Earth Day features foolish green-energy stonewall

| Staff Editorial | In the wake of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, Kansas faces becoming polluted by undue influence from special-interest lobbyists in the state legislature. Model legislation has been introduced in Oklahoma, with similar measures on the way in our state and in many others, to curtail the expansion of renewable energy and restrict residents’ rights. Solar lowers costs The big issue here is the practice known as net metering, when a resident who has a solar cell on his or her roof decides to dispense with excess energy by selling it to the local utility. In so doing, he or she gets a nice incentive to go green, and the power…

‘I will always love SGA’

| Taylor Gravett | Wow! What an incredible year it has been. It doesn’t seem possible that it has already been a year since I took office as Student Government Association president, and it’s time to swear in someone new. This entire experience has taught me so much about myself and my abilities, as well as those around me. Being able to carry the message of every single student to local leaders in Pittsburg, state leaders in Topeka, and national representatives in Washington, D.C., has truly been an honor. Throughout the course of the year, many people have asked me what my story was. My story is like that of so many other students at…

Food for thought for SGA

| Staff Editorial | The reactions among the crowd gathered to hear the winner of this year’s Student Government Association election told it all: Jordan Schaper and Jaci Gilchrist’s relief and satisfaction, contrasted with Jake Letner and Jaecy Hebrlee’s resolution to press on amid an air of disappointment. We offer congratulations to Schaper and Gilchrist, but now it is time to get to work, and problems face SGA that go beyond the vision offered by either of the party platforms. Election culture Schaper has pledged to do what he can to heal the scars that this nasty campaign has left behind, but The Collegio has spoken to sources within SGA who indicate that what has…

‘Scheming group’ backing Letner/Hebrlee

| Elle Walker guest writer | As a former senator, Big Event director and presidential candidate for the Student Government Association, it has been disheartening for me to watch this year’s SGA elections process unfold. To me, student government was the cream of the crop when it came to campus organizations. They were a body of students who wanted to serve this campus and leave it a better place than when they arrived. However, if this past year has taught me anything, it’s that reality is never really that pristine. Taylor Gravett, SGA president, Kiki Eigenmann, vice president, and Tadd Lucian, legislative affairs director, have broken SGA’s rules constantly throughout their term, eventually leading to…

First timer’s perspective on SGA

Student Government Association stands as one of the most interesting organizations on campus. The campaign period for elections is almost over and I’m truly curious about what students have learned about what each side is trying to do to better Pittsburg State. Although I haven’t been elected yet, nor have I sat in on a meeting, I am all too familiar already with the political games being played on both sides. It’s all about who you know, what organizations you talk to and when you talk to them, who your family knows, and this idea of people being campus celebrities. SGA shouldn’t be about any of that and it certainly shouldn’t dictate how people vote….

Absent debate, voting is what matters

| Staff Editorial | Election season for Pittsburg State’s Student Government Association is coming to a close. Unfortunately, The Collegio is unable to perform its usual role and endorse one of the contending parties. Both parties – Letner/Hebrlee, led by Jake Letner for president and Jaecy Hebrlee for vice president, and Gorilla Alliance, led by Jordan Schaper for president and Jaci Gilchrist for vice president – will, if elected, be well suited for office. Letner, Schaper and Gilchrist are all SGA veterans who have each played an important role in the assembly. Letner has devoted the last year to planning for the Big Event, establishing ties to the community and bearing the weight of coordinating…