SGA considers tailgate changes
Marcus Clem | Collegio Writer
At the weekly Student Government Association (SGA) meeting last night, Steve Erwin, SGA adviser, pledged for a greater law enforcement presence and warned of possible rules restricting alcohol consumption at tailgating events.
Sydney Ward, SGA vice president, directed the meeting, which featured presentations from Jim Johnson, athletics director and Erwin.
Erwin spoke about the altercations that took place during tailgating events at the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the parking lot of Carnie Smith Stadium. He discussed how law enforcement will increase ID checking, intoxication screening and overall presence to prevent a repeat of such disorder during the next home football game on Sept. 22.
“If it happens again on Family Day, it will be handy to have parents there to bail you out,” Erwin said, jokingly.
Erwin said that university administrators had performed research of other institutions’ handling of event disorder as part of a mission to prevent future incidents while preserving the active Pittsburg State football culture.
“Some have said that, ‘they’re just trying to take away our fun,’ and that is ridiculous,” said Lara Ismert, SGA president.
Johnson addressed senator’s questions concerning the placement of a new section of student bleachers within the Weede Athletic Complex. He explained that this seating would remain unused except during extremely high-attendance events such as commencement and rivalry contests for basketball and other sports. Johnson also dispelled rumors mentioned by one senator that students would, in certain circumstances, be required to use old wooden bleachers.
Senators then voted to consider resolutions recommending that senators wear official SGA polo shirts on to their weekly meetings, and adopting a renewed policy manual, before adjourning.