior in commercial graphthey go out cruising. ics and computer information “We went out Wednesday systems, have been drag racing night and I got pulled over,” as a hobby with their families. she said, laughing. “You’ve got They say they have been takto watch the cops.” ing their new members to the The group has a variety of Mo-Kan drag racing track. The cars, including a 1992 Chevy track has Friday fun nights, when people can watch races or pickup truck, a 1994 Ford Lightning, and a 1969 Mustang. take one of the cars for a ride All students are allowed to join down the track. the club. Erica says that the group hopes to get the drag team see Kings page 4

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Andrew Dodson and Kelly Whitson rehearsing on the set of GTV September 29.

Students revive campus television ADRIANA PEREZ Collegio Reporter GTV is Pittsburg State University’s television news show, broadcast live at 4 p.m. every Thursday on cable access channel 13. Television production and directing students come together to produce the show. Andrew Dodson, who has anchored the show, says being part of a television show with your classmates is fun and gives you a different understanding of the production process, including how to make videos that go on air. “I like being on camera, and being an anchor is a big responsibility because you are being watched by all these people, but I loved doing it,” said Dodson, junior in photojournalism. “On the set we all get along, so that really helps the process.” Dodson says they do several run-throughs and practices, and the adrenaline-fueled feeling he gets when they say, “OK, we’re live” is the most memorable part of the show. Dodson says he recommends the experience to any student interested in broadcasting. “If anybody either likes broadcasting as a hobby like I do or if they want to do it as a career,” Dodson said. “This gives you an opportunity to do something you won’t ordinarily do.” Sydney Ward, who has served as floor director, says the program teaches students to collaborate with people of different backgrounds and personalities, to create something similar to what they would experience at a job in this field. Ward says she enjoys deciding the layout of the show the most. “During the production process, I really like stacking the

show and deciding what is going to go where and how the show is going to look,” said Ward, junior in broadcasting. “I think it is very interesting to see how people react to certain segments of the show.” Tim Spears, producer of the show, agrees that it can be stressful at times. “It’s a bit of a pressure cooker, but it is also great because in this class you get useful experience that is very relevant to your career,” said Spears, junior in broadcasting. Spears says his favorite part is shooting and editing the story, because they get to write their own script in relation to things that interest them. “We are pretty much doing the same things that we will be doing in the work force later on and we are already familiar with it,” Spears said. Erica Edwards, instructor in communication, guides students through the experience, and she says a hands-on experience like this is helpful in teaching a class like this. “We have some classroom time and with the live show they get to practice everything that we discussed in class,’’ Edwards said. According to Edwards, each student comes up with his or her own story idea, and then they go out and shoot it through interviews. Then the students bring the material, write a script, and spend a few hours editing and putting it together. “When it comes down to the show they decide the order of the stories and timing it exactly, while adding the titles and sound production,” Edwards said. “There is so much work that goes into it and the live shows are simply the reward of all that.’’

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Jordan Brooks sophomore in nursing, attends the Street Kings Club meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

ISA kicks off ADRIANA PEREZ Collegio Reporter

Several teams took part in the PSU International Student Association soccer tournament last Saturday, but this year something was different. For the first time, female teams were included. The tourney was organized by Yana Kirichenko at the Bicknell Sports Complex. Abdulghani Almushir was a member of the winning team and says the tournament helps international students get to know each other. “As an international student, I think this kind of event helps us know each other better,” said Almushir, sophomore in mechanical engineering. “No matter where you are from, you get to represent your country.” Some students like Almushir are also members of the PSU Soccer Club and used the tournament as practice. “And I would personally love it if the university recognized this as an official sport because even for the girls, it is a great experience.” Some students like Valeria Romero enjoyed the tournament because of their passion for the sport. “To me, it was incredible because I love soccer,” said Romero, exchange student in intensive English. “It was also a great opportunity to make new friends and we had a good time together. It was really fun and we should do it more often.”

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Saudi Team player Amro Bahasan, freshman in electronic engineering, tackles an offense of Paraguay Team during the 6-A-Side Soccer Tournament, hosted by International Student Association (ISA) on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the soccer field at the Bicknell Sports Complex. Pedro Lopes says he thinks the tournament brings international students together and allows them to share part of their culture with others. “I think this is an experience that brings us together and helps us know each other better,” said Lopes, senior in business

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n Speaks from page 1 was to start the fire, but he would soak the logs in water, and when she couldn’t get them to light he would hit her over the head. “At one point the camp was going to close and my mother was able to stall the guards by spilling things and being clumsy,” Hess said. “It allowed 28 out of some 40 (prisoners) that tried to escape, survive, including her sister.” Hess says her little brother was sent from Stutthof to Auschwitz on Sept. 10, 1944, along with the other children where he died in the gas chamber. “My mother was, at that point, also separated from her mother who would die at Stutthof,” Hess said. “She would then be sent to camp after camp, and once again became maid to the commandant, but he was more cruel and beat her head more. She would even wait for the guards to leave, and lick the scraps from the trash.” Hess said that the beatings in the head caused her mother to develop a slow growing tumor that paralyzed half her face. After the war, she worked for the United Nations Rehabilitation Association, which helped survivors. She was then sent to the United States and was able to receive her high school diploma. Hess says her mother passed the U.S. citizenship test in 1950 and came to Kansas City in 1951. “When I was young, we did not discuss the topic of concentration camps,” Hess said. “It wasn’t until I turned 15 that I began to move into her identity that intertwined with mine. My brother had a paper over the Holocaust and my mother sat down and explained it to us. I have an incredible appreciation for her strength and intelligence.” After that, Hess says her mother came and spoke at her high school and never stopped talking about it until her death. “Very few would talk about it,” Hess said. “Now it’s the responsibility of the children

n home from page 1 Each house will have a COBRA team working 12-hour shifts. Pittsburg State has been selected to control all safety for the entire project and Halsey is one of two project managers. Workers must have experience in residential construction to be on a COBRA team and they will be assisting with work such as framing homes and mulching for landscaping. All members of the safety team must possess at least 10 hours of certification with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but most of them have over 30 hours of certification. There will be at least one safety officer assigned to each house for every shift. However, Halsey says safety is up to everyone involved in the project.

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Joyce Hess, the 14th annual Gene Degruson memorial lecturer, speaks about her mother’s experiences in the Holocaust in Axe Library on Monday, Oct. 10. and grandchildren to keep telling the stories and letting people know what mankind is capable of.” After her story, Hess presented a book, “From the Heart: Life before and after the Holocaust in Kansas City,” to the Axe library. Kate Wildeman says she attended the presentation because she is fascinated with the Holocaust. “I am definitely coming back next year,” said Wildeman, freshman in biology. “I expected a really good story and I got one.” Jessica Lowery says she did not expect to learn some new things. “I never knew that when they burned the

bodies, they found sanctuary in it,” said Lowery, freshman in Spanish and art education. “I have researched the Holocaust a lot, and the only word I can use to describe how I feel about her story is awe.” Ellen Wieberg says she came because she is going to Germany next summer and in the summer of 2013 with the Honors College where they will follow the path of an Allied troop from Normandy to Munich. “I haven’t thought about it,” said Wieberg, freshman in communication. “But it is going to be heartbreaking to see these camps with my own eyes.”

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“With nearly 9,000 volunteers on the project, safety has to be up to everyone and there can’t be enough watchful eyes looking out for one another,” Halsey said. Members of the staging and logistics team were selected based on their organizational skills and exemplary knowledge of residential building materials. They will be in charge of inventorying all items used in the building and finishing processes. They will also be storing materials and supplying the building sites with proper materials. Equipment operators will operate forklifts and drive material from the staging areas to the appropriate houses. Drew Schreiner will be working as a lull operator on the first of seven houses being built. “A lull is basically an off-road forklift,” said Schreiner, senior in construction management. “The difficult part will be having so many people on site all at once. Everyone will need to work together in a safe, timely manner.”

Shift work Both Schreiner and Halsey will be working the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-8 a.m. every night. 125-135 Pittsburg State University students will assist in building these homes. Team leaders sought students and faculty via emails and an online application. The students will work under the direction of Justin Honey, assistant professor in construction management and construction engineering technologies. The episode featuring this project will be a twohour special for the 200th episode. The show airs Sunday nights from 8-9.

The bigger picture “Our students are giving up their fall break weekend in order to be a part of this. That in itself, says something amazing about the quality of character of our people at Pittsburg State University,” Halsey said. “We will almost all go unnoticed and we are okay with that, because what we are doing is bigger than any of us.”

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“As a Brazilian student, for me it is nice to play a sport that is so popular where I come from and it is very interesting to see it being played in the U.S.,” Lopes said. “This tournament is not necessarily about winning, it is mostly about having a good time and share experiences.” Paloma Perez says she thought the tournament was a good way to change how students normally interact. “It was fun and a different kind of activity,” said

Perez, post-graduate in school psychology. “I enjoyed playing with all the girls, and it was a good day to get together as a team and also promote soccer at PSU.” Ben Hawksbee agrees with most of the students and says the opportunity to share a common interest in soccer and learn about other cultures is important. “All the students who are here today share a love for soccer, which is a universal sport,” said Hawksbee, junior in international business.

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The American Dream: Destroying American cities?

Jeffrey Tangney Copy Editor We have all seen the clips from the 1950s and ‘60s demonstrating that every U.S. family could own a house in the suburbs complete with a large yard and multiple cars. The mass production of residential housing and increasingly affordable cars made the life we know today possible. However, most people are either unaware or don’t care that this has accelerated the degradation of the central cities in America and creates many problems that are not easily fixed. The problem of people desiring a life in the suburbs is a problem called “urban sprawl.” Urban sprawl is the development of areas outside of metropolitan areas, usually via low-density residential housing communities that create many problems for central cities. Central cities are not the same as inner cities as central city is simply the defined area of a metropolitan Jeffrey area whereas inner cities are usually Tangney the poorest sections of central cities. The central city is responsible for providing infrastructure, such as roads, water, electricity, sewers, Copy emergency services and many more Editor amenities people demand. The businesses that develop these areas have traditionally received huge subsidies from local governments to create attractive locations for development and the taxpayers and businesses that move there are responsible for less than 10 percent of the cost. To put this in perspective, businesses don’t pay for sprawl. Residents in the sprawl areas do not pay for it, either. So who is paying for it? The answer is central cities and more specifically, taxpayers in the central city. Not only does the central city lose jobs and residents to provide tax money, they face an increasingly taxed infrastructure because the money they receive is spent creating the new, sprawloriented infrastructure instead of maintaining the existing systems. The residents who remain in the central city have to pay more taxes. Since higher-paying jobs leave the city, they are forced to take low-paying jobs and become increasingly poor. Many of those who stay want to leave but cannot afford to and because of historical biases, they are also disproportionately composed of minorities. Sprawl not only creates problems in the central cities, it increases the destruction of farmland and affects the environment more than renovating the central city. More than 4 million acres of farmland were lost to urban development between 2002 and 2007. Farmland, once converted to pavement, cannot be used for agriculture again. The problems for the environment created by sprawl include increased air pollution, wetland destruction and chemical runoff. Sprawl

creates air pollution by increasing the dependence on cars for transportation. Though there are subsidies for development, very few communities offer subsidies to increase public transportation. Therefore, more people need cars to travel to their destinations and with the sprawl areas farther from the central city they are forced to travel farther than before. I have shown that urban sprawl has created many problems for the central city but there are a few options to minimize the damage. One way to do this is redeveloping the central city, specifically areas that are no longer used, or underused. If you redevelop the city, there would be less desire to move out. Creating green spaces (parks) within the central city and in residential areas specifically, would make neighborhoods more attractive to families and allow for a more aesthetic city in general. Halting the subsidies to businesses that develop the sprawl areas would limit their desire to develop and focus their attention on cheaper areas in the city. Using the tax money to maintain existing areas in the central city would keep the quality of the city high, decreasing residents’ desire to flee to the suburbs. These are only a few suggestions for fighting urban sprawl and it would take many years of dedicated efforts for any headway to be made in reviving the central cities that the “American Dream” has brought to its knees.

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October 13, 2011

pittstatebriefs Physicist to speak

Sociology food drive

Physicist Nick Solomey will address the possibility of locating a cosmic ray observatory in Kansas during a talk at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in 107 Grubbs Hall on campus. Solomey’s address is part of the Physics Colloquium Series, supported by the PSU Physics and Math departments. Physicists use these observatories to study the universe. Solomey is an internationally known physicist who is a co-spokesperson for a project at FermiLab, the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics research. He has written an award‐winning book for the public entitled “Elusive Neutrino: A Subatomic Detective Story” and has written more than 150 articles in physics journals.

The Sociology Club is accepting non-perishable food items in 311 Russ Hall for its food drive. Items will be accepted through the month of October. Food donated will go to aid the less fortunate. For more information, e-mail Ashleigh Downes at

Artist to demonstrate working with ceramics

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Managerial journal included in database An academic journal produced at Pittsburg State University has been included in a lineup of publications. JSTOR, an organization that digitally preserves research journals at its online site ( has recently invited the Journal of Managerial Issues for its

Ceramic artist Danny Meisinger will demonstrate his work on the potter’s wheel from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 102 of Porter Hall. A lecture follows from 6 to 7 p.m. Meisinger’s ceramic work is part of the PSU Art Department’s exhibit “Hauling Hay,” guest curated by PSU alum Joe Summers.

Grammar, punctuation workshop scheduled Don Judd, associate professor of English and director of writing across the curriculum at Pittsburg State University, will hold a workshop on punctuation and grammar for PSU faculty who are working to help their students become better writers. The workshop will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Varsity Room of the Overman Student Center. According to Provost Lynette Olson, improvement of student writing is a major part of the university’s quality improvement initiative for regional reaccreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Other workshops in this series include Assignment Design, Writing for Publication, and Making Effective Use of the Writing Center.

Humane society fundraiser The Southeast Kansas Humane Society is holding its “Catwalk & Cocktails” cat-themed ladies night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Parrot Bey. There will be cat-themed cocktail drinks, decorations and door prizes as well as hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Doggie Bag or at the door. Proceeds go to the Trap-Neuter-Release program in Pittsburg that sterilizes wild cats. For more information, contact Leslie Harris at 308-6392 or

5K run Saturday The Gorilla Grind 5K run is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in front of the Weede Gymnasium. Proceeds will benefit PSU scholarships. To register, go to For more information, call 687-2452.

Alumni: Where are they now?

Bienvenido Cortes

“Management and Organizational Behavior” journals lineup. Only 30 journals, including publications from Ivy League schools, are included in the listing. Bienvenido Cortes, chairman of the Department of Economics, Finance and Banking at PSU, took over leadership of JMI a few years ago when longtime editor and founder, Chuck Fischer, stepped down. The Journal of Managerial Issues, which publishes research articles by scholars all over the world, started in 1989 and continues to be edited and managed through PSU’s Kelce College of Business.

Art sketch session The University Art Association is holding a sketch session to review sketches and ideas and finalize the composition of the north wall of Wheat State Pizza at noon Monday, Oct. 17, at Wheat State Pizza. Blank Wheat State wall handouts are available in the student lounge on the second floor of Porter Hall. To participate and eat, RSVP on the UAA Facebook page.

Lacrosse Club schedules meetings The PSU Lacrosse Club, which is open to students who have played the sport or just want to learn, meets at 3 p.m. Mondays and 5 p.m. Wednesdays on the softball fields by the Kansas Technology Center.

Jen Rainey Collegio writer Rebecca Bauman graduated in May 2010 with a degree in English and credits Pittsburg State for much of her success after graduation. Bauman has moved on to the University of Florida where she is a second-year graduate student in the Department of English. She says she is studying creative writing and children’s literature while teaching writing classes, including poetry writing, technical writing and composition. “I wouldn’t be a grad student if it hadn’t been for PSU’s English Department,” Bauman said. “If it wasn’t for PSU, I wouldn’t be paid to write in a creative, literary fashion.” She says she has about 40 students in her class each semester and grades her students mostly on essays and research papers. Bauman says she spends a lot of time reading for her graduate studies. As a teacher, she spends even more time reading papers from students struggling with English. “Most of this job comes down to me trying to figure out a way to reward students who are putting in the effort without unleashing a population of really horrendous writers onto the streets,” Bauman said. “There’s no way to do that quantitatively, it’s all subjective. I worry, it’s really hard to be fair when things are subjective in that way.” Bauman says she brought her boyfriend and her dogs with her when she moved. However, life in Florida is different from the life she had in Pittsburg. “I hate to say it, but it’s a lot lonelier here,” Bauman said. “The University of Florida is home to about 55,000 students. There are nights on campus when the environment feels very similar to what I knew in New York City. However, with masses of people so set on doing what they left home to do, it’s as though they look right through you.” Bauman lives in a little house on the outskirts of Gainesville. Despite missing the small town of Pittsburg, Bauman says she enjoys the nature in Florida.

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“The wonderful part of this part of Florida is how ridiculously green it is. There are beautiful springs everywhere with cold water. I love to skin dive and snorkel,” Bauman said. “Also, it’s about an hour from the Atlantic Ocean and an hour from the Gulf of Mexico. I missed the water and now it seems I have my pick.” Her advice to students pursuing their goals is: Show up, work hard and respect the staff and faculty. “Students aren’t entitled to 88 percent of the stuff we think we’re entitled to and it’s affecting our ability to perform in class and on the job,” Bauman said. “So many people think their bosses and teachers are doing them wrong and think they can bend the rules because they know better, or because college isn’t the real world so it doesn’t count. If you’re fortunate enough to find a way to get into school, go to school and pay for it, treat it like the blessing it is.”

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SGA votes to endorse Canvas Stephanie Rogers Collegio Reporter The Student Government Association briefly touched on various topics such as Canvas vs. Edvance and a resolution urging support of The Great American Smokeout in November, at Wednesday’s meeting. Lara Ismert, director of academic affairs, asked SGA members for an overall decision concerning Edvance or Canvas, the learning management system that would replace ANGEL. Ismert asked members to choose between Edvance and its feature called a co-curriculum transcript or the userfriendly Canvas to replace ANGEL. “SGA does have the avenue to go about and bring the co-curriculum transcripts without the Edvance learning

management system because it’s something we were working towards before we even heard there was a co-curriculum transcript,” said President Eric Jones. Jonna Fearmonti, community affairs director, says she shared her experience with two other students who were impressed by the idea of a co-curriculum transcript and could modify Canvas to have that specific feature. During open forum, SGA voted in support of Canvas. In new business, Sen. Thomas Gregory suggested a resolution promoting The Great American Smokeout across PSU Nov. 17 and urging all students to partake in the event. “We’re not trying to oppress any sort of lifestyle or tell people you’re not cool for smoking,” Gregory said. “We’re just telling the people on campus that it’s a

time-place manner issue, not a lifestyle issue. “ Gregory and his committee have set up a Facebook and Twitter page for the event and have more promotions planned to support the push to make the university smoke free. However, SGA moved to revisit the resolution in two weeks. Lastly, Christian Cruz, vacancy senator, covered sustainability ideas on campus such as changing the trash bins from waste to recycling in Gorilla Crossing. “It’s better than filling up a landfill,” Cruz said. However, Jeanine Kunshek, also a vacancy senator, says the reason there aren’t as many recycling bins on campus is of labor and affordability issues. This topic is also to be revisited.

Appreciating ‘Pooja’

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Indian students celebrate their first festival Navaratri Pooja on Sunday, Oct. 9. Manreet Ludhar, senior in computer science, and Feni Emin, sophomore in physiotherapy, dance at University Lake.

Campus security steps up a notch Caitlin Taylor Collegio Reporter Campus security was beefed up when Pittsburg State University installed 40 new security cameras throughout campus. Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, is the co-coordinator for campus security and says the cameras serve two purposes. “One is to help as a deterrent to criminal activity, and two is to help give us evidential proof if needed,” Erwin said. Erwin says the additions have been ready to be installed since the middle of summer. “That’s when we got the contract finalized, we picked out the vendor, and we received the equipment,” Erwin said. The Office of Information Services is responsible for most of the installation. According to Erwin, the OIS installs the security cameras and creates a system that operates over the Internet. OIS also created a secure connection to the software package for the cameras. “The cameras in place now are being monitored and I believe they are still in the process of putting up cameras,” Erwin said. “Our goal was to have them operational by Oct. 1 and have them all up and being monitored for activity.” Erwin says most of the cameras are dispersed all over campus. They cover the student parking lots, especially those frequented at night, residence hall common areas, student center common areas, and anywhere that cash is handled. “We only released a press release to inform students,” Erwin said. “We don’t hide the cameras from students. But if

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October 13, 2011

Up for the challenge Jay Benedict Collegio Reporter Last Saturday, two Pittsburg State Army ROTC teams competed in a grueling military competition called the Ranger Challenge in Camp Dodge, Iowa. The teams competed against ROTC programs from 10 other regional universities, half of which are in Division I. The Pitt State teams placed fifth and ninth, besting teams from larger schools like the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Iowa State University. “I am extremely proud of my team’s performance under stress and confusion,” said Shawn Fitch, master’s student in human resources development, cadet major, and commander of the ninth-place team. “Despite early setbacks my team came together in order to finish the day stronger than they had started.” The competition consisted of nine events that took place from 5 a.m. until after midnight. All events were timed and the team with the quickest time and fewest penalties wins the event. The first competition was the Army Physical Fitness Test. Each member of the team does push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2 mile run. The following event saw each team put on full combat gear and participate in a 10-kilometer foot march to the third event. Eric Harden, cadet captain, and commander of PSU’s other team, says the next event was the hardest. Harden says the orienteering event consisted of plotting 19 points on a map. Then the team takes a compass and travels to each point. “We were walking for hours,” said Harden, senior in general studies. “It took us about 14 hours to reach them all. It was really draining for all of us.” The teams marched the 600 to 800 meters between each navigation point in full gear. The remaining six challenges were scattered in among the stops. “You never know what’s next,” Fitch said. “It might be a hotel or you might be thrown in to your next event. That’s a huge part of what makes the simulation so real.” PSU’s fourth event was weapons assembly and disassembly. Each member of the team sprinted and crawled

through obstacles to a weapon. The soldier took the rifle apart, reassembled it, and then tested the weapon before he or she was finished. Fitch’s team took second in the event, only 10 seconds behind first place. Next was the marksmanship challenge where each member of the team was given 60 seconds to read a scenario and engage their targets. The targets were different colors and had to be eliminated in the correct order. The teams faced the crucible next, which Fitch says was the most grueling. The teams are required to move heavy equipment from point to point around a field, following the commanding officer’s directions. “Throughout the day, not a single person complained once,” Harden said. “At times faces were long and fatigued, but everyone just put one foot in front of the other.” Following the crucible, the teams were faced with the grenade assault. They were graded on form, speed, and damage done to targets from live hand grenade explosions. After that event, the teams constructed a rope bridge to cross an obstacle, such as a creek. The commanding officer instructed the members of the team to perform duties such as securing either end of the rope and when to cross. The final challenge faced by the Gorilla ROTC teams was sensitive sight exploitation. Fitch says this challenge was particularly difficult because of the fatigue they experienced from hours of physically grueling challenges. The soldiers infiltrated an enemy camp and gathered as much intelligence as possible before returning to base. They were then tested to determine how much information they observed and retained. “I enjoyed watching them grow and finally compete as a team because the primary reason for the Ranger Challenge is to learn to come together with your peers for a common goal,” Fitch said. The cadets spent seven weeks training for the event. Harden says his team has been fully dedicated since the first day of school. They woke up early everyday to train, even on Saturdays. “The Ranger Challenge gives everyone the opportunity to push themselves beyond what they believe is possible,” Harden said.

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October 13, 2011

Saudi women react to gaining suffrage

Rock to the top

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Doha Alqurashi, graduate student in biochemistry, says she’s not sure she believes the reasoning behind women being allowed to vote. Imagine living in a country where women aren’t allowed “Sometimes things are said and you don’t know if it’s to travel, work, marry, get divorced, gain admittance to a pub- correct or not,” Alqurashi said. “If it’s true, it’ll be good for lic hospital, or live independently without permission from a everyone in the country. I’m really surprised, though. It’s male guardian. In addition they are not allowed to drive. always been wishing maybe one day, we will vote on someThis is the way of life in Saudi Arabia. However, on Sunthing, but I never really expected to.” day, Sept. 25, women in Saudi Arabia were granted permisThe king didn’t announce his decision until three days sion by the king to vote and run for after the elections this year, meaning office in the 2015 local elections. women won’t vote until 2015. The They can also be appointed to be day following the king’s decision, advisers on King Abdullah’s Shura the country announced that a Saudi Council now. activist will stand trial next month. However, students from Saudi Her crime: driving a vehicle. King Arabia have mixed feelings on this Abdullah says it’s important to decision. respect his country’s rules. “My mom and two sisters aren’t “I think women’s rights are some- Doha Alqurashi graduate student in very excited, because the voting will biochemistry thing women believe. It’s a good only apply to the city elections,” thing we can see women talk by said Abdulghani Almushir, junior in mechanical engineering themselves,” Abdullah said. “However, besides that, we need technology. “I’ve asked them many times about their rights in to respect what our country’s rules were based on, Islamic Saudi Arabia and all they say is, ‘We have our rights and we rules.” don’t need anything else.’” However, Alqurashi says she believes being allowed to Before any decisions are made in Saudi Arabia, the issue vote is a step forward for women’s rights. She says she’s exhas to go to the Majiles Al Shura Consultation Council. The cited about being able to vote and plans to get more involved council consists of 120 members and a president. They meet in the process starting in 2015. to discuss what the representatives want. They pass decisions “I’ll vote because I want someone to hear my voice, and if to the king and he makes a choice on whether to allow the everyone else gets to choose who to vote for, then I want to order or not. choose,” Alqurashi said. “I will not be silent.”

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Win, rain or shine Football team defeats Fort Hays, bad weather Garrett Mccollough Sports editor The Gorilla football team took care of business last Saturday with a 38-17 victory against Fort Hays State at Lewis Field Stadium. The Gorillas spoiled the Tigers’ homecoming festivities with a steady dose of running back Briceton Wilson and another solid performance from senior quarterback Zac Dickey. Head coach Tim Beck was happy with the way his team played, especially after coming off a big win against rival Northwest Missouri State. “Our intensity was good and we were playing extremely hard,” Beck said. “Some people thought we had a let down because of the half time score, but I think we played well, and some things just didn’t seem to go our way in the first half.” The conditions were not the best for either team as rain poured onto the field in the first half and the strong wind was a constant presence at Lewis Field Stadium. “I didn’t think the rain was much of a problem, I was more worried about the wind,” Beck said. “Rain can be an equalizer at times, but I was just happy the wind wasn’t blowing 40 mph.” Wilson was glad to see the rain come down, and took full advantage of the touches he received. “Once it started raining, I knew it was going to be a running game and I just needed to hang on to the ball,” Wilson said. Wilson scored on the Gorillas’ first two possessions, and ended the night with 35 carries for 189 yards and the two scores. His performance was enough to impress Beck. “Wilson ran behind his pads, he ran with power and was aggressive and able to pick up some crucial first downs,” Beck said. “He’s a load at 6-1 and 225 pounds, he’s hard to take down.” After the game Wilson was not shy about giving high praise for the offensive line, pointing out how they battled all night in a very physical game, giving him a lot of room to run. “I think the offensive line executed really well,” Wilson said. “My big boys up front came to play.” The offensive numbers supported Wilson’s claims. Pitt State racked up 502 yards of total offense, and the team averaged over 5 yards a carry. In addition, Dickey was not sacked for the second game in a row. Kell Smalley, a senior offense lineman from Tulsa, was impressed by his team’s offensive stats, but in terms of offensive line play he liked one in particular. “When you have 31 first downs in a game, you have to be pretty

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proud of that,” Smalley said. Even with an impressive offense performance in the first half, Fort Hays did not back down. Behind their fast and elusive quarterback, Anthony Sheppard, the Tigers were able to go into the locker room at half behind by just a touchdown, 17-10. Things looked promising for the Tigers coming out after halftime. The weather had cleared up, the wind had died down, and they came out firing in the third quarter. Fort Hays State took advantage of a couple of well-executed screen

Staying strong in second place Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter

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Tess Weast and Leah Haden competing in the women’s annual Alumni Cross Country Meet at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Pitt State women’s cross country team turned in one of its best performances this year at its meet last Saturday in Rolla, Mo. The team finished second overall, out of eight schools, at the Jackling Jocks meet, showing signs that a promising future is in store. The team’s confidence and effort showed in its performance and it finished with a team score of 74 points. Senior runner Melissa Peden finished third out of 87 runners in the race with a time of 18:11. “She ran the kind of race I was expecting her to,” head coach Russ Jewett said. “She managed to gain her lead early and managed to maintain it all the way through.” The Pitt State women’s 1-5 difference clocked in at 1:09. Melissa Peden ran 18:11, placing third overall; Alex Maase 19:11, 12; Erica Testa 19:13, 18; Bridget McCormick 19:16, 20; Casey Epps 19:20, 21.  The team had been planning to execute a strong race before the meet began. According to Jewett, the main goal was to narrow the 1-2 runners’ gap, and have the rest of the team stick together during the race. “We were really concentrating on running in our packs and staying strong in the middle of the race,” said sophomore runner Erica Testa. Knowing most of the teams in the race were from the same conference, the PSU women wanted to make them-

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plays, one going for 25 yards to Andre Smith, and drove 67 yards in 10 plays for a score. The touchdown came on a designed run play by Sheppard as he dashed into the end zone for the 7-yard score, tying the game 17-17. The weather change and the quick score ended up being the only highlights for the Tigers in the second half. Pitt State went on to score 21 unanswered points to win the game and move to 6-0 on the season. The first of the scores came on a 2-yard rush by Eric Love, a senior

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Men’s XC narrows gap Zach Wagner Collegio Reporter The Pitt State men’s cross country team was motivated and that led to a strong finish last Saturday at its meet in Rolla, Mo. The team placed fifth overall with a score of 123 points. When the athletes arrived early Saturday morning, their expectations were a bit uncertain. Four of their top five runners were sitting out for a meet and the mentality was to give the best effort possible.

“We didn’t really know what to expect,” said senior runner Brice Irving. “We were trying something new with our top runners being out, we were motivated and it paid off.” The men’s team greatly improved its 1-5 runner gap. The men had a gap of 1:41 two weeks ago, and this time they clocked in with a 1:10 gap. The first Pitt State runner to cross the finish line was Nicholas Kiprono, with a time of 25:58, good enough for

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The Pitt State cross country team competed with alumni in a cross country meet at the Countryside Golf Course.

‘The team is getting into a routine’ Suberu stays positive as Gorillas fall to Emporia, Washburn Alexandria Mott Collegio Reporter The Pittsburg State volleyball team brought its record to 6-15 this weekend after falling to Emporia State and Washburn at home while earning a win at Fort Hays. Despite the losses, head coach Ibraheem Suberu was pleased with the team’s performance. “We are in a situation right now,” Suberu said. “The team is getting into a routine and we are asking everyone to focus on individual skill set to keep control of the ball.” The team lost to Emporia on Friday in four sets, 24-26, 25-21, 28-26 and 25-20. Freshman Morgan Voorhes, sophomore Katie Wright and junior Becca Pearson earned themselves a double-double in the match. Voorhes tallied 12 kills and 11 digs. Wright had 27 assists and Pearson had 17 while each added 12 digs. Senior Kelley Bugler led the team in kills

with 15. It was a close match, but the Hornets’ hitting percentage of .255 compared to the Gorillas’ .189 helped Emporia earn the win. Pitt fell to No. 5 Washburn in the second match of the weekend in three sets, with scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-11. The Gorillas earned a .287 hitting percentage in the first set but their offense lost momentum in the second and third sets, falling to hitting percentages of .029 and .032. The Gorillas recorded only six kills in the final set. Voorhes led the team in kills with eight, while junior Brooke Fay contributed four blocks. Sophomore Christa McCaw led the way in digs with 11. After two tough losses at home, Pittsburg notched a win against Fort Hays on the road. “We finished the weekend on a very good note,” Suberu said. “The win at Fort Hays State was certainly well earned.” The Gorillas did have to earn the win since the

match lasted five sets and the final set came down to the wire. The Gorillas and the Tigers split the first four sets with scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 16-25. Pitt State came through in the clutch and won the fifth set by two points 16-14. In such a competitive match, the Gorillas had to be on their A-game. “We serve-received much better to finish the weekend,” Suberu said. “Our serve consistency was very good and we scored points at the right time. Our blocking and defense was much improved from Friday through Sunday.” Four Gorillas had kills in double figures. Voorhes led the team with 13, Fay earned 11, Bugler and sophomore Lauren Brentlinger each tallied 10. McCaw recorded a match-high in digs with 33. As a team, Pitt recorded 13 blocks and Bugler led the way with six. “Individual skills are getting much better,” Sub-

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Christa McCaw serves during the Gorillas’ victory against St. Mary on Saturday Sept. 24.


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running back from Cozad, Neb. Just five minutes later the Gorillas’ Paul Robinson recovered a Sheppard fumble that John White had forced. Pitt State proceeded to score on the ensuing drive when Dickey threw a 4-yard touchdown to Bristan Kelley to put Pitt State up by 14. Robinson was not done on the defensive side of the ball, and just a minute and half after the Gorillas’ score, the senior safety from Killen, Texas, intercepted a Sheppard pass and ran the ball back 46 yards for the final score of the game. This was Robinson’s second interception return touchdown in the last two games. The defensive squad had missed several tackles in the first half, but they ended up holding the home team to just 172 yards of total offense, and only 7 points in the second half. Nate Dreiling led the Gorilla defense with 11 tackles and a sack. In addition to winning the turnover battle, Pitt State dominated the time of possession, especially in the second half. Pitt State held on to the ball for 40:42, with the Tigers holding possession for just 19:18. Fort Hays State (2-3, 2-4) plays host to Central Missouri (3-2, 4-2) on Saturday, Oct. 12. The No. 7 Gorillas will celebrate their homecoming by welcoming Lincoln (0-5, 1-5) to Carnie Smith Stadium at 2 p.m.

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selves known to the others. “We had a goal to try and beat Truman State and Northwest Missouri,” said sophomore runner Casey Epps. “And, after seeing the results, it was a definite confidence boost to the whole team.” With the triumph over the other MIAA teams, the mentality to succeed remains strong throughout the team. “After this performance, the sky is the limit for us,” said junior Amanda Callaway. “We just have to trust in our training.” Intense strength training is in store for the women’s team for the two weeks before the conference meet. “This week our strength is going to come from a different mix of thorough workouts,”” Coach Jewett said. “”After that, it’s going to be on maintaining our shape and mentality for the meet that lies ahead.””   The Women’s Cross Country team will compete next in the MIAA Championship in Joplin, Mo., on Oct. 22.

n routine from page 10 eru said. “We are counting on that to finish to the end.” The Gorillas will use momentum from the win in their upcoming games. Pitt plays at home for the next three matches. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Gorillas will face Southwest Baptist at 7 p.m., then Pitt will play an exhibition match against alumnae Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Oct 19, the Gorillas return to regular play and will face Northwest Missouri at 7 p.m.

n skid from page 10 sixth place. Following Kiprono was Brice Irving 26:19, 17; Tyler Anlicker 26:45, 29; Ben Loats 26:58, 32; Ethan Silovsky 27:08, 39. “Overall we were expecting a 1-5 gap right at a minute,” said freshman runner Tony Weiss. “We didn’t quite reach our goal but definitely showed improvement.” Head Coach Russ Jewett said the team met his expectations for the meet. “We know that we are fit enough for a great performance,” Jewett said. “Early on we came up with a race plan, and we were able to execute it to our advantage this week. It’s all about our mentality.” One of the goals for the team was to keep up with Missouri Southern, who they had beaten in Oklahoma two weeks ago. The team chose a wise target as MSSU ended up placing first with a score of 37 points. “I expected for them (Missouri Southern) to do as well as they did,” Jewett said. “Having been looking ahead at keeping up with them the whole race, we had our eyes in the right direction.” One runner in particular added to the team’s improvement. Sophomore Ethan Silovsky just returned to competition after a leg injury had rendered him unable to race in the previous meets this season. “It felt great to get out there,” Silovsky said. “I’ve been practicing only the past two weeks, gaining some strength. It was great to compete for the top spots to go to conference.” Pitt State is aiming to train hard this week and keep in shape by improving times, mentality and avoiding injuries. The team hopes for a successful showing Oct. 22 at the MIAA championships 6K race in Joplin, Mo.

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When it comes to costumes, how far is too far? Caitlin Taylor Collegio reporter

commercial graphics and mechanical engineering. “But I would rather be warm on Halloween than be slutty.” Kim says the sluttiness of a costume depends on the time of day and where the person is. “It’s appropriate for the college scene as long as it’s away from children or at some parties,” Kim said. “But if I can see your nipples are cold, then it’s a little too slutty in general.” Michael Buddenhagen also thinks some costumes can go too far. “As a single guy, I want a girl to be creative with her costume,” said Buddenhagen, freshman in automotive technology. “A hot nurse is

Halloween is creeping closer and students are starting to decide whether to go with a PG or R rated costume. Michelle Embrey has conflicting feelings on girls wearing revealing costumes. “I think, on Halloween, it’s kind of alright to be slutty even though I couldn’t personally dress like some other girls do,” said Embrey, sophomore in nursing. “But one time out of the year is probably OK.” Embrey says she is not quite sure what to be this year but has her mind on being a belly dancer, but doesn’t plan on being too revealing. “I think girls who wear little to no clothing don’t have any self-respect,” Embrey said. “Some girls also just want attention and try to throw themyour costume is shorter selves out there.” than a prostitute’s clothes then it’s Embrey says she thinks that guys’ costumes can go too far as well. a little too skanky.” “I haven’t seen many guys that - Michael Budderhagen, showed too much skin, but somefreshman in automotive technology times there are a lot of inappropriate costumes, like boxer shorts with a blow-up penis, that I don’t want to see,” Embrey said. Keely Boston relates to Embrey’s cool sometimes, but it’s view of guy costumes, except that sometimes not very exciting when there isn’t enough costume. you see 20 of them.” “Guys usually use any excuse to not wear Buddenhagen a shirt,” said Boston, senior in English. “Or says that he sometimes guys dress up like Tarzan and wear considnothing but a very little loincloth.” ers a Boston says she also has a problem with girl’s some girls wearing very little clothing, woncostume dering how they can stand the cold weather. skanky when it looks like her clothes are about “I don’t want to see private parts,” Boston to fall off. said. “If it’s like a bra and underwear kind of “Obviously a girl without clothes can be costume, it’s not too bad because it’s like a hotter than a girl with clothes sometimes, but swimsuit. But you also then leave nothing to creative is way better than less clothing,” Budthe imagination.” denhagen said. “And when your costume is Boston says she saw a girl dress up as a shorter than prostitute’s clothes then it’s a little referee of some kind last year but the costume too skanky.” was basically nothing but cleavage and a Samantha Mahon has a very different view short skirt. on costumes, believing that every girl “I sometimes think it’s an attention thing, should have at least one skanky year. but Halloween is the only time girls can get “My skanky option for this year is to dress away with it,” Boston said. “Sometimes I want up like Jessica Rabbit from the show Roger to be a little slutty because it would be the only Rabbit,” said Mahon, senior in arts and music. time I could do it and not feel weird about it.” “Or my other choice would be to wear a T-shirt Elysia Kim has a slightly different take on around that said ‘ceiling’and walk some girls’ costumes and her own. “I want to dress up like a red dinosaur by around yelling ‘ceiling’. People would look wearing a red gown and a red hoodie with at me crazy until my friend tells them that I’m a spikes on it,” said Kim, junior in ceiling fan.”

Mahon says there is a difference between a sexy costume and a trashy one. “Trashy is when you don’t dress for your body and leave everything hanging out with too much skin,” Mahon said. “And sexy is cool when people put thought into their costumes and leave a bit to the imagination. Plus there is nothing


wrong with showing some legs or cleavage. People shouldn’t get so worked up about it.” Mahon says she had never seen any guy have too skanky of a costume until last year when a guy dressed up in the ‘Borat’ swimsuit. “I didn’t mind it as long as I didn’t have to see it,” Mahon said. “But sometimes there is a double standard when guys can wear little to nothing and just be funny, and girls become slutty.” Mengjie Qiu says she had never heard of Halloween before she came to the United States about two months ago. “In China, there are no holidays like Halloween where you can dress up in costumes,” said Qiu, junior in business management. “My roommate has already told me to prepare myself for Halloween, and what road I want to follow down with my costume.”

Stealing the show with a ‘SCRE4M’

Carl Bachus Collegio Reporter

It all started with a scream over a 911 phone call 15 years ago; the rest is history. Eleven years after the events of “Scream 3,” celebrity victim Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has written a self-help book, faced the demons of her past, and returned to her not-soquiet little hometown of Woodsboro (the original film’s setting). In coming home, she reunites with her surrogate big brother Sherriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and his wife, the hotshot reporter turn horror scribe Gale Riley - née Weathers - (Courtney Cox-Arquette). The blood hits the fan when two girls are butchered on the anniversary of the flagship Woodsboro massacre - the day Sidney returns to Woodsboro. The Ghostface killer patterns the new murders after the original “Stab” film (films-within-the-films based on Sidney’s struggles), while targeting a

new set of victims (Sidney’s younger cousin at the center) for his or her “remake” of the original murders. In terms of performance, horror’s definitive slasher trinity is back in full form. The Arquettes still have it (regardless of their off-screen marital issues), especially Cox-Arquette’s almost terminally bored Gale. When the killings start back up, she revels in the opportunity to be Gale Weathers again and not just the sheriff’s wife. Neve Campbell returns as Sidney, only this time she isn’t the frightened young ingénue she once was. Rounding out the cast is the new generation of filmsavvy teens led by Sid’s cousin, Jill (Emma Roberts). The standouts of the new cast are Hayden Panetierre as Kirby, Jill’s BFF and closet Randy-archetype, and Community’s Allison Brie as Rebecca, Sidney’s cartoonish yet

cutthroat publicist and Gale’s biggest fan.

Ludicrous is the best way to describe “Scream 4,” from the layered, cringeinducing opening scene to the absolute gunpointadrenaline-high-onsteroids finale. Kevin Williamson’s dialogue is still as smart as ever and Wes Craven is still the master of suspense. The team also gets points for creating what is essentially a sequel and a remake at the same time. “Scream 4” is easily the best of the sequels and the best slasher film in recent memory. The franchise is as nimble as ever with quality scares, snappy dialogue,

hilarious jokes, and far more blood than its predecessors. It’s not perfect, but it is a superb entry that breathes new life into a beloved franchise while being “meta” enough to successfully fit itself into the 2010s. If you’re going to go about making sequels or remakes, this is how to do it. DVD features include a director’s commentary, making-of featurette, gag reel and over 15 deleted scenes, including an alternate opening and ending. The Blu-ray edition adds a digital copy of the film and promotional material for the “Scream 4” iPhone game. Verdict: The film is great, but this is one of the rare times I recommend buying the DVD edition. The Blu-ray adds no meaty additional features and you probably won’t be trying to watch “Scream 4” on your iPod anytime soon. If you simply must see Ghostface in all his new millennium, high-definition glory, I strongly suggest a rental.

‘Real Steel’ really mediocre Todd Miller Collegio writer I didn’t have high hopes for “Real Steel,” and it certainly delivered. The movie is set in the not-toodistant future (next Sunday A.D.) where the only real difference between now and then are, some electronics (mostly phones and radios) appear to be made of glass or Plexiglas and regular boxing has been replaced with robot boxing. Other than that, it doesn’t appear very “futuristic” at all. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a has-been boxer who now participates in robot boxing fights. However he seems to build up more debt than winning fights. When an old girlfriend of his dies, he agrees to look after the son he didn’t know he had while the kid’s new legal guardians, his aunt and uncle, are out of the country. Charlie had agreed to turn over custody to them for $100,000. Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo) is just as apprehensive about being with the father he never knew, but the two begin to get along in their shared interest in TouchStone Pictures 2011 robot boxing.

While stealing spare parts in a garbage dump, Max finds an old sparring robot. After cleaning it up, he wants to enter the old robot (called Atom), into boxing matches. At first Charlie only does it to humor the boy, but Atom turns into a formidable opponent in the ring. Soon, Atom is winning fights left and right, and the activity brings Charlie and Max closer together. One thing I appreciate the film for is exactly how they handled the robots. Outside of fighting scenes, the film makers used stop animation and animatronics for the bots instead of completely computer-generated images. This helped make the robots seem real, in those scenes when the audience is getting a good look at them, rather than the fast-moving fighting scenes. The fighting scenes were computer - generated, though the film makers used motion-capture software similar to what was used in the movie “Avatar.” However, a good-looking film doesn’t do a lot for its plot. Outside the fighting robots, the movie is basically a father-son bonding story sewn together with a sports movie. And the seams show.

By the time I got through half of the movie, I was just ready to leave. When you combine two easyto- predict plot lines, you just end up with a dull movie with a predictable plot. Charlie also had a love-interest, Bailly Tallet (Evangeline Lily), in the movie; but this plot event is hardly explored. They have barely one “tender” scene, and their relationship is hardly explored beyond that and Bailly’s exasperation with Charlie’s slumming through life. And let’s be frank: this really is just Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots: The Movie. It’s all I could think about when seeing previews, and seeing the movie itself. One thing I did appreciate was what eventually becomes one of the film’s antagonists, Ricky (Kevin Durand), which I’ll not explain. It’s all the more satisfying to see it happen. Which, really, was the highlight of the film for me. “Real Steel” is decent enough to look at. The boxing matches are entertaining to watch, if predictable, and the film makers did a great job making the robots seem realistic. So if you can put up with the somewhat shallow plot, this isn’t a bad movie to see.

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PSU Collegio October 13  

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