SGA swears in new cabinet

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter

Back for another year, the Pittsburg State Student Government Association held their first meeting of the semester Wednesday evening in the governor’s room, where the inducted new officers, and touched up old business.
Lara Ismert, SGA president, kicked off the meeting by clearing misconceptions students had regarding last year’s tobacco-free campus proposal.
“Campus is not tobacco free, through the online referendum we gathered student opinion,” Ismert said. “We don’t have the capability to enforce the plan, so there is no currently no ban.”

SGA President Senior Lara Ismert swears in the organizations new officers Wednesday August 22, 2012.

SGA President Senior Lara Ismert swears in the organizations new officers Wednesday August 22, 2012.

According to Ismert, PSU president Steve Scott has talked about organizing a task force on campus in order to implement the ban.
Mark Hinshaw, an official from USA Today, made a guest appearance at the meeting, speaking on behalf of the collegiate readership program. According to Hinshaw, the support for the program has seen a recent decline.
“Our program sees that 120 papers are delivered to the school daily from the Joplin Globe to the USA today,” Hinshaw said. “We’ve seen a lack of students utilizing these media sources.”
Hinshaw, who supervises 20 schools in the program around the region says that there is a total of 18,500 students who are using the program on a weekly basis which are “numbers lower than they where we were before, and we’re not sure why.”
As Hinshaw concluded his presentation, he encouraged members of SGA to venture out into the student body and figure out why the situation is as it stands. The program will be voted on during the next SGA meeting.
Elle Walker is planning a fundraiser for early October. According to Walker, the fundraiser would be titled “Hunger Games,” and Carnie Smith Stadium would serve as the venue. Walker says the function would be a battle between three members from each student organization. The more money a group raises, the more people they can let into the competition from their organization. Prizes would also be offered.
To wrap up the meeting Ismert swore in SGA’s new executive board members.
Fifteen senator spots remain in SGA, and applications will be accepted until next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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