‘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…

Letter to the Editor

‘We are chronically underfunding public ed. Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition of 48 school districts, won a partial victory in the courts for Kansas public school children. On March 7, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution and ordered the state to pay about $129 million to the schools by July 1. The balance of requested funding will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of “adequate” education. It’s a good ruling for Kansas public school children and we are grateful. We are hopeful policy makers will not restore funding so we can do the best job possible of preparing our students to live in a complex and challenging world. More…

Opportunity

Staff Editorial John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House Representatives, is spitting mad. This time, he says, his opponents nationwide have gone too far. To hear him tell it, it’s as if they’ve violated the sanctity of federal law. “States have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing people up for food stamps,” Boehner said in a press conference on March 13. “And so I would hope the House would try to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing.” Wait a minute, food stamps? Of course, Boehner is so fundamentally tone-deaf as to describe a helping hand to the poor as “fraud,” but as things stand, he can’t do a thing about it….

SGA: Diverse Ideas Welcome

| Michael Griffin guest writer | As with all politics, there is a tendency to draw towards the dramatic, and SGA is no different. There are plenty of times that I would honestly like to quit the organization because of the trouble it can be, but I think it is worth it. Our job as senators is to represent PSU student interests as best we can to the university administration as well as state legislature. If senators relinquish their seats due to the friction in senate it only allows for someone else to take their place; this may be someone who is more apt to fall into a group mentality, as can be the case…

Letter to the Editor

Rulings ‘right thing to do’ A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a record-high 59 percent of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples, with only 34 percent opposed. The Post poll was conducted after a series of recent high-profile marriage wins with landmark rulings in Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma. Over the past few weeks, the climate has been very favorable for the freedom to marry. The deep support reaches into every region of the country and extends across party lines: 40 percent of Republicans back the freedom for all couples to marry. Bipartisan momentum is overwhelmingly on our side. A supermajority of Americans believe in freedom and fairness, and support is growing at…

Letters to the Editor

‘A lot of people are upset’ at bill House Bill 2453 is way too broad. Not only would it discriminate against same-sex couples, it could be interpreted to target interracial couples. Now that it has been voted out of the Kansas House of Representatives, it is now in the Senate, and it will probably take them a couple of weeks to reword things. They are taking their time and revising the things in the bill that are discrimination. It’s about politics. I expect that the fact that it is an election year will have an effect. Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t want to totally ostracize the LGBT community, because he wants to be re-elected. A lot…