SGA unveils plans for involvement program

Sarah Poland Collegio Reporter The Student Government Association discussed plans to reward students who get involved on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at their first meeting of the school year. The new program they proposed, called Pitt Points, would reward students points for activities they attend. All events in the Pitt Points program would be designated a point value, and students who attend the event will be awarded that point value, which would accumulate throughout the year. The point total would be stored on GUS, and a scoreboard of the top points earners will be available for students and faculty to view. “You’ll be able to look at the top 25 or top 10 and be like, ah, I’m number 24, I’ve got to get up there,” SGA vice president Austin Osborn said. Points would be redeemable throughout the year for various prizes, and an end-of-the-year banquet would reward top points earners for the year. Osborn said SGA hopes to reward the top points earner with a scholarship

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lvement. “For this semester, we’re only going to offer points for events that are athletic, Student Activities Council, Student Government Association and performing arts,” Osborn said. “We want to give it a semester and see how it goes.” Earlier in the meeting, Larry Overman, sophomore in early childhood education, spoke during the student opinion section about his concerns with rising tuition costs. Overman said he thought the privilege fees should be voluntary. These privilege fees go to pay for parking, tickets to sporting events, the student recreation center and other activities and services available to students. The SGA refuted the argument with various reasons for the rising tuition costs including inflation, cuts in state funding, and the necessity for building upkeep. “The university is not making any more money,” Senator Brandon Mills said. “You have to account for inflation. It’s really just keeping us competitive.”

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