New faces and new locations
SGA approves 10 new senators, discusses relocating ticket office
Jay Benedict | Managing Editor
The swearing in of 10 new senators was the highlight of the Student Government Association’s list of accomplishments at its meeting Wednesday night.
The students were sworn in after going through an interview process and being approved by the members of SGA. In all, 16 candidates were interviewed and 10 were approved by SGA.
SGA also appointed Thomas Gregory, senior in communication, as the election board chair. Gregory was approved because the appointed chair, Vice President Austin Osborn, junior in biology, is ineligible to serve as chair because he is seeking re-election this spring. Gregory will oversee the election process, any issues that arise, and the promotion of student awareness for the upcoming election.
The deadline for spring semester funding allocations is approaching and any registered student group must attend an informational workshop. The workshops will be held at 5:30 on Jan. 31 and at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1-2 in the Overman Student Center. After attending the workshop, groups are eligible to receive student fee funding to support their activities.
Funds were allocated for the Equal Opportunities Fund at the meeting last night. The program funds numerous student resources across campus like tutors and career services. More then $161,000 was requested but only $69,249 was approved.
David Adams, assistant director for campus activities, informed SGA that the televisions posted around campus can be used to promote student groups’ events. Adams said any group hosting an event can send a JPEG file of its SGA approved flier to him and he will add it to the rotation. Adams also said that applications for the eight leadership awards are available on the Campus Activities Center website. Nominations are due by March 6 and the winners will be announced at the Leadership and Awards Banquet on April 11.
Lara Ismert, junior in English and math and academic affairs director, reported that her committee is preparing to select outstanding faculty members. Each student can nominate two professors and the nominations are due in the SGA office by Feb. 6. Three winners will be announced March 1.
Associate Vice President and Campus Life Director Steve Erwin informed SGA that the future of the Student Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center may be uncertain. Erwin says the office may be relocated to the Weede during the upcoming renovations to the student center because over 90 percent of the tickets issued are athletics related. Erwin says the better parking and the proximity to the future performing arts center offer benefits to students and the university. Erwin says paper tickets may be a thing of the past as well. As early as Fall 2012, students could receive their tickets electronically in their PSU student ID cards.
President Eric Jones, senior in economics, says SGA members will be in Topeka next week for Higher Education Day. They will be visiting with 25 state legislators about Pittsburg State’s stance on educational return on investment, student debt, and whether or not to allow firearm conceal and carry on campus. Jones says PSU and the other student governing bodies from other state universities on campus will be arguing against it.